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  1. Microsoft has posted their official changelog for the GDR1 update on the Windows Phone Blog. Although it misses a number of things specific to OEMs and carriers, as well as no mention of the improved Bluetooth stack and IE updates, it does list a number of improvements specific to the end user experience. Windows Phone 8.1 Update OS version: 8.10.14141.167 or 8.10.14147.180 FoldersFolders let you organize your Start screen the way you want. Just push one Tile on top of another one to create a folder and get going. MessagingCombine multiple text messages into one, and then forward them to someone else. SelectionWith improved selection, you can now delete multiple calls, messages, or contacts. Apps CornerApps Corner lets you specify apps other people can use on a Windows Phone. Great for individuals and any-sized organizations who want to provide only the essential apps for others to use for work, school, or any other reason. AlarmsNow you can customize the snooze time for an alarm, and then enjoy a little more shuteye for the time you want. Accessory appsUse accessory apps to get notifications from your phone on your smart watch, active phone cover, fitness tracker, or other kinds of accessories. Internet sharingNow you can share your cellular data connection over Bluetooth, so you can get an Internet connection on more kinds of devices. VPNVPN now supports L2TP, which lets you connect to more VPN services. Whether you connect to a VPN for work or personal use, you can do it on your Windows Phone. NarratorNarrator now has touch typing and a way for you to turn off hints for controls and buttons if you don’t want them read aloud. Some other improvements to Narrator help you unlock your phone a little more quickly, find and use the Back, Start, and Search buttons more easily, and tell you when your phone screen is on or off.Source
  2. Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 was announced last week by Microsoft and includes a number of new enhancements and features which further align the mobile operating system with competing platforms. Today, Microsoft has released this new update for those who have registered themselves in the Preview for Developers. The Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 preview for developers has started rolling out now, which means it should hit your device momentarily. You can check to see if the update is available by opening Settings and navigating to Phone update > check for updates. Those in on the preview will receive the final, RTM edition of Update 1, much like preview users did with Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.0 GDR3, so no worries there if you were wondering whether the update was currently in beta. It's stable. Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will hit consumer devices over the next few months, so if you don't want to wait until then, make sure you've enrolled in the Preview for Developers. Source
  3. Two years after hitching its fate to Microsoft's Windows Phone software, a withered Nokia collapsed into the arms of the U.S. software giant, agreeing to sell its main handset business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion). Nokia will also license its patents and mapping services to Microsoft. Nokia shares jumped 45% on news of the deal. The purchase is set to be completed in early 2014, when about 32,000 Nokia employees will transfer to Microsoft. It will represent the second most expensive acquisition in Microsoft's 38-year history, ranking behind an $8.5 billion purchase of Internet calling and video conferencing service Skype. :view: Read More on: Reuters.com, BBC.co.uk and AllthingsD.com
  4. geeteam

    Nokia X hits Malaysia for $120

    The first Android device from Nokia, the Nokia X, landed with much fanfare at MWC last week. The company is wasting no time in getting it out to customers, as the device has been announced through Malaysian retailer Storekini.com for RM 399 (about $120). While certainly on the cheap side, the device itself boasts rather meager specifications: a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4-inch WVGA display, 3MP fixed focus camera, 4GB of storage and just 512MB of RAM. Our time with the device revealed a somewhat confusing mashup of Android 4.1, Windows Phone, and even elements from Nokia's Asha lineup. And although it's not able to run Google's Play Store, it does have the ability to sideload Android apps, 75% of which Nokia claims will be able to run without modification. follow this link to get the Nokia X in Malaysia with free shipping. Source
  5. Nokia announced its Android-powered phones at the Mobile World Congress, but the rumored Lumia 930 and Lumia 630/635 were nowhere to be seen. Nokia might be saving those for a separate event on April 19. News of the event comes from popular rumor source @evleaks. The date might not be a coincidence – two weeks earlier, Microsoft will be holding the BUILD conference. It is expected to bring Windows Phone 8.1 with the Cortana virtual assistant and Start screen backgrounds. According to rumors, the Lumia 930 will be similar to the Lumia Icon / 929 but for GSM networks and possibly with a 4.5" screen instead of a 5" one. The Lumia 630/635 will succeed the Lumia 620 and offer slightly higher-end specs than the 525, including dual-SIM (WP8.1 is supposed to add support for it). Source
  6. Microsoft's next big thing, the Windows Phone 8.1 OS, is expected to hit the devices later this year, with some much needed features to make sure the OS can compete with the rival platforms. We've seen a few reports predicting the OS to see daylight at Build 2014 in April, and today, there's another rumor hinting towards a similar time frame. Recently, a Twitter user Nawzil, who has been behind a number of Windows-related leaks in the past, tweeted that Windows Phone 8.1 will hit RTM in March. Well, if you're following the whole Windows Phone 8.1 saga, you should know that it's something that was mentioned a few days back by the well-connected Mary Jo Foley in a blog post. She said WP8.1 will RTM just before the BUILD 2014 conference kicks off, which will happen on April 2nd. Secondly, he mentions Windows Phone developers will get access to it in April, followed by a public launch in May. Well, again, I must say this isn't something new either. Mary Jo already stated that it will hit the public devices "later this April," which could take as long as May, with the developers getting access to it before the consumers. Source
