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Windows Phone Is Dead

Windows Phone is circling the drain as longtime users lose hope

By on December 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Windows Phone is circling the drain as longtime users lose hope

2014 has been a very bad year for Windows Phone. Not only has the platform’s market share been stagnant at best but it’s been more than a year since we’ve seen any flagship Windows Phone hardware on par with 2013’s Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520. In that time, Apple has released both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus and Android fans have had a feast of riches in the form of high-end flagship devices from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and OnePlus. Even BlackBerry has made its diehard fans happy with the release of the beastly BlackBerry Passport. Now things have gotten so bad that two high-profile Windows Phone users have said they’re quitting the platform this week until things change. More →

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Windows Phone Is Dead

Longtime Windows Phone user explains why Windows Phone has almost no shot in the U.S.

By on December 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Longtime Windows Phone user explains why Windows Phone has almost no shot in the U.S.

After showing some promise in 2013, Windows Phone adoption has largely stagnated in 2014, especially in the United States. ZDNet’s Ed Bott, who has used Windows Phone for years, recently threw up his hands in frustration because he’s sick and tired of wireless carriers — and Verizon in particular — not caring enough about Windows Phone users to help them get the latest updates and features on their devices. More →

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Windows Phone Is Not Dead

How Microsoft might get you to care about Windows Phone

By on December 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

How Microsoft might get you to care about Windows Phone

It’s impossible to argue that Windows Phone has been anything close to a success at this point but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should give up on it. In fact, unless Microsoft wants to get out of the software platform game all together, it has to establish at least some foothold in the mobile market. So what’s a tech giant to do? Jan Dawson has written a very smart column over at Techpinions that includes a three-step plan that could help Microsoft actually get people to care about Windows Phone. More →

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Huawei Windows Phone Cancelled

One of Microsoft’s only mobile partners gives up, says nobody can make money with Windows Phone

By on December 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

One of Microsoft’s only mobile partners gives up, says nobody can make money with Windows Phone

Following the launch of the original iPhone in 2007 and Android in 2008, Microsoft found itself painfully behind the times with its mobile operating system, then called Windows Mobile. So the company went back to the drawing board and built a brand new platform from scratch, ditching its boring old interface in favor of a beautiful modern user interface that focused on zero-touch, real-time information courtesy of live tiles.

Windows Phone was and is beautiful, unique and as smooth as a mobile operating system can be. And with each passing day, it looks more like a failure. More →

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Windows Phone has been a huge disappointment this year – but Microsoft isn’t worried yet

By on November 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Windows Phone has been a huge disappointment this year – but Microsoft isn’t worried yet

It’s safe to say that Windows Phone has been a massive disappointment this year. Despite being a strong overall platform, it still hasn’t gained any traction and Microsoft hasn’t released any flagship hardware for the device so far on par with 2013’s Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520. Business Insider reports, however, that Microsoft isn’t too concerned about its mobile operating system despite the fact that most third-party data suggests that its market share has either stagnated or even decline this year. More →

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First Microsoft Lumia Phone Leaked Photo

New leak reveals the first Microsoft-branded Lumia phone

By on November 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

New leak reveals the first Microsoft-branded Lumia phone

2014 has been a very quiet year for Windows Phone and we’ve been wondering when Microsoft would finally give the platform the high-end flagship device that it deserves. And unfortunately it looks like we’re still going to have to wait a while to get it because a new leak reveals that the first Microsoft-branded Lumia phone is going to be yet another budget model aimed at cost-conscious buyers in emerging markets. More →

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Here’s what to do if you accidentally buy a Windows Phone

By on October 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Here’s what to do if you accidentally buy a Windows Phone

Have you ever accidentally bought a Windows Phone and wished it were an iPhone or an Android phone instead? Chances are you probably haven’t, but that’s the only possible target market we can see for some new Windows Phone launchers that were designed solely to make your device’s home screen look like either iOS or Android. More →

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Blackberry Beats Android Windows Phone

BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most

By on October 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most

One of the last places that Blackberry has a foothold over Android and Windows Phones is Capitol Hill, which just happens to be a hugely important market for the company’s future hopes.

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Windows Phone Vs. Android

Windows Phone may join Android in a race to the bottom for cheap hardware

By on September 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM.

Windows Phone may join Android in a race to the bottom for cheap hardware

One reason that Android has spread so quickly is that Google allows anyone to use the bare bones of the platform for free. This has allowed venders in emerging markets such as Xiaomi and Micromax to crank out dirt-cheap Android handsets that have killer specs and that generate razor-thin margins for manufacturers. Of course, many of these cheapie handsets don’t have access to Android essentials such as the Google Play Store since Google actually does charge a licensing fee for manufacturers that want to use those features, but that doesn’t seem to matter to many buyers who just want an ultra-affordable smartphone. More →

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Microsoft Windows 9 Windows Phone

Microsoft reportedly mulls rebranding Windows in the most confusing way possible

By on September 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Microsoft reportedly mulls rebranding Windows in the most confusing way possible

Microsoft would understandably like to move on from Windows 8 as quickly as possible, which is why the company is so eager to show off Windows 9 in the coming weeks. However, Softpedia’s sources say that Microsoft might be so eager to rebrand its flagship software program that it might end up calling Windows 9 just plain-old “Windows” instead. And that’s not all: The company may end up branding Windows RT and Windows Phone as “Windows” as well. Needless to say, Softpedia thinks this could create even more confusion for prospective buyers. More →

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Windows Phone Market Share

Windows Phone is still going nowhere fast

By on August 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM.

Windows Phone is still going nowhere fast

Windows Phone diehards can deny it all they want, but the numbers don’t lie: The past year has been one of stagnation for their favorite platform. Following a report from IDC that showed Windows Phone shipments had actually declined year-over-year, we have another report from Kantar Worldpanel that shows Windows Phone’s growth for the past year has been largely stagnant at best. More →

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Android Vs. Windows Phone

Huawei says it has ‘no choice’ but Android because consumers don’t want Windows Phone

By on August 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Huawei says it has ‘no choice’ but Android because consumers don’t want Windows Phone

Windows Phone has been going nowhere fast over the last year, although Microsoft is hopeful that things will finally pick up now that it’s made the platform free for OEMs to use and it’s signed up a lot more manufacturing partners. Nonetheless, the company still has to overcome some major hurdles to convine some big-name manufacturers to spend their resources on Windows Phone handsets even if they might want an alternative to Android to hedge their bets. More →

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Malware Hack for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

Researchers learn how to hack your phone’s Gmail app at a stunning 92% success rate

By on August 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Researchers learn how to hack your phone’s Gmail app at a stunning 92% success rate

While Android is usually the mobile platform of choice for hackers, new research that’s about to be presented at the USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego shows that it’s actually possible to use a newly discovered trick to steal data from an unsuspecting smartphone users’ apps, whether they’re running Android, iOS or Windows Phone, Phys.org reports. More →

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