Unreleased Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset leaks with physical QWERTY in tow

Amid the excitement generated by the physical QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone, a leak has revealed that back in 2012, Nokia had a Windows Phone powered handset prepped for the business market. Featuring a front-facing physical QWERTY keyboard, the handset ran an early version of Windows Phone 8 but was never released. The unit was known as the Nokia RX-100, and photographs of the phone have been discovered on a website in China. The device does show a  resemblance to the 2011 Nokia E6, which also was equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard, but was powered by Symbian.

The …


Microsoft CEO Nadella says that there will be more Windows Phones coming in the future

A few days ago, we pointed out how the latest version of Microsoft’s 10Q document filed with the SEC appeared to call “time of death” for Windows Phone. In a section of the document listing current business activities, Windows Phone no longer appeared after it had showed up in the previous quarter’s 10Q. With a microscopic market share and no new Microsoft branded Lumia phones released since 2015, it has been left to third party manufacturers like HP and Alcatel to keep Windows 10 Mobile alive.

In a published interview with MarketPlace, Microsoft CEO Satya Nardella says that Microsoft will …

Microsoft's SEC filing confirms that Windows Phone is dead

Microsoft’s latest quarterly filing with the SEC confirms what everyone has already known. Windows Phone is dead. The filing, in which Microsoft lists investments in products that it will be making in the future, included Windows Phone in the fiscal Q2 report. The new report filed for the fiscal third quarter has no mention of Windows Phone. And if you want to tell us that Microsoft is focused on Windows 10 Mobile, the latter wasn’t included in the report filed with the SEC just three months back when Windows Phone was listed. So yeah, we’ve heard that punchline.

Microsoft knows that Windows …

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update now rolling out to regular (non-insider) users

One day later than expected, Microsoft has started sending out the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update worldwide to regular Windows 10 Mobile users. Yesterday, Microsoft decided to release the update to those registered as insiders. As we previously told you, only 13 units are receiving the update. But these 13 do account for 60% of Windows 10 Mobile users across the globe, according to AdDuplex. The latter is a cross-promotion network for Windows Phone and the Windows Store. For the 40% not receiving the Creators Update, their phones’ updating days are over.

Thanks to a change in the updating …

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 …