The official Windows Phone Facebook page will have a name change in the coming days. Earlier today we learned that Microsoft would be changing the branding on their smartphones from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia. Microsoft Lumia will also be the new name of the Windows Phone Facebook page.
Starting about ten days ago, reports that Samsung was pushing out Windows Phone 8.1 Update for ATIV S users began circulating the 'nets. We have our own ATIV S here in the house, which is an unbranded UK release, and were not able to get any such update. Instead, we are stuck on Windows Phone 8.0 GDR3 (Build 10517; Firmware 24188.8.131.52).
As it turns out, a very select few ATIV S users are getting Windows Phone 8.1 Update (Build 14157; Firmware 24184.108.40.206), which is splendid news. The bad news is it is isolated to specific regions like Austria and maybe Hong Kong.
Samsung ATIV S devices released through carriers and most other areas are not seeing the update yet, although obviously this can change. Let me try and explain and give you the full story.
It is no secret at this point that the Nokia name was going to be eventually supplanted by something else. Nokia lives on as a separate company, while Microsoft takes ownership of the Lumia brand and brings the new employees into the fold.
Speculation about the name change has been going for months but on October 21, Microsoft made it official by stating the new name will go from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia.
Tonight, the Conversations blog has more on the name change, including what it all means.
There's a new update out for those enrolled in the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers program. Go to your settings and check for an update, and you'll find 8.10.14192.280 available. The download and installation of the update should take about 5 to 10 minutes. Microsoft is listing this as a 'critical update'. Don't skip out.
Microsoft announced today that it sold 9.3 million units of its Lumia Windows Phone products in the quarter that ended on September 30. That's a 5.6 percent increase compared to the 8.8 million Lumia phones that were sold in the same period a year ago when Microsoft's phone hardware division was under Nokia.
Microsoft has its work cut out for them in the United States where perception of the tech giant is seen as less hip than Apple. Besides the near ubiquitous adoption by celebrities of the iPhone, the US Congress is also evidently a big fan of Cupertino's hardware.
Popular DC rag The Hill conducted a survey back at the beginning of the month asking members of Congress which phones they used. As it turns out, more than 71 percent of our lawmakers use iPhones, with 28 percent still using BlackBerry. Android does not fair too well either, with only 9 percent favoring the somewhat convoluted mobile OS. Many in Congress also carry multiple phones.
Alcatel may not have launched a Windows Phone since 2012, but all that may change in the near future. In an interview with The Guardian, vice president of Alcatel Dan Dery mentioned that the brand may launch entry-level devices based on Windows Phone.
Update: It appears that the Windows Phone Store is back in business. Download on.
Having trouble accessing the Windows Phone Store? You're not alone. About 3:10 PM PST is when we first started getting errors connecting to the Windows Phone Store. Since then tips are coming in from others that they're unable to access or update apps in the Windows Phone Store.
HipChat (hipchat.com) is a personal messaging service that lets users create rooms to have one on one or group conversations. The service has been around since 2010, but there is no native Windows Phone app, just some decent third-party ones.
That may change, though, assuming you let the HipChat team know your thoughts on the matter.
The Nokia Lumia 830 is seeding out globally to retailers and carriers with the phone expected to launch in the US on AT&T Friday, November 7. The 5-inch Windows Phone nicknamed the 'affordable flagship' won our initial praise last week in our first-impressions article.
Windows Central has now learned some marketing plans for the Lumia 830 when it arrives early next month for AT&T, and it includes a Fitbit Flex promotion. Evidently, Microsoft has a separate SKU for the phone that includes a free Fitbit Flex with every purchase. The deal will be a limited-time-offer or until the bundle runs out of stock. It will be available both at Microsoft Stores as well as AT&T ones as well.
Canada's Fido has announced its pricing for the Lumia 830. The "affordable flagship" device will be available for $80 up front with one of Fido's Tab24 agreements on a Smart plan, and $200 on a Tab24 agreement with a standard plan. With monthly and prepaid plans, you'll need to shell out $400 to get your hands on the 830.
The Lumia 830 has finally made its way north of the border into Canada. It was only a handful of hours ago when we covered news that the new Windows Phone is available on Rogers, but the same device is also listed with Telus. Available for $0 on a 2-year plan, consumers have the option of being tied into a contract or being hit with a $500 fee for the Lumia 830 off-contract.
