Friday, January 17, 2014

Screenshots reveal Nokia Normandy user interface

Fresh Nokia Normandy information made the rounds on Twitter thanks to @evleaks. The latest pieces of the puzzle are a couple of screenshots revealing the potential user interface of the phone. With live photos and press renders out and about, the Normandy looks to be a real deal after all.

The screenshots reveal what looks to be homescreen and notification area of the Normandy. The left screenshot is the homescreen, which is reminiscent of the Windows Phone 8 live tiles. At first, we were suspicious if this is Android at all, but the BBM app icon gave it away. The tiles look to be configurable and can either take a third of the screen (three on a row), or two thirds, like the Photo tile on the third row.

The notification area, which is on the right side of the photo, is a cross between standard Android notification area and the app launcher. There are alerts for the alarm clock, calendar, Skype, missed calls, gallery and SMS. In a true Android fashion, some of them are expandable, too, like the calendar, gallery, phone and SMS texts. They also give you quick action shortcuts with contextual menus for each notification.

Below the photo @evleaks states that there are "two ways to interact with Normandy", which could mean that those are the only two screens from the whole Android users are going to get. That's highly unlikely though, as it looks like those are two different views of the same thing - the homescreen with tile and list modes.

You can also see that the Nokia Normandy is going to be available in a dual SIM version, as shown in the status bar.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Nokia Lumia Black software update features overview

There’s a hands-on video showing off the features of the Nokia Lumia Black software update on the inter-webs. In it, a Nokia rep goes over all of the new things your Nokia Lumia smartphone can do.

The first feature they show off is the new and improved “glance mode”. There are now new notifications that you can see on the ‘always on’ screen of Lumia smartphones, without having to wake your phone.

There’s also an updated Nokia Camera app, that allows for three shooting modes: Video Recording, Nokia Camera, and Nokia Pro Camera. With the Pro Camera mode, you can fidget with light sensitivity and other camera settings more in-depth, as well as get a preview of the photo before you actually take it.

Another new intriguing app as part of the update is Nokia Storyteller. This basically groups the photos you’ve taken chronologically, and then displays where the photos have been taken on a map, all over the world.

The Nokia Beamer application has been updated as well, which allows you to share your screen with other Lumia devices on an internet connected TV or computer screen.

Below is a list of the phones that are compatible with the Lumia Black software update.

•Lumia 1020
•Lumia 925
•Lumia 920
•Lumia 820
•Lumia 720
•Lumia 625
•Lumia 620
•Lumia 520


Friday, January 10, 2014

Nokia Lumia Black update is now seeding worldwide

Nokia’s long-awaited Lumia Black update is now seeding to devices worldwide. The first Nokia smartphones to get the treatment are the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925. More Nokia Lumia models will receive the update in the coming weeks.

The Nokia Lumia Black update brings a host of new features to the Finnish company’s Windows Phone range. They include the ability to organize apps into folders, improved Glance screen, Bluetooth 4.0 support, and Nokia Beamer. The latter is available to devices with at least 1GB of RAM. It allows users to share documents and any type of multimedia content to any HTML5 capable display by scanning a QR code.

Naturally, the already stellar imaging capabilities of the Nokia Lumia range have been further enhanced by the latest update. Previously available only for PureView devices, Nokia Camera has been brought to the rest of the Lumia range. Nokia Storyteller will also be preloaded.

Even more importantly, Nokia Lumia Black update brings improved imaging algorithms. They are said drastically improve the image quality, particularly on the Nokia Lumia 1020.

You can check out an official Nokia video of the Lumia Black update below.

If you are a Nokia Lumia 1020 or Lumia 925 user, you can find out how to update your device over here.


32GB Nokia Lumia 1520 AT&T goes on sale

AT&T has added the 32GB version of the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet on its web store at $250 with contract. Note that only the black version has a 32GB option, while the red (which is selected by default), white and yellow ones do not.

Anyway, the normal 16GB version is back at $200 after a temporary promotion cut the price to $100. If you prefer, you can get the phablet off-contract too. The 32GB version is $640, while the 16GB units go for $585.

You can't get it just yet as its listed as "Out of stock online", but you can try your luck with a local brick-and-mortar store.

Keep in mind that the 16GB Lumia 1520 for AT&T can be had for $150 from Amazon and you can grab a 64GB microSD for $50. The off-contract price for the unlocked 32GB version is around $600.


Nokia Lumia 929 Icon shows up on Verizon's site

The Nokia Lumia Icon slipped out from under the covers a second time – leaking on Verizon's own site no less. By the looks of it, the Icon will be a 5" version of the Lumia 1520 phablet, which coupled with the carrier of choice means this is the Lumia 929.

The product page (now taken down) describes a premium Windows Phone 8 device with a 5" 1080p screen and powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset. The camera is Nokia's new 20MP PureView shooter.

