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Android builds smartphone lead as Windows Phone shrinks

Android builds smartphone lead as Windows Phone shrinks

Android extended its grip on worldwide smartphone market share in Q2 2014, the latest numbers from IDC suggest, while iOS and Windows Phone both declined, despite iPhone sales jumping year-over-year. Android devices now comprise almost 85-percent of total smartphone share, up from just short of 80-percent in the same period a year ago, while despite Microsoft's efforts with Windows Phone, market share and worldwide shipments both fell.

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You can try Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now

You can try Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now

Microsoft has released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and while the preview is intended to be used by developers to get their apps up to speed with the new version, it's also available to anyone who wants to get a taste of what's coming. The new version began showing up on devices registered to Microsoft's App Studio program today, the same route by which the company gave pre-final access to Windows Phone 8.1 itself back in April.

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BBM released for Windows Phone, at long last

BBM released for Windows Phone, at long last

As if to say "we’re never, ever going to go away," BlackBerry has released a BBM app for Windows Phone. While we can’t in good conscience suggest that this will change the ailing phone companies’ fortunes, it does show tenacity of spirit. This is the last of the major phone operating systems to not have a BBM app yet - and now it’s done!

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HTC outs August 19th launch: One W8 Windows Phone?

HTC outs August 19th launch: One W8 Windows Phone?

HTC will hold an event on August 19th in New York City, where the recently rumored Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 may well make its official debut. Invitations to the launch were sent out this morning, and come amid speculation over the past few days of a "One (W8) for Windows" handset that would build on the metal-bodied Android flagship.

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Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Yesterday we saw some of the new features coming to Windows Phone devices by way of the first update to version 8.1. Now we're being given a more detailed look at some of those features, including some that we haven't heard about yet. Primary among this is that Cortana, Microsoft's own virtual personal assistant, will be making her (or its) maiden voyage outside the US, primarily to China and the UK.

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