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Huawei Scraps Plan That Would Have Shipped Windows Phone And Android On A Single Handset

Huawei this morning announced that it has changed its mind and will not release a dual-OS handset with both Android and Windows Phone in “the near future.” This is a reversal of its previous strategy to build and sell such a device, with the company indicating that it would go on sale in the second quarter of this year. Read More

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Huawei Scraps Plan That Would Have Shipped Windows Phone And Android On A Single Handset

Huawei this morning announced that it has changed its mind and will not release a dual-OS handset with both Android and Windows Phone in “the near future.” This is a reversal of its previous strategy to build and sell such a device, with the company indicating that it would go on sale in the second quarter of this year. Read More

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Huawei Scraps Plan That Would Have Shipped Windows Phone And Android On A Single Handset

Huawei this morning announced that it has changed its mind and will not release a dual-OS handset with both Android and Windows Phone in “the near future.” This is a reversal of its previous strategy to build and sell such a device, with the company indicating that it would go on sale in the second quarter of this year. Read More

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LG’s L90 handset is rolling out this week… in Russia

If the debut of LG’s L-series of handsets at last month’s Mobile World Congress had you hankering for a new phone, you’re in luck. The 4.7-inch L90 starts rolling out this week in the CIS region (think Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia). LG has…

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BlackBerry Introduces The Z3, It’s First Foxconn Phone, And The Q20 QWERTY Handset

BlackBerry has a couple of new smartphones in the offing, including the first sourced from new strategic partner Foxconn. The first Foxconn BlackBerry is the Z3, a Nokia-like touchscreen smartphone with rounded sides, a 5-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of on board storage. The Z3 is targeted specifically at customers in Indonesia, which is where… Read More

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Verizon To Launch New Nokia ‘Icon’ Handset In Move That Could Boost Windows Phone’s US Market Share

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According to Verizon, a new Nokia phone is set to land in the United States. Dubbed the “Icon,” the Lumia handset sports a 5-inch screen, a 20-megapixel camera, a quad-core processor, and a 2420 mAh battery.

The device looks, as The Verge’s Tom Warren correctly points out, like a smaller version of the Lumia 1520, a phone already in the market. The Icon name appears to be final. As WPCentral uncovered here at CES, cases labeled for the Icon can already be found.

Windows Phone has seen strong success in the past year selling lower-priced handsets. But the platform, what you could call the combination of Microsoft software and Nokia hardware, has struggled to find market share in the United States and the upper-tiers of the maker globally. The Icon, provided that it is well-priced, could help ameliorate that stress point.

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Pricing isn’t clear for now. The Verizon website has the phone pegged at $ 777 both off, and on contract. So we’ll have to wait for official figures. Tip: It won’t cost $ 777 with a new two-year contract.

The upper end of Windows Phone hardware is now quite diverse, with the Lumias 925, 928, 1020, 1320, 1520, and Icon each battling for share of a still-small pie. But, more and better hardware has never been a recipe for unit volume decline, so perhaps the muddle can be excused.

Current market news has been positive for Microsoft, but not groundbreaking. The company recently indicated that it saw “record sales of Windows Phone this holiday worldwide, nearly doubling phone sales during Christmas.” But as Microsoft will admit, doubling from a small baseline is only so strong an achievement.

For now, another Windows Phone looks set to land. If it can turn heads in the United States is a fair question. The comments are yours.

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Taiwanese FTC fines Apple for interfering in iPhone handset and contract pricing

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has ruled that Apple’s been naughty rather than nice this holiday week, fining it for 20 million Taiwan dollars (around $ 670,000) after it specified pricing to iPhone carriers. Once Apple sells distribution rights to an …

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Taiwanese FTC fines Apple for interfering in iPhone handset and contract pricing

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has ruled that Apple’s been naughty rather than nice this holiday week, fining it for 20 million Taiwan dollars (around $ 670,000) after it specified pricing to iPhone carriers. Once Apple sells distribution rights to an …

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Pantech adds another fingerprint-scanning handset to its Vega Secret line

Pantech’s latest secret has just been revealed in the form of this 5.6-inch smartphone that’s packing similar gear to the company’s Secret Note. Like its predecessor, the new Vega Secret Up boasts a fingerprint sensor, LTE-Advanced data connection …

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Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8.1 handset includes ‘3D Touch’ features

Nokia’s upcoming 6-inch Lumia 1520 flagship handset hasn’t been released yet, but we’re already starting to hear early details on the company’s Windows Phone 8.1 plans. Twitter account @evleaks revealed today that Nokia is planning two handsets for Windows Phone 8.1: “Goldfinger” and “Moneypenny.” They’re just codenames for now, but The Verge understands Goldfinger is the flagship model out of the two.

Sources familiar with Nokia’s plans have revealed that Goldfinger will ship with some technology that Nokia has been developing for years now. Described internally as “3D Touch,” it essentially makes use of hardware sensors to detect interactions that are off-the-glass. Former head of Nokia design, Marko Ahtisaari, hinted at…

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