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We recently let you know that Nokia and Rogers are getting set to launch the Lumia 900, but recent information being discussed online points to more from Nokia as it relates to Windows. Apparently, Nokia is looking to build and send out a batch of Windows 8 tablets running in Microsoft?s ?Metro? UI by the end of the year. No word on a Canadian release specifically, but with the tablet market heating up and another strong competitor coming on board with Windows 8, we should see it eventually.

There aren?t many other details available, though it?s expected to be powered by a Quallcomm dual-core chipset, and offers simple but not seamless support for existing Windows applications. Windows 8 is expected to launch this fall, and manufacturers such as Dell and HP are expected to have a strong presence early on. Could Nokia compete with these manufacturers in such a crowded tablet market?


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Microsoft recently held a Windows Phone preview event, meant to show off some of the new updates coming to the platform. As expected, the topic of focus was Mango, the next OS version of Windows Phone. Apparently Mango will bring forward 500 new features to "push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps, and the Internet."

One of the new features included will be "Threads", which will allow users to switch between text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation. It will also bring improvements to multi-tasking, make Live Tiles more dynamic and information-filled, feature Internet Explorer 9, and much more.

According to the press release, Windows Phone Mango will be available on new devices being shipped this fall, and while the update should coincide with that time frame, they state "update timing will be provided closer to availability." We'll be sure to let you know once more information is made available.


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Microsoft is holding an event on May 24th to unveil the future of the Windows Phone platform. No official word on what will be announced, but many rumours are pointing towards their next update, code-named "Mango", to be the focus of the discussion. Other rumours include a new OS version name beyond "Windows Phone 7", improved multi-tasking, and IE9 to name a few.

If you're a Windows Phone user, keep an eye out in the coming weeks for some exciting updates!


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A few days ago, Nokia announced that they have partnered up with Microsoft to make their primary focus Windows Phone 7 products. Only a few days later, Nokia also announced that they have made their #1 priority to beat out Android, a challenge that Nokia is looking to take on. Since Nokia is still the world's top handset manufacturer, this should be mean great things for the Windows Phone 7 platform, and might be the boost Nokia needs to help them secure their spot at the top. According to Nokia, they're happy to be entering into the Windows Phone 7 competition with the likes of HTC, Samsung, and LG, but are most excited about the opportunity to overtake Android.


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Windows Phone 7 has been doing alright since the recent launch of the new OS from Microsoft, but some Canadians have been holding off for a larger variety of devices to choose from. Luckily, Bell is getting ready to add the HTC HD7 to their line-up, and it should be available come February 10th. The HD7 features a 4.3" (480x800) touchscreen display, 5MP camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video capture, along with connectivity options that include Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS. Powered by a 1GHz Scorpion processor, the HD7 also has it's own GPU, ensuring a great experience for anything visual, including gaming, video playback, and more. No definite word yet on contract pricing, but we should see this handset become available on Thursday, so if you're considering the HD7 as your next device, keep an eye out!


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According to a recent blog post from Rogers, Microsoft's Mike O'Sullivan stated that Canadians would soon be seeing new form factors for Windows Phone 7 devices, including some new handsets with full hardware QWERTY keyboards. It'll be nice to see more devices added to this category that run on Windows Phone 7, as so far the only handset meeting this criteria is LG Optimus Quantum. Could this mean we'll see HTC 7 Pro come to Canada? Hopefully, but only time will tell!


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We just let you know that Telus will be carrying the HTC 7 Surround exclusively in Canada, but it seems as though Rogers is looking to get in on some exclusive Windows Phone 7 action as well. Expected to launch in early November (simultaneously with AT&T), the Samsung Focus features a 4" (480x800) Super AMOLED display, is powered by a 1GHz processor, and comes with 8GB of internal storage built-in. Additionally, the handset will be able to carry microSD cards up to 32GB, and the device offers up a 5MP camera to top off the impressive specifications. No definite word on pricing as of yet, but we expect it to come in around the $200 mark, as that's what AT&T will be offering it up for.

It's great to see Microsoft launching hard with some great manufacturers, and it's even better knowing they've put some solid time and effort into the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Hopefully we'll see even more devices launched in the near-future, and as developers get some time with the new tools, we should see a large variety of applications ready at launch as well. This is truly an exciting day for anybody who has been waiting for the official Windows Phone 7 announcements!


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We have some information on the new Windows Mobile operating system - Windows Phone 7, and though we haven't heard a whole lot about this platform as of yet, some new details have emerged. According to Greg Milligan, Microsoft Canada's Mobility Solutions Manager, Windows Phone 7 will launch simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada, and will be available on multiple carriers for Canadians to choose from around the Holiday season. Apparently initial manufacturers will include LG, Samsung, and HTC, with Dell emerging in the market soon afterwards and the possibility of other manufacturers in 2011.


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According to sources, Bell will soon be offering the Samsung "Messenger" B7330, known elsewhere as the Samsung Omnia Pro. The Messenger runs on the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform, and features a 2.6" screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2 MP camera. It also supports Wi-Fi, bluetooth, full HTML browsing, and is expandable up to 32GB of memory via microSD.

The Messenger is an affordable smartphone that comes preloaded with Microsoft Office for Mobile, MyPhone, and Smart Reader, focusing on both business and personal needs. No word yet on the exact release date or pricing, but it's speculated that we should see the B7330 near the end of this month at a price of around $99 on a 3 year term.


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Not even two months after announcing Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is back today with another event in which it revealed the Project Pink lineup, which includes the handsets known as the KIN ONE and KIN TWO. Both devices are manufactured by Sharp, the ones behind most of Danger?s sidekicks. For now the launch will be at Verizon wireless in May with a GSM version later this summer.

The main purpose of these devices is to regroup every social networks and instant information sharing under one roof. This will be the craze for every tech hungry hipsters!

KIN ONE specs

? Compact keypad for one-handed texting
? Multi-touch display
? 5 megapixel camera with flash and SD video recording
? External mono speaker
? 4GB internal memory (enough for 1,000 songs)
? Media powered by Zune

KIN TWO specs

? Horizontal sliding QWERTY keypad
? Multi-touch display
? 8 megapixel camera with flash and HD video recording
? External stereo speaker
? 8GB internal memory (enough for 2,000 songs)
? Media powered by Zune


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