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2 years ago

LG CEO: "No specific plans for other mobile platforms"

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Shed a tear for LG?

Back in April, we heard that LG was going to focus their efforts on making Android phones, prompting us to wonder if we would see any Windows Phone 8 devices from the Korean manufacturer at all. Today at their official Optimus G launch, CEO Park Jong Seok seemed to lean toward the negative, saying that LG has "no specific plans for other mobile platforms." While that doesn't completely rule out Windows Phone 8 all together, it sure doesn't sound promising.

LG made a couple of popular WP7 devices, the Quantum, which was one of only three QWERTY sliders to use Windows Phone, and the Optimus 7. Other LG models include the Jil Sander E906, the so-called "fashion phone" and the E740 prototype, which never saw the light of day.

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2 years ago

HTC Teases their new Windows Phone 8 hardware lineup for tomorrow

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What are they hiding? 

HTC will have a big day tomorrow here in New York as they unveil their new Windows Phone 8 devices to the media, so it behooves them to tease us just a tad by showing us the corner of one of their new phones via their Facebook page.

The line "When beautiful hardware meets stunning software."  is given along with the image and dare we say, we know what they're talking about.

HTC will impress people tomorrow, we're confident in that. While they may not get as many accolades as Nokia, we think what they have to show will outshine Samsung with ease . That only means one thing: Greater choice for customers within a few weeks for new WP8 handsets.

In fact, we're genuinely excited to show you what HTC has to offer.

Edit: Don't read anything into the time in the picture above guys, every press shot you'll ever find of a HTC phone has the time set to 10:08. It comes from market research that says analog clock faces look like they're smiling when set to 10:08, HTC even blogged about it here.

Stay tuned tomorrow at 11am ET for the big reveal, as Windows Phone Central will be covering the event live and on location.

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2 years ago

Details leaked for Microsoft Surface in Australia, October 26th launch?

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Microsoft is expected to unveil its Surface range of Windows 8 tablets, both an RT (ARM) and a Pro (Intel / AMD x86) version to cater for most mobile PC needs. With the plan to set a high standard for OEM partners to follow, Microsoft has taken a bold move to start offering its own hardware to marry released software.

WPDownUnder has been able to uncover details surrounding availability for Australian consumers. According to a trusted source, Microsoft has been in talks with major retailers to launch the Surface instead of erecting Microsoft Stores. On top of this the source reveals this deal will be exclusive for initial availability.

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2 years ago

Chinese consumers getting creative in anticipation of the Lumia 920 by making their own

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The basic version. Paper dummy, Lumia 920 in yellow.

The Lumia 920 is everyone's favorite. The latest Nokia flagship has gathered considerable heat in China (like everywhere else?) already, before it's estimated late December availability. To kill the boredom in the waiting period, some have decided to build some Lumia 920 dummies.

Yes, we said build.

Therefore we have these...

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2 years ago

My next Windows Phone - Jay Bennett

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My next Windows Phone - Jay Bennett

So the question that has been put to me by our Chief Editor is; which Windows Phone 8 will be my next? It's a very tough one to answer right now, even being privileged as I am to have seen a glimpse at the full offering I can expect at launch. However I don't want to just focus on the potential of devices in the future, Windows Phone offerings have been around for 2 years now, and we can learn a lot by assessing the previous generations.

Almost every person I know has owned an HTC device at one time or another, and it saddens me to say I can't share that. I very nearly bought the HD7 as my launch device until the Omnia 7 reviewed so well that it became the clear choice (personal opinion, sorry HD7 owners). Every HTC windows phone offering has also seemed very reliable, my father's HD7 serves him perfectly to this day, whilst my Omnia 7 had an annoying audio stutter bug for the first year of it's life. 

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2 years ago

Stunningly beautiful Contre Jour comes to Xbox on Windows Phone this week [Updated]

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Update: Game is now available. See link below.

If you’re like me, you’re still plugging away on last week’s Xbox Windows Phone release, the awesome Crimson Dragon Side Story. But shooters aren’t for everybody, and some people might crave a more casual or thoughtful experience. This week’s release should catch their attention then: Contre Jour from Chillingo.

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2 years ago

Microsoft signs licensing agreement with RIM for use of eFAT

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Microsoft today announced the company has finalised an agreement with RIM that provides broad access to Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for BlackBerry devices. The modern file system from Microsoft enables a straightforward interchange between desktop PCs and electronic devices using the format.

exFAT is a vast improvement cover its predecessor, FAT. It expands both the size of files that flash memory devices can handle, as well as speed at which these files can be accessed. These are improvements RIM will likely be looking to take full advantage of in its upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS.

