Windows Phone News

Nearly one year ago, Microsoft began field testing their new 3D Touch navigation system, which at the time was destined for the flagship Nokia phone codenamed Goldfinger (and later 'McLaren'). The phone itself was scrapped at the last minute due to numerous factors and sullying Microsoft's flagship story for the fall of 2014.

In the past, Windows Central has given extensive details about the so-called 'Flyout Tiles' for a new Mixview feature. The system worked by hovering your finger over a Live Tile, which would then explode into smaller tiles. The design was reused from the Zune days where images related to an artist would do the same.

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While we're still waiting for Project Spartan browser to launch on Windows 10, some leaked screenshots have given us a peek at what it will look like on mobile devices.

The folks over at WindowsMania.pl managed to get their hands on the Project Spartan browser running on a Windows Phone, and have provided some screenshots that are a hint of what's to come.

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When it comes to Microsoft's mobile future, everything is on the table, including the possibility of running Android apps to fill in the 'app gap'. Windows 10 for phone is not even out the door yet, but intel on Microsoft continues to keep this strategy alive.

A new report from Neowin sheds more light on this program's status and obstacles.

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Sometimes sales come along that is too good to be true. This may be the case with this promo code through the Microsoft Store, which subtracts a full $200 from a Lumia 830. The deal applies to the unlocked, open carrier version of the Lumia 830 or the no-contract AT&T version, which also includes a free Fitbit Flex.

To take advantage of this deal, just go to the online Microsoft Store and pick which Lumia 830 you wish to purchase. During checkout, enter in Lumia830nt9fvw for the promo code and watch $200 drop off of your total.

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Information security is always one of those topics that is hard to report on, especially with the sheer number of devices available today. The problem lies in what is dangerous, what is bad, or what is no-big-deal. Frankly, opinions vary on the risks and threats involved.

One neat feature in Windows Phone is the ability to select text and hit the Search key. The Windows Phone OS copies the information over to Bing (or Cortana), and it lets you search without having to copy/paste the selection. It is super useful and certainly convenient for speedy searches.

However, there does seem to be one instance where this feature works where it should not: password fields.

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Low-end and entry-level Lumias like the Lumia 535 and Lumia 635 continue to dominate the landscape, Windows 10 preview phones dip and Microsoft owns more than 96% of the Windows Phone market

AdDuplex (AdDuplex.com) have released their Windows Phone Device Stats for March, 2015. The story of low-end and entry level Windows Phones continue to dominate the landscape while new figures for India, Russia, Brazil, France, Italy, and the US reveal their unique stories.

AdDuplex runs a cross-promotion advertising network running on 5,265 different apps on Windows Phone, and the data was compiled on March 20 for this analysis.

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Microsoft's latest addition to the Azure cloud platform comes in the form of an app service. The Azure App Service will allow developers to easily build employee, partner, and customer-facing applications. By utilizing the new App Service platform developers will not only be able to build apps quicker, but also integrate them with popular services, have the ability for the app to autoscale as needed, and easily integrate with Microsoft Azure Websites, Mobile Services and Biztalk Services.

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Microsoft will update the price tier values for Windows Store during the week of April 13, 2015. Windows Store supports 96 tiers that publishers can use to price paid apps and in-app products. These price tier values are updated periodically to maintain consistency across currencies, accounting for changes in foreign exchange rates, taxes, and other geographic pricing considerations. The information comes through an email Microsoft has sent out to developers, alerting them of the change.

Beginning April 13, the price tier values will be updated and while the US Dollar (USD) price in each tier will remain the same, the prices in all other currencies adjusted relative to the USD price.

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Following launches at other retailers and it's British counterpart, Microsoft has put the Lumia 435 up for sale from its Irish online store now for €79. That's a little higher than we've seen the phone for sale in other countries since launch, though Irish buyers have been limited on opportunities thus far with some pretty outrageous pricing to boot.

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There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features. Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss.

Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."

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The Lumia 640 was only announced by Microsoft a few weeks ago, but many people are eagerly awaiting its release, slated for 'April'.

MetroPCS is evidently primed for the sale of the entry-level Lumia in 'mid to late May'. The date is slightly later than open market availability although it is not too far pushed back.

Cost of the device is looking to be $99 likely off-contract, although final pricing is not locked in 100% just yet. MetroPCS's version will support LTE although it is not clear if it will be dual SIM.

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No one could ever claim that the dialer on the current version of Windows Phone is exceptional. Sure, it works, it is easy to read, and it has most functions that we expect from something as simple as a dialer.

However, it is missing Smart Dialing – the ability to type someone's name using the keypad to bring up their contact information. This feature saves you the extra step of opening the contacts list and scrolling until you find the person you want to dial. Instead, as you type those initials (D…a…n…) the list sorts down to the number you want.

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Just how low can Microsoft's Lumia series of Windows Phone go? Evidently, very low as the company this morning is unveiling the 'super affordable' Microsoft Lumia 430 dual-SIM Windows Phone. The announcement was teased yesterday and now it has become a reality.

The ultra-budget dual SIM Lumia is destined for select emerging markets this April including India, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus all for just $70 USD.

Although the specifications are on the low side, Microsoft did not cut back in the crucial areas that make smartphones important these days. Accordingly, the Lumia 430 has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB internal storage (micro SD expansion) and both rear and front-facing cameras for video calls. Even better, the device is slated to get Windows 10 later this year when that OS is released.

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Microsoft has shed more light on what USB scenarios the Windows 10 for Mobile SKU will support during their WinHEC conference in China.

Microsoft has added support for the new USB Type-C standard for Windows 10 for phone, which is not only smaller than Type-A but offers more power and functions. Apple – to cheers and jeers – announced that their new MacBook would sport this (and only this) port in lieu of their mag connector or standard USB port.

Now, it is clear that hardware vendors can not only build Windows Phones with USB Type-C but also enable various device class drivers.

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Having dropped something of a bombshell early this morning, we've now got a little more information from Xiaomi as to how owners of its Mi4 smartphone will get hold of the Windows 10 preview build. Naturally it'll be a more involved process that for current Windows Phones and will involve downloading and installing a full ROM pack that will be made available through Xiaomi's forums.

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