Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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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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    For a mobile OS iteration that’s been struggling with various bugs and stability issues essentially since its very inception, putting off updates of devices running on older builds more than once, Windows 10 is sure enjoying a healthy growth within its otherwise modest ecosystem. Practically tied with Windows Phone 8.0 for second place in worldwide version popularity last month, W10M surged an additional 0.7 percent between late December and now, while the 8.0 rendition dropped 0.4 percent. That brings the freshest platform flavor very close to a 10 percent piece of the pie, at 9.5, ...

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    It's finally happening: with carriers sounding the warning that Windows 10 Mobile updates are about to start arriving for old Windows Phone 8.1 models, the era of Microsoft's next-gen mobile platform is nearly fully upon us – so will you be ready for it? Earlier today we shared with you one of the many ways Microsoft is getting its users prepared for the imminent debut of those updates, with the introduction of a new UpdateAdvisor app. At the time, the app still appeared to be in beta, and we figured that Microsoft would finish its test work and get the software ready for the public at ...

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    Shoppers looking for a new Windows 10 Mobile smartphone are finding themselves with more and more options these daysWindows 10 Mobile updates, but what about Windows 10 updates for existing WP8.1 hardware? Time was we were hoping for a December release, but midway through the month we got confirmation that Microsoft wouldn't quite hit that target, and the best we could hope for was early 2016 distribution, instead. We've already seen carriers getting ready for these updates, but when exactly could we hope for them to arrive? The latest word from carriers suggest our first updates could ...

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    HTC has had a legacy relationship with Windows, but it's been a dry one as of late. The One M8 for Windows came in about 16 months ago with Windows Phone 8.1 and we haven't heard anything in terms of updates to Windows 10 Mobile. But we know which HTC Windows device won't be getting the OTA update. @StefanMalter There are no further updates planned for the HTC Windows phone 8X currently ^CD — HTC UK (@HTC_UK) January 11, 2016 HTC UK tweeted out in delicate terms that the HTC 8X won't be updated for now. Many variables are still up in the air: is it just the UK units? What about the ...

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    Could Redmond’s Windows 10 Mobile woes be finally over? Probably not all of them, and likely not for good, but the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are once again shipping in most parts of the old continent, which suggests rampant demand was indeed behind recent shortages rather than software glitches. Meanwhile, you should stop worrying about W10 updates for old WP8.1-running phones hitting longer delays than a few weeks. Microsoft was awfully vague when announcing there would be no movement on the front until “early 2016”, but it turns out the creators of the world’s third largest handheld ...

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    Face it, Windows Mobile enthusiasts, there are no palpable Lumia 950, 950 XL or even 550 discounts coming this holiday season, nor should you continue dreaming of year-end updates for older models. But if you can make do without Continuum support or other high-end goodies, and don’t mind playing the Windows 10 waiting game a while longer, Best Buy has you covered. The WP 8.1-running Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 435 are available on and offline at $50 and $30 respectively, down from $80 and $50. The catch? You’ll need to activate the former on AT&T, and the latter on T-Mobile. The ...

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    We just heard from Microsoft that future Insider builds for Windows 10 Mobile are on hold until January. That's understandable, but if you're anything like us, that news also had you feeling a little worried; if Microsoft's dev team was already closing up shop for the holidays, did we really have any chance of seeing public Windows 10 Mobile updates start landing for existing Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia models before the end of the year? Back in October, Microsoft was being pretty upfront about plans to get those updates moving sometime this month, but there's not much December left at this ...

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    When the Nokia Lumia 530 launched back in July of 2014, it was already an incredibly low-priced smartphone: carriers had it for $80, then $50, and by this time last year retailers were already discounting the phone down to a mere $35. If you thought Microsoft was practically giving the phone away back then, you weren't far off, but it looks like there's still some unsold stock to move, and the companies that have it now are ready to do anything they can to make those sales happen. US Mobile just filled us in on a deal it's about to get going that offers users a Lumia 530 on a no-contract ...

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    Same can, different taste? Is this LG's "new Coke?" Okay, maybe for a budget phone, this decision won't be making too many waves. But does this decision mean anything more just because of the lower profile of this LG device as well as Windows Phone? Maybe. The Windows Phone 8.1-powered LG Lancet for Verizon now has an Android 5.1.1 clone. The LG Lancet for Android shares almost every last detail about the hardware and pricing — though for some reason, the LG Lancet for Android, despite carrying the same dimensions, is seven grams lighter. The same Snapdragon 410 is there along with the ...

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