Nokia Lumia 1020 is officially a game changer

The lumia 1020 has won Laptop magazines 2013 game changer award for it’s amazing camera and features.

For the back story on how Nokia came up with the idea of changing imaging on smartphones, read below:

Nokia Lumia 1020 – Most Innovative Products of 2013 – LAPTOP.


Update: Gartner market share results for Q3 2013

This is an update to my previous posts here and here with Gartner now chiming on with thier results.

Essentially they are saying that smartphone sales accounted for 55% of overall mobile phone sales in Q3 of 2013.

Worldwide phone sales totaled 455.6 million which is an increase of 5.7% on the same time last year.

By vendor, Samsung rule the roost even though growth was flat for them with Apple trailing behind with a less than expected growth and small decline due to late shipments. Lenovo rank in third with a large market in China and LG, Huawei trail respectively behind them.

By operating system, Android rules with iOS second, Windows Phone third and Blackberry, Bada and Symbian trailing respectively behind them.

In maobile phone sales by vendor (smart and dumb phones), Samsung rule with Nokia coming up next followed by Apple, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo, TCL, Sony, Yulong and others following respectively.



Nokia future of camera technology? has published some information relating to Nokia Growth Partners discussion on imaging technology. The publication talks about smartphone cameras that see at night, peek around objects and people, storing more information about images and flash technologies.

There is a new type of sensor by Pelican Imaging Technology developed with optical systems from Singapore based Heptagon that attempts to mimick the human eye more closely. The sensor appears to take in more information at once and looks much like an array of spier or fly eyes.

The technology is IP owned by Nokia and although most likely to stay with Nokia rather than go with the sale of it’s hardware division to Microsoft, hopefully we’ll see this in future Lumia phones.

Nokia gives some clues about its future camera innovations | WMPoweruser.

Windows Phone grows by 156% in Q3 2013

I posted previously about mobile market share and the growth of Windows Phone. A new IDC report has shown the platform has experienced high growth and is the fastest growing operating system.

The IDC data suggests that Windows Phone increased shipments of 156% year on year for the third quarter. 3.7 million handsets were moved in Q3 2012 and this year 9.5 million.

That may look small compared to Android’s 211.6 million and 33.8 million Apple handset but shows impressive growth for the platform when compared to Blackberry’s 4.5 million handsets especially.

Nokia was responsible for 93.2% of those Windows handsets sold.

More details from IDC via wpcentral:

IDC: Windows Phone experiences 156% jump in handsets shipped for Q3 2013 | Windows Phone Central.

Vine comes to Windows Phone

Vine, the popular video posting app and site allows you to capture short videos and post them online. Almost like a video version of Twitter.

Windows Phone now has the Vine app allowing you to captutre and post novel and amusing mini vodeos for others to share.

You can download the app here or scan the QR code below:

Some handy tips from Ian Padgham thanks to Nokia:

Tips for filming

Ian Padgham has some handy tips for anyone looking to go further with Vine.

Use a tripod

This is especially helpful when filming stop motion videos. There are a number of tripods available on the market that are designed to hold a smartphone. The Nokia Lumia 1020 also has a Nokia Camera Grip accessory.

Use plenty of light

Filming in the dark won’t give you the same results as filming in the light. More light means better visibility for your viewing audience.


Take your time

Don’t just film something and upload it instantly; take your time with it. Pause the video and take a creative break. When you’re ready, go back into Vine and carry on.

Train your tap

Don’t tab down on the screen too hard, practice doing it gently. The harder the tap, the more phone shake you’ll encounter which will certainly be noticeable in a stop motion video.

Use earphones with a built in mic for better audio

Plug earphones with a mic into your phone when making a Vine video, as audio will be included in the final video.

Review before posting

Once you’ve finished your Vine video it’s worth reviewing it before you share it with the world. This will save you having to delete it later if you realize you don’t like it.

Vine: available now for Nokia Lumia – : the official Nokia blog.

Nokia Lumia 1020 bests Sony Xperia Z1, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One in action shots, low-light imaging

Phones4U have tested these phones in a duel of imaging, including low-light and action shots. Below is the test:

Phones4U: Nokia Lumia 1020 bests Sony Xperia Z1, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One in action shots, low-light imaging | WMPoweruser.

Charging your phone with lightning

Nokia have just blogged something pretty cool. They claim to be able to charge a Nokia Lumia 925 phone with lightning!

We were excited by this challenge presented to us by Nokia,” Neil explained. “Using an alternating current, driven by a transformer, over 200,000 volts was sent across a 300mm gap – giving heat and light similar to that of a lightning bolt. The signal was then stepped into a second controlling transformer, allowing us to charge the phone.”

What happened next surprised even the scientists, and Neil adds: “We were amazed to see that the Nokia circuitry somehow stabilized the noisy signal, allowing the battery to be charged.”
“This discovery proves that the device can be charged with a current that passes through the air, and is a huge step towards understanding a natural power like lightning and harnessing its energy,” says Neil Palmer of the University of Southampton who was brought on board for the project.


Not sure how practical this is but pretty cool stuff none the less.