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Looks like Microsoft will have a big day on November 7th as a new "invite only" flyer is making the rounds. The invite promises a "backstage" event with Windows Phone celebs Andy Lees, Joe Belfiore and we hear even Brand Watson will be there in addition to a "host of partners".

While we can't share what Microsoft has planned exactly, we can tell you that WPCentral has an invite, meaning what ever happens, we'll be there covering it as only the best Windows Phone site can. But seeing as the focus (pun alert!) is on AT&T devices, perhaps we'll be seeing that carrier announcing some release dates and prices.

What's more, November 7th is also the same night as that NYC Windows Phone party for the public. Coincidence? Certainly not. Of course, we'll be there too covering that event, so if you're attending, make sure you say "hi".

via: Pocketnow

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HTC Ultimate Brazil advertisement

We've just been made aware of the above advertisement in Brazil, which effectively promotes the HTC Ultimate (Titan). Fabio Castro walks us through how the beast handset lights up his life. "The big screen turns on and my imagination wakes up", more like the big screen wakes up and you feel like you're carrying a futuristic screen around and not a phone. It's a great advert nonetheless and further proves HTC's dedication to promote Windows Phone.

Thanks Lucas for the tip!

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The team over at Windows Phone Hacker has reached a point in the development of Folders where the app is ready for its first release. We recently covered a quick demonstration on how the app works, as well as earlier announcements. The project was started with the single aim in cleaning up "ugly" homebrew applications in the start menu and placing them in configurable folders. Now, the public is demanding a try.

Before we begin with the steps to install and use the app, there are some requirements you need to be aware of:

  • Developer/ChevronWP7 unlocked phone.
  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Limitations are present as the Folders Config desktop application is required to alter folders and insert apps. These are:

  • You need a desktop every time you want to adjust your folders
  • You need to either manually add the applications (homebrew, for example) or search for them in the Marketplace.

The app is pretty much "what you saw is what you'll get" should you have viewed the quick demo, but feedback in the homebrew community has been positive and the app is still in early stages. Ready to begin organising tiles, etc.? Good stuff, head on past the break for the steps and video.

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HTC taking over the Metro newspaper

We've previously covered HTC advertising in Metro, a popular British newspaper, but it's now extreme. The newspaper offers an advertiser the opportunity to purchase the front and back pages. HTC has now taken not only a full page inside the paper, but the Radar is the first image you see when picking it from the stand.

The Metro newspaper is often read by commuters to and from work, which may prove to be effective audience targeting since businessmen would benefit more with Windows Phone than an iPhone or equivalent Android handset. While it may sound silly, it's fitting that the newspaper shares the same name as the UI.

Kudos to Jay for the images!

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Everything you need to know from Nokia World '11

Nokia World has been eventful. The handsets unveiled caught the attention of everyone in the centre, the party on the first night was a good show and we even had Diversity perform! Nokia pulled out the stocks with the presentation and entertainment at the Excel Centre in London. We'd love to see the total bill for the event. So, what do you need to know?

Before we begin, be sure to check out our Nokia World summary for the full run through of day 1. Head on past the break for the juicy links.

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Own a Symbian device? Curious what Windows Phone feels like? Don't want to go down to the local wireless store to see?

Nokia has the answer. If you have a compatible Symbian device from Nokia you can download a demo of Windows Phone as it appears on the Lumia 800 and take it out for a test drive of sorts.

The interactive demo is just another example of how Nokia is investing heavily with the Windows Phone platform. The demo app has limited functionality but should give Nokia fans a glimpse of how Windows Phone can make life easier.

You can download the Nokia Lumia 800 app here at Nokia's OVI Store. There is a Nokia Phone Selector on this page to let you see if your current Nokia phone is compatible.

via: MyNokiaBlog Thanks goes out to Just Visiting for the tip!

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Introducing Mobile Nations

Greetings Windows Phone Nation!

This past summer we soft-launched "Mobile Nations", initially using the name for our cross-site podcast that brings together the heads of state from AndroidCentral, CrackBerry, TiPb, PreCentral and WPCentral for discussion on all things mobile.

Today I have the pleasure of more formally introducing Mobile Nations as our new network brand, creating an umbrella under which all of our individual communities stand united. Take note of the new Mobile Nations top bar and footer on this site!

