Facebook for Windows Phone gets upgrade


The Facebook client for the Windows Phone system has been updated to version 2.3, bringing with it a host of enhanced features. The precise details of these remain a bit fuzzy. An announcement on its Facebook page confirmed that the refresh will bring a redesigned profile and panoramic design, along with “news feed performance improvements,” including support for filters. Other updates with this  include support for Facebook Groups, pages and banner images, which can now be changed directly from the handset. The update is supposed to be available today but I haven’t seen it in the store yet. Here’s the link for all those who are interested: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=135892916448833

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Windows Phone 7.5 gets Google Calendar


Google has improved how its calendar and email services interact with Windows Phones running the mango system. Users can now cram up to 25 different calendars into the OS’s built-in calendar app.

BUT the setup’s not exactly seamless and as easy as it seems. You need to navigate your Windows Phone to the Google Sync page, login and check the boxes found there.

Also at the same Google Sync page, you can now choose to enable the “send mail as” feature if you’re using multiple addresses, with the option to delete unwanted emails instead of archiving.

Lumia 900 hits Carphone Warehouse


Carphone Warehouse is soon to be launching the dual-camera sporting Mango phone which has been listed as “coming soon” on their website with an expected launch date of June 2012.

These plans are clearly still unofficial at the moment, but you can sign up for more info from the outlet as it becomes available. The biggest question, though, is whether or not the Lumia 900 will ship with LTE on board.

Windows Phone 7 SMS Bug


An SMS message on your nice new Windows 7 powered device could knock out your messaging out in a cold, a one shot kill and you can’t prepare for it.

Apparently, Windows Phone 7 devices that receive a text containing a certain string of characters will reboot and return with a non-functional messaging client which can only be restored via a hard reset. This flaw is not device-specific and has been found to affect other parts of the OS. Locking up your handset if you’ve pinned a friend as a live tile and that buddy posts the magic bug words on Facebook or Windows Live Messenger.

To fix the problem requires quick tapping fingers, as you’ve got to remove the pinned tile after rebooting before it flips and freezes the phone again.

BUT before you go abandoning WP7’s ship, just know that these sms issues are a known phenomenon and have affected all the major mobile players, iOS and Android included. Until Microsoft releases a fix, cross your fingers and hang tight.