Microsoft Lumia 535 Specs And Photos Leaks Into Wild [Images]

Talking about the Lumia 5xx series have been the best selling Windows Phone handsets over the past few years with offerings as well and now, rumors of yet another member come up is easy to understand, and which is a pretty big one that its predecessor, The Lumia 535 with Microsoft branding showed its face in live photos and alongside specs detailed in the process.

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The images surfaced from China and seen to show a dummy device rather than an actual Lumia 535 unit, but it still gives an idea on how it will look. First off it is a dual-SIM smartphone and one one side it is 3G enabled and the other only 2G, rather than LTE.

The foremost smartphone of the Lumia family to carry Microsoft branding after the company officially got rid of Nokia logos, the Lumia 535 rumored to be unveiled on November 11 with a 5-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels) and a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU on a Snapdragon 200 SoC.

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Internal storage is alleged with an 8GB, while the RAM onboard is set to 1GB. The Lumia 535 will come with a 5-megapixel primary shooter and an ancient VGA selfie snapper. It packs a 1900mAh battery and will be available to buy in Black, White, Gray, Blue, Orange, Blue & Green colors.

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Stay tuned to VSS Mobile Zone to gets some more information regarding Microsoft Lumia 535 launch in China on this Tuesday, Nov. 11. Price and availability will be revealed as well!

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Nokia Lumia Series Windows Phone Branding Will Be Replaced With Microsoft Lumia

 

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Finally, Microsoft is officially phasing out the Nokia Lumia brand name by now, be calling the Windows Phones just “Lumia” and redirecting Nokia online properties to Microsoft.com. This rebranding effort will expand and soon the lineup will become “Microsoft Lumia”.

It’s happening, Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone branding replacement has started as per the post on Nokia France Facebook page says, the account will soon change its name to “Microsoft Lumia” as well as Nokia France’s Twitter account linked to the post as though, and Microsoft confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the same rebranding steps.

Remind you that, Microsoft acquired Nokia’s device business in April for $7 billion, even before the Nokia brand has been fading away. Although, Lumia is already the de facto face of Windows Phone which accounts about 90% of the market. Microsoft has been busy signing up new vendors but they will struggle to gain significant market share as the big names have mostly neglected WP.

Several company’s Windows Phone Store apps, such as Treasure Tag and App Social, have dropped Nokia from their names in recent months, and some other Nokia websites also pointing to Microsoft, and now, Microsoft Mobile is the official name for Nokia’s former device business. And Nokia will be in touch with Maps app. HERE!

Nokia, the Finnish company, still exists but as part of the agreement with Microsoft it won;t make new phones for at least several more years. As mentioned, it will be focusing on things like mapping and with no exclusiveity to consider, it has been bringing its software to Android.

Expected that Microsoft put its own logo on the newer Windows Phone handsets, or it could also place the name of “Nokia” on its front. Last month when it announced Nokia Lumia 730 and Lumia 830, both the phones have ‘Nokia’ written on the front bezel, but they could be the last handsets.

Microsoft Lumia 730 ‘Selfie-Focused’ Handset Teased Ahead Of IFA Announcement

Redmond software giant will be announcing a product – called the Lumia 730, a phone that will put a lot of focus on the front-facing camera to take selfies. First teaser for its Nokia Lumia 730 smartphone also showed an orange-themed image that said, “Ready for more” and “Join us for more face time.”

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Microsoft has published yet another new teaser invite for its IFA 2014 event, where its expected to showcase its much-anticipated selfie-focused Lumia 730 handset. On its Conversation blog, the company teased with the caption “Ready for #MoreLumia?“, along with a group of selfie of three users.

In addition, the teaser image also states “September 4, 2014 at 10am CET” on the top right corner, with countdown to a live webcast from the Berlin event.

Although in the next couple of days are going to be particularly busy in the mobile world. Along with Apple’s now-confirmed iPhone 6 event on September 9th, there’s a small matter of IFA in Berlin, where several other industry’s foremost vendors will be taking wraps off their newest gadgets. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 to hit first, followed by Microsoft, has already started hyping a brand-new device of its own, and with selfie craze still a popular as it’s ever been, the Lumia 730 pops up with a front-facing sensor.