  7. Nokia has asked Mobile World Congress attendees to join it on February 24, where they’ll get a chance to see the firm’s newest hardware releases. The official event invitation didn’t give us any hints about what these new products would be, but a series of leaks have provided a few choice details about Nokia’s next Lumia devices. The latest report comes from DigiTimes, and apparently confirms much of what has come before. It speculates Nokia will have three Lumia smartphones to show us, all of which will run Windows Phone 8.1, the next major update to Microsoft’s mobile operating system. If so, this would preempt Microsoft’s own unveiling of Windows Phone 8.1, which is expected to take place in April. Quoting sources in Taiwan’s manufacturing industry, the three phones will be headed up by the Lumia 1820, a new flagship phone from Nokia. The specs sound optimistic, as they include the Snapdragon 805 processor – which Qualcomm has yet to release – and a “qHD” resolution, which we take to mean 2560 x 1440 pixels and not 960 x 540. The screen could measure 5.2-inches, and the whole thing may be powered by a 3400mAh battery. Joining the admittedly exciting Lumia 1820 could be a pair of Lumia 1520 spin-offs. The Lumia 1520V could be a “Mini” version of the 6-inch original, this time equipped with a 4.5-inch display (just like the Lumia 920 and Lumia 925), a 1080p resolution, and a 14-megapixel camera. Additionally, a Lumia 1525 is mentioned, but without any specs. Previous rumors have also given the 1525 a 1440p resolution, plus a 25 or 30-megapixel camera. These reports also had the 1520V down as being powered by a Snapdragon 800 chip. Source
  8. Yesterday, Vietnam’s largest online retailer listed the unannounced Nokia Normandy on its website, mentioning that the phone would feature Android 4.4 KitKat, a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and support for Google Play, Google Now and other Google services. Now, a tweet from @evleaks seemingly reaffirm that the handset will be called Nokia X, not Normandy. Moreover, @evleaks - known for providing reliable info - reports that the Nokia X has 6 color versions, also confirming some of its specs: 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display, dual SIM capabilities, 5MP rear camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The processor powering the handset looks to be a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon, indeed. Source
  9. Nokia's Android budget phone codenamed Normandy has leaked yet again. This time around we found the phone listed on the biggest Vietnamese online retailer's website. The listing shows an official picture with Nokia's proprietary Android skin we've already seen. The specs once again get confirmed too - a 4" WVGA display, a dual-core 1GHz processor (Snapdragon 200 chipset), a 5MP rear camera, dual-SIM capabilities and Android 4.4 KitKat. The retailer also claims the phone will support all Google services, but we can't be sure until Normandy goes official. Unfortunately, despite this being an official retailer, we got no pricing info or release date for the upcoming smartphone. Meanwhile, @evleaks has delivered yet another rumor for the Normandy - he claims the phone's official name will be Nokia X. With each passing leak the the chances that Normandy actually materializes are increasing. Looking forward to it? Source
  10. Last time WPBar leaked some info about Lumia 1520V(Lumia 1520 Mini),and now they have even more details about the device. This time the image is slightly clearer, and unfortunately with it the 1080P screen has also disappeared. The known specs now include: •First Lumia 1520v is short for Lumia 1520 Viisi •Lumia 1520V is a wxvga device(1280*768) •the battery is 2370mah •Lumia 1520v is 4.45 inch large •Lumia 1520V has six small live tiles( WPBar is very sure about it) WPBar says they will report more about Lumia 1520V in next 2 weeks. What do our readers think about what is looking like a minor upgrade to the Nokia Lumia 920/925? Let us know below. Source: http://wmpoweruser.com/more-details-about-the-lumia-1520v Nokia Lumia 1520v shown to run Windows Phone 8.1 in settings screen shot WPBar.cn has been trickling out some more info on the as yet unannounced Nokia Lumia 1520V. The handset, which looks like a smaller version of the Nokia Lumia 1520, is shown in the screen shot to run Windows Phone 8.1 build 8.10.1270. The screen shot also shows the handset will have the Quadcore Snapdragon 800 processor (SOC 8974) which is a relief, as it also confirms it lacks a 1080P screen. So far WPBar.cn has revealed the handset has a 4.45 inch screen, and 2370 mAh battery. Despite the small screen size it will still however have the 3 column start screen. The site expects to deliver more info in the coming weeks, with the handset expected to arrive in April 2014. http://wmpoweruser.com/author/wpbar
  11. The geeks of mobile, and especially the Windows Phone fans, are eagerly awaiting Microsoft's Cortana voice-controlled assistant. That's not only because it will finally be an answer to Google Now and Apple's Siri, so their friends with iPhones or Android handsets will have one less reason to brag, but also because Microsoft is big in artificial intelligence, voice recognition and simultaneous translation research. Whether or not the amazing R&D demonstrations that you see in the embedded video below, will be transferred successfully to Cortana, remains to be seen, and likely very soon. Acclaimed leaker MSFTNerd hinted that it will arrive to Lumia devices in beta form some time in April, just as we heard. Actually that's when this year's Build conference will be held, so no wonder there will be new WP features presented, as well as the rumored Threshold UI for the Windows portfolio. Cortana, claims the source, will be voice-overed by Jen Taylor, who does the accent of the same character in the Halo franchise. It is also coming to the Bing app in iOS, Xbox One consoles, and, naturally, to Windows 9 "Threshold", when it hits your computer next spring. That's the timeframe also for Cortana to reach countries other than the US, as it will apparently launch in beta stateside only for this year. Some sample questions it will answer are below, evidently you will be able to make small talk, like with Google's or Apple's virtual assistants: "Bing Tell Me .." “.. will it rain today?” “.. when’s my next meeting?” “.. how do I get to the American Airlines Arena?” Source
  12. Turk

    Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

    By Jamshed Avari, January 16, 2014 The Lumia 1520 has two big things working against it, neither of which is a deal-breaker on its own, but when combined, make it a very interesting product to review. First, it's a Windows Phone. While the platform certainly does have its fans, there's no denying that it isn't as versatile as iOS and Android yet. As a person buying this phone, you will have to put up with a number of limitations and frustrations because of its software. Second, it's huge. So-called "phablets" are big business, but not everybody wants a phone that can't fit in a pocket and be held in one hand. With that said, it's time to examine this phone on its own merits and see whether Nokia has managed to distinguish itself with a winner. Look and feel Nokia's first big-screened Lumia seems like a "me-too" product. Sensing that Android manufacturers have been making huge profits with such devices, they want in on the action. Luckily, both Microsoft and Nokia have been able to tweak their software and hardware manufacturing well in time to catch this wave. The Lumia 1520 isn't just a stretched-out version of any other model, although its bright polycarbonate shell fits right in with the rest of the Lumia lineup. We had the glossy red model in for review, and while we were impressed with the quality of materials and construction, we found it a bit too flashy. Other manufacturers' flagship devices use metal or more subtle coloured plastic, and it seems Nokia is specifically going after a young, outgoing sort of customer with its current design direction. The subtler matte finish of the white and black variants will have a much broader appeal. The 1520 is a near-perfect rectangular slab with rounded edges and blunt pointy corners. The back is flat except for a roughly 1mm tall circular bump housing the rear camera's optics. On the whole, the body is impressively thin and still manages to be reassuringly strong when bent or flexed. The front face is made of toughened Gorilla Glass 2, which should be able to withstand a fair bit of abuse. The back is mostly blank, with only the camera lens, dual-LED flash, speaker grille and microphone array visible. Nokia's own branding and PureView logos are printed in a surprisingly subtle, light ink. On the right edge you'll find a volume control rocker, power button and camera button, while a Micro-USB port sits on the bottom and a standard 3.5mm headset jack is the only thing on top. The left edge has slots for your Nano-SIM and microSD cards, both covered by flaps that can be released with a pin or the included eject tool. At 209g, the Lumia 1520 is the heftiest of its siblings. Its size and weight make it rather cumbersome to carry around and you won't be comfortable holding it in one hand for very long. For the purpose of comparison, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and HTC's One Max weigh in at 168g and 2217g respectively. The weight and smooth glossy body make it very easy for this phone to slip out of a trouser pocket when you sit down, although you're unlikely to want to keep it in a pocket at all. Unless you wear a jacket or carry a bag every day, you'll probably end up carrying it in your hand. Features and specifications On the inside, Nokia hasn't skimped on anything. The 1520 is powered by a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC (system-on-a-chip), which consists of a Krait 400 CPU running at 2.2GHz and Adreno 330 graphics processor along with integrated LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth communications modules. Pretty much every flagship smartphone on the market today and even a few tablets use this particular SoC, so the 1520 is in good company. 2GB of RAM should be more than enough for even the most demanding tasks, including recording continuous HD video and capturing 20-megapixel photos. The battery is non-removable, as is the norm these days. Nokia's ClearBlack IPS LCD is vivid and sharp, with a highly reflective surface. Colours don't pop as much as they do on some of the AMOLED screens used by competitors, which is a matter of personal preference The Lumia 1520's PureView camera is one of its biggest selling points, but it isn't the same record-setting 41-megapixel unit that first debuted with the Symbian-powered Nokia 808 and later re-emerged on the Lumia 1020. The 1020 thus remains Nokia's current flagship camera phone, which creates an odd division in their product lineup. The 1520 has better specifications all around, especially the screen and processor, but it doesn't get the benefit of what is easily Nokia's best innovation in the entire series. Nevertheless, this camera still bears the "PureView" tag, and with the combination of hardware and software used, you still get optical image stabilisation, the ability to record in RAW format, manual focus, ISO and shutter speed control, advanced post-capture editing options, and of course full-HD video recording at 30 frames per second. Software The Windows Phone environment is what truly sets the Lumia 1520 apart from all its big-screened rivals. Microsoft has managed to update the OS to work with large, pixel-dense screens, so everything looks crisp and slick. There's room for an extra column of medium-sized tiles on the home screen, and you can have a maximum of six small ones in a row. Most apps look great, especially ebook apps and games, but surfing the Web is a mixed bag since some sites default to a mobile layout, which just looks ridiculous on such a device. The high resolution and pixel density help make Windows Phone's various pages full of thin typography feel less sparse, but the sheer size of the screen also amplifies the OS's annoyances, such as the excessive animations that accompany every screen transition and menu fly-out. Other little things matter too: menus roll up from the bottom of the screen but confirmation dialogs are displayed right on top, well beyond the reach of your thumb. You'll find yourself adjusting your grip on the 1520 every time you encounter things like this that just weren't designed with such a large screen in mind. That brings us to the software's biggest flaw: Nokia and Microsoft haven't managed to figure out how to make a soft keyboard work on such a large device. The standard keyboard has simply been stretched to fill the screen's width, but it also retains its original proportions, resulting in keys that are too large and widely spaced for quick two-thumbed typing. This also means that when active, the keyboard obstructs well over half of the available vertical screen space, so while reading documents is a total pleasure, typing and editing are far more frustrating than they should be on such an otherwise capable device. The only people who would actually benefit from this are those who prefer hunt-and-peck typing with a single finger. One of the platform's flagship features is MS Office integration. Apart from the keyboard issue, working with documents is a fantastic experience, and this is one of the best reasons to choose a big-screened phone. You can view Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, but creation is limited to Word and Excel. You can type out text documents just like notes, with a few limited formatting options, and create spreadsheets with formulas and even graphs. Again, we ran into limitations in the way that Windows Phone apps are designed: there's a lot of untapped potential given the 1520's screen and processor. Just to prove this point, we loaded the desktop version of SkyDrive in Internet Explorer. The integrated Office Online version of Word loaded perfectly, giving us a much fuller, more powerful tool on exactly the same hardware (although, to be fair, it involved a lot of pinching and zooming to actually make use of). Microsoft includes a voice command feature that's far more basic than Siri on iOS and Android's integrated functions. You can basically only open apps and dial saved numbers, although third-party apps can also add their own commands. The feature is only notable because, at least with the default setting on our review unit, the phone responds to commands in an Indianised voice with overdone inflections. This might have been intended to make users here feel more comfortable, but it really does come across as