Posts tagged with: windows
  • by |

    Although it’s technically set to run for a couple more days, the 2016 Mobile World Congress pretty much concluded before it actually started, as Samsung and LG completely stole the show on Sunday, unveiling the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, plus the LG G5 and its “Friends.” Tradition now calls for the GSM Association (GSMA) to honor the gadgets and technologies that shaped and transformed the industry last year, in order to smooth the path for the next generation of mobile innovators. After a presumably fierce battle with the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and LG G4, among others, the Samsung Galaxy S6 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If it perhaps felt like Nokia’s own executives and spokespersons weren’t very certain about the company’s future in the consumer hardware-manufacturing field, that’s because the slowly recovering Finnish tech outfit is still focused mainly on the network segment. Meanwhile, CEO Rajeev Suri at MWC 2016 in Barcelona once again confirmed an interest in designing, then outsourcing actual production and distribution of new Nokia-branded smartphones. But apparently, “there doesn’t need to be a rush”, and the end product(s) must “feel like Nokia, what Nokia was known for.” ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    HTC's Vive VR headset is easily one of the most talked-about devices to hit the consumer electronic space in a long time, and along with peers like the Oculus Rift, it promises to open the door to virtual worlds in a way that hasn't yet been possible at a practical, affordable level. But just how affordable will it be? We've been looking forward to pre-orders for a while now, but HTC's been incredibly tight-lipped about pricing, driving all manner of speculation: how many kidneys are you going to have to sell on the black market in order take this kit home? Today we finally get our ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The latest global smartphone sales numbers are in, and according to market research firm Gartner, you can forget about Windows posing any sort of threat for the Android – iOS duopoly. Not this century, based on how things are going, with only 4 million Microsoft-endorsed handhelds shipped to end users between October and December 2015, tallying a lousy 1.1 percent share of the total. Needless to highlight BlackBerry OS did even worse at the worldwide box-office, falling below the one-million sales mark, as was the case for “other” platforms. Meanwhile, Android rose from 279 million ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Today’s growing roster of device manufacturers running the mobile iteration of Windows looks like a collection of underdogs, starting with Microsoft and finishing with VAIO or HP. Yes, Hewlett-Packard is seeking a smartphone comeback after licking its webOS wounds, once again inexplicably snubbing Android to support a dying platform. Only the Elite X3, formerly known as Falcon, actually seems to have what it takes to give the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 a run for their money, prospectively catering to business consumers like no other enterprise handheld before it. It’s the best of both ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Apple is offering more people another way to pay for that new iPhone that they've been thinking about getting, but can't afford to tank their bank accounts to attain. In addition to the existing upgrade program the company currently offers, it is now also accepting trade-ins of Android, Windows or older Apple smartphones and is giving either up to $350 of striaght-up in-store credit or a discounted installment rate. The initial iPhone Upgrade Program makes an 16GB iPhone 6s with AppleCare+ available to buyers for $32.41 per month without interest. After 24 payments, the buyer owns the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Considering how long Windows Phone 8.1 users have been waiting for their W10M promotions, and how Microsoft’s already missed one or two update deadlines, we figured Redmond would make a big fuss about the public rollout whenever that’s finally ready. But then out of nowhere these Lumia 535 owners, including non-Insiders, claimed they got their revised OS builds a few days ago, supplying screenshots as evidence. Everything seemed legit, so why didn’t MS at the very least issue a press release? By the looks of it, we’re still in the beta testing phase, and according to Microsoft ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Spring may just be our favorite season of the year, and not because the days grow longer and warmer. Instead, this is the time for many new high-end smartphone launches, as well as unprecedented special offers on aging flagships. Of course, three months hardly qualifies the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL for the “aging” label, though compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, the Windows 10 5.7-incher might soon start to look fairly outdated. At least in the processing power department, a Snapdragon 810 isn’t the most desirable endowment anymore, so naturally, a lower price than ever tries ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The number of devices already running the newest iteration of Microsoft’s struggling mobile OS has been on a swift rise lately, with the introductions