Nokia Announces Lumia 1020 In NYC, With A 41-Megapixel Camera On AT&T For $300

Lumia 1020 AnnouncementClose to the waterline here in New York City, Nokia decided it was time to unveil their new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 1020, to the tech press. It’s filled to the brim with new hardware, from a 4.5-inch 1280 x 768 AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 41-megapixel EOS camera sensor on the back with Xenon flash and f/2.2 lens. For video users, the Lumia 1020 supports 6x zoom in 720p HD. The twist here is that a front-facing, wide-angle camera will also have access to an Xenon flash.

And of course, to support all of this hardware, Nokia threw in a 2,000 mAh battery. Yellow, white, and black are the colors engineered by Nokia into the Lumia 1020, including the usual unibody design.

Despite its impressive feature-set on paper, the Lumia 1020 isn’t the thinnest device: at 10.4mm thickness and weighing some 158 grams, it’s a little heavier than a few flagship devices from Samsung, Apple, Sony, and HTC but still manages to be sleek and easy to wield.

Google Brings Offline Mode Back To Maps In Update

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Users of the Google Maps app that was updated yesterday were up in arms over the fact that technically, offline functionality had been removed (unless you said or typed “OK, Maps”). Well, in response Google has published an update which offers a dedicated “Make this map area available offline” button and that it’s rolling out globally later today.

Also added is a new clickable item in the sidebar called “Where’s Latitude?”, which informs users that the feature will be deactivated later this month.

‘And to top it off, navigational support has been added to an additional 19 countries, including Taiwan and Thailand.

ViaGoogle Maps (Google+)

The Sony XPERIA Z Comes To T-Mobile’s LTE Network On July 17th

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The Sony XPERIA Z, famed for its water and dust-resistant capabilities is coming to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, starting today, July 10. Being an exclusive device to the network as it is, the Z will have access to all the typical usage features of Android and LTE data plans starting at $99 followed by monthly payments of $20 over two years.

Online shoppers will only get access to the XPERIA Z starting July 17th, which is next Wednesday.

Nokia Lumia 925 Will Arrive At T-Mobile For $49.99

nokia-lumia-925A device that has garnered lots of design appeal, the Nokia Lumia 925 will arrive on T-Mobile 4G LTE network starting July 17th for $49.99 with 24 month payments of $20. The 925 (as a refresher for those of you who don’t remember it) is a slimmer version of the Lumia 920 with an aluminum build.

And of course, the Lumia 925 joins T-Mobile’s new policy and JUMP plans, which are designed to rake in customers.

T-Mobile Announces New Network Plans At NYC Press Event

T-Mobile NYCStraight from NYC comes T-Mobile’s press event, in the midst of rains and sun, comes a set of new plans from the outspoken mobile carrier. First comes the JUMP program, which allows for T-Mobile customers to upgrade their device, up to twice a year, whenever they want. The plan also allows for device protection against malfunction and theft, for a monthly fee of $10.

T-Mobile has some goals for 4G LTE coverage: nationwide availability by the end of the year, reaching 200 million people. Currently, 157 million individuals will have access to T-Mobile’s LTE service. This bolsters their ability to serve customers with their new devices, which include the Nokia Lumia 925 and Sony Xperia Z, along with the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 receiving a 4G LTE activation update.

As for Simple Choice, a T-Mobile family plan? It’s a no credit check, apparently easy way of jumping onto the magenta wireless carrier starting July 14th, with 500MB of data available for $100 per month plus taxes and fees for four different lines. And for those of you wondering how to get in the Simple Choice plans, sans credit check: just put down single month’s worth of payment.

Starting today, 4G LTE has been activated in 116 metropolitan areas in the United States, which is of course only a fraction of the nation, but also large cities like Miami, New York City, and San Francisco — the LTE service will layer itself over the HSPA+ 42MBps network. The LTE spectrum will hit average download speeds of 10 to 20MBps.

Google Maps Gets A Complete Design Overhaul In Android And iOS

tabletsSince the announcement of the new Google Maps at Google I/O in California a few months back, a mobile version of the update has been long awaited. Well, it’s time to stop waiting: version 7 of Gooogle Maps for iOS and Android is now available. Besides creating a brand new design interface that’s universal on both platforms, Google added a new discovery feature, enhanced navigation, speed, distance measuring, the death of Latitude and introduction of Google+ Location, real-time traffic congestion, and finally, integrated Zagat scores into search results. The update also applies to tablets on both platforms.

To download, just head over to the App Store for iOS users and for Android, make sure you have at least Android 4.0.3 to update, then head on over to the Play Store.

ViaGoogle Official Blog

The Upcoming LG Optimus G2 Looks Like A Nexus 4’s Child

optimus-g2-leakWhile LG may be having a hard time with Samsung, Apple, and HTC ruling the high-end smartphone market, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth another shot. After making Google’s Nexus 4 and the speedy Optimus G Pro, it was time to combine the aesthetics of both phones, and create the Optimus G2 — which by the way, looks gorgeous. A 5.2-inch 1080p screen with almost no bezels around it, coupled with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 gigs of RAM, and you have a smartphone that’s breaking the power laws of phone vs. laptop.

LG is planning to announce the phone next month here in NYC. Also, the volume buttons are on the back, where the camera is; never saw that before.

Via: Engadget

Meanwhile: You Can Make Free Calls In Gmail Again, To The US And Canada

video call 2In a smart move following the temporary removal of the feature, Google has brought back free voice calls to the US and Canada, along with inexpensive international rates. It took some implementation considering that Google was bringing Hangouts to the Gmail front, and with that over with, there’s only good times ahead. “Hangouts is designed to be the future of Google Voice,” with making and receiving calls at the vertex of the triangle. Users can begin making phone calls from the “call a phone” option in Google+ or from the Chrome extension.

ViaGmail Blog