Verizon has yet to announce the Nokia Lumia 735 as coming to their portfolio, and there may be a good reason for that: it is not due until 2015. Multiple sources have confirmed with Windows Phone Central that the Verizon branded Lumia 735 with LTE, which is in development, is currently not scheduled to come out this calendar year.
Early reports suggest there may be some stability issues with Verizon's dual CDMA/LTE network although it is just as likely that Verizon only wants to schedule it then for their own internal reasons.
Starting in early November, AT&T is expected to begin selling the new Nokia Lumia 830 in addition to the HTC One for Windows. The two phones offer different price points for those looking for a new Windows Phone, and they should bode well for the 'premier' Windows Phone carrier this holiday season.
Yesterday, we reported that Qi wireless charging is included with the AT&T version. This turnaround is important since AT&T had previously shied away from supporting Qi, instead backing the alternative PMA wireless charging standard. Today, we can expand this further with more details.
Microsoft this morning pushed out an update for the Extras + Info system app found on Nokia Lumia smartphones. The Extras + Info area is where users can find out what firmware version they are currently on, like Lumia Black, Lumia Cyan, or Lumia Denim.
Today's update arrives without a changelog; however it is safe to surmise that it is laying the groundwork for the forthcoming Lumia Denim update for those still on Cyan. In fact, many people have tipped us after updating to tell they now have the Lumia Denim update.
This claim of having Lumia Denim though is false.
We got our first in-depth look at the new Lumia 830 'affordable flagship' phone yesterday, and I briefly talked about Qi wireless charging. The Lumia 830 comes with the popular standard built into the removable back cover, leaving two contact points on the phone itself to get a charge.
AT&T has announced that they are getting the Lumia 830, and through our sources, we have pinned down a date for Friday, November 7. This sale date is reportedly the same for the AT&T HTC One for Windows.
The big question for many is will the Lumia 830 have the Qi wireless cover or is it removed?
Update: The Economic Times is now stating that the statements regarding the launch of a Windows Phone device were miscommunicated, and that OnePlus is not considering a Windows Phone handset after all.
"[Carl Pei] was speaking to the fact that we are open to choice for our users and had even at one point spoken with Microsoft about perhaps having Windows as a choice for install on the One. We have no plans to make a Windows phone."
Original story follows.
The Windows Phone platform has seen the addition of several handset vendors this year, and it look like one more manufacturer is interested in launching a device on the platform. In a recent interview with Economic Times, director of OnePlus Carl Pei stated that the manufacturer is considering a Windows Phone device.
Nokia Indonesia is currently running a competition, challenging consumers to take and submit impressive photos to be in with the chance to pocket the new Lumia 930. For three weeks, the competition will see three different themes be revealed for participants to get creative and snap some shots. Two winners will be announced each week.
This morning we reported that AT&T should begin selling their version of the HTC One (M8) for Windows and the new Lumia 830 starting Friday November 7. For those on AT&T who have been longing for a new, high-end Windows Phone, either device offers some substantial benefits.
This raises the question: If you have to choose between the Lumia 830 and the HTC One, which would it be?
A few weeks ago, Microsoft acquired Minecraft makers Mojang for a rather large sum of money. The next obvious question is when can we see Minecraft Pocket Edition for Windows Phone? After all, even BlackBerry 10 has it at this point. Microsoft's Phil Spencer did claim it would happen, even for Windows 8.1.
As it turns out, Mojang had begun development of a Minecraft port to Windows Phone before the acquisition. So says Tommaso Checchi in a series of recent tweets. Checchi is a developer on the Mojang team and even tweeted a photo of the game, seen below, listed in the app menu of the dual-SIM Lumia 635, which seemingly confirms it runs on 512 MB phones too.
If you are on Verizon Wireless, you may well be thinking of dumping the carrier after their early retirement of the Lumia Icon. Blame poor sales and denounce their staff, but the fact is Verizon is a tough carrier to love when it comes to Windows Phone. Luckily, the blackout from getting your itchy fingers on the svelte, cold metal of the AT&T HTC One (M8) for Windows just got an end date, at least according to our sources.
I reported earlier that Friday November 7 was the planned launch date for the Nokia Lumia 830, which is shaping up to be a prevalent launch for that phone (example: all of Canada). Additionally, it looks like Microsoft is going to have some welcomed competition that day as we hear AT&T's version of the HTC One is also launching the same day.
If you have been waiting for a new Windows Phone, your choice now becomes a little more complicated.