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Windows 8 was released a little under a month ago, but already many developers are adding applications to the Windows store. According to Win App Update, over 20,000 apps have been added to the Windows store.

Exact numbers cannot be ascertained, as the numbers are different where you live and they are going up every couple of minutes. Weirdly, the highest amount seems to be in Canada, with around 14,000 apps compatible there, while the US has 13,000 and the UK has 11,000.

Windows 8 store Windows store surpassed 20,000 app mark

Around 90% of all these apps are free, with Win App Update saying there are 18,000 free apps on the Windows Store. This is good, but shows that Windows Store may still need to be matured and monetized for developers that want to make money.

Looking at the numbers, developers are adding between 500 – 350 apps per day to the Windows Store, a decent amount considering how new the operating system is. In addition, we have seen recently that the conversion from other Windows platforms to Windows 8 has been slower than Windows 7, which may have put off some developers.

At the rate we are seeing, the Windows Store may be up to 35,000 apps by the end of the year, possibly more with the holiday season plunge. Developers may be waiting to grab the buyers once they are settled in to their new OS and start to use the store more frequently.

Looking at Christmas lists, while Windows 8 tablets and laptops are not hitting the top of the lists, they are certainly there. If hundreds of thousands of laptops and tablets are sold with Windows 8 on, then developers may be swayed to add their content to that store.

The Windows Store, while packed, does not have tons of quality – we are seeing measly apps that would not even get past the Apple review process hitting the top of the leaderboards, simply because of the inflation. Hopefully, Microsoft will be working on harder reviewing to make their apps.

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It looks like the holiday season is coming off to a great start with Black Friday deals, and with Cyber Monday and the holiday season coming up, shoppers want to know which of these three popular phones should they get: Nokia Lumia 920, Apple iPhone 5, HTC Windows Phone 8X.

The iPhone 5 comes in with 16GB or 32GB for $199 or $299 in black, and 64GB for $399 for the white version. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology with a 4-inch widescreen Multi-Touch Retina display with 1136 x 640 pixel resolution at 326 ppi. It has an 8 MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video, FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and LED flash. It has up to 8 hours talk time and up to 10 hours Internet use via Wi-Fi.

The HTC Phone 8X runs on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 and features a Qualcomm S4 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor with 16GB storage and 1GB RAM. It has a 4.3-inch super LCD 2 touch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution with HD 720p resolution Gorilla Glass 2. It has an 8-megapixel camera with a dedicated HTC ImageChip and a 1800 mAh battery and 2.1 MP front-facing camera. It also comes with Beats Audio built-in. It comes in various colorful designs. It is priced at $100 for the 8GB model available in blue and yellow with AT&T and the 16GB is $200 only in blue.

The Lumia 920 also runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8. It takes many of the physical design elements from previous generations of Lumia handsets, but improves on internal hardware and display technology. Some of the new tech specs include PureMotion HD+ 4.5 inch display (1280 x 768 resolution), Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, NFC chip with 332ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 2,000mAh battery, and Qi wireless charging. It has an 8.7 megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss lens. It has rounded edges and comes in colors black, cyan, red, white, and yellow. The 32GB version sells for $99 with an AT&T two-year contract.

Reviews

Chris Weber, marketing head of Nokia, said that what makes the Lumia 920 stand out is its five distinct areas: Imaging, wiresless charging, screen, location and music, according to PCMag, which he refers to as the “Nokia secret sauce.”

Compared to HTC’s Phone 8X, the Lumia 920 took brighter low-light images than the 8X. Also, the Nokia maps app has a better global mapping database, while the 8X could not find much restaurants in Spain or Canada.

In a spec comparison by Digital Spy with just the Windows 8 smartphones, the Lumia 920 “is a much heftier handset than the HTC Windows Phone 8X” with better features: “The camera set-up is superior; the display is bigger and better (with sensitive touch included); and wireless charging is a decent addition.”

