Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nokia Lumia 530 image leaks, confirms 4.3" display

The world's most popular Windows Phone smartphone is about to get a successor. Meet the Lumia 530 and its first public appearance in a photo. The phone was spotted in a Windows Phone buying guide showing the available devices running Windows Phone 8.1.

No confirmed Lumia 530 specifications are available at this time, but we can make some educated guesses based on the image above. Judging by the size difference to the Lumia 635, the Lumia 530 will sport a 4.3" display. That's a slight bump from the 4.0" (800 x 480 pixels) display of the Lumia 520.

There are also no front-facing camera nor physical navigation buttons, as Windows Phone 8.1 allows the use of virtual on-screen keys.

Finally, it's interesting to note that the Nokia logo is present on the phone. Microsoft bought Nokia Devices & Services for €5.44 billion but it wasn't clear if the company is going to keep using the Nokia brand in its upcoming products. We guess for the Lumia 530 at least, things are going to remain the same.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Nokia XL goes on sale in India for $196

Nokia announced its first Android-app running smartphones - Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL at this year's Mobile World Congress. The Nokia X went on sale a while ago and now, the company has introduced the XL in the Indian market.

The Nokia XL, which is the biggest smartphone in the X series, comes to you with a price tag of INR 11,489 (about $196).

For your money, you will be getting a 5" display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Just like the Nokia X and X+, the XL is also powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225 chipset, but gets a bump in RAM to 768MB.

The 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 2 megapixel front facing shooter completes the camera department of the Nokia XL. The dual-SIM smartphone comes out of the box with 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card.

If you are still wondering about the features of the Nokia XL, then do check our detailed review to know more about what the forked Android running smartphone has got to offer.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 to drop on June 24

Microsoft will begin officially rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 on June 24th. This should coincide with the launch of the Lumia 930, Nokia's upcoming flagship.

Just like other iterations of Windows Phone software, 8.1 will feature the typical 3 years of software support and updates.

Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a minimum of 36 months after the lifecycle start date. These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it. Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported. The distribution of these incremental updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone, and installation will require that your phone have any prior updates. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.

Windows Phone 8.1 brings a host of new features and seems primed to make Microsoft's mobile OS a much more intriguing option for consumers.

Source | Via

Nokia X software update now rolling out

Nokia has released an update for the Nokia X that has started rolling out now. The version update brings with it couple of new apps - OneDrive and Contact Transfer.

Along with that the latest update also brings a new version of Nokia Store. Finally, there are the usual stability, performance and usability improvements.

The update should be available for download on your Nokia X.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Nokia HERE apps for Android and iOS

There's strong evidence to believe that Nokia plans on releasing their collection of HERE apps for Android and iOS.

The Finnish company released two job postings that call for mobile software engineers who have experience in iOS and Android application development. Check out the postings below:

“As an Android / iOS developer you will be a key member of our growing mobile engineering team, developing industry-leading mobile SDKs / applications. This is an experienced position that requires fluency in the latest Java capabilities and improvements in the Android and iOS SDK. The ideal candidate is motivated to explore and deliver the best possible solutions to our customers

The ideal candidate will have experience shipping one or more Android / iOS apps, currently on Google Play / Apple Store. You should have a strong passion for technology as evidenced by your personal projects that demonstrate your aptitude for superior engineering and strong customer-centric product sense. You should enjoy working outside the comfort zone and love to learn new technologies. The position will be based in Berlin / Frankfurt and will report to the Tem Lead Development team Mobile SKDs for Business, HERE Platform for Business.”

There's also a second job posting that calls for a specific Android mobile developer:

“We are now looking for a Mobile App Developer (Android) to join our team.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

•Working directly with developers, product management and UX Design to conceptualize, build, test and deliver mobile products

•Deliver across the entire app life cycle –concept, design, build, deploy, test, release to app stores and support

•Build prototypes at tech scoping stage of projects

•Working along the web developers to create and maintain a robust framework to support the apps

•Working with the front end developers to build the interface with focus on usability features

•Keep up to date on the latest industry trends in the mobile technologies

•Explain technologies and solutions to technical and non-technical stakeholders”

From the two job descriptions, it seems that Nokia plans on bringing the entire HERE experience to both Android and iOS, and not just their navigation and maps software. This is a smart move on Nokia's part, as the more users they're able to get invested in their services, the more prominent their brand will be in the eyes of consumers; a very Google-esque strategy.

