With new rumours circulating about Nokia’s plans to either release a phablet or a tablet, I thought it would be an appropriate time to find out if you folks think that Nokia should actually make a phablet. Whether you would buy one or not, this is to find out if you think that the device would be desirable and successful. Underlying all of this is the debate about whether or not bigger is better in the mobile industry. Recently, the trend for manufacturers has been bigger is better, with Samsung and others constantly pushing the boundaries. Should Nokia join the phablet fray? [Read more…]
Nokia has recently launched a big update for their praised mapping platform HERE Maps. The update makes HERE Maps leap frog Google Maps in terms of indoor mapping data and functionality. Here Venue Maps now offers indoor mapping for 49,000 buildings in 45 countries. Google’s indoor maps offers ‘over 10,000 floor plans’.
Nokia is clearly proud of their service, boasting that 1,000 new venues are being added every three months. Over 475,000,000 square meters are already covered.
‘See more from Nokia’ at 11am on the 11th of July. [Read more…]
This Lumia is only 8.5mm thick and weighs only 139 grams. It sports an innovative metal exoskeleton that is made out of aluminium and also acts as a signal transmitter. It has a back plate that seamlessly blends into the metal sides. The Lumia 925 comes with a 4.5 inch AMOLED screen. It has an 8.7 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with OIS and a new six lenses design. It has a short pulse high power dual LED flash. The camera software algorithms have also been improved.
The phone will come in white, black, and grey. Snap on covers provide QI wireless charging capabilities to the handset and will come in all the usual Lumia colours.
It will come with a new Nokia camera application called Smart Camera. It combines all the features of Nokia’s current Windows Phone 8 software camera lenses, and also adds additional features. This feature will come to the whole Lumia Windows Phone 8 lineup in an update called Nokia Lumia Amber. It will come sometime this summer.
It has 4G LTE capabilities.
It will be shipping in June for around 469 euros off-contract. In the USA it will be available on T-Mobile. In the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain it will be available on Vodafone.
Nokia also announced that the Hipstamatic app will be coming to Windows Phone 8.
Next year, the International Telecoms Union, predicts that mobile subscriptions will outnumber the people living on this planet. There are currently 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions and 7.1 billion people. It is expected that subscriptions will pass the seven billion mark early in 2014.
“Every day we are moving closer to having almost as many mobile cellular subscriptions as people on earth,” said Brahima Sanou, director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau.
“The mobile revolution is ‘m-powering’ people in developing countries by delivering ICT applications in education, health, government, banking, environment and business.” [Read more…]