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Hewlett-Packard stated in the past that it was done with making smartphones, but it looks as though the newly split company can’t stay away from the market for good. Too many people rely on smartphones on a daily basis, with some in developing nations using a smartphone as their primary (and only) way of accessing the Internet. While we can’t say that many enthusiasts were exactly waiting with bated breath to see the arrival of a new smartphone from HP, one does appear to be on the horizon and it’s being aimed at business customers. For better or worse, the smartphone, codename Falcon, is set to run the Windows 10 Mobile operating system. The choice of Windows 10 Mobile is a curious one, considering... Read more...
Earlier this month, we reported that Microsoft was doing its best to avoid having to deal with slowpoke wireless carriers when it comes to delivering OS updates for Lumia smartphones. Instead of going through a carrier validation process, Microsoft on its own pushed build Windows 10 Build 10586.29 to Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones. In essence, this makes the operating system update process for Windows 10 Mobile more akin to iOS than what we’ve seen with the fragmented nature of Android. The ability to bypass carriers means that Microsoft can deliver more timely security and feature updates to customers without first having to receive approval from the “big four” wireless carriers in the... Read more...
We all know what Microsoft wants to do with Windows 10. It's supposedly the last monolithic release of Windows and the ultimate plan is to unite hardware from different device categories under a single, universal ecosystem. That includes smartphones, which is an area where Microsoft has historically struggled hard to compete. The release of a premium "Surface Phone" of some sort, however, could prove to be a game changer. Let's back up a moment. Microsoft is aggressively pushing Windows 10 upgrades, and makes no bones about it, all in an effort to get developers on board to build universal Windows 10 cross-platform apps and spur mobile development. In that respect, Microsoft needs to finally... Read more...
Microsoft already lifted the curtain to reveal Windows 10 Mobile when its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL handsets launched to retail, but for legacy Lumia device owners, the waiting game is still being played out. For how long? If going by Vodafone Australia's time frame, Windows 10 Mobile won't roll out to older handsets until at least February of next year, if not longer.Vodaphone posted an updated chart detailing the statuses of new software versions for various handsets, including both Android and Windows 10 Mobile. For the latter, Vodafone lists five different Lumia phones -- Lumia 630, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 730, and Lumia 930, all of which will be getting Windows 10 Mobile.The "Current... Read more...
Microsoft’s first-party Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones are the first smartphones to ship running the company’s brand new Windows 10 Mobile operating system (check out Marco’s review of the Lumia 950 right here). Unfortunately for those with legacy Lumia devices, the wait for Windows 10 Mobile will be a bit longer, with Microsoft recently stating that it will not send out the over-the-air (OTA) update until next year. In the mean time, Microsoft is working on a new mid-range smartphone that will slot in below the Lumia 950. The Lumia 650 has been rumored for quite some time, but Microsoft has never made any official comments on the device. However, the existence of the Lumia 650 has been... Read more...
The mantra from Microsoft has been "Windows 10 for all devices" repeated over and over again, and having played with the OS extensively on the desktop, we think the company is headed in the right direction. At the same time, it's not a movement that will happen overnight. As we've seen. it's taking some time to roll out Windows 10 Mobile beyond Microsoft's flagship Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL devices. Microsoft originally promised to release Windows 10 Mobile to older Lumia handsets by the end of the year. No here we are with less than two weeks to go before it's time to toss our 2015 calendars in the garbage and replace them with 2016 prints. Where's Windows 10 Mobile? It's coming, though not... Read more...
Microsoft is quickly trying to wrap up testing of its Windows 10 Mobile operating system in preparation for a wide-scale public rollout to existing Lumia smartphones later this month. However, those who already have Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile flagships — the Lumia 950 and 950 XL — in hand have encountered some problems with Build 10586.29, which was released earlier this month. A number of users have witnessed “false low storage notifications” during the installation process along with getting stuck at 0 percent when trying to update their devices. These are not isolated occurrences, and they were frequent enough that Microsoft has pulled the build for both Windows Insiders and Lumia... Read more...
