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Windows Phone Qualcomm spread: LG, Foxconn on board

Windows Phone Qualcomm spread: LG, Foxconn on board

This week Microsoft’s miniature press conference at Mobile World Congress 2014 had Joe Belfiore speaking up about a variety of topics, not least of all changes in requirements for Windows Phone. In addition to suggesting that in the future, manufacturers would not need to include a physical camera button to create a Windows Phone device, Belfiore suggested that a number of new Qualcomm processors would be able to work with Windows Phone in the near future.

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Plantronics Voyager Edge hands-on

Plantronics Voyager Edge hands-on

Plantronics' latest Bluetooth headset, the Voyager Edge, wants to be all things to all people. Slotting into the company's Voyager range - known for their excellent performance but, even Plantronics admits, somewhat "call center" appearance - but with the style of the more consumer-centric Discovery range, the Voyager Edge is also Plantronics' first real attempt to reposition Bluetooth headsets as smart wearables, not just accessories. We caught up with the company to try the Voyager Edge out and see what makes it so special.

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Plantronics BackBeat FIT sports headset hands-on

Plantronics BackBeat FIT sports headset hands-on

Plantronics has brought its latest sports stereo Bluetooth headset to MWC 2014, promising no tangled cords and up to eight hours of music playback. Following on from the well-esteemed BackBeat GO 2 earbuds of last year, the new BackBeat FIT uses a flexible rubber headband that can be twisted and scrunched up in a rucksack or pocket without tangling, while a reflective strip around it helps with visibility on nighttime runs.

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Facebook Messenger coming to Windows Phone 8

Facebook Messenger coming to Windows Phone 8

This week in Barcelona, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore suggested that the spread of Windows Phone 8 across the planet is leading in to a greater app spread. This suggestion also had to do with updates for the system itself, with Belfiore saying that because Windows Phone is growing around the world, more apps and software updates will be coming through 2014. One of these apps is Facebook Messenger.

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Windows 8.1 update detailed for Spring release

Windows 8.1 update detailed for Spring release

A new update this year coming for Windows 8.1 was announced this week by Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore. He made clear at Mobile World Congress 2014 that this update would bring improvements to non-touch experiences as a first major point. Another of three major points was that Microsoft would be working on delivering more hardware options. The third point made here for the next update for Windows 8.1 was improved compatibility for education and enterprise.

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MWC 2014: The Phones, Tablets & Wearables to Expect

MWC 2014: The Phones, Tablets & Wearables to Expect

Mobile World Congress is upon us again, the cellularly-centric Barcelona show expected to see Nokia reveal its first Android device, Samsung its latest Galaxy flagship ahead of the iPhone 6 later this year, and wearables manufacturers further pitch the fast-growing segment. SlashGear is headed off to Spain to bring back all the details as they're announced, but we've already got a good idea of what we can expect and just how much of an impact it might make. Read on for our full pre-show guide!

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MakerBot Replicator 2 hands-on with Nokia Lumia 820/520 shells

MakerBot Replicator 2 hands-on with Nokia Lumia 820/520 shells

This week at Mobile World Congress 2013 we've seen Nokia's own Lumia 820 and 520 getting their own custom casings (not just covers, that is) with the MakerBot Replicator 2 - live and in-action! While it was just this January when Nokia first released their own 3D case printing files for the Lumia 820, MakerBot quickly revealed their own MakerBot Replicator 2 Destkop 3D Printer optimized shell that Nokia uses this week. This ultimate team-up showed what it could do with the publicly available files - all you need is your own maker to make your own!

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MWC 2013 Post-Mortem

MWC 2013 Post-Mortem

Mobile World Congress 2013 scrambles to a close, a week of new phones and tablets, a shiny new venue, and more questions as to whether the days of the big trade show are numbered. It's been a show where the divisions between the mobile upstarts and the current key players have been sharply defined, with ZTE, Huawei, and Nokia all pushing to corner the market, while Samsung and HTC were notable by their relative absence of announcements, favoring their own, standalone events. Nevertheless, there's plenty to wrap up, and seldom has a headline been so accurate in so many ways.

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Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Are wearables like Google Glass the inevitable future for smartphones? Not if you ask Nokia, where simply floating a display in your line of sight doesn't quite satisfy the self-imposed "head up" challenge its designers and engineers are facing. The evolution of Lumia isn't just bigger displays or faster chips, it's a new way of interacting with the digital world. SlashGear sat down with Jo Harlow, EVP of Smart Devices, Marco Ahtisaari, EVP of Design, and Stefan Pannenbecker, VP of Industrial Design at Mobile World Congress this week to talk "people versus robots", rolling back the clock on convergence, and how the Finns want to pry our eyes away from smartphone screens, even if we're looking at a Lumia.

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Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Android and Chrome OS: Google's split attention between two overlapping platforms has long come in for criticism, but rumors of a merge in time for the Chromebook Pixel failed to pan out. Then again, is the world ready for a $1,300 Chromebook, no matter whether it runs Android or Chrome OS? Perhaps not, Google's director of Android user experience, Matias Duarte, says, but there's more in Pixel's prescience of the touchscreen future, he argues.

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LG’s “world’s smallest” wireless charger hands-on

LG’s “world’s smallest” wireless charger hands-on

LG announced what they call the "world's smallest" wireless charger for smartphones here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We ended up getting a peak at the new accessory just to see how small it really is. The result? It's not necessarily tiny by any means, but it does shave off a few centimeters compared to other wireless charging devices.

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Nokia 105 hands-on: nearly free and perfectly simple

Nokia 105 hands-on: nearly free and perfectly simple

With the Nokia 105, the former king of mobile phone sales once again attempts to take out an ace: a super-simple phone that looks cool, acts cool, and will cost you less than a couple of movie tickets. With the Nokia 105 you've got two color options - blue or black, and a price point at right around $20 USD (or 15 EURO, depending on where you live), with a release set for somewhere inside the second half of 2013. It's got a flashlight, a tiny (1.45 TFT LCD) yet brightly colored display, and the ability to play a couple of super pixel-friendly games like Forbidden Treasures and Snake Xenzia (aka simply Snake - your favorite!)

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