There won’t be any new Windows Phones launched at MWC next week

By on February 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

There won’t be any new Windows Phones launched at MWC next week

This year’s Mobile World Congress looks like it’s going to be jam-packed with intriguing new devices headlined by Samsung’s Galaxy S5, Sony’s Xperia Z2, BlackBerry’s first Foxconn-made phones and Nokia’s first-ever Android handset. There is one major absence from this year’s MWC that is rather surprising, however: Windows Phone. More →
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Microsoft may soon admit defeat to Android

By on February 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Microsoft may soon admit defeat to Android

Is Microsoft getting ready to wave the white flag when it comes to getting developers to build apps for its own mobile platform? The Verge’s Tom Warren reports that Microsoft “is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone,” which would represent a major defeat of the company’s efforts to push more developers to make Windows Phone apps. In doing this, Microsoft would seemingly be following in the steps of BlackBerry, which has made it much easier for BlackBerry users to download Android apps onto their devices. More →
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Flappy Bird to soon debut on Windows Phone

By on February 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM.

Flappy Bird to soon debut on Windows Phone

After creating more than just a flutter on iOS and Android, the ultra-addictive Flappy Bird is all set to arrive on Windows Phones, WMPoweruser reports. Replying to a question on Twitter, developer Dong Nguyen said that the game could be released in the next 10 days, subject to Microsoft’s approval. More →
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Yet another sign that Windows Phone is on the way up

By on January 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Yet another sign that Windows Phone is on the way up

As we’ve noted before, the key for Windows Phone is to not just get developers to eventually bring their apps over to the platform but to get them to develop apps for the platform right from the get-go. With that in mind, it’s heartening to see that Rockstar Games has released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Windows Phone just one month after releasing the game for iOS and Android. More →
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Microsoft denies report that it’s shelling out billions to pay off Windows Phone partners

By on January 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Microsoft denies report that it’s shelling out billions to pay off Windows Phone partners

Microsoft has denied an earlier report suggesting that the company plans to pay out billions of dollars in 2014 in an effort to ensure that a number of top smartphone vendors release phones powered by the Windows Phone platform this year. According to plugged-in Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft has plans to dole out more than $2.5 billion this year to Samsung, Sony, Huawei and several other smartphone makers to guarantee that they build and launch a single Windows Phone handset each in 2014. The exact purpose of the funds was not detailed. While Microsoft has not denied that payments will be made, the company’s head of communications has gone on record in stating that Murtazin’s report is not accurate. More →
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Android is no longer enough for Sony

By on January 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

Android is no longer enough for Sony

Sony has confirmed in an interview that a single mobile OS strategy is not good enough for its mobile goals anymore, even if the collaboration with Google has been fruitful, bringing several interesting Android-based Xperia flagship handsets to consumers in recent years. “We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum,” Sony Mobile Europe head Pierre Perron told TechRadar in an interview. “We don’t want to be a single OS manufacturer, I don’t think it’s a viable position in the long term.” More →
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How a top Microsoft rival could make 2014 the year of Windows Phone

By on January 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

How a top Microsoft rival could make 2014 the year of Windows Phone

While we’ve been laser-focused on Samsung’s split from Android, another major electronics company has purportedly been exploring other options as well. The Information reports that Sony is currently in talks with Microsoft to release a Windows Phone of its own as early as next year, breaking a four-year streak of Android exclusivity and pairing up two long-time rivals in the gaming console market. More →
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Nokia Lumia 520 accounts for a third of all Windows Phone smartphones, highlights Nokia’s high-end problem

By on December 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

Nokia Lumia 520 accounts for a third of all Windows Phone smartphones, highlights Nokia’s high-end problem

Nokia's most popular Windows Phone smartphone, the Lumia 520, now accounts for almost a third of all Windows Phone devices sold globally, according to AdDuplex, which collected the data from 2,499 apps running AdDuplex SDK. According to the data, the Lumia 520 accounted for 30.8 percent of all Windows Phone devices. The Lumia 521, a carrier variant of the Lumia 520, accounted for another 3.3 percent, which means the two devices together made up more than a third of all active Windows Phone devices. More →
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Microsoft adds classic PC games Solitaire, Mahjong, Minesweeper to Windows Phone

By on December 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM.

Microsoft adds classic PC games Solitaire, Mahjong, Minesweeper to Windows Phone

Microsoft has reportedly added three of the classic and most popular games of its Windows PC to its Windows Phone. The software maker has added Solitaire, Mahjong, and a new version of Minesweeper. More →
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