Nokia Provides More Evidence of Being the “real” Windows Phone Maker

Nokia Lumia 900

On May 8, at the CTIA Wireless 2012 show in New Orleans, Nokia announced that they are partnering with a bunch of top-tier brands to bring their various apps and games to Windows Phone, with a lot of those apps and games being exclusive to Nokia’s Lumia line of Windows Phones.

Some of the highlights from their press release:

PGA Tour (exclusive to Lumia for 12 months)

In addition to live tournament scoring, highlights and player information, the app provides interactive, augmented coverage of select events and holes, showing each player’s exact position and scoring information. This allows fans to “get inside the ropes” and follow all players competing on the PGA TOUR.

ESPN (exclusive to Lumia until May 2013)

This app already exists on the Lumia devices, and is in addition to the ESPN ScoreCenter app that is available to all Windows Phones. The Lumia app will see some functionality updates and in addition, the ESPN Fantasy Football app (another Lumia exclusive) will be made available later in the Fall to align with the NFL season.

Rovio

After a back-and-forth on whether they are going to build Angry Birds Space for Windows Phone or not, Rovio is now building a dedicated design and development team to create games for Lumia and other Windows Phone devices. That’s quite a scoop for Nokia from the rather negative start that the game maker had with Microsoft and Windows Phone.

Nokia and Rovio will partner to develop innovative new consumer products and content exclusively for Nokia Lumia smartphones, alongside cross platform multi-channel integrated marketing initiatives.

EA

EA will be bringing some of their most popular titles to Lumia and other Windows Phones, including FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Jam, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Mirror’s Edge and Yahtzee to add to the several titles they already have in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Groupon (exclusive to Lumia for 6 months)

There is already an official Groupon app which is going to get some major updates, including a cool and innovative augmented reality feature to find deals near you.

Tripdots (exclusive to Lumia for 3 months)

Tripdots helps vehicle owners optimize their driving behaviors while connecting with other vehicle owners and sharing driving efficiency achievements via social networks. The app lets users monitor the operation of their vehicles to enable cost savings through better understanding fuel economy.

PayPal

Yet another “key” app missing in the Windows Phone ecosystem is for the popular PayPal service. PayPal is going to work with Nokia to not only bring their app to Windows Phone, but also use functionality like Live Tiles to enhance the user experience.

AOL Entertainment Hub (exclusive to Lumia for 3 months)

Whether you want to listen to one of 55,000 radio stations via SHOUTcast, stream free music albums with AOL’s Listening Party or view Trailers and Movie listings, the AOL Entertainment Hub delivers everything you need.

Yet another app where Live Tiles are going to be used to enhance the user experience:

“The live tiles on Nokia Lumia helped us create an awesome app that makes it easy to stay in the know on what’s happening in Film, TV, Radio, Concerts and Music right from your home screen,” said Sol Lipman, Director of Mobile First products at AOL.

TIME magazine

Utilizing the stunning Windows Phone UI, the app will enable users to view TIME.com content, receive breaking news alerts, watch rich media content including video and share stories via the Windows Phone People Hub, while delivering the latest news and stories to users first via Live Tiles.

Newsweek – The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast app delivers the latest content through Live Tiles and combines the unique style of The Daily Beast with the Windows Phone UI to deliver a stunning experience. For users who only have minutes to digest the latest news, the app also delivers The Cheat Sheet – your one stop must have reads from across the world – uniquely designed for Windows Phone.

Box app for Windows Phone

Box, another oft-requested app, will finally come to Windows Phone with support for nine languages.

 

T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on Pictures and Videos

Looks like it is raining 3D mobiles and tablets at the CTIA 2011. After the HTC EVO 3D, one of the other 3D devices launched at CTIA 2011 is the LG G-Slate, which is a 8.9" HD screen tablet with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core processor.

T-Mobile LG G-Slate

The LG Slate is 4G ready and will be launched on the T-Mobile network. It is built to view and record 3D videos with the help of two 5MP cameras at the back. It also has a 2MP camera in the front for video chatting. The device will come pre-loaded with 32GB Internal memory and will start at $529.99.

I had a hands-on demo of the device and thought it wasn’t as light as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device, it did have a good feel to it. The tablet is loaded with the Honeycomb OS and will have access to 150,000 apps in the Market.

