Microsoft has announced some interesting new features that are rolled into the latest beta versions of the SmartGlass app. The big new feature is TV controls for the app that are available on the beta versions for Android, Windows, and Windows Phone. If you want to try out the beta apps, they are available for anyone to check out.
Microsoft's Build 2014 opens tomorrow, April 2nd, a chance for new CEO Satya Nadella to not only convince developers and the industry that his "mobile first, cloud first" strategy makes sense, but that Microsoft has the skills to deliver on it. After impressing with the Office for iPad launch, Nadella has a far bigger audience to preach The Windows Way to at Build, though there are plenty of balls in the air that he still needs to keep moving.
At this year’s Microsoft BUILD conference we’re likely to see the following device appear for the first time. Taking on many of the newest specifications outlined at MWC 2014 for Windows Phone devices, the Nokia Lumia 630 arrives with a 4.5-inch display with WVGA resolution and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 under the hood. This device will also appear with a chassis that’s thinner than the Lumia 920 while sitting at a height that’s essentially equal to the older phone.
Huawei has backtracked on plans to launch a dual-OS Android and Windows Phone smartphone, saying that despite comments by execs earlier this month, it has no intention of releasing a twin-platform handset any time soon. Chatter of the phone began after Huawei device CMO Shao Yang suggested that the presence of Android might reassure those curious but still skeptical about Windows Phone to take a risk on Microsoft's OS.
Nokia made no bones about the Nokia X being a play for the emerging smartphone audience, and it seems the Android-forked Windows Phone lookalike is off to a good start in China at least. Preorders for the Nokia X in China have already reached one million units, the company announced via its Weibo account, despite only having been on sale for four days.
Huawei will launch a dual-booting smartphone in Q2 2014 that can be switched between Android and Windows Phone, the company has confirmed, arguing that using both will ease people into Microsoft's OS. Android remains Huawei's primary focus, CMO Shao Yang admitted, but the company sees value in trying to extend its footprint to more than one platform.
Barnes & Noble has ceased development on its NOOK app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and will instead simply provide content for Microsoft's own "consumer reader" platform, a regulatory filing has confirmed. Details of Microsoft's new ereader app have not been released, but B&N has agreed to help transition users of the existing NOOK Windows 8 software onto Microsoft's own - in addition to flesh out the contents of its virtual store shelves - when it's available.