Every single time Nokia unveils a new smartphone or reports numbers of any kind, a familiar question is raised: What if Nokia had switched to Android instead of Windows Phone? What if? This was a fun game to play for a few months after Nokia first announced it would dump Symbian and MeeGo in favor of Microsoft’s mobile platform, but now that ship has sailed. Revisiting that tired old question repeatedly is indeed typically boring, but it turns out that doing so for the umpteenth time finally got us a candid explanation straight from the horse’s mouth of exactly why Nokia opted for Windows Phone over the world’s top smartphone platform. More →
Sometimes an operating system just needs the right device to really get it going — recall what the original Motorola Droid did for Android. ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski thinks that Nokia’s Lumia 1020 has the potential to be the catalyst that finally drives consumers to Windows Phone because it’s at last providing users with a reason to buy smartphones that aren’t based on iOS or Android. The irony, Rowinski notes, is that the Lumia 1020′s most compelling features are those that Nokia designed itself and not the ones that Microsoft designed for Windows Phone 8. More →
Microsoft can use all the help it can get right now. Nearly three years following its launch, Windows Phone’s share of the global smartphone market now sits at just 3.2%, according to market research firm IDC. Nokia’s new $650 Lumia 1020 is an impressive camera phone, but the odds of it helping Microsoft’s cause likely aren’t good — at least not until the price comes down. What may help, however, is getting more vendors on board with Windows Phone 8, and LG is currently working on its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, according to a recent report. More →
We were able to get our hands on the Lumia 1020 at Nokia’s press event in New York City on Thursday. The company’s latest flagship smartphone is equipped with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 768-pixel display, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. The internal hardware isn’t going to blow you away but it isn’t supposed to. The dual-core processor handles the Windows Phone 8 operating system with little lag and 2GB of RAM makes multitasking as smooth as butter. We would have liked to see a full HD display on the device, but the selling point isn’t the screen — it’s the 41-megapixel PureView camera. More →
Nokia needs a game-changer and it needs one fast. Despite churning out great devices, the company has struggled to gain market share and compete with smartphones like the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5. Nokia is now ready to throw its latest punch at the mobile market. The company has long been rumored to be developing a Windows Phone with a high-end 41-megapixel PureView camera unlike anything we have seen before on a Lumia handset, and some rumors suggest it will be supported by a xenon flash and optical image stabilization. But will it be enough? Can an ultra-high-end camera really help rescue Nokia from its current slide in the smartphone market? Nokia’s Lumia 1020 press conference is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. EDT, 8:00 a.m. PDT, and BGR’s live coverage follows below.
For a while now, we’ve heard about BlackBerry and Windows Phone vendors betting big on expanding their presence in emerging markets by releasing cheaper devices aimed at consumers who are buying smartphones for the first time. But as Business Insider’s Jay Yarow points out, there’s major obstacle standing in these platforms’ paths: No-name Android vendors that are pumping out a flood of cheap phones that sell in the $100 range. Yarow points to new research from Needham analyst Charlie Wolf showing that no-name Android vendors now account for roughly a quarter of all Android devices, or more than the combined Android market share of HTC, LG, Sony and Motorola. More →
A fierce battle is raging among smartphone industry contenders this year, but Microsoft thinks the war has already been won. In an interview with Verge, senior Windows Phone product manager Larry Lieberman said that Microsoft’s mobile platform is “solidly the third ecosystem right now. That’s a huge announcement in some respects.” While Windows Phone took the lead in the first quarter this year, the platform’s global market share is still neck and neck with BlackBerry. Microsoft is unafraid, however. “I don’t think they can bring to the table some of the things we have,” Lieberman said. “The fact like we’re delivering across such a different set of price points to such a large audience.” BlackBerry’s first low-cost BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Blackberry Q5, is set to launch next month.
Big name companies such as Path, Facebook, Tumbler and Twitter were quick to develop applications for Google’s wearable computing device. Popular photo-sharing service Instagram, however, is in no rush to jump on the Google Glass bandwagon. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said in an interview with Fast Company that before the company can even think about a Google Glass app, it must first get on BlackBerry and Windows Phone. He noted that those two platforms will likely “come before Google Glass.” Systrom was quick to warn, however, that those apps may not be released “anytime soon.” More →
A new leak suggests that Nokia’s upcoming 41-megapixel smartphone will launch as the Lumia 1020 sometime next month. The rumor comes to us from @evleaks, an anonymous Twitter account known for providing accurate information about unannounced smartphones. According to the latest rumors, the smartphone will be equipped with a polycarbonate body and a 4.5-inch 720p display. The main selling point, however, will be the handset’s 41-megapixel PureView rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. It has also been reported that the Lumia 1020 will include new camera software, known as Nokia Pro Camera, to compliment the high-end optics. Nokia is expected to unveil the Lumia 1020 at a press event in New York City on July 11th.
Acer’s smartphone business is struggling to distinguish itself in the crowded Android market, however a company executive has confirmed that it still has no plans to launch smartphones on another operating system. Despite being a longtime partner of Microsoft, Acer smartphone vice president Allen Burnes explained that Windows Phone isn’t yet a safe bet for the company. In an interview with Pocket-lint, the executive revealed that Acer would like to produce Windows Phone 8 handsets sometime down the road. He praised the platform as a whole, however he explained that Acer could not invest in the operating system until Microsoft built it up more. Burnes noted that app selection was still a serious problem, as was brand awareness. For the time being, Acer remains focused on its Android smartphones.
It is no secret that Nokia is developing a Lumia smartphone with a high-end PureView camera. We have seen a number of leaks for the Lumia EOS, which is expected to debut next month. The handset is rumored to be equipped with a polycarbonate body and a 4.5-inch 720p display. Earlier reports suggested the smartphone would feature a PureView rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, however the actual megapixel count remained a mystery. According to the latest leak from Chinese microblogging website Weibo, however, a 41-megapixel rear shooter has apparently been confirmed. Nokia is expected to announce the Lumia EOS at a press conference in New York City on July 11th
Nokia and Windows Phone go hand in hand, according to data from advertising network AdDuplex. Nokia’s smartphones accounted for 80.2% of all Windows Phone devices in May, ahead of HTC at 13.7% and Samsung with just 4.5%. The Lumia 920 was found to be the most popular Windows Phone device globally, however the mid-level Lumia 822 beat out the Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X in the United States. AT&T remained the most popular Windows Phone carrier in the U.S. with a 42% share of the market, ahead of Verizon at 33% and T-Mobile at 20%. Perhaps the most troubling statistic was the breakdown of software versions. AdDuplux found that while Windows Phone 8 gained more than 6% market share over the past month, the operating system remained less popular than Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 8 accounted for 49.4% of the market last month, compared to the 50.6% owned by Windows Phone 7.
Rumors suggest that Samsung is preparing to turn up the heat in the camera phone race with the upcoming 16-megapixel Galaxy S4 Zoom. As appealing as a Galaxy S4 variant with optical zoom and image stabilization sounds, Nokia may soon steal the show with the most impressive camera phone the world has ever seen. Featuring a 41-megapixel PureView camera and a xenon flash, the Nokia “EOS” has leaked a number of times already. But now, a video has been released by ViziLeaks that reveals the handset’s mechanical shutter and image stabilization feature in a close-up of the camera assembly. There is still no word on when the EOS might be unveiled but in the meantime, the full video follows below. More →