Apple today announced their new flagship device iPhone 5S which is an iteration of iPhone 5s with better processor, camera and TouchID sensor. Since this device will compete with Nokia Lumia 1020, we just made a spec and feature comparison between these devices. Right from dimensions to camera aperture, all those details are there in the table.
Find it out after the break.
Nokia’s Lumia brand making steady progress against Samsung’s Galaxy brand, close to overtaking Blackberry
We have seen a steady increase Nokia Lumia sales over the last 3 quarters, but it is difficult to know if this is due to a few hit handsets, which will result in sales dropping as they age, or if Nokia’s Lumia range itself is winning the trust of buyers, making it easier for each subsequent release to pick up sales.
Google Trends gives us a good look into what is on the mind of the general population, and as can be seen in the graph above, based on search volume, over the last year Nokia’s Lumia brand has been seeing steady improvement when compared to the Samsung Galaxy brand, with search interest more than doubling.
This can be compared to Blackberry’s fading brand, with interest more than 20% down since last year.
Google also allows one to view geographical interest over time .
We have seen and heard a lot about the upcoming Nokia phablet running Windows Phone 8, and now MyNokiaBlog’s knowledgeable sources have added some more fuel to the fire.
According to their sources, who they claim are Nokia employees no longer with the team, Nokia is on track to release their first phablet by the end of the year with a 1080P screen and quad-core processor, enabled by Windows Phone 8 GDR 3.
The screen size will apparently “definitely more than 5 inches”, and may be announced at a Nokia September event.
The handset has of course been widely leaked, with a great render of what the proposed handset will look like viewable here.
It seems that Nokia Lumia we saw running iOS is a bit more widespread than first thought.
Besides being used by the US Government, it seems the special phone has also found its way into prison, according to Netflix’s new drama Orange is the New Black, an original show about a US women’s prison.
It seems Nokia’s Fabula design is for some reason irresistible to video producers, even if they end up pasting another operating system over it.
Thanks Jon for the tip.
We have seen steady progress in Windows Phone market share, and corresponding increase in mind-share of handsets running the OS.
According to Google’s Trends website, which measures interest via volume of search queries, interest in Nokia’s Lumia range has never been higher, beating even the introduction of the Nokia Lumia 620, 720 and 920.
The peak is not due to any individual handset, but due to the combination of all, including for the Nokia Lumia 520, but it does show a snowball effect in action which should help the Nokia’s Lumia handset range into the future.
Thanks hja for the tip.
We knew it would arrive eventually, but now we have proof. The first Quadcore Windows Phone has just shown up on benchmarking website GFXBench.
The entry clearly shows the mystery Nokia Lumia has 4 cores, and runs Windows Phone 8.
It also reveals the screen is still 720, not 1080P unfortunately, but I am sure that will come eventually also.
Unfortunately there is no 720P Windows Phones with the Andreno 305 CPU in GFXBench’s database, so we can not directly compare the benefit of the increased processor power.
The Nokia Lumia 620 does however the Adreno 305 processor, and the data does show the Quadcore processor does result in a very significant boost in benchmarks.
- Tap+Send (NFC) Between Lumia Phones –If you have a Lumia with NFC, you can tap+send your chat address, the details of anyone on your chat contact list, and Nokia Chat itself to another NFC-equipped Lumia. It’s a great way to grow your contact list, your friends’ contact lists, and share Chat.
- Share a Place – If the contact you’re sharing a place with is also using a Lumia, they’ll see a touchable map preview that links to place details, directions, and reviews – powered by HERE Maps.
- Performance and Visual Improvements – We’ve made Chat faster and more attractive.
- Enhanced Login – We’ve made it easier to sign in using your existing chat address.
- More Countries – Now available in additional countries. Hong Kong, Macao, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, and Pakistan are now included in the list of countries where you can get Nokia Chat.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store.
via: Nokia Beta Labs
BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!! Jam with your favorite stars from all 30 NBA teams in over-the-top, high-flying, 2-on-2 arcade basketball just like you remember it – and like you’ve never seen before!
PLAY NOW! PLAY CLASSIC! PLAY HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST A FRIEND!
3 modes of play let you ball the way you want:
• Play Now – Select a team and jump right into the ballgame.
• Classic Campaign – Defeat all other teams to win the championship and unlock legends, hidden players, and outrageous cheats.
• Local Multiplayer – Go big head 2 big head against a friend via local WiFi.
YOU’RE ON FIRE – ON WINDOWS PHONE!
If you’re from the Old School, you’ll feel the ‘90s nostalgia while you play the hottest arcade sports game on the Windows Marketplace. Featuring the voice of Tim Kitzrow (the original NBA JAM play-by-play announcer), you’ll hear all the classic catchphrases plus a few new ones.
XBOX LIVE® ENABLED
Unlock XBOX LIVE® Achievements and earn outrageous cheats and legendary NBA players! Make that Big Head even bigger and size up wannabe ballers on the XBOX LIVE® Leaderboards. This JAM is all about “boomshakalaka”¬– and beyond!
Go to the hole. Go strong. Go for the monster jam. KABOOM!
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for $2.99 with free trial available.
Tiger Woods 12:
EXPERIENCE THE PGA TOUR ON YOUR WINDOWS PHONE! Play through world famous PGA TOUR courses with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 and see how you stack up with real PGA TOUR pros, including Tiger Woods himself!
EARN XBOX LIVE® ENABLED ACHIEVEMENTS
Now, you can earn XBOX LIVE® Achievements for great golfing – like scoring birdies, sinking a hole-in-one, winning the PGA TOUR, and more!
