Joe Belfiore, the corporate vice president of Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, has recently posted a tweet saying that the software company is no longer looking to develop new major Windows Mobile offerings or even handsets for now. Having said that, Belfiore said that the company will still be providing support for its mobile operating system, including rolling out the latest security updates and fixes for bugs.
The HP Elite X3 smartphone now has an official release date, hitting store shelves on August 29th of this year. For those not familiar with this Windows powered device, it comes with a 6 inch WQHD display screen with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, flanked by a 16 megapixel camera on the rear side (with LED flash and auto focus) as well as an 8 megapixel camera on the front side.
Word Flow, the impressive Windows Phone keyboard made by Microsoft, has officially come to the iOS mobile operating system. This new version optimized for iOS mobile users allows them to simply tap or swipe in order to type out letters, and intuitively guess the words to be typed when composing phrases or sentences, just like what the original version for the Windows Phone platform does. Microsoft had previously stated that the iOS version would have to undergo a certain beta testing period before transitioning to full deployment, but it appears that the mobile is now downloadable for free from the US App Store.
In December of last year, it was reported that Microsoft was delaying the Windows 10 Mobile update for older models of Lumia smartphones. But recent reports seem to indicate that the update is finally being prepped for deployment. As spotted by a Neowin reader, it appears that the software giant has already released an internal beta for the Mobile Upgrade Advisor for Windows 10.
Fans of Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile operating system have been clamoring for a smartphone that would become the true face of the platform. But truth be told, the current available Windows 10 smartphones out there, most notably Microsoft’s own Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, as good as their specifications are, still leave some things to be desired. And it does not help that Microsoft seem to be reducing its efforts in promoting the flagship devices. For instance, during an event held in October of last year, the company appear to be putting more emphasis on its Surface Pro tablet and Surface Book laptop.
When it comes to releasing smartphones, Microsoft has not had much success. The company may still be considered a giant in the software industry, but establishing a solid presence in the smartphone industry has proven to be a far harder task. It has only been barely over a month since Microsoft launched the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones, but these devices are just not killing it in terms of sales.
To open Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, normally one only needs to speak the words “Hey Cortana” and the mobile app would just launch. But the version of this feature that runs on the Android mobile operating system in the United States apparently can no longer be launched with that specific voice prompt.
During a press conference held in the city of New York, Microsoft officially introduced a couple of new flagship devices, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, which will be made exclusively available from AT&T in the United States. As its name implies, the Lumia 950 XL is a phablet variant of the Lumia 950.
Alcatel OneTouch has announced that it is planning to manufacture a smartphone that runs on Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile operating system, which had launched more than a month ago on tablets and personal computers. As explained by Steve Cistulli, senior vice president of Alcatel OneTouch for North America, the China based phone maker will be introducing a Windows 10 handset before the end of 2015.
Apple and Samsung are always locked in battle for smartphone domination. But while Samsung seems to be lording over the global smartphone market, Apple continues to be the king in the US market. According to the latest report from ComScore, Apple remained the leader in the US market for the three months that ended in July of this year, enjoying a market share of 44.2 percent, which is a slight improvement on the 43.1 percent it managed during the previous three months.
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