We’ve got exciting news for Windows Phone users this morning – BBM is on its way to you in the coming months!
From the beginning we’ve said that we’re committed to listening to what customers want and you’ve spoken – Windows Phone users want BBM! BBM will also be supported on the newly announced Nokia X platform
In a recent press release John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry said,
“BBM continues to grow in popularity as millions of people use our mobile platform for chatting and connecting with friends or colleagues, and we are very excited that we will soon welcome Windows Phone and Nokia X users to the BBM community,”
Bryan Biniak, Vice President and GM of Developer Relations, Nokia Corporation added,
“Today marks an exciting moment for Nokia. By bringing BBM to the Windows Phone and Nokia X communities, our customers will be able to experience this popular global messaging app.”
Thanks to everyone who took Twitter, Facebook and our blog to ask for BBM on other platforms like Windows Phone.
The BBM team is hard at work on BBM for Windows Phone and Nokia X as well as lots of great new features for BBM that we can’t wait to tell you about. BBM will be available as a free download for Windows Phone users this summer.
Source Blackberry Blogs
Be wise and protect your precious data on your Nokia Lumia smartphone with trusted apps from Windows Phone store: http://www.nokia.com/global/business/…
Checklist for protecting your privacy and data on Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone 8.
1) WINDOWS PHONE STORE
Download all apps from the one trusted location
2) INTERNET EXPLORER
Alerts of malicious websites
Set a passcode to prevent unauthorized access and use
Backup all your precious data to SkyDrive
5) LOCK AND WIPE
Lock and wipe remotely your lost or stolen phone
6) FIND MY PHONE
Track the location of your Nokia Lumia
Easy! Keep calm and carry Nokia Lumia.
Hi everyone, so for my first post here on The Lumia Blog, I’ll be highlighting a Nokia exclusive app “Glance Background”. It offers Windows Phone 8 Lumia users the freedom to choose any image and display it as a sleeping screen alongside the trademark lock screen clock.
It’s definitely one of many methods to make your Lumia unique. You can also select multiple images to have a different look every time you lock your phone. After choosing a custom image, you will have a chance to edit it accordingly.
Although the app is still a Beta, you can try it yourselves by clicking on the link below :
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Celebrates Two Decades of Nokia Business with Interco
• Launches 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 exclusively with VIVA Bahrain
• Instagram for all Nokia Lumia smartphones fans in the Kingdom
• Showcases imaging innovation with Nokia Lumia 1020 – 41 megapixel smartphone camera
• Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 to be retailed at all leading electronic retail outlets in the country
Manama, Bahrain – 4th December 2013 – Today Nokia and Intercol, the distributor for Nokia in Bahrain, revealed their exciting product roadmap for Bahrain highlighting Nokia’s ongoing commitment to the Kingdom’s market and its growing importance as part of Nokia’s renewed strategy for growth in the region. Senior Nokia representatives outlined its regional strategy to drive smart device leadership by showcasing six new products. Nokia and Intercol also celebrated two decades of successful relationship and business growth in Bahrain and announced the availability of Instagram for all Nokia smartphone fans in the country.
During the press conference, Nokia launched a portfolio of large screen Lumia smartphones: the Lumia 1520 and 1320, which will be available at Intercol and all leading electronic retail outlets. Nokia also showcased it’s first-ever Windows tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520. The Bahrain launch event also included three new Asha models – including the first 3G device in the Asha Platform family of smartphones, which deliver industry leading design, new vibrant colors and a more intuitive user interface, all at an accessible price.
Speaking at the press conference, Vithesh Reddy, General Manager, Nokia Lower Gulf said, “Now more than ever, mobile devices are at the center of consumers’ lives. Especially in markets such as Bahrain, consumers are looking to capture, curate and share experiences on the go. Today we are inviting people in Bahrain to switch to Nokia. With our latest range of Lumia and Asha products, we are delivering industry leading design and imaging innovation to bigger devices at more accessible prices.”
Andrew Hanna, VIVA CCO said, “VIVA enjoys a solid partnership with Nokia which has enabled us to bring first to our customers Nokia’s latest technological innovations. We are pleased to partner with Nokia and launch exclusively the flagship Nokia Lumia 1520 for our customers.”
