Windows Phone gets more iPhone apps; Vine and Path confirmed

Microsoft has confirmed that it has snagged Twitter video app Vine and social network app Path for the Windows Phone platform. The two new apps – one announced at the Nokia event in New York and the other confirmed by Jo Harlow, VP in charge of devices at Nokia, in an interview withPocket-lint – signal yet more apps that are…

Halo: Spartan Assault now available for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

Halo: Spartan Assault has officially arrived for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 in each platform’s respective app store. Available now for £4.99, the game has been created specifically with touchscreen devices in mind. It has been released to coincide with Comic-Con 2013, currently taking part in San Diego, and offers a different kind of experience from the normal Halo…

Emulator files confirm 1080p support for next WP8 build

The latest version of Visual Studio 2013, which, among other things, allows developers to emulate Windows Phone in order to test applications, had been found to contain files that enable fullHD 1080p emulation. The discovery comes courtesy of Justin Angel, a former Microsoft and Nokia employee. Good news everybody! WP8 emulator files in Visual Studio 2013 reveal 1080p emulator! Resolution…

Microsoft boss slams Android and Apple’s ecosystems

Microsoft head-honcho Steve Ballmer has once more declared a war of words on Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms. Speaking during a special event along with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Ballmer branded the Android ecosystem as ‘wild’ and ‘uncontrolled’ from ‘an app compatibility perspective’, which he claims is ‘not always in the consumers’ best interests’. He went on to slate…

Nokia looks to the camera to help it stand out as it waits for app issue to go away

It’s 3pm, we’ve been at the Nokia press launch since 10am, and it’s the first time someone has mentioned that the new flagship Nokia Lumia device, the Lumia 1020, can be used as a phone. It epitomises the modern day smartphone launch as companies battle to stand out against the competition. Nokia has chosen the Windows Phone operating system and…

Nokia: Device launch pace will get faster

Jo Harlow, head of devices at Nokia, has told Pocket-lint that it has plenty more innovation and products to come in the near future, as the company continues to grow and refresh its Lumia product portfolio. “We’ve completed a portfolio that crosses price points. Now we get into a regular pace of replacing those products with new products, and to…

“Surface Chinese”: The third variation in the Microsoft Surface family

Microsoft threw a big party today to celebrate the formal launch of the Intel-processor-powered Surface computers in China. This is not unexpected. However, Microsoft actually announced TWO new variations of Surface: the “Surface Pro” we’ve always been talking about, and something that should be coined “Surface Chinese”. Microsoft invented a whole new SKU especially for the Chinese market. “Surface Chinese”…

Microsoft updates Mail, Calendar and People apps for Windows 8

Microsoft has announced updates for its Mail, Calendar and People apps, available on Windows 8 (and Windows RT). The updates will be available tomorrow and can be installed by clicking the “Updates” button in the corner of the Windows Store.  The pinacle of the app updates is increased speed and much needed features for improving work-flow. The Mail app is…

Microsoft to support 1080p Windows Phone handsets later this year

Microsoft is planning to support 1080p handsets within its Windows Phone platform later this year, according to The Verge, though no specific devices have been detailed.  Right now, Windows Phone 8 supports WVGA, WXGA, and 720p resolutions, but will quickly be trumped by 1080p handsets that will be hitting Android devices this year. That will change, The Verge says, as an…

Spotify on Windows Phone 8 launch imminent?

Spotify has been absent on Windows Phone 8 since the platform launched in October 2012, with the feedback forums on Spotify.com just giving “Q1 2013″ as a launch date. However, Brendan Arndt, a device portfolio manager at Three UK, has hinted on Twitter that it might be coming very soon. It is Q1 2013 after all, so it seems entirely…