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Gallery: Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro

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Possibly the most unusually timed gallery ever put on AAWP, this is the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro, brand new in Europe, a Windows 10 Mobile flagship in mid-2017, against all the odds, or at least against the perception of the tech media. Following an (initially) one carrier, USA-only release in late 2016, we now have a tweaked version for the rest of the world, here in full retail form.

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Gallery: Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 (and VR)

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It's true that this gallery is somewhat out of time - the 'Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10' has been out for T-Mobile in the USA since November 2016 and available SIM-free in the USA generally for around a month. However, AAWP is based in the UK and we've had no access to this new Windows 10 Mobile flagship... until now. Guest contributor (and ex-pat) Anthony Fear lives in North America and brings us an initial IDOL 4S gallery, ahead of more detailed review coverage.

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AAWP Insight #29: Windows Phone 7.8

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In episode 29 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, we continue our coverage of the news from the Windows Phone Summit. We talk Windows Phone 7.8 and ask whether this upgrade path (for existing Windows Phone 7.5 devices) is enough to keep consumes happy and if Microsoft could have done anything else. In the second half of the podcast, discussing Windows Phone 8 more generally, we touch on the launch hardware partners (Nokia, Samsung, HTC, Huawei) and discuss the positioning of the platform against its main rivals (RIM, iOS, Android).

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AAWP Insight #28: Windows Phone 8

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In episode 28 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, we start with a summary of Nokia's Windows Phone related strategy announcements from last week. Rafe and David then discuss the announcements of Microsoft's Surface tablets. But, the main portion of this, longer-than-usual, podcast is devoted to the Windows Phone Summit and Microsoft's preview of Windows Phone 8. We discuss the common core, new hardware support, the Wallet Hub, enterprise credentials, native code support, Internet Explorer 10, the new Start screen and more.

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AAWP Insight #27: 100k apps, Lumia 800 conclusion

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In episode 27 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, we start with a summary, from Rafe, of the key metrics from the Windows Phone Marketplace passing the 100,000 published apps milestone and a quick mention of the ZTE Tania's launch in China. The main portion of the podcast is a group discussion related to our in-depth review of the Lumia 800, with each member of the team offering some concluding thoughts on Nokia's first Windows device. We finish with our usual app picks.

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AAWP Insight #26: Baku, Nokia Reading, Photosynth

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In episode 26 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, we begin with Ewan's report on his Windows Phone related experience while at the Eurovision song contest in Baku. In the middle section of the podcast David discusses the ins and outs of Nokia Reading, while Rafe shares news of the release of Microsoft's Photosynth for Windows Phone and explains the integration of Nokia traffic information and geocoding into Bing Maps. In the second half of the podcast we discuss some personal highlights and low lights of Windows Phone. We finish with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #25: App round up, Samsung Omnia M

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In episode 25 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, we start with a round up of new big name brand apps: The Daily Beast, TIME Mobile and LinkedIn. Moving on Steve talks about the potential of playing music from your SkyDrive; David updates us on changes to SkyDrive's sharing links; Rafe comments on the Windows Phone Marketplace passing the 90,000 apps milestone and talks about the updated version of the AAWP app; and the team discuss the announcement of the Samsung Omnia M.

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AAWP Insight #24: Samsung Focus 2, Lumia exclusives

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In episode 24 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, we open with news of the Samsung Focus 2 and details of more exclusive app partnerships for Nokia's Lumia devices, both of which were announced at CTIA. The podcast continues with Rafe talking about the beta of Nokia City Lens, Steve sharing his top Windows Phone tips and David previewing his forthcoming Office hub review. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each member of the team.

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AAWP Insight #23: Lumia 900 Global, Marketplace

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In episode 22 of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we open with news of the availability of the ZTE Tania on Virgin Mobile in the UK, the upcoming WPBarCamp London (aimed at experienced Windows Phone developers) and the forthcoming availability of the global variant of the Lumia 900. Later on Steve offers a tip on upgrading the battery in the Lumia 710, the team talk about Wordament's move to Xbox Live and Microsoft's announcement of a range of policies aimed at reducing cruft in the Marketplace. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each member of the team.

