The New Nokia Lumia 920

Allow me to introduce the New nokia Lumia 920, with a Dual Core 1.5Ghz SnapDragon CPU, 4.5inch Super sensitive curved screen, 8.7MP PureView Camera, PureMotion HD+, 16GB storage, wireless charging and lots more

The New Nokia Lumia 820

The New nokia Lumia 820 is here, with a 1.5GHz Dual Core SnapDragon CPU, 4.3inch CBD screen, 8MP Carl Zeiss Lens, 16GB storage with SD card slot, wireless charging and lots more

Official Nok4Us App now in the Marketplace for Lumia Phones

You can now take nok4us website where ever you go, with the nok4us app, you will never miss any Nokia news, reviews, demoes and rumors again. download now, it's FREEE!

Unboxing the White Nokia 808 PureView

The Nokia 808 PureView is now available in the US, and here's what is inside!

Unboxing the Nokia Purity HD In-Ear HeadSets

Unboxing and reviewing the Nokia Purity HD In-Ear HeadSet, the latest and pretty awesome HD headphones from Nokia and Monster. welcome to audio heaven!

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Saturday, June 30

Microsoft announces 180 countries VIP list for WIndows Phone 8



During the week, Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 8 will be available in 180 countries, that's almost 3 times the current number of countries  with Windows Phone 7.

Now developers from these new countries will be able to develop and publish localized/global Windows Phone apps in their local marketplace.

The current number of apps stands at 100,000, I expect this number to quadruple when Windows Phone 8 is launched and made available to new markets.

Below is the list of all 180 countries (including the current countries that it is already available in) that Wp8 will be available in.

It is important to note however that this list is subject to change prior to the initial launch of the Windows Phone 8, new countries could be added or existing ones could be removed


Source



Official Twitter and Facebook apps for Windows Phone gets updated



The once dismal official Twitter App for Lumia devices finally got updated to v1.5 and now supports push notifications.
Maybe, just maybe it can now compete with the high quality 3rd party twitter apps in the marketplace (Rowi, Mehdoh, CarbonWP and the rest of them...).
The app now adds push notifications for Mentions, Favorited Tweet, Retweets, Direct messages and New followers.
Now is a good time to try out the app. Enjoy.

Facebook for Windows Phone after its first major update a little over a month ago has been undergoing changes and improvements ever since.
The latest update comes in the form of v2.7 and it now has the following improvements/fixes
  • Notifications now show updated time instead of created time
  • corrected thumbnail display on likes
  • now respecting except clause on posts with custom privacy settings
 As far as I know there aren't any 3rd party Facebook apps

Nokia Classics: the "Indestructible" Nokia 3310


Nokia's "indestructible" reputation for the toughest phones in the world started with one: the Nokia 3310.
Released in 2000, the Nokia 3310 is the strongest Phone out there, almost indestructible and 12years later, it still is!
If I didn't know better I would argue it was made with carbon fiber/fibre glass composition.
This global phenomenon that is the Nokia 3310 never died as the internet is still swarmed with pics depicting just how indestructible the 3310 is.







 While some might argue that the 5210 was pretty tough, it was built with the sole purpose of being tough (with its hard case), I don't think Nokia manufactured the Nokia 3310 with the sole intent of it being the toughest phone, it just happened!

The 3310 really set the stage for Nokia's dominance in Phone hardware and while it's been a while since we has seen such toughness produced by Nokia, I know they can do it again and would like to call on Nokia to give us a Nokia 3310 successor.

My addiction for mobile gaming all started with the Nokia 3310, and the 2 culprits were no other than the addictive couple of Snake II and Space impact. Back in an era where there wasn't online global leadership boards, the only record you had to break was your own! These games got me playing for hours and hours and with a sturdy battery life you never got scared of running out of battery life.

 




All in all, When it comes to the Legend of all legends, the Nokia 3310 will forever be a timeless classic.




Friday, June 29

(Video) Symbian Belle FP2 UI (Symbian Donna?)


