Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    As of right now, Microsoft offers its Windows Phone voice assistant Cortana to users in Australia, Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Despite that limited language compatibility, there's long been evidence pointing to Cortana seeing broad international support, and we've been wondering just when we might see the service expand its reach to some new nations. While we don't have firm ETAs just yet, the latest evidence suggests a whole lot of new WP users may have access to Cortana soon, possibly before the year's out. On Twitter this morning, a Microsoft France ...

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    For the past week or two, we've been hearing more about this idea that Microsoft could be distancing itself from “Windows Phone” as we know it, and instead transitioning to more general “Windows” branding across all its platforms, including smartphones. Just the other day we checked out a render of an upcoming handset that appeared to be going this no-Phone route, and now we're turning our attention to a couple of promo videos Microsoft put together to highlight its app ecosystem, all while making scant reference to Windows Phone. The two spots below describe a bunch of Windows ...

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    It's not surprising to think that our app usage changes over time: new titles and services emerge, and as Angry Birds fails to have the same punch as it did back in 2010, we find ourselves moving on to new software. But now a recent study suggests that not only are our tastes in specific apps constantly evolving, but the amount of time we spend interacting with them on a whole is on the upswing, with users spending an average of 21 percent more time in apps than they were just one year ago. Localytics breaks down its data by app type, and certain genres see much more pronounced growth than ...

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    Competition between the big players on the mobile platform stage is an odd thing. On one hand, it's in the best interest of companies like Google to see the Apples of the world fail, driving users over to its own platform. But at the same time, we have Google releasing app after app for iOS. Microsoft's in on this seemingly counter-intuitive action as well, and this year has seen it bring Office to more of its competitors' devices. Today we check out a new accessory from Microsoft that further establishes its willingness to “step over the lines” as it were, delivering features tailored ...

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    Do subsidized on-contract smartphone sales make a lot of sense? We could (and in the past, have) argue that point until the cows come home, but whether through choice or chance of fate, let's say you find yourself in that on-contract wagon. Record numbers of smartphone users are pre-ordering the iPhone 6 right now, so what do you do if you find yourself craving Apple's latest handset, but it's not quite time for you to upgrade just yet? If you're a Verizon user, you may be in luck, as the carrier confirms early upgrade support for certain subscribers. Basically, if you're with Verizon but ...

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    Just when we thought that the smartphone world was in store for a couple months of quiet, following the iPhone 6 launch and in advance of the bustling holiday season, HTC's been popping-up all over the place with rumors of new hardware. If we're not talking about plans for a Nexus 9 tablet with Google, we're wondering what's in store for next month's “double exposure” event. Our best guess yet at the latter has it featuring both a new camera accessory and the long-rumored HTC Eye selfie phone. Over the weekend, a few new rumors attempted to reveal a bit more about the Eye's hardware, ...

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    Last week, we were talking about the future of Windows Phone, with reports that Microsoft is in the middle of a pretty substantial re-branding project. Specifically, we heard that efforts were underway to start moving the Nokia name away from Lumia phones, while also shifting Windows Phone over to simply “Windows.” And certainly, we've be seeing a bit of evidence on all these fronts already, but this new leak attempted to really tie them all together and give meaning to these actions. Today we check out the latest evidence in support of this transition, revealing a Windows Phone ...

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    Android has joined iOS at the 64-bit table, having seen the recent launches of phones like the HTC Desire 820 with 64-bit SoCs at their core. Where does that leave Windows Phone, though? Will we see Microsoft actively pursue 64-bit components for its platform's hardware? As it turns out, Windows Phone may be coming to 64-bit handsets sooner than you might expect, as we get word of an upcoming model running a 64-bit Snapdragon 410. Remember that confusing Alcatel Onetouch Pop 2 IFA launch? The one that announced a new family of smartphones, but was painfully vague with its details, not the ...

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    Do we ever have HTC launches on the mind this evening, or what? We just got done making reference to last month's One M8 for Windows launch in the context of Windows Phone branding-change rumors, and right before that we were checking out what might be new evidence in favor of an HTC Nexus 9. And wouldn't you know it, but a new invitation to an upcoming October 8 HTC gathering just popped-up in our inbox. What could we hope to expect? As you can see below, HTC is billing this one as its “double exposure” event, a pretty direct reference to some sort of photography, and one that may be ...

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    Remember when HTC delivered its Windows Phone version of the One M8 last month? In the weeks leading up to its release we heard a few names thrown around, including things like the W8, but the phone ultimately debuted as the One M8 for Windows. Specifically “Windows,” not “Windows Phone.” Compare that to the company's previous WP entries: models with names like the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. What happened to that “Phone” part? This may be just the start of a larger trend, as multiple reports arrive that Microsoft is getting ready for a major Windows Phone re-branding effort, in ...

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    IFA 2014 is over. The Pocketnow team has packed up its bags, hopped on a flight home, and we're already thinking about the next big thing in mobile. But before we completely put IFA behind us, it's worth taking some time to reflect on everything we got to see. We've already presented you with an overview of our coverage from the past week, and now we've got something even better, as our IFA crew of Michael Fisher and Taylor Martin share their own video retrospective of IFA 2014. At least, if you want the best, most insightful look into what IFA had to deliver, who better to turn to than ...

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    Has it been a week already? Last Monday we were still gearing-up for IFA 2014, preparing ourselves for the torrent of phone, tablet, and wearable news that would consumer our lives for the days to come. We had high expectations going in, having heard no shortage of rumors for what new products would be on the expo floor, and that's not even touching upon the many launches we saw in the weeks leading up to the conference, from manufacturers too eager to wait for IFA itself. With our crack team of Taylor Martin and Michael Fisher on the ground, we've brought you hands-on report after ...

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    Windows Phone 8.1 has already proven to bring Microsoft's mobile operating system to the level it needed in order to compete with other platforms. The updates that were added with Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 brought even more needed features, but it's clear that Microsoft is not done. If you were wondering what the company has in store for GDR2, rumors have just arrived on the topic. Reports claim that Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 is going to bring support to 2K resolution on smartphone displays, and therefore providing support to new processors like the Snapdragon 805. Other hints claim that the ...

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    Microsoft's IFA 2014 event is scheduled for this Thursday, when we expect to see the company debut the latest Lumia smartphones, including the 730/735 and 830. We've spotted this hardware before in numerous leaks, and Microsoft's early teasers sure seemed to reinforce that what we'd been hearing and seeing was on-point; its initial invite both alluded to the front-facing camera prowess rumored for the Lumia 730 and depicted the rear camera we know from Lumia 830 leaks. With only a few days to go until the announcement, Nokia and Microsoft have a new teaser out, and we're once again talking ...

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    Coming up to HTC's launch of the One M8 for Windows earlier this month, we thought we were looking at a Verizon exclusive. At least, that's where all the evidence seemed to be pointing, and when the time came for the handset to go official, HTC was calling Verizon its “exclusive launch partner.” But the thing about a smartphone exclusive, versus a launch exclusive like we have here, is that the latter leaves the door open for other carriers to pick up the handset a little further down the line, after that exclusivity period has waned. Indeed, mere hours after the One M8 for Windows was ...

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