With only five million wearable devices in total shipped worldwide during the whole last fiscal quarter, it’s hard to imagine one activity tracker would be so in-demand that a giant like Microsoft couldn’t keep it available for sale a lousy few hours.
While we’ve recently tackled all sorts of Windows Phone stats, looking at 8.1’s adoption rate and the ecosystem’s most popular devices, no one dared to speculate on the total number of in-use WP handhelds.
Eager to please, and in a hurry to eclipse perennial archrival Amazon this holiday shopping season, Best Buy seems to have started Black Friday early. With a bang too, as one of their best ongoing deals sees the brand-new Asus EeeBook X205 notebook drop to $139.99.
The tablet market didn’t need yet another Android-running iPad mini lookalike, but the Nokia N1 is quite special. For one thing, it’s a surprisingly early sign Nokia is alive and kicking after selling its once mighty device manufacturing division to Microsoft.
Black Friday deals will be underway early over at Cricket Wireless, one of AT&T’s US prepaid subsidiaries. And they’ll last until after New Year’s, if we are to trust Windows Central. And generally, the publication has spot-on sources.
Admit it, you’re sad to see Nokia go, but excited for what Microsoft might have in store in the mobile landscape. Redmond’s first solo step is far from avant-garde, but at least it sustains the tradition of solid low-end, low-cost Lumias.
As we suspected, Microsoft didn’t tease its first non-Nokia Lumia with a pic of a front-facing camera by chance. The 535 has been unveiled, and it certainly has its flaws, but low-quality selfies aren’t one.
HP’s ultra-low-cost Stream family of Windows 8.1 devices isn’t only meant as a direct competitor for budget Chromebooks, it also targets the cheapest Android tablets around.
AT&T did a tremendous job in updating its full Windows Phone lineup to the platform’s latest iteration, 8.1, and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn to show it cares about its clients. The Cortana-incorporating software package recently went out over to air to Lumia 925’s T-Mo users, with the 521 apparently next in line.
It’s no big secret Microsoft is looking towards a Nokia-free future, with the name of the now defunct Finnish mobile phone manufacturer slowly phased out of current Lumia marketing. As far as upcoming Lumia installments are concerned, these will snub Nokia branding altogether from the get-go.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets had a rough start, but things began to change with the launch of the larger Surface Pro 3. In the company’s latest earnings call, it was revealed that the Surface business brought a $908 million profit for the software giant. So, there’s a big reason for the company to explore more options, and release its successor with improved specifications, possibly the new Intel chips.
Honoring its status as a successor to the low-cost throne of the Nokia Lumia 520, the just-released Lumia 530 has been discounted at Best Buy. That sure was fast, given T-Mobile picked the low-end Windows Phone up last month, alongside AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless.