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Nokia Lumia 610 landing in the UK on the first week of June

Recently at in an event in London, Emma Gilmartin, Nokia’s Head of Smart Devices for Western Europe, has confirmed that the Lumia 610 will landing in the UK in the first week of June.

The handset is the smallest addition to the Lumia range. Compared to the Lumia 900 and its 4.3-inch display, the Lumia 610 sports a 3.7-inch touchscreen. More significantly, it is the first device to use the minimum hardware requirements of the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone (Tango).

Windows Phone Tango further drops the minimum requirements of Windows Phone handsets. This will allow low-end Windows Phone devices such as the Lumia 610 to enter the market.

Interested in the entry-level Nokia Lumia 610? Give us your thoughts.

Report says Microsoft to update to Windows Phone Tango this month

Recently, we heard Microsoft had no plans of updating devices running the current version of Windows Phone to Windows Phone 8. Microsoft neither confirmed nor denied these reports. Although there’s no way of knowing if Microsoft will deny current Windows Phone devices Windows Phone 8, at least we have something that you might find promising. The software giant is said to start rolling out Windows Phone Tango this month.

The news comes to us via the Chinese website, WPDang. According to the site, Windows Phone Tango will start to roll out towards the end of April. They say Microsoft’s goal is to have 90% of Windows Phone devices updated to Tango by the end of June. The Redmond firm is yet to confirm these reports, but we’re looking forward to the update. This means that Windows Phone handsets from the high-end Nokia Lumia 900 down to the budget Nokia Lumia 610 may be updated to the latest version of Windows Phone.

Tango is a minor update, compared to the major Windows Phone 8 update codenamed Apollo, which is expected to roll out later during the year. Tango brings a few more features to Windows Phone such as multi-language support and performance enhancements. Since Microsoft has lowered its minimum requirements on specs, Tango is designed to make budget Windows Phones more worth your while.

Are you looking forward to Windows Phone Tango, or are you still worrying Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) may not roll out to your smartphone? Give us your thoughts.


Microsoft rolling out Skype app for Windows Phone in Q4 2012

Are you waiting to make use of Skype, a popular VOIP application, on your Nokia Lumia 800 or HTC Titan? It turns out; we might not have to wait very long for this to happen.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone team is hard at work developing more apps for the Windows Phone platform. The result is an ever-growing number of apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Despite its impressive growth in apps, Skype is still nowhere to be found. Since Microsoft purchased Skype back in October of last year, many expected to see Skype running on Windows Phones sooner than later.

According to Skype’s VP of products, Rick Osterioh, Microsoft is “working on a Windows Phone product that will be coming out soon.” The question is, when?

The Verge reports that Skype will not be integrated into the Windows Platform like what some expect. Instead, it will be a separate app downloaded to handsets. The only time Skype will be deeply integrated into the platform is when the Windows Phone Apollo update rolls out. The current version is Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). Its successor will be Tango, followed by Apollo. The update is expected to roll out in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Tango update is expected to roll out in the second quarter of this year.

So when do we get to use the Skype app for Windows Phone? Unfortunately, details are still sketchy at the moment. However, we’re expecting more details once MWC (Mobile World Congress) kicks off in February.


Nokia Lumia 900 rumored to arrive in February

Swisscom, a Swiss network operator, revealed that the Nokia Lumia 900 will be landing in Europe in February. This was revealed after the network operator answered a customer’s question on Twitter. The high-end version of the Lumia 800 is expected to be officially launched at CES (Consumer Electronics Show), which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada in the US in January.

According to reports, the Lumia 900 packs a 1.4 GHz processor, a 4.3 inch display, and an 8 megapixel camera. It is also rumored to ship running the latest version of the Windows Phone Platform, Tango.

Before the Lumia 900 hits shops, the Lumia 710 will first be launched in the US by Verizon in January. This is Nokia’s entry-level Windows Phone. It is also said to launch in the UK in January. Verizon is also said to be launching a 4G version of the Lumia 800 in the US.

We’re hoping to finally see the Lumia 900 once CES kicks off. If the rumors are true, we’ll get to see Nokia’s high-end Windows Phone.

Does the Lumia 800, Lumia 710, and Lumia 900 change your mind about Windows Phone handsets, or would you still rather get your hands on an iOS-powered iPhone 4S or an Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Give us your thoughts.


Nokia Lumia 900 hitting the US early in 2012

BGR reports that the Windows Phone Tango-powered Nokia Lumia 900 will make its first appearance in the US early in 2012.

According to the website, Nokia’s new flagship will sport a 4.3 inch ClearBlack AMOLED touchscreen, sport an 8 megapixel camera, and pack a 1.4 GHz processor under the hood.

The Nokia Lumia 800 was first seen across Europe recently in November, but is yet to make an appearance in the US. The 800 and 900 sport similar designs. The only difference in terms of design is screen size. The Lumia 800 sports a 3.7 inch display, while the Lumia 900 sports a 4.3 inch display.

BGR’s sources claim the upcoming smartphone will ship running the latest iteration of the Windows Phone platform, Windows Phone Tango. This is a more updated version of the Lumia 800’s Windows Phone Mango.

In the past, we held our breaths waiting for Nokia’s MeeGo-powered handset, the Nokia N9. However, many were disappointed when the company chose to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, killing off MeeGo. It turns out its partnership with Microsoft turned out to be a success, with a sudden spike in Windows Phone activations in the two weeks the Lumia 800 was launched. Nokia plans to bank on the same success with the Lumia 900 in the US.

According to BGR, Nokia will unveil the new device after CES in January. It will be released within the first few months of next year.

Do you think Nokia’s Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 have what it takes to take on the iOS and Android? Give us your thoughts


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