Windows Phone 8

Lumia Tablets, Ecosystems, and the Open Android Myth: Nokia’s Execs Get Blunt

Lumia Tablets, Ecosystems, and the Open Android Myth: Nokia’s Execs Get Blunt

Nokia can afford to put tablets and even phablets on the back-burner, relying instead on Microsoft's broader ecosystem to fill in the gaps in the Finnish firm's range, the company's top execs argue, though they concede both firms need to do better in explaining why that ecosystem is so special. Speaking to SlashGear at the launch of the Lumia 925 in London today, EVP of smart devices Jo Harlow and EVP of sales and marketing Chris Weber refused to be drawn on what big-screen smartphone and tablet plans Nokia might have on the drawing board right now, but each admitted that the next stage in the firm's recovery was explaining exactly how it was differentiated from rival phones. That includes clearing up the misconception that Windows Phone is closed while Android is open, Harlow says.

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Got a Nokia Lumia 920? Give Amber a try before you upgrade to 925

Got a Nokia Lumia 920? Give Amber a try before you upgrade to 925

Nokia Lumia 920 users tempted by the improved lens of the Lumia 925 and the new Windows Phone's broader ISO support should probably hold off before they trade in, with Nokia's photography chief Juha Alakarhu promising an incoming update will significantly narrow the gap between the phones. While all eyes are on the new Lumia 925 today, Nokia has a pleasant surprise for existing 920 owners, with confirmation that the Amber update due this summer will bring many of the improvements to the older device. Meanwhile, Alakarhu also explained why Nokia's burst-photo system is better than, say, HTC's Zoe approach, and why the Finnish firm would be happy to work on making it better.

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Nokia Lumia 925 hands-on

Nokia Lumia 925 hands-on

The Nokia Lumia 925 bottom line is simple: it's the best looking, best feeling Windows Phone 8 handset Nokia has given us to-date, and while it may not be PureView as the 808 outlined it, Nokia is aiming big with claims that it offers the best low-light performance of any smartphone on the market. Officially announced today, we caught up with the Lumia 925 to see whether it truly lives up to its premium billing, and whether - as Nokia insists - it can live alongside the Lumia 920 and 928, rather than just muddy the waters. Read on for our first impressions.

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Nokia: Smart Camera coming to full WP8 range in July Lumia Amber Update

Nokia: Smart Camera coming to full WP8 range in July Lumia Amber Update

Nokia Smart Camera, the new suite of instant photo effects that has debuted on the Lumia 925, will be rolled out to all Nokia's Windows Phone 8 smartphones in an imminent update, the company has confirmed. Smart Camera, which includes features such as background object removal, easily-created action shots, and group face editing, will be part of the "Nokia Lumia Amber Update" which the company says will be released from July 2013.

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Nokia Lumia 925: Here’s what that PureView camera can do

Nokia Lumia 925: Here’s what that PureView camera can do

Nokia may not have blessed the Lumia 925 with 41-megapixels of PureView camera like the 808, but the new Windows Phone does make some serious photography claims, with its first-of-its-kind 6-element lens and clever optical image stabilization. That's not to mention Nokia Smart Camera, the new photography suite that debuts on the Lumia 925 and offers easy picture fettling with a variety of effects. The proof of the 8.7-megapixel pudding is in the eating, of course, and happily Nokia has provided us with a gallery of unedited sample shots taken with the new flagship.

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Nokia Lumia 925 official: 8.7MP PureView in a metal frame

Nokia Lumia 925 official: 8.7MP PureView in a metal frame

Nokia has officially revealed the Lumia 925, the company's new flagship Windows Phone 8 handset, and the latest to bear PureView branding with the promise of "the best low light images" of any smartphone on the market. Announced at Nokia's London event today, the Lumia 925 - hitherto known as the Nokia "Catwalk" - sits alongside the Lumia 920 and Verizon Lumia 928, wrapping Microsoft's platform in a sleek anodized aluminum and polycarbonate casing.

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Nokia’s Lumia 925 will resurrect the “true PureView” question

Nokia’s Lumia 925 will resurrect the “true PureView” question

All eyes are on Nokia this week, as the company prepares for another new Windows Phone, expected to be the Lumia 925, and one with even more of a photographic bent at that. The Finnish firm has made no bones over the past months that digital imagery is one of the key differentiators it sees as distinguishing it from the rest of the mobile market, both from other Windows Phone manufacturers and the smartphone segment at large, and its London launch is expected to be the most camera-centric of the year. Speculation that we could see the "EOS" or the "Catwalk" is rife.

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Nokia teases new Lumia PureView phone ahead of Tuesday reveal

Nokia teases new Lumia PureView phone ahead of Tuesday reveal

Nokia has teased its next camera-centric Lumia, running a promo campaign on UK television this weekend for the new Windows Phone 8 handset it is expected to officially unveil on Tuesday, May 14. The commercial, which focused on the dual-LED flash of the new smartphone, as well as what looks to be its slightly protruding lens, gives away little in the way of technical detail, but did drop the hint that it would be "more than your eyes can see," leading to speculation it will be the device so-far known as "EOS".

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Windows Phone 8 full-resolution media backup goes global

Windows Phone 8 full-resolution media backup goes global

This week the developer teams working for Windows Phone camera and photos have announced that users will soon be able to instantly save full-resolution photos and video to the cloud no matter where they are on our planet. Previously this feature had only been available to select users in limited areas, and a full roll-out wasn't yet on the books. This week Windows Phone 8 will have its full connection to SkyDrive the whole globe wide.

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