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    If you were wondering just how big is the app ecosystem that will be optimized to take advantage of Windows Phone 8 for whenever you purchase your next device, well the answer is complicated. Microsoft has finally launched the Windows Phone 8 SDK to developers, so for many of the non-premium developers that got an early head start, day zero starts today. There's a catch though, since if you're a Windows Phone 8 developer, or are planning to be one, the system doesn't work on anything that's not a 64-bit Windows 8 PC. Obviously that makes the chore of porting apps to Windows Phone 8 all the ...

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    If you've read and watched our review of Windows Phone 8, you may be wondering how some of new changes compare to how Windows Phone 7.5 currently looks and operates.  For the most part, you'll see that Windows Phone 8 is a clear evolution of Windows Phone 7.5.  There are plenty more features, a few minor design changes, and some great new extensibility options.  Unfortunately there are a few omissions that might be annoying, but you'll have to decide for yourself if the additions will make up for the omissions (and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments).  Take a look at ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 610 was a nice little budget Windows Phone running the 'Tango' version of the platform and the Nokia Lumia 51o has been no stranger. After seeing initial details, sightings and camera samples, Microsoft strategic partner Nokia today officially announced the phone as its "most affordable" Lumia model yet, a slight Lumia 610 downgrade. Colors are present, like on the rest of the Lumia line-up: red, yellow, cyan, white and black. Under the pigmented plastic there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor clocking at 800MHz, four-inch WVGA screen, 256MB of RAM (bummer for some apps ...

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    As Nokia closes another quarter the official numbers are in. In order to make a comparison (and also, to serve as a reminder), Nokia sold four million Lumia devices according to the official Q2 2012 figures. Compared to that, Nokia is now reporting 2.9 million Lumias being sold in the last quarter, representing a 27.5 percent decrease compared to the previous period. However, mobile phones in general recorded a quarter-on-quarter increase to 77 million units due mainly to a strong start for Asha phones. Nokia's main focus is Windows Phone though and the decrease in sales is somewhat ...

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    A while back we showed you some photos of an iOS device and Windows Phone side-by-side while running various popular apps so that you could see how different the design principals were for the two platforms. For many of you it was very interesting to see how app developers modified their design so drastically for Windows Phone as compared to the same type of app they developed for Apple's iOS. Some of you wondered about how Windows Phone apps compare to the same versions made for Android. Well, that's what we're going to look at today. App designs on Android don't seem to really follow any ...

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    For Windows Phone users, the world is a different place today. Microsoft's announcements at yesterday's Windows Phone Summit brought some welcome news to some current and prospective users of the platform: Windows Phone 8 will arrive in time for the holiday season, and it's bringing with it the sort of improvements you'd expect from a major point upgrade. The new version appears poised to correct many of the weaknesses of its predecessor, and it'll be bringing some fun and useful new capabilities to boot. While the Microsoft announcement was going on, I was fully immersed in the US ...

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    Microsoft is still in the process of launching Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco, and we've already confirmed some bad news, that just got solved by some good news. The rumors were strong regarding the fact that Windows Phone 8 won't be supporting current Windows Phone 7 devices, which was a direct stab in the back for actual owners of new devices like the Lumia 900. Now that we read all the features that will be included on Windows Phone 8 devices, it makes sense for the new platform to not support legacy hardware since there aren't any NFC chips or multi-core processors on current ...

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    Windows Phone Tango is Microsoft's effort to lower the price point of devices and enter emerging markets as well as compete with low-end/budget Android devices. They manage that in partnership with OEMs by lowering the specifications of their phones. In this video we're going to take a look at Windows Phone Mango vs. Windows Phone Tango, and we're going to use a wave-one device, the LG Optimus 7, which we're going to put up against the Nokia Lumia 610, a legacy Tango phone. We're comparing day-to-day/real-life/application launch times, Internet Browsing as well as gaming, to find out ...

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    After having announced the (then-named) Windows Phone 7 Series platform at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft planned a flashy New York City event in the fall of that same year to show off the first devices that would be bestowed with the Windows ecosystem's answer to Apple and Google's foray into mobile. There were a handful of devices, though one stood out to us in particular: the Samsung Focus, which seemed to have the best screen, the snappiest performance, and the most impressive thin-and-light form factor. The Focus went on to be one of the best-selling early Windows Phone 7 ...

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    Those who know my work know that I've been a big fan of Windows Phones since I first got my hands on a Samsung Taylor developer prototype.  There are a lot of reasons to love Windows Phone, but as you might expect with any technology there can also be some frustrations.  In this article we'll talk about a few annoyances about Windows Phone that I personally have been frustrated with, however if you're also a Windows Phone user, we'd love to hear about a few of your frustrations in the comments at the bottom of the page. The first big thing about Windows Phone that frustrates me every day ...

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    Nokia appears to be truly committed to Windows Phones and while the hardware capabilities are standardized over OEMs, the Finnish manufacturer is further differentiating itself from the others with the help of dedicated applications, like the Creative Studio from the end of March. Furthermore, a "Camera Extension" will be launched for the Lumia line-up which will integrate with the Camera application of Windows Phone, but with added features. These features will bring no less than four camera modes: Smart Group Shot, Action Shot (burst mode with about eight shots), Panoramic (stitching ...

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    Chris McDermott, Ben Darvill and Russell Hepton created this concept design artwork and video for a product that works with the Windows Phone system as well as Metro-style tablets to easily link devices to a TV, Projector, etc. and then control the remote display with a phone or tablet.  The design was nominated for a D&AD digital design award.  Of course these images are just design concepts and explorations that aren't really part of any type of product currently in development however it's still an interesting project and it's certainly good to see skilled designers taking a ...

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