Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
  • by | April 14, 2014 8:00 AM

    Of all the understatements and mischaracterizations of the tech world, probably the most ignominious is the point-upgrade. No matter how many major improvements they've contained, updates like the bump from Android 4.3 to 4.4, and BlackBerry 10.1 to 10.2 have always seemed somehow less impressive due to their miniscule numeric promotion. And that's more true than ever before with Windows Phone 8.1. From the introduction of a native voice assistant to some long-overdue interface overhauls, Microsoft's new software injects some sorely-needed modernity into its smartphone platform, and we're ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:54 AM

    Windows Phone 8.1 might not be available for your phone just yet -- but it will hopefully arrive soon -- but Microsoft seems to be preparing everything for when the refresh hits your device. And, if you own a Windows Phone, chances are you're using a PC; however, if you're the exception, and your computer of choice is a Mac, you might want to update your Windows Phone app client. The new version is available to download and Windows Phone 8.1 support is just one of the changes Microsoft added to the app. You will now also be able to drag and drop .DNG files to Browse Device UI, and there ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 4:09 PM

    Ever since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 at Build last week, we've been anxiously awaiting the release of the WP8.1 Developer Preview – OK, so it's been on our mind since even before Build, but now it's so close we can almost taste it. We've heard a few specific dates mentioned for its availability, and the first-such – April 10 – has finally come with no corresponding release. Earlier this week we heard Joe Belfiore talk about the software coming out during the “first part of April,” and today he gets much more specific, tweeting that fans should “check in early next ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 11:40 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's recent recruitment of an Amazon A9 Search guru with the idea to improve Apple Maps. LG follows the news as we get more details of the LG G Watch that's in the works. Then we talk about the rumors of a Sony Windows Phone 8.1 device, aside from the complaints of the Sony Xperia Z2 already. HTC is next as we talk about a new M8 "Ace" device that was recently leaked. We end today's show talking about the iWatch and some rumors of the device including a UV light exposure sensor. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Amazon’s A9 ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 5:41 PM

    Microsoft's latest platform update for Windows Phone is nearly upon us, with the company making its big WP8.1 announcement at Build last week, and the first handsets running the software arriving shortly. But once 8.1 is here, and existing phones have made the update to 8.1, what then? We're quite used to Microsoft pushing out smaller general distribution releases between the bigger ones – you might remember three such GDR updates that came between the Windows Phone 8 launch and the arrival of 8.1. We've already heard a little about what Microsoft might be thinking so far as its next ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 10:58 AM

    A couple of decades ago, Sony products were Sony products, but today we see a Japanese company that's struggling to make a dent in the smartphone market one more time. While Sony Xperia smartphones have done a decent job in gaining traction in Europe, the same can't be said in the United States lately. We've heard rumors of the company returning to its smartphone roots with Windows Phone, and today more of that continues. Reports have Windows Phone 8.1 GDR updates reaching new devices in July, and what's interesting about this is that apparently some Sony models will be in the mix as well. ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 7:39 PM

    With last week's announcements at Build 2014, Microsoft has left Windows Phone users salivating in anticipation of WP8.1. OTA updates are still a way's off, and the first all-new WP8.1 hardware won't be available for several more weeks, making the best chance a lot of enthusiasts will have to check out the platform in action the Developer Preview release. But just when will that be? Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Twitter yesterday to answer a few questions about WP8.1, and updated us on an ETA. Before we get to that, let's look at what we've heard so far. The first date to get rumored ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 11:04 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's push for wireless charging by bundling it with the Lumia 930. Then we talk about Windows Phone 8.1 and all the positive changes you can expect. HTC is next as we see the company working on a new Butterfly model with a regular camera. Apple follows the news as the trial against Samsung has revealed how worried the company is about Android. We end today's show talking about how the Obama administration is not happy with Samsung's silent selfie. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia to push wireless charging by bundling free ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 7:26 PM

    Microsoft's big Windows Phone 8.1 keynote address at Build 2014 was two days ago, but with the conference running through today, more and more 8.1 details have managed to trickle out. Let's take a look at a few of the changes that we've heard being talked about today: One of the improvements we're learning about concerns how user data is backed up to the cloud. Microsoft is aiming to give users a consistent experience across devices, especially as universal apps start arriving to give users access to the same code on Windows Phone 8.1 handsets and Windows 8.1 computers. In order to realize ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 5:13 PM

    When Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 8.1 on Wednesday as it got Build 2014 started, the company touched upon a ton of features and improvements that add up to make WP8.1 the significant upgrade it is. Among those was the new Word Flow keyboard, supporting the sort of gesture typing we first saw popularized with Swype. At the time, Microsoft mentioned how this new keyboard has been used in a record-setting speed typing attempt; if you're curious to check that out in detail for yourself, the company has just released the video of that action, besting the previous record by a solid two ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 3:27 PM

    Samsung's ATIV SE on Verizon just went official, but in kind of an underwhelming sort of way. The phone's been hanging around as the stuff of rumors since late last year, and though it's now confirmed and up for pre-order, the launch has been seriously low key: Verizon sent out a single tweet, and Samsung's mobile press page have been entirely silent on the ATIV SE. While that may make the phone an underdog right out of the gate, we might not necessarily want to read that as Samsung having low interest in Windows Phone, hearing now about possible plans for a WP8.1 handset. In contrast to ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 11:24 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's confirmed dates for its World Wide Developer's Conference, and what we expect to see. We then talk about Intel's attempt to bring 64-bit architecture to Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung follows the rumors as we land a leaked image for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, though with another name. Then we talk about Microsoft's possible launch date for the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1. We end today's show talking about Google's possible new business in the cellular carrier department, though depending on Google Fiber in a way. All this and ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:00 PM

    Microsoft gets itself a striking new digital assistant, Nokia prepares sharp new smartphone hardware, Samsung and HTC kick off a new round of rasslin', and Pocketnow team members start an informal book club! It might be a scatterbrained itinerary, but at least it's action-packed – and that's just scratching the surface of this week's epic two-hour mobile technology podcast. Join us as we debate the merits of Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana, the forthcoming Nokia Cyan update, and the Samsung ATIV SE before moving on to non-Build topics ranging from BoomSound to smartphone waterproofing ... not ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    When will you be able to get your hands on a working copy of Windows Phone 8.1? During yesterday's Build keynote announcement, Microsoft mentioned a few different windows for us to consider: “the next few months” for OTA updates, late April or early May for new phones running 8.1 (like the Lumia 630), and “this month” for the Developer Preview. We already heard an April 10 date rumored for the preview release, so is that what we're looking at here? Maybe not. A new leak sure suggests that there will be a slightly longer wait in store before the WP8.1 Developer Preview is ready for ...

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