There's a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding Windows 10 at the moment, which is understandable since Microsoft just finished revealing a bunch of extra details at a scheduled press event. However, if you direct your attention to Microsoft's Lumia Conversations blog, there's a bit of a buzz-kill for Windows Phone owners. Specifically, Microsoft said that not all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will see an upgrade to Windows 10, even though it previously said they would.
Low cost device represents a significant mobile play
Entry level handsets launched in emerging markets don't typically elicit too much attention, though in this case, there's a reason why some people are making a big deal out of Samsung's latest smartphone. The Samsung Z1, launched today in New Delhi, runs the company's own Tizen operating system, which is indicative of Samsung wanting to groom new users and markets on something other than Android.
Microsoft recently revealed some interesting stats and trends about Windows and Windows Phone, and among them is a tidbit that Windows Phone app developers may want to pay attention to. As it turns, most Windows Phone app downloads come from so-called "low memory" devices. On Windows Phone 7.x devices, low memory refers to having 256MB or less of RAM, and 512MB or less on Windows Phone 8.x handsets.
Well, it's official -- BlackBerry (the company formerly known as Research In Motion, or RIM) launched its BlackBerry Classic today, a "no-nonsense" phone that harkens back to the Canadian handset maker's glory days with a physical QWERTY keyboard and built-in trackpad. It also sports several modern amenities and upgrades to go along with its keyboard, like a browser that's three times faster compared to the BlackBerry Bold 9900.
A possible look at Samsung's Galaxy S6 specifications
The Galaxy S6 could end up being Samsung's most important smartphone release in quite some time. There's certainly a lot riding on the release -- faced with lower than expected revenues from the Galaxy S5 not selling as well as the company hoped, a few heads in management rolled during a recent restructuring effort. Samsung chief J.K. Shin managed to avoid the axe and was given another chance, though his job could be on the line if the Galaxy S6 doesn't turn things around. With that in mind, we have some possible specs of the Galaxy S6 to share.
The one catch with Android is that it sometimes takes a long time for new builds to trickle down to handsets that Google isn't in direct control of. That's been the case with Samsung's Galaxy handsets as well, though surprisingly, Android 5.0 Lollipop is already being unwrapped on the Galaxy S5. We say "surprisingly" because this is the first time Samsung has pushed out a major new update this soon since being released.
In what might be the boldest move yet by a wireless carrier, Sprint today announced it will cut in half the monthly rate plan for Verizon and AT&T customers if they jump ship and swim to Sprint beginning Friday, December 5. It's called the "Cut Your Bill in Half Event," and customers who make the switch will get unlimited talk and text in the U.S., regardless of their current plan, plus the same data allowance that they're currently receiving, for half of whatever they're paying.
Amazon is having itself a Fire sale of sorts -- Fire Phone, that is. You can now grab Amazon's Fire Phone with 32GB for just $199 off-contract, the lowest price yet for the company's first real foray into the smartphone business. It's also been a rather forgettable one, with Amazon earlier this month letting it be known that it was sitting on $83 million in unsold Fire Phone inventory.
BlackBerry, or the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), is trying to become the comeback kid by returning to its roots. The BlackBerry Classic, now available to pre-order for $499 (CDN) or $449 (USD), is a departure from BlackBerry's recent attempts to compete in the mobile market with more traditionally styled smartphones and is a throwback to old school BlackBerry devices, but on a modern platform.
When Microsoft acquired Nokia's smartphone business for $7.2 billion earlier this year, part of the negotiated deal was that Microsoft could continue to use the Nokia branding for the next decade. Now just two months after officially closing the deal, Nokia is dead to Microsoft, now just a reminder of where it doesn't want to be in terms of market share. With that said, meet the budget-focused Microsoft Lumia 535, the company's first branded handset.