Microsoft has just made its next-generation mobile operating system official, and Windows Phone 8 promises to get people talking with its hardware implications, mobile payments, and tighter relations to the Windows platform.… Read more
Windows Phone 8, code-named Apollo, will feature support for multicore processors, NFC with a mobile payments wallet, and support for three screen resolutions and microSD card slots.
Furthermore, the next Windows Phone OS will share a common kernel with the PC version of Windows 8, which will -- again, according to Microsoft -- allow for easier cross-platform software development between all versions of Windows 8.… Read more
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If you thought that Microsoft was done making news this week you'd be soundly mistaken.
Microsoft just pulled the wraps off its first tablet effort last night, and tomorrow, a different arm of the software giant could be preparing to do the same with Windows Phone.
A month ago, the above invitation arrived for a developers summit here in San Francisco.
This time, Redmond has been able to keep a fairly tight lid on its plans, but there are some rumors about what we can expect from tomorrow's all-day program.
Windows Phone 8, code-named Apollo, should headline the agenda. Microsoft has all but announced that future iterations of Windows Phone OS will support multicore … Read more
We can't get the Nokia Lumia 610 on our shores, but our CNET brethren across the pond has plenty to say on the handset we first saw at Mobile World Congress in February.
Compact and tautly aimed at a youthful market, the multi-hued Lumia 610 is Europe's least expensive Windows Phone yet, and as such, is a welcome addition to the budget smartphone market.
Sure, there are some weaker points with the handset as part of the cost trade-off. The biggest drawback is the 800MHz single-core processor and just 256MB of RAM. The nearly halved memory means not … Read more
The way I see it, there are three major draws to AT&T's Samsung Focus 2, a Windows phone that goes on sale May 20. First, there's the glossy-white design. Second there's the LTE compatibility, and third, and for some, most importantly, there's the $49.99 price.
The cameras and processor do a good job rounding out the midrange features, but there are a few ups and downs with the smartphone that you may want to keep in mind as you decide if this is one of the many Samsung Windows phones, or of AT&… Read more
Details are still sketchy on Nokia's Mobile World Congress plans, but there are a few more hints than when the company first made its intention to launch something known.
Nokia intends to introduce a minimum of one new high-end phone, according to Forbes, who cited an anonymous industry source.
Don't hold your breath that the handset in question is the Nokia Lumia 910 that was previously "leaked" on a Dutch Web site. While Nokia's PR division kept a strict policy not to comment on rumors or speculation, its head of Imaging Experience of the Nokia … Read more
commentary Let's get one thing straight. Microsoft's mobile operating platform isn't called "Windows Phone 7."
How do I know? Because Windows Phone 8 is right around the corner.
Yet "Windows Phone 7" is exactly how CEO Steve Ballmer introduced the platform and its first nine handsets in 2010, and it's how people have commonly referred to the operating system--including CNET.
It isn't that anyone who uses the phrase is wrong, it's that "Windows Phone 7"--or "WP7" in shorthand--refers to a specific version of the OS. … Read more
The latest Nokia Lumia rumor to bounce around the Web is none other than a slightly updated version of the Nokia Lumia, the 910, headed for Europe with a 12-megapixel camera.
The rumor originated in a tweet a few days back, then gained a little more credence when it popped up on a Dutch Web site with specs.
Who needs lumia 900 in june if they want to launch lumia 910 (12mpx) in may? Europe— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) January 24, 2012
Nokia is planning something at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, Spain. Of that I'm sure.
Usually the pre-trade-show teasers hint at one thing or another, but this one is frustratingly detail-free. If there's something we journalist types abhor, it's a lack of news clues.
Nokia did e-mail the press with invitations to a press conference on the show's opening day, February 27, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. local time. CNET will be there to cover it.
There are only a few reasons why a company would call a press conference, and … Read more