Here’s why WhatsApp had removed its Windows Phone app

By on June 2, 2014 at 3:44 PM.

Here’s why WhatsApp had removed its Windows Phone app

Earlier last month WhatsApp took down its Windows Phone app citing "technical issues" post Windows Phone 8.1 was released as a consumer preview. Since then, the messaging app has returned to the Windows Phone store but little was known about why the messaging service was taken down in the first place. Until now, when we asked Joe Belfiore, the chief of Microsoft's Windows Phone division in our exclusive interview. More →
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BGR India Interview: Joe Belfiore on Windows Phone, Nokia and Moto E!

By on June 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

BGR India Interview: Joe Belfiore on Windows Phone, Nokia and Moto E!

It is one of those rare glorious days in Redmond, Washington with the sun out and not a spec of cloud in the sky. I find myself outside Studio F, one of the more than 100 buildings that are spread across the town that stitch together the Microsoft headquarter. Studio F is where the core Microsoft Windows Phone team operates from, headed by Joe Belfiore. The Microsoft comms team ushers me into a massive conference room, where I am told the core team comes together for brainstorming and discussing product milestones. Over the next hour, Belfiore takes me through the evolution of Windows Phone since 2010, why he took some decisions that were necessary for the ecosystem and why he believes Windows Phone has the "app gap" and how he hopes Windows Phone 8.1 will address that problem. We also talk about Nokia and why having Nokia within Microsoft is important for Windows Phone. The fascinating bit for me in this wide ranging interview for me was when Belfiore talks about addressing the vertical and horizontal dimensions of a platform and how Microsoft had been managing the vertical dimensions and how he is working on the horizontal ones. It gives some perspective on why Microsoft took some decisions in the past. Of course, we talk about Cortana, WhatsApp and Moto E. Read on for the edited excerpts of the interview. More →
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BlackBerry Messenger coming to Windows phone later this year

By on May 15, 2014 at 4:39 PM.

BlackBerry Messenger coming to Windows phone later this year

After the debut of BBM on Apple and Android phones, Canadian firm BlackBerry is all set to extend the instant messaging service to Windows phones later this year as it seeks newer avenues for monetization. Once exclusive to BlackBerry devices, the company last year made BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) available on rival platforms of Google's Android and Apple's iOS. BBM, which competes with other popular messaging services like WhatsApp, Line and WeChat, has about 85 million monthly users and around 113 million global registered users as of March 2014. More →
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Battery life trumps all other smartphone features

By on May 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM.

Battery life trumps all other smartphone features

Forget screen size or even ease of use, consumers care most about whether or not their handset will last a whole day without running out of juice. According to research and analytics firm IDC, battery life is the biggest single issue for consumers when choosing a handset, whether they're committed to Apple, Android or Windows Phone. More →
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LG launches Delhi Traffic police mobile application

By on May 9, 2014 at 11:28 AM.

LG launches Delhi Traffic police mobile application

In probably first of its kind initiative in the country, Delhi Traffic police today launched a mobile App through which commuters can get instant traffic updates, calculate taxi and auto fares, report defunct traffic signals and fetch all related information right on their smartphones. The Mobile Application and an upgraded website of Delhi Traffic Police were today launched by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at a function in Vigyan Bhavan. Speaking on this occasion, the LG lauded the efforts of Delhi Police and expressed pride in being associated with a force which is led by competent officers. More →
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Microsoft announces E3 briefing which is titled Xbox: Game On on June 9

By on May 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM.

Microsoft announces E3 briefing which is titled Xbox: Game On on June 9

This year's media briefing from Microsoft will take place on the morning of June 9 under the title "Xbox: Game On." The company's press note promises "everything from in-depth looks at previously announced games to trailers for our unannounced games coming in 2014 and beyond," while it will be the first time that E3 regular division chief Phil Spencer will be acting in his current role following the departure of Don Mattrick to Zynga. More →
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Microsoft to join hands with major telcom operators to sell its apps, games

By on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

Microsoft to join hands with major telcom operators to sell its apps, games

Microsoft, which is in talks with major telcom operators to sell its various applications as well as games and bill it to the buyer's monthly mobile bill, said here today that it may announce a partner for this venture soon. "We are in the process of announcing a telecom operator for the above facility within the next few months," Microsoft India director for Windows Phone category Vineet Durani told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of its latest smartphone, Windows Phone 8.1. More →
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Microsoft’s “Not Like Everybody Else” is the first ad after Nokia’s acquisition, paints itself as rebels


By on April 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM.

Microsoft’s “Not Like Everybody Else” is the first ad after Nokia’s acquisition, paints itself as rebels


Most of us are either trying to look at Microsoft Mobile's bright future or like me, trying to digest the fact that the popular cellphone maker won't be called Nokia anymore. Meanwhile, Microsoft has used the opportunity to release its first advertisement after acquiring Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion. More →
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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 update to come with revamped Windows Phone Store

By on March 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 update to come with revamped Windows Phone Store

At its BUILD developers conference taking place April 2-4 in San Francisco, Microsoft is slated to present Windows Phone 8.1, the latest update to its mobile operating system. According to Windows Phone Central, the update will come with an entirely revamped version of the Windows Phone Store, including automatic app updates like those available through the app platforms on Android or iOS. More →
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Microsoft launches new DirectX version to improve game play for Windows Phone

By on March 27, 2014 at 6:53 PM.

Microsoft launches new DirectX version to improve game play for Windows Phone

Microsoft has reportedly launched a new version of DirectX, which will improve game play and extend mobile battery life on Windows phone. The DirectX 12 game programming tools will reportedly improve the visual quality of games on mobile devices, PCs and the Xbox gaming console. More →
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