According to the latest availability list, the Cyan update is now available for the Nokia Lumia 625 and Nokia Lumia 925 in Malaysia. The update should be notified by now and if you haven’t receive them, you can check for it manually at Settings > Phone Update.
Some of the key improvements include Action Centre, WiFi-Sense, Cortana (US Only), updated Nokia Camera apps, newer Internet Explorer 11, WordFlow keyboard and much more. Watch the Cyan update walk through video after the break.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is heading to Malaysia and now you can secure your unit by pre-ordering one for RM1,999. Online retailer StoreKini has started accepting pre-orders online and if you place yours from now until 6th July, they will be giving away free screen protector, power bank and casing as well. Early birds will get additional rebates as well.
To recap on the specs, the Lumia 930 is their new flagship device that boast premium build quality with the usage of aluminium frame and comes with a 5″ Full HD AMOLED display. Internally it runs on a 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM along with 32GB of on-board storage. For taking pictures, it comes with a familiar 20.7MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens while front shots are handled by a 1.2MP unit. For taking videos, it boast better audio pick up with 4 high performance microphones. Out of the box, it runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 and it supports 4G LTE including our local operator bands. More details in our earlier Lumia 930 post here.
The Windows Phone platform is expected to see higher growth as Microsoft Device is partnering with more OEMs including non-mainstream brands. In China, an electronic brand called Hisense has just announced the MIRA 6, their first ever Windows Phone 8.1 smart phone.
The Hisense MIRA 6 is a dual-sim device which supports China Telecom’s 4G LTE standards and it is only 7.18mm thin. It gets a 5″ HD display which is likely to be 720p resolution and powering it is a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of storage, an 8MP main camera and a front facing 5MP unit.
LINE, the mobile messaging app from Japan has just celebrated its third anniversary on 23rd June. To make its occasion more meaningful, they have also achieved a major milestone of raking up over a billion downloads since its birth in 2011.
The social messaging app has evolved tremendously in the past 3 years, from the introduction of Free Calls and Stickers to a series of family apps which integrates well with its core LINE app. Just recently, LINE had also introduced its video call and LINE Premium Call service that lets you make domestic and international voice calls for cheap.
Within LINE’s family app, 14 of them had achieved more than 10 million downloads. Among their popular apps include LINE Camera with over 90 million downloads followed by LINE POP with more than 43 million downloads to date.
Microsoft Devices have just sent invites for a media preview of the its most innovative Lumia with craftsmanship in mind. After launching its Nokia Lumia 630 in Malaysia, the next item on the list would be its Lumia 930 as pictured above which was announced during Microsoft Build Day. We’ll be checking the new device out and hopefully we can get a hands-on as well as availability details.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is basically the international version of its Lumia Icon that was released exclusively for Verizon. It gets a Full HD 5″ AMOLED display and runs on a 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage on board. If you’re eyeing for a Lumia 1520 but prefer something more compact, the Lumia 930 also comes with the same 20.7MP shooter for better photos. Like the Lumia 630, it will be running on the very latest Windows Phone 8.1.
Check out the official Nokia Lumia 930 official hands-on and promo video after the break.
The Nokia Lumia 630 will be launched in Malaysia next week but now it appears that its Dual-SIM variant has been spotted in stores at RM549. Pricing wise, it is quite close to its announced US$169 price tag during the recent Microsoft Build.
For those who have been waiting on the Nokia XL, it has been spotted as well but carries a hefty price tag of RM599. That’s about RM100 more than its announced 109 Euro pricing during Mobile World Congress. The Nokia X family was supposed to fill the gap between the low-end Asha range and Windows Phone platform. At such pricing, it is even more expensive than their latest entry level Windows Phone 8.1 device. Now it is even harder to justify the Nokia XL among the cheap and cheerful Android smart phones priced below RM600.
To recap on the specs, the Lumia 630 comes with a 4.5″ IPS display that does 854×480 pixels resolution and it runs on a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM. It gets 8GB of on-board storage, a microSD slot, 5MP camera that can shoot 720p HD videos and a 1,830mAh battery. The key highlight of the Lumia 630 is that it runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS and it is also the first to offer Dual-SIM capabilities, which is vital in emerging markets.
Meanwhile, the Nokia XL comes with a larger 5″ display with a low 800×480 pixels resolution and it runs on a lower end 1.0GHz Snapdragon S4 processor mated to 768MB of RAM. It only gets a tiny 4GB of storage with microSD slot and a 5MP camera that only shoots 480p videos.
Being a forked Android device, the Nokia XL isn’t the droid that you’re looking for. If prefer Nokia’s services with a Lumia UI, the Lumia 630 would be a better device and it is cheaper too.
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Nokia/Microsoft will be launching its new Nokia Lumia 630 in Malaysia next week. Announced during last month’s Microsoft Build, the Lumia 630 is Microsoft’s most affordable new device that’s running on the latest Windows Phone 8.1.
Spec wise, it gets a 4.5″ IPS display that does 854×480 pixels resolution and runs on a modest 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM. On-board it gets 8GB of storage with a microSD expansion slot supporting up to 128GB cards. It also gets a 5MP back camera without flash and a decent 1,830mAh capacity battery.
Design wise, it looks like a Nokia X that’s running on a Windows Phone platform instead of Android. Listed at US$159, the Lumia 630 is expected to be priced below RM600 in Malaysia. The event is happening on the 20th May and we’ll find out more details on its pricing and availability of its Dual-SIM variant during the event. There’s also the Lumia 635 which is basically the same device but it supports 4G LTE. That device would be announced much later sometime in July.
You can check out its official pictures and promo videos in our earlier post.
Today Microsoft has officially acquired Nokia and the Finnish phone manufacturer is now known as Microsoft Mobile. To reflect the change of ownership and name, the Nokia logo at their Finland Head Quarters is finally taken down and it will be replaced with Microsoft as shown above.
With Windows Phone being a main priority for Microsoft, loyal Lumia users would expect more innovation in order to stay ahead of the smart phone race. Stephen Elop in his open letter also pledges continued commitment in supporting its current line up of feature phones, Asha devices as well as the newly announced Nokia X range. While Nokia as a company no longer exists, the Nokia brand is expected to be continue for its non-Lumia devices.
You can read Stephen’s open letter over here.
The new Windows Phone 8.1 introduces a new voice assistant called Cortana. To find out how does it compare in handling day to day voice commands, WPCentral has done a simple shootout against Siri and Google Now. The Siri unit was running on the current iPhone 5S while Google Now was tested using the Moto X.
Overall there’s no clear winner but Cortana seems to be performing quite well despite being an early beta. Not bad considering the other 2 have been established for quite some time now. So far the key advantages of Cortana is the ease of doing a Foursquare check in and toggle settings by voice. Other than that, any unknown commands will generally lead to Search, including request to open specific websites.
Watch the video after the break.
The newly announced Windows Phone 8.1 comes with a new WordFlow keyboard that allows faster typing with swiping gestures. This is similar to Swype and SwiftKey Flow that auto predict words by gliding your finger across the on-screen keyboard.
To celebrate its new keyboard in a big way, the folks at Microsoft had created a new Guinness World record for the fastest texting in just 18.44 seconds. This was achieved by Gaurav Sharma at Microsoft’s Research Cafeteria in Redmond, beating the previous record of 20.53 seconds.
Like the previous speed typing records, they would need to type the following 160 characters in the fastest way possible:
The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.
You can check out the video of Gaurav setting the record after the break.