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    Things have gone from bad to worse to near-cataclysmic for Microsoft’s mobile phone-designing and manufacturing business of late, with the $7 billion acquisition of Nokia’s entire consumer hardware expertise back in 2014 yielding massive financial losses rather than the expected gains. Windows Mobile is a lost cause, although Redmond insists it hasn’t altogether given up on the sub-1 percent OS just yet, high-end Lumias don’t seem to be selling very well even heavily discounted, whereas the forgotten feature phone division should soon be discarded for peanuts. But perhaps most ...

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    Talking about making Windows 10 mobile — with a lower-case "m". Instead of NUCs or stick computers, why not have a fully operable interface open up right from your thoroughly stuffed pocket? That's what the GOLE1 looks to provide. The Indiegogo project — put up by ARMdevices.net from Shenzhen — touts the device as the "smallest All-in-One Intel PC in the world". With X and Y measurements comparable to a phablet and a thickness of 2cm, we'd say that if it weren't "the smallest," it'd have to come within a hare's breath. Both Windows 10 Home and Android 5.1 are said to be on the device ...

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    Is it already too late for the first ever Windows 10 Mobile flagships to break the flagging OS into the mainstream scene? It sure seems like it, and it certainly doesn’t help that Microsoft’s software focus is directed elsewhere, and the high-end Lumia device family might as well be dead, with a business-centric Surface Phone the only Lumia 950/950 XL “sequel” you can probably root for. That being said, the next few months will likely see 950-series pricing absolutely collapse, starting today with a $150 XL discount offered stateside and up north. Don’t pay any attention to the ...

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    Microsoft hasn't managed to inspire much confidence of late in the mobile market. Six months ago we reviewed the newest Lumia flagship. It was an interesting phone, running the earliest builds of Windows 10 for mobile, and packed a few neat tricks like an iris scanner to unlock the device. Plus you could count on the Zeiss branded camera to produce solid photos and videos. Unfortunately, the phone suffered from bland design, and buggy software. While we could handily recommend it to fans of Live Tiles, people willing to travel the BETA software journey with Microsoft, it was more difficult ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    Microsoft's lack of success regarding Windows Phone and now Windows 10 Mobile is widely regarded as being due to a lack of 3rd party developers creating apps for the platform. The head of Snapchat vehemently refuses to develop software for any of Microsoft's platforms and actively disables any APIs that other developers try to use to make Snapchat compatible apps. Google does the same thing.  MetroVoice on Windows Phone was probably the most feature-rich Google Voice app on any platform. It even supported hands-free voice commands for phone calls and texting which is still not possible on ...

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    Instead of breathing fresh air into a slowly flagging family of mobile devices that was once synonymous with industry innovation and box-office success, Microsoft’s 2014-completed acquisition of Nokia’s phone business appears to have accelerated the downfall of Lumias and Windows Mobile. Meanwhile, Redmond didn’t even try to revive feature phones, accepting the market moved past the X lineup, Series 40 or Asha roster, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise the recently rumored offloading of that particular department has already materialized. Pending regulatory approval, of course, and ...

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    The financial survival hopes of traditional PC manufacturers that refuse to adapt to new trends and tap into different segments of the always volatile tech market are slim to non-existent, with convertible tablets, smartphones, wearable devices and virtual reality headsets just a few of Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus, Sony or Acer’s top expansion and reinvention opportunities. Once upon a time the world’s second largest computer maker, Acer somehow managed to slip out of the global top five in 2015 and lose its relevance in an increasingly less relevant industry. The Taiwanese OEM is far from ...

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    Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s smartphone numbers for the three months ending March 2016 are in, and it’s the same old story over again. Android keeps surging, Windows Phone moves one step closer to obsolescence, while iOS posts more worrying losses. Wait, that’s not exactly what Apple came to expect from a timeframe in which the latest iPhone release wasn’t quite out-of-date. But after underwhelming holiday sales, and a recent financial report causing panic among investors, we’re not at all shocked to hear the global mobile OS duopoly is slowly heading towards a monopoly. ...