Here is what appears to be the unreleased new version of Symbian, it is demoed via Remote Device Access (Thats why there's a mouse to simulate touch).

Everything has been revamped and it looks much much smoother (maybe cause its running on RDA)?
Noticeable new features include...
New bottom toolbar (with 4 icons, normally just 2), menu, phone, search and options.
New Music Player UI
New drop-down notification features
New keyboard UI
Camera UI (like Pureview version)
Gallery UI

Check it out:








Source: NokiaInnovation

BREAKING NEWS! BlackBerry to adopt Windows Phone 8?.. [UPDATE] RIM denies this






With all the momentum on Microsoft's side, with its upcoming Windows 8 desktop OS and its upcoming Windwos Phone 8 mobile OS and Microsoft's share valure rises everyday. Its not surprising that struggling mobile giant Blackberry would want to jump on the bandwagon.

Reuters is reporting that Blackberry is looking to dump its BB10 OS for Windows Phone 8, if this turns out to be true then WOW!

The BB10 OS is not yet out and Blackberry is already dumping it? sound familiar? Meltemi? MeeGo? Nokia? No wonder these 2 companies are in the same predicament! Cannot seem to make up their minds. HA!

At least Nokia has a head start and were the first to get on the highly potential Windows ecosystem bandwagon (and they did at a time when no one else gave Windows Phone a chance).

If this rumor is true, then I guess it's never too late to the party for the struggling RIM.

IMHO, I wouldn't believe this reuter's report until RIM's CEO comes out and calls Blackberry's BB9 OS a burning platform!






Via: WMPU

Source: Reuters

[UPDATE]

RIM has denied the report that it will be adopting the Windows Phone 8 OS for its upcoming devices

Here's what their CEO, T.Heins had to say...

“We came to the decision that joining the family of the Android players, for example, would not fit RIM’s strategy and its customers,” he said. “We are not trying to be one of many. We’re trying to be different. We’re trying to be the best solution for our customers that buy a BlackBerry, know why they want a BlackBerry. And we’re aiming for nothing less than being a viable, successful, mobile computing platform of the future. This is what we’re aiming at. And I think that’s the difference. If you compare us with others, did we take the hard road? Absolutely. Absolutely. But having done this and building and completing this new mobile computing platform that then expresses itself as a smartphone or as a tablet or as a vertical application or embedded in cars, whatever you want to do, that is where we will take BlackBerry. And this is - that’s why it was absolutely required and necessary to build its own platform. I would argue the other way around. If I continue to rely on somebody else’s OS and somebody else’s platform, would that allow me in the long run to really differentiate towards my customers and provide them the services and the environment that they request from me and that they would like to have? I have a big question mark around this. So I think going this way and building the platform we are building has the absolute intent to serve our customers and our markets better than on a standard-based OS and platform.”

Apparently, Windows Phone 8 is a standard based OS/Platform.


We will see where this decision takes them at the end of the year!

Nokia TGIF: (Video) Nokia Lumia 900 , Windows Phone in Action

OK, I think when Nokia laid off all those people, they also shut down their creative department. That was my first thought when I saw this awful video from Nokia which supposedly shows the Lumia 900 in action, when in fact it shows a random dude use purity headsets on a bus, send an email and play Fruit Ninja while waiting for a date #FacePalm.



I am still trying to figure out what exactly is unique in this video, The only conclusion I could come to was that the Lumia 900 is an "Eye catcher" (as seen on the bus),

Nokia will have to come up with new intriguing videos if they want to sell more Lumia's, they might want to consider moving the guys that did the PureView promo videos for the Nokia 808 to work on the Lumia's

Thursday, June 28

This film was shot using the Nokia 808 PureView




Now this is what I'm talking about, after watching that Lumia 900 in action video, I was really disappointed with its execution.
So I would like Nokia to take a cue from Nokia.
In this video, Nokia once again ingenuously showcases the Power of the Nokia 808 PureView.
Check it out



Man! I cannot wait to test the 808 out.

Wednesday, June 27

(Video) Q&A; with Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop


I watched a video Nokia uploaded from MIcroosft's TEchEd event in orlando, where Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop answered questions from members of the event.

