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Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

The iPhone has Siri, Android has Google Now, and now Windows Phone has Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Launching as a beta when WP8.1 hits devices over the next few months, Cortana blends the speech-first approach of Apple's system with the contextual backbone of Google's, throwing in some location-based cleverness and a little AI snark along the way. We introduced ourselves at Build 2014.

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Spotify for Windows Phone update to bring Radio & more

Spotify for Windows Phone update to bring Radio & more

Spotify will add personalized Radio support, along with its Browse and Discover features, to its Windows Phone 8 app this Spring, the streaming music company has confirmed. The new app - which will take on not only Pandora but Nokia Radio as bundled on Lumia handsets - will allow listeners to generate a custom music station based on a seed track or artist, as their counterparts on Android and iOS have been able to do for some time.

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Nokia X hands-on

Nokia X hands-on

In many ways, the Nokia X is the Finnish smartphone we've been waiting for. Eye-catching design, a ridiculously competitive price, and running Android, it's hard not to see it as a reaction in the opposite direction to Windows Phone, for all that Nokia's team responsible argues that the two are well-paired bedfellows. Freshly unveiled at MWC 2014, we've grabbed some hands-on time with the Nokia X to find out whether Android in a Lumia suit makes sense, and why - for all our hopes about the concept - this may not be the Nokia for you.

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Nokia X official: Android for the sub-Lumia masses

Nokia X official: Android for the sub-Lumia masses

The rumors are true: Nokia has an Android phone, and it's the Nokia X. Intended to sit in-between Lumia and Asha Touch, the Nokia X is the first of a family of Android-powered handsets to be rolled out over 2014, working as an affordable onramp to Windows Phone. Delivering the sort of eye-catching, colorful style as Nokia's Lumia, only priced from just €89 ($122) pre-subsidies, the Nokia X aims to package the Finn's design heritage, Microsoft's cloud and services, and Android's apps in an affordable device for the next billion looking to upgrade to a smart device. Read on for all the details.

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Microsoft, Nokia & Android: The Oddest of Bedfellows

Microsoft, Nokia & Android: The Oddest of Bedfellows

There's no small amount of irony in Microsoft, locked in a fierce battle to claw smartphone market share from Google, buying Nokia and getting a brand new Android handset in the bargain. The Nokia X - in fact the first of a family of Android-based devices - is slipping out to market just ahead of Microsoft's acquisition closing, but you could be forgiven for assuming axing the X would be the first task on Satya Nadella's to-do list. The truth may be slightly more unusual, however, and SlashGear sat down with Jussi Nevanlinna, VP of product marketing for Nokia's Mobile Phones division, to find out why Nokia X might not just survive, but flourish under Microsoft's care.

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Nokia Lumia Icon Review

Nokia Lumia Icon Review

Verizon has needed a new Windows Phone 8 flagship, and Nokia was the obvious choice to deliver it. Don't mistake the Lumia Icon for a side-thought in Nokia's smartphone schemes, however. On paper, at least, it takes the key things we loved from AT&T's Lumia 1520, and distills them down to a more hand-friendly scale. Does reality live up to those high expectations? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Nokia Lumia 1320 Review

Nokia Lumia 1320 Review

Nokia's Lumia 1520 grabbed the bulk of the headlines at the company's Abu Dhabi event last October, but it wasn't the only phablet the company brought along. In addition to the 6-inch flagship there was another, more affordable phone, the Nokia Lumia 1320, trading some of the high-end specs in favor of mass-market appeal. Question is, with a lower resolution display and the sacrifice of PureView, has Nokia trimmed too much to make the Lumia 1320 a hit? Read on for the full review.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

You're to blame for the vast Nokia Lumia 1520. "Make a phablet" we kept asking Nokia, "give us a big Windows Phone to compete with the Galaxy Note." That Nokia - and Microsoft - went off to the drawing board and returned with a hand-dominating 6-inch monster is a juicy sort of irony, then: this is a Lumia that not only comes in larger than just about every other smartphone on the market, it could be considered a small tablet in its own right. Problem is, there's a difference between a big phone and a great one, so has Nokia done more than enlarge Lumia? Read on for our full review.

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Nokia Lumia 2520 review

Nokia Lumia 2520 review

The Nokia Lumia 2520 has been some time coming. The glaring absence of a tablet in the company's range, and its refusal to discuss it until it could figure out a suitably "Nokia spin" on the segment, left us with big expectations. Turns out, the Nokia magic is making LTE standard-fit and borrowing the Lumia phone style for a Windows RT slate, but is that enough to differentiate the Lumia 2520 from the iPad and Microsoft's Surface 2? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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