Nokia Announces HERE Drive+ Will Be Free for All Windows Phone 8.1 Users

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Nokia Announces HERE Drive+ Will Be Free for All Windows Phone 8.1 Users

Nokia Announces HERE Drive+ Will Be Free for All Windows Phone 8.1 Users

Shortly after Microsoft announced its new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, Nokia unveiled the first smartphones to ship with the new platform out of the box: Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930.

Moreover, the Finnish company has confirmed that one of its most popular services will be available for free to Windows Phone 8.1 users when the new operating system gets released on the market.

According to Nokia, current Windows Phone 8 users who upgrade to the next version of the mobile platform will be able to get HERE Drive+ for free, saving up to €35 ($48).

Although HERE Drive is available for free on Windows Phone 8 devices, there are some features that users will need to pay for such as HERE Transit, which will be available for free for Windows Phone 8.1 users, even if they don’t own a Nokia Lumia smartphone.

HERE’s Pino Bonetti has confirmed that his team has extended the benefits of free voice guided car navigation in 97 countries to everyone no matter what smartphone they own, as long as it runs Windows Phone 8.1.

But there’s more to this, as the HERE Maps, HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit have been updated for Windows Phone 8.1 platform with new features and improvements.

According to Bonneti, the team of engineers has updated the way users see the maps in all applications: “in select countries you can see buildings in 3D, in addition to realistic 3D landmarks that help you orientate yourself in a city.”

The aerial images have been updated as well, so HERE Maps users can now zoom even more in order to see additional details. It looks like now you will be able to use two finger gestures in HERE Maps to rotate the map in the direction you wish and tilt it to enable the 3D mode.

Another highly requested feature introduced in the latest version of HERE Drive+ is the ability to long press anywhere on the map to set one’s destination.

The new features mentioned earlier will be available for everyone that uses a Windows Phone device and upgrades to Windows Phone 8.1. Obviously, those who switch directly to Windows Phone 8.1 from another mobile platform will have the new features at their disposal right away.

Those unfamiliar with HERE services should know that the location app works both online and offline and it can automatically choose the right connection at the right time. Does this HERE-related announcement make you want to switch to Windows Phone?


Nokia Asha 230, the Every-Phone Announced

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Nokia Asha 230

Nokia Asha 230

Announced today, the quad-band Nokia Asha 230 is rewriting the mobile rulebook. Packed with apps, maps and easy web-browsing, it’s a phone for all. With Nokia Fastlane, the Nokia Asha 230 allows you to swipe to your favorite apps, tap to share with others and pull down to see what’s new. It also provides immediate access, reminders and notifications for the content that’s most important to you. Everything you need is at your fingertips – like hugely popular social-networking apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, LINE and WeChat. Not only does this offer a way to stay in constant contact with your friends and followers, Fastlane will display notifications right on to the home screen, meaning you won’t miss a thing.

The in-built Nokia Xpress Browser is a cloud-powered browser that compresses Internet data, making your mobile Internet experience more efficient. Web pages load faster and it also helps keep running costs down, since you consume less data.

The Nokia Asha 230 also supports Microsoft Bing search via the Nokia Xpress Browser. And with an upcoming Asha software platform update, we’re bringing Microsoft’s OneDrive to Asha 230 and the rest of the Nokia Asha family.

A great reception

Being a quad-band GSM phone – supporting 850/900/1800/1900MHz frequencies – the Nokia Asha 230 can be used almost anywhere in the world. With the Dual-SIM model also allowing for two different phone contracts to be used in one device, you have a jack-of-all-trades smartphone that’s happy at your home, or when you’re travelling. Bluetooth 3.0 with Nokia’s innovative SLAM technology – allowing you to wirelessly transfer images between compatible devices – is also built right into the Nokia Asha 230 for maximum versatility.

Screen if you wanna go faster

Sporting a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive display, the Nokia Asha 230 is a superb personal assistant, using online HERE Maps (downloadable from the Nokia store) to direct you to your destination by foot, car and public transportation.

Traffic information is also sent to the phone, getting you from A to B, and possibly C, without hitch.

Using a MicroSD memory card, up to 32Gb of data can be stored on the device, which is perfect for music, movies, apps and games.

