There has been a growing swell of complaints about Nokia Lumia 920’s gathering dust under their front facing camera and more importantly the proximity sensor, which would then cause problems with detecting the phone next to your face, leading to all kinds of difficulties ranging from dropped calls to the inability to access phone menus.
Now we have had a tip from a reader suggesting Nokia has acknowledges the problem, and that there is a fix on the way.
According to Marco the issue is clearly a design flaw which Nokia is fixing in all future production by introducing a sheath placed around the front facing camera and proximity sensor to better insulate them from dust build-up.
The good news is that existing devices with this issue will also be able to take advantage of this solution by taking their device to a Nokia repair service.
Have any of our readers been offered this fix, and has it solved your issues? Let us know below.
The People Hub is at epicentre of your social experience on the Nokia Lumia. This is the place where you’ll find all your contacts and their numbers, emails and addresses. However, it’s much more than just an address book.
Releasing the 3D printing files for Lumia 820: Nokia’s 3D printing community project is a simple concept with exciting potential. Our Lumia 820 has a removable shell that users can replace with Nokia-made shells in different colors, special ruggedized shells with extra shock and dust protection, and shells that add wireless charging capabilities found in the high-end Lumia 920 to the mid-range 820. Those are fantastic cases, and a great option for the vast majority of Nokia’s Lumia 820 customers. But in addition to that, we are going to release 3D templates, case specs, recommended materials and best practices—everything someone versed in 3D printing needs to print their own custom Lumia 820 case. We refer to these files and documents collectively as a 3D-printing Development Kit, or 3DK for short. This can be viewed as the spiritual successor to the great granddaddy of customizable phones, the Nokia 5110 and its rainbow collection of removable faceplates. To think, it’s been 15 years since the 5110 launched!
A new update for the Lumia 920 (and probably the 820) has just popped up, the update is to the “Extras +info” which is Windows Phone for “under the hood changes that save you from a minor software update”. This latest update (version 126.96.36.199.) brings a couple minor changes, most noticeable of which is that the phone no longer emits a “no longer charging” notification hen fully charged or disconnected from the charger. The other changes noticed by the folks over at WPC are:
Removes the “No longer charging” beepAdds SmsVCardReceiveAdds SIM Unlock
Interestingly the “no longer charging beep” was actually a Nokia added feature to the OS (I always assumed it was a WP feature); and it’s possible it was removed due to the 3-5 second delay between disconnecting the charger and the actual notification. I kinda liked it :/
*anyone else notice that one of these random updates fixed some of the stability issues on WP8 (even without getting portico)? My 920 has been rock solid for the past two weeks; with no crashes at all; whatever fixed it I’m happy.
Having all these maps and navigation applications is all well and good if the sun is up or you are on a road, but what happens when you want to get off the beaten track? When you want to do less 'over there' and more 'out there'. When you look up into the star filled night sky, why not look up with Escape Velocity's Star Chart.
The advantage of using your smartphone instead of a regular map or star-chart is the sensors built into your phone. Take a detailed map of the night sky, assume that the time is right on the smartphone (syncing your time with the network is always advised), have the GPS work out exactly where you are on the Earth's surface, and finally the accelerometers and gyro can work out where you are pointing your phone... and you get an annotated screen of exactly what you are looking it.
It's the same technology as the augmented reality of Nokia's City Lens, but I suspect I'm going to be using Star Chart a lot more than City Lens. ...
A couple of nice little pieces by Aliqudsi at My Nokia Blog (though they mostly apply in their entirety to non-Nokia Windows Phones too) - firstly listing his fairly long list of grievances with Windows Phone 8 (some of which I echo!) but obviously being prepared to stick with his Lumia 920 since he's also compiled an excellent run down of system settings which are worth tweaking in order to maximise battery life. Links and quotes below. ...
So now you’re the proud owner of the world’s most innovative smartphone, you’re probably wondering what it can do. The simple truth is the Nokia Lumia 920 can do tons of amazing stuff. Often, however, it’s the little things, which make a big difference. So, we scoured the internet communities of Lumia 920 users to see what tips and tricks they think everyone should know. Here’s their answers.
