Windows Phone 8 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8/news en-GB Fully Charged: Volvo’s Google Cardboard test drive, Sharp’s 736ppi phone display, and all WP8 Lumia devices will get Windows 10 http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your Friday off right with our quick-hit collection of hot tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Cardboard x Volvo" alt="Google Cardboard x Volvo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-cardboard-volvo.jpg?1416031513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volvo offering branded Google Cardboard shell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might not have the time or inclination to book a real test drive, but Volvo still wants to get you into its overhauled XC90 SUV. The plan? Mail interested parties a branded Google Cardboard virtual reality shell and have them fire up the Android app to check out a digital drive.</p> <p>The black cardboard shell is apparently identical in design to the one Google <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin">handed out to I/O attendees</a>, and Volvo will begin mailing them out on 18 November through its Volvo Reality app. That app is available now on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.volvo.volvoreality">Google Play</a> and will hit the iOS App Store on the 18th, as well.</p> <p>And the Volvo-fied Google Cardboard will work with any smartphone-powered virtual reality apps, so there&rsquo;s little to lose by signing up for one if you don&rsquo;t want to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">create your own from scratch</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.volvocars.com/us/all-cars/all-new-volvo-xc90/Pages/Google-cardboard.aspx">Volvo</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/13/7217397/volvo-is-using-google-cardboard-to-get-people-inside-its-new-suv">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wuln2bJkp1k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharp has a 736ppi display in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now this is just getting ridiculous. It&rsquo;s well past the point of being perceivable by the average human eye at a reasonable viewing distance, but Sharp has a smartphone display in the works that boasts pixel density of 736ppi (pixels per inch).</p> <p>How does the 2560x1600 (2K) panel accomplish that? Well, it&rsquo;s just 4.1in - so it&rsquo;s plenty dense, but also rather small compared to current-day flagships. Still, Sharp apparently sees value in pushing the pixel density envelope, and it plans to have sample panels for partners next year, with mass production eyed for 2016 if companies want them.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.mobilemag.com/2014/11/13/sharp-4-inch-display-pixel-density-736ppi">Mobile Magazine</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/13/sharp-igzo-736-ppi/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sharp/sharp-preparing-4k-smartphone-lcd-screens-2016/news">Sharp preparing 4K smartphone LCD screens for 2016</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="750" title="Sharp&#039;s 736ppi display" alt="Sharp&#039;s 736ppi display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharp-736ppi-display.jpg?1416031513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All WP8 Lumia phones will get Windows 10 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Microsoft made the jump from Windows Phone 7 to WP8, its existing handsets didn&rsquo;t make the jump - which didn&rsquo;t sit to well with owners of those devices, as you might expect. But that apparently won&rsquo;t happen again with the leap from Windows Phone 8 to Windows 10, according to the official Lumia account on Twitter.</p> <p>Asked about upgrades, the account told a user, &ldquo;There will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.&rdquo; There you have it. So if you&rsquo;re looking to get a Lumia in the next several months - such as the just-announced, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/low-end-lumia-535-microsoft-s-first-post-nokia-phone/news">Microsoft-branded Lumia 535</a> - you can rest assured that it will be brought up to date once Windows 10 eventually debuts.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-claims-windows-10-upgrades-all-lumias">Windows Central</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 - and 3 we hate</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Lumia 535" alt="Microsoft Lumia 535" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-535-front.png?1416031513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony celebrates 20 years of PlayStation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original PlayStation launched in Japan almost 20 full years ago, in December 1994 (oh no, we&#39;re all super old) - and Sony Japan has kicked off the festivities with a breezy look back at two decades of software and hardware alike. If you&rsquo;ve owned one or more of the couple hundred million PlayStation boxes manufactured in the last 20 years, spare two minutes for this nostalgic blast.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4KW0OBCtz4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/playstation-vue-sony-s-console-based-answer-cable-and-satellite-tv/news">PlayStation Vue is Sony&rsquo;s console-based answer to cable and satellite TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m4KW0OBCtz4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu#comments Cars Gaming Google PlayStation Sharp Sony Volvo Windows 10 Windows Phone 8 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453156 at http://www.stuff.tv How to get early access to Windows Phone 8.1 and its nifty Siri alternative Cortana http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/get-early-access-windows-phone-81-and-famed-siri-alternative-cortana/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t wait for the update? Here&#039;s a way to get your hands on it before it officially drops </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Get early access to Windows Phone 8.1 and famed Siri alternative, Cortana" alt="Get early access to Windows Phone 8.1 and famed Siri alternative, Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Windows%20Phone%208.1%20preview_0.jpg?1397554913" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With all the positive buzz about the forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update &ndash; which brings with it Cortana, Microsoft&#39;s impressive answer to Siri &ndash; Windows Phone 8 users are likely itching to get their hands on it right now rather than have to wait for it to arrive on their phone at some point &quot;over the next few months&quot; (Microsoft&#39;s words). Well, for these people we have some good news: you can (sort of) get the update early by installing the developers&#39; preview.