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Our CES interview with Nokia on developer goals this year

2013 will go down as a watershed year for Windows Phone. High profile devices like the Lumia 1020 garnered massive press attention while the super affordable Lumia 520 actually drove Windows Phone adoption. Starting in the last quarter, a new push for must-have apps was launched through the efforts of Microsoft and Nokia. Apps like Instagram and even a renewed WhatsApp became staples of the platform.

Here at CES, Windows Phone has a lighter presence this time around. No new phones are being announced and Microsoft is holding back news until Build later this spring. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft and Nokia aren’t present and we’re sitting down with both of them today.

First up is Bryan Biniak, Global Vice President & General Manager at Nokia. We spoke with him this morning about developer challenges with Windows Phone heading into 2014.

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Nokia has seen its Lumia 525 take off with great success around the world as a quality handset at a budget-friendly price. With that in mind, Chinese carrier China Mobile has decided to offer a TD-SCDMA variant of the phone, dubbed the Lumia 526, which is available now from online retailer JD.com. They have the new Lumia 526 for ¥899.00 ($149.00), available in black, white, yellow and orange.

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The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the company's high-end "phablet" Windows Phone. The 16GB variant is currently available at numerous outlets within the US, as well as AT&T for direct purchasing. The mobile operator has yet to launch the 32GB version of the Windows Phone, but this could well change soon as we've learnt that January 10th is believed to be the day when AT&T opens up orders.

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Did you know that on your Nokia Windows Phone (since GDR2 and Amber) you're able to block unwanted contact from numbers through SMS and call filtering? It's a neat settings area, providing you with some power to prevent people from contacting you who you wish not to do so. Today, we've been alerted to a small update being pushed to the store.

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Microsoft has told TechRadar that the company is witnessing some serious growth for its Windows Phone platform. Christoper Flores, director of communications for Microsoft, told the publication that attacks on "both ends" of the smartphone market were well under way (high-end and budget mobile devices) and we can expect to see further aggressive marketing should the deal with Nokia go through.

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In media invites sent out today, Nokia India has announced an event tomorrow for ‘The New Chapter of Nokia Lumia story as it unfolds in India.’ While the invite does not share any specific details, we expect Nokia India to launch Nokia Lumia 1320 and Nokia Lumia 525.

Nokia might also swing a surprise by launching their maiden tablet - Nokia Lumia 2520 - since it has been listed on HomeShop18, a popular online retailer in India, with an expected availability of fourth week of January 2014.

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Nokia's Lumia Black update (rolling out alongside the Update 3 from Microsoft) is still being loaded on hardware in numerous markets post-Nokia World, but should you reside in China, you're more than likely still waiting for the update to hit your Windows Phone. Today, we've got some good news for you. WPDang has learnt through sources that China will see the Lumia Black update from next Wednesday.

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A German Court has ruled in favor of Nokia in litigation against HTC for patent infringement.  The Munich I Regional Court handed Nokia a Germany-wide patent injunction against all HTC Android devices (including the HTC One) that infringes on Nokia’s patent on connecting devices over NFC or Bluetooth to transfer resource information such as a URL (European Patent 1148681).

Under German law, HTC can appeal this ruling but must convince an Appeals Court that they are “more likely than not” to succeed with the appeal.  In the meantime, Nokia can choose to enforce the injunction on a provisional basis by posting a $400 million Euro (a little over $552 million U.S.) bond just in case HTC wins the appeal.  This would include a recall of infringing devices from resellers and commercial users.

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AdDuplex has released data showing the Lumia 520 becoming ever more popular within the Windows Phone ecosystem, low-end hardware progressing strongly in the US and a stubborn Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone is an interesting platform to analyse when you're looking at hardware. Cross-platform advertising network, AdDuplex has published a report for the month of December to provide us with a small insight as to how Windows Phone is looking at the end of 2013. The year has been an eventful one to say the least, so head on past the break for all the details.

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Looking for a bargain this New Year? If you're seeking a new smartphone, how about a Nokia Lumia 520? This is the most affordable Windows Phone you can find on the market, but it comes with some sweet features and runs Windows Phone 8 - the latest version of Microsoft's mobile platform operating system. 

Amazon UK currently has the device listed for £69.99 ($115).

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PicsArt is a popular photo editor over on iOS and Android platforms and is now available for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520 Windows Phone.  PicsArt is part photo editor, part photo sharing network and part free-hand drawing.

You can edit freshly captured images, pull images from your Windows Phone Pictures Hub, or download images from your Facebook, Flickr, SkyDrive, Picasa, Google or Dropbox accounts.

There is little doubt that PicsArt is a feature rich photo editor that should be well received by the Windows Phone crowd.

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The Nokia-Microsoft deal is marching steadily to a conclusion as being approved by the United States, the European Union, and of course, Nokia's shareholders. However, China is still reluctant to give its word. Recently China's Ministry of Commerce has started a second round of probes into Microsoft's acquisition case. This time the government has a new emphasis: antitrust.

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