Is this the last Lumia smartphone ever?

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The future of Microsoft’s mobile division has been somewhat uncertain in recent times. After writing off their Nokia acquisition, Microsoft claimed their next phone releases would come in a slimmer portfolio. So far so good, the company has released two flagship devices, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL, as well as a budget offering in the Lumia 550.

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New reports suggest that Microsoft is planning to release another budget phone to be named Lumia 650 – see image above. The device is expected to be launched on February 1st. Here are a brief specifications the phone is tipped to come with:

  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Matte White or Matte Black body.
  • 5-inch 720p display
  • Snapdragon 210 or 212 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of storage with micro SD expansion
  • 5MP front-facing camera; 8MP rear with LED flash.

Aside the low end specs, rumours have it that this may be the very last Lumia phone Microsoft would release. What Microsoft supposedly have next in mind, post-Lumia, is the Surface phone, something that may become a reality towards the end of the year.

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Poll: Will you like to buy your gadgets this way ?

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If you’re a regular on MobilityArena.com, you will notice that from time to time, we put up devices for sale. Sometimes these are sealed, brand new devices, while other times they’re review devices. In other cases, these are devices brought in through our numerous partners, or maybe devices we offer on our Deal Of The Week promos.

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Whatever the case, we know that shelling out big bucks for a device is often a bit of a burden. So we have a question for you about gadget purchases and instalment payment. As with all our polls, our hope is to get as much feed back as possible from users, so we can serve you better. Thank you. Do participate in the poll let’s know your thoughts.

Would you like an installment payment plan for items offered on MobilityArena?

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Will this be Microsoft’s first entry-level Windows 10 handset?

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Ever since, Microsoft wrote off their mobile division, there has been lots of speculation surrounding the future of mobile phones that would come from Microsoft. First they proposed a leaner phone portfolio, then they also hinted at focusing only on high-end models, leaving mid and low-end for Chinese manufacturers.

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Whatever their plans, we’ll get to know in time. Meanwhile, WMPoweruser has leaked what might be the next low-end Windows 10 handset. The phone all design cues from previous Microsoft’s offerings, and is said to be priced at $120. Below are other key specifications of this device:

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  • 4.7-inch AMOLED display with 720×1080 pixels.
  • 8GB of internal storage.
  • 1.2 Ghz Quad-core Snapdragon 210.
  • 4G LTE.
  • 5MP back camera with LED flash.
  • 2MP selfie camera.
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 128 GB)

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Odd World!! Meet the man who installed NFC chips in his hands

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After reading the title of this post, the first thing that comes to your mind may be questions like, What? Why? Where? When? I’ll admit, I too was partially stunned when I bumped into the source article. Why would a man want to surgically insert NFC chips in his hands? What would he/she be using it for?

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To cut the long story short, the man in question, Amal Graafstra was frustrated as a student by the many security doors in his school. These doors required a special card (with a chip embedded) to open them, and on some days when he forgets to take the card with him, he’s frustrated.

One day he was inspired, and after lots of research found the possibility of installing an NFC chip in his hands. He forged ahead and successfully installed it. Subsequently, he returned and was able to use his hands to open doors at school.

Even after graduation, he claims the implant still plays a significant role in his life. It serves as his business card-automatically saving his contact details to recipients phone. The chip can send send links and information to people even without having their contact information. The chip, he claims, can also be used to log into his Windows PC.

This NFC chip is said to be as small as a grain of rice encased inside a bio-safe glass. The tags used for human implantation has programmable memory. The chips lie just under the skin and placing you hands close to a phone or gadget will trigger it to come on, hence information can be read and/or written to it.

It suddenly appears this chip can be very useful. We can debate the consequences of having such a thing in this part of the world. Because it’s likely you can be accused a witch if seen opening key-less doors with hand gestures. On the other NFC technology isn’t so mainstream especially in this part of the world.

If you had the chance would you get the NFC chip on your hands? Your thoughts.

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Beware!! It takes just one text from ‘Stagefright’ to invade your Android device

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Security researcher with Zimperium zLabs, Joshua Drake has made some interesting discoveries on a hack that affects almost every Android device. This exploit called ‘Stagefright’ is said to be able to invade Android devices, steal data from them, and even perform audio/video recordings without the knowledge of the device owner.

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Touted as the worst Android flaw ever, Stagefright is activated through an MMS message sent to the target device. Worst of all, (in most cases) the recipient receives no buzz or notification. This hack is also claimed to not only steal your data, but also access to manipulate Bluetooth and to view pictures in your microSD card.

Drake has reached out to major phone manufacturers (which includes Sony, Lenovo, HTC, Motorola, Samsung and LG) with a patch to fix the problem. So far only HTC has replied feedback saying the patch will be included in their next set of updates.

