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HTC MEA posted a photo on its facebook showing a New device and a Question mark "?", HTC wrote that a New line-up is coming Next Month (October).


"We have an amazing line-up of devices coming up over the next month or two. Any guesses what we've got coming...?" - HTC MEA


We guess HTC will announce a High-end WP8 device along with a tablet maybe. Also, rumors about the One X+ suggest that HTC may release it on its Upcoming event on October.




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HTC 8x


HTC WP8 event started with the announcement of "Windows hone 8X" as the first Windows Phone 8 device from HTC, the HTC Windows Phone 8X pack a 4.3" 720p screen with 342ppi density which is great for a windows phone 8 device. It measures 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1mm and weighs 130g. The HTC Windows Phone 8X uses a polycarbonate unibody, similar to that of the One X.



HTC 8X Full Specifications


Going back to the screen, it's a Super LCD 2 unit with Gorilla Glass 2 protection and it's laminated to reduce glare. Powered by Dual-Core Krait CPU. Full HTC 8X Specs can be found HERE.



The Windows Phone 8X will become available in the beginning of November, covering 150 major carriers in 50+ countries, No word on the price yet.


Windows phone 8s


HTC just unveiled its Second WP8 device, The Mid-range Windows Phone 8S, It's more compact than the 8X and should go easier on the wallet as it comes with with less capable hardware.


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HTC 8S Specifications


The HTC Windows Phone 8S is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset and runs on a 1GHz dual-core Krait processor and Adreno 225 GPU. It has 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage expandable via a microSD card slot. The screen is 4-inch capacitive Super LCD of WVGA resolution, which has Gorilla Glass protection.




Availablity is by early November and no word about the price yet.


HTC 8s


HTC is trying to market its latest Windows Phone line-up that challenge is to let people actually use & try Windows Phone 8 OS fir daily use. So, Virgin Mobile Canda is offering its subscribers the chance to take an HTC Windows Phone 8S for a spin, Completely free of charge and with no strings attached.

Anyone who is willing to participate has to fill out a sign-up form, and the candidates chosen by Virgin Mobile will be given a unit for a period of 1 month.

Collecting feedback, of course, is one of the reasons for Virgin to launch its testing program. But in addition, all testers will be helping the carrier promote the HTC Windows Phone 8S among users of social networks.




Mobile OS


Can't decide which Mobile Operating System you want to switch to ?


Here is a full comparison between the Top & Latest Mobile Operating Systems in the Market [ Android 4.1 Jelly Bean vs. iOS 6 vs. Windows Phone 8 ]... And you be the Judge!




Mobile OS


Can't decide which Mobile Operating System to switch to ?


Here is a Full Comparison between the Top & Latest Mobile Operating Systems in the Market [ Android 4.1 Jelly Bean vs. iOS 6 vs. Windows Phone 8 ]... And you be the Judge!





The Virtual personal assistant app "Speaktoit Assistant" has just landed in the Windows Marketplace for all Windows Phone devices. The App has also been released on Android where it scored 3.5 million downloads till now.


The app is compatible with all smartphones running WP version 7.5 or higher and the developers will be making the first 10,000 downloads free. If you don't make it on time, you will need to pay $0.99 to get it.


Available in Windows Marketplace 

Available in Android Market


Windows 8 Release DAte


Microsoft has just Officially announced that Windows 8 will be released on 26,October this year.


Windows 8 Official Logo


It's pretty close, Windows 8 OS and Windows 8 devices will be released on 26,October Worldwide, Here is the Official statement from Microsoft Windows 8 Official Blog:

"October 26th, 2012! That's right! Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft's annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 - whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC - starting on October 26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. It's on mine!" - Win 8 Blog



In a rather bold statement, Chris Weber, Nokia's executive VP of sales and marketing has called out Samsung directly in anticipation of Nokia and Microsoft's press event scheduled for September 5th during Nokia World. The event is held to announce the Next Generation Lumia device with WP8.


Nokia lumia


Nokia World is the Perfect place for Nokia and Microsoft to unveil the first Lumia devices running on Windows Phone 8. The latest version of Microsoft's mobile OS wasunveiled in June and everyone has been eagerly waiting to see some actual phones powered by it.




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Nokia Lumia 900 owners was wondering for a while if they will get the Update to windows Phone 8 or aka Apollo, Nokia Care support staff believed that the Nokia Lumia 900 was upgradable to Windows Phone 8 Apollo. Here is a screenshot of a chat between a Lumia 900 user and Nokia care support.