SEE HOW YOU STACK UP WITH REAL PGA TOUR PROS
Play as, or alongside, Tiger Woods and other PGA TOUR greats. Create your own male or female golfer, too!
CHAMPIONSHIP COURSES DELIVER EVERY GOLFER’S FANTASY
Tee off from the Championship tees of 8 stellar courses, including Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, Hazeltine, Doral, Greenbrier, TPC Boston – plus the fan favorite, the PREDATOR.
BE A MASTER IN MULTIPLE MODES
Play in solo, WiFi multiplayer, or PGA TOUR modes.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for $2.99 with free trial available.
Nokia today posted a set of photos to make a comparison of low light photo capabilities of all the leading high-end smartphones with the new Nokia Lumia 925. A low light Images shot using Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Nokia Lumia 920 photos were posted, and you can check them above. As clearly visible, Nokia Lumia 925 clearly wins this comparison. What do you think?
Latin America is one of Nokia’s stronger markets, and the above Nokia Lumia ad from Nokia Mexico shows the team there knows pretty well how to sell the smartphones running Windows Phone.
The ad does not sell any particular handset, but rather the whole Lumia family, but does play on the strengths of the flagship, showing off features such as wireless charging and low-light photography.
Hopefully we will see such ads aired more widely around the world.
Do our readers agree this is a good effort? Let us know below.
Nokia is running a promotion in Poland where they are offering free taxi rides to Nokia Lumia owners within the city limits of Warsaw.
Their website notes:
Do you have a Nokia Lumia?
Order by Nokia Lumia one of two specially marked taxis.
Show the driver your Nokia Lumia smartphone .
Take advantage of free travel within the limits of the city of Warsaw
Trips have to be arranged via the app iTaxi.pl and the terms and conditions mean that one can only use the service every 96 hours, and other restrictions apply, but it is still a pretty cool promotion.
Read more at their website here.
The Sims Medieval has come to Nokia Lumia handsets. The SIMS game is set in the middle-ages and allows users to take the role of serf to squire to Lady and Lord and go on quests and adventures.
The description reads:
GET MEDIEVAL WITH THE SIMS™! Your favorite lighthearted Sims universe is going old-school – back to the times of castles, kings, jesters and knights!
DELVE INTO A MAGIC STORY-DRIVEN WORLD
Create your hero and determine your Sim’s destiny in this new fantasy. From serf and squire to Lady and Lord, role-play even as a Vampire! Immerse yourself in a dramatic adventure where the possibilities are endless.
QUEST YOUR WAY TO DESTINY
Complete quests to propel your Sims onward. Master skills and make wizardly potions like a death potion – or a love potion. Join parties across a richly detailed medieval realm, or test your skills with features like combat and fishing.
The game is Nokia Lumia exclusive, costs $4.99 and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks to Vinodh for the heads up.
MyNokiaBlog has noticed an odd new Nokia handset turning up in a promotional video by KPN for the Nokia Lumia 920.
They note the device has unusually rounded corners and appeared to be very slim, around the same thickness as the headphone jack, as can be seen by the extra bump required to accommodate it.
It somewhat resembles the Verizon Nokia Lumia 822, except for this bump and of course looking a lot thinner, and it would not be too much of a conspiracy to suggest Verizonâ€™s future Nokia phones would have a distinct styling on the massive carrier.
Could this device be as yet unannounced Windows Phone? See the device at the 0:06 mark on the video after the break.
Nokia and Microsoft has had a recent win in Australia where more than 70% of employees chose Nokia Lumia phones over Samsung, HTC and Apple phones at KONE Australia, a lift and escalator company.
As part of their new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) policy, employees were either allowed to bring their own smartphone or chose from a selection of handsets.
KONE offered the Lumia 610 as an option for operational employees and a Lumia 920 for director-level employees. The Lumia 800 and 710 were also options.
The Nokia Lumia handsets were preferred due to the presence of the Nokia Drive, Microsoft Lync, SharePoint and Windows Phone People Hub.
The Maps app in particular was important for staff working on maintaining lifts â€“ with Apple Maps stranding navigators in the middle of an Australian desert the companyâ€™s devices clearly have a reputation problem.
The People Hub was also an expectedly useful feature:
â€œThe People Hub feature of Windows Phone is another great tool which helps organise teams internally. Sales and operations staff have already set-up groups, which allow management to stay in touch with co-workers across text, Facebook, Twitter, MSN Chat and email,â€ KONE’S Colleen Upsall said.
Hopefully such success stories will inspire other companies to come aboard.
It seems some-one at Nokia regretted the largesse, as the apps have suddenly become unavailable in the Windows Phone Store, giving the â€œThis app is not available for your deviceâ€ error.
Hopefully the games will return for those who missed out on the deal soon.
Despite Windows Phone not having the majority of the web market share in Finland yet (around 20% vs 33% for iOS and 36% for Android, according to Statcounter, for Finlandâ€™s biggest media group Sanoma Oyj, Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia are already their biggest users, according to Digitoday.fi.
They report that Lumias passed Android already in the summer and just passed iPhone traffic at the end of the year.
This is especially significant due to mobile traffic now being 35% of their web traffic, versus 10% in 2011.
Part of the reason for the surge in Windows Phone use may be that the Sanoma services app comes pre-installed in Lumias sold in Finland, but of course this is mostly due to great sales of Nokiaâ€™s Lumia range in the region.
With Windows Phone staring to gain critical mass in Europe we can expect media services to slowly increase their support for the platform, and who knows, maybe BBC will finally give in and produce an iPlayer appâ€¦