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hello, Cortana </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;ve been lusting after Siri-alternative Cortana, you will need to change your settings to make Windows think you&#39;re in the US. Change your language to &quot;English (United States)&quot; and the phone&#39;s region to the US as well.</p> <p>Then you should be getting all the pre-event access delivered to your phone - but not before a few reboots.</p> <p>To find out what to expect from the update, read <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">our take on the Windows Phone 8.1</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/04/heres-how-to-get-windows-phone-8-1-and-cortana/" target="_blank">ArsTechnica</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Hello, Cortana" alt="Hello, Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Windows%20Phone%20Store_0.jpg?1397554913" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/get-early-access-windows-phone-81-and-famed-siri-alternative-cortana/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/get-early-access-windows-phone-81-and-famed-siri-alternative-cortana/news#comments Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:38:45 +0000 Will Findlater 1435486 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s new mobile OS is stuffed full of seemingly clever features - but how useful are they in reality? We go hands-on to find out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The new Windows Phone 8.1 home screen" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-001.jpg?1397092579" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia and Microsoft are right in the midst of a Cronenbergian combining in which they hope to emerge as a suitably powerful hybrid super-soldier to take on the likes of Android and Apple.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What a difference a fraction makes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft has been listening to your feedback about Windows Phone &ndash; a statement that brings to mind <a href="http://www.art.co.uk/products/p10030553-sa-i859865/posters.htm" target="_blank">Hitachi&rsquo;s iconic Blown Away Man image</a>. It&rsquo;s very proud of the widespread changes it has brought to this latest version, and that all those changes only represent a .1 increase in the version number. Suffice to say, not all of its changes were consumer-focused &ndash; there&rsquo;s a whole bunch o&rsquo; graft that&rsquo;s gone in to the back end of WinPho8.1 to make it more fun for developers. Now code-monkeys can integrate their apps right into the heart of the OS &ndash; for example, something like Waze might integrate with the addresses in the core People app.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia Icon review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And very pretty it is too" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-002.jpg?1397092579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The phone arriving at Platform 8.1… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More talk of developers came while chatting to the Windows gurus about the Phone OS&rsquo; position within the larger Microsoft ecosystem. Apparently it is now easier than ever to write apps destined for tablet, PC and phone. And even Xbox.</p> <p>Other funky sync technologies mean that if you change your desktop colour on one device, it can automatically change on your other devices. Save a website password on your phone, it&rsquo;ll auto-fill on your Xbox. Pause a video on your tablet, it&rsquo;ll start from the same location on your PC. It all worked like a multi-screened dream in the demos. Will it work in real life? We&rsquo;ll have to wait until the May arrival of the Nokia 630 &ndash; the first of the 8.1ers &ndash; to find out.</p> <p>Incidentally, we asked whether this synchronicity of version number &ndash; Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 &ndash; was a deliberate, and perhaps on-going, dollop of clarity for consumers. To which the answer was, predictably enough: &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t talk about future products.&rdquo; Oh, Microsoft. Don&rsquo;t go changing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81-what-s-new/news" target="_blank">Windows 8.1 update - the return of the Start Menu</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="WinPho8.1 will better integrate with other Windows products" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-003.jpg?1397092579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cortana is listening </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The big new feature is Microsoft&rsquo;s answer to Siri and Google Now, which is Cortana, the voice assistant. Named after a sub-character from the game <em>Halo</em>, she promises to be cleverer and more helpful than either Android or Apple&rsquo;s offerings&hellip; but, as she is yet to be taught about Britain, there was little opportunity to test her during our UK launch event.</p> <p>Where she should differ from her rivals &ndash; there&rsquo;s no option to make her male, by the way &ndash; is a list of your likes and dislikes, which is stored locally rather than in the cloud. This should make Cortana more intuitive, with a higher hit-rate of successfully answered questions.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">Apple iOS 7.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cortana could be Windows Phone 8.1&#039;s killer app" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-cortana-003.jpg?1397092579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Form vs function, a clear winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another widely reported feature of 8.1 is that you can make your app icons &ndash; AKA Live Tiles &ndash; transparent, and it&rsquo;s true. Very pretty it is too. Even if your desktop wallpaper is a satanic puppy de-skinning itself, you&rsquo;ll still do a little &lsquo;aww&rsquo; when you see how the icons move over the background image. Plus, it&rsquo;s not an ergonomic disaster because the thick black lines that separate the icons in full-colour mode remain when they are transparenterised.</p> <p>But, not all of your icons will go clear &ndash; it&rsquo;s a dev-selectable option. So you have a choice of moving your icons around until they are aesthetically pleasing, but perhaps less well placed for productivity. Decisions, decisions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s... transparent!" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-003_0.jpg?1397092579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take notice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Windows Phone has always been about Live Tiles. What&rsquo;s clever about Live Tiles? They provide you with updates and notifications right there on the icon. What does that mean? No need for a notification bar or area. What did the Windows Phone community want anyway? A notification bar!