Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7.8
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    Remember when Windows Phone was in its infancy and we were optimistic that Microsoft might be able to mitigate the sort of problems Android faced with OEMs and carriers dragging their feet when it came to software updates? We've had a healthy dose of reality since then, and while the WP landscape may not be quite so fragmented as Android's, it's far from a well-oiled, finely tuned machine. To that effect, many AT&T Lumia 900 users are only just today getting their Windows Phone 7.8 updates. This update contains the latest 7.10.8862.144 system software we saw arrive in March, correcting ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nexus 5 rumors and why they focus mainly on the camera. Then we talk about Motorola and some more X Phone rumors that now include three devices on the list. Then we move the spotlight to Microsoft as the plans for upgrade to Windows Phone 9, or the lack there of are already official. Then we talk about T-Mobile, their new 4G LTE network, and which devices will be benefited. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans to bring Android 5.0 to their most recent devices. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nexus 5 Rumors Focus ...

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    The subject of forthcoming Windows Phone releases has come up quite a bit lately, either talking about specific WP8 updates due later this year, or as a broader look at where current users will end up once Microsoft moves on to Windows Phone 9, or whatever lies in its future. From what we heard from Microsoft late last month, there wouldn't be another WP7.8 situation with WP8 hardware, and the company committed to "[having] an upgrade path going forward." Now the company is laying (at least some of) its cards on the table, spelling-out the end of the road for both WP7.8 and WP8. It's all a ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's new strategy to compete with the Optimus G Pro against the Galaxy S 4, and yes HTC is in the same wagon. Then we move to some leaks suggesting that Verizon won't wait for the HTC One, and will launch it close to the rest of the carriers. Windows Phone 7.8 is up next as the new update rolled out today should fix all its bugs. We then talk about the US launch of the BlackBerry Z10 and which carriers get it first after their second event planned. We end today's show talking about Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy S 4 and what's cool and ...

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    Microsoft's initial release of Windows Phone 7.8, while a long-overdue bone to throw loyal Windows Phone 7.5 users, wasn't without its own problems. Not long after updates started going out, we heard about a variety of problems, not the least of which being some unwanted behavior from the system's live tiles. Eventually, we saw Microsoft halt distribution of the update, presumably to address some of these issues, and heard Joe Belfiore acknowledge the problem and assure users that Microsoft was working on a fix. Now it seems that a new and improved Windows Phone 7.8 is ready to head out to ...

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    Late last month we got word from a carrier that Microsoft had slammed the brakes on the continued distribution of Windows Phone 7.8 updates. That made enough sense, since we had heard about a number of issues with the update, but the whole thing was a little weird, with no official comment on the situation from Microsoft nor any sort of ETA for when distribution might resume. We're still waiting to hear something from Microsoft proper, but today we get an update from at least a little closer to the horse's mouth, upon Nokia's Russian branch tweeting about the situation. In response to a ...

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    The latest U.S. numbers are in from comScore for the three-month average period ending January 2013 and, while there aren't any changes in the ranking, the percentage points are just a tad different. Apple and Samsung are still in their comfortable leading positions in the OEM standings, both registering a slight growth, while HTC, still in third, is losing a bit of ground. Compared to October 2012, Apple has managed to strengthen its leading position by adding 3.5% to its figures for a total of 37.8%. Samsung is also on the rise only adding 1.9% this time for a total of 21.4%, followed ...

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    BBC's iPlayer is already present on platforms like Google's Android, Apple's iOS or BlackBerry's BBOS and, as a direct effect of an agreement between BBC and Microsoft, Windows Phone users should get their own flavor soon. By the looks of it you should not wait for a dedicated application but rather for a browser-based access with a Live Tile. To quote Cyrus Saihan, Head of Business Development, "we will be releasing a shortcut to BBC iPlayer in the near future which will be available in the Windows Phone Store, enabling the BBC iPlayer website to work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 via a ...

