Nokia Lumia 920 Not Enough to Restore, Nokia’s lost Glory, Shareholder Threatening The CEO

Nokia made quite a gamble when it chose to make Windows Phone based smartphones a couple of years ago. And even if it didn’t do quite well initially, the Lumia 920 launched last year running on Windows Phone 8 did get quite some positive feedback from the market. But looks like it’s not done enough to restore Nokia’s former glory – the company’s CEO received quite some threats from its shareholders during a meeting held recently.
Now, you can’t blame the investors – it’s been a while since they’ve been waiting to see some success. But it’s still not been able to reach anywhere close to the likes of Apple and Samsung. While Samsung sold 69.7 million phones and Apple managed to sell 37.4 million iPhones during the last quarter, Nokia managed to sell just 5.6 million Lumia smartphones during the same period.
The shareholders are pressing Nokia to diversify beyond making just Windows Phone based smartphones. And according to rumors, the company did try to do so too – apparently Nokia tried to get Palm’s webOS before HP acquired it.
Investors have seen the success Samsung has experienced with this strategy and would like Nokia to follow suit. In terms of innovation, Nokia comes nowhere close to Apple, so you can imagine their frustration at the falling brand value.
Analysts have also criticized the nomenclature adopted by Nokia for its Lumia range of smartphones – they say it isn’t easy for consumers to distinguish between the various Lumia models. Even though the company has managed to become the leader when it comes to Windows Phone, it’s still just a big fish in a small pond. But does that mean we could see Nokia getting into Android?… Read the rest

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After Nokia Lumia 920 It’s Nokia Lumia 928 All Set To Do The Catwalk In The Smartphone Market

Nokia’s all set to launch its flagship smartphone for 2013 in just over a month, the Lumia 928 or Catwalk. The phone could come in black, cyan, red and white and will be offered in the U.S. markets through Verizon. And so we’ve already begun imagining and speculating what the Finnish company would come up with this time around.

What we do know so far is that it could have an all-aluminum body with an extremely sharp style. A rendering by a Nokia fan has already got rave reviews for its sleek and glossy looks. It’s sure to be an eye-catching smartphone.

The Lumia 928 is expected to have a 4.5-inch OLED screen and a Xenon and LED flash for better low light photography. For more details on the Lumia 928, guess we’ll just have to wait and watch.… Read the rest

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Nokia Lumia 928- Say Lumos To Weave Magic- May Might Bring Lumia 920’s Offspring To Life

Lumos! And a halo takes me away into the world of Nokia. In the bright light, I glimpse a Nokia Lumia 928 in making. Tring tring! My Lumia 920 jolts me back to reality. Nokia has no plans to launch a Lumia 928, err, does it?

Unbelievably, leaks doing the rounds suggest that its flagship device the Lumia 928 is set to illumine the smartphone zone this May. The snippet hardly reveals anything expect a suave white body that is set to woo back those who abandoned Nokia for Samsung or Sony.

We failed to get any official comment from the Finnish makers. One byte we managed to get is from Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia saying, “I don’t know because we haven’t announced the Lumia 928.”

Bytes come and go but does our imagination? Here is the magic wand from our mind that has conjured these specs for the Nokia Lumia 928:

  • 4.5-inch display, 1280 x 768
  • 8.7-MP shutter
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 32GB internal storage

Till its May 15, go back to sleep, perhaps you too could say lumos to Lumia dreams. For now, it is just leaks and ideas that dominate our dreams of what the 928 could offer.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Shuts Samsung Galaxy S4 Up- The Shutter Stabilization Story Leaves Samsung High But Dry

I have been waiting to announce my grand buy this year. No, I do not mean the Samsung Grand. I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 in mind. Before I go gaga over its sexy physique, too-die-for features, its beamer of a display—I am a tad let down with its shutter lacking stability.

While admitting that I love the shutter’s 13-MP tag that brings my clicks to life, shaky hands at times do mar my mod. But why could the Galaxy S4 not have an optical image stabilizer?

In a lance war with the Nokia Lumia 920, my buy bows down just because of its shutter story. A video doing the rounds on the web, shows both smarties tugged on to a remote controlled gaming car, the snaps from both Nokia and Samsung prodigies left me in no doubt as to who wears the crown.

While shelling a decently lump bill for the Samsung Galaxy S4, I did not really think about the stabilization spec. Today, I rather regret that the cake could have been the tastier if this cherry made it to the top.

When I eye to capture my particularly mischievous niece on my Samsung Galaxy S4, I sigh at its shaky shots. And how would I get wow shots at night for all those terrace parties with friends?

