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With the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers today, Microsoft has refreshed its mobile operating system with a plethora of new features and functionality. We're seriously excited to get started with the update and we know you all are too. To help you all out, should you have any questions or simply wish to scream out, we have Windows Phone 8.1 forums set up and ready to go.

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The Windows Phone Central forums are the absolute best place in the world to talk, share, and experience the Windows Phone and Microsoft community. All of that news Microsoft announced just today? We've already got forums and threads aplenty set up for your discussion pleasure. Jump in now and let us know your take on all the day's events!

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That time is upon us, folks! Microsoft is hosting their annual Build conference, where the company is expected to announce, reveal, tantalize and woo developers with their new and updated creations. Being that you’re at Windows Phone Central, you’re probably concerned with one particular aspect: Windows Phone 8.1.

The Windows Phone Central team is en route to San Francisco as we speak to cover the massive event. Sam Sabri, myself and Mark Guim will all be on the ground, bringing you the latest and greatest coverage as it happens. Rich Edmonds, George Ponder, Michael Archambault, and Paul Acevedo will be covering our flank while we’re gone, picking up those stories that we’ve missed.

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I’m excited to introduce you to a new initiative we’ll be piloting on Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, and Smartwatch Fans this April.

Internally we’ve dubbed it Mobile Nations Newsroom and it represents a change to our organizational structure and workflow designed to provide you, our readers, with a better experience. The goal of Newsroom is to get you the latest news faster while doing it better, and while also allowing our talented team of writers to spend more of their day working on the original content that we know you all love.

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We are now less than a week from officially seeing Windows Phone 8.1 for the first time. The unveiling is happening next week at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco. Not only do we get to see the new mobile operating system from Microsoft, but Nokia is expected to announce two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices – the Lumia 630 (Moneypenny) and the Lumia 930 (Martini).

We’ve seen quite a bit of Windows Phone 8.1 over the past few weeks. Generally we’ve seen the Windows Phone community pleased and excited about all the upcoming changes. But there’s one feature that has a lot of you divided. That’s the new Start screen on Windows Phone 8.1. We’ve all wanted a little more customization options for the part of Windows Phone we spend a lot of time looking at. Microsoft is adding background image support, but in a way not a lot of people expected. Do you like it?

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Our friends over at Android Central have a brand new phone to play with. It’s the 2014 edition of the HTC One (M8). We just checked out their review and we’ll admit we’re a little jealous. We love the playful colors of the Lumia handsets, but we wouldn’t mind seeing more Windows Phones with metal finishes. Which is why we think we’d love a device like the HTC One with Windows Phone 8.1. What about you?

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Nokia X sold out in China within minutes

Previously we covered the story about Nokia China racking up extremely high pre-order numbers in a dubious method. By the end of this week, the total number of pre-order (at no cost at all, up to 3 units for each registered user, with a chance to win a free phone) reached 10 million.

The actual sales of Nokia X commenced on Chinese e-commerce platform JD.com on 10:00 am of March 24 (Beijing time). Everyone with a pre-order has two options: either to make the payment and seal the deal, or to forfeit the pre-order and forget about it. Didn't even make a pre-order? Well, you will be served last then, if there's any chance left.

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Microsoft Stores are awesome. They’re the only place people like Daniel buy electronics these days. At least when it comes to laptops, tablets and desktops. Customer service is great and they’re just a fun place to hang with the latest tech running Microsoft’s software. Unfortunately there aren’t as many Microsoft Stores out in the wild just yet.  You’ll find nearly 60 of them in the United States, a few in Canada and one in Puerto Rico.

Today you can add one more to the tally for the US. Westfarms Mall in Farmington, Connecticut just opened to the public today. There we’re probably a few of you there today and for that we’re mad jealous. Windows Phone Central reader Atif A. went to the opening and shared some videos and photos of the event. Feel free to live vicariously through them.

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Mobile World Congress is in full-swing over in Barcelona. We’re not expecting big news on the Windows Phone front. Instead we’ll get smaller announcements. The big announcements for new smartphones are coming from the likes of Samsung and Sony. Devices that are running Android. Even though they’re running an OS most of you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot stick, they are compelling hardware. Which of the newly announced phones running Android would you take if they had Windows Phone instead?

