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Windows Phone Store now allows you to download apps for transfer via microSD

Manually Install WP Apps Windows Phone Store now allows you to download apps for transfer via microSDWindows Phone users have long been able to download apps directly from the phone or queue them up for download from the Windows Phone website, but Microsoft has added yet another way to install apps. Believe it or not, it is now possible to manually download the .xap files from the Windows Phone Store on your PC and install the apps via a microSD card on Windows Phone 8 devices.

The process is just as simple as it sounds. All apps on the Windows Phone Store now have a “Download and install manually” link in the details column. From there, simply copy the .xap file to a microSD card and insert it into any microSD-equipped Windows Phone 8 device. While the Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC do not have microSD card slots, most other new devices do. To finish installing the apps, open up the Windows Phone Store on your device, tap SD card, and then hit Install. It’s that easy. The full details on the process can be found here.

Frankly, it’s surprising that Microsoft is allowing people to install apps manually, as some people might be worried about increased piracy. But it sounds like the Redmond-based company is getting around this issue by having the phone authenticate the app and ensure that it is the latest version before the installation process can be completed. Apps this fail this test will be listed under “Incompatible apps.”

While I can’t see myself using this feature a lot, it’ll probably be useful for many people.

[Windows Phone Blog]

Windows Phone app downloads and revenue double over the last month

Windows Phone Apps Windows Phone app downloads and revenue double over the last month

Todd Brix, Microsoft’s Senior Director of the Windows Phone Apps Team, has announced that Windows Phone has seen more than a 100% increase in “developer revenue and app downloads since Windows Phone 8 launched in November.” This is exciting, and it appears to signify a marked increase in the amount of Windows Phone devices being sold. Of course, Brix made sure to clarify that this statistic is not an announcement of actual hardware sales. Rather, it is a “nice trend.”

Regardless of the actual hardware sales figures – which, by all accounts, appear to be quite good, based on the Lumia 920′s extremely limited availability – an increase in app downloads and revenue is a big deal for developers, especially if it’s twice what it was before. The Windows Phone Store currently has more than 120,000 apps, but by attracting even more developers, Microsoft will be able to increase this figure exponentially and hopefully close the gap between Windows Phone and 600,000-700,000 apps found on Android and iOS.

[Todd Brix on Twitter]

Windows Phone 8 now available in Europe, coming soon to the US and other countries

Nokia Lumia 810 Windows Phone 8 now available in Europe, coming soon to the US and other countriesThe wait is finally over… provided you’re in Europe. The next generation of Microsoft’s mobile platform, Windows Phone 8, is now available in Europe. This includes all of Microsoft’s flagship devices from Nokia, HTC, and Samsung. Unfortunately, as with the Windows Phone 7 launch two years ago, other countries will have to wait a little while longer.

Out of all the US carriers, T-Mobile has the most concrete information. The Nokia Lumia 810 (a variant of the Lumia 820) will debut on T-Mobile on November 14. It’ll cost Value Plan members $99.99, while Classic Plan members will have to pay $149.99. Both of these prices, of course, are based on a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is expected to launch on this day as well for $149.99.

Next up is Verizon, which will begin carrying the Windows Phone 8X by HTC “before Thanksgiving.” The device will exclusively include wireless charging, and it will run you $199.99. The Nokia Lumia 822 (also a Lumia 820 variant) will launch on the same day in white, black, and grey for just $99.99. If you’re eyeing Samsung’s ATIV (pronounced “aah-TIV”) Odyssey, a variant of the ATIV S, you’ll have to wait until December.

Lastly, AT&T plans to exclusively carry the Nokia Lumia 920 – which features wireless charging and a PureView camera – and the Lumia 820 starting sometime in November, along with the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Samsung ATIV S. Unfortunately, pricing and availability still has yet to be announced.

Sprint will not be getting any Windows Phone 8 handsets at this time, but the Microsoft Store plans to carry every US device in every color. Which one will you be picking up?

[Nokia Conversations: 12 | All About Microsoft]

HTC announces the Windows Phone 8X and 8S

Windows Phone 8X by HTC all colors HTC announces the Windows Phone 8X and 8S

As expected, HTC announced its lineup of Windows Phone 8 handsets at its New York event this morning. Dubbed the “Windows Phone 8S by HTC” and the “Windows Phone 8X by HTC,” these devices are designed to go up against the impressive offering from Nokia and Samsung. Best of all, HTC provided attendees with a firmer launch window – November – and promised that both devices will be available on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well as more than 150 mobile operators in over 50 countries.

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Huawei announces the first Windows Phone 8 handset while HTC devices begin leaking

Windows Phone 8 Hardware Partners 560x265 Huawei announces the first Windows Phone 8 handset while HTC devices begin leaking

Windows Phone 8 has only been official for a single day, but information about the first wave of handsets from Huawei and HTC has already begun to surface. Huawei, a newcomer to Windows Phone, has decided to get ahead of the curve and announce an unnamed Windows Phone 8 handset carrying the company’s Ascend branding. It will, of course, be a “best-in-class smartphone.” The device will initially launch in the US, Europe, and China, with other markets to follow later on.

On the flipside, the specs for three of HTC’s third-generation Windows Phone handsets have already been leaked. The HTC “Rio” is somewhat similar to existing Windows Phone 7.5 devices, thanks to its 4-inch WVGA display, 5MP camera with 720p video, 512MB of RAM, and 14.4Mbps HSPA network speeds. It will, however, include a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (MSM8227) processor. The HTC “Accord” is a step up, sporting a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 2, 8MP camera with 1080p, 1GB of RAM, and 42Mbps HSPA+ network speeds. It will also be one of the first devices to include NFC and a dual-core processor (which The Verge’s sources believe could be a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260A). Finally, the HTC “Zenith” improves upon the “Accord” with a 4.7-inch screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor. The first two devices are expected to be available in October, followed by the release of the “Zenith” during the fourth quarter of 2012.

[Engadget | The Verge]