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Microsoft and Google make amends, will co-develop a YouTube app for Windows Phone

We’ve gotta give it to Microsoft… building a YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 that strips out advertising and allows users to download streaming videos was one hell of a way to get Google’s attention about the lack of an official app for the platform — even if it managed to attract ire at the same time.

YouTube app for Windows Phone

Now, multiple reports are coming in that both companies have reached an agreement of sorts, which will result in an app that’s fully compliant with YouTube’s Terms of Service in the coming weeks. You might’ve already guessed it, but unlike Microsoft’s most recent conciliatory update to its YouTube app, the next version will serve up ads. You’ll find a joint statement from both companies after the break. Now that the pair are learning to cooperate, might we suggest they take a look at Gmail?

Joint statement from Google and Microsoft

Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube’s API terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks. Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time.

Microsoft and Google make amends, will co-develop a YouTube app for Windows Phone

Nokia helps you find the latest trends with App Highlights Social (Beta) for Windows Phone

Nokia has released a new beta for Lumia Windows Phone owners to enjoy – App Highlights Social. So what can one do with said app installed? It essentially takes the baton from the App Highlights app we’ve come to know and love, but improving the overall experience with new functionality and a more advanced interface. Our first impressions: it’s really, really cool.

App Highlights Social for Windows Phone

If you’re one who enjoys discovering new apps for your Lumia Windows Phone, App Highlights Social is a must have. There’s an array of features to hep consumers get the most out of Nokia’s Collection and the Windows Phone Store itself. As the name suggests, there’s a social element implemented to make finding new apps and games more fun and worthwhile.

 Social for Windows Phone


Users can create their own app lists, have the community follow said collections and rise to the top of a leaderboard. It’s an interesting way to have the community involved with not only finding new apps to download and enjoy, but also sharing what they’ve already got installed to benefit others. Here are some highlighted (pun intended) features:

  • Enjoy browsing through tons of different apps lists brought to you by Nokia and App Highlights Social Beta users around the world
  • While you browse you can thank users for cool app lists
  • Sign in to create and share lists of apps with your friends and with the world in order to gain thanks and followers in your lists
  • Search for your friends and tech celebrities to start following them and gain insights from their lists of apps

Utilising its own account system, there’s the element of personalisation with different experiences for each individual, depending on which apps one’s interested in. You can download App Highlights Social from the Nokia Collection on the Windows Phone Store – note that the app is currently listed for Windows Phone 8 hardware only.

Update: Nokia informs us that this is a very limited beta, for US, Italy, Finland and India ONLY at the moment.

Via Wpcentral

Nokia helps you find the latest trends with App Highlights Social (Beta) for Windows Phone

Windows Phone gaining on iOS as BlackBerry crumbles

Windows Phone has finally eased past BlackBerry and Symbian to take third place in the smartphone race, but IDC’s latest figures make it clear just how much of a two-horse race between Android and iOS it has become.

Windows Phone gaining on iOS as BlackBerry

In fact, in platform terms, combining the two big rivals from Google and Apple amounts to a staggering 92.3 per cent of smartphones shipped in the first three months of 2013.

Apart from IDC’s analyst brilliantly suggesting that this amounts to “more than the lion’s share” of the smartphone market, the breakdown of market share is just as deserving of attention.

Android has been dominant for some time, but has ramped that up even more in comparison to the same quarter last year and now amounts to 75 per cent of the market with 162.1 million units shipped.

Apple still bobbing along

Apple’s iOS accounts for 17.3 per cent of the market (down from 23 per cent in the same quarter of 2012) and Windows Phone has captured 3.2 per cent for third place, leapfrogging ailing BlackBerry which has declined from 6.4 per cent to a meagre 2.9 per cent.

That means Windows Phone is growing faster than Apple’s iPhone – although it has a long journey before it is competing for silver.

At the foot of the table Linux and Symbian both fell away – the latter declining from a relatively healthy 6.8 per cent of market share in Q1 2012 to a terminal looking 0.6 per cent.

Microsoft and key partner Nokia will certainly be buoyed by the 7 million Windows Phone handsets shipped – compared to just 3 million this time last year, and Apple – despite losing market share – has still managed to flog 37.4 million iPhones compared to 35.1 million in 2012.

But Android – and that means principally Samsung – is the real success story, taking advantage of a burgeoning market to sell more than 70 million more handsets than a year ago.