of the Lumia 650, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, NuAns Neo, Acer Liquid Jade Primo, and Vaio Phone Biz. W10M adoption rates look pretty impressive too, despite widely reported bugs and a general sense of beta instability. Unfortunately, all those updates initially promised for Windows Phone 8.1-powered Lumias last year are yet to officially roll out, precisely on account of recent software builds disappointing in terms of stability. But if ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    As if the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL don’t have their work cut out for them enough from the outside, the high-end inside threats are also piling up, including the Acer Liquid Jade Primo, NuAns Neo, Vaio Phone Biz and, most likely, the HP Elite x3 and Alcatel OneTouch Idol Pro 4 before long too. Wait, wasn’t the Idol 4 supposed to be two upper mid-range Androids? Well, yeah, but that’s the non-Pro Idol 4 and Idol 4S. The “professional” configuration will reportedly run Windows 10 Mobile instead, and swap the relatively fast Snapdragon 617 processor for a crazy powerful 820 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Of all the high-profile Mobile World Congress exhibitors that confirmed their presence at the Barcelona trade fair lately, Huawei was probably the most secretive, supplying us with a date and merely teasing the global coming of a “new device.” Okay, but what kind of new device? Smartphone? Smartwatch? Fitness tracker? Tablet? Convertible laptop? Virtual reality headset? Something with a business angle, it turns out, and capable of pen input, according to a preview image posted on Twitter by Huawei’s very own CEO. The “product launch” will take place in Zone 6 of the Montjuic ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Ever since the 520’s crazy success, Nokia and then Microsoft’s Lumia roster was way more about low-end, low-cost devices than pricey flagships. And while these often offered decent hardware and software specifications, they never shined in the design department. Until today, when we’re finally officially introduced to the Microsoft Lumia 650. This is quite possibly the first business-oriented entry-level Lumia, and it’s without a doubt the handsomest of its kind and price bracket. Slated to go on sale in “select” European markets on Thursday, February 18, at “around” $199 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The survival of Microsoft’s mobile operating system is quite a delicate affair, and it continues to be extremely hard to predict exactly where W10M will head from here. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL aren’t looking like mainstream blockbusters, but they haven’t flopped either. Meanwhile, the low-end Lumia 550 wasn’t marketed aggressively enough to strike gold, and the upcoming 650 might be too lackluster to stand out even if promoted properly. As for Windows 10 Mobile devices manufactured by third-party OEMs, the NuAns Neo and Vaio Phone Biz are unlikely to ever go global, whereas the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Technically, the vast majority of today’s smartwatches and especially so-called fitness bands are focused among others on improving the health of their wearers. But aside from counting steps, tracking workouts, estimating calories burned and monitoring sleep habits (oftentimes rather clumsily), very few can actually help make a difference in an owner’s life. Microsoft is looking to change the way you interact with intelligent wearables, according to a patent application filed last October and published recently by the USPTO. This is in fact a continuation of a concept first envisioned ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If you perhaps felt the two-stage rollout of cumulative Windows 10 updates for Technical Previewers didn’t cover everyone’s particular beta testing needs, Microsoft is today announcing a third so-called “ring.” This one’s aptly dubbed Release Preview, and joins the previously introduced Fast and Slow rings to make sure as many people as possible can sample early, unfinished OS builds with the risks each separate individual is willing to take. Confused? Gabe Aul, Redmond’s Corporate Vice President of the Engineering Systems Team, explains it best in a recent Windows blog post, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    When the original Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL variant debuted on T-Mobile and MetroPCS last fall, the affordable 5.5-inch Android understandably went unnoticed by most smartphone consumers, as it simply faced too much direct opposition, including from higher-profile brands, to stand out from the pack. But the Windows 10 Mobile remake is a whole different story, stealing the spotlight before it even went official, then undergoing the hands-on treatment at CES 2016 by popular demand. As rumored a couple of days back, the rehashed device is finally up for grabs on T-Mobile, for the same exact ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Microsoft doesn’t seem to care too much about the year’s fast-approaching biggest celebration of love, but it’s not going to let George Washington’s birthday go unnoticed, offering a slew of Presidents Day discounts on some of the company’s hottest gadgets. Through February 20, the Microsoft Band 2 will again be available at $200 a pop stateside, in your choice