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  1. Windows 10 Mobile is now just a few weeks from its last cumulative update, and with the end of support, that means that things are about to stop working. One of those things is WhatsApp, which won't work beginning on December 31, as spotted by WindowsArea.de. Right now, the app should still work on Windows 10 Mobile, and even Windows Phone 8.1, an OS that hasn't been supported since mid-2017. In fact, if you're still on Windows Phone 8.1, the Store will be completely shut down beginning on December 16. The Store will continue to work on Windows 10 Mobile after support ends on December 10, but obviously WhatsApp will be removed from it on December 31. WhatsApp is also set to be retired for older versions of Android and iOS, although frankly, it's a bit surprising that these versions even still work. As of February 1, you'll no longer be able to use the service on Android 2.3.7 or iOS 7, both of which are versions that came out well over half a decade ago. Right now, Android 2.3.7 accounts for 0.3% of all Google Play devices, according to Google's most recent usage report. As always, if you want to keep using WhatsApp, you'll need to upgrade to something newer. If you're still on a Windows phone, it's time to move to iOS or Android. Source: WhatsApp for Windows phones will shut down on December 31 (via Neowin)
  2. Bill Gates: Windows Phone could have defeated Android Microsoft founder laments missed opportunity due to antitrust investigation (Image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft founder Bill Gates believes the company would have dominated the smartphone world had it not been for an antitrust investigation it faced in the early 2000s. Speaking at the New York Times’ DealBook conference, Gates said he was too distracted by the case and missed a deadline to put Windows Mobile on a Motorola device by a matter of months. Microsoft dominated smartphones in the first part of the decade with Windows Mobile, but this first mover advantage was limited by the fact the market for such devices was so small. Motorola was a major device manufacturer during the period, meaning Windows Mobile could have gained significant traction in the market and would have limited the opportunity that Google seized with Android. Microsoft Mobile “There’s no doubt that the antitrust lawsuit was bad for Microsoft, and we would have been more focused on creating the phone operating system and so instead of using Android today you would be using Windows Mobile,” Gates is quoted as saying. “If it hadn’t been for the antitrust case... we were so close, I was just too distracted. I screwed that up because of the distraction.” The first Android devices were launched in the latter part of the decade and filled the vacuum left by Microsoft for a non-Apple mobile operating system. Android has effectively become to smartphones what Windows is to PCs. Windows Phone was critically acclaimed but released far too late to gain the consumer, vendor and developer support required to successfully challenge for the top spot. Not even the acquisition of former market leader Nokia could help arrest the decline. Gates has previously described Microsoft’s inability to capture the market as his biggest mistake, one worth hundreds of billions of pounds, but the company has at least made peace with its failure. A final low-key attempt to win share with a mobile version of Windows 10 has run out of steam, and Microsoft even plans to use Android in its upcoming Surface Duo device. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s strategy is to get its services, such as Microsoft Office 365, onto as many devices as possible and drive subscription revenue. Source: Bill Gates: Windows Phone could have defeated Android (TechRadar)
  3. Support for Windows Phone 8.1 ended back in July 2017, and while it doesn't receive updates anymore (and wasn't for a long time before that), Microsoft is still shutting down the rest of the things that made it tick. Now, the Redmond company has updated a support page to reflect that the Windows Phone Store will be shut down beginning on December 16. As of July of this year, app updates have no longer been distributed through the Store, but apparently you've still been able to download new apps. One app that you might want to think about downloading is Upgrade Advisor, which is what you'll need to get Windows 10 Mobile. However, even this app will no longer be available after December 16; after that, you have to use the OTC Updater and side-load the update. The Microsoft Store on Windows 10 Mobile still works, even though as the support document clearly states, the OS isn't supported anymore. The page also says that "in some cases", support for Windows 10 Mobile will end by the end of 2019; however, none of those cases apply here. That's talking about Windows 10 Mobile version 1709, for which support ends on December 10. Only phones that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile ever got that update. Devices that upgraded from Windows Phone 8.1 mostly could only go up to the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, or version 1607. The only ones that could go further than that were the Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL, which could go up to version 1703. Anyway, if you're still on Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is recommending that you move to Windows 10 Mobile if you've got an eligible device. Still, it's probably time to move on to iOS or Android. Source: The Windows Phone Store will shut down on December 16 (via Neowin)
  4. Windows Phone might have survived if Microsoft hadn't make these mistakes, says a former Nokia engineer. A Reddit user who claims to have been a Nokia engineer at the time Microsoft acquired the Finnish company's struggling mobile business has outlined four main factors behind the failure of Windows Phone. There are a ton of reasons why Microsoft lost the battle for mobile, including its approach to licensing Windows Phone, partners like Samsung not launching cutting-edge Windows Phone handsets, and Microsoft's failure to attract app developers. But now one former Nokia engineer, who was based in Nokia's Boston offices at the time of Microsoft's acquisition, has shared the main reasons he believes Windows Phone failed. He emphasizes that he wasn't a "big time from Espoo", Nokia's Finnish headquarters, but just a "regular software development engineer" from the Boston office. The engineer joined Nokia at some point after the 2011 deal with Microsoft to put Windows Phone 7 on all its smartphones and would later work on the app store for the Nokia X, the first Android phone that Nokia launched just ahead of its acquisition by Microsoft. "There are many well known factors