December 27, 2017 - Written By Manny Reyes WhatsApp has revealed that it plans to drop support for the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 as well as Windows Phone 8.0 and older by the end of the year. That means some capabilities of the Facebook-owned instant messaging app may no longer work as usual on those OS versions once support is ended on December 31, 2017. Keep in mind, however, that you will still be able to use the app on devices running those operating systems, though WhatsApp will no longer allow you to create new accounts or re-authenticate existing ones. While the WhatsApp support for the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 will retire by New Year’s eve, the app will still continue to work on Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020 as well as on Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018. The extension of support for Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older versions of Google’s mobile operating system until 2020 was announced in June of this year. … [Read more...] about WhatsApp To End Support For BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone 8.0
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Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Operating Systems, Joe Belfiore, revealed Windows Phone 8.1 during the Build 2014 conference in April. The new software is the first major revision of the mobile operating system since its launch, and brings with it a variety of new features, including a virtual assistant named Cortana. Here’s everything we know about the operating system so far: Updated on 11-10-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Windows Phone 8.1 will arrive on the Samsung Ativ S Neo from AT&T.When is it going to arrive?Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore wasn’t specific about Windows Phone 8.1’s arrival at its unveiling, and exact dates are still completely unknown. However, thanks to Nokia we have a few more details. Version 8.1 of the OS will arrive as part of Nokia’s Lumia Cyan software update, which is currently being tested by various American networks, and has already been made available for AT&T connected Lumia 1520 … [Read more...] about Windows Phone 8.1 Rollout: Update available for Ativ S Neo
Wow. Who knew one-tenth of a number could make such a difference?For the last week, we’ve been using Windows Phone 8.1, the next version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system, on a Nokia Lumia Icon, and boy are we impressed. We’ve been reviewing Windows Phones since 2010, but for the first time Microsoft may have finally caught up to its rivals. You heard it here first: Windows Phone is finally a good alternative to your iPhone, Galaxy, or Nexus.Windows Phone fans may argue that Microsoft’s OS has always been competitive, and we’d have a hard time arguing with them when it comes to aesthetics. Windows Phone has been the prettiest OS since its debut in 2010. But its features have always lagged behind. With 8.1, Microsoft has caught up, and we couldn’t be happier. Windows Phone 8.1 now has: Notifications that workEasy access to quick settingsFaster screen transition animationsA battery/data bar that doesn’t disappear on the top of the … [Read more...] about Hands-on with Windows Phone 8.1: Microsoft delivers
Windows Phone 8 launched in late 2012. It was another roll of the dice for Microsoft in the mobile space and it was fairly well received by the tech press. It’s a slick platform that’s packed with features and customization options. We’ve already discussed how to take a screenshot on a Windows Phone and we looked at five ways to customize your Windows Phone 8 start screen, but there’s always more to uncover.In this roundup we’ll explore some Windows Phone 8 tips and tricks. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments at the end. Updated on 4-03-2014 by Simon Hill: Updated to add tips on how to translate text, how to reply to calls with text messages, how to access multitasking, how to filter your contacts, how to access scientific calculator, and how to quickly swipe through photos.How to Customize your Start ScreenYou can change the size of tiles by holding your finger on them to activate edit mode. You can drag it around and tap the arrow at … [Read more...] about Windows Phone 8.1 is coming: Until then, enjoy some new tips for good ole’ WP8
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1, the first major update to the Windows Phone mobile operating system, introduces a virtual personal assistant named Cortana, several cool design tweaks, and a host of new features. If you’re wondering when it will arrive on your phone, or which phones about to go on sale will have the OS pre-installed, we’ve got all the information you need right here. Updated on 08-04-2014 by Andy Boxall: Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 is now being sent out to developers, and those already using the preview version of Microsoft’s new OS.Microsoft stays quiet, but Nokia keeps us informed about releaseMicrosoft has never been very forthcoming about the release date for Windows Phone 8.1, simply saying it would be out in the months after the Build 2014 event in April.Nokia has since provided far more information on the update. It has published details on which phones will be getting the OS, and how far along the development process is for … [Read more...] about Windows Phone 8.1: Update 1 software now available for Developer Preview users
