Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    The faster the word "Phone" fades and the word "Mobile" brightens, the better off Microsoft will be. But it's gonna be a long, long, long run. AdDuplex has issued a new report for Windows device statistics for this month and it says that while Windows Phone 8.1 still makes up about 77 percent of the ecosystem, Windows 10 Mobile's stance at 14 percent represents accelerated growth from previous months. "Last month the growth doubled from 0.5% to 1%. This month it more than doubled again," AdDuplex reported. Within the Windows 10 subgroup, 52 percent are already on the Anniversary update. ...

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    Microsoft's efforts in mobile have downsized and downplayed in accordance with its downsized sales of Windows phones. It's a trend that doesn't look to be reversing without major stimuli. As Microsoft reported only 1.2 million Lumia sales for the second calendar quarter, research firm Gartner believes that the company's manufacturer partners have only been able to sell about 750,000 smartphones. Windows phone sales wedged in just under 2 million units for April, May and June. That's an annual drop of 76 percent. Windows mobile OS market share dropped from 2.5 percent to 0.6 percent. The ...

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    Verizon Wireless now only has one Windows phone in stock, the Lumia 735. The other one is out of stock and will likely remain that way. The LG Lancet had very appropriate specifications for its $120 price: 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 410. Then again, the two-year-old Lumia 735, sold at the same price, is on Windows 10 Mobile. It also had an Android version. Its 15-month run beats the HTC 10's tenure at T-Mobile that also ended this week. Source: Verizon Via: MSPoweruser

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    In what could be a stunning blow to Microsoft's mobile ecosystem, Skype has announced that it is shedding support for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 in October. The development comes as the messaging service completes its rerouting from peer-to-peer communications to a cloud-based service. Avid developer Rudy Huyn was not pleased with the decision. Skype will drop the support of WP8.1 devices, seriously?7 ~80% of WPhones runs 8.1...One more bullet in the feet... pic.twitter.com/RrAMcR0HZN — Rudy Huyn (@RudyHuyn) July 20, 2016 He pulled up an AdDuplex chart showing how that 89.1 percent of ...

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    If we were at a job right now, you'd think the number of retirements happening recently were actually just layoffs in disguise. Major profile departures by PayPal and Amazon have already shaken the Windows Phone/Mobile ecosystem this year. This time around, we're talking about CNN. It has notified Windows Phone 8.1 users that the "application will be retired on Monday, July 18th" and has encouraged them to move on to its website. Cable News Network brought its Windows Phone app online in 2012 and still will support its desktop app for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It still feels like we're a ...

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    In the US, Windows 10 Mobile (neé Windows Phone) has lacked a phablet option ever since the Nokia Lumia 1520 left the AT&T scene. But it was never forgotten as it came time to update its software to Microsoft's next milestone. It has now risen from its grave. The Lumia 1520 is back in only Matte Black from AT&T for its original $584.99 full retail price. That's $19.50 per month on AT&T Next. As a reminder, there are AT&T variants of the phone available from third parties (this link is for one on Amazon) with prices far below $585. Hell, you could get an unlocked 1520 — ...

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    As Verizon has upgraded its exclusive Lumia Icon, AT&T has also upgraded its giant of a Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 1520, to be complete about it, can now be moved off of Windows Phone 8.1 and up to Windows 10 Mobile (.107) through the Upgrade Advisor app. AT&T's support listing for the device says that you'll need to be on Wi-Fi to load the 750MB package. If you own a 1520, your patience is being rewarded. If you own a more recent Lumia 830, well, we'll talk later. Source: AT&T Via: Windows Central

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    Verizon's blast from the Windows Phone past now gets a blast of current software. After months and months of Insider previews, the 'ol Checkmark has finally pressed its arthritic thumb to the publication trigger. Windows 10 Mobile is now on the way for the Lumia Icon (Lumia 929). You will need the Upgrade Advisor app to grab the update. It's also advised that you have a full battery before you go on with it. Better you got a Lumia than the HTC One M8 for Windows. Source: Verizon Via: MSPoweruser

