Windows Phone 8

Nokia HERE Drive+ hits rivals’ Windows Phone 8 handsets

Nokia HERE Drive+ hits rivals’ Windows Phone 8 handsets

Nokia will offer its HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit navigation apps to Windows Phone users who didn't opt for a Lumia, though they'll have to pay if they want turn-by-turn directions. The news sees HERE Drive arrive in the Windows Phone Store for the US, UK, Canada, and several other markets as a free download, though global navigation is an in-app purchase for €15.49 ($19.90) or the local equivalent.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 detailed in clearest renders yet

Nokia Lumia 1020 detailed in clearest renders yet

Coming up on the 11th of July we'll be seeing our fair share of leaks and rumors surrounding what up until this week was code-named Nokia EOS. This device is now known - controlled leak or nay - as the Nokia Lumia 1020, bringing on the full power of the Nokia 808 PureView and its 41-megapixel sensor in a full-sized Windows Phone 8 device. Now we've got some up-close and personal renders of the machine as well.

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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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