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AAWP Insight #22: Marketplace changes, SkyDrive

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In episode 22 of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we open with news of changes to the Windows Phone Marketplace (removal of app browsing and install from Zune desktop). We then discuss Steve's article on the top 20 phone camera innovations of all time, David's editorial on 20 missing Windows Phone features and Rafe's attendance at HTC's Frequencies event. In the latter half of the podcast we talk about recent news around SkyDrive and the arrival of cloud document storage and management for consumers. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each member of the team.

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AAWP Insight #21: Lumia 610 NFC

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In episode 21 of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we open with news of the Nokia Lumia 610 NFC and explain some of likely use cases for NFC on Windows Phone. We then discuss the Nokia Lumia 900's connectivity bug, Nokia's response and ask whether any damage has been done, before moving on to cover the recent Chevron WP7 announcement. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each member of the team.

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AAWP Insight #20: Lumia 900 and TITAN II launch response

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In episode twenty of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start by talking about the media and consumer response to the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC TITAN II on US operator AT&T. We then share our respective experiences with the Nokia Lumia 800's battery boosting firmware update; there's a quick mention of the mobile side of Microsoft's purchase of patents from AOL, before we finish, as usual, with an app pick from each member of the team.

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AAWP Insight #19: April 8th, Lumia 800C launch, Lumia 800 firmware

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In episode nineteen of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start by looking forward to the April 8th launch of both the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC TITAN II on US operator AT&T. We then cover the launch of Nokia's CDMA enabled Lumia 800C and Lumia 610 in China, the availability of a battery boosting firmware for the Lumia 800 and the release of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each member of the team.

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AAWP Insight #18: China, Nokia Drive, SXSW

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In episode eighteen of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with the details of Microsoft's launch event for Windows Phone in China. The team then cover the latest updates to Nokia Drive (version 2.0) and Nokia Maps (version 1.3), plus the release of Nokia Transport and Creative Studio, before Ewan shares his Windows Phone related experiences from SXSW. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each member of the team.

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AAWP Insight #17: MWC 2012

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In episode fifteen of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we cover all the Windows Phone related news from Mobile World Congress 2012. We briefly cover the arrival of the Skype and Nokia Transport beta version, plus the announcement of Nokia Reading. We follow this up with a detailed discussion of Windows Phone's reduced hardware requirements and the newly announced Nokia 610 and ZTE Orbit.

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AAWP Insight #16: MWC 2012 Preview

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In a special joint All About Symbian and All About Windows Phone 'Insight' podcast, we look forward to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. We discuss what the show is all about, speculate on possible Symbian and Windows Phone-related announcements and debate what the key stories from Barcelona will be this year. You'll be able to follow our live MWC coverage on both sites and on Twitter (@aas and @AA_WP).

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AAWP Insight #15: AAWP app

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In episode fifteen of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with news of the updated Facebook app, the availability of the Lumia 800 Entertainment bundle in the USA. Rafe shares some developer links of interest related to Mango APIs and porting from Windows Phone to Windows 8. Our main discussion topic is the new All About Windows Phone app. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #14: App Discovery

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In episode fourteen of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with news of the shiny white Lumia 800 and Nokia's decision to move its European device assembly operations to Asia. News of the Domino's Pizza and Vimeo apps leads to a more general discussion on how to find apps and the challenges of discovery. If that's still not enough apps, we finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #13: Google Sync, WordFeud

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In episode thirteen of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with news of Google's sync updates for Windows Phone devices. We also briefly touch on the release of WordFeud, the extension of Bing Vision's product recognition services to Europe and the release of the Amazon web services for Windows Phone SDK. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #12: Q4 results, ZTE Tania

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In episode twelve of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with a discussion of quarterly results from Nokia, HTC and Samsung. We also briefly touch on Lumia 900 availability, the 60k app milestone and Nokia branding on Bing Maps. In our second discussion point we look at the ZTE Tania, which was recently launched in the UK. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #11: patents, post-CES

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In episode eleven of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with a discussion about patents, prompted by the news that Sisvel has acquired 450 patents from Nokia. Our second topic is about the media reception to Windows Phone at CES, which leads to our third topic where each member of the team shares an area where they think improvements can be made. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #10: TITAN II and Lumia 900 at CES

