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Leak Shows What Could Be Nokia's New Windows Phone 8 Devices 110

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Did images of Nokia's upcoming Windows Phone 8 smartphones leak a few days early? That's the question after a Twitter feed, @evleaks, posted a set of images early on Aug. 31. The first, it claimed, was of the '4.3-inch Nokia Lumia 820,' while the second purported to show the '4.5-inch Nokia Lumia 920 with PureView.' Corporate-sanctioned leaks are a fairly regular thing in the tech world, but they tend to follow well-defined patterns: a public-relations executive — wait, sorry, 'unnamed source' — will email a journalist with an image of an upcoming device, for example, or a disgruntled former engineer will data-dump information onto their blog. Glossy publicity images originating from a new, relatively unknown Twitter feed is less common, although the Twitter feed in question has leaked other images in the past."
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Leak Shows What Could Be Nokia's New Windows Phone 8 Devices

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  • by teg (97890) on Friday August 31, 2012 @11:38AM (#41190779) Homepage

    MS is not to be trusted? But somehow Google and Apple are paragons of virtue? Sure, it always pays to be skeptical of Microsoft, but no more so than any of the other major players in the phone wars.

    They screwed the owners of their last two attempts - Windows Mobile [apcmag.com] and Windows [engadget.com] Phone [technobuffalo.com].

    To compare, Apple's iPhone 3GS [wikipedia.org] will get support for iOS 6 [apple.com] - and it was released more than 3 years ago.

    So buying a Windows Phone falls into the category of "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me".

  • by Missing.Matter (1845576) on Friday August 31, 2012 @11:48AM (#41190931)
    Except according to actual WP7 owners, the 7.8 solution is fine: http://www.wpcentral.com/poll-results-majority-windows-phone-users-happy-proposed-78-update [wpcentral.com]

    Of 6400 respondants, 54% said they're happy, 20% said they're not but staying with windows phone, 20% said they're not sure, and only 6% said they're leaving Windows Phone.

    Personally, I'm happy with the decision. They're moving the platform forward yet still porting features for legacy owners. I bought a Lumia 900 about a month before this news and I'm still happy with it. It does everything I want, and will be getting more features in the future. Most non-hardware related features are being ported back to the Lumia 900. By the time I'm ready for a new phone, Windows Phone 8 will be all the better.

    As for you comparison to iOS, my Girlfriend has a 3GS. To say that it runs all the latest apps and the lates OS is a bit misleading, as she's missing features [engadget.com], and many of the latest apps and games built for 4 or 4S hardware cause her phone to lag and many of them just crash randomly. The same can be said for my iPad 1 and apps like Infinity Blade, Netflix, and MLB AtBat 2012. This is almost the same situation Microsoft is giving to Windows Phone users, except they're being upfront by calling it WP7.8 instead of WP8.
  • by Richard_at_work (517087) <richardprice.gmail@com> on Friday August 31, 2012 @11:54AM (#41191031)

    I'd certainly accept that Windows Phone 7 owners might legitimately feel screwed, but Windows Mobile owners certainly were not - they had a long run prior to WP7 coming on the scene.

    Also, while Apple does tend to release iOS for older iPhones, its a hugely mixed bag - my iPhone 3G was basically unusable after the iOS 4 upgrade, so much so that I looked elsewhere. So yes, Apple might "cater" for older phones, but you had better be seriously careful what you wish for, because theres a difference between something being available and something being nice to use.

  • by bmo (77928) on Friday August 31, 2012 @12:20PM (#41191341)

    This bears repeating.

    http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2011/11/03/navegante/1320329583.html [elmundo.es]

    MÃ"VILES | Ãsltimos modelos del fabricante
    Nokia eligià nombre 'Lumia' pese a saber que significa 'prostituta' en español

    Efe | Helsinki
    Actualizado jueves 03/11/2011 15:13 horas

    El fabricante finlandés de teléfonos mÃviles Nokia decidià bautizar su nueva gama de dispositivos dotados de Windows Phone con el nombre de 'Lumia' pese a saber que ese término significa 'prostituta' en español, informaron medios locales.

    Después de que Nokia presentara la semana pasada el Lumia 800 y el Lumia 710, sus primeros teléfonos inteligentes equipados con el sistema operativo de Microsoft, diversos medios de comunicaciÃn, foros y redes sociales calificaron la elecciÃn de este nombre como una "grave metedura de pata" de la compañÃa.

    Sin embargo, Nokia explicà que conocÃa esta acepciÃn, aunque finalmente se escogià el nombre porque 'lumia' es "una palabra española muy antigua caÃda en desuso desde hace tiempo".

    SegÃn el diccionario de la Real Academia Española, 'lumia' es un sustantivo poco usado y de origen incierto que significa 'prostituta', y al igual que su variante 'lumi', forma también parte del argot urbano. ...

    "Los resultados mostraron que mÃs del 60 por ciento de los consumidores españoles pensà que era un gran nombre para un producto de tecnologÃa mÃvil. Les sugerÃa en primer lugar 'luz' y 'estilo', en lugar del otro significado, mÃs oscuro y negativo", explicà la compañÃa en su blog oficial.

    -------------------

    So let's do the math. "More than 60 percent" can mean 66, so let's call it 2/3rds. The other third thinks you have a filthy mouth.

    Heh heh

    --
    BMO

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 31, 2012 @12:25PM (#41191405)

    Except according to actual WP7 owners, the 7.8 solution is fine: http://www.wpcentral.com/poll-results-majority-windows-phone-users-happy-proposed-78-update [wpcentral.com]

    That's a poll put to the users of wpcentral.com. It's a fanboy site so of course they're going to view the platform through rose tinted glasses. The fact that only half of the respondents were "happy" speaks volumes.

    As for you comparison to iOS, my Girlfriend has a 3GS.

    Your comparison is meaningless. The 3GS is sold as an entry-level last-last-gen iPhone. The Lumia 900 is the flagship Windows Phone (or at least the marketing would lead you to believe that) and it is being sold today despite the fact that it will never see the next major version of the OS. The comparison would be if the 4S were being sold with no hope of seeing iOS 6. If that were the case people would be up in arms but when MS does the same thing the fanboys like you come out of the woodwork to apologize for them.

    Spinmeisters like you tarnish the reputation of Windows Phone much more than MS ever could.

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