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WP Central ATIV S gets more hands on photos and shows off call blocking feature?

Samsung hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with showing off its ATIV S device so it’s good to see others getting unofficial hands on time with it.

We get some nice shots of photo and video backup options, as well as the text message backup. Interestingly in this revealment we see a new option for call blocking functionality in the system settings.

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The Walking Dead Windows 8

Humans and the undead can use Windows 8?

Microsoft decided to take advantage of AMC's popular television show The Walking Dead for promotion of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system. A Windows 8 advertisement was spotted in the season premier, during a break within the first half hour of the programme.

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Reinstaller Update

Reinstaller is a free little app available for Windows Phone that aids consumers in starting fresh on a new handset, or when reseting a Windows Phone. The app essentially does exactly what the name suggests - it reinstalls apps already purchased by connecting to windowsphone.com.

Once the user has logged in and connected Reinstaller to the official Windows Phone website, Reinstaller pulls down all previously installed apps (both paid and free downloads). Instead of searching the Store for each and every app you've previously owned, Reinstaller provides a useful shortcut.

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WP Central Nokia 920T spotted heading to China Telecom

Some leaked photos have appeared showing what looks to be the Lumia 920T destined for China Mobile. A Chinese version of the Lumia 920 will be a leap for Nokia in the large Asian market, where the manufacturer retains strong brand recognition with previous reports suggesting Nokia Windows Phones overtaking Apple's iPhone.

The device, which has the familiar prototype branding printed on the phone, is said to include essential compatibility with China Mobile's TD-SCDMA standards.

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Lumia 820 920

A Vodafone store located in Baden-Württemberg, Germany has confirmed on its Facebook page that both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will be available from November 1st. Being only 17 days away, there's still Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 event on October 29th to get through first, but it's good to know there's not much longer to wait out.

Nokia's Apollo hardware will not only be available from Vodafone in Germany on the first day of next month, but also Media Markt. The latter has already revealed November 1st as the release date, which we covered yesterday. It's good to see more than one source to look at when checking pricing to make the best investment.

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Microsoft Surface Facebook

Microsoft has also started to make use of the Facebook profile it has for the Surface Windows tablet family. Accumulating 6,000 likes already, the page has mirrored posts that were found on the recently deployed Twitter account, so nothing new here, but it's worth adding this account to the list of social profiles followed.

We expect to see more information added to both this account and the Twitter profile in the coming days, as well as competitions for hardware to be given away at a later date.

Source: Facebook (Surface), thanks, Dhishum, for the tip!

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WP Central Sacre bleu Surface Ads are starting to appear in Europe

Photos have been captured of what appears to be Surface ads in Paris. Taking on the same form of graffiti style as those seen in the US recently we’re wondering if this is the start of a concerted effort to get the message out to those in Europe.

These type of ads have been appearing in the US for some time but so far we haven’t had anything at all globally, leading many to begin to worry about availability across the pond.

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Microsoft has published a new video on its Windows YouTube account, showing off the operating system's versatility and the date for launch - October 26th. The software giant is expected to unveil all features and functionality of its next desktop operating system soon enough, which will come with extensions such as Xbox Music.

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WP Central Xbox Music set to start roll out tomorrow

Microsoft have now officially unveiled their new music service. Simply called Xbox Music, it's going to begin rolling out tomorrow. 

Designed to replace the Zune services of old, Xbox Music will bring with it new capabilities and eventual availability on other platforms in the coming year.

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Microsoft Surface

Microsoft has unleashed its Windows 8 hardware on Twitter by opening up the @Surface account. Surface Windows 8 tablets from the software giant will be its first major leap into hardware for its Windows operating system, excluding mice, keyboards and other peripherals, of course.

So far the account has published two tweets, one linking followers to a playlist of Surface videos, which contains only one thus far - it's the original video we all witnessed earlier in the year showing off what appeared to be a unique Windows 8 tablet of some sort - while the other promotes the music used in the Surface video. 

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LIve Apps

Live Apps, Microsoft's new marketing language

Yesterday we ran a story with some new marketing material for Best Buy that focused on Windows Phone 8. What caught our attention was the use of the term ‘Live Apps’ and even more so the description on how to view them (swipe up, down, left, right).

The idea as the time was that this might be some new feature—possibly related to multitasking e.g. mimicking how Windows 8 handles multiple apps. The other was that this was just Microsoft’s rebranding of Metro apps to Live Apps (due to that trademark issue).

This morning, we can share a lot more information on this that has come forward. Some good, some disappointing.

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Verizon's Nokia Lumia 822 checks in at FCC?

Verizon's Nokia Lumia 822 checks in at FCC?

Midway through last week we saw the first real pictures of Verizon's upcoming Nokia Lumia 822 and then heading into the weekend learned a little more about it. Now, a posting over at the FCC reveals that the Lumia 822, may have checked in for certification. A filing for a device known simply as the RM-845 has cropped up with similar measurements to the Nokia Lumia 820, which the 822 is modeled after, and sporting Verizon's CDMA and LTE frequency bands. It also shows a MicroSD slot, which distinguishes it from other Nokia WP8 devices, like the Lumia 920.

The RM-845 is listed as having both NFC as well as quad-band HSPA 3G for international roaming. It may not be the flagship Nokia phone that people were hoping Verizon would get, but it's certainly a good first step. There hasn't been any concrete timetable announced, but with the likely Lumia 822 now in the hands of the FCC, we could possibly see it in time for Microsoft's October 29 launch of Windows Phone 8.

