Windows Phone is about to rack up some serious frequent flier miles. Delta Air Lines today said that it’s equipped 19,000 flight attendants with Windows Phone 8-powered Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones.
The airline will use them to run credit cards for flyers who want to buy food, upgrade their seat, rent headsets, and make other in-flight purchases. The flying checkout system, which leverages additional technology from Microsoft Dynamics and Avanade, makes it possible for Delta to offer electronic receipts and coupons—plus significantly slash checkout times, the airline said. The phones will also handle passenger manifestos, frequent flyer info, connecting gate updates, and flight attendant scheduling updates.
Head over to the Official Microsoft Blog for more on this exciting deal between Delta, Microsoft, Nokia, AT&T, and Avanade.
Learn more about the update: http://nokia.com/lumia-update. The Lumia Amber software update is here! Enjoy even better camera performance, plus support for Nokia Smart Camera, the handy Nokia Glance Screen feature and much more.
The Lumia Amber update begins rolling out in August – you’ll get a notification on your phone when it’s ready to go. The update will be available for Nokia Lumia 920, 820, 720, 620, 520, 928, 822, 521 and 810.
The Lumia Amber update improves the camera capabilities across the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 range with better low-light photos, improved auto focus, enhanced noise filter and more. You will get even better shots.
Take a sequence of photos with Nokia Smart Camera, and then choose which story you want to tell. Choose your best shot, capture a sequence of motion, put the motion in focus, remove unwanted moving objects or select the best expressions to make great group shots. Download the Nokia Smart Camera app from the Nokia Collection – you’ll find it in the Store on your phone.
Nokia Glance Screen returns with the Lumia Amber update. With the Glance Screen, your Lumia doubles as a clock with day and night modes while keeping you up to speed on your battery status. (Glance Screen is not available for Lumia 520)
Powered by Windows Phone 8, FM Radio comes to Lumia. Plug in your headset and tune in to your favourite radio stations with an easy to use interface and stereo sound. (FM Radio not available on Lumia 620, Lumia 810 and Lumia 928)
Nokia Conference makes it very easy to dial into conference calls. No more switching to the calendar app, remembering the ID/PIN codes, getting the right access number, switching to the phone app, making the call, and entering all the codes. Instead just hit one button or even join via voice command. It’s very handy for anyone that makes frequent conference calls, as so many of us do.
To join via voice, hold down the Windows key and speak the command “conference join”. We’ll automatically figure out which meeting is going on currently or about to start, say it back to you for confirmation, and connect you. If your company uses Lync, we’ll launch the Lync app to connect you.
Settings for many companies’ conference systems are stored on our server and recognized automatically. For those that aren’t, you can define the settings yourself (then you should share them with us, to spare your coworkers the trouble). If you find a conference system that doesn’t work well with the app for some reason, please let us know.
If you make conference calls to several different companies, that’s fine–we’ll automatically figure out which conference system settings to use.
After installing, you probably want to pin it to your Home screen, placing it near the top if you make many conference calls. It may become one of your most frequently used apps on the phone.
Get Nokia Conference from this link or scan the below code.
Learn how to use the location-related capabilities of Nokia Lumia hardware, Windows Phone Location APIs, and the HERE location platform, including HERE Maps, HERE Drive, and HERE Transit. Starting with the basics — retrieving location information from the phone and registering for background location notifications — this webinar then looks at the map-related services APIs available for your Windows Phone apps for Nokia Lumia smartphones, including APIs for map rendering, geocoding, and routing controls.
A downloadable copy of the slides from the session can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/
For more details about developing for Nokia Lumia smartphones visit http://www.developer.nokia.com/
Check out details of the other Lumia App Labs, including the future schedule, here: http://www.developer.nokia.com/
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Andreas Jakl, founder of Mopius and one of the developers of NearSpeak, demonstrates how this cool NFC app works. The app pushes the boundaries of mobile technology innovation by taking advantage of NFC in combination with voice recognition, Bing Translation, and voice synthesis. Together, these technologies create a unique and compelling use case. The app has great potential for tourism, museums, events, geocaching, and many others.
NearSpeak was the first runner up in the Lumia Geek 8-Week Challenge.
To find out more about developing for Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone 8, go to http://www.developer.nokia.com/
For more information on how to develop NFC apps for Nokia Lumia go to http://www.developer.nokia.com/nfc, check out the Lumia Developer’s Library’s NFC section athttp://www.developer.nokia.com, or watch the Lumia App Labs session Developing NFC apps in Windows Phone 8 at http://youtu.be/x2RRDT_fUzI