So you just bought a Nokia Lumia 900 and are wondering how on Earth you’ll get all your old phone’s data over to that new Windows Phone. Nokia and Mark/Space have you covered with a new, Lumia-tuned Welcome Home to Windows Phone app. The Mac- and Windows-based utility goes beyond just shuffling calendars, contacts and media; if you’re jumping ship from Android, a BlackBerry or an iPhone, it will scan apps linked to the outgoing hardware and offer QR codes to download either direct or close-enough equivalents for the Windows Phone world. Fresh Lumia owners might appreciate the price more than anything — unlike the Android porting tool, the Lumia version is a free treat just for joining the Nokia flock. It’s available today, but we have a feeling that most of the demand will come after September 5th.
Nokia makes what many consider the flagship Windows Phones but in the United States the Lumia lineup can only be found on AT&T and T-Mobile. Speaking with Neowin, Nokia’s vice president of worldwide developer relations, Richard Kerris, said that it “won’t be long” before the company’s Windows Phones make their way to Verizon and Sprint, a move that would fill a giant gap in the company’s American presence.
Additionally, Kerris mentioned that company’s PureView camera was coming to the Lumia line “very soon,” echoing what Nokia’s Chris Webber said last month. Introduced with the 808 PureView, the 41-megapixel camera sensor proved to be the best on the market, but was unfortunately tied to outdated hardware and the Symbian operating…
Although we know that Nokia had a wince-inducing first quarter, the company was hush hush on how many of its Windows Phone-packing Lumias had shipped out. We still don’t have official word, but IDC estimates that Nokia delivered 2.2 million of the devices to shops (not necessarily to customers) between January and March. If the total is accurate, Lumias would represent less than a tenth of the 11.9 million smartphones shipped by Espoo over the season and wouldn’t have Apple or Samsung quaking in their boots just yet. The research team is careful to warn that the spring and summer will be the real litmus tests: a healthy Lumia 900 launch in the US could easily spike that number. Our one certainty is that Nokia will still have to sell a lot of 808 PureViews if it wants to keep its smartphone sales humming in the short term.
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I doubt that you’ve forgotten about Nokia’s crazy 808 PureView phone with a 41-megapixel camera. How could you? It’s impossible to dismiss, even if the whole 41-megapixel figure is a bit misleading.
The only issue with it is that it runs on Symbian, a slowly but surely dying platform. Luckily, Nokia has confirmed that its PureView technology is headed to the Windows Phone platform as a part of the Lumia line.
Nokia’s VP of Marketing Jo Harlow confirmed the news to Finnish newspaper Aamulehti, but said that while she isn’t sure of a precise timeline, “it shouldn’t take long.”
We’d expect PureView to hit Windows Phone alongside the Apollo update, with which many cool new features will find their way onto users’ phones. Even more exciting, however, is what this means for Windows Phone. The camera continues to be a big focus among consumers, and one that leaps as far ahead as this PureView tech is sure to make waves.
Windows Phones have thus far really only had the Nokia name and the platform behind them. Spec/hardware wise, they haven’t been highly competitive yet. PureView may change that, at least in the realm of consumer awareness, and I honestly can’t wait to review one of these bad boys.