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A few days ago Lumia 800 owners got some exciting news. There were several reports of devices receiving the long awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update.

As it turns out though, this was merely a test run, rather than the real deal. While a limited group of users did indeed get the update, the Windows Phone 7.8 rollout for the general public will happen in early 2013 as planned.

Those who received the update actually own a pre-production units of Lumia 800, so they were eligible for the test version of WP 7.8. All this was confirmed by a Nokia official.

So, the update is not out, folks. Stop mashing that check for updates button, because you won’t have any luck with it. Not for now, at least.

There are surely ways to force the test update into your Lumia 800, but we’d advise against it. You can brick your device, void your warranty or be permanently banned from getting new software updates via the official channels.

Nokia Lumia 800 users have a good reason to smile today. The Finnish company’s first Windows Phone flagship has begun receiving the much anticipated update to Windows Phone 7.8 Tango.

The upgrade includes four separate updates and can be accessed via the Zune desktop software. It brings a number of improvements, including new boot screens and resizable live tiles.

In case you are a Nokia Lumia 800 owner, go ahead and hook up your smartphone to the Zune desktop to see if the update is available in your region. Feel free to share your experience by dropping us a line in the comments section.

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The Mexican retailer Guerrero Móvil teased an upcoming Nokia smartphone, called Nokia Lumia 505. It will be exclusive (at least initially) to the network of local carrier Telcel and should become the cheapest Nokia WP device to date.

The Lumia 505 specs are mostly unknown for now – all the carrier’s Facebook account gave us was the 8 megapixel camera. We can also see that there’s not going to be a flash of any kind alongside the camera.

However, the Windows key at the front features the old WP logo, so it’s all but certain that the smartphone will be running some Windows Phone 7 version.

Now a closer look at its homescreen shows the support for resizable live tiles, so it’s obvious that the smartphone will be running Windows Phone 7.8 out of the box.

There are also rumors of a 4″ WVGA display, 800MHz CPU, 4GB of storage and 256MB of RAM, which make sense, but are yet to be confirmed. It would be a strange if Nokia invested too much effort in the design of a smartphone that is going to be exclusive to a Mexican carrier, so the Lumia 505 is most probably little more than a redesigned Lumia 510.

Guerrero Movil promised to reveal more information on the Nokia Lumia 505 in a week, so we won’t have to wait long to find out.

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Nokia has just introduced a new member of its Lumia family of WP8 smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 620 runs on the latest edition of the Microsoft mobile platform and hopes to impress you with a distinct youthful design, S4 Snapdragon chipset and an attractive price tag.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with a 3.8″ ClearBlack LCD display of WVGA resolution and is powered by a two Krait CPU cores clocked at 1GHz, the Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The internal storage is 8GB, and is expandable though the microSD card slot.

The Nokia Lumia 620 offers a 5 megapixel primary camera with LED flash at the back and a VGA front-facing shooter for video-chats. Video recording maxes out at 720p@30fps.

   
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Being a part of the Nokia Lumia lineup, the 620 has access to the exclusive Nokia Drive app, which provides free lifetime voice-guided navigation and offline access. The Nokia Music no log-in streaming service is also available. The smartphone will be relying heavily on those to help it in its battle with theHTC Windows Phone 8S, which has very similar hardware.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with the usual for WP8 smartphones set of connectivity options – Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, 2G and 3G with HSDPA support. There’s no LTE here, but given the handset’s mid-range status, that was to be expected.

The Nokia Lumia 620 will be available in a range of colors including, lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. It’s estimated to cost $249, excluding taxes and subsidies and will begin selling in January 2013 in Asia, followed closely by Europe and the Middle East before expanding further.

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The Nokia Lumia 920T is, reportedly, the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone to reach China and that’s a thing to take pride in. But with a customer base of over 700 million, China Mobile is also the world’s biggest carrier so the launch of the Lumia 920T there may also be a life-saver for the ailing Nokia.

Specs-wise, the Nokia 920T is identical to the international version, but it’s specifically made to work on China’s TD-CDMA network and comes with a handful of software customizations for the Chinese market.

The Chinese Windows Marketplace has some 50K apps on tap, but customers will also have access to the Mobile Market, China Mobile’s own app store.

Also Lumia 920T customers will get access to special deals from the location-based service Jiepang by tapping the NFC-enabled device on tags, available in multiple outlets in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Air China will also offer wireless charging pads in their VIP lounges.

In the same time Apple is yet to make the iPhone 5 available for the carrier’s customers.

“Technology [the TD-SCDMA network] is a problem, but that’s not all, there is also the business model and the revenue sharing.” – commented the delayed iPhone 5 launch Li Yue, CEO of China Mobile Communications Corporation, in response to a recent press inquiry. Apple and China Mobile are yet to settle the terms of their iPhone 5 deal, but it will be happening sooner or later.

Unfortunately, the Nokia Lumia 920T won’t be coming out in the all-popular cyan color. It will only be available in black, white, yellow and red. The smartphone should launch by the end of the year.

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Nokia’s financials aren’t what you’d call great lately, and as a result the company is selling its headquarters building in Espoo, Finland for €170 million.

The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the year, but the company has no plans to move out afterwards. Instead it will lease it back and continue its operations there. The building offers 48,000 square meters of office real estate and has been housing Nokia’s HQ since 1997.

Here’s what the chief financial officer of Nokia, Timo Ihamuotia had to say.

