Windows Phone 8

Nokia Lumia 1020 confirmed by Windows Phone chief in EOS Flickr goof

Nokia Lumia 1020 confirmed by Windows Phone chief in EOS Flickr goof

Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore has apparently confirmed that the Nokia EOS 41-megapixel Windows Phone will launch as the Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView, posting sample shots from the smartphone to Flickr. The inadvertent name confirmation comes courtesy of two shared images that, according to the EXIF data from the shots, were taken on a Lumia 1020. Although EXIF data can be manipulated to suggest a different camera was used altogether, it's unclear why Belfiore - Microsoft's Windows Phone Manager - would bother tampering with his own shots.

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Spotify for Windows Phone 8 exits beta with scrubbing and boosted offline play

Spotify for Windows Phone 8 exits beta with scrubbing and boosted offline play

Spotify for Windows Phone has finally exited beta, with a new version hitting the Marketplace complete with track scrubbing, better offline playlist support, and more. The new app, revealed by Microsoft's Joe Belfiore earlier today, finally replaces the long-running beta program begun back in February, though faces competition from free services like Nokia Music on Lumia Windows Phones.

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Nokia EOS/Lumia 1020 battery-case accessory caught in wild

Nokia EOS/Lumia 1020 battery-case accessory caught in wild

Nokia will offer a combination external battery and case for the upcoming EOS/Lumia 1020 41-megapixel Windows Phone, according to a new leak purportedly showing the accessory, making the smartphone more photographer-friendly. The case, shared with Russian site Izvestia, clips onto the new EOS complete with a large hole for its protruding PureView lens, and apparently accommodates a 1,020 mAh battery.

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Nokia Lumia 521 Review

Nokia Lumia 521 Review

If you thought the Nokia Lumia 520 was good, boy are you going to have a great time with the Nokia Lumia 521. Essentially the same device as you'll be getting internationally, this T-Mobile iteration of the entry-level Windows Phone 8 device brings the same package (with slightly different radio connections and a few extra apps) to the USA, here with the same bright white back cover as we saw across the sea (one of three, as it were).

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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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