Download BBM for Windows Phone

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Fllowing a brief stint in private beta, BlackBerry has announced that its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app is now available for all Windows Phone 8 users.
The company said it has tried to pick up on Windows Phone’s own specific UI design, so the app looks a little different compared to its incarnation on other platforms, although it does obviously provide many of the same core features found on the iOS and Android apps.
You can check out a full walk through of the Windows Phone 8 beta build for more details on the differences.

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HTC's next Windows Phone to be a One M8 clone?

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Why change a winning formula? That seems to be the question HTC asked itself when planning its next Windows Phone offering, which is said to be almost identical to the One M8 but without Android, according to new reports. It even has almost exactly the same name, but instead of being labeled just the “One M8,” it’s the “One M8 with Windows.”

Internally, the handset is codenamed the W8, but it appears HTC wants to cash in on its trademark One brand when the device goes on sale later this year. According to the ever-reliable @Evleaks, the handset will make its debut on Verizon with Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system pre-installed.

Not only could the One M8 with Windows looks just like the original One M8 (confused yet?), but it’s also expected to offer many of the same specifications — including front-facing BoomSound speakers, and that unique Duo Camera setup. It will also support VoLTE, but it’s unclear whether this will be available at launch.

Citing its own sources, Engadget says that the One M8 with Windows will be available during the third quarter, “or no later than the end of September.”

The One M8 with Windows does sound like a pretty silly title, but HTC has been known to call its Windows Phone devices strange things in the past. It’s last offering, for instance, was officially named the “Windows Phone 8X by HTC.”


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A Motorola Nexus 6 reportedly leaked

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A new report has come about that is suggesting Motorola will be the manufacturer of the Nexus 6. Speculation from the community pointed to LG giving another go at the the Nexus phone, but according to Android Police, Motorola and Google have a phone in the works with the codename Shamu. Why Shamu? This phone is going to be HUGE is my guess.

The Moto Nexus 6 from this report says that it will rock a 5.9-inch display, and will be due out this November. That is usually the time when Google announces their new Nexus devices, and the report also mentioned it will be available on all major carriers. The evidence is there, and we know that Google hasn’t given up on their Nexus line, so let us know what you think about a 5.9-inch Moto Nexus 6.

Source: 9to5google


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Bolt: The new Messaging app from Instagram

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Instagram teases their new messaging app ‘Bolt’
As if they haven’t had enough scorn from their Slingshot app, Facebook is toying with messaging again. This time, it comes via Instagram, where some users are seeing an invitation to try something called Bolt. It’s messaging, and it’s photo-centric.

Though it’s not yet clear just what Bolt really is, a collective groan went out when screenshots of the invitation leaked. Like Slingshot, the invitation is vaporous, disappearing as quickly as it arrived. One user told The Verge that Bolt’s banner-ad invite went away in about 15 minutes. It’s oddly reminiscent of Slingshot, which “accidentally” leaked, letting a select few in.
What does Bolt do? All we ca glean from the invitation is that it’s a “one tap photo messaging” platform, and falls under the Instagram banner. The invitation lead the users reporting on it — both on Android — to a dead-end Play Store link. It’s not clear if Facebook/Instagram are simply teasing the product, or if it’s meant for a select few and the banner ad manifested widely.
Like iPhone 6 leaks, a new messaging app seems to roll out weekly. This would also mimic Facebook in the “social app that runs a messaging platform” arena. As popular as Instagram is, it’s not clear that the world can withstand another messaging app.
Via: The Verge

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LG sells record 14.5 million smartphones in Q2

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It is no secret that LG was no longer content to watch Apple and Samsung battle for supremacy in the smartphone and tablet markets. This prompted the company to increase their efforts at producing devices consumers would be interested in, like the recently released LG G3 or their L Series of devices.  Those efforts seem to be paying off as LG announced they shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones during the second quarter and their mobile division turned a profit for the first time after three consecutive quarters of losses.
LG indicates the smartphone shipments represented a 20 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Smartphones with LTE capability accounted for more than one-third of all smartphones sold this year as LTE markets continue to expand around the globe. Financially, LG smartphone sales increased 16 percent year-to-year, totalling KRW 3.62 trillion ($3.51 billion USD) netting the company KRW 85.9 billion ($83.4 million USD) operating profit.
LG says they expect performance to remain strong during the latter half of the year as they continue to rollout the G3 to more markets and introduce more “mass tier” products like the LG G3 Beat and more L Series smartphones.
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Download Modern Combat 5: Blackout Free For Android Now

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Gameloft has finally released its much-awaited first person shooter game for smartphones and tablets,Modern Combat 5: Blackout, for Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout is the latest instalment in the first person shooter franchise for mobile, and includes four character classes - heavy, recon, assault and sniper. Users can add class-specific skills by earning skill points as the game progresses.
The game features spec-ops missions that lets users perform different objectives like covering allies, clearing a building, eliminating a single target, and much more.
Besides improved graphics and new single player features, Modern Combat 5: Blackout also comes with multiplayer gaming mode that supports up to 6 vs 6 players at a time. Players can compete in the individual and squad leaderboards and can chat with each other on a global chat window. Limited-time events are also featured in the gaming app.
The new game lets players progress each level by accumulating XP by playing both single and multi-player missions. New weapons will also be available once the user masters the previous tier weapons. Customisation of weapons is also possible in Modern Combat 5: Blackout.
The FPS game comes with Two Kill streak packages with 6 different abilities, namely Airstrike, Bomber, Assistant drone, Auto-turret, EMP, and Recon Helicopter.
First introduced in April, the story of Modern Combat 5: Blackout will commence from Venice, Italy where the main character, Phoenix, is sent on an operation to "secure a transport of WMDs" to prevent attacks from a group of terrorists.
Gameloft added that Modern Combat 5: Blackout will have players set on a globe-trotting adventure, including Tokyo, where Phoenix is said to fight in a total anarchy situation.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout supports HID game controllers including the Moga Pro controller. Unfortunately, the game comes as a paid app on all three app stores. While on Google Play the game costs Rs. 390, on App Store and Windows Phone Store the app is priced at Rs. 420 and Rs. 360 respectively.But here you can download it for free
Modern Combat 5: Blackout runs on devices running Android 4.0 Jelly Bean OS or later, while on Apple devices it runs on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch devices running iOS 7.0 and later. For Windows Phone users, the app works only on WP8 and WP8.1 OS.
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Oppo Find 7: Hands-On Review A Solid Phone But Can it Survive

