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This week Microsoft have started pushing out Windows 8.1 to Windows Phone handsets. The roll-out is set to take a few months, so don't be surprised if you don't have it yet - but it does have several very interesting features.


Now, I know I've been harsh on Windows Phone in the past - and I stand by my criticisms of the platform lacking any apps, which prohibit it from being a desirable platform... but there are several things in the new release that I'd really like to see Apple and Google steal and add into their new operating systems.

1) Public wifi built into maps

Ever been stuck wandering around the city looking for some wifi so you can upload that big file, or sit down and do some work? In what retrospectively seems like an obvious move, the new version of Bing Maps will have the option to show public hotspots - saving us from fruitless Googling, or dodgy third-party websites with incomplete listings. Apparently Microsoft's initial database will have over a million hotspots worldwide, with more to follow.

This should be a pretty easy idea for Google to pinch too - thanks to all of that Streetview trawling, the company have lots of wifi data picked up by their cars, so should be able to sort through what is public, and what isn't. In any case, aggregating the databases of all of the major providers (The Cloud, BT Openzone, etc) shouldn't be too difficult, should it?

2) Wifi Sense Passcode Sharing and auto-login

This is really quite clever. It's such a pain inputting wifi passwords, so Microsoft have done away with it. Using what they call "Wifi Sense" you can share your wifi credentials with trusted friends - so they can get connected in a tap rather than in five minutes of bending awkwardly behind the router.


For public wifi too, apparently the updated OS will automatically connect to wifi and log you in - skipping all of those irritating login screens. How happy wifi providers will be that you've skipped their opportunity to advertise to you, I don't know - but anything to stop the tedious splash screens gets my support.

3) Swype-style keyboard input


This is something Android and now Windows have - let's hope it finally persuades Apple to follow suit. Like the Android app Swype, in 8.1, rather than have to lift your fingers to type, you can draw a shape between the letters of the word - and then it'll figure out what you want to say. It works a treat on Android - and now Microsoft have it too. C'mon Apple - how about making that keyboard better?

4) Keyboard interactions with Cortana


One of the big announcements is Cortana, Microsoft's attempt at a Siri-alike assistant. Whilst it can do pretty much the same stuff as Siri there is one difference: you can talk to Cortana using a keyboard. This could be useful for times when it is too loud for Siri... or too embarrassing.

5) Built in Skype


Finally Microsoft have brought one of their biggest trump cards to the table: Skype, which they own. Apparently Skype is deeply integrated into 8.1 - and can be always on in the background on the OS. Even more cleverly, a Skype button has been added for when you're in a call - so you and the person you're speaking to can take the call to Skype if you want video or higher quality audio. Brilliant. As a non-Windows Phone user, I can only hope that Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella sees enough sense to open this sort of Skype integration into other platforms too.

So that's my pick of the top five new things in Windows Phone - what do you like? What should Apple and Google pinch? Let us know in the comments.

Carphone Warehouse have announced that the Nokia Lumia 2520, the company's first foray into the tablet market, will be coming to their stores umm... shortly. They haven't actually announced a date - but pre-orders are now available.


The Windows 8 tablet isn't brand new - it was available from just before Christmas at John Lewis, but it seems that exclusivity deal has just expired. The tablet is a pretty good attempt at taking on the iPad - it sports a fast processor, a 10.1" full 1080p HD screen, 32gb of RAM, 4G and a quadcore processor. So it's not to be sniffed at.

The only downside, as we wrote in our review, was the lack of ecosystem support for Windows. Even though the tablet is nice to use (the keyboard makes a particularly satisfying noise, would you believe) - there's simply not as many apps available as there would be for iPad and Android.

Pre-orders have just started - the tablet will set you back £399 for a SIM free version. Apparently everyone who preorders (whilst stocks last) will get the fold out keyboard accessory thrown in for free (it would usually cost £99).

Good news for Windows Phone users (yes, both of you) - Nokia have started the global roll out of the operating system's "Black" update - the codename for the latest version. With it comes a raft of improvements, which you can see after the break.


