Category Archives: Nokia World

Details Of Parallel Nokia World Events Start Popping Up: New York – Sep. 5

With this year’s Nokia World, Nokia’s decided to move away from the single, large-scale event that Nokia World usually is (was), to a ‘number of smaller, more intimate events with specific audiences in mind’. The first such event is scheduled to happen in Helsinki on September 5-6, and will be an invitation-only event that will cater primarily to Nokia’s operator and retail partners. This leaves no room for media announcements, and press presence. Therefore, it was doubtful whether Nokia would announce its first Windows Phone 8 devices, or would they just show them to their retail/operator partners in behind the door, hush-hush meetings.

However, details of a joint Nokia/Microsoft press conference taking place in New York on Sep. 5 have emerged. September 5 being the same day on which Nokia World takes place in Helsinki. The doors to the NYC press conference open at 9:30 am NYC time, fairly early for a press event of this magnitude, but also a good time if they were trying to hold it parallel events in multiple time zones around the world.

Ever since the official announcement of Windows Phone 8, Nokia’s been under pressure to keep selling its older Lumia devices, especially when they won’t be getting the upgrade to WP 8. Therefore it is imperative for them to refresh the lineup as quickly as possible and a September announcement is a very positive indicator indeed. Remember, Nokia’s flagship store in Helsinki is already promising that something amazing is coming on September 7th. If Nokia can announce devices on September 5th and put them on sale on September 7th, that would classify as something beyond amazing.

There are still a lot of ‘if’s’ in the equation, but all indicators to point to a hardware reveal on September 5th. Windows Phone 8 looks like a worthy upgrade and coupled with Nokia’s uncompromising Maps and Camera goodness, the new Lumias might just be the flavour of the holiday season.

Finally, the New York press conference is just one such event, don’t be surprised if we see something similar happening in other cities around the world, after-all London’s been a Nokia favourite in the past as well. Nokia World has always had all these tracks running simultaneously with Nokia’s CEO jumping in and out of each, but with parallel events happening across the word, what I’m curious about is, to which of these events will Stephen Elop go? What does he prioritise, press interviews and a public reveal of Nokia’s latest and greatest, or a heart to heart with Nokia’s operator and retail partners? Although if the new Lumias are to ship in September, deals with operators/retails would have been hammered out long before then.

[Image credit: TechCrunch]

Nokia World 2012 Shifts To Helsinki: September 25-26

London had become the defacto destination for the annual Nokia World event after it took place at the same venue, both in 2010 and 2011. However, change is afoot at Nokia and Nokia Conversations has just revealed that Nokia World 2012 will take place in Helsinki this year, on September 25-26.

Nokia World 2012 Shifts To Helsinki: September 25-26

(Nokia House, Espoo)

This is the first time that the annual extravaganza will happen on Nokia’s home turf, Finland. It was at Nokia World ’11 that Stephen Elop revealed the Lumia series, calling them the ‘first real Windows Phones’ but it will be Nokia World 2012 where we’ll see the first real ‘Nokia Windows Phones’. The Nokia-Microsoft partnership was announced one year ago and by September 2012 Nokia would have had a good 18 months to work with Microsoft to bring a distinct Nokia flavour to their devices.

The second half of the year is also the rumored time frame for the next version of Windows Phone, Apollo. Apollo is the version that is rumoured to bring hi-res screens, multi core processors, NFC and all the other much awaited functionality to Redmond’s OS. I have no doubt that we’ll be seeing Nokia Apollo devices at Nokia World 2012 making it the most exciting and important Nokia World, yet.

The event website has just been launched and is understandably a little thin on details, but you can check it out anyway. The event will take place at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre,

If you are planning to make the trip, the Helsinki weather in September is still fairly pleasant with about 7 hours of daylight.

In-Depth Look At The Lumia 800 On Video: Hard To Put Down

With the Lumia 800, Nokia and Microsoft’s synergies have finally been able to intersect after months of anticipation and the end result is nothing short of impressive. With the Nokia N9, we saw Nokia create a new class of device that was designed with the ‘eyes up’ philosophy in mind, with Windows Phone Microsoft tried to put people first, giving you the ability to quickly glance at information which is relevant to you.

