After only two years of sales Nokia Lumia handsets managed to take around 20% of the Finnish phone installed base, with Nokia announcing on their Finnish site that they have sold 1 million handsets since February 2012, when the Nokia Lumia 800 was released there.
Finland only has a population of 5.4 million people, making its Windows Phone penetration I am sure by far the highest in the world.
Nokia’s upcoming Lumia 630 Windows Phone 8 device press render got leaked today on the web. This device will be the successor to the mid-range Lumia 620 device. As you can see in the image above, the device will have on-screen buttons instead of hardware buttons.
On spec wise, the device is expected to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 4-inch screen. If the device includes 1GB RAM and HD screen, I guess this device can compete with recently successful MotoG Android device in developing countries like India.
What do you think?
Following the success of the first season of ‘Nokia Lumia- Your Wish is My App’, Nokia India has announced the season 2 of the contest. Last year, this app reality TV show was limited to app enthusiasts across India, but this year Nokia is going big by including consumers and developers from across the globe in this contest. As you all know, you have to submit mobile application ideas that have the potential to be developed into successful apps for the Windows Phone Store and you could stand a chance to become a millionaire(In India, grand prize money is 1 million INR). Last season, the contest received 38,000 app ideas and Nokia is looking forward to a pool of 50,000 app ideas for season II.
Nokia will be collecting ideas from people through social media, SMS, phone, and at various functions, events which will be held at colleges and universities across India. Finally, 30 shortlisted apps will be showcased in a nine-episode reality TV show which will be aired on NDTV Prime starting mid-March. There is a grand prize of Rs 10 lakhs (1 million), two runners up will be awarded Rs 5 lakhs and Rs 2 lakhs each and three lucky winners will stand a chance to win the new amazing Nokia Lumia 1520. The winners will be judged on the basis of parameters such as the originality of the idea, relevance, potential for revenue and the practicality of implementing it.
The best part of this contest is, Nokia will be publishing the 4000 top ideas on Nokia DVLUP, making them available to developers from India and across the world to convert into live apps. Also, curated expert developers will be invited to work on select top applications, with Nokia providing UX and design consultation in addition to technical support.
Find details about how to send your ideas after the break.
photo-e-factz is a free wp8 app comprised of photo, effects, and textual facts of photo, on photo. app for capturing user’s lifetime events using photograph picked via camera or gallery – adding multiple visual effects, adding beautiful frame along with configurable title, personalized short message with date embossed on photograph.
user can save these configured ‘photo events’ to phone gallery, share it with friends. application maintains actual resolution, meta information of original photo and then copies it to the new modified one.
app act as the “hub” and host all saved ‘photo events’. it will also give options to share the picture and locate photo’s geo location on “nokia map”
this app uses Nokia APIs and hence may not work on non Nokia windows phones
store url of the app photoefactz-store
please check app’s fb page to see set of other modified pics from the app photoefactz-fbpage
below are few modified images via this app
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.
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.
Nokia today released Nokia Chat 1.1 beta app in Windows Phone Store. This new update includes a number of bug fixes, some new features, and improvements to existing ones.
- 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
Along with the release of Mass Effect and Real Racing, Nokia Lumia device owners are also getting two more EA Sports titles, NBA JAM and Tiger Woods 12.
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?