Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    Back in April, Sprint announced a unique new initiative that would bring its sales and support staff outside the company's stores and into the homes of its users. The carrier's Direct 2 You program allowed users to pick out new devices, have Sprint personnel deliver them directly to their door, and then take care of data migration and device setup – all the same kinds of service you might expect from an in-store visit. And while we were quite curious to see how shoppers would respond to this project, availability's been relatively limited so far. Today Sprint starts making real headway ...

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    Right now, the bulk of the world's smartphone users are on Android – somewhere floating up around 80 percent. And while new users are picking up their first smartphones every day, if you're the company behind a competing mobile platform, any growth plan is going to have to include some strategy for convincing at least some of those Android users to jump ship. Unsurprisingly, we've seen plenty of evidence of companies working to do just that, most recently with Apple's upcoming Move to iOS tool. Microsoft's had it's own migration app for some time now, and the company recently released a ...

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    Windows Phone fans are used to dealing with a limited selection of smartphone options from carriers, and that's been just as true for Verizon as any. Shopping for such models in its stores, you'd find yourself presented with some very slim pickings: there's the One M8, a high-end (if not aging) model, and the new LG Lancet, a lower-end FWVGA phone. What about something that splits the difference? Ever since last summer, we've been following reports that the Lumia 735 could make its way to Verizon, and after a number of false starts, those rumors picked up in earnest again last month. ...

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    A little more than a week from now, on June 17, 2015, T-Mobile will be launching the Lumia 640. If you haven't already, go ahead and read our review so you'll know whether you should be excited about this, or not. The information that next Wednesday, the T-Mobile Lumia 640 will become available comes from two different unknown sources that Windows Central is quoting in this report. By the looks of it, you won't be able to grab a T-Mobile Lumia 640 from the shelves; the carrier is apparently opting for a "Ship to (direct fulfillment)" model, which implies Magenta ordering it for you and ...

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    Do you do wireless charging? While it still can't come close to competing with the popularity of traditional wired charging, the presence of wireless charging tech in high-profile phones like the Galaxy S6 is helping to continue exposing such systems to broader audiences. But for acceptance to arrive, we don't just need phones that support wireless charging: we also need easy access to chargers. To that end, a couple months back IKEA announced a new range of furniture and home accessories designed with support for embedded wireless chargers in mind. The company said that sales would get ...

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    Microsoft's mobile efforts stand to get pretty exciting over the next few months. Not only do we have the formal commercial release of Windows 10 Mobile to look forward to, but the arrival of new hardware running Windows 10 out of the box. And for a platform that's been sorely in need of some fresh handset blood (and maybe not just in the midrange budget space, for a change), that's pretty tantalizing. But just what sort of phones can we expect? We've heard a few theories, and today we pick up some fresh evidence to help steer our imagination, as a 5.7-inch Windows Phone pops up in an ...

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    What do you have when a prominent Android manufacturer gets it into its head to come out with a Windows Phone model? Something like the HTC One M8 for Windows? Sure, that can happen, and when things works well like they did there, it can be easy to get excited the next time you hear about a similar OEM considering some Windows Phone plans of its own. So with headlines going around today that there's a new Motorola Windows Phone model in the works, our interest was understandably piqued. As it turns out, though, while there could be some real meat to this story, that comes with one big ...

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    According to a recent report, Microsoft orders have been reduced because of lower-than expected smartphone demand. The Redmond-based company is continuing Nokia's policy to push low-end smartphones in emerging markets but apparently these markets are not that interested in Microsoft smartphones as the company has anticipated. 20 percent is what the report claims that Microsoft orders will be reduced by, every month, throughout the rest of 2015, in order to adjust to market demand. The main markets referred to are India, South America and Southeast Asia, where Microsoft is pushing ...

