Nokia Lumia Camera default camera app on Windows 10

Microsoft has confirmed that its Lumia Camera will be the stock camera app on the upcoming Windows 10.

This means that all Windows Phone 8.1 devices are going to be using the camera suite when the Windows 10 update launches for their phones – and that’s not a bad thing at all.

Lumia Camera brings some very advanced options, especially if your smartphone comes with a capable snapper. The app offers faster shooting than the regular camera app. It allows compatible phones to record 4K video at 24 fps and take 8.3MP snaps of those videos to export as full photos.

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Lumia Camera also allows the camera to capture better low-light images. The app will capture an image with the flash on and one with the flash off and then allow you to choose just how much flash you want to have in the photo. Similarly to what the 64-bit iPhones do Lumia Camera will allow devices to snap a burst of images to combine into a single one with improved dynamic range and detail.


Specs of Lumia 940 are Rumored

Microsoft seems to be planning to return with a vengeance. Its upcoming flagship will use the popular Lumia branding, specifically the Lumia 940. Screenshots of the device have circulated recently. But, while we can’t really guarantee the validity of these new images, the rumoured specs do seem believable.

Unfortunately, Microsoft may eschew the more popular Quad HD screen resolution and it will stay with the more common Full HD resolution on its 5-inch display. Obviously, any flagship model is expected to feature Quad HD resolution, although the immense sharpness will no longer deliver visually discernible differences compared to the current 1080p resolution. It is also interesting to note that the display will be protected with Gorilla Glass 4 layer, which hasn’t been confirmed by Corning itself. With 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM, the new flagship won’t be underpowered at all.

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Camera will likely be the best feature of the 940, since the 24Mp sensor is based on the PureView technology. It could record 4k videos at 60fps. The 5Mp front-facing shooter should be able to record at 1080 resolution. Weighing 149 grams and measuring at 8.9mm thick, the Lumia 940 should be reasonably light and compact.

Nokia N1 Tablet With Android 5.0 Lollipop Intel Atom SoC Launched

Finland’s Nokia on Tuesday announced the N1, what the company is calling the “first Nokia-branded Android tablet.” The tablet will be launched in China in Q1 2015 with a brand-licensing agreement extending to an OEM partner (Foxconn) that will manufacture, distribute, and sell it.

The Nokia N1 will cost $249 (roughly Rs. 15,400) before taxes, and will be made available in other markets globally.

With the launch of the Nokia N1 tablet, the company neatly bypasses the restrictions imposed by the Microsoft deal – for those unaware, after the acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division by Microsoft in April, the Finnish company can no longer use the Nokia brand on smartphones till Q4 2016, and on feature phones for 10 years.

After the Microsoft sale Nokia was left with its core network equipment and services business plus its smaller Here mapping and navigation unit and Nokia Technologies, which manages the licensing of its portfolio of patents and develops new products such as the N1 and the Z Launcher.

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The Finnish telecommunications giant says the Nokia N1 tablet features the “predictive Nokia Z Launcher” interface on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, apart from a “carefully-crafted industrial design”. Nokia says the N1 tablet features a “unique one-piece aluminium design with a soft finish”, and will be available in Lava Grey and Natural Aluminium colours.

The Nokia N1 features a 7.9-inch (2048×1536 pixel) IPS LED-backlit display protected by Gorilla Glass 3, and is powered by a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor (4 cores, 4 threads) coupled with a PowerVR G6430 GPU and 2GB of LPDDR3 (800MHz) RAM. It sports 32GB of inbuilt storage (non-expandable).

Nokia Technologies’ N1 tablet features an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with 1080p video recording, and a 5-megapixel fixed focus camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/n/ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB with reversible Type-C connector, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The N1 tablet from Nokia weighs in at 318 grams, and measures 200.7×138.6×6.9mm. Also onboard are 0.5W stereo speakers, and a 5300mAh battery. For sensors, it sports a 6-axis gyroscope and an accelerometer.

Sebastian Nystrom, Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, who announced the N1 at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, said, “We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple. The N1 has a delightfully intuitive interface and an industrial design to match it. This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet.”

As for the “predictive Nokia Z Launcher”, Nokia says it helps users to “scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time the Z Launcher learns what applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location.”

