Android 5.0 Lollipop and iOS 8 may have been stealing the limelight recently, but there is another major platform update on the way. Microsoft has been preparing the latest update for its Lumia smartphones and revealed on Twitter today that, "roll out soon following testing and operator approvals."
Microsoft's Band has been with us a couple of weeks now and it has managed to be a dividing device. Microsoft says it has sold well, while some reports say stock was very limited, while the general consensus seems to be that the wearable is very much a first device in an evolution. It feels like a prototype many reviews have said, but after spending some time with it I think it is more of a vehicle for Microsoft's Health suite.
Microsoft was speaking in Germany and had plenty to say about Windows Phone and its newly acquired line of Lumia devices. The giant claimed that 50 million Lumia devices have now been activated, but of course most of those sales are thanks to Nokia and not Microsoft, with Redmond only buying the Finnish company's phone business this year.
Microsoft's first ever wearable (the Microsoft Band) has been available for a couple of weeks now and it went of stock rather quickly. So, does that mean that it was a big success or were there only limited numbers of the product released for sale? Well, that depends on who you listen to.
Microsoft has done well through the quarters this year, but a change of CEO has brought another change of strategy for the company, while the Windows Phone platform has struggled to gain ground in mature markets.
Black Friday is nearly upon us and companies, carriers, and retailers are all slashing the prices on products, so if you want a bargain now is the time to grab one. Of course, you can rely on MobileBurn to tell you the what, when, and how much with our Black Friday deals guide. As there are some other offers this week aside from Black Friday deals, we decided to throw them in too. Be sure to check back throughout the week as we update the article with fresh bargains.
Microsoft has released its newest smartphone today in the shape of the budget oriented Lumia 535, the first device to come without the Nokia branding. Microsoft decided to ditch the world famous name in favour of carving its own reputation under its own branding, so let?s meet the Microsoft Lumia 535.
One of the reasons why Microsoft?s decent Windows Phone platform has failed to ignite in mature markets is because it lacks the backing of some serious high end hardware. The Lumia 930 is a fine device, but it is not an all-out blockbuster. The HTC One M8 for WP is, but it is current alone as a true flagship choice on Microsoft's platform. However, that is about to change it seems.
Microsoft's first smartphone without Nokia branding passed through a Chinese regulator recently and inevitably leaked online. The handset is now getting an official release date, with Microsoft confirming the Lumia device known as RM-1090 will be launched on November 11th. However, if you are waiting on a Windows Phone handset to stand out from the crowd you will have to wait longer as this is not it.
No big press event, no showbiz style launch, but Microsoft has entered the wearable market today, although don't call its "Microsoft Band" a smartwatch. Interestingly, Redmond has avoided the urge to compete with Android Wear and the Apple Watch with a full wrist accessory and is instead targeting the fitness crowd with the Microsoft Band.