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Microsoft confirms shift away from Nokia, new brand debuts in France

10/21, 3:56pm

Social media changes mark first official move away from Nokia banner to Microsoft Lumia

Microsoft is making the shift away from the Nokia brand name official, as it's confirmed that the company is shifting to Microsoft Lumia for future devices. The change in names was first brought up back in September as part of an alleged leak of an internal document that dropped the Nokia name, along with mentions of Windows Phone from devices.

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Microsoft updates Skype for Windows Phone, adds drawing tool

10/20, 2:49pm

Doodles can be added to photos and shared with friends, sign in improvements

Microsoft announced the new 2.24 update for Skype for Windows Phone today, bringing some small improvements to the application. In addition to the improvements, Skype had a large feature appended to it. Users now have the ability to create drawings or doodle on pictures to share with friends and family members.

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Briefly: Cortana adds musical notifications, Chromecast Hulu Plus

09/30, 5:26am

Cortana issues public transport notifications, local concert suggestions

Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, has been updated with two event-related changes. WMPU reports the service will now show notifications for when a user's favorite music acts are performing nearby under "Concert Watch," while WP Central notes users in the US and UK can now benefit from public transport notifications, including delays, outages, and advising of the best time to head to an appointment or event.

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Briefly: Google Play refund extension, Skype for Windows Phone update

09/11, 5:42am

Google officially extends app refund window from 15 minutes to 2 hours

Google has extended the opportunity to receive a refund from purchases in the Google Play Store to two hours. Android Central notes the support page for the store has been updated to show the upgraded refund period for apps and games, up from the previous 15-minute limit. It is understood that Google offered the longer refund window to some customers over the last few weeks, and has only just made the policy official recently.

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Microsoft reportedly plans phasing out of Nokia branding from devices

09/10, 2:59pm

Leaked document also claims Windows Phone to be replaced by Windows brand

Microsoft may start producing mobile devices without the Nokia branding by the end of this year. An alleged leaked internal document from Microsoft Mobile, the Devices and Services arm of Nokia acquired by the company, apparently shows that both the Nokia and Windows Phone names will be replaced on new smartphones with Microsoft and Windows respectively.

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Lumia Denim Windows Phone update adds extra camera functions

09/04, 6:28am

Update for Lumia devices will include 4K video capture, Dynamic Flash

Microsoft has detailed the version of the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 heading onto its Lumia smartphones. On top of the expected new additions, including wider resolution support, Live Folders, and the Cortana virtual assistant, the Lumia Denim update includes some Lumia-specific extras, with the majority of new features relating to photography, though some functions are said to be dependent on the phone's hardware.

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Microsoft bills Lumia 830 smartphone as 'affordable flagship'

09/04, 5:52am

Rear 10MP PureView camera used in Lumia 830

Part of a launch of three smartphones at its IFA event, Microsoft revealed the Lumia 830. Offering a 5.5-inch 1280x720 display, the Windows Phone device is billed by the company as an "affordable flagship," with the aluminum-framed smartphone packing a rear 10-megapixel PureView camera aided with various camera app functions in the accompanying Lumia Denim software update.

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Company compiles Apple's Swift for use with Android, Windows .NET

08/29, 8:37pm

Now possible to use the same language for apps for all three mobile platforms

A compiler company called RemObjects has created a new front end for its own Elements compiler called Silver that allows developers to write code hooking into APIs and frameworks outside iOS, letting them write native apps for iOS and Android. The project has also been made to work with both the Fire IDE and .NET, allowing Windows Phone developers to use Swift through the Visual Studio IDE. While not a universal write-once-run-anywhere solution, Silver could prove to be a boon for small developers who want to create Android and Windows Phone versions of their iOS apps written in Swift.

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Spotify extends free music streaming option to Windows Phones

08/26, 2:50pm

Shuffle play mode now available for Windows Phone 8.1, free version supported by ads

Subscripiton music streaming service Spotify has announced that it is bringing its free listening experience to Windows Phones beginning today. In today's software update, owners of phones like the Nokia Lumia 920 or the HTC One (M8) for Windows can now partake in the Spotify experience, with a few limitations. As with the expansion into a free version for Android and iOS in December, the offering is supported by in-app advertising.

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Brazilian judge orders deletion of Secret app from mobile devices

08/20, 7:30am

Apple, Google, Microsoft required to delete Secret from customer phones or face fines

A Brazilian judge has ordered Apple, Google, and Microsoft to remove Secret, an app used for anonymously sharing information with others, from citizen's phones. The unusual ruling requires both Apple and Google to delist Secret from the App Store and Google Play, with Microsoft ordered to do the same for the Windows Phone-equivalent Cryptic, as well as deleting it remotely from mobile devices in the country.