1. Talk to text
You probably know that you hold the Windows button down to access the speech recognition function. However, if you have a Bluetooth headset, you can turn on message so they are played to you. The phone will read messages to you and you can reply, edit, send text messages using only your voice. It’s a safe way to text and drive.
2. App control
Hold the back button to zoom out and see your open apps. Pressing back again will return you to your last opened app, pushing back again will close the app, and tapping the the back button a few times will close all the apps.
3. Stay notified
Go to settings and then to lock screen. Tap app to show quick status – This is where you choose to be notified if you want to know how many missed phone calls, text messages, emails, etc. Get the battery saver app and you’ll be able to see what your current battery level is without unlocking the phone.
4. Take a screenshot.
Press the unlock button and the windows button at the same time to take a screenshot of your phone.
5. Unfreeze your phone
If your Nokia Lumia 920 ever freezes up and you turn it off and it won’t turn back on, don’t panic. Instead, hold down the volume button, the unlock button, and the button to take photos until the phone vibrates.
6. Better lockscreen
Go to settings and then to lock screen. If you tap background, you can auto change your lock screen with photos or Facebook or use apps. Some cool ones include Astronomy Lock Screen, NASA Image of the Day and Accuweather.
7. Keep organized
Go to settings and then to lock screen. Tap Notifications – Default for this is calendar so if you are business oriented it’s a great way to have your next meeting right there on the front screen.
8. Keep track of your data
You can pin your wireless, data, and Bluetooth connections to the start screen with ConnectivityShortcuts. This is tons easier than going into “settings” each time you want to toggle these connections.
9. Pin contacts to start screen
To pin contacts go to any contact and do a long press and hit pin to start screen. This has the added benefit of showing their updated Facebook status when it changes. In fact you can pin nearly anything to the start screen. Apps obviously but songs, artists, playlists, people, pictures, videos, etc as well.
10. Stay up to date with groups
Make groups for the people that you really want to see updates on, and then pin the groups. You can have a tile for family, close friend and work colleagues, in fact any grouping you can imagine. Then all the updates from those groups appear on their respective live tiles.
We’ve been busy trying out these top tips and they’re already making life loads easier. If you can think of any others that do the same, please share them in the comments below.
“Transfer My Data is a quick and easy way of copying contacts and text messages from yourold phone to your new Nokia Windows Phone using Bluetooth. Transfer My Data uses Bluetooth to copy your contacts seamlessly from almost any phone – Symbian, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and others. It copies all of your contacts to the Windows Phone People Hub, from where it’s easy to call, mail, chat, or follow friends on your favorite social network. And you can also easily copy your text messages from your old Nokia phone to your new Nokia Windows Phone. Keep an eye out for future versions of this useful app. You’ll soon be able to copy across pictures too, and more.”
Note: No official changelog has been released yet. If you find anything new in this update, please do let us know in your comments.
The first mobile phone call was placed 40 years ago. So on Wednesday, we were treated to several “History of the Mobile Phone” articles by American journalists, most of them orgies of chauvinism and astonishing nationalistic bias. One pure product of this navel-gazing genre is the Wired magazine piece called “The 12 Cellphones That Changed Our World Forever.” In the revisionist history of the mobile phone, the actual nature of the device is obscured completely.
The mobile phone happens to be the only consumer electronics product of the past 20 years that actually had a huge impact in everyday lives of consumers in emerging markets from Brazil to Nigeria to Malaysia. Yet from the perspective of many American tech writers, the history of the cellphone runs from Motorola to Sidekick to Treo to BlackBerry (BBRY) to Apple (AAPL). Only the North American market exists. This is like a Korean car industry observer rewriting the history of the automobile by erasing the roles of Ford and General Motors.
