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Spotify gets free music streaming for Windows Phone

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After being free for Android and iOS for quite some time, Spotify for Windows Phone is finally set to offer ad-supported streaming to users at no cost.

The app will bring in the functionality from its Android and iOS counterparts by letting users stream playlists and music in shuffle mode. Read more »

HTC One (M8) and Nokia Lumia 930 accept the Samsung Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge

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Two of the devices challenged by Samsung’s marketing team during the Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge have stepped up to the task. HTC One (M8) and Nokia Lumia 930 both got drenched in ice-cold water on camera.

Neither the M8, nor the Lumia 930 offers the IP67 certification of the SM-G900. Read more »

Microsoft will reportedly release a Windows 9 preview on September 30

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According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30. The Redmond giant is tipped to be planning a press event, where a developer preview of the OS will be revealed.

The late September release date has been mentioned in past reports. Read more »

Awkward: Even Verizon can get all those HTC One phones confused

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That new HTC One (M8) for Windows has a name with great potential to confuse consumers – it’s not the HTC One (M8), it’s not the One (E8) and it doesn’t run Windows (but Windows Phone instead). It turns out that the similar looks of the One family are an issue too, even for the carriers.

Verizon put out a video to tout the HTC One (M8), both the Android and WP versions, except if you look closely at the screenshot above you’ll notice those are actually two different devices. Read more »

Verizon posts introductory video for the new HTC One (M8) for Windows

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A few hours ago, the long leaked Windows Phone running version of the HTC One (M8) finally got official as a Verizon exclusive. And the carrier didn’t wait long to upload the first video about the new handset to its YouTube channel.

The strangely named HTC One (M8) for Windows basically brings you the exact same hardware that’s inside its Android-running sibling, only with Windows Phone 8.1 running the show. Read more »

Windows Phone has its own Snapchat-esque client

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So Snapchat isn’t officially available for Windows Phone, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft-mobile loving users can’t enjoy some disposable messaging.

WindUp is an application that allows Windows Phone users to send temporary messages to one another. Read more »

Foursquare’s Swarm check-in app is now out for Windows Phone

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Following its launch on iOS and Android back in May, Foursquare’s new check-in app called Swarm is now available for Windows Phone.

It’s been released in Microsoft’s app store today, and it will work with Windows Phone 8.1. It brings with it the set of features based around checking into places that got separated from the company’s main app for iOS and Android recently. Read more »

Nokia HERE Maps for Windows Phone gets updated data

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Nokia’s HERE Maps for Windows Phone has received a hefty update of its underlying map data. It brings with it better mapping in certain countries, nicer looking 3D landmarks in some cities, as well as point address rendering in more places.

The latter means you’re able to see at a glance where addresses and buildings are are on each street. Seeing exact addresses on the map is obviously helpful, as long as the feature is available in enough places and is accurate. Read more »

Angry Birds Stella kicks off September 4, watch the trailers now

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Angry Birds Stella is one of the most teased Rovio games ever. Luckily this is coming to an end very soon – on September 4 – when the game will be released officially on all major platforms.

The new game will introduce a bunch of female characters ad will supposedly resemble the original Angry Birds game in terms of gameplay. Read more »

Hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

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Windows Phone 8.1 has seen its first major update, GDR1, which has just seeded out to developers. Naturally, we can’t let devs have all the fun to themselves so installed it on one of our test devices.

As you can imagine, that gave us access to all the latest on Microsoft’s updated mobile OS. Highlights include folder support, Cortana for additional regions, and the new Apps Corner. Read more »

Windows Phone to bring pattern unlock to Live Lock

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Windows Phone’s evolution has taken yet another step forward, albeit not through official means as developer Fela Ameghino has incorporated pattern unlock into the Live Lock Screen introduced with Windows Phone 8.1.

The feature, still in beta, brings WP one step closer to matching its Android counterpart. Video after the break. Read more »

Fitbit now available on Windows Phone 8.1 [UPDATE]

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Last month we reported that Fitbit is working on releasing a Windows Phone app for its Fitbit fitness band. The app is now live and can be downloaded from the Windows Phone store.

Applications like Fitbit were so far unavailable on Windows Phone due to certain hardware requirements, especially related to Bluetooth. With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has addressed most of the issues, broadening the compatibility with accessories. Read more »

Indian customers order XOLO Q900s Windows Phone, receive Android version

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Well, this is an odd one. It looks like Flipkart, India’s biggest online retailer, has mistakenly sent people who ordered the new XOLO Win Q900s an Android-running version of the device. To be clear, the XOLO Win Q900s should run Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS.

So imagine the surprise (if not anger) you’d feel were you to order one of those, only to receive something that runs Android. Read more »

Cortana beats Siri in new Microsoft ad

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Microsoft has a new ad out and it pits Windows Phone 8.1′s virtual assistant Cortana against Apple’s own Siri in a fight to prove which is the best.

The assistants battle on the grounds of a Lumia 635 and iPhone 5s. Microsoft naturally picks its strong suits asking Cortana for things it knows it can do like set up a reminder for the next time a contact calls. Read more »

British Cortana to sound different than her American counterpart

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One of Windows Phone 8.1′s headline features is Cortana, the Siri-like voice assistant built into the OS. Unfortunately, the feature so far only works in the US, but it will soon be coming to the UK, with a difference.

As you may know, the US version of Cortana is voiced by Jen Taylor, the same person who provided the voice for Cortana in the Halo series of games, from where the feature is borrowed for Windows Phone. Understandably, the UK version of this feature will have another voice with a native accent to make it more familiar to users. Read more »