It’s an exciting time right now in the world of mobile devices. With Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services departments, new phones and an OS upgrade from Apple and Samsung breaking into wearable technology, there are some exciting developments on the horizon for lovers of mobile technology and mobile testing.
Microsoft buys Nokia
It’s been two years since Microsoft declared they would be releasing Windows mobile exclusively on Nokia devices, and since then we’ve seen some pretty impressive devices come from the Finnish phone maker. Notably the newest of the bunch, the Lumia 1020, boasts an incredible 41 Megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM and a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor.
But the latest news is the acquisition of the devices and services departments, which means that 32,000 Nokia staff will be joining Microsoft’s ranks in the coming months. This expert workforce will be able to tweak and refine the software and hardware for hopefully a more enjoyable Windows mobile experience.
Apple releases new devices
This week Apple released 2 new variants of the iPhone 5: the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. The latter is a scaled down, low-end and therefore cheaper device, while the 5S is the high-end version. The phone has a boosted camera with a dual-LED flash, auto-focus, slow-mo and burst modes and the new phone is said to be twice as fast as its predecessor, the iPhone 5. The most notable, and perhaps controversial, new feature is the fingerprint scanner, which is used to unlock your phone and make purchases.
Along with these, Apple are rumoured to be working on a smartwatch or similar wearable tech. Again, details on this are scarce, with some sources claiming an announcement in the second half of 2013 and some saying we could see it sometime in late 2014. Considering it’s now September, the latter appears more likely.
Samsung smartwatch coming soon
Mobile phone giants Samsung released a new wearable tech device earlier in September, the first in a range of devices labelled Galaxy Gear.
Designed to work in conjunction with or separate from a smartphone, Samsung aim to get a head start on the wearable tech market with the Galaxy Gear range, beating other mobile giants such as Apple and Sony.
While Sony did release the Smartwatch late last year, it was not as successful as was predicted.
An offering from Samsung was rumoured as early as the end of last year and was confirmed in July when a patent filing was uncovered. It was thought originally that the device would have a flexible display, a feature that would prove invaluable on a device meant to be worn but that will not be so, at least not yet anyway.
As always, Epicentre is excited to get our hands on these latest devices and to test them thoroughly. So keep an eye on our blog for the latest mobile technology updates and mobile testing tips.