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We sit down with Nokia’s Stephen Elop

Nokia World is still going strong in Abu Dhabi and we have plenty of coverage yet to bring you today, but one of those is of high priority: Executive Vice President, Devices & Services, Stephen Elop. Of course many of you know him as the former President and CEO of Nokia (until Microsoft agreed to buy the hardware division of Nokia in early September). That change will eventually result in Elop becoming Executive Vice President at Microsoft once the deal is finalized in early 2014.

In a roundtable discussion with a select few in the media, we were able to ask Elop about today’s announcements, which included the Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520 and new Asha devices.

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Announced today in Abu Dhabi at Nokia World 2013, the new Lumia 1520 is a step into the realms of the supersized smartphone. Make no mistake, it's a large phone, but it isn't the only supersized smartphone out there. Taking a tour of the booth, we've managed to snag a quick side-by-side comparison of the Lumia 1520 with a couple of the leading large phones from Sony and Samsung; the Xperia Z Ultra and the Galaxy Note 3. Suddenly, the Lumia doesn't seem quite so huge.

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New Nokia Lumia 2520, 1520, 1320 forums now open!

We're at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi today where Nokia has unveiled the new Lumia 2520, a Windows 8 tablet. Alongside the tablet, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 have also been unveiled as two new "phablets." While we bring you the latest from the floor, there's room for you to comment on our coverage, as well as engage in conversation over on our forum. Say hello to a handful of new forums.

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Hands-on video and photos of the giant Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia World 2013 is in full effect now. Nokia has just shown off a handful of new devices in the Asha and Lumia range. The one we’re most excited about is the Nokia Lumia 1520. The device (and its display) is simply remarkable. We just spent some time with the Lumia 1520, so read on to see our first impression, photos and video from our time with it.

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Nokia today unveiled that an official Vine (www.vine.co) app is well on the way to Windows Phone. If you're not familiar with the service, it's a social network owned by Twitter. You essentially record and share clips that are up to 6 seconds in length. The recordings can be of anything you choose, be it cats, humorous sketches or just random updates. 

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Nokia World 2013 is here and if you blink you’ll miss a handful of stories coming out of it. Nokia has just announced two new note-taking applications for your Lumia 1520 and devices. Both apps are already wildly popular on Android and are now poised to take the Windows Phone world by storm. InNote and Papyrus are coming to Windows Phone.

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Nokia announces the Lumia 2520, their first Windows RT 8.1 tablet with a 10.1-inch display and Zeiss optics. 

Nokia. Windows 8. Tablet. Yeah, it’s happening. Nokia’s been rumored to have a tablet in the pipeline for years now, but has finally announced one here at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi. The Lumia 2520 is the first device from Nokia powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor. This might look like your typical tablet running Windows RT on paper, but it has the typical Nokia twist you find in their smartphones. Let’s take a look at some of the official specs before we get our hands-on with the device shortly.

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It’s finally here. Nokia World 2013 is in full swing and the expected has finally happened. Nokia has announced the Lumia 1520, a device with many firsts for both Windows Phone and Nokia. It’s a device many have highly anticipated, one that is set to rival large smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note family of devices. Here are the full specs for the Lumia 1520.

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Nokia announces the Lumia 1320

Nokia’s portfolio of devices this past year have been remarkable at hitting a variety of price points for consumers. The lineup they’re announcing here at Nokia World 2013 appears to be following that same theme with the Lumia 1320. Here’s a device that’s set to appeal to shoe on a budget, but still wanting a large phone. Let’s check out the full specs of this 6-inch device.

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Instagram and Nokia have announced that an official app is due for Windows Phone

The day has finally arrived, folks. Instagram is officially heading to Windows Phone in the “coming weeks”. Announced this morning in Abu Dhabi during Nokia World 2013, the longtime thorn in the heel for Microsoft’s struggling platform has finally been pulled.

Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram had this to say of the announcement:

"Our ultimate goal is to bring Instagram to everyone who wants to use it…We're looking forward to watching the Windows Phone community use Instagram to capture and share beautiful moments in the coming weeks."

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This morning in Abu Dhabi, Nokia revealed their latest creation for mobile photography: StoryTeller. The app, available on their Lumia 2520 Windows RT 8.1 tablet and Lumia 1520 Windows Phone, allows users to maintain their photos in mini collections, organized for them automatically.

The app works off of Nokia’s HERE Maps, points of interests, time and date. StoryTeller works by using all of that available information to categorize your photos, even selecting the best photos (weeding out blurry ones) for you, to give a unified retelling of your night out.

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Microsoft has had to endure complaints surrounding an issue since Windows Phone originally launched back in 2010 - not enough official apps. It's true the platform is still missing a number of official solutions, but since Windows Phone 8 was released, support has slowly been growing at a slow, but steady rate. The Windows Phone Store now has more than 160,000 apps.

We've seen banks, mobile operators, broadcasters and more pop on to the Windows Phone Store, but there's always that one app you need but it's just not there (and there's no decent third-party alternative). Microsoft is looking to address this problem by packaging mobile websites and packaging them as web apps.

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If you happen to be in Edmonton, Canada on Saturday, October 26, 2013 and are looking for something to do, Microsoft is slated to hold a Grand Opening celebration at the West Edmonton Mall.

Tagging along for the excitement is Dierks Bentley of Country Music fame and fortune. Bentley will hold a concert that evening at the Ice Palace in the West Edmonton Mall.

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Want access to over 70,000 radio stations all over the world? With TuneIn Radio for Windows Phone you get your favorite music, sports, and news from around the globe on your smartphone. The app has been wildly popular on Windows Phone, but has had its shares of ups and downs on the platform. Looks like we’re about to have another up as the app has just been updated. Let’s check it out.

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Surfy is a tabbed web browser for our Windows Phones. It was initially released for Windows Phone 7 and was overhauled earlier this year for Windows Phone 8. However due to a few stability issues publicizing the app was held off until those bugs could be addressed.

The updated version went live over the weekend and delivers a rather peachy tabbed web browser with voice command support. Version 2.1 of Surfy also adds a text to speech feature that adds an audio reading of web pages.

In the short time we've tinkered with Surfy this afternoon, it makes a nice impression. It might just be that Windows Phone web browser you've been looking for.

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If you've been following news of the Windows RT 8.1 update, you'll know that Microsoft has pulled the release due to some issues that consumers have experienced while attempting to upgrade their tablets (be it Surface RT or other models from OEM partners). Redmond has now released a Surface RT 8.0 recovery image, which can be used on a "bricked" tablet to take you back to original factory configuration.

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It’s go time, people! In just under 12 hours, Nokia will be unveiling all of their new devices, including a couple of new rumored Windows Phones, a possible Windows RT 8.1 tablet and some accessories. You want some new apps? Reports are circulating tonight that there will be some big ones dropped (feel free to speculate in comments).

Nokia will be streaming the event, which will be embedded right here at Windows Phone Central. What’s more, myself, Sam Sabri and Richard Devine will be live blogging it with added photos and commentary. Later, we’ll hit the floor for hands on with the devices and interviews.

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