Nokia has just announced a new update to HERE Maps that brings multiple worldwide improvements to both Android and Windows Phone apps. The update includes new navigable countries, significant improvements to nine islands and territories, new water features and public transportation enhancements. There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s jump right in.
Nokia has added three new navigable countries with support for turn-by turn directions, including Cyprus, Mayotte and Zimbabwe. A number of significant improvements have also been added to Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Liberia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone and Somalia. These improvements include major road identification and the addition of land usage information.
The company has also improved the way lakes, rivers and ponds look around the entire app. Public transportation is also seeing some notable updates in Kaohsiung, Taipei, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Singapore. These locations now show more accurate subway, tram lines and train path routes.
This update isn’t rolling out in the Google Play Store, so you’ll need to wait for it to ping your device. Once the notification makes its way to you, tap it, then tap the update button to get the improvements. This is a pretty big update, so if you’re looking for an alternative to Google Maps, now may be a good time to try it out.
In case you haven’t heard, Motorola has had a great quarter. While it hasn’t yet translated to profit for its now-parent company Lenovo, it’s innovation and growth is almost back to Motorola’s heyday, and people are starting to take notice. But with the rise of multiple manufacturers, including Motorola, there has to be someone who […]
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Nokia has released an update for its Z Launcher Beta on the Google Play Store. The launcher adapts to the user’s usage throughout the day. By learning how he or she uses it, the app promotes his or her favorite apps.
Another feature known as Scribble allows you to draw a letter in order to find things related to it. Launch is a tool used for Apps, contacts, and websites, and Adapt “learns to promote the right stuff at the right time.” Still, the most exciting news probably is its preliminary support for icon packs.
You can check the Z Launcher out either in the link above or the widget below.
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Apple trumped all other smartphone manufacturers last quarter based on consumers activating a device. The usual Android foes were all far behind Apple with Samsung leading the way. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) conducted a survey with five hundred subjects in the United States and aimed to find which phone brands were most popular among activations. The devices, both old and new, were activated between October and December of last year.
Samsung trailed Apple by 24% and that was the closest any company came to catching the clan in Cupertino. After that, the numbers dropped off significantly. The third place company was LG with 11% and Motorola finished fourth at 4%. Rounding out the bottom was HTC (2%), Nokia (2%), Amazon (1%), and “other” with 4%. BlackBerry, who may or may not be facing an acquisition in the near future, had no activations from the survey.
Josh Lowitz, the co-founder of CIRP, explained that the loyalty of Apple customers is far greater than that of Samsung and LG’s. He said:
“iPhones drew from loyal Apple customers, with 86% of buyers upgrading from an older iPhone. Samsung and LG saw far lower loyalty rates, with 25% of Samsung owners and 18% of LG owners who activated a phone in the quarter switching to an iPhone.”
Come comment on this article: Survey finds 50% of phones activated last quarter came from Apple, 26% from Samsung
We’ve said it once, but we’ll say it again: the Nokia N1 is a very nice device. Quite unlike Nokia‘s previous pastel smartphone offerings, the Nokia N1 is an inspired design featuring oodles of aluminium and an almost-stock interface that will have many an Android fan drooling. Unfortunately, the only hiccup is that it is […]
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A lot of talk has been surrounding the Nokia N1 tablet, mainly because it was Nokia’s first device announced after their split with Microsoft. The device also features class leading specs at a low cost. Due to these factors, 20,000 units of the tablet were sold within a span of 4 minutes in China and now the device is sold out.
The Nokia N1, which is a direct competitor to the iPad Mini 3, is easy to sell when the specs are comparable, if not better, and priced at CNY 1599 or $257 USD. It was rumored earlier to sell in the United States for $249.99, so it will for sure be between that and $259.99.
To give a refresher, the Nokia N1 comes with a 7.9 inch display (1536 x 2048) in a sleek metal construction. To top that off, it features a 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor backed by 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of ROM and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. It also features Nokia’s very own Z Launcher and sports a 5,300 mAh battery.
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The Nokia N1 tablet was made available in China today, after the device was announced a couple of months in advance to generate enough hype and interest. And just as the sales opened for the tablet today, a Chinese source mentions that its initial stocks of 20,000 units have run out within a span of just 4 minutes.
With an asking price of CNY 1599 or $257, the N1 is one of the best budget tablets on offer. The device has been made available only in China as of now with no word on a global launch yet. Nokia is expected to make more units of the tablet available on the 15th of January, so customers who couldn’t their hands on the tablet during the initial launch will only have to wait another week.
The Nokia N1 packs a 7.9 inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and is also accompanied by Intel’s quad core 2.3 GHz Atom Z3580 processor. Other features include an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Android 5.0 Lollipop with a custom Z Launcher and a 5300 mAh battery.
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Nokia’s maiden Android-powered tablet, the N1, is now available to pre-order in China for 1,599 Yuan — which equates to approximately $256. Shipping will commence to the first batch of customers on Monday, January 29.
Packing a 7.9-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels, a 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5,300 mAh battery, the N1 looks to be somewhat impressive.
The slate will run the latest build of Android 5.0 Lollipop straight out of the box skinned with Nokia’s extremely functional Z Launcher, which according to the manufacturer “learns how you use your tablet and promotes your favorite apps so you can get to them faster”.
If you’re based in China, like the sound of the Nokia N1 and want to pick one up — hit the source link below.
Come comment on this article: Nokia’s first Android tablet is now available to pre-order in China
You had us worried Nokia. We almost thought we’d never see an Android Nokia device (the Nokia X really doesn’t count) and the fact Microsoft is ditching the Nokia name for its Lumia devices going forward didn’t have us feeling particularly confident. Perhaps it’s the scrapping of its brand, or the fact most of its employees were dumped by Microsoft not long after its acquisition, but Nokia has gone out on a limb and announced a new tablet, the Nokia N1, and guess what operating system it’s running – you guessed it, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
While many of Nokia’s final devices under its brand name were plastic and brightly coloured, the N1 is nothing short of sexy and sleek – the exterior of the device is one piece of anodized aluminium that is somehow 6.9mm thick and houses a 7.9-inch display. Inside the device is a 64-bit quadcore Intel Atom 2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 5,300mAh battery. The software running on the N1 looks to be almost stock Android, but will run a thinly themed Z Launcher (remember that? It all makes sense now). I’m actually genuinely psyched to see Nokia release this tablet, but there is a bit of bad news, unless you live in China, Russia or select parts of Europe – the N1 will only be available in those regions starting in February in China, with no plans to launch anywhere else. We can only hope that Nokia eventually changes their mind.
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What will be the first major Nokia device look like following Microsoft’s acquisition of its smartphone arm? We’ll find out tomorrow, according to a cryptic tweet featuring a mysterious black box from the company. That’s when Nokia’s head of product business, Sebastian Nystrom, will host a session entirely focused on “what’s next” for Nokia at the Slush conference in Finland. A shiny new flagship phone is likely out of the question, which leaves us wondering what else Nokia could have up its sleeves.
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