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    Going back months now, we've been hearing about a possible LG return to the Windows Phone camp, with evidence pointing to just such a new model for Verizon. Last month a possible render turned up, along with what looked like a codename: Lancet. But for all the signs we saw that this phone was in development, we still didn't have much to go on, including a firm grasp on specs. Today that all changes, upon the leak of a substantial trove of LG documents detailing the Lancet for Verzion. The LG Lancet should have a 4.5-inch FWVGA display, Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB storage (with ...

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    Initially called the Nokia Camera, rebranded to Lumia Camera after the Microsoft acquisition, the application, in its Lumia Camera beta stage, has been added to the Windows Phone Store, should you want to join the beta program and check out new features before they hit the public version of the application. However, you'll have to rock a Lumia 930/Icon, Lumia 1520, Lumia 640, or Lumia 640XL phone powered by the Denim update, in order to download and install the app. Not to be confused with the Lumia Camera (sans beta) app, this version brings some features and improvements to the users ...

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    With the Sony Xperia Z3 returning to T-Mobile shelves, we've been thinking about phones with short-lived lifespans (even with the Z3 dodging the bullet in this case). We may soon have a new one to add to that list, with the arrival of as-of-yet unsubstantiated reports that Microsoft is in the process of shutting down its Lumia 830 operations in preparation for the arrival of the phone's successor. The Lumia 830, as you may recall, launched back at the beginning of September, during IFA 2014 (just like the aforementioned Z3). Now we're hearing that Microsoft may have already started the ...

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    It's that time again: three months have passed since we last got the chance to check out some Microsoft financial data, and now quarterly figures are once again due. Have the early months of 2015 been kind to Microsoft and its mobile hardware, or will we see evidence of a post-holiday-season slump? Let's waste no more time and get right to the numbers. The good news overall is that revenue is up, even if slimming profit margins mean that Microsoft is keeping less of it. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, revenue's up six percent to $21.7B, but income is down five percent, coming in ...

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    Yesterday we heard about a nasty bug affecting some Windows Phone users who were attempting to give Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview a spin. Users with certain Lumia 52x-series handsets were finding their phones rendered unusable after playing with the preview, when trying to move back to Windows Phone 8.1. As a result, Microsoft halted distribution of the preview to devices like the Lumia 520, 525, and 526 until it could work out what was going wrong. The preview's still on ice for these models for now, but Microsoft may have already solved this mystery, as it explains today. The ...

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    Just about a week ago, Microsoft made available the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview release for its Lumia smartphones, giving users a chance to check out the progress the company is making on new Windows 10 features. Maybe the best thing about this new release was the sheer number of phones compatible with it; Microsoft hugely expanded its list of supported hardware from the very limited initial preview we got back in February. But not all of those handsets are playing nicely with the new build, and with a few of them, Microsoft's going so far as to stop making the preview available ...

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    When Windows Phone first premiered, the lineup was full of models from prominent Android manufacturers: companies like HTC, Samsung, and LG. That landscape has very much changed in recent years, though there's still the occasional reminder of the past, like the HTC One M8 for Windows. But Microsoft may be turning to more of these old allies for upcoming Windows handsets, and a rumor from earlier this year suggested that LG could be cooking up a new one for Verizon. There's still a lot we don't know about these plans, but the arrival of a new render attempts to add some support to the ...

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    Even though Microsoft has been busy with Windows 10 for smartphones, up to the point where we already have an ETA for the next preview, it doesn't mean that the company wasn't committed to bringing its Update 2 (GDR2) to existing handsets while that happens. We covered some of the changes we expected to find on GDR2 a couple of months ago, but we weren't certain as to when we could expect the update. Microsoft has made Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 official today, but not all the news are positive. First of all, if you want to rock this update today, you'll have to buy either the Lumia 640 or ...

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    What's a Windows Phone user who wants some high-end hardware to do? Last year brought few handsets powered by top-shelf silicon, and while that meant the arrival of attractive phones like the HTC One M8 for Windows and the Lumia 930, those didn't really add up to offering a ton of options. If you wanted a more phablet-sized device, the selection's been even slimmer, and for a long time now our go-to choice for a powerful Windows phablet has been the Lumia 1520. After a long life on store shelves, it's finally time for even this model to say its goodbyes, as AT&T and Microsoft cease ...

