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Nokia's Samuli Hänninen talks about the future of imaging and development under Microsoft

Lumia 1020

We're already aware of Microsoft's interest in Nokia and how the two companies are looking to secure a deal for 2014, in which the former will purchase and take over Nokia's devices and services division. While this includes the Lumia line of Windows Phones, we're all eagerly awaiting to see what will happen to future products regarding branding and more, what about Nokia imaging?

Vice president of software program management for Nokia’s Smart Devices business, Samuli Hänninen sat down with Nokia Conversations for a Q&A on the future of photography development at the company. tl;dr version? Expect to see some positive changes.

It's an interesting situation, simply because both companies have already worked closely since Nokia joined Windows Phone back in 2011. Just because Microsoft is purchasing a major part of the Finnish company, it doesn't mean there's going to be incompatibilities and alterations that will have a negative impact on consumers.

Samuli explains how their "vision is to change the way people capture memories. Together with Microsoft, we will be even better equipped to do so." The Lumia 1020 is an example of how both companies can work together and produce a high-end product that takes full advantage of the Windows Phone OS.

PureView

The main advantage of the merger is that the teams are no longer in different companies with separate rules for engagement, and thus can better collaborate on future projects. That's the plan, anyway.

"The Nokia Lumia 720 was a great example of us bringing a stunning camera to market with our widest aperture to date, but it didn’t carry the PureView name. The most important thing is what we do, not what it is called, although we like PureView a lot."

So what will this mean for consumers? Not a whole lot really. The same innovation and development will take place, but the teams will be more efficiently set up with the backing of Microsoft. Hänninen also touches on the importance of third party developers and how they can continue to help out by leveraging the imaging SDK Nokia released.

Head on over to Nokia Conversations to read the full Q&A.

Source: Nokia; thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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Nokia's Samuli Hänninen talks about the future of imaging and development under Microsoft

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The 1020 that is in my hands now however amazing........has horrible battery life, the 720 i had before (yesterday lol) lasted 2 days

What i mean is, whatever else you guys are doing, start work on some power technology alongside please

They do push out some occasional power patches that i've seen in the last 9 months. Along with coming out with more portable charging devices to keep your phone juiced longer, I'm sure they'll still be working to make the battery life better as they did before.

Battery life is why I won't be getting rid of my Lumia 720 anytime soon.
I hope Nokia/Microsoft release some new high end phones with a 'maxx' variant like Motorola did with their Razr line. I would love a Lumia 925 successor with a 3000mAh battery.

Same here, keeping the 720 for it's amazing battery life, size and the CBD. I may give away my 920 for the 1020, but the 720 stays, its going to be with me for a long time.

I don't have a 1020, but I read that it also needs faster shoot times.
And starting to think on more fps in video won't be a bad idea, in order to perform slowmotion videos (just trying to keep up with competition and maybe being two steps above the rest, like now with low-light and OIS).

Shoot times are slow when 38MP sampling is enabled, which you simply can't get around. Disabling it speeds up time between shots. 

Obviously, it can. Now that MSFT own Nokia. They can update the OS to handle quadcore SoC like the 800 or the Tegra 4. Throw in a dedicated image GPU and we got some horespower to work with. you DSLRs can shoot 20mp+ at 10fps. as should the phone be able with enough juice. Right now, there's a outdated dual core s4 chipset in there, no wonder it's takeing it's time with the 38mp shots

I can easily go all day with my 1020. I have shot 40minutes of video and the battery meter has barely moved. Some games are more taxing, but overall I'm getting excellent battery life.

I get better battery than my 920 and 900 before it. On par with my old Focus I'd say unless I'm doing some heavy pic taking. Half dozen emails running in the background, all but a couple that push messages, calendar/weather/6tag running in the background, texting throughout the day. For me it's been nothing short of great given what I do.

I get get decent battery life on my Lumia 1020 . Remaining battery life: 68%
       Estimated time remaining: 1 day 10 hours Time since last charge: 16 hours
Last time I charged my phone was yesterday around 6:42pm
Try this
Wi-Fi: Here, tap on Advanced, and uncheck "Notify me when new networks are available," and "Send information about Wi-Fi networks."
Tap + Send: It's unlikely this feature gets used much -- turn it off.
Games: Turn off "Connect with xbox" and "Sync game requests." Again, if you use these features, leave them enabled 
Phone Update: Uncheck "Automatically download updates." Your phone will still notify you of an update
Background Tasks: disable some
Music + Videos: Turn off "Connect with Xbox Music" and the cloud connection feature
Touch: Switch to NORMAL (it's not winter yet). Glance: OFF

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You're getting bad battery from your Lumia 1020? Weird, I get 20 hour battery life usual, sometimes even more. And then you throw in the camera grip's charging capabilites? Bestest battery life ever, I'm always blown away by how awesome it is.
 
I'm hardly turning off features, either. Bluetooth, NFC, Wifi, Cellular are always turned on. My email is set to recieve content as it arrives, battery saver is off, super sensitive screen is on, Glance is on, etc, etc. No idea if you've got a defective model, because both the first 1020 I had (before I cracked it and exchanged it) and my current one have amazing battery life. No complaints here. All my iPhone friends (which is most) hate the fact that I get more battery life than them when I'm on 50% charge, than they do on full charge! Ha!

What I see is a very capable division with more money & resources than they have ever had. Not to crap on Nokia, but Microsoft quality control has been amazing as of late, look at their hardware, 360S & Surface. This can only get better if Microsoft is serious

Money doesn't mean great devices or innovative company, look at MS for example.
Nokia had all the money it ever wanted between 2005-2008, but those were actually the years Nokia did not innovate. Nokia had 130 000 workers, it was 30% larger than Apple and it had 24 billion euros of net cash. Compare that to 1990 and early 2000 Nokia that created the GSM market and its base patents that all manufacturers are paying big sums to this day 

They are innovating now, which is all that matters. The resources provided by Microsft will most certainly help them.

Doesn't seem to have helped the WP team to do things any faster though, not a guarantee of anything.

As long as the Nokia quality is there and the software gets improved I'm perfectly fine without actually seeing Nokia in the phone.

This! Nokia is just the name behind all the human beings that are doing all the great work we are loving. Those same people are going to Microsoft to continue do that great work, but with much more resources. Microsoft needs to make sure consumers know this and as long as they continue to make great phones, the name doesn't matter as much, it's the people behind the name that does.

They should keep PureView for the same reason Apple keeps iSight, or HTC brought out UltraPixels. Its an easy way to highlight a feature, and when that feature has a good track record why get rid of it?

Poor deluded fools...they really think Microsoft's money will help them work better and faster...yeah, 'cause all that money really helped the WP development team after 4 years, to deliver an OS that at least matches Android and iOS....not.

The OS does match iOS and Android. What are you smoking? Its buttery smooth and a delight to use, just like the others. Your speaking jibber jabber.

The WP OS with NT kernel is actually way better than Android and iOS. By your logic Google and Apple with all these years behind them really failed.
You are the one that are deluded to think of the OS = features.