Nokia launches 'WhatsApp phone' Asha 210

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Nokia promised something new would come from its Finnish offices this week, and bright and early morning of Wednesday, it did indeed launch a newphone and here it is – the Asha 210.
The Nokia Asha 210 has been designed to offer consumers more socialexperiences and is perhaps the most social and expressive Asha yet. Its great quality keyboard will be a favourite with text addicts. As well as WhatsApp, the phone comes with Facebook, Twitter and support for email accounts.
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A QA session was also held on 24th of April, 2013 for the Nokia Asha 210, to get some of your queries cleared regarding this exciting phone with a ‘LUMIA’ look and QWERTY keys.

Daily over 20 billion messages are sent over WhatsApp which compelled Nokia to design a trendy social handest with an iconic design andvibrant colours. It comes with a dedicated camera key which accesses the camera without unlocking. The keypad has a matt finish giving it a perfect experience on typing fast and accurate messages. One more unique feature of this phone is it self-portrait camera experience which is voice based enabling you to have a perfect shot. The built-in voice guides the user to ensure they are in the frame, before taking the shot.

  • Nokia Asha 210 comes with a 2.4-inch LCD display that features 320x240 pixel resolution.
  • The Nokia Asha 210 11.8 mm thick Asha 210.
  • It has a four row Qwerty keyboard with tightly packed keys.
  • The space bar key is relatively larger and also acts a shortcut to start the WiFi connectivity option for the device.
  • Most interesting part is the dedicated WhatsApp key which opens the pre-installed WhatsApp application.
  • On the other side of the directional pad is the dedicated camera key to quickly capture and share images using the 2 megapixel camera at the back.
  • There is no flash.
  • Nokia has packed the FM Radio for the music and news listeners.
  • By default, the Asha 210 has 32 MB RAM and features a micro SD card that can support up to 32 GB micro SD card.
  • Other special features include the Phonebook integration that allows the user to launch WhatsApp directly from there.
  • YouTube launcher comes pre-loaded to browse and stream videos.
  • The Dual-SIM model features an “EasySwap” technology that allows switching between the SIMs without turning off the device.
  • Featuring a 2mm charging connecting, Asha 210 also offers a 3.5 mm audio port and micro USB port to transfer data.For faster mobile web experience, Nokia Asha 210 touts the “Nokia Xpress Browser” that squeezes the web pages to push customized and small sized web pages to the mobile screen. 

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The company claims that it has a battery life of up to 46 days with single-sim and up to 24 days with dual-sim. According to Nokia it has a talk-time capacity of 12 hours on 2G.

Nokia Asha 210 will be available in five colour options: yellow, cyan, black, magenta, and white. Nokia, in its release said that the estimated retail price for Asha 210 is around $72. The company expects to start shipping the phone in the second quarter of 2013.

Nokia announcing 'something new' on Wednesday

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The Finnish manufacturer posted a picture on its blog today, which shows a new handset sporting physical keys. There are chances that the device would run on the company's low-end smartphone operating system which is aimed at emerging markets -- Nokia Belle -- and not Windows Phone 8 as Microsoft is not keen on physical keyboard.

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"On Wednesday morning at 7 AM GMT we will be announcing something new, followed by a QandA session with Neil Broadley from our Mobile Phones team and a special guest", says the Finnish manufacturer.

Things which we can predict by observing the picture is that the device features a minimal design with rounded corners. Other than the yellow trim nothing seems bizarre here. The black texture of screen also seems good and as far as I can say, this phone may prove a quite handy one, rumors are that it might be an Asha with the signature QWERTY and/or touchscreen feature or a LUMIA with QWERTY.

As Nokia says "you won’t have to wait long to find out". Our eyes will definitely be on Nokia on Wednesday.

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Inspired by the Metro Style look, Facebook goes flat and clean

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We can say that it's an another win for Flat Design as Facebook gives its  "f" logo and; other icons a flatter, cleaner look.

With the Metro Style look trending worldwide, Facebook finally decided to have a slight makeover, starting with the main “f” logo icon by flattening the design and removing the pale blue bar along the bottom, which gave the icon a reflective sheen/slight 3D effect, as well as moving the position of the f so it now cuts right off the bottom. The overall effect is a simplified and clean looking design with the f having a bolder look. Facebook posted the new logo as a downloadable resource for journalists yesterday.

The Facebook user profile page and other icons used on various official Facebook pages also getting made over in the same flattened and more visually striking style. These icons including a developers icon, privacy- and security-related icons and a mobile icon, among others. Updates seem to have occurred last week.

Flat design has spread its influence all over the tech industry and its interfaces in recent years — from Microsoft’s flat, tile-based Windows Phone UI, to Google’s product interfaces, to various other apps and websites.

From a usability point of view, flat design can create confusion about which portions of the website or interface are designed to be clicked on, for instance. However when it comes to something as visible as Facebook’s f logo there seems no reason to hold onto the pale blue bar.

According to Facebook’s logos & trademarks guidelines page, the “f” logo can be used for:
  1. Your Facebook Page
  2. Your Facebook Group
  3. An application you offer via Facebook Platform
  4. Your implementation of Facebook Connect
The new Facebook Home logo also drops the lighter blue line, and pulls the f to the edge of the box. Along with the profile page having squared tiles and some flattened buttons and Facebook also has "Live Tile" of their own showing off when we scroll our mouse over the Albums.

Finally, Facebook also had makeover in order move along with the latest fashion.

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