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ComScore had released its mobile market share data for the September 2014. In terms of platforms, Android leads with 52.1 percent followed by iOS with 41.7 percent and Microsoft with 3.6 percent. Both Android and Microsoft grew its market share slightly compared the the prior quarter ended in June 2014, with Windows Phone gaining 0.2 percentage points. BlackBerry commanded a 2.3 percent market share and Symbian still hangs on with 0.2 percent.

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Duolingo is a free service that allows you to learn new languages using apps available on both iOS and Android. Looking at the official Duolingo Facebook page, the company has teased what appears to be a Windows Phone version of the app, which will be made available on November 19. Releasing an image showing nothing but a window, one can only assume that this is a hint at Microsoft's platform.

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Paying for your pretzel with your Windows Phone is a pretty futurist scenario. One that for a few of you is now possible thanks to the new Softcard app in the Windows Phone Store. Softcard is the joint-venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon that allows you to pay for purchases with your smartphone and NFC. The app is new to Windows Phone, but only AT&T customers can enjoy Softcard right now.

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As expected, AT&T have announced that the Lumia 830 from Nokia goes on sale this Friday, November 7 across all retail channels. Those picking up a Lumia 830 from AT&T will also grab a free Fitbit Flex health tracker, a $99 value.

The cost of the Lumia 830 will be $99 on a two-year contract, $18.75 a month with Next 182 and $22.50 a month with Next 12. If customers do not want a contract, they can pony up $449.99 flat for the 'affordable flagship'.

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Later today, AT&T is expected to announce the availability of the Nokia Lumia 830. This morning, the company has let loose a highlights video, showing off the phone and its major selling points.

Windows Central reported earlier that users would get a free Fitbit Flex with a Lumia 830 purchase, and that is now confirmed in the video at the 1:30 mark.

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Last week, we reported how Samsung was slowly trickling out the Windows Phone 8.1 Update (GDR1) for ATIV S users. However, the rollout at the time was limited to just phones with Austrian region branding. Users in our forums detailed how you could do it yourself, however the method was complicated by the sheer amount of ATIV S versions out on the market.

Today, our unbranded UK ATIV S (I8750), without the 8.1 Preview, is finally receiving numerous OS updates and new firmware. Users in our forums are confirming the same for what looks like a wider swath of ATIV S users and more regions.

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Lots of news happening today regarding Microsoft and their new fitness smart Band and one of the big questions people have: Do you need Lumia Cyan? The thinking here is Lumia Cyan disabled Bluetooth Smart aka Bluetooth LE, ergo it cannot work with a device like the Verizon Lumia Icon. Right?

Luckily, for you we just successfully paired up our Lumia Icon running Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, not even the latest version, and we had zero issues synchronizing and pairing.

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Back in September we reported that Microsoft brought back the free UK bundle for Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 owners who purchase their handset between 1st August 2014 to 31st December. This offer is still valid until the end of 2014, and we'd just like to remind everyone that if you get one of the two Windows Phones you'll be able to grab some free goodies.

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New stats from Kantar WorldPanel reveal that Windows Phone sales have seen a slight decline for the three months to September 2014.

The Kantar numbers, while not dramatic, reflect two aspects of the current Windows Phone ecosystem: lack of new phones and a substantial portfolio from the competition, including new iPhones.

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Update 3: The 8.1 update is live as our T-Mobile Lumia 925 now has Lumia Cyan (and it is also enrolled in the Preview for Developers program)

It looks like T-Mobile US is getting ready to unveil finally the Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan update for its venerable Lumia 925.

Evidence comes from T-Mobile's support forums, which detailed the over-the-air update. However, that page has since reverted and despite an earlier claim, we have not had an update for our Lumia 925s. It looks like T-Mobile may have jumped the gun a bit early, although we have all the details.

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Late last night, a rather significant update went out for the OneDrive app for Windows Phone. With the app refresh came some highly requested features like support for OneDrive for Business. However, there was also a rather large UI change too, stirring some controversy amongst loyal Windows Phone fans.

Changes in app design are always a mixed bag. UI design is an art and like art, there are champions and critics for choices and layout. Some are rational others are pragmatic, and many are just subjective opinions.

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