Nokia has posted a minor update to the Nokia Here Transit app from version 5.0.2197.0 to version 5.0.2231.0.
Given the small increment in version numbers and the lack of a change log the update is likely of the bug fixing variety.
The update appears to address an issue where the app stopped loading data from some regions, making it somewhat useless.
Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks Rui for the tip.
Nokia has updated their DLNA app to version 220.127.116.11. The app, which will stream media from your Lumia to a DLNA receiver such as many Smart TV’s or PCs, has been updated with improved Wi-Fi connectivity ensuring it continues working with future devices and firmware updates.
The app requires your phone to have the latest firmware update to install.
Find it in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks S.M.A.Sithick for the tip.
Nokia today updated their Creative Studio app for Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices. This is a minor update with no new features but with bug fixes and stability improvements.
General stability improvements and storage related enhancements.
Make more of your pictures with this quick and easy photo editor. Exclusive to Nokia Lumia, simply swipe through a series of creative effects, add focus blur or create an impressive color pop effect. With Nokia Creative Studio, you can also create a beautiful collage, quickly adjust color balance and remove red eye. When you’re done, share your pictures directly with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Nokia Creative Studio is also a great partner app for Nokia’s other Lumia camera apps.
Download it here from the Windows Phone Store for free.
Fosspatents reports that after Nokia has succeeded in obtaining an injunction against HTC’s smartphones in UK (which was largely stayed pending an appeal) Nokia was bringing the same case with the same patent library to court in France.
In a statement Nokia said:
"Nokia was pleased that the UK High Court imposed an injunction on certain HTC products which it found in October to infringe a Nokia patent. The UK Court of Appeal has stayed the injunction until a full appeal hearing next year and Nokia welcomes the Court’s invitation for the parties to expedite this. It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorized and uncompensated use of Nokia innovations. We look forward to the Court of Appeal confirming that the patent is valid and infringed, lifting the stay on the injunction and awarding Nokia financial compensation for HTC’s infringement.
The same patent comes to trial in Dusseldorf, Germany next month and is also in suit in Paris, France; Rome, Italy[;] and its US counterpart is in Nokia’s second complaint against HTC at the US International Trade Commission. Nokia began its actions against HTC in 2012, with the aim of ending HTC’s unauthorised use of Nokia’s proprietary innovations and has asserted more than 50 patents against HTC in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, UK and US. During 2013, HTC has been found to infringe Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, the UK High Court and the US International Trade Commission."
Nokia is currently suing HTC in 7 countries, as the Taiwanese company continues to refuse to take out a royalty-bearing license for Nokia’s non-standard-essential patents.
Strategy Analytics analyst Wei Shi yesterday published a report about Microsoft’s competitiveness in the mobile content and services ecosystem. The report was largely positive for Microsoft, thanks to acquisition of Nokia’s assets. The report also highlighted the confusion among consumers among Bing Maps and HERE Maps, poor advertisement services when compared to Google, etc,. Read the full press release below.
BOSTON, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The multi-billion acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business sends a strong statement of ambition to the industry that Microsoft is pulling no punches in its renewed vigor to push into the mobile industry. This is being supported by Microsoft’s own industry-leading cloud computing offers and the strong following enjoyed by Skype. App developer sentiment is also shifting in Windows Phone’s favor. However Microsoft needs to improve its assets and offerings in areas related to social and mobile payment, says the report “Handset Vendor Content & Services Strategies: Microsoft” published by Strategy Analytics.
The report is the second of a series published by Strategy Analytics to assess the strengths of mobile device vendors’ competitiveness in the mobile content and services ecosystem, following the report on Apple, published in October. Through a panoramic assessment of Microsoft’s key assets, the analysis recognizes Microsoft’s industry leadership positions in cloud computing and its strengths in communication and search & advertising. It also highlights Microsoft’s weakness in social aspect, and its almost complete absence from mobile payment.