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HTC One (M8) for Windows launches as Verizon exclusive

08/19, 11:23am

Windows Phone version of HTC One M8 uses same specifications as Android original

HTC has launched the Windows Phone version of its One M8 flagship at an event in New York. The HTC One (M8) for Windows is a metal-clad smartphone with the same specifications as the Android original, including an identical five-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage.

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Windows Phone 8.1 version of HTC One M8 leaks with Verizon branding

08/18, 8:43am

HTC One M8 for Windows Phone shares physical appearance with Android model

Images for what is believed to be the Windows Phone equivalent of the HTC One M8 have leaked, showing what could be HTC's latest foray onto the platform. Said to be called the One M8 for Windows, the displayed smartphone appears to be identical in physical construction to the Android version of the device, except for a Windows Phone logo on the back.

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Briefly: BBM for Windows Phone exits beta, Trendnet WiFi Baby Cam

08/16, 2:37pm

Blackberry launches 1.1 version of BBM for Windows Phone

BlackBerry has officially released BBM for Windows Phone, taking it out of beta. The new release implementes a number of bug fixes and speed improvements that the company gathered during the beta phase. The 1.1 version of the app allows users to engage in BBM Chats with one or many contacts, with the ability to share pictures, voice notes, contacts and location. Features like BBM Voice, Channels, and location sharing are still yet to be added.

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HTC A11 photographs, Windows Phone M8 specifications leak

08/11, 8:29am

Twin leaks point to two HTC smartphone launches in coming months

A pair of leaks for HTC smartphones have surfaced, for Android and Windows Phone devices. One leak includes photographs of the A11, a variant in the Desire range said to use a 64-bit system-on-chip, while another appears to reiterate earlier rumored specifications for a version of the HTC One M8 running on Windows Phone instead of Android.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 developer preview available to download

08/04, 2:57pm

Update to Windows Phone introduces Live Folders, improved Xbox Music app

Microsoft has made the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 available to download for developers. The software update, which introduces a number of changes to the mobile operating system, can be downloaded by developers enrolled in the Windows App Studio program today, ahead of a rollout to all compatible Windows Phone smartphones in the future.

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Android overtakes iOS in global online usage tracking

08/04, 1:01pm

Usage begins mirroring device ownership

For the first time, global usage of Android devices has surpassed that of iOS, according to Net Applications tracking data. iOS slipped from 45.61 percent in June to 44.19 percent in July, while Android advanced from 43.75 percent to 44.62. Windows Phone has made some more marginal progress, growing from below the 1 percent mark in April to 2.49 percent.

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BlackBerry Messenger for Windows Phone launches publicly

07/31, 1:45pm

BBM for Windows Phone includes chats, excludes BBM Voice, Channels

BlackBerry has made its BlackBerry Messenger app available to download in the Windows Phone store. Previously only available as a closed beta on the platform, and already out on iOS and Android, the version offered is still in beta, though BlackBerry has taken the time to make BBM fit in with the Windows Phone user interface styling, and some features don't appear to have been included.

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Microsoft shows Windows Phone 8.1 update, brings Cortana to China, UK

07/30, 9:18am

Cortana available in beta for UK, Chinese markets, alpha in Canada, India, Australia

Microsoft has formally announced its upcoming update to Windows Phone 8.1, one it will be releasing to developers next week. The GDR1 update, leaked earlier this week, introduces a number of new features and other improvements to the mobile operating system, as well as expanding the beta program for the Cortana virtual assistant to five new countries after its initial United States launch.

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Microsoft reportedly plans two more imminent Lumia launches

07/29, 2:18pm

Superman and Tesla Lumia smartphones said to have surfaced in internal Microsoft meeting

Two more smartphones may launch from Microsoft's phone division in the near future, according to a report. Two Windows Phone devices were allegedly revealed during an internal meeting chaired by Microsoft devices head Stephen Elop, with one smartphone described as a "selfie" device with a five-megapixel front-facing camera sensor above a 4.7-inch display.

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HTC rumored to prepare Windows Phone version of One M8 for release

07/28, 7:48pm

Windows Phone version of HTC One M8 may have same specifications

HTC may be preparing to release a version of the One M8 smartphone running Windows Phone instead of Android, according to rumors. Report sources claim the smartphone producer will be returning to Windows Phone again, effectively re-purposing the One M8's hardware and accessories, with the device apparently said to be given the name HTC One W8.