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In episode ten of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we bring you all the Windows Phone related news from CES. There's discussion of the Microsoft keynote, upcoming Xbox Live titles and the first Windows Phone LTE devices, the HTC TITAN 2 and the Nokia Lumia 900, both of which will be available through US operator AT&T. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #9: 50,000 apps, Lumia 710 on T-Mobile US

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In episode nine of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we kick off the new year with a discussion around to the 50,000 Windows Phone app news. Do these numbers have a meaningful impact? Our second discussion points is around the arrival on the Nokia Lumia 710 on T-Mobile US, but also touches on marketing spend, device positioning and a look ahead to CES. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #8: HTC Radar review, ecosystems presents

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In episode eight of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with a news round up: the latest on the Lumia battery, app reports from Distimo and the Nokia 710's arrival on 3 UK, David's HTC Radar review, and round up of the latest Xbox Live titles. In our main discussion point the team explain which presents they would give to the Windows Phone ecosystem for 2012. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #7: Nokia 710 and ecosystem walls

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In episode seven of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with a brief item of the recently discovered SMS / Messaging bug in Windows Phone. Then we focus on the Lumia 800's video camera capabilities and the recent update to HTC's Camera mode app. In the main part of the podcast we discuss the Nokia 710, which has now started shipping, and Microsoft's release of several apps for iOS. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #6: Titan thoughts, Armenia and Angel

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In episode six of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with some thoughts from Steve and Ewan on the HTC Titan and Lumia 800 respectively. In the news in brief section we touch on a number of topics including Anlock's blog post comparing Windows Phone and iOS sales, Just Angel's new job with Nokia and the duplication of some platform functionality by third party apps. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #5: alphalabs.cc, Metro flexibility

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In episode five of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast, we start with a brief summary of some of this week's news stories: developer engagement, alphalabs.cc and Nokia's statement on Lumia battery life. In our main feature we discuss the Metro UI and ask whether it should be seen as constraining or flexible. We finish with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #4: ZTE Tania, 40k apps

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In episode three of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast we start with a brief summary of some of this weeks news stories: the ZTE Tania's arrival at SFR, Nokia's presence at CES, HTC Titan reviews and a few quick app mentions. In our main feature we discuss Marketplace reaching the 40,000 apps milestone and ask whether more apps are needed. We finish with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #3: Lumia on sale, lessons from Xbox

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In episode three of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast we start with a brief summary of three news stories: IDC's developer engagement report, the Nokia Lumia 800's retail availability and arrival of Internet Sharing on certain second generation phones. In our main feature Ewan points out the tenth anniversary of Xbox and asks what we can learn about Microsoft from it, which gives Rafe and David a chance to debate the merits of Microsoft's software ecosystem building ability. We finish with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #2: Kinectimals and ChevronWP7

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In episode two of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast we start with a brief summary of three news stories: the US launch event for the second generation of Windows Phone devices, the release of Kinectimals and the availability of the ChevronWP7 unlock service. In our main feature Rafe and Ewan share their first thoughts about the Nokia Lumia 800 hardware. We finish with an app pick from each of the team.

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Our second Insight Podcast from Nokia World 2011

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Our second Insight Special podcast from Nokia World features the core editorial team (Ewan, Rafe, Steve, and David) talking about the impact of Nokia's announcements and what it means both for the company, but also the consumer, Microsoft, the other Windows Phone partners, and the smartphone space as a whole.

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The first special edition of the Insight Podcast from Nokia World

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Welcome to a special Insight podcast, with the whole All About team at Nokia World for Nokia's debut of their first two Windows Phone handsets, and a lot more! Starting with your regular team of Rafe, Ewan, David, and Steve, we talk about the impact of the announcements before inviting in some special guests from around the mobile world to find out their thoughts, including Ben Rudolph from the Windows Team Blog.

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AAWP Insight Podcast #1: An Introduction

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In this first episode of the All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast we introduce the podcast and the site. We also introduce ourselves (Steve Litchfield, Ewan Spence, David Gilson and Rafe Blandford) and talk about some of our background. In the second half of the podcast we look ahead to Nokia World, which takes place in London next week, and discuss some of the topics we will be covering in the future.

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