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Nokia’s Gamble With Windows 8 Phone Pays Off: Lumia Models Catapults The Leader Back Into Game

Looks like Nokia’s gamble with Windows Phone is finally beginning to pay off. After consecutive quarters of disappointing results, the former world leader in mobile phones managed to jump up out of red during Q4 2012. Nokia managed to sell 4.4 million Lumia smartphones during this period, a much needed perk for the company, especially after a difficult Q3 when 2.9 million Lumia smartphones were shipped.

The total for Lumia stands at 14.3 million units until December 31, 2012. These figures completely match Nokia’s expectations for Q4. What comes as more good news for the company is that its overall sales volume in the North American market also saw an increase of 40 percent year-to-year, to 700,000 during Q4 2012. Q2 and Q3 saw Nokia selling 600,000 and 300,000 respectively.

While the U.S. sales are yet to register a dramatic increase, looks like Nokia’s slow and steady approach is definitely pushing the company in a positive direction. The future also looks promising for Nokia, which is all set to unveil more Windows Phone based devices at the upcoming World Mobile Congress to be held in February 2013.… Read the rest

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Apple iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs HTC One X: The Top Camera Phone Of 2012

Next to the OS, we think the camera is an important deciding factor when selecting the right mobile phone. And 2012 has seen some of the best smartphone launches featuring really powerful cameras. With such amazing cameras gratifying our phones, we almost don’t feel the need to carry our digital cameras around. And photo-editing softwares like Instagram have just made us fall in love with our phones’ cameras all over again. So which were the phones that made it to our list of the best camera phones in 2012?

Apple iPhone 5: No surprises there, the iPhone just has to feature among the top camera phones year after year. Just when we thought Apple can’t make things better, it goes ahead to amaze us with every upgrade. The iPhone 5 features an 8 MP camera with advanced features like 360 degree panorama, HDR modes, face detection, photo editing apps, and color balance equalization, to name a few.

Samsung Galaxy S3: The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the best smartphones launched this year, and its camera was just as exceptional as the phone itself. The 8 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash comes with smile and face detection capabilities, image stabilization, burst mode, and in-video photo capture features. The Galaxy S3’s camera clicks absolutely sharp, clear images even in low-light conditions, and deserves a spot in our top 5 list without a doubt.

Nokia 808 PureView: The phone itself may not have made headlines, considering its Symbian OS offering. But its camera was groundbreaking in terms of technology in the world of camera phones. The 41 MP sensor which reproduced images at up to 38 MP resolution ensured that you clicked true-to-life images, no matter what the conditions were. It’s lossless zoom also allowed for capturing clear images from a distance and full HD video recording was just the cherry on top of the cake!

HTC One X: We loved the 8 MP camera on board the HTC One X, especially because of its LED flash that offered five levels of brightness. The autofocus camera with a 28 mm lens, a dedicated imaging chip, and full HD video recording that also let us record video in slow motion and capture still images in the midst of recording, was an absolute delight to use.

Sony Xperia Arc S: Sony made quiet news when it reentered the arena of phones with its range of Android-based smartphones. We especially loved its flagship Xperia Arc S phone’s 8.1 MP camera with Exmor R lens. With such a powerful camera, the phone managed to click absolutely crisp images even in the dark. A 16X zoom let users click photos even from a distance and its amazing 3D panorama sweep functionality and other photo editing features make this camera a powerful option.… Read the rest

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Steve Ballmer Hopeful about Quick Growth of Windows Phone 8

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, is hopeful that Windows Phone 8 will help the company gain market share among the smartphone OS. Although Windows Phone takes up a very small percentage of the smartphone market, Microsoft is expecting that the newly revamped Windows Phone 8 will manage to pull quite a few customers off Android devices and iPhones.

Ballmer was speaking to the press at a launch even in Israel, where he also mentioned that Microsoft’s smartphone partners could drive the company to emerge as a strong third participant in the smartphone market. Google’s Android accounted for 75% of the smartphone market in the third quarter, while Apple’s iOS managed to make up for 14.9% and RIM’s BlackBerry accounted for 4.3% of the market. During this period, Windows Phone users accounted for a mere 2% of the share.

Microsoft is not alone in its fight against Google and Apple. Also in the race to be considered as a viable third alternative is BlackBerry, which has been consistently losing customers to Android and iOS over the past couple of years. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins is expecting BlackBerry 10 to take on the third place, post its kickoff in early 2013. However, we think BlackBerry has a formidable competitor in the Microsoft, which has the USP of integrating the Windows Phone 8 with Window 8 OS and is aggressively marketing its phone offerings from Nokia, Samsung and HTC. Given that there is that added advantage of Microsoft Office on mobile devices, Windows Phone 8 does seem a more attractive option for the corporate user too – once BlackBerry’s forte.… Read the rest

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AT&T Decides To Sell Nokia Lumia 920 and 850 in November, Shares Jumps To $38.17

Nokia's latest smartphonesWe know AT&T is the second-largest phone carrier in the US. It carries Apple’s latest iPhone 5. And now in a declaration, the firm announced that it will also begin to sell Nokia’s Lumia 820 and 920, starting in November. With this, the Dallas-based AT&T will mark to be the first US wireless carrier, who will launch Nokia Oyj’s latest Windows Phone 8 devices.

