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    In addition to a fairly extensive Windows 10 Mobile software update initially plagued by bugs, then ultimately stabilized and polished and sent to all three new Lumias without carrier intervention, Microsoft has also been hard at work on a 950 and 950 XL-specific firmware revisal. This other update started its slow rollout before Christmas in various European markets, and after a short break, it’s now reportedly expanding to more British and Irish owners of the first W10M flagship devices. Rest assured, our US-based friends and readers, as your firmware should soon get overhauled too, ...

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    You might be able to count the number of smartphones and tablets with official Windows 10 support on one’s fingers right now, but between the increasingly plausible HP Falcon, a couple of looming mid-range Lumia releases, and a 12-inch Samsung, it’s pretty obvious Microsoft eyes a major escalation of its fledgling new mobile and desktop OS. Of course, it remains to be seen how will the waning tablet market respond to yet another Surface Pro 4 “killer”, also opposed to Apple’s iPad Pro, as well as Samsung’s own Android-running Galaxy View in the entertainment and ...

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    Aside from more publicity money than any human can count, and a sense of community like no other, the thing that makes Apple’s pricey iPhones so popular and profitable is without a doubt a software support protocol far superior to those of Android device manufacturers. Yes, the iOS ecosystem is closed, which may seem a major inconvenience from a certain standpoint, but at the same time, Cupertino doesn’t have to listen to carrier partners when it comes to updates. Fragmentation is ergo a non-issue, unlike in Google land, and Microsoft wants to follow a similar tactic, no matter who ...

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    Excellent news for cash-strapped Windows 10 Mobile supporters in three of the world’s largest smartphone markets. The only device already capable of running Microsoft’s latest pocket platform that doesn’t cost a fortune can finally be purchased stateside and in India, also going for its lowest prices yet on British shores. Starting with the discount, it’s available through Carphone Warehouse on Pay As You Go EE or Virgin Media plans. The phone itself costs £50 ($75), down from £70, and a £10 “top-up” covers a few minutes, texts, and minimal data consumption. Meanwhile, ...

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    You’d be shocked at the amount of requests we get every day of people asking us to recommend a good wearable for fitness. Surely this is the era of smartwatches and fitness trackers, but not all of these products are good enough to address the needs of people who take fitness seriously. As a result, just like we review smartphones and smartwatches, we decided to create a separate segment that only focuses on the fitness capabilities of wearables. This is Pocketnow Fitness. -- We've gotta hand it to Inateck for two very distinctive things when it comes to their accessories. Number one is ...

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    Face it, Windows Mobile enthusiasts, there are no palpable Lumia 950, 950 XL or even 550 discounts coming this holiday season, nor should you continue dreaming of year-end updates for older models. But if you can make do without Continuum support or other high-end goodies, and don’t mind playing the Windows 10 waiting game a while longer, Best Buy has you covered. The WP 8.1-running Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 435 are available on and offline at $50 and $30 respectively, down from $80 and $50. The catch? You’ll need to activate the former on AT&T, and the latter on T-Mobile. The ...

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    It’s safe to say things aren’t running very smoothly in Redmond’s software labs at the moment, with server bugs temporarily halting the latest Windows 10 Mobile update for the Lumia 950, 950 XL and 550, and the OS clearly not deemed stable enough to roll out to older phones until sometime next year. Worse yet, a mystery glitch seems to have crashed the whole in-app purchase system across all recent Windows flavors for both mobile devices and PCs, and given Microsoft’s ominous silence on the matter, we can only assume no one really knows what caused the breakdown or when and how it ...

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    For the past two years, my home-for-the-holidays handheld has been a Windows Phone. My trusty Lumia 1020 saw me through a wild New Years' Eve party and a more sedate Christmas the following year, and on both occasions I cited the camera as the reason for my choice. Indeed, the 1020's 41MP monster was a better and more versatile choice than the iPhone or Android cameras available in 2013 and 2014, and it produced some wonderful photos from my holiday vacations. But now, coming off a double-review of Microsoft's two newest Windows Phones Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, I suspect that ...