It's an 11mins video, and questions like "when will we see more Lumia devices across all mobile carriers" to "why are Nokia users switching to iPhones"...




There's no big news nor is there anything new to take from the video. I am however looking forward to seeing the many UNIQUE and EXCLUSIVE Nokia Windows Phones that will turn up on every Carrier, Verizon will have their own unique Nokia, At&t will, Sprint also will get their own.

Around 3:33mins into the video, when the girl asks about Nokia's competition and she mentions Apple and Blackberry... that's it? really? so when it comes to wars of the mobile ecosystems, the first 2 competitors to windows phone are Apple and Blackberry, that's kinda funny, even more hilarious was the fact that she thought about it well and hard before naming those two.


HowTo capture low light pictures with the Nokia 808



Here's Part 3 of Nokia's Tips for the Nokia 808 PureView, This one focuses on how to take bright photos in dark places.

In 2 easy steps really...
1. disable flash and
2. adjust the ISO settings and you are all set




Nokia 808 PureView get June 30th release date in the UK, Pre-Order now (£499)

Lucky UK residents... the Nokia 808 PureView (unlocked) is available for Pre-order through Amazon UK and will cost a whopping £499 (or $780). that's $80 more than the price tag set on the Amazon US.

However, the UK release date of June 30th (in 2 days) is a week earlier than that of the US (July 8th).

You can get your hands on the Nokia 808 PureView (get it this friday) by pre-ordering now from Amazon UK


Monday, June 25

Nokia's next WP8 Phone is Lumia 800 successor?!


Curved display WP8 Prototype Nokia phone

In a Nokia WP8 promo video (uploaded by Cambo78) showcasing NFC mobile payment, Nokia shows real life scenarios where NFC makes life easier.

But that's not what caught our eye...




The WP8 phone in the video has no brand name on it, maybe it's the same prototype manufactured by Nokia that Joe Belfiore used during the WP Summit.
The only distinction (from the video) is the curved screen and as you know, the Lumia 800 is Nokia's only curved display WP7 phone. The Lumia 800 will get limited WP8 upgrades (WP7.8)

And judging from the success of the Lumia 800 (sold more that the Lumia 900 till date) and the admiration by many for the Nokia N9, I bet Nokia will revisit that curved goodness and give us a Lumia 800 successor in the form of the WP8 running, dual core processor, NFC enabled phone.

The pieces are coming to place.

Leaked Nokia AIr Video shows new Symbian UI?



In a 2min leaked video which shows the new Nokia cloud service brilliantly called "Nokia Air" Nokia shows how the power of "the cloud" helps make your mobile experience awesome.

But its not the Nokia Air service or the concept devices in the video that got attention, it was the awesome.. just AWESOME style of the UI, the first time I wateched it I didn't pay attention to what the voice-over was talking about, my eyes were glued to what Symbian could have become if Nokia had stuck with it and made it their sole mobile OS, the crisp flow of the apps, the layout, and how the whole UI was designed, just astounding.



Granted it is a concept, but nevertheless who in their right mind wouldn't want that to become reality, it would easily beat Android and crush the iPhone.



The video is marked confidential and yet it leaked which can only mean one thing: it's discarded by Nokia, I have been in the tech industry for a while, and I know for a fact that when you see a document with the word "confidential" on it lying around then it means that company doesn't care anymore about it. So maybe it got scraped just like Meltemi did? We will never know.

But in the meantime, just hit "replay" and watch again what Symbian would have become. Sweet!




Maybe we will see this Nokia Air at Nokia World? Maybe Nokia Air is the Plan B incase Windows Phone fails?




Sunday, June 24

Nokia US takes a stand for Gay Equality and Rights!

LIKE if you're joining us in marching today!
On Nokia US Facebook Page, Nokia posted a pic of the "LGBT" flag with the caption "LIKE if you're joining us in marching today!"
Confused? Ok, let me feel you in.
Today (Sunday, June 24th) marked the Gay pride Parade weekend in San Francisco, an event where thousands of people march the streets in celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans-gender culture (LGBT) and also serves as a demonstration for legal rights, rights such as same-sex marriage.

