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If you were wondering if your 512MB device would get a taste of Windows 10 for phones with the upcoming preview build, you might be in luck. Though he couldn't give any specifics, Microsoft Engineering General Manager Gabriel Aul just confirmed on Twitter that there will indeed be some 512MB Windows Phones included in the list of supported devices in the first release.

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We've received screenshots offering a first look of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. The screenshots showcase the action center, which includes an expanded list of toggles extending up to three rows. Also highlighted is the new Settings pane, which lists options under different categories.

And if they're truly genuine it looks like we might see a message from Seattle Seahawks Quarterback, Russell Wilson, stating "every setback has a major comeback." He was of course referring to the Seahawks dramatic Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, but it's incredibly apt given the adventure Microsoft is about to embark upon with Windows.

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While we're still waiting (im)patiently for the first preview builds of Windows 10 for phones to drop, the image up top might give us a sneak peek at something new. It belongs to Microsoft employee, Vesku Paananen, who tweeted and then removed it ahead of an upcoming business summit. And on the phone it looks an awful lot like a double-stacked vertical live tile.

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The Snapdragon 810 is Qualcomm's latest and greatest mobile system-on-a-chip, and in a press release issued by the company this morning we learned that Microsoft is planning to use it in a forthcoming Lumia. Microsoft's Juha Kokkonen is quoted in the press release, and this chip is what we'd expect to see in the now promised "flagship" device expected to launch later this year.

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It is true, the Patriots did win the Super Bowl. In 2005. Today's match-up in Phoenix, that's yet to be decided, but if Cortana has anything to say about it, it'll be the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl XLIX winners. What you see above, that's either Cortana prematurely revealing the time travel functionality built into Windows 10, or (more likely, based on the awkward wording) a glitch of Cortana's Daily Glance feature.

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Verizon Lumia Icon owners are a passionate crowd and seemingly asking on a daily basis when the promised Lumia Denim update for their phones will be delivered. In late 2014 it was promised for "early 2015" but now we're into 2015 folks are getting itchy update fingers once again. Microsoft's Joe Belfiore is the target of a number of questions on the subject, and he's got a couple of things to say about it today.

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AT&T's prepaid carrier Cricket is increasing the data allotment for all of their plans without making any changes to the pricing. It's a bit of a shake-up, offering one of the best data packages among prepaid carriers. Additionally, after factoring in a mail-in rebate, you can grab a Nokia Lumia 530 or Lumia 635 for free.

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Windows 10 for phones is on the way, at least in preview form. Tonight, Microsoft began laying more groundwork for the Technical Preview by updating their Phone Insider app. Originally found on the Store a few weeks ago, the Insider program will let people download early builds of Windows 10 to their phones before general release.

The major change to the app is the name to Windows Insider, matching the name of the desktop preview program. Besides the previous domain account support, there is also the ability to now log in the Insider service using your Microsoft Account.

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There's a tale doing the rounds today about Huawei's confirmed decision to avoid making any Windows 10 powered smartphones. It's true, the company did say that during a press briefing at its Shenzhen headquarters as reported by several media outlets who were in the room at the time. While hearing a phone maker confirm they're skipping Windows 10 doesn't feel great, this one in particular comes as no surprise.

After all, Huawei has already ditched Windows Phone 8 because "it wasn't profitable" for them.

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Latest AdDuplex numbers reflect Microsoft's gains from yesterday with the Lumia 535 becoming a hit

Yesterday, Microsoft released their FY2015 Q2 numbers demonstrating year-on-year and sequential growth for their Lumia smartphones. Although selling 10.5 million phones in one-quarter can be seen as a drop in the bucket when compared to Apple or Samsung, it is rather impressive. Microsoft posted gains during a time when the OS is in transition, and no new Lumia flagship was announced.

This morning, AdDuplex, who runs a very popular cross-promotion advertising network on Windows and Windows Phone, posted their latest stats about the ecosystem. Collected from 4,995 different apps (not users) the AdDuplex report paints what is considered the most accurate picture of the landscape.

The story is the same, in many ways, from previous reports: low cost and budget phones rule the roost for Windows Phone. This time, the Lumia 530 and Lumia 635 make significant strides globally while the Lumia 535 is taking off in India.

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Microsoft's FY2015 numbers for Q2 are just going up, and the numbers for Windows Phones are a bit complicated.

Revenue itself for Windows Phone is down a massive 61% from the last quarter. However, before we declare everything a failure for Microsoft, they explain away that number from the loss of $650 million from Nokia. The agreement had Nokia paying Microsoft per quarter, but that venture has since terminated. In other words, since Microsoft took over the Nokia mobile division, it can no longer collect that lump sum of money since they are now their own customer.

Interestingly, Lumia phone sales are up, both for year-over-year and sequentially from last quarter.

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