You were too busy this week. Didn't got time to scroll through every news article, then we have bought a new section collecting all the top news highlights of this week. We all take you to the big highlights of this week which drew the attention of WinPhans and Nokia boys. So, let's get started:
1. Facebook acquires WhatsApp:
This was the one of the most shocking and unexpected news which went through the week. On 19th Feb, the social networking giant Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 bn. Facebook has not disclosed the motive behind the purchase and also for those who are worried about the future of WhatsApp, Facebook said that the service will continue uninterrupted for the users. We will look forward for this purchase and see what changes with this purchase.
2. Nokia Project X details leaked:
As the MWC is about to start, we are feeling the heat between the Android fans about the Nokia X aka, Nokia Android device. Getting a Android device from Nokia was a dream of every Android fan and it looks like it is going to be true, as Nokia is expected to announce Android device in MWC. The press event of Nokia will start at 8:30 AM(Barcelona time) or 4:00 AM IST. You can see the event on the official blog live. The device is rumored to be a budget device with almost the same specs as the Nokia Lumia 520 and will run on the Forked version of Android with Nokia's services instead of Google. It will be priced around $100 or 6,000 INR.
3. Microsoft to cut licence fees by 70% for Windows 8.1 devices:
There has been reports that Microsoft is planning to cut the licence fees by 70% to compete with Apple iPad and Google Chromebook OS. The reported cuts bring the cost per device for Windows 8.1 down to $15 for devices that will retail for less than $250. The standard licensing cost is $50, though it can be brought down closer to $30 when marketing incentive funds are factored in. Bloomberg's "people familiar with the program" said:
"Microsoft is seeking to speed up development and introduction of new devices. It won’t require products that use the cheaper licensing to complete logo certification, a process that verifies hardware compatibility, one of the people said. Devices aren’t required to be touch-screen compatible, sources said."
Microsoft tried a similar strategy back in 2008, slashing the licensing cost for Windows XP for netbooks. That move may have backfired, for the proliferation of lower-priced netbooks ended up taking a $465 million bite out of Microsoft's revenue, forced them to lay off 5,000 employees, and saddled a generation of computer users with sub-par hardware.
But maybe it will work out better this time around. Certainly, the lower cost hardware of today is far more capable of running something like streamlined Windows RT 8.1 than the anemic netbooks of six years ago could handle an XP so bloated it had to be stripped down for their benefit.
4. Nokia Planning to bring Here navigation to Windows 8.1 PCs:
Nokia is planning to bring Here experience to Windows 8.1 PC and devices. The navigation system promises to be the best navigation experience available now. Nokia on their official blog(360.here.com) announced that Here Maps will soon be available for the Windows 8.1 users. Currently, it is only supported on Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet. Al through there is no word on the release dates.
5. Nokia Lumia Icon available for Verizon Wireless:
Are you living in US and using Verizon network? If yes, then you must go and check out the latest 5" Lumia device from Nokia. Nokia has started providing Lumia Icon to the users on Verizon. The device is on the deal price of $199.99 on 2-Year contract. You can get the device from Verizon Website.
6. UC Browser adds SD Card management in the latest beta update:
UC Browser is one of the best browser available for Windows Phone devices. The new update for beta version has added better navigation and SD Card management. You can now Export Videos to the SD Card directly from the Browser. The new features will soon be available for public.
NOTE: This is a private beta so we cannot provide the download links here.
This is it for the week. Did we missed any news? Let us know in the comments section or contact us.