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Windows Phone 7 Facebook app usage spike suggests strong holiday sales

Windows Phone 7 Facebook app usage spike suggests strong holiday sales

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 sales may finally be seeing a stronger performance as we approach the holiday season. The number of people using Microsoft's Facebook Integration for Windows Phone 7 has shot up in the past two weeks from 1,000,000 on November 11 to 1,100,000 on November 25. According to previous calculations by the WMPU blog, this could mean a gain of over 600,000 new Windows Phone users this holiday.

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Nokia to ship just 500k Windows Phones in 2011

Nokia to ship just 500k Windows Phones in 2011

Nokia's Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7 Mango handset made a big flashy debut, but analysts offer a disappointing shipment forecast for the device. Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu notes that the buzz level on the Lumia 800 is just about level as the Nokia N8, which was also a top-of-the-line item for the company but turned out to be a dud.

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Windows Phone hack could create Android dual-boot

Windows Phone hack could create Android dual-boot

Enterprising modders are seemingly one step closer to getting Windows Phone 7 devices to dual-boot with Android and other platforms, with Samsung's Focus being coaxed into running an unofficial bootloader. The handiwork of DFT (Dark Forces Team)'s Cotulla, the hack currently allows the MAGLDR bootloader to run after the Focus' original bootloader, with the eventual goal being a selection of official and unofficial ROMs to choose from.

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Nokia: Volume first, Flagships follow

Nokia: Volume first, Flagships follow

Nokia has admitted that its primary focus with Windows Phone is not to necessarily challenge other manufacturers using the Microsoft platform to build the "best" device, but to take on rival platforms in the hope of extending WP7's footprint. "In the early days our first competitors are the other ecosystems" CEO Stephen Elop confirmed at a Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference this week, later telling Reuters that only when Windows Phone had picked up pace with users and developers would Nokia look to differentiate itself from its platform compatriots.

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Windows Phone overtakes RIM in developer interest

Windows Phone overtakes RIM in developer interest

Windows Phone 7 has apparently overtaken RIM's BlackBerry OS to be the third most interesting platform for app developers, according to new research, with Microsoft's partnership with Nokia a key driving factor. Apple's iOS remains in the top spot for developer attention, Appcelerator's Q4 2011 report suggests, with 91-percent of those coders questioned reporting that they were "very interested" in creating iPhone apps; in contrast, 38-percent said the same about Windows Phone 7, with 28-percent saying they were keen to code for the Nokia Lumia 800 in particular.

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Nokia Champagne Windows Phone Tango device uncovered

Nokia Champagne Windows Phone Tango device uncovered

What's been seen in the "I'm a WP7!" logs this week is a seemingly brand new Nokia device that will, believe it or not, run Windows Phone Tango, and is, quite possibly, the street incarnation of what we've seen previously as the Lumia 900 or the Nokia ACE. Get your decks of cards out, ladies and gentlemen, because here's a name you'll likely be hearing again in the future: Nokia Champagne. You'll have seen the rest of the names on the I'm a WP7 device list found this week so it's not worth peeking at, but we can dream starting NOW on what the tastiest of Nokia future devices hold - mmmm Champagne.

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AT&T Lumia 800 LTE tipped as Nokia’s 2012 attack

AT&T Lumia 800 LTE tipped as Nokia’s 2012 attack

AT&T and Nokia are collaborating on a variant of the Lumia 800 Windows Phone with LTE support, insiders suggest, with the Finns planning to storm the US with 4G in their sails. The US launch for Nokia Windows Phones is already pencilled in for early 2012, with the first models likely to debut at CES 2012 in January, and according to The Verge's sources AT&T will have a customized Lumia 800 for its LTE network as the flagship device.

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Nokia confirms free Lumia Windows Phone for loyal devs

Nokia confirms free Lumia Windows Phone for loyal devs

Nokia has confirmed that developers in its Launchpad project will be automatically receiving one of the 25,000 free Windows Phone 7 handsets the company has promised to coders in recent weeks, following up on the original free phone offer back in February. Launchpad members - who also got a free E7 - join Nokia Developer Champions in receiving either a Lumia 800 or Lumia 710, as well as a rebate on Microsoft's App Hub membership fee.

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