America is pretty divided when it comes to LGBT culture and the right for same-sex marriage, there is no federal legalization of same sex marriage, though some states have legalized it.

IMHO, It's a polarizing politicial issue that Nokia should have stayed away from.

Nokia's trying to gain its popularity again in the US with its Lumia line and the entrance of the Nokia 808 PureView and taking a political stand for same-sex marriage should be the last thing Nokia should be doing, I think it's reckless for whoever posted that picture and comment to have done so.


From the comments posted on the pic from Nokia users, the reactions are mixed...

One Facebook user says "Too bad Nokia had to jump into a political storm instead of just being a phone manufacturer...Stick to what you're good at Nokia and leave the divisive politics to worthless politicians. My opinion of Nokia has plummeted."

"Marching for what? The flag represents Gay Pride, something I am completely opposed to. I would rather host a concert than to march anyways..."

Another writes: "Definitely gay pride parade for today is the annual parade in NY. I will now unlike Nokia in my Facebook page. And no more posting of Nokia stuff in my wall. Bye Nokia!"

 There are those who see Nokia's stand as positive and here are a couple:
"Yay! Gay pride from NOKIA. Just gained 10x more love for this company! :D"

"My support for Nokia just went up a few more notches. Yes, this doesn't have (or should have) an effect on a purchase, but if it comes down to a tie, I rather support a company that promotes equality than another one that doesn't. And if you "refuse" to buy devices because of "gay pride", well you are missing out on some amazing technology. I also believe that both Google and Apple "promote" equality. Oh, and it looks like Microsoft is as well. So, if you don't want to buy any more Nokia products because of this, well You might want to lay down all of your Apple products and your google/microsoft products/services/software as well. :)"


But there's one comment I like the most:
"Speaking as an enthusiast and a shareholder, I would request more phones and less politics."

I agree with the above comment, Nokia should stick to giving us MORE quality phones and less politics, and at the end of the day when they give us an awesome device, no one will care if it's a phone made by a pro-gay company or not. 
This announcement was pre-mature and maybe the Phone Giants were trying to join the ranks of Silicon Valley Big Boys (Google, Apple, Microsoft) for supporting gay equality, but nevertheless I don't see it doing any damage to the company's image












FUN FACT: the image currently has "69" likes :)






Saturday, June 23

What will Nokia's first LTE WP8 phone look like? what will it do?



Nokia has already designed and manufactured its first LTE Windows Phone 8 device, and it will definitely use every single feature supported by the new WP8 OS.
we will see it at Nokia World in September.

Nokia's WP8 phone will the first "TRUE" competitor to iPhone and Android devices, The current Lumia devices never stood a chance in the mobile ecosystem, according to reports, since a year ago, the Lumia family have sold a little over 3million units, compared to 12million+ units the N8 sold in its first year.

Even S.Elop said he wasn't impressed with how the Lumia 900 was doing in the market, and blamed it on carrier sales reps (not gonna mention any names, but we all know who).


Joe Belfiore during the WP Summit last week in San Francisco demonstrated the new Windows Phone 8 UI from a Nokia device he conveniently reiterated was a "prototype", it had a generic shape (rectangular with curved edges), with a large screen (4+ inches) with 720p resolution, NFC chip, dual core processor. Though Joe did say it was a prototype and will most probably not see the light of day, I'm certain those hardware features will be on Nokia's first WP8, why else will they make a prototype?

Here's what I believe would be everyone's wish list for Nokia's flagship WP8 device (hardware wise):

  • 4+ inch screen
  • PureView 41MP camera
  • xenon/LED flash
  • 720/1080p HD recording
  • dual core processor
  • polycarbonate uni-body or some sort of pretty&tough casing
  • Dolby sound
  • HDMI port
  • BIG battery

Obviously, this would be a high end device, there are already a few concept Nokia WP8 phones you can check them out at concept phones.
Here are a few I found interesting...


