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To be announced July 11th
Nokia may have just announced their new Lumia 928 for Verizon and Lumia 925 devices, both of which are based on the popular but understated Lumia 920 device released last year as one of the flagship Windows Phone 8 devices, but that doesn’t mean the company is standing still. Nokia is inviting the press to a special unveiling on July 11th, and judging by the invite they sent out, things are getting a little more clear as to what they’re going to be announcing. (Excuse the photography pun!)
Nokia seems to be teasing a brand new Windows Phone device with a 41MP camera, similar to what’s in their previous Pureview 808 device, which did not run on the Windows Phone platform. This would certainly be one of the most unique and exciting Windows Phone devices developed in quite some time – most other Windows Phone devices are content with using outdated tech and creating some uninspired, generic-feeling devices; a truly unique Windows Phone device could do much to help vitalize the distantly third place platform, if they play their cards right.
Whatever Nokia announces on July 11th, we’ll be the first to let you all know what the latest scoop is – whether that’s an insane 41MP Windows Phone device, or just another Lumia, or… something else entirely.
And if Nokia wants to merge, too
Nokia’s entire Lumia range is powered exclusively by Windows Phone. Although Windows Phone 8 is a fine OS (and I love my Lumia 521), it has barely made up for 3% of the entire smartphone marketshare. Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei’s consumer business group had this comment to say about Windows Phone vs. Android:
Whether Windows Phone will be successful is difficult to say. It has a very small market share. [Windows Phones] are weak but still require a license fee. That’s not good. Android is free.
Nokia’s CEO has repeatedly rejected pleas from other shareholders to move away from Windows Phone. What will happen now that Huawei is interested in buying them?
Thanks to: ultrawindows
Still has a long way to go
Things have been pretty bad for BlackBerry for quite some time now, but today they just got a little worse – market firm IDC has just released their latest look on the mobile landscape and have discovered that, for the first time, Windows Phone has overtaken BlackBerry’s spot as the third most widely used mobile operating system platform in the world, behind Android at #1 and iOS at #2.
According to IDC’s numbers, Windows Phone made up 3.2% of all mobile handsets shipped this quarter, while BlackBerry only made up a mere 2.9%. Android devices meanwhile made up 75% while iOS dropped to 17.3%, a huge shift in the tides towards Android’s favor. That said, the iPhone 5 has been on sale for quite some time now while Android competitors such as Samsung and HTC continue to make constant improvements to their products.
Is an inexpensive Windows Phone worth it?
Our secondary writer gets a Nokia Lumia 521 and attempts to review it the moment he gets it out of the
box. What does he think of it, and would he recommend it? Everything is explained in the above video.
- Adding to things I don’t like about the 521, I do not like how you have to have fingernails to pull the back case off.
- I played the wrong game in the game test portion – Galaga was fine, but when I tried playing Fruit Ninja there was a noticeable performance drop. It was not enough to prevent playing of Fruit Ninja, however.
- The phone is actually capable of running on AT&T as it supports their bands. The 521 must be SIM unlocked, which T-Mobile will do.
Stuck on Verizon? This might be your phone.
Nokia jumped the gun on the Lumia 928 by advertising it without officially announcing it. But today, they have announced it and have detailed us on the 928. It’s mostly the same as the Lumia 920, with a few differences. For one, the Lumia 928 is exclusive to Verizon.
In appearances, the Lumia 928 appears less rounded than its AT&T cousin and it only comes in black and white. There are also some camera improvements; the still camera now uses a xenon flash tube and the video camera uses the LED light. There are also three microphones in the phone, and a speaker that claims to go as loud as 140dB.
The Lumia 928 will be available on Verizon starting May 16th. You can pick yours up from Verizon for $99.99 after a $50 rebate and the typical two-year contract.
Advertising campaign to focus on photography
Here’s an interesting one – despite the fact that Nokia is clearly launching at least one new handset at their upcoming press event, the Finnish based mobile company has apparently decided to jump the gun and has put up a promotional site advertising an as of yet unannounced Nokia Lumia 928 handset, complete with an image of the device. While we’re currently light on details, the phone itself physically seems to look a whole lot like the Nokia Lumia 920 we all know and love – no surprise there, given that recent leaks have indicated that the device is more or less just a 920 with a small spec bump and CDMA support, making it ready for a Verizon launch.
Nokia’s advert also appears to focus heavy on the camera, with the image portraying a Lumia 928 taking a high quality photo in a lower light situation. The promo reads “Capture the Highlights” before teasing us to “stay tuned” for more about the as of yet unannounced (or does this count as an announcement?) handset.
We’ll almost certainly know more about the Lumia 928 at Nokia’s May 14th press event, so keep an eye out for further news as we hear it.
