Archive for the ‘Windows Phone’ Category

We already know that Microsoft is planning on attempting to make an additional impact in the high-end smartphone market with the launch of two new devices this coming October. A number of leaks over the past few weeks have already given us a sketchy look at the supposed new devices, as well as the accompanying full hardware specifications. Now, Evan Blass, who goes by @evleaks on Twitter, has published what seems to be official press images of the two new Microsoft Lumia devices, giving us an additional visual insight into what we can expect.

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It’s that time of year again. Here are all the phones (iPhone, Android and Windows Phone) which you shouldn’t buy today. Updated for July 2015.

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If online privacy is a big deal for you, and it probably should be, then the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual data privacy test is probably going to be of interest to you. Every twelve months the group takes the planet’s most popular online services and puts them through a series of tests to decide just how privacy safe they really are. The results are turned into a star rating with five stars being the maximum score achievable.

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According to a new report, Microsoft is working internally on a project called Microsoft WiFi, which is a rebranded version of Skype WiFi. The rebranded service, leaked to the world early in true modern-day fashion, is said to be based around the idea of exponentially increasing the productivity of users by offering “hassle-free” Internet access around the world. Productivity comes in many forms – forms that can vary greatly on an individual basis – but there’s no denying that having easy access to Internet wherever you are in the world could potentially increase anyone’s output.

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When talking about big names in the music provider industry, there are few that can hold a candle to Spotify; one of the largest providers of streaming music in the world. If you are a customer of Spotify (or even if you’re not, this news might compel you to think otherwise) we have good news – Spotify is evolving into much more than just a music streaming service, with the inclusion of podcasts and video streaming, courtesy of its dedicated partners.

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Windows 10 Mobile build 10080 download has been released for compatible phones by Microsoft. It features a host of new feature including the new Office universal apps.

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If you’re old enough to remember the iconic Nokia phones of the late 1990s then you will probably remember the classic came Snake game above all other features that the phones possessed. That’s probably fair, because if you are anything like us you probably spent more time playing Snake on your phone than making or receiving calls. We loved Snake.

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Remember that retro mobile game called ‘Snake’ which came preloaded on old Nokia handsets? The title is now getting a complete makeover and is being built from scratch for the advanced smartphone platforms, and is being aptly called ‘Snake Rewind.’

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One of the major implementations that Microsoft is making with Windows 10 is to further unify its rather fragmented platform. After Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, the software giant is touting a system that offers optimal, fully-fledged Windows experiences irrespective of the device being used. Underlining this, the company has just taken the wraps off Continuum for Phones, a Windows 10 for Phones feature that will allow smartphones to morph into desktop PCs when connected to larger displays.

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Microsoft has just released Halo: Spartan Strike for Windows 8.1, Windows Phone and iOS, and for the first time ever, a Halo spinoff has been brought to Apple’s mobile platform.

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A video of the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone running Windows 10 for phones has just been posted online, showing Microsoft’s OS running on a device that ships with Android out of the box. What is this wizardry? Head over the jump to find out more about this development and watch a video of the OS in action on the phone.

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Apple is now accepting non-iOS devices as a part of its Reuse and Recycling Program, and the facility is available to those residing in the United States, Canada, and several European countries as well. Head over the jump to learn more about the expansion of this program which now covers various Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices.

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Microsoft’s hunger for the budget phone market is at an all time high, and today the company has announced a new low-end Lumia smartphone – the Lumia 430. What’s so special about it? It costs just $70. Head past the jump for more details on this new handset.

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With Microsoft already confirming that Windows 10 will be going on sale this summer, the software giant has suggested that Xiaomi’s frontrunner Mi 4 – powered by Android – will be able to run the mobile version of the Windows 10 OS very soon. Yes, you read that right, and if you’re as surprised as the rest of us here, head over the jump for further information on Microsoft’s plans.

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This time last year at the Mobile World Congress, Nokia – in the process of being acquired by Microsoft – unveiled a trio of smartphones built upon a forked, Windows Phone-esque version of Android. That little enterprise went down like a lead balloon, and was scrapped but a few months later, but with this year’s MWC well underway in Barcelona, the software company has taken the wraps off a couple more devices that it hopes will entice users away from the likes of Android and iOS. The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are both fairly cheap, and what’s more, offer a year’s worth of Office 365 completely free. Check both of these devices out after the break!

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Windows 10 for phones is a big step for Microsoft, and one that it needs to make stick. After years of trying to battle the Apple and Google monster, Windows Phone has been left with more than a bloody nose. Even with some excellent hardware from the likes of Nokia, phones running Microsoft’s mobile version of Windows just haven’t sold like either the software maker or its OEM partners would have liked.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview download for phones is now available for select Lumia smartphone devices. Complete how to download and install details can be found here after the jump.

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The business of unlocking mobile devices has never been particularly straightforward, with the rules seeming to change from carrier to carrier, at the drop of a hat. But new unlocking standards approved by the CTIA back in 2013 offer a degree of uniformity, and from today, all major U.S. carriers will comply with the revised terms. Find out what this means for you and your devices after the fold!

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Here’s how you can get 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive storage absolutely free for two years. Complete details and step-by-step guide can be found right here.

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As of next Wednesday, new standards on smartphone unlocking will come into play in the United States, making it a great deal easier for mobile consumers to pursue and achieve unlocked status through their network operator. If you are a U.S.-based mobile device user, this is quite a landmark event, and below, we’ve covered everything you need to know about the changes.

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