Sunday, April 29, 2012

Nokia N9 rumored to get PR1.3 update by the end of May

The PR1.2 update for the MeeGo-running Nokia N9 came out a couple of months ago, but even before that Nokia had been teasing PR1.3, calling it a "small but valuable" update.
Someone from a MeeGo fanblog was eager to find out more details on the next update, so they contacted Nokia - and Nokia answered. Reportedly, a Nokia representative said that the update will be out by the end of May and confirmed that the update is small, but it would contain many surprises.
The Nokia representative couldn't comment on whether theSkype app for the N9 will support video calling, like the Google Talk Video Call app already does (Skype is a third-party app after all).
It goes without saying that this info should be treated as a rumor for now.
Source (in Russian)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T stock running low

The Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T topped the charts over at Amazonabout 10 days ago and now it appears that both Amazon and AT&T are really low on stock. The Lumia 900 is backordered on Amazon'sWireless site, while the Cyan color version of the 900 is out of stock on AT&T's own site. The Black one is available for now, but there's no telling how long that will last.
Running out of stock doesn’t seem to be a problem with manufacturing - Nokia claims they're building Lumia 900s as fast as they can and that "the inventory situation is primarily a function of demand." Obviously, that's a whole other situation than what we're facing on the Old Continent.
The data connectivity issues that the Nokia Lumia 900 experienced didn’t slow sales down and Nokia reports that very few people opted to swap the phone for another one, choosing to just install the update at home instead.
Actually, the issues might have helped sales - the phone costs $100 with a 2-year contract with AT&T, but if you get one before April 21, AT&T will give you $100 credit against your monthly bill. That means you can get a high-end Windows Phone on contract for free.
Whether this will help profits is another matter - Nokia will be announcing its Q1 results for 2012 tomorrow, but they won't include this recent surge in sales, we'll have to wait for the Q2 results to get those numbers.

Nokia Lumia 900 connectivity fix gets outed ahead of schedule

In a truly remarkable display of customer care, the folks at Nokia have managed to out the softwarefix to Lumia 900's connectivity issues already. That's only two days after the Finnish companyacknowledged the problem's existence, and an impressive three days earlier than promised.
The software update can be applied via Microsoft's Zune software. In case you don't feel like dealing with USB cables and such, you can also exchange your Nokia Lumia 900 at any AT&T store free of charge as well.
And by the way, Nokia and AT&T are still going to give you a $100 bill credit if you purchase a new device between now and April 21st as a goodwill gesture, thus making it free on a contract.

Nokia 808 PureView surfaces on pre-order in the UK

We've already seen Nokia 808 PureView pre-orders pop up elsewhere but now we're talking the UK. now offers the ultra-high-megapixel cameraphone but the pricetag is a bit harder to swallow than the one we saw from Nokia Italy. With the VAT included, the UK price amounts to £538.80, which is roughly €655, while Nokia Italy's asking price is €599.
We hope other UK retailers chime in on that one and make a more palatable offer for the Nokia 808. A Dutch retailer, for instance, has a pre-order listed at €565.
Clove doesn't mention a release date but the Nokia Italy pre-order had May as a projected time frame for the launch of the highly anticipated cameraphone.

Leaked video reveals Nokia Lumia 610 NFC

A leaked video from Nokia talks about the Nokia Lumia 610 NFC - that's right, the lowest spec'd Lumia phone might be the first Windows Phone handset to feature NFC. Last year Nokia did say that it plans to integrate NFC in all of its future handsets, but we expected it to start with one of the higher end models.
Anyway, the Lumia 610 NFC seems to be identical to the regular Lumia 610, which Nokia unveiled at the MWC this year, except for the newfound Near Field Communication technology.
The video was pulled by Nokia but someone managed to make a copy of it (it's kind of choppy, but you can still see what's going on). The video shows how the Lumia 610 NFC can be used to simplyfollow someone on Twitter or pair with the Play 360 speaker that launched with the Nokia N9.

The Nokia Lumia 610 NFC is likely to be announced today - Xavier des Horts (CommunicationsManager for Nokia France) tweeted the following teaser. The whole "Tap into something" sounds in tune with the video. The teaser is rather vague and there might be videos for other NFC-enabled WP7 phones that didn’t leak.

Tap into something new teaser tweeted by Xavier des Horts
Either way, we should know by the end of the day.