“Building on Nokia’s industry-leading innovation in imaging, the latest range of Lumia and Asha products enables people to capture and share the world around them like never before. Nokia has spear-headed delivering high quality, stylish devices that enables Bahrain’s evolving consumer-tech community to make the switch to Nokia. As we celebrate 20 years of a successful partnership with Nokia, we look forward to building on that legacy by bringing the latest innovations to our market,” said Dinesh Ramankutty, General Manager from Intercol.
Bring your stories to life with the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320
Continuing to redefine smartphone innovation, Nokia introduces its first ever large screen Lumia smartphones, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320. With a six inch screen and the latest software advancements for Windows Phone, the Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 are perfectly suited for entertainment and productivity. A new third column of tiles on the home screen means people can see and do more on a larger screen. Bringing larger displays to the award-winning Lumia design, the new format is coupled with some of the most advanced camera innovations so people can capture and share the world around them.
The Lumia 1520 offers the latest imaging innovation from Nokia – a 20MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) enabling sharp images even in the dark as well as oversampling and zooming technology similar to the Lumia 1020. In addition to the new Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller applications, the Lumia 1520 offers a 6-inch screen and a vivid 1080p full HD display for outstanding outdoor readability. People can bring their videos to life with Nokia Rich Recording, an unparalleled audio capture using four built-in microphones. With Microsoft Office built in, documents can be edited and shared easily for maximum productivity.
The Lumia 1320 features many high-end Lumia innovations on a large 6-inch 720p display and extends the Nokia Camera app to another price range. With a range of imaging apps available, the Lumia 1320 comes with Nokia Music for free streaming of ad-free music and HERE maps and location services, so people can experience the most popular Lumia experiences at a more accessible price.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available in yellow, white, black and glossy red for BHD 265 /-, while the Nokia Lumia 1320 will be available in orange, yellow, white, and black, at Intercol and all leading electronic retail outlets in the country.
Bringing Lumia innovation to Nokia’s first-ever Windows tablet – the Lumia 2520
Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520, is designed to work anywhere, with a vivid 10.1-inch HD display that is designed to provide the best outdoor and indoor readability of any tablet. Building on Nokia’s rich mobility heritage, the Lumia 2520 combines both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 6.7MP camera, and for the first time ever on a tablet, ZEISS optics, letting people take beautiful pictures – even in low light. The Lumia 2520, runs on Windows RT 8.1 for a highly personal and easy to navigate experience, and also features multiple color choices and fast-charging capability – providing up to an 80% charge in one hour. With integrated HERE Maps, the Lumia 2520 is the only tablet with true offline maps for a fast and reliable maps experience.
The Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 combine beautiful design with a richer mobile experience
The newest additions to the Asha Platform family of devices – the Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 – join the already successful Asha 501 in pushing the boundaries of affordable smartphone innovation. All three handsets build on Nokia’s renowned design and feature a new crystal-clear look; a fusion of ice-like transparency and bold inner color encases each phone to make it both elegant and more durable. Support for 3G is available on the Asha 503, which also includes a 5MP camera and comes with a Dual SIM option.
The Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 include new enhancements to the Asha Platform for even more intuitive navigation. The new Asha user interface enables faster and easier sharing of images on social networks, with one easy swipe to access the camera and one touch to post. Fastlane gives people a second home screen for quick access to frequently used apps and deeper integration with their favourite social networks. Knowing how important free messaging is to people, WhatsApp will be available for the Nokia Asha 501 and is to arrive later in the year for the new Asha devices.
The Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 will be available in bright red, bright green, yellow, cyan, white and black, for BHD 28/-, BHD 36/- and BHD 38/- ; respectively.
Dubai, UAE, 26 November 2013: Nokia Lower Gulf has today announced the availability of Instagram, one of the world’s most popular imaging apps, for its range of Lumia smartphones. Instagram enables users to transform their pictures into works of art and instantly share with their social networks and followers. Having Instagram on Nokia’s Windows-based smartphones makes the Nokia Lumia devices the ideal for smartphone photography enthusiasts in the Middle East.
“It’s music to the ears of Windows Phone ecosystem users. The availability of Instagram now completes the unprecedented imaging experience Nokia has in-store for smartphone imaging fans. We look forward to watching the Middle East Windows Phone community use Instagram to capture and share beautiful moments using the best in imaging innovation from Nokia,” said Vithesh Reddy, General Manager, Nokia Lower Gulf.
The Windows Phone Instagram app supports the rear and front-facing cameras, so users can take the best selfies, as well as capture the world around them. As with many other Windows Phone apps, Instagram for Windows Phone will have a Live Tile which updates with data on the Start screen as well as support for fast-resume. This helps the app feel at home on the OS.
