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[Update: The End] Microsoft will end all Windows 10 Mobile support in December

It's practically ancient history at this point, but the XDA-Developers was originally a Windows Mobile-focused website. Even the name "XDA" comes from the O2 Xda, a Windows Mobile PDA. That's why from time to time we like to cover news from the other realm. The tile-based operating system never really made it to the mainstream....

Bill Gates’ greatest mistake was Windows Phone losing to Android

An all-touchscreen smartphone just wasn't something that many people thought would sell before the release of the iPhone. At the time, it was Microsoft that was poised to be the major non-Apple smartphone software maker, but Google's $50 million acquisition of Android back in 2005 evolved into the biggest smartphone operating system in the world....

All non-Lumia Windows Phones can now be bootloader unlocked

If you still own a Windows Phone device and are in any way involved with the modding community, you've probably heard of the Windows Phone Internals tool. One of the best things about the tool is that it can disable SecureBoot on all Lumia Windows Phones, the equivalent of unlocking the bootloader on your typical...

Microsoft’s pocketable Surface device is a bold gamble after the failure of Windows Phone

Microsoft was once a popular figure when it came to smartphone OS, but this popularity has long been forgotten. Thanks to tough competition from Google's Android and Apple's iOS, Microsoft took a few risks with its popular Windows Mobile platform and deprecated it in favor of Windows Phone, which also did not find as many...

Windows Phone Internals Opens the Custom ROM World for Lumia Phones

Somewhere around a decade ago, when XDA was a little forum based in Netherlands, users gathered together to make some modifications to Windows phones. It was one of the few, if not only operating systems that allowed modding to such degree. Many amazing developers started their careers hacking their Windows Phone devices, but when Android appeared, everything changed. Microsoft decided...

A Detailed Tutorial to Flashing WP8/10 on Your Lumia Devices

Ever had a botched system update on your Lumia device, or wanted to downgrade for a reason or another? If so, then you've probably heard that you need to flash back the Windows ROM.While there are various device-specific or OEM-specific tools to do so for you, it can still be a daunting task for a...

Game of Quests Start-Up Moves Your Body

A group of Polish developers have just started a Indiegogo campaign with a project named Game of Quests. GOQ is a game and activity tracking app that helps players have fun and develop at the same time. The concept is relatively similar to Ingress, but takes place in a totally different universe.A world is at...

Android, Firefox OS & Windows Phone on One Alcatel Device – XDA TV

Alcatel released a device that can run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is Xiaomi releasing the kernel source for the Redmi 1S and bypassing storage restrictions for the Nexus S!...

Alcatel Announces Phones Able to Run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone

Most personal computers can run multiple operating systems right out of the box. However, things get a bit trickier when considering smartphones. Only a few devices can run more than one OS and this is usually achieved through some really advanced reverse engineering and hacking.Alcatel, which recently acquired the Palm brand, has started the year with...

Project and Record Your WP8 Screen to your PC with Open Source Client

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...

Windows Phone 8.1 to Receive Major Facelift Including Notification Center, “Cortana” Voice Assistant, Virtual Buttons

Just one week ago, we talked about how Microsoft was contemplating axing licensing fees on its Windows Phone and Windows RT OSes in order to help spur adoption and exposure to Microsoft services and advertising. As it turns out, that's not the only big shakeup Microsoft has in mind with regards to its mobile OSes. While...

Microsoft Doesn’t Want Three Windows OS Versions

Which company has not one, not two, but three operating systems being actively developed at the same time? Microsoft does, and they're getting tired of it.The strongest suggestion of this comes with Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green's statement that "We [Microsoft] have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're...