Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8 update 3

Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8 update 3

Microsoft has updated Windows Phone 8. The update will roll out to existing phones over the next few months. Windows Phone 8 Update 3 includes a bigger Start screen, a new customisable Driving Mode and better accessibility options. In addition, there is a new preview programme to help developers keep their apps running smoothly on […]

Nokia’s rewards scheme for app developers

Nokia’s rewards scheme for app developers

Nokia has launched a rewards program for Windows Phone developers in 21 countries. Called DVLUP, the initiative is designed to help developers to increase the success of their projects. The program, which is free to Windows Phone developers, users gamification gimmicks like winning badges, earning points, and completing quizzes on app development. Developers can also […]

Android and Windows on HTC phones?

Android and Windows on HTC phones?

Microsoft is reported to have talked to HTC about adding its Windows operating system to HTC’s Android-based smartphones at little or no additional cost, as part of its drive to increase market share in the mobile market. Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems unit, asked HTC last month to load Windows Phone as a […]

Windows Phone double Euro market share

Windows Phone double Euro market share

Windows Phone has almost doubled its market share in Europe according to the latest figures from Kantar World Panel for the 3 months ending September 2013. Windows Phone has posted its highest ever sales share of 9.2 per cent across the five major European markets Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Windows Phone is […]

UK Govt approves Windows Phone for BYOD use

UK Govt approves Windows Phone for BYOD use

The UK government has published security approval for public sector organisations to offer bring your own device (BYOD) schemes for employees to access data and applications using Windows Phone and tablets. The new End User Devices Security and Configuration Guidance policy was issued by CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ. It follows requests by […]

Now Windows Phone is No 2 in Taiwan

Now Windows Phone is No 2 in Taiwan

The latest figures from IDC on the Asia-Pacific region in Q2, show that Windows Phone has taken second place in Taiwan. The figures follow closely on the news that Windows Phone is now the second most popular smartphone in India. Windows Phone beat Apple into second place, taking a 2 per cent market share, leaving […]

Top Ten Windows Phone apps firms named

Top Ten Windows Phone apps firms named

Independent web design and development site, bestwebdesignagencies.co.uk, has announced what it thinks are the top ten Windows Phone apps agencies in the UK. According to the site, businesses hunting for reputable Windows Phone apps agencies can access the ratings at bestwebdesignagencies.co.uk. They say that each Windows Phone apps service featured in the ratings has ‘been […]

Windows Phone now No 2 in India

Windows Phone now No 2 in India

The IDC Asia Pacific Mobile Phone Tracker has shown that for the third consecutive quarter, Windows Phone is the second most widely used smartphone platform in India. With a market share of 5.4 per cent, Windows Phone has maintained its lead over its competitors, Apple iOS and Blackberry. According to Manasi Yadav, senior market analyst, […]

Ballmer tells analysts he is optimistic

Ballmer tells analysts he is optimistic

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer says he is optimistic about Windows Phone. Speaking at the company’s 2013 Financial Analyst Meeting, Ballmer commented on the Nokia deal and talked about the Windows Phone market share, and how he felt that by having a small market share was actually an opportunity for Microsoft. He said, “Mobile devices. We […]

Free short course in Windows Phone  app development

Free short course in Windows Phone app development

To coincide with the release of Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Australia’s Charles Sturt University and IT Masters have put together a free short course on developing Windows Phone 8 applications. All facets of the course are available online, says the Uni, with recorded lectures delivered by one of the industry’s leading experts in Mobile Applications […]

Goodbye Siri – hello Cortana

Goodbye Siri – hello Cortana

In its most inspired pre-launch leak so far, Microsoft has let slip that Windows 8.1 will have an intelligent voice-activated digital helper to compete with iPhone’s Siri. Windows Phone is to get Cortana, the beautiful blue helper from the Halo series of video games. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote earlier this year, ‘Our machine-learning infrastructure […]

Oslo orders 3000 Windows Phones

Oslo orders 3000 Windows Phones

The City of Oslo has invited tenders for the supply of 3,000 smartphones, for the agency responsible for care of the elderly. And Oslo has stipulated that all 3,000 have to be Windows Phones, reports ZDNet. The reason for demanding Windows Phones is that the back-office services the nurses use while nursing the elderly at […]

Huawei will still make Windows Phones

Huawei will still make Windows Phones

Huawei Technologies, China’s biggest phone maker, will continue to make Windows Phones even though Microsoft has bought Nokia’s phone business, says the company. ‘We will continue to develop devices running Windows Phone, and launch more products,’ Richard Ren, Huawei executive who heads the company’s consumer unit in Europe, told reporters in Stockholm. ‘We remain one […]

What buying Nokia means for Windows Phone

Windows Phone development guru Nick Landry of Infragistics has recently been speaking at the Heartland DevCon (#HDC13) in Omaha. Nick spoke on mobile development again at the session ‘The Great Mobile Debate: Native vs. Hybrid App Development’. Nick was also interviewed by Jim Collison from GALLUP for a live YouTube videocast. In the interview Nick […]

