Windows Phone 8

1080p Windows Phone 8 tipped imminent by Microsoft emulator

1080p Windows Phone 8 tipped imminent by Microsoft emulator

Windows Phone 8 could soon officially support 1080p displays if new support in the official Microsoft emulator for the Full HD resolution is any indication, increasing the competitiveness for high-end devices running the OS against Android. The support, spotted by developer Justin Angel buried in the Windows Phone 8 Visual Studio 8 emulator beta, is a new addition after Microsoft's BUILD 2013 developer event last week.

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Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 out of beta

Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 out of beta

While Windows Phone 8 has had an iteration or two of Facebook now for some time, this week the first Facebook-made Facebook app is available for the masses. Having been plagued, more or less, by oddities and off-brand Facebook portals since birth, Windows Phone 8 here finally has an app that's up to snuff.

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Samsung ATIV S Neo joins the Windows Phone 8 party with a 4.8-inch display

Samsung ATIV S Neo joins the Windows Phone 8 party with a 4.8-inch display

This week the folks at Samsung have ushered in a new Windows Phone 8 device just in time for Microsoft's BUILD 2013 conference. This conference allows developers from across the planet to engage with Microsoft on all things software, this year's event bringing forth a new Windows Phone 8.1 environment for the masses. This Samsung device joins in on the fun with a newly massive display.

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HTC 8XT hits Windows Phone 8 with BoomSound

HTC 8XT hits Windows Phone 8 with BoomSound

Those of you out there in the wild with HTC One envy and a hankering for Windows Phone 8 may be glad to see the release appearing this week: the HTC 8XT. This device takes on one key element from the HTC One - HTC BoomSound - and applies it to a piece of hardware ready for Windows Phone 8. This isn't exactly the HTC One for the Microsoft world many were hoping for, but it's a start!

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Telefonica inks Windows Phone 8 promo (but goes light on specifics)

Telefonica inks Windows Phone 8 promo (but goes light on specifics)

Microsoft has been pushing to get Windows Phone 8 recognized as the "third ecosystem", insisting that carriers and consumers alike both want another alternative to iOS and Android, and now it has some vocal support from O2 parent Telefonica. The new announcement promises an "enhanced marketing effort" between the two companies, which will apparently see Telefonica boost promotion for Windows Phone handsets in six of its key markets.

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Windows 8.1 download imminent: merging at Miracast

Windows 8.1 download imminent: merging at Miracast

In less than 24 hours, Microsoft will be making Windows 8.1 available for download for all those users out there in the wild that work now with a full version of Windows 8. This release is being tipped as being a bit of a veil for a much larger shake-up to the Microsoft desktop and mobile ecosystem, said to be merging the two into one in a massive undertaking that'll dwarf the many tiny changes to the Windows software family. This isn't just about booting to desktop.

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Windows and Windows Phone merge tipped as peak of big Ballmer shake-up

Windows and Windows Phone merge tipped as peak of big Ballmer shake-up

Microsoft could pull together its Windows and Windows Phone divisions into a single, unified team as part of the upcoming "major" reorganization, it's suggested, better emphasizing the connections between the company's PC and smartphone offerings. Chatter of a significant juggling in Microsoft's various divisions began earlier this month, with CEO Steve Ballmer said to be planning considerable changes to how it was organized as it positions itself as "a devices and services company." That, it's claimed now, includes breaking down the walls between the Windows and Windows phone teams.

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GoPro hits Windows Phone 8, brings exclusive “PiP” to Nokia Lumia

GoPro hits Windows Phone 8, brings exclusive “PiP” to Nokia Lumia

If you were thinking about working with a GoPro camera in the near future for all your hardcore sports-filming action and were deciding on which smartphone you'd like to pair with it, Nokia may have just made the choice a bit easier. This week the developers on the GoPro app team have made a GoPro app for Windows Phone 8, bringing exclusive features to the Nokia Lumia smartphone line while they're at it. While most Windows Phone 8 devices will be able to use this app to connect to and control their GoPro camera, only Lumia devices will have PiP (Picture-in-Picture) mode for overlaying the smartphone camera view on top of the live GoPro camera view.

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Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Nokia is on a roll with Windows Phone 8 - when it comes to filling out its range, anyway. The Finnish company has spent 2013 slotting a Lumia into almost every possible gap in the market, and now has a third flagship-spec model in the shape of the Nokia Lumia 925. The latest to bear PureView branding, and arguably the best-quality handset running Microsoft's platform that we've seen to-date, the Lumia 925 ticks all the boxes on paper, certainly. Is this the smartphone to sign two years of your cellular life away to? Read on for the full review.

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