Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    We knew that Microsoft's initial release of its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones wouldn't support every WP8.1 handset under the sun, but we didn't expect it to be quite as limited as it was, with zero support for flagship hardware. Instead, the release worked with half-a-dozen recent low-to-midrange handsets. Now, you could just wait for future Windows 10 previews if you find yourself with some of that not-yet-supported hardware; Microsoft's been very clear that compatibility is only going to get better. But if you're the impatient type, with a streak of DIY confidence running ...

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    The day you've been waiting for has arrived: the Windows 10 preview release for existing Lumia smartphones is here. We've known to expect it for sometime in February, but after last week's rumored start to the preview failed to happen, we were left without a great sense of an ETA. All we needed was a little patience, because today Microsoft finally flips the switch, inviting curious Windows Phone users to get an early taste of Windows 10 on their phones. To get the preview on your phone you'll need to register for the Windows Insider program, though that's free and easy (hit up the first ...

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    Earlier today we told you about a little promo Google's got going, where in exchange for you going over a security checklist to help insulate your account against attack from ne'er-do-wells, Google will bump your free Drive storage up by 2GB – not too shabby. Well, that's just half of the free-cloud-storage action that's going around today, and Microsoft's also looking to hook you up with some free storage, to the tune of a hefty 100GB. Register yourself a Bing Rewards account, and in exchange for signing up for OneDrive promo emails, Microsoft will give you 100GB of OneDrive storage – ...

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    While we're talking about Windows 10 phone, and eagerly waiting for the Technical Preview to become available so that we can take a look under the hood, the situation isn't so rosy when it comes to Windows Phone 8.1, and some T-Mobile devices. While the Lumia 635 and the HTC One M8 for Windows, from T-Mobile's offer, come pre-installed with Windows Phone 8.1, the carrier is not planning on delivering a Windows Phone 8.1 update to any other phone, except the Lumia 521 and the Lumia 925. This means that if you're currently rocking an HTC 8X, or a Lumia 810, your chances of getting the ...

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    Three weeks: we've got just three weeks to go until one of the biggest times of the year for smartphone, tablet, and wearable news, with Mobile World Congress 2015 set to get started in Barcelona during the early days of March. That's already meant companies like Samsung, HTC, Huawei, and more teasing their MWC events, sending out early invites to the press. The latest company to get us psyched-up for its MWC showcase is Microsoft, as its own invites start hitting inboxes. Unlike the many manufacturers holding their press events on March 1 (MWC-proper doesn't start until March 2), ...

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    In another year from now, we'll be talking about all the new smartphones shipping with Windows 10 already on them, but for the moment our more pressing concern is what the Windows 10 upgrade situation will look like on currently-released WP8.1 hardware. Last week word came in that the Windows Insider preview release would indeed run on lower-end 512MB RAM hardware, and this week Joe Belfiore is talking a little more both about that preview release, as well as the issue of Windows 10 on 512MB RAM phones. First up, we hear a comment on these 512MB RAM phones that mirrors some of what company ...

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    Back in the early days of October 2013, HTC laid out its then-most-recent quarterly figures, confirming the worst: the company was losing money, and a lot of it. Instead of the tens of millions of dollars it was making just a couple quarters prior, the company was in the whole for a hundred million. In the time since, we've seen big efforts made to put HTC back on the right track, and it's moved on from putting a stop to those losses, to actually turning some decent profits again. Today the manufacturer releases its Q4 2014 numbers, and while it's not earning money hand-over-fist, it's ...

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    We started yesterday off with an exciting development for Microsoft's next-gen smartphone platform: no, not the public start of the Windows 10 preview, but maybe the next best thing – some leaked screenshots of the release in action. We got to see the new Action Center, system settings interface, and even that post-update Super Bowl quote we heard about earlier this week. This morning we find ourselves with a new round to check out, as further Windows 10 phone preview screenshots surface. What have we got here? The pics appear to reveal an audio recording app, and keyboard software shows ...