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Oppo Find 7 review: A solid phone that faces stiff competition
The Galaxy S5. The One M8. The G3. Every notable player in the overcrowded smartphone space has a flagship, one heroic device that the company pins its hopes on... for a year or so, anyway. For Oppo, a Chinese phone maker whose profile has swelled thanks to a surprisingly solid phone lineup, that flagship is the Find 7: an unassuming slab that looks painfully pedestrian compared to the last time the company went all out. Maybe that's a bit harsh. The Find 7 pairs top-notch performance with one of the highest-resolution screens you'll find on a mobile today -- hardly a formula to sneeze at. But is it worth the $599 asking price? Is Oppo really a mobile force to be reckoned with? Follow me, friends, and we'll figure it out together.

Pros
  • Plenty of horsepower
  • Pretty good screen
  • It charges really fast with the right gear
Cons
  • ColorOS can take some getting used to
  • Mediocre camera 
  • Safe, uninspired design
Summary The Find 7 is Oppo's best phone to date, and that means something for a relatively unknown company that's already put out some solid phones. Its combination of strong performance and a Quad HD screen make it a worthy choice, so long as you don't mind learning a new flavor of Android.

Hardware

If Oppo's N1 pushed the boundaries of sensible smartphone design, then the Find 7 is a celebration of the slabby status quo. With its squared-off corners, flat sides and plain black face, the whole thing is almost unapologetically monolithic. The only real concession to the notions of grippability and comfort is the gently curving (and removable!) backplate. Ours was dark gray with an ersatz carbon fiber finish that squeaks when you run your nails across it, though there's a white model, too. If you really dislike the finish (and want to save a little money), there's a slightly lesser version of the device called the Find 7a that has pure, smooth backs.
There's an Oppo logo etched under the 13-megapixel camera and dual LED flash. All that sits above the surprisingly solid speakers sitting low on the Find 7's rear cover. You're technically supposed to depress a tiny button embedded in the phone's edge to pop that cover off, but a little elbow grease (or, you know, some fingernails) will do in a pinch. Once you manage that little feat, you'll discover the 3,000mAh battery along with your bog-standard micro-SIM and microSD card slots. If you were to peer further still into the 7's chassis, you'd also spot the 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU that keep things running so smoothly (more on that later). Then again, you'd need X-ray vision for all that, and I like to think that if that were the case, you'd be using it for the greater good instead of reading this review. To each their own, I guess.
Things aren't much more exciting when you flip the 7 over, but that doesn't mean it's totally lacking in visual flair. There's not much to get excited about when that big 5.5-inch display is off, but there's a 5-megapixel camera situated nearby and a blue notification light (they call it the "Skyline Notification") pulses lazily when you've got a new message to peek at. Now if the light shining through the navigation keys below the screen wasn't so wimpy, Oppo might be onto something; it's damned near impossible to see under the harsh, summer sun... or any sun, for that matter.
There's a fine line between subtle and boring, and the Find 7 skews toward the latter end of that spectrum. Before you accuse me of being too harsh, know that there are some things worthy of praise. Take the overall construction of the device, for instance. Despite being crafted out of plastic, there's no give, no creaking, not even the slightest suggestion of physical inadequacy. Oppo may not be a name you run across too often, but there's little question that the company brought its A game when it came time to putting the Find 7 together. Factor in some pleasant heft and you've got a phone that feels a damn sight better than it looks.

Display and sound

If there's one spec, one technical tidbit that makes the Find 7 such a desirable piece of kit, it would be that 5.5-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) IPS display. Oppo's design philosophy this time around seems to reflect that very fact -- the Find's face is so unassuming that there's nothing for your eyes to lock onto except for the screen. That's why it's a bummer to have to proffer this reality check: For all the commotion the Find 7's screen has caused in geekier corners of the web, it still has its share of flaws. Don't get me wrong: It's just as crisp as advertised, with individual pixels that are impossible to pick out with the naked eye, and viewing angles that'll make you popular with your airline seatmates. If all you care about is pure pixel density, the Find 7 won't leave you high and dry. But how about color reproduction? Erm, it's a little wonky: Whites tend to take on a cooler cast, which means every image is just a little bit off in terms of accuracy. Is it a dealbreaker? For a staggering majority of people out there, the answer's a definitive "no way." Most will just ooh and aah over the screen's crispness, and will never plop the Find 7 down next to another phone to see where those color differences lie.
What's a little more troubling is the Find 7's persistent trouble with brightness. You'd perhaps expect that a screen with so many pixels squeezed into it would fare well outdoors. You'd be wrong, mostly. Cranking brightness up to the maximum is almost always a necessity once you take the Find 7 out on the town, and even then it's not always enough to outshine the sun's harsh rays.
I don't expect much from most phone speakers. It's frustrating to see manufacturer after manufacturer cut corners and take shortcuts on a crucial part of the media experience, so you'll just have to imagine my surprise when the Find 7's rear speakers came to life in a big way. Yes, that's speakers, in the plural -- there's a single grille drilled into the 7's backplate, but it actually obscures a pair of speakers that renders audio with a clarity that's downright unusual for a smartphone.
That's not to say they're perfect. Mounting speakers on a device's back cover is an accepted practice, but it also means you'll occasionally shoot sound directly into your mitts. The other issue here, though, is one of depth... or the lack thereof. The Find 7's speakers get plenty loud for when you need to power all those mobile dance parties and what does come out is undeniably crisp. After a few moments of listening, however, you'll probably start to notice an absence of forcefulness in that sound, even in tracks that roll and thrum with energy. Par for the course for smartphone speakers? Sure, but it can still be a bummer.

Software

The Find 7 is physically pretty vanilla, but the software is anything but. At its core, it's Android 4.3 painted over in broad strokes with what Oppo calls ColorOS, one of the most extensively customized interfaces I've seen in a long time. No, wait, don't groan just yet. I'm about as big an Android purist as you'll find, but Oppo's approach -- while peculiar and extensive -- does bring lots to the table.
It all starts very subtly, with a lock screen that seems none too foreign -- one quick swipe and you're greeted by a familiar-looking home screen. That impression doesn't last for long. You see, the whole shebang is eminently skinnable; what you see out of the box almost certainly isn't how things will look after a few days. By my count, there are close to 150 various styles available for the Find 7 in the preloaded Themes app, with some obviously more up your alley than others. Oppo is far from the first OEM to embrace skinnable interfaces, but it adds plenty of appeal for folks who can't stand the notion of rocking the exact same thing as everyone else.
There's a camera interface that lives to the right of your home screens by default, too. It's a little kooky -- you're presented with a full-screen widget that shows you what the camera is pointing at, and tapping to snap a shot yields a photo with a Polaroid-esque white border. You can peck out little notes on those borders too, in case you just needed to complete the visual metaphor. Mildly neat? Sure. Particularly useful? Not quite. Oppo calls these more static screens "exclusive space" panels, but there are only two on board: the photo panel and one for music that displays a skeuomorphic turntable while you rock out. Thankfully, they're just as easy to dismiss as deleting an extra home screen.
The notification bar is a two-parter: Swiping down from its right half reveals a lightly tweaked version of the classic Android notification shade. Swipe down from the left, however, and you'll be looking at a gesture panel that implores you to trace out a shortcut pattern or create one of your own. Only two gestures are ready for you out of the gate: You can trace a circle on the screen to invoke the camera, and drawing a "V" fires up the rear LED for use as a flashlight. The real magic happens when you move outside of that single panel. Try tracing a circle on the 7's screen while it's sleeping -- it'll instantly spring to life and bring up the camera interface. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you I fell in love with this seemingly simple feature; I've set mine to wake and unlock with a simple swipe up on a dark screen, kind of like on the HTC One M8. Alas, it's not quite as flexible as I hoped it would be -- you can connect certain actions like calling someone or recording audio to pre-made gestures, but you can't define your own pattern to be used on a sleeping screen.
And then there are the little touches, which I'm convinced make the biggest difference. Pressing and holding an app in the launcher causes them all to start wiggling in anticipation, and tapping the X in the corner prompts you to confirm its deletion. Should you accept, that's that; the app simply disappears from your life. It's a decidedly iOS-like touch, but it's not one I'm unhappy to see. Swype also came pre-installed on our test unit. I found myself installing Google's own stock implementation shortly after my first boot, but that's a purely personal choice -- the Swype keyboard has never been a slouch, and it's likely to be a welcome addition for some people.
So, would I choose ColorOS over stock Android or a less thoroughly skinned version of the OS? Absolutely not, but that's not to say what Oppo has cooked up is bad by any stretch. It occasionally feels overwrought, but it never feels overbearing. You get the impression that Oppo had the best intentions when crafting its user experience, even if you don't always agree with its decisions.

Camera

Say goodbye to the swiveling selfie camera of days past -- Oppo went with a more traditional camera setup this time around, which means the device lacks the kooky charm that made the N1 such a head-turner. As it turns out, the Find 7 actually uses the same 13-megapixel Sony Exmor sensor as the (much cheaper) OnePlus One, which means most of the imaging issues we've run into in the past are still present. I'd hardly call any of them dealbreakers: Soft focus will occasionally (and subtly) mar some of your more frenzied shots, and color saturation isn't quite as punchy as I'd like. In optimal conditions, you won't have to worry about these issues as much, but it's still disappointing to see an otherwise ambitious phone let down by a decidedly average camera.
While the primary sensor and the six-element lens aren't exactly unique to the Find 7, Oppo's nifty imaging app makes up for some of the camera's shortcomings. It's easily one of the cleaner camera interfaces I've come across: Separate shutter and video-recording buttons are nestled along the screen's right edge, and a simple settings grid can be invoked with a tap on the lower-left corner of the screen. Changing modes -- from slow shutter to GIF to panorama to HDR -- is handled by a separate menu that hovers near the shutter buttons, though you'll want to proceed carefully. Consider HDR mode, for instance: Photos tend to look a little too lurid even for me, so I've come to prefer the undersaturated results from Auto mode just a bit more.
And then there's the ballyhooed "Ultra-HD" feature, which essentially takes a series of 10 shots and stitches the four best together into a single 50-megapixel image. Sounds impressive, no? The whole thing works better than you'd expect since blurry or otherwise subpar photos get axed from the mix immediately, but the six- to seven-second delay means you're sometimes better off just snapping a few shots and calling it a day. Oh, and the Find 7 shoots 4K video too. As you might expect, the end product is always acceptable, but never outstanding, thanks to some autofocus wonkiness that usually forces you to tap on subjects manually if there's too much going on.

Performance and battery life

So far, the Find 7 seems like a mixed bag, with its lackluster looks and largely impressive display. Now here's the real question: What's it like to actually use? Surprise, surprise: As it turns out, a snappy processor paired with 3GB of RAM makes for a device that basically screams if you give it the chance. Put another way, you may not have heard of the Find 7 (or the company that made it), but it'll handle everything you throw at it during your daily grind and then some. There's no need to belabor the point too much considering it rocks a spec sheet that'll seem awfully familiar if you've fiddled with other recent flagships.

Oppo Find 7 HTC One (M8) LG G3
Quadrant 2.0 21,162 25,548 25,548
Vellamo 2.0 2,963 1,804 1,405
3DMark IS Unlimited 19,495 20,612 16,662
SunSpider 1.0.2 (ms) 751 782 918
GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen (fps) 28.8 11.2 N/A
CF-Bench 35,872 40,223 24,667
SunSpider: Lower scores are better; results compiled on Chrome. HTC One benchmarked on Android 4.4.2

The Find 7 is right up there with more of its big-name competitors, and pulls slightly ahead of the pack in certain areas. Of course, you can't stick a number to everything, and thankfully there were hardly any performance issues to note during my weeks of testing. I was afraid that Oppo's ambitiousness with ColorOS may have taken a toll on performance, but my fears were quickly assuaged. What few instances of lag I noticed seemed to crop up because I was swiping furiously among home screens -- we can probably chalk that up in part to ColorOS, but I suspect you'll rarely encounter that as you go about your day. The rest of my time spent with the Find 7 was filled with smooth scrolling and menu transitions, along with frenzied bouts of Asphalt 8, all of it stutter-free.

In our standard video-rundown test (looping video and WiFi on, but not connected), the Find 7 lasted for a solid 10 hours and 13 minutes before needing a top-up. That's a good hour less than what we saw with the Oppo N1 under the same conditions, but considering the size and resolution of the Find 7's screen, it's still impressive. Just be sure to keep the included VOOC charger handy. With it, the Find 7 goes from absolutely bone dry to fully charged in just over an hour. Most of that electrical magic happens pretty early on, too: Leaving the phone plugged in for 30 minutes should get you back up to around 70 percent. Alas, the Find 7's charger is bigger and more brickish than you might expect, so you may have to pack your go-bag carefully if you want that quick-charging power at your disposal.

The competition

It's nearly impossible to look at the Find 7 and not draw a comparison to the LG G3. It is, after all, the only other smartphone on the market right now that features the same sort of super high-resolution display as the Find 7. The two phones may share a near-identical spec sheet, but LG has made some serious strides when it comes to a thoughtful user interface and industrial design that make it a much more attractive option than the Find 7. And that's to say nothing of the potential price differences, too: Just about every carrier in the US has committed to selling the G3, making it both easier to come by and easier on the wallet up front (as long as you don't mind a little long-term tomfoolery). In the event you're still not so keen on Quad HD screens, there's always the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 to consider. They're the de rigueur recommendations for high-end smartphones, but that's because they're reliable and wot

Oppo Find 7 Oppo Find 7a
Dimensions 152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm (6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches) 152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm (6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches)
Weight 6.03 oz. (171g) 6.00 oz. (170g)
Screen size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen resolution 2,560 x 1,440 (534 ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (403 ppi)
Screen type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Battery 3,000mAh (removable) 2,800mAh (removable)
Internal storage 32GB 16GB
External storage MicroSD (up to 128GB) MicroSD (up to 128GB)
Rear camera 13MP Sony Exmor RS, f/2.0 13MP Sony Exmor RS, f/2.0
Front-facing cam 5MP, f/2.0 5MP, f/2.0
Video capture 2160p (30 fps), 1080p (60 fps), 720p (120 fps) 2160p (30 fps), 1080p (60 fps), 720p (120 fps)
NFC Yes Yes
Radios Depends on the market Depends on the market
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0
SoC 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801; Adreno 330 GPU 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801; Adreno 330 GPU
RAM 3GB 2GB
SIM slot Micro-SIM Micro-SIM
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct 802.11a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct
Operating system Android 4.3, Color OS
Android 4.3, Color OS
Then again, if you're more a fan of the Find 7's Chinese underdog vibe, the OnePlus One might just be a better fit for you. Its screen isn't quite as pixel-dense as the one on the Find 7, but its internals produce the same amount of oomph (maybe even a little more, with less software cruft in the way). And, assuming you can even get your hands on one, you can have the OnePlus One for half the price of the Find 7. Alternatively, in the event that you really are more of an Oppo fan, there's always the Find 7's little brother: the Find 7a. For about $100 less, you get a nearly identical looking phone, albeit with a 1080p screen, a slightly slower CPU and 2GB of RAM instead of three.

Wrap-up

I dig the Find 7. A lot, even. Despite a smattering of faults, it still stands tall as the company's finest mobile effort to date and Oppo die-hards shouldn't hesitate to pick one up. The tricky truth for everyone else is that the Find 7 doesn't live in a vacuum. There's no shortage of contemporaries like LG's G3 and the tantalizing OnePlus One that will make more sense because of carrier availability or cost -- although the latter is still admittedly tough to get your hands on.
Those are factors that Oppo can't control. What Oppo can do is make a solid device, and that's exactly what we've got here. Do you need an unlocked phone? With powerful specs, an impressive screen and a fast charging system? Can you appreciate a somewhat peculiar takes on the traditional Android experience? If you answered 'yes' to all of those questions, the Find 7 just might be worth the plunge.

 Source: Engadget


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Sony Xperia Z2 Problems and how to fix them

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You won’t find many Android smartphones that can compete with the Sony Xperia Z2 right now.  It blends premium style with excellent performance, but not everyone is delighted with it. In this roundup, we’re going to look at the issues and irritations being reported by Z2 owners and see if we can find a way to deal with them. These are the most common Xperia Z2 problems.

Problem: Dropped calls and proximity sensor

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There have been a number of complaints about calls randomly dropping with a beep sound and about the screen failing to come back to life when a call ends and the owner pulls the Z2 away from their face. There’s a good chance that this is actually the same issue and it relates to the proximity sensor turning the screen off, but not turning off the functionality, so holding it to your face could cause you to press the end call button. Since the proximity sensor isn’t working correctly, it will also fail to bring the screen back to life when the call ends.
Potential solutions:
  • Go to Settings > Display and scroll down to make sure that Tap to wake up is not checked. Now try a call and see if the problem occurs again.
  • It could also be caused by dirt, a screen protector, or a case that obscures the proximity sensor. You can test the proximity sensor by going to Settings > About phone > Diagnostics and choosing Test device and check Ear proximity. If there is a hardware fault you’ll need to contact your carrier, retailer, or Sony about a replacement.
  • Dropped calls can also be down to the network. Call your carrier and ask about coverage in your area.

Bug: Facebook videos won’t play

A lot of people have encountered an issue on the Xperia Z2 when they use the Facebook app. They can click on a video and it will start to play, but after a few seconds it will stop and the message “Sorry, but an unknown error occurred while trying to play this video” will come up. There are a few ways to solve this:
Workarounds:
  • Go to Settings > Apps > Facebook, tap Clear cache, and then try again. This seems to temporarily solve the problem for some people.
  • You can also try fast-forwarding or skipping beyond the point where the video fails.
  • You can also uninstall the Facebook app and then reinstall it, but this also seems to only work temporarily and the problem returns.
Potential solutions:
  • Make sure that you have the latest Facebook app update, you can check by loading up the Play Store app and selecting My apps from the menu on the left. This issue has cropped up on some other Android devices, which would suggest that the app is the problem.
  • Some people suggest that disabling one of the pre-installed Sony apps works. Go to Settings > Apps and slide over to the All tab and scroll down to Xperia with Facebook. Tap Disable and then return to your Facebook app and try videos again.

Problem: Xperia Z2 won’t turn on

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A few Z2 owners have run into a problem with the phone refusing to turn on. All the buttons and the screen seem to be completely unresponsive.
Potential solutions:
  1. Hold down the Power button and the Volume up button until the Z2 vibrates three times and then try turning it on again.
  2. If that doesn’t work, try plugging the Z2 into the charger for 20 minutes and then try step 1 again.
  3. If it still doesn’t work, open the flap where the Micro USB port is on the left spine and find the small red button. Find something that isn’t too sharp and use it to press the red button down until the phone vibrates.

Problem: Echo in calls or caller can’t hear you

There have been reports of trouble with echo sounds during calls and some people have found that the other caller can’t hear them properly at all. For some Z2 owners there seems to be a lag issue so voices are delayed.
Potential solutions:
  • Try going to Settings > Call settings and uncheck Microphone noise suppression and then see if that helps.
  • Try installing PC Companion or the Sony Update Service on your computer. Backup anything precious on your Z2 first and then plug it in and see if you can repair it or update the software.
  • If the problem persists then it’s time to contact your retailer, carrier, or Sony about a replacement.

Problem: Gaps in handset

A number of people have found that their brand new Xperia Z2 has some physical gaps that shouldn’t be there. Specifically, complaints have focused on a gap on the front of the phone at the top right where the glass meets the aluminum frame. This has prompted fears that the handset won’t be waterproof. It has been reported more often with the white version, but that’s possibly just because it’s easier to see a gap against the white.
Potential solution:
  • This is undoubtedly a build issue and your only course of action is to get a replacement. Contact your carrier, retailer, or Sony and explain the problem. According to Hardware Zone Singapore, Sony is looking into this issue already and you can take it to a Sony Center for a waterproof test.

Glitch: Overheating when recording 4K

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We tend to work our smartphones pretty hard nowadays and that can lead to them to getting very warm, but they shouldn’t get uncomfortably hot. Unfortunately, some Xperia Z2 owners have reported an issue with the 4K video recording causing the device to overheat and shut down. This seems to be related to recording 4K video for extended periods.
Workaround:
  • Don’t record 4K footage for extended periods. Sony Mobile Singapore reportedly suggested: “We are aware of some users encountering issues when shooting 4K video for extended periods. Shooting movies in high quality 4K resolution can make significant demands on your phone’s processor and battery life, as well as phone memory. Therefore for the best experience, we recommend you install a high capacity SD card (Xperia Z2 can take a card up to 128GB) and shoot 4K video in short bursts of no longer than a few minutes at a time.”
Potential solution:
  • Sony has already released an update to fix the camera overheating issue and improve performance generally. It should arrive OTA, but you can have a check in Settings > About phone > Software updates > System updates.

Problem: Wi-Fi won’t connect or keeps dropping

Xperia_Z2_screenshot_WiFi Here’s an issue that crops up with every new smartphone on the market. Some Z2 owners are complaining that the handset won’t connect to their Wi-Fi network, or that it repeatedly drops the connection. There are also reports that it’s running extremely slow. If you are suffering Wi-Fi problems then start by checking that it’s not your network. Access your Wi-Fi using a different device and if it works fine, but your Z2 is still struggling, then try these steps:
Potential solutions:
  1. Turn off your router and your Z2 for a few seconds, and then turn them on again. You can do a soft reset of your Xperia Z2 by holding down the Power button and the Volume up button until it vibrates three times, or you can open the USB flap and hold the red button.
  2. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and press the three vertical dots at the bottom right to get more options. Choose Advanced and tap Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep.
  3. If you are using power saving modes then go to Settings > Power management and turn them off.
  4. Make sure that your password is correct and that it doesn’t contain any special characters.
  5. Try setting a manual IP by going to Settings > Wi-Fi, then tap and hold the network you are connecting to and choose Modify network. Tick the Show advanced options box and select Static under IP settings and then Save.
  6. Make sure that your Z2 software and your router firmware are up to date. Go to Settings > About phone > Software updates > System updates on your Z2 to check. You’ll need to consult your ISP or manufacturer for the router.
  7. Take a look at your router settings and try changing the mode or channel.
  8. Make sure that the MAC filter is turned off on your router or add your Z2’s MAC address to the filtering table. You can find it on your Z2 via Settings > About phone > Status where it’s listed as Wi-Fi MAC address.
  9. You could try a factory reset. Back up anything that’s important to you first, then go to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset > Reset phone.
  10. If none of that works, it’s time to contact your carrier, retailer, or Sony.

Problem: Slow charging

A few people have complained that the Xperia Z2 is taking hours to charge or that it doesn’t seem to be charging at all. Bear in mind that if the battery is completely dead, you’ll need to leave the Xperia Z2 plugged in for a while before trying to turn it on, give it half an hour at least before you try.
Potential solutions:
  • This is almost always down to the charger or the cable you are using. Third-party cables and chargers can cause problems. Make sure that you use the charger and cable that came with the phone and that it’s properly connected.
  • If that doesn’t work, try using a different cable and charger, or plug your cable into a computer USB port to see if a faulty charger is the problem.

Glitch: Tap to wake not working

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A lot of Z2 owners seem to be having trouble getting the tap to wake feature to work. You should be able to double tap quickly on the screen to wake the device up. You can make sure that the feature is on in Settings > Display > Tap to wake up.
Potential solution:
  • Make sure that you tap with your fingertip twice in exactly the same spot on the touchscreen. It works best when the phone is sitting on a hard surface, like a desk.

