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We wrote last week about the Samsung ATIV S and the ‘case of late availability’ but perhaps we spoke too soon. The Austrian T Mobile site is now showing the device as being in stock. Hurrah! ?

Many are waiting for the 4.8” monster phone from Samsung and while this looks like it could be good news, we’re unsure this is a sign of a rapid deployment or simply limited availability.

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Unofficial Samsung Remote is an app that does exactly what the title suggests. The Windows Phone app enables users to control their Samsung Smart TV sets to take advantage of the television's advanced functionality that may not be available with the standard remote.

As well as changing channels, adjusting volume levels, navigating around the Smart Hub and inputing data into fields using the keyboard, the app boasts a number of features that's going to make any Samsung television owner drool.

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We have been reporting on the Samsung ATIV S since it was first announced. Whilst Samsung were the first to announce a Windows Phone 8 handset they have thus far been unable to deliver it to the marketplace.

We are now hearing rumours that the 4.8” hero device could now be set to arrive in January or even as late as February 2013. Online retailers and stores are all geared up to get the device and the last we saw was delivery being due for mid-December. Missing the launch hype of Windows Phone 8 and the essential holiday season buying, what has gone wrong?

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We knew the Samsung ATIV S was pushed back to December and now we are learning the at least one retailer is expecting inventory available on December 13th.

Expansys U.K. is expecting the ATIV S due on December 13th at a price of £449.99.  You can find the Samsung ATIV S Expansys listing here.  Additionally, it is our understanding that the HTC 8S will become available through Expansys U.K. on December 5th for £239.99.  The HTC 8S Expansys listing can be found here.

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Despite being one of the first Windows Phone 8 devices we saw unveiled the ATIV S has still managed to arrive the late to the Windows Phone 8 launch line up.

The device has plenty of people interested in its 4.8” AMOLED screen, slender body and expandable base memory but where can one be ordered from? Future Shop seem like they might be able to offer some help to lucky Canadians who don’t mind signing up for a three year contract to nab a device for $50.

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AdDuplex, a cross-platform advertisement network for Windows Phone and Windows 8 developers, has released data in the form of charts that reveal OEM, platform version and even view mode trends. Sporting data for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, the published article hits two birds with one stone. So, what's interesting about the numbers?

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We've been so busy around here that we forgot our own Mobile Nations roving reporter Simon Sage managed to get some one on one time with the Samsung ATIV S (see our camera samples from earlier). The ATIV S is headed to Rogers in Canada, among a few other lucky networks (no such luck here in the States, at least so far). 

The video is fun to watch only because you can get to peep how big that 4.8" screen is and how great it looks in AMOLED. Throw in that super thin body, a massive 2300 mAh battery, 32GB of storage, memory expansion and yeah, we're wanting to play with one. It's also interesting to note that you can turn the phone on via the physical Win key--the only Windows Phone 8 device with such a configuration--kudos to Sammy for that one. Too bad we can't think of a way for Nokia or HTC to do the same and keep their slick designs. Can't have it all!

Other than that most of the video is just a tour of Windows Phone 8, which many of you should be familiar with by now.

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Welcome to another From the Forums round-up, where we bring you some popular threads from our Windows Phone community forum that you may have missed. The past number of hours have been huge for Microsoft with the unveiling of Windows 8 and its availability, as well as the launch of the Surface RT tablet. So what's being discussed on our bulletin boards?

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Much has been said about Microsoft getting ready to release a whole bunch of new products, but it’s easy to forget that smaller markets often get left out, and don’t get anything close to the US release dates. But here’s some good news for you South African folk. You will be receiving Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 devices in the very near future!

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With the operating system juggernaut called Windows 8 looming closer by the day it seems everyone is talking about Windows. Is the conversation going to include Windows Phone more frequently too now?

Samsung’s UK vice president has dropped a few encouraging words about where the company sees opportunity in the business sector for an end-to-end solution for tablets and smartphones based on Windows 8.

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