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    The Lumia 830's model number might be a full hundred digits below Windows Phone’s true flagship, but the step down in prestige also brings a step down in size: at 8.5mm and 150g, the Lumia 830 is a very palm-friendly, very pocketable little Windows Phone. The sides are cool aluminum and the back is a polycarbonate panel available in several colors and adorned with the old NOKIA logo – one of the last uses of the legacy branding you’ll see on a Windows Phone. Popping it off reveals a removable battery and a MicroSD expansion slot, increasingly rare customizations these days and ...

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    "Lumia 930, 1520 and Lumia Icon will get “Hey Cortana” voice activation as part of the Lumia Denim update", says the official wording from Microsoft. This feature would basically allow certain Denim-powered phones to be on the lookout for the "Hey Cortana" keyword, which would activate the functionality to further improve the user experience. This is based on chipset features which enable the phone to listen to certain keywords (in this case, "Hey Cortana") in order to trigger a feature. However, in the UK, the O2 Lumia 930 Denim update rollout has begun; strangely, the "Hey Cortana" ...

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    …and that’s not entirely Microsoft’s fault. After watching the Microsoft Windows 10 event I decided to give Windows Phone another shot, for a week. It was either that, or because I missed using the platform; it could have also been because I wanted to see what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1, or that getting an Xbox One for two weeks pushed me to it. So I used Windows Phone exclusively for a week (I still have until Sunday, though it's a pain), on an HTC One M8. I’m putting it back in the drawer and switching back to my previous phone, on another platform. Windows Phone is not good ...

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    The final release of Windows 10 is still months and months away, but Microsoft is happy to give users eager for a preview an early look at the operating system. The PC preview has been out for a while now, and for the past few weeks we've been anticipating the start of a similar preview for phones. Earlier this month Microsoft started prepping for its release by publishing its Phone Insider app, and at the Windows 10 event last week, the company confirmed its intention to make that preview available in February. As we approach that release, Microsoft is updating the Insider app, giving it ...

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    The issue of app availability across platforms found itself in the news again last week, as BlackBerry CEO John Chen made a (by many accounts misguided) plea in the name of net neutrality to legally force developers and content providers to bring their work to his platform. We discussed the issue at some length on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, where Editorial Director Michael Fisher offered evidence of the app gap on another platform, pointing out how Chase was in the middle of pulling the plug on its Windows Phone app. As it turns out, Chase isn't the only financial institution leaving ...

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    With all Microsoft had to show at last week's Windows 10 event – from HoloLens to Spartan, not to mention what the new OS will mean for the company's smartphones – there are plenty of good reasons to be excited for what Microsoft's doing next. But before we start focusing too much on the future, it's time for another round of looking back on past performance as Microsoft release its latest quarterly financial figures. The overall picture is a mixed bag, but the company does manage to score a few wins in mobile, especially with the help of the Surface Pro 3 and its Lumia phones. Last ...

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    Windows 10 is coming to existing Windows Phone models, right? At least, the initial word from Microsoft was that “all Lumia Windows Phone 8” models would get Windows 10 updates. And then at yesterday's event, Microsoft pushed beyond that Lumia limitation and clarified that Windows Phone 8.1 models in general – presumably including those from other OEMs – will be upgrading to Windows 10. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, we're not out of the woods just yet, and in a new blog post published overnight, Microsoft pencils-in a few asterisks next to those update guarantees. Microsoft exec ...

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    There was a lot going on in Windows Phone-land (as of January 21, just Windows-land) with Microsoft introducing Windows 10 as a unified platform across different devices with different form factors. However, one of the applications that were missing from the Windows Phone store (which, together with others, made up the so-called "app gap") was Dropbox. Said "app gap" just got smaller as Dropbox for Windows Phone has been officially introduced by the company (those rocking Windows tablets will also be able to grab it). It is a full fledged application on par with its Android and iOS ...

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    There's already a Windows 10 preview for PCs; what about a smartphone release? We've heard that Microsoft was getting such a thing ready, but had been unsure about the timeframe. Today at its Windows 10 event, the company confirmed its intent to release that update after the Super Bowl - that means we can start looking for it in early February. How can you get access to the preview as soon as its available? You'll need to register as a Windows Insider, details for which you can find through the source link below. Insiders won't just get the first crack at Windows 10 on phones, but will ...

