Microsoft has finally taken the lid off its long-rumored wearable device. It s called Microsoft Band, and it comes with both watch and fitness tracker features. Priced at $199, Microsoft Band works with Android, iOS and Windows Phone, with a sync app for Macs as well. Microsoft claims that "it's the most advanced band we've seen in terms of technology on the wrist."
No matter how big a battery is bundled with a smartphone, battery life is more often than not one of the chief complaints of every smartphone user. Scientists have been working on fast charging and long lasting batteries, but they are far from being commercially available. In the meantime, there are various tips and tricks that can help extend your phone s battery life.
Earlier this month Nokia announced that it will be launching its HERE maps service on Android and iOS platforms. No longer tied to the Windows Phone platform, a few reports from earlier this week claimed that Nokia was planning to ditch Microsoft s platform for its mapping service, and put all its energy on platforms that are much more successful.
Windows Phone users will soon be able to browse the Web using the Opera Mini browser. The Oslo-based maker of Internet browsers is now asking users to sign up for Opera Mini s beta group to test the browser. No download links are available just yet, though.
The worldwide smartphone market reached a new high point in the second quarter, moving past the 300 million unit mark for the first time in its history. The dominant smartphone operating systems, Android and iOS, saw their combined market share go upto to 96.4 percent for the quarter, leaving little space for other competitors, according to IDC's global smartphone shipment tracker data for Q2, 2014.
Until now, users on Windows Phone who wanted to hire an Uber cab had to visit the mobile website. Now however the process has become less tedious as the company has launched the official app on the Windows Phone platform.
Microsoft is working on a Kinect-like UI for Windows Phone where users won't have to touch the display to interact with the smartphone. Called 3D Touch, the technology will be first showcased on a Nokia smartphone codenamed McLaren, The Verge reports. This phone was also mentioned in the Nokia roadmap that serial leakster Evleaks had leaked earlier. 3D Touch or Real Motion as it is also known is essential a way to navigate around the Windows Phone without touching the device s display. Microsoft is reportedly working on including quite a few Kinect-like gestures to achieve this.