Microsoft today announced updates to OneDrive apps for iOS and Android devices. In Android devices, OneDrive will now automatically upload your videos by default. Also they have updated the UI to make it feel more native to Android. It comes with an in-app navigation drawer that works just how you expect it to. Also, you have a new, dedicated search button means your important files are only a quick search away. For iOS, And on iOS, we’ve made uploads more reliable (so you should see fewer pesky notifications), enabled camera backup to occur in the background, and made it easier to work on your documents by opening them directly in Office Mobile on your iPhone or Office for iPad. Updates will be rolled out in the coming days. ...

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This is a surprise move from Microsoft Devices division. They have made Opera Mobile browser as the default browser for their Nokia X series devices. Nokia X2 device which was announced today comes with Opera as the default web browser. The Opera browser is also available for free to download from Nokia Store. Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software commented the following on the deal, “Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.” Opera for Android is a full-fledged web browser for mobile devices that puts the user in the driver’s seat with powerful, yet easy to understand features. Opera ...

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As expected, Microsoft today revealed the next generation Nokia X device named ‘Nokia X2′. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GM RAM, 4.3-inch ClearBlack LCD display, Dual Sim support and 1800 mAh battery. It also comes with a 5MP camera with flash and auto focus on the back as well as a front-facing camera. Display size: 4.3” Display technology: ClearBlack, LCD Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 200 RAM: 1 GB Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM Skype, Outlook.com and OneDrive with 15GB storage are available right out of the box. Nokia X2 is be priced at €99 and available immediately in select countries globally. It will be available in glossy green, orange and black, with glossy yellow, white and matt dark grey colors. In the press release, Microsoft also revealed that Nokia X family in selling well in emerging markets like India, Pakistan, etc,. “The Nokia X family is ...

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Microsoft Mobile division’s official blog today posted a teaser with the following text, Summer brings out our inner glow… …stay tuned to Conversations to find out what we’ve got in store. Since the teaser is in green and Nokia has always associated green color with Android/Nokia X series in the past, we can expect a new Nokia X series device on Monday. As per the previous leaks, the Nokia X2 Android device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The device also scored an AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. Also, Microsoft is reportedly fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices. Currently, Nokia X devices only have a back button on the front. As most of the Android users are used to having a home screen button on the front are finding it difficult to use the device. As per the report, Microsoft ...

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The original Nokia company today surprised everyone by releasing a launcher called Z Launcher for Android devices. This app comes from the Advanced Technologies Group of Nokia which Microsoft didn’t acquire. They are trying to make a more intelligent and personal mobile experience that’s better suited for real life. Throughout the day, Z Launcher will learning how you use your phone and promoting your favorite apps so you can get to them faster. Whether you’re texting a certain someone, trying not to search for apps in the car, or multi-tasking at the office, your screen changes based on your everyday life. The more you use it, the better it gets. The fastest way to find any app on your phone in one second is by scribbling in the first letter – right on the home screen. It’s easy. Download it for your Android device at https://www.zlauncher.com/.     ...

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business has been cleared to close in 16 markets where the deal was approved without any conditions. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) however approved the deal on certain conditions as they feared Microsoft may use its dominant patent resource to get more royalty out of Chinese OEMs. You can read Microsoft’s commitments is here. At that time, Microsoft revealed that Android devices are built on hundreds of patent “families” owned by Microsoft. A Chinese agency has now published the lists of patents on a Chinese-language webpage. You can download the longer list of 310 patents or read it below. The below document has three sections, in which 73 patents are classified as “standard-essential patents,” or SEPs which Microsoft should license to others on FRAND terms. There are 127 patents that Microsoft believes are used in Android devices. And there is another classification that has “non-SEP” assets, which includes 68 patent applications and 42 issued patents. Microsoft ...

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As announced at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in March, Microsoft today released a native OWA mobile app to Android phones. This is a pre-release of this app available in the Google Play store. Microsoft is looking to gather feedback, fixing bugs and making sure the app is ready for prime time! You can vote which devices support Microsoft should add next by voting here. Can I use OWA for Android? Here are the requirements to use OWA for Android: Your device is running Android 4.4 Kit Kat or higher Your mailbox must be running on Office 365 for business (doesn’t include Office 365 personal, Office 365 Home or Outlook.com) Your device size is considered “small” or “normal” by Android OS So does this app do anything differently than OWA for iPhone? With OWA for Android, if you’ve enabled the app to sync your contacts to your device, you can update those contacts directly ...

