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Tuesday, 26.11.13
PROMOTION: Nokia gifts 20 Euro Windows Phone Marketplace Vouchers to new Lumia Customers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Nokia wants to convince its Lumia Windows Phone 8 users to to try the Microsoft Windows Phone Marketplace and is currently giving away free Windows Phone Store vouchers to new customers - worth £20 (in the UK) or 20 Euro (for instance are Germany and France confirmed). This promotion is for new customers of a Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia Lumia 625 or Nokia Lumia 1520 but users need to act fast – the clock's ticking on this unmissable offer. To apply for the app voucher, you have to be a new customer of one of the above mentioned phones, go to Nokia's promotion page by 15 January 2014, claim your purchase and Nokia will send you an E-Mail with your unique PIN code within 48 hours to redeem your free gift within 30 days.

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Thursday, 21.11.13
SERVICE: 6snap full featured Snapchat App for Windows Phone now Available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Snapchat, which just made it to the press with the story that it declined a US$ 3 billion offer from Facebook, has now received its first full featured (but unofficial) Windows Phone client. Developed by Rudy Huyn, who's well known for his Instagram and Vine clients for Windows Phone (which both are better than the originals), has now released 6snap. 6snap allows to snap a photo or a video, adding a caption after, and sending it to a friend - or a few. Well, that's what Snapchat is about but 6snap is said to support all Snapchat features which include the sharing of pictures and videos with Snapchat users, posting snaps on the story line, seeing stories, best friends and scores of friends, drawing and adding texts to your pictures.

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RENAMED: Nokia Music becomes Nokia MixRadio - Receives more Features for Free
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the introduction of Nokia Music and the later enhancement with Nokia Music+, Nokia unveiled today that it has renamed its music streaming service to Nokia MixRadio. Now available in 31 countries around the World, MixRadio also sports a new feature called "Play Me" that learns from listening habits to give an even more personalized radio station at the touch of a button. Nokia MixRadio builds on the acclaimed Nokia Music streaming service that launched two years ago to streamline the experience of discovering new music on the go. The new Play Me button helps users get to personalized content even faster, at the single touch of a button from the landing screen in fact.

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Wednesday, 20.11.13
SERVICE: Waze Navigation Service launches on Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not that Google Maps is available on Windows Phone, interestingly enough, Google's recently overtaken Waze service just launched on Windows Phone. Waze is a community based mapping, traffic and navigation app with 60 million participants. It allows to join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas money, and improving everyone's daily commute. By simply driving around with Waze open, users have already contributing tons of real-time traffic and road info to the local driving community. Furthermore it's possible for participants to actively report accidents, hazards, police and other events seen on the road as well as receiving road alerts from others on route.

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AVAILABILITY: Instagram for Windows Phone ready to be released later today [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Remember Nokia's announcement during the recent Nokia World that Instagram will finally hit Windows Phone as well? Well, not too long anymore, as it seems, and it will be available for your convenience (or your Twitter followers and Facebook friends annoyance). As TechCrunch reports, Instagram for Windows Phone will goes live today at at 11am Pacific Time. Even if partly owned by Microsoft, it took Instagram's mother company Facebook a little bit longer and according to TechCrunch, Nokia's very top execs, along with those from Microsoft, spent many months trying to convince Facebook and Instagram, and even offering cash up front and developer resources, to make the app happens.

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Tuesday, 19.11.13
ENTERTAINMENT: Microsoft releases Xbox One SmartGlass for Windows Phone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It won't be long anymore until Microsoft's new gaming console, the Xbox One, will be available. And right ahead of the anticipated launch, Microsoft has already released its Xbox One Windows Phone companion app which is called Xbox One SmartGlass. Like Xbox SmartGlass for the Xbox 360, it connects to and controls the Xbox One and allowing to stay connected with content, games and gamers. Within the living room, Xbox One SmartGlass allows to navigate a Xbox One console using the Windows Phone's keyboard and touch, allows to control media and connected set-top box, browse the web on the connected TV straight from the Windows Phone and enhancing what is watched or played with SmartGlass companions.

