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Microsoft Devices Pakistan unveil the ultra affordable Dual SIM Nokia 130

Microsoft Devices Pakistan unveil the ultra affordable Dual SIM Nokia 130

Recognizing the rapid growth of ultra-affordable mobile phones, Microsoft Devices today unveiled the Nokia 130, a mobile phone designed to introduce millions of people to new digital experiences. At just PKR 2,850/-, the Nokia 130 combines the everyday essentials first-time mobile phone buyers expect with the beautiful design, reliability and mobile entertainment they want. With a built-in video player, music player with up to 46-hours continuous playback on a single charge and everyday essentials such as a flashlight, FM radio and USB charging, the Nokia 130 is the perfect introduction to a “mobile first” world. The Nokia 130 is an ideal handset for first-time mobile phone buyers, or for people seeking a reliable back-up phone to complement their existing smartphone. It’s built to last, with a 1.8” colour display and outstanding battery life of 26 days’ standby for the Dual SIM device. In design and quality, the Nokia 130 stands out among devices priced below USD 35/-. Every year, more than 300 million people buy phones from this price category alone. “As demand in the affordable mobile segment continues to grow, Microsoft remains committed to delivering market-leading mobile innovation at each and every price point,” said Kamran Masood Niazi, Communications Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan. He further added that: “Billions of people have yet to experience a mobile phone, while at the same time there is increasing demand for reliable back-up phones in both mature and high-growth markets. With handsets like the Nokia 130, we see tremendous potential to deliver the experience of a ‘mobile-first’ world to people seeking their first device, and we continue to invest in ultra-affordable devices that will introduce people to a ‘cloud-first’ world through Microsoft services such as Bing, Outlook.com and OneDrive.” As one of the most affordable mobile phones with video playback, the Nokia 130 makes new digital experiences accessible to more people. It delivers hours of entertainment with the built-in video player which offers up to 16 hours of playback for video stored on a microSD card, MP3 player and FM radio. With support for expandable microSD storage up to 32GB, alongside the Bluetooth-enabled SLAM application and USB connectivity, it also makes sharing digital content easy, without the need for an Internet connection. The Nokia 130 will be available in select markets including Pakistan, India, China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Vietnam and the...

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Microsoft Devices Pakistan and Daraz join hands in bringing Windows devices to your doorstep

Microsoft Devices Pakistan and Daraz join hands in bringing Windows devices to your doorstep

Microsoft Devices Pakistan recently signed an MoU with Daraz.pk, enabling fans of Windows Phones to browse, select and purchase their favourite Lumia devices directly from the comfort of their homes. Daraz.pk is Pakistan’s leading online shopping portal which is visited by millions of people from around the country and is celebrated for its reliability and convenience. This collaboration presents Lumia devices to a unique segment of online shoppers. The Lumia series, known for its innovation and trendiness, is one of the fastest growing smartphone ranges around the world. It offers uncompromised smartphone experiences, personalized third-party apps and pioneering Microsoft services to millions of people across the globe. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Kamran Masood Niazi, Communications Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan said: “Microsoft Devices is gaining a lot of traction in Pakistan. As more and more people are gearing themselves with smartphones, our collaboration with Daraz.pk gives our valued customers and admirers the chance to purchase Windows Phones right from their homes. With Daraz.pk’s unparalleled shopping experience, Microsoft Devices has expanded its reach to millions of hearts in the country. I am extremely thankful to our teams, especially Ali Fahad, Usman Ashfaq, and Umair Aleem.” Commenting on the occasion, Farees Shah, Co-Founder, Daraz.pk said: “Our partnership with Microsoft Devices is a further testament to our commitment of making Daraz.pk the pioneer e-commerce website in Pakistan. The Lumia brand is synonymous with a well-designed and quality product, and we are delighted to welcome them on board. With the proliferation of 3G internet technology, we are confident that this collaboration will be beneficial for consumers across Pakistan and allow them to access the full range of Lumia phones whilst sitting in the comfort of their homes.” As the youth of the country are becoming digitized via the use of smartphones and social media, the trend of online shopping is also becoming popular among...

