Last week Nokia startet to roll out its Nokia Black update. First the update was made available for the Nokia Lumia 1020 as well as the Lumia 925. Meanwhile more devices have received the update, including my Nokia Lumia 920. The update brings notifications to the glance screen, updates to apps likes Nokia Camera and completely new apps like Nokia Folder, Nokia Beamer and Nokia Story Teller.
Texting while driving is a no go – that goes without saying. But also if it is not texing or calling while driving, the phone can distract us in many ways. Launching a simple app while driving like Nokia Here while check where the next garage is can be dangerous. Now you can download the application Car Mode for your Windows Phone 8 device. Similar to the Symbian version the app launches a clean overview with big buttons. You can add apps you like to the app like Nokia Here or other apps you need while driving. In a premium version you can use an NFC tag in your car to activate the app.
Good news for all those who patiently waited for the Nokia Lumia 920 or the Nokia Lumia 820 and could resist the hot and shinny iPhone 5: Nokia announced that both Windows Phone 8 devices are now being shipped and – depending to the region – should be in store very soon. Both phones will appear in stores in France and the UK this week, then Russia, Germany and further select markets throughout the rest of November. Over here in Germany the Nokia Lumia 920 is priced 649,- Euro (incl. taxes and without contract) and the Nokia Lumia 820 499,- Euro.
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Nokia is has started to promote their two new Lumia smartphones which will hit the market depending on the region next month. This time Nokia does however t quite aggressive and self-confident – although the recent market share still does not look any better. The smartphone market share has dropped 17% in Germany. Last year they held 31%. In the US this share even dropped from 5.2% to 3.5%. Facing this situation Nokia needs to launch two Windows Phone 8 devices as good as possible and cannot make a single mistake as this may be Nokia’s last chance to come back on the big stage. And so Nokia is giving the user reasons why they should switch from their iPhone and Android devices to the new Windows Phone 8 devices. Reasons are for example free and worldwide Navigation as well as the unique and colorful design. What do you think? Is Nokia just self-confident as they know their strength or are they just using they very last chance?
One of the key features or innovations, how Nokia likes to put it, of the new announced Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 devices is the wireless charging capability. Indeed, no longer having to search the charger and just putting the device on the charging mat or Fatboy is not only quite cool but also really convenient. If you have read several previews of both new Lumias, you may have noticed that almost every blog or magazine has highlighted this feature as one of the key features.
However, is this feature really that new and innovative? Not really! This whole wireless charging technology is not as new as it seems. More than two years ago at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona I visited the Powermat booth – one of the hottest and most visited both of the whole congress. Back then I introduced Powermat like this on my blog:
Powermat is a wireless charging system and an aspirant for the hottest gadget of this year. Instead of having a spaghetti of cables for charging your various gadgets, Powermat confines all this mess into one simple and revolutionary mat.