Device operating systems

Nokia Lights Up Windows Phone 8 Devices

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is busy introducing its Lumia Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Phone 8 smartphone Wednesday morning, placing an emphasis on a better camera, smarter maps and built-in wireless charging for its new flagship 920 device.

The vendor's launch in New York, however, was short on details about availability, pricing and carrier partners. Nokia merely says that the new Lumia 920 will be available later this year.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has typically been first with the Lumia launches in the U.S.

Nokia's high-end hopeful features a Snapdragon dual-core 1.5GHz processor, NFC, 1GB of RAM, a curved 4.5-inch display and an eight-megapixel camera. Nokia, however, is focusing on upgrading other camera features rather than rushing the smartphone megapixel arms race.

Nokia's 920 "PureView" camera "captures between five and 10 times the light of any competitor's smartphone camera," explains EVP of smart devices, Jo Harlow. This should mean that the phone takes better pictures indoors without a flash.

Maps, meanwhile, are also a major feature of the phone. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop called location a "key differentiator" for the vendor. (See Nokia Puts Itself on the Map.)

The vendor has "City Lens" in the phone. So you can take a photo of a city block and get the names of cafes, shops and other buildings overlaid on the picture.

The vendor is also pushing indoor mapping as a useful feature. "We can get you to where you want to go inside the train terminal or bus station," claims Nokia's Harlow.

Maps will also be available off-line on the phone.

Other quirky features include glove swiping, so that you can use the touch-screen phone in cold weather without removing your mittens. Built-in wireless charging is also included in the phone.

Many of the same features will also be available in the Lumia 820, an updated smaller brother to the 920 with several colorful removable shells to customize the phone.

Indeed, the focus on the Windows operating system updates appeared centered around personalizing the phone to access particular people or content, often via "live tiles" that can be moved or re-sized on the face of the phone.

"This is the year for Windows," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claimed at the launch event.

Ballmer and his Finnish friends will face stiff competition as we race into fall, however, with the next Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone launch widely expected on Sept. 12 and Samsung Corp. shifting millions of its Galaxy S III smartphone.

For more

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

<<   <   Page 2 / 2
krishanguru143 12/5/2012 | 5:21:55 PM
re: Nokia Lights Up Windows Phone 8 Devices

WP is underwhelming, Microsoft has never listened to the customer and as such will always be in last place.&nbsp; They will never be the &ldquo;third&rdquo; ecosystem when they are just holding on to 7<sup>th</sup> place and not far ahead of the &ldquo;others&rdquo; category.&nbsp; The laggy UI of Android is a bug that Google has never fixed.&nbsp; Google can certainly fix it, but there are other OS&rsquo;s on the same hardware that don&rsquo;t have the laggy feel to them.&nbsp; Some on similar hardware as WP and they can actually do more with the hardware.


Nokia was going around offering a challenge to show how fast the &ldquo;Metro&rdquo; UI was.&nbsp; Well, they lost that challenge as my phone was faster than theirs.

Gabriel Brown 12/5/2012 | 5:21:54 PM
re: Nokia Lights Up Windows Phone 8 Devices

I just said I liked it. But then again, I passed my Windows Phone on to someone else.

krishanguru143 12/5/2012 | 5:21:53 PM
re: Nokia Lights Up Windows Phone 8 Devices

&ldquo;John Dvorak from MarketWatch recently uploaded his review of the current Windows 8 Release Preview, calling the upcoming OS an "unmitigated disaster."&rdquo;


&ldquo;The brightly colored, interactive tiles of Windows 8's Metro interface are fun and innovative. But they can also be frustrating and completely unintuitive to use.&rdquo;

&ldquo;It&rsquo;s Microsoft&rsquo;s insistence on inserting Metro between us and what we want to do &ndash; and at times Metro is spectacularly inappropriate.&rdquo;

&ldquo;Fewer than half of the 2900 readers who answered our survey about the Consumer Preview said they were satisfied with the new interface.&rdquo;

&ldquo;'You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator,' Cook replied, 'but those aren't going to be pleasing to the user.'&rdquo;

&ldquo;There is mounting evidence since the release of the Final Release Preview that&nbsp; Windows 8 is shaping up to be a repeat of&nbsp; the Vista Disaster.&rdquo;

<<   <   Page 2 / 2
Sign In