Tech watchers buckle your seat belts. The first week in September is going to be a wild ride as Nokia, Motorola and Amazon introduce new devices just before Apple is expected to unveil its next generation iPhone on Sept. 12.
On Sept. 5, Nokia and Microsoft will hold an event in New York, where the companies are expected to announce a high-end Lumia phone, probably with a new version of Windows Phone OS. Nokia's annual developers' conference also takes place Sept. 5-6 in Finland.
Some people believe the Windows Phone operating system is dead in the water, but such thinking underestimates the connection that people may make between the Windows 8 interface on their desktop or tablet, and the one they can get on their smartphone. Remember that Windows Phone 8 will be closely aligned from a technology standpoint with the upcoming Windows 8 OS for desktop PCs, laptops and tablets, which is slated to ship at the end of October.
"They're going to start promoting [Windows Phones] to connect the two in consumers' minds," SteveKoenig, director of industry analysis with the Consumer Electronics Association, told PCWorld. "And it would probably happen from the phone side; so if you get a Windows Phone, you can also get a Windows 8 tablet, just as an example. This makes sense because carriers like AT&T are starting to offer more shared data plans across devices.
As for an improved Lumia device, it's exciting news for Nokia fans. I tested the Lumia 900 a few months ago and found the Windows Phone interface refreshingly different from iOS and Android, particularly the colorful "live" tiles that morph as your phone is synced with real-time information. I also appreciated Nokia's choice of sharp edges, quality materials and excellent camera -- opposed to my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, with its iPhone-like rounded corners, cheap-feeling plastic build and mediocre camera.
Also in New York on Sept. 5, Motorola will stage with Verizon what they're calling "the day's main event." Motorola is expected to introduce what may be called the Droid Razr M 4G LTE, its first major phone since the company was acquired by Google for $12.5 billion. The new phone is expected to have a bigger battery, 8-megapixel camera, software navigation buttons for Android 4.0, and possibly NFC functionality.The latest rumor, according to an unnamed source who dished to Bloomberg, is that the new 4G LTE-enabled phone will have a unique edge-to-edge display that maximizes the screen viewing space by eliminating black frames or bezels. Whether or not Motorola's new phone will deliver an HD display is unclear. Recent speculation indicates it may be a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540 pixel) Super AMOLED Advanced display with Gorilla Glass 2.
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