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Windows Phone Mango Won’t Require Physical Buttons?

Windows Phone Mango Won’t Require Physical Buttons?

When Microsoft and Nokia first unveiled their new relationship it was said that Nokia would have certain privileges over other Windows Phone manufacturers. Microsoft has been placing hardware design restrictions on its manufacturers including the requirement of specific physical buttons. Hence, when Nokia's "Sea Ray" was leaked, the absence of buttons was assumed to be an exercise in their special privileges. But word comes now that this may not be the case.

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Nokia outsources Windows Phone production to Compal tip insiders

Nokia outsources Windows Phone production to Compal tip insiders

Nokia has reportedly turned to Compal Electronics to manufacture its first wave of Windows Phone handsets, rather than building them in-house at its own facilities. According to DigiTimes' sources, Compal has inked an agreement with Microsoft to produce its own Windows Phones - joining recent additions Acer, ZTE and Fujitsu - as a licensee, and will also be looking to produce Acer's line-up.

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Microsoft Previews New Games Hub For Windows Phone Mango

Microsoft Previews New Games Hub For Windows Phone Mango

Microsoft today revealed new details on their updated Games Hub for Windows Phone Mango. Xbox LIVE is fast becoming the pervasive games and media platform for Microsoft's ecosystem, with recent announcements that Windows 8 will have Xbox LIVE built-in. Hence, the new Games Hub will now have front and center many of the features that were originally available only in the Xbox LIVE Extras app.

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Apple iOS 5 Safari Now Faster Than iE9 On Windows Phone Mango

Apple iOS 5 Safari Now Faster Than iE9 On Windows Phone Mango

It was during the MIX 2011 developer conference back in April when Microsoft gave the first detailed look at its new Windows Phone Mango update. At the time, the company touted new enhancements in support for HTML 5 and CSS3 and did a side-by-side comparison with iOS and Android, showing that IE9 on its Windows Phone blew away the competition in speed. Well, now it looks like Apple is ahead again with the iOS 5.

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Why Nokia’s N9 leaves me confident about Windows Phone

Why Nokia’s N9 leaves me confident about Windows Phone

Two big smartphone announcements this morning, and two considerable insights into the prospects of an ailing cellphone giant. Nokia's new N9 could, with its MeeGo OS, easily have been the Finns fiddling while Rome was burning; the technical previews of Windows Phone 7.1 Mango, meanwhile, could have shown up a platform desperately lagging behind its rivals iOS and Android. Make no mistake, today we've seen the biggest glimpse so far of Nokia's future.

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Windows Phone 7.1 Mango Technical Preview

Windows Phone 7.1 Mango Technical Preview

It's been eight long months since we reviewed our first Windows Phone 7 handset. Microsoft's rebooted platform launched with a bang at the tail end of 2010, promising not only a new start from the Windows Mobile days of old, but a fresh interpretation of what a smartphone should be like. A tentative hit with reviewers but less so among consumers, however, Windows Phone's impetus fizzled out as new devices failed to appear. Now, Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango" is coming to fill in some of the gaps, tidy up some of the loose ends and - Microsoft hopes - make the platform a more realistic competitor to iOS and Android. Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.

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Nokia Rebooted: Apple lessons, HTC threats & Symbian’s last stand

Nokia Rebooted: Apple lessons, HTC threats & Symbian’s last stand

Leaner, tighter-lipped and very much aware of what's at stake. Nokia may be a lot of things, but naive isn't one of them. With a share price gutted by dreary financial predictions, and a quarter or two before the first Windows Phone devices are expected to do anything to change that, right now the only headlines tend to be bad ones: redundancies, reductions and generally biding time. SlashGear met with Nokia's new UK team at what - though they were careful not to bill it as such - was in effect a corporate reboot, to talk lessons learned from Apple, the threat to HTC and why Symbian won't go quietly into the night.

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Nokia Windows Phone Q4 debut in Euro sextet confirmed

Nokia Windows Phone Q4 debut in Euro sextet confirmed

We already know that Nokia has bet the smartphone farm on Windows Phone 7, and some analysts think that is a good bet. Some are predicting that over the next few years Windows Phone 7 will crawl its way to the second most popular OS in the mobile market behind Android, presumably pushing iOS to third. The first Nokia Windows smartphones will run Mango and the latest word from Nokia is that the handsets will hit Europe first.

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Nokia admits MeeGo was false hope

Nokia admits MeeGo was false hope

Nokia's fall from cellular grace, decision to abandon Symbian and contentious shift to Windows Phone is still a touchy topic, especially for loyal Nokia fans frustrated by how MeeGo was marginalized in favor of the Microsoft platform. Listen to CEO Stephen Elop and key members of the Nokia team, however, and it seems MeeGo was never near being the salvation the company needed. In a lengthy Bloomberg piece on the company and its new CEO, the stand-out message is one of speed: at its previous rate there would have been a mere three MeeGo devices by 2014, but now, in less than three months since announcing the Microsoft partnership, Elop has "got a working Windows Phone in my pocket now ... we're moving at a speed that's faster than Nokia has ever moved before."

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