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Nadella: Microsoft continuing push for unified operating system

07/23, 10:22am

Microsoft CEO confirms future convergence of operating systems in conference call

Microsoft is still planning to unify its operating systems in the future, CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed. As part of the conference call with analysts following its latest quarterly financial results release, Nadella advised that Windows 9 will be a version of the operating system which will work with universal apps, namely apps which work across multiple platforms and devices.

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Microsoft reveals Nokia Lumia 530 as its first Lumia release

07/23, 6:48am

Nokia Lumia 530 has four-inch display, $115 price tag

Microsoft has unveiled its first Lumia smartphone since it acquired Nokia's Devices and Services division. Still labeled under the Nokia branding, the Lumia 530 is an entry-level Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone with a four-inch, 854x480-resolution display and a low price point to help it compete against other competing low-specification devices running on Android.

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Microsoft rolls out Windows Phone 8.1 to Lumia, alters search options

07/15, 1:57pm

Lumia Cyan adds Windows Phone 8.1, updates Nokia apps

Microsoft has started to roll out the Cyan software update for Lumia smartphones, bringing Windows Phone 8.1 to the smartphone range. At the same time, a report claims that some new Lumia devices being sold no longer give the option to set Google as the default search engine, restricting users to instead primarily search using Microsoft's own search engine, Bing.

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BlackBerry launches BlackBerry Messenger for Windows Phone beta

07/10, 7:44pm

Beta test ahead of official launch, some features like Voice to be added later on

Users of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) are going to able to use the service on a new mobile platform. Today, BlackBerry announced that the messaging service has made its way to Windows Phones, starting off with a limited run in beta. The company wants to focus on providing an introduction to the program with its first release.

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Briefly: BBM testing on Windows Phone, Xbox One upgrade credit offer

07/08, 1:49pm

BlackBerry Messenger commences private beta on Windows Phone store

BlackBerry has put the BlackBerry Messenger app in the Windows Phone store, though it is not available to everyone. The listing, which follows the earlier BBM launch on iOS and Android, hints at a near-future release of the messaging app on the platform, though according to CNET, the app is being tested in a private beta ahead of its launch, with only whitelisted users able to install the app from the store.

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Windows Phone 8.1 update could roll out in first half of July

06/30, 6:48am

Microsoft India tweet points to imminent Windows Phone 8.1 update release

Windows Phone 8.1 could be shipping to smartphones next month. A posting on Twitter by Microsoft India states the Windows Phone 8.1 update will "roll out to existing Windows Phone 8 users during the first two weeks of July," suggesting that features such as the long-awaited Cortana virtual assistant may reach consumers in the near future.

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Briefly: Dolby-Atmos speakers and receivers, Windows Phone folders

06/29, 2:32pm

Pioneer announces Dolby Atmos-enabled Elite speakers, Elite SC series receivers

Pioneer has announced a new dedicated line of Dolby Atmos-enabled Elite speakers and Elite SC series of home theater receivers. Dolby Atmos technology was first established for cinema use, and the collaboration with Pioneer aims to offer a multi-dimensional sound experience. Dolby's partnerships will not stop at Pioneer, with Dolby Atmos branded Blu-ray and streaming video services to be launched this fall.

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Microsoft boosting antitheft protection with 'Find My Phone' upgrade

06/20, 3:53pm

Upgrade to Windows Phone 8.0 and above will incorporate fixes

A blog post by Microsoft's vice president of government affairs reveals that the company will update its Windows Phone operating system to comply with the CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment program. Microsoft will expand its "Find my Phone" feature and add features similar to Apple's iOS 7 "Find My iPhone" security measures to accommodate the requirements of the program, and will meet the July 2015 deadline proposed by the group.

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BlackBerry Messenger due to hit Windows Phone in coming weeks

06/20, 9:02am

BlackBerry CEO confirms impending app launch still on schedule

BlackBerry is preparing to release the Windows Phone version of its BlackBerry Messenger app, one the company said it would release by the summer. The messaging client, joining the iOS and Android versions as well as BlackBerry OS devices, was advised by CEO John Chen as coming out on time, though he stopped short of providing a specific release date.

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Microsoft rumored working on Kinect-style interface for Windows Phone

06/09, 11:19am

Mid-air hovering, tapping of tiles, gesture control said to be coming to Windows Phone soon

Windows Phone could soon allow users to interact with their devices without pressing an onscreen button, claims a report. Kinect-style features such as navigating by hovering a finger over part of a display may in fact form part of the experience of a rumored Nokia device codenamed "McLaren", set to be launched and released towards the end of this year.

