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Windows Phone 8 Apollo Plus Update: Release Date Tipped For 2013, Features Include VPN And Wi-Fi Fixes.
Nearly one month after its unveiling, Microsoft is reportedly working on an update for Windows Phone 8 devices known as Apollo Plus. The unofficial news leaked on Tuesday morning when a iteration One repetition of a sequence of instructions or events. For example, in a program loop, one iteration is once through the instructions in the loop. See iterative development.
(programming) iteration – Repetition of a sequence of instructions. of the Windows Phone software, but it will fine-tune some features that users have seen at launch.
Microsoft is reportedly preparing to include
RIDGELAND, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cellular South, the largest privately held wireless communications provider in the U.S., introduced the HTC 7 Pro smartphone today offering customers its first Windows Phone 7-powered glance-and-go experience combined with an innovative design that features a sliding full QWERTY keyboard and tilt-up display.
“The HTC 7 Pro is the perfect device for power users who want to combine the ultimate in business efficiency with the ability to take full advantage of their leisure time”
The HTC 7 Pro also features a unique Start screen with Hubs that provides easy access to the user’s most valuable content and customizable Live Tiles, which come to life with real-time updates from the Web. Depending on the app, the Live Tiles might show pending messages and appointments, news and weather, or game notifications and friend status – all continuously refreshed. It also lets the user customize people, apps, playlists, pictures, and other favorites to the Start screen, so they’re available at a single touch.
“The HTC 7 Pro is the perfect device for power users who want to combine the ultimate in business efficiency with the ability to take full advantage of their leisure time,” said Sherry Stegall, senior vice president for sales and customer operations at Cellular South.
Stegall said the sleek handset slides opens and tilts to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard for fast, comfortable typing, while productivity features such as the ability to sort, scan and manage Outlook email, open and edit the latest Office documents on the phone and keep track of the markets with the stocks application, offer new ways to maximize the business day.
Windows Phone 7 Hubs bring together related content from the Web, applications and services into a single view and offers quick and easy access to the users’ most valuable content. The six Hubs are built on specific themes, including:
- People Hub brings together relevant content based on the person, including photos and live feeds from social networks. People Hub provides a central place from which to update status or change profile pictures across multiple social networking sites. Skim Facebook®, Windows® Live feeds & photos, then call, text or post to friends and get directions to their place.
- Games Hub is an on-the-go arcade and the first and only official Xbox LIVE experience on a phone. Play solo, or use the free Xbox LIVE service to match wits with friends wherever they are and view player avatars, profiles and achievements.
- Pictures Hub houses your entire collection and makes it easy to share pictures to a social network in one step. It can also bring together a user’s photos by integrating with the Web and PC, making the phone the ideal place to view an entire picture and video collection, including photos saved to the phone and pictures friends posted on Facebook or Windows Live. You can even send favorites to friends, or post them to Facebook or Windows Live, all from one place.
- Music + Videos Hub is an anytime entertainment center. Play a music collection – synced wirelessly from a PC – or stream or download new tunes. There’s even a built-in FM radio and high-resolution screen that’s perfect for watching TV shows, movies or your own video clips. Add an optional Zune Pass subscription to get millions of songs for one low monthly fee. Users can turn their media experience into a social one with Zune Social on a PC and share their media recommendations with like-minded music lovers.
- Marketplace Hub allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.
- Office Hub brings the familiar experience of the world’s leading productivity software to your phone. With access to Microsoft Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace all in one place, users can easily read, edit and share documents.
HTC 7 Pro key features include:
- Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 3.6-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch capability
- Full HTML Web browser with Bing Search and Maps for turn by turn directions, address mapping and even street level views via voice search or typing
- Windows Phone Marketplace offers a single view to showcase apps, games, music and premium Xbox LIVE games
- Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and text messaging
- 5MP camera with flash, autofocus and digital zoom and 720p HD camcorder. The camera button will snap photos fast, even if the phone is locked.
- 16GB internal memory for storing pictures, videos and large files
- Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g/n)
The HTC 7 Pro is available starting today for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement and data plan and after a $50 mail-in reward card, in all Cellular South retail stores, online at www.cellularsouth.com and Telesales at 1-877-9CSOUTH #
About Cellular South
Cellular South is a diversified mobile communications company passionately committed to helping customers get the most out of their wireless devices and services. The nation’s largest privately owned wireless communications provider accomplishes this goal by optimizing customers’ app experience through Discover Apps, providing the most reliable and advanced high-speed nationwide wireless voice and data network, offering industry-leading family and unlimited flat rate voice, text and mobile web plans, and through its online and in-store Discover Centers, which give customers easy, simple and convenient tools, tips, advice and information on how to get the most out of their mobile phone. This news release and other announcements are available at cellularsouth For more information about Cellular South and its products and services, visit www.cellularsouth.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cellularsouth or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cellularsouth.
