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As the India smartphone market overall grew by 229% year over year (YoY) in the third quarter of 2013, Nokia's Lumia range of devices continued to show a growth trajectory and garnered close to 5% market share. In the mobile phone market in India, Nokia is on the second spot, close on the heels of market leader – Samsung. This latest data coincides with the continued strong growth in India for Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone Central Store now accepting Bitcoin!

We've had a lot of demand from users to begin accepting Bitcoin at the Windows Phone Central Store, and today I'm happy to announce that support is here! Just in time for the holidays, Bitcoin users can now checkout with the digital currency at the Windows Phone Central Store and our other Mobile Nations stores including ShopAndroid, the iMore Store and ShopCrackBerry.

To kick off the Bitcoin support, we've even extended our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale to run a full week. That means until this Friday, December 6th at midnight PST tonight, you can save 25% on ALL orders using coupon code CYBER13.

Take me to the Windows Phone Central Store!

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Skype for Windows Phone 8 updated with general fixes

This morning, Microsoft and Skype have pushed out an update for the popular VOIP app. The new version brings it up to 2.11.0.246 and it appears to be a basic release with only minor changes. According to the changelog, this latest version of Skype brings “general fixes and improvements” with no other new features mentioned.

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When it comes to downloading apps and games to your Windows Phone, most users have no issues with the 50 MB cap imposed by the Store to their devices. After all, most apps and games fall well below 50 MB. For those occasions that require larger file sizes, waiting for Wi-Fi has become standard practice.

Reports are coming in over the last few days that Microsoft has increased that limit from 50 to 100 megabytes, matching the limits of iOS and Android. In the Windows Phone Central Forums, user luk3ja has noticed this as has the site WPMania, in Brazil.

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The UK government has reached an agreement with four major British mobile operators to end "shock bills." This move will look to protect consumers from unexpected mobile phone contract price rises with the companies offering greater transparency at the start of a contract. A cap will also be introduced for mobile phones that have been stolen. 

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Masters of Trivia is a new Windows Phone 8 game that will test your knowledge of sports, entertainment, geography and other topics in forty-second speed quizzes.

The game is an online, multiplayer game where you compete against others to see who can rack up the most points.  The pace of the game is quick and the questions challenging. 

We’ve been tinkering with the Beta version of Masters of Trivia over the past few days and have found it to be an entertaining Windows Phone game.  The game is now live in the Windows Phone Store and if you like trivia games, Masters of Trivia is worth a try.

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Do you want to increase your vocabulary? One way to do that is by learning a new word every day. Today’s Word, a new app from the Windows Phone Store was built to help you with that. Just open the app and you will be given the word of the day. In case you missed it, yesterday’s word is also available. If you’re eager, you can also look at tomorrow’s word.

Each of the word displays its definition and example. Some words also include the pronunciation and their origin.

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We’re inching closer and closer to seeing VLC on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. The project started a little over a year ago and was funded by users via Kickstarter. The team gave the community updates at somewhat regular intervals, but has gone silent in recent months. We now have a new update on the status for the project for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Let’s find out the latest news and check out some new screenshots of the app. 

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We told you what we think are the best Windows Phones, but now we want your opinion.​ We’ve had some major official apps land like Instagram, Domino’s Pizza, Songza and more. We’ve also had some groundbreaking hardware like the Lumia 1020 or the massive Lumia 1520, even though it was the mild-mannered Lumia 520 that built Windows Phone market share. 

So which do you think was the most important? Take our survey and tell us what the best app for photography was or which productivity app was your top choice. After two weeks, we’ll post the top nominations from you for each category, which will then be voted on by you. Finally, at the end of December we’ll post the results of what you think were the best apps and devices of the year.

Sound good? Then take our survey by following this link: smartphoneexperts.polldaddy.com/s/wpc-best-of-2013-nominations 

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The best Windows Phone you can buy

We take a look at some of the best Windows Phone devices you can buy today

We’re entering the busiest time of year for gift giving. This past Friday marked the official holiday shopping period where consumers will spend big on gifts for friends and loved ones. What better gift than a shiny new smartphone running Windows Phone? Here’s a quick guide to help determine which device is right for you or someone you’re shopping for.

Windows Phone doesn’t have the OEM variety like Android does, but we still have great phones available in the ecosystem for different users at different price points. We’ll break it down so you can find the phone for someone on your list.

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It’s hard to imagine that Windows 8 launched to consumers a little over 13 months ago. It feels like we've been using the OS for quite some time. The operating system did had some initial weaknesses, which were for the most part corrected with the Windows 8.1 update. The Windows Store has also seen growth in both the number of apps and the number of quality apps. Which is exactly what Microsoft is promoting in the video after the break.

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DivvyUp is the ulimate bill splitter for Windows Phone 8. It's one of our favorite apps and currently is offering its premium features in the app for free. 

DivvyUp for Windows Phone 8 is one of our favorite apps. It makes bill splitting after a meal quick, easy, and painless. The optical character recognition technology that DivvyUp uses to automatically split the check also makes it a fun little trick to show off to your friends. As part of Cyber Monday, the in-app purchase in DivvyUp will be free.

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Fhotoroom is a very popular Windows Phone and Windows 8 photography app.  It combines a healthy photo editor, a decent camera app and a photo-sharing network into a well designed app.

While Fhotoroom is a free app for both Windows Phone and Windows 8, add-on packs are available for in-app purchase with the Windows 8 version that added editing filters and brushes as well as removing the ads in the gallery.  The charge was minimal and helped cover the server costs.

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We have seen a lot of anti-Apple iPad commercials coming out of Microsoft lately; they have been touting the Surface’s ability to manage devices via a built in full USB port and the ability to project to larger displays using the device’s HD video out port. Microsoft also attacks the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s inability to use multiple accounts.

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With it being Cyber Monday, it’s not too surprising that there are tons of deals happening today. Two that we know may be of interest to Windows Phone users relate to TYLT wireless charger and Incipio cases.

First up, the TYLT Vu Wireless Qi Charger, which comes in black, blue, red or green, normally goes for $69 but can be had today for just $35, including free shipping.

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For one day only, Microsoft Store is offering a free Nokia Lumia 520 with select Windows Phone purchases. Should you be looking at a shiny new Nokia Lumia 925, Lumia 1020Lumia 1520 or even the Samsung ATIV S Neo on AT&T, the company will also bundle a no-contract Lumia 520 at no extra cost. It's a perfect deal for someone in the family who desires a new smartphone for Christmas.

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November has been a decent month for Microsoft in terms of market share; the company’s internet browser software, Internet Explorer 11, and latest operating system, Windows 8/8.1, have both grown in popularity since the previous month of October.

While Windows 7 still remains as the world’s top operating system with 46.64%, Windows 8/8.1 has seen a slight increase in its holdings and now occupies 9.3% of the market. For those keeping track, Windows 8/8.1 holds almost four times more market share than Apple’s latest operating system, Max OS X 10.9.

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