Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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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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    Plenty of time has elapsed since the first whiffs of Windows 10 phone have floated around. Turbulence and truncation has turned into a triumph of sorts at the Windows 10 devices event today with the debut of the Lumia 550, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. While these three phones will come with Windows 10 out of the box, we now have an idea of when a software update will arrive for phones already out of the box. On the Microsoft Lumia Facebook page, the social media team put up a promo video for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. One of the comments asked about the timetable for a Windows 10 ...

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    Wow, we've lapsed a good length of time since our last coverage of anything to do with the Lumia 830 and the Denim update. We haven't see much progress on the special flavor of Windows Phone we saw Nokia-turned-Microsoft-turned... well, Microsoft less the Nokia acquisition work on. Several Nokia Lumia models have the Denim update that gives us much of the Lumia Camera 5 features we were impressed with. Not the Nokia Lumia 830. And not just yet. The second Denim update for AT&T versions of the Nokia Lumia 830 has set claws on the Windows Phone Recovery Tool servers. The update is tied ...

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    As one Mr. Ferris Bueller put it, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That's just as true for smartphones as so many other things in life, and with the rapid-fire pace at which new phones seem to always be arriving, sometimes it feels like a new phone is gone nearly just as soon as it arrived. The latest victim of rapid turnover appears to be the Lumia 640 at T-Mobile, as the carrier puts a permanent halt to online sales of the phone, barely over two months since it first welcomed the handset to its lineup. While Microsoft ...

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    Microsoft's got new Lumia hardware on the way – and to hear the latest rumors, we could be less than a month away from the debut of some new flagship-level handsets. And while Microsoft’s certainly not forgetting about its Windows Phone 8.1 lineup as the first pure Windows 10 phones emerge, with plans to release software upgrades that will bring those older models the company's new mobile platform, the company still has to make important decisions about which phones it wants to highlight as these new flagships arrive. That looks like it means one model not quite making it to its ...

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    The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is now available on AT&T in the States and we've got one of them to test out. As is the theme with Microsoft and their Windows Phones since shutting down Nokia, this is a budget friendly device that won't let you show off any ground-breaking incredible new features like Nokia used to do with the likes of the Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 from 2013.  The Lumia 640 XL is, however, quite a nice phone especially if you're into the giant-screen phablet style devices.  The Lumia 640 XL is only a bit smaller than the Lumia 1520 with its 5.7" screen versus the 1520's 6" ...

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    Every new smartphone stops getting updates eventually; maybe hardware requirements have gone up, or the user base has moved on to new handsets, but at some point it just stops making sense to allocate resource towards updating old phones. But even when it's not explicitly stated, many of us assume there's some level of grace period baked-in there – that we can expect a steady flow of updates for at least a year (and two if we're lucky). Sadly, that's just not the case in reality, and we're finally getting formal confirmation of one smartphone that's going without a major update. The ...

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    Windows 10 for PCs may be out today, but we've still got some time to go before we see Windows 10 Mobile make its commercial debut on new smartphones. While no one likes to wait, at least we have something nice to look forward to, as Microsoft has let us know we can finally expect some new flagship-quality Lumia phones. Considering how long it's been since we've seen some top-shelf silicon on the platform, that's big news. But for a while there, especially in the early days of 2014, it sounded like a new high-end Windows Phone model could be just around the corner, and we found ourselves ...

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    We just covered Apple's record-setting financial figures, and mentioned at the time how it's one of two giants in mobile sharing their performance this evening. The other is Microsoft, and the company's got some mixed figures to report when it comes to its smartphone game. Microsoft's problem is the growing popularity of budget-priced Lumia models, which just can't bring in a whole lot of money individually. And while Lumia sales in terms of units were very strong, growing some 3 million to 8.4M (as opposed to just 5.4M the same time last year), revenues took a dive, dropping 38 percent to ...

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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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