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2 years ago

Windows Phone sales explode in Europe, gain in the US, and pass the iPhone in Italy

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Strong sales for Windows Phone is seen across Europe, the United States and Australia, signaling strong momentum for Microsoft’s mobile platform

Kantar Worldpanel’s numbers for September 2013 show continued strong growth for Windows Phone, especially in Europe where double digit sales are seen in the Great Britain (11.4%), France (10.7%) and Italy (13.7%).  The data collected spans 3 months, up until September.

In terms of sales for September 2013, Windows Phone has claimed 10% for the “big five” European countries combined (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), representing a doubling in sales from 12 months ago, marking a substantial increase from 2012.

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2 years ago

Nokia 'Guru' Bluetooth headphones could be headed for December release

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Nokia's Bluetooth headphone setup, currently codenamed 'Guru,' looks like it might be released under the official name BH-121, according to FCC documents showing a device similar to a previously leaked rendering. Additionally, at least one retailer in the Czech Republic is already listing the BH-121 on their sites with an availability date of December 16 and a retail price of 1050 CZK (about $54.00).

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2 years ago

Nokia sends the Lumia 1020 for some airborne recording above Poland

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Nokia Poland has released a new video on its YouTube channel, showing the city of Kraków from above. The company has previously teased the "Nokia Copter" (see this video for the copter device itself) with numerous short films, but today viewers are able to see the end result. Recorded on a Lumia 1020, we're able to see sections of the city from unique angles.

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2 years ago

Revealed – The Nokia Lumia 929, Verizon’s 5 inch 1080P Windows Phone

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Although Nokia had a lot to announce a few weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, one of those devices not mentioned was the Nokia Lumia 929, destined for Verizon. That device is said to be in carrier testing right now and it could be released between Thanksgiving and the beginning of next year.

The Nokia Lumia 929 is a custom phone built for Verizon, featuring a 5-inch 1080P AMOLED display. It’s in many ways just a bigger, more powerful Lumia 928, as it features a Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 CPU and updated internals.

Now, high quality photos of this device have been revealed to Windows Phone Central and we have the inside scoop of Verizon’s flagship Lumia.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 525 "Glee" passes certification in China with device renders

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The Nokia Lumia 525 is an interesting little device, creeping in and out of the spotlight recently. While the handset, codenamed "Glee," wasn't covered at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi, the Chinese certification agency has passed the Lumia 525 through on its website. Images published on the website (no longer available) were quickly grabbed by LiveSide and are on display above.

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2 years ago

Transform your PC into a musical instrument with Electric Guitar! for Windows 8

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Have you ever wanted to play a virtual guitar on your Windows 8 tablet? You can with Electric Guitar! by Onbeat Limited. The same solution is already available on competing platforms, including Android and iOS. Now Windows users will be able to rock the night hard with some epic sounds. Nod your head with speed as we traverse past the break and see what all the fuss is about.

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2 years ago

GhostCam, adding a little spirit to your Windows Phone photos

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Halloween may have already passed but if you ever have the need to add a little spookiness to your photos, GhostCam for Windows Phone 8 might come in handy.

The photography app overlays a ghostly spirit to your photos to give them that supernatural feel.  The end result isn't too bad but the app could use a little fine tuning.

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2 years ago

Samsung extends patent agreement with Nokia for a further 5 years

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2 years ago

GimmalPoint for Windows Phone in private beta; Liquid Daffodil seeking testers

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Gimmal ​ (www.gimmal.com) is working hard on their Windows Phone version of GimmalPoint, developed by Liquid Daffodil​. You may well be familiar with the name, we last looked at the Windows 8 version when Liquid Daffodil were looking for folk to help get through issues reported by users. This was reported to be a successful venture so we're back again with another request for community input?.

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2 years ago

Book flight tickets in India with Goibibo on Windows Phone

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Goibibo, one of the fast growing online travel booking platforms in India, now has a Windows Phone app to book flights on the go. Incidentally, Goibibo has a Windows Store app since last year.

Like the Windows 8 app, this one is pretty basic too. While it is very clean and fast, it’s limited in offerings. The app does not allow the booking of bus tickets, hotels, and travel packages as available on their website. Even for flight bookings, the app only allows the booking of domestic flight tickets.

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2 years ago

Send and receive funds easily with Swish for Windows Phone 8

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Swish (www.getswish.se) is a popular Swedish payment system that allows the transfer of money via mobile numbers. Funds are automatically withdrawn and deposited into respective accounts, regardless of the connected bank (as long as they're participating). The service has now launched an official app for Windows Phone, enabling those enrolled with Swish to get cracking on Microsoft's mobile platform.

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2 years ago

Digitally Imported, Foundbite, NBA Game Time and more are your app highlights of the week

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It’s been a fairly quiet week in terms of breaking news, but the world of Windows Phone doesn’t stop. We’ve got a handful of great apps to highlight for you this week. This is our second time rounding up noteworthy apps that are new to the store or current apps that received a substantial update. We’re going to be calling this column our Weekly App Highlights. Again, this is to make sure you didn’t miss out on any cool new apps in the Store. We’re doing this for you, so be sure to leave us feedback on what you want. Now, without further ado, let’s check out the apps for the week.

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2 years ago

Tests show significant battery life improvements with Surface Pro 2 firmware update

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An important factor for laptops, tablets and other mobile hardware is battery life. After Microsoft released the Surface Pro 2, the company pushed out a firmware update enabling the WiFi to go into lower power states and utilise even less power. AnandTech has run another battery life benchmark for the product after updating to see just how much of an improvement we're looking at. 

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2 years ago

Accessory Review: iOttie Easy Flex 2 and Easy One-Touch car cradles

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If you spend any amount of time in the car and need safe access to your Windows Phone, a car cradle is a must. You could sit your Windows Phone on the dash or in the passenger seat (if vacant) but one quick turn and it could go sailing across your car. You could sit it in a car holder but the view isn't that great.  Keep it in your pocket and you've got to battle the seat belt to get it out.  Car cradles or mounts are convenient, safe and keeps your phone handy.

iOttie offers a nice selection of car cradles for our Windows Phones. Two of which we carry over in the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store; the multi-adjustable Easy One-Touch and the compact Easy Flex 2. Both are quality cradles and features iOttie's automatic closure system.  Ease past the break to read more about both these Windows Phone car cradles.

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2 years ago

Fhotoroom for Windows Phone 8 updated, new features added as download milestone approaches

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Fhotoroom is a feature rich photography app for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8. It combines a photo editor, camera app and photo sharing/social network all into one package.

The Windows Phone 8 version of Fhotoroom was updated over night to version 9.3 which adds a few new filters, new comment feature and a few UI changes. The update comes just as Fhotoroom moves within reach of a milestone... 3,000,000 downloads.

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