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After a lengthy hiatus, LG is returning to the Windows Phone realm with a new smartphone release. LG’s latest entry was leaked last month, but today, Windows Central has spilled all the bean on the Lancet Windows Phone device. Unfortunately, if you were expecting the Lancet to be high-end device to break us away from the deluge of low-end Windows Phone announcements from Microsoft, you’ll once again be disappointed. The Lancet will ship with a decidedly bargain basement 4.5-inch 854x480 display and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM.(Source: Windows Central) You’ll also... 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...
Microsoft is bringing togetherness to the forefront with Windows 10. Microsoft promoted unity with the universal apps, which allows developers to create rich applications using the same codebase across tablet, smartphone, and PC form-factors. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant took things a step further yesterday with the revelation that developers will be able to easily port their Android and iOS apps to Windows 10. But there’s another piece to this whole “kumbaya” movement in the form of Continuum. We’ve already seen what Continuum can do for convertible PCs — when operating in notebook... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft hasn’t quite worked out all of the kinks when it comes to installing (or uninstalling) Windows 10 on smartphones that are supposedly supported. Earlier this month, Lumia 520, 525, and 526 owners ran into difficulties when attempting to uninstall Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10051 to revert back to Windows 8.1. Microsoft made some tweaks to the Windows Phone Recovery Tool (WPRT) to alleviate the issue and proceeded to release Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10052. Everything should be all hunky-dory now for supported Lumia smartphones, right? Well, you’d be... Read more...
When Windows 10 was announced back in late January, Microsoft promised universal apps that would allow developers to create software from a single codebase that would work on PC, tablet, smartphone, and Xbox One platforms. Today, Microsoft is delivering on that promise, announcing that the universal Office suite for Windows 10 that was demoed back in January will be coming to Windows Phones later this month (likely just in time for Microsoft’s BUILD conference). Compared to its tablet counterpart, Office Universal apps for the phone have their commands and controls move to the bottom of the screen... Read more...
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...
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