Nokia Reveals First Windows Phone Apps and ESPN Hub
Nokia today announced the first applications that it has designed for Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and the Lumia 800 and 710 in particular. The first is Nokia Drive. This navigation application offers free, voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation to the 800 and 710, and incudes 3D mapping, offline support, and a landscape user interface for safer use while driving. Nokia also announced Mix Radio and Nokia Music. This offering streams pre-set playlists from Nokia's servers to the 800 and 710. The application — or individual playlists — can be pinned to the start page for faster access. Playlists can also be cached for offline listening. Last, Nokia announced a new partnership with ESPN and showed a sneak peak of the ESPN-driven Sports Hub. The Sports Hub will be unique to Nokia Windows Phone devices and lets users create profiles for their favorite sports, leagues, teams, and even players. Users will be able to pin certain features to the home screen as well as access general sporting news, videos, and info. Nokia didn't say when the Sports Hub will be available, but the Lumia 800 and 710 will ship with the Nokia Drive and Nokia Musi apps on board.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
Microsoft Officially Kicks Off Sales of Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft began selling the Nokia Lumia 630 today, marking the official availability and launch of Windows Phone 8.1. Both the Lumia 630 and Windows Phone 8.1 were revealed by Microsoft and Nokia during the former's Build developer conference in April.
Microsoft Reveals Nokia X2 Android Phone
Microsoft today announced the Nokia X2, a low-cost smartphone that runs its modified version of Android. The device follows three other Android handsets announced by Nokia in February.
Nokia Rolling Out Windows Phone 8.1 To Lumias
Nokia today began rolling out automatic updates to Windows Phone 8.1 for all Lumia devices that currently have Windows Phone 8. The update includes all new Windows Phone 8.1 features from Microsoft, plus several new enhancements specific to Lumia devices.