Microsoft seems to finally be giving us what we have waited a long time for, a new flagship smartphone! The handset is said to be the Lumia 940 XL, which will be the company's first such device since taking over Nokia's devices and services division. Indeed, it will be the first Windows flagship since the HTC One M8 for WP and the first to carry the Lumia branding since the Lumia 930 (Icon).
The next year is hugely important for Microsoft. The company is launching Windows 10 Mobile later in the year, while new devices and flagships are certainly on the way alongside the fresh OS. However, Redmond may have to take a significant loss as it seems as though the company?s handsets are not selling as well as what was expected when Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices and services business.
Windows 10 will be launching next month, but we will have to wait until the fall to get the mobile version of the platform. Windows 10 Mobile will arrive in the third quarter and is potentially the most complete mobile operating system Microsoft has ever made. It certainly looks nice judging by these leaked images of build number 10149, which will not actually be the final offering from Redmond.
Verizon has announced that it will begin carrying the Microsoft Lumia 735, with the U.S. based carrier selling the smartphone from today onwards. That means that Big Red is the only carrier in the United States to be offering Microsoft mid-range device that used to be called the Nokia Lumia 735 before Microsoft rebranded it.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is still arguably the best camera experience you can have on a smartphone, despite the fact the device is two years old. Built by Nokia, the follow up will be made by Microsoft after it bought the Finnish company's devices and services division. It now seems as though the follow up is close to being launched.
Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 10 will be launching on July 29th, but the company has yet to offer an official date for Windows 10 Mobile. PC?s and tablets will be getting the full Windows 10 OS during July, but the mobile version is going to land at a later date. According to a report today from Neowin suggests that Windows 10 Mobile will be launched in September.
Windows Phone isn't really the platform you go to for flagship kicks. Sure, the HTC One M8 for Windows is a fine high end device, as are the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 at a push, but for the most part the platform is littered with budget handsets. It is a trend that started when Nokia rejuvenated Windows Phone, and it has continued in earnest since Microsoft bought the Lumia division.
Microsoft is continuing to flesh out its plans for Windows 10, with the company confirming today that there will be seven different SKUs of the platform. Of course, our primary concern is the mobile oriented version, which will be ushered in later in the year as a replacement for Windows Phone 8. It has been assumed that either Windows Phone 10 or just Windows 10 would be used for the name, but it will actually be called Windows 10 Mobile Microsoft announced.
We have heard rumors for several months that LG is returning to the Windows Phone fold after a considerable absence. The Korean company is ready to give the platform another chance just before Microsoft transitions from Windows Phone 8 to Windows 10. Today there are reports saying that the so called LG Lancet (LG-VW820) will be landing on Verizon, the biggest carrier in the United States.
If you own a Nokia Lumia 1020, you probably thought you would never see the Lumia Denim update, which always struck as strange considering it's is one of the high end Windows Phone handsets. Well, the very long wait is finally over as the AT&T variant of the Lumia 1020 is getting the Lumia Denim, which means other versions of the handset should also be getting the update in due course.