The journey started way before the Windows Phone Summit in June 2012 but nevertheless, Windows Phone 8 has been sort of a fresh restart for the tech giant amidst fierce competition like Android and iOS. Unsurprisingly, the end of this year has sure been a busy period for Microsoft, with a total of four WP8 devices, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Windows Phone 8S by HTC, while the Samsung Ativ S is slated to be released by year end. If you are willing to wait up for more options, Huawei's WP8 device is said to be showcased at CES in January 2013. Alternatively, if you are looking for affordable options, there's the upcoming Nokia Lumia 620 to fall back upon.
All in all, the traction for WP8 devices is definitely picking up, given that the latest platform saw the additions of nifty hardware improvements including the introduction of multi-core support, NFC technology, microSD card support and new screen resolutions. Furthermore, unlike the WP7 era, we're now seeing much more variety of devices to cater to a wider audience range. This can only help Microsoft better improve its base and outreach with appropriate devices for each price bracket. To accompany the new devices and the new OS, the Windows Phone Marketplace is also picking up steam with over 125,000 apps available and thus building its credentials to provide a reasonable variety of apps for its users.
Hit the articles below for tips on which device to get, how to set up your new Windows Phone 8 device as well as follow our updates about the newest Windows Phone 8 device or app as we continually update this guide.
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NEWS / 16 Mar 2016 / By Ng Chong Seng
Here-branded apps such as Here Maps will be removed from the Windows 10 Store on March 29, 2016. If you’ve a Windows 10 phone, the apps will no longer work after June 30.
NEWS / 09 Jun 2015 / By Alvin Soon
Thanks to changes Facebook made to their Graph API, Facebook Connect features will no longer work on Microsoft apps and services like Outlook.com, Windows 8.1's and Windows Phone's People app.
NEWS / 17 Jan 2014 / By Ng Chong Seng
There are signs that suggest Samsung is preparing to launch a new Windows Phone with a 5-inch, 1080p display.
NEWS / 09 Jan 2014 / By Joy Hou
Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners, rejoice! The Lumia Black software update rolls out today, starting with Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 smartphones. Other models in the range will follow soon.
NEWS / 03 Jan 2014 / By Sidney Wong
The Nokia Lumia 1320 will be available at all three telcos, Nokia Stores and Nokia Solution Partners tomorrow. It comes in four colors - orange, yellow, white and black.
REVIEW / 31 Dec 2013 / By Sidney Wong
Nokia targets the mass market with the Lumia 625 which comes with a 4.7-inch display, 4G LTE connectivity, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a microSD card slot and a very affordable price tag. Will the Nokia Lumia 625 sway consumers over to the Windows Phone camp? Let's find out in this review.
REVIEW / 25 Dec 2013 / By Sidney Wong
The Lumia 1520 is Nokia's tool to gain entry into the growing phablet market. Armed with a 6-inch full HD display, a 20-megapixel PureView rear camera with optical image stabilization, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, can the Nokia Lumia 1520 take on the other phablets? We size it up in our review.
NEWS / 17 Dec 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Here's a couple of good news for Windows Phone 8 users: the Windows Phone Store now has over 200,000 apps, and the Windows Phone 8.1 update that's due next year is likely to come with a notification center.
NEWS / 27 Nov 2013 / By Sidney Wong
Nokia Singapore today announced the availability of the Lumia 1520, 1320 and 525 in Singapore. The Lumia 1520 and 525 will be available on 14 December while the Lumia 1320 will be available in January 2014.
FEATURE / 23 Oct 2013 / By Dr. Jimmy Tang
We take a closer look at Nokia's latest 6-inch smartphones, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320.
NEWS / 14 Oct 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Microsoft has officially detailed what's new in the upcoming Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update. The third and last update of 2013 will bring support for larger and higher-res screens, quad-core processors, as well as a handful of features such as Driving mode, improved Internet Sharing, and screen rotation lock. Hit the jump for more juicy details.
REVIEW / 06 Sep 2013 / By James Lu
While Nokia's Lumia 920 and 925 smartphones boasted 'PureView' cameras, neither beared much similarity to the 41MP monster found in the Symbian-powered 808 PureView. The Lumia 1020 finally sees the return of the 41MP PureView camera, this time to Windows Phone 8. And WP8 has never looked more tempting.
NEWS / 03 Sep 2013 / By Alvin Soon
Microsoft has just announced that they are buying Nokia's Devices and Services unit for a total of 5.44 billion Euros. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will be stepping aside from his role and leading Microsoft's Devices team as executive VP of devices and services. Click through for more details.
NEWS / 03 Sep 2013 / By Joy Hou
With Nokia's largest smartphone display at 4.7 inches, the Lumia 625 comes with 4G connectivity and an extensive suite of signature Nokia Lumia applications. It will debut at Comex 2013 for S$399 with exclusive operator promotions.
NEWS / 16 Aug 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Update: Two days after Microsoft relaunched its YouTube app on the Windows Phone Store, Google has blocked it again.