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All posts tagged "Windows Phone"

  • 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...

  • A streamlined ‘Windows 9’ to become centralised OS for all Microsoft devices

    Microsoft's forthcoming OS will be a one-size-fits-all solution, spanning across desktop, mobile and Xbox platforms, Satya Nadella confirmed. The move comes amid a spate of bad news for company employees and missed Q4 2014 earnings targets. This signals the death of Windows in mobile and desktop flavours, and marks a new unified OS for all devices, including the Xbox app system. Nadella explains: "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three Operating Systems into one, single converged Operating System for screens of all sizes. We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user...

  • 7 improvements that would make Windows 9 the best Microsoft OS ever

    There's a myth around the tech world that Microsoft follows up its blockbuster OS with universally hated sequels. This theory seems to bear true when looking at its dismal track record. Starting at Windows 95, the crash-happy 98 soon followed. Windows XP, in turn, was ceded by the unstable and heavily bloated Windows Vista. And now, Microsoft's most successful OS of all, Windows 7, is overthrown by Windows 8, a version destined to become its most hated OS ever. It's not like Windows 8 is awful either. It shares its older brother's granite-like stability and boots faster than a scolded...

  • Dying Nokia X range ditches Android for Windows as Microsoft cull continues

    Well, here's an unsurprising surprise. Microsoft's big boss, Satya Nadella has announced that Nokia's Android-based X range will ditch Android as its OS in favour of Windows. This means that the Nokia X2 will be the last Android phone the company will (likely ever) offer. Microsoft, in its bid to "evolve", has lined up some 18 000 job cuts in the coming months, with more than a third of those coming from the newly integrated Nokia Devices and Services division. Another hammer blow to the once lucrative company is the destruction of the budget Nokia X Android range. Instead of...

  • Xbox Live features reportedly coming to iOS and Android games

    In a post first spotted by The Verge, Microsoft is flirting with the idea of pushing Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games, making it an alternative (and competitor) to Google's Play games and Apple's Game Center. Xbox Live is currently limited to Xbox consoles and Windows Phone games with one exception. As it stands, the only app available on iOS and Android which has Xbox Live features is the free-to-play word puzzle game Wordament. iOS and Android users can keep track of their achievements by logging in with their Xbox accounts. In the job posting, Microsoft stressed that the...

  • Nokia launching Android smartphone ‘Normandy’ at MWC

    According to recent reports, Nokia is planning on releasing its Android smartphone later this month at the Mobile World Congress in Spain. Codenamed Normandy, the smartphone marks an interesting shift. The Finnish tech company's most popular operating system is Nokia and will soon be bought by Microsoft. Wouldn't an Android smartphone complicate matters between Nokia and Microsoft? Apparently not. According to the Wall Street Journal, this peculiar move plays a part in Microsoft's greater scheme of things. We've heard rumours and seen pictures of Nokia's Android phone, dubbed project Normandy. Apart from the claim that it will have a 4" 480×854...