POSTS TAGGED: Windows Phone 8
Posted August 11, 2014 at 02:00 pm by Samantha
One of the biggest setbacks Microsoft is facing with Windows Phone during a time when Android dominates the landscape is their adamant, yet honorable, willingness to resist anything Google-related. Microsoft influenced devices such as the Nokia Lumia, and even the heavily modified Android-based Nokia X family, are void of any and all Google services–with Microsoft and Nokia counterparts filling in the space. For the busybodies who rely much on Google services such as Google Tasks, this can be quite the inconvenience.
Posted August 9, 2014 at 09:00 pm by Samantha
Grocery shopping isn’t the most riveting activity one can think of. You grab your list of things you need to purchase, drive to the nearest supermarket, and buy your groceries. Perhaps you have your shopping list on your phone, written in a simple notepad app, or maybe you prefer a certain app because of its features and functions. If you’re an owner of a Windows Phone 8 device and are looking for shopping list app, you may want to check out Speech Shopper.
Developed by XDA Recognized Developer sensboston, Speech Shopper is shopping list app with one main feature that makes it stand out from the rest of the market: speech input. Having to simply dictate what foodstuffs and other groceries are needed as they . . . READ ON »
Posted August 8, 2014 at 08:00 pm by Samantha
The Modern UI design aesthetic seen clearly in Windows Phone has been subject to substantial amounts of both criticism and praise. The UI is a little unconventional in its method of navigation and aesthetics, and many felt it a bit strange when Microsoft introduced it onto PCs. However, it offers extremely clean visuals and a stylish appearance. In terms of aesthetics and customization, there’s really not much going on when compared to Android–monochromatic squares, rectangles of pre-selected shades, and a couple of default themes. But as we saw at the Build conference earlier this year, steps are being taken to make WP8.1 more customizable.
Posted April 6, 2014 at 05:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Once you start mucking around with a device’s firmware to add all your favorite tweaks and whatnot, you’ll almost undoubtedly need to restore to stock at some point in the future. Luckily, there are various device- or OEM-specific tools out there for to help people accomplish this task. Samsung devices have Odin and Heimdall, Sony devices have Flashtool, and Nokia devices have a few different options including Nokia Care Suite.
So how do you use Nokia Care Suite to download and flash your Lumia device to its stock WP8 firmware? XDA Recognized Contributor anaheiim wrote a comprehensive guide detailing the exact process. The guide starts off with how to find and download the appropriate stoc. . . READ ON »
Microsoft Build 2014: Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana and Action Center, Windows to Bring Back Start Menu
Posted April 2, 2014 at 08:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Today in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Microsoft kicked off its annual Build developers conference. Up until now, many had been questioning Microsoft’s continued relevance in this new mobile-friendly age. However, today’s keynote clearly shows that Microsoft doesn’t intend on letting Google and Apple have all the fun.
Does Windows have what it takes to be your platform of choice in 2014? Read on to find out more about what Microsoft has in store for Windows and Windows Phone.. . . READ ON »
Posted February 26, 2014 at 04:00 am by Samantha
If you’re nice, you’ve probably lent out something of yours to someone. If you’re really nice, you might have lent out a couple more things to some people. And if you’re really nice, you probably need an app to track all the things you’ve lent out to people so you don’t forget them. But you’re not that nice, because otherwise you’ll just give these things away. So to all the really nice folks who also happen to use a Windows Phone 8 device, there’s now an app that will actually keep track of all the personal belongings that you’ve lent out to other people.
Windows Phone 8.1 to Receive Major Facelift Including Notification Center, “Cortana” Voice Assistant, Virtual Buttons
Posted December 16, 2013 at 03:00 pm by Will Verduzco
Just one week ago, we talked about how Microsoft was contemplating axing licensing fees on its Windows Phone and Windows RT OSes in order to help spur adoption and exposure to Microsoft services and advertising. As it turns out, that’s not the only big shakeup Microsoft has in mind with regards to its mobile OSes. While no details have yet been officially released, sources have revealed to The Verge that the next version of the OS will pack some major (and much needed) additions.
The most long overdue feature addition that is likely to appear in Windows Phone 8.1″Blue” is a notification center. Unlike Android and iOS, Windows Phone currently has no centralized place for notifications t. . . READ ON »
Posted September 15, 2013 at 02:30 pm by Jimmy McGee
XDA is known for its excellent Android device development. From custom ROMs to great apps, XDA is one of the largest Android development sites in the world. However, we aren’t a one trick pony. There are members of the XDA community who toil away in the challenging landscape that is Windows Phone 8.
In the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem, there are three primary OEMs producing devices: HTC, Nokia, and Samsung. The benefit (or drawback) of large manufacturers is that they always have their own set of proprietary apps. Sometimes these apps are useful, and sometimes they are not.
The drawback with all apps though, is they need to be updated. Sometimes you don’t always get your update notifications, or you ma. . . READ ON »
Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jimmy McGee
Suddenly, a potentially leaked image of Windows Phone 8.1 appears. Jordan uses skepticism. It’s super effective. Jordan also covers all the important stories from XDA this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about the interop unlock for Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices and news about Xposed Framework being updated.
Jordan also talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video talking about unlocking your screen with LockScreen One Touch, TK gave us an Android App Review of SoundSeeder, and later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Showtime. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »