The HTC One M8 for Windows brings many 'firsts' to the table, including support for the 801 chipset, duo camera and more. One of those originals is the ability to hide the Nav bar aka where the Start, Search and Back key reside. On previous Windows Phones these keys were part of the device, so that when the display is off they were still visible. Now with Windows Phone 8.1, manufacturers get the ability to use on-screen keys instead, cutting down costs and letting companies like HTC port over their Android phones with no change in the hardware.
Although phones like the Nokia Lumia 630 have on-screen keys, the HTC One for Windows adds a few options to the mix, including an auto-hide option. Here's how it all works.
The Lumia Cyan update is going wider and wider each day. Starting yesterday and into today, many countries in Europe and the Middle East began getting the dual 8.1 and firmware update to their phones. Lumia 920 owners can rejoice. Even if your country is not listed, you know it is getting close.
As usual, we have gone through and documented by region, country, and carrier those that are eligible for the Lumia Cyan update! For non-Lumia 920 users, you can check your phone on our Cyan tracker page.
Cases are always an optional accessory on phones, but the Dot View case for the HTC One M8 for Windows is much more than just protection. The case is interactive, showing owners useful information like the time, current temperature and the current conditions. The case is 'dot view' because of the mesh screen gives users a dot-matrix picture of that info.
On the new Windows Phone version, Microsoft and HTC added something unique to the equation: Cortana integration. Although all Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the US get Cortana, the HTC One (M8) for Windows goes a step further by adding a feature to the Dot View case. Users simply swipe down on the case when the phone is in standby, and Cortana comes to life.
When the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leaked back in February, double-tap to wake was seen in the documentation, suggesting that Nokia's tech was being opened to all OEMs. Fast-forward to August and HTC's new One for Windows is the first non-Lumia Windows Phone to feature this useful technology.
Double-tap to wake came to Nokia Lumias in mid-2013. The optional tool lets users tap their display twice when it is off, letting people turn on their phones without using the power-button. Double-tap has always been a useful feature, especially if you only have one-hand available and you would like to use your phone.
The HTC One (M8) for Windows is now available for those in the US on Verizon Wireless. In the coming months, other carriers, including AT&T, are set to launch the same flagship Windows Phone. The release of the HTC One (M8) for Windows is good news because with the cancellation of 'McLaren,' there are no flagship Lumias on the immediate horizon.
When it comes to hardware, the HTC One (M8) for Windows features some innovative specs, including a newer Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz along with the Adreno 330 GPU. The Lumia 1520 packs a still noteworthy – but older – Snapdragon 800 with a 2.2 GHz clock speed and Adreno 330 GPU.
Does it make it a difference? Indeed it does. The HTC One (M8) has become the second fastest smartphone in the world, and the fastest Windows Phone to date.
Attention UK residents looking for a new Windows Phone on the cheap: starting Friday the 22nd of August you'll be able to get the brand new Nokia Lumia 530 from Carphone Warehouse. The Windows Phone 8.1 handset can be had for as low as £10 a month (£0 upfront) with a 500MB/month tariff from Talkmobile, or on your choice of UK carrier (EE, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone all included).
HTC just announced their latest Windows Phone – the HTC One (M8) for Windows. It's the exact same phone as their HTC One (M8) that they released earlier this running Android. One area of the device that's really interesting is the camera. The HTC One M8 camera has received mixed reviews since it launched. So we decided to test it out for ourselves in a quick shootout with the Lumia Icon and Samsung ATIV SE.
As expected, HTC has just announced a new smartphone with Windows Phone called the HTC One M8 for Windows. The new device is the same as the HTC One M8 with Android, albeit it comes with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 preinstalled. The HTC One M8 for Windows is an exclusive device for U.S. carrier Verizon.
We are live in New York City to see what HTC is prepared to reveal to the world. Rumors of an HTC One M8 running WIndows Phone instead of Android is on top of the list, destined for Verizon Wireless in the US. Will it hold true and what else will they tell us? Tune in to find out.
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Microsoft has today announced availability for the Lumia 530 Windows Phone in the UK. Starting from September 4, consumers in the region will be able to pick up the smartphone from as little as £60. Taking the mobile experience to the next level with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update, the affordable mobile device is a superb investment for anyone looking for a cheaper option when it comes to smartphones.