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    The few legacy Windows Phone devices that have been promised an update to Windows 10 Mobile are, in many cases, still waiting. AT&T's got the Lumia 640 still kicking around with 8.1, but customers are starting to see a change. The support forums have been buzzing that the latest OTA for the Lumia 640 bumps that OS up to Windows 10 Mobile. AT&T shortly thereafter updated its product support page for the phone. The update is 750MB large and brings the build version to 10586.107. Now, if the Lumia 640 XL could only get the darn update. Source: AT&T (1, 2) Via: Windows Central

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    Microsoft has officially changed the goalpost in overtime. The previous minimum memory requirements for Windows 10 Mobile have been annulled and replaced on Microsoft's Hardware Dev Center. Instead of 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, phones will need at least 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The move was made after several Windows Phone 8.1 devices that were promised an upgrade didn't get it. Preview builds of Windows 10 were made available to some 8.1 devices with 512MB RAM, though the size of those software packages practically upped the necessary storage level. While it was made ...

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    It’s been a really long time coming (almost three years), and finally, the 2013-released Lumia 520 falls out of first place in AdDuplex’s Windows Phone popularity charts. Unfortunately for those of you who perhaps hoped the global crown would be passed on to a contemporary mid-ranger or the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia 950 flagship, it’s the 535 that moves in the top spot. Essentially, a crappy (by today’s standards) low-end oldie is replaced with a slightly less horrible entry-level device that’s only 18 months younger, having seen daylight in the fall of 2014. Oh, well, at ...

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    Just how seriously do you take your communication security? The data connection to your email server may be protected by encryption, but what happens once the message gets there? Are you cool with Gmail having to those unencrypted conversations? Or do you place a higher value on your privacy, insisting on end-to-end encryption such that not even the companies controlling the servers over which your message travels are capable of reading it? Last month we told you about some efforts to bring just that kind of security to WhatsApp, expanding beyond end-to-end-encrypted text communication to ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is far and away the most immature of the major operating systems on the market so far. The many and the proud devices that were able to make the jump from Windows Phone 8.1 to W10M have been made familiar with its quirks. And its bugs. Those who don't appreciate bootloops as well as the loss of the Lumia Camera app, good news: Microsoft has now decided that those phones will be able to keep their original recovery images so that users who aren't enjoying Windows 10 Mobile can back out and return to WP8.1. Those looking to roll back to an earlier W10M build will need to ...

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    The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices has started to show up. Most people probably have the automatic updates option turned on which will probably notify you when an update is ready to install and allow you to proceed. There's a few things you might want to be wary of when that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade comes along though. Do you even want the upgrade? Many people think the newer version of an operating system is going to be better than the current version. That is how things should normally go, but that's not often the case with Windows Mobile. In Windows 10 ...

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    Yesterday, Windows smartphones users got what they'd been looking forward to for months, as Microsoft started making available Windows 10 Mobile updates for their existing Windows Phone 8.1 models. It was good news … at first, but then we started asking questions about the phones we didn't yet see updates for, and the more we asked, the less we liked the answers. We just told you about how Microsoft cleared up the situation about what was happening with 512MB RAM phones – and how despite Insider Previews being available for such models, Microsoft decided not to move forward with update ...

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    Yesterday, Microsoft started making good on an old promise as it began distributing public updates for old Windows Phone 8.1 handsets that would bring them into the world of Windows 10 Mobile. It was a big deal to see this day finally arrive, sure, but not everyone was so happy. After all, while a bunch of popular WP8.1 phones made the list of phones receiving the update, there were plenty missing – including models that had previously been included as part of Microsoft's Insider Preview program. The company talked vaguely about excluding certain models such that their updates didn't ...

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    All week long, we've been talking about Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile updates for the company's fleet of existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, as rumors suggested that the day when the first of these updates would start heading out to the public was nearly upon us. And while early confirmation never came, the rumors continued their reprise: Windows 10 Mobile updates would land this Friday. Now the day's finally upon us, and we can finally put all those rumors to rest as Microsoft confirms the start of Windows 10 Mobile updates. Just as we heard it would be, the update process is a manual ...

