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Microsoft's latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 was announced at Mobile World Congress in 2010. Windows Phone 7 features a clean and minimalistic interface known as Metro UI. The operating system features a start screen with "Live Tiles" that can display notifications and information at a glance and specific "hubs" where content from social networks and stored locally on the device is gathered. Expected in late 2011, a major update known as "Mango" will bring many more features such as Twitter integration, multitasking and a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9. Read on for the latest Windows Phone 7 news, reviews and videos:

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    In a recent article on PC Pro, a UK technology website, an executive for a mobile operator had some pretty harsh words for Nokia handsets running Windows Phone. "No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone. Nokia have given itself a double challenge: to restore its credibility in terms of making hardware smartphones and succeed with the Microsoft Windows operating system, which lags in the market." What's ironic is that these two companies, Nokia and Microsoft, used to lead in their respective markets. "Nokia" was all but synonymous with "cellphone" back when the mobile market ...

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    Microsoft evangelist Nuno Silva shared his thoughts regarding a possible upgrade to the next major Windows Phone release (codenamed Apollo) for all Windows Phone devices. Now reports are coming in claiming the exact contrary of those stated by the developer evangelist. According to reports, there will be no upgrade path from Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) to Apollo. The information comes from "a trusted source close to Microsoft" who unveiled to The Verge that users currently rocking a Windows Phone will be left in the dark once the next iteration of the platform lands. This is definitely bad ...

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    We've heard how Nokia is allegedly preparing an exclusive phone for every U.S. carrier and we're positive you remember the post about a certain "improved" Lumia 900 purportedly coming to other carriers -- as AT&T's exclusivity on the phone is, according to rumors, lasting only 45 days. Following up on all the above reports and rumors, an in-store T-Mobile rep allegedly said the "Lumia 900 will be coming to T-Mobile this summer". We could be looking at some real inside information here or just an overzealous sales rep. However, if Nokia wants to really try regaining some of the lost market ...

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    After a crucial decision to turn to Windows Phone as principal smartphone strategy, Nokia's Windows Phones have been on sale in Europe since the end of last year. "No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone," a European carrier's executive in charge of mobile devices said. This is a huge problem Nokia is facing and European carriers believe Nokia has failed to challenge the dominating competitors, Google and Apple. "If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell", said the executive. Aside from Windows Phone being ...

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    A select few Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 units were shipped with unlocked Qualcomm bootloaders instead of the locked Nokia versions, according to reports. When a device with such an unlocked bootloader was connected to a Linux computer a Qualcomm storage device popped up, basically allowing full reads and writes to the NAND. "That means you can actually write data to the device, allowing custom ROMs and more", like interop unlocked ones. Of course, there are risks of bricking your phone which would not be covered by warranty. However, if you are interested in the topic, check out the XDA ...

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    If you want to purchase a Nokia Lumia 900 phone online at AT&T you will run into a small speed bump. As you can see in the screenshot above (or by going to the AT&T source link below), the phone is out of stock for both the black and cyan versions. The situation seems to be the same at brick-and-mortar stores but speculation is that the units have been sent back for reflashing with the latest data connectivity fix. If you still need to grab a unit pronto then head over to Amazon. On a related note, a magenta flavored Nokia Lumia 900 is possible, as hinted by a screen advertising the new ...

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    The ChevronWP7 Labs project came into being last year as a way to offer users of the locked-down Windows Phone platform a chance to enable sideloading without joining Microsoft's costly developer's programs. After only a few short months of existence, though, the team announced around New Year's that it had already run out of unlock tokens, and wasn't likely to be getting more from Microsoft. Today, ChevronWP7 Labs is finally making its shutdown official. It's interesting to hear the team's explanation of why it made this decision. It says that the ultimate goal of this project was to both ...

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    We've been used to referring to Nokia as the world's leader of the global cellphone market in the past 14 years but the situation seems to have turned with Samsung taking over the top spot in the first quarter of the year. According to a Reuters poll of analysts, Samsung outsold the Finnish phone maker for the first time in history; numbers for the Korean manufacturer are expected to be around the 88 million cellphone mark in the first quarter while Nokia's expected to land in second with its 83 million. Still, in order to get a confirmation on Samsung's numbers, we need to wait until the ...