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Mobile Nations has landed in Barcelona! We're not just here for cervezas and tapas, of course, but for the annual Mobile World Congress. We've got a lot to look forward to this week and the team on the ground will be bringing you the very best of it all.

We've a team of six on the ground in Spain, and besides keeping up with everything on the blogs you'll want to be following us on the socials as well. Head on below for all the links you need!

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Mobile World Congress 2014 kicks off this Monday, February 24 in Barcelona. Nokia will be there. Microsoft will be there. We’ll be there.

Nokia will reportedly announce the Nokia X (aka Normandy) Android device, a rumored refresh of the Nokia 105 and a new low-end Asha. While no new Lumias will be revealed, this is Nokia. They always have some cool things to reveal, including new apps and accessories. We’ll cover it all.

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Ever hear of Windows Weekly? If not, then shame. It’s the top rated TWiT podcast dedicated to all things Microsoft. The show features Leo Laporte and Microsoft experts Paul Thurrott (WinSuperSite) and Mary Jo Foley (All About Microsoft), who go through the week’s news with commentary and analysis.

This week, Thurrott is hitting the slopes, but the show must go on. Instead, Mary Jo Foley will be joined by Peter Bright (Ars Technica) and this site’s editor in chief, Daniel Rubino.

Topics? Nokia’s forthcoming Android device, Windows Phone 8.1, Lumia Icon, OneDrive and more! Tune in two hours at 2 PM ET (11 AM PT), where you can watch the stream live. The podcast will be syndicated later, in case you miss it. Show length is two hours, so grab some coffee.

Head here at 2PM ET and join in: www.twit.tv

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The Windows Phone 8.1 SDK is the gift that keeps on giving. Today, we’ve already had confirmation about background images for the Start screen, which have yet to be fully revealed, and yesterday we had a big roundup as well.

This afternoon, developers Jeremy Sinclair (@sinclairinator) and Jesse Leskinen (@jessenic) have put together the bullet lists to end all bullet lists. Their info comes from MUI strings direct from the SDK, so they are subject to change upon final release. What’s interesting about this list is the sheer number of little things that we had suspected, but not yet confirmed in Windows Phone 8.1.

It should be clear that 8.1 is, in many ways, a complete overhaul of the OS from top to bottom, not just a few big features. That’s important because what you’re about to read below demonstrates just how busy the dev team has been to build upon the groundwork laid down with Windows Phone 8, back in late 2012.

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If you follow us on Instagram, then you probably already saw our photo of the Pelican Storm Case that my Lumia Icon came in. If not, here’s the background.

Basically, Nokia is a pretty savvy company. They’re also a lot of fun to work with. So when I came home last night to find this colossal box outside my door, I was a little…surprised. Just what did they ship me?

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We're all excited and buzzing to see exactly what will be included in the Windows Phone 8.1 update. If anything from today's reporting is to go by, we're in for a major update, which should address the complaints from both Windows Phone owners and the general public who have steered clear of the mobile platform.

Since the update isn't far off, we've set up a new forum for discussion to take place covering the Windows Phone 8.1 update.

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Here at Mobile Nations we like to think of ourselves as being real tech for real people. And we know that in addition to owning smartphones, real people go on dates, send each other photos, have sex, and all sorts of other stuff. The smartphone is playing a greater and greater role in all of that, so we wanted to know just how you are using your smartphone to get it on.

We're not afraid to ask the prickly questions. Even that leads to us finding out you're into prickly things (to each their own).

Now, I know where your brain is going, and we're not suggesting that you engage in sexy times with your smartphone (that's weird and a potential trip to the ER), but we know that plenty of you use your smartphone to facilitate said sexy times. So we've put together this little survey that delves into how you use your smartphone in kinky and not so kinky ways

We want you to be fully honest with us, and to have some fun. After all, there's nothing at stake here. Except for maybe your dignity. So hit the link below and, uh, get it on.

Smartphones and sex — the survey

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There are a handful of official apps on Windows Phone for all the various social networks out there. Google+ is of course notably absent, but why use that when we’ve got Twitter and Instagram. We have official apps for both Instagram and Twitter, but we also have solid third-party clients from the strong developer community on Windows Phone. Be sure you never miss a moment of Windows Phone news by following Windows Phone Central across your social networks.

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