Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
  • by | April 24, 2014 7:39 PM

    When companies behind the smartphone platforms we use are working on a new release, there are bound to be a few things that don't make the cut. Maybe we're talking about features that ended up being a little buggy, or there just wasn't enough time to give them the polish they needed before launch. Maybe we're looking at developer features that don't really serve to benefit end users that much in the first place. Last week Microsoft made available the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, and some users have uncovered a pair of seemingly removed options – with Microsoft's help, no ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 11:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how the Samsung Gear Fit is now sold-out, despite its crazy price tag. LG follows the news as we find some official photos of the two variants the company plans to launch. Microsoft follows the news as the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview has exceeded user install-base expectations. Amazon then takes over as we learn more about a new tilting feature in its probable smartphone. We end today's show as we learn why the iPhone 6 phablet might be delayed. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Gear Fit sells out, despite $200 ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 7:32 PM

    Just over one week ago, Microsoft released its Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, giving users everywhere the opportunity to get an early look at the platform update coming down by means of OTA updates in the weeks and months to come. We were quite excited to see the software arrive, and had been anxiously tracking progress towards its release; from what we saw in the comments, many of you Windows Phone users were similarly enthusiastic. But just how many Windows Phone fans went through the steps required to install the preview, whether they considered themselves capital-D ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 8:11 PM

    Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8.1 has been met with a lot of excitement from the tech industry. Surely it is plagued with bugs, just like every beta should be, but for the most part, developers and users have all acclaimed Microsoft for the improvements included. Obviously not all the bugs have been easy to iron, and there is one specific error that has caused a lot of discontent, and which will apparently be fixed. There is a specific error, which has become quite infamous lately, and it goes by the number 80188309. This error has mainly to do with the fact that the preview of ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 11:48 AM

    Ever since the calendar flipped over to 2014 a few months back, we've been anxiously awaiting news of Microsoft completing its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services branch – the one responsible for those Lumia smartphone we dig like we do. But even after getting all the regulatory approval they'd need, it's felt like Microsoft and Nokia were dragging their feet a little in completing the deal; when would Nokia the smartphone company cease to exist as a separate entity and finally become bundled-up under the massive Microsoft umbrella? That day is nearly upon us, as this morning ...

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  • 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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