So, besides the Lumia 928 revision that has been going about the rounds recently, the Nokia Lumia 925 is where some actual innovation is breathing life into Windows Phone. Off the bat, not much has changed: a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM and 8.7-megapixel OIS camera (with Pureview), the Lumia 925 weighs 50 grams (1.8 ounces) less than the Lumia 920. Thankfully, it maintains its 2,000 mAh battery along with the 4.5-inch AMOLED screen, with the HD resolution of 1,280 x 768, while still being coated by Gorilla Glass 2 for toughness, and ClearBlack technology for better presentations of that color. Software-wise, nothing has changed except the inclusion of a Smart Camera app that is more efficient in photo-taking (at least on Windows Phone 8) and can be bonded to the camera button.
Details for a U.S. release are scarce, with no release date or price, but a promised partner on T-Mobile and a release in June for Europe and Asia.
Nokia made a small update to their flagship smartphone — the Lumia 928. Like the previous model, the Lumia 920, it has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, dual cameras (with a 8.7MP Pureview on the back), and in this special case, Verizon Wireless as a service provider, with 4G LTE. The screen is where the real change is: it’s the same resolution, but is AMOLED-based instead of being a basic LCD, which is an excellent way of getting better battery life. It releases May 16 for $150 with a two-year contract — with $50 mail-in rebate — in a white or black aluminum body.
Nokia is pulling off a “worst-kept secret” campaign with the upcoming Lumia 928 Windows Phone. Besides what appears to be an aluminum body, as stated yesterday, a new video has appeared, pitting the new Lumia’s camera against that of the Galaxy S III’s and the iPhone 5′s. Most likely it also has the same screen size, but not the same half-a-pound bulk of the previous device. Also, an 8.7 megapixel Pureview camera rounds off the specs currently known.
Video after the break.
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In a little bit of promo marketing, Nokia has confirmed the existence of a Lumia 928 smartphone running Windows Phone 8.x as the operating system, with what seems like an edgier design than previous Lumias due to the aluminum casing. There’s also the typical Carl Zeiss camera lenses with Pureview technology. Other than all that, Nokia wants us “to stay tuned”, because there’s nothing else to tell us, for now.
Nokia has picked up the spear and is ready for battle again: for Q1 2013 the company lost €150 million (roughly $196 million) on €5.85 billion ($7.65 billion) in revenue over the quarter, but despite the losses, today’s financial results are improving, slowly but surely. Their Devices and Services division posted a small loss of €42 million ($55 million), its HERE mapping division lost €97 million ($127 million), but has the positive results from Nokia Siemens Networks, which turned last year’s €1 billion ($1.31 billion) loss into a solid €3 million ($3.92 million) profit.
Looks like Nokia will live to see another day.
Via: Nokia (PDF)
Nokia has been busting out their chops to find the right audience and carrier to hold their Lumia line of smartphones that run Windows Phone 8. In this particular case, unable to obtain the fancy Lumia 920 that I reviewed back in November, Verizon has to settle with the Lumia 822, a mid-range smartphone with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and with plastics and metals fused in a rather creative matter to appease those who want great aesthetics in a phone.
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For once, Nokia can go around the block saying they actually make money instead of losing hundreds of millions of dollars every 3 months. In fact, for Q4 of 2012,Nokia caught $585 million in net profit. This mostly can be attributed to the better Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8: sales were 2.9 million in the third quarter compared to 4.4 million in the fourth— but a yearly drop of 74% in mobile proves it kind of redundant, plus the year of 2012 left Nokia with an operating loss of $3.06 billion.
There’s still a lot of work to be done by the Finnish.
Via: Nokia, Verge
Justin Angel, a Nokia engineer working on Windows Phone, has detailed how to compromise Windows 8 games revenue through in-app purchases. Angel highlights the Soulcraft Windows 8 game as an example of how Windows 8 users could potentially edit parts of a game to bypass having to pay for in-app purchases. Basically, it is harder to do than what your normal Windows user does on a day-to-day basis, but as Angel says about breaking the security, ”storing encrypted data locally, alongside with the algorithm and the algorithm key/hash is a recipe for security incidents.”
In different instances, he even changed the price of in-game items, after pirating the game. In the name of science. Microsoft is sure to prepare something for this in the coming hours, so things will keep moving.
Via: Justin Angel
Nokia needed some extra cash. So, Nokia sold its headquarters on the Baltic Sea, in Espoo, Finland. But on the contrary, Nokia isn’t moving out of the massive building, instead, they’ve entered into a long-term lease with the new owner, Finland-based Exilion, which ponied up $220 million for the sleek set of corporate offices. As Nokia puts it:
“We had a comprehensive sales process with both Finnish and foreign investors and we are very pleased with this outcome. As we have said before, owning real estate is not part of Nokia’s core business and when good opportunities arise we are willing to exit these types of non-core assets. We are naturally continuing to operate in our head office building on a long-term basis.”
OK, then. But a mere $220 million cannot save Nokia from its Lumia line not selling, can it? We think it cannot.
What a journey. From Lumia 800, to the Lumia 900, and now Lumia 920 — all on a similar principle design.
Nokia and Microsoft both started off light-years apart from each other, then suddenly, in the spirit of trying to make the aging and stagnant Windows Phone platform work, they partner up, and suddenly Windows Phone 8 succeeds Windows Phone 7, and with it, a brand new flagship smartphone design to put both companies on the forefront of the consumer smartphone industry — right up there there with the IPhone 5 and Google’s Nexus, Samsung’s Galaxy, and HTC’s flagship devices.
After all, it’s alright to be #3, right? It might be in Nokia and Microsoft’s eyes, but it’s that sort of mentality that’s literally killing the Lumia 920. Let us explain, after the break.
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