We had a comprehensive sales process with both Finnish and foreign investors and we are very pleased with this outcome. As we have said before, owning real estate is not part of Nokia’s core business and when good opportunities arise we are willing to exit these types of non-core assets. We are naturally continuing to operate in our head office building on a long-term basis.

Nokia is obviously in dire need of money and is trying to cash in on just about everything valuable it holds. In June the company sold its Vertu subsidiary and now its the HQ turn to go. Hopefully, the cash will help the company continue normal operating until the WP investment pays off. That Q4 report will make for a pretty interesting read.

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Nokia made a pretty big deal of the stabilization feature of its Lumia 920 flagship smartphone. The handset comes with the Floating lens technology, which is real optical image stabilization, as opposed to the digital solution of its competitors.

Naturally, everyone was curious to find out how big a difference the new technology makes, so we decided to pin the Nokia Lumia 920 against the Apple iPhone 5 (which has the most efficient digital video stabilization we have seen so far).

The results were somewhat surprising – see for yourselves in the video below. Don’t forget to go fullscreen and select the 1080p option.

Update: We saw there’s some confusion so we felt we should clear this out. The two smartphone were attached to a stand, rather than being held in two hands as that puts them on equal footing. The test itself starts with some casual panning, which is followed by walking in place and jumping.

At first glance the difference isn’t really major – each of the two contenders has its moments of superiority in the video. If we hadn’t named the two halves, you’d probably have a hard time telling which one uses optical stabilization and which one is simply employing a cleverly designed software algorithm.

However, for its stabilization to work so well, the iPhone 5 is forced to use only the central part of its sensor, while the Lumia 920 can use the whole thing, which gives it both a wider viewing angle and the option to do pixel binning, which helps fight digital noise.

So the Nokia Lumia 920 takes this round, even if the margin of its victory is smaller than we anticipated.
Of course, this is just one scenario and the optical image stabilization might turn out to be more beneficial on other occasions. We’ll be doing some more tests before the review is complete so we’ll know how good Floating lens actually is.

Nokia never releases new mobile phones without proper introduction. The Nokia 114 is either the first exception or the administrators of Nokia’s Indian website have jumped the gun publishing this one.

Last month’s Nokia 109 is an equally cheap entry-level handset and it was announced with the usual fanfare, so we’d take a guess and suppose some overeager hands published the 114 earlier than expected.

Speaking of the Nokia 109, the 114 si like its twin. Both have exactly the same size and design, though the Nokia 114 is a few grams heavier. Both have identical 65K color screens with resolution of 128 x 160px with a 1.8-inch diagonals. The 114 however, adds the extra Dual SIM functionality plus a handful of other extras.

First off, the Nokia 114 comes with a beefier 1080mAh battery, though even with it, its rated standby time is around 20% less. But that’s understandable with two GSM radios inside.

Then the Nokia 114 tops the 109 functionality with a VGA camera with QCIF video. And finally, there’s the added benefit of Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, which the 109 lacks.

Come to think of it, feature-wise, the Nokia 114 is much more like the already announced Nokia 112, which however has an even larger battery and is slightly larger.

Some hawk-eyed readers (thanks, Towhid) have spotted uncanny resemblance to the Nokia 110, which has the same specs, but slightly different looks. This one is also a wee bit slimmer than the new Nokia 114.

From what it seems, the Nokia 114 doesn’t have a full replica out there, so it’s a genuinely new phone.

The Nokia 114 seems to only be available on Nokia’s Indian website, so that should tell us something before we hear more about its regional availability. And we’re yet to learn about its launch schedule or pricing.

Now who said nobody ever announces new products in December?

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Microsoft has confirmed that it will be rolling out the Windows Phone 7.8 update early in 2013. Owners of the Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 610 will need to wait until then to get their hands on a host of new features and a faster user experience.

Microsoft has updated its official blog to confirm that work on the Windows Phone 7.8 update is coming together and is expected to start rolling out early in 2013. At this stage there is no more detailed information as to when it will appear.

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However, Microsoft has highlighted a number of new features that are already a part of Windows Phone 8 that will be making an appearance on Windows Phone 7.8.

We already knew the update would be following the styling of Windows Phone 8 to offer a Start screen that spans the full width of the display. It’s also now been confirmed users will be able to resize Live Tiles. You’ll also be able to choose from 20 accent colours, as we already can with Windows Phone 8.

There are also new Lock screen features that Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 610 users can look forward to, such as choosing different wallpapers, such as Bing ‘picture of the day’ and improved password security.

The blog post also mentions that Windows Phone 7.8 will be faster and more responsive, effectively giving your Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 610 a new lease of life.

While we were hoping to see the Windows Phone 7.8 update appear in 2012, it seems the wait is almost over and should bring with it a host of enhanced features.

If you curious as to what Windows Phone 7.8 will bring to your Nokia Lumia, check out Windows Phone 7.8 versus Windows Phone 8: What can we expect?

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Nokia’s Scalado acquisition continues to pay off as the company just announced the PhotoBeamer app. The software is exclusive app to the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 and allows you to stream photos quite easily.

You can stream your gallery to any device with a web browser and internet connection. What you need to do is open the PhotoBeamer website on the target device, scan a QR code with your phone’s PhotoBeamer app and your gallery will be shared immediately.

As you can see it’s quite simple and does not limit the gadgets you can stream on. Whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, PC or Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or even a smart TV – you can show off your awesome pictures everywhere.

If you own a Lumia 920 or 820, just head over to the Windows Store and download the PhotoBeamer. It’s free and works both via Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connection.

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