Via Techradar

Windows Phone gaining on iOS as BlackBerry crumbles

Windows Phone 7.8 updates pushing out for the AT&T Focus 2 and Venue Pro

The other day AT&T pushed out the Windows Phone 8862 update for the Nokia Lumia 900 and now they are giving the Samsung Focus 2 and the Dell Venue Pro little attention with Windows Phone 7.8 updates as well.

Windows Phone 7.8

The update process for the Samsung Focus 2 is rather lengthy and includes four updates that ultimately brings the Focus 2 to the 8862 OS version.  It also includes one Samsung firmware update.  The whole process takes about forty minutes and in the end, the update gives the Focus 2 multiple Live Tile sizes, more theme color choices, and lockscreen support for rotating Bing wallpapers.

Oddly, the Samsung support page for the Focus 2 dates the release of the Windows Phone 7.8 update on January 23, 2013.  Either the update flew well below everyone’s radar or it took AT&T a while to certify things.

windows phone 7.8


As far as the Dell Venue Pro is concerned, AT&T surprised a lot of people by updating it to Windows Phone 7.8 back in February.  Today, the Venue Pro gets updated with the 8862 update for Windows Phone.  The process includes two updates which are quickly installed and you won’t see any firmware changes this go around.

While the updates for the Samsung Focus 2 isn’t that surprising, seeing the Venue Pro updated was a little odd giving the age of the device.  Nonetheless, it’s nice to see AT&T give these older Windows Phones some attention.  Maybe the HTC Titan lineup will be next.

Thanks, Gurggles and sla83456, for the tip!

Via Wpcentral

Windows Phone 7.8 updates pushing out for the AT&T Focus 2 and Venue Pro

Effectual is one of the best to-do apps for Windows Phone 8

Can you have too many options for apps that keep you productive? No, choice is good period. Especially when you combine a beautiful design with spartan functionality. When you do that you get something like Effectual, a new app for Windows Phone 8 to help you conquer your tasks and stay productive. Let’s check it out.

Effectual is one of the best to-do apps for Windows Phone 8

We’ve got a fairly killer note taking application built into every single Windows Phone – OneNote, but it doesn’t exactly excel in tasks. That’s why we people still continue to use apps like Evernote, Viperal Tasks, PowerTasks, or 2Day. Effectual is a relative newcomer to the fray of apps to help you get things done and it does so in an elegant and clean way.

After downloading and installing Effectual, you’ll be logging into the app with your Microsoft account. Why is this app wanting your Microsoft account details? Because if you have multiple devices the app will synchronize your Effectual data. And there is an app for Windows 8 coming soon that will enable those tasks to sync there as well. Continue reading

Nokia updates Lumia Storage Check Beta app for Windows Phone with possible fixes

Nokia has rolled out an update for its Lumia Storage Check Beta app. This app, exclusively available for Nokia Windows Phones, enables consumers to monitor exactly what’s being stored on internal memory – something we believe Microsoft should have baked into the OS itself. So what’s new in this latest release?

Nokia updates Lumia

Nothing much, really. It’s only a minor bump in the build numbers ( so we can assume we’re looking at small fixes and improvements. There were a number of reports of bugs and incompatibility issues with certain hardware (firmware version requirements in place). According to latest store reviews, the app still doesn’t work on the likes of the Lumia 822 and Lumia 820.  Continue reading

New data shows Windows Phone on the rise in US, strengthens third position

Latest figures released by Kantar Worldpanel shows that Microsoft is actually starting to perform rather well in the US, one of the more important markets for the company. So much so that the platform is growing at a slightly faster rate than Google’s Android. Microsoft still has a tough mountain to climb to tackle both Android and iOS, but it would seem as though the third position is firmly in its grasp.

Windows phone

Windows Phone accounted for 5.6 percent of all smartphone sales in the three months ending March 2013, according to the report. This is up from 3.7 percent a year ago. Android’s share rose from 47.9 percent to 49.3 percent, while Apple slipped from 44.6 percent to 43.7 percent. Blackberry fell from 2.6 percent to just 0.9 percent. Kantar states that Nokia had the most to gain from Windows Phone growth.

Despite the launch of new Blackberry hardware, the company is still experiencing difficult times indeed. So why has Windows Phone grown significantly? Kantar pins this growth down to the operating system appealing to first-time smartphone buyers – an important group of consumers – more than Apple’s iOS. Continue reading