Windows Phone

Microsoft have released a new preview build of its Windows Phone app for Desktop.

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The Windows Phone app for Windows desktop makes it easy to:

• Sync music, photos, movies, TV shows, and podcasts from your existing Apple iTunes library or your Windows Libraries to your Windows Phone 8.*
• Automatically import pictures and videos you’ve taken with your phone to your PC.
• See at a glance how much space you’re using for each type of content, so it’s easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
• Get your playlists on your phone.
• Find songs that will work as ringtones and add them to your phone.

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If you want to print your own cover for your Lumia 820, take a look at the Nokia Lumia 820 3D printing community project.

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Once in a while there comes along a technology that has the potential to utterly transform our lives. The internet did it and so did mobile phones. Now, it looks like 3D printing could join this exclusive list. To find out more about this amazing innovation and how Nokia might use it in the future, we spoke with John Kneeland, a Nokia Community & Developer Marketing Manager based in Silicon Valley.

To read all about it and learn more, click here.

Now all I need is my own 3D printer and I’m set!

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Three UK has announced availability for HTC’s flagship Windows Phone, the 8X.  Read on for details.

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Three UK is now carrying the HTC 8X, available immediately online and in stores.  Here is their press release:

Windows Phone 8X by HTC – available now on Three.
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is now available online at www.three.co.uk and in all Three stores.

With an exclusive built-in amp and Beats Audio™ technology offering a truly authentic studio sound the 8X is sure to please even the most musical among us. The smartphone also comes with an amazing 8 megapixel camera so you’ll be able to take incredibly vivid pictures and the front-facing camera with ultra-wide-angle lens captures twice the image area to fit more in every shot.

Running on the very latest Windows Phone 8 software, the 8X by HTC allows true personalisation of the home screen with real time Live Tile updates on its large 4.3” screen and the powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core processor makes browsing and switching between apps a breeze.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said, “The 8X by HTC is packed full of great features and is perfect for streaming HD and enjoying music while on the go. Coupled with The One Plan offering amazing value with All-you-can-eat data it’s no surprise that Three carries over 40% of the UK’s data traffic”.

The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is available for £30 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges.

The device is also available on Pay As You Go for £349.99 plus a top up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

Additionally from today get an extra special gift with Three. Purchase the 8X by HTC and get the latest Windows 8 Pro upgrade for your home PC. *

Key features:
• Beats Audio™ technology
• Amazing 8 megapixel camera
• Windows Phone 8 software
• 16GB internal memory
• 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
• DC HSDPA (42) Enabled

* Sign up for 24 months to get this deal. Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer available to Three customers who (i) already own a PC with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista or Windows 7 and that meets the minimum system requirements of Windows 8 Pro, and (ii) who buy a HTC 8X between 09.11.12 – 21.12.12, while stocks of credit vouchers last. Eligible customers will be provided with a credit voucher which must be used to redeem the offer and download the software from the Microsoft website. Credit will expire on 31.01.13. Full terms available at Three.co.uk/terms

If you are interested in buying a Windows Phone 8X from HTC on Three UK, this is your opportunity!

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Microsoft recently did an in-depth blog post introducing the new Office for Windows Phone 8.  Check out the details!

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Microsoft recently summarized the features for the new Office version for Windows Phone 8.  Office now comes pre-installed on every new Windows Phone 8 device, and here is part of their blog post:

When we started on this journey we set five clear objectives:

  1. All your Office documents, where and when you want them
  2. The best Office document rendering on any phone
  3. All your notes – in one place and with you, anywhere
  4. Communicate and collaborate effectively from your mobile device
  5. The most world-ready Office experience on any phone
All your Office documents, where and when you want them

Whether you’re using SkyDrive or Office 365, getting access to your Office content is just part of the phone’s easy set up. Windows Phone 8 auto-discovery gets you connected to your accounts, so you can get things done from any place, at any time.

The Office Hub – your go-to spot for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel – is redesigned with a simple and fluid navigation. Finding and accessing your personal and work documents on SkyDrive, Office 365 and SharePoint is also easy and intuitive.