cartoonish and patronising. Nokia-specific tweaks Microsoft's efforts have also been supplemented by Nokia in the form of several apps and tweaks, and the Lumia 1520 is the first device to ship with Nokia's latest "Black" software update preinstalled. The most useful of these is the Glance screen, which basically displays the time, phone status and notifications on the phone's lock screen persistently, even after the screen times out. Users of older Nokia Series 60 smartphones will find this familiar: it's exactly the same as the old "screensaver" feature, but now it's done by keeping the screen backlight very slightly illuminated. This might impact battery life to a very small extent, but Glance uses the phone's proximity sensor to turn itself off when it detects it's in a case or pocket. Similarly, since the power button won't always be easy to reach, you can wake the phone by double-tapping anywhere on the screen when it's asleep. Last but not least, Nokia has also decided to cater (or pander) to Indian buyers with a small collection of Indian ringtones, all of which sound like the background scores of incredibly cheesy tourism ads. Camera Nokia's historical strength in imaging has resulted in the truly excellent PureView series of camera phones, but it isn't only hardware that sets the company apart. Nokia knows perfectly well that a phone's camera is only as good as its interface. After having released a number of well-received camera apps, Nokia has decided to coalesce them all into a single one called-what else-Nokia Camera. This app replaces the default Windows Phone camera app, which is truly a blessing. In the default Still mode, you can quickly adjust settings for the flash, white balance, ISO, shutter speed and brightness. You can even manually focus an image as you'd like it. Nudging the shutter release icon inward makes a semi-transparent overlay appear over the display with crescent-shaped sliders for all these settings, and you can see how changing one value affects the others. If you push one too far, you'll see a red highlight and some of the others might become unavailable. This helps you use the best settings for normal shots, but also experiment with artistic ideas. By default, the app is set to capture 16:9 photos at 16 megapixel resolution, but changing this to standard 4:3 actually nets you 19megapixel images, since these are essentially uncropped versions of the same frames. Smaller 5-megapixel versions of all shots are saved in addition to the full size, which are easier to email and upload via various apps. In fact the only way to get the original high-res versions of photos off the phone is to connect it to a PC via USB. In addition to JPG, you can choose to record files in the DNG RAW format, which is uncompressed and allows for much more flexible editing later on a PC (at the cost of enormous file sizes). We were very pleased with the quality of shots captured with the Lumia 1520, both in daylight and at night. Zooming in to the full-resolution version of photos, we were able to expose minor imperfections such as JPEG artefacts and noise, but you'll rarely ever see these on screen. The luxury of having such a large image is that imperfections vanish when you scale downwards. It's possible to capture gorgeous macro shots, and of course being able to manually adjust focus is quite a thrill. In video mode, you only have white balance and focus controls, and can use the flash for constant illumination. There is one neat feature, though: That array of microphones on the rear panel allows the phone to detect where the subjects you're filming are, and boost audio from them while diminishing background noise. Video is captured at 1080p, which can be stepped down to 720p, and 30 frames per second which can be changed to 25 and 24 fps if you prefer. Videos are just as crisp and clear as we expected, and the optical image stabilisation feature really does make a difference. Finally, the third mode is what used to be Nokia's standalone Smart Camera app. In this mode, holding down the shutter button for a few seconds captures a series of frames in rapid succession. The phone then runs through a few processing algorithms and comes up with what it considers the best shot. You can swipe up and down to perform other tricks, such as superimposing multiple copies of a moving subject against a static background, blurring the background with only the subject in focus, and choosing the best combination of smiles from different frames. The Action Shot and Remove Moving Object modes only really work well when you can ensure that only one thing in the frame is moving, and that too at a particular speed. Playing with Smart Camera is a lot of fun, but it will take a bit of practice to get results that are as good as the ones in Nokia's tutorial and advertising materials. There's one more photography feature in the form of a standalone app, or a "lens" that can be launched from within the camera app's menu, called Nokia Refocus. This app captures images while also saving information about the scene at multiple different focal lengths. After taking the photo, you can tap different parts of the frame to decide whether the foreground or background should be blurred or focussed. For no apparent reason, there's a trick within a trick here: you can also tap any object in the frame to preserve its colour, while everything else turns to black and white. It's a neat effect, but it's best when used sparingly and subtly. Other apps Nokia's other big software selling point is the Here maps app with Drive+ global navigation directions. At least as far as larger cities go, we found the maps to be accurate and useful. Although the maps aren't as detailed as Google's, Nokia should get more credit than it does for its mapping features, especially the directions that include options for walking, driving, and public transport. You can check for updated maps and also save them to the device so you aren't dependent on an Internet connection, which frequent travellers will appreciate. The My Commute feature lets your phone learn where you travel from and to frequently, and it will calculate the best route for you and alert you to bad traffic conditions on any given day. You can pin a special My Commute live tile to the phone's Start screen to stay informed of traffic conditions on the way. Nokia Beamer is a hidden gem that links your phone to a service that you can access in any Web browser on any other device, and simply mirrors the contents of your screen to it. You can pair the phone by pointing its camera at a QR code displayed on the target machine's screen, after which pairing is effortless. Visuals are transmitted through the Internet, so don't expect perfectly clear video unless you have superfast Internet connections for both the phone and the target device. Performance and ratings As expected, the Lumia 1520 sailed through our synthetic benchmarks. We don't anticipate any problem running current or future apps, even graphically intensive ones. Games look incredible on the full-HD screen, which wasn't a surprise either. We noticed a few