01-08-2018 05:45 PM
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  1. stephanejap's Avatar
    For my work phone I think I'm going to stick with my 950 as my need for apps is pretty small, but sadly I think that my son (830) and wife (920) probably should switch to Android so found this thread interesting. Glad to hear that Launcher 10 would at least give them the UI which we all like.

    How many of the recommended phones above are providing Android updates when new versions are released (the OnePlus sounded interesting with stock Android)? Or do you have to go with a Google phone (Pixel?) if you want to get newer versions?

    I'd want to replicate some of the other integrations with Microsoft's services like OneDrive for photos so they are easily available on the phone, PC or Windows tablet and Outlook.com mail. Any good guides/information on this?

    Scott
    OnePlus is currently working on the Android 8.0 for the OnePlus5. My wife's OnePlus 3T already has it through their openbeta program. As far as services integration the OneDrive app auto uploads pictures and asks you to add media folders to the auto upload as soon as it detects media in a folder (say for example you download/save a picture to a local folder on the phone, OneDrive will ask if you want to add that folder to auto upload). Every other MS service available on Android works just as it does (if not better than) on WP...

    I've attached a screengrab of my home screen with Launcher10. The background is a 3D Wallpapers background.

    Hope this helps.
    HerronScott likes this.
    10-29-2017 11:27 AM
  2. HerronScott's Avatar
    That's great information and I really appreciate the time to post here. The Launcher 10 looks good and I did pop over to OnePlus's support page and briefly to the community and it appears that they have pretty active support/development which is good.

    I did think of a few other questions. :) Does she have to have a gmail.com mail/account for the Google services (thinking Play) or can she continue to use her Hotmail.com mail account? Does the Android allow you to sync your contacts and calendar with Outlook.com (with Windows Phone it's nice not to have a local version)? And does Android do device backups like Windows Phone for migrating to a new or replacement device? I just did this with my 920 to 950 upgrade and it went well except for text messages but I used the Microsoft tool to move those over.

    Thanks again!

    Scott

    Scott
    10-29-2017 05:14 PM
  3. stephanejap's Avatar
    That's great information and I really appreciate the time to post here. The Launcher 10 looks good and I did pop over to OnePlus's support page and briefly to the community and it appears that they have pretty active support/development which is good.

    I did think of a few other questions. :) Does she have to have a gmail.com mail/account for the Google services (thinking Play) or can she continue to use her Hotmail.com mail account? Does the Android allow you to sync your contacts and calendar with Outlook.com (with Windows Phone it's nice not to have a local version)? And does Android do device backups like Windows Phone for migrating to a new or replacement device? I just did this with my 920 to 950 upgrade and it went well except for text messages but I used the Microsoft tool to move those over.

    Thanks again!

    Scott

    Scott
    Well there are apps for syncing contacts but Outlook for Android can be installed and can surely add your Hotmail account for contact sync.

    She will unfortunately need a gmail account to download apps... If she uses WhatsApp, she'll have to start over but text messages can be backed up and restored to the new phone. It is a process, but it can be done.

    As far as backups, there are also plenty of apps available for this as well. You contacts and other device settings are backed up to Google drive by your Gmail account.

    Mind you, I'm also a newbie to this whole android thing, so I may not be the best source of information out there! 不 不 不
    HerronScott likes this.
    10-29-2017 05:26 PM
  4. etphoto's Avatar
    Well there are apps for syncing contacts but Outlook for Android can be installed and can surely add your Hotmail account for contact sync.

    She will unfortunately need a gmail account to download apps... If she uses WhatsApp, she'll have to start over but text messages can be backed up and restored to the new phone. It is a process, but it can be done.

    As far as backups, there are also plenty of apps available for this as well. You contacts and other device settings are backed up to Google drive by your Gmail account.

    Mind you, I'm also a newbie to this whole android thing, so I may not be the best source of information out there! 不 不 不
    Unless I'm an moron and don't see it (which is very possible) the Outlook for Android apps stinks. No month view? Really?

    Twitter: @PhotographyET
    RumoredNow likes this.
    10-29-2017 05:34 PM
  5. stephanejap's Avatar
    Unless I'm an moron and don't see it (which is very possible) the Outlook for Android apps stinks. No month view? Really?

    Twitter: @PhotographyET
    Never said it was the best... Simply said it could be downloaded also...
    10-29-2017 05:45 PM
  6. etphoto's Avatar
    My angered rant about no month view on Outlook was directed at MS and no poster on this board. On Android I started using Nine mail app. It works pretty well and has a month view calendar. I uninstalled Outlook.
    libra89 likes this.
    10-31-2017 01:18 PM
  7. RumoredNow's Avatar
    My angered rant about no month view on Outlook was directed at MS and no poster on this board. On Android I started using Nine mail app. It works pretty well and has a month view calendar. I uninstalled Outlook.
    I'm not sure it isn't Google's fault rather than Microsoft's. They do stuff like that. Gimp competing products to make their own look better than they really are.