The update begins today - starting with the Nokia 1020 (the beast with the 41 megapixel camera) and the Nokia 925 - with the rest of the Nokia range following shortly.

Here's how Nokia themselves describe all of the updates:

  • App Folder. This brand new feature makes your Lumia experience even more fluid by giving you an option to further personalize and organize your Start screen. With App folders you can group similar apps and settings into one folder, a tile, on your Start screen.

  • Nokia Glance screen 2.0. Helps you keep track of information in real time, making all your most important notifications including: phone, messages, email, outlook, calendar, or any apps that use notifications such as Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, or games; always visible at a glance on your screen. It saves time and energy.

  • Bluetooth LE. Will now be enabled across the full Windows Phone 8 Lumia range for compatible gadgets like the Adidas MiCoach accessories.

  • Nokia Refocus. The amazing Nokia Refocus comes to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia smartphones with 1GB of RAM and upwards.

  • Nokia Beamer. Sharing what's on your phone is easier than ever with Nokia Beamer. You can now beam documents, presentations, anything you like, to any HTML5-enabled screen by simply scanning a QR code on the screen. It's coming to all of the phones with 1GB RAM upwards.

  • Nokia Storyteller. The app arranges your photos for you, by date and by place, making it easier to tell the stories behind your pictures, and give extra context through the close integration of interactive maps.

  • Nokia Camera. Combines Nokia Pro Camera and Smart Camera to simplify the photo-taking experience, and ensure you get the perfect shot every time. The app has been available for Lumia PureView smartphones since last year, but it's now coming to the rest of the WP8 Lumia range. The latest Nokia Camera update also brings raw DNG support for Lumia 1020 owners.

  • Latest generation of imaging algorithms. The Lumia Black update further improves the image quality, especially in Lumia 1020. Among others, the improvements include a new oversampling algorithm, making your images more natural looking with reduced noise, while ensuring your photos remain wonderfully sharp.

We're particularly pleased about the Nokia Beamer update - having used it when reviewing the Nokia 1520, I can confirm that it is excellent.

The update also brings some minor tweaks from Microsoft's end - safe driving mode, custom ringtones, closing apps in multitasking view and the ability to lock the screen rotation.

If you're a Lumia user and want to update, simply head to Settings then Phone Update. The update should be available now.

Vodafone's 4G offering recently launched here in the UK and the network have just announced the addition of three new phones to the 4G ready line-up that will be particularly enticing if you're into photography.

Xperia Z1

The Sony Xperia Z1 is a powerful beast - sporting a 2.2ghz Snapdragon process. It has a 20 megapixel camera with a 27mm wide angle lens - and get this, unlike the new iPhone 5S - it is actually waterproof, up to a depth of 1m. And you can get one for free on contract for the, er, bargain basement price of £47/month for two years.

It's joined by the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (click the link to read Chris's review!), a phone with a massive camera lens bolted on that'll be attractive to any photographers with it's 10x optical zoom.

Xperia Z1

Completing the set is the Nokia Lumia 1020, which instead runs on Windows Mobile. Available in either yellow or black, this has an astonishing 41 megapixel camera on board with a fancy Carl Zeiss lens and all that. (Stay tuned for our full review of the phone on TechDigest soon!)

The Lumia will also set you back £47/month, but Vodafone are sweetening the deal by extending a free Spotify subscription or free Sky Sports to 4G customers with these phones.

So if you're a photographer looking for a new phone, it might be best to focus on these handsets. I'm so sorry.

Nokia Lumia 1020 hits UK stores on September 12


nokia-lumia-1020-official.jpgHoping to become a PureView paparazzi with the new Nokia Lumia 1020? Then you won't have long to wait; Nokia's official UK Twitter account has just confirmed that the handset will be going on sale this Thursday, September 12.

"#Lumia1020 + UK = this Thursday" is the simple message given by the tweet, though there was still no sign of an off-contract price for those looking to go SIM free.