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Briefly: Ultimaker 2 desktop 3D printer, Windows Phone's Files app

05/31, 12:54am

Dynamism announces Ultimaker 2 desktop 3D printer

Technology producer Dynamism has announced the launch of its new desktop 3D printer, the Ultimaker 2. Focusing on a user-friendly design, the printer utilizes an open filament system, allowing for use of any brand of filament. Small enough to fit in a working or living environment, the Ultimaker 2 features printing speeds of up to 300mm per second and 0.02mm layer resolution. Priced at $2900, Dynamism's latest 3D printer can be purchased online.

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Hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft plays catch up

05/22, 7:22am

Windows 8.1 is the most competitive version of the world's number 3 mobile OS

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 is currently available to users in a preview form ahead of a rumored late June launch. Electronista has been spending some quality time with the world's third most used mobile operating system over the past few weeks and can report that it delivers a much improved overall user experience. Headlining features like Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri, Word Flow and the new Action Center help to put Microsoft on a much more competitive footing with Google's Android and Apple's iOS.

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Microsoft issues update to Windows Phone 8.1 preview for developers

05/14, 4:50pm

Several improvements issued in update including bug fixes and battery improvements

Developers on the Windows Phone platform can look forward to the first update to the preview program. Build number 8.10.12382.878 has been made available for those enlisted in the Windows Phone 8.1 preview for developers. The program has given developers and enthusiasts alike the opportunity to investigate new features in the platform including Cortana and Action Center.

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Image leak suggests LG will return to Windows Phone smartphone market

05/13, 8:05am

LG Uni8 touted to run Windows Phone 8.1, 2014 launch

LG may be working on a Windows Phone device, according to a recent image leak. Claimed to be called the LG Uni8, the smartphone has been pictured in an image render running Windows Phone 8.1, with the leak suggesting a possible return to the software platform by the smartphone manufacturer, years after it released the Windows Phone 7-based Optimus 7.

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Briefly: Google Now Android update, Windows Phone 8.1 File Manager

05/03, 2:53am

Google Now for Android updated to keep cards loaded when service lost

Google has updated Google Search for Android in respects to its Google Now function. When an internet connection is lost, Google Now will now note when content was last updated, alongside the user's cards. Google Now can be downloaded from Google Play.

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iPhone gains ground in Japan, Europe, Australia

04/28, 1:39pm

Android still vastly dominant on global level

The iPhone managed some modest sales share gains in Japan, Europe, and Australia during the March quarter, according to new smartphone data from Kantar Worldpanel. Japan was the strongest of the bunch, advancing 8.6 points year-over-year to 57.6 percent. The country is in fact the only one where the iPhone outstripped Android. Even in the US, where Apple is based, the iPhone dipped from 43.7 percent to 35.9 percent last quarter, whereas Android devices grew from 49.3 percent to 57.6.

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Microsoft 'Superman' smartphone rumored to have 5MP front camera

04/28, 10:04am

Rumors of first device after Nokia smartphone arm purchase start circulating

The first Windows Phone device to come out after Microsoft completed the acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business could be one that turns out to be ideal for self portraits, according to a rumor. Codenamed "Superman," the smartphone is said to use a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, rather than the lower-resolution sensors used by the majority of smartphones.

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Microsoft starts accepting universal apps in Windows app stores

04/14, 7:36pm

Universal app submissions part of Windows Dev Center changes

Microsoft has started to accept submissions for "Universal Apps" in its Dev Center. Developers can now link apps made for the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store to create a single Windows app listing, allowing users to buy once on one platform and for it to be downloadable and usable on other Windows devices they also own.

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Windows Phone 8.1 supports iOS Passbook files

04/14, 3:07pm

Reason tech works a mystery

The Windows Phone 8.1 preview version of Microsoft Wallet actually supports Passbook files from iOS, reports say. iMore notes that Microsoft has developed a method of extracting information from a Passbook file. The individual passes are said to be composed of generic data, and simply rendered by the container app, much like a browser renders a webpage.

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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview available to download

04/14, 8:46am

Windows Phone update to 8.1 adds Cortana, may void warranties

Windows Phone 8.1 is now available to download as a developer preview, allowing users to try out the Cortana virtual assistant on their own devices. The latest version of the mobile operating system, which Microsoft officially debuted on April 2nd at its Build conference, can be installed on smartphones owned by developers enrolled in Microsoft's Windows Phone Developer program.

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Samsung 10.5-inch Android tablet, Windows Phone on way, claims rumors

04/07, 1:13pm

Rumored Samsung tablet uses 2560x1600 resolution, Android KitKat

Details for two Samsung mobile devices have surfaced in two separate rumors. One device appears to be an Android tablet with a 10.5-inch AMOLED display with the model number SM-T800, while the second leak suggests there could be another Windows Phone device coming from the manufacturer after the recent ATIV SE launch.