Unlike with the personal computer or the video game console, you simply cannot review the history of the mobile phone without a global perspective. There are 6 billion mobile subscribers in the world. In The Telegraph list of top-selling mobile phones of all time, the top 5 models are the Nokia (NOK) 1100, Nokia 3210, Nokia 1200, Nokia 5230 and Nokia 3310. In the Wired piece of most influential mobile phones of history, only one of these models is mentioned: the 3210. Yet the list includes no fewer than four (4) Motorola models, including the obscure Motorola ROKR and the Motorola RAZR, which happened to be an evolutionary dead end from the industry point of view. According to Wired, the Sidekick and Treo are each as influential as Nokia in the mobile phone history, since each are given one slot out of 12.
To pick just one example of a truly revolutionary model that reshaped the industry, let’s look at the Nokia 1100. This phone debuted in 2003 and went on to sell more than 200 million units. It was a landmark model because it packed a remarkable combination of functionality into a 93-gram phone that cost around $80. The 1100 featured 400 hours of standby time despite its tiny size, a hugely important factor for households with spotty access to electricity. It offered advanced messaging features, ringtone composing and games. This was a device that helped turn the mobile phone into the most important consumer electronics product in the world by making it affordable, extremely durable and useful beyond voice calls.
And this best-selling, arguably the most important phone in the industry history does not even make the top 12 list of Wired? It is deemed less important than the Sidekick? What is this “Our World” that the article title refers to? Does it only extend from Beverly Hills to Upper West Side? Ignoring the most pivotal, world-changing models of Nokia isn’t insulting only to Nokia and Finns. It is insulting to 80% of the world that experienced the mobile phone revolution in 1990-2010.
The history of the mobile phone is not the history of Sidekick, Treo and BlackBerry. It is the history of the devices that actually pulled South America, Africa and Asia into the mobile revolution. That is “Our World.” And most of these break-through models were created by Nokia, the company that popularized the internal antenna, modern SMS features, extended battery life, mobile games and other key technologies. This is more than a footnote: It is the core narrative.
Nokia rebuilds Ovi platform for Nokia Lumia devices.
Espoo, Finland – Starting with the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 devices reaching availability in April, the first Nokia services on these handsets will be rebranded back to the iconic ‘Ovi’ services in a transition expected to continue into early 2014. Each of the services under the Nokia and ‘Here’ umbrella will simply be rebranded back as Ovi, with no planned disruption to the service roadmaps.
Nokia’s EVP of Sales and Marketing, Chris Weber, explains the transition:
“Ovi is the simple, memorable Finnish word for door that complements our family of Windows powered Nokia Lumia products. These windows and doors are harmonious connections for our users’ connected lives. The Ovi brand reinforces our commitment to connecting people with the door of opportunity and the services most important to them”.
Nokia Collection, Nokia’s branch of Lumia unique and exclusive apps currently found in the Windows Phone store will be rebranded to ‘Ovi Collection’, promising to strengthen the compelling Ovi brand experience across our suite of apps including: Ovi Store, Ovi Drive, Ovi Glam Me, Ovi Music, Ovi NFC Writer, Ovi Pulse Beta, Ovi Reading, Ovi Trailers, Ovi City Lens and Ovi Transit.
Ovi Store exceeds over 20 million downloads a day and continues to grow rapidly for Nokia consumers looking for applications, games and other content. Nokia wants Nokia Lumia owners to capitalise in the new Ovi Store experience for their Windows Phone applications. The new Ovi Store for Nokia Lumia comes without data restriction, enabling larger downloads over 3G previously only possible over WiFi. Ovi Store will eventually replace the Windows Phone store for all Nokia Lumia devices by the end of 2013. Windows Phone Developers and publishers for Nokia Lumia will have access to Ovi Store’s global reach and rapid growth for driving downloads and potential monetization opportunities.
