Bezels are a necessary evil for large handheld devices as otherwise the supporting hand will cover the displayed content on the screen, and also cause spurious activation.
Nokia has been granted a patent for making bezels a touch more useful by making them touch sensitive.
An apparatus, method, and computer program product are described that provide for an active digital bezel area on a display of a device. Touch input may be received in a bezel area provided on the display, where user interaction with content presented within the bezel area at a location corresponding to the location of the touch input is initially disabled. A force component of the touch input may be detected and compared to a predetermined force threshold. In cases in which the force component of the touch input exceeds the predetermined force threshold, user interaction with the content at that location may be enabled. In this way, the force exerted by the user in applying a touch input in the bezel area may be considered an indication of the user’s intent to interact with corresponding content within the bezel, and such interactions may be provided for accordingly.
Nokia has of course shown off multiple prototypes through the years of bendable and deformable devices which takes input through force sensors. It may be that Nokia is finally getting ready to bring such a device to market.
See the patent here.
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Goodridge, a high end manufacturing company in UK, has posted a testimonial for their Nokia Lumia enterprise solution, after deciding to replace their current fleet of Blackberry handset with the new Windows Phones.
They were impressed with the Office integration, Nokia’s Drive maps, the great security and the high level of functionality in the smartphones in general.
Nokia currently claims 17% of the UK enterprise market, and are working towards reaching 20%. It certainly appears Windows Phones have found their niche in the UK.
Read more about Nokia’s enterprise ambitions at www.nokia.com/business.
Our readers may remember Bryan Biniak, Nokia’s Vice President and General Manager of Developer Experience, from July last year, when he accused Microsoft of a lack of urgency, and complained:
"We are releasing new devices frequently and for every new device, if there is an app that somebody cares about that’s not there that’s a missed opportunity of a sale."
In line with Nokia’s new marketing, what a difference 6 months makes it seems. Speaking to Trusted Reviews recently, he now said:
“I don’t think (lack of high profile apps) is getting in our way of selling phones right now. f you look at the gaps – and we just announced Adobe, we announced BBM – there is only a few of those top developers that are missing.”
Nokia launched a new campaign yesterday where they specifically address the app gap, and make the claim that all of the apps people actually use are either on the platform, or have viable alternatives available.
This does however ring somewhat hollow given the recent release of the Nokia X range, which is felt by many to be an attempt to tap into the app catalogue of the Google Play store.
Do our readers think Biniak is right, and apps are no longer a sales issue, or is it all marketing? Let us know below.
China is proving to be an unexpectedly high hurdle to cross as Microsoft strives to purchase Nokia’s handset division.
In the run up to approving the deal, China’s Ministry of Commerce held a seminar on the 3rd March to hear the Nokia-Microsoft case.
At the event many smaller Chinese OEMs petitioned the Ministry of Justice to prevent Microsoft and Nokia from charging significant fees for the use of their patents.
The days the App Gap is the biggest excuse we hear for not switching to Windows Phone, and today Nokia has posted a video indicating they will not be taking the criticism any more.
Nokia Canada posted the above 2 minute video making it very clear Windows Phone has all the apps that are used commonly and matter, and who needs 1000 flashlight apps in any case.
I believe that the fact is now being increasingly acknowledged, which is why we are now hearing a new term, the App Lag, which refers to the months or years Windows Phone users have to wait before an app inevitably end up on our platform. In the end what we are seeing however is the OS rapidly catching up, and the trend to parity is looking pretty clear.
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Spotify today announced that it has acquired one of the largest music data company The Echo Nest. The Echo Nest provides music data solutions such as recommendation, playlisting, etc, to various companies including Nokia MixRadio and Microsoft’s Xbox Music.
Last year, Nokia and The Echo Nest announced a deal that enabled Echo Nest’s Music Discovery and Personalization solution in the Nokia MixRadio app, to be pre-installed on all Nokia Windows Phones. MixRadio’s primary feature Play Me, powered by The Echo Nest, and it provides one-tap access to a personalized streaming radio station based on each user’s artist radio stations, the songs they play, skip, or favorite, and everything else they do with music on their phones.
Not only that, but it can also scan the user’s desktop and mobile music collections for any music stored there too. All of this data funnels into their Echo Nest-powered Taste Profile, a unique understanding of each user’s taste(s) in music. We combine that detailed (anonymous) behavioral analysis with our understanding of the entire world of music, including the relationships between over 35 million songs by over 2.5 million artists in over 700 genres — all part of the largest database about music in the world.
Even though The Echo Nest will honor all its contractual agreements, the future of MixRadio and Xbox Music’s Radio feature remains a big question. Hopefully, Nokia and Microsoft can find a better partner soon.
