Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    It's been over two months now since we last looked at Microsoft’s global strategy for its voice-powered personal assistant, Cortana. Back then, we were hearing teasers out of France that suggested the service could soon find itself coming to the nation, following availability in the UK. Well, we're still not quite all the way to a full-blown release, but this week still brings us greatly expanded European Cortana access, as Microsoft brings an alpha version to users in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. What does that “alpha” business mean? Well, for the moment Cortana will only be ...

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    HTC sure looks like it's working on some very powerful new hardware. Well, maybe it's not yet clear just what all these devices are, but whether we're talking One M9 or this new model codenamed Hima (if they aren't simply the same thing), there's a lot in the rumored specs to like. This year HTC already gave us a very powerful Android, the One M8, and several months later saw fit to release a version of the handset running Windows Phone; will history repeat itself? We're still far too distant from all this to have a confirmed answer, but early reports certainly suggest it could be a ...

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    It's been quite a while now since we've talked about Windows Phone and Huawei in the same breath. The predominantly Android OEM has released a few models for the platform in the past, and when Microsoft was welcoming new manufacturers to its ecosystem back in February, it mentioned Samsung, HTC, and Huawei as a few of its continuing partners. Maybe the most recent development with Huawei and WP occurred in March, when we heard company execs discussing plans for an upcoming dual-boot Windows Phone/Android handset – one that never did manage to happen. So what went wrong? Why the sudden ...

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    After one too many leftover turkey sandwiches, topped-off with near-lethal doses of gravy, Thanksgiving – and the lazy weekend that follows it – is over for another year. If you're like many shoppers, you took a break from the food on Friday, bundled up against the cold, and headed out to try snagging yourself a Black Friday deal or two. And while all the Black Friday savings may be behind us, there's one last hurrah to be had, as retailers take one more big stab at getting your holiday shopping dollar, offering today's Cyber Monday savings. Now, some of the deals we mentioned for ...

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    A couple weeks back, it was time for the latest Lumia Windows Phone handset to go official, but this time the handset wasn't arriving as a Nokia device – with Microsoft's acquisition of the manufacturer's devices and services division long completed, the stage was finally set for the launch of a Microsoft-branded Lumia: the 535. The very budget-focused model was set to start rolling out to key markets in Europe and Asia, but at the time of Microsoft’s announcement we didn't have a ton of specifics. This week the Lumia 535's story starts becoming a little more clear, as we see the ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    With autumn very much making its presence felt, and the last days of 2014 looming ahead, the mobile electronics market is about to make another of its regular shifts, temporarily moving away from a time dominated by launch after launch, and instead focusing more on getting these products into our hands. We've just come off a couple big months of launches, led in by IFA in early September, and peppered with iPhone, iPad, and Nexus announcements in the weeks that followed. But now with the holiday season arriving as an unavoidable juggernaut, we're about to see the steady flow of new devices ...

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    Late last month we saw Microsoft get into the fitness tracker game with the launch of the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with GPS, messaging support, and even a UV sensor. While the company was quick to put its Band up for sale, initial stocks were low, making it tricky to get your hands on one (at least we managed to, bringing you our review in the process). But now the Microsoft Band is seeing its stocks replenished, as Microsoft begins to make more available in its online store in just a couple minutes. Starting this afternoon at 1pm Eastern (which is right about now if ...

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    Two weeks back HTC got its Hot Deals started with one hell of a sale, making the brand-new Nexus 9 available for half price. A week later we saw the company follow that up with an offer that would knock $350 - this time more than half price - off the no-contract HTC One M8. Now Tuesday has once again rolled around and we're ready to learn about the company's newest offer. This week you have your pick of products, with HTC knocking fifty percent off your choice of phone accessory. Now, what counts as an "accessory?" Will the RE camera make the cut (not likely)? The sale goes live in just a ...