According to Wei Shi, Analyst at Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Media Strategies (WMS) and the author of the report said, “The acquisition of Nokia gives Microsoft a significant boost in hardware, but a new challenge for Microsoft is integrating the new assets gained through the deal while, building on its position as the 3rd mobile ecosystem. If the integration is managed well, the addition of Nokia’s services, such as its highly regarded app developer program, strong imaging applications and competitive music services will give Microsoft a boost. A long term strategic partnership with HERE will bolster the mapping capabilities, although their is potential for consumer and advertiser confusion with HERE Maps being offered alongside Bing Maps. However, in the key apps battleground, while Microsoft remains clearly behind Android and iOS, developer sentiment is growing for Windows Phone with 32% of mobile app developers intending to support the platform in the coming year.”
Source: Strategy Analytics
Nokia today released a minor update for both HERE Drive and HERE Drive+ apps in Windows Phone Store. This updated app v4.0.5410.0 includes bug fixes and stability improvements alone. Previous HERE Drive apps update included several new features such as real-time traffic, finding parked car using LiveSight and more.
New features in previous update:
-Real-time traffic feature tells you about traffic conditions on your route*
-Turn-by-turn directions list provides route overview
-Traffic-aware ETA gives you precise arrival times
-Traffic feature in all map views gives at-a-glance traffic overview for your area
-Find your parked car easily using maps or LiveSight
Microsoft today updated the Facebook beta for Windows Phone 8 devices to v18.104.22.168. This update does not include any new features, but it comes with lots of bug fixes and performance improvements. Last update v5.2 brought lots of new features to the beta.
• Faster and more reliable notifications
• Toasts for Facebook chat
• Redesigned primary tile
• Redesigned secondary tiles for chat, events, groups, pages, and photo albums
• Messaging improvements
• Performance improvements
• Support for additional languages
Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Under the terms of Nokia’s deal with Microsoft Nokia is forbidden from producing any smartphones for the next 2 years, but given how time flies many Nokia fans have been holding out hope for a Nokia smartphone comeback in 2015.
Now Chinese site C-Technology reports that while Android devices, including a 7 inch tablet, had been in the works at Nokia’s CTO division, which will remain with Nokia post deal, plans for these have now been shelved in favour of next generation wearables.
Instead of creating just another Android smartphone or tablet in a very competitive market, the company is apparently looking to focus on emerging technologies like wireless power transmission, low power electromagnetic energy generation, flexible displays, graphene sensors and augmented reality.
Apparently the cancellation of the Android plans were without Microsoft’s intervention, and were the result of Nokia becoming de-skilled in the area due to the transfer of their handset division to Microsoft.
Personally we feel this is a good move, as it is likely Microsoft was planning to coast for quite a while on Nokia’s reputation, and it would have been very confusing for the market if Nokia returned with their own competing Android devices.
Do our readers agree? Let us know below.
On their Conversations blog Nokia today announced that they will be making the new Nokia Camera app available in beta form to all Lumia handsets, including non-Pureview ones.
At present the beta app is identical to the official app in the Windows Phone Store, but Nokia intends to use the beta as a place to test the latest and greatest bug fixes, improvements, and functionality, and the beta can be used on the same device as the official Nokia Camera app.
The beta supports the Lumia 520, Lumia 521, Lumia 620, Lumia 625, Lumia 720, Lumia 810, Lumia 820, and Lumia 822, in addition to the usual Pureview handsets. The handsets need to have either Lumia Amber or Black installed however.
Those who have Lumia Black installed will be able to have the Nokia Camera app accessible while the phone is locked, and 1020 owners will be able to export pictures in DNG format.
Sign up for the beta at Nokia Betalabs here.
As expected, Nokia India today officially announced the Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8 device. The device comes with a six-inch, full HD assertive display, Multi Directional Audio Capture with 4 Speakers, 20MP Pureview Camera and it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM and Windows Phone 8 OS with Lumia black update pre-installed. It also has wireless charging built-in as opposed to AT&T variant. The device will be available in yellow, white, black and glossy red color variants. It is priced at Rs.46, 999 (755 USD). Nokia also revealed that the CP623 protective case for the Lumia 1520 will go on sale for Rs 2,999.