In-Depth Look At The Nokia Lumia 800 On Video: Hard To Put Down

We all know that the Lumia 800 is one amazingly beautiful device, but since this was going to be my first real experience with Windows Phone Mango, I was curious about what to expect. What would be the notifications like? Is the Metro UI really as good as it is made out to be? Are there any niggles which could threaten to be show stoppers? Will Nokia’s device be differentiated enough from other manufacturers like Samsung and HTC?

So in the following video I go over all of these questions and try and answer them. The video plays for just over 16 minutes, and should give you a fair idea of what to expect from the Lumia 800.

Without giving away too much, all I can say is that I was having a hard time putting the device down.

(Video available in HD)

The Lumia 800 is already on pre-order in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Britain and is expected to hit stores sometime mid-week in November. It is also coming to Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the year-end.

Based on what you have seen so far? You do want one? More Lumia 800 stories here.

Have any questions? Let us know below!

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

I called the Nokia N9 ‘easily the best looking device on the market today‘ and that statement still stands with the Lumia 800. The capacitive buttons don’t distract one bit from the beauty of the device, and in fact I think it makes the device look better. The premium polycarbonate unibody design, deep colours and the clean lines make the Lumia 800 a very beautiful phone indeed.

It is the kind of device that you will take out of your pocket, just to admire it beauty. Those meetings or lunches that you go to? I’m sure that the device will be proudly placed on the table every single time.

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

Beautiful Nokia Lumia 800 Gallery

The device will be available in Blue, Pink and Black, all look great, but in my book, the black version looks amazing. Looking for high resolution photos? Jump over to this Flickr set.

Which colour do you prefer?

Demo: Nokia Maps For Windows Phone

While Nokia’s Drive app will be exclusive to its Windows Phones, the Nokia Maps application will be available on the Windows Phone marketplace for all Windows Phone devices. The application is a little different from what you are used to on Symbian devices and follows the Metro style UI.

Another difference is you cannot pre-load maps on this application, that is restricted to Nokia Drive. So you will need an active data connection to pull the maps and other location information around you. But once your get that out of the way, the experience on the app is very good. You can pinch to zoom, have access to all sorts of guides with Lonely Planet and Michelin integration, similar to the Symbian counterpart. Another aspect that has been really improved is public transport.

In certain regions around the world, Nokia will be offering tracking of public transport accurate upto the minute.  The first view lets you search for places nearby, while the second view populates the map with the top 25 restaurants, shops, vistor attractions around you to give you a better idea of how to get around a new city.

Here is a in depth look at the application. Unfortunately the video was recorded in a noisy room, but the video should still give you a fair idea of what to expect from the Windows Phone variant of Nokia Maps.

Many thanks to Dan Martins from the Nokia Maps team for the demo.

Video Demo Of The Brand New Nokia Pulse Service

At Nokia World, Nokia introduced a brand new social location service called ‘Nokia Pulse‘ that aims at helping you answer the “where are you?”, “how do I get there?”, “where should we meet?” questions that keep popping up in real life.

(Watch in HD)

“So, how does it work exactly? Imagine, you have just arrived at the airport. What do you typically do? Call/SMS someone close, say from your family to coordinate a pickup. Several SMS/calls are exchanged before the pickup happens successfully. With Nokia Pulse, all you need to do is type “Here!”or simply check-in and an instant notification of your update is sent to everyone in your family group tagged with your current location. You receive a response, “On my way” with a location tagged that shows you exactly where you ride is on the map. In addition, Nokia Pulse allows you to discover and post nearby places with recommendations, ratings, directions and even direct access to a phone number for a quick phone call. So while you wait, you can enjoy your favorite coffee at a nearby Café and inform your ride where you are with just one tap.”

So basically everyone in your group get to know where you are so that you can coordinate meetings, pick ups etc better, your contacts can even comment on checkins. It is also much more fun, and a seamless way of doing things. The applications is in beta and is available for Symbian, Windows phone and you can even access it from any other phone by going to m.pulse.nokia.com and at pulse.nokia.com from any browser on the desktop.