In Office 365 your documents “travel with you,” even on different devices. No matter which device you used to last view or update a file, it will show up in your list of recently used documents on the phone. Email attachments you’ve opened in Outlook Mobile will also show up automatically in the Office hub. And you can access documents on SkyDrive or Office 365, and share them with others.

And of course we’ve made sure that the Office Hub takes advantage of the new ‘Tap + Send’ feature in Windows Phone 8 to let you share documents by tapping your phone on another NFC-capable device.

Figure 1: Your list of recently used documents on SkyDrive, Office 365 and SharePoint, across all of your devices

The best Office document rendering on any phone

Viewing Office content is a natural and delightful experience, optimally adjusted for the unique attributes of Windows Phone 8. Simple edits can be made with ease. In Word, Excel and PowerPoint, we’ve made the best even better by introducing a number of noticeable user experience and content fidelity improvements. All apps put content first and have a greatly enhanced ability to render gorgeous charts.

PowerPoint seamlessly renders all shapes and SmartArt Graphics, and honors your transition effects and timing. We added portrait mode with speaker notes, and slide thumbnails make navigation between slides a lot easier.

Figure 2: Portrait mode with speaker notes, and slide thumbnails in PowerPoint

Excel also offers noteworthy new enhancements. Workbooks open at the last saved sheet and zoom level, and navigating through a large Excel worksheet is fast and fluid. New touch-friendly handles make range selection and resizing of columns and rows a snap.

Figure 3: New cell selection handles in Excel

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Nokia has announced the Lumia 822 for Verizon Wireless.  Read on for details.

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Nokia has now formally announced the Lumia 822 for Verizon.  Here is what Nokia announced:

New Windows Phone 8 smartphone exclusive to Verizon Wireless

Espoo, Finland – Today, Verizon Wireless and Nokia announced the upcoming availability of the Nokia Lumia 822 – a powerful Windows Phone 8 smartphone exclusive to Verizon Wireless. With a unique design, enhanced camera, world class maps with turn-by-turn navigation and free unlimited music streaming, the Nokia Lumia 822 provides Verizon Wireless customers with high-end smartphone features on America’s largest 4G LTE network.

“Bringing the Nokia Lumia 822 to Verizon Wireless allows us to expand our award winning Lumia brand to even more customers here in the United States,” said Olivier Puech, President of Nokia Americas. “With the Nokia Lumia 822, first-time smartphone buyers – and those ready to switch – will get high-quality performance on both their device and Verizon Wireless’ incredibly fast 4G LTE network.”

The Nokia Lumia 822 delivers high-end features in a compact package, including an 8MP camera with industry leading optics from Carl Zeiss, alongside a 1.2MP HD front-facing camera for crystal clear video calls. The Nokia Lumia 822 also features an exchangeable shell design, sold separately, which supports wireless charging.

The Nokia Lumia 822 also comes with Nokia Drive+, an industry leading, turn-by-turn voice navigation solution featuring offline access and pre-loaded US maps – replacing the need for a standalone personal navigation device. In addition, the Nokia Lumia 822 comes with Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite and the start of a new augmented reality experience that also enhances Nokia Maps. Along with enhancements to Nokia Transit, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.

To take advantage of its camera capabilities, the Nokia Lumia 822 supports a suite of features to make the most out of photos and videos, available on the Windows Phone Store for download. Smart Shoot lets users remove moving objects and select the best faces for the perfect shot every time, and Cinemagraph allows users to easily turn photos into animated GIFs. Panorama makes it easy to capture an entire scene or landscape, while Creative Studio allows users to easily enhance their pictures with unique, creative effects before instantly sharing with friends and family.

The Nokia Lumia 822 also comes with Nokia Music – a completely ad-free music streaming application, requiring no registration, no log-in or subscription. Nokia Music allows consumers to enjoy the songs of their favorite artists without disruption, both online and offline so consumers can listen to their favorite playlists anytime, anywhere.

Check out these product shots.  This is a very good looking phone.

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This is a mid-range phone based on the Snapdragon S4, and sports a resolution of 800 x 480 and 16GB of onboard memory, a removable battery and a micro SD card.

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Microsoft released Windows Phone 8 today.  Read on for details.

