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All posts tagged "Windows Phone"

  • 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...

  • Sony in talks with Microsoft to likely launch VAIO Windows Phone

    Hints and past speculations suggest that Sony is working on a Windows Phone. The company has been steering away from the Nokia-dominated Windows Phone arena, and has thus over the years only focused on building Android smartphones. In a recent interview, however, head of Sony Mobile Europe Pierre Perron told TechRadar that Sony wants to broaden its horizons and is looking to Microsoft as an alternative. While there have been rumours and possible leaked pictures since last year, indicating that there might be a VAIO smartphone on the horizon, we’ve never heard it from Sony. Perron said that Sony doesn’t...

  • Gearburn’s 6 best mobile phones of 2013

    This year was a landmark year for mobile phones. We’ve had iPhones, Samsungs and Nokias competing for the top spot but ironically, each device stood out as a landmark phone by itself. Despite each mobile maker sniping at each other, there’s a phone for everyone and a use for every phone. So right now, and in no particular order, we’ve chosen six of the best smartphones of 2013. iPhone 5s Apple’s successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 is deceptively cool. At first glance, there’s little to differentiate the 5 from the 5s, but after using it for a few weeks...

  • LG Smart TVs to use any phone as controller by 2014

    Using a smartphone as a TV remote is a nifty idea that has been championed by a few mobile phone makers, like Samsung and Sony, but until now, it’s been locked to a few specific models. Even worse, iPhones are left out of the phone-as-remote market unless an expensive accessory is tacked onto it. No more, says LG who’ve recently announced a partnership with AllJoyn to create Smart TVs that can use any phone as a universal remote, reports Pocket-Lint. The AllJoyn protocol forms a connection between TV and phone, regardless of the mobile ecosystem. As Gigaom rightly says,...

  • The mobile OS wars: is anyone actually winning?

    “Guys, it’s just a phone okay?! It’s really not that important!” We’ve all been in a conversation like that, and you can deny it all you want. If you have a smartphone, you’ve had that conversation. Why we still do so though, is beyond me. We’re at a stage now where there are three camps: Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Sure, Ubuntu is available now as well, but let’s face it, that’s still a very niche market. As for BlackBerry, well the less said the better. The comparison and cross-platform competition will carry on as long as they exist....

  • Hybrid much? Windows Phone could soon be in your HTC Android

    Waking up to stories like these make us doubt our sobriety. According to a report by Bloomberg, HTC and Microsoft are in talks to add the Windows Phone OS to HTC’s line of Android smartphones. Microsoft’s head of OS’, Terry Myerson, reportedly asked HTC last month if Microsoft could run Windows Phone as a “second option” on HTC devices. Myerson even discussed the option of removing the licensing fee per unit. That alone would significantly cut the cost of any Android/Windows Phone hybrid. Those familiar with the source information said that cutting the license fee is Microsoft’s way of incentivising HTC...