Most of the beans will likely be spilt however at the upcoming Windows Phone summit on the 20th June, where it is widely expected Windows Phone 8 will be officially unveiled.

Nokia lumia wp7.8

Nokia LUMIA users are waiting for the Windows 7.8 update, as you may know that all current WP7 device won't be getting the Windows Phone 8 but Windows phone 7.8 instead. Nokia tweeted about the Update and said that "It's coming in the Next Few Weeks".

Among the highlights are the new Start screen, the currently around 100 thousand apps for WP and information about the Lumia-exclusive camera enhancements and a new way of sharing contacts and track data usage.




The latest version of the Microsoft's Windows Phone platform seems ready to challenge the current smartphones on the Market, Nokia announced its LUMIA WP8 devices on this conference including Nokia LUMIA 920.


The Finnish company has great record in hardware design and now that it will finally get a chance to stick a powerful chipset inside, it might finally start to regain some of the lost ground.


Nokia Lumia 920


The press conference video is now available on demand, so you can watch it in case you've missed something. keep in mind that you need to have the Silverlight plug-in installed for it to work.


windows phone 8

According to Bloomberg, we'll be seeing some devices introduced at Nokia World that will run on Microsoft's recently-announced Windows Phone 8 platform.

If this is true, then we might see the announcement of new WP8 devices before the rumored press conference for the next iPhone on September,12. This may not be a good thing, however, as Nokia run the risk being overshadowed by Apple's highly anticipated announcement.



Windows Phone 8 users will be able to take advantage of the In-App Purchasing feature on their devices but only WP8 devices will support this feature, Even those models that will be getting the Windows Phone 7.8 update will not be able to make in-app purchases

The reason why in-app purchases won't be available until Windows Phone 8 might have to do with the Microsoft Wallet Hub.




Additionally, MSDN documentation reveals that the Redmond based software giant has informed its developers that they won't be able to add in-app purchasing until handsets supporting Windows Phone 8 are released.




EA Windows phone 8

EA Games is a very popular Name in mobile Gaming on Android ans iOS too, The company has announced its interest in the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform and want to release some of its popular games for the platform gamers.




The popular developer brought quite a few of its titles to the Microsoft OS, but according to its COO Peter Moore, EA is going to be even more committed once Windows Phone 8 is out.

"We're working very closely with Microsoft to understand what their views on gaming navigation are," Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore said in a phone interview. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg




IE10 browser in Windows Phone 8 in March this year scored 298 with 6 bonus points in the HTML5 Test, But Now the Browser got a New version with some Improvements scored 300 in the HTML5 Test.

IE 10 HTML Score

IE10 HTML5 Scroe vs. Android 4.0 Stock Browser

While this is still well below the current score for iOS 5.1 (324 with 9 bonus points) it remains far ahead of the Android 4.0 browser, which will likely only start hitting the mainstream market around the same time Windows Phone 8 handsets are released towards the end of the year. At present Android 4.0, which was released in October 2011, is still only on around 3% of handsets.

The 300 HTML5 test point score is important, as it is a massive improvement on the IE9 score of 138 with 5 bonus points.

Windows phone 8


Application developers preferred the open operating system, which allowed them to create screen readers and other tools to assist those with disabilities to better interact with the device.


However, One Voice, an organization specializing in accessibility in the IT industry, has now brought up the issue that Microsoft's new platform, Windows Phone 7 misses many of those features and Microsoft will add these features in the Next Major Update for the OS which is the Windows phone 8 Apollo. In a recent publication, One Voice said:

"Despite Microsoft Windows for PCs and laptops offering a range of built-in accessibility features, the current version of its smartphone operating system - Windows Phone 7 (formerly called Windows Mobile), a cut-down version of the familiar Windows for PCs - is not considered to be very accessible. It does not have a built-in screen-reader, and it is not constructed to allow others to write apps accessing the screen elements."



Windows phone 8


Finally, Microsoft Windows Phone 8 platform was just Officially revealed at Microsoft's 2012 Developer Summit. The announcement was made by the tech giant's very own Joe Belfiore.


Windows phone 8


First thing that he revealed about Windows Phone 8 was that the mobile platform will have a lot in common with its desktop and tablet counterpart. In particular, WP8 and Windows 8 will have a "shared core". In other words, the both systems will sport the same kernel, file system, multimedia support, and a lot more. As a result, manufacturers will have the convenience to use the same hardware drivers between both platforms, while developers will have an easier time developing better apps, according to Mr Belfiore.