Annoyance: Call and notification volume too low

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There have been many complaints about low volume on the Xperia Z2 for incoming calls and notifications. Owners are reporting that the ringer volume and notification alerts are much quieter than the general audio volume for things like music.
Potential solutions:
  • Try going to Settings > Sound and scroll down to change your ringtone or notification sounds. The easiest way to add your own is to plug your Z2 into your computer and go to My Computer > Xperia Z2 > Internal Storage and then drag and drop audio files into the Notifications folder or the Ringtones folder.
  • You can also go into Settings > Sound > Sound effects > Sound enhancements and tap on the Settings tab to switch xLoud on.
That’s all the Xperia Z2 problems we have right now, but we’ll add more issues and solutions as we discover them. If you’ve encountered an issue or you have a good fix for a problem then please post a comment and share your experience.

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Top 5 Android L features.

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Android L was first unveiled on June 25, 2014 during a keynote presentation at the Google I/O developers' conference. Alongside L, the presentation focused on a number of new Android-oriented platforms and technologies, including Android TV, in-car platform Android Auto, wearable computing platform Android Wear, and health tracking platform Google Fit. It does not yet have a formal version number or codename.Part of the presentation was dedicated to a new cross-platform design language referred to as "Material Design". Expanding upon the "card" motifs first seen in Google Now, it is a cleaner design with increased use of grid-based layouts, responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects such as lighting and shadows. Designer Matías Duarteexplained that "unlike real paper, our digital material can expand and reform intelligently. Material has physical surfaces and edges. Seams and shadows provide meaning about what you can touch." The material design language will not only be used on Android, but across Google's suite of web software as well, providing a consistent experience between applications and platforms.
The video below will brief you about the top 5 features of Android L. Take a look at it and leave your suggestions in the comments box below.






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Will it be 4.5 or 5.0 Android Lolipop release date and features

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New Android 4.5 Lollipop: Release date

Ok, first things first. It's unclear whether Google's new Android version will be 4.5 or 5.0 although the former is the favourite at the moment. As we mentioned already, it's thought that the name, following the alphabetical list of sweet treats, will be Lollipop. Previous versions include KitKat, Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb. It's codenamed 'Moonshine'.Google's I/O developer conference is coming up later this month and it is here where the firm could give details on and announce the new Android version - whether its 4.5 or 5.0. See: Google I/O 2014: What to expect including Android, Nexus, Glass and more.We'll let you know about the release date for the new Android but it's not quite as simple as that. While it will be launched to Nexus devices first, updates to other smartphones and tablet will vary on various factors such as the manufacturer, model and operator. If you have an old Android device, you may not get the upgrade.

New Android 4.5 Lollipop: Design

There have been some pretty convincing leaks of a potential new design for Andorid 4.5. The chaps over at Android Police, have uncovered the screenshot (right) as the possible new look for the next Android update.The most noteworthy change is a redesign of the icons including Gmail, Maps, Hangouts, YouTube, Play Store and Calendar.It is obviously not 100 percent nailed on that this will be the new look of Android, but we consider Android Police are a reputable a bunch, with honest intentions and with that in mind we report to you, that Android Police are giving this rumour a reliability rating of 7/10.

New Android 4.5 Lollipop: New features

Google BabbleOne of the next major battles of the mobile world will be for domination of messaging. Facebook Messenger and its purchase of Whatsapp for $19b should go someway to prove just how big tech companies expect this market to be.Google will be looking to position itself competitively with the coming update. Google Babble is what is being tipped as the plan of attack - this is essentially a cross brand combination of all of its communication services, meaning Google Talk, Hangout, Meesenger, Chat and Talk will all be under the same Babble umbrella.SecurityAndroid isn't best known for its security but the new Android could take steps to improving the situation. We're hoping that Google will make the app selection method for the Play store more strict and thorough. Other improvements might include native handling of fingerprint scanner data and a new version of face unlock.Battery lifeWhile battery life is partly down to smartphone and tablet makers, Google can also have an impact with how it constructs the OS. The new Android could have improved battery life thanks to ART, an "ahead of time" compiler which processes data before you even request it.WearablesLast month Google made a big song and dance about its intentions to focus and mater Android wearables in the future. With that Google released a video detailing a few areas where it envisaged Android and wearables going in the future and its Android Wear software. Common sense dictates that the next version of Android will come with some inbuilt software to help the mobile OS communicate with wearable technology.Read: What is Google Android Wear?More control for GoogleGoogle Android has been an open sourced OS that has been free to abuse/improve from pretty much any major mobile manufacturer in the past.However, news broke in January of Google and Andorid signing a “global patent cross-licensing agreement”. What this most likely means for future versions of Android is that Google and Samsung will be bringing in the reigns slightly, on just how open source Android actually is - resulting in a more uniformed version of Android running on different manufacturer's smartphones and tablets.We don't expect the change to be too drastic in the update to Android 4.5 as it is too soon, but unifying the platform is something that has been on the cards for a long time, as Android 4.5 will be yet another step in that dire



New Android 4.5 Lollipop: Release date

Ok, first things first. It's unclear whether Google's new Android version will be 4.5 or 5.0 although the former is the favourite at the moment. As we mentioned already, it's thought that the name, following the alphabetical list of sweet treats, will be Lollipop. Previous versions include KitKat, Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb. It's codenamed 'Moonshine'.Google's I/O developer conference is coming up later this month and it is here where the firm could give details on and announce the new Android version - whether its 4.5 or 5.0. See: Google I/O 2014: What to expect including Android, Nexus, Glass and more.We'll let you know about the release date for the new Android but it's not quite as simple as that. While it will be launched to Nexus devices first, updates to other smartphones and tablet will vary on various factors such as the manufacturer, model and operator. If you have an old Android device, you may not get the upgrade.

New Android 4.5 Lollipop: Design

There have been some pretty convincing leaks of a potential new design for Andorid 4.5. The chaps over at Android Police, have uncovered the screenshot (right) as the possible new look for the next Android update.The most noteworthy change is a redesign of the icons including Gmail, Maps, Hangouts, YouTube, Play Store and Calendar.It is obviously not 100 percent nailed on that this will be the new look of Android, but we consider Android Police are a reputable a bunch, with honest intentions and with that in mind we report to you, that Android Police are giving this rumour a reliability rating of 7/10.

