Try as the old giant might, Microsoft hasn’t done too well for itself in the mobile space recently. Although once the kings of the industry with Windows Mobile, its successor Windows Phone was never able to enjoy the same popularity. Much of this is undoubtedly due to a paucity of third party applications for the platform.
Not too long ago, Microsoft-owned Nokia decided to try a new approach in order to be a bit more competitive in this app-driven market. With that, they released the Android-powered Nokia X and Nokia X2 models. While not “Google Android,” these emerging market devices . . . READ ON »
Windows Phone 8.1 was first unveiled a little over two months ago at Microsoft’s Build 2014 conference. Then just two weeks later, Microsoft released the first Developer Preview build for users to install on their own WP8 devices. As a quick refresher, Windows Phone 8.1 offers many key improvements over WP8 such as the Cortana voice assistant, Action Center, and much greater home screen personalization.
Since the initial release of WP8.1 Developer Preview, Microsoft has rolled out two minor updates–the first in the middle of May, and the second approximately one week ago. Both of these were essentially bugfix releases, . . . READ ON »
Windows Phone 8.1 hasn’t yet seen its official release, but many of us have already gotten a good taste of what this update will bring thanks to the WP8.1 Developer Preview. This update, which was originally announced at last month’s Build 2014 conference, brings quite a bit of added functionality such as Cortana Voice Assistant, a new Action Center notification handler, and improved device personalization options.
Despite all of WP8.1′s improvements, it still misses some key functionality that many power users would enjoy–most notably, a robust, built-in file manager. Yes, there’s no shortage of aftermarket file management apps for WP8/8.1, but . . . READ ON »
You may recall that back in October of last year, Microsoft released its official Remote Desktop client for Android and iOS. Curiously absent was a client for its own mobile platform, Windows Phone. Today, this changes, as Microsoft has just released an open preview of its remote desktop client for Windows Phone.
Microsoft’s first party Remote Desktop client works much in the same way as the existing Android and iOS clients. The setup interface is Metro UI-friendly, just as one would expect, but the supported features are nearly identical. This includes the same support for RemoteFX, which leverages the . . . READ ON »
About two weeks ago at the BUILD conference in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1. Bringing the highly anticipated Cortana digital assistant, “Action Center” notifications, and much more home screen personalization, Windows Phone 8.1 is an upgrade far more significant than its “.1″ may suggest. Now, registered Windows Phone developers currently running WP8 on their devices can upgrade to the WP8.1 Developer Preview.
There are a few requirements and caveats with this developer preview. To install the upgrade on your WP8 device, you need to either have a Windows Phone Dev Center account, an active App Studio account, or . . . READ ON »
Although the spec sheet of your Windows 8 or RT device may give a pretty big indication of its performance, it’s sometimes a lot more helpful if you have an idea of how well it performs in real life. But although there are plenty of software tools available to help you to do this, we thought that XDA members may be much more inclined to try something home-grown and open-source. This is where CPU Performance Tester comes in.
Once you start mucking around with a device’s firmware to add all your favorite tweaks and whatnot, you’ll almost undoubtedly need to restore to stock at some point in the future. Luckily, there are various device- or OEM-specific tools out there for to help people accomplish this task. Samsung devices have Odin and Heimdall, Sony devices have Flashtool, and Nokia devices have a few different options including Nokia Care Suite.
Today in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Microsoft kicked off its annual Build developers conference. Up until now, many had been questioning Microsoft’s continued relevance in this new mobile-friendly age. However, today’s keynote clearly shows that Microsoft doesn’t intend on letting Google and Apple have all the fun.
Does Windows have what it takes to be your platform of choice in 2014? Read on to find out more about what Microsoft has in store for Windows and Windows Phone.. . . READ ON »
Every year at around this time, we here at XDA-Developers like to take a step back and figure out what we can do to make our little home on the web an even better place. About four years ago, we accomplished this by introducing the world to XDA Core. And then two years later, this meant shifting our priorities to a demonstrably superior operating system.
Today, I’d like to share with you a truly revolutionary idea that was the result of many femtoseconds of reptilian planning. I am, of course, referring to XDA:Ban On One’s Terms, also known . . . READ ON »
Just yesterday, we took a look at a leaked screenshot showing the UI for Microsoft’s answer to Google Now and Siri slated for release on Windows 8.1: Cortana. Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, this video must be worth at least a thousand words times 30 frames per second times 2 minutes and 21 seconds. Continue past the break to take a closer look at Cortana.. . . READ ON »
It’s no secret that when it comes to digital assistants, Windows Phone is sorely lacking in comparison to Google Now and Apple’s Siri—but let’s not be too quick to count Microsoft out of that arena permanently. Windows 8.1 code name Blue is rumored to hit manufacturers this month and users in April, and with it we’ll see Microsoft’s attempts at taking on the already mature digital assistant market.
So far, we don’t know much about Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant. In fact, it’s not even known whether this code name will be preserved in the final shipping version. But thanks . . . READ ON »
If you’re nice, you’ve probably lent out something of yours to someone. If you’re really nice, you might have lent out a couple more things to some people. And if you’re really nice, you probably need an app to track all the things you’ve lent out to people so you don’t forget them. But you’re not that nice, because otherwise you’ll just give these things away. So to all the really nice folks who also happen to use a Windows Phone 8 device, there’s now an app that will actually keep track of all the personal belongings that you’ve lent . . . READ ON »
If you have been following the Windows Phone headlines the past couple of weeks, you’ve definitely heard of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak. Although neither the rumored digital assistant Cortana nor the OS’s new Action Center are to be seen in the leaked build, there are still quite a few new additions and tweaks to the mobile platform. These include finally being able to install apps onto the SD card with Storage Sense, further UI customization options, better multitasking, and updates of core apps such as Internet Explorer, among others.
If you’re willing to try the leaked WP . . . READ ON »