Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    It's a story we've sadly seen all too many times before: a developer comes out with its hot new mobile app for iOS, and maybe delivers an Android port... and then that's it. Either due to a lack of resources or perceived lack of benefit, users of smaller mobile platforms find themselves getting left behind. Companies like Microsoft and BlackBerry have been doing what they can do encourage developer engagement with their platforms, and today we learn of at least one of those efforts paying off, as Windows Phone users finally get a mobile version of Photoshop. Photoshop Express has already ...

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    Summer can be expensive: all those tankfuls of gas for road trips to the beach, tickets to the latest blockbuster movie, and you probably don't even want to look at what that A/C is costing you to keep cool. If you're trying to keep a handle on spending, though, that doesn't mean you have to pass up on some of the hottest smartphones and their accessories, and today we've spotted a couple solid deals that should help your summer dollar stretch a little farther. Apple's iPhone pricing has been notorious for its resistance to discounts. That's not to say that we don't see them, but while ...

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    Even though most of us are still waiting for Microsoft to launch Windows Phone 8.1 to our devices, we already know that it's becoming official in some regions, at least in Finland for now. If you're still wondering how far are we from this reaching our shores or carriers, well you're not alone. The cool thing is that it should only be a matter of time for other regions to receive the update, as Microsoft has already begun to publish documentation surrounding the update in an official manner. Microsoft has just published its Windows Phone 8.1 update history page, which clearly points to the ...

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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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