Nokia Lumia 930 review like the Icon

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia is now bearing fruit, but as often happens when big companies merge, there aren’t enough jobs to go around. More than 10,000 former Nokia employees are due to be laid off by the end of the year, but their legacy will live on for a time in the Lumia 930: one of the last all-Nokia creations. If you live in the UK, then you already know where to get the flagship Windows Phone, but the more important question is whether you want one. We’ve already taken a deep dive on the 930 in our review of the Lumia Icon, which is essentially the same phone, just exclusive to Verizon in the US. Let’s revisit the good, the bad and the competition.

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SummaryThe Lumia 930 is arguably the best Windows Phone on the market, with a brilliant camera and top-end specs. It’s also an improvement over the US version, the Lumia Icon, thanks to broader LTE band support and a free wireless charger in the box.

The Lumia 930 won’t leave many wanting when it comes to raw specs, but it could leave the more design-focused buyer a tad underwhelmed. It’s a fairly inconspicuous marriage of Gorilla Glass 3, aluminum and polycarbonate, with the latter adding a dash of Lumia color to brighten up the proceedings. If you’re not a fan of Nokia’s more playful, plastic-clad models, then the 930’s utilitarian look might be right up your alley. The aluminum band spanning the perimeter of the phone is a nice reminder you’re dealing with a top-end device that deserves a dose of premium materials. A slight pillowing of the back panel makes the 930 comfortable to hold, and with a 5-inch display, it has much more agreeable dimensions than the 6-inch Lumia 1520. The smaller device is still relatively heavy at 167g (or sturdy, depending on how you look at it), but well within most people’s tolerances.

The Lumia 930 launched already running Windows Phone 8.1, but the Icon, its US doppelganger, was built before Microsoft eased up on design requirements with the release of 8.1. As a result, the 930 is probably the last phone you’ll see with capacitive navigation keys and a physical camera button alongside the standard power and volume rocker arrangement. Undoubtedly, one of the best bits of the external hardware is the 5-inch display: a 1080p AMOLED ClearBlack panel nestled under a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3. It’s hard to fault, what with its great sunlight readability, viewing angles and color saturation.

You can check out our Windows Phone 8.1 review if you’re unfamiliar with what the latest update to Microsoft’s mobile OS brings, but the biggest features to note are the addition of a notification center and virtual assistant Cortana. The latter is still in beta in the UK, but that in itself means we shouldn’t be far from a consumer-friendly release. Aside from the two main highlights that make for a much more competitive OS, the keyboard now supports swipe-based typing, and there are various other improvements to the core experience, like a new battery saver mode and redesigned calendar app, among others.

Being a Lumia, the 930 also reaps the benefits of Nokia’s Cyan update on top of Windows Phone 8.1, which includes enhanced Camera, Creative Studio and Storyteller apps. Packing the heaviest hardware in Nokia’s lineup, the 930/Icon and 1520 get some special treatment, like the Living Images photo feature that creates multi-frame moving pictures. Then there are the improvements to sound-recording quality when shooting video, as well as color temperature, low-light capture and autofocus when using the camera in general.

On the imaging front, the 930 has a more-than-capable 20-megapixel PureView camera with f/2.4 aperture. It’s not quite on the level of the Lumia 1020, but it’s also not as inferior as the raw specs would suggest. Low-light performance is especially good, and Nokia’s Camera app allows you to tweak deeper settings like white balance, ISO and shutter speed straight from the viewfinder — things you may actually find yourself doing on a mobile with such a large sensor. While picture quality may be impressive, video is of a slightly lower standard. The overly skittish autofocus noted in our Icon review is much improved with Windows Phone 8.1, but auto-exposure compensation is still somewhat overactive. The audio that accompanies the video is basically as good as it gets, thanks to four microphones that focus on the sound in front of the lens and while canceling out what’s behind it.

There’s nothing negative to be said about the overall user experience. Windows Phone is designed to run smoothly on super-cheap hardware configurations, so with a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM to work with, the 930 does it better than any. All that power isn’t at the expense of running time, though, and the 2,420mAh battery will keep the 930 chugging along happily for at least a full day, even with intensive use. You can also juice it up wirelessly thanks to an integrated Qi coil — every 930 comes with a wireless charger in the box, too, which isn’t the case with the Icon. Incidentally, the Icon also doesn’t support any form of LTE roaming, making it well and truly a Verizon-exclusive handset. The 930, on the other hand, works on bands 1, 3, 7, 8 and 20, which should take care of all needs, foreign and domestic.