Though the LG G-Slate has a feel good factor to it, I didn’t see any good selling points other than watching 3D videos and capturing 3D videos and pictures.

Take a look at some hands-on pictures of the T-Mobile G-Slate and hands-on videos after the jump.

T-Mobile LG G-Slate Hands-on Pictures

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T-Mobile LG G-Slate Hands-on Videos

T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on Video

T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on 3D Experience Video

T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on Gaming Experience Video

HTC EVO 3D Hands-on Video and Pictures

HTC is coming out with the first 3D phone called HTC EVO 3D which can take 3D pictures and shoot 3D videos using two 5MP lens on the back of the device. The device can also be used to view 3D videos without using glasses.

HTC EVO 3D

HTC EVO 3D has a 4.3 inch qHD display and is powered by a 1.2Ghz dual core Qualcomm processor. The   phone also has a 768MB. I didn’t get a chance to touch the phone but was able to view a demo of the phone in action at the Sprint booth at CTIA 2011.

Take a look at some of the pictures and video of the HTC EVO 3D after the break. You can read up the HTC EVO 3D specs and pricing too to know more about the device.

Sony Xperia Arc Hands-on Pictures and Videos

After the Sony Xperia Play (see hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Play), I also had a chance to play with the new Xperia Arc phone, and just like the Play, the Arc is lightweight and feels like a feather in your hand.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The Xperia Arc specs are pretty good and has a 8MP HD Camera, 4.2 inches screen and is really thin at 8.7mm. I liked the Xperia Arc as the display is brilliant and is based on the Bravia. Xperia Arc comes with 2.3 .

Sony Xperia Arc will be available in Canada on Rogers starting April 15th, however, there is   no release date yet for the US version as they are still negotiating with carriers. Catch up on our hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Arc after the break.

Sony Xperia Play Hands-on Pictures and Video

Sony Xperia Play, the PlayStation phone from Sony will be out shortly. It brings together a phone and a gaming device and clubs them into a single device.

I had a chance to play around with the Xperia Play at CTIA 2011 and it was definitely worth all the hype. The gaming is smooth and the controls are very similar to a controller for a game console.

I was able to play a few games including Asphalt 6, Sims 3 and Madden NFL and the experience was really good. The Xperia Play will come out with 5 full games pre-loaded for free and have about 50 game titles for sale at launch.

If you are looking to get a complete gaming experience on a phone, the Xperia Play is the phone to buy. Take a look at some pictures and a hands-on video of Xperia Play after the break.

T-Mobile Announces the LG G2X

LG T-Mobile G2XToday, T-Mobile has announced the LG G2X at CTIA 2011. It is identical to the LG Optimus 2X, but is a T-Mobile branded phone and will come with pure, vanilla Android 2.2 Froyo. It will likely get Android 2.3 Gingerbread soon, mainly because it doesn’t have any custom UI to delay the update. It comes with Swype pre-installed.

It has a 4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display and a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It will come with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor on the Tegra 2 chipset. It will have 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage.

It will also have an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash which is capable of shooting 1080p videos. It also has a secondary 1.3 MP camera for video calling powered by Qik.

The LG G2X will be the first phone to ship with Tegra Zone and supports T-Mobile’s 4G network.

It will come with Need for Speed Shift HD and will be available by spring.

HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G Specifications Leaked

Sprint is expected to roll out a lot of major devices at CTIA 2011, which will start on March 21. Some very interesting details about these devices have leaked out.

First of all, Sprint will launch the HTC EVO 3D, an Android smartphone with a 3D display, much like the LG Optimus 3D.

The HTC EVO 3D will come with a 4.3 inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 450 pixels. It has an autostereoscopic 3D display and comes with a 1.2 GH dual core Qualcomm 8660 processor and 1 GB RAM. It will have dual 5 MP cameras to shoot 3D video and will come with 4 GB ROM. It is powered by a 1730 mAH battery and HDMI out which can output 1080p HD videos and 720p 3D HD videos. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI.

Another very interesting device which Sprint will unveil at CTIA is the HTC EVO View 4G. It is quite similar to the HTC Flyer Android tablet. It has a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It will be housed in an aluminum unibody design and will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense optimized for tablets, and HTC Scribe with pen support. It also has a 5 MP camera and a secondary 1.3 MP camera. It will be powered by a 4000 mAh battery.

Sprint also plans to launch the Motorola XOOM on its network, with support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX.