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All posts tagged "nokia"

  • The cancelled 3D Touch-toting Lumia McLaren gets full review

    Microsoft and Nokia's cancelled Lumia McLaren handset is perhaps one of the most disappointing stories in the history of the Windows Phone platform. You know, aside from the platform's lack of success in general. Cancelled just a few months before its late 2014 release, the McLaren offered an innovative 3D Touch feature that was unlike anything we've ever seen on a mobile device since. While Apple's take on 3D Touch required users to press down on the screen, leaks and video footage showed that the McLaren's take required users to hover their finger over the display instead. Now, Windows Central has managed...

  • 8 examples of smartphone computational photography we take for granted

    We all know that dedicated cameras tend to blow away mobile cameras for pure picture quality, but smartphones have a major draw-card in the form of computational photography. Instead of relying on large sensors and mechanical apertures, computational photography sees smartphones using their processing oomph to generate some interesting effects. Don't believe me? Then check out some of these examples... Dynamic HDR/exposure/flash Seen on the last few Microsoft/Nokia flagship phones, the Rich Capture technique allows you to adjust the level of HDR, exposure or camera flash after taking a photo. Available as a general "Rich Capture" toggle in the camera app, dynamic HDR takes place during the...

  • 5 failed challengers to Nintendo’s mighty handheld throne

    Nintendo doesn't have the best of fortunes in the home console market, but when it comes to handhelds, the company is a beast of note. From the original Game Boy to the current 3DS, the Japanese firm has seen off quite a a variety of rivals. We all know about Sony's PSP and Vita, but what about lesser-known consoles that tried and failed to knock Nintendo off its handheld perch? Atari Lynx Image: Pete Slater via Flickr One of the earliest rivals to the Game Boy was 1989's Atari Lynx, bringing colour screens to portables at a time when it was virtually unheard of. While the Lynx also delivered network play and an...

  • Watch Microsoft’s cancelled take on 3D Touch in ‘leaked’ video

    A new video has emerged, purportedly showing some fancy "3D Hover Touch" functionality on Microsoft's cancelled McLaren smartphone. The handset, which was supposed to be released in Q4 2014, was cancelled earlier that year for unknown reasons. The cancellation meant that Microsoft was left without a high-end smartphone for almost two years, until the Lumia 950 and 950XL were released late last year. The phone was widely tipped to be packing some innovative display technology, allowing users to hover their fingers over the screen for certain features. Now, a video has emerged out of China, claiming to show this function on a prototype device. The video...

  • Nokia’s new Android phone is nothing more than a beautiful fan concept

    Who said Nokia is down for the count in the smartphone world? We've had a steady stream of rumours suggesting the legendary Finnish marque is returning to the world of small screens, and while the Nokia C1 might be a brilliant example of what it could do if it tried, it's not tangible in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, the C1 is only an imaginative render by Kim Wayne depicting the perfect, modern Nokia. For one, we're smitten. In short, it's a product we would love to, but probably won't see the company construct. Nevertheless, the handset, if it were...

  • Apple, Nokia and Samsung trump BlackBerry in South African user satisfaction stats

    The South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) has released its latest findings on mobile handsets in South Africa. According to the survey, handsets in South Africa received an average of 77.2 out of 100 satisfaction rate from polled users. The independent survey was conducted between the months of March and May this year. The survey's results show the scores for Apple (82.7), BlackBerry (70.6), Nokia (78.9), and Samsung (78.8), which are the most popular handset makers currently in South Africa. According to the survey, BlackBerry scored below par even though it improved on its score since last year. Founder of SAcsi and...

  • Microsoft to reduce smartphone offerings for ‘more effective phone portfolio’

    Microsoft's purchased mobile and devices division is falling out of the company's favour faster than its stock price, and after the news that it's cutting nearly 8000 jobs, it seems that the company's cutting its range of smartphone offerings too. A new report has suggested that Microsoft will release a total of six smartphones to market each year, with two catering for the three distinctive sectors of the market: low end, mid-range consumer friendlies and the flagship or business segments. Read more: Microsoft writes off $7.6bn from Nokia purchase, cuts 7800 jobs According to Bloomberg's unnamed source close to the matte, Microsoft...

  • Nokia’s 12 greatest mobile phone hits through the years

    Remember a few weeks ago when Nokia rubbished rumours that it was to return to the smartphone business this year? Well, it seems that the company wasn't exactly telling the truth. In a recent interview, current Nokia Rajeev Suri suggested that the company is looking for suitors to reinvigorate its once-firm grip on the mobile phone space. In case you don't remember this bygone era, or weren't born in the Nineties, practically everyone owned a Nokia at one point or another whether it be the indestructible 3310 or the more serious multimedia monsters of the N-Series. Nokia's most recent device -- the...

  • Nokia’s planning a smartphone renaissance, according to new report

    After former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop left Microsoft this week, there have been rumours abound suggesting that Nokia might be organising a little reunion, and return to the smartphone business altogether. Even though this was labeled as nonsense just a few weeks ago by the company, an interview published in Germany's Manager Magazin (spotted by Reuters) suggests that it's absolutely a possibility. Nokia (at least according to current CEO Rajeev Suri) is seriously thinking about a smartphone comeback. "We will look for suitable partners," Suri revealed in the interview. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the...

  • Nokia Lumia 830 tours New York with Denim Lumia Camera app [Gallery]

    We always tend to marvel at some of the new camera hardware that leaves manufacturers' testing tables. The likes of Sony might be the industry leader at the moment, but Nokia (and now Microsoft by proxy) is also known for making a spiffy camera or two. The Nokia Lumia 830, launched back in 2014, boasted a 10MP camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilization (OIS) and an LED flash, but the phone recently acquired the new Lumia Denim update, and with it, the Lumia Camera app. Read more: Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update gives snappers 4K video recording Features like Rich...