Nokia ha ufficializzato l’avvio della distribuzione dell’aggiornamento PR 1.1 destinato ai Lumia 920 e 820. Si tratta di un aggiornamento che era stato già avvistato presso Navifirm e che ha iniziato a raggiungere nella giornata di oggi i terminali Windows Phone 8 di Nokia.
La disponibilità dell’aggiornamento è limitata ai modelli commercializzati da AT&T in USA e da Rogers in Canada. L’appuntamento con i device distribuiti nel nostro paese è rimandato al 2013. Nokia ha contestualmente confermato le principali novità che sono state introdotte con l’aggiornamento e che possono essere esaminate dopo l’interruzione.
Il Nokia Lumia 920 e il Nokia Lumia 820 si preparano a raggiungere il mercato apportando un’interessante serie di innovazioni alla dotazione hardware e software degli attuali Lumia. Anche se quanto offerto dai due nuovi smartphone WP8 è sufficiente per accontentare gli appassionati più esigenti, è fisiologico immaginare quale potrebbe essere la futura evoluzione della line-up di smartphone WP8 di Nokia. Per farlo, come solitamente avviene, si ricorre ai concept phone, terminali che difficilmente raggiungono la fase della produzione, ma che, al tempo stesso riassumono le possibili linee evolutive dell’attuale hardware e software dei dispositivi mobili. Tra i concept più interessanti sviluppati di recente figura il Nokia Lumia 950 che si caratterizza per la scocca unibody realizzata in materiali metallici.
Today Nokia has released a new update for its Nokia Transport beta application on Windows Phone, which brings with it a number of new addition, tweaks and fixes.
Major new updates include the addition of a newly designed users interface together with more intelligent auto-predictions of likely destinations, and now the beta app prioritises transport stations in its search results for users.
Nokia has also added extra transport information, which is automatically download for some 550 cities, with more arriving all the time. Within the application bus, train, subway, as well as other modes of transport now have their own icons, together with hotels, restaurants, and shops all sorting updated individual icons.
The latest beta version of Nokia Transport is available for the Lumia 610, Lumia 710, Lumia 800, and the Lumia 900; it will unsurprisingly work with the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, and is a free update from the Windows Phone Store.
Today Nokia has introduced two new handsets to its Asha range of smartphones, in the form of the Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309.
Both devices have been designed by Nokia to provide customer with an affordable capacitive touchscreen experience, and are both 2G enabled. Watch the videos after the jump to see more details and the phones in action.
The latest additions to the Nokia Asha Touch range are also supplied supporting Nokia web services and developer tools, with the Nokia Asha 308 also supporting dual SIMs if required. Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia, explained:
“Our innovative Asha Touch family of devices is designed for people who want a great smartphone experience with lower running costs,”-”By introducing the Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309, we’re expanding our affordable smartphone lineup and bringing new mobile experiences to more people.”
Both the Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 will be arriving in stores during the fourth quarter of this year and will be priced around $99.
Il team di sviluppo di Viber, dopo averne dato annuncio alcuni giorni fa , ha finalmente reso disponibile la nuova versione del client VoIP e di messaggistica istantanea per gli smartphone Nokia Lumia. Tra le nuove feature della versione 2.2 di Viber dedicata ai Windows Phone Nokia, non manca quella più attesa, ovvero la possibilità di effettuare chiamate vocali HD.
Viber 2.2 per smartphone Nokia Lumia comprende le seguenti feature:
- Possibilità di effettuare e ricevere chiamate VoIP HD
- Inviare messaggi gratuiti ai contatti Viber
- Creare chat di gruppo
- Impostare la foto del profilo
- Miglioramenti all’interfaccia utente
La nuova versione di Viber può essere scaricata gratuitamente collegandosi nella Nokia Collection, la sezione del Marketplace che contiene le applicazioni esclusive dei terminali Nokia Lumia. In alternativa, è possibile procedere al download dell’applicazione, collegandosi con lo smartphone al seguente indirizzo.
