Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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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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    Yes, there is a market for phones that are just too big to fit your hand, and both Microsoft and Nokia have been experimenting with the concept. We've seen the decent success that 6-inch devices like the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 have met, and if you thought that that's as big as Windows Phones would get, you're mistaken. Taiwan-based ODM Wistron as just showed-off its "Tiger" smartphone at Computex today, and boy is this device big. It sports a gigantic 6.45-inch display, and aside from its huge aspect, it also rocks some decent specifications, starting with a Qualcomm Snapdragon ...

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    We regularly find ourselves faced with a long list of new Nokia smartphone codenames. Some of those end up developing into the Lumia handsets we ultimately see released, and some of them we never end up hearing again. Today, @evleaks shares some of what he's learned about Nokia's potential plans all the way out into 2015, brings back a few familiar codenames, and introduces us to some all-new ones. He starts us off with some updates on properly numbered Lumia models, like talking about how the Lumia 635 is still on-track for a US release in July (if not sooner), although Sprint's version ...

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    Microsoft still has many of us waiting for the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 to the masses, and part of that wait also includes hardware. Surely we know that the usual suspects will launch phones, but lately that only guarantees Nokia phones. Many of us are still waiting for the confirmation of other OEMs to bring hardware and innovation to the platform, and Microsoft spilled its plans and partners today. Microsoft’s OEM division head Nick Parker took the stage at Computex today to talk about the future of Windows Phone, and mainly about the partners that we should expect very soon. ...

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    Just a few hours back we shared with you the latest info to help give us a sense for when to expect Windows Phone 8.1 updates to begin arriving for existing WP8 phones, with chatter out of Australia suggesting that things could get underway as soon as later this month. While we weren't 100% confident with just how reliable that news might be, it's still something we're quite interested in, as despite ongoing availability of the 8.1 Preview for Developers, Microsoft has yet to announce any hard dates for when 8.1 OTA updates might come to current phones. You know what they say about ...

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    Just about two months ago, Microsoft introduced us to Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014. We learned a lot about new features, and services like Cortana, and also got our first sense for what availability of 8.1 would like: developer preview first, then native 8.1 phones like the Lumia 630, and finally OTA updates for existing models. Back then Microsoft told us to expect those updates to land “in the next few months.” Subsequently, we've heard Nokia talk about distributing its Cyan firmware to its own phones (which will arrive alongside their 8.1 updates) sometime this summer. And while ...

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    So far today we've seen Apple announce iOS 8, and heard rumors about the possibility of Android 4.4.3 finally arriving, so why not finish out the major smartphone platform trifecta (sorry, Waterloo), with news of a platform update for Windows Phone? Back in mid-May we saw Microsoft release its first update to Windows Phone 8.1 since making it available to users participating in the company's Preview for Developers program. There wasn't a ton to that update, though, and really the most noteworthy change we were informed of was an improvement with battery life. Would the next update be more ...

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    WhatsApp has been missing from the Windows Phone Store for almost two weeks, as the application got unpublished due to some users having difficulties in fully utilizing the offering. Yesterday, Joe Belfiore reassured everyone that the app would be back soon, as they were working on a fix, and that's exactly what happened. Not only WhatsApp returns to the Windows Phone Store, but it does so with a new version, that brings some features (present on other platform clients though) to the table. In version 2.11.490 you'll find chat backgrounds, broadcast lists, privacy settings, media ...

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