Category: Windows Phone

Rest in Peace Windows Phone

When I started this site in 2004, it was focused mainly on Microsoft mobile technology, what was then called PocketPC.  I had actually started writing about their tech in 1999 for other sites on Handheld PCs but that was clearly dying so I moved over to PPC.

Last year, after a couple of years with iOS, I moved back to Windows Phone as all indications where that Microsoft had finally sorted their scene on their mobile direction.  They had bought Nokia, had been talking about the universal nature of Windows 10 on the desktop and phone and I thought, “Maybe this time”.  I had, after all, lived through the Windows Mobile 6.5, 7, and 8 reboots so what the heck?  10 could be the magic number.

I was wrong.  It became increasingly clear that the muddled path that Microsoft was going down with their mobile platform was as confusing and foggy as ever before.  I jumped ship.  I ran to Android and I haven’t looked back.  Windows Phone market share has continued to decline, fewer phones are shipping than ever before or being manufactured than ever before and Windows 10, that universal platform, is horribly delayed.

Windows Phone is on life support and I suspect that it won’t be there for long.  Microsoft is going to kill it for good and with a market share of 1.1% globally, I doubt many will notice.

It is a sad tale and a sad ending of what could have been for Microsoft.

Ultimately I think the death of Windows Phone has come down to three primary areas:  Lack of developer support, Microsoft own “Mobile first” strategy and the simple fact the market cannot bare 3 mobile platforms.

There are other reasons of course, a lack of a flagship device certainly isn’t helping, but these three I think sum up the crux of the problem.

First, Windows Phone simply does not have the attention of the developer community.  Sure you can find apps in the Windows Store and there are some big name developers there.  But not enough and not enough to sustain the platform.  Consumers expect to be able to go to the Windows Store and pick up that name brand app they can get on Android or iOS.  In some cases they can but in far too many case, they are stuck with a 3rd party app that gets them close but no quite there.  I’m not knocking these developers.  Far from it.  Without them, the platform would have been dead years ago.  But there are not enough of the Electronic Arts or Rovio or even TripIt out there.  In the app world, perception is often reality and the perception is there are not a lot of apps from known brands in the store.

T-Mobile To Update The Sony Z3 With Lollipop and Expanded LTE Bands

If you are on T-Mobile here in the US and carry the Sony Z3, you are about to have a good Wednesday. Starting today the carrier is rolling out Lollipop to the device and with the update will also come support for LTE Band 12.  The news came via Twitter thanks to T-Mobile’s Des Smith who tweeted the update would be coming via an OTA (Over The Air) update to the device.

It’s good news for sure as the Sony Z3 has been a popular device globally and one that is more than capable of running the latest version of Android.

MLB At Bat Updated For Windows Phone

This is one that I personally take a lot of satisfaction in seeing. After indicating they were not going to update MLB At Bat for Windows Phone for the 2015 season, Major League Baseball has reversed course and has just released an updated version for the season.  We are 2 months into the season but I’m not going to complain. It is here and it is great.

Back in April before the start of the baseball season, MLB said they would not be updating the app for Windows Phone.  I was plenty critical of it as a baseball fan and Windows Phone fan.

 

At the time, it was the latest in a long string of apps that support for Windows Phone had been dropped (Bank of America, I’m STILL looking at you) and while I appreciated that Universal apps would be coming in Windows 10, it was frustrating as a baseball fan.  Now, it seems, all is right with the world.

MLB At Bat for Windows Phone – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

What’s New and Known Issues In Latest Windows 10 Mobile Build

As was expected today, Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Insiders who are participating in the Fast Ring.  Build 10080 is the first build to support a non-Lumia device, the HTC M8 for Windows Phone which is great to see in addition to the support for the Lumia 930, Lumia ICON and Lumia 640 XL.  As expected, there are a lot of new features and apps to test out in this build as well as a good list of known issues.  I’ll remind everyone that this is beta software and there will be issues so proceed with caution.  I personally am still not running Windows 10 Mobile on my daily phone and after playing with this build for a little bit on my Lumia 635 and Lumia 1320, it will remain that way.

6Tag for Windows Phone Gets Yet Another Update

It may be time for me to create a “This Week in 6Tag Updates” section of the site.

