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Say hello to the Gamevice, a new controller from Wikipad (www.wikipad.com), which is hoped to get consumers playing mobile games with more immersive input. For the time being, the company is working on support for both Android and Windows 8 (no Windows Phone mentioned). Take a gander at the photo above and head on past the break for some details.

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In just over a month, we’re heading back to CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But this year, we’re not just going…we’re going big!

The Mobile Nations family is once again teaming up with our friends at Geek Beat and together we're going to be putting on #CESLIVE. We have some awesome booth space in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, where we'll be setup and streaming live during tradeshow floor hours throughout the week of CES. CES Live will complement our standard coverage with plenty of interviews and product demos live from our stage.

Traditionally, each of the Mobile Nations sites do their own thing, but this year we’re pulling together as a team. Or a dysfunctional family reunion. Which ever. The fact is, between us and Geek Beat (with John P and Cali Lewis), we’re going to show you the best of the best at CES, just like you were there. Granted, Windows Phone news tends to be a little slow, but if it’s there, we’ll bring it.

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Microsoft was absent at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, citing that the company’s announcements did not align with the January held event. A recent statement by the president of the Consumer Electronics Association, Gary Shapiro, revealed that Microsoft would in fact be returning to the International technology show for 2014.

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You know that point when an up and coming operating system starts gaining mainstream developer support? Well it’s happening right now with Windows Phone 8. We’re slowly starting to see big name apps cross the app gap and come to the land of Live Tiles and Lockscreens. GoPro is currently working on supporting Windows Phone 8 to work with their newest line of HERO3 cameras.

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CES hasn’t even “officially” started, but news is rolling in. Earlier today Huawei had their press conference where we were hoping to learn more about and get some play time with their upcoming Windows Phone 8 handset the W1. Well, that press conference was all Android, but we’re still expecting to get to see the W1 on the CES showroom floor tomorrow. We’ll be sure to get hands on and pictures galore for all you. What is interesting from the Huawei camp is a possible 6.1-inch Windows Phone 8 device.

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Windows Phone Central at CES 2013

We are less than 48 hours away from CES 2013 officially kicking off. In the past anticipation was high for new gadgets when CES was on the horizon. However, this year is a little different for the Windows Phone camp. Last year at CES we got our first look at the Lumia 900, but this year Microsoft will have a significantly smaller presence than it has had in the past, same goes for Nokia. We also aren't really expecting new hardware Windows Phone hardware from HTC or Samsung. So what then can you look forward to?

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According to the latest rumor, Nokia has just cancelled its plan of showcasing new products at the upcoming CES in January 2013. Instead, the Finnish phone maker is now cooking up some surprises for Mobile World Congress 2013, about one month after the CES (Windows Phone Central will be at both events).

People have been expecting Nokia to bring up the next wave of Lumia devices, and probably more powerful Pureview goodies, for CES 2013. The month-long postpone could be a sign that Nokia indeed has something up its sleeves, and is needing a little bit more time to polish it. Let's just be patient.

Meanwhle, Huawei's first ever Windows Phone device the Ascend W1 is expected to be revealed on CES 2013.

Source: WPDang

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Howdy folks, as we get ready to leave CES 2012 in Vegas, we still have a few more nuggets for you. In the above video, you'll see three samples from the 16MP TITAN II camera from HTC. Shot in 720P and testing two of the filters, we were pretty happy with the results, but we'll let you decide.

Of course, this is unfinished software/hardware so there may be slight changes and optimizations before the phone is released, so don't consider this the final test of the TITAN II. We really like HTC's custom filters of which there we many to choose from (we show just two in the video).

One curious thing we found out: the TITAN II has a dedicated processor for the camera, which is why shooting a 16MP pic feels just as fast as shooting an 8MP on the original TITAN. That's some pretty cool tech, if you ask us. Make sure to also check out our 16MP photo samples from the TITIAN II right here!

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If there was one phone that really piqued the interest of our Western readers, it would be the Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T. Coming in bright pink, yellow and blue, the phone is completely unique mostly due to its specs: 32GB of storage, 13MP camera, water/dust proof and a 4" screen.

So we were quite excited to see a few of them on display here at CES as it was our first and perhaps only time to be able to take it for a spin. The phone is certainly interesting but those tiny front buttons are a little difficult at times to just "look and feel", though we suppose they may be better than all-capacitive for some of you. It is very plastic-y and feels quite nice in the hand, though the screen itself is a bit under whelming (it is similar to the HTC Arrive's in terms of contrast).

Definitely a great phone for  those in Japan but we'll still take a Nokia any day if given the choice.

