Windows 10 Mobile‘s latest champion has arrived in Malaysia, meet the HP Elite x3. On paper alone, this smartphone blows the Lumia 950 XL out of the water, but that’s not the primary purpose of HP’s latest handset.
Following the rollout of the Windows 10 Anniversary update for Windows 10 PCs, Microsoft has recently announced on their blog that the Mobile version of the update has also begun rolling out.
We’ve been fairly critical of the Windows 10 Mobile platform. Partly because of how disappointing it has been but mostly because of how much potential we saw in it. After another disappointing performance by the Lumia 950 XL, we were all but certain Microsoft was going to axe it.
It turns out though that Microsoft has other ideas.
UPDATE: Pre-orders are live and the device will be officially available on 8 April 2016 at all authorised Microsoft retailers.
Want to get your hands on the last Lumia of 2016? Well, it’s up for pre-orders on Lazada for less than RM1000.
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.
If it wasn’t clear before it will be now as popular messaging application WhatsApp is stopping support for several older operating systems, including one that had its latest phone launch in Malaysia less than a year ago.
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One of Windows (Mobile)’s biggest holes is the fact that the app store is such a barren desert. Many well-known apps are missing and that’s just one of the reasons why people don’t even start to consider the operating system. For the year 2015, Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store have at least 1.2 million apps each – Windows? Only 300,000.
Redmond wanted to solve this, by introducing a Windows Bridge platform aka Project Astoria. Through the project, app developers could easily just port over the same Android code that they used to make apps for the Google Play Store for Windows Phone devices.
Then, last year rumours flared up that Project Astoria was going bust and now Microsoft has confirmed it themselves.
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Microsoft has introduced another Windows 10 smartphone with the arrival of the Lumia 650. This is yet a budget smartphone that’s a notch higher than its current entry-level Lumia 550. Based on earlier speculation, this might be the very last Lumia smartphone for the year.
Windows Phone has never had a proper champion. Not one that was on par with the big boys at Android. Much like Apple, it always banked on its “OS optimisations” to keep things running smooth despite the less than stellar specifications. This time, though, it seems Microsoft have come out swinging, pulling out all the stops for their latest device, the Lumia 950 XL.
Is it any good though?
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