Time to check in on the performance of Windows Phone, the third placed platform in the market that seems to hold steady without ever testing Android and iOS. That is not going to change anytime soon, but Microsoft announced its fiscal third quarter results and revealed that it sold 8.6 million Windows Phone smartphones through the three month period.
Microsoft's Build 2015 developer conference is just around the corner, but with invitations already snapped up in January, the doors are already closed. This is the event is where Microsoft typically announces the bulk of its core products. Sure, the company will make announcements sporadically at other events, but Build is where it is at if you want the low down on Microsoft for the next year.
Microsoft's MWC announced Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL have launched this week, with India the first market to get the mid-range pair. The handsets have also landed in the UK, one of the few major global markets where Windows Phone devices have done okay.
T-Mobile has confirmed it will carry the Lumia 640, a smartphone that Microsoft announced at the Mobile World Conference alongside the Lumia 640 XL. T-Mobile has listed the Lumia 640, confirming that it will offer the LTE variant of the handset, but on the company's official website it is listed as "coming soon".
Microsoft has said that Windows 10 will be launching a massive 190 countries around the globe "this summer". That is earlier than the end of year launch that was expected and will truly bring the new multi-platform OS to the masses, with the software set to arrive in 111 different languages.
The recently announced Lumia 435 from Microsoft is beginning to roll out, with Ireland being the latest country to get the device. UK based retailer Tesco Ireland is selling the Lumia 435 for a bargain price equivalent to $84, which is no surprise as this is a entry level handset. The decently spec'd (for the price) device is also running the latest version of Windows Phone, 8.1 with Lumia Denim, and will also be in line for Windows 10 for Mobile when it launches later this year.
Microsoft backed up the launch of the Lumia 640 with a phablet version of the same device, the aptly named Lumia 640 XL. It may not be the flagship device we all want from Redmond, but there is no doubting that the Lumia brand continues to deliver quality rounded smartphones.
Microsoft announced a couple of new handsets today and once again skipped over the flagship market, but more on that later. Redmond did have yet another budget handset to unveil in the typically colorful form of the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. Both smartphones were announced at the company's Mobile World Conference event in Barcelona.
Samsung and HTC will be the ones to watch at MWC next week, but there will be other major companies launching smartphones at the event. Chief among those is Microsoft, with Redmond likely to announce a number of new handsets from its Lumia range. However, if you are pining after a flagship device from the company, then you may be left wanting.
The Nokia Lumia Icon is a pretty standard mid-range device these days, but it is a good smartphone and is the closest you will get to a flagship (with the Lumia 1520) that Microsoft currently has on its portfolio. The Verizon version of the Icon is now coming up to date in terms of software with Microsoft and Big Red issuing the new Lumia Denim for Windows Phone 8.1 update.