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It may not have been the longest life, it may not have even been the most significant life, but after almost seven years on the market the Windows Phone is officially about to die. There will be some who mourn its death, there will be others who barely bat an eyelid. The Windows Phone is due to be phased out from late June and the end of the fiscal year, with now the best time to look back at its relatively short life.


From Birth to Death


Microsoft arrived on the mobile scene relatively late, despite making developments into the market from the early 2000s. However, it wasn't until November 2010 when the Windows Phone 7 was finally launched in the USA and went on sale to the general public. Given the success of Apple's iPhone in the preceding years and Samsung's Galaxy devices, the Windows Phone was introduced to rival but also enjoy success of the back of theirs.


In 2011 things looked up when Microsoft partnered with Nokia, announcing that Windows Phone would become the main smartphone operating system for Nokia. This gave them more devices to increase the competition with Android and iOS. In total there were three versions of the Windows Phone released before it switched to the now final Windows 10 Mobile.


What Happened?


Essentially, the Windows Phone failed to sell anywhere near as many devices as its competitors, before revenue from the phone dropped drastically. In total, Microsoft and Nokia sold 110 million Windows Phones. Across the same period 4.5 billion iOS and Android devices were bought. The difference in numbers is staggering and makes it clear how far off they were from their dream of challenging, let alone beating, those rivals.


There was a brief period in 2015 when it looked like a decent competitor, but with sales falling and revenue dropping by $730 million from one quarter, it was dead. So much so that Microsoft CFO Amy Hood even commented that: "there was no material phone revenue this quarter."


Are Microsoft Worried?


Not really. Microsoft is a massive company and the end of the Windows Phone won't be damaging its shares for traders using brokers that much. It operates in many different fields and the Windows Phone was nowhere near its main product. Plus, it's unlikely to do much damage to the brand's image, with plenty of other pieces of technology and software in its roster. Cloud services for businesses, laptops, tablets and many others in its product range ensure Microsoft's shareholders won't be losing too much sleep over the Windows Phone's death.


Future for Surface


One area the Windows Phone's decline could impact is for the Surface product division. Many thought that a Surface phone may take over, as Surface Phone has been patented, but given the death of the Windows Phone that appears less likely now. Instead, the future of its products such as the Surface Pro are now a little less certain. Lessons may be learnt from this experience, but whether that sees Surface devices phased out or improved remains to be seen.


The Windows Phone started out with all the best intentions of challenging the dominant iOS and Android smartphones, but in the end it just couldn't compete.


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The Galaxy S5 was unveiled in 2014 as their flagship device by Samsung and back then, it was a pioneer in terms of the innovations that it brought to the Samsung smartphone line-up. It was the first Samsung smartphone ever to sport a heartbeat sensor, a fingerprint sensor, as well as having dust and water resistance capabilities. Nonetheless, it is over two year old now and smartphones do have a tendency to age fast. If you have a S5, then you would be pleased to know that Samsung has not forgotten about it yet. The latest reports suggest that after rolling Android M as an OTA update in South Korea earlier, the Korean manufacturer has now started to roll out the same updates for the S5 in Trinidad and Tobago as well.


As far as we know, the latest updates are being released for the SM-G900M and earlier, they were upgrading the SM-G900L in South Korea with Android Marshmallow. Provided that you are in Trinidad and Tobago, go to Settings, About device and Check for updates to see if the update has arrived on your Galaxy S5 yet. Once the 1.47GB package does arrive and you complete the update, the Android version on your phone should change to 6.0.1 and the firmware version to G900MUBU1CPC3.


If you are neither a resident of South Korea or Trinidad and Tobago, you will have to wait longer for the update unfortunately. If it is any consolation, the update is coming to your Samsung Galaxy S5 for sure, albeit a little later.


Download latest firmware here


 




If you own an older Microsoft smartphone that is still running on Windows 8.1, things are about to change as a Windows 10 update for your smartphone is probably on the way already. This is not beta, but a fully fledged final version of the upgrade that has been in the making for months. Although Microsoft has officially started rolling it out to its smartphones around the world, not all phones will be receiving the update at the same time. Also note that if your Windows phone was not manufactured by Microsoft (or Nokia) but some other company, there will be an additional delay.


Check if your phone is in the list mentioned below:

  • Lumia 435
  • Lumia 430
  • Lumia 638 1GB
  • Lumia 636 1GB
  • Lumia 635 1GB
  • Lumia 540
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 532
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 640XL
  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 1520
  • BLU Win HD w510u
  • BLU Win HD LTE x150q
  • MCJ Madosma Q501


If you found your model in the list above, then go to the Windows Store and download the application called Microsoft's Update Advisor. Use it to find out if your update is on the way and turn on the option Enable Windows 10 Upgrade. Select Next and it will prompt something like ready to upgrade. Once you see that prompt, tap on Done to finish the setup. You can now go to Settings>Phone Update>Check for Updates to see if the upgrade has arrived yet. When it does actually arrive, you will see the notification automatically now.


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