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Nokia Lumia 710 gets a significant price drop in India, now available for less than 15,000 Rupees!

Nokia launched Lumia 710 in India for Rs 18,999.  The price wasn’t competitive, in my opinion, since Samsung was selling Omnia W, with front facing camera and better screen than 710, for 17k or even less. Note that Omnia W was initially released at a price of 19,900 so Nokia is following the footsteps of Samsung India. Not only are they following their footstep, in fact they just outpriced (outwitted as well?) Samsung by slashing the price of Nokia Lumia 710 to as low as 14,500. Yes. That is indeed a huge drop. Thanks to the kind twitter folks, here’s  a quick list of major online retailers selling Lumia 710:

From the list above, ngpay deal clearly looks more inticing.

The price drop from Nokia seems a little untimed. Why didn’t they launch with this price initially? Why the sudden price drop?

Yesterday evening I was discussing Omnia W and 710 with a friend of mine and he wasn’t too sure which one to pick. Lumia 710′s price plus lack of front facing camera against Omnia W’s lack of access to nokia exlusive applications was our point of discussion. Well, from 2 v/s 1 in Samsung’s favor it’s down to 1-1 in terms of feature comparison. This will probably confuse him further. But that’s not the point. The point is that now you can buy a Windows Phone for less than 15,000. 15k is an upper limit for mid range phones, in general terms. So even before the supposed Tango release, we are fairly close to price that Microsoft along with OEMs with try to achieve post Tango release i.e. 10,000 rupees.

 

 

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Grooveshark client for Windows Phone delayed due to technical issues

The makers of Grooveshark took the time to explain why the HTML 5 based website fails to work on the windows phone. They explain that due to a bug in the implementation of cross-domain AJAX requests, Internet Explorer (both on the desktop and on the phone) cannot make an AJAX call to an HTTPS endpoint from an HTTP page. They claim that there is an easy fix for this (serving the entire website using HTTPS), but “that is not possible right now”.

The funny thing about the article is that it seems that the developers have made a genuine effort to support windows phones (rewriting a javascript library to support IE, changing the audio endpoint from audio.php to audio.mp3), but due to one last technical hurdle they failed to get it working in Windows Phone. Understandably, the post is quite bitter and resentful.

We would encourage the developers of Grooveshark not to give up, and go the last few miles. Build an HTTPS site, Grooveshark, that will solve both the wp7 issue and will generally be helpful with privacy concerns.

(via reddit)

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[Exclusive] Antennagate redux on the HTC Titan running Windows Phone?

It is perhaps an open secret that the best windows phone on the market today also suffers from a deficiency in something that is the cellphone’s primary function: making calls.

Many posters on HTC’s support forum about the HTC Titan are complaining about muffled sound issues. Additionally, there was some chatter on WPCentral’s forums and we got some tweets about this as well. A couple of user reviews on The Verge also give a lower score to call quality than average, though it is interesting to note that their official review gave very good marks to call quality.

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Image: screenshot from HTC Titan support forum complaining about sound quality.

One of the easily overlooked things from the CES announcement for HTC Titan II was the fact that they changed the material of the back of the Titan from metal to what the CNET is calling “a soft touch finish of a lighter grey”. This could be a coating added to an aluminum body, or a different material altogether, we have not been able to determine. Add to this the fact that the HTC Titan was just released in November, why would they announce the successor to the phone this early?

HTC is aware of the problem and has no workarounds or solutions at hand. When I emailed HTC Support about the call quality issue, they responded with the following text:

Dear Sushovan De,

Thank you for taking the time to contact HTC, Sushovan. We are sorry to hear that you are experiencing issues with the sound quality on your Titan. We will gladly assist you with this issue.

We are currently aware of this issue, where your voice sounds muffled to the caller, and we are investigating possible resolutions. At this time, we do not have an ETA as to when this issue will be resolved. To stay on top of updates for any of our devices, keep an eye on our official website and our official social media outlets(Facebook & Twitter). Once we have information regarding an update, it will be posted to these sites first.

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused, Sushovan, and we appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this important issue for you and other Titan users. As always, we are here to answer any technical questions or concerns you may have between 6am to 1am EDST, 7 days a week for your convenience, or by phone at <number>

While I appreciate the fact that HTC Customer service was frank and prompt in their response, I am suspicious that there might be something fundamentally wrong with the phone.

Well, if you put two and two together, it seems like there is a serious design issue with the HTC Titan. Which is why HTC modified the design of the phone. Which is why they are releasing the successor to the Titan so soon. Which is why they don’t have an immediate answer to this muffled call quality issue.

