The Lumia 435 and Lumia 535 were both unveiled by Microsoft earlier this month. The company is soon to hold a new promotion in Italy for the upcoming Valentine's Day where you'll be able to purchase the Lumia 535 and receive the Lumia 435 for free - a perfect gift for the loved one. The promotion will run between February 4-15.
#IDARB was originally slated to become available for free on February 1 part of Xbox Games with Gold. However, Microsoft has switched the flip early and it is now available to download for everyone on Xbox One to enjoy.
Tweetium is a popular, highly-rated Twitter app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, and the phone version of the app has today been bumped to version 3.2.3. Version 3.2 hit the store overnight, but due to bugs being spotted in the recent release, the developer rolled out a further three updates to sort everything out – talk about rapid updates.
Microsoft has rolled out an Intel graphics driver update for the Surface Pro 3, running Windows 10. The update affects the Intel graphics component installed on the tablet and is a bug fixing patch, meaning any related issues previously encountered with Windows 10 on the Surface Pro 3 should be eliminated post-updating.
Windows 10 for phones is on the way, at least in preview form. Tonight, Microsoft began laying more groundwork for the Technical Preview by updating their Phone Insider app. Originally found on the Store a few weeks ago, the Insider program will let people download early builds of Windows 10 to their phones before general release.
The major change to the app is the name to Windows Insider, matching the name of the desktop preview program. Besides the previous domain account support, there is also the ability to now log in the Insider service using your Microsoft Account.
After the news came out earlier regarding Huawei's continued refusal to make new Windows Phones, the Windows Central community began discussing other smartphone makers who they'd prefer to see make one. While the Windows Phone portfolio has seen new additions in recent times such as BLU and Yezz, along with repeat performances – in some areas – from Samsung and HTC, it's Microsoft's own Lumia brand which dominates the landscape.
But there are a lot more companies out there making a lot more phones. So, if you could choose any one of them at all, which OEM would you most like to see make a Windows Phone?
Update: Bloomberg Business is now corroborating the earlier WSJ story, adding that the two companies are in talks to create "a version of the Android mobile-operating system that's more friendly to Microsoft services".
Original Story: According to the WSJ, Microsoft may be one of a handful of companies investing in Cyanogen. Cyanogen started off as a customized version of the Android operating system named CyanogenMod back in 2009 but has grown to a business of 80 people named Cyanogen, Inc. starting in 2013. The company co-launched their version of the Android OS on the OnePlus One smartphone in 2014.
Now, Cyanogen is looking for money, and Microsoft is reportedly putting cash into the company as a minority investor.
The non-beta version of the official Windows Phone Facebook app received an update today, adding a number of features that have been included in the beta version, including the Top Stories option for News Feed and more.
The fantastic upcoming first-person shooter Evolve is being reimagined for mobile as a match-3 Windows game called Hunters Quest, available for free today in the Windows and Windows Phone Store. As in the original, players are hunting a big, bad alien and have to work together to make sure they don't become the prey. Over time, you earn ability mastery points in the mobile title that carry over to the full-fledged console game.
Additionally, the name of the publisher has shifted from Microsoft Corporation to Microsoft Studios. The transition of the publisher likely has to do with SmartGlass being folded into the new Xbox app for Windows 10. During our time last week at Microsoft's event, we were told that SmartGlass indeed was going away as the Xbox universal app for Windows 10 makes SmartGlass functions redundant.
Back in December, Urbanspoon removed their app from the Windows Phone app store. Part of a growing and disturbing trend, it had appeared that the famous restaurant finder app had seen its last days on Windows Phone. Urbanspoon was a rather nicely designed app, but the last update from the company was back in 2012, so Windows Phone support had already withered.
For better or worse, Urbanspoon was acquired by Zomato just a few weeks ago for a reported $50 million. Interestingly, Zomato not only has a Windows Phone app but a highly-rated one as well (and it looks like they will have a Windows 8.1 app on the way).
Made from multiple thermoacrylics, this Lumia 1520 skin case is highly elastic and resistant to oils. Say goodbye to annoying fingerprints! The back features a matte finish with a gloss edging that enhances the grip around your device.
There's a tale doing the rounds today about Huawei's confirmed decision to avoid making any Windows 10 powered smartphones. It's true, the company did say that during a press briefing at its Shenzhen headquarters as reported by several media outlets who were in the room at the time. While hearing a phone maker confirm they're skipping Windows 10 doesn't feel great, this one in particular comes as no surprise.
After all, Huawei has already ditched Windows Phone 8 because "it wasn't profitable" for them.
It's time to gear up and buckle down for this weekend's big game! No matter what team you're rooting for this year, we can all agree that 15% off all accessories here at Windows Central is a pretty sweet deal.
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Sky has today announced plans to launch a new mobile service in 2016, partnering up with O2 for the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) venture. The deal will enable Sky to offer 2G, 3G and 4G services to its customer base, placing the company in a strengthened position against rivals.
Windows Central has been livestreaming a wide variety of Xbox One games on Twitch every Saturday for quite a while now. As our viewership continues to grow, so does the number of games we want to share with you! Thus we'll now be streaming a different game every Wednesday as well. That's twice the chances to tune in and chat along with your fellow readers while our staff showcases a great game.
Tonight we kick off our regular Wednesday streams with an early look at The Escapists, the Xbox One exclusive sandbox game in which players have to break out of prison! The Escapists doesn't launch until February 13th, so our stream is a great chance to learn what the game will be like before release.
Update: The stream has ended. Check out our replay for a merry old time. We even embedded the chat in the video this time so you can follow the viewers' conversation!