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    With the clock ticking down until Microsoft's Windows 10 event tomorrow, we find ourselves hugely excited for all the news we're about to get about the company's plans for its next generation of not just a mobile operating system, but a unified platform that will touch phones just as much as it does laptops and tablets. While the event might mark the upcoming availability of a Windows 10 preview for phone, it's bound to be quite a bit longer before the official release ready. When that day does arrive, Microsoft's already stated that current Windows Phone 8 Lumia models will see the ...

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    If you’ve been using the popular music-streaming app on Android and iOS for the past few months, almost nothing about today's Spotify news will surprise you. But for Windows Phone owners, there’s lots to celebrate indeed. The new Spotify Windows Phone update brings Microsoft's smartphone platform one step closer to parity with its Android and iOS rivals. Version 5.0.5491.5995 clears away the oversimplified, space-wasting Spotify of yore with a refresh that cleans up the layout, streamlines the typefaces, and dims the background so the content "pops" more dramatically. It also ...

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    Another year, another International Consumer Electronics Show behind us. Was 2015's one that will go down as a banner year in the annals of history? We didn't see any huge show-stopping announcements, nor surprise reveals of everyone's-talking-about-it hardware, but the show we did see unfold over the course of last week was still a totally solid offering, packed with lots of great phones, tablets, wearables, and accessories that all came together to place us on some solid footing as we get ready for the rest of this quarter's launches. As we start thinking about gearing up for MWC in ...

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    Last week we saw countless smartphone companies jockeying for a moment in the spotlight, as they all struggled to get their products some attention at a crowded trade show. Of course, there comes a point where you get big enough that you don't have to rely on some expo to get the public's attention, and there are few companies out there that can say they're as big as Microsoft. So even a week removed from CES, when Redmond comes strolling along with a couple new smartphones, we're sitting up and taking notice. That's just what the company's doing today, revealing the Lumia 435 and Lumia ...

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    It's been a while since we last had the chance of holding (testing, using, etc.) a Samsung-made Windows Phone. The South Korean manufacturer is comfortably leading the pack when it comes to smartphones powered by Google's mobile operating system, Android, but, according to recent reports, Samsung might be considering a comeback in the Windows Phone game. According to the Korea Times' unnamed sources, we can expect to see some Samsung Windows Phone 8.1 devices soon; these phone would allegedly be mid-rangers or lower-end devices being aimed at the cheaper, low-cost segment. The publication ...

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    CES 2015 is already starting to wind down, and though we've been able to check out a nice assortment of new products, there hasn't been much to share from the world of Windows Phone. Sure, we got those platform-agnostic Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 3 models, but nothing really high-end; anything like new Lumias will have to wait. Almost as if in a conciliatory gesture, Microsoft has decided to give us something to tide us over until its next major launch, and today announced plans to release new gold-hued special editions of the Lumia 830 and Lumia 930. Both the 830 and 930 will be coming out in ...

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    As you may recall, ten days ago I returned to my long-neglected Lumia 1020 for the holidays. This overdue reunion of contrarian nerd with fringe platform was meant to answer a question we get quite often in the Pocketnow Weekly mailbag: at the dawn of a new year, is Windows Phone still a world worth moving to (or even visiting)? In an atmosphere of delayed flagship launches and growing skepticism among some smartphone manufacturers, the question is more pertinent than ever. The answer, as it turns out, is yes — but it carries some very important qualifiers, and it's certainly not ...

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    It's been a long time coming, but smartphones that share the same hardware across disparate operating systems are finally starting to go mainstream. Sure, models like the HTC HD2 have managed to run nearly every OS under the sun thanks to a dedicated dev community, but we're talking commercial support here: like how HTC introduced that Windows Phone version of its One M8. Now Alcatel Onetouch is the latest to join that crew with a new tri-platform lineup of phones, as well as the arrival of a new, affordable smartwatch. The Pixi 3 can run your choice of Android, Firefox OS, or Windows ...

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