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As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft's Ben Rudolph (known as Ben the PC Guy) is on-site at CES, looking for inferior phone users willing to accept his speed test challenge. The test in question, from what we hear, involves both Ben and a challenger performing a selected common scenario -- like taking a picture and pushing it to Twitter as fast as possible --, network and fat fingers permitting. (They get a warm up session in an attempt to even the playing ground.) Whoever finishes that scenario first takes the bacon.

Judging by the results thus far, Windows Phone is smoking the competition. You can keep an eye on the steady stream of losers by following @BenThePCGuy or watching tweets tagged with #smokedbywindowsphone.

(Edit: Turns out pushing to Twitter is only one of a few scenarios you can pick from. I genericized the post to reflect this.)

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A half-dozen Android phones (literally, six Android phones) and the announcement of the HTC Titan II dominated the AT&T Developer Summit this morning at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. But Nokia CEO Stephen Elop promised that his company has phones on the way, too, and we'll see them announced at its press event this afternoon.

The Lumia 900 is all be assured, and hopefully Elop's got something else up his sleeve, too.

Check back at 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EST for the liveblog! Bookmark this link!

More: See all of our CES 2012 Windows Phone coverage

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It's that time of the year folks! Think of it as a late Christmas. The giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going all next week in Las Vegas and we're expecting a few huge announcements. We'll be there front and center for it all, bringing you live coverage of announcements, hands on videos, photos and even a few podcasts.

The biggest news we're expecting starts Monday at 3PM PDT (6PM EST) from Nokia. They're expected to reveal the Nokia 900 "Ace" for AT&T, rumored to be sporting a 4.3" screen, 16GB of storage and a 1.4GHz CPU. Oh and 4G LTE. Who knows, Nokia may also have a few other tricks up its sleeve, so tune in for the 45 minute press event right here as we have the best seats in the house.  We'll of course get our hands on any new Nokia hardware ASAP with some HD video and expect a live-podcast sometime after the event to recap.

The rest of the week we're expecting some announcements from HTC, Samsung and LG with hopefully some new hardware. Oh and we have an interview set up with vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management, Joe Belfiore and Kevin Shields, Nokia’s SVP Windows Phone program management, so make sure to catch that too.

You can follow all the action via wpcentral.com/tags/ces2012

Of course it won't be just us at CES, but our whole Mobile Nations team: WPCentral we be represented by my self, Daniel Rubino (@malatesta77) We’ll also have the full Mobile Nations crew with us, including iMore will be represented by Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) and his team, Phil Nickinson (@philnickinson) and the Android Central army, Kevin Michaluk (@crackberrykevin) and the CrackBerry.com crew, Derek Kessler (@dkdsgn) and webOS Nation as well as cross-site collaborator jared DiPane (@jdipane) and our brand new editor-at-very-large, Simon Sage (@simonsage).

So make sure you tune in as we expect a full and exciting week!

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Not much to go on here folks which is what usually happens before CES. But what we have here in a new LG Windows Phone that hasn't seen before. It also doesn't look like the LG Fantasy, which we saw a few days ago, unless this is a later build.

For one, the front-facing camera is more to the right than the Fantasy. Also, the Bing Search button is designed a bit differently. All we know is what the poster of the image has told us (translated):

"LG's engineering machine, etc. when you can see at CES. Not for sale."

So there you go. Is it something to get excited about? As of late, LG has hardly thrilled us with their devices but as far as mid-range ones go, they do all right. We'll make sure to swing by the LG booth though next week to see what this thing is.

Source: chenkaiHome (Sina Weibo); Thanks, Talan1314, for the tip!

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Look, we're not going to beat around the bush here, this post is total wild rumor-mongering, but SE asked us to guess so we are. Sony Ericsson (Netherlands) has put up a Tweet teasing a big announcement next week, presumably at CES:

"We're getting ready for some very interesting news next week...what do you think it could be?"

Normally we'd pass this off as "just another Android announcement" and it could very well be. However and perhaps it is just coincidence but we seem to have caught a theme of tiles throughout the above picture which was posted in conjunction with the aforementioned statement.

Could this mean that SE is finally on board with Windows Phone? If you recall, SE was announced as a key-launch partner for Windows Phone back in early 2010 and even had a working prototype (see above) but it was canceled at the last minute with the company turning towards Android. Back in May of this year, SE went on record as saying that they were "leaving the door open" for Windows Phone if it should start to take off. Finally, Sony has the option to port over the Sony PlayStation Suite, something they mentioned back in January, 2011.

So has that moment arrived or are we just looking too much into this?

Source: @SonyEricssonNL; Thanks, Jan Z., for the tip!

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PocketNow has gotten their hands on details about the Nokia Lumia 900 (aka, Ace), which is heading to AT&T.  Despite past speculation that it would ship with the version of Windows Phone known as Tango, it will indeed have version 7.5 Mango.  As Nokia's flagship phone, the Lumia 900 will sport:

  • 4.3-inch WVGA display
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8MP camera
  • 1830mAh battery

The Ace weighs in at 160 grams, just slightly more than the Lumia 800's 142 grams.  This is doubtless due in part to the larger screen.  Despite the greater weight, both handsets look to have the same thickness, about 12mm.  PocketNow took the specs of both phones and used them to create the above comparison picture.

