So you’ve gotten yourself a brand spanking new Windows Phone 8 and you’re wondering what the killer apps are, well we here at Windows Phone Fans have put together an all star list of some killer apps to get you started! Full list after the break.
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You may have heard the rumors of Microsoft building their own phone. Many have dubbed it the “Surface Phone”, taken from the name of Microsoft’s soon to launch tablets.
A quick Bing search of “Surface Phone” will bring up quite a few articles about this possible venture, along with a lot of analysis stating that such a move would be hurting their OEMs; especially Nokia, their most dedicated OEM.
Perhaps people are looking at it wrong.
With the next line of Windows Phone 8 handset announced, we’d like to take a look for you at the three main contenders and their flagship Windows Phone offerings to see how they stack up side-by-side.
While the HTC 8X weighs less and has the highest resolution screen it also has the smallest screen at 4.3 inches, Beats Audio sounds system and only 16GB memory storage. The Samsung Ativ S features the largest screen, a single color option, and the largest battery. The Nokia Lumia 920 weighs the most at 185g, offers a slightly better 8.7 megapixel camera (with the much touted Pureview technology) and offers wireless Q Standard charging. They all feature LTE and HSDPA connectivity, Near Field Communication (NFC) and a dual-core qualcomm 1.5Ghz processor.
Each offers something different for everyone, which one appeals to you and why?
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HTC introduced the latest addition to the Windows Phone 8 lineup in New York City on September 19th 2012 in their press announcement.
HTC CEO Peter Chou started off the conference to the sounds of booming music and a nod to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. After a brief introduction by Microsoft’s own CEO Steve Ballmer, the floor was yielded back to Chou. He was sure to mention the over 15 years of partnership between HTC and Microsoft, stating “HTC and Microsoft have an opportunity to go bigger and better than ever.”
Today, Nokia’s Kevin Shields demonstrated a feature called Smart Shoot, that will definitely help get rid of those photo bombers that may be infiltrating your attempts of capturing your most precious moments.
When you take a picture using Smart Shoot, the software actually takes several pictures so that it could determine what things in the view are moving. It then presents you with a screen outlining the moving elements. With a touch of an outlined figure the user can remove that element from the image.
This can prove useful when taking a picture in a busy area, where there may be many people walking around in the background. It also can be used to remove an unwanted subject that rushes into the photo in the last second.
Source (Nokia-Microsoft Press Conference)
Nokia’s own Stephen Elop hit the stage this morning, and after a brief introduction he gave the floor to Jo Harlow, who had the privilege of showing off the Lumia 920 for the first time to the world. We also had a visit from Joe Belfriore who got on stage and covered two things. First, a recap and demo of what was talked about in June. Second, he sneaked in some new stuff while showing more innovation – mostly about the camera. Of course he also teased that more features will be shown off on a later date. Next up was Kevin Shields, who showed off some more features, including the NFC (Near Field Communication) functions. These involved wirelessly sending music to speakers and wireless headphones. He also touched on the wireless charging, being able to still use your phone while wearing gloves, and ultimately the PureView camera. Read the rest of this entry »
Today, at the Nokia-Microsoft Press Conference, Jo Harlow us to Nokia’s newest addition to its PureView technology.
Up until now, image stabilization in mobile phones was hit or miss. Mostly miss.
Due to the tiny size of the lenses used in mobile phone cameras, it was difficult for manufacturers to create a system that stabilized the lens enough to offset hand movements. Nokia solves this problem by stabilizing the whole camera inside the phone.
This helps tremendously when taking video. This effect is like having a dolly for your phone. If you read our previous story about Nokia’s teaser videos, then you have seen the technology in action.
Where we might see the most excitement is how it changes night photography. The problem with taking photos at night is obvious – there is a lack of light. The flash on a camera can help, but often results in a glare, reflection or other simply does not provide enough light. One way to get more light into the camera’s sensor is to leave the camera’s shutter open a few tenths of a second longer. But unless you’re using a tripod, this may result in a blurry photo because your hand will likely move slightly. Nokia’s Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) solves this problem. The Lumia 920 will leave the shutter open 5 to 10 times longer when shooting at night to let in a lot of light, but the OIS system will compensate for hand movements, giving you a steady final picture with more natural lighting. The camera also has a large aperture (f2.0), giving it the ability to let more light in.
You don’t’ have to take our word for it. Fortunately Nokia just released a video where you can see for yourself.
Source (Nokia-Microsoft Press Conference)
Nokia posted an infographic today titled, THE NOKIA EVOLUTION: 1984 TO TOMORROW.
In it, there is an illustrated timeline of some of Nokia’s technological milestones, as well as key innovations.
The last innovation listed is “Introduces Flexible Devices”, with the technology listed as “Flexible.” This flexible technology is likely the same technology that was introduced to us at Nokia World 2011 as “Kinetic.”
Up until now, flexible screens have been an interesting R&D project. We’ve seen prototypes, but many believed that we were still several years away from seeing a product based on this technology. This appears to be the first solid statement that it is intended as their next major product feature.
Can we expect to see this as early as 2013?
Source (Nokia US)
Today Microsoft, and Nokia have delivered invitations for the media, for a press conference scheduled to take place on September 5th in New York City. The event will be focused on the unveiling of new Nokia branded Windows Phone 8 devices. Although no details were given, it’s likely we will be seeing a brand new line of Lumia devices. Time will tell what this event will bring, and Nokia picked an interesting time frame, being a week ahead of the rumored iPhone 5 unveiling. Hopefully Nokia and Microsoft will be able to steal some of its thunder by striking first.