issues, such as a portion of the screen being cut off in one game, and visible tearing in another. We hope this is just a matter of developers optimising their titles for the new hardware, because the Lumia 1520 certainly has the potential to be a gaming powerhouse. In our subjective analysis, the points that stood out were the device's build quality, overall screen quality, and the performance of the camera hardware and software. We gave it lower marks for UI design, ergonomics, and the quality of its app ecosystem. The Lumia 1520 is ultimately an unbalanced device, with extremely powerful hardware and software that doesn't yet take advantage of it. Battery life is solid, and we had no problems with normal day-to-day usage, which consisted of receiving calls plus a few hours of watching videos, playing games, and browsing the Web over Wi-Fi. We did notice that the enormous 3400mAh battery takes a really long time to charge up to 100 percent. Our formal video loop test returned a result of 10 hours and 20 minutes, which is quite respectable. Verdict If you want a Windows Phone with a supersized high-resolution screen, this is currently the only game in town. Nokia is the only manufacturer truly committed to Windows Phone, and with its acquisition by Microsoft now complete, it's unlikely that any other company will bother developing such a device. The Lumia 1520 retails for roughly the same street price as the Lumia 1020, and both could be described as flagships of the line, depending on your priorities. The 1020's camera is simply unbeatable, and is the only thing keeping the 1520 from dominating the specifications charts in every category. However, the 1520's screen and nearly all its internal components are a generation ahead of the 1020's. Incidentally, most of the things we loved about the software such as the Glance screen, integrated camera app and Beamer app are contained in Nokia's "Black" update, which means they'll be rolling out to other Lumias shortly. It's also worth noting that Windows Phone 8.1 is expected in the second quarter of this year. While we don't have any clear indications as to what features and improvements it will bring, it's also likely that a new generation of phones will launch alongside it. The Lumia 1520 will almost certainly receive this update too, but we're not convinced it will have a very long shelf life, and that makes it even harder to recommend. So this is easily the most powerful Windows Phone we've ever used, but does that make it a great phone? We're hesitant to make a recommendation. If you love giant phones, there are quite a few Android options with screens and hardware that match the Lumia 1520, and they have the benefit of better optimised software and a far more substantial library of apps. If you love Windows Phone, there are cheaper options. The Lumia 1520 does stand out when it comes to its camera and looks, but you'd have to be pretty passionate about either of those things to spend close to Rs. 50,000 on this phone. Price: Rs. 56,539 http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/reviews/nokia-lumia-1520-review-471941
  13. Just in case the various leaks of the Nokia Normandy Android device weren't enough, the latest has spurred a rumor for a potential announcement date for the device. We've been seeing quite a few official looking press render type shots of the device, which usually means that it is close to announcement, if not release. Now, a rumor is putting the announcement for the device on March 25th. As happens with many rumors, this one begins with someone looking closely at today's leaked pic of the Normandy UI. It looks quite a bit like Windows Phone the more we get into the meat of it, but the interesting thing is that the date set on the device for the screenshots looks like March 25th. Some sources are claiming the date points to February 25th, which would be in time for MWC; but, this latest leak only gives the date (25th) and the day of the week (Tuesday).. And, the thing is that this year is weird, because both February 25th and March 25th fall on Tuesdays. The reason we believe that this points to March rather than February is because that's the date used in a previous Normandy leak. Today's leak makes the second time that Nokia pointed to March 25th in a Normandy screenshot, although that might not really mean anything. It could be a tentative date that Nokia has been aiming at for an announcement or a release. Or, it could be the birthday of the project manager behind the Normandy. It is really hard to say, but we are pretty confident that the leak is not referring to February, which means we have a couple months of rumors before we get real info. Source
  14. Editorial Vlad Dudau 2 hours ago In my book Windows Phone has a few things going for it. First of all the refreshing Modern UI, which some people hate, but I find to be playful, functional and beautiful. Secondly: high-quality, beautiful devices from the likes of Nokia and even HTC which attract the eyes of consumers with their colors and style. However there are some indications that all of this might change in the near future and not for the better. I’m not referring to the operating system UI, which Microsoft has made quite clear that it’s committed to. Yes, Modern as a design language has become the Redmond’s company primary focus going forward, integrating it in all of their products, like the recently launched Xbox One, and Windows 8. The multi-colored live-tiled interface is here to stay and that for one makes me happy. What I’m referring to is the hardware side. Things might soon shift back towards the colorless slabs of glass and metal that were, and still are in large part, the de facto standard of smartphone and tablet design. Windows Phone 7 launch line-up. Can you spot the difference? If we go back to 2010, when Windows Phone first launched, you might remember that the original line-up of devices had pretty much the same look and feel to them. Whether it was the HTC Mozart, or the Samsung Omnia 7 or even the Dell Venue Pro with its physical keyboard, all the devices were pretty much the same. Sure, some had rounder corners, other had straight ones and the phones differed somewhat in terms of internals but from a user’s point of view they were all the same plastic slab with a screen thrown on top. Going a bit further we can easily say that all smartphones back then looked like that. Following Apple’s sterile iPhone design codes, which it had adopted years earlier for the iPod and Mac devices, all companies churned out black, uninspiring handsets. Yes, some of them could be rather beautiful, especially when they were the original design and not copycats. The iPhone 4 as well as some HTC handsets are good examples of this but the market quickly got saturated with the same design being rehashed over and over again by all the OEMs. The Nokia Lumia 900 - cyan all the way! Enter Nokia. I would like to argue that the Finnish company’s biggest contribution to current smartphones isn’t in terms of sales numbers or software, but rather in terms of design. Following the short-lived N9 with Meego, Nokia