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WhatsApp finally makes it appearance on Windows Phone

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Bekijk in het NederlandsAfter becoming available on Android, iOS and BlackBerry, the immensely popular app WhatsApp has finally become available for Windows Phone. The app enables users to text-message each other through the use of the available internet connection. Support for the Windows Phone platform can mean a great increase in the market position of Microsoft on the mobile market.

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Besides the fact that WhatsApp allows users to chat without having to pay for text-messages or phone costs, the app has more features that makes it so popular. The app integrates with the already present contact list. The user does not have to invite contacts themselves, as WhatsApp invites every contact automatically. In addition, it allows for cross-platform use. This means that people who do not use the same OS for their mobile phone can still chat with each other.

The fact that WhatsApp finally becomes available for Microsoft’s Windows Phone is a big boost for the OS since the app is immensely popular and having WhatsApp on your platform lowers gives users more confidence that they will be able to use all the modern apps as well. At the moment the app is installed on 70% of the iPhones in the Netherlands according to tweakers.net. The app only runs on Windows Phone 7.5 or higher.

 

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iOS – Apple adds improved speech control to iOS 5

appleBekijk in het NederlandsThe assistant feature of iOS will greatly improve when iOS5 launches. The speech control function will be activated by holding the home button for a few seconds. After that a new array of options is available, activated by speech, according to the website 9to5mac who claims to have an early version of the iPhone 5 in their possession.

iOS5’s assistant

The new assistant allows the user to open the message center and to use speech in order to ‘write’ a text message. The phone automatically converts your speech to text. In addition you can add agenda points or start the navigation app. One of the new features includes asking where a certain contact is at that time. This function can be disabled. The phone is also able to talk back at you. It can ask for extra information, like to which email address a certain message needs to be sent.

Another new function is Wolfram Alpha. This lets you ask any question and the phone will try to answer it. This can be for example a scientific question or something on the field of mathematics. The phone answers verbally.

The Assistant feature seems to be rather similar to the Android voice function. In Android accessing features like these verbally was already possible.