Whatsapp finally gets a huge update on Windows Phone, now with background agent and proper Emoji!

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The saga of Whatsapp on Windows Phone has always been fueled with much hate since the app never really worked well out of the box and was always buggy. Having grown massively, Whatsapp left Windows Phone users to a sub par experience when compared with other platforms. The streaming API was hacked up and meddled with music playback and messages stopped refreshing inside the app occasionally. Annoying customers to the core, the app still has only a 3 star rating on the Windows Phone Store, but a new huge update to the app changes everything, again. Fixing all the problems that the app is known for, the company has provided the much needed huge update and looking at the early review, it seems all the major outstanding issues have been fixed.

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Official Vine, Path and Flipboard apps coming to Windows Phone 8

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In a teeny tiny statement on Nokia’s Press site, it has been mentioned that the much awaited video based social network Vine is coming to Windows Phone 8 soon, in the official form. Along with Vine, the different social network Path and the best mobile magazine experience Flipboard too is coming to Windows Phone 8 very soon, Nokia announced. It was revealed in Microsoft’s //build/ conference that Flipboard will be coming to Windows 8 and it was then revealed to the press that it was coming to Windows Phone 8 too. With these popular apps coming to the Windows Phone 8, will it finally be relevant at least across casual users? We’ll see.

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HERE Drive, HERE Transit and HERE Drive+ announced for all Windows Phone 8 devices

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HERE, the location asset that Nokia is proud of, has just been announced for all Windows Phone 8 devices, not just a Nokia Lumia. This is a significant step towards Nokia’s contribution to the Windows Phone ecosystem, even though Nokia owns a majority of the market share. Devices like the HTC 8X will now be graced with HERE navigation and location apps that you get for free on Nokia Lumia smartphones. The apps include HERE Maps, HERE Transit and HERE Drive(with Drive+ for Global navigation). The picture above tells you the availability and the pricing of the new HERE apps that will be released for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones this week, with an update for all the Nokia Lumia devices.

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Windows Phone 8 running Samsung ATIV S Neo announced

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American cellular operator, Sprint, announced that it will be carrying a new Windows Phone running smartphone called the Samsung ATIV S Neo. The new handset will sport some rather interesting features including what is being called as ATIV Beam. This Samsung exclusive application will let users ‘beam’ across photos, music and videos to other Windows Phone 8 and select Android devices.  Continue reading “Windows Phone 8 running Samsung ATIV S Neo announced”

Jetpack Joyride finally arrives on Windows Phone 8

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Months and years after making its presence felt on other platforms, including Windows 8, the Halfbrick hit game “Jetpack Joyride” has finally landed on the Windows Phone 8 store. It is incredibly frustrating that the Windows Phone 8 version took nearly 8 months after launching on Windows 8, and we thought Windows Phone 8 shared code with its parent. But anyways, the game is finally here and it’s free. The “endless runner + Helicopter” style gameplay is incredibly addictive and the power ups are worth playing for.

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Halo – Spartan Assault announced for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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Halo, the multi billion dollar game franchise that rapidly achieved cult status along with the launch of the Original Xbox, is finally coming to other Microsoft platforms including Windows 8 as a metro style app and Windows Phone 8. The game, called “Spartan Assault” is a fill-in story set in the years between Halo 3 and Halo 4. The top down single player resembles games like GunBros for example, with controls on the screen in the case of a touchscreen. The story revolves around the history of human-covenant conflict, the rise of commander Sarah Palmer, who is a part of the Spartan special ops program and more.

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Nokia Creative Studio gets a massive update for Lumia WP8 devices, we go hands on!

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Along with all the Lumia 925 stuff that happened yesterday, Nokia revealed some interesting software additions and updates in the announcement. While the highlight was on the Nokia Smart Camera lens, the picture editing app exclusive for Lumia devices, also called as the Nokia Creative Studio received a rather huge update yesterday. The new update comes with the version number 5.0.7.6, and is available for download here. The update is available for all Windows Phone 8 devices and introduces various new features. Naturally, we went hands on with it and found it to be quite nice actually, take a look –

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Instagram for Windows Phone might go official soon, hinted by @InstagramWP twitter account

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Only today did Nokia announce a new app in partnership with hipastamatic, which co-incidentally could share photos to Instagram. But as a surprise, we spotted this @InstagramWP account – which claims to be the official twitter account for THE official Instagram client for Windows Phone. While trying to check the credibility, we found that the official Nokia account was actually its first follower, adding more clarification to our doubts. So, yes, the official Instagram app for Windows Phone might be just around the corner then, yay?

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YouTube finally gets a huge update on Windows Phone 8, graduates to a fully functional app

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Microsoft and Google have not always been best of friends by any means and that had meant no official blessing for any Google services on Windows Phone. It was a huge pain for people using Google services and they were huge in number. YouTube is also one of the most used Google services, probably next to Gmail, and its official app on Windows Phone, published by Microsoft was a link to the mobile web version of YouTube until today. Now, the official app, still made by Microsoft has gotten a huge update and is finally a real app. With support for every YouTube client feature you’d want, the app has been finally released onto the Windows Phone store.

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Foursquare for Windows Phone 8 gets a refresh, new UI and new features

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Foursquare, the leading location based social network has received a major refresh for the Windows Phone 8 platform, with a new UI, new features and more. The official app has been around in the Windows Phone marketplace for quite a while now and it was revealed that Nokia and Microsoft are working with Foursquare to bring a new experience to the Windows Phone platform and here it is. The app, boasting millions of users is primarily used for exploring nearby places and checking in to places so as to create a history of geotags with the added bonus of points and badges.

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Nokia Lumia 520 Unboxing

Nokia announced its new entry level smartphone, the Lumia 520, at Mobile World Congress where we spent some time with it. We’ve finally got our hands on a review unit of the same. While we put it through its paces, here’s a quick unboxing and hardware walkthrough for your perusal.

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Photosynth arrives for Windows Phone 8 with a lens app

Photosynth, the 360 degree(horizontal and vertical) photo stitching panorama app that has been there on Windows Phone for quite a while, has finally received an update for Windows Phone 8, with a nice lens app as an addition. Microsoft has been pushing the Photosynth service for a long time with its nice photo stitching capabilities, that are very similar to what you can find in the Android 4.2 camera’s photo sphere application. The Windows Phone 7 version has been there for the Mango devices and above since May 2012 and it is about time that it has been updated for Windows Phone 8, that too with a lens app for the camera.

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Nokia Lumia 820 Review

The Lumia 820 plays a critical part in Nokia’s three way strategy to capture the smartphone mind and marketshare across the spectrum. Aimed at the midrange segment, the Nokia Lumia 820 bridges the gap between the entry level Lumia 620 and the top range PureView 920. Can it successfully strike a balance and provide a great smartphone experience ? Read on to find out.

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Yellow Nokia Lumia 920 Photo Gallery

Yellow is awesome. Why am I saying that? Well, because my Nokia Lumia 920 looks absolutely great in yellow! When I decided to actually buy one, my color choices became clear quite easily: red or yellow. There could only be those two. Black and white are just so outdated. Anyways, after I’ve received my shiny new, yellow 920, and some initial problems were sorted out (I’ve received a faulty device, which got replaced), it was my turn to produce a nice photo gallery of Nokia’s latest and greatest!

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