Posts tagged with: Lumia 950
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    For a mobile OS iteration that’s been struggling with various bugs and stability issues essentially since its very inception, putting off updates of devices running on older builds more than once, Windows 10 is sure enjoying a healthy growth within its otherwise modest ecosystem. Practically tied with Windows Phone 8.0 for second place in worldwide version popularity last month, W10M surged an additional 0.7 percent between late December and now, while the 8.0 rendition dropped 0.4 percent. That brings the freshest platform flavor very close to a 10 percent piece of the pie, at 9.5, ...

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    Microsoft picked and chose which carrier would get its new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL devices in the US. The company wanted to be the source of clean software updates, something Apple can be for pretty much all of its iPhones because of its clout. But were Windows 10 Mobile OTAs really the core issue for Telstra in Australia? The carrier sent a statement to Whirlpool Forums' user Glenn L who relayed that the Lumia 950 had failed its testing. That testing apparently resulted in the phone "failing to connect to the Telsra network half the time." As such, Telstra will not carry the device ...

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    Man, when it rains, it pours, and already today we've been talking about delay after delay in the smartphone world. It looks like we've got at least one more for you before the day's out, and this time we're swinging back around to a company already wrapped up in some of that earlier delay talk, as we get an update on Microsoft's planned distribution of Windows 10 Mobile updates for Windows Phone handsets – and why that won't be proceeding as scheduled. As you'll recall, it was only last week when we were hearing from multiple carriers that the Windows 10 Mobile updates were essentially ...

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    We will probably never know for sure if Lumia 950 and especially 950 XL’s recent availability woes were caused by software and firmware glitches or a simple case of demand exceeding supply (or a bit of both), but all’s well that ends well, and the two Windows 10 Mobile flagships can again be ordered online from Microsoft worldwide. Perhaps worldwide is a bit of a stretch, but folks living in a number of “important” European countries, plus US and Canada, have sufficient Lumia 950 and 950 XL inventory at their disposal. For the time being, at least, and as long as you’re willing ...

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    There’s a very delicate balance between smooth software and polished hardware Microsoft needs to strike before calling the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL ready to thrill, and with Windows 10 Mobile relatively stable (for a beta OS) after recent patches, it’s time the firmware on the two devices got revised in more markets. Following parts of Europe, as well as Australia, the jumbo-sized unlocked model receives a crucial update in North America. Various users both stateside and up north are reporting their firmware build number going up to 01078.00027.15506.02005, with hardware version now ...

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    We're not quite sure what to think anymore of Microsoft's smartphone business, as we're seeing and hearing mixed messages, both through official and unofficial channels. Microsoft acknowledged that its smartphone market share is "unsustainable", and, adding to that, the Lumia 950XL, Microsoft's own Windows 10 Mobile flagship smartphone, is struggling in the UK, where it was taken off retail shelves. Furthermore, Amazon UK and Amazon France have both halted Lumia 950XL sales, so the outlook isn't very bright. On the other hand, a recent Microsoft Blog post --talking about Windows 10 being ...

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    Update: We're not sure why Amazon UK and France have paused sales for the Lumia 950 XL, but the good news (for those who want to grab one) is that the phone is now back on sale. First, Amazon Germany pulled the rookie Windows 10 phablet from the direct sales channel, citing vague product quality issues. Actually, no, first came a number of pretty serious software glitches for both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL that seemed to continue running beta builds of Microsoft’s theoretically finished and polished new OS. While Redmond quickly patched the bugs, the 5.7-inch Snapdragon 810 powerhouse ...

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    In most cases, it wouldn't make sense for a retailer to stop carrying a product it agreed to carry on behalf of its vendor unless the vendor tells the retailer not to. If there's a problem on the retailer side, it'd be tough to find a reason for the vendor to spin the issue. When Amazon Germany announced that it had to withdraw the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL from sales, there was a question about just how many customers were complaining about or returning the device. It's been a week since the take-down occurred and Microsoft has not addressed the issue. Similarly, "Purchase" buttons for the ...