Multi-core windows phone 8

Windows phone 8 will Support Muti-core chipsets, It will also support Higher screens resolutions screen resolutions like WXGA (1280 x 768 pixels) and HD 720p (1280 x 720 pixels). Microsoft mentioned that Windows phone 8 devices will support MicroSDHC cards up to 64GB.



NFC windows phone 8


Windows Phone 8 will also support NFC (Near Filed Communications) and all its useful applications can be found on the Marketplace.



Windows Phone 8 will come with a New browser Internet Explorer 10, which according to the benchmark (photo above) its faster then the Galaxy S III stock browser (take less time in loading).


Windows phone 8

Many Companies will make Windows phone 8 device like Samsung, HTC and Nokia... But they will have a New Competitive, Microsoft. According to financial analyst Rick Sherlund, the word from the supply chain is that Microsoft is looking to make its very own Branded Windows Phone 8 devices as well. to b release later this year.


Windows phone 8

Sherlund's full statement:

"Separately, our industry sources tell us that Microsoft may be working with a contract manufacturer to develop their own handset for Windows Phone 8. It is unclear to us whether this would be a reference platform or whether this may be a go-to market Microsoft branded handset. We would not be surprised if Microsoft were to decide to bring their own handset to market next year given that Microsoft has decided to bring to market their own Windows 8 ‘Surface' tablet/PC products."


Windows phone 7.8

A Senior Manager over at Redmond's Microsoft campus got hold of a Nokia Lumia 900 running a very early build of Windows Phone 7.8 and decided to tape the new homescreen and upload it to YouTube.

Microsoft has also posted a dedicated page, detailing the new features that will come to existing 7.5 users via the WP 7.8 update you can find it here.


Click to Watch The Video!

Windows phone 8



Microsoft denied today that they have any interest in building its own WP8 devices, telling InformationWeek that they have no plans to manufacture their own phone. This is of some note, as Microsoft usually denies all rumors as a matter of policy. We'd guess that they don't want to rile their Windows OEMs with silence, and so are changing their press policy in this specific situation.


Microsoft also has many partnerships with Popular Huge Companies to Market and Build Windows Phone 8 devices such as Nokia, HTC and Samsung.



W8 Marketplace


The Microsoft Windows Marketplace was available only in 63 countries, and only 38 of those countries were allowed to submit apps. But now, Microsoft is planning on expanding that list considerably and has announced to bring the New Windows 8 Marketplace to over 180 countries at launch. Here is the omplete list Below:


WP8 Market Place Availability


windows phone 8 notifications

Microsoft has reportedly given Windows Phone 8 developers access to the lock screen in order to allow displaying of their app notifications there. The sources said that there will be not one or two, but four options how to display notifications on the lock screen, giving both devs and phone makers the ability to customize the look and feel of their apps and devices further.

Here are Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 current guidelines for 3rd party app developers to build a lock screen presence, and we are glad something is definitely brewing in that department:





"Lock screen basics:

  • To determine whether your app is a good candidate for a lock screen presence, you must understand the operation and limitations of the lock screen. A summary of the lock screen is given here. For more information, see the Lock screen overview.
  • A maximum of seven app badges can appear on the lock screen. The badge information reflects the badge information on the app's Start screen tile. The badge (either a glyph or a number) is accompanied by a monochrome icon (logo image) to identify the app the badge is associated with.
  • Only one of those seven apps can occupy a detailed status slot, which allows it to display the text content of the app's most recent tile update.
  • The lock screen's detailed status tile does not show images included in that tile update.
  • The user is in charge of which apps can display information on the lock screen, and which one of those apps can display detailed status.
  • All apps that have a lock screen presence can also run background tasks. All apps that can run background tasks have a lock screen presence. An app cannot use background tasks without also claiming a slot on the lock screen.
  • The notification queue is not supported by the lock screen's detailed status tile. Only the latest update is shown.
  • An app with a lock screen presence, as long as it has set the Toast Capable option to "Yes" in its manifest, displays its received toast notifications on the lock screen when the lock screen is showing. Toast shown on the lock screen is identical to toast shown elsewhere.
  • Tile updates, badge updates, and toast notifications are not specifically designed for or sent to the lock screen. You, as the sender, don't know if the device is currently locked. For an app with a lock screen presence, any notification is reflected both on the Start screen and on the lock screen."




When Nokia announced its Q2,2012 financial results, CEO Stephen Elop said that the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 8 would "be an important catalyst" for the company's range of Lumia smartphones.




The New York Times reports that Elops also gave more specific details on Windows Phone 8. Reportedly, Nokia's chief mentioned that WP8 would be released in October... Specifically 26,October. And this does make sense, as Windows 8 for PCs and tablets is also going to be out that month.




