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Oops. Someone posted videos of the upcoming but not-yet-released Nokia Lumia 1020 on AT&T’s YouTube channel; it all looks very official, so we presume that the videos were simply posted too early. (We feel for the poor schmuck who at best is getting a tongue-lashing from a red-faced superior right about now and at worst is out of a job.) (Credit: Engadget) The videos are now set to private on YouTube, so you can’t access them directly, but because this is the Internet and this is how things go, the videos are still available elsewhere, so we’re able to embed them here: As you can see, the emphasis is really on multimedia, making this an ideal phone for those who want to... Read more...
While Google Maps has a huge amount of mind share amongst smartphone-equipped road warriors, Nokia has an ace in the hole: amazing maps for Windows Phone. Arguably the best pure offline navigation solution on a phone, Nokia Drive is getting a new edition: HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit. The two apps will soon launch worldwide to all Windows Phone 8 smartphones, not just Lumia devices. That means that HTC, Huawei, and Samsung WP8 products will soon be able to ride along with a Nokia mapping product. "With the global release of HERE Drive+ for all Windows Phone 8 devices we will further extend our HERE business and deliver on our promise of making HERE experiences available for as many people as... Read more...
Nokia has been promising a smartphone with an industry-busting 41MP PureView rear camera bearing the codename “Nokia EOS”. Evleaks says that it’s nabbed an image of the upcoming phone, which it says will be called the “Nokia Lumia 1020”. One commenter on the photo noted that the time shown on the phone’s screen is 10:00, and because Nokia usually uses the time to indicate model number, it’s odd that the screen doesn’t say 10:20. The image also shows a Nokia Pro Cam app, which would be a nice addition to the powerful camera. Credit: evleaks The phone, which will launch on AT&T, is slated for introduction yet this year--likely at a press conference... Read more...
For many of us, the camera on our phone is becoming the camera we use most – or even the only camera we own – so it’s not surprising that smartphone manufacturers see their phone cameras as a way to compete with the iPhone. Nokia is taking that approach with a new video that pits the Lumia 928’s low-light video recording capabilities against those of the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. On paper, the yet-to-be released Lumia 928’s 8.7MP PureView camera sounds great. It has Carl Zeiss technology for better picture quality and optical image stabilization technology to reduce that shaky video we all hate. With the video, Nokia lets us have a peek at the camera’s... Read more...
The race is on to figure out what Nokia has in store for its Lumia line of mobile device. On May 14, 2013, Nokia will hold a press event in London in which "The Nokia Lumia story continues," according to press invites the Finnish phone maker has begun sending out to members of the media. On the left side of the invitation is barely visible text that reads, "See What's Next." One remote possibility is that Nokia will unveil a Lumia 928 smartphone for Verizon Wireless, though we've heard it's supposed to come out at the end of this month. Early info suggests the Lumia 928 will sport a 4.5-inch display and a Xenon flash on the back, but it won't have an aluminum body like the EOS and Catwalk (both... Read more...
Verizon has let the press know about a “special event” that’s happening on May 22nd at CTIA, and we’re left to speculate about what that announcement might be. In typical teaser fashion, Verizon sent out a note without any real details; sometimes, companies will throw us little hints with these things, but that’s not the case with this one. It just says, “Save the date” and “Join Verizon Wireless for a special announcement at CTIA.” And so we wonder. The company could announce the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One, both of which are hot, eagerly-awaited, high-end smartphones; rumors have Verizon availability for those handsets... Read more...
Nokia shipped 5.6 million Lumia smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, up 27 percent compared to the previous quarter and reflective of "increasing momentum," the Finnish phone maker said. Its overall smart device shipments totaled 6.1 million units, a point that underscores how heavily invested Nokia is in Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. It's a gamble Nokia willingly took, and so far it has yet to pay off in a big way. Nokia's net sales fell 20 percent year-over-year to 5.9 billion euros, or $7.7 billion. That translates into a net loss of 339 million euros ($442.6 million), which if there's a silver lining is much better than the 1.57 billion euro ($2 billion) loss it posted in the same... Read more...
