Las Vegas, Nevada
This week Las Vegas is hosting the 2o12 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the largest technology show in the world. At the show on Monday Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia’s CEO Steve Elop showcased the new Nokia Lumia 900 touch screen smart-phone along with Ralp de la Vega, CEO of AT & T Mobility, which will be the exclusive wireless carrier for new phone and run on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.
Using Windows Mango 7.5 Operating System, Nokia’s Lumia 900 is sleek at 4.3 inches and comes equipped with Nokia Drive, a custom maps and navigation application that offers turn by turn direction features and voice enabled driving navigation. It also features Nokia Mix Radio, an unlimited music streaming service loaded into the operating system. Nokia is adding an ESPN application called Sports Hub which has detailed sports news and statistics for the sports lover.
The Lumia 900 uses a 4.3 Amoled display, has 16 GB of storage, operates 1.4 GHZ Singlecore CPU with 512 MB of Ram and an impressive 8 MP rear facing 2.2 camera along with a 720 p HD Video capture that features Carl Zeiss optics. It has high resolution video capture for 720 p action footage.
There is a second camera 1.3 mp on the front of the phone with built in calling functions and an app that allows for video conferencing. It remains to be seen how Microsoft will integrate Skype, a recent acquisition, on the new Nokia Lumia 900. But it is likely that Skype will be integrated on the new Nokia Lumia 900 phone which has no release date or official price listed thus far.
Ralph de la Vega of AT&T sounded optimistic at the consumer show and admitted that he saw “tremendous potential in Windows software. ” He sounded bullish about Nokia’s future prospects. “Believe me, I think that Nokia is going to be back in the U.S. in a very big way” del la Vegas said.
The introduction of the Nokia Lumia 900 comes at a critical for both Nokia and Microsoft whose market share has been lagging behind larger rivals such as Google and Apple.
According to U.S. smart-phone statistics found at comscore, Android has captured 46.9 % of U.S. market share while Apple’s IOS has 28.7%, Research and Motion has 16.6%, and Microsoft’s Windows 7 Phone has 5.2%.
Nokia has abandoned its once omnipresent Symbian OS, choosing instead to embrace Microsoft’s Windows OS.
Nokia’s CEO Elop also announced on Monday that Nokia is releasing Nokia 710 which runs on Windows OS, costs $49 with a 2 year contract, and is available at T-Mobile as of this Wednesday. The 710 has a 5 MP camera, 8 GB of storage, and a micro SD card slot for expansion, 512 MB RAM, and a 1.4 gigahertz processor.
During the consumer electronics show (CES) on Monday it was reported that Microsoft had sold 66 million units of X-Box in addition to 18 million Kinect sensors, a high tech device which assists X-Box users to play games using body motion. On February 1st Kinect will be sold for Windows personal computers.
X-Box Live now has 40 million users. Microsoft announced that they recently added content from News Corp’s Fox, Fox News, and the Wall Street Journal for X-Box Live.
Sometime in 2012 Microsoft plans to release cloud based Windows 8 which uses ARM chips. Texas Instruments is showing its newest and greatest ARM processor inside a Windows Tablet at CES this week.