This is going to be an exciting day for phones. We've got the Nokia/Microsoft press event now, followed by the Motorola/Verizon launch just after.
Here we are at Microsoft and Nokia's big morning jam!
Kent, Roger, and Brian are getting seated and settled. Brian, what's the scene like there?
We're live at Nokia. What would you like to see?
Lots of folks here despite the rain too!
I get the feeling this will be a big news event. There's a vibe in the air man.
Lots of blue. blue, blue...Nokia blue.
@Ion Yep, this is all about Microsoft and Windows Phone for Nokia.
Also there are two giant white phone lights at each corner of the stage!
Or should I say giant phones that have lights inside...what could they be?
It's getting hot, sweaty, and crowded in here....and the club music fits right in.
Yep, people are fighting for seats all around me.
There have been plenty of leaks leading up to this event:
@Brian Bennett Whip out that camera and take a photo!
@hockeyduck3 Sort of, not really. Some BlackBerrys have built-in support for Qi inductive charging, which doesn't work that well in my experience. But then again, I never tried it on a BlackBerry.
I believe that the Palm Pre had a wireless, inductive charger
Yeah, Roger Cheng just arrived!
Hey! I slogged through the rain and humidity of Manhattan to get to this event. It better be worth it.
@mikkop71 It won't be the end of the story, but it'll make the story that much harder. Nokia must have had some ideas in the hopper from a long time back. This is their chance to put lab ideas into action.
For those who are asking: photos should begin flowing in soon, but the real event won't be starting until 10am ET / 7am PT
You can also click on the link above for a live video stream
The Nokia event is bathed in blue light, with large blue signage on stage. That's funny considering the leaked shots we've seen show yellow and red Lumia phones.
What Nokia and Microsoft need to do is make the media store stuff fun to use I think.
You can expect colors to be a big point of focus for Nokia. The blue version of the Lumia 900 for AT&T actually outsold the black one, so the carriers will likely take a more serious look at colors beyond the boring black and white iterations.
All this blue lighting is make me feel really chill....in an excited kind of way!
@Roger Cheng The Lumia 900/800 have taught us to count on Nokia for pops of color, as well as basic black.
Hi folks, Wi-Fi inside the event is a bit spotty. We'll have more photos!
@AJ: Roger, Brian and I are at the event. Sarah Tew will have photos. Jessica and John are hosting our live blog from SF and NY respectively.
Looks like the video stream is attempting to flicker to life
To set the stage: the weather here in NY today is... rather disgusting. Overcast, hot, and extremely humid. Just had a quick downpour about 30 minutes ago.
Uh oh. Kent has his *serious* face on...