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.
If you have a Nokia Lumia 1020 with AT&T, your device is about to get a lot better. The carrier is announcing that the Windows Phone 8.1 update is rolling out to users starting today. More than just a ho-hum fix, this brings in Cortana, Microsoft’s challenger to Siri and Google Now.
Microsoft has begun teasing its next smartphone launch, bringing a new model to IFA 2014 which could be the previously-rumored "selfie" Windows Phone. "Ready for more?" the Microsoft invitation asks, going on to suggest that press "join us for more face time" at an event on September 4th.
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.
Microsoft has already confirmed that Live Folders are actually a thing, so all that's left now is for the first Windows Phone 8.1 update to start rolling out to users (though developers will be getting a taste of it much sooner). In the meantime, if you've been wondering what this Live Folder thing is all about, the following pair of videos give a glimpse of what it can do.
It would appear that someone at Verizon has made a relatively large "oops" this afternoon as an image of the next HTC smartphone has leaked from their very own servers. This device will very likely have similar specifications to that of the HTC One (M8) with Android released earlier this year.
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!
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.
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.