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More Nokia Lumia 510 camera roll pictures leak on the web, confirms presence in India

Eagle eyed folks at PocketNow discovered  a picture on Picasa whose exif data plans revealed the model of a much anticipated device – Lumia 510. Right now, we know very little about Lumia 510 except for a fact that it’s exactly what we told you about back in August. Yes, it will be the cheapest Lumia yet and will run on Windows Phone 7.5. The device is expected to be priced around $150 and will be available after the launch of Windows phone 8 devices. The exif data, as reported by Pocketnow, showed an aperture of f/2.4 which isn’t too bad for a $150 device. My friend Himanshu Rathore did some digging at Google+ and found two more pictures clicked via Lumia 510. Check out here and here.

Lumia 510 India

Lumia 510 India

The pictures were uploaded by a guy called “Dinu Love” on Google+ and from his profile – he works at Leading Edge Communication Pvt Ltd which is a Delhi based company (according to CEO’s linkedin profile). The uploader himself is based in Delhi and from the look of it – he definitely is in India. So Lumia 510 is definitely being tested in India and this validates our initial report of a low price point WP 7.5 Lumia phone coming soon to India and China. The question is: What in the world is an unreleased Nokia Lumia device doing in the hands of a person in a relatively unknown company and even if it is being tested – why is the person clicking pictures and publicly posting them all over the web? How did this device get in his hands? What has Nokia done about this? We’ll keep you updated on Nokia’s response regarding this issue.

Lumia 510 could have been an excellent launch device in India along with 800 and 710 but unfortunately, it’s being introduced too late.

Source pic: GSMArena

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All Windows Phone 8 handsets to possibly get offline maps as part of the OS

In the video of the HTC 8S that was leaked today by WPCentral and TBreak, we noticed a small change in the settings of the default maps app in Windows Phone 8 – an option to download them for offline use.

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The setting reads: [download maps] Search for places and get directions without a data connection.

Hopefully, this means that turn-by-turn directions will not be exclusive to Nokia anymore. On the flip side, this makes the decision between Lumia 920 and HTC 8x even harder to make.

The person doing the hands-on demo begins using the maps app at 3:33 in the YouTube video. The settings page is shown at 3:52.

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Following the tradition – The Windows Phone 8 Ship Party!

Windows Phone 8 hit RTM this month so according to the tradition – there should be a Ship Party and that’s exactly what Microsoft employees got. The party was held on Friday September 28th and it was documented on Twitter / Facebook as well.  If you remember from last year, Microsoft had a Mango ship party last year and probably the most memorable ship parade ever: the Windows Phone ship parade numero uno which had a parade going on (with RIP RIM and other bold stuff) and most importantly a “Thriller” flash mob (view the video here ).

So what happened at the Windows Phone 8 ship party? Well, we are guessing that they had  a lot of fun. We have a few pictures from the event for those who are interested :

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Now let’s get some Windows phone 8 consumer preview rolling in, Microsoft!

Shocker – Nokia announces Bluetooth File Transfer support for current generation Lumia phones – coming soon!

Holy crap. This is probably the best news of the day! I cannot tell you how happy I and millions of Windows Phone users will be today. From day 1 Windows Phone users have been asking Microsoft for Bluetooth file transfer but guess who came to our rescue? Nokia. Nokia Conversation, official Nokia blog, listed a couple of new features that will be coming to current generation Lumia device. Here’s the list

A new Start screen look and feel, familiar from Windows Phone 8, giving you a whole new look the moment you unlock your phone

  • Ringtone maker app to selected markets to create a personal ringtone
  • Contact share app updated to support sharing over Bluetooth in addition to SMS and email
  • Bluetooth file transfer to send media files via Bluetooth from your Lumia device to any other phone 

You have no idea how happy I am right now. This is exactly what Nokia needs right now. Especially after the fakeview disaster. I along with several blogs have been ranting about how Bluetooth FTP has stopped people from buying a Windows Phone and instead end up opting for Android. Bluetooth file transfer is still widely used, especially in Asia, so this will create an immensely positive effect on the outlook of the whole OS in my opinion. This is a huge positive step forward.

If you are doubting the demand of Bluetooth FTP during the times of cloud computing – more than 2k + 4k feature request votes should change your mind: Uservoice 1/ Uservoice 2  Yes this has been THE most requested feature by far.

Thank you Nokia, you better comprehend how big this is for you and get us more Lumia 610 like devices to the market ASAP. What remains to be seen is how Windows Phone 8 going to handle Bluetooth transfer. What we know is that there is an updated Bluetooth stack and hopefully – non Nokia WP8 users will get the full Bluetooth experience.

Source: Nokia Conversations

Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 Hands on – The new Lumia Experience and bonus pictures!