Un’altra buona dimostrazione di come la Nokia Collection continui a crescere, rappresentndo un valore aggiunto non trascurabile dei Windows Phone Nokia.
Nokia’s Lumia 820 is here, after countless leaks, and the budget-friendly handset is exactly what we expected. We’ll admit we’re sad to see the rather singular design of its spiritual forebear, the Lumia 800, fall by the wayside, but we can’t complain about the build quality here. The usual attention to detail and materials we’ve come to appreciate from the Finnish phone maker is on full display. The flat glass panel on the front may lack the mystique of the curved display on the 920 and 800, but it’s hardly something that should factor into your decision to buy this handset or another. The ceramic volume rocker and lock button on the right side have a pleasant and satisfying click, though we’re sad to report that the camera button still leaves us wanting. Sure, any dedicated camera key is better than none, but its squishy response to our press was hardly encouraging. At least Nokia had the good grace to upgrade to a dual-stage solution. We were also a bit put off by the shine of the body. The Lumia series stole our hearts with its matte finish when it first debuted; now the glossy exterior is more likely to throw some glare and attract fingerprints. The new plastic also feels quite a bit lighter in the hand, which makes the 820 feel more like the midrange device it is and less like the premium handset it’s succeeding.
What’s under the hood certainly makes up for some of those shortcomings. The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM simply chewed through the lightweight Windows Phone 8, leaving us to wonder if Apple and Google can truly keep up. All of the UI animations were smooth and fluid, and apps launched with nary a hiccup. And, can we just say that Windows Phone 8 is an absolute pleasure to use. At the risk of angering quite a few people — there’s simply no mid-range Android phone or iOS device that’s as quick and satisfying to use as the Lumia 820, and much of that is thanks to the highly optimized Microsoft OS. It’s a pleasure to see that new features like the customizable home screen and background multitasking haven’t weighed down Redmond’s phone platform. And things will likely only get better as the final wrinkles are ironed out and bugs are squashed. But, as we all know, speed and smooth animations alone don’t make a device — Microsoft will have to convince developers to support its still fledgling platform.
It’s official. Nokia’s just taken the wraps off its worst-kept Windows Phone 8 secret: the Lumia 920. The device, announced at the manufacturer’s event in New York City today, is a spiritual successor to the 900 that first broke onto American shores and can largely be seen as a response to critics of that former device. With a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU (the same one that drives the current US supremos, the HTC One X and Galaxy S III), a “better than HD” 1,280 x 768 LCD display, PureView imaging (albeit with only eight megapixels), NFC capabilities, 2,000mAh battery with wireless charging and a next-gen Redmond-baked OS, this handset’s a big-break proposition for the flailing Finnish company; an attempt to up the ante and compete on even ground. From the outside, it may appear as though not much has changed in this generational hardware leap, but rest assured that what Espoo’s packed inside should take the mobile outfit to the next level. So, follow on after the break as we dive into our first impressions of this curiously hued smartphone splash.
In case you didn’t notice, Microsoft and Nokia are holding a pretty major press event right now, and while we’ve mainly been waiting for some shiny new hardware, a few fresh apps never hurt either. Nokia just made a joint announcement with AOL, unveiling an entertainment hub called Entrance, which will be available only on Nokia’s Windows Phone devices. AOL (which happens to be Engadget’s parent company) naturally used the app as a way to highlight its various properties, including Moviefone, AOL Music and Huffington Post Entertainment. So, for example, you might watch trailers or buy tickets on Moviefone, or read news from HuffPo. Like its various Android apps, it includes Shoutcast Radio integration with streaming from over 55,000 radio stations worldwide. Perhaps the most compelling bit, though, is an augmented reality feature with overlays for movie posters and show times. The app’s free and available for download at the source link below, and we’ve also got some screenshots to help give you a sense for the look and feel.