</p> <p>Swipe down from the top of the screen and you&rsquo;ll get a fairly by-the-numbers notification area, with four customisable shortcut keys for commonly used settings, plus a list of updates from various apps. We&rsquo;ll have to wait for a full version to see how useful the Action Center is; whether, and to what extent app devs make use of it. One thing&rsquo;s for sure: whether or not we really needed a notification area, we sure ain&rsquo;t going to kick it out of bed if it&rsquo;s happy to lie there quietly and not use up any resource.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/here-s-what-ios-8-going-look/news" target="_blank">Apple iOS 8 images leak</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Action Centre. Sorry, Center. Damn UK/US spellings" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-action-centre-001.jpg?1397092579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A sense-able choice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Windows Phone 8.1 also brings a number of behind-the-scene bots to make your phone life easier. One is Battery Sense, which kicks in to eke out 24 hours from your last 20 per cent of battery life. Data Sense tracks the weight of your browsing, compressing webpages and warning you if you&rsquo;re going to hit limits, while Storage Sense lets you flip apps and content between internal and SD memory to keep things sweet. The Nokia 930 doesn&rsquo;t have an external storage option, so you&rsquo;ll either have to have a lesser Nokia 635 to play with this feature, or wait for something else to come along.</p> <p>Other new features which we didn&#39;t get a chance to try out properly include the Word Flow keyboard and Internet Explorer 11. Word Flow is a Swype-style keyboard, and it seemed to work perfectly well. But it&#39;s the kind of feature you need to use for a few days minimum before you can judge it. So we won&#39;t. Ditto Internet Explorer 11, which brings bags of new functionality - Reading View, private browsing, sync across devices, etc - but which again we&#39;d need to live with for a while before passing judgement on.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Storage Sense does its thing" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-storage-sense-001.jpg?1397092579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Thoughts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Windows Phone is gradually becoming more sophisticated, apparently heeding the cries of its user base. Having the hardware nous of Nokia on board should help to keep things in check, but our feeling is that WinPhone 8.1 is getting away from the crisp simplicity that made it a genuine alternative to the other smartphone platforms. We should be getting our hands on a ready-to-rumble 8.1-packing Nokia in just a few weeks, at which point we&#39;ll bring you a full review.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Looking good, WinPho8.1" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-004.jpg?1397092579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81-hands-review/feature#comments Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone 8 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:43:28 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435128 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 930: the mighty Icon is coming to the UK http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-930-mighty-lumia-icon-coming-uk/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most talented Lumia yet has a new name and is shipping worldwide </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An Icon by any other name..." alt="Nokia Lumia 930: the mighty Lumia Icon is coming to the UK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Lumia930Range-in-line.jpg?1404966781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We really like the Nokia Lumia Icon smartphone. In fact, our main complaint with the best Windows Phone yet was that we couldn&#39;t get our hands on it, as it&#39;s a US-only device.</p> <p class="p1">But very soon, it&#39;ll be available over here too. Launched at Microsoft&#39;s BUILD conference in San Francisco, the Nokia Lumia 930 is an Icon by another name, and it looks every bit as good as the original.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows Phone 8.1 on Android-rivalling hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Lumia 930 will be one of the first handsets available that runs Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana voice control, customisable Live Tile wallpaper and all.</p> <p>And it should run speedily. Inside the handset is a 2.2GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which is only slightly outclassed by the Snapdragon 801s and 805s you&#39;ll find inside the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>. It&#39;s backed up by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of (sadly non-expandable) storage.</p> <p>The 930&#39;s screen is a 5-inch, 1080p LCD with a resolution of 441ppi - only the 2K screen-equipped&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review" target="_blank">Oppo Find 7&nbsp;</a>tops it for now. It&#39;s covered with Gorilla Glass 3 and reportedly works even if you have gloves on. Inside is a 2420mAh battery, which is compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard.</p> <p>As with many Lumias, a point of difference for the 930 is its 20MP PureView camera. It&#39;s equipped with Zeiss optics and optical image stabilisation (rather than the inferior electronic kind) to alleviate hand shake. Unlike most Lumias, the 930 has a solid aluminium frame sandwiched by two colourful slabs of polycarbonate. We weren&#39;t completely taken with this styling when we tested the Icon - it&#39;s a chunky beast - but it certainly feels built to last.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Phew. It comes in white" alt="Nokia Lumia 930: the mighty Lumia Icon is coming to the UK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lumia930-MixRadio-in-line.jpg?1404966781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="And it comes in not white" alt="Nokia Lumia 930: the mighty Lumia Icon is coming to the UK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lumia930-colours-in-line.jpg?1404966781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Icon by any other name... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eagle-eyed readers will see that, yep, the Lumia 930 is basically a Lumia Icon. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review" target="_blank">We have a review of that device over here</a>. The only real difference is the lack of Verizon branding.