Source 1 | Source 2 | Via

Friday, May 2, 2014

Nokia XL battery test

The Nokia XL is a fairly large and heavy phone but it has a relatively small 2,000mAh battery. While its dual-core Cortex-A5 chipset and its WVGA screens are not the biggest battery hogs, we’re testing the dual-SIM version of the phone, which is bound to put extra strain on the battery.

The Nokia XL’s smaller siblings have 1,500mAh batteries so the extra 1″ screen size also comes with a 500mAh advantage.

Still, the Nokia XL was within half an hour of the Nokia X that we tested (also the dual-SIM version) and matched the Apple iPhone 5s almost exactly. Eleven hours or so is a pretty good result, considering the price range.

Note that while one SIM card is in a call, the other shuts down so it shouldn’t harm the battery life and we’ve seen phones with 2,000mAh batteries do better.

Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE46:44h
  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus11:06h
  • HTC Desire X11:03h
  • Meizu MX311:02h
  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S411:01h
  • Apple iPhone 5s10:46h
  • Nokia XL10:45h
  • Apple iPhone 5c10:18h
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III10:15h
  • Samsung S7710 Galaxy Xcover 210:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy Express I873010:00h
  • Meizu MX 4-core10:00h
  • Pantech Burst4:46h
The web browsing time surprised us – the Nokia XL lasted 12 hours, which is among the best results we’ve seen. Other dual-SIM phones are near the top too, the Sony Xperia C and the HTC Desire 700 dual sim.

Part of Nokia’s plan for its entry level devices is to connect as many people as possible to the Internet and the Nokia XL will do an excellent job at it.

Web browsing

  • Sony Xperia C12:45h
  • Nokia Lumia 152012:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact12:37h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim12:30h
  • Nokia XL11:54h
  • LG G211:22h
  • HTC One Max11:20h
  • Sony Xperia ZR11:20h
  • HTC Butterfly S11:07h
  • LG G2 mini11:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus I92503:01h
Web browsing is typically the heavier load on a phone, but Nokia XL’s old chipset is fairly limited when it comes to video decoding. Video playback time was just over half the web browsing time.

We use an AVI/DivX video for the test and we guess a different container and codec combo might have drained the battery slower. The Nokia XL camera shoots 3GP videos so that may have been a bit better, but we can’t think of a video service that offers movies and TV shows in 3GP.

Video playback

  • LG G Flex19:57h
  • Motorola Moto G6:37h
  • Nokia Lumia 9006:37h
  • Meizu MX 4-core6:33h
  • Nokia Lumia 6206:32h
  • Nokia Lumia 6256:29h
  • Nokia XL6:28h
  • Sony Xperia E dual6:27h
  • HTC Windows Phone 8X6:27h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim6:26h
  • Nokia Lumia 8106:26h
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos S68026:25h
  • Nokia Lumia 7103:27h
The Nokia X had an uninspiring endurance rating of 38 hours, while the Nokia XL performed much better (especially on the web browser test) and scored a respectable 62 hour rating. Depending on usage, it will be 2-3 days between charges.
It’s not as good as you might expect from a feature phone (and the Nokia X family targets mostly people upgrading from an Asha), but it’s about what you can expect from an average smartphone. Nokia XL’s modest price tag makes these results all the more impressive. Check out our batter life table, containing all the devices we’ve tested so far.

Nokia Lumia 520 takes on a bullet, saves police officer’s life

Nokia Lumia 520 is the real hero of the day! The smartphone has saved a police officer’s life when a bullet was fired at him.

The police officer is said to have arrived at his house while two robbers while looting it. The criminals took two shots at the officer, but one of them missed and the other hit the Lumia 520 in his pocket. That meant that the civil servant escaped unharmed, even if he might have to look for a new phone.

Obviously, the Lumia 520 couldn’t survive the impact, but managed to prevent its owner from getting seriously hurt.


Stephen Elop makes $33 million in his return to Microsoft

Stephen Elop has some reasons to smile. The former Nokia head has made €24.2 million ($33.4 million) in cash and shares before his return to Microsoft, according to a report from Reuters.

Elop’s compensation ended up 25% higher than what was originally envisaged when Nokia’s acquisition was announced. The surge in Nokia’s share prices would now mean that the executive will take home €5.4 million extra.

Stephen Elop was in line to get around €18.8 million ($25 million) for the early termination of his contract. Microsoft has covered 70% of the total severance payment, while Nokia has taken care of the rest.

In the latest quarter Nokia’s phone division, which is now labelled ‘discontinued operations’ after thecompletion of the sale to Microsoft, brought in €1.93 billion with an operating loss of €326 million.