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Nokia's gyroscopic OIS system available to other smartphone producers

01/29, 10:37am

Two-axis gyro module from PureView Lumias hits open market

The optical imaging stabilization technique used by Nokia in some of its Lumia smartphones is now able to be bought by other device manufacturers for use in smartphones and tablets. ST Microelectronics is now selling the module, which involves a two-axis gyroscope with an angular rate sensor, on the open market for the first time since the exclusivity period with Nokia expired.

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Nokia makes Lytro-style Refocus app available to all PureView Lumias

11/13, 11:40am

App allows for focal point to change after photograph has been taken

Nokia is rolling out its Lytro-style Refocus app to other devices in the Lumia range with high-resolution cameras. The PureView-equipped Lumia 1020, Lumia 920, Lumia 925, and Lumia 928 now join the Lumia 1520 in being able to change the point of focus in a photograph after it has been taken rather than before, with the app now appearing in the Windows Phone Store.

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Nokia details new WP8 apps, Refocus PureView app, RAW support

10/22, 9:58am

Refocus app allows for Lytro-style post-shot refocusing of image

A number of software updates for Windows Phone and Lumia devices have been announced at Nokia's media event earlier today. Apps such as Vine and Flipboard for Windows Phone were demonstrated running on Windows Phone, while a number of photography related updates for PureView devices were also revealed.

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Nokia 1020 promo video dramatizes how its 41mp camera works

08/08, 7:36am

Nokia pushes camera capabilities in epic new Lumia 1020 ad

Nokia has released a highly dramatized video that is designed to highlight the power of the 41-megapixel PureView camera built into its Lumia 1020 flagship smartphone. The video uses extensive CGI to animate in microscopic detail how light is captured by the lens and is captured by the sensor. It then shows the light particles being converted into digital signals before it is displayed to the user on the Lumia 1020's PureMotion HD+ display.

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Nokia launches 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, reaches AT&T July 26th

07/11, 12:18pm

Takes simultaneous 38MP, oversampled 5MP images for social network sharing

Nokia has launched its new 41-megapixel camera at its New York event, confirming a number of specifications leaked earlier today. The Nokia Lumia 1020 improves upon the camera used in the PureView 808 by adding six-lens Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, a backside illuminated sensor, and a number of other features to the Windows 8 smartphone.

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Nokia launches Lumia 928 smartphone, heading to Verizon May 14th

05/10, 11:31am

Second Lumia 928 camera test uses model helicopter, image stabilization

Nokia has formally unveiled the Lumia 928, headed to Verizon as a network-exclusive. The smartphone, previously leaked through a billboard and an advertisement in Vanity Fair, has been revealed before its expected launch event in London on May 14th, with the phone manufacturer keen to continue promoting its 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss lens and Xenon flash with another test video.

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Nokia compares Lumia 928 PureView camera against iPhone, Galaxy S III

05/08, 6:33am

Rollercoaster ride used to demonstrate low-light capabilities

Nokia is continuing to tease its impending launch of the Lumia 928, by comparing its camera against that of the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III. A video on the Nokia website using footage from the three phones claims to show how the 8.7-megapixel PureView camera stands up to those found in competing handsets in low-light conditions.

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Report: Nokia to add Galaxy Note competitor to range

04/18, 5:54am

Phablet said to be more powerful than Samsung's offering

Nokia is planning to make a phablet in order to compete with other similar devices and to suppliment a relatively slow growth in Lumia sales, according to a report. The new device is suggested to be similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy Note, but with a higher specification, and will also run Windows Phone as its operating system.

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Nokia planning true PureView WP8 handset

01/23, 6:30am

Nokia set to bring full PureView experience with 'EOS' handset

Nokia is said to be working on a true PureView Windows Phone 8 handset that it plans to bring to market this, reports The Verge. Unlike the Lumia 920, which uses some degree of ‘PureView’ technology, the new handset would incorporate a super high-resolution sensor similar to the 41-megapixel 808 PureView. Sources familiar with the device say that is going by the ‘EOS’ codename internally.

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Nokia Lumia 920 optical image stabilization demoed, faked

09/05, 10:28pm

Public apology admits video not shot with Lumia 920

Alongside the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920 phone earlier today, a new feature called "PureView" made its debut. One benefit of PureView is Nokia's optical image stabilization (OIS), as demonstrated in promotional media, featuring a couple recording with the phone as they ride down a river road. The ad showed side-by-side video, representing the OIS feature in action. Nokia has since confirmed in an apology that the video was not shot with the Lumia 920 as originally represented, but by a film crew with physical stabilization, on a truck riding alongside the couple.

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Nokia officially reveals WP8 flagship, the Lumia 920

09/05, 11:20am

Lumia 920 gets wireless charging as standard, more

At its Windows Phone 8 launch event today, Nokia took the wraps off its new Windows Phone flagship, the Lumia 920. The high-end device sports a curved, 4.5-inch Pure Motion HD+ touchscreen with 720p resolution and is powered by a dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. It includes a built-in wireless inductive charging system and an NFC chip for close-proximity, wireless data transfers.

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Nokia exec: Lumias get PureView 'very soon'

07/08, 11:42pm

Nokia phones also bound for Verizon

The imaging technology powering Nokia's 808 PureView will soon be making its way into the company's Lumia line of Windows handsets. This according to Nokia Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations Richard Kerris. Kerris spoke recently with Neowin, revealing that the company is working to bring novel technologies to its handsets and to expand the number of carriers supporting Nokia smartphones.

