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Posts Tagged ‘Windows Phone’

Windows Phone fans and fanboys have a tough job. They have to stand by an operating system with a new name every few years, significantly fewer apps than the competition, and a distant third place spot in the market. The latest news out of Microsoft isn’t making their lives any easier.

This week, Microsoft failed to deliver on its promise of rolling out Windows 10 Mobile devices to existing Windows Phone devices in December. The new target? 2016.

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Top 5 Windows Phone 8.1 features: Cortana, Word Flow, Wi-Fi Sense, Action Center and more
Best of Windows Phone 8.1
By Naina Khedekar /  03 Apr 2014 , 10:52

Finally, Microsoft’s highly anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 is here. Though not a complete overhaul, the new update brings some significant changes. Here are the top five features of the Windows Phone 8.1 that you should look forward to.

Cortana
Cortana was real after all. Microsoft’s long-time rumoured rival for Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s S Voice and Android’s Google Now is finally here. Powered by Bing, Cortana can be launched right from a Live Tile and appears as a floating ring in your chosen theme colour.

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Today’s best mobile app deals for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!

This is a hand-picked list of apps that we think are worth checking out, but we do not endorse them in any way, nor have we reviewed them.

Productivity and lifestyle apps are listed first. Games are stacked towards the bottom of each list. Otherwise, the apps are not listed in any particular order. Some apps may require in-app purchases for extra features or levels.

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Windows Phone 8 Licensing Fees Criticism
Windows Phone 8 Licensing Fees Criticism
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform hasn’t exactly been a ringing success so far, partly because third-party vendors typically see it as an afterthought compared to Android. Digitimes‘ supply chain sources now say that smartphone makers’ enthusiasm for Windows Phone 8 has waned in recent months due to both low adoption among consumers and high licensing fees that give them little reason to invest significant resources in the platform when they can use Android for free.

 

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Windows Phone is No. 3 in the smartphone market, thanks largely to Nokia.Windows Phone is No. 3 in the smartphone market, thanks largely to Nokia.

(Credit: CNET/ Andrew Hoyle)

Microsoft’s Windows Phone grabbed third place from BlackBerry in global smartphone shipments in the first quarter, market researcher IDC said Thursday.

Windows Phone accounted for shipments of 7 million smartphones, earning itself a market share of 3.2 percent last quarter. That was a gain from the first quarter of 2012, which saw shipments of 3 million and a market share of 2 percent.

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There may not be many revolutionary changes to Apple's popular mobile OS but it builds on popular features found in Android, BlackBerry & Windows Phone to deliver a streamlined experience
There may not be many revolutionary changes to Apple’s popular mobile OS but it builds on popular features found in Android, BlackBerry & Windows Phone to deliver a streamlined experience

There may not be many revolutionary changes to Apple’s popular mobile OS but it builds on popular features found in Android, BlackBerry & Windows Phone to deliver a streamlined experience says ET.

Easier On The Eyes

The most visible change in iOS7 is the new user interface. The icons have a modern, flat look with a new colour palette and new fonts that work well on small screens. Most native apps get new icons to suit the new colour palette. Menus and pop-up windows have a translucent background — to give the appearance of layers stacked on top of one another — makes it easier to see the layer right on top. There ‘s also a lot more white space to give everything a cleaner, more Apple-like feel.

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Build is Microsoft’s developer conference for its Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Server and Azure platforms, and the company just announced that Build 2013 will take place June 26-28 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Registration will open Tuesday, April 2, at 9am PT, and early-bird pricing for the first 500 registrants starts at $1,595.

As Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and chief evangelist, notes in today’s announcement, “it’s been a while since our last developer event in the Bay Area.” The last Build, which happened last October, right after the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch, took place in Redmond, where the company erected a massive tent on its sprawling campus to host a few thousand developers. Build 2011 was held in Anaheim California.

Guggenheimer, of course, didn’t reveal anything about the company’s plans for Build besides saying that Microsoft will “have updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more. Build is the path to creating and implementing your great ideas, and then differentiating them in the market.”

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Windows Phone 8 has been showcased to the world as it is set to challenge Apple’s iOS 6 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Several smartphone manufacturers including Nokia are all geared to launch their Windows Phone 8 handsets

Microsoft Windows Phone 8 is going to change the way we have been using smart-phones. Redmond based software major that is trying to develop itself as a hardware major as well has figured out that without a great mobile OS it cannot compete with either iOS of Apple or Google’s Android.

Both iOS and Android have prospered while Microsoft’s mobile OS has flopped due to lack of impressive functioning and features. But the latest upgrade is going to end the frustrating wait of Windows Phone lovers who all these years desired to get a really well meaning OS for mobile devices from Microsoft.

With the launch of Windows Phone 8 and the prospects of getting equally impressive apps in the days to come, Windows Phone 8 users can expect as rich experience from their Windows smart-phones as Apple iOS backed iPhone handsets and Android backed top devices live Galaxy S3 and HTC One X besides other Android devices that come in different price ranges.

Now the latest version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system heralds a new era. It also marks the Redmond based company’s fresh efforts to challenge market leaders Google and Apple. The new smartphone software has a Start screen in the form of square tiles, which can display real-time information such as updates on social networking sites, reported Xinhua

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Planning your monthly expenses, setting financial goals, getting payment reminders and managing bills becomes easier if you add a little technology into the mix.

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Toshl Finance

Available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone, this free mobile expense tracker has a simple and clean interface. On first run, you need to setup a free account and set the default currency (Indian rupee is supported).

Post that, set a one-time , daily, weekly or monthly budget, the date from which the budget starts and simply keep adding all your expenses with relevant tags (food, clothes, utilities, rent and so on). You can then export your expense sheet in CSV format and even upload it to the cloud on your Toshl account to access it from a browser anywhere else.

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Touch screens are not all the same. Even screens that use the same technology (capacitive, resistive, or optical) will show different behavior depending on the controllers used and other details. Windows 8 will have to cope with a wide range of touch implementations, and the Building Windows 8 blog has a new post describing some of the challenges. Read more HERE

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