ICYMI: Nokia Blue, HTC One M8, and Office for iPad (3/28/14)


A lot of stuff happens in the tech world in the span of one week. Sometimes the news from Monday can be totally forgotten by the time Friday comes around. We don’t want you to miss any of the big news or features from the last week: enter ICYMI. If you aren’t hip to internet slag that stands for “in case you missed it.” This weekly feature will highlight the top posts from this site and the other mobile sites in our network. Let’s get started!

Nokia Blue

1. Nokia’s version of Windows Phone 8.1 will be called “Blue”

We’ve been talking a lot about Windows Phone 8.1 the last few months, but one thing we haven’t heard about is Nokia’s version. Nokia always has a special version of ever Windows Phone update for their own Lumia devices.
HTC One M8 2. HTC may be making a Windows Phone 8.1 version of the HTC One (M8)
Yesterday HTC unveiled their new flagship Android phone, the One (M8). There were rumors of the One that HTC would make a Windows Phone with the same hardware as the One, and now that same rumor is popping up again with the M8.
windows phone store search 3. Microsoft finally begins improving Windows Phone Store search
Searching for apps in the Windows Phone Store has been notoriously bad. It has been a real pain to find official apps a midst the dozens of clones, or trying to find a lesser-known app by typing in the exact name.
Windows Phone Google Apps 4. Google takes a big step toward allowing their services on Windows Phone
Google is taking a big step toward allowed their services to be used on Windows Phone devices. They have released an API library for.NET. This new library will let developers who use Microsoft’s .NET framework to integrate their apps with Google services.
evleaks 5. Nokia “Monarch” is a Windows Phone 8.1 device for T-Mobile
It’s time for a new codenamed Nokia device. @evleaks has shared the codename of an upcoming Nokia device headed to T-Mobile. The device is called “Monarch.” That is all he shared about this device.
windows_phone81_store_new 6. New screenshots show off the Store in Windows Phone 8.1
One of the few remaining things from Windows Phone 8.1 we haven’t seen yet is the Store. This is obviously a very important part of the OS, and there are many complaints about it. Earlier this week Microsoft started to fix one of the biggest gripes we’ve had with the Store, but that’s just the beginning.
TouchCovers 7. Microsoft is offering free Touch Covers with Surface tablets
One of the best features of the Microsoft Surface family is the super thin and elegant Touch Cover. This dual-purpose screen protector and keyboard is one of the most innovative things to come out of Microsoft in years.
pirate_flag 8. Microsoft revokes Windows Phone app that allowed downloading paid apps for free
There are some things we do not report on, here at WinSource, for moral reasons. One of those things happened to pop up on Reddit recently. Someone created an app called “Free Market.” The function of this app was to search for apps listed in different regions. Why? Because in some countries apps may be at a lower price or even free.
voice text 9. How to send and receive text messages without touching your phone [Video]
Some of the newer Android phones can be operated without even touching the device or turning on the display. This is very cool for when you’re driving or just don’t feel like fiddling with your device. Many people don’t realize that Windows Phone 8 actually has a feature just like this.
lumia 630 china 10. Lumia 630 with Start Screen background shows up in the wild
The Nokia Lumia 630 has been spotted in press renders, but we’ve never seen this device in the real world. Today a few photos of the 630 popped up over in China. In these photos we can clearly see a few Windows Phone 8.1 features.

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