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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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LG Windows Phone spotted in OEM report

LG Windows Phone spotted in OEM report

In a recent study on the breakdown for Windows Phone OEMs across the world, AdDuplex found something unique. A small sliver of the overall metrics yielded results they hadn’t yet seen, and news Windows Phone fans might find exciting. It seems LG is in the testing phase for Windows Phone, as a previously unseen device tagged as LGVW820 popped up. LG has forgone Windows in favor of Android lately, so seeing a device from them pop up for Windows is interesting.

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Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Windows Phone users addicted to ephemeral messaging service Snapchat have found themselves without a way to access their self-destructing photos, with Microsoft yanking all third-party apps offering the system. The news leaves Snapchat completely absent from Windows Phone, since Snapchat itself still lacks a homegrown client. The writing was on the wall for workarounds like 6snap, however, after Snapchat had asked users not to use third-party clients over security concerns, following a spate of photo and data leaks blamed on unofficial apps.

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Lumia Denim update rolls out with more camera improvements

Lumia Denim update rolls out with more camera improvements

The awaited update to Nokia's, now Microsoft's, Lumia smartphones have just started rolling out, somewhat ahead of expected schedule. Formerly called Nokia Denim and now just Lumia Denim, the update brings in the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 (update 1) to the devices, along with a bunch of Microsoft's own new features. For the more photography capable models, such as the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520, the update brings in some tasty treats for them as well.

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Lumia 435 leaked to be Microsoft’s entry-level contender

Lumia 435 leaked to be Microsoft’s entry-level contender

It is no secret that Microsoft wants to take its smartphone platform to devices even lower on the hardware spectrum than its Lumia 5XX series. That desire might actually soon take flesh, if this Lumia 435 that has been repeatedly sighted and passed around the Internet really does take flight. This low-end smartphone from Microsoft Mobile will practically fill in the missing slot in Microsoft's lineup, a slot that has so far been occupied by the non-Windows Asha line and a bit by the Android-powered Nokia X.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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More Nokia McLaren smartphone images leak

More Nokia McLaren smartphone images leak

Early this month some leaked images hit the web that claimed to be of the Nokia Lumia RM-1052 prototype, which is thought to be the McLaren. Early rumors of the device suggested that it would focus on photography and might have some sort of 3D touch interface. A few images of that device turned up in that leak.

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Nokia Lumia 520 is now a $29 smartphone with no contract

Nokia Lumia 520 is now a $29 smartphone with no contract

Microsoft has a smartphone called the Nokia Lumia 520, one that they now have available to buy for $29. This is the Nokia Lumia 520, a device that we've reviewed more than once - once as the 520 and another time as the T-Mobile version (basically the same device) as the 521. Back then, it was cheap. Now it's staggeringly cheap. This device has a 5-megapixel camera at its back, 8GB of storage inside, and a 4-inch display. There's also a micro-SD card slot inside for if you'd like to expand your storage further.

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Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they've acquired Acompli. This company is one that focuses on email, specifically in the mobile universe. They suggest that because "more than half" of the emails you read are read on mobile devices first, that they demand a better experience on the go. To make a better experience, Microsoft decided they needed a new team to add to their already accomplished team of email app-makers. This is Acompli, and it's coming to more platforms than one.

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HTC One for Windows nabs an Xbox Dot View cover

HTC One for Windows nabs an Xbox Dot View cover

Today we're having a quick peek at the Xbox Dot View cover - a sort of limited-engagement release made specifically for the Windows Phone version of the HTC One (M8). This case works exactly the same as the standard HTC Dot View cover, but here you're getting it in Xbox Green. You've also got the Xbox brand on the back, for good measure. This case is part of a push for the HTC One (M8) with Windows this holiday season, coming with the device with Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile inside the United States.

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Microsoft shuns Apple for “bigger” Siri in iPhone 6 Plus

Microsoft shuns Apple for “bigger” Siri in iPhone 6 Plus

The Lumia 830 is up to bat this week in a video spot created by Microsoft to hate on the iPhone 6 Plus. This Lumia smartphone takes on the slightly larger iPhone 6 Plus by speaking with Cortana. The screens have been simulated, of course, and the sequences have been shortened - and the voices have been modified so they'll say what fits the commercial. But still, there's comedy to be found here in a war of the personal assistants, one for Windows Phone 8, the other for iOS.

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Nokia’s Future Explained Simply

Nokia’s Future Explained Simply

Does Microsoft own Nokia? Is Nokia ever going to make another smartphone? Will Nokia start making Android phones and tablets in the near future? What we're about to do is set the record straight on a few key points about the Nokia brand - where they are, what happened with Microsoft, and where they're going in the near future. It's from this point that you can move forward with Nokia, understanding all the basics. The software, the hardware, and the support as well.

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