At last week's MWC, Nokia showed-off four brand-new phones, two of which fall into the Lumia line (720 and 520). It was a little striking that the company wasn't showing off a new flagship, but on account of the fact that the Lumia 920 released only four months ago, the omission was understandable. However, as we see now, the company did show off a 920 successor at the show, but only to select individuals. One of those individuals is Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, who has written a post about it. According to him, Nokia's "Catwalk", which we first learned about at CES, will feature a slimmer, all-aluminum body, a thinner version of the 920's PureView Phase 2 camera and... that's it. If this... Read more...
The jury is still out concerning the long term success of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, but Nokia, who famously went all in on a Windows Phone 8 gamble when it ditched its old Symbian mobile OS for Microsoft’s new one for its phones, is looking like it made a savvy decision. The company’s Lumia handsets are nice pieces of hardware, with the primary limitation being the relatively small number of apps available (which is a number that is changing rapidly); but if you want a Windows Phone 8 device these, you’re probably going to be getting a Nokia phone because the whole package is an excellent one. Now, Nokia may be expanding further into the mobile market by introducing tablets... Read more...
These days, it's tough to find a major consumer electronics company that doesn't have its hand in the music world. From Apple to Samsung to Microsoft, music is now a pretty common card to play. Nokia's no different. The company already had the Nokia Music platform, but now, it's pulling a Google by tossing a "+" sign onto the end of it and sprucing things up a bit. Nokia Music+ is a new subscription-based service that costs just €3.99/$3.99 per month. For those that love the original free Mix Radio service, it will remain intact – this is all about adding extra. By introducing features like infinite skips and unlimited downloads, the service is expanding in a way that'll make it more... Read more...
Nokia's strategy to buddy up with Microsoft and essentially go all-in with the Windows Phone platform is paying off. The Finnish handset maker turned a modest profit in the fourth quarter of 2012, coming out ahead on the balance sheet by 202 million euros ($269 million). That's not much, but it's just the sort of thing Nokia needed to keep its hope alive and, at least for now, quiet the naysayers. Unfortunately for Nokia, it's full-year performance wasn't all that stellar. Sales in 2012 were down 22 percent to 30.2 billion euros ($40.32 billion), compared to 38.7 billion euros ($51.68 billion) in 2011. "We are very encouraged that our team's execution against our business strategy has started... Read more...
Perhaps a sign that 3D printing technology is edging ever further into the mainstream is that a company like Nokia is using it in a PR stunt. In this case, pun intended, Nokia is releasing 3D templates, case specifications, and handy best practices so that people can print their own Nokia Lumia 820 cases. The phone’s shell can actually be removed and replaced with others that are ruggedized, or have wireless charging capabilities built in, or what have you, but Nokia has decided that letting users print their own custom shells is a good way to engage its community of users. For users (with access to a 3D printer), this is nerd-tastic news. For Nokia, it’s also a way to quickly prototype... Read more...
For a good while now, high-end Nokia smartphones have been planted in the Lumia line using Windows Phone, while lower-end Nokia phones were planted in the Asha line running an OS that hardly anyone in America could even pretend to care about. But now, it looks like Nokia's spreading its wings a bit. The company's newest Lumia just happens to be on the low-end side of the fence, bringing Windows Phone to an entirely new Nokia demographic. The Lumia 505 boasts a 3.7" (800x480) touch panel of the ClearBlack AMOLED variety, along with an 8MP rear camera, an 800MHz single-core CPU, 256MB of RAM and a 1300mAh battery. There's also 4GB of internal storage as well as quad-band GSM support, but no pricing... Read more...
If you've had your eye on one of Nokia's newest Lumia phones, particularly the 820 or 920, here's something that'll make the photographers in the house feel extra loved. The company has just revealed its new PhotoBeamer app, described as a "magic picture show." This is what happens. You install the app and use it to look at pictures in your gallery. As soon as you open a picture, you’re told to go to photobeamer.com in any web browser. From there, you'll point the phone camera at the QR code that appears on the website, tap it when it’s visible on the camera screen, and "then the magic happens." Your photos are automatically transmitted to the website and shown on the screen without... Read more...
In a sense, it feels like Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft's first real foray into the smartphone space post Windows Mobile. Of course, Microsoft made a concerted effort with Windows Phone 7, but there's something very different about version 8. WP8 borrows from the underpinnings of Windows Phone 7, but there are so many differences in the operating system -- along with its incompatibility with WP7-class hardware -- that it feels like we're evaluating an entirely new product. And in reality, we are. Nokia's Lumia 920 is one of the first Windows Phone 8 products, along with HTC's 8X, in a holiday smartphone lineup that has become amazingly crowded, but Nokia's expertise in the hardware business shines... Read more...