The Lumia 1020 makes use of a whopping 41MP camera sensor, using the company's incredible PureView tech, and capable of some very tasty shots according to those forwarded onto us by Nokia themselves.

It's looking equally impressive under the hood too, with a Qualcomm S4 processor sitting underneath its 1280 x 768 4.5-inch AMOLED HD+ display. But with the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 looming over the horizon, those looking for a Windows Phone phablet may want to hold out just a little longer before committing the cash.

nokia-lumia-1520-leak.pngWith the word "phablet" now making its way into the Oxford Dictionaries Online, it's open season for the supersized phone/tablet hybrids. Now looking a dead-cert to be putting out one such device are Nokia, whose rumoured Lumia 1520 device has been spotted in the wild alongside a Lumia 1020.

And it absolutely dwarfs it. Said to be featuring a 6-inch 1080p display, the Lumia 1520 is also rumoured to be sporting a 20MP PureView camera and polycarbonate body, while those at WPCentral (who were first sent the above image) speculate that the case it is housed in above will also facilitate Qi wireless charging. With a screen that big, and powered by a quad-core Snapdragon CPU, wire-free charging may be a blessing - we'd imagine the handset to chew threw battery power in no time at all.

In terms of UI tweaks, the extra screen real estate seems to be allowing for a third column of Windows Phone 8 Live Tiles too - good for those who like to populate their home screens with plenty of at-a-glance info.

Nokia have a press conference lined up for the end of September. Expect to see this and potentially a Windows RT tablet making their debut then.

NOKIA-Phablet-375x500.jpgNokia have just released their largest smartphone to date in the shape of the 4.7-inch Lumia 625, but it seems the Finnish company has its sights set on something even bigger.

A 6-inch display panel bearing the Nokia logo has appeared in a spyshot snapped on a Chinese factory floor, and picked up by accurate leaker IC Tech.

While it adds greater credence to rumours that Nokia are working on a true "phablet" device, what's not certain is whether or not it'll have the high-end specs to take on the likes of Sony's Xperia Z Ultra and upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Take the recently released Lumia 625, for instance - though the company's largest handset, its internal specs are at best middling, and the screen resolution lowly.

Much of the focus has returned to Nokia's camera tech, with the Lumia 925's low light shooting and Lumia 1020's PureView 41MP camera sensor stealing the headlines. We'd be surprised if this new 6-inch wannabe supplants Nokia's current flagships.

nokia-lumia-625.jpgNokia have just revealed their biggest phone to date, the 4.7-inch Nokia Lumia 625. A mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset, it sees Nokia following the trend for increasingly bigger handsets.

Though a sizeable 4.7-inches, it is however running at a fairly lowly resolutions of 480 x 800, which may make it not the sharpest handset out there. Processing chops seem solid though, with a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 running the show here - keep in mind that Windows Phone 8 is less processor-intensive than, say, Android, so the lack of a quad-core isn't that big a deal here.

Thinner than a Nokia Lumia 925 at just 9.15mm, both HSPA radios and LTE are supported, including EE's Band 3 4G range.

nokia-lumia-625-2.jpgNo PureView camera tech here like in the flagship Lumia 1020 - rather, its a simple 5MP deal on the back, with the gif-making Cinemagraph tool and the Smart Camera app previously on the Lumia 925. 8GB of storage is built in, while microSD cards let you boost it by an extra 64GB.

"With our largest smartphone screen to date, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a perfect example of how Nokia is delivering leading smartphone innovation and experiences at every price point," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices.

Headed to EE, Vodafone, O2, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse by early September, it'll be priced at £200.

Check out the official Nokia promo vid below:

halo-spartan-assault.jpgConsider yourself a Halo completionist? Then you'd better have a Windows 8 device: the latest entry into the Master Chief saga, Halo: Spartan Assault launches exclusively today on the Windows 8 platform, including desktop PCs running the latest version of Microsoft's operating system, Windows Phone 8 smartphones, and Windows 8 tablets including the Surface range.