Microsoft $250m datacentre for Finland

Microsoft $250m datacentre for Finland

Microsoft is to design and build its next datacentre in Finland. The new facility, costing more than $250m (£161m), will serve Microsoft customers in Europe. The Windows Phone company revealed it had chosen Finland as the home for its next datacentre on when it announced plans to acquire Finnish telecommunications company Nokia in a $7.2bn […]

New version UC Browser for Windows Phone

New version UC Browser for Windows Phone

UCWeb has released UC Browser 3.1 for Windows Phone. UC Browser is the most popular alternative to default IE browser on Windows Phones, the app has more than 400 million users and is the number 1 browser on the Windows app store. The latest update comes with multiple additions including greater sharing, the ability to […]

Windows Phone has 9 per cent of UK market

Windows Phone has 9 per cent of UK market

Microsoft’s Windows Phone has hit a record 9.2 per cent market share in the UK. According to the latest statistics from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, which show that Microsoft’s mobile operating system market share has increased five percent over the past year. This sees Windows Phone accounting for 9.2 per cent of the UK smartphone market […]

Microsoft buys Nokia’s Windows Phone business

Microsoft buys Nokia’s Windows Phone business

Microsoft is to buy Nokia’s Phone business in a deal worth $7.2 billion. The acquisition is a logical move by Microsoft in transforming itself into what CEO Steve Ballmer calls a devices and services company, rather than a software company. Microsoft will pay $5 billion for Nokia’s Devices and Services Business. In addition, it is […]

Microsoft makes lower app fee permanent

Microsoft makes lower app fee permanent

Microsoft has now permanently lowered the annual fee for Windows Phone development. During the summer, developers had been offered a cut down price of $19 to sign up to the Windows Phone Dev Centre. The cost for UK developers is £15. Microsoft says the promotion was successful and so the team will be making the […]

Train times app coming to Windows Phone

Train times app coming to Windows Phone

National rail enquiries has confirmed that it will be launching an app for Windows Phone next year. Chris Scoggins, chief executive of the online timetables and tickets service confirmed this to Windows Phone News in his blog, saying, ‘I’m now able to confirm that we will be producing an app for Windows Phone which will […]

You can vote for missing Windows Phone apps

You can vote for missing Windows Phone apps

Which apps missing from the Windows Phone app store are the most urgent or the most wanted by users? One approach was that of app developer Nick Landry who compared the Windows Phone app store with the 100 most popular iPhone apps. Leaving aside banks and national TV broadcasters (who tend to be specific to […]

Windows Phone tops list of IPv6 users

Windows Phone tops list of IPv6 users

It’s a pleasant surprise to find Windows Phone topping a list but an unexpected one to find that it is way ahead of everyone else in adopting the IPv6 standard. It seems that Windows Phone 8 has the largest percentage of users of the new IPv6 standard, which is surprising given that the OS shipped […]

Windows Phone second in Latin America

Windows Phone second in Latin America

IDC has released its Mobile Phone Tracker report, showing that in the second quarter of 2013, Windows Phone is the second most widely used operating system in the Latin American region. There are more than 20 countries in Latin America where the Windows Phone range of devices is available. The report shows that Windows Phone […]

Delta uses Windows Phones for in-flight buys

Delta uses Windows Phones for in-flight buys

More than 19,000 flight attendants of Delta Airlines will start using Windows Phones to streamline on-board purchasing. The attendants will use Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones. The app that will be used by attendants was developed by Avanade and will operate over WiFi and AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Delta flight attendants will use the smartphones to […]

Gameloft  names new games for Windows Phone

Gameloft names new games for Windows Phone

Gameloft has announced that it plans to bring a total of 15 games to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in the next year. The first game titles announced by Gameloft will be,“Asphalt 8: Airborne” and “Dungeon Hunter 4″ both released simultaneously for the Windows platforms this autumn. Other Gameloft titles scheduled for release on […]

Oops! Google pulls YouTube app again

Oops! Google pulls YouTube app again

Just when we thought it was at last safe to view YouTube videos on our Windows Phones, Google has pulled the plug on Microsoft’s new app – for a second time. The app was first launched in May but removed from the app store when Google threatened legal action, because it blocked their ads and […]

YouTube app back on Windows Phone

YouTube app back on Windows Phone

After its legal tussle with Google back in May, Microsoft has now returned its YouTube app to the Windows Phone store. Micrsoft issued a statement saying ‘We’ve released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of […]

HTC signs up ‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey

HTC signs up ‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey

HTC has signed up the star of Iron Man movies, Robert Downey Jr, as its global brand ambassador, with the Hollywood actor making his debut in a multimedia campaign breaking this week. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has confirmed the two-year deal with the actor following a teaser Vine video which appeared on the internet last […]

Do smartphones spell the end for news media?