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    It feels like every time we review a new version of Microsoft's mobile smartphone operating system, we have to use the trite "one step forward, two steps back" phrase. The last time Microsoft really built upon the previous version of its mobile operating system in an exciting way was probably with Windows Phone 7.5. Ever since then, they've been adding a few nice features here and there, while taking away a lot of really great features Windows Phone users have known and loved. Windows Phone 8.1 took a lot away in the name of being able to update things more frequently via the Windows ...

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    Could it be real? Could the sizzling hot new Lumia 950 see its first ever discount before production and demand are even lined up stateside? Technically, yes. But it’s not what you think. The unlocked variant is still listed as out of stock on Microsoft’s US website, and it’s priced at the same old, same old $549. Instead, Redmond shaves 50 bucks off the MSRP of the no-contract AT&T Lumia 950, bringing it on-par with the unlocked model at last. Why cough up $550 on that, you wonder? Because there’s a good chance you’ll get it delivered in time for Christmas. Worst case ...

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    Well, that didn’t take long. Redmond officially announced roughly 24 hours ago the latest minor but important maintenance update for the recently stabilized Windows 10 Mobile was pulled from its servers on account of unforeseen glitches, and already, the 10586.29 build is again available to download. An unnamed Microsoft spokesperson apparently told ZDNet “an issue with the update server that impacted the installation of the update on a limited number of phones” has been addressed, clearing the way for faster, smoother Lumia 950-series devices than before. It’s unclear whether the ...

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    They say Microsoft had to pull the plug on a bunch of fairly advanced Lumia prototypes lately after deciding to streamline its mobile product portfolio and seek new ways to return to profitability, but the 650, aka Saana, may still be on. Rendered in black a while back, and tipped to marginally upgrade the specifications of the Lumia 640 launched roughly nine months ago, the modest 5-incher makes the rumor rounds again, with a press-friendly all-white image. This maintains the illusion of a metallic or metal-like frame, confirms the focus on emerging markets by featuring dual SIM ...

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    How ironic is it that Redmond rolled out build 10586.29 of its newest mobile Windows iteration specifically to take care of minor bugs and performance issues yielded by previous software updates, and the system refurbishment effort in turn gave birth to more severe stability glitches? Ironic, as well as sad for Microsoft fans who had rightfully hoped they’d get a 100 percent reliable pre-loaded OS on their otherwise sizzling hot Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Granted, things aren’t as messed up as an avalanche of disheartened Microsoft Community posts seems to suggest. In fact, as far as we ...

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    There’s a lot of confusion surrounding Microsoft’s mobile hardware plans for 2016, which may or may not include a mythical Surface Phone, more mainstream Lumia 950 and 950 XL sequels, as well as a mid-range 750 or 850 previously thought to have been canceled. This Lumia 850 is known on the inside under the codename Honjo, and following @OnLeaked renders, plus a duo of blurry live photos from China, the ultimate source of unofficial smartphone imagery has entered the equation with a high-res duo shot starring both the face and rear cover. Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, is unfortunately not ...

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    You’d be shocked at the amount of requests we get every day of people asking us to recommend a good wearable for fitness. Surely this is the era of smartwatches and fitness trackers, but not all of these products are good enough to address the needs of people who take fitness seriously. As a result, just like we review smartphones and smartwatches, we decided to create a separate segment that only focuses on the fitness capabilities of wearables. This is Pocketnow Fitness. By now Fitbit has reached so much popularity in the fitness tracking business, that almost all of your comments last ...

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    A decades-old rule of journalism says never to end a news headline in a question mark. But the latest scoop on Microsoft’s prospective Windows 10 Mobile growth plans is too puzzling to provide any sort of guarantees, yet too juicy to be altogether ignored. What comes after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL? A pair of 960 flagships with Snapdragon 820 processing power seems like the safest bet, though a business-oriented Surface Phone is also a possibility. How about a hero device from a third-party manufacturer? Now that would be a major shocker, as well as a clear sign the Android/iOS platform ...