In July, Microsoft’s rumored selfie-phone was also reportedly shown off at an internal company meeting by Stephen Elop. Phonearena in the other hand claims to have grabbed images of the Lumia 730 Dual SIM as well as what appears to be its single-SIM LTE Variant, the Lumia 735 EG handset.

The Vietnamese retailer last month leaked the rumored Lumia 730 – tipping the handset’s design, pricing and alleged specifications. Now it seems that the device itself will provide standard mid-range fare in terms of hardware, but for photography enthusiasts, seems a very appealing prospect indeed.

It’s clear that the Windows Phone maker is looking to offer a better point-and-shoot-experience to those in ownership of its mid-range devices. Whereas the Lumia 830 expected to offer a 20-megapixel camera (rear), although the details are relatively scarce, the 20MP rear-facing camera would not be a rear aspect for this particular line-up.

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According to the leaked specifications, the yet-to-be-announced Lumia 730 is likely to feature a 4.7-inch HD display, powered by a dual-SIM support. The selfie-focused smartphone is expected to be coming with a Snapdragon 400 processor alongside Adreno 305 GPU and paired with 1GB of RAM.

The rumored Lumia 730 would sport a 6.7-megapixel rear camera and would feature a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that will be the highlight. Microsoft would also unveil another device alongside Lumia 730, dubbed Lumia 830 – a 5-inch smartphone that may also be launched at the event.

Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone 8 Handset Announced, Check Price & Availability [VIDEO]

The Finnish company has officially pulled back the curtain on the Nokia’s Lumia 928 Windows Phone 8 device, with all new 8.7 megapixel PureView camera as its major features. Here are the details to check after the jump!

Nokia with this official announcement of the forthcoming Lumia 928 surprised some competitors, who seemed sure of its main specs. Finally, Lumia 928 will be arriving to the United States as an exclusive to Verizon, but the device itself remains unchanged from the Nokia Lumia 920. Verizon will be allowing those on the nation’s most subscribed-to network a chance of trying out a genuine Windows Phone 8 handset.

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With the PureView technology, although the Lumia 920 still boasts the best cameras in the business, and was an AT&T-only affair. Now with Verizon serving 115 million customers, did limit the reach of both the device itself and the new Windows Phone 8 platform. Whereas the 920 has an awesome screen and would be similar to the latest Lumia 928, but the newer is notably thinner and lighter than a device which was rather bulky to spot.

Nokia Lumia 928 as a new flagship phone offers an 8.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, which boasts optical image stabilization for better low-light photography and more stable pictures overall. With the winning OIS and so called the best “PureView” technology remain, along with that Carl Zeiss lens is one of all high-end Lumia devices’ marquee features, along with the same display and interiors will also penetrate for the Lumia 928.

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The Symbian company with this new phone added a wireless charging and NFC, as did its predecessor, and comes along with a 4.5-inch OLED display (1280 x 768) display with 334PPI, like the Lumia 920. Officially, it has been not yet confirmed about the rumored aluminum body may replace the shiny polycarbonate that has become something of a trademark for Nokia.

No doubt that Nokia is playing catch-up in the smartphone world, and however, the Windows Phone Store still need a number and variety of apps which are required to mount a decent challenge to Android and iOS. Apart this, the other stats include the same touch-sensitive tech that can work through gloves and fingernails that were implemented with the 920 – a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The Nokia Lumia 928 will be available to Verizon Wireless customers for just $99.99 on a two-year agreement just two days after Nokia’s event on May 16.

Windows 8.1 Reportedly Set To Bring Back The Win8 Start Button

According to some speculations, Microsoft is now preparing to revive the traditional Start button which it killed with Windows 8 operating system. Sources familiar with the Redmond-based software company have revealed the plans about Windows 8.1 update, that will not only include the return of the Start Button, but with the boot to desktop option also rumored earlier this month. Details are placed to check out after the jump!