Though our history in operating the leading mobile-platform dedicated websites reaches back over a decade to the launch of VisorCentral in 1999, it feels like we are in start-up mode again, making aggressive plans and tackling our to-do lists with gusto. Forum regulars will have already noticed a number of recently introduced feature enhancements and podcast fans are now able to watch replays of their favorite shows in video. Over the weeks and months ahead you'll see us pull the trigger on a number of other Mobile Nations initiatives currently in the works, all aimed at making your experiences on all of our communities even more engaging and fun.

Thanks for being part of the journey,

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We’ve received a lot of questions and comments about the Xbox Live title Kinectimals disappearing from the Marketplace. Many of you have been worried about the missing kitties, so it’s time to set the record straight.

First off, the Windows Phone version of Kinectimals appeared on the Marketplace Wednesday morning alongside the regularly-scheduled Xbox Live release, Orbital. It was a pleasant surprise, as we only expected a single Live release. Later that day, Kinectimals dropped off the Marketplace.

As it turns out, Kinectimals’ release was a ‘soft launch’ according to a Microsoft representative we spoke with. They released it as a tease to build hype for the game’s official release, which comes next week on November 2. Anyone who already purchased the game can enjoy it as normal, but those who didn’t will need to wait till Wednesday. In the meantime, enjoy the above picture of my kitty, MouseCat, getting into trouble at the CiCi's Pizza buffet. We also have this demonstration video from Nokia World.

We actually updated out original story yesterday, but many readers may have missed it with everything going on. For the record, you can always find gaming-related news by jumping to the Games section of our site.

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Microsoft takes a peek at the future...

Microsoft has produced a rather interesting video showing how future technologies may progress to help people make better use of their time.  The video shows Windows Phones scaled down to the bare minimum (the flip screen device is neat) and tablets being paper thin.

It's nice to see the phone continuing to play a central role in office and personal productivity.  Windows Phone's capabilities continue to grow and we are seeing thinner and thinner phones.  We've even seen devices with a little flexibility (courtesy of Nokia World).  But how scaled down is too much? Would a screen only device be appealing or not enough?

Besides devices the conceptual video also highlights software visions that will help everything from office productivity to helping your kids bake a pie.

So is this Science Fiction or near future? What would you like to see go from concept to reality?

Source: Microsoft Office Videos Thanks goes out to Shipwreck for the tip!

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Windows Phone Twitter contest launches

Everyone likes contests and Microsoft has kicked off a Twitter contest today full of some attractive prizes that includes a new Windows Phone.

You can find the official contest information and details here at the Windows Team Blog but in a nutshell, here's what we've got.

The contest or sweepstakes begins on October 27, 2011 at 12:01am PT and ends 11:59pm PT on November 7, 2011. This is the Entry Period. Within the Entry Period there will be eight Weekday Prize Periods (Monday-Friday only) that begins at 12:01am PT and ends at 11:59pm PT.

During each Weekday Prize Period a new "word of the day" will be posted at @windowsphone over on Twitter. To enter the contest you'll need to be following @windowsphone and tweet a message to @windowsphone that includes the "word of the day" and include the hashtag #wpword. Entries are limited to one entry per person and Twitter handle per weekday prize period. Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries for that day. Non-winning entries will not be carried forward to the next prize.

Now... here are the prizes.

October 27 and 28: Windows Phone branded t-shirt, one month Xbox Live Gold subscription, and a Windows Phone Sticker.

October 31 and November 1,2,3,4,7: Windows Phone branded t-shirt, one month Xbox Live Gold subscription, a three month Zune Pass subscription and a Windows Phone Sticker.

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ZTE Windows Phones heading to Europe [update]

Earlier this year, we reported that the Chinese Windows Phone manufacturer ZTE would bring Mango phones to Europe during Q3 of this year. Apparently, this has been pushed back slightly to the fourth quarter of this year.

The ZTE Windows Phone handset, Tania, will sport a 4.3", 480x800 WVGA TFT screen, 512mb RAM, 4gb of memory, 5mp rear camera, and will measure 10.5mm thin. Reports indicate that pricing will be at 2,000 yuan ($223 Euro/$314 US) but we're not sure how this will transfer to the European carriers.