</p> <p class="p1">If it floats your boat, you&#39;ll be able to snap the Lumia 930 up in June for US$600.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia Icon review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x7eMY45Fw0M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 930 revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The mighty Icon is coming to the UK </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-930-mighty-lumia-icon-coming-uk/news#comments Lumia 930 Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone 8 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:00:10 +0000 Will Findlater 1434738 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia Icon: meet the 20MP, 1080p Windows Phone flagship http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-icon-new-windows-phone-flagship/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5in 1080p OLED screen, 20MP PureView camera and metal construction are among this handset’s killer features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon: the new Windows Phone flagship" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon: the new Windows Phone flagship" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-lumia-black.jpg?1392630888" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia has torn the wrappers off a brand new flagship phone&nbsp;&ndash; but we&rsquo;re not sure when (or even if) it&rsquo;s coming to the UK.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mic check 1, 2 (and 3, and 4) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nokia Lumia Icon runs, as you&rsquo;d expect, on Windows Phone 8. It&rsquo;s got a full metal body (we like), a 20MP PureView camera with Zeiss optics (we like) and four built-in microphones that capture much clearer audio than other smartphones (we like, assuming they&rsquo;re telling the truth).</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a 5in 1080p OLED screen (that&rsquo;s 441 pixels-per-inch), 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 32GB of storage (plus 7GB of free OneDrive cloud storage) and a 2,420mAh battery that supports wireless charging.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EOSzGfS6qjU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is it UK bound? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The bad news is that at present Nokia has announced it as a US-only Verizon exclusive. There might well be some news on European availability and pricing come Mobile World Congress in February. As always, we&rsquo;ll let you know.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://conversations.nokia.com/2014/02/12/lumia-icon-coming-verizon-united-states/" target="_blank">Nokia Conversations</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC news so far</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-front.jpg?1392630888" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone 8 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:48:26 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432388 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 520 http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-520/nokia-lumia-520/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A cracking budget Windows Phone - but not the best cheap smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review " alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Nokia-lumia-520-review-lockscreen.jpg?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One in three Windows Phones sold in 2013 was a Nokia Lumia 520, so it&rsquo;s safe to say this cheap and cheerful handset is pretty popular.</p> <p>But hey, 2013&rsquo;s best-selling single Blurred &ldquo;what rhymes with hug me?&rdquo; Lines was popular, so how much do we really trust other people, even if there are millions of them? Exactly. And that&rsquo;s why this Nokia needs a closer examination.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £120.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheap </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nokia’s camera, Drive and music apps are ace </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feels cheap </div> <div class="field-item even"> So-so screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sporadically slow </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks and feels practical rather than perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What colour to get? Probably the most pressing concern on Lumia 520 buyers&rsquo; minds. Available in yellow, red, black and white, it&rsquo;s a tough call, but we&rsquo;re rather smitten with our cyan model and you can swap the back covers if you change your mind anyway. Hues aside, this looks and feels like a &pound;100 smartphone. It&rsquo;s a little creaky and when the screen&rsquo;s off it&rsquo;s that budget faint black that doesn&rsquo;t match the bezel.</p> <p>Even next to larger, chunkier phones (including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Moto G</a>) the Nokia lacks something in the ergonomic stakes - the matte plastic back is rounded but its bottom corners dig into the palm when held one-handed. So it looks and feels the part of a cheap phone - a bit disappointing.</p> <p>But the Lumia is at least nice and light at 124g, can survive a tumble in overcrowded pockets or bags and has swappable back covers and battery. All in all, for the price, the 520 makes for a practical, if not sexy, purchase.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review " alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia-Lumia-520-review-back-cover.png?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bursting with Nokia Goodies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not just the outside of Lumia phones that&rsquo;s distinctive, it&rsquo;s impressive how many genuinely useful apps Nokia manages to cram into its lower-end phones. On top of access to the Windows Phone Store, the 520 is treated to the playlist streaming service Mix Radio, some of Nokia&rsquo;s camera apps (more on these later) and Nokia&rsquo;s excellent HERE Drive nav app.</p> <p>The 520&rsquo;s also in line for <a href="http://www.nokia.com/global/windows-phone-black-update/" target="_blank">Nokia&rsquo;s Black software update</a>, which adds its photo app Storyteller. As the 520 only has 512MB of RAM it won&rsquo;t get features such as Glance Screen notifications or Lytro-like Refocus, but we&rsquo;re expecting it to be a nice addition nonetheless.