Jack Of All Trades: Nokia Lumia 1020 Sold Out At AT&T; Should Apple iPhone 6 & Samsung Galaxy S5 Be Worried ?

Reportedly; pre-orders of the Nokia’s handset are all sold-out with AT&T. Costing $299, the smartphone comes with a new two year contract with the carrier, with the delivery starting on July 23rd.

With a 4.5 inch WXGA AMOLED display, the Lumia 1020 holds a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels and brags a huge 41-megapxiel camera. With dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor, the smartphone sports 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage.

Considering the success of Lumia 1020, should the big rivals in line including Apple and Samsung be worried? Apple is working on its iPhone 6 and Samsung on Galaxy S5. However, both the smartphones hold innovative features but nothing can beat Nokia’s camera. Apple’s iPhone 6 will hold a 12-megapixel camera whereas Samsung Galaxy S5 will sport a 16-megapixel, which stands nowhere against Lumia’s mega 41-megapixel.

The success indicates Nokia is far more serious to become the market leader and therefore both Samsung and Apple must incorporate high-end features in their forthcoming iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 to knock-off Lumia 1020 in the game.

Nevertheless, Apple and Samsung must take risk and develop what no one else has offered till now and watch out for this competitive Nokia pie on the table.… Read the rest

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High On Windows 8: A Surface Phone Is About To Create Rage In The Smartphone Market

The smartphone market has grown at a breakneck speed in recent years, as latest and innovative devices have exploded into the market, offering us impressive choices. And the latest to hymn its tune in the hypercompetitive market is Microsoft, which is speculated to work on its Windows Surface phone, to launch it soon.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 will make a smart deal for consumers, but its launch could not really be what the firm’s hardware partners maybe looking up to. Windows Phone 8 is believed to mark the beginning of rage among all other phone manufacturer’s, who are conscious about the tough competition that waits with its launch.

If you think we are speculating too further, remember how earlier Acer got fanatic when Microsoft announced jumping into the tab market with its Surface tablet. And now its decision to plunge into the smartphone market could really affect other phone makers such as Samsung and LG. Nokia Inc is believed to get affected the most as the company has its last hope pinned onto the forthcoming Lumia smartphones, which are speculated to be out anytime soon now. Nokia Lumia currently has Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 as tough competitors.  Already going through a tough phase, Nokia simply cannot afford another challenger in the smartphone market.

However, details regarding Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 design, looks, launch, or even specs are still kept under locks. We have our eyes and ears open and will get you the news as soon as we learn it from Microsoft.… Read the rest

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iPhone 5 Launched in Competition to Samsung & Google!

The long-awaited Apple iPhone 5 is launched amidst strong rivalry with Samsung and Google, which is seen as a shot by the Apple Inc to widen its base in the smartphone market, which accounts for $219.1 billion.

Named iPhone 5, this new smartphone is designed with a sleek and smart look and will have a large 4-inch screen. The iPhone 5 is made thinner and lighter as compared to its predecessors.

This latest sixth-generation smartphone will also sport a faster processor, new mapping software and enhancements to the voice-recognition feature Siri.

With this smartphone, Apple has redesigned the hardware of the product since 2010.

There has been a plethora of handheld-touchscreen devices in the market that provide speedy Web downloads and a range of games, entertainment and productivity tools, and with iPhone 5 Apple seeks to stay ahead of competitors including Samsung, Google, Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Oyj in a market that surged 78 percent last year.

Launching a new iPhone is always critical for Apple as the firm only comes with one device a year. Since the introduction of first iPhone in 2007 till its previous iPhone 4S, Apple has sold more than 244 million units. The iPhone device accounts for about two-thirds profit for Apple, which has a market value of above $620 billion that made the firm most valuable in the world.

The latest sixth iPhone by Apple will work on 4G LTE wireless data networks, which is being introduced by companies including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless. However, Samsung and Google’s Motorola Mobility have already introduced LTE handsets, which carriers say enables quicker video, music and other content downloads, compared with the existing 3G wireless networks.

Apple added a bigger screen to iPhone 5, following the trend started by other handset makers, including Samsung, HTC Corp. and Motorola Mobility.

The latest iPhone 5 also has tighter integration with Facebook Inc., letting users quickly post pictures, links and other content easily.

Apple also worked on to enhance the speech-command service Siri, and added features that now let users search for sports scores and make dinner reservations simply by speaking to the smartphone.

Apple is expected to sell as many as 10 million iPhone units by the end of September.

Apple also introduced its own mapping software that replaced Google Maps. The firm has also removed Google’s online video service, YouTube, from the batch of applications preinstalled on the iPhone.

The announcement of iPhone 5 was one of the most anticipated events of the year with millions of users waiting for the mystery to unveil.… Read the rest

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Amazon and EPIX Deal, A Competition to Netflix and Apple

Amazon Inc. and Hollywood studio consortium EPIX recently struck a deal for three years, which would now add around 3000 movies to Amazon’s video streaming library. This has heated up the tablet wars, getting Amazon in direct competition to Netflix Inc and Apple Inc.

Now the competition starts as to who will offer better streaming video content to users via tablets.

The deal was announced by Amazon on Tuesday, which involves Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate’s online streaming partnership called EPIX. It will now bring new releases such as “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 2,” classic movies and original programs to the Kindle tablet maker’s Prime Instant Video service.

This multi-year licensing deal comes after the end of Netflix’s deal with EPIX.

The news, which came two days before Amazon is expected to launch its latest Kindle Fire, pushed the shares of Netflix down 11 percent.

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service now comes in direct competition with Netflix, iTunes and Google Play.

Mark Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX said in a statement, “We are excited to be working with Amazon and to bring our compelling content to Amazon Pirme and Kindle Fire customers.”

Currently, there are many tablets available in the market, which are all set to offer users better, faster and sleeker user experience.

Apple’s iPad stays in the lead. It accounts for 70 percent of sale in the US market in the 2Q this year. Samsung comes next with about 10 percent of the market. Amazon stands at the third spot with just 4 percent of the tablet market in 2Q.

Amazon recently announced selling out all of its Kindle Fire devices, and taking it off the shelves as it is expected to release an upgraded version of the Kindle Fire tablet this Thursday.

Google has also entered the tablet wars with its Nexus 7, which it advertized on its main search page last week.

Now with major releases coming in next few days, which tablet would really hit off with users would be interesting to watch.… Read the rest

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Amazon Creates Social Game Studio, Offers Competition to Zynga

Amazon, online retailer and cloud computing company, has today ventured into the first social game studio with Living Classics. Made by the company’s Amazon Game Studios, this free game features a family of foxes roaming into active illustrations of their much preferred books such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and King Arthur.

The electronic commerce company offers users a chance to “explore worlds”, “find moving objects”, “help friends” and more through this game that has been released on the social networking site Facebook.

Living Classics is the first title released by Amazon Game Studios. The entire team of this new venture is focused to create innovative, fun, and well-crafted games.

Currently, Amazon is tight lipped as to what they are planning next. Yet, this game seems to aim to entertain families, especially children.

Game Studio gave out an announcement today, stating, “We know that many Amazon customers enjoy playing games – including free-to-play social games – and thanks to Amazon’s know-how, we believe we can deliver a great, accessible gaming experience that gamers and our customers can play any time.”

It looks like Amazon has set off its first rivalry with Zynga that is already a leader in social gaming. Let’s see what Amazon Game Studios offers in the upcoming months, especially if the company chooses to carry on with Zynga’s path. We’ll have to see whether Amazon will be able to strike it right or not in the social gaming market.… Read the rest

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