quickly repackaged their design ideas, added a lot of color, character and launched the Lumia 800. This wasn’t a commercial success, nor one in terms of critical achievement but it was a success in that it changed the conversation of how smartphones should look and feel. The Lumia 800 brought with it a bold and playful statement, and Microsoft’s and Nokia’s commitment to push this as a more personal handset to consumers paid off. Folks, both in terms of critics, consumers and even other OEMs noticed. A beautiful cyan-blue plastic, combined with the company’s legendary build quality made people pay attention. And most importantly it made other OEMs pay attention. A few months later the same thing happened once again with the Lumia 900, leaving many to wonder why there weren’t more well-designed colorful phones on the market. Finally we get to the launch of Windows Phone 8 and all the handsets that went with it. In something reminiscent of Skittles ads or even this famous Sony Bravia clip, Windows Phone 8 handsets, like the eye-catching Lumia 920 or the playful and stylish designs from HTC made a big colorful splash in the markets. And Nokia’s continued emphasis on good design and desirable looks, as seen in the Lumia 625 or the recently launched Lumia 525, finally made other OEMs cave in and join. Apple took a page out of its own playbook and came back to a much more colourful reality. Last year’s iPod touch models brought a bit of style and this year Apple went all in with the launch of the iPhone 5C. Even the 5S now gets a bit of a makeover with the gold/champagne version. And even Samsung says it’s thinking a lot more about design and build quality even though nothing has yet come of this. The Lumia 2520, a tablet with a splash of personality However this situation may soon change. Nokia is giving up on smartphones and its whole handset division will become part of Microsoft. Now, I’m not saying that Microsoft doesn’t do good design, as the Modern UI itself and Surface tablets clearly show it does. But it has yet to create playful, colorful devices that have their own appeal like the Nokia branded Lumia 2520 tablet. And in fact Microsoft has disappointed many with the rather uninspiring design of their Xbox One console. The company is unpredictable in this field. It occasionally sees major success but more often than not it’s seen as predictable and dull. There’s a real chance that all of Nokia’s hard work might get squashed or at least roughed up under Microsoft’s corporate legacy. Samsung Ativ S - might this be the future of Windows Phone design? And there’s another clue as to the future of Windows Phone hardware. According to recent rumors, Windows Phone 8.1 will completely ditch the physical keys and will go for an Android-styled approach where everything is digital. Why’s that important? Because Microsoft is trying to make it easier for OEMs to switch between Android and the Windows Phone platform. Which ultimately means OEMs will adopt a one size fits all approach and simply reuse their Android designs for WP handsets. And that pretty much takes us back to the Windows Phone 7 launch and its uninspiring black plastic slabs. Of course it doesn't necessarily end like this. Apple seems to have re-committed to colors and it will hopefully drag the rest of the market with them, much like it has in the past. Microsoft themselves will hopefully embrace all that the Lumia team is bringing with it. So even though Nokia’s role in the smartphone wars is ending, we can all hope that their legacy lives on including their awesome playful and user-friendly design. Images via Microsoft and Nokia http://www.neowin.net/news/the-future-of-windows-phone-design-in-microsofts-hands-as-nokia-passes-the-torch
  15. Following the revelation that Nokia likely used a cunning secret weapon in its fight to convince Microsoft to cough up $5 billion for its devices and services business and another $2.2 billion for patent licensing, we have seen the company’s tiny Android phone pop up a number of times. A leaked photo of an engineering prototype surfaced recently, and we saw on Tuesday that the device had an interface that mimics the look of Windows Phone on Android using a series of custom widgets. Now, a photo of what appears to be final hardware has been leaked on Twitter by ViziLeaks. No other details were provided, but some insist that the so-called “Normandy” is still slated for release despite the imminent Microsoft deal. Source
  16. The handsets are said to be loaded, with the Lumia 1820 sporting a 5.2 inch, 2K display, Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and large 3400 mAh battery, as well as a camera with Nokia's post-shot focusing technology and Xenon flash. The design is said to be similar to the Lumia 928, which is certainly slimmer than the current flagships Lumia 1020. The other one, Lumia 1525, and will feature the same hardware specs and 2K screen resolution, but come with a 6 inch panel and 25 or 30 MP camera on the back, offering some sort of solar charging display panel. Windows Phone supports up to 1080p displays now, so 2K panels could mean another version is in store to be released soon, or perhaps just an update to the existing WP 8 edition, not to mention the Snapdragon 805 part, which won't be in devices before May. Microsoft, however, is said to be fronting extra Windows Phone manufactures with up to $2.6 billion to go towards the development of their own handsets, so eventually it has big plans for the mobile OS this year. Nokia seems to still be pivotal to them, though, if those leaked specs come even partially true. Source
  17. It's finally happening! After being announced at the Nokia Lumia 1520 unveil last year, the highly awaited Lumia Black update is set to begin its rollout starting today. In a press release from Nokia, the company claims the update will begin rolling out today for Lumia 1020 and 925 owners, with other devices being updated within the coming weeks. The Lumia Black update brings a number of new features to the table, including a yet be be seen feature called App Folder which allows users to group apps on their Start Screens. Other features include Glance Screen 2.0, which now displays more than just a clock, Nokia Refocus with the ability to refocus on images already taken, Nokia Beamer which allows you to stream a your screen to other devices plus a whole tonne of other features. You can begin updating now if you're using a Lumia 1020 or Lumia 925 device, just fire up the settings app, tap on Phone update and 'Check for Updates'. Give it a minute and you should see the update begin downloading. Don't worry if it can't see any updates, it can take time for it to show. Try again later. For those who are on other devices, you'll have to wait a couple of weeks before you can get your hands on it. Nokia claims that other devices like the Lumia 820, 720, 620 and 520 will be receiving the update ""in the coming weeks". So, will you be updating? Hands on Source