Dean Pattrick, Nokia’s Head of Entertainment, details the shift to Ovi Music:
“The rebranding to OVI will help shift focus back on to the content and services we provide, and away from the provider (Nokia); with this we can move forward and make Ovi Mix Radio and Ovi Music more accessible and welcoming to other OEM’s and hopefully in the future other Platforms. With our opening of the API’s last month we got some excellent feedback from both developers and consumers; so we want to take Ovi music to the next level by allowing app developers on other platforms such as Android take advantage of our stellar services”.
Nokia promises to strengthen the Ovi apps for Windows Phone, with upcoming apps such as Flipboard, Snapchat and Vine to be released within the upcoming weeks.
Last month we showed you a video to aid in taking apart the Nokia Lumia 920. The video was well done and a great tool for anyone wanting to get inside their device. Now we’ve got the official Service Manual from Nokia to help you in playing doctor with your 920.
Unlike the video, inside the service manual you’ll find schematics, part numbers, and detailed instructions for getting to the core of any Lumia 920. The service manual also recommends which parts aren’t worth keeping and should be tossed/replaced when doing repairs on the 920. For example, the earpiece gasket should be replaced and not reused after removal. Inside you’ll also find the list of tools recommended to go your Victor Frankenstein fantasies while bringing your phone back to life.
Service Manuals like this are a handy way to do repairs yourself when the device is outside the warranty window or if you’re overseas and imported to begin with. Combine this with the video and you’re set to keep your Lumia 920 kicking for a long, long time.
Better bookmark this page or download the PDF with 81 pages of DIY goodness.
Asus may soon be the next Windows Phone 8 handset OEM partner for Microsoft, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal today. And the company isn’t just looking to stick the operating system in any old device; per the report, it’s looking specifically at creating a version of its docking, Android-based smartphone and tablet combo, called the Padfone, using Microsoft’s OS.
The news of a Windows 8-powered smartphone comes via Asus corporate vice president of mobile communication products Benson Lin, who said in an interview with the WSJ that he believes the smartphone/tablet hybrid concept “makes sense for Windows 8,” and that while there’s no firm timeline on release, the company is definitely “interested in making Windows phones.”
While the WSJ article doesn’t clarify whether such a device would be built on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 or a combination of both, it seems likely that Asus would work with the mobile version of the OS, provided it can be made to run on larger-screen tablet devices as well as smartphones. Microsoft has yet to show Windows Phone 8 powering a slate, though, and it is possible such a device could use some kind of hybrid approach that combines Windows RT and the smartphone-focused WP8.
Beyond Windows phones, Asus is also engaged in talks with U.S.-based mobile network providers to bring its existing smartphone hardware stateside. The computer company is trying to make sure it has a solid foothold in mobile as consumer attention increasingly turns towards mobile devices, and while the Android-based Padfone is already two generations old, and sells in countries across the European and Asia Pacific markets, the company has yet to make its presence felt in the crowded North American mobile space.
Asus has a history of attempting unusual routes to enter the U.S. smartphone market – it attempted a partnership with Garmin previously for smartphones with powerful built-in navigation elements, but the rise of sophisticated navigation apps, including the completely free Google Maps ending up causing that arrangement to stall.
Could a hybrid tablet/smartphone tablet be the key to lighting the fire under Asus’ progress in the west? I’m inclined to say no, and I’m especially skeptical that such a device based on Windows 8 will be any kind of breakaway hit with consumers. Essentially, it’s like taking a niche product with the Padfone and putting it into an even smaller box thanks to the use of Windows Phone 8, which itself has yet to really prove demand. Still, for a company clearly desperate to make the leap from traditional to mobile computing, I’m sure any plan looks pretty good right about now.