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    The taco emoji. That's it, thanks for reading. In any year, you'll get to see some major projects or startups put to bed. You'll get products that come out of the factories just fine (at least with the quality assurance staff) and then up conking out in your face seconds after you open the box. And there's always the unforced error. You know, the consumer flop that an R&D team somewhere thought would be a big hit. We don't take pleasure in exploiting hapless manufacturers through news and opinion pieces. But it wouldn't be fair of us, either, to not call these events what they're meant ...

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    In addition to a fairly extensive Windows 10 Mobile software update initially plagued by bugs, then ultimately stabilized and polished and sent to all three new Lumias without carrier intervention, Microsoft has also been hard at work on a 950 and 950 XL-specific firmware revisal. This other update started its slow rollout before Christmas in various European markets, and after a short break, it’s now reportedly expanding to more British and Irish owners of the first W10M flagship devices. Rest assured, our US-based friends and readers, as your firmware should soon get overhauled too, ...

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    Aside from more publicity money than any human can count, and a sense of community like no other, the thing that makes Apple’s pricey iPhones so popular and profitable is without a doubt a software support protocol far superior to those of Android device manufacturers. Yes, the iOS ecosystem is closed, which may seem a major inconvenience from a certain standpoint, but at the same time, Cupertino doesn’t have to listen to carrier partners when it comes to updates. Fragmentation is ergo a non-issue, unlike in Google land, and Microsoft wants to follow a similar tactic, no matter who ...

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    Wow. Such yuneeq. Very metale. Fone. I'm basically just using this as an excuse to attack every manufacturer going with the same and the same and the same after so many years of sticking with these aluminium chassis or even slapping a couple panes of Gorilla Glass onto them. It's what we praise as "beautiful fit-and-finish" with great "feel in hand." Every. Single. Time. And we're not just talking about the iPhone and HTC, here; even when the build poses a risk to its own integrity — OnePlus X, you're a real special case — we will love it until every corner of the slab shatters in ...

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    Update: The podcast is available thru the player and Direct Download link below and on your podcast feeds from December 25 at 3:00pm Eastern. Have a very splendid holiday and we'll be back next week! You may have mentally checked out for the holidays, shoving a pile of "to-do" paperwork back into a shadowy corner, or said "so long" to exams and headed home from school on winter break, but the mobile electronic world keeps right on moving, and even with big launches right around the corner as the early-2016 expo season looms, there's been a heck of lot happening - and we're looking forward ...

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    Update: After a week with the Lumia 950's bigger brother, the 950 XL, we've decided to append our new observations to this review. Scroll down to the bottom for that addendum if you're interested in hearing about Microsoft's bigger and badder (in more ways than one) Windows smartphone. When Microsoft announced in July that it was writing down almost the entire cost of its Nokia acquisition and laying off 7,800 employees from its phone division, many took it as a sign that the bell had finally tolled for Windows Phone. Despite a promising debut in 2010 and some very compelling ...

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    For the past two years, my home-for-the-holidays handheld has been a Windows Phone. My trusty Lumia 1020 saw me through a wild New Years' Eve party and a more sedate Christmas the following year, and on both occasions I cited the camera as the reason for my choice. Indeed, the 1020's 41MP monster was a better and more versatile choice than the iPhone or Android cameras available in 2013 and 2014, and it produced some wonderful photos from my holiday vacations. But now, coming off a double-review of Microsoft's two newest Windows Phones Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, I suspect that ...

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    Update: We're currently reviewing the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL running Build 105386.29. Because our target audience is made mostly of general consumers, our device review policy restricts us from trying beta or developer versions. That includes 105386.36, which supposedly fixes these problems. We'll update this post if we're able to update one of Lumia 950 units on Insider or when an official release of .36 gets out. We've been lamenting how Windows 10 Mobile still feels so beta, even though Microsoft's said "see you latah." If you've listened in to our Pocketnow Weekly podcast, you can ...

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    Could it be real? Could the sizzling hot new Lumia 950 see its first ever discount before production and demand are even lined up stateside? Technically, yes. But it’s not what you think. The unlocked variant is still listed as out of stock on Microsoft’s US website, and it’s priced at the same old, same old $549. Instead, Redmond shaves 50 bucks off the MSRP of the no-contract AT&T Lumia 950, bringing it on-par with the unlocked model at last. Why cough up $550 on that, you wonder? Because there’s a good chance you’ll get it delivered in time for Christmas. Worst case ...

