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Thursday, July 17

(Hands On Video Demo) BBM Beta Program for Windows Phone now LIVE!!!

The BBM beta is now live for those who were able to register for the program before registration closed.

This Beta includes...

BBID Setup and Log-in (for Whitelisted BBIDs)
·         Create BBM Profile
·         Invite a contact and suggested contacts (people you know)
·         1-to-1 & Multi-person Chat
·         Contact Categories
·         Manage Settings
·         BBM Groups
·         Pin to Start
·         Notifications and in-app “splats” for new content.  See them in Feeds, Contacts when they’ve sent you a message, etc.
      Features missing...

The following are known issues with this build:

·         Invites and acceptances don’t send when Windows Phone goes out of WiFi coverage

·         A few newer emoticons are not rendering properly (i.e *brrrr*, and *flex* and @-@)

·         Windows Phone shows as available for BBM Voice call although feature is not supported (seen on Android and iOS, not BlackBerry 10)
·         Error popup appears when using “Find Friends” and the “OK” button is selected
·         Suggested Contacts tab only shows users already using BBM, but lists them as potential contacts when BBM is initially launched
        BBM Voice is not yet available at of the time of this beta release but will be introduced in the near feature...


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Thursday, July 10

Register as a BETA tester for BBM for Windows Phone (available in coming weeks)

BBM development team have started taking applications for Windows Phone users who want to become beta testers for the BBM app for windows phone.

The Beta App should be available in coming weeks, so it is save to say by the end of this month, July?
On its first release, group chats, broadcasts, private chats, feeds are among the first features that will be introduced.
Features like stickers, BBM Voice, BBM Channels and location sharing will come months later.


One the Beta is available you will be required to give feedback and report bugs to their development team, this is help greatly in making it better with time

You can read more about it HERE

Monday, July 7

BBM for WindowsPhone Beta shows up in the WP Store, but you don't have permission yet to download

While Blackberry devices are sinking faster than the Titanic, its iconic messenger app (Blackberry Messenger aka BBM) is very much alive at least in some parts of the world (not in the US) and last year Blackberry decided to revitalize its messenger service by releasing iOS and Android versions and of course no Windows Phone version was released at the time.

They did announce that a WP version would be coming out this summer, this news was very welcomed in parts of the world were Lumia devices and BBM are still very popular (countries like Nigeria, India, Indonesia...)

Today you can spot the BBM app in the Windows Phone store but you will not have permission to download it just yet. No one know when this restriction will be removed, it could be tomorrow or it could be at the end of the month.

It is a Beta version of the app and until thorough testing has been done, we do not know when it will be made public, it could be days, weeks or even months.
Also there is no word on how you can register to become a beta tester.
One thing is certain, anxious BBM fans will be checking the download button every minute in anticipation.

You can check every minute if it's available by clicking the link below...
BBM for Windows Phone

BBM for Windows Phone

courtesy: WPCentral

Wednesday, July 2

[UPDATED] Finally! Leaked Picture of New Nokia Lumia Device surfaces... Lumia 1020 successor? McLaren? or Lumia 830?

We have been hearing so much about the Lumia 1020 successor, codenamed McLaren, and finally today....
Images have surfaced from WPDang of what they say is the successor to the Lumia 820... calling it the Lumia 830, this device looks like an oversized Lumia 1020, the screen looks a tad smaller than the Lumia 1520.
The side looks like the Lumia 930 as it also has aluminum frames and the screen looks about 5-inch diagonal width (maybe more).

There does seem to be capacitive buttons as this was made prior to the release of windows phone? prolly the same time the Lumia 930 was made too.
The camera design follows where the Lumia 1020 left off, but this time it is smaller in radius.
The back looks like it is made of polycarbonate, just like the Lumia 930 or Lumia Icon from Verizon.

And I don't see any physical buttons, so it could be powered on by just gripping the device just like earlier rumoured...
We could be looking at the rumoured Nokia codenamed device: McLaren which was rumoured to run on a SnapDragon 805 QuadCore CPU, with 3D touch technology and a 41MP camera as it will be an enhanced successor of the Lumia 1020.

Source: WPDang 


This latest render shows the back of the phone in more details.
- It has a 13MP Carl Zeiss camera
- Single LED Flash
- Speakers grid at the bottom
- aluminum case around the edges like 930
- The "Nokia by Microsoft" Brand

The device is said to also be 4.5inch in screen size just like the Lumia 1020 but 0.5 inches smaller than the 930 though they both share the same physical appearance. if true then this would be a mid-range Lumia, 830?

