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AT&T Samsung Focus 2 brings LTE Windows Phone for $50

AT&T Samsung Focus 2 brings LTE Windows Phone for $50

AT&T has outed the new Samsung Focus 2, a $49.99 Windows Phone packing 4G LTE and a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a front-facing VGA camera. The latest in Samsung's Windows Phone 7 devices, the Focus 2 has a 5-megapixel main camera with 720p HD video recording, and will go on sale in the US on May 20 for under fifty bucks with a new, two-year agreement.

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LG denies ditching Windows Phone

LG denies ditching Windows Phone

LG is denying reports that it will be ditching Windows Phone 7 and focusing on Android. Rumors spread yesterday after the Korea Herald quoted an LG spokesperson saying that the company has no plans to introduce a new Windows Phone and speculated that an upcoming visit to South Korea by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was to save the relationship.

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Nokia gets third ratings strike

Nokia gets third ratings strike

Nokia has received its third major credit rating downgrade of the month, with investor intelligence firm Standard & Poor's slashing the Finnish phone company's ranking and warning further drops could follow. The news, which comes on the heels of Moody's and Fitch each cautioning investors about Nokia's future stability, is the latest cloud above the firm, which reported a $1.7bn loss in Q1 2012. Meanwhile, Nokia also lost its fourteen-year grip on the mobile phone worldwide sales top-spot.

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Verizon Windows Phone encore teased

Verizon Windows Phone encore teased

Verizon has reignited talk of a Windows Phone push, with comments by chief financial officer Fran Shammo prompting suggestions that the carrier might take a second try at pushing the Microsoft platform. The Windows Phone namecheck came at the tail-end of the carrier's financial results call earlier today, with Shammo saying that Verizon believes a third ecosystem is particularly important in the smartphone business, beyond merely Android and iPhone.

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Windows Phone evangelist admits Apollo upgrade blunder

Windows Phone evangelist admits Apollo upgrade blunder

Backtrack time: the Microsoft Windows Phone evangelist who promised Apollo WP8 updates for all existing users has retracted his statements, claiming to have "confused app compatibility with phone updateability." Nuno Silva prompted headlines after telling a Portugese site that all existing Windows Phone handsets would be compatible with Microsoft's next-gen version of the platform, something he now says Microsoft is not commenting on.

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Nokia admits $1.7bn loss in Q1 2012

Nokia admits $1.7bn loss in Q1 2012

Nokia has announced its Q1 2012 financial results, with a huge €1.34bn ($1.7bn) operating loss despite sales of $7.4bn ($9.7bn) in sales. Smart devices sales more than halved year-on-year as Nokia's Symbian line lost traction, declining 38-percent from Q4 2011; meanwhile, mobile phones - the bread and butter of Nokia's bottom line - fell 32-percent year-on-year, and down 24-percent on the previous quarter. "We have faced greater than expected competitive challenges" CEO Stephen Elop admitted, adding that "actual sales results [of Lumia Windows Phones] have been mixed."

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No Windows Phone 8 upgrade for current handsets tip insiders

No Windows Phone 8 upgrade for current handsets tip insiders

None of the currently available Windows Phone devices - including Nokia's new Lumia 900 flagship - will get an upgrade to Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" insiders have warned, the next tough-to-swallow hurdle for Microsoft's platform. Despite comments earlier by one Microsoft evangelist suggesting all Windows Phone 7 devices would get an upgrade to the incoming major refresh of the mobile OS, other sources say that's definitely not the case.

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Nokia has just six months to claw its way from collapse

Nokia has just six months to claw its way from collapse

Nokia has six months to redeem itself with Windows Phone, analysts warn, before it needs to find a "Plan B" other than Microsoft's platform. After dire financial warnings earlier this week, in which Nokia not only confirmed that Symbian device sales were ditching, but that Lumia Windows Phone sales were only a fifth of those Symbian volumes, the outlook for the company is grim. However, while many suggest Nokia isn't, in fact, to blame for the most significant shortcomings in its device strategy, that won't save it from failure if it doesn't turn things around.

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Bad luck Nokia: Your Next Billion is saying No Thanks

Bad luck Nokia: Your Next Billion is saying No Thanks

You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs, but Nokia's looking more scrambled than anything else today. Some number crunching after Nokia's warning of worse-than-predicted financials for Q1 2012 reveals quite how badly the Finnish company's legacy business is crumbling: the same business that Nokia was relying on to keep it afloat during the Windows Phone transition. The headline figure: a mere 83 million handset sales, down from 108.5m a year ago.

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Nokia: 2m Lumia sales in Q1 but finances still underwhelming

Nokia: 2m Lumia sales in Q1 but finances still underwhelming

Nokia sold more than two million Lumia Windows Phones in Q1 2012, the company has confirmed, though still warns that its financial performance for the period will be less impressive than previously predicted. The Finns blame "competitive industry dynamics" - particularly in developing markets - and a decline in gross margins for smartphones for the decline in operating margins, which it now predicts will be a loss of 3-percent rather than the break-even or  minus 2-percent as before.

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