You can now unlock the bootloader and jailbreak any Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile device. Here are the details.
Here's a side-by-side specs comparison between Microsoft's Lumia 950 vs 950 XL vs Apple's iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6s Plus. Which one would you rather get?
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.
The tech. world has been rocked by a series of high-profile acquisitions over the past couple of years, but whilst Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp is perhaps the most memorable, Microsoft's buyout of Finnish telecoms giant Nokia last September is right up there. We always knew that the Nokia branding would eventually make way for something a little more reflective of the new ownership, a notion that was recently confirmed with the announcement that high-end Lumia handsets would change from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia. Now, for the first time, a leak out of China gives us an idea of what these devices will look like with their new logo.
Having wrapped up the acquisition of Nokia earlier on in the year, Microsoft's BUILD developers conference was largely focused around the Windows Phone 8.1 update. Having been seen as a distant third place to iOS and Android thanks to its lack of key features, Windows Phone has struggled to make a dent in the market share of the Big Two, but with the newer software promising some great features including a voice assistant in Cortana, there's renewed optimism that the software giant may finally stake more than just a token claim to the smartphone industry. After the developer preview launch shortly after BUILD, Windows Phone 8.1 is this week rolling out to Lumia devices via the Cyan update, and as ever, we've got all of the major details right here.
Executives constantly jump ship between some of the biggest names in tech, and today, Nokia's former photography lead Ari Partinen has joined Apple in a move that will doubtlessly help to improve the point-and-shoot credentials of the iPhone and iOS device range in general. Given the reverence of the Lumia camera range, this is a massive coup for Apple, and Partinen will officially begin his work in Cupertino from June.
Windows Phone is currently in the midst of one of its stickiest patches, even though it finally got its own YouTube app just recently. As the saying goes though, one YouTube app does not make a platform successful. Or something like that.
Nokia's success depends very much on the Windows Phone platform it has leant so heavily on these past couple of years, and having ditched its own Symbian software in favor of the pretty, if still emerging Microsoft mobile operating system, it stands to reason that the continued promotion of WP8 is as much the Finnish outfit's responsibility as it is Redmond company's. To help keep Lumia smartphones ticking over when connecting to the mains is not an option, Nokia has thrown together a rather beautiful portable charger, which notably, takes the shape of a Windows (Phone) 8 Live Tile.
Nokia has just announced the release of Windows Phone 7.8, which begins rolling out to supported devices immediately. The software, which offers those on Windows Phone 7.x a taster of the new features enjoyed by those on Windows Phone 8, has been quite a long time in waiting, and starting today and running through the next couple of weeks, users will receive a notification prompt regarding the update being ready for their handset.
Windows Phone is Microsoft’s fledgling response to the overshadowing forces of iOS and Android in the smartphone industry, and having partnered up with Nokia to bring a very slick user experience on WP7.x, the two companies are a collaborative force once more, and at the forefront of the big Windows Phone 8 push.