Windows Phone 8

Microsoft Build 2014 is here: What to expect

Microsoft Build 2014 is here: What to expect

Microsoft's Build 2014 opens tomorrow, April 2nd, a chance for new CEO Satya Nadella to not only convince developers and the industry that his "mobile first, cloud first" strategy makes sense, but that Microsoft has the skills to deliver on it. After impressing with the Office for iPad launch, Nadella has a far bigger audience to preach The Windows Way to at Build, though there are plenty of balls in the air that he still needs to keep moving.

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Nokia Lumia 630 leaked with Windows 8.1, dual-SIM, dual-standby

Nokia Lumia 630 leaked with Windows 8.1, dual-SIM, dual-standby

At this year’s Microsoft BUILD conference we’re likely to see the following device appear for the first time. Taking on many of the newest specifications outlined at MWC 2014 for Windows Phone devices, the Nokia Lumia 630 arrives with a 4.5-inch display with WVGA resolution and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 under the hood. This device will also appear with a chassis that’s thinner than the Lumia 920 while sitting at a height that’s essentially equal to the older phone.

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Huawei ditches dual-OS Android/WP8 plans

Huawei ditches dual-OS Android/WP8 plans

Huawei has backtracked on plans to launch a dual-OS Android and Windows Phone smartphone, saying that despite comments by execs earlier this month, it has no intention of releasing a twin-platform handset any time soon. Chatter of the phone began after Huawei device CMO Shao Yang suggested that the presence of Android might reassure those curious but still skeptical about Windows Phone to take a risk on Microsoft's OS.

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Huawei dual-boot Android and Windows Phone due Q2

Huawei dual-boot Android and Windows Phone due Q2

Huawei will launch a dual-booting smartphone in Q2 2014 that can be switched between Android and Windows Phone, the company has confirmed, arguing that using both will ease people into Microsoft's OS. Android remains Huawei's primary focus, CMO Shao Yang admitted, but the company sees value in trying to extend its footprint to more than one platform.

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Panasonic Toughpad 5 hands-on: no smartphone more rugged

Panasonic Toughpad 5 hands-on: no smartphone more rugged

Whilst checking out the slimmest and sleekest smartphones in the world this week at Mobile World Congress 2014, Panasonic dropped a beast on us. The Panasonic Toughpad 5 is a device that Panasonic is hesitant to classify as a phone. Like the rest of their range of devices with the brand name Toughpad, this machine is resistant to the wandering eyes of top-tier smartphone lovers as it is the elements.

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Spotify for Windows Phone update to bring Radio & more

Spotify for Windows Phone update to bring Radio & more

Spotify will add personalized Radio support, along with its Browse and Discover features, to its Windows Phone 8 app this Spring, the streaming music company has confirmed. The new app - which will take on not only Pandora but Nokia Radio as bundled on Lumia handsets - will allow listeners to generate a custom music station based on a seed track or artist, as their counterparts on Android and iOS have been able to do for some time.

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