Nokia hails Lumia 800 a hit

LONDON, United Kingdom – Nokia sources tonight confirmed the Nokia Lumia 800 is destined to be a huge hit.

The level of UK pre-orders has been higher for Lumia than any previous Nokia handset.

Nokia spokesman, Ray Haddow, said that early indications from the operators and retail partners confirmed a high level of pre-orders.

Haddow said: “The level of pre-orders, as well as reaction in shops today, lead us to be very positive about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800.

“The public have had hands on in many retail stores over the past week and were in store in abundance today, not only trying out this amazing device, but signing up for some of the great deals available.

 

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“In addition, we’ve had lots of people saying that they intend to switch to the Nokia Lumia 800 at their next upgrade. Especially given some of the great offers available at the moment”

The Nokia Lumia 800 went on sale in the UK today after hitting the stores in Germany yesterday and will be available in France tomorrow, where demand is also been very high.

Beautifully designed, with top of the range spec and big value apps, the affordable deals being offered in Europe are making it irresistible.

Check it here http://conversations.nokia.com/2011/11/16/nokia-hails-lumia-800-a-hit/

Try Windows Phone 7.5 Mango with your iPhone

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You love your iPhone with a passion that knows no bounds. But that’s not to say that occasionally your head isn’t turned by a good-looking feature on another smartphone platform. If you’ve been curious about some of the capabilities and user interface glitz of Windows Phone 7.5 (AKA Mango) you’re in luck. Microsoft has figured out a way for you to try out those features on your iPhone, so you don’t have to embarrass yourself going to a Microsoft Store or playing with a Windows Phone device at Best Buy

How do you sample a juicy Mango without actually catching cooties from touching a Windows Phone? It’s easy — just point your browser to http://aka.ms/wpdemo, and you are presented with a sparkly representation of the Windows Phone 7.5 Metro UI that you can touch and swipe.

I’ll admit it. I went and took a look at Windows Phone 7.5, and then I washed my hands with a sterilizing soap, and put in eye-drops in an attempt to get the UI out of my eyes. But it’s well worth a look, just so you know what passes for a mobile operating system in Redmond, Washington.

Nokia Lumia 800 is got excellent start in UK

Finnish Nokia the world’s largest mobile phone maker by volume, Wednesday said sales in the U.K. of its Lumia 800 smart phone, its first smartphone based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone platform, were off to an "excellent start."

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"Based on earliest data, the sales start of the Lumia 800 is the best ever first week of Nokia smart phone sales in the U.K. in recent history," Nokia spokesman James Etheridge said.

The comment came as Nokia’s share price fell sharply Tuesday on reports sales were off to a bad start.

"While it is not our policy to disclose individual product sales figures outside our quarterly financial results, we feel there has been premature sales analysis on the performance of the Lumia 800," Etheridge said.

Based on Net Promoter Scores–which measure a consumer’s willingness to recommend the product to a friend–the Lumia 800 has received the highest score of any Nokia device launched in recent history in the U.K., Nokia said.

"Given our deliberate, sequenced roll out across countries and with future launches ahead, this is a critical metric for long-term success," Etheridge said.

All the best Windows Phone and Nokia.

Cheers!

Windows Phone 7 gets new Xbox Live features and 14 new games

Microsoft previewed some new Xbox Live games and features for its Windows Phone 7 platform today at the annual Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany.

The announcements are part of the company’s plan to build enthusiasm for its mobile games — which are one of the best ways to show off its mobile platform — and the upcoming Mango release of the Windows Phone 7 software. Mango, which includes a major update for the phone software, is expected to debut in September.

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It’s a small set of new features and titles, but the kind that Microsoft increasingly needs to make as it competes with rivals including Google (soon to be acquiring Motorola Mobility), Research in Motion, Nokia, Apple and Samsung in the mobile operating system market.

The new announcements include Xbox Live Avatar Awardables, which are wearable achievements for your Xbox Live avatar, or virtual character, which is visible on your phone. The first game to feature them will be the upcoming Chickens Can’t Fly.

There will also be game add-ons, such as the ability to purchase extra mushrooms and other goods in games such as Beards & Beaks. You will be able to buy more in-game add-ons and downloadable content such as extra weapons or levels in the coming months. That’s a critical feature to generate revenues for game developers.

