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So far the Nokia Lumia 520 has been a sleeper hit. It’s the cheapest Windows Phone to date and it is constantly topping charts for in emerging markets. It seems we hear stories weekly on how the device is selling well in market after market. Here in the United States it’s available for AT&T as a GoPhone and T-Mobile sells a variant called the Lumia 521.

So how’s it going to fare against further attacks in the low-end smartphone market against competitors like Samsung and Apple?

Over at Forbes, Tero Kuittinen outlines a brinkmanship scenario where Nokia comes out on top. Don’t worry, I wasn’t familiar with the term either. Brinkmanship is the situation where you push dangerous events to the verge of disaster in the hopes that your opponents will have to make concessions and/or back down. In this case, Nokia is in a position to own the low-end smartphone market because companies like HTC, Blackberry, and Apple won’t be able to make appealing devices at low prices.

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Yesterday we brought you the news of a new Body Glove case for the upcoming Sprint ATIV S Neo from Samsung that was appearing in Sprint stores. While in and of itself that news is not exciting, it did hint that an official release of the phone was close.

Today, things are moving even more as Samsung has listed the phone on their official site with the full specifications. As far as we know (and we could be wrong), this device page is new and it does confirm a few lingering questions. For one, the ATIV S Neo does have 16GB of internal storage and not 8GB as reported earlier. Combined with the up-to 64GB of expandable storage, the Neo should satisfy most users.

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Say what you will about Samsung, but it looks like they’re finally sinking some money and resources into delivering quality apps for their users. Today, the Korean company has pushed out three new camera apps, which are all variations on a theme, but are still fun to use.

The three apps, Artistic Effect, Fun Shot and Color Effect, are all Lenses that can be launched to give live filters for your camera. The apps themselves are all designed around the same UI, though each comes with a dozen or so uniquely themed filters. While that may seem redundant, it’s actually a smart move as it means you have less scrolling to do when selecting your filter. Not to mention, not everyone needs Fun Shot, which makes your images distorted for goofy results.

Here is the breakdown of the three new camera apps...

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It looks like those in Poland will be getting a new Windows Phone to choose from come September as evidently the ATIV S from Samsung is headed to market. The phone, like the Sprint ATIV S Neo, is expected to be a minor refresh, possibly sporting a new chipset to support FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0 and OS build 10327 (GDR2).

The news comes via Samsung’s own Twitter account for the Polish market (Samsung Polska) and while pricing was not given, nor any updated specifications (if any), the time-frame of September 20th and the ATIV S model name was.

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It was just yesterday that people in Canada on Bell, Telus or Rogers who also owned the under-rated (and underappreciated) Samsung ATIV S were greeted with a double OS and firmware update, bringing their phones up to the coveted GDR2 status (OS build 10327).

Of course it was later revealed that some features like FM Radio (which may not be supported by the hardware) and the ability to set a pre-defined camera app were missing. Still, the additional bug fixes in GDR2 are nothing to shy away from, including the reduction in the size of Other Storage or the .WAV file support in email.

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While Nokia fans get a lot of attention today, those on Bell and Telus up north are reportedly getting Windows Phone 8 GDR2 as well, starting now. We reported a few days ago that Bell would start pushing out the update today and sure enough, it is live. Likewise, those on Telus and Rogers who have an ATIV S can also check for an update too, delivering a happy surprise for those customers.

The update will bump both the OS 8.0.10327.77 and your firmware to 2212.13.6.1, though users are reporting mixed results in terms of any new features.

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It was only back in June when Samsung announced a refresh to some of their Windows 8 devices, including the ATIV Tab 3, which takes their previous 11.6 inch ATIV tablet down to a more nimble 10.1 inch format.

The 32-bit Windows 8 device features a 1366x768 display with an 1.8 GHz Atom Z2760, along with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of on board storage (expandable with microSD). The device also become a smidge thinner and more refined in design, adding a metal band around the edge for a more premium feel.

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Samsung appears to be on a roll, either that or something is certainly in the air. It was only yesterday when we covered MangaCamera and Paper Artist and the manufacturer has released two more apps for its Samsung Zone collection of Windows Phone content. Offering consumers more exclusive apps is definitely something we're beginning to enjoy seeing from Samsung.

So what are these new apps? App Folder and Video Trimmer. Head past the break for a quick summary and download links. Just as before, these apps are Windows Phone 8 only and require a Samsung ATIV Windows Phone.

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Bell Mobility is rolling out the GDR2 update to their Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone. A leaked internal document from the Canadian wireless provider notes the update will improve battery life, add Data Sense, improve the camera and photo viewer, as well as improvements to the Maps application, SMS and Bluetooth performance.