I have been waiting for this day for a long long time. I was invited by Nokia India to come to Delhi to watch the live cast with fellow amazing bloggers. So two things happened yesterday: The webcast and dinner. Oh, did I miss the part where I got to touch 820 and 920? Whoopsie daisies. I didn’t spend a lot of time with the device but long enough to feel both the devices – we are allowed to do limited stuff with the device (like no opening any application and browsing to settings, hah). For me it was a familiar experience because I have been able to use the leaked WP8 sdk on the emulator for quite some time now. However resizing the tiles on touch feels really neat.

So about Lumia 820. Lumia 820 is without a doubt a mid range device. It’s a successor to 800 and looks just as amazing as Lumia 800. It feels extremely nice in hands and 4.3 inches is perfect screen size in my opinion. 820 comes with 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4, 1 GB RAM, NFC, Qi Wireless charging, 8 GB with micro SD support upto 32 GB and wVGA resolution of 800 x 480 which is a tad disappointing. So yes, it does have a spec bump when compared to 800 so it’s not just a minor upgrade – it’s big and IMO, this device is what Nokia will go on to sell the most. Exchangeable covers is an excellent addon to this device. The screen is crisp. Yes this doesn’t have the PureMotion HD+ display you will find on 920 but you wouldn’t notice any difference from the fantastic display on 800. One thing i would have loved to check out on 820 was the speaker quality. Lumia 800 just had a godawful speaker and hopefully they fixed it on the 820. It has dual cameras as well – VGA on the front and 8 MP on the back. This device is a winner for me and if it’s priced like the current price of Lumia 800 or better yet below it – we’ll surely have a winner however keep in mind that Lumia 800 isn’t a mid range phone. So to be precise, Nokia has no mid range strategy as of now and will not have one this year unless they cut profits on 820 (which IMO, they should). I hope to spend more time with the device but i’d like you to imagine as Lumia 800 v2 with a big enough spec bump to make it worth your money.

 

Lumia 920. The big guy. The whole webcast was about this guy. It’s a beauty and the beast packed into one singular entity. It’s probably the most premium feeling phone I have ever held in my hand. It just feels so incredible just to hold it. It’s been designed to perfection. Lumia 920 is nokia’s premium offering competing with the Samsung GS3, upcoming iPhone 5, HTC One X, etc so it’s going to be really expensive (but that doesn’t stop people buying from phone these days so it’s a non issue). Right, so 920 has a 4.5 inch display which was incredible. I have never seen a Windows Phone screen look so good. Nokia introduced it’s new display technology PureMotion HD+ (somebody is taking cues from Droid manufacturers on weird nomenclatures..) and it works. 920 display was significantly better than what I have seen on any WP device. The resolution on this thing is 1280 x 768. Rest of the features are same as in Lumia 820. 920 has a 2000 mAh battery which, according to Nokia “gives an excellent battery life”. So i’ll take their word. There’s one thing I noticed but haven’t been able to verify is the dual speaker right at the bottom. The only one thing that disappointed me was the lack of micro SD card expansion support. Samsung did it with Ativ S, why didn’t you do it Nokia?  So yes the big one – Lumia 920 is actually Pureview! That’s exciting but nobody was allowed to take a picture of it so…bummer. I think we’ll wait for a review device to test the camera.

We got to see the wireless charging pad in action as well and I can tell you it’s a day one purchase. Also, the Dolby certified headphones are really very good, we got to try them out too.

I am going to reserve my comments about the webcast and the so called “Nokia FakeView” debacle for later. At this point – I’d like to congratulate Nokia for the amazing devices they have created for Windows Phone 8 and I can tell you, I have started to save my money for Lumia 920. I would like to thank Nokia India for inviting me and thank all the fellow bloggers for the good times. I did capture a few pictures from my HTC Mozart. Yes I would dumb enough to carry this 2010 Windows Phone 7 device to capture pictures of a 2012 Windows Phone 8 device but yeah..I did anyways. Feel free to go through em and let me know if you have any questions.

 

Lumia 820

Lumia 820

 

Lumia 820

Lumia 820

 

Fatboy wireless charging pad for Lumia 820 and Lumia 920

Fatboy wireless charging pad for Lumia 820 and Lumia 920

 

Dolby certified headsets for lumia 820 and lumia 920

Dolby certified headsets for lumia 820 and lumia 920

 

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Lumia 920

 

Lumia 920

Lumia 920

 

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Lumia 920 and Lumia 820

 

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Lumia 820 and Lumia 920

Lumia 820 and Lumia 920

 

 

Specs for Nokia 820  and Nokia Lumia 920 here and here

Regarding the OS: There is no noticeable change from the leaked SDK environment. No new multi tasking UI or notification center. I wasn’t able to go through settings so can’t tell you guys more.  We will have more on this when we get a review device. Stay tuned in for more Windows Phone 8!