Windows Phone will also have parental controls, where parents can set the content that kids can view. You can restrict a child from playing a mature-rated game such as the upcoming Splinter Cell Conviction game. And players will be able to do a Fast Async, which improves game play for multilayer turn-by-turn games.

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Upcoming titles include Beards & Beaks: Cave Area; Bug Village (pictured); Burn the Rope; Collapse!; Chickens Can’t Fly; Gravity Guy; Farm Frenzy 2; Fight Game Rivals; IonballEX; Kinectimals Mobile; Mush; Orbital; TextTwist 2; and Toy Soldiers Boot Camp.

here’s a quick recap:

  • Avatar Awardables: Like achievements—but wearable. Once unlocked, these items will automatically appear in your avatar closet and can be worn on your avatar’s sleeve as a badge of honor. “Chickens Can’t Fly,a forthcoming Xbox LIVE release, will be among the first titles to feature them.
  • Game Add-ons: In the Xbox LIVE title “Beards & Beaks,” players can purchase extra mushrooms and other items from within the game using Microsoft Points. In the months ahead, keep your eyes out for more titles in Marketplace that let you buy in-game add-ons and downloadable content like extra weapons or levels.
  • Parental Controls: The next release of Windows Phone gives parents more control of what content their child can access on Windows Phone, including M-rated (Mature) games. The first M-rated Windows Phone title,Splinter Cell: Conviction,” is scheduled to arrive in the Marketplace later this fall.
  • Fast Async: A new Xbox LIVE service coming this fall that improves gameplay for multiplayer, turn-by-turn (or asynchronous) Windows Phone games.

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Nokia 800 and Acer M310 with Windows Phone 7

It does not come too much as a surprise that Nokia is already testing Windows Phone 7 based mobile phones, since the company should make the first such devices available for purchase in a matter of months, but nothing was known on the actual handsets until now.

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However, it appears that at least the name of the company’s first Windows Phone device made an appearance on the Internet, and that it would be called Nokia 800.
For the time being, this is the only piece of info known on the mobile phone, and it remains to be seen whether this is the same device as the Nokia Sea Ray that was demoed a few months ago.

Recently, Nokia announced that they were changing all of their naming scheme, which means that the new device might indeed be the said prototype phone.

The smartphone made an appearance on the “reporting page” of indie developer Elbert Perez’s website, as he announced on Twitter.

On that page, a list of all handsets that use his games can be seen, and the Nokia 800 has just popped up, accompanied by another new handset, the Acer M310.

Acer is another new comer to the Windows Phone area, and previous rumored suggested that the company would have a so called Acer W4 handset up its sleeve, so it remains to be seen what the new Acer M310 is all about as well.

Other Windows Phone-based handsets are also present in the said list, which was something already expected, since Elbert Perez offers a series of highly appreciated free games.
Some of the latest speculations on the matter suggested that the first Windows Phone Mango handsets might hit the market as soon as September but no confirmation on this emerged for the time being.

There’s no certainty that Nokia’s first devices based on the new OS will arrive next month too, but they will certainly become available for purchase in the fourth quarter of the ongoing year.

What remains to be seen is how well they would fare when compared both to other Windows Phone handsets, as well as to devices powered by Google’s Android operating system.

Encountered unexpected character

WCF Encountered unexpected character

Do you encounter above issue while integrating WCF with ajax /jQuery

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reasons can be many but if you encounter this when passing some parameters to your function, go ahead and read it.

When i was calling the service as below i was getting above error (above trace i took from fiddler)

$.ajax({                 
type: "POST",                 
url: serviceUrl + "GetTask",                 
dataType: "json",                 
data: { id: 16 },
contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",                 
success: function (json) {                     
var output = $('#MyTemplate').parseTemplate(json);                     
$('#MyTemplateOutput').html(output);                 
}});
the issue here was how i pass data to the server.
 
WCF wants to see the name of the properties in the JSON wrapped with ""
and once i converted above string call to
 
$.ajax({                 
type: "POST",                 
url: serviceUrl + "GetTask",                 
dataType: "json",                 
data: '{"id": #}'.replace('#', urlString),                 
contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",                 
success: function (json) {                     
var output = $('#MyTemplate').parseTemplate(json);                     
$('#MyTemplateOutput').html(output);                 
}});

 

SEE how i have changed to data being sent to the server.

i used # as a place holder and replace it with urlString which is my parameter from url.

If above helped you too fixing this issue. Lets us know.