After many hiccups, Microsoft has begun rolling out Windows 10 Mobile updates to older Lumia devices running Windows 8.1. It’s been a long wait, but no doubt Windows fans will rejoice.
Software updates are great, but looking at the downward spiral that Windows Phone is heading into, one really has to wonder if it’s too little too late.
We feel really sorry for users on the Windows platform. First you guys have to put up with apps – even mainstream ones – that aren’t updated since God knows when then you have that small ecosystem of the Windows Store. Now on top of all that, it seems like that Windows 10 Mobile release for older phones isn’t coming this month.
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Earlier this week we reported the first 10 Lumia phones to receive Windows 10 Mobile and today we get to see a prototype of a supposed Lumia 950 XL running the newest software. This comes after Microsoft successfully launched the mature version of Windows 10, albeit some raised eyebrows on their stance of user privacy.
Running on the launch of the PC version, mobile users still are left with no news on when they’ll be getting their version. Though, there is no on the record word about the rolling out date of Windows 10 Mobile, anyone who is interested to know about which Lumia smartphones will be first to get the Windows 10 upgrade.
When Microsoft Devices introduced its latest Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 730/735, they had also announced its latest Lumia Denim software update that’s based on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. Apart from the 3 new models, the Denim Update will be rolled out to existing Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices within this year in Q4.
Some of the major changes the update would bring include Live Folders, App Corner to segregate your application between work and play, SMS Merging, improved VPN and native Internet Explorer browser.
On top of that, they are also introducing Lumia Camera which will replace Nokia Camera with better camera experiences. To capture epic moments faster, you can take photos quickly from your pocket in just a matter of split seconds. It also brings new 4K video recording at 24fps and a new Rich Capture mode that lets you adjust the dynamic range after the picture is taken. On certain models such as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, you can trigger Cortana by voice even when the phone is in sleep mode.
They have yet to release a full roll out schedule but based on the past Lumia Cyan Update, the update delivery should be quick across their Windows Phone 8 devices.
It is now official. After Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia which is now known as Microsoft Devices, they have now transitioned its Lumia smart phone brand under Microsoft. What used to be Nokia Lumia is now known as Microsoft Lumia and this will take effect with its future models.
Existing Lumia devices including the recently announced Nokia Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 will remain unchanged and the same applies with existing Lumia devices that’s still in the market. Microsoft assures that the same Lumia experience will continue with the upcoming Microsoft branded Lumia models and existing users can still count on them for continuous support.
As mentioned during their acquisition announcement, the Nokia brand continues to live on with entry-level feature phones including the Nokia 130.
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Microsoft/Nokia has been aggressive in attacking the mobile segment at all fronts. After introducing its low cost Lumia 530, they have set their sights at the mid-tier segment where Microsoft will be introducing 2 new models. With selfies being a trend, one of the device which is codenamed Superman is likely to be the Nokia Lumia 730 and WPCentral has managed to obtain its picture as shown above.
It is seen as the successor of the Lumia 720 which came with a weird-numbered 6.7MP camera at the back. Being a Selfie-centric device, the new Lumia 730 is said to be sporting a 5MP front camera, the biggest yet for the Lumia series. The front display is said to be 4.7″ and it is likely to be powered by a Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 4G LTE support.
According to the source, the Lumia 730 along with its other mid-tier Lumia 830 is said to be running on a newer version of Windows Phone 8.1. It is likely that these 2 will be launched with the newer Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 or Update 2 out of the box.
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Looks like Microsoft is going big with its cameras. At an internal meeting this week, Stephen Elop was reported to have teased 2 new Windows Phone 8.1 devices, one with a large front camera for Selfies and another model which claims to be an affordable PureView device.
The Selfie-centric device, codenamed Superman has the biggest front facing camera on a Windows Phone at 5MP, surpassing its usual 1.2MP/1.3MP shooters. The device is expected to come with a compact 4.7″ display and it is likely to be powered by a popular Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM an has support for 4G LTE. This could be going directly against Sony’s Selfie-centric camera, the Xperia C3.
Next is a device that’s called Tesla or rumoured to be the Lumia 830. Stephon Elop apparently has labeled this device as an affordable high-end phone with a PureView camera. From the purported leaked images, the Lumia 830 is having a large black colour camera housing like the Lumia 1020 and comes with a standard assisted LED illumination instead of Xenon flash. You can check out the shots of the rumoured 830 after the break.
Today Microsoft has officially acquired Nokia and the Finnish phone manufacturer is now known as Microsoft Mobile. To reflect the change of ownership and name, the Nokia logo at their Finland Head Quarters is finally taken down and it will be replaced with Microsoft as shown above.
With Windows Phone being a main priority for Microsoft, loyal Lumia users would expect more innovation in order to stay ahead of the smart phone race. Stephen Elop in his open letter also pledges continued commitment in supporting its current line up of feature phones, Asha devices as well as the newly announced Nokia X range. While Nokia as a company no longer exists, the Nokia brand is expected to be continue for its non-Lumia devices.
You can read Stephen’s open letter over here.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Mobile business will be completed on the 25th April. Under the new ownership, they have taken steps to rename the corporation from Nokia Oyj to Microsoft Mobile Oy. This marks the end of the Nokia name as a company. Nokia has sent out notices to suppliers of the name change and a new address that’s based in Espoo, Finland.
However that doesn’t mean that new Nokia handsets will cease to exist. The brand will continue to live on as part of the acquisition deal to use “Nokia” on current and subsequent devices. This however is limited to Series 30 and Series 40 models.
Whether or not Microsoft would drop the Nokia brand for its Windows Phone powered Lumia devices is still a question mark. Nokia as a brand ranks #57 in value and it is an established house hold name for phones. After spending billions with strong ambition to be a key smart phone maker, Microsoft is likely stamp their own brand on the latest Windows based devices.
To honour the 10-year licensing deal, the Nokia brand is expected to remain on their Nokia Asha, Nokia X and feature phone line up. What do you guys think? Should the next Lumia devices maintain the Nokia brand or would it be better for it to carry the Microsoft brand?