Nokia is introducing the Lumia 920 in five different shades. These smartphones were uncovered by the Finnish maker last month with main focus on the devices’ Windows operating system. With a plastic body and a spring mounted, 8.7-megapixel camera, the Lumia 920 also features City Lens software. It also has special mapping software included for nearby attractions.

Whereas, the Lumia 820 will come only in black color. Both devices run on AT&T’s long-term evolution, or LTE, network.

With all its pinned onto the Lumia phones, Nokia hopes to make a comeback in the smartphone market, competing with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android.

Microsoft also hopes to win back market share in smartphone software with its hopes on the success of Lumia devices.

Jeff Bradley, Senior Vice President AT&T, said in a statement, “The Lumia 920 will be one of the hottest phones for the holidays.”

In a statement by Olivier Puech, President, Nokia America, he says, “Our continued collaboration with AT&T is an important component for Nokia’s success in the U.S. market.”

Shares of AT&T jumped by 1 percent to yesterday in New York, while Microsoft added 0.7 percent to $29.86. Nokia climbed 0.9 percent to 2.06 euros today in Helsinki.

In August there were reports that the biggest US carrier, Verizon Wireless will also start selling a Nokia Windows Phone 8 model later this year.

Outside the US, operators in Italy and Sweden have also announced plans to sell the Lumia 920. In Italy, the smartphone will cost $777 or 599 euros.… Read the rest

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After Apple Decides To For Google Free Map Service,It’s Time For Nokia Mapping Mania


Nokia is in news again and this time the Oracle miracle seems to be a part of the story. And how’s that? Well, read on. Nokia and Oracle have reportedly entered into a deal that makes the latter accessible to a slate of services in the GPS and data genre from Nokia. Awaiting a final confirmation, the deal is all set to be unveiled in public at a San Francisco conference. Now given that the Finnish phone maker was willing to expand the location services to a mass base, the deal only seems to be hitting the right notes at the right time.

In fact, the deal is coming at a time that’s ripe given that Nokia recently entered into similar deals for mapping with Amazon and Groupon. Now with Apple having decided to have a Google free mapping service on its iOS, its time Nokia stiffens its collars. Though apple’s decision of developing it’s own map app was not welcomed, let’s see how far Nokia goes to gain a stable base for its location and security services. Good luck Nokia.… Read the rest

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Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone5 : The Map App War

Apple got lot of criticism for its new Maps app in iOS 6, and rival Nokia roped in to take full advantage of the situation.

In a recent blog post, Nokia tried to take few swipes over the growing disapproval of Apple’s inaccurate mapping solutions to endorse its own digital mapping platform.

In the controversial blog, Nokia compared its own mapping software in Lumia 920 with Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple’s iPhone 5, stressing on Apple’s lack of public transportation information and offline support.

Four years back, Nokia acquired Navteq, which offers the essential digital mapping information used by GPS navigation devices and Internet services. Navteq is one of the most widely used digital mapping software, which gives Nokia the advantage.

Offering the benchmark test for comparisons in its blog, Nokia wrote that its voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation exists in over 110 countries, compared to 56 with Apple and 39 with Samsung’s mapping software.

The post written by Pino Bonetti, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Nokia says, “We truly understand that maps and location-based apps must be accurate, provide the best quality and be accessible basically anywhere.”

He further said, “That’s been standard practice at Nokia for the past six years, and we also understand that ‘pretty’ isn’t enough. You expect excellence in your smartphone mapping experience.”

Here is the link to his blog post-

Following the complaints, Apple said it is working on to build its software for better. However, Nokia’s Bonetti argues that a good mapping experience cannot be built overnight. He said, “We believe that the best user experience comes indeed from precise data, robust processing of core platform functionalities like routing, geocoding and traffic, and by user friendly apps. All this cannot be built overnight.”

Nokia claims to have an upperhand in its navigation services. Many companies use Nokia’s Navteq mapping platform such as Yahoo! and Bing. Microsoft Windows operating system will also come integrated with mapping functionality from Nokia. Also Amazon Inc’s new Kindle Fire tablets also got Nokia mapping services.

For a detailed comparison between iphone5 and Nokia Lumia 920 go to:

Nokia introduced its Lumia 920 with a number of updates to its mapping application. Working to offer best user service, Nokia introduced a public transport app for its Lumia smartphones, which offers information regarding public transport for many cities all over the world.

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