</p> <p>Windows Phone itself, with its customisable live tiles homescreen and simplified settings, is nicely suited to users who just want easy access to messages, browsing and email. There&rsquo;s also the bonus of 7GB of free SkyDrive storage compatible with the pre-installed Office (Word, Excel, etc) apps. Stick to viewing docs and editing on the fly in emergencies only, though, as the keyboard takes up most of the 4in screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review " alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia-Lumia-520-review-apps-list.png?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review " alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia-Lumia-520-review-music.png?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HD Screen Missing - But That’s not the end of the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A big win for software then, but Nokia&rsquo;s (perhaps unsurprisingly) scrimped on the screen. The 520&rsquo;s 4in 800x480 screen is simply no match for the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Moto G&rsquo;s</a> 720p display. It&rsquo;s one of those smartphones that looks like there&rsquo;s thin film on top of it, with everything from text on webpages to Netflix movies looking fuzzier than they do on the Droid.</p> <p>That said, it&rsquo;s a decent effort for the money. Choose the high brightness setting and Windows Phone still looks good - all vibrant colours (admittedly on the warm side), deep blacks and good visibility in daylight.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a real fingerprint fiend, but the 520&rsquo;s screen is &ldquo;super sensitive&rdquo; so it&rsquo;s easier to use with gloves - more useful than you&rsquo;d think for this seemingly never-ending UK winter.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review " alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia-Lumia-520-review-verdict-tiles.png?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 Mediocre-Pixel Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia&rsquo;s lavished its expensive Lumias with fancy camera tech</a>, but the cheap 520 largely misses out. Its 5MP cam screams budget and the stills it takes are distinctly mediocre.</p> <p>Outdoors and close up, it fares well - images lack detail compared to the Galaxy S4 Mini but look punchy enough onscreen and on social media. The 4x digital zoom is almost useless, but that&rsquo;s to be expected on a phone this price - only the Samsung phone bucks that trend. Indoors and in low or tricky light the 520 struggles to take balanced shots, but it does a nice job of making skintones look natural.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="359" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/12484260503/in/set-72157640889881864/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>If quality is less important than mucking around, the Lumia&rsquo;s a good bet thanks to a fairly speedy dedicated camera button and the Smart Shoot burst mode &lsquo;digital lens&rsquo; for picking out your best shots. Plus Nokia&rsquo;s Creative Studio app with effects and the option to tweak colour balance, vibrance, brightness and clarity&nbsp;enhance an otherwise dull photo.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review camera" alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia-Lumia-520-review-camera.png?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review camera" alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-520-review-camera-2.png?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just about enough battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen, power, camera - we can forgive all manner of smartphone sins so long as the battery life is good. On the Lumia 520 it&rsquo;s just good enough.</p> <p>This little Lumia will last a day of regular use, but hammer it harder with downloads, streams and gaming and the 1430mAh battery will droop by 30-40% in a couple of hours. Next to the Moto G, which bewitches the battery icon into somehow staying on 54% for an hour, the 520 has its work cut out. But compared to every other budget phone, it&rsquo;s reliable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review battery" alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia-Lumia-520-review-battery.png?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slow and steady, but no race winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite the Lumia 520&rsquo;s boast of a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, web browsing is choppy and it can get in a tizz opening and closing apps. 3D gaming is a hoot with the 520 handling titles such as Asphalt 8 well, but the 520 quickly starts to grate in day-to-day use.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-unbelievably-good-free-windows-phone-games/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Free Windows Phone Games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Haves and Have Nots </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A budget smartphone can&rsquo;t have everything, and sure enough on the Lumia 520 there&rsquo;s no 4G, no NFC and no wireless charging, none of which is expected at this price. And if you must have 4G on this phone, there&rsquo;s a Lumia 521 variant that&rsquo;s only slightly more expensive. And chances are if &pound;100 is your max budget, a &pound;30 Qi charger isn&rsquo;t going to be top of your list.</p> <p>What we do like is the Lumia 520&rsquo;s microSD slot for expandable storage up to an extra 64GB. It&rsquo;s just a shame that the 520&rsquo;s screen doesn&rsquo;t make us want to rush out and load up a microSD with all our movies.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review Word" alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review Word" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia-Lumia-520-review-word.png?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If it&rsquo;s Windows Phone on a budget you want, the Lumia 520 is it.</p> <p>Everything about this smartphone - screen, camera, battery life - is just about good enough to raise it above the usual cheap suspects. And with Nokia&rsquo;s ace apps and colourful back covers, there are a few added extras that help to explain how the 520 has bagged so many fans around the globe.</p> <p>That said, if Android can get a look-in (which it should), we&rsquo;re sticking with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Moto G</a> as our afford-a-phone of choice. It&rsquo;s still the benchmark for budget smartphones and manages to make capable kit such as the Lumia 520 look second best.