The Nokia N8 is without doubt one of the most awaited smartphones from Espoo this year. With a 3.7″ AMOLED touchscreen, 12 megapixel auto-focus camera and an ARM Cortex 8 processor, the device packs itself up with pretty impressive features.
The device is now available for pre-order at Amazon Germany. The launch date is not yet announced though Nokia had earlier revealed a launch in Q3 2010. That means the phone is at least a month away from now.
If you are eager to check the device out, click here to know. Price – €469.50 ($587) in Germany. Expect it to come cheaper with a contract.
T-Mobile USA may be gearing up towards the launch of its next Nokia productivity set, the E73. According to reports on the Engadget, the Nokia E73 is likely to launch on T-Mobile on June 16.
The new E73 handset is pretty much like the earlier E72 and is a perfect QWERTY based tool for those who write in a lot of a emails and text messages on the go.
The Nokia E73 Mode will be Wi-Fi enabled and will also come with 3G connectivity and integration with personal and work emails. The QWERTY keyboard will ensure better comfort levels on typing. E73 is also expected to run on Symbian though the version is still unclear.
So, it is less than a month from now before it launches. Mark the date on your calendars.
The N8 is seen as the next big thing from Nokia and the phone is already receiving a lot of rave reviews. A new video posted on YouTube gives a clearer look into the Symbian^3 handset’s browser. Here are some features you will find interesting
Those of you who have had Nokia mobile phones during the early years of the new millennium might fondly remember your obsession with the Snake game. You may agree that the simple game alone was responsible for thousands of people to lay their hands on a Nokia handset. The Finnish giant has since then failed to make great products, though we have been hearing that a Tablet PC is now in the works.
Is Nokia once again banking on native games to promote its upcoming gizmo? Rumors suggest so. In a recent blog post, game developer FishLabs has revealed that the company is working with Nokia for a large screen application. The post reads,
“Beyond that, we are working on a AAA title closely together with Nokia featuring OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics for a large screen.”
It is not clear what FishLabs means by a “large screen“. However, for the sake of keeping the rumors exciting, we shall pretend that it means a tablet PC.
Forget the demand for such a product, but every CEO and his mom now want to be in the tablet race now that such a category has become an official reality. According to Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, Nokia may be talking to suppliers and design manufacturers over an upcoming tablet device.
The idea is not exactly ridiculous. My personal opinion is that you do not need an extra device simply to “consume media“. However, now that several hundred thousand iPads are reportedly sold, it also means the consumers have been officially sold to the concept of a media consumption device. And considering that these are still early days for the segment, Nokia – even if it looks apparently late, can still have an early mover advantage depending on what features it brings to the tablet and how it is positioned.
But it also needs to be noted that Nokia has not had a killer product in quite some time. Maybe it’s time to turn the table(t)s.
Folks at Engadget have received some interesting tip about Nokia’s new N8 device launching in the middle of next month. Unlike conventional high profile launches, this one is likely to be a small event. However significantly, the launch is expected to be made just before the company’s Annual General Meeting in Helsinki.
There are rumors doing the rounds that Nokia might finally move away from Symbian and be launching an Android based handset soon. However, the speculation has gained fresh credibility after Greig Williams, Nokia’s General Manager for Alps and South East Europe hinted at the possibility.
In a recent conversation, Williams had indicated that Ovi Maps, Nokia’s free turn-by-turn GPS navigation system shall be available for free on Android and Windows Phone 7 handsets. This does not seem logical unless a Nokia branded Android or Windows handset too is in the making.
There are a lot of third party applications for smartphone devices that help you in managing your shopping list. However, it now appears that Nokia might want provide a native application for this purpose.
In a patent filed recently with the USPTO, the engineers have Nokia have described a smart application that will not only guide you to the particular location of the shop where you need to get the various items, but can also suggest alternate products if stocks are out – keeping in mind your allergies and dislikes!
Here are smart things this application can do
Store purchase history and notify user if they have missed any regular item that the software thinks you might have run out of
Alert user of discounts and offers
Use GPS tracking to guide you in the store for the location of various products
Suggest complimentary items. Have bread on your list? It will suggest butter
The technology appears interesting though it is to be seen whether or not such an applications lives to see the light of the day. With such an application in place, we see Nokia signing deals with a Walmart or Target to encourage their users visit these outlets for maximizing their shopping experience – in exchange for monetary deals with these retail majors.
What do you think? Will such an application encourage you to shop at specific retail stores? Tell us what you think.
The next generation of phones wouldn’t need you to carry them in your pockets. They shall be flexible enough to be worn as a bracelet. While concept phones as these are not exactly new, Nokia’s new patent offers some interesting insights into what the company is working on.
In the patent titled “USER INTERFACE, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR A PHYSICALLY FLEXIBLE DEVICE”, the inventors reveal the development of a technology that will enable display screens to adapt to bend. An excerpt from the patent reads
“a user interface and a device incorporating such user interface having a flexible screen capable of being small and mobile while still allowing several user actions to be taken is desirable.”
An interesting invention described in the patent is about the way the phone shall carry out different tasks based on the way it is bent. An example suggested in the patent reads
“In one embodiment the pre-specified shape is also associated with a movement. As a pre-specified shape is detected and followed by the detection of a pre-specified movement an associated function is executed.“
“FIG. 10a shows a device having been bent to resemble a can, possibly used to hold beer or soda. A search will thus be performed for a bar or a pub either a specific franchise or any bar or pub in the neighborhood.
FIG. 10b shows a device having been bent to resemble a bowl. A search will thus be performed for a restaurant either a specific franchise or any restaurant in the neighborhood.
FIG. 10c shows a device having been bent to resemble a roof or a tent. A search will thus be performed for a hotel, motel or guest house either a specific franchise or any hotel, motel or guesthouse in the neighborhood. “
Nokia had earlier said that such technologies will be the norm by 2015. What do you think? Will we such devices in the mainstream by then?