LG working on Windows Phone 8 handsets

LG is apparently back in the mix after calling it quits 9 months ago. The Korean manufacturer who finally having some relative success with its latest line of Android Optimus handsets and the Nexus 4 is currently working on several Windows Phone 8 devices according to a senior executive from one of LG’s local partners. As you may recall the LG Fantasy E740 never saw the light of the day as a commercial device and LG essentially stopped to support its Windows Phone 7 handset just a few months after the OS’s launch in 2010 even-though the company was the premier OEM partner for Windows Phone 7 during OS’s development.

Having LG back on board can only be seen a a good thing for the platform but won’t fix the may problem which is Microsoft’s current attitude towards its on product.

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Sprint finally announces its first Windows Phone 8 phones from HTC and Samsung coming this summer

Sprint has finally jumped into the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon today with the announcement two unnamed Windows Phone 8 handsets (one from HTC and one from Samsung) coming the yellow carrier this summer. This may sound a bit vague given that summer is still 5+ months away but don’t be surprised if these two handsets are “updated” version of the 8X and ATIV S. Mobile Word Congress is probably when we are going to learn more of the hardware so I’ll just leave you with the press release in hopes that this whole endeavor fares better than the poor fate of the HTC Arrive..

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Windows Phone 8 Apollo Plus update to be released early next year. Windows Phone 7.8 coming real soon

Microsoft’s first update to Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo is apparently codenamed Apollo Plus (or Apollo +) as set to be unveiled / released OTA during Mobile World Congress at the end of February 2012. This definitely isn’t a shocker given that windows Phone 8 still has some rough edges and that Microsoft will have to announce/show at least something slightly new in Barcelona (alongside brand new hardware from Nokia?). This Apollo Plus update will finally ad VPN support to Windows Phone (missing since Windows Mobile 6.X has been ditched) and several other fixes and additional tweaks. If all goes as planned I should be present in Barcelona this year to over MWC.

After months of silence on the subject Microsoft has finally stated that news about Windows Phone 7.8 should be coming in the coming weeks. There’s obviously still no official datefor the roll out but devices in China are already sporting the latest OS update. From the looks of it (see video below) the overall appearance has been made has closely similar to WP8 as possible (Office Tile, Windows Phone boot screen) with some minor WP8 features ported back to the CE version (like using the Bing daily image as a lock-screen background)

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Windows Phone 8 SDK released: Direct 3D features detailled

I just finished watching the BUILD Keynotes after coming back home from work and came to the conclusion that Steve Ballmer has become the best demo guy for Microsoft. I highly suggest you take the time to watch his keynote to because I think that it’s the best one he has ever done so far. Anyway, let’s talk about Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has finally released the final public version of the WP8 SDK today which you can download from the source link below and start using to develop Windows Phone 7.X and Windows Phone 8 applications (no surprises here, it’s quite similar to the Leaked version I showed you this summer). Microsoft has also announced that developer registration to submit apps to the Windows Store will only cost $8 instead of $99 for the next 8 Days. So hurry up and start building amazing stuff.

As an added incentive, for the next 8 days individual developers can register for a Dev Center account for just $8 (a 92 percent savings). Please note because this is a very limited time offer. You’ll be charged $99 USD or equivalent in your local currency, and we’ll refund the difference in the next 30 to 45 days. Watch for more details on Dev Center soon.

Those of you who are still wondering what is the exact Direct3D feature set supported by Windows Phone 8 should take look after the break as MS’s Shawn Hargreaves has posted an great deal of info today about this:

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Windows Phone 8 launches with new features, Skype and new apps

Most of you have probably already seen the full Windows Phone 8 event that was live streamed earlier today so I won’t write an essay about everything that was shown. Instead let’s do a quick recap on what was new or simply not yet officially unveiled since Windows Phone 8′s initial announcement a few months ago.

First of all Microsoft announced the newest version of Skype for Windows Phone 8. This new version of the app will fully integrate into the OS and allow seamless VOIP calling through the phone dialer and more features like background notifications and lock-screen integration. What’s new here (for Windows Phone) is that the Skype service will constantly be running in the background even if the app wasn’t triggered by the user. this means that calls or other notifications like messages will arrive as if they were regular phone calls or SMS. Most of the functionality of the UI and People/contact integration of the WP8 app are similar to the windows 8 version that was released just 2 days ago. Checkout the video below for a quick demo:

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Windows Phone 8 syncing app for Windows 8 released

 

Microsoft has just released the Windows Phone 8 syncing application for Windows 8 today a few hours ahead of the OS launch event taking place in San Fancisco. As previously revealed this application is only meant to work with WP8 handsets and not older generation devices who will have to still use the Zune software on Windows 8/7.  I will be on Twitter later today live blogging the event as I’m going to be hanging around with the folks at Microsoft France and Nokia locally here in Paris. Check out the application description after the break:

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Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 unlocked prices and accessories

As we are getting closer to the retail availability of the first Windows Phone 8 handsets here’s the recommend European retail prices of Nokia’s upcoming offerings; the unlocked Lumia 920 and 820 and all of their accessories:

- Nokia Lumia 920: 649€
- Nokia Lumia 820: 499€
- Horizontal Inductive charger DT-900: 69.90€
- Vertical Inductive charger with NFC DT-910: 79.90€
- Fatboy pillow with horizontal inductive charger DT-901: 89.90€
- JBL Play Up speaker with NFC MD-51W: 189€
- JBL Power Up speaker with inductive charging and NFC: 389€
- Nokia Lumia 820 back-cover with Inductive charging and NFC: 29.90€
- Nokia Lumia 820 back-cover with NFC: 24.90
- Nokia Purity Pro headset by Monster BH-900: 299€

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AT&T to start taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X on October 21st

Only a few days left before US citizens can start pre-ordering Nokia’s latest and greatest Lumia 920 and HTC’s stylish Windows Phone 8X on AT&T’s network. That’s at least what the latest rumors are claiming. October21st is apparently the date. Just 8 days ahead of the official Windows Phone 8 launch so the carrier is expecting you to lay down your hard earned money on a device before even knowing all of the OS’s features. Sounds a bit ridiculous but Microsoft is the only one to blame here unfortunately. Don’t worry though; Amazon will probably have some pretty good deals on that day similar to the free Nokia Lumia 900 offer a few months ago.