Unzip NaviFirm to a directory of your choice. Install Nokia_Care_Suite_5.0_2012.45.4.5
NaviFirm Directions: 1. Run NaviFirmPlus executable 2. Under Products window scroll down to Nokia Lumia 920 (RM-820) *AT&T Only!!! 3. Under Releases window choose 1231.2109.1242.1001 4. Under Variants window choose your color, in my case for RED i was file (RM-820_NAM_ATT_US_VAR237330_V1_Red (059N5T7) 5. Under files window make sure all the files are selected. 6. Click the Download Button 7. Wait for ALL the files to completely download, the FFU file will be 1.02GB in size. 8. When complete, browse to: C:\ProgramData\Nokia\Packages 9. Create a folder called Products 10. Create a folder called rm-820 11. You should now have a directory like: C:\ProgramData\Nokia\Packages\Products\rm-820\ 12. Browse to the NaviFirmPlus folder you extracted 13. Open the FW folder and then the folder of the firmware you downloaded. 14. Copy the entire folder contents and paste it into the C:\ProgramData\Nokia\Packages\Products\rm-820\ directory.
Nokia_Care_Suite_5.0_2012.45.4.5 Directions: 1. Launch Nokia Care Suite 2. Click the Product Support Tool for Store 5.0 3. Click File 4. Click Open Product 5. Choose RM-820 (Nokia Lumia 920) 6. On the bottom left click Programming 7. Click Recovery 8. You should see the firmware you downloaded and copied earlier under the Properties field. 9. Click Start 10. The software will check the package contents, it will fail to find the phone, and ask you to reboot and give you a button to click retry.
Phone Directions: 1. Plug the phone into your PC 2. Hold the Volume Down and the Power button, click RETRY on the Product Support Tools Window 3. After you feel a vibration in the phone immediately release the Volume Down and the Power button and hold the Volume up button. 4. Continue to hold the volume up button, you will see the software say "Rebooting" 5. After about 15 seconds you will see a top NOKIA logo and the software will start flashing the phone.
*WARNING I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU RUIN YOUR PHONE!*
Réseaux 4G : Orange en tête des déploiements, Free loin derrière
Au 1er janvier 2013, Orange a modifié 403 antennes-relais existantes pour les équiper en 4G, devant Bouygues Telecom 228, SFR, 207, et Free Mobile, 14.
L'Agence nationale des fréquences (ANFR) a publié une mise à jour de l'observatoire des déploiements dans les réseaux mobiles 3G et 4G, au 1er janvier 2013 qui montrent l'avance d'Orange sur ses rivaux, et le retard patent de Free, dans le déploiement des réseaux cellulaires 4G.L'organisme a recensé 37 251 sites équipés d'antennes-relais pour la 3G (fréquences 2100 et 900 MHz) et 819 sites équipés pour la 4G (fréquences 2,6 GHz). Ce dernier chiffre a crû de 35 % par rapport au mois de décembre 2012, ce qui témoigne de la montée en puissance rapide des déploiements des réseaux cellulaires 4G par les opérateurs. Certains (SFR, Orange) ont ouvert leur réseau 4G dans certains villes (Marseille, Lyon, Montpellier)Sur les 819 sites 4G recensés dans la bande de fréquences 2,6 GHz, Orange a modifié 403 antennes-relais existantes pour les équiper, Bouygues Telecom, 228, SFR, 207, et Free Mobile, seulement 14. Pour l'ANFR, les opérateurs ont déployé la 4G en procédant à des modifications techniques sur des stations 2G ou 3G déjà existantes, ce qui correspond pour cet organisme à une mise en service implicite. ...
There have been a number of threads reporting that users have been unable to see Nokia application updates, hours or even days later. Unfortunately, there is no way to force the Windows Phone Store to force to check for updates manually. This has presented a problem for the Nokia app updates, as they are Nokia-exclusive and cannot be searched for in the Store.
However, there is a solution with QR codes, and the steps to update Nokia apps for Windows Phone 8 are provided below. The QR codes are provided in the links below as Attachments that you can click on quite simply:
1. Press the Search hardware button on your Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 Device and tap on Vision.
2. Hold the camera viewfinder up to the screen to focus on the QR codes provided below.
3. If successful, a small thumbnail of the QR code along with a description of a web link will appear on screen.
4. Tap the web link and it will take you to the Store to update the Nokia app.
The QR codes are for the following applications that have been provided in the Store by Nokia:
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