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Smoked by Windows Phone promo fizzles after Android wades in

Smoked by Windows Phone promo fizzles after Android wades in

Microsoft's "Smoked by Windows Phone" campaign has landed the company in hot water, with claims that the competitive promotion - which pits WP7 devices against rivals in speed tests - is being unfairly judged. The marketing scheme attempts to demonstrate how Windows Phone's Live Tiles, among other things, make it a speedier platform than iOS or Android, challenging users of other devices to head-to-head tasks; unfortunately, as Skatter Tech found when pitting a Galaxy Nexus against Windows Phone in the Santa Clara Microsoft Store, it's also subject to the whims of store staff.

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Microsoft and Nokia cough up €18m app kickstarter

Microsoft and Nokia cough up €18m app kickstarter

Microsoft and Nokia have jointly committed up to €18m ($24m) to train and support app developers as part of the new AppCampus program, though the cash will go to Symbian and S40 coders as well as Windows Phone. The new fund will support the freshly established mobile application development program at Aalto University in Finland, "to create a new generation of self-sustaining mobile startups" as well as ensuring that Windows Phone and the other platforms hopefully don't go without key titles in future.

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Angry Birds Space gets Windows Phone reprieve

Angry Birds Space gets Windows Phone reprieve

Angry Birds developer Rovio Mobile has done a 180, announcing a version of Angry Birds Space for Windows Phone is in the pipeline just hours after the company admitted it had no plans to release on Microsoft's smartphone platform. "We are working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7" Rovio CEO Mikael Hed told Reuters, despite CMO Peter Vesterbacka's earlier dismissal of the possibility with the claim it was "a lot of work to technically support it" for minimal return.

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“No plans” for Angry Birds Space on Windows Phone

“No plans” for Angry Birds Space on Windows Phone

Angry Birds Space developer Rovio Mobile has no plans to bring the hugely popular game to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, it's been confirmed, blaming the arduous and expensive task of rewriting for the decision. The decision, which will come as a blow to Microsoft's ambitions for challenging iOS and Android, was made despite Angry Birds being the number one app in the Windows Phone Marketplace, Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbacka told Bloomberg. "We want to be on all screens, but we have to consider the cost of supplying the smaller platforms" the exec said. "With Windows Phone it’s a lot of work to technically support it."

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Nokia gets streaming-serious with Play On Windows Phone app

Nokia gets streaming-serious with Play On Windows Phone app

Nokia has launched a new beta app for media placeshifting, baking DLNA streaming into Windows Phone and eventually helping the platform to play nicely with the Xbox 360 and PS3. Nokia Play To for Windows Phone is a free Beta Labs download for Lumia users, with a pared down sharing interface that allows photos and videos to be easily displayed on TVs, laptops, other smartphones, tablets and, eventually, consoles, over a wireless connection.

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Nokia Transport Beta: Get it here

Nokia Transport Beta: Get it here

Nokia's Transport Beta was one of the many announcements the company had back at Mobile World Congress, a free app for Lumia owners that delivers local public transportation directions. It's arrived in the Windows Phone Marketplace today, though not publicly, but we've been tipped off to the download link which you can find - along with our first-impressions - after the cut.

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Nokia MWC 2012: 41-megapixels and cheap Windows Phones

Nokia MWC 2012: 41-megapixels and cheap Windows Phones

If there was a "Phoenix From The Ashes" award at Mobile World Congress it's hard to argue that Nokia wouldn't be the most worthy recipient. Twelve months ago the company was apologetically admitting it had no new devices for MWC 2011, and today it revealed a bevy of phones that opened new doors in developing markets, pushed the envelope for Windows Phone pricing, and busted the smartphone camera segment right open. We've a whole lot of Nokia coverage, so head on past the cut to get up to speed.

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Nokia Lumia 610 hands-on

Nokia Lumia 610 hands-on

Nokia's Lumia 610 doesn't have the slick unibody casing of the 800 or the huge screen of the 900, but it does have a bargain price tag. Pushing Windows Phone to a new price point - and into fresh markets - the fourth Lumia takes advantage of Microsoft's new, pared-back minimum hardware specifications with just 256MB of RAM and an 800MHz processor.

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Nokia Lumia 610 official

Nokia Lumia 610 official

Nokia has announced its cheapest Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 610, complete with the new Nokia Transport app. The smaller phone has public transport information for 500 cities in 46 countries, including step by step directions to the nearest station.

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