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    Miami-based smartphone maker BLU has a new design up for its website. Well, at least the homepage — the rest of the sections still need a brush up from 2014. But their section listing now differs a bit from its still accessible old design. Android phones, feature phones, but no Windows phones. That's despite that BLU currently touts four devices for Microsoft's platform, including the Win Jr LTE which was billed to get a Windows 10 Mobile update, but ended up not getting it. Considering that top-selling Windows mobile devices these days are pretty much all first-party ones and that ...

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    The faster the word "Phone" fades and the word "Mobile" brightens, the better off Microsoft will be. But it's gonna be a long, long, long run. AdDuplex has issued a new report for Windows device statistics for this month and it says that while Windows Phone 8.1 still makes up about 77 percent of the ecosystem, Windows 10 Mobile's stance at 14 percent represents accelerated growth from previous months. "Last month the growth doubled from 0.5% to 1%. This month it more than doubled again," AdDuplex reported. Within the Windows 10 subgroup, 52 percent are already on the Anniversary update. ...

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    Microsoft's efforts in mobile have downsized and downplayed in accordance with its downsized sales of Windows phones. It's a trend that doesn't look to be reversing without major stimuli. As Microsoft reported only 1.2 million Lumia sales for the second calendar quarter, research firm Gartner believes that the company's manufacturer partners have only been able to sell about 750,000 smartphones. Windows phone sales wedged in just under 2 million units for April, May and June. That's an annual drop of 76 percent. Windows mobile OS market share dropped from 2.5 percent to 0.6 percent. The ...

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    There are wins. And then there are the losses. So many losses. Many athletes know the pain of defeat, but Microsoft knows the pain of desertion, especially on its mobile side. Another app has left the Windows Phone ecosystem, this one being Under Armour's MyFitnessPal. The company has notified its customers through an email that it will not offer nor support the app. Bugs have accumulated on the MyFitnessPal app while users have been dropping off of it. Those remaining must remain logged in to continue using the app. "Due to limitations of the Windows Phone store, we are unable to provide ...

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    Digging through our viewer mailbag, we got a question about photography. Does your OP3 over expose & blow out areas not in focus when u tap to focus? -TGC Have you ever focused a phone camera at an object and then produced a photo which was way too bright or too dark? We've gotten several questions about this "bug" on various smartphone cameras, and we're sorry to say this is probably a feature, not a bug. The issue is likely metering, and understanding how your camera decides to adjust exposure based on what you focus on. Let's dig into this setting on your camera! Improve your ...

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    It certainly was both odd and ominous to see Microsoft tight-lipped about the box-office scores of its flagging Lumia roster for the April – June timeframe in an otherwise comprehensive full fiscal 2016 report. After all, in sickness and in health (mostly sickness recently), for better or worse (primarily worse), the Redmond-based tech giant always released those numbers, and so did Nokia before it. But it’s not like it went the whole nine yards to keep the latest Windows Phone decline under wraps either, with yesterday’s Form 10-K filing including the July 2015 – June 2016 grand ...

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    In what could be a stunning blow to Microsoft's mobile ecosystem, Skype has announced that it is shedding support for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 in October. The development comes as the messaging service completes its rerouting from peer-to-peer communications to a cloud-based service. Avid developer Rudy Huyn was not pleased with the decision. Skype will drop the support of WP8.1 devices, seriously?7 ~80% of WPhones runs 8.1...One more bullet in the feet... pic.twitter.com/RrAMcR0HZN — Rudy Huyn (@RudyHuyn) July 20, 2016 He pulled up an AdDuplex chart showing how that 89.1 percent of ...

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    Given the music streaming service’s historic popularity in "international" markets, especially European ones, this was probably many years in the making. After all, Deezer’s been around in various incarnations for roughly a decade now, only amassing a total of 6.3 million monthly active users however, including a modest 1.5 mil on paid accounts, as the French company showed inexplicable hesitation in tackling the US head-on. It goes without saying the web-based audio resource saw better days before Apple Music entered the picture, at one point reaching 5 million Premium+ subscribers. ...

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    If we were at a job right now, you'd think the number of retirements happening recently were actually just layoffs in disguise. Major profile departures by PayPal and Amazon have already shaken the Windows Phone/Mobile ecosystem this year. This time around, we're talking about CNN. It has notified Windows Phone 8.1 users that the "application will be retired on Monday, July 18th" and has encouraged them to move on to its website. Cable News Network brought its Windows Phone app online in 2012 and still will support its desktop app for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It still feels like we're a ...

