After challenging T-Mobile and Sprint for rolling out Wi-Fi calling without regulatory approval, AT&T has announced that it has received the requisite waiver from the FCC. The FCC requires that all carriers offering Wi-Fi calling support teletypewriter (TTY) for the hearing-impaired, but the waiver allows AT&T to roll out the feature with a newer form of accessibility service called real-time text (RTT).
Few were expecting the Surface Pro 4 to have significant hardware revisions, particularly as Microsoft confirmed it would have compatibility with existing Surface Pro 3 accessories, like the docking station. The Redmond giant did have some surprises in store for Surface fans, though, outlined in further detail below.
Windows 10 Mobile will first make its way to the hands of consumers when the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL arrive in November. However, you still may be wondering when the rollout will begin for older Windows Phone devices, and it looks like the answer is December.
According to a Microsoft representative responding to a comment on the Lumia Facebook page, Windows 10 Mobile is set to begin its rollout in December. Here's the relevant snippet:
"Windows 10 is available on PCs and tablets now, and while Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL ship with Windows 10 for phones, broad availability of Windows 10 on other devices, including mobile phones, will begin rolling out in December."
It's important to note that we do not know exactly when in December the rollout would begin, but the general timeframe makes sense. Also keep in mind that Windows 10 Mobile most likely won't be hitting every device at once, and we're likely to see a gradual rollout of sorts. Still, this is great news for when we can expect development of the first official Windows 10 Mobile build to near completion.
Of course, anyone who has been a part of the Insider program for the last several months has most likely already at least tried out Microsoft's latest mobile OS. And if you haven't, you can always get an early taste of Windows 10 Mobile by signing up.
Popular third-party Twitter client Tweetium has snagged a new update this evening, and it's a pretty notable one. While there aren't a ton of changes, the update does bring some much welcome additions in the form of interactive notifications, a new column mode, new photographic theme options and more.
Passion. Exuberance. Purpose. Technology. It's rare those come together as well as they did today on stage with Microsoft.
I've watched a lot of press events recently. In my job as Managing Editor of Mobile Nations, that tends to happen. Over the last month I've sat through events online and in person put on by Samsung, Huawei, Apple, LG, ASUS, and Google. But today's Microsoft event was different. The hardware they unveiled was stunning. The presentation was impeccable. And the presenters were more than just personable — they were personal. I sat down for this event with relatively muted expectations (new Windows Phones and Surface tablets, yaaaay.) and came out not just impressed, but optimistic. I like this new Microsoft.
It doesn't matter how you look at it, Microsoft's new Surface Book will be compared to Apple's MacBook Pro. They're both high-end notebooks, both targeted at people who want performance, productivity and portability.
We've only had a short time so far with the Surface Book, but on paper at least here's how it breaks down.
Even if you opt to hold onto your Surface Pro 3, rather than upgrading to the new Surface Pro 4, you can thankfully take advantage of some new accessories that are now available for pre-order. Those include the new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover and the refreshed Surface Pen.
The Surface Pro Type Cover is up for pre-order on on the Microsoft Store, with a ship date estimate of October 26. The cover goes for $130 for the base version, and $150 for the option with Fingerprint ID on board. If you're looking for a splash of color, the base model comes in black, blue, bright blue, or red, while the Fingerprint ID model is only available in black. Both versions feature mechanical keys and an enlarged trackpad, and are compatible with both the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4.
In case you missed it among the flurry of Microsoft's other announcements at its New York Event, the company also announced the budget-focused Lumia 550. For now, all we know is that the smartphone will run $139 and be available sometime in December. However, we also have a comprehensive list of specs you can expect when it launches.
Just a quick detour from all the activities at the Microsoft New York Event to bring you today's myAppFree Deal. It is Apex, an interesting installment to the endless runner genre of Windows Phone games where you have to guide a robot up an endless maze, trying to stay one step ahead of a rising flow of lava.
The game has four episodes to master and two difficulty levels to keep you challenged. Game play has simple controls and the pace of the game will keep you on your toes.
Regularly priced at $.99, you can pick up Apex through the myAppFree Deal for free. The deal will be in place for twenty-four hours and if you are in the market for a fun arcade game that isn't very complicated, now your chance to save a little along the way.
Microsoft has officially unveiled the Lumia 950 today along several other goodies. Of course we couldn't wait to get our hands on one here at the New York City launch. The Lumia 950 features a 5.2-inch display (1440x2560), 20MP PureView camera, runs Windows 10 Mobile, and more. Watch our hands-on video for more details.
Today, Microsoft has announced several new devices and we're sure many of you are specifically excited about the Lumia 950 XL. Featuring a 5.7-inches display (1440x2560), this new phablet from Microsoft also boasts a 20-megapixel camera with ZEISS F/1.9 lens, iris scanner, wireless charging, and more. Several photos and specifications have leaked before the event, so there weren't many surprises. Nevertheless, we were very excited to play with it for a few minutes here at the New York launch.
Watch our hands-on video!
Well, looks like my 600-word piece – Hey Microsoft, when in India? – was just in time as Microsoft makes amends. Right after the official announcement of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL at the Windows 10 Devices event in New York City, the two phones are listed on the Microsoft India website as 'Coming Soon.'
The two phones will be available in Dual SIM variants. There's no indication of the availability date or the price, though. Maybe we can guesstimate the price and place bets. The unlocked Lumia 930, for example, was sold at Expansys in the US for $699 and was priced at ₹38,649 at launch in India. The Lumia 950 will retail at $549, and the Lumia 950 XL will retail at $649 in the US. While you make those conversions and calculations, note that the dollar rate in India has been going north since last few months.
Also, there's no mention of the Lumia 550, the budget Windows 10 Mobile device that would be a critical device for the Indian market. The Lumia 550 would be available in December, and hence is still not listed on the site.
It's been a while since the last huge Windows flagship phone, but Microsoft is back in a big fashion with the Lumia 950 XL. It's the first truly big Windows phone since the Nokia Lumia 1520 of two years ago. In the time since, the competition's also gone huge, including Apple with their iPhone 6s Plus. So how do these two giant phones compare? That's what we're here to find out.
Microsoft officially unveiled a ton of new Windows 10-based hardware devices at its New York City press event, and all of them are shown in action in a new video that the company posted on its YouTube channel.
It seems like it was just yesterday that Microsoft released the Surface Pro 3. Yet today, we find two new Surface tablets being announced by Microsoft.
The Surface Pro 4 will sport a 12.3" screen and the Surface Book will sport a larger 13.5" screen. Pricing for the Surface Book starts at $1,499 and the Surface Pro 4 will start at $899 and moves up depending on your processor choice. Pre-orders are expected to start tomorrow, direct from the Microsoft Store.
"I Can Be Productive Like a Boss Wherever I Am Now!"
The whole presentation was a blast, but we particularly enjoyed this little segment. So we put it on our latest special edition t-shirt! We love Bryan, we love his Fedora, and so too it seems does the Internet! (Check the twitter link at the bottom of this post for more!)