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 520 review verdict" alt="Nokia Lumia 520 review verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia-Lumia-520-review-live-tiles_0.png?1392388520" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A budget WinPho champ bursting with Nokia goodies - but Android offers better handsets for the money</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-520/nokia-lumia-520/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-520/nokia-lumia-520/review#comments Lumia 520 Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone 8 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:55:37 +0000 Tom Parsons 1432342 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sony considering Windows Phone, Android devices dominated by Jelly Bean and Windows 9 in 2015? http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-sony-considering-windows-phone-android-devices-dominated-jelly-bean-and-window <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Monday Blues call for some itsy bitsy tech bites </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fully Charged: Sony considering Windows Phone, Android devices dominated by Jelly Bean and Windows 9 in 2015?" alt="Fully Charged: Sony considering Windows Phone, Android devices dominated by Jell" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-8_0.jpg?1389608873" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Collaboration between Sony and Microsoft in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Leading away with small but powerful flagship phone (unlike *coughSamsungHTCcough*), Sony might rekindle its relationship with Microsoft to power their phones. Talking to TechRadar, the Japanese company mentioned that they don&rsquo;t want to be a single OS manufacturer. No dates were given, but this rumour points to a possible waterproofed Windows Phone from Sony.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/sony-confirms-discussions-with-microsoft-to-launch-windows-phone-1214067" target="_blank">TechRadar</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-WP8.jpg?1389608873" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One out of two Android phone is running Jelly Bean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The latest statstics from Mountain View will certainly will warm Google&#39;s little Android heart. The pretty pie chart from Google illustrates that half of all Android devices are running the (almost) latest Jelly Bean version. If you take to account that Android has 80 percent of the world smartphone market, this is the Droid you are looking for.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html" target="_blank">Android</a> via <a href="http://amanz.my/2014/01/jelly-bean-kini-meliputi-59-1-daripada-peranti-android-seluruh-dunia/" target="_blank">Amanz </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="One out of two Android phone is running Jelly Bean" alt="One out of two Android phone is running Jelly Bean" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-chart.jpg?1389608873" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> April 2015 for Windows 9? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tech sites are abuzz, saying that Microsoft will announce their next version of Windows within the next few months. It should have a similar design and features to the current version, but a rebrand is in order after its less than stellar adoption of the Modern-looking Windows so far. And here we were, just warming up to version 8.1 .</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/threshold-be-called-windows-9-ship-april-2015" target="_blank">WinSuperSite&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="April 2015 for Windows 9?" alt="April 2015 for Windows 9?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-98.jpg?1389608873" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-sony-considering-windows-phone-android-devices-dominated-jelly-bean-and-window#comments Android Sony Windows Phone 8 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:27:54 +0000 Will Findlater 1431180 at http://www.stuff.tv Leaked Nokia Lumia 929 could be the Windows Phone we've been waiting for http://www.stuff.tv/leaked-nokia-lumia-929-could-be-perfect-windows-phone-weve-been-looking/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This Lumia&#039;s leaked spec list ticks all the right boxes. Could this be the best Windows Phone ever made? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="716" height="537" title="Leaked Nokia Lumia 929 could be the perfect Windows Phone we&#039;ve been looking for" alt="Leaked Nokia Lumia 929 could be the perfect Windows Phone we&#039;ve been looking for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumia-929_0.png?1386035274" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We were impressed with the Nokia Lumia 1520 in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-1520/nokia-lumia-1520/review" target="_blank">review</a>, but we couldn&#39;t help but feel that we&#39;d have preferred its innards into a smaller, less, well, humungous device.</p> <p>Enter the mysterious Nokia Lumia 929, a device outed by a leakster called Falorin on WPCentral&#39;s forums.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> December release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Design-wise, it seems to deter from the familiar path of the Lumia series&#39; colourful polycarbonate build and could be similar to the metal <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-925/review" target="_blank">Lumia 925</a>, though it&#39;s hard to tell from the leaked pictures above.</p> <p>The Lumia 929 is apparently going to hit shelves in December, so join us in remaining tentatively optimistic for what could be the best Windows Phone ever made.</p> <p>[<a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/381507422101045248" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>, <a href="http://www.wpcentral.com/leakster-says-nokia-lumia-929-has-2510mah-december%20release" target="_blank">WPCentral</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="376" title="Leaked Nokia Lumia 929 could be the perfect Windows Phone we&#039;ve been looking for" alt="Leaked Nokia Lumia 929 could be the perfect Windows Phone we&#039;ve been looking for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leaked-lumia.jpg?1386035274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leaked-nokia-lumia-929-could-be-perfect-windows-phone-weve-been-looking/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/leaked-nokia-lumia-929-could-be-perfect-windows-phone-weve-been-looking/news#comments Lumia 929 Nokia Windows Phone 8 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:04:09 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1429666 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed http://www.stuff.tv/windows-8/halo-spartan-assault-windows-8-and-windows-phone-8-revealed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 343 Industries reveals the latest non-console installment in the Halo series. Suit up and click on through for all you need to know </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1440" height="1079" title="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" alt="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spartan%20assualt%20main.jpg?1376660824" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>343 Industries has revealed its latest title in the Halo series – Halo: Spartan Assault – and it's designed from the ground-up for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices.</p> <p>We met up with 343 Industries' Executive Producer Dan Ayoub in London last week for a sneak preview of the latest non-console Halo title. Here's everything you need to know.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> story and gameplay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Halo: Spartan Assault focuses on 25 levels which see you step into the shoes (well, big metal boots) of a Spartan IV soldier, with each level representing a training simulation reliving classic battles from the past.</p> <p>Gameplay is different from the first person shooter style of past Halo titles, with a top-down camera view and touch controls taking centre stage for the first time.</p> <p>This is obviously a big step away from traditional Halo titles and was a design choice made to offer a solid touchscreen experience as opposed to a flaky first-person one.</p> <p>You can choose to destroy covenant scum while waiting 5 minutes for the bus or the hardcore among you can churn through the entire game in around two hours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BxsYQtltOco" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> controls </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Any touchscreen game is made or broken by its controls, and we're happy to report that 343 Industries has made some very solid touchscreen design decisions.</p> <p>Halo: Spartan Assault has two onscreen thumb pads which can freely move across the screen, tracking the centre of your thumbs the entire time, ensuring that you never slip out of the control area.</p> <p>This makes for a much more fluid and natural touch controls, with the left thumb controlling movement and the right taking care of aiming and firing weapons. A right thumb double-tap will also have your Spartan bash an Elite around the face with a melee attack, which is nice.</p> <p>This system, coupled with the top-down camera angle, means that your thumbs will never obstruct the action – your Spartan is constantly locked centre-stage of the action. Just the way we like it.</p> <p>If you're gaming on a Windows 8 tablet then you can also plug in an Xbox 360 controller or a keyboard and mouse for something a little more physical.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="1079" title="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" alt="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spartan%20controls.jpg?1376660824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> weapons and abilities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Halo: Spartan Assault will feature new weapons, loadouts and abilities. Although we didn't spend long enough with it to sample everything, we were fans of the EMP-like ability which knocked Covenant enemies within the blast radius to the ground.</p> <p>The classic Halo weapons including the shotgun, dual SMGs and plasma rifle are all present and accounted for and there will of course be some vehicle action for those looking to burn some heavy duty rubber.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1333" height="1000" title="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" alt="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spartan%20weapons.jpg?1376660824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> graphics and sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The universe is unmistakably Halo, from the bold bright colours to the weapon blast noises which will be instantly recognisable to any Halo veteran. A freshly recorded soundtrack and crisp punchy graphics with cinematic cutscenes to progress the storyline will also envelop fans in the Halo universe.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" alt="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spartan%20story%20gameplay.jpg?1376660824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> availability, platforms and pricing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Halo: Spartan Assault will be available in July for US$7 (non-US prices have yet to be confirmed) on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. There are no plans to bring it to iOS, Android or Xbox Live arcade at this time, but we'll be sure to let you know if that changes in future.</p> <p>For more info check out <a href="http://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/games/halospartanassault" target="_blank">halowaypoint.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1444" height="1082" title="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" alt="Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spartan%20tablet.jpg?1376660824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/windows-8/halo-spartan-assault-windows-8-and-windows-phone-8-revealed/news#comments Apps and Games Windows 8 Windows Phone 8 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:50:10 +0000 Alpay Dedezade 1425610 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One-like phone with Windows 8 could be out this year http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-phone-windows-8-could-be-out-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows Phone 8 fans rejoice – HTC could be gracing you with a sexy aluminium handset in time for Christmas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One-like phone with Windows 8 could be out this year" alt="HTC One-like phone with Windows 8 could be out this year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-windows-8.jpg?1372248885" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC is working on a Windows 8 device which will be similar to the sexy <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a>, the current king of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff's Smartphone Top 10 list</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One with Windows 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC reportedly prepping &quot;HTC One-like&quot; Windows 8 phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-windows-8.jpg?1372248885" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-phone-windows-8-could-be-out-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-phone-windows-8-could-be-out-year/news#comments HTC Microsoft One Windows Phone 8 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:55:58 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1424309 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia EOS with 41MP camera coming this July? http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-eos-41mp-camera-coming-july/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The brains of the 41MP Nokia 808 PureView camera may be crammed into a new Lumia soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-lumia-pureview.jpg?1370866188" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/nokia-808-pureview">Nokia 808 Pureview with its 41MP snapper</a>? What a brilliant camera – shame about the outdated Symbian OS though. We’ve hoped that snapper would make it into a Windows 8 phone ever since. Now it looks like Nokia is about to deliver with a 41MP&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/nokia-lumia-920">Lumia 920 style</a>&nbsp;handset called EOS.