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The Verizon Exclusive HTC M8 Windows Phone Edition

The Verizon Exclusive HTC M8 Windows Phone Edition

HTC have out done themselves this time, having a flagship device that comes with two “Operating System” variants. Confused? Well let me clarify, HTC have just announced another variant of their 2014 flagship Android device the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone. Only Nokia had successfully launched devices, with different operating systems in the past, their Lumia range to be precise. HTC as a company was dropping its sales for quite some time until the launch of the HTC M8, which raised the sales sky high. This is a very smart move, on HTC’s behalf as they are coming up with an already successful device and giving it another dimension. They already have Windows Phones, but not OEM has a flagship running two operating systems form different OEM’s. Maybe this is a start of something beautiful, and other OEM’s might be encouraged to come out with the same. Now talking about the device, the HTC M8 Windows Phone Edition has the exact same specs as its Android counterpart. Quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor @ 2.3GHz 2GB of RAM 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display 32GB of internal storage w/ microSD up to 128GB UltraPixel Duos Camera w/ 5 megapixel front camera Dual-band WiFi ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/ GLONASS 2,600mAh battery     On the software front, the HTC M8 runs the latest Windows Phone 8.1. It brings back Blinkfeed in the form on Windows Live Tiles, Cortana is your new digital assistant, and a lots more.  Only sad about it so far is that, it is a Verizon exclusive, so if you want to get your hands on this powerful beast then Verizon is the only place to get it right now. You can get further details from the full press review below. MORE OF THE BEST FROM HTC: INTRODUCING THE HTC ONE (M8) FOR WINDOWS AT VERIZON WIRELESS   HTC offers Windows platform on flagship device, blends premium hardware with unique software experience                                                                                                                           BELLEVUE, WA — August 19, 2014 — HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today unveiled the HTC One® (M8) for Windows®, marking the first time an iconic flagship device offers multiple operating systems.   This new smartphone combines the stunning, award-winning design and experiences of the HTC One (M8) with the latest Windows Phone software on America’s largest and most reliable network. Verizon Wireless is the exclusive launch partner for the HTC One (M8) for Windows and it will be available in stores and online, with online sales beginning at noon EDT today and in stores tomorrow.   Unmistakably the One The HTC One (M8) for Windows offers the same premium design of HTC’s award-winning HTC One (M8), which features an all-metal unibody design and an elegantly...

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Budget friendly Nokia X2 officially launched in Pakistan

Budget friendly Nokia X2 officially launched in Pakistan

Following the success of its predecessor the Nokia X (which initially was Nokia’s first Android device), we had been hearing rumors regarding the launch of its successor the Nokia X2. Microsoft Devices Pakistan have today unveiled the Nokia X2, the newest addition to the expanding Nokia X family of affordable Smartphones designed to introduce the “next billion” people to the mobile Internet and cloud services. The Nokia X2 represents the rapid evolution of the Nokia X family, delivering an enhanced experience across apps, hardware and the user interface. The Nokia X2 offers stunning design, a more visually striking Fastlane, more Microsoft services, and upgraded specifications including a 4.3-inch Clear Black display, front-facing camera for video calling and 5MP rear camera with autofocus and flash. At a suggested retail price of just PKR 15,400, the Nokia X2 is a compelling choice for a new generation of smartphone buyers. Like the Nokia X, the new Nokia X2 provides access to a world of Android apps and popular Microsoft services, while allowing people to switch between their favorite apps with the Fastlane feature. The Nokia X2 delivers an even more intuitive, smoother user experience powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor featuring a dual core 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM. The Nokia X2 debuts the next-generation Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 and major enhancements to the user interface. People can choose between three types of screens to facilitate navigation: the colorful “home” with resizable tiles; Fastlane to access recent apps and future calendar items; and a new Lumia-inspired apps list, from which people can pin items to the home screen. A pull-down notifications tab also allows people to glance at connectivity options as well as actionable items, such as software updates available for download. A new home key and visual multitasking complete the experience. “The Nokia X family is going from strength to strength, with the Nokia X smartphone achieving No. 1 selling status in Pakistan, and other emerging markets*,”said Kamran Masood, Communications Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan. “The Nokia X2 elevates the Nokia X experience with a stellar new design, ease of use and new Microsoft experiences. We’re proud to continue to bring smartphone innovation to lower and lower price points.”   As a gateway to Microsoft services, the Nokia X family is driving strong uptake of services such as Skype and OneDrive, while complementing the Lumia family of Smartphones. The Nokia X2 will debut with Outlook.com, Skype and OneDrive pre-loaded, with more available from the Nokia Store, including the Bing Search app. For those of you who are in for buying a new smartphone that not only looks funky and cool but also...