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CONVERGENCE: Microsoft releases Office Remote for Windows Phone - allows to Remote Control Office Apps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft is still continuing to bring its different products closer together and following Xbox SmartGlass, Microsoft has now released Office Remote for Windows Phone. Office Remote turns a Windows Phone into a smart remote that interacts with Microsoft Office. The app allows to control Word, Excel and PowerPoint from across the room. With Office Remote, it's possible to start a PowerPoint presentation, advance the slides, see speaker notes and even control an on-screen laser pointer - all from a Windows Phone. It's even possible to navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs, control data slicers from the palm of the hand and Office Remote allows to conveniently scroll through a Word document or quickly jump to specific sections or comments.

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Wednesday, 13.11.13
CREATIVITY: Nokia releases Nokia Refocus for Windows Phone - Gives you back Control of the Focus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Nokia just launched Nokia Refocus, an app it showed first time at its recent "Nokia World" in Abu Dhabi. Nokia Refocus is a pretty clever app, which lets users take a photo first and choose what to focus later. It's perfect when shooting close-ups of a subject because it allows to show depth in photos, and then change focal point at any time. It also offers great effects like All in focus and Colour pop. When done, interactive Refocus photos can be shared via social media, E-Mail and messaging - all it needs is a Microsoft SkyDrive account which is part of Windows Phone anyway. The application first uploads the refocus photos to SkyDrive and then creates a link that can be shared with friends so they can play around and change the focus themselves.

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Tuesday, 12.11.13
SELF-SERVICE: Telefónica O2 Germany launches Mein O2 for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Telefónica O2 Germany is showing more confidence in Windows Phone and has recently launched "Mein O2" (My O2) for Windows Phone. With its latest launch, the German carrier follows the previously launched Android and iOS versions. Like its Android and iOS counterparts, the Windows Phone version shows post paid customers the telephony, text message and mobile data usage in real time and even forecasts the expected mobile data usage. Furthermore it shows and allows to download the past 6 invoices and itemized bills and provides an overview of the bill amount of the past five years. Last but not least it gives access to the master file data and even allows to edit the invoice address, bank account details and more.

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AVAILABLE: Vine announces Vine for Windows Phone Launch - Comes with Live Tile Integration [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First time mentioned by Nokia, as well as a second time, it took Twitter's Vine a little bit longer but as the short video service just announced, it's finally here and soon available for Windows Phone. Not yet downloadable from Microsoft's Windows Phone Market, Vine just unveiled in a blog posting that "today, we're launching Vine for Windows Phone, making it easy for even more people to capture and share life in motion". That said, Vine for Windows Phone works the same as on other platforms by taping and holding the screen to create short, looping videos with sound. Camera tools, like grid and ghost, are said to help shoot like a pro. But not only the main camera is supported but also the front camera for selfies.

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Monday, 11.11.13
UNVEILED: Windows Phone 8.1 Builds appear in first App Statistics
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure enough, Microsoft will release anytime (next year) Windows Phone 8.1, which is expected to follow the latest Windows Phone 8 GDR3 release and is even said to somehow unify the Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 codebase - in some way. However, as a recently published screenshot shows now, Microsoft seems to be already beyond planning and is dog-food'ng it already ("dog food" is Microsoft's term for Alpha and early Beta builds and tests). The published screenshot from a Windows Phone app called "FB Pages Manager WP" shows firmware version numbers greater today's known Windows Phone 8.0.xxx, showing several Windows Phone version from 8.1.12115.0 up to Windows Phone 8.10.12236.0.

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Tuesday, 05.11.13
CONFIRMED: Huawei unveils GSM and UMTS compatible Ascend W2 Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following earlier news of the upcoming release, Huawei recently unveiled the launch of its Ascend W2, the company's second budget-friendly Microsoft Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The Huawei Ascend W2 brings a burst of color to the smartphone experience, offering a range of vibrant finishes including black, blue, yellow, and red. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU at 1.4 GHz and supports - according to the Global Certification Forum, which just approved the W2 - quadbad GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. Furthermore it's equipped with the still typical Windows Phone 4.3" IPS WVGA LCD screen. For incredible responsiveness even when wearing gloves, the display also features TFT Magic Touch technology.

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