that caused WP's demise, none of them alone took it down, but here are the ones that stood out most to me," the engineer wrote in the Reddit post. While Microsoft's failure to create Android would become Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' biggest regret, the engineer believes Microsoft underestimated Google and the value of services like Gmail, search, and Maps on mobile. Google in 2012 stopped funding efforts to make its apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. "Obviously Apple was red hot and Microsoft knew that, but Google was new to the OS business and they really weren't taken seriously enough. Android was pretty rough then, but the real value was Google's services; when Google cut Microsoft off of YouTube, Maps, Gmail, etc, it really made WP look cheap." The second mistake was a "botched Windows 8" and the stigma over Microsoft's Metro interface, which arguably worked well on mobile with Windows Phone 7 touchscreen devices but wasn't well received when Microsoft put it on the desktop in Windows 8. "Before Windows 8, WP had a lot of people's curiosity. After Windows 8, people associated the two together as bad products even though the teams then were pretty independent, and things done poorly on Windows 8 were not reflective of how the experience was on WP. Even with Windows 10, the stigma against Metro never recovered," the former Nokia engineer wrote. Microsoft itself also still had a bad reputation, the engineer argues, due its actions over the past decade as the dominant tech company. "At the time it was still horrible and it meant that the young guys who grew up hating Microsoft were making the big startups for other platforms," the engineer notes. Finally, by 2014, mobile users had already aligned themselves with either iOS or Android. "Even if WP got apps and whatever else it lacked, there just wasn't a compelling reason to switch. Even now I sense the number swapping between iOS and Android is pretty low." Interestingly, as the former Nokia engineer notes, under the 2011 deal with Microsoft, Nokia wasn't meant to launch an Android phone. However, the company got around that by categorizing its Android device as a feature phone in contrast with its high-end Lumia devices on Windows Phone. And through that experience, the engineer says he found coding for Windows Phone was also superior to Android. "As the Nokia X was a secret, they couldn't just go out and advertise Android openings, instead hiring just Java engineers and reassigning some internally," the engineer writes. "Eventually we got put there as things got closer to launch. I worked on the X app store, which was the first I did for Android. Android Studio was in its early days so we were still on Eclipse, which was sorely lacking compared to Visual Studio. For all the negatives on the consumer side, coding for WP was always better than Android." Source
  5. Microsoft Destroys the Dream of a Windows Phone Running Full Windows While Microsoft is planning to kill off Windows 10 Mobile once and for all in December, the dream of a Windows phone has so far lived on thanks to skilled developers out there who have managed to achieve the impossible by porting Windows 10 ARM to Lumia phones. The project advanced slowly, especially because Microsoft itself has never been too keen on supporting these efforts, but it did reach a point where nearly everything was working, including even making and receiving phone calls. And just when it seemed that we could finally get a Windows phone running full Windows, here’s Microsoft making the whole thing well… close to impossible. Recent preview builds of Windows 10 shipped to Fast ring insiders no longer include the cellular networking stack, which means that despite all the aforementioned efforts, making and receiving a phone call on a device powered by Windows 10 ARM is no longer possible.No sign of AndromedaGustave Monce, who is one of the developers pushing the dream of a Windows phone forward with hard work on this project, explains the following on Twitter: “Windows Phone Cellular networking stack has been removed from Windows Desktop by build 18912. Qualcomm Windows Phone cellular stack also relied on Windows Phone specific OIDs to work properly, these also seem gone on first glance. So even if we load the RIL ourselves without the driver and make adjustments things won't work.” “Parts if not all of the Windows Phone cellular stack is present on Windows Desktop since Redstone 1 (14393). The entire driver set for Lumia on Windows relied on this being present to work. To put it shortly, it means this: On builds newer or equal to 18912, Cellular will not work anymore on Lumias running Windows Desktop with the current codebase, Calls, Texts, data will not work and probably won't ever do unless some massive effort is put into rewriting the stack.” While Microsoft remains tight-lipped on this decision to remove the cellular networking stack from the OS, this isn’t necessarily surprising. Ditching unused code obviously makes the OS lighter and helps prevent various bugs that could impact devices running it. However, this could be pretty much the end of the Windows phone dream, especially as the highly-anticipated Andromeda is nowhere to be seen. Source
  6. Google Chrome on Windows Phones Is a Real Thing Now Microsoft giving up on EdgeHTML and migrating to Chromium produces a series of benefits, including Google itself being more willing to support Windows as a platform. For example, one of the projects that could see daylight as a result of Microsoft’s commitment to Chromium is a Windows 10 ARM version of Google Chrome browser. And by the looks of things, this is already a work in progress, and a software developer managed to get the browser up and running on Windows 10 on ARM. Jeremy Sinclair explains in a tweet that it’s actually possible to build Google Chrome for Windows 10 ARM, even though not all features are currently working exactly as expected, as it’s the case of the emoji window in Windows 10. “BEHOLD! Successful Chromium build completed and is running on Windows ARM64 \o/! It was SUPER fast opening, also,” he tweeted. Such an achievement brings in its turn several other benefits, such as the possibility of running Google Chrome on other Windows 10 on ARM devices. Included Windows phones, that is.Chrome on Windows phones, a dream that finally comes trueNot a long time ago, the developer community managed to install Windows 10 ARM on Windows phones, like the Lumia 950 XL, so thanks to this new project, Google Chrome should be running on these smartphones as well. “A windows phone running chrome natively, rare endangered species in an unnatural habitat,” software developer Gustave Monce tweetedduring the weekend. As I said on several occasions, while it’s nice to see software like Windows 10 on ARM or Google Chrome running on Windows phones, Microsoft’s smartphone platform is dead anyway. The company will stop providing updates in December this year, so no further security improvements would be released. Additionally, Microsoft itself recommends users to switch to Android and iOS to enjoy the full benefits of its apps. Source
