Joe Belfiore has tweeted that the much awaited Developer Preview of Windows Phone 8.1 will hit early next week. This will let developers flash their current Windows Phones with the new bits from Microsoft, and eventually test their software on it. Any manufacturer specific code (read Nokia’s) will not be part of the developer preview. The tweet states that...

Nokia UK has released a good set of how-to videos on their official YouTube channel. All of the videos target different scenarios when switching to Lumia, including how-to switch from an older Lumia to a brand new one. You’ll learn how this super easy process is done when switching from Symbian, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or another Windows Phone device. The videos are roughly 4-minutes each, so it shouldn’t be too hard to check them out. Please fire possible questions in the comments below as I’ll personally answer...

I thought now would be a good time to update my own situation. As you probably have noticed, I haven’t posted as often as I did before. The reason for this is that I started working at Nokia last week, and have been really busy with my new job. I work there as a Nokia Academy Trainer, so any questions related to Nokia’s products can be sent to me I’ll continue updating esphoneblog.com as much as I can, but for the next few weeks I’ll have to focus more on work. I’d be super happy if you would follow me on...

Planned sale of substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business to Microsoft has received regulatory approval from China Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced that the planned transaction whereby Nokia plans to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft has today received regulatory approval from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. As previously communicated, the closing of the transaction, which was announced on September 3, 2013, is subject to regulatory...

Microsoft detailed the latest major update for Windows Phone last week with the unveiling of Windows Phone 8.1. One interesting part in the new OS is a feature called Word Flow, which is a swype-like keyboard for Windows Phone. The keyboard is super fast to use, in fact, it’s the fastest around as it set a Guinness world record for fastest text message using a touch-screen mobile phone. On January 16, 2014, Microsoft researchers and Windows Phone engineers set out to challenge the Guinness World Records fastest text message using...

Conor Pierce, VP of Nokia UK & Ireland, spoke at a press briefing yesterday on how Nokia is going to drive wireless charging to the masses. The push will be pretty heavy as the company plans to bundle a free wireless charger with the purchase of a Lumia 930. This is definitely good news and will certainly raise awareness and usage of wireless charging. We don’t...

Microsoft has just published the Day 1 keynote from this year’s BUILD over at their Channel 9 site. The massive 3-hour show is embedded in this post, allowing you to replay the moments from yesterday’s Windows Phone 8.1 announcement, as well as the hardware announcements of the Lumia 930, Lumia 630 and Lumia 635. The key speakers are Terry Myerson, Joe...

Microsoft yesterday finally unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 at their annual BUILD conference. Today, the company has also made the required development tools available. Windows Phone 8.1 Development Tools Release Candidate just hit Microsoft’s Download servers. It requires Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 with Update 2 or later to work. For those with Visual Studio...