Unreal Engine 3 unveiled for Windows RT and Windows 8

Quick heads up. Nvidia and Epic Games joint collaboration has resulted in one of the most powerful engine out there, Unreal Engine 3, to run on Windows RT. This is not a half baked mobile optimized port. It is a “full PC implementation” on Windows RT. Nvidia just uploaded a video of their UE3 demo ‘Epic Citadel’ running on Asus Vivo tablet powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 (quad core).  Take a look at the first glimpse of Unreal Engine 3 running on Windows RT:

Can we expect UE3 for Windows Phone 8? I don’t thing there should be a problem. Make it happen, Epic Games!

Source: Nvidia

Nokia, Windows Phone 8 and India: Windows Phone 7 won’t be dead after launch of Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 is right around the corner. However, let’s not forget about Windows Phone  7.x. WIndows Phone 7.x is running on every single Windows Phone out there and every single one of those device will not update to WP8 and instead get an intermediatery update called WP 7.8. What happens to WP 7.x after 7.8? Nobody knows. Here’s a better question though: What happens to Windows Phone 7.x after Windows Phone 8. Remember that all WP7 apps run on WP8 and the vice versa isn’t true so do you see developers compiling apps for WP 7.5 now? For couple of months – sure (you can’t miss out on millions of potential customers) but we are going to see WP8 apps being developed even more quickly than WP7.x apps in no time.

Now the interesting part:  Our trusted source has revealed to us that WP 7.5 won’t just die off after WP8. Nokia is going to go a step further and release cheap Lumia 610 like device in India running WP 7.x instead of WP8 after the launch of Windows Phone 8 and probably some other countries we haven’t been able to confirm. This is an important piece of information which could mean a parallel OS approach from Nokia. Nokia Asha sales are doing pretty well. However there’s still a gap to be filled between top end of Asha and Lumia 610 which is exactly where most of the sale takes place in India. Another thing our source revealed, we are going to see Windows Phone 8 devices in India late October / early November (Remember the date 23rd October) and most importantly – Nokia IS going ahead with the launch of Lumia 900 with the price tag of nearly 30k Rupees next month. This is probably the dumbest thing Nokia has done since the “Asha” branding. Imagine buying a device for 30 k Rupees and next month a device pops out with the same price and next generation OS. That would be painful. Oh well, you can’t stop them now.

We are extremely excited for September 5 Nokia Windows Phone 8 reveal. However you must keep in mind that low – mid end is where Nokia was the king and with WP8 it will be hard to reach lower segments considering the minimum requirements so using both the OS parallely makes a lot of sense to me. Let’s see how things pan out next month. Keep tuned in for more.

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Instructions for cooking your own ROM with video out posted

Following on the heels of earlier reports of video-out functionality, the fine folks over at XDA-Developers have posted instructions on how to get video out for your Windows Phone. This modification installs a an app that can toggle the USB mode of the phone from Zune Sync to Video Out – allowing you to project your phone screen on a windows machine.

Please keep in mind that installing a custom ROM requires significant technical expertise… and in most cases – some hardware work, and is quite risky. There are several steps to this procedure – including rooting your phone, cooking the appropriate ROM, in case of HTC, installing a workaround, and then installing the desktop client.

Go to the XDA-Developers’ thread for more details.

Unity announces support for Windows Phone 8

I have been waiting for a long  long time to post Unity on Windows Phone news. It didn’t happen in 7.0 or 7.5 but finally – WP8 scores a winner here. At Unite 2012 today, taking place in Amsterdam, Unity CEO David Helgason announced support for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Game developers absolutely adore Unity.

From Edge – Online:

Helgason also revealed that 53 per cent of mobile game developers have published games using Unity, demonstrating its extensive reach.

It is a big news. Windows Phone 8 users can expect some amazing games in the near future thanks to Unity support.

In case you don’t have an idea about the extent of usefulness of Unity support – let’s just say XNA developers who were depressed post lack of XNA support on WinRT will jump in joy because now they can make games in C# and avoid C++ (I am not a big fan!) or avoid taking  the route of mono game route which works just fine.

Developers, are you excited about Unity support? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Edge-Online  via @gcaughey

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Windows Phone 8 SDK coming mid September?

This is intersting. A friend of mine on Facebook forwarded me this link. It wasn’t anything interesting until I read the last part. Fellow developers, I think we know when you can expect WP8 SDK to be made officially available. A Spanish Microsoft Developer Evangelist posted on his blog, an entry regarding building a Windows 8 dev machine. Here’s the line that makes things interesting:

WP8SDK-September?

WP8 SDK coming in September?

 

It clearly states that Windows Phone 8 SDK will not be ready until middle of September.

There you have it. I won’t go into detail as to why WP8 SDK needs to come out as soon as possible, in case you are interested go here, so let’s just put a question mark in the title and wait for an actual release date. We are eagerly awaiting for an official date because I think developers deserve atleast a date of release at this point. Let’s hope for more official information on 5th of September when Microsoft and Nokia will co host Windows Phone 8 conference. Stay tuned for more details.