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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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 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 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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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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Windows Phone poised to limp ahead of BlackBerry in another key market

By on August 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Windows Phone poised to limp ahead of BlackBerry in another key market

Windows Phone’s global market share is in very bad shape… but things could always be worse. The Guardian reports that new data from research group eMarketer shows that Windows Phone’s user base in the United Kingdom is poised to limp past BlackBerry’s this year, thus marking the first time that Microsoft’s mobile OS has surpassed BlackBerry in the Land of Hope and Glory in terms of active user base. More →

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HTC One M8 For Windows Verizon Exclusive

Why is Microsoft still shooting itself in the foot with dumb carrier exclusives?

By on August 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

Why is Microsoft still shooting itself in the foot with dumb carrier exclusives?

There are days when I honestly don’t know if Microsoft even cares if Windows Phone succeeds. I bring this up because the new HTC One (M8) for Windows launched today and it’s definitely the most promising high-end Windows Phone we’ve seen released this year… and it’s also a Verizon exclusive. More →

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HTC One M8 For Windows Leaked Picture

Leaked pic gives us a new look at the best-looking Windows Phone we’ve ever seen

By on August 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Leaked pic gives us a new look at the best-looking Windows Phone we’ve ever seen

This is it, Windows Phone fans: You’re finally getting a premiere flagship smartphone this year, even if it did come out for Android months earlier. WPCentral has posted a brand-new picture of a retail display for the upcoming HTC One (M8) for Windows that we expect will officially launch on Tuesday at HTC’s press event in New York. As you can see below, the device looks exactly like the Android version of the device but is now clearly running Windows Phone as evidenced by the Windows Phone user interface and the Windows logo at the bottom of the display. More →

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