Windows Phone

  • Microsoft Releases Cortana In 4 New Countries

    Microsoft Releases Cortana In 4 New Countries

    If you live in Germany, Italy, France or Spain, you can now get your Cortana on. Microsoft today announced that it has rolled out its virtual, digital assistant to those four new European countries for users that are part of its Windows Phone Developer Preview Program. Read More

  • Android 5.0 Currently Runs On Fewer Than 0.1% Of Handsets

    Android 5.0 Currently Runs On Fewer Than 0.1% Of Handsets

    Google’s recently released Android 5.0 mobile operating system is currently running on fewer than 0.1 percent of handsets, according to data released by the company. The new software, code-named ‘Lollipop,’ was made generally available November 12. Carriers are currently rolling Lollipop out to consumers, according to their own schedule. Read More

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

    Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

    Windows Phone 8.1 accounted for more than 50 percent of all Windows Phone usage in November. It closed October with 46.7 percent of the market. Windows Phone 8, its predecessor, still controlsĀ 33.5 percent of the Windows Phone base. That amount will decline as more carriers update phones that were initially sold with anĀ earlier version of the Windows Phone platform. Here’s the chart… Read More

  • The Old Foursquare Is Dead

    The Old Foursquare Is Dead

    The final traces of the old foursquare are being wiped from existence, as the new Foursquare is currently going out as an update to Windows Phone users. This summer, Foursquare made an announcement, to the shock of many, that it would be splitting its long-surviving check-in app into two separate applications: Swarm and Foursquare. Swarm, which launched shortly thereafter, would take over… Read More

  • Should Microsoft Build Hardware?

    Should Microsoft Build Hardware?

    So what’s this new Microsoft strategy you’ve been hearing about? According to CEO Satya Nadella, the company is three things: Office 365, Windows and Azure. “That’s it,” the executive recently quipped. Given that narrow focus, how do the company’s massive and recent bets on hardware fit into the picture? Read More

  • Windows Phone Shrinks In Android-Dominated Europe, As New iPhones Boost iOS’ Share

    Windows Phone Shrinks In Android-Dominated Europe, As New iPhones Boost iOS’ Share

    The latest 12-week smartphone sales figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, up to September, indicate that Windows Phone’s already small share of the smartphone market has shrunk in Europe — dropping 0.3 percentage points in aggregate across the top five markets in Europe (the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany). Read More

  • Microsoft Drops Nokia Name, Sticks With ‘Lumia’ For Windows Phones

    Microsoft Drops Nokia Name, Sticks With ‘Lumia’ For Windows Phones

    After a long and complicated relationship that first involved just a close partnership with Nokia handling hardware duties, and then Microsoft acquiring Nokia’s phone-making business during what appeared to be a fairly acrimonious separation, there will be no more confusion as to who’s making first-party Windows Phone hardware going forward: they’ll be called just… Read More

  • Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot

    Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot

    If you own a Windows Phone, and you use Skype, and you are willing to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone, and you want to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone so that you can use the new Skype for Windows Phone feature, today is a pretty good day. Well, it is if you want to draw inside your newly updated Skype app on your Windows Phone device. Read More

  • Microsoft Pads Windows Phone’s Midriff With Three More Lumias

    Microsoft Pads Windows Phone’s Midriff With Three More Lumias

    Microsoft, now the proud owner of Nokia’s mobile making division, has unboxed a trio of new mid-tier Windows Phone handsets at its IFA press event taking place in Berlin today — including a slimline, photo-focused device it’s dubbing an “affordable flagship”. Aka the Lumia 830. And — following in the footsteps of many an Android OEM — a… Read More

  • Windows Phone Picks Up Domestic Support As Its International Numbers Plateau

    Windows Phone Picks Up Domestic Support As Its International Numbers Plateau

    Good news for Microsoft: HTC’s new One (M8) Windows Phone handset will land on at least three of the four largest carriers in the United States. Bad news for Microsoft: According to Kantar data, Windows Phone’s market share in China has eroded to less than a single point. It’s a country where Microsoft has invested heavily into adapting its Cortana digital assistant to… Read More