  7. Use a Windows Phone Continuum Dock for DeX on Samsung Galaxy S10 One of the greatest features of Windows 10 Mobile devices was Continuum, which technically made it possible for a smartphone to become a fully-featured PC when connected to a larger screen. Continuum debuted on the Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile flagship announced in October 2015, and it required a small dock or adapter that was responsible for the whole magic. Basically, with such a device arsenal, Windows 10 Mobile turned into a more capable operating system that allowed you to work with a mouse and keyboard just like you used to do on a PC. This is one of the reasons Microsoft originally pushed so hard for UWP apps, hoping that apps built for PCs would eventually run on mobile phones too. Like Windows phones, Continuum missed its chance to impress, and Microsoft didn’t even deliver the improvements that it once promised to ship. In the meantime, other companies, including Samsung, decided to build their very own alternatives to Continuum, and DeX is pretty much the most famous at this point. Just like Continuum, DeX is powered by a special adapter that allows a Samsung phone to double as a PC when connected to a larger screen, and thanks to running Android, this implementation is a lot more useful than on Windows phones. The recently-released Samsung Galaxy S10 also supports DeX, and what’s more, it looks like Samsung still allows us to use third-party adapters as well, including those that were originally developed for Continuum. What I used here is the HP Elite x3 Desk Dock, which is HP’s very own dock that was supposed to recharge the HP Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile device and power Continuum. Using DeX with this piece of hardware is a pretty straightforward process, though I must remind you that a DisplayPort cable is required. The dock comes with two USB ports for your mouse and keyboard, and it can also fast-charge your Samsung Galaxy S10 when using it. DeX on the Galaxy S10 with HP’s dock works exactly as you’d expect it, and thanks to the latest-generation hardware available on the smartphone, everything is fast and very responsive. When browsing the web, however, you may want to configure the browser to request desktop versions of websites by default because otherwise, mobile content might not look too good on a larger screen. To be completely honest, I like DeX much more than Continuum, and everything on the screen is placed exactly where it should be. Continuum was designed from the very beginning to look and feel like Windows, but on the other hand, the original version lacked just too many features, including the essentials like window mode. In Samsung’s DeX, everything works just smoothly, and with HP’s dock, the Galaxy S10 can even double as a touchpad if you don’t have a mouse around. However, for a more PC-like experience, I recommend you to use a mouse and a keyboard. During my time with DeX on the Galaxy S10, I didn’t really feel the need for more power, though the fact that I had to stick with Android apps more or less limited my options when it comes to productivity. The good thing is that I use mostly Microsoft software which is available on Android as well, like the Office productivity suite and Outlook, so pretty much everything I need is already there. Obviously, given that HP’s desk dock costs $149 brand new, this isn’t really the most affordable way to get DeX up and running without an official adapter, though I’m pretty sure you can find used ones a lot cheaper on eBay. But on the other hand, if you’re one of those people who were super-committed to Windows Phone and now have such an adaptor around, it makes no sense to buy Samsung’s very own when everything is working just smoothly. Source
  8. Cortana is about to lose some features on Windows Phone 8.1, the OS where it made its big debut back in 2014. As reported by All About Windows Phone, WP8.1 users can now see a “Change is constant” message when launching Cortana on their phones. The message that follows explains that the Cortana home page featuring today’s top headlines and other personalized content will disappear in January, with no impact on other Cortana features. “By January this page will be retired, and I won’t be using it to show you what’s coming next. I’ll still be there to answer your questions and keep your reminders,” the message says. Microsoft officially dropped support for Windows Phone 8.1 back in July 2017, though the platform isn’t quite dead yet. The Windows Store on WP8.1 should continue to work through July 1, 2019, and we hope the same will be true for other inbox apps. As for Cortana, its future is still unclear at the moment, especially after Microsoft’s head of Cortana Javier Soltero recently left the company. The company has also started testing separating Cortana for Windows Search in the latest Windows 10 Insider builds, right after we saw the Microsoft Store welcomed an Amazon Alexa app this year (which also integrates with Cortana). source
  9. Image Courtesy: WindowsCentral Microsoft was once committed to its mobile business, and in addition to the Windows Phone lineup, the company was also working on a feature phone that was never released in the market. Microsoft’s feature phone had the company’s logo instead of Nokia and the leaked phone is another living proof that Microsoft was once committed to the mobile phone industry. The leaked feature phone is similar to other devices that Microsoft was selling under the Nokia logo. Microsoft apparently wanted its feature phone to look familiar to Windows Phone users. In addition to the Lumia-like logo position, the phone used a Windows Phone-like interface. In leaked photos, the device is seen running Windows Phone-interface that has live tiles. Image Courtesy: WindowsCentral The phone is not running the Windows Phone operating system so the live tiles can only display notifications such as unread messages and missed calls. It’s not interactive and dynamic live tiles. The screen is small so the tiles are also smaller. The app such as OneNote, Mail, Calendar, web browser and even a Store is available. The unreleased phone from Microsoft features a 2.5-inch screen, 1,200 mAh battery and a 1.92-megapixel camera was also offered on the phone. source
