Preview of Skype for Windows Phone 8 Released
Microsoft has released a preview version of Skype for its Windows Phone 8 platform. Skype for WP8 makes some key improvements compared to earlier versions, such as the ability to run in the background and integration with the native People Hub. It also merges the Windows Live Messenger buddy list with the Skype contact list for instant messaging. The preview is available for download from the Windows Phone Store for WP8 handsets. AT&T kicked off sales of WP8 handsets last week. T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless are making Windows Phone 8 devices available this week.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.