July 19, 2013

Nokia Lumia 925 to have a larger screen


Posted by Ernest Doku

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia is believed to have initially planned for a bigger display in its new thin and lightweight Nokia Lumia 925, according to a recent report.

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This has come to light in an interview with Niilo Alfthan, Senior Design Manager for Smartphones at Nokia.

ZDNET quoted him in an article, saying -

"Not all of the technologies that the designers want to include will eventually make it into a device, however."

"In the 925's case, a bigger display was on the drawing board but was pulled after it was found to be monkeying with the all-important antenna."

"We were trying an idea where we were trying to fit a bigger display and in that point in time"

"we were thinking let's make a bigger display... then we realised it did not help because of the antenna — there was interference,"

The larger display size wasn't given, but it would have been beyond that of the 4.5-inch AMOLED screen, found in the shipping model.

Jonne Harju, another Senior Design Manager for Windows Phones at Nokia, was also present and he added:

"We are always, always stretching the limits,"

"We know sometimes it's very, very tight for a technology to be mature enough in the timeframe [for it to be included in a device]"

"but we think 'let's try to do it', because then if you start something it can be moved to the next device — at least we've started something."

"If you don't start some new innovation, you don't necessarily get the result later on."

That well know Twitter tipster @evleaks has now mentioned an unknown codename of yet-to-be-seen Nokia mobile phone, Nokia Rivendale.

Perhaps the larger screen Nokia is still on the cards, with Riverdale; stay tuned for more.

Via: WMPoweruser

May 07, 2013

Nokia Lumia 520 FM radio to be enabled; network testing taking place mid-May.


Posted by Ernest Doku

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia is thought to be turning on the FM radio feature, in its new low-end Nokia Lumia 520 Windows Phone 8 device.

This comes care of the tech news website My New Machine, from a submission from one of it readers.

That person has contacted Nokia, through its website's live chat feature - entitled Nokia Care Chat.

They asked the Nokia representative about the FM tuner built into the Lumia 520, where the response was -

"In Windows 8 you cannot use the FM facility"

Followed by:

But in future you may use in the Nokia Lumia 520"

Microsoft’s rumoured General Distribution Release (GDR2) update is supposedly going to enable this aspect within Windows Phone 8 - as we reported here.

This is along with double-tapping the screen to awake from standby, with Nokia improvements such as flipping the mobile to silence a ringing phone.

WMPoweruser has reported that carriers will begin testing out this update during this month, news of which was spotted in an Australian network's own forum.

Via: PhoneArena

April 25, 2013

Nokia updates Symbian mobile phones


Posted by Ernest Doku

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has rolled out an update to its 2011 and 2012 Symbian handsets, bringing in a raft of all-new features.

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These Nokia phones include the likes of the 808 PureView, with its 41-megapixel camera, which was the last ever Symbian device from the company.

This update is also for other Belle Feature Pack 1 and FP2 mobiles, over the past few years. The over-the-air software fix offers up new widgets to the OS, one of which was available before – but only in beta form. The latter is known as Webview.

That provides a window on a home screen, showing any live website of your choosing. Multiple versions of this can also be added, across many home screens. There is also a mirror add-on, which does exactly what it says on the tin - provides a mirror to stare into.

That utilises the front camera of the phone, and offers up a picture taking function, if so desired. Another addition is a toggle flashlight, which enables the LED flash on the rear of the handset to be used as a torch. The other new widgets are a stopwatch and contacts communication - for one-touch messaging.

Via: All About Symbian

April 23, 2013

Nokia: Instagram is on the way


Posted by Ernest Doku

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has confirmed the popular photo-sharing app is coming to Windows Phone 8, according to a recent report.

Nokia has done this by posting a message to Facebook, replying to a customer’s enquiry if Instagram is coming to the Windows Phone 8-powered Nokia Lumia 920.

The response from the Swedish Nokia Facebook page was “Instagram is on the way but can't give an exact date right now".

This has been covered by Microsoft mobile OS news title Windows Phone Central, which has included a screenshot of the transaction.

That was a good idea it appears, as Nokia has subsequently deleted the post - possibly indicating an error in leaking the unauthorised info.

