Pandora launches on Windows Phone

Posted by: Brett

Pandora has finally launched on Windows Phone and because of the long wait, the app includes unlimited, ad-free streaming through this year. On other platforms, you’d have to pay a monthly fee for the aforementioned. Free users typically have a 40-hour monthly streaming limit and ads between every certain amount of songs.

The app lets you pin your favorite stations as tiles on your home screen, and the Panora app itself has live tile capabilities, allowing for it to display the song currently being played. There’s also a Kid’s Corner feature which filters explicit content. Pandora is free and can be downloaded at the source link.

Source: Pandora

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Microsoft to release major Windows Phone update during the 2013 holidays

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According to a job posting on Microsoft’s website, the company is planning to launch a major revision to Windows Phone later this year some time during the holidays.

This is a great time to join as we’re completing our current release are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we’re chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer devices and delightful user experiences. There are enormous growth opportunities in this role and organization.

 

Windows Phone 8 launched last October so a holiday release this year would make sense. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Product Manager Greg Sullivan recently said that Windows Phone 8 would be able to be updated once a new major release came out and that the company will be following a new policy where they won’t be release information regarding new technologies/products so far in advance.

Source: Microsoft

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Nokia announces Lumia 520, 720

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Nokia announced a new low-end device and mid-range device today in the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 720. First off, the Lumia 520 is the successor to the Lumia 510 and it includes a 4-inch display, a faster 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and a 5-megapixel camera. The Lumia 720 has a 4.3-inch display, the same dual-core processor, and NFC capabilities. Both devices lack LTE support which is disappointing, yet understandable due to their place in the market.

Both will be running Windows Phone 8, both will be available in five color,s and they’ll be rolling out to select markets beginning this quarter and more in Q2.

Source: Nokia

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Microsoft to launch “Apollo Plus”, test OTA updates and more for Windows Phone

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As Microsoft gets ready to launch Windows Phone 7.8, sources close to The Verge say they’re also gearing up to launch “Apollo Plus”, an update to Windows Phone 8. It isn’t expected to be a major update, but will instead bring features Microsoft wasn’t able to get into the initial release. Microsoft will be testing OTA updates with the launch of Apollo Plus, and will include fixes for WiFi and audio.

The Verge also says Microsoft plans to talk more about the update at Mobile World Congress in February.

Source: The Verge

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Nokia and Microsoft event set for September 5th

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Nokia and Microsoft sent out invites yesterday for a press event scheduled for September 5th in NYC and by the looks of the invite, it’s to announce Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia. The next Lumia handset is pretty much confirmed to be running Windows Phone 8 and is expected to incorporate a multi-core processor thanks to said OS.

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Existing Windows Phone devices will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8

 

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According to The Verge, existing Windows Phone devices will not be receiving an update to Windows Phone 8, but rather 7.8. The Verge talked to Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan who revealed the companies reasons behind the choice. Continue reading

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Windows Phone 8 introduces shared core

 

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Windows Phone 8 will utilize shared core technology, making it seamless to port apps to and from the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Hardware manufacturers and software developers will see that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 use the same code making releasing software for both platforms simple.

This is a developing story.

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