Doesn't look like the Mclaren/Lumia 1020 successor device we are waiting for, more like a replacement for your 8xx series

Nokia Lumia 635 available on T-Mobile/MetroPCS on June 5th for $99

The Nokia Lumia 635 for T-Mobile will be available in a few days, it is the first Windows Phone 8.1 phone made for Windows Phone 8.1 OS from the the ground up. 
It is LTE supported and at a full no contract price of $99 it is sure to beat the Lumia 521 as the best selling T-Mobile Windows Phone.
And starting this July 5th (in a few days) you will be able to get one from the Home Shopping Network for just $99.

Then on July 9th, you can get it online from T-Mobile's website for a $0 down payment at $7/month for 2yrs for T-Mobile Simple choice plan subscribers and also store-wide/nationwide starting July 16th.
If you use MetroPCS, not to bother, it will be available on MetroPCS starting July 18th at $99 full price
And lastly, Microsoft store is now taking pre-orders for the Lumia 635 at $129, though I would advise holding out, since you can get it on HSN for $99 in a few days.

The Lumia 635 has...
- a 4.5 inch display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, with a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
- 5MP camera
- 512MB memory
- 8GB internal storage (15GB oneDrive online storage)
- MicroSD that supports up to 128GB

Wednesday, June 25

Official TVTag (Formerly GetGlue) now available in the Windows Phone Store

Do you remember GetGlue? That social app that allowed you to check in to TV Shows, Movies and pretty much anything that was on TV. Think FourSquare but instead of interesting places, you checking in to what you watching.
GetGlue became popular and the owners decided to give it a new name and added more cool stuff like "stickers". Today GetGlue is known as Tvtag.

tvtag is a second screen app that synchronizes content and audience reaction with TV moments. We invite viewers everywhere to tag along and make the most of TV.

There is now an official tvtag app in the windows phone store...

There is one problem though, the app is buggy and very slow in performance, We do expect an update soon.
But in the meantime you can download it for free from the windows phone store...

Tuesday, June 24

Nokia Lumia 630 vs. Nokia X2

So in the last 3 months Nokia has announced two (2) low budget Dual SIM phones running on two different mobile OSes.

On one hand, we have the Lumia 630 and on the other we have got the Nokia X2 which was announced today.
But how do they compare, when stacked up against each other?

The Lumia 630 is the first phone built from the ground up to support WP8.1, but in emerging markets where this phone will sell Cortana (a major feature of WP8.1) is not yet available, though there are many many improvements to the platform, the new notification center, work flow keyboard and recently Microsoft announced that its WP store has over 255,000 apps with 500 app submissions very day. But there is still a lot of work to be done, apps to be improved on.
The X2 is running a forked version of Android, meaning it is Android, it's just not Google's android, so it lacks Google's features/services like google now and most especially google play store. But all android apps can run on the the X2, Nokia says it takes less than 15mins to port a google android app to its Nokia store on the X2. Because it's OS is built on android all android apps are readily available, there are already guides on how to side-load Google apps onto the X2.
Winner: Nokia X2.

Screen Size:
The X2 has a 4.3inch (wider) ClearBlack display screen with 400x800 resolution with 217 ppi pixel density on a scratch resistant glass.
While the Lumia 630 is a 4.5inch (longer) display protected by gorilla glass 3, the rest of the specs are pretty much the same with the X2.
Winner: Tie

The Lumia 630 has 8GB internal storage with up to 128GB microSD supported and 512MB RAM.
The X2 has 4GB internal storage with up to 32GB microSD supported and 1GB RAM.
Winner: Lumia 630

This is one area where the X2 shines for a low end smartphone, it has a 5MP camera and a front facing camera with LED flash.
The Lumia 630? well, it's just got a 5MP camera, no LED flash or front facing camera (no easy selfies for you). Both record video 720p at 30fps
Winner: X2

Qualcomm's SnapDragon 200 1.2GHz Dual Core CPU on the Nokia X2 is not a lot when compared to the 1.2GHz Quad Core CPU on the Lumia 630. But to each his own as the CPU is only relative to the mobile OS it is powering.
Winner: Tie

here is the interesting part, the Nokia X2 is priced at just below 100Euros, while the Lumia 630 which seems to lack some essential features like front facing camera and LED flash is pricier at over 100Euros
Winner: X2

Overall, it looks like Nokia really put some thought into the Nokia X2 and how they managed to pack it with essential features and still keep the price low is beyond me.
I expect the price of the Lumia 630 to drop lower to match the X2, if not the X2 is the better buy between the two.