Microsoft and the carriers have been busy pushing out the Lumia Cyan update for one of the most-prevalent Windows Phones to date, the Nokia Lumia 520 (and 520T in China). Although last week, we saw some carriers and countries in Europe being eligible for the Cyan update, starting Friday many more including Belgium, Croatia, Iceland and more have entered the 'available' list.
Additionally, countries like Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, and others in Africa are also now cleared for the Lumia Cyan and 8.1 updates. Finally, last week we saw Costa Rica get the update on Claro, but now the telecom has pushed an update to other countries in the region too, including Argentina, Guatemala and more.
Below you will find the current list of Lumia 520 updates by country and region.
The Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1 updates are going wider in the last few days. Over the last 24-hours, numerous tips have been coming in regarding wider availability of the updates for users who are still on Windows Phone 8.0.
Of interest is seeing the Lumia 520 go wider, especially in the Asia Pacific region and some countries in Africa. The Lumia 620, 720 and 820 are also seeing releases concentrated in Europe, for now. Finally, those who reside in the Russian Federation and Ukraine are getting their first taste of the Cyan as the Lumia 625, Lumia 1020, and Lumia 1320 are now getting updates in those areas.
Did your carrier make the cut? See our recent additions below, or head to our full tracker to see everything thus far.
It is just after 1PM Eastern Time, which means new OS updates are rolling out for those on Windows Phone. Today, we are getting many reports that the Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1 update is going out for those with a Lumia 1020 on AT&T (and presumably a few others worldwide).
As mentioned previously, if you are using the Preview for Developers program and are already on Windows Phone 8.1 or 8.1 Update, you will not get an update notification today as the hold is still in place for the Cyan update. Instead, you need to use the Nokia Recovery tool to roll back to Windows Phone 8.0. (In some instances, the 8.1 and Cyan update is already on Nokia's servers, so instead of downgrading, you can just flash the device with the update.)
If you've been following our Lumia 530 coverage thus far, you may have read that the device was on pre-order last week in India on Snapdeal. The Lumia 530 is now available for sale on the ecommerce store for Rs. 7,349, a discount of 10 percent off the retail price of the device, which is listed as Rs. 8,199. The Lumia 530 is also available on Flipkart for its retail price of Rs. 8,199.
One of the banner features of the Lumia Cyan update for high-end Nokia Lumias is the addition of Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio recording for video. The feature is a collaboration with Nokia and Dolby, along with the hardware needed in the Snapdragon 800 chipset and the four HAAC (high-amplitude audio recording) microphones
Ever since the Lumia 1520 received Cyan and Dolby recording, people have been asking for a sample. Last night, I managed to catch Pennywise, Bad Religion and the Offspring in Boston, where the Offspring were celebrating the 20th anniversary of their hit album Smash (1994).
For those in Malaysia, the affordable dual-SIM Lumia 530 entry-level Windows Phone is now available to order for MYR 355 ($110 USD). The phone is available to order, but shipping will not take place until four days from now on the 16th. The price of the Lumia 530 falls in line with the recent launch in Vietnam and comes in slightly lower than original estimates for the budget phone.
You can now open password protected Office documents on Windows Phone. We've been enjoying Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 for a little over a week now. During the past seven days, we've uncovered some small changes to Windows Phone like snooze control settings and more. Add opening Office documents with passwords to that list.
Although all eyes are focused on the imminent release of the HTC One (M8) for Windows, Verizon is expected to get also get a mid-range phone dubbed the Lumia 830. The Lumia 830 goes by the codename Tesla/Superman, and as the model number suggests, it is a 2014 replacement for the aging Lumia 820.
Over at TK Tech News, a site that is making waves recently with some of their leaks (which they shamelessly pay for), a new photo reveals a Windows Phone lit up in the dark, and it is supposedly the Lumia 830 for Verizon. The image in the video is unremarkable as it could be any Windows Phone, but the phone is being sent directly to TK Tech News who will presumably do a full hands-on if it proves to be accurate.
On August 19, HTC and Microsoft are holding a press event in New York City, presumably to announce the HTC One for Windows, a new high-end phone for Verizon wireless in the US. Earlier this month, an official render was found on Verizon's servers, confirming the phone's existence.
The HTC One (M8) for Windows (the 'W8' designation may be dropped) is thought to be the same phone for Android but with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 on board instead. However, questions remain about the One for Windows's specifications and if they would be the same as the Android version or altered.
Windows Phone Central has acquired exact details about the features of the HTC One for Windows phone, and in short, there are no surprises, which is great news.