Week in Review – May 27th

Welcome to the WMPoweruser Week in Review, where we highlight the top stories of the past week.

Swapchat, a 3rd party Snapchat client now in closed beta

  • Supports creating an account, adding friends, viewing photos and videos, and sending photos
  • Live tile shows unread messages count
  • Will be coming soon for $1.29 with a free trial for WP7 and WP8

Windows Phone finally gets a Square-like credit card reader

  • Accessory plugs into headphone jack, allows you to charge a customer’s credit card
  • More expensive than Square, but if you charge more expensive items then it might pay off

WP8 has another storage bug (in addition to Other Storage)

  • Apps that save JPEG pictures to your phone’s media library save a duplicate copy to the app’s own isolated storage due to a bug in Microsoft’s API.
  • End users could uninstall and reinstall affected apps to clear up the accumulated storage until Microsoft fixes the issue.

Lumia 925 vs Lumia 920 indoor picture samples

  • The Lumia 925 seems to have better white balance than the 920

Bing Local Search improves internationally

  • Countries like Germany, Austria, Russia, New Zealand, etc noticed big improvements in local search results within the Maps app

Final version of Windows Phone sync app released

  • Improves podcast support and selecting files from external hard drives
  • Still a really poor experience compared to what we had with Zune and Windows Phone 7

Rumor: Nokia EOS now in testing on AT&T

  • The EOS is supposedly being tested. Could possibly arrive for the rumored second week of July launch date.
  • Rumored to have 41 MP camera, 32 GB storage, no SD card, and a polycarbonate body.

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