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Nokia revives its partnership with Zeiss

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If you were a cellphone-toting hipster in 2005, chances are, you owned a Nokia N95 — at that time, a revolutionary new device that didn’t only make phone calls or have pre-smartphone functionality, but one with a camera that could take great photos.

It may sound usual now, but back then it was unheard of. The Nokia N95 was the first phone with a multi-megapixel camera — five to be exact. This revolutionary push forward in the phone space came at a time when VGA cameras were the norm; if you’re too young to remember grainy, poorly lit photos is an understatement.

To pull it off, Nokia teamed up with renowned imaging company Zeiss. That partnership bore other milestones including the insane Nokia 808 PureView smartphone which today is still unmatched in the megapixels race. That phone had a whopping 41.

Fast-forward to 2017 and Nokia is back to old habits. Back on its own feet, with new fire under its wings via mother brand HMD, Nokia is hoping to revive its reputation as an industry leader in smartphone imaging by revisiting its partnership with Zeiss.

Pekka Rantala, CMO of HMD, with Zeiss. Dr. Winfried Scherle is Executive Vice President and Head of the Consumer Optics Business Group of Zeiss.

That relationship is both exclusive and official starting today.

While the company refuses to talk about new products, Pekka Rantala, CMO at HMD tells GadgetMatch, “There are still numbers before 3 and after 6,” referring to their current lineup that includes the Nokia 3, 5, and 6. That’s short of saying new phones are coming soon, the offspring of this new Zeiss partnership.

But optics is only the tip of the iceberg. Zeiss Executive Vice President Dr. Winfried Sherle tells GadgetMatch they “are committed to a more holistic approach to imaging.” Zeiss technology will not only figure in to the cameras of new Nokia phones, but will also play a big part in its displays, software, algorithms, and services.

When all of this will become a reality is only a matter of time. Rantala tells us, “We have started the collaboration and are working at full speed.”

SEE ALSO: Nokia 3310 has confirmed release dates for four countries

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Image credit: Kārlis Dambrāns

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Here’s how to share your Spotify Wrapped 2023 with everyone

Also available on desktop for the first time ever

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Psst. It’s that time of the year again. If you’ve been on social media lately, you might have noticed the start of Spotify Wrapped posts. Everyone is keen to share which songs they were obsessed over this entire year. If you want to join in the fun, here’s how you can share your top songs and artists for the year.

Starting today, Spotify Wrapped is now available. As long as your app is updated, the yearly feature should already be available. You can find the button for your Wrapped right on your home screen.

Clicking on the feature will take you to the traditional story-like sequence showcasing your favorite music and when you listened to them. At the end of the sequence, you’ll get a variety of color options to share your list on social media. This year’s theme is more psychedelic, so you can show off a lot more color for your feed.

Additionally, after you view the sequence (and during, for your most listened-to artist), you can access special messages shot by your most played artists as a thank you for supporting them throughout the year. The top artist will get a special spot in your stories, too.

Besides the usual way of viewing your Wrapped on mobile, Spotify is also making Wrapped 2023 available on desktop for the first time ever. The desktop version isn’t really new as it still offers the same story sequence, though. Still, it’s a good addition if you prefer using Spotify on a PC.

SEE ALSO: Spotify’s Supremium subscription hints more features coming

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Netflix is getting three classic Grand Theft Auto games next month

All three in remastered glory

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If you need something light to play amid the bushel of bigger games released this year, you might be sleeping on Netflix’s growing library of games. After packing a significant amount of indie classics on the platform, Netflix is now adding more mainstream hits starting next month. Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will arrive on the platform in December.

While it’s no Grand Theft Auto V, the trilogy collection three of the most iconic titles in the series: Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas. The three games represent an era when Rockstar Games had unparalleled dominance in the open-world genre. Released in 2021, the collection releases the trilogy for modern systems, complete with upgraded (albeit controversial) graphics.

The trilogy is a big get for Netflix. Though the platform’s games catalog already has certified hits (such as Spiritfarer and Into the Breach), Netflix’s new feature hasn’t taken off as much as the company would want. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy might be its most iconic addition yet, potentially boosting its value for subscribers (especially those who don’t want to pay full price for old games).

For Rockstar Games, the addition couldn’t have come at a better time. The studio has already confirmed that it will release the first trailer for the much-awaited Grand Theft Auto VI next month. The series is about to get a big boost.

If you want to play Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, the three games will drop on Netflix starting December 14. As with all of Netflix’s other games, the trilogy is available for free for all subscribers through a mobile device.

SEE ALSO: Rockstar is reportedly announcing ‘Grand Theft Auto VI’ this week

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Limited-edition vivo V29 5G in Rose Pink now available

Make the holidays brighter

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vivo V29 5G Rose Pink

vivo is releasing a limited-edition Rose Pink-colored vivo V29 5G in time for the holidays.

Available starting on December 1, the Rose Pink edition is the third color option for vivo’s premier device under the V series. It joins the Starry Purple and Magic Maroon colorways.

The Rose Pink variant comes with a delicate pink hue that is reminiscent of winter sunset. It also has gradient hues and textured ripples inspired by a sea of pink roses.

The colorway is only available on the vivo V29 5G which. It is priced at PhP 24,999 (12GB+256GB) and PhP 26,999 (12GB+256GB).

The vivo V29 5G packs a punch with powerful features, including a 6.78-inch AMOLED screen with a 2880×1260 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, a 4,600mAh battery with 80W fast charge, and a 50MP OIS main camera along with a 50MP front camera.

The more affordable vivo V29e 5G, meanwhile, is still available in the Crystal Blue and Forest Black. It retails for just PhP 18,999.

SEE ALSO: vivo v29 5G review: Aesthetic phone with aura light to match

Make A Wish campaign

For those who are interested in getting the Rose Pink edition of the vivo V29 5G, vivo has a Make A Wish campaign that invites customers to join for a chance to win exclusive gifts and prizes, including the phone itself.

To join the festivities, visit the microsite here and answer the simple question What is your Christmas wish? 


This article is a sponsored press release from vivo Philippines.

 

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