December 2nd, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
The white Nokia Lumia 929 has been leaked in a photo. According to the leakster, the upcoming Windows Phone device will sport a 2510mAh battery. Nokia is expected to release the new device in December.
The leakster leaked the photo on WPCentral’s community forum. According to the site, “Leakster ’Falorin’ has you covered over on our community forum. A new photo of the unannounced Windows Phone in white has been leaked, as well as some information on the size of the battery. You’re looking at an impressive 2510mAh power plant.
“Falorin also lightly touches on a mid to late December release and states the white variant is matte, just like its black sibling. Should you be hoping to snatch up the white version, it’s believed to be the limited option so we’ll have to see just how easy it is to purchase.”
Talking about specs, the site says, “The device is expected to feature a 5-inch, 1080p display. This display will be joined by 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a Snapdragon 800 processor.”
Interested in the Nokia Lumia 929? We’ll let you know once the device hits the UK.
December 1st, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
A report is saying that Microsoft is favoring Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Microsoft exec Satya Nadella as its next CEO instead of ex-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.
According to Bloomberg, “Microsoft Corp.’s board is focusing on Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally and internal executive Satya Nadella as part of a group of more likely candidates to become the next CEO of the world’s biggest software company, according to people familiar with the matter.
“While internal candidate Tony Bates and former Nokia Oyj CEO Stephen Elop remain in the mix, they’re currently considered less likely to be offered the job, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. Preferences remain fluid and other people are being considered and could emerge as front-runners, said one of the people, without identifying any.”
Jay Cooney, a Ford spokesman, said, “There is no change from what we announced last November. Alan remains completely focused on executing our One Ford plan. We do not engage in speculation.”
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November 29th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
The Nokia Lumia 520 is the most popular Windows Phone handset in the world, accounting for 26.5% of all Windows Phone devices. This is according to data from AdDuplex.
According to Neowin, “One data point has been very consistent in AdDuplex reports ever since this summer, and that’s the fact that the Lumia 520 reigns supreme. The least expensive Windows Phone on the market is also the best-selling one, accounting for almost 30% of WP devices out there. And “the little phone that could” isn’t done yet, with the device seeing important monthly gains in virtually every market.
“Another device that’s been gaining ground in Microsoft’s ecosystem is the Lumia 625, another low-end Windows Phone. This device from Nokia is a bit more expensive than the Lumia 520 and offers a very large display and a few upgraded specs compared to its best-selling cousin. Launched much more recently, it’s very important that this phone has started being successful, it validates once again Nokia’s strategy of focusing on the low-end.”
Nokia’s high-end Windows Phone handsets, however, have stayed the same. According to the site, “On the high-end front not much has changed when it comes to the Windows Phone ecosystem. Nokia’s Lumia 920 is still the most popular high-end device and there’s no sign of that changing anytime soon.
“The Lumia 1020, arguably the company’s new flagship device and the best Windows Phone on the market, barely registered on the AdDuplex radar.”
It remains to be seen if the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet will make an impact in the market. According to the site, “Finally the Lumia 1520, Nokia’s first “phablet” is in 19th place in the Windows Phone device race just days after it launched. That may be an early indicator of success, but as Alan Mendelevich from AdDuplex notes, they are only tracking 21 devices. Time will tell if such a device will be successful and for now we’re cautiously optimistic about its prospect.”
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November 25th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
Microsoft’s corporate vice president and manager for Windows Phone Program Management, Joe Belfiore, said on Twitter, “We’re all gonna look back on the end of 2014 as the ending of the app-gap for Windows Phone. The 3rd ecosystem is decidedly here!”
This means that the software giant is planning to close in on the number of apps offered in the Windows Phone Store compared to the number of apps offered in Google Play and the Apple App Store. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store has around 175,000 apps, while Google Play and the Apple App Store each have around a million apps available.
If Microsoft does close the gap, this would attract more users to Windows Phone. However, it remains to be seen how the Redmond firm plans to accomplish this.
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November 25th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
Microsoft said that it will no longer continue to have three versions of Windows: Windows Phone, full Windows, and Windows RT. Does this mean it will be killing Windows RT?
At the UBS Global Technology Summit, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President, Devices and Studios, and also Microsoft’s internal candidate for CEO, Julie Larson-Green, was asked:
Could we come back a bit to the Surface? It could be said that the launch of a dual track last year, RT and Windows 8, was somewhat confusing for the supply chain and the consumer. Do you think there is still a viable route here for that dual track to continue, as you’ve done with the refresh this year, or do you actually think we need a proper reboot of RT from the start? And I guess the question, as well, is exactly what has RT achieved from your standpoint?
Sure. So Windows RT, I think there’s clearly, when you look out in the industry, there’s clearly a need for a simplified consumer electronics experience on devices. So you look at iPad in particular, and it’s a turnkey, closed system. It doesn’t degrade over time. It doesn’t get viruses. It’s not as flexible, you can’t do as much with it, but it’s a more seamless experience, even though more simplified.
