Nokia recently announced their new flagship Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 820 & 920. The specs for both phones brought them closer to the market leaders Android and iPhone, and also offered some interesting features that will hopefully make consumers take notice of Nokia phones once more.
The Nokia announcement focused strongly on the Lumia’s photographic capabilities and also several new features surrounding the Nokia Maps app, which Nokia said was one of the main reasons that consumers chose to use their device over others.
The Lumia 820 & 920 will feature a built-in version of Nokia’s City Lens augmented reality app. By holding your Lumia up and panning around your surroundings, you will be able to see key locations and content over the camera view mode.
Another impressive camera feature is the “floating lens technology”. This allows excellent stability when filming on the phone as shown is this demo video.
Nokia also showcased the Lumia 820 & 920 wireless charging capabilities. A backplate accessory called the wireless charging shell will allow the phone to connect with various charging accessories including a charging pillow, a charging stand and a wireless charging speaker.
Microsoft joined Nokia at the launch of the Lumia devices to give the first live demo of the WP8 OS. They too focused on WP8’s impressive image features. which complement both the new Lumia devices. Microsoft were keen to show developers how image and video can be used to add value to apps through image filters and image editing tools.
Another main demo centered around the already announced new start screen with smaller customisable live tiles. Other much-needed announcements included the ability to take screenshots (power & home button), the ability to swap the default button on the IE browser bar and the camera pinch to zoom (instead of zoom button).
We’re hoping the new WP8 OS and Lumia devices will make Nokia and Microsoft a more dominant power in the smartphone world, putting the companies in competition with Apple and Android.
Andy Barber (Developer)