Tag archive for ‘NFC’

Nokia Lumia 820 Officially Announced

by GULLIVER - on Sep 6th 2012 - 1 Comment

The Nokia Lumia 920 will become Nokia’s flagship thanks to high-end features but those who want to own a more affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone should take a look at the Nokia Lumia 820. The latter was announced yesterday at Nokia’s special event organized with Microsoft in New York. The Nokia Lumia 820 sports a 4.3-inch WVGA...

Nokia Lumia 610 with NFC Official

by GULLIVER - on Apr 12th 2012 - No Comments
Nokia Lumia 610 NFC

Today Nokia officially announced the Lumia 610 with NFC. The company made the statement at WIMA NFC 2012 convention in Monaco, which Nokia is sponsoring. This phone is almost identical with the original Nokia Lumia 610 and will be launched sometime in Q3 via Orange UK, though there will be other mobile operators too. Nokia’s YouTube...

Nokia Hello to Allow Users to Exchange Greeting Messages by Tapping Phones

by GULLIVER - on Feb 6th 2012 - No Comments

I’ve always been a Nokia fan just because I believe it’s the only company open to innovations and ready to change the world. You might argue with me and say it’s Apple and Steve Jobs who changed the world and in some sense you’ll be absolutely right. And I do agree with you. But on the other hand, it was high time to switch to smarter phones, and that’s what Jobs basically did — he was smart enough to be the first to provide “products” to quench mobile world’s desire for smarter phones. But right now let’s let alone all these talks and concentrate on a “research project” Nokia Hello allowing users to exchange greeting messages by tapping phones with the help of NFC.

As the official Nokia blog says, “The team working on the project estimate that the need for speech interactions with work colleagues could be eliminated entirely by 2015. Excellent news for those working in multilingual environments or who despise their workmates.”

So the purpose of the project is to help people overcome the barrier of language variance or just help them with language problems. I don’t know why it’s done, but it will obviously change the world. This is why I love Nokia and this is why this company can’t and has no right to sink. So now answer Nokia’s question, “Are you looking forward to saying “Hello” without actually speaking?”


Future Lumia Handsets to Feature NFC and Wireless Charging

by GULLIVER - on Feb 2nd 2012 - No Comments

Nokia’s design department has no intention to cease working on the perfection of their WP units. According to head of Nokia design department Marko Ahtisaari, future Nokia WP units will be even more appealing fitting into the concept of minimalism.

The first change will be noted with the upcoming WP smartphone, which will be introduced in November. The flip-out plastic tab covering the microUSB port will be removed. The designer stated they are planning to get rid of all movable features on the device. He even said sometime in the near future all kind of ports on the handsets might as well be removed.

So presumably future smartphones will have NFC support and wireless charging possibilities. At the moment NFC connectivity is supported only by the manufacturer’s Symbian devices, and as WP Mango doesn’t give a chance to feature it, Lumia handsets lack it. We hope to have a different situation with the release of WP Tango and Apollo.

As to wireless charging, the feature is widely used on smartphones of other manufacturers, so this might be just an experience transfer. The only problem concerns the charging of the device while in the car. Well, there is still a lot to do, but Nokia will manage, undoubtedly.


Nokia N801T Announced For China

by GULLIVER - on Dec 28th 2011 - No Comments

Nokia is making its last effort for this year offering new devices worldwide. This time the stop point is China. Nokia has officially announced another Symbian device for the local market. The device is coded as Nokia N801T. It comes with the TD-SCDMA connectivity, which is a sign of its availability for only the Chinese market. Still there’s a chance the device will also get brother models with other connectivity options.

The specs of the smartphone are available only partially. So far we have learned it runs Symbian OS, has a 4-inch display, support for NFC, a 3.5mm audio jack, a shock-resistance case and a front-facing camera. Most likely the rear camera will be no less than 5 megapixels, while the front-facing one might be no more powerful than 1.3 megapixels.

The elite device comes pre-installed with mobile TV. The antenna for the activation of these features comes in the box, which is a great way of attracting more attention.

Though some analysts claimed Nokia Maps would not be available in China due to the restriction of GPS search features in the country, still this doesn’t refer to the Nokia N801T and most of the Nokia devices.

The Nokia N801T is expected to hit the Chinese market before the end of year. The price of the smartphone is not announced.


Nokia Announces List of Smartphones to Get Symbian Belle

by GULLIVER - on Dec 12th 2011 - 1 Comment

Symbian Anna, Belle, Carla, Donna… Now it’s Belle’s turn as Anna is already running on many devices, and has got back the reputation of Symbian OS. Belle has another goal; it must strengthen its positions for Carla and Donna. There are not that many high-end Symbian-powered smartphones, and it wouldn’t be easy. Anyway, Nokia has proved it reaches what it wants. Now we know Symbian Belle update will be launched for special models; they are the Nokia N8, E7, X7, C6-01, C7, Oro, E6 and the Nokia 500.