Mohamed Tariq, an eight year old kid has developed a Windows Phone app and his app has been downloaded almost 500 times since its release. He developed a Windows Phone app called Kids Zone that aggregates online videos from popular cartoons, like “Tom and Jerry” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He used YouTube as the data source to make them into separate channels within his app.
Did he learn programming at his 3rd grade? The answer is ‘No’. Tariq went to Nokia DVLUP Day in Boston in November along with his father and he decided to join other novices in a class about App Studio. This result was his Kids Zone app.
Microsoft released Windows Phone App Studio Beta last year which allows hobbyists, enthusiasts and new developers to create content-based apps from end to end, all within a web UI in few easy steps. Microsoft recently revealed that 350,000 developers of all skill levels have used Windows Phone App Studio Beta, resulting in 300,000 projects and 20,000 apps published to Windows Phone Store.
Source: betaboston via: Windows team blog
evLeaks have just tweeted rather tentatively about a coming Nokia event on the 19th April.
We have of course just exited Mobile World Congress 2014, where Nokia did not show off a single new Windows Phone. Nokia is however rumoured to have a number of Windows Phones in the works, for release to coincide with Windows Phone 8.1.
We are expecting the Nokia 630 and 635 to be announced soon, and many expected we will see the handset announced at BUILD 2014 in early April, but if evLeaks is correct we will have to wait a bit longer before a new Windows Phone 8.1 handset hits the market.
One of the main hindrance for the evolution of smartphones right now is the battery technology. We are still using the same old battery technology which was used a decade back. Lots of companies are working to improve battery technology in smartphones and alternative ways to power up your device like a solar panel on the back of your device, etc. Nokia today posted a fun and informative video on sustainability. It shows how you can charge your Windows Phone device by dancing! Watch the video above.
If you are a Nokia Lumia 1520 owner, you should be proud to own it. Find the reason behind it after the break.
According to Nokia, the Nokia X Android handset, which mimics the Windows Phone Start screen, is meant to be a feeder system for Windows Phone.
Nokia’s own style guide for developers suggest this may not exactly be the case.
Their style guide suggests:
- Do not mimic different platforms. People are not used to the interaction paradigms of the other platform; for example, they might consider the Windows Phone panoramic view as uneffective since it does not work satisfyingly in landscape orientation.
- Read more about Android style.
Do I detect some distain for Windows phone there from that writer?
While Nokia’s story is that the Nokia X was designed to be good for both Microsoft and Nokia, I suspect the move was ultimately designed to get some of that Android volume Samsung has been enjoying, and more about Nokia and less about Microsoft and Windows Phone.
The Nokia X developer guide can be seen here.
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Last year we reported that Microsoft-Nokia deal is in the second-phase of anti-trust investigation in China, as Chinese OEMs and regulators fear that Nokia’s patent fees for the China’s domestic handset vendors might go up after this deal gets over. Bloomberg then reported that local Chinese OEMs have asked regulators to make sure Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business doesn’t result in higher patent fees on wireless technology.
Today, Bloomberg today reported that Google and Samsung have joined the Chinese OEM in expressing their concern about Microsoft-Nokia deal. They want to make sure this deal doesn’t result in higher fees on wireless technology patents that will remain with Nokia. The report also claimed that Google and Samsung fear that Microsoft will gain more power over the smartphone market and may abuse its patents.
Contrary to Samsung and Google’s concerns, Microsoft is always open to license their patents to other smartphone vendors under very reasonable terms. In fact, they have signed patent licensing deals with more than 20 Android OEMs and ODMs so far.
China’s Ministry of Commerce is conducting an anti-monopoly review and is likely to approve the deal, the officials said. The question is whether the ministry will demand the companies guarantee that the agreement doesn’t result in higher patent fees, the officials said.
Samsung sponsored the Oscars, and managed to score a major social network win by having the most retweeted picture ever, with more than 2 million retweets of Ellen’s group selfie.
Those looking at the picture may have notices however its not the greatest-looking ever, in fact looking rather blurry.
Nokia, never slow to take advantage of gaffes by other smartphone OEMs, tweeted the above tweet, saying:
Let’s do away with blurry photos, Ellen! |
@TheEllenShow #Oscars #Blessed #blurry pic.twitter.com/56p0xQO2WV
Maybe Ellen should have hung onto that Nokia Lumia 1520 she was giving away only two weeks ago?
Today, @evleaks posted an information on Twitter about an upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 8.1 devices. This device is codenamed ‘Martini’ and it will run on Window Phone Blue.
The handset is another in the line of Bond-themed devices, with the Goldfinger being another to still arrive.
Nokia didn’t announce any new handsets at MWC, clearly they are waiting for Microsoft to reveal Windows Phone 8.1 first. Microsoft is expected to reveal Windows Phone 8.1 at their upcoming BUILD developers conference and Nokia is expected to follow them to announce Windows Phone 8.1 based handsets in April.
Are you waiting for Nokia to announce its next flagship device?