While this years Christmas season sales focus from Microsoft has been on the mid-to-low end of the market, that doesn’t mean that some great deals can’t be found on the high end devices as well. The best deal by far remains on the Lumia 635 at only $99 without a contract but if you want to get the flagship Lumia 1520, you can do it for $99 as well on a 2-year contract. If you don’t want to do the contract, no problem. You can get it outright for $526, down from the $589 price before the holidays.
Windows Phone Archive
The 6TAG Instagram app for Windows Phone has received a minor update today, bringing support for the new BLU Win phone devices. The update is free and available now in the Windows Phone store. If you aren’t familiar with 6TAG, it is a great Instagram app and far superior in my opinion than the Instagram Beta app (which as far as I know has NEVER been updated).
The Glance Screen app for Windows Phone has received an update this morning that brings support for Lock screen backgrounds on your Glance screen. The update, which is available now, has the normal mix of tweaks and fixes but the wallpaper support is new and it brings a bit of a personal touch to the screen instead of the black screen with information on it as before.
The OneDrive for Windows Phone app has just had a big update drop in the Windows Phone Store that brings significant changes to the user experience along with several other key updates. The new version 4.5 build is out now and you can get it free in the Store.
WeatherSphere has released their NOAA Hi-Def Radar app for Windows Phone, bringing the impressive weather app to the platform following iOS and Android. The app provides a wealth of weather and radar information to users, particularly those in the United States. Further, it provides some unique features to other weather apps in the Windows Phone store that make this app immediately stand above many others available.
Foursquare has released an update to their Swarm for Windows Phone app with a wide range of updates and improvements to the app. The headline improvement is that Swarm now has a Emoji keyboard which can be used for shouts, plans and check-in along with plan comments. The update is listed as version 1.3 and is available now in the Windows Phone store.
If by chance you are not familiar with Swarm, this is the new check-in app from Foursquare that was released back in the early summer. Foursquare the app has turned into more of a location discovery app (which is quite good by-the-way) while Swarm has taken over as the check-in app.
Nokia has updated their HERE Drive+ and HERE Maps apps for Windows Phone today to allow users to create a new Here.com account for map and favorite synchronization. The update for both apps is available now in the Windows Phone store.
With this update, users will be able to create a HERE account on here.com where you can import your favorites from your old Nokia account so they are synced with your device and the site. This is part of the continued separation of what remains of Nokia and the mobile division which is now owned by Microsoft.
Microsoft has updated their Office Lens app for Windows Phone today, adding an experimental Business Card mode to the whiteboard and documents capture app even more powerful. If you are not familiar with Office Lens, it allows you to snap a photo of a whiteboard, blackboard or document and it will scan them and save them to your Windows Phone and/or OneDrive. The app is very powerful and is able to handle taking photos from side angles to give you a front facing view. It is a free app and one I recommend.
The already budget friendly Lumia 520 is now even more so at the Microsoft store. Today you can get the phone without any contract requirements from AT&T for only $29. Normally it is $59 so you are getting about a 50% discount on it. Kind of a no-brainer really if you want to have a inexpensive phone for a family member or as a backup phone for yourself.
Microsoft has released Windows Phone Build 14219 for those who participate in the Preview for Developers program. The update is either ready for you in your Phone Update in Settings on your device or can be downloaded by tapping the Check for Update button on the same screen. While the Preview for Developers program is a free app and service, I’ll remind everyone that it is beta software and sometimes behaves as such.
The biggest news with this update is support for Cortana in France, Germany, Italy and Spain as part of an update posted on the Microsoft blog this morning. Now Windows Phone users can enjoy the personal assistant feature that has been available to those in the United States and other countries for a few months.