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2 years ago

Tiki Towers tearing down its price as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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At Windows Phone Central we usually get the Xbox Live release information a bit early, but this week we’re pleased to announce the Xbox Live Deal of the Week ahead of schedule as well. Following up on last week’s strong bargain of Monster Island for a dollar, this week’s discount is no less impressive. Starting this Wednesday, Game House’s Tiki Towers will go on sale for 99 cents, down from $2.99.

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2 years ago

AT&T lights up 4G LTE in Birmingham and Memphis

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If you are in the Birmingham or Memphis AT&T Markets, you may notice something new on your Windows Phone. You should be seeing the "LTE" display out besides your signal bars.

AT&T is slowly rolling out its 4G LTE network nationwide with Birmingham, Al and Memphis, TN being the latest markets to go live. AT&T has a large number of cities and markets slated to get 4G LTE by the end of 2012.

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2 years ago

HTC 8x Windows Phone image surfaces, headed to Verizon?

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With HTC's Windows Phone event only a day away, we are seeing a blurry image surface that is reported the HTC 8x Windows Phone. Rumors are still going strong that we will see two, maybe three new Windows Phones from HTC tomorrow. Could this be the 8x?

The other shoe to drop with this leaked image is speculation that the 8x is headed to Verizon Wireless. According to the tipster who sent the photo, the 8x was branded for Verizon and has support for the carriers 4G LTE network.  

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Mage in Hat

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Mage in Hat is a fast paced, action game for your Windows Phone that is a little on the surprising side. The game's story line has an evil sorcerer stealing great spheres of the elements and it is your job to defeat the evil sorcerer's bosses and eventually the sorcerer himself to return the stolen spheres.

While the game description feels like a role playing game, Mage in Hat plays like an arcade or platformer game. Graphics are nice, game play rather challenging and overall Mage in Hat comes across as a nice time waster of a game.

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2 years ago

ZTE Windows Phone 8 devices spotted in the wild? We're not entirely convinced.

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Today marks the start of the 2012 China International Exhibition, and ZTE has arrived guns blazing with the company's mobile phone market strategy director Dennis Lui sharing a very interesting photo with the world. Analysing the capture above, we can see what appears to be one or two ZTE Windows Phone 8 handsets. The device on the right looks almost identical to the ZTE Tania, which runs Windows Phone 7.5.

Unfortunately due to the blur effect added into the mix, it's near impossible to tell what's what within. As well as the similarities to a legacy handset, we can only spot a USB port in the centre on the device in the middle, which appears to be the standard for Windows Phone 8 hardware. If that wasn't enough, we could well be looking at Windows Phone 7.8 here on the Tania. As for the two devices to the left, we're not entirely sure but they almost look HTC - though we could be (and probably are) mistaken.

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2 years ago

Asus WinRT tablet prices leak, leading to wild assumptions on success and failure

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Asus seems to have leaked it’s pricing for its coming Windows 8 tablets and convertibles prompting some to leap to their word processors and get on the fear, uncertainty and doubt bandwagon.

We all know that pricing for tablets is an extremely sensitive subject, just yesterday we looked at Steve Ballmer’s interview to see what he had said about Surface pricing. Even though some sites announced there were new details surrounding pricing, we found it was the same message we already knew. Headlines such as “pricing comes in high, demand likely low” and “Windows 8 Tablets: Born to fail” seem wildly premature. We take a look as these leaked prices and what they could mean.

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2 years ago

Office 365 pricing revealed with aggressive subscription options

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The new version of Office was unveiled to the world on July16th, and has proven to be quite the upgrade when comparing it to the current version. With its slick “modern UI,” aka “Metro styling,” the price for Office has changed as well.

There are two ways you can purchase Office - buy the software at full price or with an annual subscription. With so many services being subscription based, Spotify, Rdio, Netflix, Adobe Creative Cloud and Zune pass to name but a few examples, why wouldn’t Microsoft adapt as well? These are modern times and consumers have learned that it is cheaper to pay annually for what they want.

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2 years ago

Offical E*Trade Windows Phone app now available, let the trading begin

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E*Trade Mobile for Windows Phone is now available over in the Windows Phone Store to help you manage all your stock accounts while you are on the go. The official app for E*Trade offers real-time streaming quotes, the ability to place stock trades and manage your E*Trade account all from your Windows Phone.

Even if you don't have an E*Trade account, the app doesn't look too shabby of an option to keep up with the financial markets.

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