Nokia Windows phone 8


Today, Financial Times is reporting that Nokia will change its marketing tactics with the launch of its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone (which is expected on October). The new plan is to enter into a partnership to offer a new smartphone on the network of just one or two European carriers. The financial newspaper says that Nokia has had secret negotiations with a number of carriers including France Telecom, but no deal has been agreed to at this time. Another carrier that could get involved is Deutsche Telekom.


Nokia WP7.5


Nokia's current marketing strategy calls for the Finnish based handset manufacturer to flood all distribution channels with phones, getting them into as many hands as possible. The new plan calls for entering into agreements with a carrier or two that would support Nokia's models.


Full Report


windows phone 8

We got some News for all Windows Phone users in the middle-east who are still waiting for proper Arabic language support in Windows Phone. According to Tom Farrell, Nokia's general manager of Lower Gulf.

windows 8

The Arabic support will apparently only come in the second half of 2012 around the same time Windows Phone 8 (aka Apollo) is expected to launch. The other piece of info is another confirmation that the company's first Windows Phone will ship in Europe this quarter.

"We will launch and start selling this quarter in Europe, because Windows Phone has the language support for European countries. However, it doesn't support Arabic until second half of next year. We won't say it's a launch in this region because it needs Arabic," - Tom Farrel.




windows phone 8

We got some News for all Windows Phone users in the middle-east who are still waiting for an Arabic-language support in Windows Phone. According to Tom Farrell, Nokia's general manager of Lower Gulf, Windows Phone 8 is the Solution!

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According to Tom, Windows Phone 8 will get the Arabic support Update in the second Half of 2012 just a little time after Microsoft Officially reveal the Windows Phone 8 OS and devices that is expected to launch.

"We will launch and start selling this quarter in Europe, because Windows Phone has the language support for European countries. However, it doesn't support Arabic until second half of next year. We won't say it's a launch in this region because it needs Arabic," - Tom Farrel.






PayPal has finally released an official app for the Windows Phone platform. The app looks great overall, and packs a solid feature set. Of course, the app doesn't have NFC support right now, but that's because NFC-enabled WP devices are coming with Windows Phone 8.


paypal wp8

Still the app will allow you to request money, send money, check your balances, and best of all it does have the PayPal features. That means that even without NFC, you can find merchants nearby that accept PayPal and use the app to pay for your purchase in store. The Modern UI (aka Metro UI) looks great too.


Download PayPal for WP


Ativ S

Switzerland is known for its neutrality, although we wonder if that extends to smartphones as well. Meanwhile, mobile operator Digitec Switzerland has already started taking pre-orders for Windows Phone 8 models.


Lumia 920

Nokia's top-shelf model, the Nokia Lumia 920 can be reserved for CHF 749 ($793 USD) and the Nokia Lumia 820 can be pre-ordered for CHF 639 ($687 USD).




whatsApp for Windows phone 8


The Whatsapp team says the Whatsapp app for Windows Phone 8 will go live very soon in the Store. It will be six times faster than before and later on it will get another update with new emoji set.


What'sApp for windows phone 8

The Whatsapp messenger already made an appearance in the Windows Phone 8 Store, but was quickly pulled back as it obviously required some more polishing. It seems the team is ready with the new app and you will be getting in the next few days or weeks.



HTC 8X, 8S


The HTC Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S just got their price tags in the UK and those seem pretty reasonable.

The two new WP8-smartphones already have their own pages on the Unlocked Mobiles website. The HTC Windows Phone 8 flagship, the 8X costs £398.98 ($646 / €487), while the 8S is priced at £224.98 ($364 / €280).



Clove is also having the HTC 8X and 8S available on pre-order for £399.98 and £224.99, respectively. Expansys has them too the price for the HTC Windows Phone 8X is £399.99, while the 8S pricing info is yet to be confirmed.





The Huawei W1 live pics is leaking, not long after we heard about the smartphone for the first time. The W1 back looks similar to the HTC One X but this device is running Microsoft Windows Phone OS.

The Huawei W1 is not a high-end device. It has a 4-inch WVGA screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core chipset with 512MB RAM, 5MP camera, and merely 4GB of on-board memory. The good thing about the storage however, is that Windows Phone 8 now allows expansion via a microSD card slot. A 2000mAh will power the handset, so there should be plenty of power to keep it going.



Bill Gates

Haven't you wondered what the most influential figure in Microsoft's history, Bill Gates, thinks about Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ? and latest Microsoft products ?