  10. Telegram for Desktop is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. Download Telegram Offline Installer Setup for PC! With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 1000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. You can download Telegram for PC offline installer from our site by clicking on free download button. What can you do with Telegram? Connect from most remote locations. Coordinate groups of up to 1000 members. Synchronize your chats across all your devices. Send documents of any type. Encrypt personal and business secrets. Destruct your messages with a timer. Store your media in the cloud. Build your own tools on our API. Enjoy feedback from your customers. Changelog v 1.3.14: Fix a crash in calls. v 1.3.13: Export data from individual chats using the '...' menu. Added a new night theme. You can now assign custom themes as night and day themes to quickly switch between them. Support for Telegram Passport 1.1 and improved password hashing algorithm to better protect Telegram Passport data. v 1.3.12: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.11: Added a new night theme. You can now assign custom themes as night and day themes to quickly switch between them. v 1.3.10: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.9 Mark chats in the chat list as Read or Unread. Improved censorship circumvention. v 1.3.8: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.7: Push fixes to stable version. v 1.3.6: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.5: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.4: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.3: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.2: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.1: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.0: Improved censorship circumvention. Improved stability when working through proxy servers. Save several proxy servers to quickly switch between them in Settings. Use proxy for calls. Emoji and text replacement now happens immediately after typing (instead of after sending) and can be rolled back using Backspace or CTRL/CMD + Z. Replacement no longer happens when pasting text. Added formatting shortcuts. Select text and use: CTRL/CMD + B/I for bold and italic CTRL/CMD + K to create or edit a custom link CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + M for monospace font CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + N to clear formatting Homepage Changelog - only major versions Github page - Source code & all builds changelog FAQ ███ Desktop Windows or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tsetup.1.3.14.exe Portable or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tportable.1.3.14.zip Mac or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tmac/tsetup.1.3.14.dmg App Store or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/telegram-desktop/id946399090 Linux x64 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux/tsetup.1.3.14.tar.xz Linux x86 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.1.3.14.tar.xz v1.3.13: Win Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tsetup.1.3.13.exe Portable Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tportable.1.3.13.zip Mac Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tmac/tsetup.1.3.13.dmg Linux x64 Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux/tsetup.1.3.13.tar.xz Linux x86 Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.1.3.13.tar.xz ███ Phone Android or Direct Link Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger iphone / ipad or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/telegram-messenger/id686449807 Windows Phone
  11. Telegram for Desktop is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. Download Telegram Offline Installer Setup for PC! With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 1000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. You can download Telegram for PC offline installer from our site by clicking on free download button. What can you do with Telegram? Connect from most remote locations. Coordinate groups of up to 1000 members. Synchronize your chats across all your devices. Send documents of any type. Encrypt personal and business secrets. Destruct your messages with a timer. Store your media in the cloud. Build your own tools on our API. Enjoy feedback from your customers. Changelog v 1.3.10: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.9 Mark chats in the chat list as Read or Unread. Improved censorship circumvention. v 1.3.8: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.7: Push fixes to stable version. v 1.3.6: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.5: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.4: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.3: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.2: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.1: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.0: Improved censorship circumvention. Improved stability when working through proxy servers. Save several proxy servers to quickly switch between them in Settings. Use proxy for calls. Emoji and text replacement now happens immediately after typing (instead of after sending) and can be rolled back using Backspace or CTRL/CMD + Z. Replacement no longer happens when pasting text. Added formatting shortcuts. Select text and use: CTRL/CMD + B/I for bold and italic CTRL/CMD + K to create or edit a custom link CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + M for monospace font CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + N to clear formatting Homepage Changelog - only major versions Github page - Source code & all builds changelog FAQ ███ Desktop Windows or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tsetup.1.3.10.exe Portable or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tportable.1.3.10.zip Mac or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tmac/tsetup.1.3.10.dmg App Store or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/telegram-desktop/id946399090 Linux x64 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux/tsetup.1.3.10.tar.xz Linux x86 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.1.3.10.tar.xz ███ Phone Android or Direct Link Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger iphone / ipad or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/telegram-messenger/id686449807 Windows Phone