So to test my theory out, I decided to perform some experiments.

I live in a place where I get about 3 bars of service from AT&T indoors, when the phone is lying on my table. When I grip the phone in my hand, the number of bars drops to 1.

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And then, the final piece of evidence: the actual calls. This following video has three parts. The first part, which is barely understandable, is me speaking on the Titan, holding the phone up to my ear. There were 3 bars on the phone when I started the call, but it might have deteriorated during the call. The second part is me using a pair of earphones to make the call from the same place as the first once (indoors).  And the third part is me using earphones outdoors, where there is much better signal.

To conclude, this seems strangely reminiscent of the Apple iPhone Antennagate issues. While I absolutely love the metal finish on the back of my phone, it remains a very unsuitable material for the back of a phone.

p.s – Don’t forget to read our HTC Titan review where Malcom noticed the sub par call clarity.

We have contacted HTC and are awaiting their response.

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Windows Phone Camp comes to India

In a post  yesterday about the Mid-Day app, I was talking about how the Indian Developer Scene is pretty active these days. Looks like Microsoft India is supporting Indian Developers a lot these days. We have already seen programs like iUnlockJoy extend the support to Developers – Apart from that , the folks at YourStory.in have tied up with Microsoft to bring India’s first Windows Phone Camp.

What ? :

Windows Phone Developer Camps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned.

When ? :

28th January

Where ? :

ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad

How to Register ? :

Register here

Gimme MOAR !!! :

More details about the event here .We have been also told that developers can go to the Microsoft Hyderabad Office – A Week after the event and test their apps and also check out other Windows Phone devices.It is really glad to see the Windows Phone camp series come to India and I am more glad to see the developer support from Microsoft India . Here’s hoping there are more Windows Phone camp in India

We at Windows Phone Sauce will be covering the event – So check back after the event for more details , photos and interviews [ hopefully ] .

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Mid-Day for Windows Phone is here

 

The Indian Windows Phone Developer Scene is pretty much active these days it seems . We are seeing a flurry of apps focused for the Indian audience being released on the marketplace . The newest addition to this is Mid-Day app for Windows Phone . Although not an Official app, the app is designed well and supports Live Tiles .

Live Tiles :

The News stories are categorized under Headlines, Entertainment, Sports, Photos, News and More . You can pin these categories as Live Tiles . The Live Tile shows the first news item in that specific category . The App’s Live tile shows the number of unread news feed.

Sharing :

You can share the news with your friends via text and email – Facebook and Twitter Integration is coming soon

Views :

The app uses Instapaper and Smartfile Mobile Optimizer to reduce data usage [ A Good feature considering the speed of Internet Connectivity in India ]

Review :

Overall the app has a very nice UI and nice feel to it.  The ads on the app could be at the top – Currently it is at bottom , making it difficult to pull up the menu.

You can swipe through to the next image in the image galleries. Landscape mode is not supported for Articles but is supported for the image galleries .

You can download Mid-Day app for Windows Phone from here.

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Google Analytics finally recognises Windows Phone as an operating system

Fantastic news for fellow bloggers, Google has finally recognised Windows Phone as a operating system in it’s popular analytics service Google Analytics. Earlier, Google analytics reported Windows Phone as “[not set]” which wasn’t quite accurate (as WPCentral points out). Take a look at the top 10 platforms through which Windows Phone Sauce was accessed last month:

 

Google analytics now supports Windows Phone

Google analytics now supports Windows Phone

via @ailon 

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Folders for Windows Phone updated to look like native feature, coming soon to Homebrew community

Folders for Windows Phone, a homebrew development Project by WPHacker, has been taken to the next level. First reported in October, Folders hack for Windows Phone initially allowed you to create on device folders or groups with each group consisting of numerous applications and finally you can pin any group to the home screen. Sounds perfect, right? Right but there was a catch. You had to deploy applications via a software on your PC. Cumbersome, yes. But now there’s been a breakthrough. You no longer need a software to deploy applications. You can now add both system apps and marketplace apps on the device from the application itself. Homebrew apps cannot be added at the moment. I haven’t had a chance to play with the new build, yet. Watch the video below to see the application in action:

 

Read more about the Project here: Folders for Windows Phone

 

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Tango ≠ Fragmentation

I am gradually getting firm in my belief that the Windows Phone platform is being harmed in the blogosphere more by its overzealous fans and their penchant for jumping to conclusions rather than its detractors. The recent case of Microsoft discontinuing the “Where’s My Phone Update?” guidance was one such non issue where bloggers jumped to make a mountain of a mole hill. And now a passing remark by Paul Thurrott, about Tango being one of the reasons for the discontinued guidance, is being blown out of proportion. Its almost comical how blogs raise the fragmentation flag at the drop of the hat and the commenteratti then go on to question the relevance of Tango, WP and sometimes Paul Thurrot himself.

