Nokia Provides More Evidence of Being the “real” Windows Phone Maker

Nokia Lumia 900

On May 8, at the CTIA Wireless 2012 show in New Orleans, Nokia announced that they are partnering with a bunch of top-tier brands to bring their various apps and games to Windows Phone, with a lot of those apps and games being exclusive to Nokia’s Lumia line of Windows Phones.

Some of the highlights from their press release:

PGA Tour (exclusive to Lumia for 12 months)

In addition to live tournament scoring, highlights and player information, the app provides interactive, augmented coverage of select events and holes, showing each player’s exact position and scoring information. This allows fans to “get inside the ropes” and follow all players competing on the PGA TOUR.

ESPN (exclusive to Lumia until May 2013)

This app already exists on the Lumia devices, and is in addition to the ESPN ScoreCenter app that is available to all Windows Phones. The Lumia app will see some functionality updates and in addition, the ESPN Fantasy Football app (another Lumia exclusive) will be made available later in the Fall to align with the NFL season.


After a back-and-forth on whether they are going to build Angry Birds Space for Windows Phone or not, Rovio is now building a dedicated design and development team to create games for Lumia and other Windows Phone devices. That’s quite a scoop for Nokia from the rather negative start that the game maker had with Microsoft and Windows Phone.

Nokia and Rovio will partner to develop innovative new consumer products and content exclusively for Nokia Lumia smartphones, alongside cross platform multi-channel integrated marketing initiatives.


EA will be bringing some of their most popular titles to Lumia and other Windows Phones, including FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Jam, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Mirror’s Edge and Yahtzee to add to the several titles they already have in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Groupon (exclusive to Lumia for 6 months)

There is already an official Groupon app which is going to get some major updates, including a cool and innovative augmented reality feature to find deals near you.

Tripdots (exclusive to Lumia for 3 months)

Tripdots helps vehicle owners optimize their driving behaviors while connecting with other vehicle owners and sharing driving efficiency achievements via social networks. The app lets users monitor the operation of their vehicles to enable cost savings through better understanding fuel economy.


Yet another “key” app missing in the Windows Phone ecosystem is for the popular PayPal service. PayPal is going to work with Nokia to not only bring their app to Windows Phone, but also use functionality like Live Tiles to enhance the user experience.

AOL Entertainment Hub (exclusive to Lumia for 3 months)

Whether you want to listen to one of 55,000 radio stations via SHOUTcast, stream free music albums with AOL’s Listening Party or view Trailers and Movie listings, the AOL Entertainment Hub delivers everything you need.

Yet another app where Live Tiles are going to be used to enhance the user experience:

“The live tiles on Nokia Lumia helped us create an awesome app that makes it easy to stay in the know on what’s happening in Film, TV, Radio, Concerts and Music right from your home screen,” said Sol Lipman, Director of Mobile First products at AOL.

TIME magazine

Utilizing the stunning Windows Phone UI, the app will enable users to view content, receive breaking news alerts, watch rich media content including video and share stories via the Windows Phone People Hub, while delivering the latest news and stories to users first via Live Tiles.

Newsweek – The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast app delivers the latest content through Live Tiles and combines the unique style of The Daily Beast with the Windows Phone UI to deliver a stunning experience. For users who only have minutes to digest the latest news, the app also delivers The Cheat Sheet – your one stop must have reads from across the world – uniquely designed for Windows Phone.

Box app for Windows Phone

Box, another oft-requested app, will finally come to Windows Phone with support for nine languages.


The TIME 100 Poll: Rain, Assange, Zuckerberg and Hitchens In Race

South Korean pop sensation Rain leads the TIME 100 poll one day before it closes on 14th April. This comes as a surprise to many, but his popularity has soared internationally in the last year owing to his peppy tunes and hot dance moves. His huge native fan base has kept him on top for quite some time now. Within a few more hours, he may, in his second appearance on this illustrious list, win the title and thus leave in his following many an illustrious figure like Beyoncé, Chris Colfer, Christopher Hitchens and Barack Obama.

The hi-tech whistle blower, Julian Assange, currently at number 10, gets a second nomination by TIME after being beaten last year by Mark Zuckerberg for the Person of the Year Title. The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant workers get their due mention and they currently hold the 13th position.

Also significant is the presence of Christopher Hitchens, who is currently at number 7 above Julian Assange (No. 10) and Mark Zuckerberg (No. 24). One of the world’s foremost intellectuals, humanists and a hardened atheist, his popularity has soared following the publication of his memoirs Hitch-22. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer shortly after and people, with or without religious beliefs, have poured their good wishes and prayers for his recovery.

Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens (Photo courtesy: TIME)

The former head of The Human Genome Project, Prof. Francis Collins, one of the world’s most brilliant geneticists, and one of Hitchens’ debate opponent (Collins is a devout Catholic), has taken it upon him to experiment on Hitchens (with his full consent) and find a cure. Hitchens still writes for Vanity Fair, appears in public debates, never shies away from an interview and remains just as fiery and controversial as always, even though his cancer is in its last stages. Coincidentally, today, the 13th of April, is also his birthday.

Cast your vote for your favourite nominee within the next 24 hours. The winner gets into the TIME 100 list.