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Today's the day we've been anticipating for the past few weeks where Nokia and Microsoft are preparing for a Windows Phone event where we expect a handful of devices to be announced. Windows Phone Central will be there amidst the confusion to bring you guys the latest and greatest news and hands-on action from the floor.

If you're like a few of us here at HQ and find yourself not being able to travel to New York to attend the party, fear not. Nokia will be live streaming the action, and we'll be live blogging the event. Be sure to have both open to make use of all available media. While we're pumping out content on the main page, be sure to engage in discussions on our forums too.

We've created a dedicated 9/5 forum for today that will house all threads surrounding the new Nokia Lumia devices. A few posts are already accumulating in this brand new section, so don't miss out today once everything kicks off.

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Samsung ATIV S - worst name?

Samsung ATIV S

Windows Phone Central forum member Mitlov has created a thread dedicated to the naming of Samsung's latest Windows Phone - the ATIV S.

"1. You don't know how to pronounce it just by looking at it.

2. It's not evocative. "Galaxy" is evocative. "Ford Mustang" is evocative. Ativ, not so much.

3. For a company recently under fire for allegedly taking other company's intellectual property...they take another company's mobile device (Vita) and spell it backward? Were there no other words on planet earth to choose from?"

On a personal level, I actually like the 'ATIV' branding. It's certainly unique, and while I understand where the "VITA backwards" argument originates from, it's a leap from mobile handheld gaming device to smartphone, no? Either way, the design and Windows Phone 8 itself will decide if this device will take off or not.

It's humorous for 'VITA' to mean life. Mitlov notes that as an opposite 'ATIV' will therefore mean death. Samsung Death anyone? Let us know your thoughts and be sure to add your $0.02 in the "Worst name ever?" thread.

Miscellaneous: The end of Windows Phone simplicity?

WP Clutter

XENOPHOS has kick-started a discussion surrounding the simplicity of the operating system. With Windows Phone 7.8 / 8 sporting more tiles on the home screen through the use of multiple types being made available, one can almost see it beginning to resemble iOS or Android (should one have a grid of small tiles).

"Does it strike anyone else that the simple and clean look is now slowly on its way out. And sorry to say, but is it slowly going the Android way. Does anyone else feel that the WP8 screen looks cluttered."

While we're nowhere near the look of both iOS and Android (as well as any mobile OS that makes use of an icon grid), the home screen has certainly become more busy in Apollo (and Windows Phone 7.8).

What are your thoughts on where Windows Phone is heading? Do you see it cluttering further in the future? Head on over to the "End of simplicity?" thread to voice your opinion.