A top-down RTS game rather than the first-person shooter gameplay the series is known for, Spartan Assault is set between the Halo 3 and Halo 4 games, offering tactical, strategic play across maps familiar to series stalwarts.

Available today for £4.99 across devices, it's one of the few Windows 8 app exclusives that may make people sit up and take note.

And indeed, at least in terms of tablet sales, Microsoft will hope they do - the Redmond company posted strong Windows financial results today for the Q4 2013 period, but had revenues tarnished by a $900m loss due to underwhelming sales of the Surface RT range.

Pick up Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8 handsets by clicking here. Desktop and tablet users can pick up their version here.

nokia-lumia-925-top.jpgNokia have revealed their Q2 2013 finanical results, showing the company to be well on the way to recovery after a few harrowingly bad years.

Though still posting a loss of 115 million Euros, that's significantly less than the shocking 824 million loss suffered a year earlier. The improved performance has been helped by growing sales of the company's Lumia smartphones, totting up 7.4 million sales worldwide over Q2 2013 (a 32% increase), worth 1.164 billion Euros. That figure sees the company continue to push far ahead of BlackBerry in the race for third place in the mobile market behind Google's Android and Apple's iPhone.

However, with the focus now on smartphone sales for consumers, Nokia's feature phone range suffered, with net sales of "dumb" phones falling 39% year-on-year from 2.291 billion Euros in Q2 2012 to 1.405 billion Euros in 2013.

Even with the sliding sales in the cut-price category, Nokia look to have fresh plans for securing sales in that end of the market, an area they have traditionally been strong in:

"Towards the end of the second quarter, we started to ship the Asha 501, which brings a new design and user experience to the highly competitive sub-$100 market," said Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO.

"While we are very encouraged by the consumer response to our innovations in this price category, our mobile phones business unit is planning to take actions to focus its product offering and improve product competitiveness."

Praise was heaped upon the Lumia range by Elop too:

"We are very proud of the recent creations by our Lumia team, from the Lumia 520 - our most affordable Windows Phone 8 product which has enjoyed a strong start in markets like China, France, India, Thailand, the UK, the US and Vietnam - to the Lumia 1020, our star imaging product which we unveiled to the world last week.

"Overall, Lumia volumes grew to 7.4 million in the second quarter, the highest for any quarter so far and showing increasing momentum for the ecosystem. During the third quarter, we expect that our new Lumia products will drive a significant part of our smart devices revenue."

nokia-lumia-1020-full-leak-top.jpgThe Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone has had its full spec sheet leaked online to UnleashThePhones, just hours before it is expected to be officially launched by the Finnish company, confirming the rumours of its 41-MP super camera sensor.

Featuring a 4.5-inch AMOLED HD+ screen, the handset will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor (though the manufacturer of the chip remains unknown). The screen itself will be made of super-tough Gorilla Glass 3, running at a reasonably high 1280 x 768 resolution.

The headlining feature of course however of the Windows Phone 8 device will be its 41MP rear camera sensor, complete with Xenon flash and full 1080p video recording chops. Further pushing its camera phone skills, an optional camera grip case will be available for the handset, offering an extra 1020mAh battery and packing in a dedicated shutter button. The case also has a screw mount, letting the handset be hooked up to a tripod mount for steady shooting.

Elsewhere under the hood, the Lumia 1020 will feature 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 7GB of Microsoft's cloud-based SkyDrive storage.

LTE and HSPA+ connectivity is onboard alongside the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options, while NFC for wireless tap-sharing, payments and charging also features. Nokia Here maps and Here Drive navigation applications will come pre-installed, easing the pain of Windows Phone 8's lack of a dedicated Google Maps app.

It seems as though the Pureview 808's tech is finally in a half-decent smartphone then! With Nokia's full reveal expected today at 4pm GMT, we'll update with any further significant details as they come in.

spotify-windows-8.jpgA new update for music-streaming service Spotify's Windows Phone 8 app has been released today, finally bringing the app out of the beta testing phase and bringing with it a host of new features.

