Samsung's Windows powered 12-inch Galaxy Book launches via Verizon on April 21st

At MWC this year, Samsung didn’t introduce the Samsung Galaxy S8 (unless you count a quick video teaser as an introduction). The company did unveil the Samsung Galaxy Book. This is a 2-in-1 tablet that comes with Windows 10 inside. The device is available in two sizes (10.6-inches and 12-inches) and with two different forms of connectivity, LTE and Wi-Fi. Starting April 21st (this coming Friday) you will be able to pick up the device from Verizon Wireless. The nation’s largest carrier will be offering the larger 12-inch LTE model of the Galaxy Book for $1,299.99. Both size devices feature a snap-on …


China is the strange place where Microsoft sells Xiaomi phones instead of Windows Phones

When you go to Microsoft’s Chinese web store, you’d probably expect to see a lot of hànzì and the same stuff Microsoft sells in every other store across the globe. Hehe! Hold right there. At this point, MS is bitterly aware that it has a brighter future as an Android reseller than a Windows Phone maker. Which explains why it’s selling the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the USA, and the Xiaomi Mi 5s in China. There’s not a single Windows Phone smartphone in the Chinese store.

Believing in the power of added value to convince people that it’s not merely selling what it knows …

Has Microsoft quietly killed off Windows 10 Mobile?

Microsoft’s recent release of the Creators update of Windows 10 Mobile is very limited. Only 13 models supporting the platform are able to update to this new variant of Windows 10 Mobile. Of the 13, only 6 are Lumia branded handsets. And now, Microsoft has removed the Upgrade Advisor app that allowed Windows Phone 8.1 handsets to update to Windows 10 Mobile. Add to that the report that the Windows Insider app no longer offers new builds of Windows 10 Mobile for Windows Phone 8.1 users, and well, Windows Phone’s goose is seemingly cooked.

For example, let’s take a model that was originally …

WhatsApp Beta for Windows Phone tests new feature that alerts contacts to your new number

The WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile is taking the hassle out of switching phone numbers. Changing your number as a WhatsApp user is often a pain in the rear because your WhatsApp profile is tied to your phone number. The faster that you can inform your contacts how they can now reach you, the easier life is going to be. The beta for the messaging app’s Windows Phone version allows you to toggle on a feature that alerts your contacts when you change numbers. Regardless of what you decide, your groups will be automatically notified of the new number.

Besides relaying the …

This free app lets you play Overwatch on your Android, Apple, or Windows phone

We know you want to play Overwatch on your phone, because we want to, too! Problem is, there really isn’t any game on mobile that compares to Blizzard’s colorful team multiplayer shooter – at least to our knowledge.

While we’re waiting for Gameloft or some unscrupulous East game studio to produce an enjoyable Overwatch clone, we found a very interesting solution to having the real deal run on your Android, Apple, or Windows phone, tablet, or even TV. As with all things in life, there’s a good side and a bad side to it.

The good? If you do it right, it works like a champ! …

T-Mobile drops the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10

It’s been quite a ride for Microsoft and Window Phone. Unfortunately, the sudden rise of the mobile platform was followed by a deep fall due to its inability to compete with the two, already established main OSes: Android and iOS.

Most carriers around the globe have already dropped any Windows Phone handsets they might have had in stock, so it’s no surprise that T-Mobile is doing the same. One of the US operators that supported Microsoft and Windows Phone in the past, the Uncarrier has removed the only high-end Windows-based smartphone it had in its portfolio.

The …

Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update

It might not come as a surprise to you, and you probably didn’t give it a second thought, but the Windows 10 Creators Update is not going to be available for all Windows 10 Mobile powered devices. Being put out to pasture are units like the Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 830 and the Nokia Lumia 1520. These three models are over two-years old, which means that they will not be receiving the Creator’s Update. These handsets will be limited to patches and cumulative updates.

The list of handsets that will receive the mobile version of the Windows 10 Creators Update include:

Alcatel Idol …

Facebook to scrap support for Messenger on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 at the end of March

Following the demise of Skype app on Windows Phone 8.1 early this month, Microsoft is about to lose another messaging service at the end of March, Messenger.

Facebook recently started to send emails to those using Messenger on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 devices to let them know it will end support for its application at the end of this month.

The decision is not surprising considering Windows Phone market share had been shrinking to less than 1% worldwide in the last year or so. That’s one more way to say Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 doesn’t matter anymore, and if you’re still using a smartphone …

A new HP Elite x3 Windows smartphone might be coming soon

Last year, at MWC 2016, HP unveiled a very interesting device: the Elite x3, a 6-inch water-resistant smartphone running Windows 10. Now, the company is seemingly planning to introduce a successor to the x3.

PC World spotted a new Elite handset being showcased at MWC 2017 behind a glass enclosure. Reportedly, an HP spokesperson said that this was “an example of how” the company sees the “future iterations of the x3 platform.” At the moment, there’s no further information about the device, so we don’t know when it’s supposed to be officially announced. In any case, we assume that HP will …

More than 100 Play Store apps tried to infect Android devices with Windows malware

In a curious case uncovered by security research firm Palo Alto Networks, 132 apps published on Google’s Play Store were found to contain malware designed for Windows PCs. The apps, which were published by a total of seven developers and some of which had more than 10,000 downloads, all shared the common symptom of concealed iframe tags in their HTML code.

The iframes, which are most commonly used for embedding external elements, such as a YouTube video, in a webpage, tried loading elements from two well-known malicious Poland-based domains. What’s even …