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Lumia 535, the first Windows Phone from Microsoft, was announced earlier this month adding another affordable Windows Phone device to the budget Lumia range.

At a press event in New Delhi today, Microsoft launched the Lumia 535 in India. While the Lumia 535 sounds like an upgrade to the Lumia 530, thanks to 1GB RAM, front camera, and rear camera flash, it is a considerable upgrade over the Lumia 630 as well. The Lumia 535 that will be available in India is a dual-SIM version.

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Lumia 535, the first Windows Phone from Microsoft, was announced earlier this month adding another affordable Windows Phone device to the budget Lumia range.

In a press invite sent out on November 21, Microsoft has hinted at the launch of Lumia 535 in India on November 26. The invite has an emphasis on the number '5', which makes it a fair assumption.

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Once upon a time, I wrote about mTranslator, an interactive Windows Phone 8 app that allowed you to translate English to nine Indian languages. It was a fine idea since it wasn't just helpful for tourists and expats in India, but even the citizens of the country like me who often struggle with basic communication and instructions when travelling to another state or region.

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Microsoft is looking to utilize unused "white space" that exists between two TV channels to deliver internet connectivity to wide swathes of India. The software giant is testing the efficacy of this technology via a pilot program in two rural regions, and if found to be successful, the project will see a wider release.

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While Timehop (timehop.com) is a popular app for Android and iOS to have a quick glance at your social posts an year or so ago, it's not available for Windows Phone yet. The app allows you to check out your old photos, check-ins, and photos for that whiff of nostalgia. Developed by a hobbyist Indian developer, Time Travel ! (yes, the exclamation is awkwardly placed) is a similar app for Windows Phone. The app lets you have a glance on what you did on social networks on this exact day, years ago.

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Cardback is an Indian startup that intends to help debit and credit card users in India identify their best card for every payment they make, and see how much they will save from using that card.

The official Cardback app has recently landed on the Windows Phone Store. All you need to do is indicate how much you're paying, and where. Cardback will save you the trouble of doing complicated calculations and checking out promotions before every payment. This is based on several factors, including how you earn and redeem reward points on your cards, and any running special offers.

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Starsports.com is an online destination that brings live sports action on Web and mobile for Indian viewers. After being available for iOS and Android since the launch almost a year ago, the app has finally landed on the Windows Phone Store.

The starsports.com app allows you to enjoy all the action from your favorite sports on your Windows Phone device. The app allows you to follow the match the way you want – you can get instant score updates, watch the important match moments though short video clips, or watch the entire match for free with a five minute delay.

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Burgers fans, rejoice! The official app for home delivery for McDonald's – McDelivery – has finally arrived on the Windows Phone Store in India. The McDonald's Corporation is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets.

The app allows you to order your favorite McDonald's burgers or meal right from your Windows Phone device. Unfortunately, the app works for only a few cities in South and West India.

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Amongst a slew of Lumia announcements in India, Microsoft also sneaked in a useful companion to use with your Lumia Windows Phones. The company launched the Microsoft Screen Sharing HD-10 accessory, a Miracast receiver with NFC support, which allows users to share their phone's content with other people through any HDMI display.

Launched at the IFA 2014 in Berlin last month, the HD-10 offers a seamless way to showcase your phone's screen in full HD on a big screen wirelessly. The possibilities are endless - from watching movies, playing games, flicking through photos, listening to music, or sharing PowerPoint presentations at the office.

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