Windows can do anything you want it to do. You can write all the way to the metal. You can add things into your startup groups that would affect your battery life long-term. There are cool, powerful scenarios, but they come at a cost in mobility. And so Windows on ARM, or Windows RT, was our first go at creating that more closed, turnkey experience, where it doesn’t have all the flexibility of Windows, but it has the power of Office and then all the new style applications. So you could give it to your kid and he’s not going to load it up with a bunch of toolbars accidentally out of Internet Explorer and then come to you later and say, why am I getting all these pop-ups. It just isn’t capable of doing that by design.
So the goal was to deliver two kinds of experiences into the market, the full power of your Windows PC, and the simplicity of a tablet experience that can also be productive. That was the goal. Maybe not enough — I think we didn’t explain that super-well. I think we didn’t differentiate the devices well enough. They looked similar. Using them is similar. It just didn’t do everything that you expected Windows to do. So there’s been a lot of talk about it should have been a rebranding. We should not have called it Windows. How should we have made it more differentiated? I think over time you’ll see us continue to differentiate it more.
We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three. We do think there’s a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn’t have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security. But, it also comes at the cost of flexibility. So we believe in that vision and that direction and we’re continuing down that path.
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November 24th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
The Apple iPad Air and the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display are the only tablets that sport 64-bit chips. This will no longer be the case next year, as a report is saying that Windows tablet will sport Intel 64-bit Bay Trail chips next year. Android tablets will soon follow.
According to PCWorld, “Tablets with 64-bit versions of the Android OS and Intel Atom chips code-named Bay Trail will become available next year, Intel said on Thursday.
“Intel is developing a 64-bit version of the Android OS to work with Bay Trail chips, said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, during an investor meeting in Santa Clara, California, which was webcast.
“The 64-bit Android tablets will be released after Bay Trail tablets with a 64-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 are released in the first quarter next year, Krzanich said. Intel has said Android tablets with Bay Trail could be available starting at $150. The Bay Trail chips already support 64-bit addressing.”
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November 21st, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
Nokia’s shareholders may have Okayed its deal with Microsoft, but that doesn’t mean that they’re happy. According to a report, shareholders were so angry at Stephen Elop, Nokia’s former CEO, accusing him to putting the company on the “road to hell.”
According to BGR, “Finnish publication Uusi Suomi reports that some shareholders at Nokia’s general meeting on Tuesday ripped into former CEO Stephen Elop on his way out the door while describing his tenure at the company as a “triple-A flop” that put Nokia on “the road to ruin” and led to “the funeral of Nokia phones.” Things apparently got so intense that meeting chairman Manne Airaksinen asked shareholders to refrain from making personal attacks against Elop.
“Elop’s tenure at Nokia has been clouded by controversy, as both the Finnish press and government have savaged him for getting a $25 million payday even though Nokia’s market share and stock price both plunged under his watch. To compound matters, Elop has also refused to give back any of the $25 million he made after selling the company’s handset division to Microsoft because he claims he’ll need all the money he can get for his impending divorce. Even before Elop sold off the company’s handset division, Nokia investors had long questioned his decision to go exclusively with Windows Phone as the company’s mobile platform and accused him of putting the company on the “road to hell.”
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November 21st, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
Back in September, Microsoft and Nokia announced that the software giant would be buying the Finnish phone maker’s Devices & Services division. Now, the deal has finally come to a close.
According to the Financial Times, “Nokia’s shareholders rubber stamped a deal to sell its mobile phone business and license its patents to Microsoft in a €5.4bn deal.
It adds, “At an extraordinary general meeting in Helsinki, the chairman of the meeting said 99.7 per cent of investors to have voted before the meeting had approved the transaction.
“Those investors held four-fifths of the shares registered for the meeting.
“The extraordinary meeting is still likely to drag on for many hours as various small Finnish shareholders vent their anger over the deal – and of course the €19m pay-off awarded to Nokia’s former chief executive, Stephen Elop.
“The deal, announced in September, marked the end of a 30-year rollercoaster ride in the phone market for Nokia that saw it become the world’s biggest manufacturer of mobile handsets, but one that also come close to financial ruin several times.”
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November 18th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
The Windows Phone 8 Google Search app has been updated by the search giant.
The changes were first noticed by Plaffo, an Italian site. The report was then spotted by WMPoweruser. According to the site, “This is really hard to believe. Google has released an update for its search for Windows Phone 8 devices. This app already features Google voice search, search nearby and autocomplete feature. This new update brings Google account integration, improved image search and several other bug fixes.”
Here are the changes:
- Sign in to your Google account within the app.
- On Windows Phone 8, your voice commands are instantly displayed on the screen.
- Improved Google Image viewing.
- Several other bug fixes and resolution enhancements.
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