  12. Telegram for Desktop is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. Download Telegram Offline Installer Setup for PC! With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 1000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. You can download Telegram for PC offline installer from our site by clicking on free download button. What can you do with Telegram? Connect from most remote locations. Coordinate groups of up to 1000 members. Synchronize your chats across all your devices. Send documents of any type. Encrypt personal and business secrets. Destruct your messages with a timer. Store your media in the cloud. Build your own tools on our API. Enjoy feedback from your customers. Changelog v 1.3.8: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.7: Push fixes to stable version. v 1.3.6: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.5: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.4: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.3: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.2: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.1: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.0: Improved censorship circumvention. Improved stability when working through proxy servers. Save several proxy servers to quickly switch between them in Settings. Use proxy for calls. Emoji and text replacement now happens immediately after typing (instead of after sending) and can be rolled back using Backspace or CTRL/CMD + Z. Replacement no longer happens when pasting text. Added formatting shortcuts. Select text and use: CTRL/CMD + B/I for bold and italic CTRL/CMD + K to create or edit a custom link CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + M for monospace font CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + N to clear formatting Homepage Changelog - only major versions Github page - Source code & all builds changelog FAQ ███ Desktop Windows Portable Mac App Store Linux x64 Linux x86 ███ Phone Android iphone / ipad Windows Phone
  13. Telegram for Desktop is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. Download Telegram Offline Installer Setup for PC! With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 1000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. You can download Telegram for PC offline installer from our site by clicking on free download button. What can you do with Telegram? Connect from most remote locations. Coordinate groups of up to 1000 members. Synchronize your chats across all your devices. Send documents of any type. Encrypt personal and business secrets. Destruct your messages with a timer. Store your media in the cloud. Build your own tools on our API. Enjoy feedback from your customers. Changelog v 1.3.7: Push fixes to stable version. v 1.3.6: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.5: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.4: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.3: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.2: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.1: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.0: Improved censorship circumvention. Improved stability when working through proxy servers. Save several proxy servers to quickly switch between them in Settings. Use proxy for calls. Emoji and text replacement now happens immediately after typing (instead of after sending) and can be rolled back using Backspace or CTRL/CMD + Z. Replacement no longer happens when pasting text. Added formatting shortcuts. Select text and use: CTRL/CMD + B/I for bold and italic CTRL/CMD + K to create or edit a custom link CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + M for monospace font CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + N to clear formatting Homepage Changelog - only major versions Github page - Source code & all builds changelog FAQ ███ Desktop Windows Portable Mac App Store Linux x64 Linux x86 ███ Phone Android iphone / ipad Windows Phone
  14. The device is already in the works, Coship says Windows Phone OEM Coship (also known as Moly) has recently confirmed that it’s not giving up on Microsoft’s mobile platform, but it wants to stick with it in a pretty unique way. The company is working on a device that runs not only Windows 10 Mobile, but also Android, with users to be allowed to choose which OS to boot at start just like on a PC. Building a phone that runs both Windows and Android is one very good way to deal with the decline experienced by Microsoft’s operating system, especially because the majority of users jumping ship are picking a device running Google’s platform. A dual-OS device would make it possible for hardcore Windows phone fans to stick with the platform and keep up-to-date with everything that Microsoft is doing on this front, without the lack of apps and all the other setbacks that do not exist on Android. Of course, switching from one OS to another isn’t quite the most compelling thing to do every once in a while, but the device is most likely aimed at tech-savvy users who wouldn’t mind changing OSes every now and then to see what’s new on the other side. The future of Windows phones The OEM already has the know-how to build a dual OS device, as the company launched such a project in the past, but at that point Windows wasn’t yet a priority. The Coship 960 was running Linux and Android, a mix that was supposed to appeal to many more buyers, though its success has been rather limited. As far as Windows phone itself is concerned, OEMs hardly find a reason to build a device running it these days, mostly because all the uncertainty that’s impacting the platform at the moment. Even though Microsoft says that it’s still committed to phones, the future of Windows 10 Mobile isn’t very clear, with the company expected to migrate towards Windows 10 on ARM and leaving its platform specifically built for smartphones behind. There’s still no ETA for the new Android + Windows 10 Mobile dual OS device, but since it’s already in the works, expect it to see daylight by the end of the year. Source
  15. 13 phones getting the upgrade to the Creators Update Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is now live, but unfortunately, only a few phones are actually getting it, as Microsoft is leaving nearly 40 percent of its devices behind due to compatibility issues. Oddly enough, many of the phones that are getting the Creators Update were able to run preview builds just fine, including here the Lumia 930 and 1520, and it looks like Microsoft itself knows this very well. So today, Microsoft rolled out the Creators Update RTM to the Release Preview ring for mobile, giving users who aren’t eligible to upgrade to the final build the chance to get the stable release as well. The software giant explained in an announcement published in the Feedback Hub that this workaround comes with a risk, because the operating system is not supported and any bugs or issues won’t be fixed. “If you are a Windows Insider on an unsupported device, you can stay on the Windows 10 Creators Update and receive Cumulative Updates via the Release Preview ring. However, you do so at your own risk as it’s unsupported. If you are on one of these unsupported devices and in the Fast or Slow ring, you will need to switch to the Release Preview ring,” the company explains. 