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Nokia Lumia 810 announced: Exclusive to T-Mobile in the US

Nokia has made a surprise announcement today of their third Windows Phone 8 handset; the Nokia Lumia 810. The phone will be available exclusively on T-Mobile’s network in the US this November and seems to have similar hardware specifications as the Lumia 820. I say “seems” because Nokia has yet to release the full details on the phone but what we know for sure for now is that it feature a 1.2MP wide-angle Skype HD certified front-facing camera instead of the poor VGA (640×480) FF cam of the 820. IT also packs a bigger 1800mah battery. The 810′s design is also different (imo better) and is a uni-body with interchangeable cyan and black back-covers featuring wireless charging as an option but it’s not know yet if NFC are part of the game. Check out the full press release after the break:
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Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch events announced: October 25th and October 29th


Microsoft has confirmed today the dates of the upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch events that are set to take place in NYC and San Fransisco later this month. The Windows 8 party is scheduled to take place in NYC on October 25 staring at 10AM EST. Microsoft will also host a Surface launch party on this day at the same venue. Windows Phone 8 is set to be launched on the west coast four days later on October 29th in San Fransisco as previously speculated. Microsoft will ,without a doubt, finally unveil all of WP8′s features during this event.

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HTC Windows Phone 8X promotional video released

The wait for Windows Phone 8 is undoubtedly long for those of us who are eager to buy a new handset before the years end so anything is better than nothing I guess. Today HTC uploaded the first promotional video of the Windows Phone 8X. Ok, there’s  nothing out of the ordinary or exceptional right here but if you need you daily WP8 fix just head of to the break to watch the 1:30 minutes long teaser:

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HTC Windows Phone 8X and Window Phone 8S announced: Full Specifications

HTC has finally unveiled its first Windows Phone 8 handsets today the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S. Check out the full PR below as I will update this post with the hardware specifications of theses devices as soon as possible:

UPDATE: Full specs and video after the break!

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Don’t miss the HTC Windows Phone 8 event today

In case you missed the memo, HTC is going to publicly unveil its Windows Phone 8 devices today or tomorrow (depending on your timezone) in NYC around 11AM ET ( that’s 4PM GMT). There’s unfortunately no live stream that I’m aware off unlike Nokia’s September 5th event so the best way to follow the news will most probably the live-blogs of those who are going to be present there or simple refreshing HTC’s website which will be updated with all the specifications as soon as the handsets are announced.

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Windows Phone 8 finally hits RTM

After a slight delay Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 has finally hit RTM status yesterday has you can see in the picture posted above showing Microsoft VP Terry Myerson signing on the big WP8 RTM billboard alongside other developers. Windows Phone 7 originally passed RTM on September 1st 2010 with devices hitting retail in November, while Mango hit RTM on July 27th 2011 with device shipping in October. If past history is any indication it’s obviously going to be a little be tricky for the OEMs and carriers to get the first batch of devices on the market before November at the earliest. The latest whisper on the streets are still pointing to an early November launch for the Nokia Lumia 920 though…

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Watch the Microsoft Nokia Windows Phone 8 event Live from your couch

Just a quick reminder to let you know that you can follow the live webcast of today’s Nokia / Microsoft Windows Phone 8 event and the unveiling of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 simply by hitting by coming back here at around 10:00 AM EDT. Video will be live after the break:

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Windows 8 syncing companion application for Windows Phone 8 screenshot

Once again, Microsoft’s undercover PR agency aka The Verge has released some brand new info about one of its upcoming products. This time it is the first screenshot of the soon to be released Windows 8 companion application for Windows Phone 8 which will finally replace the soon to be defunct Zune software and allow user to sync content between their Windows Phone 8 ( and WP7?) and Windows 8 (and also Windows 7 via a desktop version of this app..) PC.

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Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 wireless charging revealed and PureView talk

More info regarding the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 handsets which are going to be officially unveiled on Sept 5th have leaked today. This time it is the wireless charging capability of both handsets which you can see pictures in the render above making them the first high-end smartphones with such feature to be released since the now defunct Palm Pre. The second render below shows both handsets alongside a yellow Nokia Luna wireless headset matching the Lumia 920 body color.

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Nokia Lumia 920 PureView and Lumia 820 renders and photos leaked

Can’t wait until September 5th to see what Nokia is cooking? Well, here are the first renders and pictures of two Windows Phone 8 handsets that NOkia is supposedly going to unveil next week. The first one seen above is the Nokia Lumia 920 PureView high-end WP8 devices which is said to sport a 4.5″ screen and a PureView camera (but don’t expect a 41Mp sensor like the Nokia 808). Screen resolution is not know but I would be surprised if it was 1280×768 instead of 720P. This the increased width could be used for added on screen buttons which could be especially useful in camera mode to make full use of the PureView technology.

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Windows Phone 8 launching October 29th

Nothing is official yet but according to Mary Joe Foley’s own sources Microsoft is set to commercially launch Windows Phone 8 on October 29th just three days after Windows 8. Technically we may have to wait a few more days after the launch event until we start to see the first Windows Phone 8 devices hit retail and carrier stores around the world. Remember that MJ’s sources are often right so October 29th may very well be the real deal.

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