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All eyes are going to be on Apple next month, as the company is scheduled to announce its next generation iPhone 6S/6S Plus smartphones along with new iPads (and possibly a next generation Apple TV). But attention will shift in October, as Microsoft is set to launch its Surface Pro 4 along with the long-awaited refresh to its Lumia smartphone range at the flagship level. A Surface Pro 4 is almost certainly a lock for the October event, given that the current Surface Pro 3 is over a year old, which is pretty long lifecycle in the tech industry. We don’t have much by way of leaked features or specs... Read more...
Windows 10 is shaping up to a spectacular mobile operating system release for Microsoft. With features like Continuum which allows smartphones into functioning desktops and support for ported Android and iOS apps, Microsoft is throwing everything but the kitchen sink at prospective buyers to boost its low single-digit market share in the smartphone market. Although we were saddened to hear that Windows 10 for smartphones won’t be arriving at the same time as the PC version, there is at least some solace for Lumia 640 owners. Microsoft General Manager (Scandinavian division) Ossi Korpela has confirmed... Read more...
If you’re becoming bored to death with Microsoft’s steady cavalcade of budget Lumia Windows Phone releases, you’ll be glad to know that new flagship will soon be upon us. Instead of boring us to death with low-end Snapdragon processors, 1GB of RAM, and “mere” 720p displays, Microsoft is finally on the verge of delivering a true successor to the Lumia 930. Microsoft will deliver a two-pronged assault on the high-end market with the Lumia Cityman and the Lumia Talkman, according to WMPoweruser. The Cityman will be the true flagship with a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon... Read more...
The latest builds of Windows 10 look promising and Microsoft is assuring customers that the anticipated OS is on track for a summer 2015 release. It’s enough to make you think that Microsoft has its act together. There are some caveats to Microsoft’s assurances, though, and at least some customers will consider them to be pretty big. For one thing, Microsoft’s idea of a finished Windows is going to be looser than in the past. While Windows has always received updates, it sounds like Windows 10 will be more of a ‘work in progress’ than past versions. Expect to see noteworthy features, including... Read more...
Nokia’s mobile phone woes continue, but now they are Microsoft’s woes, thanks to the company’s $7.2-billion acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone business early last year. Microsoft recently filed a 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that, notes Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer, suggests a loss of about 12 cents per phone. Is Microsoft planning a write-off of the Nokia acquisition? Microsoft Lumia 640“Given its recent performance, the Phone Hardware reporting unit is at an elevated risk of impairment,” the report states. “Declines in expected future cash flow, reduction in future... Read more...
Windows 10 Build 10051 for phones brings with it a number of great updates, with the Spartan Web browser being the most notable, but for some, it introduced something extra: phone bricking. In response, Microsoft has posted a discussion thread at the Windows Insider site that helps fill us in on what went wrong, what's being changed in the future, and whether or not current bricked phones can be fixed. At the forefront, Microsoft believes that what caused certain devices - namely the Lumia 520 and 521 - to brick is that the data blocks being sent to the device were too large. In response,... Read more...
As we’ve reported numerous times, Microsoft just can’t get over budget smartphones. While we understand the need for Microsoft to embrace the entry-level market, it seems like this is the only market that the company is interested in these days. Over 70 percent of Windows Phones out in the wild have just 512MB of memory or less, and nearly 33 percent of all Windows Phones sold are the lowly Lumia 520. And just like fans of a losing sports franchise sitting in the stands hoping that a new star comes to lead their team to a championship (or at least the playoffs), Windows Phone users are looking... Read more...
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor has a found a home in a number of smartphones that we’ve discussed over the past few months including the LG G Flex 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. However, the Snapdragon 810 has also been dogged by reports of overheating, the first of such reports started airing in late 2014. More recently, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 has been the subject of much speculation with regards to its use of the Snapdragon 810. Some reports have suggested that the flagship smartphone will use a revised version of the chip that produces less heat, while Qualcomm’s most recent earnings... Read more...
Microsoft’s earnings are up, driven in part to blazing sales of the Microsoft Lumia smartphones and Surface tablets. In its quarterly earnings statement, Microsoft announced that it had revenue of nearly $26.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 8 percent from the same quarter a year earlier. Microsoft's Lumia 435 Smartphone. Microsoft’s entry-level Lumia smartphones have been getting plenty of attention from the press, and it turns out that they’re getting love from customers, too. The Lumia is one of the better-known phones at the lower end of the market, probably due in part to Microsoft/Nokia... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft might have a winner on its hands with the smartphone version of Windows 10. Microsoft officially announced the operating system yesterday, and is bringing a wealth of improvements compared to its predecessor, Windows Phone 8.1. Windows 10 brings a number of new features including a new dictation option, enhanced messaging capabilities, universal apps, a revamped Office suite, new Outlook mail client, and support for Microsoft’s wonderful new Spartan Internet browser. But while the new features are a definite plus for existing Windows Phone users, two of the biggest... Read more...
Everyone loves to pick on Apple for saddling its smartphones with only 1GB of RAM (even the flagship iPhone 6 Plus is limited to just 1GB when most Android flagships are packing three times a much memory). However, Microsoft just reminded us of that its most popular smartphones are running on a mere 512MB of RAM (or less). In a blog posting last week, Microsoft provided some insight into the latest trends for the Windows Phone platform though November 2014. Some of the numbers weren’t very surprising at all. Windows Phone 8.1 now accounts for 65 percent of all traffic through the Windows Phone... Read more...
If you’re one of the millions of Nokia Lumia smartphone owners out there, you’ll be delighted to hear that Microsoft is officially rolling out the Lumia Denim firmware for Windows 8.1. Microsoft notes that while the rollout has commenced, it’s up to your individual wireless carrier to get the updated pushed out to you. “The Lumia Denim update has started rolling out to a limited number of devices in selected markets, and will continue arriving in waves by device,” said Adam Fraser, a staff writer for the Conversations blog at Microsoft. “A wider rollout of Lumia Denim to all Lumia smartphones running... Read more...
It seems like we can't go a single month without seeing a major change happen at Microsoft that wouldn't have likely happened had the company still been under the rule of Steve Ballmer. Today, another such change is tossed on the pile, and it's a great one for anyone using a Windows Phone 8 device. When Windows Phone 8 dropped, it left a lot of WP users in the dark - they simply had no hope of updating their phone to Redmond's latest and greatest. Considering the fact that Microsoft's a follower in the smartphone market, you'd think that it'd try very hard to cater to its pre-existing customers,... Read more...
It looks like a Nokia, and it smells like a Nokia... it must be a Nokia, right? Not so fast. Now that Microsoft has swallowed up Nokia's devices division, it's putting that fabled name to pasture. The Lumia branding remains, but there's no Nokia logo here -- this is the Microsoft Lumia 535. It's the first phone to ship from the newly-merged duo, and it's the first step towards a future where one of the most iconic mobile names in the world won't be seen nearly as frequently. Nostalgia aside, the Lumia 535 packs a lot of oomph for its tiny price tag. Specifications wise, there's a 5-inch display,... Read more...
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