Microsoft Store will stop pushing app updates to Windows 8.x phones next summer, Windows 8.x computers in 2023

If you’re one of the handful of folks still using a smartphone running Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1, starting next summer it’s going to be an even less useful operating system than it already is. On July 1st, 2019, the Microsoft Store will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x. Developers will […]

Windows Phone 8.1 APIs hint at upcoming smartwatches, accessories

There’s a growing number of smartwatches that you can pair with an iPhone or Android devices to view notifications, control music playback, or perform other actions without touching your phone. Soon we may start to see smartwatches for Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system as well. Microsoft has begun rolling out a preview of Windows Phone […]

Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana voice assistant

The next version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system includes a new pull-down “Action Center” similar to the notification trays available on Android an iOS devices, a customizable lock screen, and a new voice-powered digital assistant called “Cortana.” Microsoft is introducing Windows Phone 8.1 to developers, and it’s expected to be available to the public in […]

Lilbits (2-12-2014): LG G2 shrinks down, becomes a G2 mini

Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks away, and you can expect an onslaught of smartphone and tablet news to come out of Barcelona in late February. But plenty of companies are getting a head start by announcing that they’ll be have announcements. Case in point: Meet the LG G2 Mini. While LG hasn’t […]

Lilbits (11-14-2013): Google Android 4.4 KitKat factory images released

Google started rolling out over-the-air software updates bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to its latest tablets this week. Now the company has also posted factory images online, which means it’s relatively safe to start building or installing custom ROMs and mucking about in other ways — since there’s now a way to grab the stock images […]