Microsoft revealed its newest operating system – Windows Phone 8.1 at its BUILD conference in San Francisco. One of the most talked about features of the WP 8.1 is its virtual personal assistant, dubbed Cortana.
During the announcement of WP 8.1 OS, Joe Belfiore confirmed that Cortana will be available in the US at first with the UK and China following up next. However, tech enthusiasts have found a way to use the service, regardless of where you roll. Read more »
Halo: Spartan Assault is a Microsoft-exclusive game available only on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It was released in July last year and has already made it to millions of devices out there.
We have some good news if you’re still deciding on whether the $6.99/€6.99 pricetag is worth it or not. Microsoft has slashed 70% off the price and you can now download the game for just $1.99/€1.99 from the Windows Phone Store. Read more »
Can’t wait to get your hands on the Windows Phone 8.1 update? Well an official date hasn’t been set for the consumer version.
However, the developer edition of the update is seeding on April 14th, and it’s free for anyone to download. Read more »
Skype has shed some more light on the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1-comaptible Skype app. Microsoft announced the major OS update yesterday and it even spilled the beans on the Skype’s voice command support. But there is more to the story.
Skype has issued a press release with videos and changelog detailing all new features the updated WP8.1 Skype app is going to bring. Read more »
Among a bevy of announcements, Microsoft had another announcement to make regarding the cost of Windows Phone and Windows to OEMs who’d want to license it for their devices.
According to the announcement, Windows and Windows Phone will now be available for free to manufacturers for use on devices with displays smaller than 9-inches. This includes all smartphones and small tablets with 8-inch displays. Read more »
Microsoft has gone and uploaded a a video detailing all of the new features of Windows Phone 8.1 on their official YouTube channel.
We’ve got the video posted right after the jump. Read more »
As expected, Nokia released a promo video to mark the announcement of the Lumia 630. The short clip brings the viewer’s attention to some of the Windows Phone 8.1 device’s key features.
The promo video brings the spotlight to the bundled apps and services which come with the device. Read more »
The Nokia Lumia 930 just debuted on the stage of the Microsoft BUILD conference and as tradition goes with such high-profile devices the announcement is accompanied by a brief promo video, showing you the key selling points.
On this occasion Nokia has focused on the build and the design of the smartphone, its 20MP PureView camera and the new Windows Phone 8.1 that’s powering the whole thing. Read more »
With Windows Phone 8.1 now official, everyone is eager to try it out. Microsoft plans to make the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview available for registered developers on April 10 – eight days from today.
Everybody can register as a developer in the Developer Preview Program by downloading a special app on the Windows Phone Store and sign up for a free App Studio account. This will give you access to install Windows Phone 8.1 weeks before carriers and manufacturers start pushing it to Windows Phone 8 devices. Read more »
Microsoft introduced its new WP 8.1 mobile operating system at its BUILD conference in San Francisco. Jeo Belfiore, the head of Windows Phone group while demonstrating the Windows Phone 8.1 features with Cortana voice assistant also revealed that the Skype application for WP has been updated. The new version is not yet available for the general public, but it should launch in time for the WP 8.1 debut.
The latest version of Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 comes with support for Cortana voice commands. This means you can tell Cortana to Skype one of your contacts and the virtual assistant will launch the application and call whoever it is that you need without even having to touch your smartphone. Pretty cool indeed. Read more »
Microsoft at its on-going BUILD conference in San Francisco announced two new hardware partners in Micromax and Prestigio for its Windows Phone ecosystem. We even got a glimpse of two actual phones that are currently being developed by each of the companies, although no details were provided.
Both the OEMs are quite popular in their home countries and as a matter of fact, Micromax is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturer in India, which is the world’s second largest country by population. Read more »
Viber updated its eponymous app for Windows Phone 8 to version 4.1, which enables Viber Out – the service that allows users to place regular calls (as opposed to Viber VoIP calls) to many countries on the cheap.
“Viber Out has been a game changer for our users and allows them to rely on Viber for all their communication needs,” said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. Read more »
Nokia announced earlier today its partnership with Spanish CaixaBank to deploy 30,000 Lumia smartphones to its employees. The deal includes the Lumia 925, after it was put under various testing programs.
CaixaBank employees will have the option to upgrade their Lumia 925 to newer Nokia devices in the future. The company also says its employees will be given the opportunity to acquire Nokia phones for their personal usage as well as for family and friends. Read more »
New leaked screenshots of what’s reportedly the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 8.1 firmware have leaked. One of them suggests the firmware is going to be called Cherry Pink Blossom. Considering the previous two were also named after colors – Lumia and Black – that’s not too surprising.
There aren’t many details regarding what Nokia plans to include in the Cherry Pink Blossom update at this time. Luckily, despite being in Chinese, the leaked screenshots give us some idea of what to expect. Read more »
As expected, Microsoft announced the latest version of its proprietary graphics technology, DirectX 12, at the GDC last week. One thing that wasn’t expected was that it will be launched concurrently on Windows and Windows Phone devices, with special optimizations for the latter.
This includes releasing special APIs and libraries to provide greater performance with reduced power usage. Read more »