Once again developer Rudy Huyn has dropped another update to the popular Instagram app for Windows Phone, this time it increments up to version 4.3 for those keeping score at home.  This update, like the 4.2 update last week, brings several new features both from a photo sharing perspective as well as the user experience.  It’s certainly worth the upgrade and it is available now in the Windows Phone store.

6Tag for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

54 New Wallpapers for Android and Windows Phone

Over the weekend I added 15 new wallpapers to the wallpaper page here on the site.  These are a collection of some I have found as I scurry about the Web that I like and I hope you do to.  This morning I’ve added even more to the page by uploading 54 new ones.  That brings the total up to 119 on the page ranging from mountains to city streets and even a leopard or two.  I make no claim to authorship on most of these.  In fact there are about 15 of the 119 that I’ve actually created.  I’ve tried to give credit where due but in some cases that’s not possible.

ClintonFitch.com Wallpapers Page

ClintonFitch.com Wallpapers Page

As always, these wallpapers for your Android or Windows Phone are free.  I encourage you to download them and enjoy them and feel free to repost them yourself.

To get to the Wallpaper page, click on this link or hit the Wallpaper button on the main menu.

15 New Wallpapers Available for Your Android or Windows Phone

This morning I have uploaded 15 new wallpapers for you to download (for free) and use on your Android or Windows Phone device.  These wallpapers are not original creations but rather a collection of those I have found across the Web over the past few weeks.  As such it is a bit of what I like and hopefully you will too.

To get to the wallpaper page, just use the top navigation of the site or click this link.  There you will find the entire collection.

Wallpapers are a great way to personalize your mobile experience, be it your phone, tablet or even your laptop PC or Macbook.  There are literally millions of them on the web so my little collection is far from complete nor will it have something for everyone.

6Tag for Windows Phone Updated With Several New Features

The ever popular Instagram app for Windows Phone, 6Tag, has received yet another update bringing several new features to users.  The Instagram app is the work of developer Rudy Huyn, one of the most prolific in the Windows community and is hands-down superior to the official Instagram app for Windows Phone which has not seen an update in well over a year now.  This latest update, version 4.2 for those keeping score at home, is available now in the Windows Phone Store.

6Tag for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

Cut The Rope 2 Finally Makes Its Way to Windows Phone

A bit of good news on the app front for Windows Phone.  Cut The Rope 2, a game which has been available for well over a year on Android and iOS, has made its way to the Little OS That Could.  The free game is identical to the game on the other platforms and is a sequel to the original game where you help the main character Om Nom get to the candy by cutting ropes to swing him into the position to get the candy.  It sounds easy but there are some levels of the game that are mighty difficult.

Cut The Rope 2 for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

OneDrive for Windows Phone Update Brings Transparent Live Tile

The OneDrive team has had a busy day today.  Earlier this morning they released an update to OneDrive for Android with several new features and fixes and tonight we see a new OneDrive for Windows Phone version now available.  The update, version 4.11.0.0 for those keeping score at home, brings mostly bug fixes and improvements but also brings a Transparent Live Tile to the app.  I personally think that transparent Live tiles are one of the things that seperates Windows Phone from a user experience perspective than iOS or Android as it allow you to make your device more personal.  OneDrive now is offers this for those who like it which is great to see.

OneDrive for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

Amtrak App for Windows Phone Gets a Major Overhaul

The official Amtrak app for Windows Phone has receive a big update today, bringing the ability to view your eTickets and monthly reservations amongst other changes.  The update, version 2.2.0 for those keeping score at home, also brings the ability to purchase tickets right from within the app.  For those outside of the United States, Amtrak is our national rail service and while not nearly as comprehensive as those you would find in Europe, it is pretty good especially if you live in the densely populated East Coast.  Now you don’t have to always go to the Amtrak site while on the go with your Windows Phone.

Amtrak for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

6Tag for Windows Phone Gets a Memory Usage Improvement Update

Developer Rudy Huyn just keeps at it on his various Windows Phone apps and today we see another update to 6Tag, arguably the best Instagram app on the platform.  The update, version 4.1.3 for those keeping score at home, is aimed at improving the memory usage of the app, making it a bit more efficient in its operation on your device.  There are no other changes noted in the Release Notes but if you are a 6Tag user, you should definitely go get this update today.

6Tag for Windows Phone – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

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