13 phones officially supported As for the reasons why some phones aren’t getting the Creators Update, Microsoft says it’s all because of the feedback it received from insiders, as it helped them determine that a number of devices aren’t really running the new OS version quite smoothly. “We looked at feedback from our Windows Insiders and realized that we would not be able to provide the best possible experience for our customers on many of these older devices. That helped us determine which devices we support for the Windows 10 Creators Update,” Microsoft says. For what it’s worth, below are the devices that are getting the Creators Update with full support from Microsoft: HP Elite x3 Microsoft Lumia 550 Microsoft Lumia 640/640XL Microsoft Lumia 650 Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL Alcatel IDOL 4S Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL SoftBank 503LV VAIO Phone Biz MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601 Trinity NuAns NEO Source
  16. New Windows 10 Mobile devices can only be powered by Snapdragon 820 at best The Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is not here just yet, as the rollout is projected to begin on April 25, but it looks like Microsoft has silently updated the hardware requirements the past days in anticipation of the public release. There are two big changes that can now be seen on this page, and the first of them is the name of the supported processors, as Microsoft no longer lists the chips working on Windows 10 Mobile with Qualcomm model numbers, but with the official market names. Microsoft says that Windows 10 Mobile supports only 5 different Qualcomm processors, namely Snapdragon 820, 810, 808, 617, 210, so new devices running the latest version of the mobile operating system need to be using one of these chips. Windows Phone models that can be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile have to be powered by Snapdragon 810, 808, 801, 800, 617, 410, 400, 210, 200, S4 Plus processors. Snapdragon 835 who? The second big change that you can spot by having a look at these supported chips is the absence of the Snapdragon 835, which is the newest Qualcomm processor for 2017 that’s developed to be used on high-end models. The Snapdragon 835 is already powering the recently-launched Samsung Galaxy S8, and Microsoft itself was expected to use the same chip for its supposed Surface Phone, though we don’t even know that this project exists. But the lack of the Snapdragon 835 from the list of Windows 10 Mobile supported chips doesn’t necessarily mean that a Surface Phone isn’t launching in 2017, but actually that no flagship Windows phone is expected this year. Without a Snapdragon 835, the potential Windows 10 Mobile devices seeing daylight in 2017 can be powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor at best, which is still super-powerful, but already one year old. And with flagship phones running Android already going for the Snapdragon 835, it’s obvious that any Windows phone that would go live this year would be substantially behind in terms of performance. Microsoft is believed to be working on another Windows 10 Mobile device that could launch this year, but there’s absolutely no chance for this to be the Surface Phone. Instead, it’s likely to be a successor to the Lumia 950, though without a Snapdragon 835, it seems to be doomed even before its launch. Source
  17. Windows 10 Mobile is needed to install the app Microsoft Flow is an advanced solution that allows customers to automate tasks within companies by integrated apps and repetitive processes into a single project, but even though it’s a product developed by the Redmond-based software giant, a mobile app for its own platform wasn’t available. Today, however, Microsoft announced a beta version of the Flow app, after previously releasing it on Android and iOS devices. Fortunately, the beta program is public, and this means that anyone can install it on their devices, as long as they are running Windows 10 Mobile. Windows Phone 8.1 is not supported, so devices need to be upgraded to the latest mobile OS version to be able to install the Flow app – there’s a good chance Flow will be universal and this is the reason Windows 10 Mobile is needed. “If you wish to participate in our Beta program, please send your request to [email protected] titled "Request to join Windows Phone App beta". Don't miss out - Join today!” Microsoft said in an announcement today. The company hasn’t provided any other details on this beta program, so we assume anyone can register no matter the Windows 10 Mobile device. There are no limited seats, since the beta program is public, so make sure you contact the company using the email above to get all the information and download the Flow app. Source
  18. Windows Phone still above 1 percent market share threshold It’s not a secret that Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile is declining these days, and some market research firms already forecast the complete demise of the platform, but as far as NetMarketShare is concerned, it’s not the end of the world. Or at least, not yet. Data provided for the month of March puts Windows Phone at 1.33 percent, which is indeed a disappointing market share for Microsoft’s mobile platform, but still not as bad as many other analysts indicated. Of course, it’s hard to tell whether this 1.33 percent share is accurate or not, but given the fact that NetMarketShare itself is a reliable source of market share data for the desktop and browsers, these mobile stats are definitely worth a look. And truth be told, even these figures indicate a decline experienced by Windows Phone, and last month alone the platform dropped 0.08 percent. Android is obviously the leading operating system for mobile devices with 62.94 percent share, while iOS is the runner-up with 33.39 percent. The good thing is that Windows Phone remains third in these charts, followed by Java and Symbian with 0.99 and 0.90 percent, respectively. What’s next for Windows phones? In case you’re wondering what’s next for Windows Phone, the answer is kind of sketchy at this point, mostly because Microsoft rarely talks about its mobile vision and fuels the uncertainty affecting the platform. For example, rumor has it that Microsoft might be working on a new Windows 10 Mobile device for this year, in anticipation of the eagerly-awaited Surface Phone due in 2018, but there’s absolutely no confirmation of such a project just yet. Windows 10 Mobile is projected to receive the Creators Update on April 25, but the number of improvements in this OS release is rather limited. Redstone 3, the next big OS update planned for Windows 10, is said to bring many more improvements for mobile, but more information in this regard will emerge in summer. Source
