Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is still out there, folks. Yes, we know – it has been more than a couple weeks since Nokia announced a press event or unveiled a new device, so we can certainly understand if you might think that Nokia packed up and returned to Finland to retire.
But for those who are loyal supporters of the Finnish handset maker and CEO Stephen Elop, the company is apparently taking a summer break from its new product announcements in 2013. Instead, there are some new rumors coming up from the company or its suppliers. This week, we’ll talk about some new security features on Lumia handsets, and some leaked photos what is supposed to be a new Lumia handset that seems very similar to one already released.
Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) Throwing Blocks
Tom Warren of the Verge reported Friday morning that Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) has been working on upgrading some of its filtering systems when it comes to SMS messages and calls on the company’s Windows Phone handsets. The new application is rolling out immediately, according to Warren’s piece, which will allow users to block specific numbers. But this filter doesn’t just block phone calls from the phone number; it will also block any text messages that originate from that blocked number.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which of course is right on top of everything with its updates (just a tongue-in-cheek comment, Mr. Steve Ballmer! No need to send e-mails to me – those go to my editor, Jake Mann), has not integrated this capability directly into its Windows Phone platform as of yet, but has given permission to OEMs to put them into their handsets before the new Windows Phone update hits the market.
Rich Edmonds of WPCentral provides some photos and step-by-step guidance about how to navigate through the menus to set up this blocking feature.
What’s the Time? About 1030!
And perhaps there might be a new Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) handset that would automatically have the call-block feature pre-installed. Yes, just when we think we saw everything with the Lumia 1020 launch last month and the massive camera sensor. But as you might expect considering Nokia’s trend, we will find it hard to see too many differences between several models. Just remember the 920, 925 and 928, all created for various wireless carriers.
So should we be surprised that the Lumia 1020 would have to have a partner in crime in order for Nokia and Windows Phone to make headway on various wireless networks? Yep, apparently Travis Williams of SidhTech showed off some pictures and provided some specs for a new handset, being labeled as the Lumia 1030 – which, yes,looks in some ways very similar to the 1020.
First of all, the 1030s will have the 41-megapixel PureView camera as the signature feature. The phone reportedly, according to the photos, will have three different colors of back panels, will boast a 4.7-inch display, and a quad-core processor with 1.5 GHz speed. The phone is also supposed to have a 2,600-mAh battery and Gorilla Glass for the display and 2 GB of RAM.
Seeing this new Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) handset making its way onto some more wireless carriers worldwide may help both Nokia and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) continue their slow but steady growth in the smartphone market just in time for the holiday shopping season, which can certainly be good news for fund managers like Israel Englander, Jim Simons and Francis Chou, all of which had stakes of at least $10 million each in Nokia stock at the end of March. In the meantime, you can learn more about this new handset by looking at this video through the lens of the PureView camera on the Lumia 1020.