Praise be all that's good
If you’re the proud owner of a Windows Phone device, you’re probably painfully aware of how lacking watching YouTube on the platform has been. The default YouTube “application” preinstalled on the device has been no more than a glorified bookmark, and if you were looking for a native application experience you had to wander to the sketchy nether regions of unofficial applications. But no more – Microsoft today has, at long last, finally released an official YouTube application for Windows Phone 8 devices.
Though the application was developed by Microsoft and not YouTube, the app is a clear step up from the options that Windows Phone users had prior to this if they wanted to get their YouTube fix on the go. The new application is now available on the Windows Marketplace for free; have at it.
"The Lumia story continues"
Ah, the Nokia Lumia – the oddball of the flagship, high end phone wars. On one hand, it’s a more than competent – dare I say, even excellent – high end smartphone that not only matches but exceeds the competition in areas like screen resolution, camera, and durability. Then, on the other hand, it’s severely weighed down by its reliance on the Windows Phone platform, which customers have shown clear indifference to or even dislike of. All that said, Nokia is plodding right on ahead with its “Lumia story”, and has just announced a press event for May 14th where they will presumably announce the next generation Nokia handsets.
Recent rumors indicated that the Nokia Lumia 920 would be coming to Verizon under the guise of the slightly updated Nokia Lumia 928 handset; others claim that Nokia is working on a next generation Lumia with a ligher, more durable aluminium enclosure, updated specs, and an even more lusworthy Pureview camera with more megapixels then we care to shake a stick at.
Whatever it is Nokia is announcing on the 14th, we’ll be sure to bring you the latest scoop as we hear it.
Many-a-Windows Phone user has been eagerly awaiting the day when they could join in on the Instagram fun, and that day has finally arrived – well, kind of. No, it’s not what you think – Facebok hasn’t just suddenly had a change of heart and decided to release an Instagram client for Windows Phone, but rather a few enterprising entrepreneurs have managed to figure out a way to post photos to the service without the need for even an official API.
The application is called Instagraph, and photos are full quality and even have many similar filters to those iconic ones we’ve all come to love (or hate) in the official Instagram app. The application itself works like magic by sending the photo to a third party server owned by the Instagraph folks, which then sends the photo over to Instagrams servers. There are a few limitations, as would be expected – users can’t register for Instagram, and nor can they view, like, or share their friends’ photos.
Instagraph for Windows Phone costs $2.49 and is now available on the Marketplace for Windows Phone 8 users.
Perhaps the Z10 is not the savior they were looking for
I’ve personally always had a soft spot in my heart for Windows Phone, the little mobile OS that has always had just so much potential from Microsoft, only to be absolutely decimated update after update, year after year in sales. But according to analytics firm Kantar, Microsoft’s mobile OS that could is seeing what appears to be a decent little growth spurt, with their US presence share growing from 2.7% in February of 2012 to 4.1% in February of 2013. The platform is also doing quite well internationally, with their UK shares growing from 3% to 6.7% and their Italian shares from 5.4% to 13.1% in the same time span.
Meanwhile, Blackberry is continuing their freefall with no relief in sight, despite their best efforts with BlackBerry 10 and their new Z10 handset. Shares in England stood fairly tall at 16.8% last February only to be cut in over half in February 2013 to stand at a puny 5.1% – meaning that yes, Windows Phone is officially more popular than Blackberry in at least one country.
Microsoft goes back to rolling out WP7.8
A couple weeks ago, we reported on a Windows Phone 7.8 bug that should have been a showstopper. Basically, the bug caused Live Tiles to stop updating – a rather major bug when you realize just how integral they are to the Windows Phone experience.
Today, we have confirmation that the bug has been fixed in Build 8860 of Windows Phone 7.8. Those of you with Windows Phone 7 devices can download the update through the Zune software. With the release of this patch, we can assume that the 7.8 update will continue its rollout.
Source: The Verge
The fruit is far from rotten
comScore has just released the smartphone marketshare numbers in the United States for the November-January period, and fans of a certain fruit company have a lot to cheer for – Apple’s marketshare in the past couple of months has been going nowhere but up, easily beating Samsung both in the amount of marketshare increased since October as well as the amount of of overall marketshare.
Apple’s marketshare has increased by 3.5% while Samsung’s increased only by 1.9%, meaning the iPhone made over twice as much gains as Samsung in the same time period. Overall, Apple holds 37.8% of the smartphone market while Samsung holds 21.4%. HTC and Motorola lost marketshare while LG managed to make a small 0.3% gain.
The report also found that Android devices on a whole have been steadily losing marketshare in the same period. 3 months ago Android held a total of 53.6% of the marketshare, while today that number is at a still impressive but slipping 52.3%. Blackberry’s marketshare and Windows Phone’s marketshare is also down this quarter, leaving iOS to be the only platform to make any significant gains, up from 34.3% to 37.8%.