of sizes, 50 bucks being taken off the cross-platform wearable’s list price for the first time in a couple of months. In addition to working with Windows Phones, Androids and iOS devices, the smart band stands out with ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    February is finally upon us, and that means that we're only a few weeks away from when we've heard that HTC will finally start accepting pre-orders for its Vive VR headset. When that day comes we'll finally have the answer to maybe the biggest question hanging over the Vive to date – just what will this extravagance end up costing – and while we don't have that info quite yet, today we find ourselves picking up a little new insight into Vive ownership, as HTC makes available the headset's owner's manual. With much of the Pocketnow staff having slapped on the Vive for some VR fun by ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    When discussing media creation from our mobile devices, the advances in camera sensors, lenses, and video options takes the majority of focus. It’s the sexier side of the conversation, seeing that over a short period of time our phones have leapt from standard definition video and single digit megapixel stills, to UHD video and 12+ megapixel images. However we’ve also been seeing (and hearing I suppose) some subtle but important advances in audio capture. What was a novel feature a couple years ago, most many mid-range, most flagships, and even a few entry level phones now employ ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The first few months of any given year are a perfect time for evaluating the past 12-month success of different devices and classes of tech products, as well as trying to guess what comes next. For wearables in general, and smartwatches in particular, 2015 was a good though perhaps not stellar year, while 2016 is shaping up to be considerably better. According to Gartner research, a total of 232 million wearable electronic devices were sold worldwide between last January and December, a number predicted to surge by a healthy 18.4 percent, to close to 275M units by the end of this year. The ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Market cannibalization and brand dilution have been two of Samsung’s biggest sins for several years now, and while the repetitive Galaxy S7 Plus and S7 Edge Plus are probably not happening this spring after all, a Galaxy A9 Pro is. Or so it would appear, based on intel exclusively shared by credible tipsters with SamMobile a couple of weeks back, and recent visits to India for R&D and testing of a phone carrying the model number SM-A9100. That’s clearly directly related to the SM-A9000, aka Galaxy A9 or A9 (2016), but if legit, the Pro suffix feels rather unusual and disconnected ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Of all the higher and lower-profile device manufacturers that have recently boarded the Windows Phone ship right before it seemingly sinks, perhaps the most surprising brand to do so is VAIO. No longer Sony’s property, the PC-focused Japanese company did anticipate this risky move by both launching an Android handheld and extravagant business-friendly Windows 10 tablet last year. The VAIO Phone Biz, as the awkward name suggests, also targets enterprise consumers and business professionals, emphasizing a large part of its marketing efforts on Continuum support and how the device can ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    As Super Bowl 50 approaches, it’s probably time you bowed out of the race for a big game ticket sold at the average price of around $5,000 online. After all, you got your large-screen TV, unlimited hot dogs and beer at your disposal, not to mention a comfy seat on the couch and the best angles CBS cameras can bring you. But what if there was a way to further enhance the living room football-watching experience, basically beaming the excitement from the stadium to mere inches away from your eyes? That’s right, we’re talking augmented reality, though it’s important to note actual ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The worldwide leader in PC shipments and one of the global top five smartphone manufacturers follows Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Sony’s suit, among others, announcing a year-end quarterly financial report with equal highs and lows. Well, overall, we guess the good news subdues the bad in Lenovo’s shifting camp, as the company’s restructuring plan is “swiftly concluded”, marking a rebound to general profitability and estimated savings of a whopping $1.35 billion annually. But let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Only 20.2 million Lenovo and Motorola-branded smartphones ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Is the pocket-friendly version of Microsoft’s super-successful Windows desktop OS dead? Well, it’s definitely struggling in terms of both mainstream adoption and general system stability, but as Redmond reportedly considers killing off the Lumia brand, more and more third-party device manufacturers join the seemingly sinking ship, which is a relatively good sign. Some of these OEMs are industry veterans or at least promising up-and-comers, including Xiaomi, Acer and Alcatel OneTouch, while others, like NuAns or Funker, don’t even appear to be household names of their domestic ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version