  19. Trekstor's previous Windows phone launched in 2015 There aren’t too many OEMs out there supporting Windows 10 Mobile right now, and this is actually one of the biggest problems of the platform, but hopefully, another company would launch a device running the operating system in the coming months. A report coming from WindowsUnited reveals that German phone manufacturer Trekstor is pondering a return to Windows phones sometime soon possibly with a model that supports Continuum. Little is known at this point about this new phone, but the existing speculation seems to point to a mid-range device that could be powered by the already-outdated Snapdragon 617 processor. The target for Trekstor seems to be offering an affordable Windows 10 Mobile device that works with Continuum, though it’s not yet clear how affordable the company wants this model to be. Microsoft phone also possibly coming Given the lack of specifics, it’s better to take this report with a grain of salt, but Trekstor launching a new Windows phone wouldn’t be very surprising, especially because adoption of Microsoft’s operating system has always been bigger in Europe than in other markets across the world. And yet, Trekstor is very likely to make the phone available in just a handful of markets and not sell it worldwide, with Germany obviously the first one to get it. As far as other Windows phones are concerned, the eagerly-awaited Surface Phone is very unlikely to see daylight this year, but there’s a rumor swirling around out there that Microsoft could in the end launch a new device in 2017 anyway. People with knowledge with the matter said that Microsoft could releases a “regular” Windows 10 Mobile device this year, possibly to keep the platform alive until the Surface Phone eventually gets the go-ahead. This new phone would be based on the same approach as the current models and would be limited to Windows Store apps, support Continuum, Windows Hello, and all the other signature features of the platform. The debut could take place in the fall if it really gets the green light. Source
  20. Windows phones are good choice for police operations, German authorities say Windows phones might not be compelling devices for consumers across the world, but as far as the German police are concerned, these smartphones are simply the best choice for optimizing the workflow and completing certain tasks faster and more easily. Hamburg police officers recently spent no less than 100,000 Euro on Windows phones, with local media revealing that local authorities decided to buy 900 Lumia devices because of their capabilities to connect to bigger displays and offer a PC-like experience with Continuum. The specific Lumia model that was purchased as part of this investment was not disclosed, but the average price was $111, so there’s a good chance that Hamburg police didn’t get the Lumia 950 or 950 XL flagships. Or if it did, the police possibly signed a partnership with Microsoft for a special price. German officials explain in documents that Windows phones make it possible for police officers to file incident reports a lot faster thanks to dedicated apps, while then allowing them to work on these reports at the desk by simply connecting them to a bigger screen with Continuum. The lack of apps is not a problem Police documents also praise Windows 10 Mobile security and explain that easy integration with Microsoft services and its own systems contribute to smoother operations both at the desk and on the go. It goes without saying that German police has absolutely no problem with the lack of apps, mostly because they have custom solutions to connect to their services and no third-party applications posted in the Windows Store are being used. This indeed makes Windows phones pretty good choices for police operations, as the lack of apps has long been considered one of the biggest problems for Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Unfortunately, even though German police seems to love Windows phones, adoption of the platform remains low. Approximately 0.5 percent of the new phones sold the last quarter were Windows phones and the share is likely to drop in the coming years to eventually reach 0.0 percent, according to forecasts. Source
  21. Windows phone users not targeted by CIA in hacking program The recent leaks regarding CIA’s hacking efforts proved once again that nobody is secure no matter the software or hardware they are using, but there’s one little thing that might be catching the attention of Windows phone fans: no devices powered by Microsoft’s mobile OS are on the list of targets for CIA’s hacking tools. In other words, the CIA hasn’t developed hacking solutions for Windows phones, while the majority of devices on the market, including here iPhones, Android phones, TVs, and Windows PCs and tablets were targeted with more or less advanced exploits taking advantage of zero-days and unpatched flaws. Of course, this can only be good news for those using Windows phones, but on the other hand, it also raises a question whose answer is not that difficult to figure out: why hasn’t the CIA targeted Windows phones too? As reddit user sannhetenunder puts it, this might be “security through obscurity,” as CIA most likely ignored Windows phones for the simple fact that a dropping number of people continue using the platform. The Windows Phone drop On the other hand, users who want to see the glass half-full will probably claim that it all happened because Windows phones are impossible to break, though that’s unlikely to be the case. Windows 10 Mobile is indeed one of the most secure mobile platforms out there, but with CIA’s hacking power, it’s hard to believe this is the reason the agency didn’t target Windows phones as part of this recently-leaked program. For what it’s worth, Windows phones are currently at approximately 0.5 percent market share, and research firms expect the platform to continue its massive drop in the coming years. More recently, analyst house IDC projected a drop to 0.0 percent market share for Windows phones by 2021, estimating that sales could total approximately 800,000 units worldwide. Microsoft, on the other hand, continues to remain tight-lipped on everything related to its mobile platform, and it might be this uncertainty the one that contributed to the CIA staying away from targeting Windows phones with its hacking tools. Or maybe the CIA itself is planning to hack Windows phones soon™. Source