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    HTC has come a long way since the company saw its finances dip into unprofitable territory, and while it may be on far stronger financial footing than it was just a couple short years ago, we continue to find ourselves putting its earnings performance under the magnifying glass. After all, while it may have pulled itself back from the brink, it also hasn't seen any big win propelling it into new levels of profitability – so we come back quarter after quarter, looking to see if numbers are up, down, or just maintaining the status quo. Last time we checked in, HTC was expecting Q1 2015 ...

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    We've been hearing about 3D Touch on Lumia phones going back to the fall of 2013, first described as an in-air gesture control system under the codename Goldfinger. Later we heard it would arrive on the phone codenamed McLaren, but that device never saw the light of day. Reports talked about the way 3D Touch would cause a Live Tile to expand, a feature known as Mixview, popping-out other bits of relevant content. We heard comparisons drawn to certain aspects of the UI in Microsoft's Zune software, but no one had seen it in action. It still remains to be seen if anything will come of ...

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    Microsoft introduced its Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones back at the start of February, giving curious fans the chance to get an early look at the company’s next-generation mobile OS. While it was fascinating to get this kind of access to in-development code, it was also a bit of an unfinished mess (understandably so), and quickly had us wishing for a follow-up release that would address many of its outstanding issues. We've already seen some teasers up that alley, even if a formal release still isn't here, but until that day comes, it looks like a lot of Windows 10 testers ...

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    Last week, OnePlus let shoppers know that they were about to see a price hike: in Europe, the OnePlus One is about to cost a few euros more, as the manufacturer responds to fluctuating exchange rates. While that news may have gotten us thinking about currency markets and their effects on mobile technology, this OnePlus incident is far from the first time we've seen companies respond to shifting valuations by updating their international pricing, and Apple just tweaked App Store prices a couple months back. Now it's Microsoft's turn to make an adjustment, as it notifies devs of come changes ...

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    Microsoft's no stranger to incredibly affordable smartphones, and its Windows Phone platform has become renowned for being the place to go if you want a solid smartphone for the absolute lowest prices around. Already this year we've seen the company introduce new budget-priced models like the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 – and even the Lumia 640 and 640 XL ended up being pretty priced very competitively. Yesterday Microsoft told us to look forward to some more super-affordable Lumia news today, leaving us wondering if we were about to see the launch of yet another low-price Lumia. Sure ...

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    Windows Phone has been doing a great job of targeting the budget smartphone market, delivering full-fledged models that often manage to undercut their Android competition while giving users some great bang for their smartphone-buying buck. While we'd still love to see a new flagship-level model, Microsoft's been serious about keeping new affordable options coming, introducing the Lumia 640 and 640 XL just a couple weeks back. Could the manufacturer already be ready to unveil a new Lumia? That's what we're wondering today as the company puts out a teaser for some kind of news tomorrow. For ...

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    Last month we learned about Google's plans for a big expansion of Wallet, joining forces with the carriers behind Softcard (née ISIS). And while that's good news for Google, Wallet, and arguably Android mobile payments in general, it hasn't been such a promising turn of events for everyone involved. As a result of this new partnership, Softcard as we know it is shutting down, and while its Android users are welcome to transition over to Google Wallet, there's also been a Windows Phone version of Softcard, and that's also being shuttered. This week we finally learn the date on which the ...

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    When we come to an event like MWC we know we're going to be introduced to new hardware: that's a huge part of the fun in covering expos like this. And while we could report on just-launched devices until we run down our batteries to nothing, MWC isn't just about meeting new gadgets – it's also about learning new things. We checked in with Zeiss in Barcelona this week to learn a little more about how the cameras in our smartphones produce the pictures they do. Zeiss builds the cameras going into the latest Lumia smartphones, so it had better know a thing or two about mobile imaging. We ...

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