No specific release date was indicated but if the fourth quarter holds true, and already being a month into the quarter, Europe should see the Tania hit the shelves soon.

Source: WinPhonXAP Thanks goes out to seaswimmer for the tip!

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Acer announces the W4

After being fairly quiet in the world of Windows Phone, Acer has finally announced the release of the Allegro handset. The first entry from the manufacturer will set the buyer back €299, slightly less than the price of the Nokia Lumia 710. Specification readout of the handset is as follows:

  • Dimensions of 11.6 x 5.9 x 13mm
  • Weight 126g
  • LCD 3.6-inch WVGA (480x800)
  • Qualcomm MSM8255 processor 1Ghz
  • Storage capacity of 8GB
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 1300mAh battery with autonomy of 6 hours talk time
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Various sensors (accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, accounts)
  • A-GPS

The Allegro will be available in black and white in France. The expected release date is mid-November. 

Via: MonwindowsPhone (translate)

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Lumia - Spanish for prostitute?

The Nokia Lumia are well designed, sharp looking Windows Phones. With sleek curves and vibrant screens the Lumia 800 and 710 are head turners. But could Lumia's Spanish translation mean something else that might be a head turner?

Apparently, the term Lumia is the colloquial term for prostitute in Spanish. Much like "call girl" and "working girl" are colloquial terms in English.

Lumia isn't the only product name that may get lost in translation here lately. Remember Siri?  The personal assistant Apple introduced with the iPhone 4S? It turns out the Japanese translation for Siri means "ass" or "buttocks".

The Nokia Lumia Windows Phones are impressive but does it matter that some Spanish customers may get a chuckle about having a "prostitute" in their pants pocket? It's gotta be better than iPhone users who speak to their "buttocks" for assistance.

Source: Cnet, Technolog Thanks goes out to Jacob for tipping us on this!

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T'was just a few days ago that our pals at PreCentral reported that Richard Kerris, beloved VP of Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS, was leaving the company after just nine months to "pursue an opportunity outside of the company." Looks like we now know where "outside" is.

Welcome to Nokia, Mr. Kerris.

It had been rumored that Kerris might be headed to Windows Phone's new best friend. And this morning, Marco Argenti, senior vice president of Developer and Marketplace for Nokia, tweeted that indeed Kerris is now Global Head of Developer Relations. To wit:

Great people are what makes the difference, always. I'm excited to welcome Richard Kerris in my team as Global Head of Developer Relations.

It's a pretty big pickup for Nokia, and in turn we assume Windows Phone.

Source: @marcoargenti; More: PreCentral; Thanks, Achill3s, for the tip!

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It was announced this morning, almost in passing, that Nokia would begin a program to put 25,000 Nokia Windows Phone in the hands of eager developers. The announcement came during a developer session this morning called "When bigger is better" and was revealed by Marco Argenti (pictured above), Senior Vice President, Developer Experience & Marketplace at Nokia.

We caught up with Argenti a little later to confirm the number and it's 100% accurate. In fact, he revealed that today at Nokia World there would be a developer after-party today where some folks from Nokia will be going around and giving away some Lumia phones. Details for how the rest of 24K+ phones will be given out has not yet been detailed.

Pretty exciting stuff and a huge initiative by Nokia to get developers from Symbian to take a serious look at Windows Phone.

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We've seen the Omnia 7 in Australia get updated to allow for tethering and now Deutsche Telekom is getting into the action.  Microsoft has updated their "Where's My Phone Update?" page to show Deutsche Telekom's Samsung Omnia 7 is now being scheduled to receive the Mango update. 

Good news for the Omnia 7 and if all goes as planned, the update should start rolling out within the next few days (within 10 according to Microsoft). Unfortunately there is still no change with Telefonica and the Omnia 7. The Spanish carrier is still showing the Mango update in the testing phase.

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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Three UK has announced on their blog that they're looking to stock the Nokia Lumia 800 as their next Windows Phone. This is fantastic news for those who are tied to the network and want to purchase the 800, and also for Windows Phone users as a whole. Three UK was in the news not so long ago with the possibility of pulling out on Microsoft's OS. 

Check out the above video for a quick run through, and be sure to also view our coverage.

