Tag: Mobile Backend for Windows Phone

The Nokia 1020 is here and it’s bringing a ridiculous 41Mp camera with it

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Despite tempermental sales and Windows Phone just not really managing to make a significant impact, Nokia have always been a little different from your average smartphone manufacturer. For one, they makes most of their money from selling cheap feature phones in the developing world, the smartphone market just being something of an aside. Having said that, Nokia have always had a very distinctive style when it comes to designing phones that can be quite refreshing. After all, what other company are currently offering their flagship device in day-glo yellow?

They also tend towards concentrating on features that other manufacturers don’t spend as much time on, especailly the camera. The Lumia 920 has an 8mp camera that can outperform its generation of smartphone competitors from a standing start, and Nokia are looking to carry that one on with the 1020. As the title says, this thing has a 41mp camera. Yes that’s right, 41 megapixels. Is that number necessary or even with purpose? Probably not, but you have to admit, it’s pretty cool that they even managed to fit that size of sensor into the damned thing.

Internally, it runs Windows Phone 8 a 1.5Ghz dual core snapdragon – although no word on which chipset specifically – 2Gb of RAM and 32Gb of internal storage memory. So not a slouch, but in the age when the Galaxy S4 is easily more powerful than most low to mid tier laptops (and about as expensive), nothing much compares. Again though, Nokia have never tried to compete purely on spec alone.  That and Windows Phone is a pretty robust OS that doesn’t actually need as much processing power to operate smoothly and cleanly, unlike the somewhat bloated version of Android that are usually installed on the world’s current most powerful handsets.

Just officially announced yesterday (although rumoured and leaked for ages), the 1020 has had some handling by various tech outlets and the overall opinion is pretty positive. The 41mp camera pod is necessarily larger than any other phone camera you’ve seen and has a permenant bump on the back to contain all that sensor, but apparently the phone is also surprisingly light and good to hold. Performance is slick as you’d expect from a Window’s Phone, and the options for the camera are massive. With full setting customisation including a real time preview of what your picture will look like as you change the options, mobile snappers will be able to take some pretty pictures indeed.

No word on a release date yet, but it’s good to know that Nokia can still make a nice looking, slightly different from your average, smartphone.

And luckily for app developers, if you’re wanting to make an app for this new smartphone on Windows Phone 8, Kumulos works with that OS alongside iOS and Android. Our Mobile Backend as a Service is there for your app, regardless of what OS you use. We can give you the tools to create the Mobile Backend that you need.

 

PC sales are doing great! Said no one ever.

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It’s not a secret these days that PCs aren’t exactly as popular as they once were. Mobile has been rapidly eating into their market share and mobile data useage is coming up behind PC data use fast. Microsoft is posting shrinking profits and is having to be content to take 3rd place in the big tech company races. Obviously they’re still not short of cash, but compared to Apple’s regular hauls of enough money to buy up large portions of the developing world, it’s not as spectacular.

Now Gartner have just released a report that is continuing the flow of information toward PC’s demise.

In the report Garner point to 5 consecutive quarters of shrinkage in the PC market, which is, in their words; “longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history,”. Almost entirely across the board PC manufacturers are seeing falling profits and shrinking markets, with Acer seeing a huge reduction of 35% from 2012 to 2013. HP and Lenovo are still battling for supremacy, but Lenovo seem to be hanging on grimly and have seen the least amount of shrinkage in the market, with only 0.8% of a reduction of sales.

HP are just behind Lenovo in terms of overall market share, but they apparently control significant markets such as the US and EMEA whereas Lenovo have more control in the Asian and Oceanic markets, balancing out the numbers.

Overall the sales figures don’t paint a good picture, with the sales this last quarter dropping to 76 million units which is a 10.9% drop in sales from the same period last year. It seems that the massive tablet sales we’ve been hearing about are taking their toll. After all, if you’re just a casual PC user who only wants to browse the internet, occasionally send an email and watch a video or two, why would you need a PC when a tablet can do all of these and be lighter and cheaper in the process?

That question is what’s driving many people to abandon their old PCs in favour of something flatter and more modern. Obviously there is still a market out there for PCs, for example, you try to do any kind of serious typing on an iPad without a good quality wireless keyboard and see how far you get. That said though, as tablets evolve, PCs are more and more a niche market.

Let’s just not tell Microsoft that people blame Windows 8 for all this.

Thankfully though, the mobile market is growing as happily as ever and there’s no better time to make an app. So if you’re an app developer, you just carry right on what you’re doing. If you need some help along the way though, we at Kumulos have a Mobile Backend as a Service designed from the ground up to make sure your app development project goes off with the least amount of hitches.

So why not get in touch today?

UPDATE 2017: We were pretty much spot on, as PC sales continued to decline through 2016