Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    Microsoft's launch of Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 has been met with much praise. Surely this is the first version of Cortana that many of you are experiencing, but in no way can this service be considered as a lesser product than the more mature services we find on iOS and Android. Still, the biggest problem with Cortana is that it's currently only available for Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the US, or at least was the problem, as it's about to change. Cortana's program manager Marcus Ash has just tweeted about the future of Cortana outside the US. He claims that unless something comes up, ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    Over three months have passed since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014, and the distribution of OTA updates has finally begun; users in more and more markets are upgrading to the latest version of the platform, and those who haven't yet will be joining them soon. But Build wasn't just about the main 8.1 release itself, and also brought us news about some of the add-on features that would be arriving to complement it. For instance, we were told about big changes coming to the lockscreen, with a new API delivering never-before-seen (on Windows Phone) levels of customization. ...

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    Last week Satya Nadella addressed Microsoft's employees, talking about his vision for where the company's focus needs to lie going forward. This week, that push for change starts hitting closer to home for many, as Microsoft announces layoffs affecting some 18,000 workers. Stephen Elop addresses that difficult decision in a message distributed to the Microsoft Devices Group this morning, but more than just talking about the effect on staff, he also discusses shifting priorities for the business. That won't be without its casualties either, and the first one on the chopping block looks to ...

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    Both the Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Cyan updates have barely reached some Nokia Windows Phones in the market, and already some customers are experiencing issues. These updates both intend to bring your current Nokia Lumia device up to date with Microsoft's latest software and features, but it seems that if you decided to give these features a try early, you might be in for a little trouble. There is a thread on the Nokia support forums where certain users have been left with a bricked device after trying to install the update, but it seems that certain specific conditions have been ...

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    Even though the race between Google and Microsoft over which company has the most popular search engine was defined years ago, each company is free to do what it wants with its mobile operating systems. Windows Phones have never allowed you to switch Bing as the default action when you press the physical search button, but Windows Phones manufactured by Nokia and other OEMs did allow you to switch your search results on Internet Explorer. Sadly that seems to be an option that's about to change, at least for some Lumia handsets. It seems that some of the newer Lumia smartphones like the ...

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    It's been a few months since Microsoft made its big Windows Phone 8.1 announcement back at Build in early April, and WP users everywhere have been patiently (and some not so patiently) waiting since to get their hands on full WP8.1 updates. Sure, the Preview for Developers offered many of you an early peek at the changes, but that came without phone-specific software updates that promise to really make the WP8.1 experience shine. Evidence had strongly been pointing to a July release of OTA updates, and today Microsoft goes official with the start to its distribution, announcing the release ...

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    Smartphones are wildly powerful devices. They have processing power and memory that rivals PCs of just a few years past, and while their screens may be tiny, they often have the resolution to measure up pixel-for-pixel with full-sized monitors. Yet despite all theses resources, phones often end up coming in seriously behind PCs in one key area: web browsing. There are plenty of reasons for why this continues to be, and one big one is incompatibility with Adobe Flash. Putting all arguments about technical limitations versus intentional handicapping aside, the fact of the matter is that a ...

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    Satya Nadella is finishing out his first six months as CEO of Microsoft, a time that's saw the company already make some big steps in mobile, like the unexpected release of the Surface Pro 3 or the completion of the Nokia Devices & Services acquisition. As the company heads into fiscal year 2015, Nadella is addressing his troops via staff-wide email, and spells-out a modified core vision for the company, impacting its focus on hardware. At least, Microsoft used to describe itself as a “devices and services” company, but Nadella's not satisfied with how that reflects its current ...

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    Microsoft may not be famous for its late announcement of Windows Phone 8.1, but the amount of features included were enough to justify its timing. Microsoft's new mobile operating system is finally on par with its leading competitors in almost every relevant feature, and it seems that the guys at Redmond are now focusing on speed when it comes to the major updates to Windows Phone 8.1. A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Windows Phone would receive two GDR updates in 2014, Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 happening in July and GDR 2 happening some time in November. Some new rumors have it that ...

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    About a month back we got to check out a pretty comprehensive Nokia leak, detailing the company's long-term smartphone strategy stretching all the way out into fall 2015. While that included a lot of still-very-far-off devices, there were a number described as being just over the horizon, ready to land sometime in Q3 as the first models shipping with WP8.1 GDR1. Those included phones like the ones codenamed Superman, Tesla, and the anticipated McLaren flagship. Today we switch focus from codenames to model numbers, as a newly leaked roadmap shows the progress towards bringing three new ...

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    So far today we've been dealing with a higher-than-usual concentration of news surrounding Windows and Windows Phone, checking out rumors both about Android-running Lumias and Android app compatibility for pure WP8 devices. While that last report drifted into software territory, we're swinging back over to the hardware side of things as a couple new rumors discuss new Windows Phone and new Windows RT devices. First up, we could be looking at a new version of the Lumia 1520 phablet, the 1525. The only differences we've heard mentioned so far are that the 1525 would run WP8.1 out of the box ...

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    Is this week shaping up to be one chock full of news about smartphone software breaking through platform boundaries, reaching new users and coming from companies you wouldn't necessarily expect? We already brought you that rumor about an Android-running Lumia handset, and now we're seeing the resurgence of some other claims arising at that same intersection between Android and Windows Phone, as rumors about Android app compatibility coming to Microsoft's platform resurface. If this sounds familiar, that's because it should, since this rumor first popped up back in February. Those were ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 635 is probably one of the most anticipated phones of the year. Surely it's not the most powerful or good looking phone in the market, but the fact that costs between $99 to $129 off-contract, and even better, the fact that it runs Windows Phone like a champ, are all reasons to make this phone a success. Recently the device was pulled from the Microsoft Store for reasons that we still can't explain, but the problem seems to be solved today. As of today you can pre-order the Nokia Lumia 635 on the Microsoft Store if you want to use it on T-Mobile. We still don't know why ...

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    When it comes to Windows Phone, the big we're waiting on at the moment isn't hardware, but software: the just-about-to-drop OTA updates bringing Windows Phone 8.1 to all these existing WP8 models out there. But soon enough, those updates will be upon us, and we'll inevitably set our sights to what's next over the horizon. Some new hardware, perhaps? A leak last month attempted to lay out Microsoft's plans for Nokia devices as we head into the second half of the year, not to mention what might be coming up in 2015, and today we get an early look at what just might be one of those upcoming ...

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