In terms of talk time, the Lumia 920 wins because it promises 9 hours of talk time while the iPhone 5 and 8X say only 8 hours. And who wouldn’t want to have more time to talk to their family and friends?

In a comparison by Auto-o-Mobile with the iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920, the 920 has a better resolution and larger display with also a better front camera than the iPhone 5, with the rear-camera being the best for low-light conditions. The Lumia 920’s battery also wins with a 2,000 mAh battery vs iPhone 5’s 1,440 mAh battery. The Nokia phone is also cheaper.

However the iPhone 5 wins when it comes to operating systems. Although it could be a personal choice, consumers want more apps on their smartphones, and Apple provides it. With iOS 6, the App store has over 700,000 apps for the iPhone 5. Also, the iPhone 5 has more storage options, while the Lumia 920 has only one.

In a camera comparison by CNET, the report said that while the Lumia 920 had strong photo quality and the HTC’s camera took “some pretty nice photos,” the iPhone 5 retained the most consistent although it won some and lost some, but it’s better to see for yourself.

South Korean consumer electronics major LG has officially announced the launch of the Optimus L9 smartphone in the Indian market.

The LG Optimus L9 is a mid-range Android smartphone, priced at Rs 22,000 and hence competes with the likes of Samsung Galaxy SII and HTC One S.

The new Optimus L-series smartphone features a 4.7-inch IPS panel touchscreen display and packs a dual-core mobile processor. In the Optimus L9, LG has introduced a new user interface — Innovote UX, which has the QTranslator feature that can perform simple scan to translate function for about 64 user languages and 44 foreign languages.

The LG L9 houses a 1 GHz dual-core mobile processor with 1 GB RAM that run on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. At the back lies a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash and auto focus. Also there is a VGA camera in the front for video calls.

For longer run time, LG has packed 2150 mAh SiO+ batteries, which are improved version of standard lithium ion batteries that promise better performance than standard batteries.

We got a lot of good news about the Windows Phone 7.8 update lately, but every streak comes to an end as we now have a particularly unpleasant piece of information to share with you. TheLG Optimus 7, which was one of the first Windows Phone handsets and is currently running version 7.5 of the OS, will not be getting updated to version 7.8.

This info comes from LG’s branch in Poland and may not apply to all regions, but LG has not officially announced anything else regarding the Optimus G.

This move shouldn’t come as a big surprise as LG decided to step away from Windows Phone to focus on Android (the company won’t be releasing Windows Phone 8 handsets).

Samsung has announced a Premium Suite update for the Galaxy Note 10.1, which will be provided with the upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update whenever it is released. They have now released a lengthy video that shows these new features in action.

Most of the features in the Premium Suite extend upon the existing features in the Note 10.1. For example, the multi-window app functionality now lets you run several apps simultaneously and even increase their size. The Air View feature, borrowed from the Note II, lets you hover over content in default Samsung apps and preview them. The clipping feature lets you cut images from web pages and send them or add to documents.

There are many more of such features in the Premium Suite and you can check them all out in the video below.

The Samsung Stratosphere II has quietly gone on sale in the US without much fanfare. The phone is available on Verizon on a two year contract for $129.99.

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The Samsung Stratosphere II has a 4-inch, 800 x 480 resolution Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8GB memory with microSD card slot, 5 megapixel rear camera with 720p video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, LTE connectivity, 1,800mAh battery and a 5-line slide-out QWERTY keypad. The phone runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.

A test ROM, carrying a version number N7100XXDLJ2 for the Galaxy Note II has just surfaced, giving everyone brave enough to try manual flashing a chance to experience the latest goodies from the Samsung R&D center.

The leaked release bring a cool new ink effect for the lockscreen, which you can check out in the following video:

Other new features of the leaked ROM include:

  • New Group Cast application
  • Updated notification toggles
  • Customizable notification panel
  • Swype-like continuous input for Samsung Keyboard

Follow our source link for info on how to get the update running on your Note II. As always, be careful when installing pre-release firmware updates and know that this will void your warranty.