Facebook App Update 5.2.1 for Windows Phone Brings New Tiles and Feature Improvements

If you’ve been using the Facebook app on your Windows phone, its time to take a look at some of the refreshing new improvements that the app’s latest update is bringing your way.

Apart from the usual bug fixes, the 5.2.1 update will feature new Live tiles, which are an improvement over what was available earlier. The primary tile has been redesigned but you will also notice that tiles for chatting, viewing events, groups, pages, and photo albums have received an overhaul.

Additionally the app also features many performance improvements including those in the messaging department. If you were looking for support for additional languages, be sure to check out if you’ve got what you wanted in this update.

Microsoft spreads holiday cheer for Windows Phone users; Gifts 20GB extra SkyDrive storage

Got a Windows phone? Then get ready to enjoy this holiday gift from Microsoft. The company has announced that it will be giving Windows phone users the chance to activate a bonus of 20GB free SkyDrive storage for a year.

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Ever since Microsoft streamlined its SkyDrive services in April 2012 giving users just 7GB of SkyDrive storage instead of its 25GB offer from earlier, Microsoft has been trying to entice customers to use its cloud storage services by throwing in some interesting offers. You may remember a similar offer made by the company on purchase of a Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet, where customers could get of 200GB extra storage for two years.

Kik Messenger is Now Part of the Nokia Collection; Revives Hopes of Development and Upgrades

If you’re a big fan of the personal instant messenger Kik, you may have been disappointed with its lack of updates on the Windows App Store. Kik Messenger was available for Windows 7 but hasn’t seen any official support for Windows 8 devices since February 27th 2012.

In an interview to TruTowers, Kik Messenger CEO Ted Livingston stated that the reason that Kik hasn’t seen any Windows Phone 8 updates was because Microsoft has been ignoring Webkit support on Windows Phone, making it a taxing process to port its card-based features to the phone. Ted admitted that they would be happy to do development work on the platform if Microsoft put Webkit on the Windows Phone.

Flickr on Windows Phone 7

It’s official: Flickr has announced that it’s launching an officially official Flickr app for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7.

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Though we don’t know exactly when the photo sharing apps will launch, you can sign up at the source link on Flickr so they can let you know when it actually launches.

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Amazon Announced Kindle on the Windows Phone 7

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As sure as the sun, Amazon’s just announced it’ll be bringing Kindle to the Windows Phone 7 platform sometime “in the coming months.” The app was shown briefly today at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC 2010) and, based both on that and the official screenshot from Amazon’s teaser page (above), it’s definitely wearing that stylish WP7 aesthetic quite well.

Twitter Announced an Official App for Windows Phone

Twitter has just announced an official mobile app for Windows Phone. The application is available immediately for all Windows Phone 7 devices.

Twitter also says this app is particularly fast and brings users “all of the features that you’d expect from Twitter.”

Twitter mobile product manager Leland Rechis wrote on the Twitter blog that the UI for this platform is called Metro; the platform provides Pivots, which he says “are sort of like pages of the app.”

Shazam Available on Windows Phone 7

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Music discovery app Shazam is now officially available for Windows Phone 7, just in time for the mobile operating system’s launch in many parts of the globe, including New Zealand and Australia, as well as Europe and Asia. (Windows Phone 7 devices are expected to arrive in the U.S. before the end of the year.)

Windows Phone 7 users will be able to download a free version of Shazam from the Windows Phone Marketplace. As part of the initial launch offer, consumers will have access to unlimited tagging — the feature that identifies titles and artists for unknown tracks playing at any given moment. It will also be possible to purchase tagged tracks directly from the Zune marketplace.