It would seem that one of the biggest names behind the touchscreens you use every day, Synaptics, have made the push for a next-generation solution for Windows 8.1 with Active Pen abilities. What this means for future Windows 8.1 device makers is that they'll be able to say they've got pen support right out of the box and/or include a pen with the device they're creating. In what may prove to be a situation similar to what we've seen with the rather successful Samsung Galaxy Note series, the folks at Synaptics are making pen usage on devices - both mobile and stationary - a feature baked in at a hardware level.
Nokia will bundle Netflix streaming video access with new purchases of the Lumia 1020 on select carriers, it's reported, with the media subscription aiming to sweeten the deal in the competitive UK market over the holiday period. Purchases of the 41-megapixel Windows Phone on carrier Vodafone UK will get a year's use of Netflix bundled, the Financial Times [registration required] reports, while at least one retailer, Phones4U, is offering six months of Netflix on a range of Lumia handsets.
The system update to Windows Phone 8 known as GDR3 is coming soon, and having been announced by Microsoft just this week, we'll find it coming to developers as soon as tomorrow. The rest of the humble citizens of the Windows Phone 8 universe will have to wait a few more weeks - but once it arrives, along with it will come devices that continue to cross over the line drawn in the sand between Windows as a desktop operating system and Windows as a mobile operating system. Here we've got support for the in-betweens.
Microsoft has announced its latest update for the Windows Phone 8 smartphone operating system. The update is officially called Windows Phone 8 Update 3. This update is intended to carry the operating system through the holiday shopping season and add support for some new features and specifications smartphone manufacturers to take advantage of.
There's little doubt that the world of Windows Phone 8 and subsequent editions will be rolling out with new hardware features in the future. That's a given. What's not known at this very moment is whether or not we'll be seeing the likes of specific features previously only known to the likes of sub-Smart phones and Android devices up until now. One of these features appearing in tips this week is a dual-SIM card setup.
Windows Phone 8.1 will ditch the "back" button and support up to 10-inch displays, it's reported, with Microsoft also aiming to use the 2014 release to help push the smartphone platform further up into flagship territory. Codenamed Windows Phone "Blue", the new version will see Microsoft address user satisfaction, WinSuperSite claims, paring away some of the more confusing elements of the OS and making it easier for developers to release applications across both Windows Phone and Windows RT.
Just as they have apparently tapped HTC for the dual-boot option for Android phones with Windows Phone 8, it's become apparent today that Microsoft may have asked Samsung and Huawei to do the same. Microsoft was tipped this past week to have suggested HTC make a selection of devices that boot to Windows Phone 8 as well as their basic Android mobile OS to increase the likelihood that a user would find Windows Phone appealing. If Microsoft does indeed get their way with the likes of HTC and Samsung as well, we may see Windows Phone 8.1 working on the HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Active.
This week the folks at Microsoft appear to have given control back to the Google team when it comes to the unofficial-official YouTube app for Windows Phone devices. Here existing on Windows Phone 8, the app has been part of a battle between companies for several months, resulting in several iterations of said app for the masses and frequent take-downs in-between. Google has let Microsoft know that they've not been pleased with past iterations of the app, and Microsoft has had to take the app down and modify it several times over.
Google this week launched AdMob—an SDK developers use to build ad units into iOS and Android apps—for Windows Phone 8 for the first time. The release happened just as Google ads started showing up in the Promotions tab in Gmail for Android.