Vine, Flipboard and Path expand to Windows Phone via Nokia's Lumia 1020
Popular mobile social applications Vine, Flipboard and Path are coming to Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone operating system in conjunction with Nokia's (NYSE:NOK) new Lumia 1020 smartphone, introduced Thursday at a New York City media event.
Twitter-owned Vine, introduced for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS in January and ported to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android last month, enables mobile device owners to film and share videos running no longer than six seconds. Consumers can shoot clips in a single take or pause the recording to string together montages of brief shots. Vine's 13 million users are now sharing more than 1 million videos each day.
Flipboard brings together stories, photos and videos from across multiple content platforms and social networks, leveraging a swipe-based user interface that draws inspiration from the look and feel of traditional print publications. Earlier this year, the startup rolled out overhauled iOS and Android apps giving users the tools to create and share their own customized digital magazines spotlighting any topic, event or personal interest. All customized Flipboard magazines are public and sharable via email, Facebook or Twitter. Readers can "like" items, comment on posts or even set up subscriptions for subsequent issues. More than 50 percent of Flipboard users read customized magazines every day.
Path launched in 2010 as an alternative to Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), where founder Dave Morin originally helped develop Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect. Path limits social networks to 150 contacts, a move to guarantee users are interacting solely with the people closest to them. Path now boasts around 10 million registered users, with roughly half using the app on a monthly basis.
The Lumia 1020 will have a 4.5-inch AMOLED PureMotion HD display in 1,280 by 768 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It will also use Qualcomm's (NASDAQ:QCOM) dual-core 1.5-GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and feature Gorilla Glass 3. During Nokia's launch event, CEO Stephen Elop showcased the new imaging capabilities for the device, which sports a 41-megapixel camera and is equipped with a backside illuminated sensor that is unique to the 1020. Nokia said that the 41-MP camera will also come with Zeiss optics and a 6-lens design. "Pictures will mean more to you. You will see things with this device that you have never seen before," Elop said. "This will change how you shoot, create and share pictures forever."
Nokia is releasing a new imaging software development kit opening core Lumia 1020 image editing features to developers. The SDK is available here; Nokia said partners including CNN, Yelp and Vyclone are currently integrating the imaging features into future Windows Phone 8 app releases.
AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will be the exclusive U.S. operator selling the Lumia 1020. The smartphone will be available from the operator on July 26 for $299.99 with a two-year agreement. AT&T will begin taking pre-orders on July 16.
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