 This is the closest to the prototype Joe Belfiore held at the WP Summit, as you can see it has a large screen with curved edges.


This is a nice concept I really wouldn't mind seeing coming to reality...

NOkia is very receptive to turning concpet phones to reality, they did the same with the Nokia 311, as you can see from the image below, the first device is a concpet Nokia used sometime last year to demonstrate how NFC works, and you can see how they took that concept  and tuened it into the Nokia 311 today.

Nokia Concept                                                                                               Nokia 311              


Microsoft has greatly improved on the OS, making an unparalleled unified experience between PC, tablet and Phones, where developers can even develop apps easily across the platforms.

Unified experience between PC, Tablet and Phone


Nokia really has to get this one right this time, there's absolutely no room for failure, there are also no excuses this time. Their flagship WP8 device has to blow the competition out of the water.
Come September Nokia will blow the competition.. We Hope!




some Lumia users hit with Akron, OH GPS bug!



I first got affected by this GPS bug a couple of weeks ago.
so what is this bug?
I believe it first started with HTC Titan II users, who complained about the GPS locking their location in Akron, Ohio, irrespective of your location the GPS would always say you are in Akron. Akron is a city in Ohio, that's actually Lebron James home city (if you are into basketball).
well, it seems to have spread to Lumia 900 users as more and more users are getting the bug.
so what do we know about the bug?
it's important to note that it happens irrespective of the map app you use.
it's happening only on LTE windows phones (htc titan II and Lumia 900)
it seems to happen when you have low battery on your phone.

Here are At&t users complaining about the bug
There's also a topic in Nokia Forum on the GPS issue



Nokia (who have the best customer service) have already acknowledged the problem and were quick to note that htc titan II users were also getting it to.
Fingers are now being pointed at At&t and their buggy LTE coverage.

have you experienced this problem?
the temporal solution so far is to either charge your phone or do a power cycle (turn phone off and on)
you can also try turning LTE off on your phone, here is how to do that.

(Video demo) Nokia's Camera Extras app now available in US



A couple of days ago, Nokia announced it would be introducing exclusive apps to its Lumia line (610 710 800 900) in the US and China first. you can read more about them HERE.

Well, a couple of those apps are now available via the "Nokia collection" section in the marketplace and as such they are exclusive to Nokia phones, so if you have a Samsung or HTC windows phone... Sorry!!

The Apps are now available in the US, China and India, while it will become available in other parts of the globe in coming weeks.

Here's a look at Camera Extras, one of the 2 apps released today,

Camera Extras adds 4 new functionality to your Lumia camera, the functions are:

Smart Group Shot: For me, this is the best feature, It allows you to take numerous shots, the app then detects the faces from the multiple shots and you get to choose what face best suits you.

Action Shot: this is just taking multiple still shots at a fast pace, nothing new here.

Panorama: Panorama... nothing new here also

Self Timer: you can now take timed photos... yay!

See the demo:



Nokia is really stepping it up, I can't wait to see what they pull with windows phone 8 this fall!

Though the Camera Extra is still in its first release, there is still a lot of improvements, for example you cannot share the pics taken from within camera extra app, you have to go to your gallery to do so.
Also the self timer is preset to 10secs and it cannot be modified

I would also like to see in future updates, a merging of these features, for example use the self timer to take smart group shots, you get my drift?

Kudos to Nokia on this one, I am really impressed, you should be too!

Here's the LINK, but you will have to open it from your Nokia Lumia phone!

Thursday, June 21

Nokia 808 PureView gets 1st firmware update (v112.020.0310)



The guys at AAS (AllAboutSymbian) are reporting that the Nokia 808 has received its first firmware update, its now v112.020.0310.


Though there's no official change-log from Nokia, they did notice the following changes...
  • Smoother scrolling in all applications.
  • Full resolution images now save faster and have half the file size.
  • Screen auto-rotation is smoother.
  • Many bug fixes and optimisations.
According to AAS: "Annoyingly for 808 owners, the longstanding limitations in the rewritten Gallery app (for the 808's unique image processor and image sizes) haven't been addressed - there's no support for landscape mode still and very little organisation or informational functions. Here's hoping Nokia compiles in the usual Belle FP1 Gallery functions sooner rather than later."