Nokia Lumia 920 official: Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 8MP PureView camera, Windows Phone 8 (video)
It was only this past spring that Nokia crashed onto the US smartphone scene to stake its claim and make inroads into consumers’ minds and hearts. Now, just five months later, the Finnish company’s poised to overtake the buzz of its fledgling, former Windows Phone flagship, with what many consider to be a true high-end contender: the Lumia 920.
As one of the first Windows Phone 8 devices to be officially announced, this device augments Espoo’s line with a larger, curved 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display, dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2,000mAh battery, NFC, integrated wireless charging and an 8-megapixel rear PureView camera capable of 1080p video. The display packs WXGA (1,280 x 768) resolution, is 25 percent brighter than the next best panel on the market and it’s the fastest LCD that Nokia has ever shipped on a smartphone. What’s more, the screen also boasts what Nokia calls “Super Sensitive Touch,” which promises to let you use it even when wearing gloves or mitts.
As you can tell from its humpless back, this PureView is not that of the 41-megapixel variety — it’s merely all about the branding, as the moniker will now ring synonymous with “high-end cameras.” Despite that fall from 808 grace, Nokia’s Head of Imaging Damian Dinning has assured detractors the magic is in what’s done with the optics and pixels and not sheer gargantuan sampling size. To wit, the 920 employs a “floating lens,” which, in layman’s terms, translates into hardware image stabilization and also packs impressive low-light capabilities — an area the company’s seems squarely focused upon.
In a true return to form, the 920 also hearkens back to the Lumia that started it all, opting for the “sinuous tapering” that debuted on the 800 with glass edges that blend gently into the polycarbonate hull. Unfortunately, not all of that design language has made the transition, given its chassis now appears glossier and more polished, distancing itself from that premium matte finish. Still, as looks go, the handset’s keeping to its 900 origins, appearing nigh indistinct from its predecessor save for that attention-grabbing mellow yellow hue.And as a bonus, Nokia’s imbued the device with integrated wireless charging, based on the Qi standard, which corroborates those leaks we saw just last week. The Lumia 920 will arrive in pentaband LTE and HSPA+ variants and both are expected to ship “in selected markets” later this year.
Nokia released a teaser video a few days back, teasing an upcoming Lumia handset that many speculated to be the Windows Phone version of the 808 PureView. There’s no official announcement yet, but Evleaks has managed to get their hands on what appears to be the press shot of the device. And that device is the Nokia Lumia 920 with PureView.
No specs are confirmed, but it looks like this handset will not only run on Windows Phone 8, but will also have the PureView camera technology and a 4.5” display.
Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8 handsets are expected to make an appearance at Microsoft’s event which will be taking place in New York next week, so hopefully we will get all of the details on this one at that time.
Nokia has announced that it is rolling out a software update for a number of its Lumia Windows Phone devices, and the list includes the Nokia Lumia 900, Lumia 710 and Lumia 610.
The software updates for the various devices bring a range of new features to these Lumia Windows Phone smartphones as well as performance enhancements, you can see a list of what is included in the update below.
- Lumia 900 version 2175.2101.8779.12201: Enhanced sensitivity for proximity sensor performance and improvement to your phone’s screen colours in low light conditions
- Lumia 710 version 1600.3031.8779.12180: Internet sharing (Wi-Fi Hotspot) — Share your phone’s internet connection over Wi-Fi with up to five other devices or computers and Flip to silence — Silence incoming calls by turning your phone face down.
- Lumia 610 version 1066.0000.8779.12201: Enhanced sensitivity for proximity sensor performance and improved sound level for alarm tone during voice calls.
You can find out more information about the software updates for the three Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices over at Nokia.
Source Brief Mobile
The last thing we heard about the UK availability of the Nokia 808 PureView was that it would be available in the UK sometime next month, and now it would appear the device will be available slightly earlier than expected.
Amazon have now put the Nokia 808 PureView up for pre-order in the UK with a shipping date of the 30th of June 2012 and the handset will retail for £499.98 SIM free.
