Nokia supporting Windows Phone 7 Lumia phones with new features and apps

Nokia is about to release a bunch of new (or not so new) application and updates in the coming days for its line of Lumia handsets as a way to appease current owners who may feel shafted by the fact that their handset won’t be upgradable to Windows Phone 8 but will instead get Windows Phone 7.8 which should include several unannounced features besides the new WP8 start screen.

Nokia Play To which was released as a beta a little while ago should hit the marketplace fairly soon while Nokia Drive 3.0 is set to be released this summer. The much anticipated Camera Extra features will be made available in June/July depending on your region.

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Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to carry Windows Phone 8 devices this fall

The three major US carriers have pledged support for Microsoft’s recently unveiled Windows Phone 8 platform and announced that they will carry Apollo based devices by the end of the year. An AT&T spokesperson had the following to say:

“AT&T plans to carry a new line of Windows Phone 8 smartphones launching later this year. The unmatched leader in Windows Phone – offering the very first 4G LTE Windows Phone smartphones in the U.S. – AT&T is home to the most robust Windows Phone portfolio of any carrier.”

Verizon will also finally get off its lazy butt:

“We have said publicly that we will support the Windows Phone 8 platform,”

While T-Mobile issued an official blog post on the matter:

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