Speaking of which, the Nokia Asha 230 comes with an exclusive ‘game gift’ of 10 free games worth €20, available via Nokia Store (data charges may apply) with thousands more apps available from Nokia Store.

Coming in six color options – Bright Red, Yellow, Bright Green, White, Cyan and Black – the Asha 230 will stand out from the crowd.

And it won’t let you down, either. Battery talk time runs up to 12 hours on the Dual-SIM model and an incredible 33 days of standby – that’s more than a month! – on the single-SIM device.

The Nokia Asha 230 will be priced at around 45 EUR/ 59 USD and it will start shipping immediately.

Say hello to the Nokia X family

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Nokia X family, Nokia X, Nokia X+, Nokia XL

Nokia X family, Nokia X, Nokia X+, Nokia XL

Today Nokia introduces a brand new family of smartphones, the Nokia X family, a range of handsets that combines Nokia design, build quality and services with the ability to run Android apps. The first three phones in the family – the Nokia X, X+ and XL – are priced between the existing Asha and Lumia lines, at €89, €99 and €109 respectively, to appeal to new smartphone users looking for popular apps and their first cloud services. The X family boasts Nokia’s exciting, high quality hardware design and a range of bright colours. The brand new, tile-based Home screen offers you a simple, elegant way to manage your apps and phone functions and also reintroduces a redesigned version of the enormously popular Fastlane notifications centre – a second Home screen if you like – from the latest Asha devices.

Xciting services bring a smile

The Nokia X family offers terrific value with acclaimed Nokia and Microsoft services and experiences. HERE Maps with turn-by-turn navigation and offline maps are included. Nokia MixRadio offers hundreds of free streaming and offline playlists. Free cloud storage from Microsoft OneDrive with 7GB of space for free is included out of the box. There’s also access to as your email service. And there’s Skype with a month’s free calls to international landlines in selected markets.

All three of the devices are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor and are Dual SIM. A range of third-party apps comes preinstalled, including BBM, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Viber, Vine and Twitter. As many more as you can fit can be obtained from the Nokia Store, third-party app stores and sideloaded.

Xtreme family resemblance

  • The table below covers the differences between the devices, but these are the highlights:
  • The Nokia X is the entry level member of the family, with 4-inch IPS LCD screen, 512MB RAM and a 3-megapixel camera. It will be available in green, black, white, yellow, cyan and red.
  • The Nokia X+ offers you a little more, as the name suggests: there’s 768MB RAM and a 4GB MicroSD card is included in the box. It comes in the same colours as the Nokia X.

Lastly, the clue is in the name for the Nokia XL, as well, with its 5-inch screen. The Nokia XL also boasts 768MB RAM, the free MicroSD card and it has both a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for Skype calls, as well as a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash. The same colours are available as for the Nokia X and X+, except bright orange replaces the red with this model.

The Nokia X will be available to buy immediately in Asia Pacific, Europe, india, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa. The Nokia X+ and XL are expected to be available from Q2 2014. The prices quoted do not include any local taxes or operator subsidies.

AT&T lowering the price of Windows Phone device, Seems to deplete its Stock

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Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

AT&T has decreased the price of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to $49.99, provided you sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T. For those who can’t remember what it brings at the table other than the impressive 41MP camera with PureView technology, Carl Zeiss Optics and optical image stabilization, here’s what you get for $49.99.  The handset rocks a 4.5-inch display sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels with 332 ppi pixel density, a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor with a clock speed of 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM on board. Other features include WiFi, Bluetooth, Nokia Camera and other Nokia-related applications, 32GB of internal storage, 1.2MP front-facing camera with 720p video capability, 2,000 mAh battery and runs Windows Phone 8 pre-installed out of the box. The latest Nokia Lumia Black update with Windows Phone GDR3 is also rolling out for the handset to make sure you can get the latest OS.

Nokia’s expensive Lumia 1520 phablet is now available for purchase at AT&T for just $100 for the 16GB model. The 32GB variant of the Lumia 1520 costs only $125, which is a much better deal. Customers who wish to take advantage of any of these two offers will be pleased to know AT&T has also waived the activation fee in an attempt to expand its customer database.