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    For the first time in recorded history, the International Data Corporation expects yearly global smartphone sales growth to fall under the 10-percent mark. Of course, growth is growth, and shouldn’t be interpreted as an ominous sign of what’s to come, unless we’re talking about Microsoft. Yes, IDC attributes market saturation, which will likely only get worse in the next four years, to the missteps of so-called “alternative platforms”, unable to provide competition for Android and iOS, and options for end users. Redmond suffers greatly both as far as profit margins are concerned ...

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    Gartner’s full mobile Q3 2015 sales numbers are in, and the identities of all the winners and losers should come as no shock to anybody the least bit familiar with recent market trends. Spurred by growing popularity in both China and Europe, Huawei managed to seize a generous 7.7 percent slice of the smartphone pie between July and September, up 2.5 points from the same period last year. Clearly, double-digit global share is the next realistic target for the makers of the Mate S and Nexus 6P, especially if the latter model puts Huawei on the US map. At the opposite end of the spectrum, ...

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    AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless has gained a reputation as one of the most generous US mobile carriers in recent years, often “selling” decent phones for free despite not demanding a contractual obligation. Naturally, the small operator’s holiday deals are always a sight to behold, this year letting you score no less than four Android and Windows handhelds sans upfront charges, as well as two more at deeply discounted prices. Now, granted, Christmas is still over a month away, and even Thanksgiving Day feels like a sweet but distant dream. You needn’t worry however, as ...

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    Not all hackers are vicious, antisocial, anarchy-loving people who only find pleasure in wreaking havoc upon government servers, TV studios and the personal lives of careless smartphone users with nude pics out in the open. In fact, many skilled computer specialists choose to lend their talents in the service of the greater good (for a price), discovering security vulnerabilities before black hat hackers. One such white hat “penetration tester” recently sat down with What Mobile Magazine, confessing among others he’s found Windows Phone trickiest to infiltrate of all of the world’s ...

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    It’s increasingly hard to get excited about the redesigned Microsoft Band 2 with all the limited and permanent discounts of the original model flying around, and we honestly wouldn’t be surprised if some retailer started giving away for free the 2014 fitness tracker soon. Granted, we’re not quite there yet, but the Microsoft Band that once fetched $200 now costs just $80 at Best Buy, both online and in nationwide brick and mortar stores. You can pick the right size for you from the three versions available without worrying over premiums, and at the time of this writing, no expiration ...

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    BlackBerry made a controversial move when finally jumping on the Android bandwagon, and while the financially struggling Canadian company insists it remains committed to its own proprietary platform, throwing in the OS towel altogether seems the right call nowadays. It started looking that way a long time ago, to be honest, as BlackBerry OS not only fell considerably behind the two market leaders holding the industry in a dangerous duopoly situation, but also lost contact with the bronze medalist. Needless to highlight Windows Phone (or should we say Windows Mobile now?) isn’t in a rosy ...

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    Guess all you hipsters ready to proclaim this or that social network as the next big online community will have to wait a while longer for Facebook to plunge into irrelevance. Mark Zuckerberg’s juggernaut continues to grow at a staggering pace, both as far as its user base is concerned and strictly from a financial standpoint. Roughly three years ago, FB reached a major milestone when the monthly active user count first exceeded a billion. Of course, critics were quick to point the finger at duplicate and outright fake accounts for artificially inflating the number, which is why it’s ...

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    What is it with non-Google tech giants and their fervent desire to replace stock Android dialer screens nowadays? Facebook launched Hello a while back, baking everything that makes the social network so popular into it, including detailed information on callers at a glance. Next up, Microsoft is reportedly working on a Skype-centric alternative for the little green robot, leaving us wondering whether Apple may soon try to port its own call and contact menus to the world’s number one mobile OS. That’s obviously highly unlikely, to say the least, so let’s focus on Redmond’s latest ...