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    Is it really, truly happening? Windows Phone users were burned in the past when Microsoft release a major platform update without bringing the new code to older phones, but this time was supposed to be different: existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets would be getting updates that brought them into the world of Windows 10 Mobile. We know that Insider testers have been working with in-development builds for months (hell, over a year by this point), but when would a public release be ready? After missed deadlines, and rumors that failed to pan out, it's been looking like that day could nearly ...

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    Spotify users on Windows 10 Mobile are left banded together, wondering if they'll be hearing the same 'ol tune from the music streaming service like they have for many other app makers. The situation began with disappointment yesterday as it notified at least one user that it wouldn't be updating its Windows Phone 8.x app anymore, nor will it be made available on the Windows Store. A Windows 10 app was in the purgatory of "if or when." @WindowsBlogIta @HDblog @MSPoweruser @windowscentral #Spotify drop the support for windows pic.twitter.com/9rn4xK7nlT — Alessandro S. (@S__Alessandro) ...

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    We're well into the third month of the new year already; snow's melting, spring's just over the horizon … so where the heck are Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing Windows Phone Lumia handsets, already? Microsoft hasn't reassigned itself a hard-and-fast due date since missing its initial December target, but come on already – we've seen indications from mobile carriers and Microsoft subsidiaries alike suggesting that updates have been nearly ready to head out for weeks now, so what's taking so long on pressing the big “go” button? Even with many recent reports ...

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    What's it take for us to pull up a year-old phone and start looking at it in a new light? A software update? Sure – but it had better be a major one. A newly discounted price? Again, possibly, but you'd have to be practically giving the handset away for us to spend much time on an aging model. But what about new hardware functionality? The idea of a smartphone picking up some new hardware tricks months after it launches is a pretty tantalizing one, maybe most because it just so rarely happens. But here we are in March of 2016, a full year after Microsoft announced the Lumia 640 XL, ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing Windows Phone 8.1 Lumias will be getting here soon … won't they? At least, while we've heard a possible February 29 date for the start of update distribution, the story surrounding surrounding such releases has been a little hard to follow, and Microsoft's not doing anything to clear things up with an official statement. As we wait and see to find out exactly what transpires, Microsoft's at least talking a little about how phones will make the transition to Windows 10 Mobile, and what roll firmware updates will play in the process. Historically, ...

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    It's rare that we see a manufacturer build a phone around one specific feature. Not just the camera on the phone, but the ZOOM on that camera. Only a few manufacturer's have tackled this feature. Often it results in the Frankenstein combination of camera and phone, like the Samsung K Zoom which is really more camera than phone. From a phone perspective, Asus has a better solution for keeping the whole zoom mechanism contained. A series of prisms and lens elements are mounted periscope style to keep the lens from telescoping out the back of the ZenFone Zoom. For those interested, we have ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile beta testers, aka Insiders or Technical Previewers, have another cumulative update waiting for them in the Fast ring, focused as usual on quashing a good deal of bugs, including a few that may have been behind recent delays of major software renovations for devices stuck on Windows Phone 8.1. These should allow “many fitness applications” to correctly access movement data once upgraded from version 8.1 to 10, and also improve the migration of data profiles and messaging settings in the same process. Granted, the tweaks don’t exactly sound crucial, and there were ...

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    The upcoming Microsoft Lumia 650 isn’t shaping up to be a major upgrade over the 640, with the same exact display likely in tow, a Snapdragon 210 processor replacing the old but respectable 400, considerably improved 5MP front-facing camera and, believe it or not, a smaller battery. Still, an overall design and build quality amelioration is probably in the works, so discounting the aging Lumia 640 feels like the smart call. As long as you don’t mind activating the Windows Phone 8.1-running 5-incher on an AT&T GoPhone prepaid plan, the handheld can be yours in exchange for an ...

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