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December 19th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
The Nokia Camera app was once exclusive to Lumia handsets bearing the PureView label. Now the beta version of the app has rolled out to ordinary Lumia phones.
On Nokia’s official blog, Nokia Conversations, the Finnish firm announced:
It’s a superb app that brings together easy automatic settings, the sophisticated power of the Pro Camera app, and the versatility of the Smart Camera app under one roof.
And it’s going to get even better, for more people.
Starting today, a new Nokia Beta Labs trial is launched for the Nokia Camera beta app. The app is intended to work on all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8, not just the ones with the PureView label.
If you’d like to take part, sign in with your Nokia account and get started.
Initially, it will look and act the same as the existing Nokia Camera app. The first phase of the beta is to make sure it works to the same high standards across the product range.
But over time, experimental new features will be added, refined, and – once they’re completely ready – deployed to the stable, non-Beta Camera app through the normal Store update process.
So download the Nokia Camera beta app now and get new features faster!
But as with any beta software, the app might be unstable and you may hit other issues – be patient!
If you choose to take part, do give feedback on your experience to the team on the Nokia Beta Labs forum or in the app itself.
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November 29th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
The Nokia Lumia 520 is the most popular Windows Phone handset in the world, accounting for 26.5% of all Windows Phone devices. This is according to data from AdDuplex.
According to Neowin, “One data point has been very consistent in AdDuplex reports ever since this summer, and that’s the fact that the Lumia 520 reigns supreme. The least expensive Windows Phone on the market is also the best-selling one, accounting for almost 30% of WP devices out there. And “the little phone that could” isn’t done yet, with the device seeing important monthly gains in virtually every market.
“Another device that’s been gaining ground in Microsoft’s ecosystem is the Lumia 625, another low-end Windows Phone. This device from Nokia is a bit more expensive than the Lumia 520 and offers a very large display and a few upgraded specs compared to its best-selling cousin. Launched much more recently, it’s very important that this phone has started being successful, it validates once again Nokia’s strategy of focusing on the low-end.”
Nokia’s high-end Windows Phone handsets, however, have stayed the same. According to the site, “On the high-end front not much has changed when it comes to the Windows Phone ecosystem. Nokia’s Lumia 920 is still the most popular high-end device and there’s no sign of that changing anytime soon.
“The Lumia 1020, arguably the company’s new flagship device and the best Windows Phone on the market, barely registered on the AdDuplex radar.”
It remains to be seen if the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet will make an impact in the market. According to the site, “Finally the Lumia 1520, Nokia’s first “phablet” is in 19th place in the Windows Phone device race just days after it launched. That may be an early indicator of success, but as Alan Mendelevich from AdDuplex notes, they are only tracking 21 devices. Time will tell if such a device will be successful and for now we’re cautiously optimistic about its prospect.”
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November 4th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
Microsoft has rolled out the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update for smartphones such as the Nokia Lumia 925. It looks like the update comes with unannounced features such as new roaming options for data sense.
Mimovilwindows.com, a Spanish-speaking site, first noticed the features. WMPoweruser spotted and translated the report. According to the site, “Windows Phone 8 GDR3 includes a few new options which were not enumerated by Microsoft in their official changelog.
“A few of these seems to be around data management, with the Data sense app now including an option to Restrict Background Data when Roaming which is only available if your phone has been updated to version 8.0.10501.127 of the OS.
“The phone also includes new 3G and WIFI status icons which will let you actively know when you are transferring data. Like Data sense these icons will only appear if your operator agrees to their use.”
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September 30th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
A report has revealed that the top selling Windows-powered device, consisting of smartphones, tablets, and PCs, is the Nokia Lumia 520. The handset is Nokia’s entry level Windows Phone 8 offering.
This is according to Softpedia. According to the site, “Nokia Lumia 520, the $99 (€73) phone that’s said to be one of the most popular Windows Phone handsets right now, is currently the best-selling Windows product in the world, beating all the other PCs and tablets that are on the market at this moment.”
The site notes, “While this pretty much makes sense given the fact that it’s quite an affordable device, it’s a bit awkward following the huge investments that Microsoft made to turn Surface and Windows 8 into successful products.