Being an "Insider" for one of Microsoft's various products and services is already a rewarding experience -- you get early access to whatever Microsoft's cooking up and can help shape how it turns out through your feedback. It's a win-win situation, and to show its appreciation to those who provided a lot of feedback on Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft is rewarding its most active Insider participants with one of its new flagship Lumia handsets, plus a some extras.Microsoft is taking its Windows 10 Mobile Insider program to the hardware level and it's bringing along some participants for the ride. Those chosen can select between a Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL (check out Marco's Lumia 950 review... Read more...
In what could be Microsoft's last Lumia launch of the year, the Redmond outfit today announced that its entry-level Lumia 550 is now available to purchase, provided you live in Europe. Granted, this moment in time doesn't hold the same weight as Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL launch, but hey, they can't all be flagships. There's no mistaking the Lumia 550 for a top-end handset, though for an entry-level phone, it sports a respectable spec sheet. It starts with the 4.7-inch HD (1280x720) display with what Microsoft calls a Glance Screen. It's something that's exclusive to Lumia and when activated, it offers up "minimal yet useful information" such as the date, time, missed calls, emails... Read more...
Microsoft's been hard at work trying to unite devices from different categories under a single ecosystem, and spreading Windows 10 Mobile to the masses is one of the keys to achieving that goal. The good news for Microsoft is that at least one market research firm is projecting an uptick in smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile over the next few years. International Data Corporation (IDC) projects that Windows Phone shipments will tally 31.3 million units by the end of the year, giving Microsoft a 2.2 percent share of the smartphone OS market. By 2019, shipments will reach 43.6 million units. That's not a bad jump, though IDC's perspective tilts towards the gloomy side. That's because the market... Read more...
It’s been nearly two years since Satya Nadella swooped into replace longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer later resigned from Microsoft’s Board of Directors in August 2014 and has kept a relatively low [tech] profile since then. His most recent commentary about his former company was rather flattering, with Ballmer commenting in October, "Nobody else is really trying to compete with [Apple] anymore, really, seriously, in hardware. If there's going to be any competition for Apple, it'll come from Microsoft - and I believe that." This week, Ballmer once again had some words to say about Microsoft, and this time he wasn’t so kind. At Microsoft’s annual shareholder meeting held yesterday,... Read more...
Let’s face it, buyers aren’t exactly flocking to Microsoft’s smartphone operating systems. According to IDC, Windows Phone is currently sitting at 2.6 percent worldwide smartphone market share compared to 15.6 percent and 81.1 percent for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android respectively. Even though Microsoft is expected to grow its share slightly to 3.3 percent by 2019, IDC says that its “view that Microsoft/Windows Phone will remain a marginal challenger at best has not changed.” With all of this in mind, we’re starting to get a little better picture of why Verizon Wireless was reticent to offer Microsoft’s new Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones, which run the new Windows 10 Mobile operating system.... Read more...
Earlier this morning, AT&T opened up preorders for Microsoft’s 5.2-inch Lumia 950. Customers can get the device for $149.99 with a new, two-year contract or pay for it in monthly installments with Next. This afternoon, Microsoft kicked off preorders for its larger brother: the Lumia 950 XL. The Lumia 950 XL is only available unlocked and off-contact direct from Microsoft, which means that you will be paying the full retail price of $649. For that price, you’ll receive an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD slot), 5.7-inch 2560x1440 display, 20MP PureView rear camera with OIS and a 5MP front-facing camera. You’ll also... Read more...
We — along with countless other observers — have questioned Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile strategy before, but it doesn’t seem like the company has any intentions of adding new launch partners for its Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphones. The phone will only be available on contract or with carrier financing via AT&T. You can get an unlocked version off-contract, but you’ll have to pay full retail price for the handset ($549 for the Lumia 950, $649 for the Lumia 950 XL) and purchase it from a Microsoft Store. Unshaken by the critics, Microsoft and AT&T announced today that the Lumia 950 will be be available exclusively in AT&T retail stores starting November... Read more...
Microsoft announced a huge commitment to closing the “app gap” with its mobile operating system platform by making available new tools aimed at helping developers port their existing iOS and Android apps over to Windows 10. The initiatives were labeled Project Islandwood and Project Astoria for iOS and Android respectively. Today, we’re learning that while Project Islandwood is moving along just fine, Microsoft has hit a roadblock with Project Astoria. It has been revealed that the Android subsystem found in previous Insider Preview builds of Windows 10 Mobile has been ripped out in the shipping version of the operating system. This subsystem allowed smartphones to directly run an Android APK,... Read more...
Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10549 and Build 10572 both required testers to revert back to Windows Phone 8.1 before updating to the latest builds of Windows 10 Mobile. This was by no means a deal killer for testers, but it was an annoyance nonetheless. Today, Microsoft has finally killed off the upgrade bug that affected those two most recent released with Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10581. You can now directly upgrade to newer builds from here on out without backtracking to Windows Phone 8.1. With regards to the rest of Build 10581, we have some good news and bad news. The good news is that a wealth of additional bugs have been fixed, including issues with dual-SIMs, Visual... Read more...
If anyone has earned the luxury to take some time off from a busy work schedule to spend more time with family, it’s Joe Belfiore, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group. Belfiore has been a key evangelist for the Windows Phone platform in recent years and introduced us to the new Windows 10 Mobile operating system which is a key lynchpin in Microsoft overall Windows 10 strategy. Belfiore announced today via Facebook that he will leave Microsoft in January, heading out to sea for a global trip with his family. Given that Microsoft has already pushed Windows 10 out the door, and the company is putting the finishing touches on Windows 10 Mobile, there’s likely no better time... Read more...
Nearly a week ago, Microsoft released Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10549 to testers. The test software brought updates to Cortana, the Messaging apps and the Lumia Camera app. But Build 10549 was probably most notable for forcing testers to revert back to Windows Phone 8.1 before updating due to a last minute bug. Today see the arrival of Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10572, however, it doesn’t yet alleviate the need to downgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 before upgrading to newer builds. “We have fixed this issue in our latest internal builds, and new builds greater than 10575 will have the fix,” said Microsoft’s Gabe Aul. So if Microsoft hasn’t fixed the bug, why is Microsoft... Read more...
Windows Insiders are always eager to test a new version of Windows 10 Mobile. After all, what tech geek doesn’t like being on the bleeding edge of software development, in addition to knowing that their valuable feedback is helping to shape Microsoft’s flagship mobile operating system. So testers will be happy to learn that Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10549 is now available, just a few days after Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 was released for desktops, notebooks, tablets, and convertibles. In Build 10549, Microsoft has made improvements to the Messaging app, expanded support for emojis, and opened up Cortana to users in Japan, Australia and Canada. Microsoft also no longer... Read more...
Given that Microsoft has seen its fortunes in the smartphone market dwindle as Android and iOS have risen to become a duopoly (the company has low single-digit global market share), you would think that the Microsoft would be banging on the doors of every carrier that it could find to get its smartphones into the hands of customers. But the company seemingly wants to keep strapping a 20-pound weight to one leg as it attempts to compete with Google and Apple which are sprinting ahead at a rapid clip. Look no further than the announcement of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL earlier this week. It was revealed that AT&T will be the only U.S. carrier allowed to sell the smartphones. Customers will be... Read more...
Little by little, Microsoft's been executing on its strategy to unite various devices to a single platform. We've seen it on the desktop and on the Xbox One, and come December, the Windows 10 ecosystem will arrive on smartphones, too. We're not talking about just the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, either. In response to a question posted on Facebook, Microsoft stated that "broad availability of Windows 10 on other devices" than the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, "including mobile phones, will begin rolling out in December." In other words, Microsoft is wrapping up work on Windows 10 Mobile and will put on a bow on it by the end of the year -- Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and so forth.If that's... Read more...
Microsoft finally took the wraps off its Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones today. The phones feature Windows 10 Mobile and are Microsoft’s first phone announcement since putting the Nokia difficulties behind it. The new Lumia 950 phones are entirely new beasts – and not just because they feature liquid cooling. The Lumia 950 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage. The 5.2-inch WQHD OLED screen has a 1440x2560 resolution. The front camera supports Windows Hello, meaning you can log into your phone via facial recognition. The back camera is the real workhorse, though, with a 20MP sensor and a new, triple-LED flash that is meant to make for more natural-looking... Read more...
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