Singapore — Nokia just launched the N9 phone at Nokia Connection 2011′s annual event held in conjunction with CommunicAsia 2011. The device clearly appeals to women with it’s candy colors, big screen, and almost 3D glass, 3.9 inch curved AMOLED screen. Perfect setup to follow the fashion world with the 360Fashion Social News application. Look-Books, News, and the twitter/weibo conversation surrounding the designers ready for your comments to be added to the discussion.
All it takes is a swipe of your thumb or finger from the extreem edge of the phone to move away an application back to the main screen or switch between applications. Whenever you are in an application, you just swipe from the edge of the screen to go back home. The home key is replaced by a simple gesture: a swipe.
"With the Nokia N9, we wanted to design a better way to use a phone. To do this we innovated in the design of the hardware and software together. We reinvented the home key with a simple gesture: a swipe from the edge of the screen. The experience sets a new bar for how natural technology can feel," said Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia’s head of Design. "And this is just the beginning. The details that make the Nokia N9 unique – the industrial design, the all-screen user experience, and the expressive Qt framework for developers – will evolve in future Nokia products."
With a super scrollable keypad, the Nokia N9 comes in three colours: black, cyan and magenta and with large storage capacities of 16GB and 64GB on the two variants to be made available. Nokia also launched a hot host of accessories to compliment the device for your ears, eyes, and sharing sound over the air to your friends.
It’s always been a challenge to pair bluetooth handsets, but thanks to NFC (Near Field Communication), you just touch your headphones to the phone and it immediately connects the two of them together. Touch again, and it un-pairs your headset. Come home, and touch your handset to your Nokia Play 360° speakers and immediately, you are live in stereo sound, blasting away your tunes in your room.
The Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-111 is a great little stereo headset that brings music and clear calls to people’s ears. Once charged, users can expect to be able to listen to music for up to six hours, seven hours for talk time and a standby time of 120 hours.
With the Nokia Play 360° sound you can easily create stereo sound by connecting another speaker – wirelessly – to get an even better music experience. You can connect to the Nokia Play 360° in a number of ways, using NFC for easy Bluetooth pairing or a standard 3.5 mm audio connector.
Along with the Nokia Wireless Music Receiver MD-310, which wirelessly pumps music from your phone, laptop or any other Bluetooth device through your home stereo, you’ve got the perfect summer system to browse the 360Fashion Social News application, and preview the fashion weeks using the latest technology. Using something called apt-x, you will still receive the exact same audio quality you’d experience from a wired system, giving perfect CD quality. With support for Bluetooth class 1, you can remain connected to the MD-310 within 100 meters.
Next summer you will be the life of the party with a distinctive style profile. Your friends will be amazed at your witty commentary on twitter/weibo around top fashion news. You’ll be the one telling your friends about the latest trend and others will admire you as a style leader in your own time.
The power of QT was demostrated in that we were able to develop this applciation in 5 weeks. The QT environment makes it also easy to port it to other devices in the future. Even though there were not API’s ready for the device we were able to work with the web API’s of weibo and twitter to bring out the social aspect of the application so as to enable fashion lovers to get into the conversation specifically happening around a brand. Using the QML our UI designers familiar with designing for web, could bring their ideas together with our programmers easily.