  18. Nokia has today updated their Nokia Camera Beta app to version 4.5.1.6. imageThe app, which combines the features of Nokia Pro Cam and Smart Cam, is now available for all handsets running Nokia Amber, and brings support for DNG capture (Digital Negative Format) on the Lumia 1520 and 1020 running the Lumia Black software update. The app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here. Via WindowsPhoneapps.es http://wmpoweruser.com/nokia-camera-beta-updated-now-supports-all-nokia-amber-handsets
  19. Written by Ron on January 12, 2014 - 07:05PM If you are looking to make the switch to Windows Phone or simply confused by all the Nokia Lumia choices out there, have no fear. There are quite a few options out there for those interested in purchasing a brand new Nokia Lumia Windows Phone device. Ranging from the Lumia 520, all the way up to the Lumia 1520, which of these Windows Phone devices are the best for you? Nokia launched its line of smartphones called 'Lumia' running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, first introduced back in November of 2011. These Lumia smartphones were the result of a partnership between Nokia and Microsoft, and aimed to challenge Apple's iPhone and Google's Android dominated smartphone market. Thanks to the Nokia Lumia line of smartphones, Microsoft can proudly tout Windows Phone as the third-place platform, behind iOS and Android. Sure, Windows Phone is on other devices, but Nokia makes up for the majority of Windows Phone devices out in the market today. Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices all range from a wide variety of specs, color options, and price points. Available on three of the biggest carriers in the United States - Verizon, ATT, and T-Mobile - choosing the right Lumia device may be a daunting task for some. Lets explore some of these handsets and see which one is the right choice for you. Nokia Lumia 520, 521, 525 First off, we have the Nokia Lumia 520. Touted as the most popular Windows Phone device ever, the Nokia Lumia 520 is by far the most affordable choice out there. We recently did a piece on this device called Nokia Lumia 520: Exploring the world's most popular Windows Phone device ever and we suggest taking at look at it if you haven't already. The Nokia Lumia 520 is a 4-inch handset (WVGA 800 x 480) with a 5MP camera, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4​ 1GHz dual-core processor. This device features 3G connectivity. If you want the same specs, but with 4G connectivity, the Lumia 521 is your phone. The Lumia 525, on the other hand, is similar to the 520 and 521 except that it features 1GB of RAM. These devices pack basic power and functionality with a cheap price tag. Perfect as a secondary device or a backup device. Nokia Lumia 620, 625 The Nokia Lumia 620 is a Windows Phone 8 smartphone which features a 3.8-inch display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with 1Ghz dual-core CPUs, a 5MP rear camera, and 8GB of internal storage. Unlike the Lumia 520, the 620 features a front-facing camera. The Lumia 625, on the other hand, features the same specs as the Lumia 620 except for a larger 4.7-inch display and a slightly bumped 1.2Ghz CPU. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU3kZQt4KOM Nokia Lumia 720 The Nokia Lumia 720 is a SIM-free device which you can snag from online retail outlets such as Amazon.com and comes packed with a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) IPS LCD. The device also features a Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with 1Ghz dual-core CPUs, 512MB RAM, 8GB storage space, and a 6.7MP camera. Nokia Lumia 810, 820, 822 The Nokia Lumia 810 features a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and an 8MP camera. The Lumia 820 features a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a slightly better 8.7 MP camera. The Lumia 822, available on Verizon, features a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an 8MP camera. Nokia Lumia 920, 925, 928, 929* The Nokia Lumia 920 is an AT&T Windows Phone device that features a 4.5-inch WXGA (1280 x 768) IPS LCD display, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB of storage, and an 8.7MP Pureview camera. The Lumia 925, on the other hand, is newer with an Amoled display, rather than an IPS LCD display. Having roughly the same specs as the Lumia 920, the Lumia 925 is simply lighter and thinner. The Lumia 928, which is available via Verizon, features the same specs as the Lumia 920. The Lumia 928 sets itself apart by having both a Xenon and LED flash on the rear camera, along with a trio of mics for noise cancelation and distortion-free recording. Verizon is also rumored to be receiving the Lumia 929 (also known as the Lumia ICON), which features a 5-inch 1080p display, 2.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage space, and a 20MP camera. Nokia Lumia 1020, 1320, 1520 The Lumia 1020 is known for its 41MP camera with Xenon flash. Other specs include a 4.5-inch screen with 334 ppi and WXGA (1280 x 768) resolution, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 2GB RAM, and 32GB of storage. The Lumia 1320 is a lower-cost sibling of the 6-inch Lumia 1520 and features a 6-inch 720p screen, a 5MP camera, dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, and 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 64GB. There is also a 5MP camera. The Lumia 1520, on the other hand, is the current flagship Windows Phone device in the market with a gigantic 6-inch display sporting a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels with 367 ppi density. Under the hood, the phablet is powered by the monstrous Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz with Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. The device also features 16GB of storage space and a 20MP camera. Available Where? ◾Verizon: Lumia 928, Lumia ICON ◾AT&T: Lumia 920, Lumia 925, Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520 ◾Sprint: Does not carry Nokia Lumia devices. ◾T-Mobile: Lumia 521, Lumia 925 Comparing the camera and resolution ◾Lumia 520, 521, 525: 4-inch display (WVGA 800 x 480) with a 5MP camera ◾Lumia 620: 3.8-inch display (WVGA 800 x 480) with a 5MP camera ◾Lumia 625: 4.7-inch display (WVGA 800 x 480) with a 5MP camera ◾Lumia 720: 4.3-inch display (WVGA 800 x 480) with a 6.7MP camera ◾Lumia 810, 822: 4.3-inch display (WVGA 800 x 480) with an 8MP camera ◾Lumia 820: 4.3-inch display (WVGA 800 x 480) with an 8.7MP camera ◾Lumia 920, 925, 928: 4.5-inch display (WXGA 1280 x 768) with an 8.7MP camera ◾Lumia ICON: 5-inch display (Full HD 1920 x 1080) with a 20MP camera ◾Lumia 1020: 4.5-inch display (WXGA 1280 x 768) with a 41MP camera ◾Lumia 1320: 6-inch display (HD720 1280 x 720) with a 5MP camera ◾Lumia 1520: 6-inch display (Full HD 1920 x 1080) with a 21MP camera So as you can see, there are a wide variety of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices available for selection. If you are in the United States, AT&T has a wider selection of Lumia devices, including the higher end Lumia 1520. Those of you on Verizon will have to wait for the Lumia ICON to be released, otherwise settle for the Lumia 928. Sprint, for now, does not have any Nokia Lumia devices available for purchase, but you can use an unlocked Windows Phone device on the network. As for carriers outside of the United States, let us know in the comments below which Nokia Lumia device you are able to choose from and the name of the carrier. So which one of these devices are best for you? If you are looking for something simple and basic in functionality, snag the Lumia 521 which comes with 4G connectivity. A great midrange device would be any device in the 9xx range for those wishing to have a balance between power and price. For those of you who want a larger screen device and a powerhouse device without worrying about price, grab the 6-inch Lumia 1520. Which Nokia Lumia device do you currently own and on what carrier? Are you currently looking to make the switch to a newer Lumia device? Let us know in the comments below. If we missed or fudged any details, let us know in the comments as well so we can fix it! http://www.winbeta.org/news/lumia-520-lumia-1520-which-windows-phone-powered-nokia-device-best-you
