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Microsoft Announces Lumia 535

As expected, Microsoft has announced their first Microsoft branded Lumia Windows powered phone, the Lumia 535.  The 5″ display budget friendly phone sports some pretty nice features for a budget phone and is expected to be launched in Hong Kong, China and Bangladesh shortly.

  • 5-inch IPS LCD (960 x 540)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB storage
  • MicroSD card support (Up to 128 GB)
  • 1905 mAh battery
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • 5 MP front-facing camera

Microsoft To Release Revolve for Windows Phone

Several sources today are citing that a new calendar and contact mashup app is soon to be released by Microsoft.  Revolve for Windows Phone will bring the you information about people you are going to be soon meeting from multiple sources.

Revolve, an upcoming app for Windows phones which melds aspects of a calendar and contact manager, and presents you with information about people you’re going to meet with that it’s collected from multiple sources.

This concept certainly isn’t new but it would bring a new level of information and interaction for the Windows Phone platform.  LinkedIn and Evernote both offer similar solutions for iOS while Google has recently announced its new calendar app for Android that does a similar function.

HTC One M8 Windows Phone Comes to T-Mobile US

The HTC One M8 Windows Phone is now available from T-Mobile in the United States for $0 if you sign up for a 2 year contract.  It is the second carrier in as many weeks to pick up the latest Windows Phone offering from HTC after the M8 was exclusive to Verizon over the summer.  Last Friday the phone made its debute on AT&T.

Vivino for Windows Phone Updated with Personal Taste Profile

The popular Vivino app for Windows phone has been updated this week with several new personalizing features including a new Personal Taste Profile.  I reviewed Vivino Wine Scanner a few months back and it remains one of my favorite apps for rating wines I try and getting ratings for a bottle before I buy it.  It is a gem of an app.

Vivino Wine Scanner for Windows Phone – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

Microsoft Lumia Rebranding Continues on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

The Microsoft Lumia rebranding continued this week with Microsoft continuing to rename all things Nokia and Windows Phone.  The latest changes have happened over the weekend and include the Windows Phone and Nokia channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  This has all been in a larger effort to get the Microsoft Lumia or just Lumia out in the marketplace.

Windows 10 Coming To Your Windows Phone

This is a great piece of news for Windows Phone owners.  The site WMPoweruser has posted a Twitter conversation with Windows Phone insider Nawzil that indicates that all current Windows Phone devices will run Windows 10.  This is great news for a lot of different reasons but should put everyone’s mind at rest over buying a Windows Phone today knowing that Windows 10 is due out in 2015.

Windows Phone Makes Small Gains In US Market

Windows Phone saw a small increase in market share in the United States for the quarter that ended in September 2014.  The data, from comScore, indicates that Windows Phone saw a .2% increase in market penetration over the previous quarter which ended in June 2014.  That means that the platform has a 3.6% market share and stands a solid third overall.

Dropbox for Windows Phone Finally On The Horizon

Yesterday Dropbox and Microsoft announced a new working agreement that will bring a lot of Dropbox integration to Microsoft devices and services.  Amongst the announcements was that there would finally be an official Dropbox for Windows Phone app released in the coming months, ending years of lack of official support from the cloud storage company.

Nokia Camera App Now Lumia Camera App for Windows Phone

After disappearing over the weekend, the Nokia Camera app has returned to the Windows Phone Store under its new name.  The Lumia Camera app for Windows Phone sports no new features (only bug fixes) but brings to a close one more app that was using the Nokia name in the store.  Microsoft has been on a long process of renaming all of the “Nokia” apps to “Lumia” and the Nokia Camera app was one of the last remaining.

The update should have hit your Windows Phone already if you have the Nokia Camera app installed.  If not you can go to the Store

Lumia Camera for Windows Phone

Lumia Camera for Windows Phone

app on your Windows Phone then go to the More menu, Settings and then tap the “Check for Updates” button.

I’m personally a big fan of the Lumia Camera app as it gives you much more control of your photography than the built-in Windows Phone Camera app.  I also find the Burst mode of the app to be great for capturing action shots or as I did this weekend, fireworks!

The Lumia Camera app is free and available now in the Windows Phone Store

Lumia Camera for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now 

What is Your Windows Phone App Gap?

It is a rainy Sunday morning here in London today.  Well, to be fair, it’s pretty much raining everywhere in England today.  So as I sat in my office, catching up on news and other bits-and-bobs, I read an article over at Computing UK where Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore outlines how developers are coming to Windows Phone in larger numbers as the platform starts to gain momentum.  In it he states:

“If you’re a super high-end early adopter of apps, it’s probably not the best platform choice for you, but if you’re not … we see tons of people who are highly satisfied with it.

“As Windows 8.1 in general increases its volume, we see more and more software developers getting engaged on that platform, and that addresses the app gap,” he added.

That’s a pretty powerful statement.  It is a bit of an admission but also a bit of forward thought on how Windows Phone apps are gaining momentum as the platform itself gains momentum.

After reading the article, it got me thinking about my own change from iOS to Windows Phone.  What apps am I missing in my day-to-day life?  I somewhat expected myself to come up with a laundry list.  That was, after all, why I left Windows Phone three years ago.  The app gap was more like an app canyon at that point.  The result was surprising.  I ended up with only two apps out of my daily life that I really do miss from my iOS days.  The number of apps I have installed on my Windows Phone?  61.

Effectively I proved in my own world-centered-on-Clinton that the Windows Phone app gap is shrinking.  Fast.