Category: Windows Phone

A Windows Phone DIY exercise to build the Xbox Portable

What happens when I take a Windows Phone, strip out as much software as possible, and focus on building a ‘portable Xbox’ console? All About Windows Phone has more… If there’s been a flawed jewel in the crown of Windows Phone, it’s been the Xbox Live branding. Putting one of the most popular and successful gaming brands into a smartphone was a strong statement of intent all those years ago, but only now is it starting to deliver the quality and named titles that are expected. So what can you do with a standard Windows Phone to give it a

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Would you prefer the Nokia 2014 or BlackBerry 2014 solution

Following on from Reuters report that BlackBerry’s potential buyers would prefer an asset stripping exercise to turn a profit while shutting down BlackBerry, I wonder if the fate of Nokia is preferable to BlackBerry. Yes, Nokia will be out of the phone making business (contractually until at least 2016), but it still has a viable business plan, with income generating divisions, and the opportunity to reinvent itself and provide ongoing shareholder value. Faced with tough choices, the romantic in me prefers the solution the Nokia board has found.

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CNET’s incredibly balanced Apple vs Nokia smartphone comparison

See if you can spot the issue: It’s a $100 handset showdown — CNET compares Apple’s iPhone 5C with Motorola and HTC’s own Mini versions of their flagships, as well as the Nokia Lumia 520. That’s right, it’s the subsidy level. While all those handsets in the distorted US market are $99 plus the ongoing cost, SIM free the Nokia Lumia 520 is around $140, while the iPhone 5c is around $550. I guess a $400 price difference is a fair fight for CNET. What’s next, a $200 Ebay challenge with the PlayStation 4 duking out a ZX Spectrum?

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Why Samsung will continue to build Windows Phone devices

Will there be another Samsung Windows Phone handset? Yes. Will it feel a little bit ‘meh’ when compared to the latest handsets from Nokia Microsoft? More than likely. Will it feel like Samsung isn’t putting an effort into getting consumers to buy the handset? Yes. But then, that’s not why Samsung is involved with Windows Phone. Samsung is part of Windows Phone 8, they have handsets, and very little marketing but they are there (and outselling HTC into the bargain). In my opinion, they’re not there for consumers, but to gather information and keep a check on Microsoft’s mobile plans,

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Let’s dream about a Nokia/Jolla collaboration in 2016

I’ve done some speculation over on Forbes: It’s a long road for Jolla, but if they can make a success of their first handset during the first half of 2014, and work on a second handset for late 2015, then the boutique smartphone manufacturer will become a very attractive property either for an IPO or a buy-out by a larger company who wants to get into the smartphone game. Or a company that wants to return to the smartphone game. At this point this is nothing more than speculation, but it’s speculation that many people are quietly making. Nokia’s Board

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“Two mobile companies, both alike in dignity, In fair Redmond and Espoo, where we lay our podcast”

[audio:http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/108699020-rafeblandford-aawp-insight-74-microsoft-and.mp3] The AAWP podcast spent all of yesterday’s show talking over the Microsoft/Nokia deal in some detail, with Rafe lending a lot of detail, numbers, and insight, while I focussed on the conspiracy theories, mad plans, and a bit of Shakespeare.

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