Posts tagged with: Windows Phone
  • by | April 18, 2014 11:59 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's at-home Glass trial program, and how this might push the platform. Apple follows the news as the company is reportedly working with Shazam to add more iOS 8 functionality. HTC is next as it seems the company is planning to bring optical zoom to smartphones in the future. HTC also makes headlines because the company apparently hired a Samsung marketing guru to push the One line-up. We end today's show talking about Google's probable plans to bring us a more affordable Nexus smartphone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 11:49 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the progress of the Smartphone Kill Switch, and which companies will be supporting it. Google is next as we get details and probable pricing points for Project Ara. Windows Phone 8.1 follows the news as we talk about how it now supports Passbook files from Apple's protocol. Then we talk about more iWatch rumors regarding manufacturers and launch dates. We end today's show talking about the sales progress for the Samsung Galaxy S5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Smartphone kill switch to be adopted by Samsung, HTC, Apple, Nokia, ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 2:46 AM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Google is working on making it easier to attach photos on Gmail, through Google+. LG follows the news as some leaked renders of a Japanese phone point to what to expect for the LG G3. We then talk about Apple's CarPlay, and how Pioneer will support it very soon. We then talk about the first leaked photos of the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. We end today's show talking about the Amazon smartphone, which was leaked recently with its four cameras. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google makes it easier to email photos snapped ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:43 AM

    Last week we heard about the possible Microsoft post-Windows Phone 8.1 update strategy, namely that three GDR updates might be in the works (GDR1 and GDR2 for this year, and GDR3 for possibly early 2015). While these, at the moment, are just rumors, a new report has surfaced trying to shed more light on GDR2 (as GDR1 is allegedly going to be a bug fix release). Unverified sources claim that Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 will add support for 2K resolution displays, alongside the addition of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 SoCs.  These are, according to Qualcomm's own claims, quad core Krait 450 CPUs ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 5:30 PM

    Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8.1 has marked a turning point in the operating system. While it is just a dot-one upgrade to what was currently out there, it finally brings Windows Phone up-to-speed with the other competing platforms when it comes to features. Microsoft is not just being smart about adding features, but also in adopting emerging standards that could become popular. Apple's Passbook hasn't necessarily been the most acclaimed feature that we've found since iOS 6, but we have seen services like airlines continuously support the service. It is rather convenient that the ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:33 PM

    Windows Phone 8.1 is not Windows Phone 9. It might seem merely a bland truth or a bit of farcical arithmetic, but the above statement is important to keep in mind when considering Microsoft's latest update to its distinctive smartphone operating system. After over a year since the last major upgrade, it's natural for advocates and casual users alike to pine for something profound – a ground-up rewrite that propels the third-place contender to the top in one fell swoop. Windows Phone 8.1 is not that rewrite. Less a reinvention than a honing of what came before, the new Windows Phone ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 5:58 PM

    You may not remember this, but more than a decade ago, Microsoft embarked on the first move that wiped the Palm Pilot’s presence from existence. It may sound funny or odd to you today, but believe it or not, what Microsoft did was launch the first PDA with a color display. Today this is a standard, but when you walked into a store in the year 2000, choosing between a Palm Pilot with a black-and-white display and a plastic casing, compared to a Compaq iPAQ made of aluminum and a color display was a no-brainer, even if the iPAQ was twice as expensive. So, did Microsoft innovate and ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 2:08 PM

    Following the many visual, performance, and functional updates to Google's Android platform over the last year alone, as well as the major UI overhaul in Apple's iOS 7, Windows Phone was the last remaining major mobile OS in need of some new finishing touches. That's exactly what the platform will soon receive once the Windows Phone 8.1 update rolls out to the public. Currently anyone can download the developer preview to get a feel for what the next version of Windows Phone will feel and look like. Our own Adam Lein and Michael Fisher spent the last six days tinkering with the new OS. ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 10:05 AM

    Update: We're live now! Join in below! We've got a Windows Phone 8.1 review video live and on the wire, a Windows Phone 8.1 written review coming down the pipe, an in-depth feature article on Cortana on the front page, and a ton of Windows Phone 8.1 impressions coming at you in a Pocketnow Weekly podcast going under the mic in a couple days. But we know you, and that's not enough: you need live, off-the-cuff impressions from the team you've come to trust for such things – and you'd like to see us on camera as we do it. Fair enough. That's right; it's Editorial Roundtable territory once ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 8:00 AM

    Of all the understatements and mischaracterizations of the tech world, probably the most ignominious is the point-upgrade. No matter how many major improvements they've contained, updates like the bump from Android 4.3 to 4.4, and BlackBerry 10.1 to 10.2 have always seemed somehow less impressive due to their miniscule numeric promotion. And that's more true than ever before with Windows Phone 8.1. From the introduction of a native voice assistant to some long-overdue interface overhauls, Microsoft's new software injects some sorely-needed modernity into its smartphone platform, and we're ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 12:25 PM

    It's been a busy Q1 in the smartphone industry. We've seen a ton of stellar smartphones announced, and many of those have launched or will launch in the coming weeks. HTC, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, and even underdogs like OnePlus have all brought some compelling smartphones forward to bring us into 2014, and us phone nerds are salivating all over our keyboards. We've reviewed the HTC One M8 and had hands-on time with most the other announced handsets. But which is the best of the best so far this year? I, personally, provided a pretty in-depth rundown of the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S 5, and ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 11:37 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's decision to take legal action against certain publications due to the review of the Galaxy S5. Apple follows the news as we learn that VP of iOS software Greg Christie departs Apple over issues with Jony Ive. Nokia is next as we learn what the company is doing to keep the deal with Microsoft going with government agencies. We then talk about Apple's iPhone 6 and the release plan for the 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch model. We end today's show talking about the cool new changes that may come to Google Now very soon. All this and ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 11:37 AM

    One of the biggest hurdles that most companies deal with when becoming acquired, is the fact that governments have to approve the transaction. Government trade commissions ensure that these deals won't hinder business for competing companies, or benefits for customers, and that's exactly what the Chinese government has been doing with the whole Microsoft-Nokia acquisition, which has led to some recent statements from Nokia. Now to be clear, even though Microsoft has acquired Nokia's handset division, this only entitles Microsoft to the production of smartphones and feature phones. Nokia on ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 11:40 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's recent recruitment of an Amazon A9 Search guru with the idea to improve Apple Maps. LG follows the news as we get more details of the LG G Watch that's in the works. Then we talk about the rumors of a Sony Windows Phone 8.1 device, aside from the complaints of the Sony Xperia Z2 already. HTC is next as we talk about a new M8 "Ace" device that was recently leaked. We end today's show talking about the iWatch and some rumors of the device including a UV light exposure sensor. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Amazon’s A9 ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 10:58 AM

    A couple of decades ago, Sony products were Sony products, but today we see a Japanese company that's struggling to make a dent in the smartphone market one more time. While Sony Xperia smartphones have done a decent job in gaining traction in Europe, the same can't be said in the United States lately. We've heard rumors of the company returning to its smartphone roots with Windows Phone, and today more of that continues. Reports have Windows Phone 8.1 GDR updates reaching new devices in July, and what's interesting about this is that apparently some Sony models will be in the mix as well. ...

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