Start button is such feature that will act as a method to simply access the start screen on any Windows versions, and that was not integrated in the newly launched Windows 8 versions OS. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar. Though Microsoft originally removed the start button on Windows 8, but after consumers feedback that company is said, seems to bring back (reintroducing) the Windows 9 Start button in the upcoming Windows 8.1 version. Although the new OS update is under development, which will be released later this year.

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Now, the boot to desktop option on Windows 8.1 update is also planned. Microsoft is reportedly set to add an option to allow users to boot directly to the traditional desktop environment in future builds of the Windows 8 upgrade. However, most of internal builds of Windows 8.1 won’t include the Start button or boot to desktop options, but according to the Microsoft planning on how to add these into the new operating system.

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If Microsoft does end up adding the Start Button and boot to desktop options to Windows Blue(aka Windows 8.1), it won’t be the first time in recent history that the Windows client team has gone back and changed the Windows UI based on user dissatisfaction. After 1.5 million downloads of Pokki, a Start Menu replacement, and other similar tools suggest that Windows 8 users still want the Start button and Start Menu.

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What do you think about Microsoft would adding these two user-requested options soften resistance to Windows 8, especially among Microsoft’s much-needed business user camp? If it’s accurate, then we may see the Start button return in the upcoming Windows 8.1 Public Preview, if not expect to see it in the final version due later this year. Stay tuned!

Instagram For Windows Phone App Revealed, But In A Leaked Screenshots!

Usually the Windows Phone is far behind the scenes and the likes of iOS and Android in terms of numerous apps, in fact many “core” apps are missing only serves to power up the problem. Instagram is such app which, for some assets, has hindered potential migration from the aforementioned big B’s platforms, and love or decline the filter-laden network, its popularity is undeniable. IKn order to take full advantage, apps like Instagram for Windows Phone will need to materialize sooner rather than later in to the market share, and if it been wishful thinking or a legitimate claim, a screenshot has surfaced depicting the Facebook-owned app on the Windows Phone Store.

To overlap the app page from another store would not require grade A Photoshop methods, and the fact the opening sentence seads describes the app as “a simple way to make and share awesome photos on your Android“, makes sense about whether there’s any possibility that we could on the crest of Instagram Windows Phone app.

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The Twitter listing, which leaked early today via anontechleaks, makes note of the fact that the app isn’t available to download, what it means is that, it is indeed real, likely being tested internally. With the page not supposed to be going public, the description could easily have just been pasted over from Google Play in order to bulk up the text and offered a rough idea on how the app will eventually look.

Refreshingly, the app appears in the Photo > Social category’ one which, at the point in time, doesn’t actually exist. While it’s not as though the Windows Phone Store is exactly husky with Instagram-like apps, so there’s no reason why the app couldn’t create its own category upon eventual releases.

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In fact at this current moment, there’s nothing to get excited about the prospect of an official Instagram app for Windows Phone. Until we see any more accurate changelogs, we’ll be talking about this particular one. Like this another leak, which, well, is claimed to be the real deal:

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Note: Actually we are not sure the above mentioned screenies and leaked information is substantial, because its incredibly difficult to mock-up. (Source: WPCentral, shared: Redmondpie)

Skype Rolls Out Video Messages For OS X, iPhone And Android Uesrs

Being a genuine user of Skype, you have been running into the hurdle of reaching a user when they are offline. By sending SMS messages often does the trick, sometimes a video message is just more evident. The good news is that now Skype has started rolling out this convenient feature in the form of an update for its Mac, iPhone and Android client, with support for other platforms such as Microsoft’s Windows coming pretty soon.

Recorded video messages can be up to 3 minutes long, and don’t even expect to be able to send over long stories to your friends: this feature is for short messages only.

For Mac users, this new feature is simply awesome, adds a new “Send Video Message” option – bringing users to a familiar camera screen with a record button at the bottom, as well as Cancel and Send options included; while the implementation varies from device to device but it largely remains consistant. On the Macs as well, and presumably on Windows and other desktop platforms once they are supported, it lets you save received video messahes as standard MP4 files.