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Microsoft released Windows Phone 8 today, holding release events in Milan, Italy; London, England; and San Francisco, CA, among other locations.  Andrew was at the London event and has Good Stuff on the way.  For now, check out the press release:

Windows Phone 8: Built for You, Poised for a Breakthrough
Oct. 29, 2012
Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is. The company believes the experience will connect with consumers worldwide.

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 29, 2012 — Windows Phone 8 devices go on sale starting in November, and Microsoft is betting that a smartphone designed with people in mind can connect with the masses.

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft fully took the wraps off of Windows Phone 8 after a brief peek back in June to showcase some of the new platform enhancements.

“Microsoft is excited for the world to meet the new Windows Phone,” said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division.

“We set out to create the most personal smartphone there is, focused on keeping you closer to the people and things that matter most,” he said. “It’s also the best phone for Windows, helping you stay connected across devices. And finally, of course, there’s the hardware. We have a killer lineup of new phones featuring big bright screens, awesome audio capabilities and great cameras from HTC, Nokia and Samsung.”

Meet Windows Phone 8

From the first time you pick up a Windows Phone you can see how personal it can be with the highly customizable Start screen and Live Tiles, said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows Phone Program Management. People can pin their favorite people, apps, games and music right to the Start screen, and colorful Live Tiles will light up with real-time information and updates.

The new features in Windows Phone 8 offer something for everyone, Belfiore said. For people with children, Kid’s Corner offers a worry-free way for parents to share their smartphone when the kids start clamoring to play Angry Birds. A simple swipe activates a protected place on the phone where kids can play on specific apps and features selected by a parent.

Families and friends will also enjoy the new Rooms feature, which lets people create a private network to chat and share photos, notes, calendars and other content with a close group of people, not your entire social network.

As a self-proclaimed shutterbug, Belfiore is a big fan of the new camera and photo features in Windows Phone 8. “I love using my phone to capture memories,” he said. “The Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X both take gorgeous photos and videos, even in low light.”

In addition to the new software features, the Windows Phone Store has 120,000 apps to choose from, with hundreds added every day and hits coming this holiday season, such as “Angry Birds Star Wars,” “Cut the Rope Experiments,” “Disney’s Where’s My Water,” “LivingSocial,” “Temple Run,” “Urbanspoon” and many more. Today, Microsoft announced that Pandora, the leading Internet radio service, is coming to Windows Phone in early Q1 2013 with one year of ad-free music.

Pandora Chief Executive Officer and President Joe Kennedy said, “Pandora now has more than 175 million registered users and over three-quarters of our listener hours now come from mobile and other connected devices. We are pleased to join other app leaders who are developing for Windows Phone and we are delighted Microsoft is sponsoring a year of ad-free Pandora for Windows Phone users. Our listeners expect Pandora to be wherever they are—in the home, in the automobile, and on the go. Offering Pandora on Windows Phone gives them yet another option and we think they will be delighted with the experience.”

Best Companion for Windows

Windows Phone 8 was designed to be the best companion with Windows 8, Myerson said. Windows and Windows Phone now share common underlying technology, which allows for shared tools, increased hardware support for multicore processors and a wide range of other platform capabilities. It also features a common look and feel with Windows 8, which makes shifting from phone to PC seamless and natural.

That underlying technology between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 now allows developers to create native C++ code – a shared development model that makes porting Windows apps and games relatively easy.

“We expect the hundreds of millions of Windows 8-based tablets and PCs sold next year to raise consumer awareness of the new Windows UI pioneered by phone,” Myerson said. “We believe more developers will target the Windows family now that we’ve made it easier to target a range of exciting new devices – from phones to tablets to PCs – running software that people ask for by name.”

Another big advantage of the Windows family is Microsoft’s personal cloud based service, SkyDrive. Now photos, Office documents and music are always in sync and available across all Windows devices.

The new Xbox Music service offers anytime, anywhere access to albums, songs and playlists whether you’re on your Xbox console, your Windows Phone or a Windows 8 PC or tablet. And entertainment gets even more interactive with Xbox SmartGlass, which turns your mobile phone or tablet into a second screen that intelligently interacts with your Xbox 360 to elevate your entertainment experience.