For now, the Lumia 930 is simply the top of the pile when it comes to Windows Phone handsets, and with flagship status comes flagship pricing. Unlocked, you can currently pick up a 930 for £395 in the UK, but search around and you’ll find the Apple iPhone 5c, HTC One M8, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 all within roughly £50 of that price. As Verizon called dibs on the Icon, it’s unlikely we’ll see US carriers ranging the 930 any time soon. That said, if you’re keen on the 930’s wider LTE frequency support, unlocked models are available on Amazon from around $580.

Chances are you might not want to pay up front for the handset in the UK, and should you journey the contract route, there’s almost no delineation in prices across the top handsets. For around £30 per month, you’re free to pick your poison. And if your poison happens to be a top-spec Windows Phone with unmatched performance, a great display and a camera that’s practically as good as they get, well, prepare to get very sick indeed.

Microsoft to Phase Out Nokia Brand

Microsoft is planning to phase out the use of its Nokia and Windows Phone brands for marketing purposes in favor of Lumia, according to a company document leaked on Wednesday.

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The internal memo was first acquired by GeeksOnGadgets and confirmed by The Verge. The changes are set to take affect during the upcoming holiday campaign for its phones.

“As part of our phased transition, we will drop the manufacturer name from product references during the Holiday campaign,” the document reads.

Windows Phone will simply be Windows, with Lumia used as the branding for models. Microsoft reps could not be reached for comment.

Microsoft purchased Nokia’s device and services business in September 2013 for $7.2 billion. Nokia, once a dominant player in the cellphone industry, has seen its market share decline steadily since 2010.

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This is not the first change in Microsoft’s branding around Nokia. Nokia Corporation in Finland has become Microsoft Mobile.

Nokia Lumia 1520 first SmartPhone

Be the first to see the stunning new Nokia Lumia 1520, which packs a full HD 6-inch display and a 20 megapixel PureView camera into a sleek polycarbonate shell. It’s also brings an exciting third row of tiles to boost your creativity and productivity, as well as the brand new Nokia Camera app.

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Nokia Lumia 930 best Windows 8.1 phone

Nokia gets the right balance of power and aesthetics in Lumia 930. Competition for top phone gets tougher.

In line with the continuing legacy of Lumia phones, Nokia unveiled its flagship Smartphone on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia’s Devices & Services described the release as “the best of Lumia and the best of Microsoft” . Nokia Lumia 930 is a stunning Smartphone that fits in the hand nicely. Its metal and vibrant polycarbonate body has dimensions 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm and weighs 167 g.

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Nokia Lumia 930 is a splash of colors

Nokia Lumia 930 is a colorful Smartphone, both from inside and outside. The phone is available in very bright colors including Bright orange and bright green. The phone comes with Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, which covers the screen with bright colored tiles. Phone’s ClearBlack, OLED display augments the colors well. Its 5 inch screen supports full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels at 441 ppi. It supports high brightness mode and can adapt to varying sunlight conditions. The Corning Gorilla Glass screen is easy to clean and supports wide angle viewing.

Matching the best in specifications

Nokia Lumia 930 has specifications to match up with the best Smartphones. It is built around Quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. It has 2 GB of RAM and comes with 32 GB of internal storage. Lumia 930 does not have an expandable memory card slot, which means that you will have to manage your files in the given space. Leveraging Microsoft’s OneDrive, Nokia offers 7 GB of free cloud storage. You can use this storage to create a backup of contacts and other important files. Nokia Lumia 930 comes with a powerful 2420 mAH battery that can give up to 15 hours of talk time.

A formidable camera and directional microphones

The camera is one of the strong points of Lumia 930. The main camera has a 20 MP sensor and 2X digital zoom. Its dual LED Flash can operate in three modes – Off, Automatic, On. Nokia camera application combines features of Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam mode to deliver fast editing and sharing. Nokia Lumia 930 has a 1.2 MP secondary camera as well, which has a resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels. Its four microphones and surround sound gives quality Nokia Rich Recording.

