Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    Last month the app returned to the Windows Phone store after a hiatus, and the WhatsApp new version brought some new features to the table. The client got functionalities already present on other platforms, but, needless to say, welcome additions if you're using the service on your Microsoft-powered smartphone. If you're heading over to the source link below, or check your Store app on the phone, you'll see that there's a new version of the app available, 2.11.516. While the changelog isn't extensive, you should receive "various enhancements and bug fixes" which will improve your user ...

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    Following yesterday's release of the Nokia Z Launcher, we're once again in that same place we found ourselves several months back when all the Nokia X hardware was being confirmed, a little tickled to be seeing Nokia crossing the tracks over to the Android side of town. As fate may have it, this feeling might extend a little longer, as Nokia puts up a teaser that could just be hinting at a new Android hardware release... or is it? Here's what we have: Nokia (the Devices & Services, now-part-of-Microsoft bit) has posted a teaser announcing “summer brings out our inner glow” and ...

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    If you all remember, a ton of OEMs and software companies pledged to come-up with interesting solutions in order to avoid smartphone theft. While this is not necessarily a "kill switch", the idea is to make theft of phones less compelling, even though there is no such thing as a perfect service. We all saw how Apple did this back in September with iOS 7, were now a user can avoid thieves from wiping a device and making it theirs after stealing the device, and now Redmond wants a piece of the pie. Microsoft is reportedly already working on giving us activation control with the launch of ...

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    What is it with Nokia and the intersection between smartphones and fashion? While other companies focus on wearables like smartwatches and headsets, Nokia's been taking a positively haute couture attitude towards wearables, showing off fashionable (if not eminently impractical) conversation-starters like that Lumia 1520 skirt we looked at this past winter. Today we're checking out a similarly off-the-wall effort from Nokia and a designer, as we learn of what Nokia calls the first-ever “wireless charging trousers.” The slacks from designer A. Sauvage marry a typical pair of pants with ...

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    Windows phone has long had the reputation for running great on all things. It’s that reputation that in most editors’ opinions makes the 50ish dollar Lumia 520 a virtual steal. Here you have a phone that would barely tread water with Android, and probably even iOS on it, and with Windows phone, it’s doing laps in an Olympic sized pool. When Windows Phone 8.1 came out, there was much rejoicing. Cortana was far and away the star of the show, but numerous other features – a notification center and live tile backgrounds in particular – made this new update so great because it really ...

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    Though Cortana itself is getting better by the day, actually firing up the voice assistant is not as simple. You have to either hold down the search button, or use a live tile, which significantly slows the process of quickly getting information. New information from Microsoft employee Marcus Ash suggests that the company is working on a voice-activated Cortana for the future. Windows Phone products rocking always-on Cortana would find themselves in the same league as the Moto X in the sense that a voice assistant would be always available. There are a couple drawbacks, however, to having ...

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    Even though Windows Phones are quite famous for being very efficient in their hardware requirements, they haven't beaten any records when it comes to form factors, unless you start to consider the Nokia Lumia 1020, obviously. Still, Microsoft is coming up with a ton of very interesting partnerships this year in order to boost Windows Phone 8.1 in markets like Asia. If you're wondering what the plan is, and how Microsoft's partners plan to differentiate the future products, here's a glimpse. India's-based XOLO is quite famous for making some decent smartphone designs at a very affordable ...

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    Microsoft is really trying to grow Windows Phone beyond the mainly-Nokia show the platform has become lately, and earlier this year we heard the company announce a boatload of new OEMs tapped to start producing WP hardware. More than just getting new companies involved, this effort also seeks to give Windows Phone a higher profile in developing markets, and a lot of this focus has been on Asia. We've been keeping an eye on what this means for India, like last month's news from Obi Mobile, and today we check out another player, as Micromax launches its first two Windows Phone 8.1 models. ...

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    One of the coolest features of Windows Phone 8.1 is the Cortana voice assistant. While it still has it quirks, updates are flowing in all the time and many have grown to love it. A new interview Search Engine Land conducted with a Windows Phone team member suggests that Microsoft may be looking to bring Cortana over to the other two major mobile platforms, Android and iOS. While Marcus Ash, the interviewed Microsoft employee, doesn't explicitly state that Cortana is coming to Android and iOS, he says Microsoft is definitely considering it. Here's the exact quote: We want to scale ...

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    Nokia has had a lot of success making really high quality mobile phones at very inexpensive price points. This was true 20 years ago, and these days Nokia (now in the form of Microsoft's handset division) is trying to translate that success to the smartphone market. Of course smartphones are far more complicated than the mobile phones of the 90s and they're more expensive to make, but as Nokia proved with the Lumia 520, it's still possible to make something that works very well without costing $600. The Nokia Lumia 630 is another one of those inexpensive smartphones that cuts out a lot of ...

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    With wearables (and even smartphones, lately) focusing mostly on fitness and lifestyle, gadgets like the Fitbit are more and more common among tech-oriented people that want to either improve, or just keep track of their lifestyles and activities. We even told you about the 60,000 steps necessary to bring you our CES 2014 coverage, so there's a lot of health-related, and fun reasons to use one. However, most of the wearables only support one (some) mobile platforms, and Fitbit is just like that. Luckily, a forum post reassures Windows Phone users that there will be support, sometime in the ...

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    We're still waiting around for Windows Phone OEMs to make with the release of OTA 8.1 updates (and the latest leak suggests we could still be about a month out from seeing the first of them land), but for users who have taken the initiative to manually install Microsoft's WP8.1 Preview for Developers on their phones (and there sure are a lot of you out there), we've already seen a few platform updates arrive. The first popped up around this time last month, with an eye on improving battery life, and the second arrived just last week, adjusting how settings are applied and making other ...

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    What's the one thing you would improve about your smartphone if you could? Give it more storage? A higher-res display? Valid answers, but we already have a lot of options in those areas, and if you shop around you can usually find at least some model that suits your needs. But if you said “battery life,” well, that's a different story. There are a handful of devices out there with really giant batteries, like the old Droid Maxx models, select phablets, or the odd device with a tablet-sized battery, but all too often these arrive with one or more trade-offs. And you could always get an ...

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    Curved screens? Got 'em. Done deal. With LG's G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round, smartphones have cleared that hurdle. What's next promises to be a bit more interesting, though, as we look forward to the day when phones will not just be curved, but foldable, with displays that can take a bend and keep right on working. Samsung and LG are both working on improving their flexible OLED offerings in the hopes we'll get there one day, but at the recent Society for Display Information conference we learned about a new player showing off its own folding screens, as Nokia demoed a couple models. ...

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    So far, interacting with your smartphone by waving around your hands in the air hasn't really caught on as a killer feature. Samsung's been doing it for a while now, but not in a way that has found much acclaim. And Amazon appears to be considering sometime very similar for its own smartphone, expected to launch in just a couple weeks. We've also heard talk about Nokia's interest in this kind of tech, with rumors that a phone codenamed Goldfinger could introduce us to the company's 3D Touch system. Goldfinger itself may never see the light of day, but upcoming devices are still tipped to ...

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