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    Well, that didn’t take long. Redmond officially announced roughly 24 hours ago the latest minor but important maintenance update for the recently stabilized Windows 10 Mobile was pulled from its servers on account of unforeseen glitches, and already, the 10586.29 build is again available to download. An unnamed Microsoft spokesperson apparently told ZDNet “an issue with the update server that impacted the installation of the update on a limited number of phones” has been addressed, clearing the way for faster, smoother Lumia 950-series devices than before. It’s unclear whether the ...

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    How ironic is it that Redmond rolled out build 10586.29 of its newest mobile Windows iteration specifically to take care of minor bugs and performance issues yielded by previous software updates, and the system refurbishment effort in turn gave birth to more severe stability glitches? Ironic, as well as sad for Microsoft fans who had rightfully hoped they’d get a 100 percent reliable pre-loaded OS on their otherwise sizzling hot Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Granted, things aren’t as messed up as an avalanche of disheartened Microsoft Community posts seems to suggest. In fact, as far as we ...

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    A decades-old rule of journalism says never to end a news headline in a question mark. But the latest scoop on Microsoft’s prospective Windows 10 Mobile growth plans is too puzzling to provide any sort of guarantees, yet too juicy to be altogether ignored. What comes after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL? A pair of 960 flagships with Snapdragon 820 processing power seems like the safest bet, though a business-oriented Surface Phone is also a possibility. How about a hero device from a third-party manufacturer? Now that would be a major shocker, as well as a clear sign the Android/iOS platform ...

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    What! Free hardware!? That's something worth putting in an interrobang for. Specifically, Microsoft Insiders who were involved with Windows 10 Mobile were recently given surveys that let slip hints and nudges towards a hardware testing initiative. As the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are officially out for sales as well as the Display Docks, it seems that other shoe's dropped. A Redditor has relayed a letter from Microsoft that he's eligible to get either a Lumia 950 or 950XL, a Display Dock and an Actiontec wireless adapter. As evidenced by the hardware package and a couple prominent mentions in ...

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    Forget ominous, isolated reports in the UK hinting at system instability on Lumia 950 and 950 XL units running the RTM version of Windows 10 Mobile. The platform is likely silky smooth, or else Microsoft wouldn’t expand the newest maintenance update from the Technical Preview channel to the general public in a matter of days. Yes, build 10586.29 made its way from the Insider program’s fast ring to the slow ring to folks not part of beta testing in less than a week. Best of all, it seems Redmond indeed holds sway over carrier partners, cherry-picking AT&T so as no one could ...

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    Indonesia is an Android user's market. It's not unlike most other parts in the world. But while Microsoft is struggling to keep Windows 10 Mobile market share, the country is still a hotspot of activity for other companies. It seems that Redmond doesn't want to ignore it. Of concern to us is whether Microsoft wants to deliver its hotness in either a variant of an existing Lumia device or a new one. Meet the latest sign of the latter, the RM-1182. This listing comes off of Indonesia's FCC equivalent. The Lumia 950 passed through the FCC as PYARM-1105 and sold as the RM-1118 while the ...

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    This fall's Lumia flagships have been a long time coming; Windows smartphones fans have been waiting for a new top-tier model for a while now, and they just got two in the form of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. But do these models really deliver on our admittedly high expectations? Just the other day we brought you our in-depth Lumia 950 review, and while features like Continuum were big stands-outs, the presence of some annoying bugs and an overall uninspired design combined to a bring us a handset that didn't quite live up to its potential. We certainly detailed enough of those bugs in ...

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    Just because the mobile-dedicated rendition of Microsoft’s greatest desktop operating system yet has finally been released to manufacturing, so at least theoretically it’s fully stable and polished, it doesn’t mean Redmond’s engineers will abruptly stop trying to make the platform better. Insider feedback shall continue to be appreciated as well, starting with the first cumulative update to Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10586. This carries the 10586.29 designation, so it focuses entirely on crushing bugs, not adding any new features to the mix. Known issues addressed by the ...

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