Windows Phone 8 is here, along with a wide range of new and exciting hardware, all ready to potentially take the mobile world by storm during the next few months. But what about all those people who own a Windows Phone 7 device, who aren’t due for an upgrade or simply want to hang on to their perfect usable phones for a while longer?Microsoft has softened the blow of its abandonment with the promise of Windows Phone 7.8, a software update that will bring the new Start screen and a few other features to those phones running Windows Phone 7. Except since it was discussed back in the summer, Microsoft has said little more about the release, preferring to ask for our input on the features we’d like to see included instead.Maybe it was a bit too much to ask for the release date to be revealed during Windows Phone 8’s big moment earlier this week, but a throwaway sentence wouldn’t have hurt, and would have provided some relief to those expecting it. Instead, … [Read more...] about Now Windows Phone 8 is here, where’s Windows Phone 7.8? (Updated)
At a developer event in San Francisco yesterday, Microsoft previewed its upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform, which the company hopes to unveil in lock step with Windows 8 for ARM and Intel-based devices. Windows Phone 8 will mark a major step forward for the platform, shifting Windows Phone to the same underlying kernel and application development technologies used in the “real” versions of Windows, so developers will be able to leverage their Windows programming skills and tools to make mobile apps. Windows Phone 8 will also support a number of new technologies and form factors, so phone makers can put the mobile operating system on a broader array of devices — not just handsets, but probably some consumer-focused media tablets as well.But Windows Phone 8 will come with some huge costs. For Microsoft, Windows Phone 8 essentially represents a “do-over.” That Windows Phone platform it was touting a year ago as able to challenge iOS, Android, and RIM with … [Read more...] about Microsoft wants a do-over with Windows Phone 8, but is it too late?
At a press event in San Francisco today, Microsoft unveiled its forthcoming smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8. The OS revamp brings a number of new features — or, at least, they’re new to Windows Phone — including support for multi-core processors, NFC wallet payment functionality, Nokia maps, and a more-customizable Start screen. Below, a quick run-down of the new features promised for Windows Phone 8, which will begin shipping in devices this fall.1. Hardware support improvementsMult-core CPUs: Unlike Windows Phone 7, WP8 will support devices with multi-core processors. Microsoft says it will focus on WP8 functionality with dual-core devices, but will be able to support quad-core CPUs, or higher, as well. Good thing — Android already appears on quad-core handsets.Shared core with Windows 8: WP8 will share one of its cores with Windows 8, making it possible for developers to make apps that work with both operating systems.Micro-SD: Windows Phone 8 … [Read more...] about Microsoft Windows Phone 8: New Start screen, multi-core support, NFC, and more
“If at first you don’t succeed try, try, and try again.”It has been two years since Windows Phone launched, yet today it sits as a distant last place competitor in the smartphone market. Despite two years of effort, Microsoft now holds a lower market share than it did in 2010. Things couldn’t be much worse for Windows Phone. Later this month, we will see Microsoft’s third major push to gain momentum with its Android and iPhone alternative. No one can accuse Microsoft of not trying, but will its persistence and self-belief pay off with Windows Phone 8? Let’s take a closer look.From bad to worseYou may not believe it, but Windows Mobile once claimed a 42 percent share of the U.S. smartphone market — though it was a much smaller and much different market than the one we know today. Things began to change quickly when the iPhone came out in 2007, followed by Android in 2008. By 2009, Windows Mobile’s market share was down to 15 percent. … [Read more...] about Can Windows Phone 8 turn things around for Microsoft?
We’ve been speculating about the next versions of Windows Phone since 7.5 (Mango) came out in late 2011, and it looks like it might be worth the wait. PocketNow claims to have intercepted an official Microsoft video intended for Windows Phone partners like Nokia. In it, Windows Phone Manager Joe Belfiore goes over a lot of new features of the upcoming “Apollo” update, which appears to somewhat merge the Windows Phone OS with the core of Windows 8. Details below. (Update 5:30pm: Windows expert Paul Thurrott has posted more details about the new features in Windows 8. I’ve updated our story accordingly.)New FeaturesMulticore processors: Dual-core and, presumably, quad-core processors will be supported.microSD: Finally, Windows Phone will add support for SD storage devices.Higher screen resolutions: 4 new resolutions will be offered outside of 480×800 (current standard). We don’t know what they are yet, unfortunately.NFC: Near-field communication … [Read more...] about Windows Phone 8 details leak: Huge changes ahead (Updated)