Symbian Belle is already available on the Nokia 701, 700 and 603, but all these smartphones are mid-range and low-end, so Nokia wouldn’t benefit from basing on them. However, the aforementioned more popular devices will help Nokia promote Symbian and who knows maybe until 2016 Nokia will change its mind and this platform won’t appear out of the game.

The list is not unfamiliar to us, as we have earlier learned the N8 and the E7 will be the first Symbian^3 handsets getting Symbian Belle update when it is rolled out early next year. The rest of the smartphones were expected (but not confirmed) to be included in the list. At the moment Nokia makes everything official and we have the complete list of models, which will get Belle.

Belle comes with many improvements including 5 different sizes of widgets, which can be used on 6 homescreens. Now it has a new pull-down notification bar like Android. Plus Belle comes with a complete NFC support and users will have a chance to enjoy all the joy it brings. We already heard Nokia is working on the sequel of the N8, which will be packed with a more powerful camera and probably run Symbian Belle. I even can’t imagine the beast the new N8 will be when launched.


Nokia May Create its Own Mobile Payment System

by GULLIVER - on Nov 8th 2011 - No Comments

I like praising Nokia when it comes to NFC technology because the Finnish manufacturer is the most interested one on the market. Though recently HTC announced it’ll launch smartphones with a similar functionality, we understand Nokia’s been there for a long time now and its cards are better. However, this doesn’t mean Nokia will clutch at a single payment system.

Though Nokia has the most NFC-enabled devices and in the near future their number will increase, the company doesn’t consider it clever to commit to one payment system. In an interview with Electronista, the company’s VP of Location and Commerce, Michael Halbherr said Nokia’s open for various mobile payment schemes. Moreover, Nokia may create its own version of the mobile wallet down the line.

As you guess Nokia’s serious, and considering that this technology will be used mostly in the U.S. and the “main smartphone markets,” we assume Nokia has real plans on how to win U.S. smartphone users’ hearts. Altogether, I think many things will depend on how the first Windows Phone smartphones will be sold in the States.

Nokia and MTA Offering NFC Ticketing

by GULLIVER - on Nov 2nd 2011 - No Comments

During Nokia World 2011 the manufacturer announced about its further developments of the NFC capabilities. Nokia also made a statement concerning the agreement with MTA to use NFC tickets. This means that in 2012 the NFC  will include other payment features.  The first test will include the Nokia 603, which will get the chance to use NFC emulation card update allowing to have secure mobile payments. If the test reports good results, the rest of the devices will undergo the same process. Note that the manufacturer’s planning to port this feature to all of its Symbian devices.

The most common use of the NFC technology is definitely gaming (including the popular Angry Birds). It allows the users to have additional characters and levels for their games. Among the latest additions are the Foursquare integration and the possibility to share location info with friends. The manufacturer hopes the users will get used to NFC and will make use of its main capabilities.

Microsoft is currently planning to add NFC capability to its devices, which means that in 2012, there’s a chance that upcoming Nokia Windows Phone devices will also get this feature.


Nokia 603 Started Shipping

by GULLIVER - on Oct 24th 2011 - No Comments

The Nokia 603 is not one of those four handsets known for their special features, but it doesn’t mean this phone can’t succeed. On the contrary, the Nokia 603 comes with Symbian Belle on board that gives an additional charm to the phone. All in all, Symbian Belle is perhaps the phone’s only high-class feature making it competitive in the market. However, several days ago Nokia officially announced the Nokia 603 has started shipping.

The Nokia 603 will be unveiled at Nokia World, which will be held on October 26, and as we see the phone will be launched immediately after the event. So we have to take another look at its features to see what the phone has to offer us.

Well, the device is packed with a 1000 nits screen, a 1GHz processor, a 5MP camera and supports NFC. As you see the specs list is not so attractive, and the handset will be sold as a mid-range smartphone. The Nokia 603’s key features are Symbian Belle and NFC, and the company has bet on them. We’ll see how it’ll be sold out.


Nokia Essence with 99.8 Percent Noise Cancellation

by GULLIVER - on Oct 19th 2011 - No Comments

Nokia is going back to its previous status — it surprises with new announcements every day. A few days ago we learned about the Nokia Luna Bluetooth headset, which supports NFC, and about the NFC-enabled games, which can be played on any Symbian device with such a functionality. Now the company’s introducing another awesome accessory — the Nokia Essence, which is the latest stereo Bluetooth.

These in-ear headphones cancel almost all of the background noise (99.8 percent of it!). The idea of this accessory is to zap out low-frequency background noises to provide deeper bass sound without having to set the knob to the highest point. It also supports NFC, which means we’ll  have one more NFC-enabled device by Nokia.

You know, it’s getting interesting; each manufacturer’s chosen a particular technology to focus on. HTC’s invested in Beats Audio and Inquisitive Minds, Apple denied NFC and is focusing on Bluetooth 4.0 and also brought voice control technology to the highest point (Siri!), Motorola continues launching handsets with the lapdock feature and Samsung’s offering the brightest and probably best displays (AMOLED!). Well do you think NFC will make Nokia outstand among the rest?