So while we don’t officially know what devices will be announced at Nokia World, we do know a few things that won’t be, as Nokia has just announced them.
JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia
Effectively, the successor to the Nokia Play 360 speakers, only this time in partnership with JBL. While I haven’t had the Play 360 Speakers yet to review, you can read a review that was posted today here. The Play-Up speakers that will replace them look a little different, with the speaker clearly aimed upwards (unlike the play 360 which was also aimed up but looked like it was aimed out) and has a more curved, cup-like bottom. Like the play 360′s they work with Bluetooth, NFC or using a 3.5mm jack, which is nice. They have a maximum output of 89db and a frequency response of 85hz to 22Mhz which is a great sonic range. They mark the beginning of a new partnership between the two companies who will product a range of devices together. This particular entry into that range will cost about 149 Euro’s. You can read more about them on Nokia Conversations.
Nokia Purity Pro Bluetooth wireless headset by Monster
Another audio accessory with another long name, the Monster Purity Pro Bluetooth wireless headset, is here for audiophiles, with advanced noise cancelling to give a top notch audio performance. According to Nokia conversations:
This includes feed forward and feedback technology for ambient and percussive noise cancellation.
So there you have it. The noise cancelling and Bluetooth connections both kick on when you unfold the headset, and turn of when you fold them again. And like the new Lumia devices, and the JBL speakers, they come in a variety of bright colors. These will set you back a bit more though, expected to retain in Q4 for around 299 Euro’s. You can, again, read more on Nokia Conversations.
Nokia Music now available in the US
Finally, after many years of the US not having access to Nokia’s music services, we finally get one, though as of the time of writing, I haven’t been able to download it, though sometimes apps take a day or so to show up in the Windows Phone Marketplace. However, at some point in the near future, US customers with Lumia devices will be able to enjoy the same Nokia Music app and streaming service that people in other part so f the world have been enjoying for the best part of a year. Complete with the ability to save playlists for offline playback, and gig finder, I’m sure many people will like this and see it as a viable alternative to the likes of Last FM, Pandora and Slacker radio. Nokia Innovation has the press release and details here.