Why are Windows Phones not valued?

Windows Phone 8: Former Microsoft system for cell phones

Homescreen on Windows Phone 8.1
Screenshot: teltarif.de Windows 10 Mobile was the last mobile operating system from Microsoft, which has not been further developed in the meantime. It followed at the time on Windows Phone 8.1. Both systems were used on numerous smartphone models - in particular from Nokia and Microsoft - until the collaboration between the two companies ended in 2016.

According to Microsoft, almost all mobile phones with Windows Phone 8 received the update to 8.1 at the time. Whether this was possible for a specific model, however, largely depended on the commitment of the cell phone manufacturer and cell phone network operator.

Compared to the previous version, Windows Phone 8.1 brought some new features to the operation. The user could now call up notifications with a swipe at the top of the screen. There were also even more options for the user to customize the start screen. In addition, Windows Phone 8.1 brought Internet Explorer 11 for Mobile to the respective device.

With two other new features, Microsoft has sought to catch up with the OS competition from Android and iOS: With Cortana, Windows Phone version 8.1 and higher now also had an assistant that could be operated via voice - similar to Apple Siri and the then competitor Google Now . In addition, the developers have equipped Windows Phone with a new keyboard. With the "Word-Flow" keyboard, the user could write words with a continuous swiping movement without lifting their finger - the automatic word recognition then offered several possible words to choose from. This principle was known from apps like Swype and SwiftKey and was appreciated by many users.

Other features of Windows Phone 8

Homescreen on Windows Phone 8.1
Screenshot: teltarif.de Windows Phone 8 shared various core components with Windows 8, which was officially introduced three days before Windows Phone 8. Among other things, it enabled support for smartphones with multi-core processors and a maximum display resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels - significantly more than the 800 by 480 pixels previously common for Windows phones. The first devices with Windows Phone 8 were presented by Nokia, HTC and Samsung.

Memory cards for Windows Phones

But not only in terms of processors and displays, Windows Phone 8 had expanded the supported hardware compared to its predecessor. The manufacturers were able to equip Windows Phone 8 devices with a memory card slot for microSDs and communication with NFC radio technology was also possible. In terms of software, Windows Phone 8 also offered a few other functions such as navigation with Nokia maps, integrated Skype and Internet Explorer 10 for Mobile. Similar to Opera Mini, a proxy server compressed the data to make mobile surfing faster and to use less data volume.

Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1
Screenshot: teltarif.de The lock screen of Windows Phone 8 could be individually adapted and then showed, for example, messages from Facebook or pictures from social networks. With the "Kinderecke" app, a smartphone with Windows Phone 8 could be configured specifically for the youngsters - this enabled individual apps and functions to be released.

Microsoft announced at the time that it wanted to bring the worlds of desktop PC, tablet and smartphone closer together - among other things, the synchronization of data and the streaming of photos, videos and music between SkyDrive (now OneDrive), PC, TV / Xbox and mobile phone should be simplified become.

Old Windows Phones based on Windows Phone 7 did not benefit from Windows Phone 8 - Windows Phone 8 was only available for the next generation. Mango smartphones such as Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, which were already on the market for a long time, have received some of the innovations of Windows Phone 8 through a feature update to Windows Phone 7.8.

Those were cell phones with Windows Phone 8

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