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    The launch of the iPhone SE brought up a few interesting questions regarding design. This hardware shell is now going on its fourth year of service with little change from the original iPhone 5. This is an obvious cost savings measure from Apple, and prevents any consumer confusion as to which new phones are "premium" and which phones are more "wallet friendly". However, if Apple were to recycle a shell, the iPhone 5 was a very well received design. There's something "classic" or "timeless" about the first iPhone to use a widescreen 16:9 display. We've asked questions like these before in ...

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    Microsoft has officially changed the goalpost in overtime. The previous minimum memory requirements for Windows 10 Mobile have been annulled and replaced on Microsoft's Hardware Dev Center. Instead of 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, phones will need at least 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The move was made after several Windows Phone 8.1 devices that were promised an upgrade didn't get it. Preview builds of Windows 10 were made available to some 8.1 devices with 512MB RAM, though the size of those software packages practically upped the necessary storage level. While it was made ...

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    When not busy trying to force Apple’s hand to needlessly undermine its own mobile OS encryption and device security, the US government occasionally gets a half-decent idea of actually acting in the service of the people. Case in point, a joint FTC/FCC examination of the way smartphone and tablet manufacturers, as well as wireless operators stateside, look for, identify and ultimately address vulnerabilities in products designed by them or supported on their networks. Though the two independent government agencies are in this together, the Federal Trade Commission aims to “better ...

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    If you were perhaps fearing Windows 10 would stop growing as the novelty factor wears off and the mobile iteration’s lack of focus deepens, a recent blog post penned by Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, should alleviate your concerns. After reaching the 100 million milestone back in September 2015, and crossing 200 million activations a little over three months later, the first Redmond-developed desktop OS offered for free to the masses is now on 300 million “active devices.” That likely includes tablets, convertibles and (a few) smartphones, and ...

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    Disregarding promises made a while ago, and turning a deaf ear to widespread online dissent, Microsoft cleared the air regarding Windows 10 Mobile updates for devices launched on WP 8.1, stating its far too short list of eligible models was final. But is it really? No, there’s still no software makeover hope for ultra-low-end Lumias packing a skimpy 512MB RAM, despite one such phone remaining the second most popular of its kind three whole years after its commercial debut. On the bright side, a slightly newer and way more powerful member of the defunct Nokia Lumia family was confirmed to ...

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    It’s been a really long time coming (almost three years), and finally, the 2013-released Lumia 520 falls out of first place in AdDuplex’s Windows Phone popularity charts. Unfortunately for those of you who perhaps hoped the global crown would be passed on to a contemporary mid-ranger or the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia 950 flagship, it’s the 535 that moves in the top spot. Essentially, a crappy (by today’s standards) low-end oldie is replaced with a slightly less horrible entry-level device that’s only 18 months younger, having seen daylight in the fall of 2014. Oh, well, at ...

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    There’s no better way to celebrate a ten-year anniversary of a service as popular and ubiquitous as Google Translate than gloat about the many milestones achieved in the past decade. For instance, did you know over 100 billion words a day are translated through the desktop, Android and iOS app? That’s a lot of vocabulary processed every 24 hours, and in just a couple of years, Google Translate apparently surged from 200 million daily users to “more than 500 million” people served. Probably not all of them every single day, but half a billion is half a billion. Unsurprisingly, the ...

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    Microsoft has declared time and time again of late its commitment to the mobile iteration of Windows 10, but the very fact such assertions are needed while the current focus is clearly directed elsewhere suggests the platform may simply not be relevant enough to all of a sudden switch to growth next year. Yes, it’s only next year that Redmond intends to invest precious new resources in both W10M hardware and software, with the oft-rumored, practically mythical Surface Phone likely to finally break cover in April 2017, alongside a major Redstone 2 OS update centered around mobile ...