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Now that Microsoft has unveiled its plan to overhaul Windows 8 later this year, you might think that it’s only a matter of time before it does the same thing to its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system. But The Verge reports that a Windows 8.1-style overhaul for Windows Phone isn’t likely to debut until 2014 since the company is now in “shut up and ship” mode for current Windows Phone 8 devices. When the update does arrive next year it will reportedly include “a notification center, improved multitasking, and changes to built-in apps” as well as “a rotation lock option.” The Verge’s sources say that Microsoft had originally planned to issue several smaller updates to Windows Phone but that problems with ironing out bugs forced the company to issue one bigger update next year instead.
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Nimbuzz, who recently surpassed the 150 million worldwide users mark, just released it’s mobile messaging app for Windows Phone 8, capitalizing on the new phones adoption in global markets. The majority of Nimbuzz users are in emerging markets, and the company has become a major player in the space along with WhatsApp, Skype, GroupMe and others as noted by Tuesdays TechCrunch article.
The Nimbuzz app takes advantage of Windows Phone’s OS increased native language support, and the new version is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi and Arabic. The cross-platform messaging app allows users to message, video, call, and share data with others for free over wifi connections.
The company claims to be clipping along with 210,000 new registrations daily, and the Windows Phone 8 app comes at a time when it’s partner, Nokia, looks to expand the reach of it’s Lumia portfolio worldwide. "As Nokia expands the reach of the Nokia Lumia portfolio, the reach of Nimbuzz also increases", notes Bryan Biniak, VP and General Manager of Global Partner and Application Development for Nokia.
The Windows Phone 8 version of Nimbuzz supports locked screen notifications, communication alerts and customizable Live Tiles, which are unique to the Windows Phone’s OS. Users can choose a small tile or larger tile to display on their home screen, which flips between content and lets users choose to either join a chat or view it later. There is also an option to allow the Live Tiles to visually alert users to the number of new unread messages.
"As the early pioneer in mobile messaging, Nimbuzz has witnessed an increasing choice by consumers to use messaging apps for communicating on their mobiles," said Vikas Saxena, Nimbuzz CEO. "Windows Phone as a mobile platform continues to gain traction around the world and our 150 million and counting customers can upgrade to a Windows Phone device knowing their favorite messaging app is available."
In addition to the Windows Phone 8 version, Nimbuzz is also available on Android, iOS, Symbian, J2ME in addition to both Windows and Mac desktops.
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Microsoft has set dates in 2014 for the end of mainstream support for both Windows Phone 7.8 and 8.
The company will cease support for 7.8 on Sept. 9 and for 8 on July 8. Both of the end dates are based on 18-month life cycles for the products.
The news does not mention upgrades for either version of the operating system but does offer a bit of information on updates. Microsoft said it will continue updates, including security updates, but adds that the distribution of updates may be controlled by the carriers or OEMs.
Windows Phone 8 launched late last year and 7.8 was made available earlier this year as an upgrade for customers using Windows Phone 7.
In its three-month study ending in November 2012, Comscore found Microsoft controlling three percent of the U.S. mobile OS market share.
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The device, which is known internally as the “HTC Tiara,” is said to be equipped with a 4.3-inch WVGA display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 1,800 mAh battery.
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The Tiara will reportedly be one of the first devices running the latest update to the Windows Phone 8 platform when it launches in mid-May.
This article was originally published on BGR.com
And that brings us to the biggest issue that currently faces the Windows Phone: Android and iOS are simply too big to fail right now. Microsoft will not be able to compete on price with Google, and despite an innovative new design strategy, will struggle to match Apple’s “cool” factor. Microsoft certainly has compelling features in its Windows Phone product, but it simply doesn’t have the third-party support or user base that will attract customers and app developers to the platform. Therefore, this becomes a self-perpetuating problem for the OS: it is a huge gamble to invest in the phone until many others have done so, yet failing to invest means that it will continue to struggle. Ultimately, businesses should be aware that, at least at this stage, adopting the Windows Phone would be a gamble with somewhat long odds.
At an individual level, the Windows Phone offers an attractive alternative to the incredibly popular Android and iOS phones. But from a business perspective, it is difficult to recommend the Windows Phone primarily due to its uncertain future and the fact that it just doesn’t have the support that the major smartphone OS developers have. There is simply very little in the way of advantages offered by the phone to counterbalance these major issues for companies. That being said, mobile strategies are highly specialized from business to business, so the Windows Phone certainly deserves consideration. In the rapidly changing mobile marketplace, things may be very different even a few months from now.
What is your take on the Windows Phone as a primary business device? Does it provide any functionality that cannot be found in the more popular iOS and Android operating systems?
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