Windows Phone 7

LG signs patent deal: Microsoft collecting fees from 70% of Android OEMs

LG signs patent deal: Microsoft collecting fees from 70% of Android OEMs

LG has become the latest Android device manufacturer to ink a deal with Microsoft of patent licensing, as the software giant continues to leverage its IP portfolio to squeeze cash out of those using Google's platform. The agreement covers all of LG's tablets, phones and "other consumer devices" which run either Android or Chrome OS. LG is the eleventh Android and/or Chrome OS device manufacturer to concede to Microsoft's licensing terms, something the company is quick to crow about.

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Elop: Nokia smartphone sale rumors are tired and baseless

Elop: Nokia smartphone sale rumors are tired and baseless

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has denied reports that the Finnish company is set to sell its smartphone division to Microsoft, suggesting the speculation is the work of tech gossips running short on material. "The rumors are baseless, and some people who seem to enjoy generating rumors are running out of fresh material, so it seems to have come up again" Elop told PCMag, referring to - but not naming - critical mobile insider Eldar Murtazin, who has been primarily responsible for fueling the rumor-mill. In fact, Elop insists, "significant synergies" between Nokia's divisions mean a split simply wouldn't make sense.

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Nokia Lumia 900 AT&T LTE hands-on

Nokia Lumia 900 AT&T LTE hands-on

Earlier today Nokia and AT&T announced the first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango 4G LTE handset in the Lumia 900. Not only is this a carrier exclusive for AT&T but it's also their very first LTE handset with Windows Phone 7. Here at CES SlashGear was able to snap a few photos of this sleek and beautiful handset, and a quick video. Head down after the break for all the details and video.

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Steve Ballmer shows off Windows Phone LTE for AT&T

Steve Ballmer shows off Windows Phone LTE for AT&T

We're having a fabulous time listening to the above-average voice levels of Steve Ballmer of Microsoft as he speaks on how excited they all are that AT&T will be the first group to offer up Windows Phone on their network, the first time Windows Phone will be available on LTE anywhere. The devices he showed off were all new, prepared to be running on the LTE network right out of the box, and would all be out by mid-2012.

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Microsoft muddies Windows Phone update transparency

Microsoft muddies Windows Phone update transparency

Microsoft has announced it is axing its "Where's My Phone Update?" site for Windows Phone, the oft-praised roadmap schedule that kept WP7 device users up to date with what new OS versions they could expect. The increasing number of Windows Phones on the market appears to be the primary reason for the site's shuttering, with Microsoft's Eric Hautala, customer experience lead, hinting that maintaining the page was growing too complex "as we continue our growth." However, there are also indications that Microsoft is giving more control over to carriers as to which customers get updates.

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Microsoft’s Nokia smartphone division acquisition tipped imminent

Microsoft’s Nokia smartphone division acquisition tipped imminent

Rumors of Microsoft buying Nokia's smartphone division have resurfaced, with claims that the key execs at the firms will meet in Las Vegas imminently to finalize the sale. Steve Ballmer and Andy Lees from Microsoft and Stephen Elop and Kai Oistamo from Nokia plan to transfer the smartphone section over, where it would be run under a new Microsoft-led name not as Nokia, arch insider Eldar Murtazin has claimed today, leaving the Finnish firm pushing a portfolio of dumbphones and would-be smartphone alternatives.

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Microsoft Studios signs casual gaming deal

Microsoft Studios signs casual gaming deal

Microsoft's gaming arm has inked a deal with a social gaming specialist, for a multi-title collaboration that could flesh out the Windows 8 Store or even bring a Halo-style mini-game to Facebook. The agreement [pdf link] between Microsoft Studios and Arkadium will see the two work together to "develop casual and social cross-platform experiences" that will likely benefit Windows PC, tablet, Windows Phone and Xbox users.

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