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.”
Also known as the General Distribution Release 2, the GDR 2 is the latest software update for Windows Phone (WP) 8 operating system. For Nokia handsets, this was called the “Lumia Amber update,” which included few system enhancements and software add-ons such as the Smart Camera App, FM Radio, and Nokia Glance Screen. It started rolling out this Q4 of 2013 in some regions and selected handsets over-the-air. If you are thinking of upgrading your handset to this new update, yet you’re curious about its key features, read on below as we list down all the details you need to know about the WP8 GDR 2.
Inclusion of ‘Data Sense’ Internet Usage Tracker
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Similar to Android and iOS devices, the Data Sense tracks your mobile internet usage by displaying your real-time amount of data transfers via Wi-Fi or cellular network (3G/4G LTE). You can also set your monthly data limit to compensate your existing subscription and avoid unexpected charges. For instance, if you’re in the UK and you have a base tariff subscription with 100 MB data from O2, you can set the system to prevent internet transfers if you exceed beyond the specified cap. It will automatically block your online activities such as web surfing, mobile streaming, and app downloading.
Google Account Support
Last year, the search engine company dropped a bombshell that it would stop supporting its Gmail and Google calendar services via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), starting in January 2014. This will prevent users from accessing events, emails, and contacts associated to their Google accounts. With GDR 2, users can now overcome this threat by actually integrating the support into their WP handsets. Although as of the moment, there’s still no news if the developers are working on a solution to bring the search engine’s Cloud Drive services into the WP ecosystem.
HTML 5 Runtime for Internet Explorer
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The native Internet Explorer mobile is not supported by Flash, which restricts users to play video and audio files embedded in websites. With the HTML 5 browser add-on included in the GDR 2 update, it’ll enable media runtime in your WP Internet Explorer app, similar to the experience you get in PCs.Just to give you an idea, the browsers found in iOS and Android platforms are HTML 5 runtime-capable.
Smart Application Management
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Since the Windows Phone 7 version, the system allows you to multitask by holding down the back arrow soft key on your handset. But, it only allows you to switch from your actively running applications, and doesn’t give you the ability to close a program. In this system update, you’ll be given an (x) virtual button on the upper right side of each of your apps from the multitasking panel. It may be a minor and unnoticeable improvement, but having the power to close a running application will save you battery.
Enhanced Messaging and Voicemail
In the past, you can’t directly play WAV audio files sent to you via email or multimedia messaging, since it only supports MP3 formats. That has been fixed with this OS update as they’ve included more codecs associated with messaging and voicemail that supports WAV files. The GDR 2 will also improve issues regarding the inability to send group messages.
Knock-Knock Screen Gesture
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Similar to the LG G2’s ability to wake the screen by double-tapping the display, this software update has included the same gesture. This will result to better user experience and will save your phone’s sleep/wake button from getting over used. However, some users might struggle with this option as they need to tap the exact region of the locked screen quickly to bring out the slide-to-unlock display.
Fix for the Secondary Storage Bug
The update also resolved the issue with the micro-SD card support through an easier option of transferring files from internal to the secondary storage (and vice versa). Moreover, you can now delete your temporary and hidden files from the internal and secondary memory to free some space. Unfortunately, Microsoft still doesn’t allow you to move your installed applications on your micro-SD card just like the Android.
These are the seven features packaged on the GDR 2 update. It may be minor improvements, but overall, it will make your mobile computing seamless and more efficient. Have you noticed other features we’ve missed?
About the Author
Jennifer Birch is a British tech writer and a proud power user of Windows Phone. She sports a Nokia Lumia 1020 and she’s in love with its superb imaging power. Follow her at @WrittenByJenni and read her feature stories on Techie Doodlers.
The wait is over, Instagram is finally here. Over 150 million users love Instagram! It’s a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments on your Windows Phone.
Customize your photos with one of several gorgeous and custom built filter effects. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.
Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.
• 100% free custom designed filters: XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
* Video recording with breathtaking cinematic stabilization
• Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
• Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare
• Unlimited uploads
• Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
• Full front & back camera support
• And much much more…
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
With her explosive mix of pop, rock and fiery Latino spirit , Colombian singer Fatiniza burst onto the music scene in 2009. Even as a young girl in the city of Bucaramanga, music flowed through her veins – Fatiniza was constantly scribbling down lyrics and humming melodies, a talent that matured into her gift for penning a great track.
The Fatiniza fan app is now online on the Windows Phone Store, you can follow Fatiniza news, watch Fatiniza music videos and check out Fatiniza song lyrics.
You can check out Fatiniza official website by heading to this link, and be sure to download the app and discover the great music of Fatiniza.
Download Fatiniza app from the Windows Phone Store
Create you own story with Nokia Storyteller. Take amazing photos, videos and Cinemagraphs, then let Nokia Storyteller tell the whole story for you on an interactive map.
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Soundtrack: Future Islands — Balance