Windows Phone 8.1 might be in the pipeline for a launch, with many people looking forward to it, but there is more to it than that. Apparently, there are hints of Windows Phone 8.5 coming our way – yes sir, Windows Phone 8.5. This particular snippet of information was allegedly spotted on the Windows Phone emulator, where there is an indication that secondary live tiles might not make an appearance in in Windows Phone 8.5.
One of the advantages that Android has is that it has many, many OEM partners. In fact due to its open-source status, there are manufacturers who create Android devices and not necessarily with Google’s blessing either (missing Google services and Play Store), but the fact remains that Google’s reach is helped by its many manufacturing partners who create a range of devices for customers. Well it looks like Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform will be getting a new partner in the form of French OEM company, UCall, who will be announcing their new Windows Phone smartphone at MWC 2014.
In fact this Windows Phone handset will be UCall’s first Windows Phone device as the company has in the past only released Android phones. UCall’s Windows Phone efforts will be that of a low-cost device that will supposedly cost less than €100, so it will definitely be interesting to see what kind of specs it will pack, and how well it will be received. After all devices like the Nokia Lumia 520 have gone on to do very well for itself for being a budget handset, so perhaps UCall’s product will be able to achieve the same amount of success as well. No word on whether it will see a release outside of France, but check back with us during MWC 2014 for the details.
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One can be excused if they believe that Samsung only makes Android smartphones. The company is known around the world for the low-end, mid-range and high-end smartphones that it develops, all of which run on Google’s mobile operating system. Samsung’s Windows Phone devices aren’t that popular when compared to Nokia’s Lumia lineup, moreover, the company doesn’t exactly make dozens of WP smartphones every year. After quite a while, Samsung and Verizon have reportedly teamed up to develop a Windows Phone smartphone. Carrying model number SM-W750V, Samsung’s new WP smartphone has now made the compulsory layover at the FCC.
Sony had recently announced that they would be selling off their VAIO PC division to a Japanese investment firm who would continue producing VAIO computers, except that its availability would be limited to Japan at the moment. Considering that the VAIO PC division was pretty much the only division in Sony that ran Microsoft’s Windows platform, does that mean that Sony is done with Windows completely? Well yes and no. Speaking in Tokyo, Sony’s CEO Kazuo Hirai confirmed (via ASCII) that Windows for PC is not part of Sony’s future, but the good news is that they might not discount Windows for mobile entirely.
“Windows products will go to the new company,” he said, and at the same time reaffirmed Sony’s commitment to mobile, such as smartphones and tablets. “In the mobile arena, we decided that it is essential now to concentrate on smartphones and tablets.” Hirai goes on to state that “Microsoft has various OSes, including mobile. So, as Sony, we will consider new product development going forward,” hinting that Sony could consider the Windows Phone platform in the future. Assuming we are reading in between the lines correctly, this seems to corroborate the rumors that Sony could be looking to develop a Windows Phone handset (or handsets) for 2014.
Does Nokia have a new device in the works that has yet to be announced? At the moment we can only think of two devices that the Finnish company has yet to reveal: the Nokia Normandy and the Nokia Lumia Icon which is a Windows Phone handset destined for Verizon. While it looks like Nokia could be making the announcement soon thanks to a new teaser trailer that Nokia recently uploaded onto YouTube. The clip itself is relatively short and is about 15 seconds long. All the video contains is a sound of a car engine revving and the words, “Have you heard what’s coming?” and “See and hear what you’ve been missing.”
Of course the video could be talking about the Nokia Normandy, which is allegedly Nokia’s take on Android, but at the end of the video, a Windows Phone logo pops up which would then eliminate that possibility. The Lumia Icon, for those unfamiliar, is essentially a smaller version of the Lumia 1520. The device will share most of the Lumia 1520’s hardware specs, but instead of a giant 6-inch display, the Lumia Icon will pack a smaller and more manageable 5-inch display. The handset has been leaked multiple times and has even gone on sale in China, so we’re guessing an official reveal should be coming soon.
Back in the day of Windows Phone 7, Yahoo released a Flickr app for the platform but has not bothered to update the app since. Heck, even the design of the Windows Phone button on the Flickr website is that of the old one, and given that we’re approaching the release of Windows Phone 8.1, will Yahoo ever come around to updating its app for the Windows Phone platform? Sadly it appears that the answer is no, at least not anytime soon. This is according to a post by a Yahoo product support admin who responded to a question posed by a user back in 2013 (yes it took them that long to respond).
According to the admin, he replied by saying, “At this point, we are focusing our mobile development efforts on iPhone and Android apps. If this changes, we’ll let you know in the forum here.” Flickr was one of the more popular websites for sharing and hosting photos for websites back in the day. However with social media growing faster than ever, websites such as Facebook and Instagram started to overshadow it, which might explain why Yahoo might not see the app as a priority at the moment. In any case there are probably a handful of third-party alternatives if you really want to use Flickr, such as 2flicka and Flickr Central just to name a few.