Windows Phone

  • 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