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Concept

Fan concept of a Nokia Tablet

The notion that Nokia may be working on a tablet is not really controversial—members of the company have said as much in recent months. Rumors go back that they had Meego tablet in the works before that whole Microsoft deal squashed the future of that platform for the company. Indeed, we’re not a 100% sure of what to make of the two patents filed by Nokia for tablets, just that they have them.

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Ascend w1

If people thought that HTC took some liberties with design and colors with the 8X and 8S from Nokia, wait until you see these prototype images of the Huawei Ascend W1.

We first saw the bezel part leak last night and now full images of the device have appeared on the same social network. And maybe it’s because of that cyan color or the 2D curved glass, but the device looks quite sharp.

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Huawei

We’ve discussed Huawei joining the Windows Phone 8 scene in the past, especially with their run in with the US government recently, but now we have a first look at a prototype part.

The Ascend W1 is rumored to be their first Windows Phone 8 device, destined most likely for China by end of the year or early 2013. Supposed images of the bezel of that device have just come forward to us tonight, after being posted on the social site Sina Weibo. Much like the leaked Nokia display bezel images, these appear to come from a factory working on the digitizer aspect of the forthcoming device.

RUM: 8

Not much of course can be discerned from the image, but it is clear to our eyes that we’re looking at something for Windows Phone 8. We’ll keep you posted if more comes forward.

Source: Sina Weibo; Thanks, Talan1314, for the images

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WP October Invite Italy

It's coming. Windows Phone 8 is coming.

Microsoft plans to hold an event in Milan on October 29th for the unveiling of the next version of Windows Phone. The company is slowly reaching the release date for its mobile platform and we're set to see exactly what's what (as well as hardware pricing and availability) at the end of the month - just in time for the holiday season.

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Live Apps

Are Live Apps just Metro Apps renamed?

Now that some third-party stores are getting their marketing and display setups for the big Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 co-launch at the end of the month, some new questions are being raised.

First and foremost is what are “Live Apps”? The term comes via a display sign that asks users to swipe up, down, left or right on the screen to explore them at a Best Buy store. The questions is, we just don’t know what they are exactly.

Two possibilities naturally present themselves: this is a new, unannounced feature for Windows Phone 8 or this is just a display-unit addition for demonstrations with no serious implications for the platform. (The tipster who sent the images into Neowin does not believe it’s a demonstration tool, but rather an actual feature for what it’s worth.)

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TMobile Lumia 810

The Nokia Lumia 810 product page is now displayed on the T-Mobile US website. The device, an exclusive variation of the Lumia 820 available on AT&T, is on its way to the carrier but no pricing is yet available. The listing states the Lumia 810 is "coming soon" but we're yet to see any information on availability or how much it'll cost consumers.

We had a quick look at the Lumia 810, which sports a 4.3” OLED WVGA Clear Black display at 800x480 with an 8MP rear as well as a 1.2-megapixel Skype HD certified front-facing camera. In addition, T-Mobile will offer to interchangeable back overs in black or cyan. Hopefulyl we'll have more information soon.

Source: T-Mobile US, via: NokiaPowerUser; thanks, Sunny, for the tip!

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WP Central

We've had our fair share of Windows Phone app and game roundups here at WPCentral.  The other day Nokia created their own app roundup by asking visitors to their Facebook page to name their favorite Nokia Lumia app. Recommendations quickly filled the Facebook post and after tallying the responses, the results were posted over at Conversations Nokia.

The list was diverse and not necessarily limited to Nokia apps. Here are the top recommendations from Nokia's straw poll.

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Blackberry Bold 9900

Windows Phone to take BlackBerry?

Windows Phone has been called as BlackBerry's last nail in its coffin, by Ovum analyst Nick Dillon. Due to the reportedly increased levels of security and platform integration, Dillon expects Microsoft to succeed in the business and enterprise market, where RIM has held much of the space.

While we remain unaware of exactly what to expect in the next version of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has given the green light on pre-orders to be made available for both partner hardware and software copies of Windows 8. Ovum forecasts Microsoft's mobile platform will increase its marketshare from under five per-cent in the UK to 13 per-cent within five years.

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HTC 8S

Rum: 7

The HTC 8S, the company's mid-level Windows Phone 8 handset, is on its way to US Cellular, according to a thread created on TeamUSCellular. Member iRub1Out published a number of handsets that are heading to the US carrier, but of course we're only interested in Windows Phone.

While the source is no way official confirmation, we can at least expect US Cellular to pick up a Windows Phone, and the HTC 8S looks the likely candidate. It's definitely a possibility, but be sure to take this rumour with a grain of salt as usual.

The carrier had previously signed a deal with ZTE to stock its 'Render' (Orbit) Windows Phone 7.8 handset.

Source: TeamUSCellular; thanks, Dan, for the heads up!

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Lumia 822

Some more details about the Lumia 822 have come forward, a device which many of you have expressed vehement abhorrence with in our comments previously.

The device will use “Nokia Maps” instead of just “Maps” like other Windows Phone 8 devices, but that’s not really news as it is just a name change. Nokia Maps and regular Maps are one and the same with downloadable offline content in Windows Phone 8, something that is available in the emulator today. In short, you can pick and choose areas like whole States to download for usage when there is no signal.

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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade

Along with all the pre-order offers we are seeing on Windows 8 hardware, we are now seeing the software upgrade join the pre-order party. Starting today, you can pre-order your copy of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for discounted price of $69.99 USD. Pre-orders can be made through retailers such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples and the Microsoft Store.

For those wanting to wait a bit, on October 26th you can upgrade to Windows 8 using the online upgrade assistant for $39.99 USD. The online option is supported for 140 countries worldwide with 37 languages and 23 currencies supported.

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