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Friday, 16.08.13
BLOCKED: Google blocks official Microsoft YouTube Windows Phone App
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just when you and I thought Google and Microsoft came over its dispute, after Microsoft launched its own YouTube app for Windows Phone earlier this week, we have to figure out hours later that it's not the fact at all. Last May, after Microsoft launched a much improved YouTube app for Windows Phone, Google objected on a number of grounds. Therefore Microsoft took the app down and agreed to work with Google to solve their issues. As said, this week, after Microsoft thought that it addressed each of Google's points, the app was re-launched, only to have Google technically block it now. In a blog post with the title "The limits of Google's openness" , David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust, Microsoft went straight and explained the situation from Microsoft's perspective.

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Wednesday, 14.08.13
MULTIMEDIA: Official Microsoft Windows Phone App returns to Windows Phone Market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It took Microsoft a little bit longer, to solve its dispute with Google, but finally Redmond brought back the long-time missed YouTube app for Windows Phone which is again available as a free download from the Windows Phone Market. As before, the app allows to experience the world of YouTube on Windows Phone and allows to access your YouTube account to easily explore and manage YouTube's vast catalogue of videos, channels and subscriptions. Furthermore the app allows to pin videos, playlists, channels and even search queries to the Windows Phone Start screen as Live Tiles. Live Tiles flip to show YouTube's most popular videos or your subscriptions' latest uploads.

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RUMOR: HTC to dump Windows Phone (8)?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to always well informed and close to Taiwanese sources DigiTimes, HTC is said to "likely drift away from Windows Phone (8)". Following last years global launches of the HTC 8X flagship Windows Phone 8 device and the HTC 8S mid-tier smartphone, HTC's global Windows Phone 8 market share is said to be under 5 % now, while Nokia now accounts of a market share of 80 %, and Samsung, which has also not put too much energy into Windows Phone 8, became the second largest Windows Phone 8 vendor. HTC, which is a long time supporter of different Microsoft mobile OS and smartphone platforms seems to definitely shifted its focus to Android.

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Wednesday, 07.08.13
INFORMATION: Microsoft releases Bing News - Sports - Weather - Finance Apps for Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in October, with the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft launched a collection of Bing Apps for Windows 8 which included News, Finance, Weather, Sports, and Maps. The apps provide - as Microsoft says - "gorgeous, comprehensive and customizable experiences powered by Bing that showcase world class content from leading outlets". And indeed, the Bing apps for Windows 8 are a useful enhancement for Microsoft's PC platform. While it took Microsoft a little bit longer, it hasn't stopped development and therefore, today many of those experiences are announced for Windows Phone 8 users around the world too! This includes Bing News, Bing Weather, Bing Sports and Bing Finance.

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Thursday, 01.08.13
EXTENDED: Google continues support for Exchange ActiveSync on Windows Phone until end of 2013 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in December last year, Google announced plans to drop Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) support for Google Calendar and Contacts which was so far used by Windows Phone users to keep their devices in sync with Google services and the original deadline Google gave Microsoft for implementing CalDAV and CardDAV was January 30, 2013. Later, Google expanded this deadline to August 1, 2014 which means it's today. From that point, it was said that consumers won't be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections were said to continue to function. Now, The Verge got the info that this August deadline was stretched again - to December 31, 2013.

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