We're happy to share that video with you, featuring Microsoft's Steve Clayton and chairman Bill Gates, discussing all of these promising and much-anticipated products.



Jessica alba WP8


The popular Hollywood actress, Jessica Alba, has finally switched from the iPhone in favor of a Windows Phone 8 device, provided by Microsoft.


Jessica Alba WP8


During the official launch event of Windows Phone 8, Joe Belfiore and Steve Ballmer asked Jessica Alba to join them on stage and help them explain some of the more specific features of the new operating system. She seemed a bit nervous at first, but she did a great job overall. You can watch Jessica's video from the event below.




In a post on its facebook page today, HTC said that its own Windows Phone 8X is lighter than other windows phone 8 devices in the market by a 20 pennies in your pocket. 20 pennies exactly... What did HTC meant by "OTHER" windows phone ?

"Don't get weighed down.
The HTC 8X is more than 20 pennies lighter than that "other" Windows Phone." - HTC


Actually, This post is directed squarely at the Lumia 920's noticeable 185g of weight. Compare this to the much lighter HTC Windows Phone 8X with 130g and you'd see the difference is nearly 55 grams as much as 20 pennies weight.


Xbox music

Want to stream some music from your cloud list via Xbox Music? Better check how much cellular data you have. Turns out, that Xbox Music is using your cellular data in some cases even when you are at home or any place where Wi-Fi is actually available. Needless to say, this can burn up your data allowance much quicker than you'd expect.

windows phone 8

The problem is that the app cannot switch to another connection once it starts the streaming process. And when you lock the Windows Phone screen, it turns off Wi-Fi connectivity and starts eating up data from your carrier plan and not Wi-Fi.




Today, The highly anticipated Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC are now available to buy and personalize to your heart's content. The excitement has clearly built enough that people are reporting lines at some AT&T store locations.

The only potential damper is reports that some stores have a mixed bag of devices in stock, with some locations not having any HTC devices, but having a lot of Lumias. Other locations, it seems to be the exact opposite, with one person finding that one of the AT&T stores in Dallas, Texas only had one Lumia 920 in stock. To that end, where the HTC devices were in short supply, some locations are expecting shipments of HTC 8X devices during the afternoon.





The wait is now all but over. Microsoft has released a preview release of Skype for Windows Phone 8. Naturally a Windows Phone 8 handset is required, and you should not expect a 100% polished experience according to the app notes.



You may not be able to find it by searching for the app in the Windows Phone Store. The generated QR below code, which you can scan, will directly from your Windows Phone to find and download the application.


Download Skype for Windows phone 8


Jessica alba windows phone 8


Here we go again, Celebrity endorsement is probably the best way to market a product, and Microsoft is bringing some celebrities like Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani. The ladies star in the latest Windows Phone 8 ads. Check out the Videos below!

Model and actress Jessica Alba has the red Nokia Lumia 920 and shows how well the phone works for a mom like her with Kid's Corner. 
Singer Gwen Stefani on the other hand sports a blue HTC Windows Phone 8X and focuses on how it allows her to not just sleep while on the road, but also get stuff done on the device.



windows phone 8

If you recently Upgraded from windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 device you probably faced this issue, In windows phone 7 purchased content from Zune Marketplace was synced to your Windows Phone device via USB and you would be done with it. You might thought that the new Windows Phone 8 tool, the Windows Phone App, would facilitate the same functionality for video content that was rented or purchased from Xbox Video, successor to Zune. Unfortunately, it won't work.



The problem is that Xbox video content doesn't support Play back on Windows Phone 8, this has been confirmed by Microsoft support in the FAQ and known issues page.


Windows 8 xbox video

"Windows Phone 8 does not currently support playback of rented or purchased content from the Xbox Video Store. If you'd like to see this feature added, you can go to the Windows Phone Feature Suggestions website and make requests for future releases." - Microsoft Support



WP 7.8


Microsoft officially announced the eagerly awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update is going to see the day of light in early 2013. Sadly, it won't be here by Christmas.


Windows Phone 7.8


In the announcement at its official blog, the company re-confirmed some of the new features that will come as a part of Windows Phone 7.8. The new available colors for the UI theme were mentioned (over 20 new color). The additional Exchange security enhancements and ability to resize the Live tiles were also revealed, but are nothing new.


WP 7.8



We know you're eager to get the Windows Phone 7.8 update, and we want you to know that we're working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013. As we work to quickly get this in the hands of our loyal users, we're also striving to deliver a high-quality release and ensure a smooth transition for our widely expanded services. - Windows Phone Official Blog





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