“Back in October 2012, it emerged that Microsoft granted a $1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) budget to advertise Surface and Windows 8, so it appears that the company has once again wasted lots of money on basically nothing.
“Redmond, on the other hand, is fully prepared to continue investments in Windows Phone, so this might after all be a sign that the company is on the right path in the mobile market.”
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September 16th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
Bittersweet Shimmer and the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update were seen running on the Nokia Lumia 920 last week. Now, photos have been leaked showing the update running on the Nokia Lumia 520.
The photos of the Bittersweet Shimmer and Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update running on the Nokia Lumia 520 of were leaked on Vietnamese site WinPhoneViet. WMPoweruser spotted the leak. According to the site, “It seems the floodgates have opened when it comes to GDR3 leaks, as another picture has popped up if a handset running Lumia BitterSweet Shimmer, this time a Nokia Lumia 520.”
It notes, “WinPhoneViet suggests the volume of leaks are unusual, and it may be that they are controlled leaks by either Microsoft or Nokia.”
The Bittersweet Shimmer and Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update are said to make their debut on the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 (the first phablet by Nokia) on the 26th of September. The phablet is said to be launched on the 22nd of October.
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September 3rd, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
By Q1 2014, Microsoft will be the new owner of Nokia Devices & Services. This means that the software giant will own the Finnish phone maker’s devices such as the Lumia 925. In an open letter, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop talk about “The Next Chapter.”
Here’s the full letter:
Nokia and Microsoft have always dreamed big – we dreamed of putting a computer on every desk, and a mobile phone in every pocket, and we’ve come a long way toward realizing those dreams.
Today marks a moment of reinvention.
Nokia has an identity spanning 150 years of heritage, innovation, excellence, and change which began and will continue in Finland, as well as around the world. From humble beginnings as a paper mill, to manufacturing rubber boots and car tires, and then to mobile phones, reinvention is in Nokia’s blood.
Now Nokia will write its next chapter, focused on enabling mobility through its leadership in networking, mapping & location, and advanced technologies.
For Microsoft as well, today is a bold step into the future, a huge leap forward on our journey of creating a family of devices and services that delight people and empower businesses of all sizes.
Our partnership over the past two and a half years, which combined our respective strengths to build a new global mobile ecosystem, has created incredible results: award-winning phones and amazing services that have made Nokia Windows Phones the fastest-growing smartphones in the world.
Building on this successful partnership, we announced some important news today: an agreement for Microsoft to purchase Nokia’s Devices & Services business, to deliver more choices, faster innovation, and even more exciting devices and services to our customers.
Today’s agreement will accelerate the momentum of Nokia’s devices and services, bringing the world’s most innovative smartphones to more people, while continuing to connect the next billion people with Nokia’s mobile phone portfolio.
With the commitment and resources of Microsoft to take Nokia’s devices and services forward, we can now realize the full potential of the Windows ecosystem, providing the most compelling experiences for people at home, at work and everywhere in between.
We will continue to build the mobile phones you’ve come to love, while investing in the future – new phones and services that combine the best of Microsoft and the best of Nokia.
Nokia and Microsoft are committed to the next chapter.
Together, we will redefine the boundaries of mobility.
Steve & Stephen
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September 3rd, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
Software giant Microsoft will be purchasing Nokia’s Devices & Services business, meaning it will own the Finnish firm’s devices such as the Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed the acquisition in an email to employees.
Here’s the letter:
We announced some exciting news today: We have entered into an agreement to purchase Nokia’s Devices & Services business, which includes their smartphone and mobile phone businesses, their award-winning design team, manufacturing and assembly facilities around the world, and teams devoted to operations, sales, marketing and support.
For Microsoft, this is a bold step into the future and the next big phase of the transformation we announced on July 11.
We are very excited about the proposal to bring the best mobile device efforts of Microsoft and Nokia together. Our Windows Phone partnership over the past two and half years has yielded incredible work – the stunning Lumia 1020 is a great example. Our partnership has also yielded incredible growth. In fact, Nokia Windows Phones are the fastest-growing phones in the smartphone market.