 With all the Windows Phone 8 buzz going on in the past 24hours, at least it is good to know the Symbian devices haven't been forgotten

New Nokia Suite 3.5 beta, now with Nokia N9 support


Nokia BetaLabs released an update for the Nokia Suite (for Windows PC), this is a pretty significant update as the Nokia Suite now supports the Nokia N9.
A feature N9 users have clamoured for since the release of the device last year.


New functionality in 3.5 release:

  • Copy content between your Nokia N9 and your computer
  • Get important improvements and fixes for many problems
You can download the new version from Nokia BetaLabs

Nokia Drive coming to ALL Windows Phone 8 devices. Not Cool!



 A bit of a shocker here, but Nokia announced that its premium Map services will be available for all non-Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices.

Depending on what side to look at it from, it's either a good move by Nokia or a bad one, but at the end of the day, Nokia is a struggling company and whatever smoves they make has been totally though out by the people responsible in keeping the company relevant.

That being said, Personally I am against the introduction of Nokia Drive on non-Nokia phones, they might have financial advantage but are they that desperate, really? Nokia Drive which was once the pride of Nokia is now turned into a whore and for the right price any OEM can have her too #FacePalm.

We saw a sneek peek at Windows Phone 8 yesterday, let's hope Nokia's variant of the OS keeps it as the #1 Windows Phone Manufacturer in the market.

In the meantime, I do NOT expect Nokia's Lumia sale to increase, rather it will die down totally as the news of the new WP8 OS spreads and its lack of full upgrade-ability on existing Lumia phones, Users will rather wait for WP8 devices or worse still, get an Android or iPhone device.


Rough times ahead! Brace yourselves People.









Source: Nokia Conversations






Wednesday, June 20

New Nokia Apps coming + WordsWithFriends!!!


While the Windows Phone 8 was announced today, Nokia also made some announcements of its own.
Nokia will beintroducing new exclusive Nokia App to further enhance your Lumia Experience, a couple of them are focused on better imaging, there's a DLNA app, data counters and more.
Here's the full rundown...

Camera Extra App:
This new camera app enhances your smartphone’s camera considerably. It adds new settings that will allow you to take pictures that you’ve never been able to take before.


  • Smart Group Shot: Capture great group shots in just one attempt by choosing the best faces from a burst
  • Action Shot: Capture fast-moving action shots with just one click and significantly improved shooting speed
  • Panorama: This new control feature makes it easy to capture beautiful panorama shots by finding the image in the sequence
  • Self-timer: Set up your Lumia on a stand and get yourself into more photos
 This Camera App should be available in a couple of days!!

Contact Share:
Tired of writing out phone numbers and contact information to pass onto a friend? This new app is a quick and easy way of sharing your contacts via SMS or email.


Counters:
Counters is an innovative way of monitoring your Lumia usage and even setting up limits. This is particularly useful where you have call-time or data allowances from your operator and to make sure you do not incur extra costs.
Contact Share and Counters will in Marketplace for China by June 22nd. It will be available for all other countries by July.

PlayTo:
Many of us now have several devices, such as a TVs or Blu-Ray players, connected to a network. PlayTo will allow you to share pictures, videos and music from your Lumia smartphone to other DLNA -enabled devices on your network.
PlayTo will be available in a couple of days.

I am more excited about the camera extra app though, specially since Nokia acquired imaging tech firm Scalado, this is just a tip of the iceberg..

check out the promo fro the camera extra app...



WordsWithFriends & DrawSomething coming to Lumia phones:
In even more exciting news, Nokia in collaboration with popular game makers Zynga , will be bringing popular Zynga games to the Windows Phone platform, popular games like WordsWithFriends, DrawSomething and more, Nokia will have exclusive rights to the games for 2 months, the games are set to be available this fall/autumn!