New Android 4.5 Lollipop: New features

Google BabbleOne of the next major battles of the mobile world will be for domination of messaging. Facebook Messenger and its purchase of Whatsapp for $19b should go someway to prove just how big tech companies expect this market to be.Google will be looking to position itself competitively with the coming update. Google Babble is what is being tipped as the plan of attack - this is essentially a cross brand combination of all of its communication services, meaning Google Talk, Hangout, Meesenger, Chat and Talk will all be under the same Babble umbrella.SecurityAndroid isn't best known for its security but the new Android could take steps to improving the situation. We're hoping that Google will make the app selection method for the Play store more strict and thorough. Other improvements might include native handling of fingerprint scanner data and a new version of face unlock.Battery lifeWhile battery life is partly down to smartphone and tablet makers, Google can also have an impact with how it constructs the OS. The new Android could have improved battery life thanks to ART, an "ahead of time" compiler which processes data before you even request it.WearablesLast month Google made a big song and dance about its intentions to focus and mater Android wearables in the future. With that Google released a video detailing a few areas where it envisaged Android and wearables going in the future and its Android Wear software. Common sense dictates that the next version of Android will come with some inbuilt software to help the mobile OS communicate with wearable technology.

More control for Google
Google Android has been an open sourced OS that has been free to abuse/improve from pretty much any major mobile manufacturer in the past.However, news broke in January of Google and Andorid signing a “global patent cross-licensing agreement”. What this most likely means for future versions of Android is that Google and Samsung will be bringing in the reigns slightly, on just how open source Android actually is - resulting in a more uniformed version of Android running on different manufacturer's smartphones and tablets.We don't expect the change to be too drastic in the update to Android 4.5 as it is too soon, but unifying the platform is something that has been on the cards for a long time, as Android 4.5 will be yet another step in that direction.

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Cortana vs Google Now vs Siri

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Like them or not, voice-activated digital assistants have become a standard on smartphones. They allow us to control a few things on our phones hands-free, offer a speedy alternative to typing queries, and they feel like the future. As smartwatches and other wearables take off, which lack the big touch screens we find on our phones, voice controls are going to get even more important.
Microsoft did offer basic voice commands in the old Windows Phone, but it has officially joined the party with Cortana, an intelligent assistant that obeys basic commands just like Siri, but also draws on your calendar, contacts, location, and browsing history to offer a personalized experience just like Google Now. Let’s take a look at how they measure up.
Cortana for Windows Phone
If you’re wondering where the name came from, Cortana is an AI character in the Halo video game series.
The long expected personal digital assistant, Cortana, was unveiled alongside Windows Phone 8.1 at Microsoft Build in San Francisco on April 2, 2014. You can use it to make calls, send messages, set reminders, take notes, recognize music, find great restaurants nearby, check your calendar, and more. Powered by Bing you can ask for search results, but Cortana is also able to understand natural language and learn about you.
There’s a notebook where Cortana stores information she has learned about you and you can edit this directly if you like. This includes places you like to go, people you care about, your preferred quiet hours, and things you might be interested in. If you allow Cortana access it can read your emails, track your location, watch your browsing history, check your contact list, keep an eye on your calendar, and put all this data together to suggest useful information.
Cortana is designed to recognize context, so it should be able to understand follow up requests and you can phrase things in different ways and still expect a useful answer. You can also type your questions or requests as well, if you prefer to not speak out loud.
The fact that Cortana is tied into different apps is unique and has a lot of potential. You could ask how many calories are in a banana and Cortana will answer out loud and then you have the option to add that food to your calorie tracker. Or you can ask Cortana to add something to your Hulu queue, or check out a friend’s Facebook feed. As more and more third-party apps come onboard there’s a lot of potential there.
It is still labeled as “beta” while Microsoft is refining the system, but the demo was impressive. One unique stand-out feature is the ability to set “people reminders,” so you can tell Cortana to remind you to mention your sister’s new baby the next time you talk to her and it will pop-up a reminder when you next have a call or messaging conversation.
Siri for iOS
Apple’s voice-activated offering is very much a personal assistant, with an attitude of its own. You can command it to call people, send messages, schedule meetings, launch apps/games, play music, answer questions, remind you of things later, and provide weather forecasts. The voice recognition, functionality, and level of polish are all significantly improved since Siri first came out.
Siri was originally a digital assistant with attitude and, although Apple toned it down after acquiring the company, it’s still packed with comedic responses to the right questions.
It’s still not entirely clear how popular Siri is with iPhone users. When Intelligent Voice surveyed 2,330 iOS owners last October, two years after Siri was introduced as a key feature of the iPhone 4S, it found that only 15.2 percent of them had even tried it.
Google Now for Android
You can do the usual personal assistant stuff with Google Now as well, from asking for the nearest Chinese restaurant, to finding out what the weather will be like tomorrow, but there’s more to it. If you opt in to using it — which means allowing it to collect data about you — then Google Now can pre-empt your desires.
It will use your search history to throw up news articles and sports scores you might be interested in. It will analyze your travel to bring up a relevant train timetable as you reach the station, or give you a time estimate and the best directions to drive to your next location and tell you to leave so you don’t miss that appointment.
Just like Siri, the voice recognition has improved a great deal since it was first released and new commands are being rolled out all the time. It still feels as though the potential of the pre-emptive card system that serves your interests has not been fully realized, but Google is adding new cards all the time.
How the three assistants stack up
To make things easier to understand, we’ve created a table that should help clarify what each of the three major voice assistants can and cannot do right now. We expect both Apple and Google to update their assistants in the next few months.
Which is the best?
Microsoft has really shaken things up with Cortana. It appears to offer a lot of the same features as Google Now, but it has the same sassy attitude as Siri, and a few unique tricks up its sleeve as well. Both Cortana and Google Now offer something that Apple can’t deliver with Siri right now because Microsoft and Google can draw on huge amounts of user data through the services they offer. Apple doesn’t have the search engine, email system, and other services Microsoft and Google do.
It’s too early to say for sure, but it looks like Cortana could take personal digital assistants to a whole new level. It’s clearly the stand out feature for Windows Phone 8.1 and we’re excited to try it. We’ll tell you more as soon as we can get a hands-on.
What do you think of voice-activated assistants? Do you currently use Google Now or Siri? Do you see the value in something like Cortana? Post a comment and tell us.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Things We Need To Know