The Nokia 808 PureView runs Symbian Belle as its OS and features a 41 megapixel camera and a 4 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels.
Nokia 808 PureView
Other specifications include a 1.3GHz single core processor and comes with 16GB of built in storage, plus a microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB cards, you can find out more details over at Amazon.
Source The Verge
Microsoft just announced their new OS, Windows Phone 8, which we hear would come with Nokia Maps built into the OS, and now they have announced that Nokia’s turn by turn navigation will also be available in all Windows Phone 8 devices.
That means that you wont have to buy a Nokia device to use Nokia Drive, it will be available in all Windows Phone 8 handsets from all manufacturers, and it will offer turn by turn navigation in over 110 countries around the world.
Nokia Drive is one of the major apps that on Nokia’s location platform. Today, we are also making this platform and its unrivalled quality of data and richness of features available on Windows Phone 8 for all partners. This means that Nokia’s Location platform will be central to the Windows Phone 8 experience, with the intention of developing smartphones that bring advanced location experiences. Windows Phone 8 partners and developers will be able to use our location assets to build location-based apps and experiences of superior quality.
You can find out more information on Nokia Drive which will be available on all Windows Phone 8 smartphones over at Nokia Conversations, the first Windows Phone 8 device will launch in the fall.
Nokia has announced that they are launching a SIM free version of the Nokia 808 PureView in the US, the handset will be compatible with mobile carrier AT&T and also T-Mobile, although on T-Mobile it will only work with 2G speeds.
Nokia will offer the 808 PureView for $699 SIM Free, and it will be sold through Amazon in the US, the handset comes with Symbian Belle as its OS and it features a 4 inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels.
The Nokia 808 PureView is powered by a single core 1.3GHz processor and also features 16GB of built in storage and a microSD card slot which can take up to 32GB cards.
The handsets main feature is a 41 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, its also come with oversampling technology which Nokia says is capable of capturing five times more light and improving performance in low light conditions.
The Nokia 808 PureView’s 41 megapixel camera can record full high definition video in 1080p at 30 frames per second, there is also 4 x loss less zoom, it can also capture HD video in 720p with 6x zoom.
You can find out more information about the Nokia 808 PureView for the US over at Nokia Conversations, the handset will retail for $699 in the US, Nokia have not given an exact launch date as yet.
Mobile phones have become a crucial part of our daily life nowadays. Everyone – from teenagers to old men – has a personal cell phone of their own. But the mobile phones we see now didn’t look like this earlier, instead they were something totally different, something you wouldn’t even think of having around you or using.
Improved technology has made a great change in the history of mobile phones, transforming the huge brick-like mobile phones of 1995 to sleek and stylish smartphones we carry with us now. Let’s take a ride back to the past and look at how cellphones developed from the bulky walkie-talkie look to today’s swipe-savvy descendants.
German mobile carrier O2 has confirmed that they will be offering a 32GB version of the new Nokia Lumia 900, the handset will be a white version of the Lumia 900 and will share the same specifications as the existing device apart from the 32GB of storage.
O2 have yet to announce when the 32GB white version of the Nokia Lumia 900 will be available and have as yet not released an details on how much the handset will retail for.
Other specifications on the Nokia Lumia 900 include a 4.3 inch AMOLED ClearBlack touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, processing on the Nokia Lumia 900 is provided by a single core 1.4GHz processor.
There is also an 8 megapixel camera with an f/2/2 Carl Zeiss lens, the camera is capable of recording HD video in 720p, up front there is a is a 1 megapixel camera for video chat.
Nokia has released a new firmware update for their Lumia 800 Windows Phone device, and the latest update is firmware version 12072 and it is a minor software update which is designed to fix the audio volume bug that users reported previously.
The update also apparently comes with an updated camera app with updated camera settings and more including automatic detection of 50Hz and 60Hz flickering using flicker reduction.
The Nokia Lumia 800 12072 firmware update is expected to be rolled out to devices this week, although there are no details on which countries will get the update first.
