Items tagged with Windows Phone

Microsoft is looking to up its game in the mobile search engine market a bit with a redesigned mobile homepage for Bing search. The new mobile homepage will be available to both Android and iOS users and includes a handful of new features to satisfy existing search customers and draw in new users. The first of course is a facelift for the homepage, which includes a new translucent color scheme, and a “swipe up” card system to display more information. Other new features include an Image of the Day (IOTD) card that allows you to “learn the story behind the image of the day,” the Popular Now card... Read more...
Nearly two months after the first Technical Preview of Windows 10 for smartphones, Microsoft has followed up with a second build. And thankfully for Lumia fans worldwide, this latest build supports a ton more smartphones than the initial build and brings with it a wealth of new features that will also find their way into the final release this summer. The latest release is Build 10051 and is being pushed out now to Windows Phone Insiders currently on the Fast ring for updates. Build 10051 includes an “early version” of the Project Spartan browser for mobile devices that should be a big boon for... Read more...
Microsoft is really trying to amp up Windows Phone sales, especially at the low end. Microsoft’s global smartphone market share is in the low single digits, and it has countered by offering phones like the Lumia 520 and Lumia 635 for as low as $20 and $30 off-contract respectively to trigger demand. Microsoft is trying yet another promotion to get its smartphones into the hands of consumers, this time via a promotion involving the Xbox One gaming console. Customers that purchase the Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief bundle at Best Buy for $349.99 will receive a Lumia 635 smartphone free of charge.... Read more...
It appears as though Microsoft is getting ready to expand its Lumia line with the Lumia 640 (RM-1109), yet another affordable handset on the Windows Phone platform. There hasn't been an official announcement yet, but in lieu of that, Brazil's National Telecommunication Agency called Anatel recently approved the device in question. Details are light, though the approval notice does reveal a few fun tidbits, such as that the Lumia 640 will support HSDPA+, offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and sport dual SIM cards. It will also support digital TV -- a feature that PhoneArena says... Read more...
Microsoft held a big Windows 10 event at the end of January. We were told at the time that a preview of Windows 10 would made available for phones some time in February, and true to its word, Microsoft today delivered. The Windows 10 Technical Preview can be installed by first downloading the Windows Insider app from the Windows Phone store. Since this is still a very early build of Windows 10, not all functionality is available at this time. In fact, Microsoft has posted a pretty extensive list of features that are excluded from this build. The messaging app is missing dual-SIM support, search,... Read more...
Some owners of Microsoft's recently released Lumia 535 smartphone have been complaining of sensitivity issues with the device's touchscreen, serving as a buzz kill for the first Microsoft-branded Lumia handset after the company acquired Nokia's mobile unit. The good news is Microsoft is aware of the problem and is working on a software update (or hardware changes if need be) that it hopes will fix the issue. It's been a tricky thing for Microsoft to track, as not everyone experiencing problems complained of the same symptoms. According to Delfin Vassallo, Social Media Operations Manager for Microsoft... 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...
Windows Phone hasn’t exactly been a shining success for Microsoft. In a smartphone market dominated by smartphones running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, Microsoft has been left to pickup the table scraps along with fallen star BlackBerry. Yes, Microsoft reported record Lumia sales for its most recent quarter, but those sales were made up primarily of budget-minded smartphones like the Lumia 520, which have been available for as low as $20 in recent months. With this in mind, Microsoft has a couple of avenues to pursue in order to ensure that its mobile platform and its services spread throughout... Read more...
Not only is the market for Android handsets far from being saturated, its growth each year seems to suggest that a shipment ceiling doesn't exist. We know that's not correct, but wherever that ceiling rests, the market hasn't found it yet. In fact, after splashing the market with 780.8 million Android smartphones in 2013, consumers responded by purchasing over a billion more in 2014. It's the first time that Android smartphone shipments have topped 1 billion units in a single year, and in doing so, Google's open source operating system now accounts for 81.2 percent of all smartphones, up from 78.9... Read more...
Just last week, we reported that Chase announced plans to remove its mobile app from the Windows Phone Store. With global Windows Phone market share hovering below three percent and users showing little interest in its app, Chase saw little reason to devote resources to the platform. "We are focusing our support on the products our customers use the most,” said a representative for Chase at the time.  Today, Bank of America has similar sentiments, as it too is abandoning its Windows Mobile app. Bank of America today posted a notice on the landing page for its Windows Phone app that states: ... Read more...
If you use Dropbox, you almost certainly know by now about the company’s partnership with Microsoft to offer better compatibility between Dropbox and Office – something users had been calling for. Now, the partnership has produced another gem for Dropbox users: the long-awaited Dropbox app for Windows phones and tablets.A screenshot of the Dropbox app in the Windows Store. The app doesn’t add many new features to Dropbox, but it does give you features that whatever third-party app you’ve been using might not have. The most interesting new feature is that it lets you pin Dropbox folders to your... 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...
In a perfect world, we all could forget all about Windows 8 and the headaches that it caused for regular consumers all over the world. Microsoft’s heart was in the right place; it sought out to create an operating system that would not only cater to its existing base of desktop and notebook users, but also to the growing tablet market. However, the company missed the mark and ended up with a UI that did more to frustrate than to increase the productivity of users. Microsoft sought to right the ship with tweaks in Windows 8.1, but many consumers had already put on their life preservers at that point.... Read more...
It's common knowledge that Android and iOS dominate the mobile scene (in that order), in terms of market share. And the cold reality for Microsoft is that its Windows Phone platform is found on only about three out of every 100 smartphones. With that in mind, it's understandable (albeit disappointing) that Chase has decided to yank its mobile banking app from the Windows Phone Store.So, if you're a Windows Phone user and Chase customer, be advised that the Chase mobile app for Windows Phone will no longer be available to download and install on January 26, 2015. Should you already have the app... Read more...
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