Developers losing interest in Windows Phone platform

App developers are less enthusiastic about supporting Windows Phone because of the “dominance and ecosystem extensions offered by iOS and Android” and the end of Nokia’s outreach programme following the sales of its devices arm to Microsoft, according to a new report …

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Verizon intros low-cost LG Windows Phone

Verizon Wireless is to offer an LG-made Windows Phone device, which has been described as “affordable and simple to use”. LG Lancet is said to be “the first Windows smartphone on Verizon with Advanced Calling 1.0”, offering HD voice calls …

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Microsoft, Mojio partner for connected car competition

Microsoft announced a developer contest in partnership with connected car platform player Mojio. The companies are looking to drive the development of Windows Phone apps in five categories: green, to reduce drivers’ carbon footprint; gamification, to “gamify the driving experience …

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Smartphone OS share: Apple iPhone gets US boost

Smartphone sales data covering the three months to the end of November 2014 from Kantar show the iPhone’s iOS platform gained share in nearly all regions covered. Britain and Australia experienced especially strong iPhone growth, with Japan continuing to be the only market tracked where iPhone share is declining.

Snapchat-like apps no longer available for Windows Phone

A number of third-party apps which work with Snapchat have disappeared from the Windows Phone Store, which does not currently have the original app in its catalogue, Windows Central reported. The ephemeral messaging player has previously said it believes such alternatives compromise security. Some users have also …

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Microsoft begins retreat from Windows Phone with platform-agnostic Microsoft Health

Software giant Microsoft has formally entered the wearables game with the launch of its Microsoft Health platform and accompanying Microsoft Band fitness band. But the real significance behind this move is Microsoft’s decision to make both products platform-agnostic, implying Microsoft has decided to no longer pin its mobile hopes on Windows Phone.