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/luke-edwards" title="View user profile.">Luke Edwards</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/rumour-mill/nokia-lumia-eos-with-41mp-camera-coming-this-july </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-eos-41mp-camera-coming-july/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-eos-41mp-camera-coming-july/news#comments Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone 8 Fri, 24 May 2013 14:28:48 +0000 Luke Edwards 1423761 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows Phone 8 officially launched http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-officially-launched/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft debuts its new mobile OS and reveals more detail on apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Windows_Phone_8_event_0_0.jpg?1364398208" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Windows_Phone_8_event_2.jpg?1364398208" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_515.jpg?1364398208" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft today launched <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/windows-phone-8-app-hits-windows-store-ahead-of-launch">Windows Phone 8</a> in San Francisco – and a lot of the focus was on apps.</p> <p>Outwardly Windows Phone 8 closely resembles its predecessor, but one difference highlighted at the launch today was Live Apps. Taking the concept of Live Tiles further, Live Apps are apps that can be pinned to the lock screen as Live Tiles. So they update automatically while the Windows Phone 8 is locked.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/windows-phone-8-officially-launched </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-officially-launched/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-officially-launched/news#comments Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:38:10 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 423294 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows Phone 8 app hits Windows store ahead of launch http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-app-hits-windows-store-ahead-launch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft has hit the launch button for its Windows Phone software ahead of its launch later today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-phone-8-app-launch_0.jpg?1364399353" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_528.jpg?1364399353" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has given the green light to its Windows Phone 8 app ahead of its launch today, making it available for anyone who snapped up Windows 8 on its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/software-and-os/news-nugget/windows-8-launched" target="_self">debut last Friday</a>. </p> <p>Whether you're the proud owner of a shiny new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/hands-on/microsoft-surface-hands-on-review" target="_self">Microsoft Surface</a>, or have upgraded to Redmond's latest OS, you'll be able to download the Windows Phone 8 app for free from the Windows Store.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/windows-phone-8-app-hits-windows-store-ahead-of-launch </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-app-hits-windows-store-ahead-launch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-app-hits-windows-store-ahead-launch/news#comments Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:38:12 +0000 Esat Dedezade 423278 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8 launch event date http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-announces-windows-phone-8-launch-event-date/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Put October 29th in your diary - that&#039;s when Windows Phone 8 will be formerly introduced and Microsoft gets serious </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Windows_Phone_8_event.jpg?1364399468" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_3928.jpg?1364399468" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've seen Windows Phone 8 already on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/need-to-know/nokia-lumia-920-%E2%80%93-need-to-know">Nokia Lumia 920</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/hands-on-with-the-htc-windows-phone-8x-and-htc-windows-phone-8s">HTC Windows Phone 8X</a> but a lack of a software development kit and no real news since then has kept us up at night wondering what might be up Microsoft's money-filled sleeves.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/events/news-nugget/microsoft-announces-windows-phone-8-launch-event-date </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-announces-windows-phone-8-launch-event-date/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-announces-windows-phone-8-launch-event-date/news#comments Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:27:21 +0000 Ben Griffin 423022 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows Phone 8 quad-core handsets leaked http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-quad-core-handsets-leaked/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget dual core – a leaked memo points to the possibility of quad core Windows Phone devices in the near future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-phone-8-start-screens-copy_0.jpg?1364399710" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4259.jpg?1364399710" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A memo supposedly from Japanese network DoCoMo has revealed another interesting nugget of information on top of those previously mentioned new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/rumour-mill/lg-samsung-and-sony-all-working-on-new-nexus-smartphones">Nexus devices</a>. The document mentions a number of quad core Windows Phone 8 devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/rumour-mill/windows-phone-8-quad-core-handsets-leaked </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-quad-core-handsets-leaked/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-quad-core-handsets-leaked/news#comments Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:38:48 +0000 Ben Griffin 422469 at http://www.stuff.tv