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Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Windows Phone, Windows 10 for tablets, and basically whatever other kind of carrier-driven version of Windows you might have will be working with Carrier Billing soon. This means that whatever carrier your device is connected through will allow you to charge money through your account rather than through a separate credit card. This comes in most handy when you're shopping in an app store and want to purchase an app, music, or a movie, for example - charging it to your carrier account lumps more costs into one bill.

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Windows 10 might reveal Android compatibility at BUILD

Windows 10 might reveal Android compatibility at BUILD

It seems like the whispers of Android apps running on Windows 10 are getting stronger. Though that doesn't necessarily make them true, it does make the upcoming BUILD developer conference even more interesting if Microsoft does decide to drop the bombshell there. It's not like it's never been done before. BlackBerry 10 OS and Sailfish OS do employ such a compatibility to some extent. It's just that it's never been done officially on Windows before. But while the idea seems almost enticing, it could very well be suicide for Microsoft's primary platform.

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Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft may have acquired more than Nokia's mobile business. It has also inherited the Finnish company's legal headaches and now it will be facing the music. A judge for the US International Trade Commission has deemed that Microsoft's smartphones indeed infringe on two patents held by patent licensing outfit InterDigital. This lawsuit was first filed against Nokia almost four years ago and it is Microsoft who will now be paying the price. Worst case scenario, the ITC could ban imports of infringing Windows Phones into the US.

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Elephone to release dual-OS smartphone, Android 5.0 and Windows 10

Elephone to release dual-OS smartphone, Android 5.0 and Windows 10

Windows Phone users may be getting a new flagship device added to the lineup. A dual-system smartphone capable of Android and Windows 10 is rumored to be in the works by Chinese mobile manufacturer, Elephone. The company just announced its upcoming phones at the HKTDC industry show in Hong Kong. The phones' official names and potential price points have yet to be released.

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Everything Acer just unveiled at once

Everything Acer just unveiled at once

Acer just released a whole boatload of new devices and release information on those devices in New York City, showing off everything from smartphones to gaming displays. PCs are in here too, with Windows 10 devices and Chromebook both popping up on point. A couple of Android tablets are appearing here with Acer Aspire notebooks and Acer's K138ST, the world's first LED projector with an intelligent ambient light sensor. All devices in this collection will be released inside the next several months of 2015.

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Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Apple may have been the first to bring a voice-powered digital assistant to smartphones with Siri, but Microsoft followed up in a big way with its own Cortana. Named after the AI companion from the Halo video game series, Cortana has been available on a number of Windows Phone models, and is expected to play a big part in the forthcoming Windows 10. Obviously, being a Microsoft creation, Cortana has been limited to Windows devices. That is, until a couple of hackers managed to bring her to Android.

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Verizon’s new LG Windows Phone leaked

Verizon’s new LG Windows Phone leaked

When you hear of Windows Phone, you usually immediately think of formerly Nokia now Microsoft Lumia devices. That said, there are some hidden treasures in this corner of Microsoft's world, like the HTC One M8 with Windows launched last year. There are also quite a number of device makers that have one or two Windows Phones in their roster, and it seems that LG will be adding to that growing list. A new Windows Phone from the Korean OEM has been spotted and it will be heading to Verizon at a yet unknown time.

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BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

Florida-based BLU Products might be more known for its budget Android smartphones, but it does have a few Windows Phones on its shelves. One of those, the BLU Win HD, silently got a much needed upgrade. Appearing at Microsoft's Store, the Win HD LTE brings more than just new LTE connectivity. It also bears a more powerful processor but still with a lovable budget price tag. And though it only runs Windows Phone 8.1, it comes with the promise of Windows 10 once the latter starts rolling out.

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Windows 10 Preview released for phones

Windows 10 Preview released for phones

The Technical Preview for Windows 10 became available for early testers today in Microsoft's latest bid to keep their software universe moving forward. Users wishing to take part in the early preview have to sign up for the Technical Preview program, download a special app for their Windows Phone device, then hit the update button, so to speak. This software is not guaranteed to be as solidly reliable as a normal update, but that's not going to stop the masses from getting the newest bits as fast as they can - right this minute!

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Microsoft rumored to eye Android apps on Windows phones

Microsoft rumored to eye Android apps on Windows phones

Insider information or wishful thinking? That might be the first thing you think when you hear about this latest rumor coming out of Redmond. Several sources are claiming that Microsoft is, at least internally, looking into emulation technologies to make Android apps run on Windows phones. Why? Supposedly to finally resolve the dearth of apps on Windows mobile devices. But is this a solution that could help boost the adoption of Microsoft's mobile platform or will it be suicide for the software vendor in the long run?

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Next Windows 10 for Phones build could support 30 models

Next Windows 10 for Phones build could support 30 models

While the Windows 10 upgrade path on the desktop is more or less clear cut, the same can't be said of their mobile counterparts. Last February, Microsoft started handing out preview builds of the upcoming operating system but its coverage was worryingly limited, to at most 6 models. That's not to say that Microsoft will only be supporting those and upcoming smartphones, but it hung a cloud of uncertainty over users. Now Microsoft is clearing the air by revealing as much as 36 models (30 if you count variants as one) who might be in the next round of builds.

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