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Verizon launches Samsung ATIV SE with Windows Phone 8

04/04, 2:51pm

Verizon-exclusive Windows Phone pre-orders begin, ships April 12

Verizon has quietly launched the Samsung ATIV SE on its network, and has started to accept pre-orders of the device. Just as previously rumored, the Verizon-exclusive smartphone will be shipping with Windows Phone 8 onboard instead of Windows Phone 8.1, though it is likely that Samsung will be providing an update to the newer operating system shortly after release.

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Nokia reveals Lumia 930, Lumia 630, Lumia 635 at Microsoft Build

04/02, 3:09pm

New Lumias will ship with Windows Phone 8.1 onboard

The former CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, has taken to the stage at Microsoft's Build developer conference to reveal three Lumia devices running on Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 930 has a five-inch ClearBlack full HD display with PureView camera capabilities, while the budget-aimed Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 are smaller devices with a 4.5-inch ClearBlack display and more restrained specifications.

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Samsung ATIV SE rumored to launch in April without Windows Phone 8.1

04/01, 2:36pm

Software update after Samsung ATIV SE launch will reportedly occur

Samsung's next Windows Phone device will not come with Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed, according to leaked specifications. The Verizon-bound ATIV SE, pictured in another leak last month with a Windows Phone 8.1 interface, will apparently launch with Windows Phone 8, instead receiving the newer mobile operating system as an update after its launch.

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Nokia Lumia 630 allegedly leaks in video showing Windows Phone 8.1

03/28, 4:59pm

New video believed to show Lumia 630, Windows Phone 8.1 features

A Nokia smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 has reportedly appeared in a new leaked hands-on video. The surfaced clip allegedly shows the Lumia 630, thought to be codenamed Moneypenny, using the Microsoft mobile operating system, showing the Action Center, apps for podcasts and radio, the new store app, and the layout of the camera app in the upcoming release.

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Windows Phone 8.1 core rumored to be finished, store screenshots leak

03/27, 11:28am

Developer Preview of next Windows Phone version delayed by a week

The Windows Phone Store will be overhauled in Windows Phone 8.1, according to some new screenshots. At the same time, as the store changes have surfaced, there is also news the Windows Phone 8.1 core has been finalized, meaning that most of the main development of the mobile operating system has completed, but it is apparently still a long way off from reaching consumers.

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MS Enterprise Mobility Suite may debut today next to Office for iPad

03/27, 9:18am

Suite would improve current multiplatform support

Alongside Office for iPad, Microsoft may also be preparing to launch a new licensing bundle today called the Enterprise Mobility Suite, sources say. The bundle is reportedly aimed at large-scale customers who need a way of managing Windows, iOS, and/or Android devices. While cross-platform support has been available from Microsoft for a while, EMS is expected to include Windows Intune, a new Azure Active Directory "Premium" option, and Azure Rights Management Services. Active Directory Premium is described as a paid version of Azure Active Directory with features like group-based app access, and self-service password resets and group management.

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Briefly: Nokia Pocket Magnifier, Newsbeat launches on iOS, Android

03/23, 1:15pm

App for Windows Phones developed with Royal National Institute of Blind People

Last week, Nokia released a new app for the Windows Phone platform to help people with vision issues, or those that need bigger text in their day-to-day activities. The aptly-named Pocket Magnifier was developed with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the UK to use a phone's camera to enhance text. The app allows for frames to be frozen for steady reading, offers filters to help define text, and allows the use of an LED (flash) to light up the object being read. Owners of a number of Nokia Windows Phone models utilizing their cameras now have another use for their device if they need assistance reading something on the go.

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Huawei changes stance, will not ship dual-booting smartphones

03/20, 7:48am

New statement reverses Huawei CMO comments about dual-OS devices

Huawei will not be producing a smartphone that is capable of booting to two operating systems, the company has revealed. Responding to reports about comments made by Chief Marketing Officer Shao Yang, the manufacturer advised it is not currently planning the release of a device that will boot to Windows Phone as well as Android.

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Samsung ATIV SE with Verizon branding leaks on Twitter

03/17, 8:42am

Codename Huron shows Windows Phone 8.1, front and rear

New images of the Samsung ATIV SE, previously codenamed the Huron, have surfaced. The leaked images show the Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone as barely changing from its previous appearance, though the addition of carrier branding on the front shows it will be heading to Verizon, and is the second device exclusive to the carrier to leak in the last few days, after the LG Lucid 3.

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