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Microsoft Yammer today announced key localization updates across the web client, mobile apps and the Yammer Success Center. This will break the language barrier that will improve communication at organizations. Yammer web client and Yammer Success center now supports 28 languages.You can easily select your preferred primary language from the language picker in the bottom of the right pane. The 28 supported languages are: Arabic; Chinese Simplified; Chinese Traditional; Czech; Danish; Dutch; English (US); Finnish; French; German; Greek; Hebrew; Hungarian; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Norwegian; Polish; Portuguese (Portugal); Portuguese (Brazil); Russian; Turkish; Romanian; Ukrainian; Spanish; Swedish; Thai. Microsoft has also released localized mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. The 12 supported languages are: Chinese Traditional; Chinese Simplified; Dutch; English (US); French; German; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish. Another important update is the message translation in both the iOS and Android Yammer apps, thanks to Microsoft Translator®. Whenever a Yammer conversation in these ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Xbox One SmartGlass apps with new features for iOS, Android And Windows Devices. The new SmartGlass app provides access to full OneGuide and universal remote control, pin reordering and more. We’ve made a ton of changes to your SmartGlass app for Xbox One. After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC. With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR. Another great companion feature now in SmartGlass is pin reordering. With the touch of your finger you can easily organize your pins in categories ...

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Microsoft released Office Touch version for Apple iPad few months back. The Office for iPad was a successful product with millions of downloads and users loved it. The most surprising part was that Microsoft released Office Touch version for iPad before Windows. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella then said that Office for iPad release was done as part of the new Cloud first, Mobile first strategy. In the code conference last week, he revealed that market share was also the reason it was released on iPad first. As per the reports from Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Office for Android may also come before Office Touch for Windows. Office Touch for Windows will get released in spring 2015 than fall 2014. But now, it’s sounding like the new priority is getting the promised Android versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to market. Microsoft officials said in March 2014 that the timing for the Android version of these touch-first ...

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At COMPUTEX, Asus announced a new device called Transformer Book V. It is the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop that features a Windows and Android laptop and tablet as well as an Android smartphone. The design comprises a laptop with a detachable 12.5-inch screen that becomes a separate tablet and a 5-inch smartphone that docks into the tablet. User can use the OS of their choice in the mode they want to use. As a laptop, Transformer Book V includes a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, and runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat. A dedicated hardware button provides instant and seamless switching between the two operating systems. The laptop features a next-generation Intel® Core™ processor providing high performance for an efficient and productive user experience. The 12.5-inch HD IPS display has sharp graphics and rich, vibrant color, and touch support adds additional convenience and functionality when using ...

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International Data Corporation (IDC) yesterday lowered its 2014 worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast to 245.4 million units. The main cause of the slow down are customers are using the older devices longer than expected and phablets are trying to replace the low-end of the tablet market as consumers are trying to own a single device that can serve both as tablet and a phone. “Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down. First, consumers are keeping their tablets, especially higher-cost models from major vendors, far longer than originally anticipated. And when they do buy a new one they are often passing their existing tablet off to another member of the family,” said Tom Mainelli, Program Vice President, Devices & Displays at IDC. “Second, the rise of phablets – smartphones with 5.5-inch and larger screens – are causing many people to second-guess tablet purchases as the larger screens ...

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Twitter is already making using of Bing Translator in their Windows Phone app to allow users to translate tweets from other languages to English. Now, Twitter is trying to expand this feature to their Android app. CNET today reported that some users are already starting to see this feature in their Android app. As you can see in the image above, a Tweet from Dutch language was presented in English using Bing. It is a cool feature that will break down the language barrier in the Twitter world. I hope Twitter expands this feature to all their clients including the web. Twitter declined to comment for this story. ...

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Earlier this week, we saw reports that Microsoft Mobile division is continuing the development of Nokia X series devices. Microsoft was also reported to be fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices.Currently, Nokia X devices only has back button in the front and most of the users who are used to having home screen button are finding it difficult to use the device. So, Microsoft Mobile division is expected to release new Nokia X series devices with home button on the front of the device. Today, a new leak has revealed the upcoming Nokia X series device called ‘Nokia X2′. This device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The image below shows that the device scores a AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. The image posted above was found on the same page, I guess it could be a concept image to ...

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft has started selling their flagship X series device Nokia XL in India. Along with this, Microsoft has also quietly started selling the Nokia X+ Dual Sim device for Rs. 8,399 in India. Microsoft has partnered with Airtel to offer users free unlimited download of Android apps for six months on the Nokia XL Dual SIM. It comes with 4-inch display, Qualcomm S4 Dual core processor, 768MB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Viral Oza, Director Marketing of Microsoft Mobile commented the following, After receiving a great response with the Nokia X, which introduced the category to this market, we are now bringing the much awaited Nokia XL and X+ to our consumers. Nokia XL, our flagship offering within the Nokia X family, comes packed with a large screen experience with a superlative front camera and a wide array of apps, offering a great Smartphone ...

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SweetLabs, the company which created Pokki Android platform apps for Windows devices has now created a new App Install Platform for Windows OEMs to monetize their devices after the sale. The SweetLabs App Install Platform enables OEMs to optimize the delivery of apps on any device and capture their fair share of the multi-billion dollar app install market. From first boot, through the lifetime of the device, OEMs can increase revenues and improve the user experience by delivering the most relevant apps to your customers. Differentiate and increase device sales by offering new app install offers and incentives in real-time. Increase per-unit margins by driving relevant app installs to your customers. Replace manual app bundling with dynamic provisioning and ongoing app recommendations to create new revenue streams. Provide personalized and differentiated app offerings to your customers. Deliver unique and relevant apps to specific devices in specific channels, and optimize based ...

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