Nokia’s yesterday announcement shook the mobile world for sure, one way or another. The new flagship, Lumia 920, managed both to impress and get involved in a PR scandal.
Then you learn that the Lumia 920’s PureView camera lacks the monstrous sensor the 808 PureView has, instead it relies on other kind of magic. And finally, the smartphone lacks memory expansion slot. You probably wonder why that is. After all Windows Phone 8 introduced support for microSD slots. Read more »
For the nerds among us, finding how stuff works has been a never-ending adventure. The demos of the Super Sensitive Touch technology on the newly announced Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 were really impressive in their own right. Operating capacitive touchscreens with a nail or even with a glove on seems amazing. But it’s even more interesting to see how they made that possible.
The secret behind it is Synaptics new ClearPad capacitive touchscreen sensing technology. It’s actually the latest development in the Synaptics ClearPad Series 3 portfolio, which has been around for quite some time now. In fact, ClearPad Series 3 touch technology has already been implemented in top smartphones such as the HTC One X or the Sony Xperia P.
But the Lumias use an even more advanced version – the Synaptics ClearPad 3250. As the latest in the ClearPad Series 3 portfolio, this innovative product allows the new Lumias’ screens to automatically recognize bare skin, gloves or fingernails and the controller optimizes the touch configuration accordingly on the fly. Read more »
The original Samsung Galaxy Note was not left in the cold now that the sequel has been announced. The new Ice Cream Sandwich ROM N7000XXLRQ with a timestamp of 28.08.2012 is reportedly available to users in Germany via KIES or OTA and also as a direct download to everyone by the XDA community.
The novelties include an updated user interface – much like the one you may have seen on the Galaxy S III – and S-Cloud integration. Also the gallery has received the sidebar look that we saw first on the recently announced Note II. Read more »
Kobo just went ahead today and announced a lineup of three spanking new readers. The Kobo Mini is a simple e-book reader, the smallest one available, as the company claims. The Kobo Glo is my favorite and it matches what Barnes&Nobles have with their glowing Nook SimpleTouch and what Amazon will soon have with their sidelit e-book Kindle, too. And finally, the Kobo Arc is a reboot of the Kobo Vox, the rather unsuccessful attempt of the company at making an Android tablet for multimedia consumption ala Kindle Fire.
Kobo is the smallest of three major online bookstore/ebook reader providers on the US market. And when you are that small, the best way to cast a shadow on your competitor’s announcement, is to go public with your products right after their announcement, not before it. That’s the way the internet rolls, newer stuff goes on top of older news. But, hey, what do I know, over at Kobo they probably read off their own marketing textbook. But I digress. Read more »
All tech enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for Amazon’s announcement later today, where we should see the next generation of the Kindle ebook readers and the Kindle Fire tablet. It turns out, however, that Amazon already showed these in a video spot, which was aired yesterday.
The commercial obviously shows what I was hoping for – that backlit (or sidelit, whatever) ebook readers are coming strong after Barnes&Noble debuted their illuminated Nook. It also shows that we’ll see a revamp of the Kindle Fire, and quite obviously, a bigger 10-inch version of that too (watch out for this at 0:53). But enough talking, enjoy the video. Read more »
The just-announced Motorola RAZR M will be available in the US from Verizon as early as next week, so you may want to catch up on the this hot new device.
Motorola put up a couple of promo videos on Youtube, one of them showing off their new circle widgets. Read more »
Motorola unleashed the first wave of promo videos and the one for the Droid RAZR HD describes it as the “all-day phone”. It also focuses on the new 4.7” Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution and fact that the RAZR HD is the most compact phone for its screen size.
Check out the video after the break. Read more »
The Nokia Lumia 920 hosts a good deal of new tech features. The easiest way to figure out what they are is to watch these videos from Nokia, which do a good job of demonstrating them.
First is the PureView camera – the 920 has an 8MP shooter with bright F/2.0 Carl Zeiss lens, image stabilization and “best in class” low-light performance. In Nokia’s own words: “It’s not about the number megapixels, but about how you use them”. Read more »
The freshly announced Lumia 820 is Nokia’s take at a budget Windows Phone 8-running smartphone. It offers easy customization in the form of exchangeable back covers, which come in different colors and can support Nokia’s wireless charging.
So, Nokia has decided to demonstrate that and the other unique features of the Lumia 820 in a quick hands-on video. Check it out. Read more »
Today’s Motorola event was mostly dedicated to the company’s new RAZR lineup, but it also gave a chance to Motorola’s recently appointed CEO, Dennis Woodside (a former Google exec), to give us a glimpse of Motorola’s strategy in the realm of mobile devices now that it’s been acquired by Google. “New Motorola starts today!”
We weren’t treated to any surprises in terms of goals, as obviously Woodside aims a reboot of the company’s smartphone business to a point where it would become a common fact that “the best Android device – it’s a Motorola”. Read more »
At the Motorola event held today in New York City, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt confirmed some interesting new numbers for the Android platform adoption.
There are some 480 million total Androids in the world as of today. That’s 80 million more than there were on June 27, when we got the latest update. Read more »
Adding pinch-zooming to the camera interface is nothing to shout home about, but the addition of third-party plugins certainly is. All smartphone users have their favorite photo apps, but imagine having them all inside the main camera interface. That’s what the new camera lenses feature on Windows Phone 8 promises.
As Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore demoed today, when you install a new camera-centric app from the Marketplace, it integrates as a sort of a lens, an add-on inside your main camera app. So when you start the camera, you have all the special effects, panoramas and image manipulation tricks, in one place. Read more »
Today, Microsoft’s Corporate VP for Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, stepped on stage to demo some never before released features of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 in honor of the unveiling of the new generation of Nokia Lumia phones. One of the first features he was to quick to show, was the new built-in screenshot feature that comes with the new iteration of the mobile OS.
Now built-in screenshots are really not a make-or-break feature for any mobile OS, but we guess the presentation stated with that as an ice-breaker. Read more »
The joint Nokia/Microsoft announcement today is over. We saw the unveiling of the Nokia’s new Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. What we didn’t hear however, is when these devices will launch – along with Windows Phone 8 as a whole. Or did we?
Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, dropped by to share his thought on the direction Windows is going in and the role Windows Phone 8 plays in that. And while speaking about this he mentioned the following. Read more »
Nokia used the floor of its just finished New York Windows Phone 8 event to reveal some statistics on its Lumia smartphones and their market performance thus far.
In total Nokia has sold about 7 million Windows Phone devices, and remarkably 4 million of those sales came in the last quarter. Read more »