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Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2


The Nokia X2 is not the first Android device Microsoft owns, being as Redmond took over Nokia’s mobile making division in April – a move which brought the original Nokia X device under its wing.

Windows Phone 8.1 includes notification center and Siri-like personal assistant


Microsoft is preparing to ship its Windows Phone 8.1 update with two significant changes: a notification center and a Siri-like personal assistant. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently beta testing copies of Windows Phone 8.1 internally, with plans to fully detail its features at the Build Developer Conference in April, 2014.

Microsoft passes 9 million Windows Phone transactions daily, promises carrier payouts to developers after 30 days


Microsoft today announced the Windows Phone platform has surpassed 9 million transactions, which encompasses both app and in-app purchases, per day. At the same time, the company revealed a policy change for developers: it will no longer wait to receive app sales proceeds from carriers before issuing payment to developers.

Microsoft is buying Nokia’s smart phone business for $7 billion


Two years after hitching its fate to Microsoft’s Windows Phone software, Nokia collapsed into the arms of the U.S. software giant on Tuesday, agreeing to sell its main handset business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion). Nokia, once the world’s dominant handset maker, has failed to close a yawning lead opened up by Apple and Samsung in the highly competitive market for smartphones and will now concentrate on its networking equipment unit, navigation business and technology patents.

Windows phone gets unofficial Instagram app


Users of smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system may finally catch up with their iOS and Android counterparts with an app for photo-sharing service Instagram. However, the app is not an official one from Instagram owner Facebook but rather one authored by French developed Rudy Huyn, tech site The Verge reported.

Windows Phone, Latin America’s second most widely used mobile platform


IDC has released its Mobile Phone Tracker report, showing that in the second quarter of 2013, Windows Phone is the second most widely used operating system in the Latin American region. The report shows that Windows Phone has been ranked second in Mexico for the second consecutive quarter, and in the second quarter of 2013, Windows Phone was also ranked second in both Colombia and Peru.

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