One of the biggest setbacks Microsoft is facing with Windows Phone during a time when Android dominates the landscape is their adamant, yet honorable, willingness to resist anything Google-related. Microsoft influenced devices such as the Nokia Lumia, and even the heavily modified Android-based Nokia X family, are void of any and all Google services–with Microsoft and Nokia counterparts filling in the space. For the busybodies who rely much on Google services such as Google Tasks, this can be quite the inconvenience.
A couple of months ago, Microsoft released Project My Screen for Windows Phone devices. This app, as its name suggests, lets you project the screen of your WP device onto an external display, such as your PC monitor. Requiring you to connect the devices with a USB cable, this was offered as a solution for those who were not able to do the same wirelessly. Project My Screen is a welcomed app for anyone who wants to view their phone’s screen on a larger display, but it didn’t offer a very simple way of recording.
Grocery shopping isn’t the most riveting activity one can think of. You grab your list of things you need to purchase, drive to the nearest supermarket, and buy your groceries. Perhaps you have your shopping list on your phone, written in a simple notepad app, or maybe you prefer a certain app because of its features and functions. If you’re an owner of a Windows Phone 8 device and are looking for shopping list app, you may want to check out Speech Shopper.
The Modern UI design aesthetic seen clearly in Windows Phone has been subject to substantial amounts of both criticism and praise. The UI is a little unconventional in its method of navigation and aesthetics, and many felt it a bit strange when Microsoft introduced it onto PCs. However, it offers extremely clean visuals and a stylish appearance. In terms of aesthetics and customization, there’s really not much going on when compared to Android–monochromatic squares, rectangles of pre-selected shades, and a couple of default themes. But as we saw at the Build conference earlier this year, steps are being taken to make WP8.1 more . . . READ ON »
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 »