The end of 2014 is quickly approaching, so this is a great time to look back at the year that was in Windows Phone, and give our recommendation on the best Windows Phones for various price ranges. 2014 saw some change in the Windows Phone market, with the dominant player Nokia being purchased by Microsoft earlier this year. Microsoft also made some changes to the platform to make it easier to build a Windows Phone from scratch with the Qualcomm reference platform, and they changed the hardware requirements of the software to allow device makers to port their Android based smartphones over to Microsoft’s platform.

Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Coming to AOSP

Jean-Baptiste Queru, a software engineer working on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), just confirmed that Android 4.0.1 source is now available. This is the version of Android that...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/14/2011

Samsung and AT&T Announce Galaxy Tab 8.9, Six new LTE Markets

Not to be outdone by Verizon with its LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which we reviewed), Samsung and AT&T today announced that it's introducing an LTE enabled Galaxy Tab 8.9...

9 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2011

Samsung Licenses PowerVR SGX MP from Imagination Technologies

Samsung is a bit of a mobile GPU conoisseur it seems. Its previous flagship, Hummingbird, used a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Its most recent high-end SoC, the Exynos 4210...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/10/2011

Understanding Intel's Android 4.0 x86 Optimizations

Earlier this week Computer World published a story about Intel adding x86 optimizations to the Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android (4.0). The story itself was fine but a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

ARM's Mali-T658 GPU in 2013, Up to 10x Faster than Mali-400

ARM's licensed CPU cores dominate the mobile space. This year the core of choice for high-end smartphones and tablets is ARM's Cortex A9 and late next year it'll be...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

Adobe Kills Mobile Flash Plug-In

Adobe announced via a press release today that it would cease development of the Flash Player for smartphones and tablets, and would shift its focus to HTML5 support for...

40 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/9/2011

NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Launched: Architecture Revealed

Originally announced in February of this year at MWC, NVIDIA is finally officially launching its next-generation SoC. Previously known under the code name Kal-El, the official name is Tegra...

94 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

HTC Rezound Announced:LTE, Beats by Dre and HD SuperLCD on Verizon

We knew this was coming, but HTC still had some surprises in store. The HTC Rezound will hit retail channels for $299 on November 14th. This latest halo phone...

23 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/3/2011

Apple Confirms Battery Life Bug in iOS 5 - Releases iOS 5.0.1 Beta

Since the launch of iOS 5, a number of users have begun reporting decreased battery life on their iDevices, and alongside it have been reports of battery life issues...

26 by Brian Klug on 11/2/2011

Apple iPhone 4S: Thoroughly Reviewed

History loves to repeat itself, and even Apple isn’t immune to the yearly cycle of rumor and release. Leading to each year’s iPhone refresh, excitement, rumors, and hype build...

201 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/31/2011

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid: AT&T's First LTE Phones Launch Nov. 6

As if we didn't have enough phones to review, AT&T, HTC and Samsung announced today the first LTE phones to launch on AT&T's newly rolled out network. The five...

16 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/31/2011

Siri Gets Hacked: Running on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G

When iPhone 4S was announced earlier this month, one of the mightiest features was definitely Apple's new voice control software: Siri. Siri understands normal speech, so you can send...

33 by Kristian Vättö on 10/30/2011

Sony Acquires Sony Ericsson

Sony has released a press statement which announces Sony's purchase of Sony Ericsson. Before today, Sony has owned 50% of Sony Ericsson while Ericsson has held the other 50%...

21 by Kristian Vättö on 10/27/2011

Nokia Lumia 800 & 710, Windows Phones Announced

Just seven months after announcing its intention to move to Windows Phone, Nokia unveiled its first WP based devices: the Lumia 800 and 710. Both feature the same Qualcomm applications...

61 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/26/2011

Toshiba Releases 6.1" Display with Resolution of 2560x1600

Pretty much ever since the iPhone 4 with retina display was launched, resolutions have played a major role in smartphone market. In September, Samsung unveiled Galaxy S II HD...

50 by Kristian Vättö on 10/22/2011

Confirmed: Galaxy Nexus Includes PenTile

Though we've learned a lot about the Galaxy Nexus specifications already, one of the things that has remained a question thus far is whether its 4.65" 720p HD Super...

152 by Brian Klug & Jason Inofuentes on 10/21/2011

Google to Release Ice Cream Sandwich Source Code Soon

Reiterating what the company has been saying about Android 4.0, Google's Dan Morrill said today that the Ice Cream Sandwich source code would be made available to the general...

25 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/20/2011

Nokia Will Unveil Windows 7 Phones Next Week

Nokia will be revealing its first Windows 7 phones next week at its Nokia World 2011 event, Microsoft's Andy Lees revealed in an interview at AllThingsD's AsiaD conference. These...

41 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/20/2011

Samsung Focus S & Flash: Official Images, 1.4GHz Mango Devices Shipping This Fall

The one area Microsoft hasn't touched while upgrading Windows Phone has been the SoC requirements. The platform launched with 65nm Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs featuring the quite-slow Adreno 200 GPU...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2011

ARM's Cortex A7: Bringing Cheaper Dual-Core & More Power Efficient High-End Devices

How do you keep increasing performance in a power constrained environment like a smartphone without decreasing battery life? You can design more efficient microarchitectures, but at some point you’ll...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2011

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