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HTC Desire 612.


Despite this device being a year-old and pretty low-end, I'm liking this device.

Nova Launcher, Moonshine Icons.

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Lumia 1020 running Windows 10 build 10586. Wallpaper.


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Same as before.  Just different wallpaper 


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Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual-SIM LTE on Windows 10 Mobile (10586.36)



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      In this case, we would want to download something from the web. Good news is that this is fairly simple too. Supported font file format types in Windows 10 are .ttf and .otf, which stand for TrueType and OpenType respectively. If you're interested in knowing the difference between them, there are multiple guides available on the web which tell you exactly that, however, this is out of the scope of this article.

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