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Viber Out which offers cheaper voice calls is now available for Windows Phone platform. This is made possible with the updated Viber 4.1 version for Windows Phones 8 devices. Viber Out was initially launched for Android, iOS and desktop users in December last year. Also new with this release is the ability to send video message, multiple photos and support for hands-free bluetooth headset.
In terms of rates, a Viber Out call to a landline in Singapore, United States and the United Kingdom would cost just US$0.019 (or RM0.06) per minute while mobile calls would be charged slightly higher. You can check out the full rates over at Viber’s website.
Nokia is known for 2 things – An awesome camera and durable phones associated with iconic Nokia 3310. Today is a very special day and they have announced the 3310 PureView, marrying trusted reliability with their epic 41MP PureView camera.
The 3310 PureView retains as much of the design of its former 3310 but underneath it runs on a newer Windows Phone platform. The typical capacitive buttons for Windows Phone have been cleverly moved onto the physical buttons of old with minor tweaks. The screen is obviously bigger with a 3″ touch screen display with ClearDiamond technology pushing a respectable 720p HD resolution. Powering the device is a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with microSD expansion slot.
The biggest disappointment is the lack of 4G LTE and probably due to mass pressure, Nokia says that they will be releasing a 4G version sometime later. To relive your nostalgic years, Nokia is bundling games such as Snake II, Pairs II and Space Impact with the 3310 PureView. In addition, the 3310 PureView also lets you compose original monophonic ringtones as well.
Exactly a year ago, DiGi had offered pre-orders for classic phones like the Nokia 3310 and Motorola StarTAC.
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It has been a while since Samsung released a Windows Phone device. The last we’ve seen was the ATIV S which was loosely based on the Galaxy S III Android smart phone. Now @evleaks has posted a picture of its new Samsung ATIV SE which is destined for US Verizon network.
From the leaked image above, the new ATIV SE is likely to have a Full HD 1920×1080 resolution screen with the rest of its hardware to be based on the last year’s Galaxy S4 4G LTE model. Compared to its Android based Galaxy S4, the ATIV SE appears to be better built with a aluminium-like back panel. So far no word on its availability or pricing and it is too early to tell if this would be made available internationally.
Would you consider a Windows Phone 8 from Samsung? Drop your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Nokia’s Refocus app is now available for all Lumia devices that’s running on Windows Phone 8. Initially the Refocus app was made available for PureView devices including the Lumia 920, Lumia 925, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. If you’re using a Nokia Lumia device with WP8, head over here to download.
The app is a rather interesting feature which takes several pictures and then lets you pick which subject to focus. Alternatively you can even select all objects in both foreground and background to be in focus as well. Other smart phone makers including Samsung, Sony and LG has deployed a similar “selective focus” feature in their latest flagship device. The all new HTC One is said to be offering a Hardware execution with its Duo Camera set up.
You can try out the Refocus App demo after the break.
Popular taxi booking service MyTeksi has finally spread its wings to Kuching, Sarawak. Since the service is rather new in East Malaysia, they are running a beta tester program where you can stand a chance to win an iPhone 5C. All you need to do is place a MyTeksi booking from now until 30th of April. Each successful booking gives you 5 entries while each unsuccessful booking will grant you 1 entry.
The service is rather efficient in the Klang Valley especially with its large network of participating drivers. Requesting for a cab is easy thanks to its rather reliable mapping system which accurately identifies your current location for pick up. For greater peace of mind, the app shares the driver details and you can also share your estimated time of arrival with a real time location tracker to your family and friends.
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When SanDisk introduced its 128GB microSD card recently, there were only a handful of smart phones that can support such huge capacity. Most smart phones today could support up to a maximum of 64GB.
A Nokia Lumia 1520 user was curious and gave the new SanDisk memory card a shot. Surprising the 128GB card is recognised on his Windows Phone device with no compatibility issues reported. He even mentioned there’s a 20% noticeable speed improvement over his previous 64GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC with an average Sequential Read Speed of 43.65MB/s and Write speed of 14.31MB/s.
The Lumia 1520 has an awesome camera and its video recording is rather impressive as well with 4 microphones built-in. Paired with a 128GB card, this makes it a rather practical handheld video recorder.
For Android smart phones, both Samsung Galaxy S5 and the All new HTC One are having a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB cards. In terms of pricing, the 128GB microSD from SanDisk is priced at US$199 (Approx RM652) while Amazon is selling it for as low as US$119 (Approx RM390). With such capacity, you can store up to 24 hours of HD footages. Now you would probably begin to appreciate the faster transfer speeds of USB 3.0.
Nokia’s upcoming affordable device the Lumia 630 appears early courtesy of @Evleaks. The device supposedly replaces the current Nokia Lumia 625 and it is one level above its lowest entry level Lumia 525.
In terms of specs, it is rumoured to be having a 4″ display and comes with 1GB of RAM. The leaked image above also reveals that the new device will be button-less and they have swapped the typical Windows, Back and Search capacitive buttons for virtual on-screen buttons instead. This is a first for Windows Phone and it follows the same trend as Android smart phone makers like HTC that has started to make a switch. The leaked image also reveals the omission of a dedicated camera button which was previously present on the Lumia 625.
If the rumoured specs are true, this doesn’t seem to be a worthy upgrade from the Lumia 625. Instead it appears to be a Nokia X that’s running on Windows Phone OS considering its similar 4″ size, similar buttons and the lack of LED flash light at the back. Nokia is expected to announce something on April 19th and this could be one of the devices being revealed.
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Windows Phone may have had a slow start since it was first released almost four years ago but the mobile OS developed by Microsoft appears to be now on its way to beating iOS in terms user base according to information provided at the Microsoft keynote event at Mobile World Congress 2014 which happened today.
During the keynote presented by Microsoft’s VP of operation systems, Joe Belfiore, Windows Phone user base grew 91% year on year in 2013 making it the fastest growing OS in the world for the period. This growth positioned Windows Phone as the number 2 smartphone OS in 9 markets with device shipments surpassing Apple in 10 markets. Specifically, Windows Phone is seeing massive growth in the Middle East and Africa (+758% growth YoY) and Asia Pacific (+105% growth YoY).
The ecosystem is seeing healthy growth in the number of available applications as well with 245,000 Windows Phone applications currently available for download with developers adding 500 new apps daily with 4 billion apps downloaded to date. In addition the Windows Phone Marketplace supports direct operator billing for app purchase with 55 careers in 35 market including Malaysia.
As the world convergences in Barcelona for the biggest mobile event of the year, mobile brands big and small will be trying hard to get your attention when they launch devices that will define their performance for 2014. So among the plethora of manufacturers present at this year’s Mobile World Congress which ones should you look out for? We break down what we think are the highlights brands at MWC 2014.
The upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 will feature a pull down notifications panel that’s called “Action Centre“. We’ve seen a static screenshot earlier on and now we get to see it in action from a new hands-on video.
In the video, it shows that there will be 4 customisable quick action button which you can select from a variety of settings including Brightness, Bluetooth, WiFi, Airplane Mode, Screen Rotation Lock, GPS, and WiFi Hotspot. You’ll also get to choose what type of notifications that you want to receive and set customised alert tones for them as well.
You can see all these in action after the break.