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‘s return to the mobile industry has so far been a disaster. Their recent sales figures are abysmal. Plus their latest flagship is far from stellar. Yet it seems the folks in Japan haven’t gotten the memo because here’s VAIO‘s latest smartphone — the Phone Biz — and it runs Windows 10.
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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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In a recent report by the IDC, it showed that in the recent quarter, about 400 million smartphones were sold and if you compare that to Microsoft’s earnings report, only 4.5 million of them were Lumia devices. That’s 1.1% of the market share. To contrast, Samsung moved around 85 million devices in that same quarter.
Earlier we reported on the fact that the Windows Phone Word Flow keyboard from Microsoft was coming to iOS very soon. Word had it that Microsoft was sending out invites to selected people to try out their new Word Flow keyboard for iOS, targeting users of the iPhone 5S or higher.
Well, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to the Verge that the new Word Flow keyboard will feature a unique one-handed typing experience that will surely appeal to fans of both iOS and Word Flow.
Whenever designing is concerned, you’ll always have people who simply don’t understand your “art”. Thus lies the subjectivity of it all but when you have a majority of people who feel that your attempt is a half-hearted one, prepare for the worse – especially when a fan releases a concept and it makes your (in this case Microsoft/Windows) UI look silly.