Week in Tech: Can Nokia and Microsoft be the comeback kids?

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As Britain swelters in conditions Brits call “hot” and Australians call “wintry”, TELEVISION displays have actually been tuned to the tennis: on Sunday, Andy Murray thrived at Wimbledon. In 2012’s underdog was this year’s hero, and we cannot assist thinking that numerous tech firms want to make a very comparable quest.

According to Gareth Beavis, Nokia is one of those companies: the Lumia 1020 “is going to be the gadget that not just advises individuals how good Nokia utilized to be, however will likewise proclaim a real change in the business’s fortunes. ”

It’s going to “obliterate the competitors on the imaging front” with its remarkable PureView camera and “if in a year approximately Nokia is announcing flourishing revenues and Samsung, Apple and HTC are all looking nervously over their shoulders, ” the 1020 will be the phone accountable.

The Berry fights back?

Nokia is not the only phone titan to be eclipsed by the increase of the iPhone and Android: BlackBerry’s another former king minimized to underdog status. Could the BlackBerry 9720 be its resurgence? Er, most likely not: it will be running BB7, not BB10, which appears rather odd.

Much even more excitingly, the long-rumoured A10 flagship is imminent: as Chris Smith reports, it looks like a Samsung Galaxy S4 and apparently has “a focus on gaming”.

Can Nokia, BlackBerry and Microsoft be the comeback kids?

In the meantime there’s always the BlackBerry Q5, which John McCann says is easy to such as however “difficult to love”, not least due to the fact that it’s too costly to be a real spending plan choice: “We cannot help however feel the only individuals likely to seriously consider a BlackBerry Q5 are those yearning for a Q10, however whose pockets aren’t deep enough to manage one. “

One is the loveliest number

Remember when HTC ruled the Android roost? The superb HTC One was a genuine recover, and it’s getting a spruce up. As Michael Rougeau reports, there will be an updated variation of the flagship phone by the end of this year – and there’s a follow up, codenamed M8, due in 2014.

The refresh may be more than cosmetic, too: we are hearing that it will get a faster processor, which ought to make its already silky-smooth performance even much better.

Can Nokia, BlackBerry and Microsoft be the comeback kids?

It feels odd to call Microsoft an underdog, but it certainly is in tablets: Windows RT has not already been an enormous success, and while the Surface Pro is an excellent bit of kit it’s massively outnumbered by iPads. Microsoft hopes to alter that in the coming months, and it’s new versions of both the Surface RT and Surface Pro due within the year.

As Chris Smith explains, there’ll be more than simply 2 tablets: there could be a 7-inch device and/or an Xbox Surface tablet, and Microsoft likewise “promised brand-new Surface add-ons and accessory colors, which might suggest new-fangled tablet covers, with recent rumors recommending future versions will in fact be able to charge the gadget. “

But that’s not all the news coming out of Redmond: Microsoft’s had a bit of a reshuffle over at HQ. The company wants to provide you one huge Microsoft experience throughout all its gadgets and software application, with the strategy being to make more of its own-branded phones, tablets and “small wearables”.

Ballmer’s memo to staff spoke of a “nimble, communicative, collaborative, decisive and motivated” business which, as the ever-insightful Kate Solomon mentions, “does not sound just like the Microsoft we presently know”, while Dan Grabham suggests it’s Ballmer’s last chance to make the whole thing work.

OK, Microsoft. Right here we’re now. Amuse us.