Windows Phone

  • Microsoft Details Coming Hardware Shakeup Including Changes To Its Design And Manufacturing Assets

    Microsoft Details Coming Hardware Shakeup Including Changes To Its Design And Manufacturing Assets

    In the wake of Microsoft‘s announcement that it will lay off up to 18,000 employees over the next year, and that the Nokia X Android handset will eventually run Windows Phone, Microsoft’s hardware head Stephen Elop announced a number of operational changes in a public memo. The alterations include changes in manufacturing and design efforts, and, of course, job cuts. Noting… Read More

  • Nokia X Android Devices Will Run Windows Phone

    Nokia X Android Devices Will Run Windows Phone

    Nokia, (you know, Microsoft’s mobile division), launched the Nokia X2, a low-cost Android handset last month. Yes, Android. This was the second device in the product line and a curious one at that. Because Android. Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a change in direction that will bring the Nokia X line more in line with Microsoft’s strategic direction meaning… Read More

  • Microsoft Hits Go On Windows Phone 8.1 For Lumia Handsets

    Microsoft Hits Go On Windows Phone 8.1 For Lumia Handsets

    Starting today, Nokia Lumia handsets running Windows Phone 8 will begin to receive Windows Phone 8.1 along with a Nokia-sourced updated called Cyan. Microsoft recently purchased Nokia’s hardware assets. The 8.1 update will land in pieces, depending on the carrier in question. Windows Phone 8.1, announced in April, brings a number of updates to Microsoft’s mobile platform, including… Read More

  • Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

    Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

    Remember Windows Phone 7.8? Microsoft built it as a stop-gap measure to lessen the ire of Windows Phone 7.5 users, a group technologically precluded from making the leap to Windows Phone 8. If you had forgotten about it don’t worry, Microsoft is about to do the same. Mary Jo Foley today detailed the coming death-dates of a number of Microsoft products, including Windows Phone 7.8. As… Read More

  • Windows Phone’s Market Share In The United States Isn’t Growing

    Windows Phone’s Market Share In The United States Isn’t Growing

    The latest data from Comscore regarding the United States smartphone market isn’t great for Microsoft. The company’s Windows Phone platform managed no growth, ending the May period with a 3 month market share average of 3.4%, the same level that Comscore reported for the platform in February. Android was flat, Apple picked up 0.6%, and Blackberry lost 0.6%. Android and Apple… Read More

  • Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

    Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

    Meet the Nokia X2, the first Android-based smartphone being made by Microsoft. Yes, you read that right: Microsoft has just made a new Android-based handset. It’s not the first Android device Microsoft owns, being as Redmond took over Nokia’s mobile making division in April. But some doubted whether Microsoft approved of Nokia’s Android experiment — and speculated that… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises To Render Your Smartphone Useless If It’s Stolen

    Microsoft Promises To Render Your Smartphone Useless If It’s Stolen

    This morning, Microsoft promised to meet the stipulations of the CTIA’s Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment before the goal-date of July 2015. Specifically, Microsoft will bring remote-wipe; bricking of lost handsets; reactivation protection for stolen handsets; and the ability to undo phone “inoperability” if the handset in question is recovered. Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Files Tool For Windows Phone 8.1

    Microsoft Launches Files Tool For Windows Phone 8.1

    This afternoon, Microsoft released Files, a file management tool for Windows Phone 8.1 that it had previously promised. The app is simple, but then again so is local file management. Users of Files will be able to access content that is stored locally, as well as on SD cards. Folder creation is supported, along with normal tasks like moving and deleting content. Read More

  • Android Still Growing Market Share By Winning First Time Smartphone Users

    Android Still Growing Market Share By Winning First Time Smartphone Users

    Android is continuing its onward march. The latest market figures from analyst ABI Research peg the platform at 80% marketshare of smartphone OSes, with just under 300 million smartphones running Android — or an Android fork — shipped in the quarter. Read More