Nokia unveils new Windows 8 Phones

NewsNokia yesterday unveiled their new range of Windows 8 Phones in a bit of glitz and a little bit of bugs in the system in New York. The bugs where that the video presentation at the start of the press release was in best traditions of tech releases a bit buggy, the video stuttered and lost sound on occasion, so not the best of launches

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“Nokia revealed two new Windows Phone 8 Lumias at a press event in New York City this morning.

From the circuit board on up, the new phones – the Nokia Lumia 820 and the Nokia Lumia 920 — were designed to take full advantage of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s forthcoming phone operating system, says Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division. At the press event, Nokia showed off the two next-generation Lumias, available in a number of colors, as well as some accessories, including a wireless chargers and speakers.”

Hopefully the launch bugs in the presentation are not a sign of things to come as Nokia needs the new Windows 8 Phones to succeed and from the tech specs they do offer much more than Apples current iPhone4, that said Apple are launching their new iPhone 5

    • 5 Sept: Nokia/Microsoft (New York)
    • Expected to unveil two Windows Phone 8 handsets
    • 5 Sept: Motorola/Verizon (New York)
    • Android device for the US market
    • 6 Sept: Amazon (Santa Monica)
    • Kindle Fire 2 tablet and speculation of a “surprise” handset
    • 12 Sept: Apple (San Francisco)
    • Unveiling of iPhone 5
    • 18 Sept: Motorola (London)
    • Details of firm’s first Intel-powered smartphone
    • 19 Sept: HTC (New York)
    • Likely to include company’s first Windows Phone 8 handset

List  above from BBC Technology News HERE with some comments from tech writers and some comments from end users.

Will the new Nokia Lumia series Windows 8 Phones be a success, well I hope so as the Windows 7 and new 8 Phones are a bit undervalued by many “smartphone” users sadly, when they are a superb device, they are more a business user phone as you can connect to Outlook Exchange easily, you have a version of Microsoft Office Mobile and the sync capabilities are fantastic and soon to be much better with the release of Windows 8 and Surface Tablets.

The release of Windows 8 and Surface Tablets will give the user a unified look and feel, will sync devices with ease and not be as expensive as the equivalent Apple products as in iPhone+iPad+iMAC.

Nokia will just have some competition from other phone makers such as Samsung and HTC as they are to release Windows 8 Phone powered devices.

 

Full press release from Microsoft HERE and Nokia HERE

Is Apples voice control Siri biased?

Apple SiriWell it looks as if Apples iPhone based voice control Siri is not all she is cracked up to be, in that from a complaint from Nokia, the results of a question users could ask on “what is the best smartphone?” has been alleged to have been changed for a default answer.

“The debate over “what is the best smartphone ever?” took an unexpected twist after Apple’s voice-activated assistant Siri appeared to favour the iPhone’s rival.

Over the weekend, users of Siri were told the answer was Nokia’s Lumia 900.

But Siri now responds to the same question with a jovial: “Wait… there are other phones?”

Nokia has accused Apple of “overriding the software” after the quirk was noticed.”

If this is found to be true then it for me and likely others will bring what Siri can do and honestly into question, especially if Apple can manipulate the replies to specific questions, skewed in their favour or ignoring a rival device or software.

Read the full article at BBC Technology News HERE

Nokia and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 App Competition

Nokia Microsoft Windows PhoneMicrosoft and Nokia are running a competition for developers of Windows Phone 7.5 apps and this is a great way for not only core developers to enter but for students also, especially those from the UK.

“Nokia and Microsoft have launched a new programme seeking innovative Windows Phone 7.5 apps to feature in their latest advertising campaign. Now whilst this is open to all developers it would be great to see some UK Student apps featured! If you fancy the chance to promote your app to consumers throughout the UK for free then why not give it a shot!

What’s involved? We’re looking for innovative apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace that have recently been published by UK developers (especially students) to feature in the latest advertising campaigns. We want to see your amazing apps that will delight UK consumers in the following categories: casual games, kids, family, health and fitness, shopping, social, travel, and utilities.”

So get “Appvertising” and hope you win.

Read more HERE at Microsoft UK Students

Nokia and Microsoft join forces

Likely at some point that Nokia would join up with Microsoft in some form as Stephen Elop was at Microsoft until this new appointment at Nokia.

“Nokia has joined forces with Microsoft in an attempt to regain ground lost to the iPhone and Android-based devices.

The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.

It means that Nokia’s existing operating systems will be sidelined.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Nokia’s chief executive Stephen Elop revealed that there would be “substantial” job losses as a result of the tie-up.”

I think with Nokia’s flair for good hard wearing phones that using Windows Mobile 7 or a new in-house OS will bring this brand back in the fight with Apple and Google.

Read the full article HERE at BBC Technology News.