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    Windows Phone is dead, long live Windows Mobile! Or perhaps Windows on mobile would be more fitting, since Microsoft’s intention going forward is clearly to provide greater consistency across multiple classes of devices, as well as a “universal” application architecture. In other words, what works for PCs should soon run on smartphones too, making the “Phone” suffix of the old OS name obsolete. Of course, end users can’t actually enjoy Windows 10’s superior productivity and synchronization of content on Lumias yet, having to stick to WP 8.1 until treated to OTA updates and ...

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    More or less functionally identical to the just-unveiled Microsoft Band 2, the decidedly cumbersome first-gen model clearly needs an affordability boost to preserve some minimal mainstream appeal. Originally priced at $200, the 2014 Band dropped to $150 a few months back, then fluctuated between $120 and $150 for a while. Now, at long last, the Microsoft Band is listed for $100 on the Redmond-based manufacturer’s e-outlet, and our hope is we’re not dealing with yet another flash sale. We’ve seen a couple of those already, including at third-party retailers, but before we could even ...

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    The final few months ahead of a new iPhone’s launch aren’t typically a period of growth for older models, even when looking at iterative “S” upgrades, and indeed, iOS devices have dropped to an historic twelve-month low in the US operating system ranks between July and August 2015. As iPhone 6 and 6 Plus adoption slowed down, Android managed to consolidate its already comfortable leadership position, rising from 64.4 percent market share in the three months ending August 2014 to 66.9 now. That’s a whopping 41.5 percentage points north of Apple’s 28.4 percent slice of the ...

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    Microsoft has made a ton of controversial changes to its mobile platform. From providing broader support to competing platforms with its newest services, to massive layoffs in the Lumia division, it's hard to not be concerned over the future of Microsoft's smartphone business. Satya Nadella has committed to continue building great Lumia offerings going forward, and today we hear more. Satya Nadella was recently questioned about his stance in mobile during the company's results conference call. When approached by Keith Weiss from Morgan Stanley on the company's smartphone business in the ...

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    If you thought the drama between Apple and Samsung was over think again. Surely the legal case is already defined, but it seems that the rest of Silicone Valley is not happy with the verdict against Apple. You could say this is a very late response to a case that finished months ago, but better late than never. Google, HP, Facebook among others have recently filed a "friend of the court" briefing as a protest to the Apple vs Samsung case. Apple accuses Samsung of infringing in patents that range from copying the basic design of the iPhone, to other features like multi-touch gestures and ...

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    We all want Windows Phone flagships! However, we should understand that it would make little sense to unveil high-end devices prior to Windows 10 Mobile's release, so we're all hoping to see some Windows Phone flagships towards the end of the year. There were a couple rumored, like the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL, with some of their specs getting leaked, in addition some details. Then we started hearing about a certain Lumia 950, with some specs mentioned, and now a report turns everything upside down. According to this report from China, the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL we've previously heard ...

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    So far we've heard everything we want to know about Windows 10 Mobile through the Microsoft Insider program. In addition, we also hear of devices like the Cityman and Talkman in the works. What we've vaguely been able to see is the future of Windows 10 Mobile on tablets, and today we get details. A new Ramos Q7 7-inch tablet has just passed through the TENAA certification process, and even though this is not the fanciest tablet in the world, it shows that there will be such a thing as tablets running Windows 10 Mobile. Listend specifications mention 7-inch 720p screen of undisclosed ...

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    Spotify's CEO has been clear that he's not necessarily stressing out over the launch of Apple Music. The company hasn't reported any significant loss in customers after the launch of Cupertino's service, and Apple Music is still far from perfect. That being said, it's hard to deny that some of Apple's features are quite awesome, and today we see Spotify respond. One of Apple's major selling points for Apple Music is the fact that its playlists are curated by real people. That can be both good and bad, given the fact that people's taste is both subjective and biased. Still, Spotify decided ...