Version 2.0.4933.0 is now available to download from the Windows Phone Store, which adds a number of new language options to the app, as well as track playback scrubbing and improvements to offline playlist functionality, making building your library of offline tracks on the phone easier.

Tracks can be starred directly in app now, as well as streaming over 2.5G and 3G services, with the app sharing a similar visual style to the whole Windows Phone 8 operating system.

Though the app is free, a premium account with Spotify is needed to access the library of tracks, costing £9.99 a month. A 48 free trial is also offered however, giving you a taste of what the superb service offers.

UKStore_mag.pngLekiosk is one of the most popular digital magazine reading applications on IOS and Android, popular thanks to its 3D newsstand-like interface.

And now it's headed to the Windows 8 operating system!

Publishers already touting their wares using lekiosk include the BBC and Dennis Publishing, with magazines such as Wired and T3 available through the service. The magazine library is expected to grow too in the coming months as more and more publishers are being added to lekiosk.

The move of lekiosk to Windows 8 is aimed to bring the digital reading platform to as many desktop users as possible, not to mention the growing number of Windows 8 tablet users. The popularity of Windows 8 has bloomed well with over 60 million licenses sold since release. lekiosk will be looking to capitalise upon the growing userbase, likely to grow substantially again once the consumer friendly features of the Windows 8.1 update land.

lekiosk offers two main price points. Customers can grab 3 magazines for £5 or alternatively 10 magazines for £10. The prices are fairly cheap comparable to those on the high street because the magazine publisher does not have to spend money on printing and transporting the magazine, passing the savings on to you.

Those not fussed about lekiosk's arrival on Windows 8 can check out rival services such as Apple's Newsstand, Zinio or Google Play Magazines. However, a quick scan of the lekiosk library, in my opinion, shows lekiosk to have the most comprehensive range of the gang.

For more on lekiosk and its arrival on Microsoft's platform, click here.

nokia-lumia-1020-leak.jpgA picture claimed to be a press snap of Nokia's forthcoming Lumia 1020 handset has appeared online. If the real deal, those expecting a massive redesign for the Lumia range should probably stop reading now to avoid disappointment.

The handset (previously rumoured to be called the Nokia EOS), has had its picture posted by the @evleaks Twitter account, apparently showing a US model given the AT&T carrier logo displayed onscreen.

Featuring the standard Windows Phone Live Tile UI, it appears very similar in design to Nokia's previous Lumia offerings. Things should get more interesting around the back though, which @evleaks failed to show - rumoured to be a camera-tech focussed smartphone, the Lumia 1020's sensor could be quite a site, said to be sharing the 41MP unit found in the company's earlier PureView phone experiments.

Nokia are expected to launch the handset officially at a press event in New York on 11 July. If the high-tech cameraphone rumours prove to be true, the Lumia 1020 will face stiff competition from Samsung's recently launched Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, which features similarly impressive camera tech in shape of a 10x optical zoom.

blackberry-10-ui-top.jpgThere's no shaking Google's Android and Apple's iOS from first and second place respectively at the top of the smartphone user number rankings charts, but the battle for third place is a corker. The latest stats have just come in from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, covering Q1 2013, seeing Windows Phone overtake BlackBerry for third place.

Microsoft's mobile OS now sits at 3.2% of the smartphone market share, up from 2.0% last year, with BlackBerry dropping down to 2.9%, a considerable fall from their 6.4% share a year earlier in Q1 2012.

While that's a 133.3% growth for Windows Phone, BlackBerry's share has shrunk by 35.1%. This is despite a gigantic new hardware and software push from the Canadian company, launching new handsets like the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10, as well as the well-considered BlackBerry 10 OS. While the Nokia and Microsoft partnership across the Lumia line-up is finally making headway it seems, leading the Windows Phone charge, it must be very worrying times over at Blackberry HQ.

"Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

"Given the relatively low volume generated, the Windows Phone camp will need to show further gains to solidify its status as an alterative to Android or iOS."