Now is the time to build on this momentum and accelerate our share and profits in phones. Clearly, greater success with phones will strengthen the overall opportunity for us and our partners to deliver on our strategy to create a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most.
We have laid out Microsoft’s strategic rationale for this transaction in a presentation that I encourage you to read.
This is a smart acquisition for Microsoft, and a good deal for both companies. We are receiving incredible talent, technology and IP. We’ve all seen the amazing work that Nokia and Microsoft have done together.
Given our long partnership with Nokia and the many key Nokia leaders that are joining Microsoft, we expect a smooth transition and great execution.
As is always the case with an acquisition, the first priority is to keep driving through close, which we expect in the first quarter of 2014, following approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals, and other closing conditions.
But I also know people will have some questions about what happens post-close. While details aren’t final, here is what we know, and how we’re generally approaching integration:
- Stephen Elop will be coming back to Microsoft, and he will lead an expanded Devices team, which includes all of our current Devices and Studios work and most of the teams coming over from Nokia, reporting to me.
- Julie Larson-Green will continue to run the Devices and Studios team, and will be focused on the big launches this fall including Xbox One and our Surface enhancements. Julie will be joining Stephen’s team once the acquisition closes, and will work with him to shape the new organization.
- As part of the acquisition, a number of key engineering leaders will be joining Microsoft from Nokia, reporting to Stephen in his new capacity:
- Jo Harlow, who will continue to lead the Smart Devices team
- Timo Toikkanen, who will continue to lead the Mobile Phones team
- Stefan Pannenbecker, who will lead Design
- Juha Putkiranta, who will lead the integration effort on Nokia’s behalf
- Regarding the sales team, we plan to keep the Nokia field team, led by Chris Weber, intact and as the nexus of the devices sales effort, so that we can continue to build sales momentum. After the deal closes, Chris and his team will be placed under Kevin Turner. We will develop a single integrated team that is selling to operators, and there may be other integration opportunities that we can pursue. Kevin will work with Chris Weber and Chris Capossela to make those plans.
- Our operating system team under Terry Myerson will continue unchanged, with a mission of supporting both first-party and third-party hardware innovation. We are committed to working with partners, helping them build great products and great businesses on our platform, and we believe this deal will increase our partner value proposition over time. The established rhythms and ways of working between Terry and his team and the incoming Nokia team will serve us well to ensure that we do not disrupt our building momentum.
- We are planning to integrate all global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. It is very important that we pursue a unified brand and advertising strategy as soon as possible.
- Finance, Legal, HR, Communications, DX / Evangelism, Customer Care and Business Development will integrate functionally at Microsoft. Sourcing, customer logistics and supply chain will be part of Stephen’s Devices organization. ICM / IT will also integrate functionally for traditional IT roles. We will need to work through the implications for factory systems given the differing manufacturing processes and systems at both Nokia and Microsoft.
- We plan to pursue a single set of supporting services for our devices, and we will figure out how to combine the great Nokia efforts into our Microsoft services as we go through the integration process.
- There are no significant plans to shift where work is done in the world as we integrate, so we expect the Nokia teams to stay largely in place, geographically.
- Tom Gibbons will lead the integration work for Microsoft.
While today’s announcement is big news, we have to stay heavily focused on running the current business. We have a huge fall and holiday season ahead of us, so we need to execute flawlessly and continue to drive our business forward. I have no doubt we will.
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September 3rd, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
The Nokia Lumia 520 has hit a “sweet spot” and has helped Microsoft’s Windows Phone get a record high 8.2% market share in five major markets in Europe.
The numbers come from Kantar Worldpanel. Kantar said, “The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to July 2013, shows Windows Phone has posted its highest ever level of 8.2% across the five major European markets, emerging as a key player in the smartphone race.”
Dominic Sunnebo, Kantar’s strategic insight director, said, “Android and Apple take the lion’s share of the headlines and continue to dominate smartphone sales, so it’s easy to forget that there is a third operating system emerging as a real adversary. Windows Phone, driven largely by lower priced Nokia smartphones such as the Lumia 520, now represents around one in 10 smartphone sales in Britain, France, Germany and Mexico. For the first time the platform has claimed the number two spot in a major world market, taking 11.6% of sales in Mexico.”