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It looks like Microsoft, the acquirer company of Skype, was unable to ready a Windows release at the same time as rival platforms such as OS X and iOS. Howeever, the Windows support is in its way, though no specific timeframe is allotted, according to the company’s spokesmen:

“We’ll let you know when we expand the service to the platform.”

The catch is this feature is only made available for users in the US and the UK, of course a greater roll out to more countries will take place soon, according to the company. If you’re using OS X, iOS or Android, you can give a try new feature today by downloading the last version of the software. Includes some bug fixes and small user interface enhancements.

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Currently it’s cost for the service is nothing, as least for the first 2o0 messages you send out, Skype has hinted that it will be charging for this service in the coming future. This is a great improvement competing Facebook’s video chat and putting such amount of infrastructure needed to be put in a place in order to achieve Video Messages up and running is understandable. (via TheVerge)

Xbox 720 Expected To Require Always-On Internet Connection To Function, Won’t Run Second-Hand Games [Report]

This year is gearing up with huge new gaming consoles to the market, with Sony has a PlayStation event planned for February 20 where we could finally see the PlayStation 4, and with Microsoft outfits for a long-awaited release of its next-generation Xbox, known in the gaming community as the Xbox 720, which is meant to replace the Xbox 360. Rumors have already been pouring in, with details of the new console have been scarce, a new report suggests that Microsoft will be blocking the resale of used games, requiring game copies to be validated online every time that they are launched, additionally cracking down for an always-on connection for the console to function at all.

Microsoft is in speculation that the next Xbox may include technology that will block used games from being played. The report, which focuses on the board specification of games for the next console, also vomited other interesting details. Like, games for the next-generation Xbox will be manufactured in 50GB capacity Blu-ray discs, unlike DVDs in the Xbox 360. Yet another report suggests that the Xbox 720 will ship with an improved version of Kinect as standard, furthur suggested that next-generation games will be higly immersive, depending on high-quality graphics and precise motion-control gestures, going beyond the traditional handheld controller.

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According to the EDGE Magazine about the Microsoft’s new Xbox 720 console is rumored that the next-generation console will require activation codes for games, meaning that used, second hand games are out of the question and won’t be allowed to play on the new console, that games you bought will not be resold again.

Kinect, is a high precise sensors which are placed above the TV screen in front of the player, is Microsoft;s solution for motion-controlled games. Shipped officially in November of 2010 as an add-on pack for the Xbox 360, and later for the PC, was instrumental in beginning industry’s shift from handheld controllers to precise gesture controls for games. Whereas motion-controlled games initially resembles a market novelty, which are now widely accepted as the path forward in gaming.

So, no trading! or selling games that you’ve played through and are done with. A few other details were already known about the next Xbox, including the hardware specifications, which will resemble more the ones of a high-end PC. New information unveiled today on the console’s specifications.

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According to the same report, the Xbox 720 will arrive with an eight-core x64 1.6GHz AMD CPU will be built in, along with a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

The changes regarding game validation was also been reported on the beginning of last year, if they do materialize, will be a great blow to those who often trade second-hand games. Whether Microsoft end up implementing this kind of system in their next console? Nothing can be known for sure before Microsoft breaks its silence and unveils the console officially.

Microsoft My Server App For Windows 8 / RT Released To Manage Windows Server 2012 Essentials – Download Now!

The Redmond-based software company when released Windows 8, has, inevitably followed by the release of Office 2013 and MS Office 360, but now, Microsoft has been hard at work on several other free apps as it tries to provide its new-look operating system across its huge user base. The Windows Store needs to establish itself with many decent new apps as it can get, and today, yet another in-house offering landed in the form of My Server.

For Windows 8 as well as Windows RT support, My Server allows users to access and edit shared files on servers powered by Windows Server 2012 Essentials. Not only that, My Server also includes the ability to search and locate documents on Windows 8 / RT devices and systems, along with the shared folder of the server.

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Other possibilities include using the Launchpad application or using a Web browser with Microsoft’s Remote Web Access protocol, which is set up via a wizard. One of the more riveting feature is the ability to access a recently-opened file, regardless whether the application is connected to the server. My Server has also been a great administrative tool thanks to its ability to manage users, devices, and alerts on the server side.

