Nokia updates offline maps for all Windows Phones

Nokia has pushed out a global update to it’s HERE Maps for all Windows Phone today adding tons of new data including better maps for Tunisia, Senegal and Cyprus, building outlines in Croatia, Public transit in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and more Truck Attributes worldwide. It should also be noted that devices running Windows Phone 8 GDR2 (which means only the Nokia Lumia 925 right now) will only be prompted to download the updated data of the maps currently installed and not the whole maps dataset as it’s has been the case on Windows Phone 8.

Just head over to your phone’s Settings -> Maps and download the updates.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S800 powered Nokia Windows Phone coming later this year

We finally have confirmation that Nokia is working of several Windows Phone 8 handsets powered by Qualcomm’s latest high-end SoC the Snapdragon S800. Bothe MSM8274 (without LTE) and MSM8974 (with LTE) are being supported as seen in the screen shot above. The new Quad-Core Krait with Adreno 330 GPU powered devices are obviously still unknown but as I said last week the S800 is currently the only SoC that could potentially support a 41MP sensor like the one supposedly found in the soon to be announced Nokia EOS.

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Nokia EOS to be announced on July 11th: Zoom Reinvented

Just when I got a brand new Nokia Lumia 925 the Finnish mobile giant is now announcing a event to be held in NYC on July 11th entitled Zoom Reinvented. This will be the launch stage for the company’s next flagship Windows Phone 8 handset codenamed EOS.

Based on the recent leaks the Nokia EOS will feature a design similar to the Nokia Lumia 920 but with a gigantic PureView 41MP camera on the back like it’s grand father the Nokia 808. This camera module will also feature active OIS, a mechanical shutter and also mechanical focus. The rest of the specification is still a mystery (besides the screen size which will be 4.5 and the lack of wireless charging embedded in the handset) especially the SoC powering it.

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Watch the Nokia Lumia EOS camera’s mechanical shutter and OIS in action

Yesterday’s Nokia EOS leak wasn’t the last as you can see in the short video below of the phone’s PureView camera’s mechanical shutter, focus and Optical Image Stabilization in action. You can clearly see the shutter opening/closing and the lens moving back and forth to adjust the focus in addition to up/donw to compensate for the camera movement.

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Nokia EOS finally shows up in real life

The Nokia Unicorn aka Nokia EOS Windows Phone 8 handset long rumored to pack the same 41MP camera sensor introduced with the Nokia 808 has finally shown its face today in a series of leaks that stormed web a few hours ago. As you can see in the pictures posted below the Nokia EOS is a nearly identical design to the Nokia Lumia 920 with one big difference being the huge camera module with xenon flash which replaces the 8.7MP sensor of the 920. The EOS also doesn’t natively feature wireless charging and will require a add-on cover like the Nokia Lumia 925.

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HALO: Spartan Assault coming exclusively to Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT in July

The Halo franchise is finally headed to Windows Phone as an exclusive first party game from Microsoft’s 343 Industries Studio in collaboration with Vanguard Studios. Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down arcade shooter game which will be exclusive to Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT. The game’s story line is set between Halo 3 and Halo 4 and will focus on the Halo: Spartan Ops team’s first mission against the Covenant forces.

The development and released of this exclusive title was only a matter a time given the different OS’ share core and APIs and is a definitive sign of Microsoft flexing it’s muscle to pushed it’s ecosystem further ahead of the Xbox One launch later this year. Still thinking that MS doesn’t really care about Windows Phone? Well this and the flood of high quality applications hitting the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Store in the past months is a clear sign the Redmond is finally “getting it”.

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