Tizen has come a long way since the last Developer Conference. In 2013 we just had the NX 300 camera in terms of real world devices running Tizen. Today we have a TV, a camera, the Gear smart watches and the just announced Samsung Z smartphone. With the exception of the TV, a demo of which you can find here, all other products are or will be in stores very soon. There is also an in-vehicle infotainment demo that is being showcased in a Land Rouver and a Chevy Corvette.
Tizen had its roots in an HTML5 based operating system, but since then has expanded to include native code. Which means that high intensity graphics are completely at home and the UI itself feels smooth and the frame rates remain high. The OS has had a tumulus journey, with people wondering if it was going to survive the Samsung-Google cross patent deal. But it does seem like Samsung is completely behind the project and is still looking to leverage its bets.
The major theme of the Tizen keynote was, Tizen – the OS of everything.
A 41 Megapixel Windows Phone from Nokia has been on the cards ever since the PureView 808 was announced, and it took more than a few months, but the Lumia 1020 PureView is finally official. If a camera enthusiast could dream of the specs he or she would want in a device, this is what it would be. An incredible 41 MP sensor that lets you zoom without loosing quality, optical image stabilisation for great low light shots, pixel binning for even less noise, Xenon flash if you’re looking for even more light, a LED light if you’re shooting video in the dark, high amplitude capture mics so that you get great audio for your videos, Nokia’s Pro camera app to give you greater control over shooting modes, and finally a 6 part ZEISS lens.
In 2012 Nokia made a similar device, the Pureview 808, but that device ran Symbian, a dated operation system and it weighed 169 grams and measured 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm. The Lumia 1020 PureView is 130.4×71.4×10.4 mm and weights 158 grams. Nokia’s kept the huge 41 MP sensor AND the Xenon flash, yet has been able to bring down the thickness to just 10.4 mm from 13.9 mm. For comparison’s sake, the Lumia 920 is 10.7 mm thick. We might finally have a killer cameraphone that’s small enough for people to be happy about making it their daily driver.
Here is all you need to know about the Lumia 1020 PureView:
41 megapixel sensor captures the sharpest images with details never thought possible from a smartphone
Nokia Pro Camera boosts creativity through simple and easy to use controls usually reserved for the expert photographer
Nokia Rich Recording delivers distortion free stereo audio in the loudest environments
Comes with the only fully integrated and true offline Global maps experience from the HERE location suite
PureView 41MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Backside-illuminated image sensor
6-lens ZEISS optics
high resolution zoom 3x
autofocus, xenon Flash, LED for video, 1080p video at 30fps
Includes Nokia Pro Camera app and Nokia Smart Camera app
Today is the ‘unconference’ day of the first ever ‘MeeGo Conference’ and thus much more relaxed. The last two days have had the Aviva Stadium abuzz with packed sessions, lots of energy and a ton of chatter about the future of MeeGo. Add to that that every attendee of the MeeGo Conference is being given away a MeeGo touting Lenovo IdeaPad and you can image what the atmosphere is like.
But instead of trying to convey what is going on in words, here are tons of pictures from day 1, 2 and 3. Time to put the ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ proverb to the test.
WOM World Nokia is currently having a series of giveaways, over the last week they gave away two Nokia N900’s and trips to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The giveaway is still on and you should keep your eyes peeled on http://www.womworld.com/nokia/ and to make sure you do not miss out.
Over the weekend, they also had a competition where you had to make a video entitled ‘Dear Nokia, I should go to SXSW because…’ giving reasons why they should take you to #SXSW. Based on these videos, Nokia will pick three winners. The catch is that a part of their decision will be based on how the community responds to these entries.
The deadline to enter passed away three hours ago, but I was able to submit an entry of my own at the last minute. If you think I should go/deserve to go/don’t deserve but still should go – then please let Nokia know. Kindly leave a comment on the video, tweet about it with the #nokiacomp hashtag or just give @WOMWorldNokia a shout. You can follow me @TheSymbianBlog.
Nokia has just started rolling out the v40 firmware for the Nokia 5800 via the Nokia Software Updater. The chief changes are the implementation of partial kinetic scrolling to the device and a reworked homescreen to match the new 5530. Other changes include auto-switching to the on screen QWERTY keyboard when you turn the device and a few optimizations to the tap/double-tap selection process and the addition of Ovi Contacts.
The update is now available over the air as yet and may not even show up on the NSU across all regions, as always patience is the key. This update is a definite must do, although if you care about ‘hacking’, it appears that has been blocked with this release.
The Nokia 5800 features user-data-preservation (UDP) so you will not loose any data when you update, but backing up the device is still a good idea.
A few days ago I told you about Ovi Journeys, that was described as the evolution of the Sports Tracker application. On the same post, I received an anonymous comment pointing us to the Nokia Technopolis Innovation Mill, which revelaed that four new companies have been created through the Nokia Technopolis Innovation Mill IPR spinout and that a company called Sports Tracking Technologies Ltd was one of them.
What this means is that the two member team of Jussi Kaasinen and Ykä Huhtala, the core developers behind the hugely successful Sports Tracker application have come together to start their own company Sports Tracking Technologies. This explains the apparent lack of development of the application and the subsequent stagnation. Nokia therefore is no longer directly behind the application but will turn into a client of the said company. The reasons for this lull, as explained by Jussi Kaasinen were intellectual property issues relating to the migration. We now also know that the team at STT has grown and is working on ‘feature enhancements and compatibility refinements for products and services which promise to remain wholly sports-centric‘.
These are interesting developments indeed and I am pretty interested in seeing what new functionality does the team bring to Sports Tracker. We currently do not have a timeline for updates, but I hope to see some action on this front soon. With this I would like to wish the team at STT the best of luck in their endeavors.