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Microsoft, Xiaomi to offer Windows 10 update for some Android phone

There’s not much difference between the hardware on a smartphone running Android, Windows Phone, or other modern mobile operating systems. That’s why it was relatively trivial for HTC to launch both Android and Windows versions of its flagship smartphone last year. Now Microsoft is going one step further by partnering with Chinese phone maker Xiaomi […]

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Report: Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant heading to Android, iOS

Apple’s phones and tablets have Siri. Google Android has “OK Google.” And Windows Phone has Cortana. But the lines might get blurry soon. Reuters reports that Microsoft plans to launch Cortana apps for Android and iOS. Cortana is Microsoft’s voice assistant software which lets you search the web, set reminders, initiate phone calls, and much […]

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Lilbits (3-06-2015): Will you need a Nexus 6 to use Google’s cellular network?

Google plans to launch a wireless network soon — but it won’t be a rival to AT&T or Verizon. Instead, Google’s Sundar Pichai has said it’ll be a small-scale effort to test new technology that lets phones seamlessly transition from WiFi to 4G LTE. How small scale? Well, it’s not clear what geographic markets the […]

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Hack lets you install Windows 10 on unsupported phones

Last week Microsoft released a technical preview of Windows 10 for smartphones. But so far the company only officially supports a handful of devices. If you don’t have one of those phones, you can’t simply sign up for the Windows Insider Program and install an over-the-air software update. But if you’re willing to hack your phone (and […]

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Windows 10 coming to “majority” of Lumia phones

Microsoft will launch a preview of Windows 10 for phones in February, with the full version of the software expected to roll out later this year. So what does that mean for folks with smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1? According to Microsoft’s Chris Weber, “the majority of Lumia phones” that are already running Windows 8 or […]

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Alcatal OneTouch PIXI smartphones runs Android, Windows, or Firefox OS

Alcatel OneTouch is launching a new line of smartphones that will come in a range of screen sizes and offer a choice of 3 operating systems: the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 will support Android, Windows, or Firefox OS. Update: Not surprisingly, Alcatel OneTouch doesn’t plan to let you load your choice of operating systems on the […]

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Microsoft releases Denim Update for select Lumia phones

Microsoft is starting to roll out the Denim software update for Lumia phones that the company first unveiled in September. The new software is based on Windows 8.1, but it adds improvements to the camera and Cortana voice assistant, among other things. The Denim update is initially available for the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia 1520, […]

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Lumia gesture controls let you answer calls by picking up a phone

Microsoft is introducing a new beta app for recent Lumia smartphones that lets you perform some key actions without touching the screen. For example you can answer a ringing phone by holding it to your ear, switch to speakerphone by placing the phone face up on a table, or mute the microphone by placing it face […]

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Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant now speaks 6 languages

Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant for Windows Phone devices is sort of the company’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Google’s voice search feature. You can ask a Windows Phone device questions, make notes, set reminders, and more. Up until recently Cortana has only supported English and Chinese, but now Microsoft is adding initial support for four more languages. […]

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Microsoft Lumia 535 is an entry-level Windows Phone (without Nokia branding)

The Lumia 535 is Microsoft’s first Windows Phone handset that won’t have the Nokia name on it. The phone is an entry-level device with a 5 inch IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, and 5MP front and rear cameras. It should be available in parts of Asia and Europe soon for about 110 Euros, […]

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Roku adds screen mirroring, casting from Android, Windows, and Windows Phone

Roku makes some of the most popular devices for streaming internet video on a TV. Now you can also use a Roku as a sort of wireless display for your phone, tablet, or PC. Blogger Dave Zatz uncovered support documents that show screen mirroring and video casting features are on the way. Update: It’s official. Roku has […]