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OS Watch: Moto RAZR Makes 11/11/11 Debut

Verizon Wireless is getting creative with its Friday RAZR launch as we look at operating-system news around the web.

  • 11/11/11 RAZR Specials: Verizon takes the wraps off its latest Motorola Mobility LLC smartphone, the revived RAZR, Friday, 11/11/11 at 11:11 a.m. The phone, billed as the thinnest smartphone yet, is for sale on Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) for, you guessed it, $111.11, but for new customers only. Those looking to upgrade will have to fork over $299.99 for the Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone. (See Verizon Doubles Up on LTE, Photos: Moto Gets Skinny With 4G RAZR and Moto Needs the RAZR to Burn.)

  • The Making of Nokia’s Lumia: Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is taking consumers behind the scenes with an eight-minute video on how its new Lumia handset was built. The Windows Phone-based handset, launching soon in Europe, closely resembles the N9, but the mini-documentary points out a few differences. (See Nokia Ships First Windows Phone to Europe and Euronews: Nokia Unveils Windows Phones.)

  • AT&T Tangos with Nokia on LTE: Europe’s getting the first Nokia Windows Phone devices, but it looks like AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) could get the first LTE version. Sources tell The Verge that AT&T will be getting an LTE Lumia 800, running Windows Phone newest Tango OS, in early 2012. Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)’s current OS, Mango, doesn’t support LTE, hence the wait on Windows Phone devices in the U.S., the blog suggests. (See AT&T Champions Windows Phone .)

  • RIM Still Wants to Flash: Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) may be killing off support for the mobile version of Flash, but BlackBerry says it will continue to Flash on its own. The PlayBook maker will keep releasing Flash implementations on its own, as well as continue to support HTML5, QNX Chief Dan Dodge wrote in a blog post Thursday. (See Adobe Kills Off Flash for HTML5.)

  • App Attack: Android and iOS application downloads are expected to reach 25 billion by the end of this year, according to mobile analytics company flurry Inc. This time last year, consumers had only downloaded 6 billion apps, meaning the combined platforms have seen 300 percent year-on-year growth. Flurry says iOS devices have around 500,000 apps to choose from, while Android users can pick from 350,000 apps.

    — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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