Download Cyanogenmod 12 Android 5.1.1 for Nokia X2

Cyanogenmod 12 is now available for download for the Nokia X2 android devices. This means users of Nokia X2 will be able to enjoy Android 5.1.1 a k a lollipop on their phones. The progress is still in its infancy stage and not a lot of things are working at the moment. For instance, mobile data, messaging and camera are not yet working on Android 5.1.1 CM12 right now so consider installing it only if Nokia X2 is not your primary device.

Download Cyanogenmod 12 Android 5.1.1 for Nokia X2

Installation instructions for downloading and installing Cyanogenmod 12 Android 5.1.1 for Nokia X2

* Download ROM from here.
* Wipe Factory reset
* Wipe cache
* Wipe dalvik cache
* And flash ROM and GApps

Find the development of this at xda-developers. Again, the status of the android 5.1.1 lollipop firmware for the Nokia X2 is in Alpha phase so there are several rough edges.

Breaking: Lumia 435 specifications leaked, might replace Nokia X

The Lumia sales of 730 and 830 models is great and to improve them even more, Microsoft is working on Lumia 435 windows phone which will retail at an even cheaper price tag than 530.

This could be the device Microsoft needed from start in order to grab a decent chunk of marketshare, but better late than never, right? The Lumia 435 emerged earlier in various leaks by these model numbers – RM-1068, RM-1070, RM-1071, RM-1032, RM-1034  and RM-1069 which represent single and dual SIM models.

Lumia 435 specifications

Both have already been spotted on Indonesian certification and FCC websites. The Lumia spotted has 4 inch display packing WVGA 800 x 480 pixel resolution and hardware navigation buttons.

Lumia 435

Other specifications include 118.1 x 64.7 mm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 5 megapixel camera and removable battery.

Nokia Lumia 930 PureView and Lumia 920 Camera Comparison

The Nokia Lumia 930 is the flagship windows phone from Microsoft. It will be interesting to see how it fares with the yesteryear’s top model, the Lumia 920.

Here are the specifications of Nokia Lumia 920 camera

Main camera sensor: 8.7 MP PureView
Main camera focus type: Auto focus with two-stage capture key
Camera digital zoom: 4 x
ZEISS optics: Yes
Sensor size: 1/3.2 inch
Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.0
Camera focal length: 26 mm
Camera minimum focus range: 8 cm
Camera image formats: JPEG/Exif
Flash type: Short pulse high power dual LED
Flash operating range: 3.0 m
Flash modes: Off, Automatic, On

Main camera features: Touch focus, Landscape orientation, Exposure compensation, Auto and manual exposure, Auto and manual white balance, Still image editor, Face recognition, Full screen viewfinder, Automatic motion blur reduction, Geotagging, Center weighted auto exposure, Automatic photo upload to web services, Backside-illuminated image sensor, Creative Studio, Full resolution photo and video upload, Optical image stabilization, PureView, True 16:9 sensor

Digital camera add-ons: Panorama lens, Bing vision, Cinemagraph lens, Nokia Camera

Here are the specifications of Nokia Lumia 930 camera

Main camera sensor: 20 MP, PureView
ZEISS optics: Yes
Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
Camera focal length: 26 mm
Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm
Camera image formats: JPEG/Exif
Flash type: Dual LED flash
Flash operating range: 3.0 m
Flash modes: Off, Automatic

Main camera features: 6-lens optics, Backside-illuminated image sensor, High resolution zoom 2x, Optical image stabilization, PureView

Digital camera add-ons: Panorama lens, Bing vision, Cinemagraph lens, Creative Studio, Nokia Camera

Both Nokia Lumia 930 and 920 come with built in Optical Image Stabilization. Here is a picture taken by it in broad day light.

Nokia Lumia 930 PureView and Lumia 920 Camera Comparison

And here is a photo taken in low light conditions.

night photography on lumia 930 and 920

Nokia CP-623 Review, official case cover for Lumia 1520

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is an amazing phone and for many of us, protecting its massive 6 inch full HD display is top priority. What better way to protect it other than using the official Lumia 1520 CP-623 cover.

Nokia CP-623 Review, official case cover for Lumia 1520

Nokia offers the case in three colors – black, red and yellow and costs around $40. The Nokia CP-623 for Lumia 1520 is bit expensive accessory but it does its job well in protecting the display when you place it in your pocket.

official case cover for Lumia 1520

The back cover is made of hard plastic and it does a great job from bumps and drops. It also prevents the big lens of its 20MP camera from getting scratched.

official review of lumia 1520 case

The back cover flops around a bit but can be rolled back allowing the user to use it as kickstand. This makes it perfect for watching YouTube and movies on the big screen of the Lumia 1520.

Nokia CP-623 Review

The case has been well designed and it does block any ports. All buttons including camera, power and volume control buttons are accessible even when the flap is closed which is  a massive plus.

