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Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Are wearables like Google Glass the inevitable future for smartphones? Not if you ask Nokia, where simply floating a display in your line of sight doesn't quite satisfy the self-imposed "head up" challenge its designers and engineers are facing. The evolution of Lumia isn't just bigger displays or faster chips, it's a new way of interacting with the digital world. SlashGear sat down with Jo Harlow, EVP of Smart Devices, Marco Ahtisaari, EVP of Design, and Stefan Pannenbecker, VP of Industrial Design at Mobile World Congress this week to talk "people versus robots", rolling back the clock on convergence, and how the Finns want to pry our eyes away from smartphone screens, even if we're looking at a Lumia.

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A QWERTY Lumia? Don’t hold your breath says Nokia’s smartphone boss

A QWERTY Lumia? Don’t hold your breath says Nokia’s smartphone boss

Nokia may not have ruled out a QWERTY Windows Phone for its portfolio, but the chances of a device with a physical keyboard are shrinking, according to smartphone chief Jo Harlow. Speaking to SlashGear at Mobile World Congress this week, where Nokia took its Windows Phone 8 range to five devices with the addition of the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720, Harlow admitted that the company's reluctance to revisit physical text entry options was down to a fear of being left on the wrong side of the mobile industry's momentum - again.

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Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Android and Chrome OS: Google's split attention between two overlapping platforms has long come in for criticism, but rumors of a merge in time for the Chromebook Pixel failed to pan out. Then again, is the world ready for a $1,300 Chromebook, no matter whether it runs Android or Chrome OS? Perhaps not, Google's director of Android user experience, Matias Duarte, says, but there's more in Pixel's prescience of the touchscreen future, he argues.

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Android everywhere: Matias Duarte on Google’s “OS for humanity”

Android everywhere: Matias Duarte on Google’s “OS for humanity”

Android on every display, on every device, baked into every gadget: it may sound far-fetched, but it's user-experience chief Matias Duarte's vision of the future for an "operating system for humanity." SlashGear sat down with Duarte to talk ubiquity of platform, Android's potential as the solution to a "fractured operating system world", and the importance of that being open rather than led by Apple, Microsoft, or any government or organization.

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Google Now, Glass, and designing context: SlashGear talks wearables with Matias Duarte

Google Now, Glass, and designing context: SlashGear talks wearables with Matias Duarte

Google Now doesn't get the recognition it deserves, but that will change if Google's Matias Duarte, director of Android user experience, has anything to do with it, and it may well be in a comfortable marriage with Project Glass. SlashGear sat down with Duarte at Mobile World Congress this week to talk Google Now and how it and Glass, not only share some common DNA, but might well find themselves the future of Android itself.

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DIE HARD brings on new class in mobile gaming: the Endless Shooter

DIE HARD brings on new class in mobile gaming: the Endless Shooter

This weekend A Good Day to Die Hard comes out in theaters across the USA, and with it the mobile game DIE HARD for iOS and Android, ushering in a new wave of mobile games: Endless Shooters. This game is hinging on the roll-out of one of the greatest new ways to play a game in the mobile realm, an endless runner, switching it up to include danger coming at you from up front rather than behind, making you go on the attack rather than running away. In this and inside the minds of the creators of the game we've found this app to be a beast not just for this movie opening, but for the future as well - check it out!

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Dish Network’s chairman says he doesn’t want to kill advertisements, talks about AutoHop

Dish Network’s chairman says he doesn’t want to kill advertisements, talks about AutoHop

Dish Network has been a source of controversy for many months now thanks to its AutoHop commercial-skipping feature, which allows users to automatically skip commercials in DVR recordings. Broadcast networks have stated that such a feature is detrimental to the industry as a whole, which earns quite a bit of revenue through the advertisements. Dish's chairman Charlie Ergen has responded to this criticism in an interview with AllThingsD, stating that he doesn't want to kill commercials.

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Microsoft’s Panos Panay talks about the Surface Pro’s battery life on Reddit

Microsoft’s Panos Panay talks about the Surface Pro’s battery life on Reddit

Reddit's semi-famous AMA board, in which anyone can hold an "Ask me Anything" session, was recently graced by Microsoft's Panos Panay, head of the company's Surface team. Over the course of the session, Panay addressed the issue of the Surface Pro's battery life, which some critics say is too short. The Surface team head stated that the device's battery life is best in its class.

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Pebble smartwatch: CEO Eric Migocovsky talks Kickstarter loyalty and more with SlashGear

Pebble smartwatch: CEO Eric Migocovsky talks Kickstarter loyalty and more with SlashGear

With $10m in the Kickstarter bank and a product shipping in two weeks time, Pebble was arguably the king of the crowdsourcers in 2012. The smartwatch already has us tempted after our hands-on, so we caught up with Pebble CEO Eric Migocovsky to talk lessons-learned from the original InPulse model, the process of growing a company in the public eye, and what's next in the smartwatch's future.

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Dream JB planned to release fake iOS 6 jailbreak earlier than December 22

Dream JB planned to release fake iOS 6 jailbreak earlier than December 22

Last night, the highly-anticipated untethered iOS 6 jailbreak that hundreds of thousands of people were waiting on turned out to be fake, with the jailbreak download files actually just linking to a Rick-rolling video on YouTube. Many notable iOS hackers knew it was all a hoax from the beginning, but there were certainly some excited users who thought that, just maybe, it was all real. We ended up getting a hold of Dream JB himself to hear what his thoughts were on what he called a "social experiment."

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