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Jan 13, 2013

Nokia Lumia 920 Receiving Post-Portico Update in Canada

Microsoft and Nokia have yet to deploy the promised Windows Phone 8 Portico upgrade to all Lumia 920, and it looks like the smartphone is now receiving another update that improves the phone's features even further.

The folks at WMPoweruser reports the update is only available in Canada for the moment and we're not sure if if meant for Lumia 920 units in other countries as well. According to MonWindowsPhone forums, owners of Lumia 920 devices purchased via Rogers have started to receive another update post-Portico.

This update is said to included quality improvements for languages, though no other details are provided. There's a high chance this update is related to Canadian French language, which is why it might not be available in other countries. Stay info for more info on the matter.

Nokia Lumia 920 update
Image credits to WMPowerUser

Nokia Lumia 505 with Windows Phone 7.8 Unboxing

Nokia announced the upcoming availability of the Lumia 505 a few weeks ago. Sadly, the smartphone is only available in Mexico at Telcel, but we can expect the device to go on sale in other countries as well.

The Lumia 505 is the first smartphone to come with Windows Phone 7.8 out of the box. Other handsets powered by previous versions of the platform will receive the update in the following days. The smartphone has just been released in Mexico and the folks at GuerreroMovil published an unboxing video showing the phone in action.

Nokia Lumia 505 sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution, and features Corning Gorilla Glass coating. In addition, the device boasts an impressive 8-megapixel rear camera and packs an 800 MHz single core processor, 256MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory.

Conozcan el primer smartphone diseñado en exclusiva por Telcel y Nokia para el mercado Mexicano.
El nuevo Nokia Lumia 505.
· Windows Phone 7.8
· Pantalla ClearBlack Super AMOLED de 3.7'' (800 x 480 px)
· Vidrio Esculpido antirayaduras
· Cámara de 8 mp
· WiFi Hotspot
· 4GB Internos + 7GB en SkyDrive
· 3G, Bluetooth, A-GPS
· RAM 256 MB 
· Batería 1300 mAh
· Radio FM
· Full Touch
Disponible Ya con Guerrero
Video credits to Guerrero Movil

Philips W8355 Coming Soon with Dual-SIM, 5.3-Inch Display and Dual-Core CPU

Although Philips is less known for its smartphones, it appears that the company plans to launch a new Android phone, the W8355.

The main selling points of the smartphone are dual-SIM capability and the large 5.3-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen that displays 960 x 540 pixels resolution. The bad news is Philips W8355 ships with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box, and is unlikely to receive a Jelly Bean upgrade after launch. According to UnwiredView, Philips W8355 will be launched in China initially, but other regions might get it as well.

It is also worth mentioning the smartphone is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, which is complemented by 512MB of RAM. The W8355 sports a 5-megapixel rear photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and video recording, as well as 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Philips W8355
Image credits to Bluetooth SIG

Windows RT Jailbreak Tool Released [Video Tutorial]

A few days ago we heard the news about the Windows RT jailbreak and now a jailbreak tool for Windows RT has been release.

How to jailbreak you Microsoft Surface with Windows RT? Check the video tutorial after the break. Note that this jailbreak is tethered, which means that it will last till you reboot your device, you will need to run the exploit after every reboot.

The jailbreak was confirmed by Microsoft saying that it "applaud the ingenuity of the folks who worked this out and the hard work they did to document it," but also that “the scenario outlined is not a security vulnerability and does not pose a threat to Windows RT users." Happy jailbreaking! via XDA-Developers.

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Nokia Lumia 820/920 Now Shipping with Windows Phone 8 Portico

Nokia and Microsoft promised a few months ago an update to Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 will improve some of the phone's features and will fix some of the bugs found in Windows Phone 8.

Dubbed Portico, the first Windows Phone 8 update was rolled out a few weeks ago to Nokia Lumia 920 units in the United States and Canada. The Finnish company announced the rest of the world will receive the Portico update beginning February 2, though we're not sure if it will be launched at the same time in all regions.

However, it appears that Nokia has already decided to ship all Lumia 920 units with Windows Phone 8 out of the box, the folks over at WPCentral claim. Windows Phone 8 Portico adds lots of stability fixes and camera improvements, as well as performance enhancements. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Nokia Lumia 820 "About phone" (screenshot)
Image credits to WPCentral

Swype for Symbian Beta Updated, Brings Bug Fixes

A new flavor of the Swype for Symbian application is now available for download through the Nokia Beta Labs website, namely version 2.1.4436.

Pushed out on January 11, the new app release arrives on handsets with a series of fixes for issues that were previously found to affect users’ experience with it. The application is available for download for all devices running under Symbian^3, Anna and Belle platforms, and can be downloaded through the Nokia Suite application too.

This is a beta release of the app, which cannot be found in the official Nokia Store portal, but only via the Beta Labs. “We've made a small patch for those of you who've experienced the timeout on S^3 and S60. We'll be watching the forums so reach out if you experience any problems. Thanks Symbian Swypers for all of your dedication, and I hope your Swyping finger isn't too lazy from the holiday feasting,” the team announced.

Swype Beta for Symbian
Image credits to MyNokiaBlog

Impressive Results of Intel-Powered Lenovo K900 Benchmark

Chinese company unveiled the Lenovo K900 a few days ago at Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES), in Las Vegas, but the handset maker did not disclose any details on the phone’s pricing options.

We do know that the K900 will be launched in China sometime in April, but we suspect that the smartphone will be released in other countries soon after. Anyway, until we know more on the handset’s availability, let’s see how it performs in benchmarks. The folks at Tech Authors are among the first to publish some (real?) benchmark results for Lenovo K900. The smartphone scored around 27000 points in AnTuTu, which is about one third better than the most powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processors. The phone was tested running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, though the final version has been confirmed to ship with Android 4.2, which might improve K900’s performance even further.

As PhoneArena notes, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which packs an Exynos 4412 processor with four cores, scored a bit more above 14000 points. Furthermore, GSM Insider also reports on an interesting benchmark comparison between Lenovo K900 and XiaoMi Phone 2. The results of the K900 are almost similar with the ones published by the folks over at Tech Authors, so even if the scores seem unbelievably high, they must be real. XiaoMi Phone 2 almost reached 22000 points in AnTuTu benchmark, whereas Lenovo K900 exceeded the 25000 milestone. Intel’s Clover Trail+ chipset seems to be extremely powerful in comparison with other SoC’s available on the market these days.

Lenovo K900 is powered by a 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor, which is complemented by a PowerVR SGX 544MP graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM. The Z2580 packs two core and four threads and is likely to be embedded in other handsets as well.

Lenovo K900 AnTuTu benchmark results
Image credits to Tech Authors / GSM Insider

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