Every time I hear a press announcement these days I get a sense of déjà vu, as if I've heard the news before. Maybe that's because heralded features like hashtags on Facebook and video support on Instagram were expected for a long time.
Despite being under great financial pressures, “being green” remains a core business driver for the Nokia brand. The Finnish company has made impressive results from its decade-long “Eco Innovation” efforts, although consumer perception lags behind its sustainability performance. Greener product manufacturing and lifecycle management are clear to see. Today, all parts of Nokia phones are recyclable, and every model has an “Eco” profile, with “Eco Hero” devices indicating its greenest products. Nokia also claims to have set up the world’s biggest voluntary recycling network—with 5,000 collection points in 100 countries—and aims to lead the mobile industry in both the removal of harmful compounds from handsets and the introduction of biomaterials.
Google Inc. has agreed to acquire map-software provider Waze Inc. for about $1.1 billion, a person with knowledge of the deal said, seeking to keep competitors such as Facebook Inc. from eroding its lead in mobile-navigation programs.
"Samsung is spewing out oddities like Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Air View and Air Gesture. Apple's (AAPL) innovation of the iPhone is similarly peripheral with design updates and rarely-if-ever used Siri. This article will explain why Nokia's (NOK) product development direction addresses actual consumer needs and thus is superior to the fringe benefits Samsung and Apple are producing with their product iterations."
Every day, more apps and mobile experiences are integrating augmented reality features. At HERE, we believe that this technology is going to shape the future of mobile devices and the way we interact with them.