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    Before the Nokia Lumia 900 ever made it to AT&T, we had heard that the carrier was planning to spend somewhere around $150M to promote this first Windows Phone LTE handset. We've since learned that the actual amount AT&T is putting into Lumia 900 marketing is quite a bit lower, but is it still managing to effectively stir-up interest in the phone? Based on a recent report, it seems that AT&T may be making at least one misstep in its promotion and sales chains, and it's one that could seek to undermine much of the impact of the carrier's advertising efforts. When we learned last month about ...

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    At the ongoing WiMA NFC in Monaco (Global NFC Applications Products and Service Congress) Nokia announced an NFC-enabled variant of the recently launched (at MWC) Nokia Lumia 610. Orange will be the carrier of choice which will bring the Lumia 610 NFC to the market, early in the third quarter of 2012. The NFC inside the new Lumia 610 will allow for seamless connection with NFC accessories; additionally, it will also be able to read NFC tags. NFC payments and ticketing solutions are also in; furthermore, the phone is "certified for contactless payments both with MasterCard for their PayPass ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T is probably the Windows Phone that enjoyed the most exposure. It is often regarded as Nokia's (and Microsoft's) chance to do something big on the U.S. market and the initial feedback from customers is good -- the phone is topping sale charts. In an official blog post today Nokia acknowledged "a memory management issue" which "could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity". It is reassuring to find out that the issue is due to software and is not hardware or network related. That being the case, Nokia is acting quickly on the matter and offers two ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 900, put on store shelves just two days ago, is one of this week's hottest topics. It may even be the most-talked-about device in the history of Windows Phone. But while it and its less-buzzworthy cousins, the HTC Titan II and Lumia 710, do their part to grow the platform on two of America's wireless carriers, elsewhere the platform is stagnating. The other two companies offer a single Windows Phone apiece, each one seeming like an aging, ineffectual ambassador of a forgotten country. So I'm wondering, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel: what's your damage? Last September ...

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    Verizon's one and only Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy, is set to receive a new update soon as the information related to the last update was removed and replaced with information you can see above and at the source link. The info regarding the new software update, 2305.13.20402.605, doesn't say exactly what build is coming to the device but one bit from the changelog hints towards the latest, 8107 build: improvements in keyboard performance prevent keyboard from disappearing while typing. Other than that, there will be improved Voice Mail notifications when traveling outside the U.S., ...

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    Last time we looked, Nokia Music was updated to version 2.0 with UI and audio improvements. This time around, the application has been updated to version 2.1. The changelog includes general improvements in performance and responsiveness, Nokia Music Unlimited (only available in selected countries and on certain devices) as well as controls for shuffle and repeat in the music player. If you have a Nokia Windows Phone and you use the application you might want to consult your Marketplace on the device for the refresh. Source: WindowsPhoneITA Via: WMPowerUser

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    On March 26, AT&T officially announced the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II, both introduced at this year's CES as Windows Phones taking advantage of the carrier's 4G LTE network. The availability date announced was April 8 and, as such, both phones are now available. The Nokia Lumia 900 -- with its 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, 1830 mAh battery, eight-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, f/2.2 and 28mm wide angle focal length -- goes for $99.99 on a two-year contract (and $449.99 for the phone only). The HTC Titan II -- packing the largest camera currently available on a ...

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    The Smartphone Beta Test website, in case you had any doubts, does indeed belong to Nokia; actually it is the company's ad campaign for the Lumia 900 on AT&T, an ad campaign according to which all smartphone users in the past five years were beta testers. With the website now live, we understand from the commercials that all those moments when your smartphone lost reception or took bad pictures was just a beta test; its results are now here and Nokia wants you to believe that it's the Lumia 900. Head over to the source link to find the videos as well as a map to find the closest AT&T ...

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    For those of you who combine an Apple computer with a phone powered by Windows Phone, there's a new version of the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac available to download from the Mac App Store. The current version, 2.02, brings a lot of new features, improvements and bugfixes to the table. Find all of them below and download the latest version from the Mac App Store source link at the bottom. Features: • Full sync and import support for Apple Aperture software • Drag and drop import of files from Browse Device • Ringtone transfer support (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later) ...