Basically, it's the 1520 in a more compact package, which means 2GB RAM and 32GB storage are what's to be expected, even though the specs page doesn't list those (the battery has been taken down to 2,420mAh though).

The page lists the price of the Nokia Lumia 929 (Icon) - $777. It's expensive, but considering the flagship specs and camera experience that's out of reach for other phones, Nokia can set its own price. Plus, that's less than $30 more than the 32GB iPhone 5s.

Nokia Lumia 929 (Icon) official images

Anyway, we're sure Verizon and Nokia intend to sell the Lumia 929 with subsidy even though the page says $777 with 2-year contract. Also, 777 could just as easily be a placeholder (the device name will have to be changed for one, so this isn't a finalized page).


Incipio confirms Nokia Lumia ICON existence and name, again

Sometimes the easiest way to get a confirmation of a smartphone's existence is to just look at the accessory manufacturers who mass produce for upcoming devices. A look at Incipio's portfolio gave us just that with its case for the Nokia Lumia ICON.

The case was previously put up online but then quickly taken off, as we reported in an earlier story. It was now spotted at Incipio's booth at CES.

The device went by the Lumia 929 model name for a while, however, the case now explicitly states that the name of the upcoming Nokia device will be the "Lumia ICON".

Other rumors point to a January 16th official announcement from Nokia. Are you excited for Nokia latest phone?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nokia Normandy leaks yet again, runs on Android KitKat

The rumors of the notorious Nokia Normandy prototype running on Android has been around for quite some time. Even though the company's Devices and Services division is soon to be acquired by Microsoft, it seems the Normandy rumors continue, suggesting the device might come to live against all odds.

Last month we learned the codenamed Normandy device is supposed to be an entry-level Android smartphone. The leaks suggested Normandy will be reusing the iconic Lumia design and will come in a plethora of different colors, just like the affordable Asha and Lumia phones.

Today the famous tipster @evleaks has posted renders of Normandy running on Android. We get to see a glimpse of Nokia's launcher, particularly the lockscreen, Viber and Skype apps. Judging by the Normandy's status bar, this should be a dual-SIM phone.

Another leaks from today sheds some more light on the alleged Normandy specs. As it turns out someone has put the Normandy through AnTuTu's test, so we can see some of its specs. Nokia RM-980 A110 codenamed Normandy reported featuring a 4" FWVGA display (480x854 pixels), a 5MP rear camera and runs on Android 4.4.1 KitKat. Naturally, the chipset powering the Normandy is Qualcomm Snapdragon.

If Normandy is similar to the previously tipped "Mountain View" Android prototype, then it might be running (as previously suggested) on the Snapdragon 200 chipset (quad-core Cortex-A5/Adreno 203 or quad-core Cortex-A7/Adreno 302).

Nokia Normandy running on Android KitKat

Some recent rumors suggest the Normandy development is at "full steam ahead" and the smartphone is supposed to hit the shelves this year. Some go even further saying the team working on Normandy (Project N) will stay at Nokia and continue to work on it alongside other devices (such as the alleged Nokia smartwatch) after Microsoft's acquisition is completed.

Now is a good time to take a breath, lower your enthusiasm and take all this with a huge pinch of salt. The entire batch of rumors sounds way too good to be true. Maybe there is something going on at Nokia and some of this is happening, but maybe there isn't. In fact there is a good chance somewhere on the way a tiny rumor has completely gone out of control feeding on the hopes of the loyal fans.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Nokia launches Lumia 1320 and Lumia 525 in India

Nokia has launched two new Lumia phones in India. The first is the Lumia 1320, which shortly follows the flagship Lumia 1520 launched last month. The Lumia 1320 is priced at INR 23,999 ($385).

The Lumia 1320 has a 6.0-inch, 1280x720 resolution display, dual-core 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 5 megapixel camera, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory and microSD card slot.

The Lumia 525 is more of a budget offering. It is priced at INR 10,399 ($167). It has a 4.0-inch, 800x480 resolution IPS LCD, 5 megapixel camera, dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal and memory with microSD card slot. The Lumia 525 also comes with free Gameloft games worth ₹2,025.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Nokia waves final goodbye to MeeGo and Symbian

Nokia announced in October it will be ending all developer support for MeeGo and Symbian on January 1, 2014. Well, the deadline has passed and the Ovi Store won't accept any more apps.

Nokia announced the end of the era via the official Symbian Team account on Twitter.

In case you've missed the news, the dropped MeeGo/Symbian support and app publishing means developers will be no longer capable of pushing new apps or updates in the Ovi Store. They will continue to receive revenue from their apps, of course, and all currently available apps in the Store will remain available for download.

So, if you are interested the Ovi Store is still open and your device isn't rendered worthless just yet. But maybe, just maybe, it's about time you jumped ship.

Source | Via