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Nokia CEO hints at new PureView Windows Phone 8 models

06/25, 8:41pm

Elop hints at "other smartphones" with PureView technology

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop appears to have hinted that the company is working on bringing its PureView camera technology to multiple Windows Phone 8 devices some time in the future. PureView is the technology behind the 41-megapixel 808 Pureview smartphone, which was recently released in the United States but features Nokia's now-defunct Symbian Belle operating system. Elop gave no details, but his statement is in keeping with previous indications that PureView would be appearing on Microsoft's forthcoming mobile operating system.

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Windows Phone 8 leaks show Skype integration, Apollo UI

06/13, 9:31pm

Screenshots reveal Drive 3.0, Camera UI

Tech blog Nokia Innovation has reportedly received leaked screenshots of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Phone 8 operating system. The screenshots, which come by way of an anonymous source, appear to show off the WP8 user interface for the camera app, Skype, and also Nokia Drive 3.0, which would indicate that they were taken from one of Nokia's four rumored Windows Phone handsets.

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Nokia PureView 808 coming to US, unlocked

05/10, 4:44pm

41-megapixel cameraphone now coming to North America

Nokia has for some time now been showing off the capabilities of its PureView 808, a 41-megapixel smartphone with considerable photo and video capturing prowess. The phone has been available for pre-order in a number of countries, and Nokia has talked up the phone's impending launch worldwide, with the exception of the United States and Canada. Now, in an interview with PC Magazine, Nokia's US president Chris Weber has revealed that the PureView 808 will indeed be coming to American shores, but details on its arrival remain sketchy.

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Nokia records 808 PureView promo with phone itself

04/20, 1:30pm

Promo video shot with 41MP Nokia phone

In a stylish new promo video (below), Nokia has chosen to show the photo and video capturing prowess of its 41-megapixel 808 PureView smartphone. Instead of simply recording the phone at work, the video itself was shot entirely using the 808, taking advantage of its 41-megapixel resolution to zoom in and out of scenes without losing detail.

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Nokia pushes promised Belle FP1 with faster chip clocking

04/12, 12:45pm

Belle FP1 speeds processor and other improvements

Nokia are today rolling out its previously announced Belle Feature Pack 1 firmware for the Nokia 701, 700 and 603. Over the air updates now available include a processor boost from 1GHz to 1.3GHz, a version 8.2 web browser, and new widgets, amongst other improvements.

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Nokia 808 PureView up for pre-order first in Italy, due May

04/09, 5:20pm

41-megapixel camera phone to run Symbian OS

Nokia has put up its 808 PureView smartphone up for pre-order on its Italian website. The phone is most notable for its 41-megapixel camera and that it still runs the Nokia Belle (Symbian) OS instead of Windows Phone. Nokia is expected to begin shipping the phone SIM free (unlocked), priced at €599 ($785 USD) in May.

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Nokia job post suggests PureView coming to Windows Phone

03/30, 10:40am

Nokia hiring PureView for Windows Phone engineer

Earlier hints from a Nokia exec about a PureView-badged phone running on Windows Phone have gained more traction thanks to a newly discovered LinkedIn job post. Thus far, the company only confirmed that a Symbian-powered 808 PureView (shown) is coming, but a Lumia variant is evidently on the way. The job ad seeks a Senior Specialist for imaging algorithms for Windows Phone, and the 808 PureView is directly referenced.

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Nokia: 808 PureView's 41MP camera inspired by satellites

03/07, 12:40pm

Nokia talks about the history of 41MP sensor

Nokia's 808 PureView smartphone, with its industry-beating 41-megapixel sensor, was more than five years in the making at the company, and the company's Damian Dinning now revealed the project was inspired by satellite imaging tech. Nokia has experimented with folding optics for zoom, but found the solution to be slow and noisy, before realizing images taken by satellites use large resolution sensors and then crop the image and zoom in a specific part of the image.

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Nokia PureView will come to Windows Phone, not yet in the US

03/05, 12:50pm

Nokia PureView tech to spread to new OS soon

Nokia's Smart Devices Executive VP Jo Harlow in commentary this weekend gave hints that the 808 PureView's extreme camera technology would come to Windows Phone devices soon. Echoing some sentiments from the end of the live event at Mobile World Congress, she told Aamulehti that it would "not take very long." She couldn't divulge when, although it's possible that Apollo (Windows Phone 8) in late 2012 may be an opportunity.

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Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 boosts older phones' clock speeds

03/01, 11:05am

Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 promised within months

Nokia has provided many more details of Belle Feature Pack 1, which will arrive on some of its new smartphones starting this spring. The first to get it when it arrives is the 808 PureView. While the focus will be on boosting the entertainment experience for users, Nokia in a surprise step said it would boost the processor speed of the Nokia 700 and 701 by a full 30 percent with the update, from a 1GHz clock to 1.3GHz.

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Hands-on with Nokia's insane 41-megapixel 808 PureView phone

02/27, 6:10am

Nokia 808 PureView gets our photographic test

Nokia might be winding down Symbian, but it has given the old platform one big last hurrah in the 808 PureView. The design centers on a seemingly reality-defying 41-megapixel camera. We got to try that sensor, and the phone, and you can read-on for some first-hand experiences.

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