Do smartphones spell the end for news media?

The rise in popularity of smartphones and tablets seems to suggest that traditional news media are on their way out – especially newspapers. But a new study by web app analytics company Localytics contradicts this idea. Localytics studied the behaviour of users of more than 500 mobile news apps over a 12 months period. Their […]

Windows Phone catches up with iPhone in Russia

Windows Phone catches up with iPhone in Russia

Russia’s largest carrier, OAO Mobile TeleSystems – known in the high street as MTS – has announced success in Windows Phone sales. Windows Phone handsets accounted for 8.2 per cent of all smartphones sold in Russia in the first quarter resulting in sales of 315,000 units up from 5.1 per cent of all units sold […]

Microsoft upgrades Bing for Windows Phone

Microsoft upgrades Bing for Windows Phone

Bing is rolling out a set of upgrades for Windows Phone. The update streamlines the interface and adds some new features. It will show up automatically on US phones in the coming weeks, with the UK and other markets following later. Cosmetically, the biggest change is that Bing has abandoned the previous four different search […]

Microsoft  increases Windows Phone sales by $1.2 billion

Microsoft increases Windows Phone sales by $1.2 billion

Microsoft has reported significant growth in Windows Phone revenue in its annual report to the US Securities Exchange Commission. Its report says, ‘Windows Phone revenue increased $1.2 billion, including an increase in patent licensing revenue and sales of Windows Phone licenses.’ Microsoft did not report Windows Phone revenues separately in its last year’s report, so […]

Britvic replaces Blackberry with Windows Phones

Britvic replaces Blackberry with Windows Phones

Britvic Soft Drinks, whose brands include Tango, Pepsi and 7UP in the UK, has replaced Blackberry for the business smartphone for its employees with Nokia Lumia Windows Phones. Britvic is now halfway through a rollout of 800 Nokia Lumia 720 smartphones. A key factor in Britvic’s switch to Lumia is the Windows Phone 8 platform […]

Lenovo to join Windows Phone makers?

Lenovo to join Windows Phone makers?

According to the Chinese language WPDang, Lenovo is set to release a high end Windows Phone later in 2013. The handset, which may have the code name Lenovo Aupres (or Lenovo Snoopy – according to evLeaks) is said to have a Quad-core processor, 1080P screen which is 4.7 inch or 5 inch, and will be […]

New Nokia China head calls for app developers

New Nokia China head calls for app developers

Nokia China, together with China’s biggest telecom operator – China Mobile Ltd – has launched a campaign challenging Windows Phone app developers in China to come up more than 1,000 ideas for new apps, reports China Daily. Nokia’s newly appointed general manager in China, Erik Bertman, launched the scheme which has a four month deadline. […]

Why Nokia chose Windows Phone over Android

Why Nokia chose Windows Phone over Android

Why did Nokia choose Windows for its smartphones when it killed off Symbian? It held talks with Google about choosing Android, but in the end elected to sign a deal with Microsoft. We now know the answer thanks an interview with Nokia chief Stephen Elop in The Guardian. ‘I’m very happy with the decision we […]

FM Radio on Windows Phone

FM Radio on Windows Phone

Windows developer Nithin Mohan, in his latest blog update, writes of having discovered that Microsoft has updated the windows phone 8 history page with details of what appear to upcoming features. ‘One interesting feature included among them,’ says Nithin, ‘is FM Radio support, which was earlier announced by Nokia – that all their Lumia handsets […]

Ballmer gears up Microsoft for battle

Ballmer gears up Microsoft for battle

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has realigned his company for the head to head battle with Apple and Google. Key among his changes are breaking down the walls between operating divisions and dealing with technology horizontally rather than in siloes. In the new structure there will be four groups, bringing together engineers working on operating […]

Microsoft doubles support time for Windows Phone

Microsoft doubles support time for Windows Phone

Microsoft is to increase the length of its support from 18 months to 36 months, saysTony Mestres, vice president of Windows Phone partner and channel marketing. Beginning with Windows Phone 8 the company says it will make updates, including security updates, available for 36 months. As well as longer support, Microsoft will also be releasing […]

Microsoft may put Windows chief in charge says Bloomberg

Microsoft may put Windows chief in charge says Bloomberg

We don’t usually publish rumours on Windows Phone News but the normally reliable Bloomberg has reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is considering putting Windows chief Julie Larson-Green in charge of hardware engineering for the whole company. Ballmer is widely tipped to reveal a reorganization as early as next week that lines up with his […]

Nokia buys out Siemens in Networks

Nokia buys out Siemens in Networks

Nokia has agreed to pay €1.7 billion to Siemens to take over their joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks. The companies say they expect to close the deal before the end of September. Nokia will pay Siemens €1.2 billion in cash and the outstanding €0.5 billion will be paid as a secured loan from Siemens. Nokia […]