Nokia Lumia 930 vs. iPhone 5S

Both the phones are beautiful phones and pack best in class features as well. Lumia 930 is packed with high end specifications, but it still does not match iPhone 5S on certain aspects. 5S has a fingerprint scanner while this convenience feature is missing in Lumia 930. IPhone 5S has one of the best displays, but Lumia 930 has put together a better combination. Camera in iPhone 5S cannot compete with Lumia 930 on megapixels alone, but is still amongst the best in class.

Nokia Lumia 930 price and availability

Nokia Lumia 930 is priced at $599 and will go on sale around the world in June this year. The price is competitive, especially considering the fact that it matches with the best in class.

Overall Nokia has put a formidable contender for the top spot in Lumia 930. It’s success should do well both for Nokia as well as Microsoft Windows 8.1.

Nokia Lumia 630

The Lumia series is termed by many as the best series by Nokia owing to the smart set of specifications it offers.

If you want to get a low budget, affordable phone that comes packed with impressive specifications list, you can fall back on Nokia Lumia 630.

Nokia Lumia 630 is the first windows 8.1 device and if you want to explore the main features it offers, we will do it for you.

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Form Factor

At 4.5 inches, this phone definitely offers you more than you could ask for at budget price. With an IPS LCD capacitive touch screen and 218 ppi pixel density, you are not going to complain about the color clarity either.  It also has a Corning gorilla glass 3 which adds to the impressive list of specifications.

The design of the phone makes it a commendable choice as the cutting edge finish along with the eclectic colors in which you can have the Nokia Lumia 630 makes it a top choice among youngsters.

The Core Technical Specification

The RAM is dismal as Nokia Lumia 630 comes with a meager 512 MB RAM. If you like to download too many apps, you might not be very happy using it. We expected the RAM configuration to be slightly better, given the other features being offered. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is not bad. You should be able to multitask with ease. However, you are advised to refrain from playing games that involve extra CPU speed and require higher CPU performance.

The Camera Performance

As far as the camera is concerned, you are going to be happy with Nokia Lumia 630. The Lumia series has brought forth a new generation of smart cameras and this model does not disappoint either. While the the phone has a rear camera of 5 MP, you will be able to capture some of the best, detailed and clearer shots. Even the video that you can capture is very good as Nokia Lumia 630 comes with a rating of 720p@30 fps.

However, Nokia Lumia 630 does not have any secondary camera, which is definitely a big disadvantage. Those who love to video call may have to find some other alternative.

The Price Factor

Perhaps the clinching factor in this deal is the smart pricing strategy. The model is priced at $159 and it is hard to find such specifications at this price. Those who are looking for a smart mobile at affordable prices should not miss out on Nokia Lumia 630. There are higher models in this series for those who are willing to spend more money. However, Nokia Lumia 630 is apt for those looking to strike the rare balance between price and features.

It looks like Nokia did the smart thing by launching this model because it has been meticulously designed. One can find smart features, cutting edge form factor and the perfect price in the same model. The reviews for Nokia Lumia 630 are positive and impressive as users found it to be the perfect deal that one could have.

Nokia has released an Android launcher

The Android launcher scene might be getting a little out of control — even Nokia (whose X phones are now under Microsoft’s wing) is getting into the game. The Finnish firm has just released Z Launcher, a home screen replacement that gets you to frequently-used apps, contacts and sites as quickly as possible. The software learns your habits and surfaces the content you’re most likely to use based on where you are, what you’re doing and the time of day. It might put your calendar app at the top when you’re in the middle of the workday, or highlight Instagram when you’re out on the town. You also don’t have to dive into the app tray if you’re looking for something specific; you can draw an item’s first letter to bring up a narrow set of results.

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Z Launcher’s interface may be simple, but getting a copy may prove tricky. It’s currently available only to a limited number of users in a rough alpha release. And while the alpha should run on many Android phones, Nokia has only tested on the Nexus 5 and recent Galaxy S models — don’t be surprised if other devices throw a fit. We’ve also noticed that the launcher download process is hit-or-miss, so you may have to be patient. Still, this is your big chance at seeing how Nokia designs an interface for other companies’ handsets.