With the Android’s dominance in the mobile device market plus Apple’s brand significance in the same space, “minor” players such as Blackberry and Microsoft struggle to maintain relevance in the sphere. Yet, Microsoft has already declared that it isn’t bowing out of the smartphone race anytime soon. In fact, the company promised in 2015 that consumers will see more of the Lumia in 2016, and Microsoft seems to be keen on keeping its word.
On February 7th, news outfits and tech blogs announced that leaks of the Lumia 650 XL were being circulated online. The phone had a form factor similar to the leaked Lumia 850 so there was a bit of confusion as to which model the leaked images were linked to.
While the rumoured Lumia 650 XL and Lumia 850 seem alike in their form, speculations point to how the Lumia 850 series may house more powerful Qualcomm chips. As with phone rumours, they’re almost accurate most of the time, but Microsoft fans will have to wait for official announcements and spec sheets from Microsoft to surface before declaring that the jury is out on the devices.
On the same date, Microsoft Nigeria dropped Windows 10 in its mobile devices, specifically the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. For these two devices, the integration between laptop and phone is getting ever closer. On February 8, Morning News USA reported that the Windows 10 mobile update for Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and other Microsoft Lumia devices will be released “without any doubt.” Since the update has already rolled out in Nigeria, expect this to become a reality in the US and across the globe, soon.
On February 3, WinBeta published news that a firmware update was made available for the Lumia 950 and 950XL. The rest of the world awaits all these updates and hopes to get it really soon.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 is available in Australia via the Microsoft Store, Optus, and Harvey Norman.