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Microsoft launches exclusive Ramadan Apps for Lumia and Nokia X devices

Microsoft launches exclusive Ramadan Apps for Lumia and Nokia X devices

Nokia did it last year, now Microsoft has continued the tradition of coming up with special Ramadan apps. These apps are available for all Lumia users running Windows as well as Nokia X users. The announcement comes at a time when Muslims all around Pakistan are devotedly observing the blessed month of Ramadan.  During this holy month, the demand for exclusive Ramadan content rises, and Microsoft has introduced the apps to let users observe the venerated month with full zeal. “Ramadan is a month of self-awareness and devotion towards Allah. It is a month in which we gain inner tranquility and salvation through worship and fasting. Keeping in view the sanctity of Ramadan, Microsoft brings Ramadan Kareem apps for your Windows Phone and Nokia X devices. With these apps, users can read the Quran and listen to tilawat by renowned Qaris of the world. They can also read Ahadith, special duas and azkaar along with sharing them on social networks to spread the blessings far and wide among family and friends.” – Kamran Masood Niazi, Communications Manager, Microsoft Devices     Users can recite the Holy Quran and listen to tilawat by globally famous reciters such as Al-Sudais and Al-Gamy by downloading the Al-Quran app. Other apps such as Mushaf Al-Madinah, Quran Lite etc. let users share the ayahs via social networking websites. With apps like Ramadan Kareem, Ramadan Time etc. one can keep track of suhoor and iftar timings while reciting special Ramadan duas. There are a number of apps such as Athan+ and Missed Prayers through which users can keep a track of namaz timings based on their locations and a check on their missed prayers. These apps also give location-based directions to nearest mosques. Apps like Hadith Qudsi Arabic, Daily Hadith etc. provide a daily update on authentic ahadith which can be shared via email, Facebook, Twitter and SMS. Manasek and Hajj & Umrah Guide provide information about various rituals of Hajj and Umrah. So grab these apps from the Windows and Nokia Stores today . Happy...

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Microsoft Pakistan holds Nokia X Portathon Event in Karachi

Microsoft Pakistan holds Nokia X Portathon Event in Karachi

The Nokia X was Microsoft’s first try at an android smartphone, and it turned out to be a decent device. Now the beauty of Android is that its open source and developers can easily make their apps and put them on the Play Store. Microsoft, strangely never put the Android play store on the device, instead you have the Nokia store. Microsoft Pakistan recently had an event in Karachi, where app designers were told port  their various apps on the Nokia X devices. Thus, the name of the event was “Nokia X Portathon”. .Nokia X Portathon garnered much traction from students and graduates belonging to University of Karachi, IBA, FAST, FUUAST, SSUET and others. A series of workshop sessions delivered at universities supported by digital engagement activities helped hundreds of developers to join and gain awareness of Nokia X platform opportunities. The Portathon workshop sessions were conducted by Sameer Ahmed Khan, Nokia Developer Champion and supervised by Syed Abdul Basit, DX Partner Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Kamran Masood Niazi, Communications Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan said: “We introduced the Nokia X range of affordable smartphones which are built on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), the software stack upon which some of the most popular smartphones in the world are based. This program was conducted to tap into Pakistan’s hub of young enthusiastic developers, and guide them in porting their apps on the Nokia Store. This way, we enriched the Nokia Store with incredible local content and honed their skills which will facilitate them in the future”. The participants were offered various rewards through the DVLUP program, which uses a gamification model to create a fun, inventive and competitive environment for developers to build successful Windows Phone, Nokia X and Asha mobile applications. Through this initiative, developers can earn badges and experience points (known as “XP”) by completing quizzes and challenges related to application development. By creating high-quality applications, developers can also earn additional points and unlock even greater opportunities. At the conclusion of the program, participants were awarded 100 XP points on the DVLUP portal and a free NDO membership. The prizes were distributed at the closing ceremony and included Nokia Lumia, Nokia X, Nokia XL phones, developer tools, and other related...

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