The popular HERE maps with offline turn by turn functionality for Windows Phone will no longer be developed by Nokia. Microsoft will take over its future development but that doesn’t mean that Nokia is abandoning HERE maps altogether.
Most recently they had released an Android version as well as an extension for Samsung Gear S smart watch. Nokia still has plans to expand HERE maps and soon they will be announcing an iOS version in 2015. Hopefully Microsoft would be able to maintain HERE maps for Windows Phone with necessary updates in the near future.
Candy Crush, the game responsible for sleep depreciation is finally available on Windows Phone. Like other platforms, it is free to download and there are some optional in-app purchase for that extra boost. In case you’re wondering, it will also work with Windows Phones devices with just 512MB RAM like the Lumia 530.
To download, head over to the Windows Phone Store. The app is compatible for devices running both Windows Phone 8 and 8.1.
The Lumia 535, which is the first Lumia device to carry the Microsoft brand is coming to Malaysia. It was recently spotted by our sharp spotting reader at our local SIRIM database. The model which we are getting is the RM-1090, which comes with dual-SIM slots supporting 3G connectivity.
The Microsoft Lumia 535 is a step up from its current entry-level Nokia Lumia 530 and it gets a couple of welcomed upgrades. The front display is much improved with a larger 5″ IPS panel that does qHD resolution of 960×540. Powering the device is the same 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor as before but it is better enhanced with 1GB of RAM and a larger 8GB of storage that’s expandable.
The covers are finally off and the Microsoft Lumia 535 is the first Lumia device to carry the Microsoft brand. This is their new entry-level device which sits right above its current affordable Lumia 530.
The Lumia 535 get a bigger 5″ IPS display that does a qHD resolution of 960×540 and underneath it runs on the same 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor as the Lumia 530 but this time it gets more RAM at 1GB. On-board it gets 8GB of storage which can be expanded up to 128GB extra with microSD.
Nokia as a company is officially no more and the next Lumia device will drop the iconic Finnish brand for good. Microsoft Devices will be announcing a new Lumia device on 11th November and this will be the first Lumia smart phone to carry the Microsoft brand.
This is likely to be a new entry-level device that’s being speculated as the Lumia 535. Similar to the affordable Lumia 530, the upcoming Lumia 535 is going to be an affordable Windows Phone device with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor on-board but it gets a larger 5″ qHD (960×540) display and is mated to double the RAM at 1GB. The back camera gets a 5MP shoot but this time it gets assisted flash. For video calls, it finally gets a basic front facing camera. The battery is said to be bigger too at 1,900mAh, which is 470mAh more than the current lumia 530.
Check out the alleged leaked photos of the incoming Lumia 535 after the break.
When Microsoft Devices introduced its latest Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 730/735, they had also announced its latest Lumia Denim software update that’s based on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. Apart from the 3 new models, the Denim Update will be rolled out to existing Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices within this year in Q4.
Some of the major changes the update would bring include Live Folders, App Corner to segregate your application between work and play, SMS Merging, improved VPN and native Internet Explorer browser.
On top of that, they are also introducing Lumia Camera which will replace Nokia Camera with better camera experiences. To capture epic moments faster, you can take photos quickly from your pocket in just a matter of split seconds. It also brings new 4K video recording at 24fps and a new Rich Capture mode that lets you adjust the dynamic range after the picture is taken. On certain models such as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, you can trigger Cortana by voice even when the phone is in sleep mode.
They have yet to release a full roll out schedule but based on the past Lumia Cyan Update, the update delivery should be quick across their Windows Phone 8 devices.
It is now official. After Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia which is now known as Microsoft Devices, they have now transitioned its Lumia smart phone brand under Microsoft. What used to be Nokia Lumia is now known as Microsoft Lumia and this will take effect with its future models.
Existing Lumia devices including the recently announced Nokia Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 will remain unchanged and the same applies with existing Lumia devices that’s still in the market. Microsoft assures that the same Lumia experience will continue with the upcoming Microsoft branded Lumia models and existing users can still count on them for continuous support.
As mentioned during their acquisition announcement, the Nokia brand continues to live on with entry-level feature phones including the Nokia 130.
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Nokia says thousands of people are violently being cut out from group selfie shots everyday. While other smart phone makers are starting to shout groufie features, Microsoft Devices is banging on allfie so that nobody is being left out when a selfie is taken.
In a bid to promote its new selfie-centric Lumia 735, they have released a commercial depicting people being cut-off in real life. The new Lumia 735 which was launched locally at RM999, boasts a wide angle 5MP front camera so that you can take selfies uncropped.
Check out the video after the break.
The latest Lumia 830 and Lumia 735 are officially launched in Malaysia today. Announced during IFA 2014, the Lumia 830 is their affordable flagship that’s priced at RM1399. Meanwhile its Lumia 735 is their answer for the current selfie trend and it is priced at RM999. As an early bird promo, they are giving out Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium for the first 500 Lumia 830 buyers.
Both devices are available starting 3rd October and they run on the latest Lumia Denim Update (Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1). Also launched today is GSC’s official Windows Phone app which will be available next month.
The folks at Microsoft Devices have just sent invites out for an event which is jointly organised with GSC Cinemas on this coming Thursday, 25th September. Fresh off from IFA 2014, the Lumia 830 is expected to be launched in Malaysia and it offers a flagship Windows Phone experience at an affordable price.
It could be possible that its selfie-centric Lumia 730 could be making an appearance locally as well. As for GSC, details of their collaboration isn’t known yet and they might be launching a special promo for Windows Phone users.
To recap on the specs, the Lumia 830 is a 5″ smart phone with a HD 720p display and it runs on a Quad-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. Despite having mid-spec hardware, the Lumia 830 is a serious shooter with its 10MP camera enhanced by Optical Image Stabilisation and ZEISS Optics. Meanwhile, the Lumia 730 which comes with Dual-SIM support is their Selfie centric smart phone that’s equipped with a 5MP front camera. It gets the same processor and RAM as the Lumia 830 but features a smaller 4.7″ display with HD 720p resolution. In Europe, the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730 are priced at 330 Euros (about RM1,378) and 199 Euros (about RM832) respectively. In addition, these models are the first Nokia devices to run on the latest Lumia Denim Update with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1.