Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    As much as we struggle to keep BlackBerry alive in our feeds, the company isn't doing the best job in helping us reach that goal. BlackBerry is more of an uncertainty than it is the aspiring line of products that most of us drooled for in the past. That said, BBM has been doing a decent job in gaining some cross-platform glory, and the next frontier is Windows Phone. The company recently launched BBM beta for Windows Phone devices, but as a closed beta for only a few. Today BlackBerry has launched BBM as a public beta for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices and the list of ...

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    The great thing about today's approach to mobile voice assistants is that the service lies in the cloud, and as such, can be updated periodically with more features. We've seen both Google and Apple be quite aggressive with the updates they've provided to Google Voice Search and Siri respectively, and now Microsoft takes an extra step. The company has just launched new updates to Cortana, and if you haven't noticed, here are a few new tricks. You can now ask Cortana how old Bill Gates is, and the service will respond verbally, something that has made Google's Voice Search famous for years. ...

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    The next couple months are shaping up to be chock-full of smartphone announcements. IFA in early September is bound to bring us a ton of new devices, and shortly after that we're expecting news of the iPhone 6. We've even been picking up on word of a few possible launches for August, and an invite just landed for what may be a notable one, as HTC prepares for an August 19 event. But what could the company have to share? A few subjects come to mind, like that One M8 for Windows (or W8, if you will) and the recent rumors that the phone could launch sometime this quarter. Sure, there's been ...

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    Windows Phone 8.1 has finally seen its public release, following months of availability as a Preview for Developers. But as Windows Phone users all over the world start installing their 8.1 updates, Microsoft already has its eyes on what's next, and today gives us a little taste of what to expect, announcing the coming availability of WP8.1 Update 1 and going over some of the software's key features. Remember that folder support we've been talking about? The update will introduce Live Folders to the platform, letting you group apps for a denser, more feature-packed Start screen. Even ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8.1 has proven to be as cool as it is odd. We do praise everything we've seen in our extensive review coverage, but that doesn't change the fact that the company has only launched a few devices running it. If you're wondering when we'll see some dedicated Windows Phone 8.1 hardware, the answer could be just around the corner. Sources close to Microsoft mention that Stephen Elop showed off two devices in an internal company meeting last week. The first of the two is apparently codename "Superman," and according to the source, is Microsoft's selfie phone ...

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    Yesterday morning we told you about the latest rumor to concern HTC's future with Windows Phone, once again bringing up the idea that the company was working on a WP version of its flagship One M8 Android model. But really, outside the assertion that this project was happening (and likely before the end of the year), we didn't have much to go on. We're still anxious to pick up new details, but at least a couple more have turned up since yesterday, looking into possible launch plans and carrier interest. First up, we have a name, with this handset supposedly arriving as the One (M8) for ...

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    Platform exclusivity has always been something smartphone users have had to deal with. There's little worse than hearing about a great new game, or powerful new productivity tool, only to learn that it's not out for your OS of choice. In recent years, the situation's gotten a bit better, especially when it comes to high profile apps, but as wearables begin to descend on the scene en masse, we're seeing history repeat itself, and barriers are once again emerging along platform lines. Even there, we've witnessed some early progress, like Nike finally releasing an Android FuelBand app after ...

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    It's been nearly a year a year now since we saw HTC deliver its last Windows Phone offering, the unremarkable 8XT. And while that model drew its hardware inspiration from the earlier 8X and 8S, we couldn't help but wonder what might be possible if HTC took a few notes from its Android lineup – and specifically, from the metal-bodied One – when putting together a new WP model. The idea of a WP-running One M7 never panned out, but the rumor returned this year, now attached to the One M8. It's been a few months since we heard anything about such a possibility, but those rumors are ...

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    A little over a week back, proponents of a free and open smartphone landscape got some promising news, as the latest bill with its eye on restoring consumer rights in regards to phone unlocking passed in the US Senate. While unlocking had previously been allowed under an exemption to the DMCA, the Library of Congress failed to renew that option, and now Congress was looking to force the Library to reconsider that decision. Today we get the latest news on the bill's progress, as the House of Representatives approves the legislation. With both the House and Senate behind it, all that's left ...

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    We're probably just another week away from Microsoft's release of a developer preview of Cortana for UK audiences; the company's Marcus Ash announced that schedule last week, and we shared the news with you at the time. But in some follow-up questions to his initial post, Ash revealed additional details about how this effort would arrive, and it's not great news for those of you who were so enamored with Cortana (the service) because it sounded like Cortana (the video game character): the system's voice will change for its UK release. Full details of the switch aren't yet clear, but Ash ...

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    When Windows Phone 7 launched, LG was all over that business, delivering models like the Optimus 7 and the QWERTY-equipped Quantum. But then by the time WP7.5 devices were rolling off the production line, new entries from LG were nowhere to be seen, and they failed to return for Windows Phone 8, as well. Still, rumors have remained relatively consistent in saying that LG has still been keeping an eye on Windows Phone, and it's only a matter of time before it delivers some new hardware. As we wait to see if that's actually the case, new signs of an LG WP8.1 handset have emerged. Data ...

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    As with the Lumia 520, Nokia is trying to prove something with the announcement of its successor, the Lumia 530. This isn't just your average budget phone, but also a very powerful budget phone that fits perfectly in the hands of those that have never owned a smartphone, and that would like to start conservatively. Still, that doesn't change the fact that Nokia isn't the only company after this demographic, and with competing devices like the Moto G, Nokia has decided to launch a new campaign to help you decide which is better. In the following videos you'll notice how Microsoft's new ...

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    Yesterday we shared we you a post from an AT&T community manager on one of the company's forums that seemed like it might be saying that Windows Phone 8.1 updates for some of the WP8 handsets in the carrier's stable might be on their way this week. At least, maybe; we could also read the same statement as simply acknowledging that sales of native WP8.1 devices had arrived. And considering how international updates only began last week, was it too soon to expect a US network to join in? Apparently not, as AT&T has gone ahead and formally confirmed the start to its WP8.1 updates. The ...

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    A little over a week ago, Microsoft got the ball rolling for Windows Phone 8.1 updates, as confirmation arrived that Nokia Lumia models would soon be getting WP8.1 alongside the phones' Cyan software updates. Of course, carriers being what they are, even that news didn't mean that users everywhere would be receiving 8.1 immediately. Those Windows Phone users in the States who check Nokia's update page are currently presented with notices that updates are still under testing across multiple carriers, with no ETA given; just when might we expect them to arrive? At lease some might turn up ...

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    We've been hearing a lot about the Nokia Lumia 530 recently, and just yesterday, the phone was teased by a Vietnamese online retailer. Today, Nokia has made the phone official, and, while the Finns call it "the most affordable Lumia yet", it runs the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system: Windows Phone 8.1. €85 before taxes and subsidies is what you should expect this phone to cost, when it will start rolling out in select markets next month. For the money you can choose between a single and a dual-SIM version, both of which are powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm ...

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