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All posts tagged "Windows Phone"

  • Microsoft kills notifications for Windows Phone 7, 8

    Notifications are the backbone of many a mobile operating system and we tend to take them for granted. But now, Microsoft has announced that it has killed off notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 devices. I didn't even know they could do that... In any case, the news was spotted on an official support page by The Verge, revealing the full extent of changes. The company noted that from 20 February (yesterday), "Mobile Push Notification services" would be disabled. This means that your phone won't receive notifications or live tile updates, while the Find My Phone feature will...

  • Wave goodbye to WhatsApp on BlackBerry, WP this week

    WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messaging platform in the world right now, being available on a variety of smartphone platforms. But the mobile world moves at a fast pace and the Facebook-owned service will be killing support for three platforms on 31 December 2017. Yes, WhatsApp users on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8 (and older) will need a new smartphone if they want to keep using WhatsApp in the new year. Got a Nokia Series 40 phone (like the Asha range)? Then your phone will be supported until 31 December 2018. Got an Android 2.3 (or older) smartphone? You've...

  • An ode to Windows Phone: 5 of the best WP handsets ever made

    One of the bigger news stories this week has been a tacit admission by Microsoft's Joe Belfiore that Windows Phone is essentially dead. The former face of Microsoft's mobile platform confirmed that new hardware and features weren't a focus anymore, adding that he had switched from Windows Phone as well. So with that in mind, we bid adieu to Windows Phone, looking at five of the greatest devices ever released. Nokia Lumia 920 The Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 continued the colourful polycarbonate design pioneered by the Nokia N9, but it was the Lumia 920 that dramatically upped the ante with features and the...

  • Not even Microsoft execs care about Windows 10 Mobile anymore

    In case the lack of a flagship since 2015 wasn't a clue, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has come out and effectively confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile is dead. Well, he didn't quite use the term "dead". But it's certainly in a coma, if anything. The Microsoft executive was responding to a Twitter user's query, wondering whether it was time to leave Windows 10 Mobile. "Depends who you are. Many companies still deploy to their employees and we will support them!" Belfiore says in a two part tweet. "As an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hw diversity. We will support those users too!...

  • Windows Phone is dead, long live (lol) Windows 10 Mobile

    Yes yes, the headline reads like a bit of an oxymoron to some. But believe it or not, there was a time when Microsoft's Windows Phone platform showed some promise. Unfortunately, that time has passed and support has ceased for Windows Phone 8.1, the last update before Windows 10 Mobile. The company's support page quietly revealed the news a few months back, being rather disappointing for people with handsets that can't be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft initially promised that the new update would be coming to a slew of WP8.1 handsets from premium to low-end, but this was not the case,...

  • Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update features and release date?

    Microsoft has already released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for PC and Xbox, but what about the company's mobile platform? Neowin reports that the Lumia India Twitter account has revealed a 9 August launch date for the new update. The tweet has since been deleted and replaced with a vague "gradual rollout from 2 August" response. @prasumoholkar (1/3)That's a great question! Microsoft roll out the new update August 2 gradually, meaning it will take time for the update — Lumia India (@LumiaIndia) August 3, 2016 What should Windows Phone users expect from the update? A few of these features have been detailed on...

  • The cancelled 3D Touch-toting Lumia McLaren gets full review

    Microsoft and Nokia's cancelled Lumia McLaren handset is perhaps one of the most disappointing stories in the history of the Windows Phone platform. You know, aside from the platform's lack of success in general. Cancelled just a few months before its late 2014 release, the McLaren offered an innovative 3D Touch feature that was unlike anything we've ever seen on a mobile device since. While Apple's take on 3D Touch required users to press down on the screen, leaks and video footage showed that the McLaren's take required users to hover their finger over the display instead. Now, Windows Central has managed...

  • One less app: Steam hits Windows 10 Mobile

    In a week that has seen Microsoft support tease Snapchat on Windows Phone (although I'm a bit skeptical still), we can officially cross one big-name app off the list. It's taken a few years, but Valve has finally released a Steam app for the platform. The app means that Microsoft fans don't have to rely on third-party offerings to authenticate their accounts anymore. On Memeburn: Snapchat is coming to Windows 10 phones… soon As for other features, the app lets users send and accept trades with friends, sell virtual items via the Steam community and browse the storefront. In a cool touch,...

  • Microsoft to reduce smartphone offerings for ‘more effective phone portfolio’

    Microsoft's purchased mobile and devices division is falling out of the company's favour faster than its stock price, and after the news that it's cutting nearly 8000 jobs, it seems that the company's cutting its range of smartphone offerings too. A new report has suggested that Microsoft will release a total of six smartphones to market each year, with two catering for the three distinctive sectors of the market: low end, mid-range consumer friendlies and the flagship or business segments. Read more: Microsoft writes off $7.6bn from Nokia purchase, cuts 7800 jobs According to Bloomberg's unnamed source close to the matte, Microsoft...

  • April Fools’ 2015: the best stories from the date we hate

    April Fools' Day is upon us and need I say more? Although media houses (we'll turn a blushing cheek here) love to publish hoaxes for the sake of good fun and spikes in traffic, there are a lot of hilarious pieces published by brands and companies themselves during this period. Often, these companies have the sense of humour to poke fun at themselves, even if that is what journalists do to them in the other 364 days of the year. So, to celebrate the day where lying, cheating and being an all-round bad journalist is written in the global constitution, we've...