Posts Tagged Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia firmware source shuttered

If you were among the hard-core Windows Phone fans that would look to get firmware updates before they were properly released, we’ve got some bad news for you. According to Slovakian website SmartMobil, Nokia is planning to restrict access to the Navifirm service that often allowed early downloads of upcoming Nokia firmwares, including those for the Finnish company’s Lumia line of Windows Phone 7 and 8 smartphones.

For now, it’s still possible to get earlier firmware in the same way – just download the NaviFirm Plus tool, connect to the server, search for your Nokia device, then download the firmware from the tool.
But at the end of the month, that’s set to change. Starting in February, you’ll need a “Nokia Online” login in order to access both application and firmware updates. The announcement made doesn’t seem to make clear whether this would be a standard aNokia account, or one that would be restricted to actual developers.
It does seem likely that you’ll have to jump through a few more hoops to get your fix of hot-off-the-press Nokia firmwares, though.  While I’m sure at least one developer with access will leak the firmware, it does open the system up to potential problems – a hostile developer might release malware in the guise of the latest system update as a trap for those who go looking for it early, for example. We’ll have to hope that Nokia choose a reasonable process for allowing access to the firmware, as it’s a great resource as present to get timely updates from a trusted source.
This article is brought to you by Will of Mobile Fun – the UK’s leader in Nokia Lumia 920 accessories, which will doubtful prove useful in the face of this sudden dearth of virtual Lumia upgrades!
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Windows Phone has 120k apps

We’ve heard early reports from Microsoft and its hardware partners that Windows Phone 8 has been growing much more rapidly than its predecessor, and now we may have some of our first definite numbers to quantify the growth. Speaking on Twitter, the platform’s Senior Direction Todd Brix stated that developer revenues and downloads have doubled since the November launch.

We’ve also got some news on the size of the Windows Phone Marketplace app store, which was 100,000 apps strong in June. Nokia has recently announced that the Windows Phone Marketplace is now home to 120,000 apps. Perhaps more importantly, 46 of the top 50 apps for iOS and Android are also available for Windows Phone – a vast improvement over the platform’s early days, which were marked by the notable omission of leading games and other apps.

Of course, the most critical piece of evaluating Windows Phone 8’s success is still missing – handset sales. With many consumers picking up new hardware from Nokia and HTC in the month since launch, Microsoft may be able to post some strong numbers here. One problem may be that the Samsung Ativ S, one of the five phones to launch with the new OS, has been delayed for several months for unknown reasons. HTC have also failed to bring the 8S to market in the United States, leaving just three Windows Phone 8 options for American consumers to choose between.

Still, the fact that Microsoft haven’t yet revealed handset numbers isn’t particularly telling – Like Apple, Microsoft do tend to save their biggest news items for press conferences and news events, rather than just announcing them off-hand.

Another point of interest will be the uptake of the Windows Phone 7.8 software upgrade, which is expected in early 2013. The update, which should include a number of mainly cosmetic features including upgrades to the core apps, a smaller tile size and additional theme colours, should paint a pretty clear picture of how many people are actually still using their last generation Windows Phone 7 devices since the Windows Phone 8 crowd have been released.

This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, who’re getting some new HTC 8X cases in stock pretty soon. Check ’em out!

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Final Fantasy now available on Windows Phone

Dictionary.com defines an anachronism as “something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time.” A steam-powered car on an interstate highway, for instance, would be an anachronism. Similarly, playing a game that dramatically pre-dates the technology you’re playing it on is delightfully anachronistic. Case in point, 1987’s Final Fantasy is now available for Windows Phone. The $6.99 app works on Windows Phone devices running Mango or newer and supports four languages: English, French, Chinese and Japanese. It also allows ancient cave-people like the Joystiq staff to reflect on how far technology has come, and gives young whippersnappers a chance to impress their friends by pretending to remember a game that came out before they were born.

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