Source: ThreeUK

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Nokia giving away 5 Lumia 800 handsets on Facebook

Nokia is giving away a brand new Lumia 800 handset to five lucky winners, who will be selected at random in their Facebook competition. How can you enter? Simple! Just fill in some personal details and you're done. Winners will be announced on November 11th. Hurry with your entry as the competition closes on the 9th. You have to be at least 18 years old and reside in the UK.

Source: Nokia UK on Facebook, thanks Justin for the tip!

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And the carriers keep on coming. Now T-Mobile Germany has chimed in noting they too will be getting the super slick Nokia Lumia 800.

The device is expected to ship on November 15th meaning you'll want to get your pre-order in soon to beat the rush. Looks like they're also throwing in 50 € worth of credit towards some apps too, which isn't too shabby.

Head here to sign up and let us know in comments if you're getting one! Thanks, Malte S., for the heads up

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Focus S and Flash up on Samsung's US Website

It's no secret that the Samsung Focus S and Flash are headed to AT&T and while their appearance on Samsung's website doesn't reveal anything new, it's a welcomed sight. The two new Windows Phones are now listed as "Coming Soon" over at Samsung's US website.

You can find the listing for the 4.3" Super AMOLED Focus S here and the smaller, 3.7" Super AMOLED Flash here.

No release date or pricing information are listed. Strangely though, when you click on the "Buy Now" button for the Flash you find an Amazon.com link. Unfortunately the link takes you to an Amazon listing for an ancient Samsung film camera with built in flash.

Both second generation Windows Phones look really good and AT&T customers will have a tough choice deciding between these two Samsung phones and the HTC Titan. Hopefully we'll see these phones listed over at AT&T soon!

via: 1800PocketPC

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Nokia Lumia 800 coming soon to T-Mobile UK

Boom! Here it is, folks. Those of you who are with T-Mobile in the UK and desire the Nokia 800 can rejoice as the carrier has put up a coming soon page for the handset. Should you wish to register your interest and be notified when it becomes available for order, simply fill in the form and should you be with another carrier with a soon-to-expire contract, perhaps T-Mobile will work up a deal?

Source: T-Mobile, thanks Barnaby for the tip!

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Nokia Windows Phone featured in Metro newspaper

This image says a thousand words, or just two: "We're back!" Nokia has been hard at work with this year's World conference in London. Yesterday we witnessed the unveiling of the Nokia 710 and 800 along with pricing and availability. While many may be unimpressed and somewhat disappointed by what Nokia has brought to the table, there's no denying that the handsets are of good quality.

Thanks @hshalil for sending the image in!

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Nokia Lumia 800 coming to Bangladesh in February

Even more good news for those emerging markets, Nokia Bangladesh has confirmed via Facebook that the Lumia 800 will be coming to that country in February 2012.

"Dear All the Nokia Fans: good news is that Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in Bangladesh starting from February,2012. Another good news is that this device will come with Windows Mango software not WP7.Lets wait for the device..Surely it will rock you.."

That's an interesting date because it's the first 2012 time-frame we've heard and could signal when Nokia plans to launch, in quantity, Nokia Windows Phones to the rest of the world--and yes we also mean the United States.

Fingers crossed.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, James A., for the tip!

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One of the coolest things here at Nokia World is what the Finnish company is working on for the future. One such item that has caught everyone's attention in a flexible screen that you interact with. In short, bending it one way causes you to scroll, flexing it another enters and app, another way will zoom in on a photo, etc.

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It's at once odd and yet intuitive. Eventually that screen in the video will be touch-sensitive too, giving all sorts of new ways to interact with a device. It's also great for those in the cold who have to wear gloves, natch.

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We talked about Nokia's App Highlights app (odd to say, no doubt) a little while ago. It's similar to other apps in the Marketplace that bring attention to certain, very popular apps or "must haves". It also showcases apps for local developers in certain regions, giving the spotlight to indie devs who may be lost by the big software houses.

The app itself is not too remarkable but it's not bad either. You can shake the phone to get a "surprise me" feature, similar to IMdB on Windows Phone. It also has push notifications and a Live Tile for app updates, with the former missing from Windows Phone currently. Overall kind of cool and great for people new to the platform, but old hands familiar with the OS will quickly grow bored.

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