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For months now, we have been talking about the Lumia 735 finally getting a US release on Verizon. Unfortunately, the phone, as is a tradition with Verizon, has been pushed back numerous times. Nonetheless, back in April we reported that it was still on track for release "later this spring", likely in May and now that appears to be the case.

Photos and info about the phone were spotted on the FCC website as a confidentiality filing evidently expired. However, unlike other Lumia 735s, this one sports Microsoft branding instead of Nokia, for obvious reasons.

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Here it is, folks. Verizon's upcoming (and so-far unannounced) LG Lancet. The first Windows Phone from LG in years and it looks to bring some of its Android magic to the wide-world of Microsoft.

The information comes to Windows Central via the official e-brochure and spec sheet for the device.

The LG Lancet features an "ergonomic design" with rounded edges, 4.5-inch (854x480) TFT display, and an 8 MP rear camera. For a processor, users are looking at a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU and presumably 1 GB of RAM. The full specifications can are found below.

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A new Windows 10 for phones build is expected to launch sometime this week, and it looks like folks in China have already gotten their hands on build number 10072. The leaked screenshots show that the new version comes with a transparency slider for Live Tiles, a feature that was revealed to be in the works earlier this year.

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Since one year ago, Cortana has been displaying weather information on the Live Tile, including current conditions in number form and weather animations. However, back then Cortana would mostly run this feature only in the early morning, as noted in our forums in 2014.

Nevertheless, starting over the weekend, Microsoft evidently has increased the frequency of this feature past the early morning. In fact, it now appears to be the default status tile for Cortana if you have the weather interest enabled.

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One of the biggest new features of Windows 10 for phone – and the last feature to be announced before RTM – is Continuum. Revealed at Build this week, the new tech lets users adopt two modes for their phone and a second display.

For instance, you can use your phone as a remote mouse and keyboard for the second screen. However, other operating systems can already do such things. The more interesting addition is the ability to run your phone on the second screen, including all the apps. Moreover, since these are universal Windows apps, they scale up just like being on a full PC. This technology lets you turn any second display into a full PC, and it could change how we think about computing.

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There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features. Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss.

Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."

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