Martin Rothschink from AxoNet Software GmbH, who is a WHS MVP, has been in touch to announce Lights-Out Mobile for Windows Phone.  Read on for details.

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AxoNet GmbH has released Lights-Out Mobile for Windows Phone.  The application is used to wake up, shut down, reboot and otherwise manage your server and attached computers.  Here is some detail on the application:

Features

  • Easily manage your client computers
  • Wake-up, save energy, shutdown and reboot
  • Works with multiple servers!
  • User friendly with adjustable colors

Requirements

  • A Windows Home Server v1 or 2011, Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Licensed edition of Lights-Out (Community edition does not support mobile equipment)

Here are a few screenshots of the app:

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The application documentation is complete and professional.  If you are running a Windows Home Server or Small Business Server, and also have a Windows Phone, give this one a try here!

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At the start of December we reviewed PressReader, an app for iOS devices to read newspapers and publications. PressReader has just been updated to version 3.1.3.

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What is PressReader?

PressReader is a free application that enables you to download your favourite publications to your PC, Mac, tablet, mobile device or eReader allowing you to read them even when you’re offline.

Enjoy your favorite daily read from a selection of more than 2,000 newspapers and magazines from 95 countries in 51 languages with PressReader!

With every article, advertisement, crossword puzzle and cartoon presented in its original context, PressReader offers many of the same rich user interface and intuitive interactive features PressDisplay.com users have come to love.

And with the added convenience of being able to hold your favorite publication directly in your hands and read it from cover to cover just the way you would in-print, PressReader makes reading full-content digital replicas an absolute delight with features such as:

  • Flipping pages like you’re reading a real publication
  • The ability to pan, zoom or rotate pages, articles and photos
  • Navigating publications using thumbnails or table of contents
  • Opening full articles in easy-to-read text views
  • Listening to publications using on-demand audio
  • Searching online across titles and selecting the titles you wish to download

What’s New in Version 3.1.3

✓ Support for iPhone 5 and iOS 6
✓ Right-to-left article display in text view for Arabic publications
✓ Localized country and language list in store catalog
✓ Improved performance on iPod Touch (4th Gen)
✓ Various fixes and improvements

Note: Support of iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 1st and 2nd gen has been dropped. Minimum requirement is iOS 4.3. This is the last version running on iOS 4. Next release will run only on iOS 5 and up.

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Nokia and AT&T announced that the Lumia 920 will be an AT&T exclusive, and the Lumia 820 will also be coming to AT&T.  Read on for details.

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In an announcement sure to disappoint Verizon Wireless customers, Nokia and AT&T today announced that the Lumia 920 is coming exclusively to AT&T in the US and that AT&T will also get the Lumia 820.  Here is the press announcement:

AT&T to Add Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 to Fall Lineup

DALLAS, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today, AT&T* announced the addition of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 to its growing Windows® Phone 8 portfolio. The unrivaled leader in Windows Phones, AT&T has sold more Windows Phones than any other carrier.

The Nokia Lumia 920 includes the latest advances in Nokia PureView imaging innovation. The 8 megapixel rear-facing camera records HD video in 1080p at 30 frames per second, while the front-facing camera records in 720p HD. Using advanced floating lens technology, the camera in the Lumia 920 is able to take in five times more light than typical smartphones without using flash, making it possible to capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. It also compensates for hand movement while the photo is being taken.

In addition to built-in wireless charging**, the Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite and the start of a new augmented reality experience that also enhances Nokia Maps. Know more about the neighborhood than the locals. Using the phone’s camera viewfinder, Nokia City Lens basically turns sight into the next interface for searching the world around you. The app provides information about each building or landmark in the area giving the user an at-a-glance understanding of what restaurants, museums, shops and others places of interest are nearby. Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.

Viewing videos or browsing the web is more enjoyable than ever on the 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display, which is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2.0 and comes with Sunlight Readability Enhancement technology and High Brightness Mode, allowing you to view your screen outdoors, even on a bright day. In addition to its durable, scratch-resistant curved display, the Lumia 920 also has a new sensitive touchscreen that lets you use the device with fingernails or while wearing gloves.

