By: AKHHAY with BGR | Sep 5th, 2012 at 09:38AMNokia (NOK) has seen limited interest in its early Windows Phones, but not nearly enough to prevent three consecutive quarterly losses that topped $1 billion each. 2012 is a year of transition for Microsoft’s (MSFT) software platforms, however, and Microsoft previewed its next-generation Windows Phone 8 platform back in June. Nokia is Microsoft’s premier Windows Phone partner, and now we finally get to see what the Finnish vendor has in store for its new line of Lumia smartphones. Recent leaks suggest the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 will be among the handsets Nokia unveils today, but who knows what else might be in store? Our live coverage of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 press conference, which is scheduled to begin at around 10:00 a.m. Eastern, follows below.
9:40AM:Welcome to our live coverage of Nokia’s Lumia launch event! People are still making their way inside the venue and we’re probably at least 15-20 from getting started.
9:48AM:Not that there is any great mystery surrounding Nokia’s incoming Windows Phone 8 flagship handset, but it’ll probably look something like this:
9:53AM:Ok, it looks like they’re finally starting to push people towards their seats. Free food and bloggers are a dangerous combination.
9:56AM:They just announced that the show will start in a few minutes.
, Nokia’s CEO has just taken the stage.
10:02AM:Nokia wants to offer users an alternative the standard grid of apps, etc. The answer, they determined, was Windows Phone.
10:04AM:Nokia’s Lumia 800 — the “first real Windows Phone” — and the Lumia 900 are responsible for Microsoft’s mobile market share growth and for developer interest according to Elop.
10:05AM:Now Elop is talking about the Asha line, Nokia has launched 10 of these devices for emerging markets
10:06AM:Since those devices use a proxy for web browsing, it compresses and saves money on data.
10:06AM:Smartphone experience are happening on Asha today, and there’s more innovation in these space to come.
10:07AM:Today, we’re looking at ways to challenge the shortcoming of the mobile experiences of today.
10:07AM:Across all our strategies, we said Nokia would differentiate. We said we could create a distinctive Nokia experience
10:08AM:One such place is in the camera space, and locational space which he’s talking about. Today, four out of five car navigation systems use Nokia platforms.
10:10AM:We’re all excited about the next very important step. Jo Harlow is coming on stage to discuss Lumia.
10:10AM:We’re ready to take the next step…
10:11AM:A video is playing with the design of the Lumia and it’s focusing on the camera, and a large battery.
10:11AM:The Nokia Lumia 920. White, yellow, red colors, a PureView sensor, Snapdragon S4 processor, and more.
10:12AM:”This is the most innovative smartphone in the world and here is why”
10:12AM:Wireless charging, the latest PureView camera for taking the best photos.
10:13AM:We’ve built in wireless charging to squeeze more out of your day.
10:13AM:The Nokia Lumia 920 captures better images and video than any competitor smartphone.
10:14AM:1.4 million images taken every day from mobile phones.
10:16AM:She’s explaining shutter speed, and that the shutter has to stay open longer and that exposes it to movements in your hand that cause the blur from low light conditions.
10:16AM:Nokia’s PureView will let the shutter stay open longer, but won’t react to your hand’s shakiness.
10:17AM:The Nokia Lumia 920 has the best smartphone camera for taking pictures and video for everyday use and we wanted to help people find places to use it.
10:19AM:There’s even a daily commute feature that’s similar to what Google is offering.
10:21AM:I’d write about Nokia’s City Lens but…
10:22AM:”We set out to deliver the best viewing experience on any smartphone display. Welcome to Pureview HD+”
10:22AM:Pure Motion is the best smartphone display innovation from Nokia. It’s better than HD resolution. It has a fast refresh rate and the clarity is so incredible video pops off the screen. 4.5-inch curved glass display.
10:24AM:The display detects sunlight and adjusts the levels on the display automatically with smart polarizers and brightness.
10:24AM:A nice 2,000mAh battery is built in…
10:24AM:Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which provides up to 30 percent more battery than quad-core alternatives.
10:25AM:Wireless charging so you don’t ever have to plug your phone in…
10:26AM:Nokia’s using the Qi standard for charging so many other charging pads will work.
10:28AM:Now, let’s talk about Windows Phone 8
10:29AM:I’m going to spend 15 minutes talking about Windows Phone 8 and the Lumia 920
10:29AM:We’re intending for Windows Phone 8 to delivery the most personal experience that anyone can get on a smartphone.
10:30AM:New start screen experience with new tiles and the ability to customize it so it “suits me.”
10:31AM:He’s on to the People hub now
10:32AM:The people hub aggregates everything together, including texts, Facebook posts and messages.
10:33AM:There are over 100,000 Windows Phone apps, and a lot of the announced made in June related to core technology. The app platform becomes easier.
10:34AM:He’s grabbing a CNN app and getting the tile to pin to the home screen. He’s resized it and made it extra large so he can see the top headlines.