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    HTC's One M8 for Windows may be a few months old by now, but it's experiencing a burst of popularity lately thanks to its greatly expanded availability, with the smartphone coming to both AT&T and T-Mobile. If you've still been on the fence about picking one up, HTC's got a new offer to help sweeten the deal a little, hooking new shoppers up with a free Dot View case to complement their smartphone. Here's the skinny: buy a One M8 for Windows between the first of November and the end of January to qualify for your free Dot View case in Xbox green. Then hit up the online registration ...

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    Four years ago, Microsoft invited smartphone fans to take a chance on its new mobile platform, introducing the world to Windows Phone 7. And take a chance with it we did, eagerly covering its hardware and software. Two years into its life, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, the next major revision for its OS, and while that was great news for users already looking to upgrade to a new, native WP8 device, things didn't look so good for the WP7 crowd, as Microsoft shared news that no WP7 phones would see WP8 updates at all, and the best they could hope for was to end their lives on WP7.8. ...

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    Sure, it may be affordable, but that doesn't necessarily constitute purchasing a Lumia 535 – or does it? Our list of Microsoft Lumia 535 specs, painstakingly compiled for your pleasure right over here, will help you out with that decision. Yes, the Lumia 535 is midrange. Some may even venture to call it low-end, and its price reflects that, but the specs aren't entirely down the drain here as you might expect. Read on, and you may actually be surprised at how much utility 110 euros can net you. Happy or not about this phone, let us know your thoughts in the comments after going through ...

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    There you have it, the first Microsoft Lumia announcement. Microsoft's Devices and Services Group has announced today the Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM, two affordable new midrange smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Get the scoop on them. There's a wide-angle front-facing 5MP camera (selfies, anyone?), and a 5-inch qHD display. There's access to all of Microsoft's newest services, like Skype and OneDrive – 15GB free storage included with the latter – and there's a full installation of Windows Phone 8.1's Denim update. Notice all the 5s? Jo Harlow of Microsoft says that ...

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    Tomorrow is November 11, which means that the Microsoft launch announcement we saw teased late last week is just about to happen. The company's excited about showing off Microsoft-Lumia-branded handsets, dropping Nokia once and for all, but just what can we expect to see launch? One likely prospect is the Lumia 535, understood to be a mid-range device. As we wait to get confirmation of Microsoft's launch news, some newly detailed Lumia 535 specs have leaked, attempting to clue us in on what we've got to look forward to. Let's start with the screen, a healthy enough five-inch size, but with ...

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    Microsoft told us on October 24 that we can, depending on what you feel, say goodbye to the Nokia Lumia, or be excited about the Microsoft Lumia, as the Redmond-based company is going through with its rebranding process of the (now Microsoft-owned) Finnish manufacturer's Windows Phone line-up. With the same occasion, we were given hints that a smartphone is in the works, and on its way, and today, we're getting solid confirmation. Behind the hashtag #MoreLumia lies a genuine teaser up on Nokia Conversations page. You're invited to "come back on November 11, to find out more!", and that's ...

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    Is HTC a company that's in the process of recovery, or one that continues to falter? After some unfortunate losses on its quarterly earnings reports, HTC looked like it was on the brink of disaster, but little by little we've seen it turn that momentum around and inch back to profitability. In one sense, that's all that matters: that HTC's smartphone business is making money. But while it may no longer be bleeding cash, industry researchers are now pointing to what may be the next hurdle HTC needs to overcome if it wishes to remain a relevant handset manufacturer, as the company sees its ...

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    Verizon is losing exclusives left and right. Earlier today we saw Motorola break ground on the Moto Maxx, the different-in-name-only international alternative to the Droid Turbo on Verizon. A couple days before that, AT&T announced plans to carry the HTC One M8 for Windows, ending the Verizon exclusivity that has persisted since it launched in August. But AT&T's not the only carrier we heard would be getting the Windows-Phone-running One M8, and a leak late last month teased T-Mobile's interest in the phone. Now that's looking all sorts of confirmed, as a support page for the phone ...

