While I, personally, haven’t had the opportunity to play around with the Windows Kinect motion sensor, I’ve seen it in action and it looks quite fun. When it comes to gaming on an Xbox, who doesn’t like voice and full-body gesture control? But now, Microsoft is taking things to the next level with its latest SDK 2.0 for Kinect v2 sensors. Soon, we’ll see Kinect-compatible apps in the Windows Store.
Today, in the latest installment of the never-ending “what is Verizon thinking?” saga, we’re beyond heartbroken to report America’s largest wireless carrier may have delayed its Nokia Lumia 735 launch.
Microsoft’s decision to give up Windows 8.1 licensing fees for manufacturers of smartphones and small tablets may have been one of the most inspired in ages, as it’s currently raining with sub-$150 and even sub-$100 Win slates.
Microsoft was left red-faced this week after its DCMA sweep of YouTube knocked several well-respected Windows bloggers down. The bloggers, including such well-known names as Bruce Naylor and Chris Pirillo were left shaken and angry by the take downs. Pirillo took to Twitter to air his frustration, creating the hashtag #MicroStopped to reach out to other Windows bloggers who may have been affected.
Things are getting more and more crowded by the day in the Windows Phone landscape, despite the platform’s inability to close in on Android and iOS as far as user numbers go. Of course, Microsoft is primarily in charge with continuously enriching diversity and choice in the WP ecosystem, although smaller brands are also cranking up their efforts.
Wow, we knew high-end Nokia Lumias were having trouble selling in a niche flooded with superior Androids and iPhones, but we never imagined things were so bad. How bad are they? So bad Verizon is already looking to get rid of leftover Lumia Icon inventory before giving the 5 incher the boot.
There’s a new PureView kid on the block, but although Microsoft is pulling all the stops to convince us it’s an affordable “flagship”, the fact of the matter is the Lumia 830 has nothing on the OG 1020. Age notwithstanding, and size out of the equation too, the one-year-old outsmarts the WP 8.1 novice in RAM, internal storage, and most of all, camera performance.
Run, it’s a Nokia Lumia stampede. But don’t forget to get a spanking new Windows Phone for the ride. There’s plenty to choose from, starting with the low-end, low-cost Lumia 530 and 830 “affordable powerhouse”.
Aaand we’re off. Microsoft’s highly anticipated sequel for the best-selling Windows Phone ever is dated and priced for a pair of US no-contract experts, and mostly in line with rumors, the Nokia Lumia 530 will be hard to turn down.
Though it might still be a while until Nokia, aka Microsoft, starts selling its newest “affordable flagship” with AT&T subsidies, not to mention T-Mobile or Verizon support, eager fans of the Lumia 830 now have at least one way to jump on the bandwagon early.
Although it’s really not that much better than the OG Nokia Lumia 520/521/525, the recently unveiled Lumia 530 is treated as a pretty big deal by Microsoft.
There’s no telling how long it’s going to take Google to force KitKat upon enough Android devices for it to overpower Jelly Bean, the current heavyweight champion of the mobile world. Or, in fact, if KK’s time will ever come, given a new Android port, codenamed L, is right around the corner.