“Exclusive to our customers and featuring unique innovations in imaging technology, wireless charging and a bright, sensitive display – all on the nation’s largest 4G network – the Lumia 920 will be one of the hottest phones for the holidays,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility.

“We welcome AT&T’s decision to offer the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, which, when added to what we’ve witnessed in other markets, underscores the momentum behind our Lumia devices and the broader Windows ecosystem,” said Olivier Puech, president of Nokia Americas. “Our continued collaboration with AT&T is an important component for Nokia’s success in the U.S. market.”

The Nokia Lumia 820 is a snappy, mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact package. While the Nokia Lumia 820 has the same unibody look and feel as the high end Lumia smartphones, it comes with an exchangeable shell design. Exchangeable shells not only make it possible to select from a range of colors, but also to add wireless charging. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in red, white, black, yellow, and cyan while the Nokia Lumia 820 comes in black. Both phones will run on AT&T’s 4G LTE network and are planned to be made available from AT&T in November.

AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network***, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With smartphones on other carriers’ networks, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Wireless charging accessories sold separately.

***4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.

This is a huge disappointment for Verizon and T-mobile customers who are interested in Windows Phone 8 devices.  Nokia needs to get this flagship phone into as many customer hands as they can, and ignoring Verizon with the flagship device will not help this cause.  So are you considering buying this device on AT&T, or will you opt for the HTC devices on Verizon?  Sound off in the comments and let us know!

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HTC announced the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S yesterday.  Read on for details!

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HTC rolled out their two new Windows Phone models yesterday: the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S.  Both are very nice phones and will be a good option if you are on one of the 150 carriers worldwide that will sell them, including Verizon, AT&T and T-mobile in the US.  Here is the press release:

HTC and Microsoft unveil first signature Windows phones
New Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC to be available through more than 150 mobile operators globally

NEW YORK, 19th September, 2012 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and Microsoft today unveiled the first signature Windows Phones, the stunning Windows® Phone 8X and 8S by HTC®. The smartphones feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and boast iconic design, studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ and incredible camera capabilities.

“Pairing HTC’s beautiful new Windows Phone 8X and 8S with our brand is a big milestone for both companies,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “Together we are offering customers a clear choice and a truly unique experience. I’m thrilled to take our longstanding partnership to the next level.”

“We’ve been inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that give the platform the iconic design and personality it deserves,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world.”

Iconic Design
The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone has a clear, differentiated vision and the consumer experience has been widely recognized as being groundbreaking, innovative and fresh. HTC created the Windows Phone 8X and 8S to blend the virtual and the physical utilizing a three dimensional, pure uni-body design based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles. The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are perfectly sculpted with a dramatic taper making them feel magically thin in your hand.

Because color is such an integral part of the Windows Phone experience, HTC is bringing bold, sophisticated and adventurous colors in a premium matte finish to these devices. The Windows Phone 8X will come in a variety of colors including California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available in Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Gray.

Capture and share your world
For the first time, HTC is introducing a 2.1mp, f/2.0 aperture, 88° ultra-wide angle front-facing camera that allows up to four people and more to be captured at once. It also supports 1080p video capture. The rear camera sports an 8mp CMOS sensor with backside-illumination (BSI) for improved low-light performance, along with an f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and a dedicated imaging chip. A physical shutter button makes it quick and easy to capture spontaneous action, even if the phone is locked.

Spectacular Sound with Beats Audio
Exclusively available on HTC smartphones, Beats Audio provides authentic, studio-quality sound that delivers the spirit of the original recording. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC featuring Beats Audio also offers a unique audio amplifier powering the 3.5mm audio jack and the speaker, boosting the audio signal for even better sound no matter if you’re listening to music, playing a game or watching a video.

Brilliant Display
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC features a beautiful, 4.3″ HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen protected from everyday bumps and scrapes by lightweight Gorilla® Glass 2, while optical lamination reduces reflections and glare, ensuring you see every detail. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC boasts a bright super LCD 4″ screen with Gorilla® Glass, allowing users to see the Windows Phone Live Tiles, and every message and photo, with crystal clarity and sparkling color.

