Thursday 8 November 2012

08/11/2012: Verizon and their Windows Phones on the way, a new Humble Bundle and much more!

Verizon and Windows Phones on the way!

   The dawn of Windows Phone 8 is nearly upon us and HTC, Nokia and Samsung will have their offerings available for pre-order on Verizon from tomorrow! This will mean the HTC Windows Phone 8X, Nokia Lumia 822, and Samsung ATIV Odyssey will get the new OS off to a solid start!

   As we have come to expect each of these devices will be arriving with 4G LTE and Verizon is hopeful that the WP8 will bring with it “new ways to further personalize your smartphone” and "blend in seamlessly with your life" something Nokia keeps touting as a key aim for their phones! Verizon also added that “Windows Phone 8 will debut on a number of new smartphones” so we might be getting a few more devices in the not too distant future!

   Just in case you miss the announcement and were wondering what marvels the Nokia Lumia 822 holds then it is essentially the Lumia 820 for Verizon. Which is itself the little brother of the beautiful Nokia Lumia 920. The Lumia 822 will appeal to you if you want a smaller phone than the 4.7" size we're currently seeing flagships come in at!

    The Samsung ATIV Odyssey, on the other hand, is a bit of an enigma and we know very little about the device at the moment; we have no idea about specs or release date, although we expect it'll be Verizon-ed version of Samsung's ATIV S! All Verizon has offered up thus far is that it is “exclusive to Verizon Wireless and available by the end of the year.”

   The Nokia Lumia 822 will arrive in Black, White, and Grey colour choices for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new two year contract. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC will be ready for Thanksgiving in swathe of colours for $199.99 with a new two year contract. The red and black options though, are exclusive to Verizon!

   What do you think about Windows Phone 8? Are you excited about it? And are the bright colours really enough to temp people away from iOS and Android?!

Via Slashgear.

In other news:

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic will be free-to-play worldwide from November 15th!
  • The fps 'Expendable Rearmed' will be coming to devices powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset courtesy of them and Dreamcast!
  • Verizon has said that they expect their LTE network to be completed by mid-2013!
  • Humble Bundle 4 for Android is now available with Splice, Eufloria, Walking Mars, Crayon Physics Deluxe and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP available in it! If you're being extra generous you can get Machinarium as the bonus title! You can get it here!
  • Angry Birds Star Wars is available for your platform of choice today!
  • Google FreeZone will give you the option to use an access Google's services on feature phones without the need for data. The service is currently only available in the Philippines but should be spreading soon!
  • Research firm Canalys, today announced the news that Lenovo sold more phones worldwide than Nokia did in Q3 this year, something they put down to the impending launch of Nokia's Lumia handsets with Windows Phone 8 on board!
And finally, is this a picture of Sony's upcoming competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Note series? The device is rumoured to be the C6603 Yuga flagship! The site Android Schweiz expects the phone to arrive with a 5 inch, 1080p full HD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB's of RAM, a 12MP main camera and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean amongst other goodies like an SD Card slot!

Sony C6603 Yuga


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