Category: Windows Phone

Everything about Windows Phone7, 7.5, 8

December 22, 2014 /

The new version of the windows phone store that came out with windows phone 8.1 has some really useful features. I just love the auto-update feature. However its been several times I felt if there could be a way to bookmark(Add to wishlist) some app to download later.This feature is not really there in the store but there is a workaround for this. For this you would need to install an App from the store – Windows Reading List. Either use the link or the below QR code OR STEPS: Install Windows Reading List app. Go to the store and…

February 1, 2014 /

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There are a number of music streaming applications available around the internet. Some of them are really good like “Pandora”, but then comes the issue that these services are restricted to certain regions. And most of these good services are not available in India. The best one I found for India is the “Nokia Music” and the best thing is that it comes free(unlimited music) with Lumia windows phones. Depending on the phone you buy, you will be getting it free for different range of time periods. I got it for 6 months and loved it. But what to do once the subscription is over? If you are really into discovering new music and prefer online streaming and listening to songs just like me. I store the songs that I like too much onto my phone.

You might be the person who don’t like paying for music and stream online or download (pirated) songs. I was asked this question so many times if there is any way to subscribe to Nokia music for free or any other option or is there anything better. So I decided to find some apps that would be good and support Indian audience, and here I list some of those I found:

Nokia Mix Radio

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This is one of the best music streaming applications, I can say that this is arguably the best offering for India. The quality of the streamed songs is pretty good. It also has some great features like search for songs, download songs, create mix, play music stored on the phone, etc. It has abundance of Bollywood & Hollywood songs and you can also download those to play when you are offline. This is one of the best features that people like about it.

You can create Artist mix which creates a playlist for you based on the artists you like. You can add up to three artists in one mix and then it will create a playlist based on the selected Artists and including other similar artists in it. This is a great way to discover new songs. Also it has some auto generated playlists for different genre, region, languages. Other than all these you can also play music stored on you phone.

January 28, 2014 /
October 24, 2013 /

At Nokia World 2013, Nokia released some really great apps along with great devices. Nokia Camera was also released there.  Nokia Camera combines features of Pro Cam and SmartCam into a single app. However it is released just to the phone with pureview(i.e. 9xx, 1020, 1520).  If you are already running Nokia’s Pro Cam and own a Pureview device, the changes come in the form of an update (version 4.2.2.8) which will switch everything over to Nokia Camera. As Nokia released this as an update too Pro Cam, so it will be officially available on just limited devices. Although it might come to other devices at a later stage.

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September 21, 2013 /

When you buy a windows phone 8 in some countries like India, you might not get some of the great features of Microsoft’s Xbox service like Music or Podcast. As some of the services are not provided in all the countries. It was when I saw one of my friend’s phone had only three option in his Windows Phone store app but mine had two extra options i.e. Music and Podcast. I just wondered why is it happening. Did some research and found that its due to different region settings in the Xbox live account. I always hear to podcast…

September 16, 2013 /

Facebook Beta

Are you not happy with the Facebook app available on windows phone? Is the integration of Facebook not enough for you and you want a good Facebook app for your phone?

It seems we are not really having quality apps for all the social networks as there are on other platform. However these days we are able to see some quality updates and quality apps for most of the social networking sites. Microsoft also seems to be working on the apps issue now as we are able to see a number of apps like YouTube and Facebook from them. Also they are constantly updating these apps.

Microsoft has updated the Facebook app from the previous version available on windows phone 7…. but still lacks features. Microsoft has been constantly updating the Facebook app for windows phone 7 and windows phone 8.

The released version is not really that great, however you can grab the updates before they are released by installing the beta version of the app- Facebook Beta. Although it has a beta status, for the most part the app is stable and it can give frequent users of Facebook an early look at upcoming features and improvements.

September 1, 2013 /

It’s been a long time (years) now , that I have been using Facebook. Well, now with that amount of time your interests and preferences may change. And so you might not like some of the posts(either from your friends or some page you like) you see in your news feed, especially if you are using Facebook on mobile. I use a windows phone and love the Facebook integration in the people hub, but since there are so many unwanted posts in my news feed, I just miss out the information I want to see. So I decided to see…

August 16, 2013 /

Amber + GDR 2 Update status for your Lumia For those who are eagerly waiting for the next Windows phone update, here you have something to check the status of update. At the time of the post Lumia 920 update is available, Lumia 620 and 820 are coming soon and 520 & 720 are waiting for approval. This is almost the same pattern of the mobile phone release in India.

August 15, 2013 /

It’s been long time since the previous update from Microsoft for windows Phone and it finally around the corner now. GDR 2(General Distribution Release 2). However the release is still small and not many major OS updates could be seen. Still it is a welcome release, after all something is better than nothing.

Also this update is going to be combined with Nokia’s Amber update. Which over all seems to be pretty good update for the Lumia devices. Let me list what all you are going to get in these updates.

Amber Update

  1. Better Battery life (those who got it say: “battery felt much improved“)
  2. SMS and Call filters
  3. Glance screen settings (YouTube)
  4. Always-on clock
  5. Double-tap to wake
  6. Smart Camera (YouTube)
  7. Lotus Notes Traveler account support
  8. Display + Touch enhancements (Lumia Color Profile)
  9. Up to 3200 ISO support
  10. Less noise
  11. Enhanced color profile
  12. Image quality improvements
  13. Shutter button can be used for opening Nokia Smart Cam.
  14. Flip to silence.

Here’s a small demo video for the Amber update:

November 17, 2012 /

Above is picture from a Nokia China slideshow that shows the upcoming features in the Windows Phone 7.8 update. While none of these features will be earth shattering news to anyone it nice to see that they are officially coming  to the “legacy” Windows Phone 7 devices. Different sized Live Tiles Bing wallpapers on the lock screen New feature to prevent accidental touches to the screen Choice of 20 accent colors Internet Explorer security upgrades Ability to convert MP3 as ringtones Sharing of media via Bluetooth Ringtone creation app Upgraded contacts transfer app Upgraded contacts sharing app One feature that…