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Forgot to say that My Server has the unique ability to even reset user passwords — provided that they have administrative privileges on Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

Full support for streaming media playback from the server is fixed as standard, so you’ll be able to sue your server for catching your favorite movies or TV shows, like, this app could be an useful download.

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Microsoft is taking matters into its own hands and creating some fine Windows 8/RT apps of its own, rather than sitting back and waiting for third parties to provide new apps and deliver to the tiled interface. Back in January, the software maker released its Dynamics Business Analyzer app, and all of these smaller releases seem depends on ensuring businesses, server operators, and general users adopt to the new OS as quickly and smoothly as possible.

According to Clinton Ho, a lead program manager on the Windows Server Essentials team, in a blog post. Ho suggested that it is possible to open recently accessed server files and make changes, even while offline, using the My Server App.That changes will then get synchronized when the user reconnects online. Media files can also be accessed and played using this My Server app.

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Indeed, a smaller app was recently released for those on Windows Phone, and however the offerings look, as one can expect, even more powerful, it would be considered as though Microsoft seeks the kind of cohesion and mobile-desktop interface enjoyed by Apple’s OS X / iOS range.

Until now, My Server App is just for Windows Server 2012 Essentials and Windows Phone. It’s not clear if Microsoft will make one that works with Windows Server 2012. Want to grab the My Server app, you can do so via the link provided below.

(Source: My Server for Windows 8 on Windows Store)

Ookla Releases Official Speedtest App For Windows Phone 8 – Download Now!

Reason why we live in such a connected tech world with our digital devices, and we do a great deal of our work communicating with the courtesy of an internet connection, the ability to test that connection speed and check various characteristics of it has become so vitally important. Not only me everyone’s responsibility to see if your Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are providing such speed to their promises and giving us what we actually pay for. Windows Phone 8 users now gets the ability to see how their internet and cellular connection is performing directly from their smart devices thanks to the official release of the Speedtest.net experience on the Windows Phone Store.

The Speedtest.net web interface has been used by millions of people over the world to test whether their device’s net connection are getting the speed what they pay for from their ISPs. Originally, the site launched to provide performance indicators if the tested network, but has now grown to include a portfolio of official mobile apps along with reporting machanism to see how ISPs around the world are performing, with the idea in mind that being able to name and shame sompanies should keep service providers honest. Windows Phone 8 users can now count themselves as part of the official experience.

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Windows Phone has now been in the market running Microsoft latest mobile operating system the Windows 8, and users are increasing, so developers are developing more and more Windows Phone 8 apps. Android and iOS were hot favorite among the users only because of best apps. Now to compete with Android and Apple’s iOS, Windows Phone manufacturers are paying very keen focus towards app store. They are providing charming offers to developer so that they should build better apps for Windows Phone 8 users.

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Speedtest app for Windows 8 is not actually the same as the Android and iOS version. But it got a little bit changes from the original, but a pretty useful application. The Windows Phone 8 app includes everything that we have come to expect from a Speedtest.net app, and although it has been designed with Windows Phone 8 in mind, it does bare remarkable resemblance to the iOS and Android variants, except that it carries a little Windows Phone touch to it.

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Users can now interact with the app to interrogate their WiFi or cellular network to discover the current download and update rates as well as the ping response times of the network to fix it. Ping is quite a useful thing for those user’s which are fond of playing online games. This is quite useful for troubleshooting because it displays you the whole record of your connection status, in tabulated and graphical form as well. The inclusion of real-time graphs provide the user with connection-consistency visuals as well as some handy sections of the app that allow us to troubleshoot problems or find out why we aren’t getting the download speeds that we would expect to be receiving from our providers. All past results are also logged, so users can see a timeline of reports and compare the returned results.

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Windows Phone 8 users with Speedtest.net app will be able to share the results to social networks to let everyone know how well or poorly a provider is performing. If you really want to check out your Connection status then this app is really built for you and you should at least try this once. Use it as a user friendly app!

(Source: Speedtest.net for Windows Phone 8 on the Windows Phone Store)