Kantar, however, notes, “Windows Phone’s growth isn’t coming from stealing Apple or Android consumers. Only 27% of Apple and Android users change their OS when they replace their handset, and those that do switch tend to move between the two big operating systems.”
Sunnebo adds, “Windows Phone’s success has been in convincing first time smartphone buyers to choose one of its devices with 42% of sales over the past year coming from existing featurephone owners. This is a much higher proportion than Android and iOS. The Lumia 520 is hitting a sweet spot, offering the price and quality that new smartphone buyers are looking for.
“Featurephone owners present a huge opportunity, representing more than half of all mobile users globally and this will be the new battleground over the next year. With the iPhone 4 and lower end or older Samsung Galaxy models selling well among first time smartphone owners, there is plenty of competition for these customers. The brands that win in this segment will be those that understand and address the needs of consumers in terms of price, content, and quality.”
Kantar adds, “Globally, Apple and Android continue to dominate sales, but there are interesting regional patterns emerging. Android is far stronger across the major European markets and China where it accounted for around 70% of smartphone sales during the past quarter.
“Apple continues to perform very well in the USA where it has grown its share to 43.4% of sales. It is also continuing to show strong year on year growth in Britain, France and Mexico. Sunnebo explains: “Apple and Android must focus on a balance between retaining existing customers and attracting featurephone owners to trade up if they want to continue their success over the next year.”
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August 16th, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
The Lumia Amber update is pre-installed on the Lumia 925 smartphone and the Lumia 1020, Nokia’s camera-centric handset. Now, the global rollout to Lumia handsets running Windows Phone 8 has started. The update is available to the following handset in Europe (depending on network operator): the Lumia 520 handset, the Lumia 620 handset, the Lumia 7020 handset, the Lumia 820 handset, and the Lumia 920 handset.
Nokia announced on its website, “The Lumia Amber update begins rolling out in August – you’ll get a notification on your phone when it’s ready to go. The update will be available for Nokia Lumia 920, 820, 720, 620, 520, 928, 822, 521 and 810.”
In the UK, only Vodafone is rolling out the Lumia Amber update for the Lumia 920. Most handset in other networks are still “waiting for approval.” It is still “coming soon” with Vodafone for the Lumia 820.
On the page, Nokia notes, “Your phone notifies you once an update is available. We ask you to be patient, as updates for Nokia Lumia range are always released gradually. To make sure you don’t miss out on the notification, check on your phone that under Settings > Phone Update > “Tell me when updates are available for my phone” is enabled.”
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July 23rd, 2013 by Sethe Gomez
AT&T is said to add the Nokia Lumia 520 to its GoPhone portfolio. This is the first Windows Phone device that will be made available for $99.99 without a contract.
Today, this AT&T new deal is the most affordable Windows Phone 8 device on the market and it also beats the already affordable Nokia Lumia 521 by T-Mobile (by $50).
The Nokia Lumia 520 is packed with a 4” display, 5MP main camera and all the Nokia imaging features (Cinemagraph, Smart Shoot and super wide angle). It is also packed with 512MB, 8GB of on-board memory, 5GB of storage, and up to 64GB microSD access (7GB free SkyDrive of storage). Furthermore, this device is also said to land without the usual annual contract.
AT&T’s Jeff Bradley said in a statement: “We are excited to launch the first 4G Windows Phone 8 smartphone in our GoPhone portfolio,” and added “A diverse device ecosystem benefits everyone, and the addition of an affordable Windows device gives our customers yet another choice that fits their needs.”
Meanwhile in the UK, the Nokia Lumia lineup might expand this week as the Finnish phone maker prepares for a “BIG” announcement tomorrow.
Nokia tweeted this morning: “Something BIG [is] landing tomorrow,” this suggests that their fans can tune into their blog at 9AM (UK time).
If you want to know what the BIG reveal is, check out their Nokia’s blog.
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