Windows Phone

Microsoft restructuring to cut 7,800 jobs in phone hardware business

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Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Devices & Services business in April 2014 for US$7.2 billion. Only months later, it announced major job cuts in its new business unit. The company today announced further restructuring with a 7,800 job reduction primarily in its phone business to “better focus and align resources.” It will also record an impairment charge of approximately US$7.6 billion related […]

Microsoft readying Android-powered Lumia smartphone and Surface Mini tablet?

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The week kicks off with a couple of interesting rumours courtesy of @evleaks. The first suggests that Microsoft could soon release an Android-powered Lumia smartphone while the second indicates that Microsoft will release the Surface Mini tablet after all. Should Microsoft release an Android-powered Lumia device, it could represent a seismic shift at Microsoft. The Lumia brand has been used […]

Microsoft to improve Windows Phone anti-theft features

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Additional anti-theft features are coming to Windows Phone after Microsoft signed on to the CTIA’s Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment back in April. The company this week announced that it will enahnce its “Find My Phone” service with the following capabilities: Remotely erase personal data from the smartphone Render the smartphone inoperable by unauthorized users, except the ability to call 911 […]

Rumours of upcoming Sony Windows Phone device resurface


Rumours that Sony would release a Windows Phone device have surfaced on a regular basis. They go back to July 2010 and Windows Phone 7 and most recently popped up again this year in early January following confirmation that Sony was talking to Microsoft about potentially using Windows Phone 8 for devices to launch in mid-2014. A tweet yesterday by […]

Nokia to hold “More Lumia” event on April 2

Nokia "More Lumia" April 2014 event

As rumours just days ago predicted, Nokia is headed to Microsoft’s Build 2014 conference and will hold an event called “more Lumia” there on April 2. Nokia today posted an invitation for the event on its Nokia Conversations blog. Following the launch of its Android-powered Nokia X line of entry-level smartphones, this event will focus on its Windows Phone Lumia […]

Huawei drops plans for dual-OS smartphone

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A week after announcing that it was planning to release a dual-OS smartphone, it appears that Huawei has had a change of heart. A statement sent to FierceWireless earlier this week indicates that Huawei will remain focused on single-OS devices: “Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach towards mobile operating systems to provide a range of choices for consumers. […]

Huawei to launch dual-OS smartphone with Android and Windows Phone

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Hardware manufacturers continue to explore the possibilities of offering dual-booting capabilities on their mobile devices. While tablets such as the ASUS Tranformer Book Duet have garnered most of the attention, smartphones could also offer such capabilities. In fact, the Geeksphone Revolution already offers something like that with Android and Boot2Gecko by Mozilla. It may soon be joined by Huawei. The […]