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Remember the Windows Phone handsets Micromax launched over two months ago? The first of the two devices, the Canvas Win W121, is now available on Flipkart for Rs. 9,494 (around $157). Looks like Micromax has not entered into any exclusive deals with the store, as the mobile is also available on Snapdeal for Rs. 9499, and on Amazon India for Rs. 9,999 ($165).

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Next week in Berlin, Microsoft is expected to announce at two new Windows Phones, specifically the Lumia 730 and Lumia 830, both mid-range Windows Phones.

This morning, new photos of the Lumia 730 – first revealed by us a few weeks ago – have hit the web ahead of the press event. Even more, the photos confirm what we suspected: there are single SIM with 4G and dual SIM 3G variants.

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The HTC One M8 for Windows, currently only on Verizon, is expected to get a wider release in the coming weeks and months, including on AT&T in the US. As a result, a few of you are at least contemplating jumping from your Lumia to this new flagship Windows Phone, which looks to be the only one for the next few months. The hardware is certainly compelling and – spoiler alert – so far I am categorically enjoying using it as my daily driver.

However, you may be wondering what you lose by switching over in terms of those Nokia apps. I'll break it down for you.

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Over the last few days, Microsoft and its carrier partners have been busy pushing out the Lumia Cyan update for various Lumias. Today, we are updating our lists for the Lumia 525, Lumia 720, Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 as those phones have either completed their Cyan updates or have a few remaining carriers as holdouts.

Perhaps the biggest news is that all of India is now complete for the Lumia Cyan update. From the Lumia 520 all the way up to the Lumia 1520, all eleven of the country variant Lumias are now eligible for the 8.1 and new firmware updates. Considering how big a market India is for Windows Phone, this news demonstrates Microsoft's priorities in delivering updates to its users.

When it comes to the Lumia 720, 820 and 920 series, almost all regions and carrier updates are finished, with just a handful of carriers remaining (Tigo in Latin America seems unusually slow in approving).

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The Lumia 820 is the getting the Lumia Cyan update in the UK, Ireland and the EU, according to numerous tips we're received from our readers. In the UK and Denmark, the country variant of the device is getting the update, along with carrier variants in Finland (Sonera) and Ireland (Meteor). If you're on another carrier and are seeing the Lumia Cyan update for the handset, let us know in the comments below.

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Aldi in Germany has a superb offer for anyone looking for a brand new Windows Phone. The Lumia 630 will go on sale soon with a price tag of just €109. According to the website, we're looking at August 28 as to when the smartphone will be available in stores, but it's the price that will surely attract consumers to at least check out Microsoft's mobile platform with its affordable hardware.

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The Lumia 525 is an odd device, as it is just a Lumia 520 but with a boost in RAM to 1 GB, instead of the normal 512 MB. Even though that may be preferable for some users, it is fascinating to see how widely unavailable this phone is worldwide. For instance, the Lumia 525 is found nowhere in Latin America or North America, and even in Europe, it is mostly isolated to Russia and Ukraine.

Still, countries in the Asia Pacific region do have the Lumia 525 on the shelves, and those users should be pleased to know that Lumia Cyan is being pushed out to those devices. Like previous rollouts, this one is only starting on a limited basis, with a wider rollout usually occurring one week later. So far, these countries are getting Lumia Cyan on the Lumia 525.

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Back in the month of April, T-Mobile announced that it will be rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 update to the Lumia 925 and the Lumia 521 over the summer. As we head into fall, there is no word of when the update will be available to users on either device, with a tweet from T-Mobile's support account only mentioning that an update will be available "later this year."

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Microsoft and Nokia are still pushing more Lumia Cyan updates, with the Lumia 620 getting another wave in the last 24 hours. Previously, a handful of countries in Europe were the only ones getting Cyan for the Lumia 620, but now the updates are expanding to Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

Unfortunately, for those in the Middle East and North America, there are still no signs of Lumia Cyan, though a wider release is expected soon. Did your carrier make the cut? See our recent additions below, or head to our full tracker to see everything thus far.

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Epocrates is coming to Windows Phone. That's what we've just learned from the official Epocrates Twitter account. As you probably know, Epocrates is one of the most popular names in software for the healthcare field. Physicians, nurses, and others in the medical industry use various apps from the company to quickly look up drug interactions, drug information, diagnostic information and more.

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The Lumia 830 is the next upper mid-range devices to come from Nokia, now owned by Microsoft. The device is seen in alleged photos a few weeks ago, along with various bits of information including unique releases for US carriers and a global launch.

Now, the Lumia 830, complete with 'Microsoft Mobile' internal branding, gets caught passing through Brazil's Anatel certification (analogous to the FCC in the US). The phone is all but official now, and so far, it looks to be one interesting phone.

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