Source: Nokia Conversations

It's official: No WP8 for existing Lumia Phones, instead WP7.8 update


Of course the BREAKING NEWS of the day was...

No WP8 upgrade for existing WP7.5 Lumia phones, instead they will get WP7.8

Microsoft also announced that the Windows Phone 8 will NOT be available in its entirety for existing WP7.5 devices (the Lumia 610 710 800 and 900) but these devices will get some of its the features.

In an upgrade conveniently called WP7.8 (7 to 8). WP8 features that do NOT depend on their hardware will be available for existing WP7 phones, hence they will get the new start screen, multi-tasking, internet explorer 10, integrated Skype, new maps.

However, the existing Lumia will NOT get hardware specific features... NFC, wallet, microSD, dual-core CPUs and this is for obvious reasons..

Here's a nice demo of the WP7.8 upgrade running on a Lumia 900, it shows off the new Startscreen.




Microsoft announces the new Windows Phone 8 (Apollo). Info inside!!


Today in San Francisco, CA, during the WP summit, Microsoft FINALLY announced/unveiled the LOOONG awaited Windows Phone 8 to the world, with it comes a NEW REVAMPED start screen, dual core CPUs, new screen resolutions, NFC capability, microSD, wallet hub and more! Windows Phone 8 phones will be available this fall/autumn (from September)

Here's a list of what's to come on the new platform:

New Start experience. The new Start screen features a third live tile size, the ability to customize any tile to any of the three sizes, new color schemes, and a new design that takes up the whole screen, if you are thinking, where have you seen this before? then you remember my windows phone 8 concept UI, which is exactly the same, coincidence? maybe? maybe not?



Multi-core processor support. Windows Phone 8 handsets will ship with dual core processors this year and with quad core processors in 2013. Thanks to the Windows 8 foundation, the system can scale well beyond the needs of tomorrow’s smart phones, and can currently support up to 64 cores.

Higher resolution screens. In addition to the currently supported screen resolution of 800 x 480 (WVGA), Windows Phone 8 will support two HD-class resolutions, 1280x720 (720p) and 1280x768 (WXGA).

Micro-SD support. Windows Phone 8 will fully support removable micro-SD storage.4

NFC wireless sharing. A new Near Field Communication (NFC) capability called Tap To Share lets Windows Phone share data with other NFC-compatible devices, including Windows 8 PCs and Windows RT tablets.

Wallet. Windows Phone 8 features a digital Wallet that can store debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes, membership cards and other important data securely. Using NFC, you can pay for items in retail stores by tapping your phone on a compatible pay terminal.





Internet Explorer 10. Windows Phone 8 features the same web browser in Windows 8, including features like SmartScreen antiphishing and IE 10’s improved web browser and JavaScript engines.

Maps. Nokia’s superior mapping technologies are being integrated deeply into Windows Phone 8, offering offline support, turn by turn navigation, and a maps control for developers.

New app capabilities. Developers will be able to write games and apps in C/C++ native code utilizing the same powerful DirectX and Direct3D gaming libraries found in Windows. Windows Phone 8 will support in-app payments for the first time, and will allow some form of app to app communication. And it will be supported by a new Visual Studio 2012-based development environment that uses Windows 8 Hyper-V to host its device emulator.

Integrated VoIP capabilities. Windows Phone will let Voice over IP (VoIP) apps integrate deeply into the OS, run in the background, and work and look just like the normal Phone experience. Skype will be included, but third party apps will get all of the same capabilities available to Skype.

Multitasking improvements. Location and VoIP-based apps can now run in the background.

Business and enterprise features. With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is erasing all of the deployment blockers that dogged Windows Phone 7.x. It supports device and memory card encryption (in fact, Windows Phone 8 devices are encrypted by default), better security features like Secure Boot and EUFI firmware and app sandboxing, remote management, and a company hub for side-loading LOB apps.

 The windows marketplace officially has over 100,000+ apps, and these apps (currently running on WP7.5) will also work on WP8, Awesome!!!

