Casts – a beautiful beta app in the podcast segment
There is a new podcast app coming in the Windows Phone 8.1, but that is still a month away. We are super fans of Podcast Lounge for its features and usability. And there is another player here, Casts. Casts is a podcast app and its currently free and its a beta.
So if you’re ready to test it, go grab it. After all its free, there is nothing stopping you from giving it a try. And remember its in beta still, so go easy if you find any bugs. And do report it to the dev 🙂
or scan the QR Code..
Nokia announced the Lumia 520 at MWC 2013. This entry level budget smartphone, with an attractively affordable price tag , broke all the previous records of Lumia with record sales numbers in popular markets. Lumia 520 was a great value for money product, but a small thing that was highly criticized, which applies to all the X20 series phones below 820, the 512MB RAM it ships with. Some apps/games in Windows Phone store require 1GB of minimum RAM. So despite of having a capable GPU, Lumia 520 cannot run those games. To overcome this problem, Nokia released a small revision and hence the name Lumia 525. And in the process it has just future proofed the best selling Windows Phone ever.
Nokia launched Lumia 525 in India in second week of January , 2014 with great price tag of Rs. 10,399. The main improvement was 1 GB RAM so that it can support all the games and app available in Store. Lumia 525 was targeted to be a budget smartphone for gaming, and for the users moving from a feature phone to a smartphone for the first time. It was launched with free Gameloft games worth Rs. 2025/- .
Read more for the detailed review.
Lately, a lot of screenshots and features are leaking for Windows Phone 8.1. You must be excited to know what is coming for your Lumia, next right?
From our sources, we have been able to get to know following features that are coming with the Windows Phone 8.1:
We received some more information. Here is the list:
Things not included in the SDK:
I am sure this Windows Phone 8.1 seems much more interesting and exciting than ever. What more would you like to see?
Popular messaging application Viber for Windows Phone has been updated to 4.0 bring some new features and performance improvement.
This update has brought Sticker Market support in the Windows Phone. You can now download several free and paid stickers for the market.
Update has also added a feature like “Last Seen” indicating when the user was last seen on the Viber. You can now seen if your message has been seen and whether your friend is online. It has also added notification sounds for incoming push notification.
Unfortunately, Viber Out is still not there which allows you to call any mobile or landline number for a paid subscription.
• Download many free and paid stickers from the Sticker Market
• Get more details like when your message has been seen and when your contacts are online
• Viber notification sounds will be used for incoming push notifications
• Ability to hide notification content
• Improved resuming and loading speed and push notification delivery
Windows Phone is already in the third spot and if we see the reports, there is one direction it will grow , be assured its up. Microsoft has shared some numbers, which state that Windows Phone has been outselling the iPhone in 24 countries, and has even achieved second position in 14 countries. When it comes to the US, with the help of the Nokia Lumia 521 and 520, Windows Phone’s market-share has seen a slight increase of 2.1% sales in the last 3 months of 2013.
Windows Phone sells more than iPhone in the following countries in no specific order:
Windows Phone is also number two only behind to Android in the following countries in no specific order:
What do you think, on how swiftly will Windows Phone gain traction and take down Apple’s iOS on the mobile front. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below, NT loves interactions 😉
You see, Windows Phone now has a beta app called Glance Background. It allows you to set custom images as the background in your glance screen, on top of which Time and Battery status will be shown in GDR3 and also Notifications like say missed calls etc (upto 5 notifications) in Nokia Black update to Nokia Lumia’s which is due around January 2014.
Its nice and easy, the way it currently is. But still can be improved a little and I’m gonna share it how it can be done, share this post if you second my thoughts so that Microsoft can hear us. I am thinking of putting this as an idea in the Windows Phone user voice forum, but let me see if this idea is even worth or I am thinking like more of an retard.
You see glance has an option to set a range of time period prior by the user, and the device will do from the usual white to red color. Its known as a night mode, it turns to red because it will be easier on your eyes during the dark night times. Why shouldn’t we apply the same to the portrait option?
Portrait screen locking orientation came in GDR3 which lets you avoid the screen rotating automatically no matter how you’re holding the phone. There is a reason why people use this and there is only one reason to use this as far as I know, during bed time! In bed or a couch or whatever you feel warm & cosy just lying and wasting your life in Twitter & Facebook, this screen orientation is mostly used than any other time. Why not an option to set predefine times to lock the orientation of the phone? That way I can set the time I’d be in the bed (usually around 10-11 PM ) to lock the portrait mode, this will save me the headache to swap the orientation lock controls every single time! The rest of the times in the morning till the evening I don’t use the landscape mode except for viewing photos & YouTube videos.
Speaking of security in Windows Phone, its already the most secure OS in the world amongst mobile OS. But imagine that your phone will not open even if the correct password is entered after 5mins of several failed attempts? You will be completely sure in your mind that your data is safe, even if someone gets your phone, all they get is just the hardware and not the data.
If you get your lost phone finally, you alone can get access by opening it via windowsphone.com, remember the fact that you can install apps, ring, lock, and wipe your phone straight from the website?
This is already said by many. wouldn’t it be sweet if your capacitative windows key flashes now and then if you have a notification yet to be seen by you, while your screen is off in the peek mode of the glance screen?
The title says it all, a full backup via a desktop application or via cloud (if that is possible). Press backup under the settings, and in your new phone press restore, and voila! All the apps, setting, files, and even the order and size of the pinned live tiles are restored! Imagine what a boon it’d be for reviewers, they just have to restore and their all new windows phone given by the pr guys for them to review is good to go. And for an average consumer he doesn’t have to go through eons of time trying to get his phone from a Windows Phone to his phone. I mean from factory settings to his own mobile.
God bless your dirty mind! No this is not that thing and not that vibration, hell no! I am talking about how good it would be if you can alter the vibration intensity levels of the phone? Like low intensity while pressing back buttons and high intensity during a incoming voice call and alarms.
All we have is nowadays is a unibody device and a sealed battery. Batteries will worn out of life span in around 3 years as you all know or depending on the charging cycles it has undergone. Every night my phone is switched on for like 6-7 hours just so that my alarm would work in the morning. If they change the way the OS works to keeping a single thread running all the time which will take care of the alarms. I mean even Symbian had it from 1889BC :/ 6-7 hours of device on time can be saved a single night, and three years has 1,095 nights. 6,570 hours of device on time can be saved! Which means my battery would last even longer!
If they can put it into a ultra low power consumption mode where nothing, absolutely nothing is running by the Snapdragons except for the alarm thread.
Multi window for 1520 and 2520. I know RT and WP will be a single thing. So this makes sense for lager than 5” displays, I guess.
Why should tiles be portrait only?
Universal search! Tap the physical hardware capacitive search button and you can type in anything from contacts, web search, apps, notes inside OneNote, music… Anything which is inside your phone! ANYTHING PERIOD.
What if I can push any open tab to my phone, straight from my pc/Surface/laptop/netbook/ultrabook/pet dog? Okay, except pet dog.
This is all that I can think of rigt now. What do you think about it? Share your thoughts down in the comments. Share it, its free 😉 And I will update this post if I think of something new other than the said and done, above.