As expected, Google's Android OS retains the top spot with 75% of the market share (that's 79.5% year-on-year growth), with Apple's iPhone line taking a 17.3% share in second place.

For more from the report, click here.

iplayer-windows-phone-8.jpgIt's been a long old wait, but the BBC iPlayer catch-up TV app is now available on Windows Phone 8 devices.

Rather than a ground-up build of the service, the Windows Phone 8 version of the app is actually a shortcut to the mobile optimised version of the website, alongside a live tile and the included BBC Media Player app needed to power playback.

The app is free and is available form the Windows Phone app store now.

However, despite months of preparatory development work, the BBC have been unable to put together a version for users of Windows Phone 7.5 handsets.

"Following our previous blog post some of you will be wondering what about Windows Phone 7.5?," said Dave Price, Head of BBC iPlayer, Programmes and On Demand, BBC Future Media, in a BBC blog post.

"Over the last few months we have been working with Microsoft to launch iPlayer on both Windows Phone 8 and 7.5.

"Unfortunately, platform limitations with Windows Phone 7.5 have meant we've been unable to provide the same quality playback experience as on Windows Phone 8. This led to the joint decision not to make BBC iPlayer available on Windows Phone 7.5.

"Although this is disappointing, Windows Phone 8 currently make up the majority of all Windows Phones on the market and this number is expected to grow. I therefore hope more of you will get to enjoy BBC programmes on the go with iPlayer with Windows Phone 8 devices."

In March this year 30% of all BBC iPlayer streaming requests came from mobiles or tablets (with 81 million requests in total), showing that on-the-go TV viewing is on the rise.

Are you a Windows Phone 7.5 user? Feel a bit shortchanged by Microsoft's swift ditching of the OS and drop off in developer interest, or perfectly happy with the operating system and its app offerings? Fire off in the comments section below.

nokia-lumia-925-top.jpg Nokia have officially revealed the Nokia Lumia 925 handset, a new flagship Windows Phone from the Finnish mobile giants that aims at a more premium build quality than the company's current offerings.

Built with a mixture of aluminium and polycarbonate (polycarbonate covering on the back, aluminium around the edges), it's a push towards the high-end designs of the iPhone and the HTC One. Measuring just 8.5mm thick and 139 grams, it's far more svelte than the Lumia 920 (that handset sits at 10.7mm thick and 185 grams). The handset retains a little bump around the camera that pushes the thickness a tad wider at that point, but the curved-edged design is attractive nonetheless.

Under the hood, specs stay very similar to the Lumia 920. A 1.5GHz dual-core processor powers the phone, backed by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (less than the 32GB present in the 920), with 4G connectivity onboard.

The screen is a 4.5-inch OLED with a 1280 x 768 resolution, while the company's PureView camera system is paired with an 8.7MP rear sensor and 1.2MP front facing snapper. Optical image stabilisation and a dual-LED flash are also present. A new Smart Camera shooting mode will also be added, using a new UI that allows for motion focus features and the ability to blur, alter or remove altogether background elements from photos.

A tie-in with the upcoming Man of Steel Superman flick will also see Lumia 925 owners get exclusive content relating to the movie pre-loaded on the handset. Man of Steel / aluminium body, get it?

Unlike the rest of the Lumia line, the Lumia 925 comes in just two subdued colours - grey and black. If you want a more vibrant look you'll have to grab an additional sleeve that clips onto the back of the device, coming in red, yellow black and white shades. They also add wireless charging capabilities to the handset.

Though exact worldwide pricing hasn't been revealed, from the 469 Euro asking price given for European territories, we'd put the Nokia Lumia 925 at around the £400 when it hits UK stores. Expect to see it filling mobile retailers shelves from June, with sales starting in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and China before rolling out to further territories.

As for carriers, Vodafone have announced as that they'll be exclusively carrying a 32GB variant of the handset at launch.

Nokia have officially revealed the Nokia Lumia 928, their new flagship Windows Phone handset. And with it comes the first hands-on clip with smartphone, courtesy of the official Nokia Conversations channel. Hit the clip above to check it out.