Announcing the Nokia X2: Dual SIM, Android-Powered Device

Nokia has just announced the 2nd Gen. Nokia X, the Nokia X2.
It features a 4.3inch WVGA LCD screen with ClearBlack display (readability under sunlight)
A Qualcomm SnapDragon 200 processor with 1.2GHz Dual Core CPUs
5MP camera with single LED Flash an auto-focus, and there is a front-facing camera.
4GB internal storage (eMMC) with support for 32GB SD card
1800mAh Battery
Dual SIM support.
All this for a retail price of under €100, that is really impressive.
Especially since we only saw the Nokia X released just 4 months ago.
At that price point, the Nokia X2 will compete and most likely destroy any low budget smartphones in the market right now, especially the Moto E and Moto G.
Nokia/Microsoft looks set to win the low end smartphone market with this one.
Here is a quick demo of the phone...

The UI as you already noticed is eerily similar to the Windows Phone UI, Nokia found a way to mash up Android and Windows Phone, the bountiful library of the Android store with the metro UI design from Microsoft.

Though, I am sure a lot of Windows Phone users would love to see some of the unique Nokia X2 UI designs ported to Windows Phone, like say the fast-lane?

Either way, this phone is set for the low end market where it will no doubt dominate, but where does that leave Microsoft and its WP platform remains to be seen... Though it will be interesting to see how it does against the newly released WP8.1 Dual SIM Lumia 630

Source: Nokia Conv

Monday, June 23

Instant Voice messages coming to Viber for Windows Phone

Now that Windows Phone has nearly all the apps that matter, we are at the level where these apps are regularly being updated with more features and improvements already seen on their iOS versions.

Viber is one of such apps, and the latest feature being tested is the instant voice message already available on Android and iOS versions.

Like the voice messaging on Whatsapp, you hold down on the mic and record your message, very handy feature when you have limited data and cannot afford to make a Viber call (uses data)
The feature is still in testing and should be available once bugs are ironed out.

Sunday, June 22

Windows Phone 8.1 apps... upgraded/redesigned/improved

When the first Lumia phone was released a couple of years ago, the Windows Phone store had 7,000 apps in its store and everyone doomed the platform for lack of apps and a very incompatible WP7.5 OS.
Today we are talking about WP8.1 and over 160,000 apps. Focus/criticism has now shifted from the number of apps in the store to the actual quality of these apps and rightly so, a lot of apps were released to the store but their quality was greatly lacking
We see apps which lacked in many many features when compared to their Android/iOS versions.
Apps that were broken/buggy but still remain in the store for over a year,
Apps that were just official mobile webpages instead of an actual mobile app.

But as WP users, the most we could do was send emails to the developers to upgrade their apps and hoped they listened.
After the preview release of Windows Phone 8.1, I have noticed a lot has been going on in terms of apps and how they stack up to their android/iOS versions.

When eBay's WP app for instance got released last year, it lacked greatly in features, when compared with other mobile versions, it made a mockery of the WP platform.
Today, its been upgraded/redesigned/improved, makes you wonder if a PayPal WP app reboot will be coming soon, seeing as PayPal is also owned by eBay, and right now their PayPal hasn't been upgraded since the 25th of March 2013 (more than a year ago).

The Amazon app also got upgraded/redesigned/improved.

Tapatalk, a popular iOS/Android forum manager app got upgraded/redesigned/improved.

Recently the Facebook got a face-lift, the Facebook Beta app now has a modernized look and feel to it now.

redesigned Facebook                              Old Design 

Path also came out of beta, though we are yet to see Instagram do so too (still in beta since its release)

Still waiting for a redesigned Twitter app (badly needed) and a much much needed upgrade for Microsoft's own Skype which we expect should be released this week?

In conclusion, the Windows Phone 8.1 has opened the doors to more quality apps, and as developers make use of the new tools use for WP8.1, expect not just more apps in the store but quality apps too.