Right now there’s a scramble for all the tech companies to ready their wares for the 2012 holiday season. There are loads of exciting hardware coming; such as the recently announced Microsoft Surface and the new iPhone 5, which is due to be announced on the 12th of September 2012.
As a Windows developer; I think this holiday season is going to get especially interesting. Soon, there will be thousands of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 users wanting to purchase the tons of exciting applications and experiences in the Windows Store.
Consumers are going to access this new ecosystem through devices built by third-party equipment manufacturers, and none interest me more than Nokia with their Lumia range of devices.
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia announced two new phones to their Lumia range, which have previously been well-known for their Cyan blue 800 and 900 phones. The Lumia 820 features a 4.3 inch screen and plenty of fancy new features, but the most exciting is the Lumia 920 phone – which includes new features like a crisp new PureMotion screen, and a very impressive PureView camera.
As leaked earlier in the week, there is also a whole new range of brightly coloured wireless accessories to join the new Lumia line of phones. Here are my favourites:
- Wireless Charging Plate
- Wireless Charging Pillow
- JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker
- Monster Purity Pro Wireless Earphones
- Bluetooth Headset with Wireless Charging
Windows Phone Software
Both devices feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system with improved home screen tiles, NFC, Skype and access to the Windows Store. Xbox entertainment services will also add to the experience. Games, Music and Video will all be available through the new platform.
Crucially, Windows Phone will be just as welcome for enterprise IT administrators as well as consumers. BitLocker will ensure all the data is protected, and integration with Office 365 and SharePoint will help keep the workforce mobile with the systems they already know. Line of business applications can also be deployed using companywide app centres, and System Center 2012 can be used for remote management.
These new Nokia phones join the Surface and the other innovative hardware devices that are coming soon to the Windows ecosystem, which will allow a much bigger choice for 2013. The growing reach of the Windows Store opens up some amazing opportunities for developers to create really fantastic applications. As always, if you’re interested in producing such an application, let us know!