Flipkart is taking pre-orders for the device for Rs.45,999. Find the listing here.
Nokia’s Network+ settings app has seen a minor update to version 22.214.171.124, and unlike usual when there is no visible changes, on this occasion there is a clear feature addition to the app.
The latest version now shows a voice call counter which appears to count in hours, minutes and seconds from hard reset, and surprisingly shows I have made more than 20 days of calls over the last year, or about an hour per day, which does not quite seem right.
Either way, the updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
A new Windows Phone handset is not normally that well supported, but Nokia is working on changing this by partnering with a number of accessory makers to jump start the availability of cases.
At this time, Nokia is working with Swedish companies Krusell and OSM, Otterbox from the U.S., and Mozo from Finland.
The partnership allows Nokia to make sure cases are a perfect fit for the actual devices, and allows accessories to be available as close to launch as possible,
The Indian authorities have released their hold on Nokia’s manufacturing plants in the Chennai province after the company placed a large $367.17 million deposit into escrow.
The move will allow Nokia to finalize their deal with Microsoft and transfer their factories and other phone assets to the Seattle company.
The Indian authorities are still after Nokia however, with some claiming they owe the Indian tax authorities as much as $3.4 billion, including penalties for non-payment of tax and interest.
Reuters report that the Nokia’s case is one of several high-profile tax disputes involving foreign companies, with IBM, Royal Dutch Shell, Vodafone Plc and LG Electronics Inc. all being pursued.
Nokia today released a new beta app for Lumia 1520 devices called Nokia Motion Monitor. As the name suggests, this app tracks your physical activity based on your motion and steps. This app runs in background continuously consuming very little power and you can have updates on your lock screen, glance screen as well as on a live tile. There are also different views to browse your activity data.
The Timeline is where your daily activity is recorded. Here you can see when you were moving, how intense the activity was and your total step count. The Events view gives you insights into your motion and summaries of your day, while the Week and Month views will help you discover if there are any patterns to your movement. The more you keep your phone with you, the better the data will be.
This application will only work on the Nokia Lumia 1520 because it uses dedicated core on Nokia Lumia 1520 to off-load sensor data processing from main processor, enabling algorithms to run using low power.
- Once the application is started it starts to track your physical activities
- Requires 10 days to learn your average day-to-day activity, then compares a day’s activity against your whole activity history
This is similar to the Apple M7 co-processor found on iPhone 5S. The M7 is accessible to applications through the Core Motion API in iOS 7. I expect Nokia and Microsoft to open up this motion processor in Lumia 1520 to the 3rd party developers to enable new range of fitness applications.
Download the beta app here from Windows Phone Store.
Nokia officially announced Nokia Lumia 525 last month as a successor to its popular Lumia 520 device. Lumia 525 features 1GB RAM as opposed to 512MB RAM in Lumia 520 and it is the only significant difference between the both. Chinese network operator China Mobile is planning to sell a TD-SCDMA variant of Lumia 525 called Lumia 526. Online retailer JD.com has listed the device with a price tag of 999 Chinese Yuan (~160 USD).
•Operating System: Windows Phone 8.
•Networks: TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.
•Speed: 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps).
•Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB mass memory, support for microSD cards up to 64GB, 7GB free SkyDrive storage.
•Display: 4” IPS LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) 16M colors, 2D hardened glass, super sensitive touch for finger nail and glove use.
•Processor: 1 GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon™ 400.
•Camera: 5MP autofocus, video recording HD 720p 30fps.
•Size: 119.9 x 64 x 9.9mm.
•Connectivity: WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Integrated A-GPS, 3.5 mm audio connector, Micro USB with charging, USB 2.0 High Speed.
•Battery: 1430 mAh.
•Audio: single digital microphone, 3.5mm AV connector, MP3 player, Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth Stereo Headphone.