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Friday, 12 July 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020: the 41-megapixel Windows Phone

Users of Apple’s iPhone and iPad have long accounted for a disproportionate part of global web usage, because the devices are widely acknowledged as the first to make web browsing easy on mobile.
Web analytics company StatCounter, however, now claims that Samsung has leapfrogged both Apple and Nokia to take the lead in June 2013.
A year ago Nokia led globally in terms of internet usage but the Korean manufacturer now accounts for more than a quarter of all mobile web browsing, with its 25.47 per cent just ahead of Apple’s 25.09 per cent. Troubled Nokia has slipped back to just under 22 per cent.
In the US and UK, however, Apple remains the clear leader, indicating the prevalence of the California-based company’s devices in the most developed markets.
Statcounter also claims that in May 2012 Chrome became the browser leader in terms of internet usage worldwide, but has now overtaken Internet Explorer for the first time in the United States. In June Chrome took the number one spot in the US at 34.02 per cent (up from 23.84 per cent 12 months ago). Over the same period IE declined to 32.46 per cent from 40.89 per cent.

 The 41 megapixel sensor features Zeiss optics and a choice of six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilisation, claiming to deliver crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. It also captures blur-free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts due to Nokia Rich Recording, designed to handle sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.
Stephen Elop, President and CEO of Nokia said: “We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia’s leadership in imaging.”
Analysts, however, claimedthe Lumia alone cannot turn around Nokia's fortunes.
Daniel Gleeson, mobile analyst at IHS Electronics and Media said: "The issue for Nokia is that photography on smartphones is not just about having the best quality pictures. Sharing pictures to social networks is more important to most consumers than printing. High engagement levels means that convincing Instagram users to switch from iPhone or Android to Nokia's platform will be difficult.
"The lack of an Instagram app for Windows Phone also reinforces the fact that the platform is lagging in choice and quality of applications compared to iPhone or Android. Furthermore, the popularity of Instagram's filters again proves that absolute top rate picture quality is not actually important for the majority of users.”
Alongside the handset, Nokia also released a new imaging software development kit (SDK) that provides key image editing features of the Lumia 1020 to developers, and a camera grip allowing for hands-free photo taking, complete with built-in tripod mount.
Other features include increased battery life, the addition of popular apps Path and Flipboard being added to the Windows Phone app roster, and customers will be treated to an ad and subscription free Nokia Music streaming account.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive first on US shores on July 26 for $299.99 on a two-year contract, and will make its way across to China and key European markets this quarter.

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