Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8
  • by |

    Of all the understatements and mischaracterizations of the tech world, probably the most ignominious is the point-upgrade. No matter how many major improvements they've contained, updates like the bump from Android 4.3 to 4.4, and BlackBerry 10.1 to 10.2 have always seemed somehow less impressive due to their miniscule numeric promotion. And that's more true than ever before with Windows Phone 8.1. From the introduction of a native voice assistant to some long-overdue interface overhauls, Microsoft's new software injects some sorely-needed modernity into its smartphone platform, and we're ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    As smartphone races go, the battle to be thinnest around has (thankfully!) fizzled. Sure, a few OEMs try to push limits every now and then, but most of the big names are pretty comfortable around the sizes their flagship inhabit now, and show little interest in defying physics and trying to cram even more hardware into smaller spaces. Still, it is neat to know that there are at least some crazy thin options out there if that's your cup of tea, and a new rumor suggest that Windows Phone could soon get a seriously thin option of its own. While we haven't heard it mentioned among the list of ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We've heard a lot about the Verizon Samsung ATIV SE lately, including some leaked official press renders, as well as speculations regarding its internals. Looks like the rumors were spot on, as Verizon has made the Windows Phone available for pre-order on its website. It goes for $199.99 with a two-year contract, but if you choose not to sign on the dotted line, it will set you back $599.99. So what's inside the Samsung ATIV SE? A five-inch Full HD (1080p) AMOLED screen, 2.23GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card -- up to 64GB), 13MP ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Microsoft's Build 2014 keynote is still underway, and we weren't expecting any Nokia news until later in the day, but Stephen Elop has managed to surprise us by joining Microsoft on-stage and revealing the Lumia 930. The Lumia 930 features a five-inch 1080p display, has built-in support for wireless charging, and offers a 20MP main camera with optical stabilization.The phone's powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC. Sales of the 930 will begin this June, with a suggested price of about $600, off-contract. Nokia will introduce the phone to markets in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, while ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Will Nokia announce the Lumia 930 at its press event tonight? One week ago, we would have answered that question with a solid “probably,” but more recent rumors have suggested that the 930 might be a no-show, and maybe only the 630 would be on the menu. We'll know for sure in just a matter of hours, but even if the 930 isn't on the slate tonight, we're bound to see Nokia reveal the phone in the relatively near future. While so far we haven't had much to look at while talking about all these Lumia 930 rumors, today we finally get to put a face to the name, as the first render of the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Overnight, we got a little update about what to expect so far as the next wave of Windows Phone hardware launches goes, mentioning that we may hope to see retail availability for a number of new models begin on April 23. While those include some Nokia Lumia phones that we've been waiting to see launch for the better part of forever, they also mentioned a Samsung phone that's been on our radar since late last year, the rumored ATIV SE. We've been talking about it all along as Samsung's 1080p WP8 effort, but what more might we hope to expect from the phone? As we get into the home stretch ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Whatever happened to the Nokia Lumia 1820? We'd been talking about it since last year, and for a while we were hoping it might make an appearance at MWC, but then it dropped off the face of the earth. Was there still a chance this guy might be headed for launch, or were we barking up the wrong tree all along. As if from out of nowhere, the 1820 is back on our radar this evening, with a case maker's website alluding to the smartphone, along with a few rumored Samsung models. Noreve makes some fancy leather cases for a whole bunch of smartphones. Pull up one of those listings, and edit the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    On April 2, Nokia will unveil more Windows Phones, as the company itself has teased the event using the #moreLumia hashtag. Since it coincides with Microsoft's Build conference, we're likely to see an upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 device (or maybe more), but there's no word on whether we should expect a high end or a lower end phone (though multiple devices is still a possibility). According to the latest from @evleaks, T-Mobile Windows Phone fans should soon expect a Nokia device to land on Magenta's line-up. The codename mentioned is "Monarch". This T-Mobile Nokia Monarch could very well be ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    For the longest time now, we've been hearing about a new Windows Phone handset from Samsung. Considering how half-hearted the manufacturer's affinity for the platform has seemed, we were surprised to see anything new at all, and were doubly shocked when the specs attached to this phone seemed so high, with things like a 1080p display. More recently, we've heard that this model may arrive as the ATIV SE for Verizon, and even got to check out a leaked render. We still haven't heard any official word about the model, but a new rumor now attempts to zero-in on its launch date. According to ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    What is it about smartphones capable of running multiple operating systems (just like your laptop or home PC can) that has the companies involved so very, very scared? Could entities like Google lack so much confidence in their platforms that they feel compelled to derail OEM plans to deliver handsets that split their time between Android and something like Windows Phone? It's not clear just where everyone's motivations are, but for whatever reason, dual-OS hardware seems to be coming to a screeching halt nearly as soon it enters the public light. First we hear about ASUS backing down from ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Rumor has it that Nokia might be presenting its latest spread of Windows Phone handsets in just a smidge over a month from now, with a possible event in the works for April 19. We'd love to see that happen, as there are a handful of in-development models we've been following lately that we'd love to see go official. Candidates for what might show up have included the Lumia 630, Lumia 635, and the Lumia 930, which we recently heard is how the phone codenamed Martini might arrive. Today we add one more to the running, as we hear about what sounds like another budget-priced Lumia, the Lumia ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The All New HTC One won't grace us with its presence until the end of the month, and at this point we're beginning to wonder if HTC will have anything left to reveal at the announcement. From a sales guide to promotional materials to yet another undercover hands-on video, the leaks surrounding one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets refuse to let up – and we're here to talk about them in our latest pre-#ANHO podcast! Before that, of course, we've got the usual news of the week, including a duo of Samsung tablet reviews, rampant speculation about a brick-and-mortar Google ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Since last year, a couple big ideas have been floating around regarding changes Microsoft was rumored to make in how it permitted OEMs to deliver handsets running Windows Phone. One of those major shake-ups was the notion that Microsoft would start letting manufacturers deliver phones that were capable of dual Android/WP operation, and after months of uncertainty, we finally heard just a little over a week ago that the first such deal had been made, with new WP8 OEM Karbonn apparently getting Microsoft's permission. The other change we've heard rumored for Windows Phone licensing suggested ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Even at launch, there was nothing humble about the HTC HD2. With the largest screen ever grafted onto a smartphone, the first-of-its-kind Qualcomm Scorpion SoC, and the heaviest skin ever crafted for a Windows Mobile device (here called "HTC Sense" for the first time), the HD2 was a behemoth – the biggest spec beast ever devised. It married the touch-and-go simplicity of the iPhone with the power of WinMo 6 to produce the best Microsoft-powered smartphone anyone could ask for ... and back in 2009, there was no shortage of asking, with the device selling out repeatedly over its initial ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    You don't have to be paying extraordinarily close attention to the smartphone market to realize that Windows Phone is slowly but surely on its way up, while BlackBerry has been circling the drain. Even with those trajectories being pretty clear, BlackBerry started with enough of a head start to still outnumber Windows Phone users in many markets, including the US. It's taken a long time to get here, but the latest ownership statistics finally suggests that BlackBerry usage has fallen to the point where it's now eclipsed by the Windows Phone user base. For the three month period spanning ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version