It’s also funny to note that Android 2.2 devices downwards are immune to this hack. There’s no word on whether it’s restricted to rooted or unrooted devices. Let’s hope our devices don’t get compromised.

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Here’s why you can’t have a perfect device!!

If I called you up and asked, “Describe your perfect device” You may start listing specs: Sleek super slim design, 6000 mAh battery, Gorrilla Glass, Water proof, Dust proof, Scratch proof, 3.0 Ghz deca-core processor, 5 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage with SD card slot. 41 MP rear camera with dual LED flash and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) ,13 MP front camera with flash and 180 degree wide angle. We could go on and on and on.

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Hey, back to mother earth!! Have you ever asked, “Why haven’t we seen such a device?” A perfect phone in all ramifications, that has virtually everything we want. Well, there are many points that could be raised, but these may be the most important.

First of all, it is realistically impossible. Listen you yourselves. How could you possibly make a device with such specs and expect it to come good. Fact is, something must give. Either the design ends up ugly, or the phone overheats, or it is overly expensive, the list is endless for things that could go wrong.

Think of it as an ideal gas. Science students should understand better. It’s better used as benchmark to compare other gases, but simple hypothesis and doesn’t exist. So also is our hallucinations of this so called ‘perfect phone’.

Secondly, phone manufacturer’s need to make profits. Oh yes! You may think the picture is painted for you, the good old customer. Simple truth is, manufacturers think of their pockets too. Infact, that’s all they think about. Phone makers may go the long way to make your dream phone, but will you be able to afford it?

All things being equal your ideal phone should cost like, lets say $1000 plus. How many of us will be willing to shell such an amount for a mobile phone? It’s best we wake from our dreams, take a back seat and conclude that there’s no such thing as a perfect phone, and we can never have one.

Your thoughts.

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See the next line of phones Microsoft plans to release

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It is no longer news that Microsoft let go thousands of workers and wrote off their acquisition of Nokia. In order to cut their losses and refocus on a more structured phone portfolio. As part of an email that was sent to staff worldwide Microsoft CEO, Nadella, acknowledged that:

Its a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem that includes our first-party device family.

and:

We plan to narrow our focus to three customer segments where we can make unique contributions and where we can differentiate through the combination of our hardware and software. We’ll bring business customers the best management, security and productivity experiences they need; value phone buyers the communications services they want; and Windows fans the flagship devices they’ll love.

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This basically means Microsoft will refocus their device line up into 3 major segments and we will subsequently see lesser releases of Microsoft devices per year. The 3 segments are:

  • Budget devices: This will cater for the needs of those in emerging markets.
  • Business class devices: For those in enterprise markets.
  • Flagship high-end devices: Meant for the die-hard fans.

You can read the full email here.

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Indian mobile brand, Lava, to renew push in Nigeria

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Lava is an Indian mobile brand that made an official entry into Nigeria in 2011. The brand was active in the market for a while before beating a retreat. However, we have insider information that they are looking to renew their push in the Nigerian mobile market.

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Lava makes feature phones, smartphones and tablets running Android and windows Phone.

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4 things you should consider when choosing a mobile

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With so many different mobile phones in the market, it can be a daunting task selecting what device to buy for your use. Here are a few tips:

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1. Display And Size
How large a display do you need? The size of modern phones is usually directly proportional to the size of their displays. What type of tasks do you want to carry out with your phone? You will need a large screen if you intend reading documents or watching videos. For videos, you do need more than just size. You need a sharp, crisp screen.

2. What Connectivity Options?
If you need internet on the move, don’t settle for anything that does not have at least 3G. And if you need super-fast access, a HSDPA/3.5G phone is a must.

If you hang around hotspots a lot, you should be looking at a device with a Wi-Fi radio too. No point ignoring those high-speed WLAN networks around you!

As for local connectivity, if you will be transferring files from one device to another, a phone with bluetooth and/or USB connectivity is a must.

3. Preferred Text Input
If you need to input a fairly good amount of text, you certainly need a device with a QWERTY keyboard. You won’t get laptop speeds, but it is way better than the multi-typing on regular phone keypads.

Modern touchscreen phones also have very good on-screen keyboard options. You can look in that direction as well. Just beware of the menace of autocorrect, or you could end up typing out a disastrous email.

4. Battery Life
In many parts of the world and in certain working scenarios, a very good battery performance is important. If important to you, be sure to ask about it.

Miscellaneous
You may have other criteria that you need to ask about, depending on your specific needs. The summary is that you should ask questions before you spend your hard – earned money on that new smartphone.

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