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    Messenger-based digital assistance, a slew of “Reactions” to enrich the classic like-and-share user experience, added support for new Apple devices and technologies, searchable public posts, 360-degree video on iOS, security enhancements for Androids. It’s all part of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision to retain the first billion Facebook daily active users, sign on even more people to the world’s most popular social network, and ultimately, take over the Internet. Cue maniacal laugh? No need, because FB also continues to improve as far as emerging mobile markets and generally unstable ...

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    Forget ominous, isolated reports in the UK hinting at system instability on Lumia 950 and 950 XL units running the RTM version of Windows 10 Mobile. The platform is likely silky smooth, or else Microsoft wouldn’t expand the newest maintenance update from the Technical Preview channel to the general public in a matter of days. Yes, build 10586.29 made its way from the Insider program’s fast ring to the slow ring to folks not part of beta testing in less than a week. Best of all, it seems Redmond indeed holds sway over carrier partners, cherry-picking AT&T so as no one could ...

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    Competing against smaller but aggressive and generous no-contract specialists like Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS can’t be easy nowadays for AT&T’s GoPhone division. A few timely deals on a slew of fairly attractive mid-range handhelds will go a long way in securing Ma Bell a robust portfolio of prepaid clients this holiday season, with Android enthusiasts allowed to pick up the ZTE Maven free of charge. No lengthy carrier agreements, no catches or strings attached, and just one condition – you have to activate the 5.1 Lollipop-running 4.5-incher on a $45 or up monthly plan. 45 ...

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    With early enthusiastic response to the “ultimate laptop”, and the newest version of the smaller, less powerful 2-in-1 hybrid clearly better than its predecessor, yet not much pricier, you have to figure Microsoft expected the recent fine form of the Surface family at the US box-office to continue into the all-important holiday season. But it seems the Surface Book and Pro 4’s somewhat patchy availability and long waiting times are caused not only by rampant demand. Current low Intel Skylake yields will reportedly allow Redmond to ship over 100,000 Book units and roughly 200K Surface ...

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    Things are heating up again on the mid-range Lumia rumor front, despite Microsoft officials once suggesting they’ll stay focused on the entry-level and high-end “prosumer” market segments for the foreseeable future. It’s still possible a Microsoft Lumia 850 will break cover soon and slot right underneath the 950 and 950 XL on the Windows 10 Mobile food chain, with such respectable but short of mind-blowing features like a 5.7-inch 1,080p display, octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, and LED flash-toting front camera. Reportedly codenamed Honjo, the polycarbonate-made phablet was ...

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    The moment cash-strapped Windows 10 Mobile admirers have been waiting for is finally here, as the modest but silky smooth Microsoft Lumia 550 hits old continent store shelves a full two months after its formal introduction. This is officially the world’s third phone to run Microsoft’s highly anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 follow-up, yet all we know about sales outside Europe is they’ll get underway “around the globe in the coming weeks.” Priced at $139 USD “before local taxes and subsidies”, the Lumia 550 isn’t available at the time of this writing from any major European ...

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    Recent market research showed that Microsoft could secure double-digit share in the tablet world by the end of the year for its slowly but steadily rising Windows-powered products, with almost a fifth of pad sales prospectively going to Surfaces and their relatives in 2019. Stateside, Redmond’s 2-in-1s might reach great popularity peaks much sooner, as the 1010data Ecom Insights Panel claims Apple is no longer the top-selling online brand. At least in October, when the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book launched commercially, while the iPad Pro didn’t, Microsoft ruled at the top 100 ...

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    Just because the mobile-dedicated rendition of Microsoft’s greatest desktop operating system yet has finally been released to manufacturing, so at least theoretically it’s fully stable and polished, it doesn’t mean Redmond’s engineers will abruptly stop trying to make the platform better. Insider feedback shall continue to be appreciated as well, starting with the first cumulative update to Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10586. This carries the 10586.29 designation, so it focuses entirely on crushing bugs, not adding any new features to the mix. Known issues addressed by the ...

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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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