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Windows Phone 8.1 Announced, This Is The New Home Screen!

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10172649_697408930295453_1140676339_nImage Courtesy : The Verge

So at this Build 2014 conference, Joe Belfiore took the stage with the announcement of Windows Phone 8.1, while this article is being written, the conference continues, but here is a quick look at some new enhancements :

Joe Belfiore took the stage to get us started, announcing two new hardware partners, Micromax and Prestigio. Action center is a palace where users will not only see notifications, but can take a detailed look at phone status, including Dual SIM settings including custom quick toggles.

Also no more dealing with just plain solid colors as Live tile backgrounds, users can now select their picture to make live tiles more personal.

A more rumored feature for voice assistance called “Cortana” now officially makes it’s appearance. Users can access it using the search button while the Cortana learns from the “notebook” which holds your personal information. Cortana will be available as a Beta software in the US only and would be further made available after a series of tweaks in time.

Which feature excites you the most?

Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 2nd, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Windows Phone 8.1 Available For Preview Next Week?!

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WP8MeetMatchAs we speak we are just days away from Microsoft’s Conference where the company is expected to announce the next major iteration of Windows Phone – WP 8.1.

Just like everytime a new version is expected for release, developers get exclusive access to try it out, so supposedly, Microsoft will begin the Developer Preview Program for WP8.1 on April 10, a week from Thursday. This would give Windows Phone users with App Studio accounts the ability to install WP8.1 before the release of any formal updates from OEMs.

We would still like OEMs to post schedules for updates but till then in the meantime, the developer access is our best bet to getting our hands on.


Written by Chintan Vithlani

March 31st, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Microsoft Launches OneNote To Mac With New Features!

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onenoteformac1_1020.0_standard_800.0Microsoft’s OneNote was launched 10 years ago, but it was widely limited to Microsoft platforms. Like the Windows equivalent, OneNote for Mac includes the collapsible ribbon interface and the same note-taking functionality

There are only subtle difference between the Windows and Mac versions, whats more is that we may see similar visuals making it to the Office for Mac release due to release later this year. OneNote for Windows is also going free today, meaning the service is available at no charge across PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, and the web.

A new API has also been released by Microsoft for developers to integrate OneNote clipping into their apps. Mac users , you happy now?

Written by Chintan Vithlani

March 17th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Facebook Messenger For Windows Phone – Now Available!

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Facebook-Messenger-Windows-PhoneMicrosoft had promised a Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone at MWC, and making good on its promise, the official chat client is now available for download.

With the app you can now read messages without opening the app, send and receive photos, stickers, basically everything that you can do with any other Facebook messenger. With the addition of this one, but essential client, the app-gap has become even smaller. However, to have this one, you must be running Windows Phone 8.


Written by Chintan Vithlani

March 5th, 2014 at 8:39 am

Microsoft’s Voice Assistant Cortana Looks Like This!

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cortana-tvThere’s a lot to look forward to in the coming release of Windows Phone 8.1,one of the highlights being the Cortana voice-powered search, which is Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now.

 A key part of Cortana is its ability to save information and data in a Notebook system. Notebook will allow the Cortana digital assistant to access information such as location data, behaviors, personal information, reminders, and contact information. Instead of a Halo-style 3D avatar, Cortana will be represented by a pair of spinning blue circles.

Yes, you can also make Cortana speak your real name, and by “Master Chef”, just dont get it to your head though *wink*


Written by Chintan Vithlani

March 3rd, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Nokia X Now Runs Google Launcher, Play Store! Excited Now?!

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nokia-x-googleRecently news of XDA folks porting over the Apps from the Nokia X to generic Android phones made rounds, today, it’s vice-versa!

Today we see a Nokia X handset running Google apps including the Google launcher and the Google Play Store. Android is crazy flexible as we know it, with some good amount of developer support, devices that forked, can fly!


Written by Chintan Vithlani

March 2nd, 2014 at 11:18 am

Can You Run WP Apps on Android, Just Like How Nokia Did?!

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Nokia-XL-Dual-SIM-MixRadioEver since the company has announced it’s X series of smartphone running forked versions of Android, we all are left wondering about how Nokia got the WP specific Nokia Apps like Here Maps, Mix Radio, etc.

Clearly Nokia did not re-write the entire codes, what Nokia did was to use a special bit of software from a company called Xamarin that basically lets Windows Phone app run on Android. amarin are a company that specialize in bringing Microsoft’s .NET Framework to other platforms besides Windows. Its aim is to allow developers to write apps entirely in C# and share the same code on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac.

Now that the Mix Radio app is running, Microsoft is looking forward to remove all legacy code from apps that it wants to port over to Android, so future apps will have the same shared code database!

Would you want to have more such apps on your Droid?

Written by Chintan Vithlani

February 28th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Microsoft To Keep The Lumia Name For 10 Years,But Doubtful Of Nokia!

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8-Microsoft_V2_610x458Nokia put up quite a show at MWC this year and it did manage to keep the curiosity of the masses alive till the announced the X line of devices.

As quoted by an interviewer at CNET ” He(Greg Sullivan) confirmed that Lumia as a brand would continue under Microsoft, but refused to confirm whether the Nokia name would survive on phones too. But a Microsoft spokesperson has since told me that the handset division of Nokia will continue to make phones under Microsoft, phones with Nokia logos on”

Microsoft’s acquisition of the finish phone manufacturer is due to complete in the first quarter of 2014 after which there will be a definitive answer to Nokia’s fate!

Written by Chintan Vithlani

February 26th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Nokia X, X+ And XL – 3 Forked Android Devices Unveiled!

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Nokia-XL-Dual-SIM-2-645x322 (1)I’m sure everyone like me is saying “enough of leaks already!”, so here are the 3 models that we reported earlier that Nokia was working on – The Nokia X, X+ and XL – a new line of X devices.

There are three devices in the Nokia X family: the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. The X and X+ both have four inch, 800 x 480 screens and 3MP camera. The XL has a 5 inch display, a 5MP rear facing camera and a 2MP a front facing camera. One of the differences between the X and X+ is that the X+ has more memory (768 MB of RAM compared to 512MB). All three phones are dual SIM and use 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processors.

These devices wont see US markets any soon since Nokia is aiming these devices at developing countries and does not want to focus in mature markets.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

February 24th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Nokia Could Have Two Androids In Works Beyond The X!

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normandy-leak-jan-13We all are THIS close to Nokia’s announcement of the Nokia codenamed Normandy and man these leaks! Come Monday, that handset should take its place on stage for the world to see, but a new rumor suggests that it could be just the tip of the iceberg, and Nokia may have a pair of additional Android-based smartphones still in development.

The issue is though, as much as we want these rumors to turn true, we don’t know how much the base Nokia X is true, again, all we can say is keep your fingers crossed for this event!

Written by Chintan Vithlani

February 22nd, 2014 at 5:13 pm