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Why are Microsoft pushing Xbox Live to Android

Since launch, Windows Phone has always had the games under the Xbox Live banner. So why release one of their own Xbox Live titles on Android? The smart thing to do would be to build up an Xbox ecosystem over a number of mobile platforms which includes Windows Phone. Microsoft’s work with Unity to help the cross-platform development tool is probably the biggest signpost. By growing Xbox as a whole, but working with a middleware engine that allows fast cross-porting between Windows Phone, iOS, and Android, Microsoft can increase the reach of the gaming brand, and at the same time

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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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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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BlackBerry and the momentum of hesitation

Morgan Stanley are ‘holding off’ on a move to BB10 (as a company they are heavy BB7 users). The reason of course is the long0term support of the platform, which is tied up in the long-term survival of BlackBerry as a company. Developers are hesitant to switch fully to BB10, relying on cross-platform tools such as Unity in the meantime; business clients are hesitant to sign up lengthy support contracts that will impact on their IT department for years; and the high street seems to be turning away from the physical keyboard on the Q10 and Q5. BlackBerry’s quarterly result

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Windows Phone and the Unity engine

Unity arrived on Windows Phone 8 in October last year, and I spoke to Tony Garcia about the project’s past, present, and future, for All About Windows Phone: Unity has ensured that the Unity environment for Windows Phone offers the same facilities, tools, and code, as iOS and Android. The hard work to ensure the ‘author once, deploy anywhere’ concept applies equally well to the mobile platforms (BlackBerry 10 is also supported). Of course, there are always wrinkles, for example deploying to the Windows Phone Store is not the same as to the Apple App Store or Google Play, but

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Nokia needs Lumia to eat Asha as quickly as possible

If Nokia’s feature phones are going to be cannibalized, the perfect company to do that is… Nokia. Nokia’s feature phone strength has always had an impact on its  financials, and the Asha range has continued that tradition. But with mobile phone volumes down 27% year on year (reported during the Q2 2013 results), the impact may be lessening… Which is why the rapidly dropping price of Nokia’s low-end Windows Phone handsets is worth noting. Nokia knows that sales of mobile handsets are flowing away from it – and if anyone is going to cannibalise Nokia’s mobile phone sales, I’m pretty

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