For anyone who has been following various reports/news about the Tango updates, it should have been easy to understand that the basic purpose of Tango is to make Windows Phones relevant and useful in emerging markets. If that be so, then why would the already ‘emerged’ markets need the Tango updates at all? Another often bandied report is that Tango would enable WP OS to run on lower spec hardware, a feature being developed specially for Nokia. If that be so, then why would the existing ‘higher spec’ phones need the Tango updates? There could be features in Tango to make Microsoft and Nokia services work on typically slower data speeds in emerging markets. If that be so, then why would handsets in countries with deep 3G/4G penetration need Tango?

Logical analysis of the Tango news indeed reveals that Tango updates are being developed to prevent fragmentation, rather than cause it. Imagine what a fragmented hell it would have been if Microsoft had made a different lower spec OS for emerging markets at the behest of Nokia. It would have probably been easier and faster too. Instead, Microsoft seems to have taken the high road to retain similar functionality between different hardware, different regions/cultures, different infrastructure and even different languages (ask bilingual users of Windows Phones how seamlessly they can switch between languages without any drop in functionality, specially languages that use fundamentally different scripts).

The issue of language however raises another question, as one of the two Tango updates is reportedly aimed at providing support for languages like Hebrew, Arabic and maybe Persian & Hindi. It may be assumed that this update is being developed separately as Microsoft intends to make this available to even existing markets/handsets.

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The Nokia Lumia 900 is real and headed to AT&T

For all of the questions that have circulated around Nokia and a mysterious 4.3 Clear Black Display inch device first leaked by wpcentral is now upon us in all of its unique and colorful splendor. Much like the leaks indicated, the Nokia Lumia 900 differs from the Lumia 800 launched internationally by increasing the screen size and making it an LTE AT&T exclusive. Above those two changes, the Lumia 900 is also sporting a 1830 mAh battery, a rearranged location of the rear facing camera (still Carl Zeiss though), and introducing a front facing camera with a 2.4 aperature lens that takes images comparable to other smart phone rear facing cameras. Bundled with Windows Phone Mango, the rest of the specs appear to be consistent with all other Windows Phones: 1.4 gig second gen snapdragon processor, 512 mb RAM, expected official 16 GB onboard storage (14.90 user accessible), and of course running Windows Phone ver. 8107. Weighing in at 160 grams (5.6 ounces) and measuring at 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm, the Nokia Lumia 900 is no feather weight, but it isn’t a brick either. No official word has been given to international market release, but we are sure it’s coming eventually. The phone is expected to be available in traditional black and cyan. While officially, no word has been given on availability or price, we expect the device to drop later this spring with hopefully reasonable price point.

And for your viewing pleasure, take a look at the first hands on:

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Nokia Lumia spec sheet

via:Nokia

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HTC Titan II is official, we knew it as the HTC Bresson once

Last year, a rumor of incredible proportions leaked on the internet: the world’s first 16 MP smartphone running Windows Phone 7. To many (myself included), the rumor seemed false given the limitations of the Snapdragon architecture, the lack of even 12 MP support, and of course the image quality. Seems I am happy to report that I was wrong and the HTC Bresson is a go, but in a different name. Scheduled for later this year, the HTC Bresson will debut on the AT&T LTE line of Windows Phones as a successor to the HTC Titan, the HTC Titan II. In addition to offering a whopping 16 MP camera, the HTC Titan II sports the same second gen Snapdragon processor, the HUGE 4.7 inch screen that some have come to love, and a 1.3 MP front facing camera. In addition to providing a 16 MP camera, the HTC Titan II rear camera lens will also sport a a fast wide-angle lens (f2.6, 28mm), autofocus, and dual LED flash. The camera, sadly, records only in 720P HD. Sufficed to say, we are definitely impressed. Way to step it up HTC!

Update

It appears that we have more information about the Titan I successor. The biggest change is not having a removable battery as well as providing a 1750 mAh battery. Like the usual next gen Windows expect 512 MB RAM and 16 gigs of onboard storage.

via: Windows