  20. Nokia Lumia 1020 saw another major price cut in the United States. The mobile photography powerhouse is now available for $99.99 for new AT&T customers who sign a two-year contract. The attractive deal is offered by Amazon. Existing AT&T customers who renew their contracts will be offered the Nokia Lumia 1020 for $149.99. When announced for AT&T, the Nokia Lumia 1020 raised a few eyebrows with its $299.99 on-contract pricing. Currently, the carrier offers the device for $199.99 in its retail stores and online. The new, sub-100 price tag will surely put the Windows Phone 8 smartphone in more hands during the holiday shopping season. source: gsmarena
  21. Suddenly, everyone is interested in smartwatches (and by everyone I mean the companies making it because the average customer still doesn’t care). Samsung has made one, Apple and Google are supposedly making one and now it seems so is Nokia. Code named ‘Facet’, Nokia’s smartwatch concept is by far the most outlandish that we have seen, mostly because it looks very little like a traditional watch and is mostly just a band with displays all over it. Facet has a modular design wherein you plug in these small watch faces within a circular band. You’ll have at most one or two displays pointing towards you but you can swipe on the screen so the info on the screen moves up or down to the next screen (or you could just turn the band). You can also use other gestures such as pinching out to expand app on one screen to two screens or pinch sideways to swap apps between screens. You can rearrange screens without having to physically plug them out. The design is pretty crazy and will probably remain just a concept like so many other Nokia designs we have seen in the past. Also, with Microsoft having acquired Nokia’s hardware division, the chances of this seeing the light of day are even slimmer. source: GSMarena
  22. Nokia has been gradually increasing its smartphone market share in Europe and Asia, and now a report from The Wall Street Journal speculates that the company might have sold over 8 million Lumia smartphones this past quarter. The struggling company whose devices division recently received a takeover bid from Microsoft has been giving Windows Phone a much needed boost ever since it adopted the platform in 2011. With Windows Phone market share reaching double digits in some European countries and being the No. 2 platform in Asian countries like India, Nokia has surely moved a lot of devices over the last two years and accounts for 90 percent of all the devices running Windows Phone 8. Unsurprisingly, the world's highest selling Windows product is the Nokia Lumia 520. The Journal reports that this is the fourth consecutive quarter for increased sales of Nokia Lumias, and it is expected that the number of devices sold is over 8 million from previous sales of 7.4 million for the second quarter and more than twice that of the same period last year. source
  23. From the same source that leaked the Lumia 1520 specs and pricing for us over the weekend, now comes the listing for Asha 502, a new affordable phone from Nokia that is likely to be announced tomorrow. The leaked post confirms a 3.2" display and the same 5 MP camera found on the leaked Asha 503, so we'd wager to guess the 502 would mimic the rest of the 503, save perhaps for the 3G connectivity. The specs for the Asha 503 are said to be 3.2" touchscreen with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, 5 MP camera with LED flash, microSD card slot and a 1200 mAh battery. It will be the best connected Asha of them all, with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 radios, plus a dual SIM version. Moreover, the Asha 503 and 502 fit in 102.55 mm x 60.55 x 11.5 mm bodies with about112g of weight, and feature this funky dual-shot body design we already showed you. The Nokia Asha 502 is supposed to come in 6 candy colors - black, white, yellow, red, green, and blue - so we'd assume the same for the Asha 503, too. The handsets are supposed to come for about $110 and below, which would be pretty decent for the best-equipped Ashas out there. source
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    Nokia unveils Lumia 1320

    Nokia Lumia 1320 is another 6.0-inch phablet, this time around with a 720p IPS ClearBlack display and powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Krait processor. The Nokia Lumia 1320 is LTE-enabled and comes with a 5MP camera with a single LED flash on its back. It packs 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable via a microSD slot and a 3,400mAh battery. Nokia Lumia 1320 runs on the latest Windows Phone 8 GDR 3 OS and offers the Nokia Black (previously known as Bittersweet Shimmer) software package. Nokia Lumia 1320 will become available early next year in orange, yellow, black and white flavors. The first countries to get it are China and Vietnam, with more Asian and European markets following shortly after. Nokia's suggested retail price before taxes or subsidies is $339. source
  25. Well the rumors of Nokia combining its Pro Cam and Smart Cam photography apps into one package have proven to be true. Just a little while ago Nokia released its Nokia Camera App for Lumia Windows Phones. You get the camera controls and zoom later features that Pro Cam offers along with the smart mode we've grown fond of that Smart Cam offers. For those not familiar with smart mode, it shoots a sequence of photographs that can be combined in different ways such as finding the best shot of the group, removing unwanted objects, and changing faces in group shots to make sure everyone is looking at the camera. If you are already running Nokia's Pro Cam, the changes come in the form of an update (version 4.2.2.8) which will switch everything over to Nokia Camera. The new photography app is available for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices and works with limited functionality on phones without the Lumia Amber update. Nokia Camera is a free app and its available for download over the Windows Phone Store source
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