It's not yet known how much storage the Ace will have, but a supposed leaked spec sheet from October showed both a 16GB and 32GB option, though its veracity has been highly questioned.  Based on what we know of Nokia's other handsets, there is no evidence to support the theory that they would offer multiple storage options.  We should find out for sure at CES, where it is also expected that Nokia will unveil a mid-range offering, the Lumia 719.

Source: PocketNow

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We could be looking too much into this, or it could actually be the Lumia 900 being featured on Nokia's Pulse webpage. Looking at the above screen capture does reveal some notable differentiation when compared to the Lumia 800. The capacitive buttons are closer to the edge of the handset, it looks marginally taller, but no FFC can be spotted. We'll pass it onto you guys to decide, an interesting find nonetheless. This is -of course- running off the "modified 800" render rumour, but it could well be the "Ace".

Whatever the above is, we'll see the launch of Nokia's U.S. Windows Phone at CES.

Source: Nokia, thanks Jack for the tip!

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In thinking about Nokia's announcement yesterday for their CES event in January, we began looking for more any evidence of the "900"'s existence. There really hasn't been any solid info about the 900, just lots of un-sourced specs and rumors without any hard evidence. That's not to say it doesn't exist, but if you think back before the 800 and 710's release, we had plenty of leaked video footage, isolated pics and more. And that was from over in Europe. Now we are a few weeks from January 9th and outside some questionable renders, there's nothing really to hang our hats on.

So when we looked at Occasional Gamer's "stats" page and we saw a single instance of the "Lumia 900", our interest piqued a bit. Then again, we're not ready to call this a confirmation as even that info, which is quite generic, could be faked. Likewise, there is a "NOKIA Lumia 719" and "800c" listed there as well--those however, seem more plausible if only because they're less interesting sounding. The "800c" is most likely a carrier-variant and the "719"--yeah, that's a bit odd.

Where does any of this leave us? Lots of speculation and little to go on, unfortunately. At this point, Nokia could really surprise us or just give us what we expect (a Lumia 800 on AT&T). But lets see what you folks think:

 

Is the Nokia Lumia 900 real or a unicorn phone?
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Nokia has just sent out invites for their press event next month at CES in Las Vegas. While word is mum on what they plan to show off in the 45 minute event, rumors have been swirling for some time that an AT&T (and maybe Verizon) device announcement could be on the agenda. Such a device (or devices?) could be the rumored Nokia 900 "Ace"--a 4.3" screen device akin to the Lumia 800--destined for AT&T and featuring LTE. Other possibilities include an LTE-enabled Lumia 800, which may lack the punch of a 900-esque device but we think would still be a large seller here.

Verizon is also rumored to be picking up a Nokia device or two, presumably because it would feature LTE on board, satisfying their demands.

Either way, this announcement can only be good news for Windows Phone and Nokia, both of which are vying for the public attention. Landing on AT&T and/or Verizon would be a huge boost in numbers and visibility for both companies, in addition to giving customers what they really want, a high-end "classy" Windows Phone that can compete with the iPhone and Android. It also seems to us that Nokia has really put into high gear getting these devices to the US market, especially with the launch of the T-Mobile Lumia 710 and their media campaign dubbed "Rolling Thunder".

Good news for our readers is we'll be front and center at CES for this press event and others, so we'll have your coverage that you deserve.

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Nokia and T-Mobile U.S. are in full swing with their announced launch party of the Lumia 710, but what's coming up next for the Finnish Windows Phone manufacturer? Operation "Rolling Thunder", as it's internally referred to, is Nokia's plan for rolling out a number of handsets next year and aiming for multiple price points. Chris Weber, head of U.S. operations at Nokia, explained that the company will be at CES in January making a noise as they have been doing in Europe.

"We will be launching a portfolio of devices in the U.S. across a range of price points, user experience and operators. The rollouts are referred to internally as "Operation Rolling Thunder". We’ll have a very large presence [at CES] and it’ll be clear that Nokia is back in a quite strong way in the U.S."

We'll be sure to check out CES in Las Vegas to see what Nokia will be bringing to the event. The Nokia Lumia 900 is still on the list, a more powerful option for U.S. consumers, and is set to hit the states early 2012 if rumours are to be valid. Nokia has the daunting task of getting carriers on side to stock their Windows Phones. Battling hard against the iPhone and a plethora of Android handsets will make a successful and effective marketing campaign all that more important.

Source: Bloomberg, thanks to Baljinder for the heads up!

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