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    Getting tired of all this vague talk about Windows Phone updates that are months and months away, without even so much of a rumored list of expected changes? Craving something a little more definite? You'd be wise to follow Microsoft's Joe Belfiore on Twitter, as lately he's been talking a lot about what's just around the corner for Windows Phone. First up, remember how we saw a Microsoft employee confirm that the company was aware of all the issues users are having with WP7.8 and live tiles, but that there wasn't any kind of assurance that it would actually develop and release a fix? Well ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's public Unpacked Event to happen in Times Square, New York. Then we talk about the HTC One winning the MWC 2013 award for best mobile device. Then we talk about HTC Sense 5 and which devices will get it soon. Microsoft is next as we talk about the live tile issues on Windows Phone 7.8. We then end today's show talking about our MWC 2013 wrap-up. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Announces Public Unpacked Experience in Times Square - HTC One Scores MWC Mobile Device Award - HTC Confirms Sense 5 Updates  - Microsoft ...

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    Earlier this week we heard that Microsoft was putting a stop to further Windows Phone 7.8 updates, and speculated that this interruption could be tied to some of the bug reports we've heard in regards to the software, specifically dealing with aberrant live tile behavior. Now a thread has been uncovered in Microsoft's Windows Phone Development Forums where the company acknowledges some of these live tile issues, but manages to be less than reassuring about fixing them. The company admits that there are two known problems at play here, both an issue with tiles wasting bandwidth due to ...

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    By now, a lot of you who have held on to your old Windows Phone 7 smartphones have upgraded to WP7.8, either by means of the update officially coming down through your carrier, or by taking matters into your own hands. Still, there are plenty of users out there who have been waiting patiently for their updates to arrive, and for some of them the wait may have just gotten a little longer, upon reports arriving that Microsoft has put a halt to the update's distribution. A moderator on Vodafone's German forums recently posted the news that Microsoft has stopped its plans for the update's ...

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    Microsoft CFO Peter Klein recently had a chat with Reuters while attending the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. During this chat he mentioned that Microsoft was “very focused on continuing the success we have with PCs and taking that to tablets and phones." When asked, citing Microsoft’s relatively unimpressive 3% market share, if there was a ‘Plan B’ to their mobile strategy, Klein’s response was just as corporate mouthpiece-ish. "It's less 'Plan B' than how you execute on the current plan," said Klein. "We aim to evolve this generation of Windows to make ...

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    Sitting on the couch the other night, I saw a commercial that really piqued my interest.  Lumia 920 from AT&T – buy one get one free. Holy Crow! That’s just the excuse that I’ve been looking for! Sure I’d have to go on contract again – I haven’t bought an AT&T phone since June of 2010 – but this might just be worth it. But wait. As much as a Lumia 920 would fulfill a good portion of my smart phone naughty dreams, is this REALLY the best time to pony up $100 and the next two years of my life on a new phone? Can the Lumia 920 still be considered a “new” phone? It ...

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    Part of me has always rooted for the underdog. I was a huge fan of webOS when I first caught wind of it; I loved Android long before it ever came to market; I pulled for MeeGo until it was evident the OS had no future with Nokia; and I'm currently rooting for Jolla's MeeGo-based Sailfish OS, Ubuntu Phone OS, Ubuntu for Android and Open webOS. While not all of these up-and-coming platforms will succeed, I continue to pull for them – they each have a golden nugget of potential. Some consider Windows Phone an established OS. I'm not so sure I agree – the platform has gained little ...

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    Even if it takes six Skype calls to make a podcast happen, we're gonna do it for you folks, because that's just the kind of guys we are. And it's a good thing, too; while the news cycle has calmed down somewhat in the wake of last week's big BlackBerry event, there's still plenty to talk about from the worlds of Android and Windows Phone, from rumors and speculation to ... well, no, just rumors and speculation, really. But it's scintillating stuff, especially if you're into things named "M7" and "Nokia Tablet." All that, plus listener mail and a heaping helping of Joe Levi's robot voice, ...

