Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
  • by | April 18, 2014 5:43 PM

    Skipping listener mail for two weeks in a row? We know, we know ... unconscionable. But we also know you'll forgive us in exchange for two things: a packed review schedule, and an awesome podcast guest. We're bringing you both of those as the week winds down to a close. In addition to the usual news segment narrated by the soothing voice of Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck, we've got additional insights on Samsung's new Galaxy S5: how it compares to its forebears, how well it fares against competition like the HTC One M8, and a debate on the merits of standout features like the ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 3:45 AM

    Our full Windows Phone 8.1 review -- which, if you haven't read, go ahead and check it out, it's comprehensive -- states: "while the People hub remains, it serves principally as a feed aggregator: Twitter and Facebook posts still show up within, but tapping on them takes you not to a custom People page but to the post within the appropriate app." Microsoft pretty much removed the Facebook and Twitter integration from the People Hub, but, at the same time, allowed for applications to plug in to it. An example is the new Twitter Beta for Windows Phone 8.1 app -- for Windows Phone 8.1 users ...

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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 9:54 AM

    A few of our readers out there have asked me how I got the WiFi to turn on when arriving at certain locations in the new Windows Phone 8.1. We heard a while back that Windows Phone 8.1 would have the ability to turn WiFi on automatically after a certain amount of time, but the geolocation-based WiFi power-on option is a pleasant surprise. You probably already know that Android has had numerous apps available that can do this type of thing; turning WiFi on and off based on your location. It's really useful if you don't want the WiFi radio on all the time using up your battery life, but you ...

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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 15, 2014 3:01 PM

    While most other platform developers, especially underdogs, might want to build upon their strengths while also strengthening their weaknesses, sometimes some good strengths get totally thrown out for no apparent reason.  We've written about Microsoft's tendency to remove features from their mobile operating system quite frequently. It seems to happen with every new significant upgrade and Windows Phone 8.1 is no exception. Remember when the Office hub lost the ability to edit files older than the 2007 format?  How about that ability to automatically sync music, videos, and pictures to ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 12:49 PM

    Software devs love peppering their releases with a few well-placed Easter eggs, and voice-based virtual assistants on smartphones have been no stranger to this trend: Siri can be goaded into telling knock-knock jokes, and Google Now will engage in some Star Trek dialogue if asked to beam you up. As a result, it shouldn't be too surprising to learn that Microsoft's Cortana likes to get in on the fun as well, and this morning we check out one of the first-known Cortana Easter eggs. Remember Clippy, the on-screen cartoon paper clip “assistant” that would pop up in Microsoft Office with ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 1:03 AM

    Back in the day we used to refer to our electronic devices as PDAs -- Personal Digital Assistants. They weren't. In fact, they weren't much more than battery-operated day planners, the paper versions of which were in style around the turn of the century. Today these devices have given way to Internet-connected smartphones that are finally starting to include the ability to complete core tasks via voice-assisted input. Apple has Siri. Google has Google Now. Finally, Microsoft has Cortana. Some feel that this personalized and voice-responsive component finally brings the "assistant" to ...

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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 5:12 PM

    One of the many changes Microsoft announced at Build 2014 back at the start of April was the arrival of universal cross-platform apps; you'd purchase it once, and then have access to the same software across Windows Phone, your Windows desktop, and eventually even your Xbox One console. Over the weekend, Microsoft started making some necessary changes in order to get this system up-and-running, and today we see the arrival of support for linked apps, as well Dev Center compatibility with new WP8.1 Phone Store apps. What Microsoft did over the weekend was to introduce some new pricing ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 4:34 PM

    Nokia just introduced its latest batch of Windows Phone models a couple weeks back, welcoming the first of its models that will ship running Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 630/635 we've been following since we first heard its codename Moneypenny back in November of last year. Now that it's official, what are we to look forward to from Nokia next? As luck would have it, a crop of new codenames has arrived fresh off the leak wagaon, and from the look of things Nokia is up to its old habits. According to @evlekas, new Nokia codenames include Ara, Leo, Moonraker, Onyx, Peridot, Superman, Tesla, ...

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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 10:58 AM

    You've seen our Windows Phone 8.1 video review. You've may have caught us talking about WP8.1 in our live Hangout this morning. But are you ready to stop hearing other people tell you about their own experiences with Microsoft's latest mobile platform update and start forming some opinions for yourself? We've been eagerly awaiting Microsoft's release of the WP8.1 preview for developers, and got news a few days back that we should expect its distribution early this week. Sure enough, Monday is here, and with its arrival Microsoft has released the WP8.1 preview. So how do you get the ...

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