Google Gives Windows Phone Syncing Another 6 Months
Google has once again decided to delay its plans to cease supporting Google Sync for Windows Phone. The new cut-off date is now December 31, extended five months from July 31. Windows Phone users rely on Google's Sync support to get their calendar and contact data pushed to their Windows Phones. Google said that new and existing Windows Phone devices can continue to set up their accounts using Google Sync. Microsoft is working to add CalDAV and CardDAV support, Google's preferred method for syncing, to Windows Phone 8. The support for these protocols is already being pushed out in the form of a minor system update, known as GDR2, though it has not yet reached most WP8 devices.
Cortana for Android Now Works On the Lock Screen
Microsoft today made it possible for Android device owners to access and use Cortana above the lock screen on their smartphones. Microsoft has been testing the feature since earlier this year and is now rolling it out to all users.
Android Apps Headed to Google's Chromebooks
Google today said its Chrome operating system will soon have access to the Google Play Store and the Android apps therein. ChromeOS will support all Android phone and tablet apps, including games, productivity apps, and social networking.
Google's Calendar App Enjoys a Useful Update
Google pushed out an update to its calendar app for Android devices today and added several features requested by users. For example, the calendar now offers a seven-day view and pinch-to-zoom.
Microsoft to Sidestep Carriers for Windows 10 Mobile Updates
Microsoft said it plans to take a more active role in making sure the existing base of Windows 10 smartphones has the latest code. The company is taking a page from Apple and will not rely on carriers to deliver operating system updates.
Microsoft Targeting June 24 for Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft may launch Windows Phone 8.1 as soon as June 24, according to support documents published by the company. Microsoft's Windows Phone support site suggests June 24 will be the in-service date for Windows Phone 8.1, or the first date the new operating system becomes available to the general public.