So do we recommend the Nokia CP-623? Well for basic protection, it gets the job done. The design is not exactly unique and stricking like Lumia 1520’s design. But since it is an official accessory for the Lumia 1520, it does fits perfectly. Another big plus is it does not add any bulk or thickness.

Nokia allowing Android developers to use LiveSight Features

Nokia HERE services have gained a lot of popularity on Windows Phone and eventually became available on iOS and Android as well.

One of its best features is the LiveSight that allows you simply point your camera on the road and learn about the places in front of you.

The Finnish giant has now decided to expand its reach to Android users. The developers can now download HERE software development kit for the Android.

The kit allows devs to use LiveSight augmented reality feature on third party applications.

This is a smart move by Nokia as it make devs use their HERE services instead of Google Maps. Here is a quote from the blog.

These apps can be as similar to or different from the existing LiveSight uses as the developer wants. How about a ‘beer-finder’ app (for those emergency moments) that would lead you by the nose to the nearest watering hole? Or a virtual guide for a museum that would explain the sculptures around a garden when you hold up your phone? Or even a more business oriented app for electrical engineers that would show a street’s wiring?

While it will take some time for the developers to consider making applications that make use of this feature but a “beer finder” application sounds like a great idea.

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Original Nokia Lumia 635 630 CC-3079 OEM Back Shell Case Review

The Nokia Lumia 630 allows users to easily change the back shell and since Lumia 635 shares the same chassis you can use the OEM cases for it as well. We recently received the official original CC-3079 accessory from Mobilefun.co.uk. The shipping was excellent and we got the product within 2 days which is mighty fast when you consider the fact that it came all the way from UK.

Here is how the packaging looks like:

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The orange color is very eye catchy since it has a glossy surface. We love its build quality – very strong and does not flex much.

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The Lumia 630 is offered with only matte covers but their official accessory has glossy surface. Removing the cover is very easy – just put your thumb in the middle of the back and pull out the case from bottom right corner of the phone.

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Notice that the shell has unique brighter look around the edges.

The fitting is absolutely perfect – no squeaks anywhere. The case hugs the phone tightly. Button feedback is perfect. The back has a milky tone which makes the Lumia 635 and 630 stand out from the rest of the crowd.

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To complete the transformation, go into settings > Theme and change the color of tiles to match case color.

Lumia 638 spotted on Chinese portal, specifications include 1GB RAM, Snapdragon 400

We have just spotted a new Nokia Lumia windows phone on a Chinese website. It is called the Lumia 638 and it has identical specifications like the Lumia 630 but packs a gigabyte of RAM instead of meager 512MB. This will make it instantly compatible with every single application on the windows phone marketplace.

The phone is also listed to have built in 4G LTE to keep you connected to high speed Internet on the move. 638 is up for preorder in China for about 191 US dollars or 1129 Yuan.

lumia 638

Lumia 638 specifications

Main camera sensor: 5 MP
Display size: 4.5 inch
Display resolution: FWVGA (854 x 480)
Radio: 4G LTE, 3G
Memory: 1GB
Storage: 8GB flash expandable through micro SD card slot
Processor name: Snapdragon 400
Battery capacity: 1830mAh

New packaging for Lumia phones spotted

Microsoft has launched Lumia 630 in myriad countries but not many are talking about its new packaging which is radically different from the typical blue boxes we have seen since launch of Nokia windows phones.

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Personally we loved the old blue packaging. However since Nokia was using the same blue color for their feature phones, a change to differentiate the Lumia lineup from Asha was much required. The new box makes use of white color primarily instead of blue and is flatter in shape.

Could it be the first of steps Microsoft has taken to shift the brand recognition from Lumia to Surface?

Yezz Billy Specifications, Dual SIM Quad Core Windows Phone

Yezz is one of the first new OEMs to join the windows phone 8 operating system. If you willing to try a brand other than Nokia for windows phone, it is worth buying Billy which is now on sale for $250.

Yezz Billy Specifications

4.7 inches 720P IPS screen
Corning Gorilla glass
13 mega pixel camera
Supports dual SIM, dual standby
Quad-core Snapdragon processor
Thickness of 7.2 mm
Aluminum housing.

Yezz Billy Specifications

Yezz will be offering it in three colors red, white and blue. Being a budget phone it supports 3G (HSDPA+) but not LTE. Folks at Yezz say,

Today we have launched the world’s thinnest windows phone 8.1 device with a very stylish design. It is beautiful and affordable. The phone will go on sale in late May through Amazon’s website in Europe, Latin America and the United States market.

Nokia Lumia 2520 AC-300 Charger found faulty

Nokia has announced that sale of its Windows RT tablet Lumia 2520 will be temporarily suspended. Sales in Denmark, Germany, Finland, Great Britain, Austria, Russia and Switzerland have been affected. The sale has been stopped due to faulty power adapter AC-300.

More than 30000 units have been affected by it. Nokiaviews says Nokia has advised the users to stop using the AC-300 adapter until they get the new charger. If you are affected by it you should email Nokia about it and get the new one for free.

Nokia Lumia 2520 AC-300 Charger