If you are a Bell Mobility customer sporting the ATIV S, you should see the update notification by August 5th. Not sure if you can use the "check for updates" feature in the Settings and see it sooner but it's worth a try.

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Samsung is an interesting Windows Phone OEM and has shown support for Microsoft and its mobile platform, as well as proving to be distant enough to focus on its Android products. Today we've learnt of two new exclusive apps the company has released for its Windows Phone hardware. MangaCamera and Paper Artist are now available for those who own Samsung Windows Phones.

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Samsung has released a number of updates for its collection of apps on Windows Phone. The manufacturer has an array of apps for consumers to enjoy in the Samsung Zone, which can be accessed from the Windows Phone Store main menu. Unfortunately no change logs have been supplied so we're not entirely sure what's new. That said, it's good to see Samsung continuing to support customers.

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Hey Sprint friends, some good news is coming your way.

You can finally now purchase a new device with Windows Phone 8 – the HTC 8XT. But if you’re not too keen on the low screen DPI on the 8XT you might be waiting for the Samsung ATIV S Neo for Sprint. Thankfully you don’t have to wait much longer, the device should be out within the month.

Details after the break.

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Just a few days ago we saw Sprint finally jump on the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon with the mid-range HTC 8XT, featuring a 4.3” WVGA display and a 1.4GHz dual core CPU. But if you were waiting for the more high-end (and awkwardly named) ATIV S Neo, then you’re closer to your dream as that device passed through the FCC a few days ago under the SPH-i800 name.

The documents don’t reveal anything we don’t know about the device, including that it will sport Sprint’s newborn LTE network, but it’s still nice to know it has the nod from the FCC.

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We've got some interesting news for you, folks. PhoneArena has managed to get hold of the new ATIV S Neo, which will eventually be heading to Sprint. The Samsung Windows Phone was announced by the US mobile operator last month, showing signs of support for Microsoft's platform along with the HTC 8XT.

While not an entirely new ATIV product, Samsung has built on the strengths of the original ATIV S, offering Sprint customers something unique, but also familiar with Windows Phone 8. Think of the Neo as the Lumia 928 to the Lumia 920. It's part of the same family but with a different taste. If you own the ATIV S, you're not missing out. But if you're looking for a new Windows Phone, there's certainly a strong choice for you on Sprint.

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Samsung releases ChatON for all Windows Phones

ChatON is Samsung's own proprietary mobile messenger service, available in multiple countries (237 stated on the store page) and supports 63 languages. As one could imagine, it's fairly popular. Available on iOS, Android and the web, Samsung has now made ChatON available to all Windows Phone consumers, instead of restricting it to those who own a Samsung smartphone

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In the world of Windows Phone one it’s easy to forget that companies besides Nokia make devices. They tend to dominate the airwaves, but other companies do make some solid devices out there running Windows Phone. One of those devices is the Samsung ATIV S. That with a little bit of push from Samsung could have been so much more. If you happen to be holding one of those devices unlocked and free of carrier branding you might be able to get the GDR2 update for it right now.

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Last week tweets were a tweeting about U.S. Cellular adding the Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone to their smartphone lineup and today the wireless provider made it official.

Starting today the Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be available online and in stores on July 11th.  The 4G LTE Windows Phone will run your $49.99 after contractual discounts and a $50 mail in rebate.  The Odyssey is a good, entry level Windows Phone with a 4" Super AMOLED screen, 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor, 8GB of storage, microSD card expansion, a 5MP rear camera, NFC support and more.  The Odyssey joins the ZTE Render (a Windows Phone 7.8 device) as the wireless providers only Windows Phone 8 device.  

We checked U.S. Cellular's website and the Odyssey isn't listed just yet and it may take a little while longer to see it pop up.

You can catch the full presser on the Odyssey announcement after the break.

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Samsung is reportedly working on a new smartphone, running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.

According to a new app that has been published to the Windows Phone Store by Samsung, the manufacturer has a new phone on the horizon called the "Cronus", which could well be the next ATIV Windows Phone - Sprint is taking on the ATIV S Neo. That phone is due to hit shelves in the coming weeks.

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Kantar World Panel today released some new figures that shows while Android is continuing to turn into SkyNet and control the world, Windows Phone is growing in multiple markets. According to the data, Google's mobile platform accounted for more than 70% of sales in Europe's five largest markets: Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Alongside Android's success is Samsung, who manufactured nearly half of all smartphones sold in the region.

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Today Sprint and Microsoft outlined plans to launch two Windows Phone 8 handsets on the US network. The HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo will be packaged with Truly UnlimitedSM Sprint 4G LTE this coming summer. Both phones will be able to take full advantage of LTE speeds, offering consumers a rich experience when using the device while out and about.

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