Here is an awesome article by Kevin Fitchard about Nokia’s unveiling of its connected car platform called Here Auto.

After years of being the auto industry’s mapmaker, Nokia on Friday announced its intention to become a much bigger technological force in the vehicle. Nokia took the wraps off of Here Auto, an embedded infotainment and connected car system, which it hopes to sell to the world’s car manufacturers.

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But unlike other embedded navigation systems, Here Auto isn’t walled off, Van-De-Klashorst said. It’s the same app you access on the smartphone or through a PC browser. All of your bookmarked destinations, preferred routes, contacts and preferences are stored in the cloud and synched between devices. If you map out a route on your phone and PC, the same route will be waiting for in your car as soon as it connects to the network. If the car loses its connection to the internet, the most recent route maps and settings remain saved in the car’s memory.

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I’m an avid fan of Nokia and it’s Here maps. I’m really looking forward to seeing this come to market and how it evolves. I guess I can always mount my Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone and get similar results.

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Source: Gigaom | Nokia unveils its connected car platform: Here Auto

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Congratulations Nokia on winning this prestigious award.

“When you take a look at the Nokia Lumia 920 it’s easy to see why it should be given the award. Not content to simply cram more processing power into an old design, the Nokia Lumia 920 brings innovation to the screen in the use of PureMotion HD+ to deliver the fastest screen refresh rates yet, while the super-sensitive technology means you can use the screen even when wearing gloves.

When it comes to innovation in camera tech, the Nokia Lumia 920 delivers Optical Image Stabilisation that is normally only found in high-end video cameras, while the use of PureView delivers stunning low-light images for an amazing experience.

Then there are the little touches, like bringing wireless charging and NFC to the mainstream, as well as the wealth of apps you’ll find from Nokia that support and expand the ecosystem.”

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References

http://www.noknok.tv/2013/03/15/nokia-lumia-920-wins-prestigious-innovative-handset-award-2013/

http://www.mobilenewscwp.co.uk/2013/03/15/o2-wins-hat-trick-of-gongs-at-mobile-news-awards-2013/

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More Nokia announcements today on exclusive Nokia Lumia apps…

  • GoPro app
  • Burton and  Burton Sequencer apps
  • Foursquare app
  • Tumblr (official) app

Finally Nokia has struck a deal with Dreamworks Animation. Dreamworks will use Nokia’s API to create rich, interactive entertainment experiences exclusively for Nokia devices. No details on what ‘interactive entertainment experiences’ are coming, but we should know more later this year and hopefully see them in the second half of 2013.

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Excellent post on new announcements for Nokia HERE location apps. Read more.

HERE Maps, HERE Drive Beta and HERE Transit are all available for all Windows Phone 8 smartphone users.

HERE Drive+ and HERE City Lens remain an exclusive for Nokia Lumia devices.

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I love my Nokia Lumia 920.

LUM900BLKR_banner_lumia_04Here is a quick review of the new Nokia Lumia 900 (Windows Phone) that I picked up.

I went in to Rogers and walked out with the phone 15min later. It was quick and simple. Phone was $150 on hardware upgrade and you get $50 mail in rebate. Nokia is also give users who buy the phone a $100 credit if you buy it prior to April 21. This means I got the phone for $35 (admin fee).

Rogers only has the Black model available at this time. But I was able to pick up the light blue rubber sleeve. With the sleeve on, the device still looks sexy and the sleeve is barely noticeable.

The Lumia 900, like the Lumia 800 before it, comes in a unibody polycarbonate form factor that offers a terrific hand feel. Here is something that is amusing…

While Apple champions unibody designs for its laptops, it obliterates that superiority in its mobile devices. Where the iPhone is a mess of small, fragile parts—glass front and, unnecessarily, back pieces that beg to be encased in thick covers, and several thin, foil-like metal bumper bits—the 900 is a single, well-made, block of polycarbonate. It’s bulletproof, solid. Not frail. But because of its unibody design, and non-replaceable battery, the 900 isn’t going to come apart when dropped either.

Other nice features are Visual voice mail, Internet sharing (tethering) and support for LTE cellular networks. I’ve really noticed the speed improvement on 4G/LTE compared to 3G.

The cameras are sweet. You have the option for Widescreen picture taking (16:9) and there is also the front facing camera for video calls (Skype and Tango), and then there is the 8MP rear camera. Although not as good as the iPhone 4S camera, it comes close to it.

They also improved the capacitive front buttons—Back, Start, and Search. They are far less easy to trigger accidentally, a long-lived problem on Samsung’s Windows Phone handsets.

I’m also really impressed with the Nokia apps (only available on Nokia phones)…

  • Nokia Drive (Turn by turn GPS)
  • Nokia Maps
  • Nokia Transit

I have not tried the internet sharing yet…but that will be really nice to have when you’re in the middle of nowhere without Wi-Fi and want to get online from a laptop.

Getting setup on the device was quick and painless. All I did was login using my Windows Live ID (email address) and it was configured…all my email was synced, my contacts, my calendar, my tasks, my twitter, my Facebook, my linked in, etc.

I never had to plug in the phone to sync any files.

As for the apps…I downloaded an app that looks at my Windows Phone account online to see what apps I’ve installed in the past…and then on the device shows me which apps I’d like to re-install. Easy as pie.

That is all for now.

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