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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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    If you've ever wondered why Microsoft isn't disappointed with the growth that Android has seen in the last couple of years, it's because Microsoft actually gets paid for it. Yes, Microsoft has been notorious for owning a crazy amount of the patents that power most of the Android phones in the market today, but the interesting thing is that all of these patents have been kept a secret for years. We don't understand the purpose for the secrecy, but if you're interested in the list, it just became public, sort of. Because of the whole Microsoft-Nokia deal, and mainly because it required the ...

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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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    "In the past, Qualcomm would just offer the chips and the manufacturer would do the whole device", said David Tokunaga, one of Qualcomm's senior directors in product management. Chip manufacturers, however, in order to increase their own business, are helping out their own customers (smartphone makers). They do that by offering an entire package of services, instead of just a product (the chip). "Now we offer a whole hardware ecosystem that makes it very easy for customers to just plug and play what they want", added Tokunaga. Reuters reports that chip manufacturers are also helping ...

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    As a long-time proponent of BlackBerrys, I was particularly adverse to the idea of soft keyboards back in 2009. I had gotten so used to the renowned BlackBerry keyboard that I was skeptical I – or anyone else, for that matter – would ever be able to type as efficiently as one could on a pocket-sized physical keyboard, especially those on BlackBerry handsets. I'm not sure I'm getting my point across. I really liked BlackBerrys, its physical keyboards, and hated practically everything else. Obviously, things have changed. I tried the BlackBerry Q10 a few months back and could hardly make ...

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    The affordable phone looks to be one of the biggest trends of 2014, with offerings from companies like HTC and Motorola having caught our eye. Windows Phones have also been leading the pack in terms of low-priced offerings, with a multitude of them coming in at less than $100. These latest two aren't quite that cheap, but come in at more affordable prices than most of today's flagships nonetheless. Both the Lumia 636 and 638 phones are powered by the latest iteration of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1. Their differences don't become apparent even when we talk specs ...

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    Often times, product names end up being outed by trademark filings before they're made official. New LG filings show us some name possibilities for devices that could be in the pipeline. Around a week ago, on June 3, LG applied to trademark the names G Prime, L Prime, W Prime, and F Prime. The G Prime name could refer to something from LG's G-series, currently spearheaded by the G3 -- this could signify a possibly-upcoming flagship smartphone, as every manufacturer seemingly needs a Prime in their lives. LG's F-series is typically not the highest-end, but it exists indeed, with notable ...

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    Everyone seems to want to have a crack at making a smartwatch, Microsoft seemingly notwithstanding. If this latest report is to be believed, the company is indeed hard at work on a wrist-mounted wearable with a custom Windows build to boot. The watch reportedly features a flat, elongated display, though not freakishly large as one's imagination might assume. The inner portion resting against the user's skin is curved, allegedly, and the display itself is said to be fairly low-resolution. GearLive refers to the device as "the Surface watch," and reports that it has a similar interface ...

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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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    Microsoft pushed out this nifty little app recently which does what I’ve been wanting to do for years. It’s called ‘Files’ appropriately, because it manages files on your phone. Android’s been doing this for eons via third party apps and Apple will probably never do it. But I had hoped that Microsoft might someday allow users to dig into the file system a bit and get some stuff done. Finally, we can do it. Actually, in all fairness, it looks like there's been at least one third party solution out there for at least a year. But, this official Microsoft  app single-handedly makes ...

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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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    Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is still very much a beta product. Despite being only available in the United States for now (with the UK and other regions on the way), the product still isn't perfect. Microsoft is committing to updating Cortana bi-monthly in order to keep Cortana fresh and bug-free. Microsoft is open to breaking this schedule for updates "that are timely, urgent or especially badass," which is by no means a bad thing. This well allow Jen Taylor's voice to spout info that's entirely relevant to the world around us, reflecting major world events and the like. The change ...

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    Rumors of a possible acquisition of T-Mobile US by Sprint aren't about to fade soon, it seems. A new report out of The Wall Street Journal tells us that the two companies may be nearing a deal, where Sprint would purchase the "Uncarrier" early this summer. Pricing details from the WSJ haven't been too conclusive -- the report initially stated the sale price as $50 billion, but an apparently revised version lists it as $32 billion in one spot and $50 billion in another. We are not certain what to expect in terms of the total price, as a result, but the one thing the source has been ...

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    Even though many of us are waiting for the official Windows Phone 8.1 update, it seems that Microsoft's mobile operating system is a tad under the radar lately. With future launches of iOS 8 being announced, and with Google I/O around the corner, you'd think that things are slowing down for the underdog mobile operating system. Reality is different, as recent analyst results are in, and things keep looking positive. comScore's data is in, and there are some usual suspects that we were expecting, like the fact that iOS is still king of smartphone sales in the United States, while the most ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 635 may not be the flagship that its size points it out to be, but then again, there is also a market for those that want a decent-sized phone with an enticing price tag. After its recent announcement and launch in certain countries abroad, we're still waiting for it to reach US shores, and obviously there are steps in that process, which have already begun. The Nokia Lumia 635 has just stopped by the FCC, and judging by its frequency support of bands AWS 1700/2100 MHz and LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7 and 17, this is clearly the same device to support both AT&T and T-Mobile. ...

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