In a sense, it feels like Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft's first real foray into the smartphone space post Windows Mobile. Of course, Microsoft made a concerted effort with Windows Phone 7, but there's something vastly different about version 8. WP8 borrows from the underpinnings of Windows Phone 7, but there are so many differences in the operating system -- along with its incompatibility with WP7-class hardware -- that it feels like we're evaluating an entirely new product. And in reality, we are. Nokia's Lumia 920 is one of the first Windows Phone 8 products, along with HTC's 8X, in a holiday smartphone lineup that has become amazingly crowded. Microsoft is trying... Read more...
Not a moment too soon: AT&T has finally announced the pricing for the Windows Phone 8 devices it'll soon be carrying. Under a two-year contract, Nokia's flagship Lumia 920 will be sold for $99.99 - about $50 less than has been previously speculated. As an added bonus, AT&T will throw in a free wireless charging plate (likely to retail for about $50 itself). For those content with a less-beefy phone, the Lumia 820 will be yours for $49.99, under the same two-year contract. AT&T will also be selling HTC's flagship Windows Phone 8X, for $199.99 for a 16GB model, while it will also be offering an exclusive 8GB model in the standard California Blue or Limelight (yellow) - the latter of... Read more...
For whatever reason, Nokia seems to have gotten into the habit of announcing new products without revealing launch dates, leaving it up to the Internet to dig up rumors and speculate. That's been especially true of Nokia's Windows Phone 8 devices, so it's nice to see the Finnish phone maker finally breaking its silence. Here's what we now know. The company's new Lumia devices will start showing up in some European markets this week, starting with France and Britain, which will begin carrying the Lumia 820 and 920 handsets. Sometime later, Russia and Germany will start selling the same devices, Nokia said. As for the United States, AT&T will start selling Lumia devices next month, and it's... Read more...
To much fanfare, Apple unveiled its iPhone 5 earlier this week, and as expected, pre-orders turned into back-orders mighty fast. It goes without saying that the latest iPhone is going to sell well - potentially better than anything else out there - but how does it compare to the other top-dogs in the smartphone race? With the help of the table below, that's what we're here to evaluate. This isn't a comparison between operating systems and user interfaces, because whether one is better than the other is based on a number of metrics, including personal taste. Instead, let's look at the hardware. Does the iPhone 5 feature game-changing technology such that iPhone 4S owners will be jonesing to upgrade,... Read more...
Nokia announced the next generation of its smartphones today, the high-end Nokia Lumia 920 and the mid-range Lumia 820, both of which feature beautiful design with bright colors to choose from, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, and the Windows Phone 8 operating system. The 920 boasts a huge 4.5-inch display and an 8.7MP Nokia PureView camera with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, which is equipped with two-stage autofocus, LED flash, and serious optical stabilization. (The 820’s camera is nearly as strong, but lacks the optical stabilization feature.) For video, they can both shoot in 1920x1080 HD at 30fps. The camera is a major selling point of the devices, and they purport to offer unparalleled... Read more...
This week is going to be one to remember in consumer electronics. Nokia, Amazon and countless other companies use the week following Labor Day in order to launch their flagship products for the year, with availability usually planned for pre-holiday shoppers. It's a huge week for them, and it'll be a huge week for fans of all things tech. Nokia isn't wasting any time, however, pushing out a "Stay Tuned!" teaser video that could hint at some of the magic software it plans to reveal inside of presumed Lumia updates this week. New Windows Phone 8 devices are almost certainly coming, but it'll be the software that helps Nokia to stand apart. In the teaser, there's a new augmented reality presented,... Read more...
We’ll hear it all straight from the horse’s mouth on Wednesday when Nokia announces its latest and greatest at a press conference, but according to a report from The Verge, the Finnish company’s new flagship Windows Phone will be the Nokia Lumia 920, which will be packing some intriguing specs. It will have a beastly large 4.5-inch display, as well as a 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. In addition to a 1.3MP front-facing camera, the Lumia 920 will have an 8MP “PureView” camera around back. Image credit: evleaks Perhaps most notably, the Lumia 920 will employ wireless charging technology, supporting the Qi wireless standard, and will juice... Read more...
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