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Microsoft finally revealed its long-awaited and oft-leaked Windows Phone 8.1 update at the Build 2014 conference on Wednesday. Don't let the measly ".1" fool you: Windows Phone 8.1 is a sweeping refocusing of the Windows Phone vision, adding some much-needed features to the mobile operating system—including the grand unveiling of Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant.
Joe Belfiore shows off Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014. 
Microsoft exec Joe Belfiore took the stage to show off the improvements, declaring that "We believe Windows Phone is the world's most personal smartphone."
Action Center
As previously leaked, Windows Phone 8.1 adds a long-awaited notification center—dubbed "Action Center"—which gathers your new messages in a central location and provides quick access to four basic phone functions, such as turning on Wi-Fi, GPS, or Airplane mode. Those quick-access tools are customizable and can be swapped around as needed. If you have a dual-SIM phone, info about each is available in the Action Center.
The Action Center should be a massive improvement to Windows Phone's usability. Live Tiles are nice and all, but it's even nicer to have all your new notifications in one convenient spot, and nobody likes mucking around in their phone settings any more than they absolutely have to.
Developers will also be able to create custom lock-screen experiences that users can choose to use. The Windows Phone 8.1 update also adds new Start screen personalization options, including the ability to add more tiles to the screen or use a custom image as your phone's background image.
Cortana
But the real star of the Windows Phone 8.1 show is Cortana, the virtual assistant that's Microsoft's answer to Google Now and Siri. Actually, Cortana's kind of a blend of Google Now and Siri—a bouncy, bubbly sphere UI that's powered by Bing's deep and powerful Satori knowledge engine.
Cortana has a Siri-esque personality, responding to personal questions from Belfiore with jokes. For example, when Belfiore asked what Cortana thought of her appearance, she responded "Some things I resemble: A hula hoop, a donut... and a halo." (The last is a sly reference to Cortana's origins; she's named after the Cortana A.I. central to the popular Halo video game series.)
Cortana's true strength appears to lie in context, however. 
Cortana will be a smarter personal assistant by gathering data from third-party services to inform her responses.
"Her" smarts are augmented by data provided by third-party services such as Yelp, which Belfiore showed off by searching for a restaurant during the demo, as well as contextual information about you—yes, you—drawn from your email, travel notifications, contacts, interests, and more. Even better, you don't have to manually tell Cortana your desires; she automatically infers information based on your actions (which you then have to confirm).
The added info is designed to give Cortana a more personal touch and provide contextual, "just-in-time" notifications a la Google Now. But fear not, privacy freaks: The digital assistant has a granular and customizable "Notebook" that allows you to block or grant Cortana access to specific information silos and functions.
Cortana responds to natural-language commands, and the mixture of deep data and personal information allows her to perform Google Now-esque tasks, such as finding nearby restaurants, finding and converting information on the Internet, or scheduling alarms and reminders, all using natural language.
Cortana can juggle reminders and appointments and alert you to conflicts. 
In fact, Cortana's smart enough to know if a newly scheduled reminder conflicts with a previous appointment, notifying you of concerns and offering to reschedule something if necessary. Microsoft's also allowing developers to access Cortana's voice commands. Belfiore used Cortana to verbally add a show to his Hulu Plus cue and open up Terry Myerson's Facebook page on stage.
Cortana's launching as a beta in the US before eventually expanding to UK, Canada, China, and beyond in the coming months. Between that and the Action Center, Windows Phone 8.1 is starting to look mighty tempting... but there are still more new features coming to Microsoft's mobile OS.
Not just for fun
Microsoft also revealed that the similarly long-awaited Windows Phone Enterprise Feature Pack—which adds business-friendly tools like S/MIME support, enhanced MDM policies, and application-triggered VPN support (or application-specific blocking—is coming with Windows Phone 8.1.
Internet Explorer 11
Windows Phone 8.1 also upgrades the browser to Internet Explorer 11, complete with Reading View, InPrivate tabs, and so on.
Other tweaks
The Windows Phone store also received a revamp, with featured apps and the ability to sweep left-to-right for quick navigation. Windows Phone's calendar received a similar tweak for moving from day-to-day.
Windows Phone 8.1 will use what it knows about you and your contacts to make typing more context-aware and faster to guess or auto-correct.
Belfiore also walked through a new "Wi-Fi Sense" tool, which you can configure to automatically connect to free Wi-Fi hotspots. The tool can automatically agree to a hotspot's terms of service for you if you'd like, or even provide the hotspot with your name and personal information if it's required (and you agree to it). Seems pretty darned nifty! Windows Phone 8.1 boasts additional helpful tools such as Battery Sense, Belfiore said.
The Windows Phone keyboard was also enhanced with Swype-like fast typing capabilities.
Hardware changes
Windows Phone 8.1 is also receiving some hardware support tweaks that Belfiore didn't really mention at Build on Wednesday, but he detailed at Mobile World Congress in February. When he did so, Belfiore stressed that the stated goal for Windows Phone in 2014 was to find traction beyond U.S. soil, as foreign markets have been a strong point for Microsoft's mobile growth.
That target reads loud and clear in Windows Phone 8.1's hardware tweaks.
The update adds support for Qualcomm's low-end Snapdragon 200, 400, and 400 LTE system-on-chips as well as numerous additional cellular standards, to better support Microsoft's "high-volume focus" around the globe. (Read: Cheap phones.) Continuing that thought, Windows Phone 8.1 also removes the requirements for hardware buttons, letting manufacturers opt to use virtual softkeys in Android-esque fashion—which would let those manufacturers more easily reuse the same hardware for Android phones and Windows Phones alike.
Windows Phone 8.1 also adds dual-SIM support, which is a popular feature in foreign markets, as Nokia's Stephen Elop noted when introducing his company's new phones at Build.
All in all, Windows Phone 8.1 looks pretty darned exciting, and the introduction of universal apps that span the Microsoft ecosystem should hopefully help bolster the Windows Phone Store's (rapidly improving) ranks. Look for Windows Phone 8.1 to start rolling out to current Windows Phone 8 users "in the next few months," or in new phones by the end of April or early May

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