Why it’s a good thing Microsoft has given up on its own mobile OS

As surprising as it sounds, Microsoft’s strategy for smartphones has shifted from being the platform that your device runs on to seamless ecosystem integration. The Company no longer cares if you have a Windows device in your pocket.

No more official Instagram support for Windows 10 Mobile

Just in case you needed one more cruel reminder Windows 10 Mobile is not coming back from the dead, Instagram has removed its support for the once-promising platform.

“Windows as a Service” isn’t really working

Windows as a Service isn’t really working. What can Microsoft do about it to turn things around? Read to find out more about the topic and weigh in!

NYPD starts replacing Windows handsets with faster and more secure iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple’s still-popular iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the new digital crime-fighting tools of the New York Police Department, replacing archaic Windows phones.

Bill Gates recently switched to an unnamed Android phone with ‘a lot of Microsoft software’

After many years of presumably exclusive Microsoft hardware ownership, the time came for Bill Gates to make a big switch… to Android, not iOS.

Chronicles of a Windows user gone iPhone (part 1)

Take a look at a Windows user’s experience in trying to switch from an old Windows Phone to an iPhone.

Microsoft may have a fresh take on Windows Mobile and a new phone in ‘active development’

We know you’ve probably heard this many times in the past, but no, Windows Mobile is still not dead yet, with Microsoft focused on “rebooting” it.

Microsoft CEO assures there will be more phones made in Redmond, looking different from everything else

Microsoft hasn’t entirely given up on homebrewed smartphones, which however still need time to figure out the “next change in form and function.”

Kantar sees iOS on the decline in China, Android stateside, Windows everywhere

The latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech report comes with both good and bad news for Android and iOS phones, while Windows is still in free fall.

Kantar: iOS shows growth in ‘most regions’ ahead of iPhone 7 launch, Android loses a little US ground

Android was still the top mobile OS worldwide between May and July 2016, but iOS surprisingly thrived as well, despite iPhone 7’s proximity.

Android and iOS together accounted for 98.5 percent of Q4 smartphone sales

Global smartphone sales exhibited their slowest growth since 2008 in Q4 2015, with Android and iOS closer than ever to making Windows disappear.

Windows Mobile called, it wants all of its features back

Classic Windows Mobile from the turn of the century still has a lot of features nobody else does. When will they come back?

Joe Belfiore ‘caught’ tweeting from an iPhone again, but it’s not what you think

While on sabbatical, Windows Phone head Joe Belfiore used an iPhone to go on social media, which he claims helps him understand the competition better.

IDC forecasts single-digit smartphone growth for 2015, Windows struggles through 2019

Worldwide smartphone sales are tipped to exceed 1.43 billion units in 2015, with Android and iOS chiefly responsible for a growth hindered by Windows.

Hacker deems Windows Phone the ‘hardest nut to crack’, Android least secure OS

BlackBerry is surpassed by Windows Phone in the eyes of a white hat hacker as far as security is concerned, with iOS and Android numbers three and four.

Customizable buttons could usher in smartphone interface nirvana

Find out one simple way to make smartphone app user interface designs a whole lot better; customizable toolbars.

Pocketnow Throwback: HTC HD2 (Video)

It’s the most hacked smartphone of all time, and even after 5 years, it’s still impressing us. Join Pocketnow for this throwback review of 2009’s HTC HD2!
Microsoft's Lost Opportunity

Microsoft’s Lost Opportunity: Windows Mobile Users Went to Android

Read about Microsoft’s Lost Opportunity, and where Windows Mobile users ended up.

Pocketnow Throwback Review: Motorola Q (Video)

The Motorola Q changed the direction of smartphones forever. Join us as we take a nostalgic look at this groundbreaking Windows Mobile device from 2006.

Pocketnow Throwback Review: Motorola i930 (Video)

The Motorola i930 was a rare clamshell Windows Mobile smartphone built for Sprint Nextel in 2005. Watch our video to take a nostalgic trip to yesteryear and explore this one-of-a-kind iDEN phone.

10 Year Throwback: Photoshop on a Smartphone (Video)

While Photoshop Touch was released today for smartphones, see how editing Photoshop files on phones began 10 years ago.

Bill Gates Says Windows Phone Strategy Was a “Mistake”

Read about Bill Gates’ recent quote about Microsoft’s mobile strategy being a mistake — and why other tech sites are taking it out of context.

Apple Asked Samsung Royalty Fees Of Up To $30 Per Touch-Screen Phone, $40 Per Tablet

Look at this court document from the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit! Apple asked for royalty fees on every touch-screen Samsung phone and tablet.

The Best of the Past: Flip Phones

Most of us outside of Japan live in a world dominated by slab phones. Sure, they’re getting easier to tolerate as manufacturers like HTC and Nokia push the boundaries of hardware design. But they don’t have hinges for fun folder action, they don’t snap satisfyingly closed at the end of a frustrating call, and they don’t fit as well in a pocket.

Where We’re Coming From: Michael Fisher’s Device History

How I feel about a new smartphone is shaped by every device I’ve ever owned. My experiences over the past eight years affect my perception of new devices. You come here, in part, to read our impressions of these new phones. Some of you weigh these impressions when making buying decisions. So doesn’t it make sense that you know where I’m coming from? I think so. So today, I’m sharing with you a rundown of all the smartphones I’ve ever owned.