Entertainment
With the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC people can carry their favorite music, movies and photos with them wherever they go. With the Windows Phone Store and Xbox Live, it is easier than ever to enjoy the latest video, music and games on the move.

Availability
The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC will be available beginning in November. Available through more than 150 carriers in 50+ countries, the Windows Phone 8X or 8S by HTC will be available from the world’s top carriers including: United States: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Europe: Orange, O2 Telefonica, MTS, Three UK, T-Mobile, and Vodafone Asia-Pacific: Chunghwa Telecom, Optus, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Smartone, Telstra and Vodafone Australia.

Both handsets are based on the Qualcom Snapdragon chipset in the Lumia 920 and 820, as well as the Samsung ATIV device.  They should be available in November.  Here are some product shots of the 8X flagship device:

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And the 8S:

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The 8X has 16GB of onboard storage and does not have any kind of expandable storage option, which puts this device at a disadvantage vis-à-vis the Lumia 920 and the ATIV.  The screen is 4.3”, which is great, and the device carries a 720p resolution.  The camera is the same as on the related Android device and has a great reputation for quality.  The 8X also has an amplifier and Beats Audio to help with music performance.  The battery is not removable.

The 8S comes with a WVGA 800×480 4” screen and 4GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded.  The camera is a 5mp shooter.  This is a lower-end phone aimed more at budget-minded buyers.

My take here is that HTC has created two very nice handsets, but they fall a little short of what Nokia’s Lumia models deliver.  I’m holding out for a 920 on Verizon myself; I sure hope that Big Red gets that device.  However, I will give the 8X a close in-store look before buying my next phone.  It sure is nice to have choice in high-end Windows Phone handsets!

So what do you think?  Will you buy this, a Lumia, or the ATIV?  Or are you a dedicated iOS or Android customer?  Sound off and let us know what you think.

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Nokia announced two new Lumia smartphones today: the Lumia 920 and 820.  We look at the detailed specs to see if either could be coming to Verizon or AT&T.

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We told you a little earlier today about Nokia’s new Lumia phones.  One thing that was not announced was the carrier support for either model.  This announcement was for the US, so the potential carriers break down as follows:

GSM:
  • AT&T Wireless
  • T-mobile
CDMA:
  • Verizon
  • Sprint

There are other smaller carriers in the US, but these four are by far the largest with AT&T and Verizon being the two largest.

Prior Windows Phones launched primarily on AT&T, which makes sense as GSM-equipped phones can sell on AT&T and on GSM carriers around the world.  This time, there was no exclusive deal announced.  Is it possible that these phone could launch on multiple carriers here in the US?  I decided to look at the specs and see which radios were on board.  If only GSM/HSPA+ radios are here, then AT&T and T-mobile are the only major carriers that could sell the phones.  What did I find?

Lumia 920 Specs

Here is the radio specifications on the Lumia 920, from Nokia’s website.

Operating Frequency
Bands
  • GSM 850
  • GSM 900
  • GSM 1800
  • GSM 1900
  • WCDMA Band V (850)
  • WCDMA Band VIII (900)
  • WCDMA Band II (1900)
  • WCDMA Band I (2100)
  • LTE 800
  • LTE 900
  • LTE 1800
  • LTE 2100
  • LTE 2600

This phone appears to have quadband GSM support, quadband CDMA support and pentaband LTE support.  If all of these radios are indeed onboard, then this phone could run on any major carrier network in the US.  It also means that it would serve as an awfully nice world phone as all major international bands are available to the device.  You see the exact same radio specs for the Lumia 820 device.  This is not surprising as the SOC at the heart of these phones is the same ones as used on the Galaxy S III that was announced earlier this year, and that phone has been released on both AT&T and Verizon here Stateside.  And it is either available as a world roamer (AT&T) or will be shortly (Verizon).

Conclusion

In short, these new Lumia models are capable of running on all major US carriers.  This is huge as Nokia needs a real hit, and keeping the Windows Phone 8 Lumias on one US carrier only would impede market penetration.  Here’s hoping that we see the Lumia 920 and 820 on AT&T, Verizon, T-mobile and Sprint in the coming months, and as we see actual carrier announcements, we’ll let you know.

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