Commenting on the availability of Instagram on the Windows Store, renowned local mobile photography expert Daniel Cheong said, “The availability of Instagram completes the missing link for Nokia smartphone imaging enthusiasts. While Nokia Lumia 1020 is an amazing device to capture all the details, Instagram helps you bring it to life and share it with your social media followers with the drama it warrants. This will certainly make Nokia Lumia the device of choice for consumers with a penchant for mobile photography.”
As an industry first, the Nokia Lumia 1520 includes four high-performance digital mics for directional stereo recording and for a stunning audio experience in videos.
Hear the directional mic capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1520 in action (if you have headphones, plug them in now). This live performance by Niila of his song “Bottle of Wine” was captured using six Nokia Lumia 1520 prototypes (and, the video was edited in Adobe Premiere with no adjustments to the audio quality):
It started this past summer with the release of the Nokia Lumia 1020, showing us all so much more than our eyes could see. Now, with the release of the Nokia Lumia 1520, you will be in a position to both see more, and hear more than ever before.
“Nokia has been pioneering in mobile phone audio for decades,” says Heikki Sassi, head of the audio technology management team for Lumia. “To take the imaging experience to the next level in videos, audio has become a very important part of the story.”
The Nokia Lumia 1520 includes the Nokia Rich Recording capability found in the Lumia 1020, and it goes a step further with the use of four high-performance digital microphones for directional stereo recordings.
Directional recording enhances the clarity of your recordings by rejecting the sounds outside the direction of capture. In other words, the sounds in front of the camera are recorded in best possible way.
“Previously, if you wanted audio recording capabilities like this you would need to buy a professional video camera or external mics to do the job. Nokia is the first company to introduce four microphone directional stereo recording in a camera phone,” Heikki says.
Nokia Rich Recording
The Nokia Rich Recording functionality found in the Lumia 1520 is based on High Amplitude Audio Capture microphones, combined with Nokia’s state-of-the-art audio capture algorithms and acoustics design to get the very best recordings possible.
You can capture the full hearing range from the lowest bass to the highest treble (ca. 20Hz to 20 KHz in frequency spectrum).
“None of the other smartphone microphone solutions out there cover this bandwidth in all conditions. The sound is either distorted or bandwidth limited,” Heikki notes.
Unlike competitor devices, when using the Lumia 1520 you can record more than 6X louder sound levels than conventional mics. “You can go to the loudest rock concerts, and you will not get any distortion in your recordings,” he says. “The quality is amazing.”
Combine this audio recording capability with the imaging features of the Lumia 1520, and you will be able to create videos (dare we even say “movies”) like never before.
“It has been said that music is 50% of the movie-watching experience. On a six-inch screen, maybe it is more like 75%,” Heikki suggests.
Directional stereo recording
In the Lumia 1020, you have Nokia Rich Recording combined with two mics for omni-directional recording to take in the sound all around you (whether in front of you or behind you). With the four microphone directional stereo recording included in the Lumia 1520, you are recording the sounds in the front of the camera, while attenuating unwanted sounds from other directions.
“You will get more of the action with less distraction,” says Heikki.
There is also a great sense of direction in your recordings, such as someone walking around you. “You can easily tell which direction sounds are coming from – either with headphones or speakers – it adds a sense of immersion, and being there.”
At the same time, those four mics are used for other purposes in the device, including advanced noise-reduction in wideband and standard voice calls.
Making the most of all four mics
You might think that having four mics built in to Lumia 1520 poses a problem for how to properly hold the device. You don’t want to accidentally cover up one of the microphones. Heikki assures us that the mics have been positioned so that they are ergonomically in the best place possible, and that you won’t inadvertently block them with your fingers.
Finally, the capabilities of Nokia Rich Recording open up great possibilities for the app developer community, too. “We have thought about this and we are looking into possibilities for unlocking the capabilities for app developers too”, Heikki tells us.
Nokia Collection allows you to manually check and update Nokia Lumia Windows Phone collection. The app uses URL links to guide you to the relevant application you want to check for update. More apps will be added when available.
Nokia Collection app has been updated and live on the Windows Phone Store to version 1.1, I have removed some links and added new ones. All links now open directly in the store and the app will be updated soon with new Nokia Apps.
Download Nokia Collection from the Windows Phone Store