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Windows Phone 8.1 Review: most of the things wrong with Windows have been fixed
By Andrew Kameka on Monday April 14, 2014

There's always been an excuse to not use Windows Phone. With Windows Phone 8.1, which tries to plug in many of the weakspots of the operating system, the list of reasons not to use it is getting smaller.

Cortana Beta Review: Microsoft goes in search of a better personal assistant for smartphones
By Andrew Kameka on Monday April 14, 2014

It's not Siri, it's Cortana. Microsoft's intention to build an assistant with personality aims to be something more special than Siri, and the beta version of the feature shows that's it's already more than halfway there.

China says yes to Nokia-Microsoft deal
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 08, 2014

China's Ministry of Commerce has approved Nokia's sale of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft. China is the latest regulator to approve the transaction, a process that took longer than expected because of approval issues in some parts of Asia. Microsoft and Nokia must still close the deal once all the necessary approvals are obtained, but Nokia anticipates the $7.2 billion deal being finalized at some point this month. Once completed, Nokia's handset division, product pipeline, and manufacturing assets will be run by former CEO and current Microsoft executive Stephen Elop.

Nokia Lumia 930 will take the Icon global, Cyan will bring Windows Phone 8.1 to all WP 8 Lumias
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 02, 2014

Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 930, an international version of the recently released (and reviewed) Lumia Icon. It also announced that all of its products would receive the "Cyan" update to add new Windows Phone 8.1 features to the device.

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 and reveals UI changes, Cortana personal assistant, gesture keyboard, and more
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 02, 2014

At its Build Conference in New York today, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 revealed it will be distributed in a few months. The company also highlights that these features are slated to arrive in a few months.

Facebook Messenger arrives for Windows Phone 8
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday March 05, 2014

Windows Phone 8 users now have a dedicated Facebook Messenger app rather than the old solutions of using the Facebook app or the Messaging Hub. The switch to a standalone app includes new support for stickers and photos, and lets users jump right to messages rather than rely on the app. More importantly, it makes it easier to distribute updates when new features are added. It's far easier to issue app updates than it is to issue firmware updates when the messaging client is updated. Redundancies are created in notifications, so users will need to turn off message notifications in Facebook and Windows Phone if they were previously enabled.

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Cortana leak shows a few details on Microsoft's answer to Google Now
By Andrew Kameka on Monday March 03, 2014

One of the marquee features from Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 is the rumored voice search assistant, Cortana, which is expected to have some the context-aware features that make Google Now so attractive.

Nokia Lumia Icon Review: Verizon does Windows Phone better than before
By Andrew Kameka on Friday February 28, 2014

Windows Phone fandom hasn't been very kind to Verizon in the past. Nokia and Verizon must have realized a change was necessary because the companies opted not to name its latest Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon, with the same naming conventions.It's a fitting switch, because this isn't a by the numbers smartphone.

BBM coming to Windows Phone later this year
By Andrew Kameka on Monday February 24, 2014

BlackBerry Messenger will complete its cross-platform hat trick and arrive on Windows Phone at an undisclosed date later this year. Having already made the jump to Android and iOS last year, BBM will support the Windows Phone platform in the summer. That's a very long time to wait, especially considering the continued growth of WhatsApp and the impending launch of Facebook Messenger. BBM will face even stiffer competition when it launches later this year, but the app's spread to Android and iOS has lead to millions of new users.

Microsoft "seriously considers" bringing Android apps to Windows Phone
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday February 12, 2014

Microsoft might do the unthinkable - make it possible for Android apps to run on its Windows Phone operating. Is this a good strategy or the first step toward Microsoft admitting defeat in the smartphone world?

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