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    Microsoft’s (timid) push to consolidate Windows as the world’s third largest mobile platform continues, with a decent amount of contemporary choices available both stateside and on the old continent for power users and extremely cash-strapped smartphone buyers. The Acer Liquid M330, first unveiled way back at IFA last fall, has just become the cheapest unlocked model sold through Redmond’s US e-store with Windows 10 Mobile pre-loaded. The Lumia 550 torch is therefore passed on, and the M330 cuts two big corners to slash $40 off the 550’s list price. The display is slightly smaller, ...

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    With the era of consumer VR now upon us, as products like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive welcome users into high-quality virtual worlds the likes of which they'd previously only dreamt about, exciting new opportunities are unfolding before companies and content creators looking to tap into the burgeoning VR market. Encouraging their efforts isn't just good for users, giving them more to do with their VR hardware, but also the companies behind such devices, helping them to move more headset. That's why HTC is helping lead a team interested in funding some of these next-gen VR experiences, as ...

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    Just how bad are things going for Windows-powered smartphone sales in general and Microsoft’s latest Lumia flagships in particular? So bad that a recent survey of the US mobile market has shown dumb phones beating the 950 and 950 XL’s clique in Q1 2016 activations. With Redmond’s focus aimed in other directions, the platform may seem doomed, but if affordability kept the spark of hope alive all this time, you’re about to be made an offer you can’t refuse. In fact, the ultimate Lumia 950/950 XL deal is already up for grabs up north, while the US is left waiting for a sign. The ...

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    Is it time for the tablet wars? In Australia, quite possibly. We've seen the PC marketplace at full capacity and at low interest for a few years — and we've been covering the reasons why that's the case. As PC-makers try and consolidate (and fail to do so), we may a resurgence in the plateaued tablet market. Specifically, we're talking about convertible tablets. Research and analysis company Telsyte decided to put its eyes to the land down under and found that Windows and iOS took away market share from Android in a shrinking overall market. In fact, the market's in its second year of ...

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    As painful as it might be to admit for ardent fans of the Windows Phone, aka Mobile, platform, Microsoft has been (at least) one step behind the competition ever since it annexed Nokia’s struggling handheld business. Even today, there are a handful of Android phones powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor on sale, while the sole W10M representative of the Snapdragon 820 lineup is slated to launch commercially sometime in the summer. But Redmond isn’t ready to completely throw in the towel yet, apparently adding support for Qualcomm’s next flagship SoC before the MSM8998 ...

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    As much as PC manufacturers would like to believe their once super-steady cash cow will start yielding easy profits again down the line, the bitter reality is traditional computers don’t seem to be making a comeback. Tablets are also on a decidedly downward trajectory, leaving most OEMs faced with a tough call. Should they continue to bet big on a losing horse, focus on niches like convertibles, ruggedized laptops or business-centric machines, or throw in the towel and cut their losses? Well, what if there was a fourth option, at least for smaller PC makers that can’t compete against ...

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    Weird but convenient. A little on the costly side but extremely versatile and a great productivity enhancer for both phones and tablets. Apparently, the strengths of the first-gen LG Rolly outweighed its flaws, commanding an early sequel. Enter the aptly titled LG Rolly Keyboard 2, which aims to further improve the functionality of the original model while retaining the $110 price tag. Sub-$100 would have been an awesome deal, we know, but by the time it launches stateside, maybe it’ll get discounted. Currently, it’s only confirmed as headed to South Korea at 129,000 won ($110), and ...

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    While it may seem like fans of the struggling Windows 10 Mobile platform are getting plenty of love from device manufacturers all over the world, you can still count the number of “true” flagships officially unveiled with Continuum support on the fingers of one hand. Lumia 950, 950 XL, Acer Liquid Jade Primo, and HP Elite X3. That’s all there is to choose from for power W10M users. Worse yet, the Elite X3 is only coming in the summer, and the Jade Primo took an eternity to transition from formal announcement to commercial launch. Up for pre-orders in select European markets way back ...

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