Set to be an exclusive for the Verizon network in the US, it sees Nokia focussing their energies on the onboard camera system, with the phone carrying PureView branding and a a Carl Zeiss f/2.0 wide angle lens. An 8.7MP sensor features, with Nokia promising top-notch photos thanks to optical image stabilisation, even if you're capturing a busy action shot. The inclusion of a Xenon flash too will make low-light, indoor shooting far improved well as still image quality being touted, Nokia are pushing video capture quality too, with full HD video captured sharply alongside distortion-free audio capture and playback.

In terms of size and screen specs, the Nokia Lumia 928 rocks a 4.5-inch AMOLED display at a 1280 x 768 resolution (15:9 aspect ratio), with a pixel density of 334ppi.

Under the hood sits a 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core chipset, with 1GB of RAM to aid multitasking. 32GB of storage space is included alongside 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage space, though there's no storage expansion through microSD. A 2000 mAh battery is also in there too, as is 4G"Verizon Wireless customers, we heard you and the wait is over - we're excited to offer a Nokia flagship smartphone, specially designed and optimised for the nation's largest 4G LTE network," said Matt Rothschild, vice-president, Nokia North America.

Verizon are putting the Nokia Lumia 928 on their 4G network from 16 May for $99 (£65) following a $50 rebate on a new two-year contract. Black and white versions of the handset will both be available.

Which leaves one question: what's Nokia got planned for May 14, the date they've had tech journalists the world over pencilling into their diaries? Safe money is on it being news of the Nokia Lumia 925, a worldwide variation on the Lumia 928. We'll keep you posted on what the eventual reveal proves to be.

lumia-520-mid.jpgNokia are said to be working on a new Lumia smartphone to rival the Samsung Galaxy Note in terms of size.

Sources "with knowledge of the company's plans" have spoken to the Financial Times, who are reporting that the Finnish phone manufacturer is putting together a "phablet" device with a screen around the same 5.5-inch size as the Galaxy Note, but packing in "more advanced specifications" under the hood.

Nokia will also be launching a high-end camera phone with a massive 40MP sensor in July, using the same camera tech that was found in the unusual Symbian-based 808 PureView phone from last year. It seems this summer's phone is the rumoured EOS PureView device.

The new phones will be added to the quickly-growing range of Windows Phone 8 devices offered by Nokia, including the Lumia 520, 720, 820 and 920. With little more than size and camera setting all the devices apart considering how well the Windows Phone platform scales to less powerful hardware, these new rumoured handsets could prove interesting additions to the Lumia line up.

They'd effectively give Nokia three flagship devices; the all-rounder in the shape of the 920, the camera focussed EOS PureView and the tablet-like 5.5-inch device. With Samsung's Galaxy line saturating the Android market with more configurations than could possibly be needed, and Apple playing it safe with just the one new iPhone each year (forgetting the rumoured "cheap iPhone", of course), Nokia's range would seem to be covering a sensible number of bases and user requirements.

Nokia-Lumia-800-iplayer-400px.jpgThe BBC iPlayer app will soon be available to Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 users.

The app will act as shortcut application available through the Windows Phone Store, making iPlayer available as a Live Tile, wrapping both the iPlayer website and dedicated Media Player software needed to run it together.

Windows Phone users will still be missing out on features available to Apple's iOS devices however. Not only have iOS users had a dedicated iPlayer app since 2011, they now also have the option of saving shows for offline playback - something that will be missing from the Windows Phone versions upon release.

"We will be releasing a shortcut to BBC iPlayer in the near future which will be available in the Windows Phone Store, enabling the BBC iPlayer website to work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 via a live tile," said Cyrus Saihan, head of Business Development, BBC Future Media.

"Working with the industry in ways like this helps our digital services reach more of the UK's online population and gives our audiences ever increasing ways to access BBC services."

The move will bring the number of devices that the BBC iPlayer app is available to to well over 650.

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