Nokia's first Windows Phone handset has been revealed, and as expected it looks very similar to the N9 announced earlier this week. Demonstrated briefly by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop - who makes a brief "please turn off your cameras" plea, which obviously goes unheard - the phone adds in a dedicated camera button as Microsoft mandates for Windows Phone devices. Full video from technet.hu after the cut.
Yes indeed, there is still a collection of imperfect translations inside the Google translate world, even if you take the text your translating out of the webpage and jam it right in to the translator in its home. Thusly did Gorilla Glass become Gorilla Ice Cream and "delicious" stylings. Actually that's probably translated correctly, I personally use such tasty descriptors for reviews all the time. That said, there's a release to be had here, a release of information that states the Nokia N9 will be coming out September 23rd on 3 in Sweden.
Nokia may have flagged up the vast number of Qt apps available for the Nokia N9 (and its developer sibling, the N950), but the catalog doesn't necessarily end there. Myriad has already demonstrated its Alien Dalvik system for running unmodified Android apps on MeeGo devices, developer Steve Troughton-Smith reminded us, as seamless to the end-user as the join between the N9's display and the polycarbonate housing, and promising the same performance as native software.
Nokia broke a few hearts when it confirmed the N950 would only be offered to developers rather than going on general sale, leaving consumers with the keyboard-free N9, and watching mobilenet.cz's demo video we can't help but feel disappointed not to have the choice ourselves. Hinging open like the E7, the N950 scores points for great keyboard feel with well-spaced buttons.
Nokia is talking up the camera abilities of its new N9 MeeGo smartphone, with the company particularly proud of how quickly the handset can fire off a shot. "It's the fastest image-capturing phone on the market" product manager Jens Wilkes boasted, before comparing the N9's 2.6 second performance to its tardy rivals.
Two big smartphone announcements this morning, and two considerable insights into the prospects of an ailing cellphone giant. Nokia's new N9 could, with its MeeGo OS, easily have been the Finns fiddling while Rome was burning; the technical previews of Windows Phone 7.1 Mango, meanwhile, could have shown up a platform desperately lagging behind its rivals iOS and Android. Make no mistake, today we've seen the biggest glimpse so far of Nokia's future.
The Nokia N9 joins one of the relatively rare groups of smartphones with NFC built in, and rather than worthy-but-dull applications like wireless payments, the company is using it for easy accessory pairing. The new Nokia Play 360 speakers use Bluetooth A2DP for their wireless connection, but pair with the N9 using NFC. Check out our demo after the cut.
Nokia has managed to grab the news cycle again, and this time around it's not with talk of delays or dreary share prices. The Nokia N9 may be the only MeeGo device expected to launch this year, but then again Apple made a pretty decent splash with one model every twelve months. Does MeeGo and the slender N9 have what it takes? We've been playing with the smartphone today, so head on past the cut for all the hands-on details.