  • Hands On With The HTC One (M8) For Windows

    Hands On With The HTC One (M8) For Windows

    The HTC One (M8), one of the best-looking flagship Android smartphones that launched earlier this year, just landed on Windows Phone 8.1.1 Packed with front-facing speakers, dual UltraPixel cameras on the back, a 5MP front camera and BoomSound internal speakers, the One (M8) is exactly the same as its Android variant. Read More

  • Verizon Video Reveals The HTC One M8 With Windows Phone

    Verizon Video Reveals The HTC One M8 With Windows Phone

    A new video just launched on Verizon’s YouTube channel reveals what we pretty much knew was coming: HTC has created a Windows Phone-powered version of its flagship HTC One M8. The previously Android-only phone will be available with Windows exclusively on Verizon at launch. It packs HTC’s signature UFocus feature which takes advantage of the M8’s dual camera setup, and… Read More

  • Windows Phone, The PC Market, And Global Smartphone Shipments

    Windows Phone, The PC Market, And Global Smartphone Shipments

    Windows Phone sales aren’t doing well. According to the latest IDC data, 7.4 million Windows Phone units shipped in the second quarter of 2014. That’s down from 8.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Microsoft’s smartphone platform saw its market share fall from 3.4 percent to 2.5 percent in the year period. In comparison, the lager smartphone market grew from 240.5 million… Read More

  • Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

    Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

    As Foursquare powers through its summer of change, the company is today launching Swarm on the Windows Phone platform. Swarm is the breakaway app from Foursquare that now houses the beloved check-in. Rather than pairing the use cases of sharing your location with friends and searching for things to do, the company split those experiences into two apps. That said, Swarm is a very different app… Read More

  • Facebook For Windows Phone Now Supports Video Uploads, Integrates With Messenger

    Facebook For Windows Phone Now Supports Video Uploads, Integrates With Messenger

    Today Microsoft announced it published a new version of Facebook for Windows Phone that adds video uploads and integration with Facebook Messenger, as well as new languages. Facebook will now link directly into the People Hub on Windows Phone for users running Windows Phone 8.1. That will bring Facebook deeper into the Windows Phone experience. Read More

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Goes Live For Developers

    Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Goes Live For Developers

    As promised, Microsoft has released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to developers. If you are part of the company’s Windows Phone Developer Preview program, you can snag the update now. The update brings new features and user interface tweaks to Microsoft’s smartphone platform. Chief among the new features is a broader rollout of Cortana, the voice-activated digital tool that Microsoft… Read More

  • Video Claims To Show Off The Live Folders Feature Coming In Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

    Video Claims To Show Off The Live Folders Feature Coming In Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

    Update: Hey everyone, a tweet from the TechCrunch Twitter account asked if Live Folders would come in Update 1. That was a mistake on our part — they always were. Sorry for the mixup. The question that this post originally explored was if the user interface animations detailed below were real. I apologize for the confusion. Component to Windows Phone 8.1’s first update —… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    Fresh on the heels of the announcement and partial release of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has a new dose of code for users of its smartphone platform: Update 1. Akin to Update 1 for Windows 8.1, Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 contains a welcome mix of quality of life and feature upgrades. I haven’t had any hands-on time with the code, so consider this post a preliminary look at what… Read More

  • Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    The Microsoft-Nokia deal closed, and Microsoft now builds and sells millions of phones each month. But more to the point, Microsoft now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices. That’s according to adduplex, an advertising company that services the mobile platform. The company’s July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem indicates that in the month, devices that it marks… Read More

  • Beats Music Mobile App Gets Recommendation Tweaking, Verified Profiles And More

    Beats Music Mobile App Gets Recommendation Tweaking, Verified Profiles And More

    Beats Music has updated its iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications with a few new features, including a way to tune the Beats recommendation engine manually for better suggestions, a new history view for The Sentence, the Songza-like Madlibs playback engine, and Verified Badges, which add a checkmark to celebrity profiles so you know they’re the real deal. Read More

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