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    If you were among the first ones to jump online and hit the pre-order button on either the AT&T or Rogers Canada variant of the Nokia Lumia 900, you'll be happy to find out that the phones have started shipping. According to recent reports, those who pre-ordered the AT&T Lumia 900 are now receiving shipping notifications. If everything goes according to plan, you'll have your new toy to play with over the weekend as shipping ETAs are predicted for today. On the same note, Rogers Canada sent out the following: "Great news! Your device is on its way. We just wanted to let you know that the ...

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    There were debates, discussions and opinions regarding the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform, codenamed Apollo, and whether software titles for the current Windows Phone 7.5 will run on the next-gen Redmond OS. While to some it was a no-brainer (those who don't believe Microsoft would shoot itself in the foot), others considered otherwise. According to the latest post on the Windows Phone Developer blog, the situation is crystal clear and should wave away all your doubts. "Today's Windows Phone applications and games will run on the next major version of Windows Phone". This is definitely ...

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    The debate is no longer only about hardware and platform, as in Windows Phones vs. iPhones vs. Android phones, but has recently included titles in the software market, since even Stephen Elop doesn't miss an opportunity to talk about "ecosystems". The number of applications in the catalog is equally important, giving users the power to choose. While the Apple iTunes Store has somewhere around 600,000 titles and Google's Play Store is not far behind, the Windows Phone Marketplace has topped 70,000 (which is a good number considering the age of the platform but it's just a fraction of the ...

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    The same way we heard about Nokia preparing its TV app for Lumia Windows Phones, Nokia Reading will soon make its way into the Marketplace as the Finnish company's e-book store, as presented at this year's MWC. The first country to get it will be Russia with UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain following. If you have a Lumia 610, 700 or 800, you will be able to grab it as a free download (the 900 will have it pre-installed). There will be plenty of free e-books but there will be also an added RSS reader feature that will allow you to pin publications to the home screen. Source: WP7forum ...

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    The pictures above and below landed in our Inbox and, as you can see, it's a Windows Phone made by LG. Our tipster tells us that it's model number E740H and that there is some Telus customization (as in welcome screen). The LG E740 (sans H this time) popped up in Romania before MWC and we believe it was the Miracle (we expect the LG Fantasy to be a different device, codenamed E950, probably the final version of the leaked prototype). The Miracle is expected to pack a four-inch WVGA NOVA display, 1GHz Snapdragon, 8GB of storage, a five-megapixel rear camera with no flash, VGA webcam, HSPA ...

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    At the beginning of August 2011, Toshiba decided to drop out of the Fujitsu-Toshiba joint venture. Fujitsu made its plans public to buy Toshiba's stake and become a wholly owned subsidiary. As of April 1, Fujitsu managed to finalize the acquisition of Toshiba's 19.9% ownership stake from Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications Limited. Adding it to Fujitsu's 80.1% stake, the company now became a wholly owned subsidiary with its name being changed to Fujitsu Mobile Communications Limited. Fujitsu-Toshiba was present on the list of Windows Phone official hardware manufacturer partners and, as ...

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    Chris Weber, President of Nokia Inc. North America, has received lots of emails about this new website called Smartphone Beta Test, and this means that the ball is rolling. April 8 is the day when the Nokia Lumia 900 will be available on AT&T's network but the countdown on the website seems to refer to a somewhat earlier date. At a first glance, there's no indication that we're looking at an official Nokia website. However, if you take a closer look at the top left, you can almost see the Nokia logo under that black chalk. That, and some references to Nokia's website found inside the web ...

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    Aside from the fact that the Nokia Lumia 900 is already on back-order with Amazon Wireless -- the phone officially went on pre-order on March 30 with an in-store availability date announced for April 8 -- it appears that it is doing quite well. As you can see in the image above (and at the source link below), we not only have one, but two Nokia Lumia 900 phones on the top spots of Amazon's best-selling AT&T devices. Both the black and cyan variants rule the list and this is just three days after the official pre-orders received the green light. Furthermore, Amazon's list of best-selling ...

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