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    Are you a Windows Phone user who's been sitting back and watching from a distance all the chaos going on with NFC-based mobile payments on smartphones? Those Android users had been talking about how great NFC payments were for years, and now Apple went and swooped in to bring things mainstream. And of course, as soon as it did, some players with a payment system of their own decided to push back, killing-off NFC payments at their stores in the process. As a Windows Phone fan, you used to be able to take a hands-off approach to the whole thing, declaring, “you other platforms work out NFC ...

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    There's no doubt about it: the Nokia name is going the way of the dodo when it comes to Windows smartphones, and Microsoft is now being quite upfront about its efforts to transition the Lumia brand into one we'll see on explicitly Microsoft-branded handsets. We've already checked out some leaks to that extent, but now a new series of images helps drive the point even further home, as China's TENAA regulatory agency publishes new shots of the RM-1090, a Lumia model sporting some eye-catching Microsoft logos. The 1090 is expected to be a dual-SIM mid-ranger, but right now its hardware ...

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    We just got finished telling you about AT&T's plan to welcome Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge into its stores on November 7, with sales beginning shortly thereafter, but that's far from the only new entry into the carrier's stable of device. In addition to that wrap-around phablet, this morning we catch wind of release announcements concerning an Android with a front-facer to die for, a couple Windows Phone models, and more. First up is the HTC Desire Eye, the company's new “selfie” phone that pairs a 13MP main camera with another 13MP shooter around front, complete with its own flash. ...

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    AT&T is set to start carrying the Lumia 830. The carrier confirmed as much back in early September, just days after the handset launched at IFA 2014. There's still no official date for exactly when the 830 will go up for sale, but the latest rumors have attempted to nail-down November 7 as the most likely possibility. As we wait to see if that date proves to be correct, some additional technical information on the handset is coming to light, and it's good news for anyone who likes wireless charging and broad accessory compatibility. We already knew the Lumia 830 would support wireless ...

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    Android Wear is a big deal for the evolution of smartwatches, giving developers a consistent platform they can code for, even as manufacturers release new and different wearable hardware. Really, its biggest limitation may be that whole “Android” bit of it, as while Wear makes it easy for you to use a Motorola smartwatch with a Samsung phone (or vice versa), you're out of luck if your phone choices fall over on the Apple or Windows side of the fence. To hear Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang talk about it, though, that's not a limitation that's necessarily set in stone, as he ...

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    It's that season again, when companies everywhere are sharing their latest financial reports. Will investors be facing record returns? Who's bringing in big profits, and who continues to struggle? We saw Apple weigh-in with its own data a couple days back, and now it's Microsoft's turn to follow along, as it delivers a report that looks pretty positive on the mobile front. Let's start with the good news: phone hardware sales are up, with Microsoft selling some 9.3 million Lumia handsets in the last quarter alone. Even compared to last year (well, for Nokia), that's an improvement, up from ...

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    Windows Phone is in smack dab the middle of some major re-branding. We started talking about such rumors in earnest back in early September, but the evidence predates even that: Microsoft would pick up the Lumia name directly, dropping the “Nokia” bit in the process, and Windows Phone would shorten to simply “Windows,” emphasizing the connectedness of Microsoft's ecosystem across form factors. We may not have gotten any big formal announcement for the latter, but Microsoft essentially confirmed the news with its announcement of Windows 10. The effort to phase out Nokia has been ...

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    Earlier this week we took a look at one of the latest virtual reality accessories to launch for smartphones, the VR One from Carl Zeiss. It looked a bit like the Samsung Gear VR, what with its strap for head-mounted operation, but sounded more like another Google Cardboard, dialing back on the custom software and hardware – though that also meant a much lower price point than the Gear VR, coming in around $100. It looks like that's just the start of a flood of similar devices from competing manufacturers, and today we check out an even more affordable option, as Archos announces its VR ...

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