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‘Telegram Messenger’ for Windows Phone gets a nifty update, adds new animations & extended emoji keyboard

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Telegram Messenger for Windows Phone picks up a decent update today bringing New Animations, Extended Emoji Keyboard & Fast Update on Start-up among other improvements.

Telegram is a preferred alternative of many due to its several features like it being Secure, ability to create Secret and Self destructive chats, ability to create groups with up to 200 people & ability to share videos of upto 1GB. That is some awesome features to have.

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‘Nokia Lumia’ is officially changing to ‘Microsoft Lumia’

Microsoft branding on Smartphones

After the Microsoft-Nokia deal went through in April 14, we have seen official statements that Microsoft will soon be doing away with the Nokia branding. We have also seen this happening in the recent past with most Nokia Apps like Nokia Creative Studio, Nokia Storyteller changing to Lumia Creative Studio, Lumia Storyteller etc. We also saw regional Nokia sites diverting users to Microsoft sites which means that branding change was do picking up pace.

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BBM Private Beta for Windows Phone gets a new build (120.0.0.9), fixes ‘slow initial launch time’ experienced after a fresh install

BBM Beta for Windows Phone 8

BBM Private Beta for Windows Phone has got a quick update taking the build to version 120.0.0.9. Just about a week back, we saw the release of build 120.0.0.7 and now we have a new build already.

The latest update as the BBM team says aims to fix the slow Start-up and Sign-in process time which has been found to be on a higher side, with many even getting stuck at the ‘Setting up BBM’ screen forever.

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Microsoft rolls out ‘Critical OS Update’ for Developer Preview enabled Windows Phone devices

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview version 8.10.14192.280

Microsoft yesterday started rolling the new Developer Preview update version 8.10.14192.280 for Windows Phone devices. It was for the first time that one saw the update being referred to as Critical. We had heard about Critical updates when WP8.1 was launched but for the first we got to see it too.

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Microsoft Garage releases ‘Tetra Lockscreen’ – a new interactive Lockscreen app for Windows Phone 8.1 devices

Tetra Lockscreen for Windows Phone 8.1 new

Microsoft Garage is a special division under Microsoft where employees work to create & convert their wild & crazy ideas in to Projects. One such project from Microsoft Garage is Tetra Lockscreen for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. As the name suggests, it’s an Lockscreen app but an interactive one or Live as you call it.

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The latest update to Skype brings ‘Drawing feature, HD screen support & Faster App Resume times’ for Windows Phone

Skype v2.24 for Windows Phone

Pro-Tip – To experience ‘Fast Resume’ which the below update brings .. just unpin and repin the Skype icon on your Start screen. Cheers!

Update – The new Skype update is now LIVE!

Skype for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 will be seeing a pretty decent update today that adds the new ‘Drawing’ feature, the first on a Windows Phone among couple other significant improvements. It is expected that Drawing will soon roll to Android & iOS devices but for the first time it’s happening so that Windows Phone is getting a new feature first.

Other improvements include Sign-in improvements, HD Screen support & Faster App Resume times. Ok, you can now sign-in with your Skype accounts too! :)

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Imaging Shoot-out — Nokia Lumia 830 vs Nokia Lumia 920

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So I was able to get my hands on this beauty called ‘Lumia 830‘ in Orange color today and was really impressed by its looks and design. The first impressions being a Lumia 920 owner were “it’s tall, beautiful and slim .. the processing is fast and display is fantastic”.

Microsoft refers to Lumia 830 as its budget flagship as for the first time it brings features like PureView Imaging with OIS, In-built Wireless Charging, ability to record videos in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and a Premium design to the mid-range segment. More imaging improvements like Moment Capture, Rich Capture (Auto HDR & Dynamic Flash), Improved shooting speeds and next generation of image processing algorithms are expected with the upcoming ‘Lumia Camera‘ update.

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‘Flipboard’ for Windows Phone 8.1 updates, brings Pinning options & Video playback improvements

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Flipboard took its sweet time to come to Windows Phone but is right away on improvements path unlike some apps which are in Beta right from day 1 (read Instagram). The latest update to Flipboard brings ability to pin your favorite sections & magazines to start screen, you can now also like any article, photo-gallery or video right from the app bar and there are improvements to video playback in articles.

The latest update does not add support for 512MB RAM devices but hang on it will soon be coming.

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‘BBM Beta’ updates to version 1.2, brings software quality improvements

BBM Beta for Windows Phone 8

BBM Beta for Windows Phone has got a new build today taking it to version 120.0.0.7. The improvements are pertaining to software quality improvement focusing on bug fixes & to solidify user experience.

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Nokia Lumia 930 now available for purchase from Nokia Online Store at INR 38,649 (USD 631) in India

Nokia Lumia 930 India new image

Nokia has finally made available its latest flagship device – Nokia Lumia 930 for purchase in India. Those who have been waiting for long can now grab Lumia 930 from official Nokia Online Store at INR 38,649 (USD 631). The device is available in colors Black and White at this moment with Orange & Green as coming soon.

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