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    We've got a few updates on phone updates (no pun intended) which we've already talked to you about before, concerning the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon and the lack of Windows Phone 7.8 for Nokia's Lumia 710 on T-Mobile. Right at the end of January, we got a big surprise when we saw that Verizon had posted documents on its HTC Thunderbolt support page indicating that the phone's Android 4.0.4 update was finally going to arrive. The update was supposed to come to the phone last summer, and after going absent for so long, we had really started to ...

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    It wouldn't be a mobile OS update without a few unexpected bugs, and Windows Phone 7.8 is no exception. With WP7.5 users all over making the switch to this WP8-lite, we're already hearing reports of a couple problems users are running into, including volume problems for Nokia owners, and some big data consumption issues with certain apps. Oddly enough, both these issues sound like re-hashes of old problems. Last year, we saw Nokia deliver updates to its Lumia models to fix issues with volume control, and now we're hearing more volume-related complaints from users who have just installed ...

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    Windows Phone 7.8 has been released and most of us with first and second generation Windows Phone 7 devices are able to upgrade.  If you didn't receive the upgrade automatically, there are ways to install it manually.  Some have been waiting for this for a long time since it brings a few new features including the new start screen with resizable live tiles.  Of course Windows Phone 8 has been available for a bit longer, and it offers many dozens more improvements over the 7.8 update for older devices, but it turns out there are a few areas where Windows Phone 7.8 is still a little ...

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    A couple days back, we saw the long-awaited arrival of Windows Phone 7.8 updates for existing models, with news coming in that first Nokia, and then HTC were making the update available to their users. If you didn't want to wait for your phone to get its official chance to upgrade, we even shared with you the technique for forcing Windows Phone models to accept the update. Still, we're sure some of you like to keep your smartphone nice and legit, and were waiting for your handset to be tapped for its formal WP7.8 update. If you've got a Lumia 710 on T-Mobile, you might want to rethink that ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's MWC 2013 Press event details. We later go through some more Nokia news as we now have Windows Phone 7.8 information for legacy Lumia devices. The white Nexus 4 takes the spotlight next, but with the tough reality of getting the black model, we don't know if we should celebrate. Microsoft is next as we discover that the Surface Pro can barely provide you with storage if you stick to the 64GB model. We end today's show by talking about BlackBerry 10, the Z10 and Q10, aside from some bloopers at the end. All this and more after the break. ...

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    Since Windows Phone 7.8 was released today for some devices, the folks at XDA-Developers have already capture the URLs for the CAB files that are downloaded via Zune.  That means anybody can download them manually, and then use the "Cab Sender" utility to install them to any Windows Phone 7 device in the same way that your Zune desktop software would.  Be sure to read the instructions in the first post of the thread to learn how to install the update correctly.  You must send the proper CAB files to your phone in the proper order and it is very important that you include the correct ...

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    After months of waiting, and the past several weeks packed full of rumors about its forthcoming arrival, it was looking like updates to Windows Phone 7.8 were just about to arrive. Last week, we saw the most convincing evidence yet, making the case for the updates to start going out today, January 30. Sure enough, Nokia has just posted a message to its blog making the release official, starting distribution today and continuing into next month. Nokia says that owners of the Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800, and 900 can all look forward to seeing Windows Phone 7.8 updates arrive over the course of ...

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    There was a time when all of us at Pocketnow craved for the HD7, and as it turns out, now it seems that not even HTC wants to have a piece of it. Recently one of the proud few that still own a device asked HTC on Twitter if there are any specific dates as to when Windows Phone 7.8 will reach his device, and even though we were expecting the usual "it's coming soon", the response wasn't that nice. HTC responded that there are sadly no plans for the company to deliver Windows Phone 7.8, and the obvious "we'll get back to you if something changes". It's hard to tell if this will be the end of ...

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    There have been a ton of compelling rumors over the past few weeks concerning just when Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.8 update would finally become available, ranging from broader windows to some very specific dates. The most recent to come our way had us looking forward to January 31, but now a new leak makes it seem that the updates will start going out one day earlier, on January 30. WPCentral managed to get its hands on an internal AT&T email that lays the whole thing out for the Lumia 900. The approximately hundred-megabyte update will be available to subscribers next Wednesday, and ...

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