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Nokia Kinetic Showcases New ‘Bendy’ Smartphone

The Nokia Kinetic, which allows users to control certain functions by physically manipulating the device. Has Nokia potentially signalled the future development of Smartphone technology?

The Nokia Kinetic, which was showcased at the Nokia World 2011 event, provides users with a new way to operate their Smartphone device. This announcement comes in addition to a number of other releases which have been made by the mobile manufacturer with the Lumia 800 and 710 Smartphones having also been announced at the event.

These developments within the brand’s products have followed a number of recent partnerships and developments which have reflected a change in direction for the top manufacturer. Nokia phones have previously been somewhat underrepresented within the Smartphone market, something which these changes have been aimed to address.

Nokia and Microsoft

At the beginning of the year Nokia began to take action to combat the rising dominance of other Smartphone manufacturers on the global market. Whilst Nokia remained the number one mobile manufacturer across the world their control over the Smartphone market was not as pronounced.

A partnership between Nokia and Microsoft was therefore conducted in order to help the brand compete with rivals such as Apple and Google. This partnership signalled Nokia’s decision to use Windows Phone operating systems as its main platform, helping it to become a more pronounced player in the Smartphone industry.

Both the Lumia 800 and 710 will use Windows Phone 7.5 operating systems and are therefore examples of Nokia’s move into the Smartphone World.

Nokia Concepts

Alongside this, the development of the concept phone, the Nokia Kinetic, has also demonstrated the manufacturer’s dedication to becoming a global contender in the Smartphone market.

The handset can be controlled by simply bending or pulling the device in certain ways. For example, twisting or pulling the corners of the phone in certain directions can allow users to scroll through menus whilst bending the device in an upwards or downwards motion can perform zoom functions.

This new concept could therefore demonstrate where the future of Smartphone technology could lie, with touch-screen devices being adapted to offer more intuitive features and controls such as those demonstrated by the Nokia Kinetic.