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    It's been a few weeks since Windows Phone owners have been able to download the Amazon app. We now know that Amazon's planning on retiring the app. In-app prompts are telling users that the Windows Phone app will be retired on July 25 and that they should instead go to the mobile website. Amazon has yet to release a Windows 10 app, though its Audible subsidiary has for PC and Mobile. Source: Windows Central Via: MSPoweruser

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    Verizon's blast from the Windows Phone past now gets a blast of current software. After months and months of Insider previews, the 'ol Checkmark has finally pressed its arthritic thumb to the publication trigger. Windows 10 Mobile is now on the way for the Lumia Icon (Lumia 929). You will need the Upgrade Advisor app to grab the update. It's also advised that you have a full battery before you go on with it. Better you got a Lumia than the HTC One M8 for Windows. Source: Verizon Via: MSPoweruser

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    The world’s most popular social network (by a landslide) has long stopped being about liking online content and sharing cool stuff with friends. Instant text and voice communication is in fact such an integral part of Facebook’s DNA nowadays that the cross-platform Messenger service is rapidly nearing a billion monthly active users. While these can currently always choose to IM their e-buddies via the Android, iOS and Windows Phone app or the actual FB mobile website, it looks like Mark Zuckerberg & co. intend to soon remove the alternative altogether. Even for basic message ...

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    With Microsoft practically ready to give up on its dream of a consumer-relevant mobile platform, BlackBerry finally on board the Android bandwagon, and Tizen, Firefox OS or Sailfish on the brink of absolute extinction, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or professional market researcher to tell the current smartphone duopoly is only set to deepen in the near future. But the billion-dollar question is can Android and iOS both post share gains this year as global stagnation intensifies? The International Data Corporation (IDC) claims it’s able to guess the answer, which Apple isn’t ...

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    The pal that helps you and many other people pay up is updating its Android and iOS apps. Unlike many other apps, it's providing customers with a good idea of when to expect an update. Version 6.0 of the app, said to have "a new look and feel," will head to devices with Android 4.0.3 or later and iOS 9.1 or later. Windows Phone users will end availability for the current version of the app while both Amazon Fire and BlackBerry OS users will not be able to use the app beyond June 30. Joanna Lambert, Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, said in the company's blog post: ...

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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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    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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    We're in the age of big data breaches and we're used to them. Target, T-Mobile and now, a bunch of email accounts. A Russian hacker was said to have been able to rack up the names and credentials of more than 272 million email accounts and would be willing to give it all away to those wanted them for just 50 roubles. That's about $1. Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security, informed Reuters about the trove. He said that the hacker was prepared to give away a far bigger cache of 1.17 billion credentials. But of the 272 million that Holden was able to ...

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    A few years probably still need to pass for the immature wearable market to reach a point of stability, where someone other than Apple can make real money too, and Fitbit and Xiaomi’s budget-focused rivals can realistically target similar shipment numbers. For the time being, you got a host of smartwatch manufacturers that seem to only want to be recognized as industry pioneers when wrist-worn gadgets finally take off, and possibly even more fitness specialists that have trouble finding the right advertising angle for their often too simplistic products. Let’s not forget about luxury ...

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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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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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    If you thought the three months leading up to January were bad for iOS and the mobile iteration of Windows, as Android smartphones copiously dominated holiday sales in all key global markets, wait until you check out Kantar Worldpanel’s December – February numbers. Even with many Android power users on standby for Galaxy S7, LG G5 or HTC 10 launches, the world-dominant platform managed to consolidate and improve its supremacy from Paris to Berlin and Beijing to New York. Stateside, the gap between the gold and silver medalists surged from less than 17 percent in the 90-day timeframe ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is far and away the most immature of the major operating systems on the market so far. The many and the proud devices that were able to make the jump from Windows Phone 8.1 to W10M have been made familiar with its quirks. And its bugs. Those who don't appreciate bootloops as well as the loss of the Lumia Camera app, good news: Microsoft has now decided that those phones will be able to keep their original recovery images so that users who aren't enjoying Windows 10 Mobile can back out and return to WP8.1. Those looking to roll back to an earlier W10M build will need to ...

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    A lot of time, effort, money, and energy goes into phone design. These things are tortured and tested for months before being released to consumers. Yet for all that examination, why do we still face the tyranny of having buttons on BOTH sides of our phones? At this point we're likely already receiving angry comments from people, but aside from the satirical tone of that last sentence, there are a couple reasons why a person might enjoy moving controls to only one side of a device. We've all seen infomercials where people seem to have forgotten how their hands work, but there could be an ...

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    While it’s certainly nice to see more than a dozen devices confirmed for Windows 10 Mobile updates, many of which are getting the sweet software goodie packs as we speak, we can’t overlook the fact Microsoft over-promised and under-delivered in terms of both ETAs and hardware requirements. Sure, all’s well that ends well, but what about Lumia 1020 and 1320 owners? As it turns out, there may simply not be enough of those to justify the effort put into optimizing the new OS for ancient Snapdragon S4 Plus processors. Otherwise, how do you explain that, despite these shocking omissions ...

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    If Apple’s recent tussle with the FBI, US Department of Justice and other government organizations has made you more aware of mobile security, everyone’s go-to freemium password management service developer comes bearing good news today. Seeing as how over 90 percent of Android phones in use worldwide forgo basic encryption features, it’s always a good idea to add an extra layer of protection in case anyone cracks your various access passcodes to the device itself, email clients, financial apps and so on. Even on iOS, two-step verification is a safe measure of combatting privacy ...

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