  22. HP Elite X3 features highlighted in the latest ad Microsoft isn’t very keen on spilling the beans on its Windows 10 Mobile vision, so users, developers, and OEMs are all leaving the platform in search for a bigger userbase, which naturally exists on Android. HP, on the other hand, is one of the companies that have somehow become loyal to Windows phones, so not only that the firm launched the Elite X3, which is one of the best Windows 10 Mobile devices to date, but it’s also planning a refreshed model probably for later this year. And at the same time, HP rolls out ads to show the powerful combo between Windows 10 Mobile and the Elite X3, this time turning to police forces to highlight how easy it is for the public service to take advantage of this mix. HP uses the video below to explain the advantages of using a device like the Elite X3 by public departments, emphasizing that officers can perform a wide array of tasks both at the desk and on the go. The company puts the spotlight on Continuum and the Lap Dock as well, but also on premium services that HP itself is offering to access desktop apps with cloud power. Windows 10 Mobile’s future uncertain Without a doubt, ads like this boost the customer appeal of Windows phones, but on the other hand, they’re not necessarily aimed at consumers, but more at enterprises and organizations. The future of Windows phones is still uncertain, and not only that Microsoft doesn’t say a single thing about how it sees the mobile platform in the next decade but analysts also point to continued decline in the short term. Most recently, analyst firm IDC said Windows phones could drop to 0.0 percent market share by 2021, estimating that Android and iOS would remain the only mobile operating systems dominating smartphones, with no competition from Windows 10 Mobile, BlackBerry OS, or other platforms whatsoever. Source
  23. IDC expects Windows Phone share to completely collapse Windows Phone (including Windows 10 Mobile) is a platform that’s rapidly losing ground these days, and a forecast published by analyst firm IDC estimates that this decline would continue in the coming years until the operating system eventually reaches 0.0 percent market share in 2021. Windows Phone is expected to drop to 0.1 percent market share this year, which represents 1.8 million phones out there, but the share is projected to drop to 0 percent by 2021 when only 800,000 Windows phones would remain on the market. On the other hand, IDC estimates that Android would continue to lead the market, jumping from 1.3 billion phones this year to 1.5 billion units in 2021, with a market share of 85.3 percent. Apple’s iOS would increase from 226 million phones in 2017 to 258 million in 2021, while market share should drop from 14.7 percent to 14.6 percent. No Windows phones from partners As far as Windows Phone is concerned, IDC says the decline is happening mostly because the majority of OEMs already abandoned the platform and Microsoft barely shows any intention to work with partners on bringing new devices to the market. “Windows Phone continues to decline as a share of the smartphone space as many OEMs have given up producing phones for the platform. As a result, IDC expects 2017 volumes to decline 69.5% to just 1.8 million units. It is unclear at this time if Microsoft has a clear plan to persuade OEMs to get back on board with the platform, or if it plans to release a device itself like it did with Surface devices. Until this production question is addressed, IDC doesn’t see a clear path to turning around the platform,” IDC says. Microsoft is believed to be working on just a single new device called Surface Phone, but its existence is yet to be confirmed. The Surface Phone was originally said to be due in the fall of 2017 or early 2018, but without any official information, nobody can tell for sure if it’s still part of Microsoft’s mobile vision or not. Source: Windows Phones Will Nearly Disappear by 2021, IDC Estimates
  24. Microsoft is now working on giving the final touches to Windows 10 Creators Update, as the update is feature-locked and the full focus is on bug fixing and performance improvements, with the launch expected to take place as soon as April for retail users. The Creators Update is bringing important updates to both PCs and smartphones, and although Microsoft has been trying to keep its devices in sync, it appears that the release won’t take place on all devices at the same time. Since the release of the Creators Update is just around the corner, we’ve asked Microsoft whether it plans to update all devices at the same time or prioritize the launch on a specific platform. And it appears that between the two, PCs are Microsoft’s priority with the Creators Update, so they’ll be the first getting the new OS version, while Windows 10 Mobile devices will receive it at a later time. Here’s Microsoft’s very short statement on this: “The initial update will be for desktop, but other versions will be available thereafter”, a company spokesperson told us. No target date for phones, but it’s probably “soon” As far as Windows 10 Mobile is concerned, it’s not clear when exactly the firm wants to release the Creators Update, but it’s once again the “soon” trademark that’s already causing so much frustration in the phone community. Work on Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to be finalized as soon as this month, with insiders obviously to be the first getting the RTM build. Rumor has it that Creators Update could land as version 1703, which is a direct hint at its compiling date, while retail users should get it in April. Microsoft is yet to announce the launch date of the Windows 10 Creators Update, but there’s no doubt that holding back the release for phones a little bit longer after the PC isn’t exactly what users sticking with Windows 10 Mobile hoped to hear. We’ll find out more about Microsoft’s plans for Windows 10 Mobile when the company officially announces the release date of the Creators Update. Source: Windows 10 Creators Update Launching for PCs First, Phones Getting It Thereafter
  25. Alcatel, Apple, BLU, Nokia, LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Blackberry, ZTE, Etc... Please state the make and model... Does it have the stock rom, custom/rooted, or jailbreaked? What apps & games do you have on it? Will you upgrade it in the future? My Phone Sony Xperia Z1 C6903 Stock Kitkat 4.4.4 Android ROM (14.4.A.0.108) Apps: 360 Security Accuweather BBM Facebook Facebook Messenger Whatsapp Instagram Line Link2SD WeChat Twitter Zedge Telegram Tumblr Camera 360 Skype Contacts+ Vine Games: Subway Surfer Metal Slug Defense Bejeweled Blitz Farm Heroes Saga FarmVille 2 Country Escape Bubble Witch 2 Saga Candy Crush Saga Clash of Clans Asphalt 8 Airborne Fruit Splash I might get the Z4 next year, only if it's worth it... Alot of people have issues with Sony Xperia Z, Z1 & Z2. As i have come across some of them with the Z1. Battery, Camera, Etc... Still it's a good phone...
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