Sunday, August 2, 2015

Windows Store (afterr Windows 10 debut) open for business in 190 countries

There is a single Windows Store and you can have apps for all of these:
  • PC
  • Tablet
  • Phone
  • IoT-in the works
  • Console
  • Holographic
Windows 10 makes user experience device agnostic (no matter what the device is).
 
Windows 10 Universal Platform allows developers to reuse code and bring apps to Windows platform from other platforms.

Simply put,
  • Windows Store is One Store for all digital content
  • Customers can have 40 million songs from Grove, TV shows and innumerbale movies and well over 670000 Windows apps and Games
  • Windows Store is bult on Univesal Platform that supports frequent updates
  • Store has media-rich content, curated collections, recommendatons and more and the store organization is development in progress
  • Store supports debit/credit cards, PayPal, Alipay, app gifting, gift cards and even Bitcoin(only in US)
  • Enhanced App discoverability-Outside of the Store
Soon Windows SDK with go-live license will be available and will accept Windows 10 App submissions-both new and updated.

 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Make Phone OS independant of the carrier

Actually this was my question to one of Microsoft's forum.

Verizon is my carrier and the carrier is slow in rolling out updates (more interested in quick sells). It took a year for Verizon to go from Windows Phone 8 to Windows Phone 8.1 after Window Phone 8.1 went RTM.

Here is my question:
Regarding tying OS with Carrier:
"
I think this is very a bad decision.
I bought my Nokia Icon and I was not aware at that time that it was Verizon Specific. When the Operating System was upgraded to 8.1, Verizon took one year to roll out while they were busy selling the Androids and Apples which were the major phones (in terms of sales) after many writing and complaining.
http://hodentekmobile.blogspot.com/2014/07/windows-phone-81.html
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/11/filed-complain-to-fcc.html"

This is the answer from the forum:

Your question on Microsoft Community has received a reply from TomBrad95.




Reply
Carriers need to do their own testing before releasing it to the public, most of the carriers in the U.S. take their time with windows phone and some even put it off, there was a discussion from Microsoft saying that they will no longer be required carrier testing and instead releasing straight to users, however I'm unsure whether this is still true or not since there hasn't been an OS release since, we'll find out when windows 10 mobile is released.

Read this reply on Microsoft Community.

Windows 10 Technical Preview for phone does not install

Nokia Icon is supported
The Windows Phone 8.1 has the correct version number: Version 8.10.14219.341
There is enough space on the phone 15.2 GB free
It goes through the motion of updating and the phone gets restarted but always ends up with the 0x80070070 error. I have tried 7 times in the last 28 hours or so.
http://hodentekmobile.blogspot.com/2015/07/installing-windows-10-technical-preview.html

I am not sure if this is happening while downloading or updating.

Perhaps Microsoft should verify the three requirements of updating shown in bold.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview for Nokia Icon


This is really welcome news for Nokia Icon users (Verizon Specific) who will be getting the full OS upgrade much later than other carriers.

Microsoft will be updating the Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile by the end of the year. Developers are expected to have their apps ported over to Windows 10 Mobile.


Microsoft wants to see billion or more phones running Windows 10 within 2 to 3 years.

Windows 10 OS is the same whatever device you use, phone, tablet or PC. All apps will look the same on all the devices, quite a feat!

You can switch from one device to another without loosing anything, whether it is music, video, YouTube whatever.

Check out here:
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/
However if you have signed for Microsoft Insider then you can install the preview for the following devices:
WP10PreviewAvailability

Source: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/preview-supported-phones

This is really welcome news for Nokia Icon users (Verizon Specific) who will be getting the full OS upgrade much later than other carriers.

Here are couple of screen shots of this installation on Nokia Icon.

Get this important app on your phone from Windows Store.



Click and download using  Get preview build.

 
I am an insider, but you can start with hitting the Get Started button.
 
I would like to work with Windows apps for PCs, tablets and phones.
 
Before you install check some of the details using links here.
 
 
You need to enroll as one of two types. I have chosen Insider Fast.
 
 
You have to agree to this upgrading to proceed.
 
 
You may encounter this screen couple of times...
 
 
Looks like a hefty program for a little thing.
 
 
I shall check and see tomorrow (8/1/2015). Things are a bit slow...
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Good news for Windows Phone users and Windows Phone developers

Microsoft will be updating the Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile by the end of the year. Developers are expected to have their apps ported over to Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft is looking at 2 to 3 years for increasing its share of
devices to a billion or more.

Windows 10 OS is the same whatever device you use, phone, tablet or PC. All apps will look the same on all the devices, quite a feat!

You can switch from one device to another without loosing anything, whether it is music, video, YouTube whatever.

Check out here:
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/
However if you have signed for Microsoft Insider then you can install the preview for the following devices:
WP10PreviewAvailability

Source: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/preview-supported-phones
To become an Windows Insider, go here:
https://insider.windows.com/

This is a good news for Windows Phone developers using Nokia Icon which is tied to Verizon. Verizon has no news regarding when it will upgrade the OS. Nokia Icon will be the last phone to get the upgrade from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile.


 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nokia Icon is still the best Windows Phone

InfoWorld writes about the only 5 smartphones that matter and includes the following:
  • Apple iPhone 6 and 6+
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (it's a Phablet)
  • LG G4 (Android)
  • Microsoft Lumia 830
However there is hardly a mention of Nokia Icon. This Verizon specific phone (Nokia Icon) is probably not sold anymore as Verizon has a new Windows Phone.

The bottom line: Nokia Icon is better than Lumia 830

 I will stay with Nokia Icon. The only worry is what happens if the battery goes bad.
AT & T appears to be carrier for Nokia 830.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Would you swap your Lumia Icon to Lumia 735?

Verizon recently gave its Windows Phone users the option to swap their Nokia Lumia Icon to Nokia Lumia 735. It does not look like an upgrade to me at all. I went out to Microsoft Store in Ala Moana take a look at it. I was fairly disappointed and one of the store staff told me Nokia Icon is a much better smart phone than the 735.

The other piece of information (I do not know if it is true or not) he gave me was it was a Verizon specific phone. If this is true I would avoid it as Verizon does not provide proper support, like asnweering customer's questions. It took almost a year after talking to Verizon to get the Windows Phone OS to upgrade to 8.1. Probably the upgrade of 735 from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 is less stressful.

I am not sure what features are important for you but there are 41 reasons why Nokia Icon is better than Nokia Lumia 735 but only 13 reasons why Nokia 735 is better than Nokia Icon.

Looks like the capability to replace battery and be able to use an external memory appears good reasons, but with cloud service available to store pictures and such this capability is not compelling.

On the whole, I would rather stay with the Nokia Icon as it takes great pictures and videos with a view area much larger than the 735. Another Windows Phone news that is bothering is Windows Phone future. Microsoft recently laid off or going to lay off  its phone related workforce in Europe.