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Official apps are always a welcomed addition to Windows Phone, even if the app is not available worldwide. Such is the case with BURGER KING, who now have an official app for Windows Phone but only for Russia. Developed by LoyaltyPlanet, who gets contracted by many food chains, the BURGER KING app joined Starbucks in Russia as two apps available but excluded from the United States.

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Fly (www.fly-phone.com) is a smartphone company based out of London, who makes a range of phones, smartphones and tablets for various markets including Russia, Ukraine, India, Southern Europe and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States of the former Soviet Union). Those devices are almost always Android based, but with the recent loosening of restrictions around the Windows Phone hardware requirements and reference design, more manufacturers are supporting Windows Phone. Back in March, Microsoft added nine new hardware partners to its roster, and since that time the number has grown.

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Xbox One arriving in Russia September 5

Microsoft announced that its Xbox One gaming console will be arriving in Russia on September 5th. The gaming console will come with a 500 GB hard drive, a Blu-Ray drive, and wireless WiFi adapter. There will also be a wireless game controller as well as a 14-day subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft says that there will also be a version with a Kinect sensor as well.

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Navitel is an offline navigation app that provides maps for Russia and several central and eastern European countries. It is a decent Windows Phone navigation app but limited in its map coverage (maps aren't available for major locations such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., India, etc.)

The app provides instant routing with customizable route variables like shortest, avoid ferries, and route for car/motorcycle/pedestrian and taking traffic considerations into account. The app features extensive POI database and notification system of places with high attention like speed cams, dangerous roads, radars, etc.

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This morning, Microsoft has announced new launch dates for the the Xbox One in various countries this September. The list is massive, but the big countries to really watch includes India, Russia, and Japan.

That's still quite a lead time, giving Sony perhaps an edge on distribution with their PlayStation 4. Other countries for the September launch include Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

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The follow-up to the best-selling Windows Phone device is now available for pre-order in Russia. We’re talking about the Nokia Lumia 525. We’ve actually just unboxed one and we should have our full review shortly. What’s the Lumia 525’s major improvement over the Lumia 520? The amount of RAM! The Nokia Lumia 525 features 1 GB of RAM compared to 512 MB on the Lumia 520.

Nokia’s official Russian online store, N-store.ru, lists the Nokia Lumia 525 for pre-order with the price tag of 7490 RUB (approximately $223 USD).

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A few months ago, we interviewed Game Insight about their Windows Phone and Windows 8 offerings. The US- and Russia-based publisher has already released My Country and Rule the Kingdom for both platforms. Their sister company NARR8 also offers the NARR8 app on Windows 8. During our talk, they revealed that My Country 2020 would be coming over to Windows devices, as well as future titles.

Now Windows Phone Central is proud to exclusively announce another Game Insight title that will come to Windows 8 in 2014: Tank Domination. The tank combat genre is currently doing big business on multiple platforms, from PC to consoles to mobile. World of Tanks is going strong in beta on Xbox 360, for example. Tank Domination will bring that same style of gameplay to Windows 8. Head past the break for gameplay details, our hands-on video of the iPad version, and more Game Insight news.

Update: The game is currently planned for Windows 8 but not Windows Phone. More details after the break.

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