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    If your virtual assistant of choice comes from the world of Halo, great news: she’s not confined to Windows Phone anymore. As we reported earlier today, an early Windows Insider build of Cortana for Android has leaked to the masses, and we've got it running like a dream on our Samsung Galaxy S6 review unit. It's a prerelease version, so performance might not exactly match what we'll see from Microsoft's final take, but it's a pretty darn polished Beta – and we're here to share it with you in our very first Cortana on Android hands-on! Check out the original news post for a few more ...

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    There's no denying that Qualcomm has gained a significant amount of popularity with its mobile processors. Surely the Snapdragon 810 has gained more negative publicity than anything else, but it doesn't change the fact that Qualcomm is still the most popular brand in the department. The EU seems a little concerned with this level of popularity, and just as it question Amazon and Apple for its business practices, Qualcomm is next. In a recent statement, Qualcomm has announced that the European Commission has initiated proceedings against Qualcomm with regard to the two ongoing ...

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    Some interesting numbers are in from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). DigiTimes is citing said figures to reveal that last month (June), China alone has shipped 33.77 million smartphones (of the total of 38.12 million handsets); despite the large number, it is down 8.7 percent (10.2 percent for total handsets) compared to the same period of last year. However, out of those 33.77 million smartphones shipped, 30.92 million were Android smartphones. To put things into perspective, China shipped 237 million handsets in the first half of the year, ...

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    Microsoft recently made a big deal over its launch plans for Windows 10 on July 29. The company published a full article confirming that the Windows 10 launch will be a full experience, as a way to connect with fans. The company teased hands-on opportunities and meet ups in 13 cities across the world, and even plans for its retail stores, though now it seems that not everything is for everyone. Microsoft may be expecting high demand for its launch plans on July 29, up to the point where it seems you'll need an invite in order to be able to participate to some of the plans the company ...

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    Microsoft's recent round of layoffs hasn't left the company with a lot of good publicity. We spent most of our last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly discussing our concern for the future of Windows Phone, mainly because Microsoft is doing away with most of its mobile team. As a result, we've heard Terry Myerson giving hope for flagship devices coming soon, and now we have Microsoft's CEO shedding some light. In a recent interview with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did his best to explain how Microsoft plans to succeed in Mobile. According to Nadella, one of the major ...

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    Microsoft ... sit down, please. We need to talk. This won't be long. By the time you finally lay off the 7,800 talented people you promise to, your employee rolls will settle just above 110,000. I know, you'll do just fine: that number's still about 60% better than it was a decade ago.  But by that same time, the government of Finland will seek a supplementary budget to specifically patch the gaping hole you, Microsoft, have left in the country's job market. According to the Helsinki Times, you have essentially ripped the lungs out of a dying town. 1,000 researchers and developers will ...

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    It seems the space race of tech giants has been to create a virtual assistant of their own. Apple started it off with Siri, Google followed up without much hesitation with Google Now, Microsoft then released Cortana... and now it seems like Facebook is about to get into the game (oh, and let's not forget SoundHound's Hound app – which we found to be pretty useful in our testing). According to a report out of The Information today, a virtual assistant codenamed Facebook Moneypenny right now could be making its way to the company's hugely popular Messenger communication application. A ...

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    Yes, you read that headline correctly. Nokia – at least, the part of Nokia that wasn't sold into Microsoft's Devices and Services Group (and then promptly mostly laid off not too long afterward) – is still alive and kicking. You may remember the company's latest Android effort, the N1 tablet, which we previewed not too long ago. But this company isn't interested in stopping at tablets; it's reaffirmed plans today to get back into the smartphone business. There's a key caveat here, though: these smartphones aren't going to be first-party, at least not for now. Nokia is looking for a ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Windows 10 on July 29 is a big deal, and Redmond wants to make sure it feels that way. Microsoft has done a good job in gaining tons of customer feedback with its Insider Program, and we've seen it over the last couple of weeks with every build being pushed. If you're wondering how Microsoft plans to handle its public launch in the next few weeks, think big. On one hand, Microsoft is planning to hold special events in 13 cities worldwide in order to celebrate Windows 10, and the statement provided by Microsoft claims that this is also in appreciation to the 5 million ...

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