So we look to Nokia World where surely Nokia will show off its first Windows Phone 8 device!

Watch the Full 2 Hour WP Summit Event, where WP8 is launched...




 Here's a link to watch the full 2 hour WP summit event! Enjoy!

Microsoft to push out Windows Phone Refresh (Tango) update to T-Mobile's Lumia 710 users today?


According to leaked document, the next update to Windows Phone (Tango) will begin rolling out for Lumia 710 today!
Ironically, it's the same day Microsoft is expected to showcase the Windows Phone 8 OS to devs in San Franscisco.

Here's the leaked memo


The update 7.10.8773 brings with it bug fixes and improvements like....

  • Enables tethering hotspot
  • Resolved keyboard disappearing
  • Resolved unlock screen getting stuck
  • Improvements to uplink speed
  • Improvements to camera quality
  • Improvements to proximity sensor
  • Improvements to software stability
The memo also states that the update roll-out is Microsoft's responsibility


Source: WPCentral

Tuesday, June 19

Nokia 808 PureView now available for Pre-Order ($699) in US via Amazon, gets July 8th availability date!



The Nokia 808 PureView is now available for Pre-Order in the US (via Amazon)
and the price is quite HEFTY, it's $699. I know Nokia sold its Vertu Division (that sells luxurious Phones) but they never stopped selling luxury phones, I mean at $699, the 808 might as well be a luxury phone!


The Nokia 808 will be available from July 8th(in 3weeks)

It's a tough one, think about it, would you spend $699 on a 3G Symbian phone that will only work on either At&t or T-Mobile? your guess is as good as mine.

Conclusion? no offense but I will wait for the PureView Windows Phone 8 device!

If you don't mind picking one up, then head over to Amazon and place your pre-order!


Microsoft announces its Surface Tablet, so what does this mean for Nokia??


Since the dawn of time, Microsoft has relied heavily on OEMs in manufacturing hardware for its software, even its Zune MP3 player was manufactured by Toshiba... but how times change!



Yesterday, Microsoft took matters into its own hands by unveiling 2 tablets;

The Surface tablet for Windows 8 RT ( low end) and
The Surface tablet for Windows 8 Pro (high end)


Here's a quick Spec comparison between both of them...




Surface Tablet for Windows RT
Surface Tablet for Windows 8 Pro
Processor
ARM
Intel
Operating System
Windows RT
Windows 8 Pro
Weight
676g
903g
Thickness
9.3mm
13.5mm
Display
10.6inch ClearType HD Display
10.6inch ClearType full HD Display
Power
31.5W-h
42W-h
Connectivity
microSD, USB2.0, microHD video, 2x2 MIMOantenna
microSDXC, USB3.0, miniDisplayPort video, 2x2 MIMO antenna
Features
Office 15 Apps, Touch cover, Type Cover
Touch cover, Type cover, Pen with palm block
Physical features
VaporMg Case & Stand
VaporMg Case & Stand
Hard drive
32GB or 64GB
64GB or 128GB


The price range has not been announced, but looking at the specs for both devices, it is obvious that there will be a huge price disparity between both of them, I reckon the RT version should be in the region of $300 - $500 and the Windows Pro version should be highly priced, maybe somewhere between $800 - $1000 (same price as current ultra-books)

Microsoft's revelation meant a stinging question had to be asked.. what does this mean for OEMs, and by OEMs I mean Nokia.
Nokia is facing some pretty tough times, and its partnership with Microsoft last year didn't make things any better, cos though Nokia was looked at as Microsoft #1 hardware company (mobile-wise), they were kept in the corner (like the rest of the OEMs HP, Toshiba etc), while Microsoft made its very own tablet a beauty that if given a second look would easily pass for a Nokia hardware!



Well, now Nokia will have to struggle like the rest of the pack and manufacture and compete with its own tablet (though Nokia hasn't actually committed to making tablets, a field they are currently looking into).

So what does this mean for Nokia? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
I guess Nokia deal with Microsoft was solely on the mobile phone end!


Check out www.surface.com