    Case in point, I can't sync my bookmarks between Iron Browser desktop and Iron Browser on Android. Why? Because Chrome. Pretty sure that's why Outlook won't show a view and is only a widget.

    It's just another reason why Google has gone from "Don't be Evil" to "We ARE Evil and you just have to put up with it, you captive monkeys."
    fin11 likes this.
    10-31-2017 06:54 PM
  8. Ejay Lozano's Avatar
    I've looked into the Nokia 8 and a sony xperia, I can't seem to find a phone that has both a physical camera button and wireless charging, the sony xperia does have a physical camera button, but no wireless charging.
    10-31-2017 08:01 PM
  9. anon(10324754)'s Avatar
    Been using a Nokia 6 for about two or three months and still frustrating to use with anything Microsoft apps. Just switched on my 950 today and how I miss it.
    RumoredNow and BethlehemSteel like this.
    11-14-2017 05:19 PM
  10. xzb6np's Avatar
    I just got an Honor 6x. Going to eBay my 950.
    12-12-2017 05:56 PM
  11. njstol01's Avatar
    OnePlus is currently working on the Android 8.0 for the OnePlus5. My wife's OnePlus 3T already has it through their openbeta program. As far as services integration the OneDrive app auto uploads pictures and asks you to add media folders to the auto upload as soon as it detects media in a folder (say for example you download/save a picture to a local folder on the phone, OneDrive will ask if you want to add that folder to auto upload). Every other MS service available on Android works just as it does (if not better than) on WP...

    I've attached a screengrab of my home screen with Launcher10. The background is a 3D Wallpapers background.

    Hope this helps.
    Oneplus and Launcher 10 - a potential game changer. Perhaps if I had bothered to check back over here at Windows Central before buying the 950 last week I might have at least considered this...although probably a little above my price point. I had picked up a Samsung J5 prime for my wife a few weeks back to replace her S3, and thought about the J7 Prime for myself, but it always comes back to liking the live tile layout so much. The OnePlus is intriguing, a little different and off the mainstream....kind of like the Windows Phone I guess. We'll see how the 950 goes.....
    12-15-2017 02:20 PM
  12. un4given2's Avatar
    HTC U11, U11 life, or the Google Pixel! I'm using the HTC U11 solar red with edge sense, and it is a beaut!
    12-16-2017 01:30 AM
  13. greedo_greedy's Avatar
    So I also just abandoned ship
    This was very hard, but I knew this day would come.

    Can anyone suggest apps for Messaging, Phone, Contacts? One that is secure and does not sync with Gmail?

    Except for the PlayStore, I prefer to have a DeGoogled experience on my Android phone.
    12-18-2017 06:19 PM
  14. ManofGod1000's Avatar
    To me, nothing in the Android or iOS world even comes close to the 950. That said, I switched to Android 2 months back and am at least mostly content with it. (Sony XPeria XA1) Mind you, I am not saying that the 950 was perfect or that I had no issues, it is just that I was "emotionally" attached to that phone and the OS, and I know I am not the only one.

    Truth is, I have never heard anyone say that chose Android or iOS because they "loved" it, it was more a matter of simply settling for one or the other. Now I wish I had not sold off my 950.
    12-22-2017 11:05 AM
  15. RumoredNow's Avatar
    So I also just abandoned ship
    This was very hard, but I knew this day would come.

    Can anyone suggest apps for Messaging, Phone, Contacts? One that is secure and does not sync with Gmail?

    Except for the PlayStore, I prefer to have a DeGoogled experience on my Android phone.
    Maybe look at Blackberry...

    I just traded for a DTEK50. The Blackberry Hub may be just the thing for you.
    greedo_greedy likes this.
    12-22-2017 03:03 PM
  16. greedo_greedy's Avatar
    Maybe look at Blackberry...

    I just traded for a DTEK50. The Blackberry Hub may be just the thing for you.
    Thanks for the advise, I'll take a look at it.

    I actually bought just last week a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X and like I posted in a another thread.
    Aside from the fact that there are more apps that are fully featured, I hate Android, it asks for permissions to everything and the experience is just not quite as seamless as Windows Phone.
    12-22-2017 03:50 PM
  17. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I actually bought just last week a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X
    Seems you can get the Hub on non-Blackberry Androids, but there is a fee.

    Yeah, I'm never really happy with Android either. And I refuse to pay a premium for magical courage.
    12-23-2017 05:23 AM
  18. Embi_Eu's Avatar
    Given the current status and state of Win10m I really thing moving to any Android / iOS device is a step forward. Not much to cry for. I'm considering Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Camera seems superior to one on my L950. At least it is fast, stable and will actually do its job of creating memories. When I think how many moments I lost due to unstable software in L950 (camera and photos app crashes, "saving" issues, ****ty photos if you just want to create point and shoot photo...) I just wish I never bought this "premium" phone with "superior" camera. I really don't think you should spend 15 minutes preparing to shot a good photo on a mobile phone and this is usual scenario with L950. That is, if phone survives without crash a press on snap button and battery last long enough. :)
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    01-08-2018 05:45 PM
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