Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

This week the folks at Microsoft have been rather up-front about their plans to expand their mobile devices front. At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, the company's COO Kevin Turner suggested that they were at work on a second version of Microsoft Band. He also suggested that they were working on "a few killer devices" for Lumia. For Windows Phone, that is to say, and the future of mobile devices from Microsoft that, earlier this month, seemed to be in question.

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Windows’ Wi-Fi Sense might be more trouble than it’s worth

Windows’ Wi-Fi Sense might be more trouble than it’s worth

Sharing a Wi-Fi password in a room or office isn't exactly a herculean task. One can write it down, for example. It can, however, certainly be made easier. And by easier, Microsoft means automagical. That's why it invented Wi-Fi Sense as a way to easily share Wi-Fi credentials with friends so that they can easily connect to the same network you're on. Sounds convenient? Probably, but considering the way things are going right now, it might also be a security nightmare waiting to happen.

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Lumia 735 lands on Verizon, bringing selfies and HD voice

Lumia 735 lands on Verizon, bringing selfies and HD voice

This weeks is a Windows Phone and selfie week. Just a while ago, we saw Samsung unveil the selfie-friendly mid-range Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, both with front LED flash. Also this week, we saw the Microsoft Lumia 640 and the 640 XL appear in Cricket and AT&T, respectively. Bringing those two worlds together for a weekend climax is the Microsoft Lumia 735, which has finally appeared on Verizon's shelves. XLTE-ready, this budget Windows Phone is more than just smiles, with HD Voice Calling tagging along for the ride.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to be exclusive to AT&T in the US

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to be exclusive to AT&T in the US

At MWC earlier this year, Microsoft introduced its two new latest Lumia smartphones, the 640 and the 640 XL. Earlier, we took the Lumia 640, available on Cricket Wireless, for a spin. Now, we're hearing about its larger sibling. The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is also coming to the US, but it will be an exclusive offer from AT&T. Mixing a large phablet screen with rather low specs, the Lumia 640 XL is yet another addition to Microsoft's growing number of almost indistinguishable Windows Phone models.

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BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

Florida-based BLU Products might be more known for its budget Android smartphones, but it does have a few Windows Phones on its shelves. One of those, the BLU Win HD, silently got a much needed upgrade. Appearing at Microsoft's Store, the Win HD LTE brings more than just new LTE connectivity. It also bears a more powerful processor but still with a lovable budget price tag. And though it only runs Windows Phone 8.1, it comes with the promise of Windows 10 once the latter starts rolling out.

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Acer Liquid M220 hands-on: a late Windows Phone club member

Acer Liquid M220 hands-on: a late Windows Phone club member

When you speak of Windows Phone phones, one mostly thinks of Microsoft's, formerly Nokia's, Lumia line, except for one or two exceptions. Although Microsoft hasn't been very clear about its plans for other OEMs to join the Windows Phone party, it hasn't stopped others from trying their luck. The latest to join the fray is Acer, who is now unveiling the Liquid M220, an unabashedly low tier smartphone that will rub shoulders with all other low-end Lumias. Of course, it's still running Windows Phone 8.1, but that won't be a problem in the future.

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Windows Phone TileArt: customization at last

Windows Phone TileArt: customization at last

This week the folks at Microsoft behind their own collection of Windows Phone apps have released a piece of software called "#TileArt". This app allows Windows Phone 8.1 users to customize their lock screen, create their own custom tile layout for their home screen, and share home screens with friends through various social networks. Similar features have been available for a while in limited form - now creativity is a bit more unleashed. Now if only we were able to do the same thing with Xbox One, that'd be fabulous.

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Microsoft confuses on Windows 10 phone upgrades

Microsoft confuses on Windows 10 phone upgrades

First came the good news: Windows 10 would be a free upgrade; now comes the small print, that not everybody is going to be eligible. After Microsoft surprised Windows fans earlier this week with the promise that not only would those running Windows 8 get an upgrade to the latest OS, but those on Windows 7 too, some of the goodwill sheen has been rubbed off after first Windows RT users and now some Lumia Windows Phone owners have been left uncertain whether they'll ever get Windows 10 on their devices.

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Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

The official Twitter for Windows Phone app has been updated, adding Cortana integration for tweeting by voice, and improving how links browsed on your phone can be shared socially. The latest version, for Windows Phone 8.1 devices only, now allows users to tell Cortana - Microsoft's virtual personal assistant, aka Siri for Windows Phone - to fire out a 140 character message without having to tap it in themselves. It's a welcome improvement, though it remains to be seen whether Windows Phone fans, jaded by the ongoing token saga crippling third-party Twitter clients, will warm to the software.

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Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

This week Microsoft have announced two new Lumia devices for the lowest end of the Windows Phone market. The Microsoft Lumia 435 and the Microsoft Lumia 532 are being called "the most affordable Lumia devices to date" by the company, working with Windows Phone 8.1 and introducing the 400 series to the Windows Phone environment. The Lumia 532 builds on the specifications and delivery of the Lumia 530 - that being the device that replaced the Lumia 520, the most successful Windows Phone device to date.

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