The Verge - Windows Phone 8: everything you need to know 2012-11-12T00:16:47-05:00 2012-11-12T00:16:47-05:00 2012-11-12T00:16:47-05:00 Microsoft releases Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>A preview version of the new Skype app for <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Windows Phone 8</a> is now available to download. <a href="">First announced last month</a>, the app is a more complete incarnation of the VoIP client than <a href="">Windows Phone 7 users had before</a>; features include the ability to run in the background, incoming calls that match the style of regular phone conversations, and lock screen notifications.</p> <p>It's not out for everyone yet and we're currently unable to find it in the Windows Store by searching (<b>update:</b> it's now available via search), but <a href="" target="_blank"><i>WPCentral</i> says</a> you should be able to download it by following <a href="" target="_blank">this link</a> for now. For more on the app's features and improvements, watch the video below.</p> <p></p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Sam Byford 2012-11-09T11:35:04-05:00 2012-11-09T11:35:04-05:00 Windows Phone 8 launches in the US with AT&T's HTC Windows Phone 8X, Nokia Lumia 920 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Today marks the arrival of <a href="">Windows Phone 8</a> in the United States with AT&amp;T's launch of the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia's Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. The Lumia 920 is available in red, black, yellow, white, and cyan, and can be picked up for $99.99 with a two-year commitment or $449.99 off-contract. Those looking to get a HTC Windows Phone 8X in California Blue can do so for $199.99 on-contract for the 16GB version and $99.99 for 8GB &mdash; the latter of which is available in Limelight Yellow as well. For the more frugal shoppers, Nokia's Lumia 820 can also be picked up for just $49.99 with commitment or $399.99 without. If you're still on the fence about which device is the right one for you, make sure to check out our reviews of the <a href="">Lumia...</a></p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Justin Rubio 2012-11-08T13:30:34-05:00 2012-11-08T13:30:34-05:00 Verizon taking pre-orders for HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 822, shipping November 13th (update) <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Verizon Wireless will start accepting pre-orders for the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia Lumia 822 tomorrow, November 9th at 1AM ET. Unfortunately the carrier isn't revealing specific release dates for either handset, maintaining the vague "by Thanksgiving" timeframe Steve Ballmer shared during <a target="_blank" href="">Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 presser.</a> As expected, the 16GB 8X will retail for $199 &mdash; it seems Verizon has no intention of carrying the 8GB model (which <a href="">AT&amp;T will offer for $99</a>) in its lineup. Blue, red, and black are your color choices, with the latter two exclusive to Big Red. Meanwhile Nokia's Lumia 822 will come in at $99 on-contract and after mail-in rebate, available in black, white, and gray.</p> <p>Success on America's largest wireless network...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Chris Welch 2012-11-06T09:30:33-05:00 2012-11-06T09:30:33-05:00 Lumia 920 and 820 priced on AT&T, pre-orders begin 7th November <img alt="" src="" /> <p>AT&amp;T has unveiled its final pricing and launch dates for its range of Windows Phone 8 devices. Nokia's Lumia 920 will be made available on AT&amp;T for $99.99 on November 9th, with pre-orders starting on November 7th. Nokia's Lumia 820 will also launch on AT&amp;T on November 9th for $49.99, with pre-orders on November 7th.</p> <p>AT&amp;T also confirmed its HTC Windows Phone 8X pricing. The handset will launch at $199.99 for a 16GB version and $99.99 for an 8GB version, both will be available before thanksgiving. AT&amp;T will stock exclusive Limelight Yellow and California Blue color variants of the 8X with 8GB of storage for $99.99. AT&amp;T informs us that it will also include a free wireless charging plate with each purchase of Lumia 920, for a limited time.</p> ... <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Tom Warren 2012-11-02T00:51:24-04:00 2012-11-02T00:51:24-04:00 Microsoft currently testing its own smartphone, says WSJ <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Microsoft surprised the world earlier this year when it moved into producing its own computer hardware with the Surface, but the company's plans may not stop there. According to <a target="_blank" href="">the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>'s sources</a>, Microsoft is currently testing a smartphone with Asian suppliers, although it's unclear whether or not the device will enter mass production. The phone reportedly has a screen size somewhere between four and five inches.</p> <p><a href=""><i>The Verge</i> previously heard</a> that while Microsoft was considering making its own flagship Windows Phone, such a device would be unlikely to see the light of day before the year is out. Indeed, Microsoft has gone out of its way to promote the efforts of hardware partners such as HTC and Nokia, and our sources tell...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Sam Byford 2012-11-01T18:51:46-04:00 2012-11-01T18:51:46-04:00 Microsoft admits it 'ran out of time' on Windows Phone 8 notification center <img alt="" src="" /> <p>One of the interesting omissions from Microsoft's recently launched Windows Phone 8 operating system is the lack of a notification center. Android and iOS both include a system to collect the various alerts triggered by applications, but Microsoft is lacking that crucial element. During a <a href="" target="_blank">session on notifications</a> at Build today, Microsoft's Thomas Fennel strongly hinted that the company is considering a notification center for Windows Phone.</p> <p>"Because we ran out of time," admitted Fennel, after being questioned on the lack of notification center by an audience member. "It's very very important to me&hellip; we get tons of feedback from developers that they want something like that as well. I promise we're thinking very very hard on that one."...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Tom Warren 2012-11-01T00:18:50-04:00 2012-11-01T00:18:50-04:00 Microsoft launches new Windows Phone 8 syncing app for Mac <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Hot on the heels of the <a href="">new Windows Phone companion app</a> for Windows 8 and RT, Microsoft has overhauled its syncing app for Mac users. Version 3.0 has been renamed simply to "Windows Phone" with a new icon that reflects the Windows Phone 8 Start screen; unsurprisingly the headline feature is compatibility with <a href="">Microsoft's latest mobile OS</a>.</p> <p>The interface also now allows for drag-and-drop file transfer between your phone and the desktop, there's updated iPhoto and Aperture support, and the app has been enhanced for Macs with Retina displays. Windows Phone 8 users, meanwhile, will be able to see their battery charge state and have extra ringtone capabilities. The new Windows Phone app is <a target="_blank" href="">available now in the Mac App Store</a>.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Sam Byford 2012-10-30T11:21:13-04:00 2012-10-30T11:21:13-04:00 Verizon's HTC 8X will include wireless charging support <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Verizon may have missed out on Nokia's Lumia 920 handset to AT&amp;T, but the carrier will offer wireless charging in HTC's Windows Phone 8X this fall. Sources with knowledge of Verizon's Windows Phone plans have revealed that the carrier will offer the support as a variant that will likely be exclusive in the US. We're told that the Verizon 8X will not be any thicker due to the wireless charging addition, and that it will be built straight into the handset.</p> <p>We understand that Verizon will announce the 8X wireless charging support in the very near future with two year contract plans. Verizon has previously committed to carrying the 8X and Nokia's Lumia 822. The carrier will also stock a Samsung Ativ Odyssey in December.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Tom Warren