Nokia Sweden has previously posted a similar confirmation to Twitter.

In March, it tweeted "@WilliamSparf Dock to instagram is under development, but you can still floja your friends' feeds with #instacam :)"

This isn’t the first time we have heard of Instagram coming to the Windows Phone 8 platform.

The Verge noted Microsoft was testing this very app on its WP8 OS, in March this year.

That was in an article about the Nokia #2InstaWithLove app, which applies a type of Polaroid filter to images and comes close to being an Instagram app.

April 12, 2013

Nokia Lumia 920, 820 and 620 Get Official Firmware Update


Posted by Ernest Doku

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Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has announced that it has released updated firmware for its recent Windows Phone 8 run Nokia Lumia range of mobile phones.

It has unveiled this through its own forums, in a post entitled "Update released for Nokia Lumia 920820 and 620".

This reads:  "We have released some new software updates for Nokia Lumia 920 and 820!"

"Version 1232.5957.1308.00xx will bring: improved automatic display brightness adjustment; fix for intermittent screen blanking during a call; further performance and stability improvements."

"Additionally, we have published new software update for Nokia Lumia 620 version 1030.6407.1308.00xx, with plenty of reasons for you to update"

This is noted to be improved touch screen functions, including corrections in multi-touch actions and better voice quality with Bluetooth headsets that support echo/noise suppression.

Also, there is enhanced camera performance with corrected exposure when a flash is used in bright light conditions, and  various improvements to system stability, performance, and usability.

Nokia has stated the updated will be gradually rolled out in the next coming weeks, with a notification appearing on a handset, when it is eligible.

People in the forum have already noted that it is being deployed, where an O2 customer with a Nokia Lumia 620 has received it.

April 05, 2013

Nokia Lumia 720 deals now available from O2, from £11 a month


Posted by Ernest Doku

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Former British Telecom mobile phone network O2 is now carrying the Nokia Lumia 720 handset, in the colour of red.

Nokia announced this phone at Mobile World Congress this year, as a midrange device - complimenting the Lumia series, only without 4G capabilities.

It has a 4.3-inch ClearBlack 800 x 480 display, which can even be used with a glove - thanks to its super sensitive touch screen technology.

Powering the mobile is a dual-core 1GHz processor, with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It is the first of the unibody range to be able to accept microSD cards, up to 64GB.

This boasts the title of being the slimmest Lumia to date, coming it at 9mm.

There is a 6.7-megapixel camera on-board, which has an f.1.9 aperture lens. That is said to be the largest found, in a phone at this price point.

O2 is retailing the Nokia Lumia 720 on contracts starting from £11 a month, with the handset costing £179.99.

It is also available without an upfront cost on a £22 tariff. That has 600 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 750MB data allowance.

The network is also stocking the 720 on pay as you go deals, for £299.99

Check out Omio’s hand-on pictures from MWC 2013, along with the video walkthrough – from a product spokesperson. 

Via: The INQ

April 02, 2013

Nokia Lumia-inspired Asha phones leaked?


Posted by Ernest Doku

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has seen pictures leaked online of a yet-to-be-announced Nokia Asha range, with design cues taken from the Nokia Lumia series.

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This photo has come from the infamous Twitter user @evleaks, which in the past as revealed accurate information - ahead of a company official unveiling it.

These are the possibly soon-to-be-launch HTC Facebook Myst handset; the HTC One press photosHuawei Ascend P2 and name of the first BlackBerry 10 OS handset - to name but a few. Even the Samsung Galaxy S4 had its first outing on the popular user's account.

This latest piece of info has been posted to its Twitter account, in a tweet that simply reads  -"Remember that Nokia Asha design language preview?".

That is accompanied with the picture above, which highlights the purported Nokia Asha phones - with a look of the Lumia portfolio.

Nokia has already started to incorporate a one-look-design philosophy, which we saw at Mobile World Congress this year.

That was with the very low-end and basic Nokia 105, which has the cost attached of just 15 Euros.

It isn’t inconceivable the Nokia Asha range will gain this look too, but we will just have to wait and see what is coming next from the Finnish.

Via: Cnet

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