This was the biggest week of the year for the technology industry, as during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), all major tech manufacturers had the chance to introduced many new products and innovations that we will be seeing throughout 2016.
Although, traditionally CES is not the kind of the event where we see new smartphones. This year, we’re finally seeing that Microsoft is no longer the only company building Windows phones, as Acer and Alcatel OneTouch introduced new mobile devices running Windows 10 Mobile.
At CES 2016, Acer finally introduced the long time awaited Liquid Jade Primo smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile. The big deal about this device is that is not only a premium phone, but it’s also the first phone, other than the Lumia 950 line, to include support for Continuum for phones.
On the other hand, Alcatel OutTouch in partnership with T-Mobile has introduced the so-called “T-Mobile Alcatel Fierce XL”, which is an affordable smartphone running the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but without the support for Continuum.
Samsung is also renewing its interest on Windows tablets by announcing the Galaxy TapPro S 2-in-1 device running Windows 10. This convertible will be available starting February 2016, but pricing is yet to be announced.
Dell, perhaps one of the most popular computer manufacturer, made a big buzz at CES 2016 with the introduction of the biggest refresh lineup for its Latitude products. However, the device that stood up more was the new Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 device running Windows 10, which is a new take on the Microsoft’s Surface that also features the new USB Type-C port.
Another company that made a big splash was HP. The PC maker unveiled its new super thin EliteBook Folio laptop featuring an optional 4K display. The new laptop is HP’s answer to the MacBook, but it’s not as powerful as the EliteBook Folio runs on Intel’s Core M processor, which makes the device suitable for common task, but not for gaming or video editing.
This week, Microsoft reveals that Windows 10 has already surpassed another milestone, and now the operating system is running on over 200 million devices around the world, which puts the company a little closer to its goal of 1 billion devices running Windows 10 within the first three years of the product.
While the software giant has yet to announce it publicly, a new app called “Cellular Data” showed up in the Windows Store late this week revealing that the company is gearing up to begin offering its out mobile data service to select Intel-based Windows 10 devices. According to the app documentation, the service will require Microsoft’s own SIM card, and customers will be able to buy a prepaid plan using a Microsoft Account. Initially, the mobile data service from Microsoft will be available in the United States, France, and the UK.
Finally, late on Friday, the software maker also begins the roll out of the Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.63 to the Fast ring of updates, but a potential issue forced the company to halt the roll out. Fortunately, Microsoft was able to address the problem and resume the roll out, and now the update is available to any smartphone that is part of the Insider program. All this and more.