Xbox Music has hit the Xbox 360 consoles of beta users, and now we are hearing that the fill service rollout is set for October 26th, just three weeks from now, and the same day that Windows 8 is released. Reportedly, the rollout will begin with the Xbox 360, Windows 8, and Windows Phone, with iOS and Android Xbox Music apps coming soon after. Smart. The service will have a paid subscription, as well as a free, ad-supported option as well.
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Last week we received a tip from a fairly close source that Microsoft would likely be introducing its own first-party Windows Phone device. We decided not to report on this one, because it seemed to make no sense. Why would Microsoft release a first-party phone that will be in direct competition with the Windows Phone 8 devices that its partners will be selling later this month?
We're looking forward to getting our hands on the Nokia Lumia 920 later this year. The hardware looks to be as beautiful as it is powerful (that yellow is definitely striking!) and pack in a ton of nice features. Nokia is definitely proud of its upcoming flagship device, so much so that its put together a video showing off all the things that set it apart from the competition. Check it out after the break.
We're looking forward to the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 920, and one of the main reason is its wireless charging feature (and in case you missed it, we've listed the five reasons you should be excited about the Lumia 920.) The Lumia 920 packs in Qi charging technology, which means you don't have to deal with proprietary chargers. Our favorite, though, is the Fatboy Recharge Pillow. You simply place your Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia on the pillow, and you maintain a charge. No pricing has been announced just yet.
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Yesterday Nokia announced its new Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 smartphone. If you're in the market for a new device, this is one you'll want to take a look at. While there was no specific launch date named, there were a few features that definitely caught our eye. In fact, we've compiled the top five Nokia Lumia 920 features for you after the break.
Alongside the flashy Lumia 920 that debuted this morning, Nokia also has a more budget-friendly smartphone in the Lumia 820 line. This one has an 800x480 4.3-inch ClearBlack OLED display that does away with the curvature that the Lumia 800 had (and we thought that was a nice touch!) It also has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, front-facing camera, and 8GB of built-in storage that you can upgrade with a microSD card. While the Lumia 920 has wireless Qi charging built-in, the 820 doesn't--but Nokia will be releasing a protective case that gives it wireless charging capabilities. Expect to see the Lumia 820 arrive in yellow, red, purple, gray, white, black, and that signature cyan in both LTE and HSPA+ later this year.
This morning Nokia officially announced the Lumia 920, its new flagship Windows Phone 8 device, and it's a beauty. The Lumia 920 sports a 1280x768 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ screen, 1.5GHz dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, NFC, wireless charging, 8-megapixel PureView camera with 1080p video recording, and a 2,000mAh battery, all powered by Windows Phone 8. Nokia says that it's the fastest LCD that it's ever put in a smartphone, and it also has something called "Super Sensitive Touch," which just means that you can interact with the display even if you're wearing gloves. Nice.
The Lumia 920 will be available in five striking colors, our favorite of which has to be yellow. The PureView camera isn't the same that the 808 smartphones boasts at 41-megapixels, but Nokia argues that it's all about the optics and software behind it, and that the Lumia 920 will take stunning images, even in areas of low light.
Built-in wireless charging is another welcome feature, and the company will have a couple of wireless charging accessories that sell separately. Expect the Lumia 920 to hit stores in Q4 2012 in both LTE and HSPA+.
Nokia is set to reveal it's Lumia 920 line of Windows Phone 8 devices tomorrow, but we're seeing a sneak peek today thanks to a purported leak. We're already expecting that Nokia's incredible PureView camera technology will make an appearance, but now we also get to see what colors the device will sport. That's white, black, gray, red, and a striking yellow. No word on if all colors will be available at launch, or if they'll be split between carriers.
The first Windows Phone 8 device has been officially announced in the Samsung ATIV S. What's so great about the ATIV S? Well, aside from running the next-generation mobile OS from Microsoft, it's got a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB RAM, and a 2,300mAh battery. Not enough? How about an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front camera, and a body comprised of brushed aluminum and Gorilla Glass 2? You'll be able to pick up the ATIV S in October.
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If you though that Apple had the exclusive on announcing a major smartphone in September, think again. Word is coming out that Nokia is also looking to announce its next-generation Windows Phone 8 smartphones in September at Nokia World. Bloomberg reports that someone "with knowledge of the matter" has said that the unveiling of the new line of Windows 8 Nokia Lumia smartphones will happen on September 5, one week before Apple is scheduled to show off the new iPhone 5. Pretty smart, if you ask us.
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