Arriva come una doccia fredda il severo giudizio espresso sui nuovi Nokia Lumia all’agenzia di stampa Reuters da quattro importanti carrier europei che operano nei mercati in cui la distribuzione dei device è avvenuta sin dalla fine del 2011. Secondo quanto riportato da Reuters, i carrier europei non sono del tutto convinti della strategia di Nokia basata sull’adozione della piattaforma Windows Phone, ritenuta incapace di tenere testa ad Android e iOS. Le recenti dichiarazioni degli operatori telefonici intervengono in un momento molto delicato per la casa finlandese, impegnata a porsi all’attenzione del pubblico statunitense con il lancio del Lumia 900 e a convincere i suoi investitori della solidità della sua posizione finanziaria, nonostante i risultati “deludenti” ottenuti nel primo trimestre dell’anno.
Legato alla piattaforma Windows Phone potrebbe essere lo stesso destino della casa finlandese non solo in USA ma anche nel nostro continente. Il mancato supporto dei carrier in Europa, per quanto non così determinante come in USA in virtù del canale di distribuzione dei device maggiormente basato sull’open market, rappresenta una potenziale falla nella rinnovata strategia commerciale della casa finlandese. Cerchiamo di approfondire quali sono le motivazioni che hanno portato gli operatori telefonici europei ad esprimere un giudizio così severo nei confronti dei Nokia Lumia.
The Nokia Lumia 900 went on sale in the US yesterday with mobile carrier AT&T, and the handset is available for $99 when you sign up to a new two year contract with the carrier.
Yesterday seemed like a strange day to launch the Lumia 900 in the US with it being Easter Sunday, there apparently were not that many AT&T and Microsoft stores open to sell the device.
The Nokia Lumia 900 comes with Windows Phone Mango 7.5, and it features a 4.3 inch AMOLED ClearBlack touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, processing on the Nokia Lumia 900 is provided by a single core 1.4GHz processor.
The Lumia 900features an 8 megapixel camera with an f/2/2 Carl Zeiss lens, the camera is capable of recording HD video in 720p, up front there is a is a 1 megapixel camera with an lens for video chat and taking photos and video, plus it also comes with 16GB of storage built in.
Dopo aver assistito al confronto tra il Nokia Lumia 900 e il Samsung Galaxy Nexus, continuiamo a valutare come il nuovo top di gamma del produttore finlandese affronta un altro peso massimo del segmento degli smartphone di fascia alta, ovvero il Samsung Galaxy Note. Si tratta di due device molto differenti sia per dotazione hardware che per target di utenti, accomunati in ogni caso dall’idoneità a soddisfare chi è alla ricerca di un device dotato di schermo di generose dimensioni.
Il confronto sul piano delle pure specifiche tecniche ha una rilevanza relativa, considerato il differente impatto che Windows Phone ed Android hanno sulle risorse di sistema. Il processore single core del Lumia 900, unitamente alla GPU Adreno 225, offre potenza a sufficienza per muovere senza lag l’interfaccia utente MetroUI. Per quanto riguarda il display, come sappiamo, il Nokia Lumia 900 utilizza uno schermo da 4.3″ WVGA di tipo AMOLED con tecnologia Clear Black, mentre il Galaxy Note, un pannello Super AMOLED con risoluzione 720p e diagonale da ben 5.3″.
Non vogliamo condizionare il giudizio dei lettori che ricaveranno autonomamente le prime conclusioni osservando il confronto che proponiamo a seguire. Ci riserviamo di esprimere la nostra valutazione quando avremo modo di testare di persona il Lumia 900 riservato al nostro mercato. Le versioni dei due device protagonisti della prova sono quelle LTE. Buona visione:
Ricordiamo che i preordini del Nokia Lumia 900 sono iniziati anche in Italia e che l’arrivo del device è previsto per il mese di maggio (secondo Swisscom sarà disponibile già all’inzio del mese).