With Windows 10 due to launch today, it seems Microsoft may have a few surprises up its sleeve, including a rumored smartphone that will also have laptop capabilities. A "phone-laptop" hybrid, but that of course does not mean that the company will launch a laptop sized smartphone, quite the opposite in fact.
Microsoft's new Lumia Denim update has already rolled out to a few of the company's smartphones, with a small group boasting the software. Redmond has now said the update that combines Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 with some Lumia exclusive goodies will be heading to even more devices in the coming weeks.
Microsoft launched two devices today, the Lumia 435 and this, the Lumia 532, a handset that has shown up numerous times in leaks. The smartphone has been given an official release by Redmond and it is yet another budget attack, leaving us wondering just how many budget devices Microsoft now has... a flagship would be nice guys.
Microsoft has had its own smartphone division for half a year now after buying Nokia's devices business. However, while big markets await that killer flagship, Redmond is continuing to dabble in the entry level, a price bracket that has admittedly served Windows Phone better than others. The latest handset is the Microsoft Lumia 435, and in the world of Lumia the lower the number the lower the specs, so this 435 is a budget device.
The Microsoft/Nokia Lumia 1330 looks like it is going to get a single SIM version soon after a device with the model number RM-1062 has been passed through the FCC. This is the Lumia 1335, and as is normally the case the plus 5 numbering usually means something with SIM card of LTE variations.
Windows Phone has oft been accused of lagging behind iOS and Android in terms of apps, games, and services. It is an accurate assessment, but at the same time Microsoft has being doing a good job of bringing its platform up to speed. Windows Phone users now have a new toy to play with after WatchESPN was launched on the platform.
The Microsoft Lumia 735 was announced back in September, and alongside the Lumia 830 and 730 it was the first smartphone that Microsoft had built with its new Nokia toy. Microsoft claimed that it would arrive in the United States at some point, with the company listing the handset as "coming soon" on its US website. Major carriers like Sprint and Verizon also listed the smartphone.
Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 earlier in the year, a platform that will unify the Windows name across all form factors, bringing the same experience whether you are on PC or smartphone. The software will arrive in 2015 (likely at the end of the year) and according to ZDNet, Windows 10 will ditch one of Windows' most famous companions.
A number of Nokia's (now Microsoft's) Lumia handsets are getting the bump to the new Lumia Denim software in Malaysia. The handsets in question are the Nokia Lumia 525, Nokia Lumia 720, and Nokia Lumia 620, and all are now receiving the build number 8.10.14219.341 of Denim. The update is arriving OTA and I presume this means it is ready to sweep worldwide.
Nokia is slowly removing itself form Microsoft. Of course, the company sold its devices division to Redmond earlier in the year and since then Nokia has been distancing itself from both Microsoft and the Windows Phone platform. There has been an Android launcher app (the amazing Z Launcher), an Android running tablet, and now the company has said it will no longer develop the HERE Maps suite for Microsoft's Lumia smartphones.