In case you’ve wondered what a flagship Android phone would look like if it ran Windows Phone, it looks like you’ll get your chance to find out. This morning, HTC officially announced that the One M8 is getting a twin brother, complete with Microsoft’s OS. Make that identical twin: The Windows Phone M8 has the same smooth aluminum shell, same rounded corners, same 5-inch, 1080p display.
If you think the new Nokia Lumia 930 looks somewhat familiar, don’t worry.
Way back in March we reviewed a smartphone that’s almost exactly the same: the Nokia Lumia Icon. The Lumia Icon, exclusive to the Verizon network in the US, shares most of its DNA with the Lumia 930, but there are a number of key differences – and we felt that warranted giving the latter its own full review.
Word around the ol’ rumor mill was that HTC was working on a version of their flagship HTC One (M8) that ran Windows Phone instead of Android.
Sure enough, an image hidden away on Verizon’s servers (as spotted by PCMag) seems to confirm it. Thats certainly the face of the HTC One, and that’s most certainly Windows Phone. The name of the image itself is even “HTC_M8_Windows”.
The Nokia Lumia 630 is a low-end phone. As it is set to sell for around £100, you could call it Nokia’s Windows Phone 8.1 alternative to the Motorola Moto G, currently one of the most popular lower-cost phones.
The screen disappoints next to the best Android phones at the price, but otherwise this is a likeable phone for those on a budget.
Back in the early days of Windows Phone 8, the fly-in Live Tiles that are the signature of the OS drew praise and criticism in equal measure - praise for their novelty and potential, and criticism for their inflexibility and occasionally sluggish performance.
In one update, WP8.1 remedies both flaws. The animations are now lightning fast and ultra-smooth, and you can customise the Live Tile interface to your heart’s content.
I didn’t think too much of the earlier Cortana leaks, but after seeing it perform in person and diving into all that it can do I think this smart personal assistant may even bring people to Windows Phone from iOS and Android.
The Lumia 930 is seriously bright and comes with Windows Phone 8.1
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the successor to the Lumia 925. It’s a high-end 5-inch screen Windows Phone, with a focus on camera technology. However, it’s not quite as camera-obsessed as the Lumia 1020, making it a slightly more accessible phone.
We took a closer look the phone at its launch to find out if it deserves to head-up Nokia’s 2014 phone line-up
The Nokia Lumia 1320 is a very large Windows phone. It has a 6-inch screen, and is quite an imposing presence. The more affordable sibling of the Lumia 1520, it cuts out some of that phone’s higher-end features to sell for around £270 SIM-free, or around £21 a month on a contract.
However, its sheer girth makes it a little hard to live with, and the extra screen inches aren’t beneficial enough yet.
Microsoft could allow Windows Phone to support Android apps in the future, according to a new report.
New information suggests that Microsoft is at least considering the possibility of supporting Android apps on Windows Phone and Windows one day.
Speaking to The Verge, “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans” say Microsoft is talking over the idea of accepting Android apps into the Windows and Windows Phone ecosystems.
The sources say that the discussions are still in the early stages and planning “is ongoing”, but Microsoft is talking about the possibility.
Apparently, Microsoft is discussing whether to simply allow Android apps to appear within the Windows and Windows Phone stores, but some execs suggest it could destroy the platform entirely, especially on mobile.