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Zinio and Nokia announced a partnership today to launch an app for the world’s largest digital newsstand exclusive to Nokia Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8. Zinio is already on iOS, Android, and Windows 8. Exact release date for Nokia Lumia devices was not mentioned in the press release.
Nokia Lumia 920 software update 1308 is now rolling out to AT&T customers in the US. This update (version 1232.5957.1308.0001) brings improvements to the proximit sensor, automatic display brightness, and overall performance.
Nokia’s HERE apps received updates today. Check the Windows Phone store for HERE Maps, Drive, Transit, and City Lens. We don’t see any major changes, but let us know if you notice anything new.
According to The Verge, Microsoft is preparing an update for Windows Phone 8 that will add FM radio support for the Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia Lumia 920, and other compatible devices. Nokia is also expected to add a firmware update that will allow users to double-tap the screen to wake the device from standby.
Google has been trying to push its own video codec, VP8, as a web standard, but Nokia has moved to block the plans. In a statement to FOSS Patents, Nokia said Google is forcing the adoption of its proprietary technology, which offers no advantages over existing, widely deployed standards such as H.264 and infringes Nokia’s intellectual property.
Stephen Elop threw an iPhone on live TV. The Nokia CEO calmly dodged questions about the unannounced Nokia Lumia 928 but when the interviewer showed his iPhone, Elop said, “Let me take care of that for you,” and threw it on the floor. There was a loud thud too. Watch the video after the jump.
Pandora for Windows Phone 8 is now available. It’s always good news whenever popular apps from other platforms make it to Windows Phone. You now have several apps on Windows Phone for your music. There’s also Xbox Music, Nokia Music, Spotify, and more. Demo of Pandora after the jump.
Version 2.4 update for Skype was released today. They have significantly improved video calling quality for all users, offering VGA video on lower end handsets and 720P HD on higher-end devices like the Nokia Lumia 920. Skype contacts will also be listed in the People Hub for users with the latest update to Windows Phone 8.
Nokia is kicking off a series of Twitter chat called #AskNokia. For the first session, Pino Bonneti, the Social Media Lead for HERE Maps, is available to answer your questions on March 19th. You can ask anything regarding HERE Maps and location services.