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On Android, given that it's built by Google, consumers already have access to what is arguably the best routing/navigational app in the known universe: Google Maps. But if for some reason that doesn't appeal to you, there's another major player coming to Android at long last. The HERE team is announcing this week that a beta of its mapping app is now ready for Android users, so long as you're using a Samsung device. Thanks to a licensing agreement with Samsung, it'll be available for free, exclusively for Samsung Galaxy smartphones like the Galaxy S5. What makes HERE special is that it'll work... Read more...
Opera Software, the Norwegian software developer behind the Opera browser, scored an interesting deal with Microsoft to have its Opera Mini browser for mobile devices serve as the default web surfing vehicle on Microsoft's existing feature phones and Asha handsets, the company announced today. The licensing agreement applies to mobile phones based on the Series 30+, Series 40, and Asha software platforms. In short, Opera is taking over the browser building division in Nokia. "We continue to sell and support classic first and feature phones as well as the Asha range, which have performed well with... Read more...
Like them or not, selfies seem to be a trend with staying power, and phone makers like Sony are beefing up smartphone front cameras in response. Microsoft is reportedly jumping on the bandwagon, too, with the Lumia 730 expected to have a 5MP front cam that will render your skin imperfections in way higher detail than old school front cams. Microsoft's IFA invite seems to be teasing the upcoming smartphones that are expected to have heavy-duty cameras. Image credit: WP Central With consumer tech show IFA around the corner, it makes sense that Microsoft would use the opportunity to reveal the Lumia... Read more...
A smartphone doesn't seem like a fantastic severance package to us, but it's part of what Microsoft is using in its attempt to downsize in China. Microsoft is planning a large number of layoffs at its Nokia unit in China -- around 4,700 employees will receive a pink slip, leaving just 300 -- and to ease tensions from the protests that are going on, Microsoft is offering a free Lumia 630 device to any employee who voluntarily resigns. The Redmond outfit is willing to dish out Lumia 630 devices to up to 300 employees per day if they apply for the volunteer resignation package. It's not known how... Read more...
Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung in a Manhattan federal court on Friday, as the result of the Korean smartphone maker allegedly failing to keep up its end of a contractual agreement with regards to making royalty payments. Samsung believes that Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, completed in April, breaches that particular agreement, while Microsoft disagrees. In 2011, Microsoft dropped some jaws when it forced a handful of smartphone vendors to pay royalties for every Android-based device sold. Being that Android is Unix-based, and relates very little to Microsoft's own OS offerings, the... Read more...
If you don't want to get caught with a dead smartphone, it's a wise idea to carry along either a spare battery (provided your handset sports a removable battery) or a portable charger. However, if you have neither and you happen to be surrounded by 800 potatoes and apples, all you'll need is a copper wire and galvanized nails to be back in business. Practical? Not even for MacGyvr. Cool? You betcha. In a blog post, Nokia explains how multimedia artist Caleb Charland set up a large display of fruit and potatoes to organically charge a Lumia 930 handset. His setup generated an electrical current... Read more...
AT&T has some great news for Nokia Lumia 1520 handset owners. Effectively immediately, you can download and install the Windows Phone 8.1 software update for your phone and start enjoying Cortana, a personal virtual assistant. Unlike the virtual assistants on other platforms, Cortana is the only one that can set reminders by people, as well as by time or location. There are a lot of changes that go beyond Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. Users have greater control over personalization -- Live Tiles with multiple sizes and color options let you pin apps, music, and people to your Start Screen so... Read more...
Way off in some alternate reality, Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on its Nokia McLaren handset, a flagship phone equipped with 3D Touch technology. The company's marketing team is busy preparing advertisements that show off the Kinect-like gesture control you can pull off courtesy of the phone's many embedded sensor, and there's an air of excitement looming at Microsoft over the McLaren's impending launch. Unfortunately for the team that conceived and built such a device, we live in this reality, the same one that just saw Microsoft chief Satya Nadella announce the biggest round of... Read more...
No company ever announces job cuts by saying, “We’re scuttling thousands of jobs, and that sucks, but that’s business”. Microsoft’s version of tap-dancing around the nasty business of layoffs is an email from CEO Satya Nadella titled “Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture” wherein he announced that the company will cut some 18,000 jobs from its workforce over the next year, which is a move that we expected. Calling it “The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce”, Nadella said that... Read more...
When the Nokia Lumia 1020 debuted, it cost a whopping $299 on contract; that price subsequently dropped to $199, and now there’s an unlocked version available for $549 in the Microsoft Store. That’s not a bad price for a smartphone that boasts the specs the 1020 offers. As we’ve detailed in our full review, the phone runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, and this model has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 4.5-inch 1280x768 display. It also has a 1.2MP HD front-facing camera and that tasty 41MP rear-facing camera, which we’ve had some fun playing with. You... Read more...
In a lengthy and open memo to employees regarding Microsoft's future, company CEO Satya Nadella mentioned having to "flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes." That sounds an awful lot like cost cutting measures might be in Microsoft's future, though Nadella managed to dodge an inquiry on whether that will also include job cuts, as the statement strongly seems to imply. "There will be many opportunities for me to talk more about our specific fiscal plans on the 22nd," Nadella said, referring to the date Microsoft will release its next quarterly earnings report. Image Source:... Read more...
There's been a ton of focus on camera performance and features in the smartphone space, but what about videos? If you're an armchair director and video buff, you're going to love what the Video Tuner app brings to the Windows Phone 8.1 platform. Rather than have to extract videos from your Lumia device to edit them, Video Tuner lets you tweak your videos in real time on your smartphone. You won't find the same controls as full featured (and awfully expensive) video editing programs offer, but Video Tuner is free and offers some neat tools. For example, you can trim, crop, rotate, flip, mirror,... Read more...
On the surface, it’s tempting to find that there are leaked pictures of yet another Nokia Lumia phone and shrug. We see these all the time, but this one is more notable because it’s one of the first that’s emerged since Microsoft bought Nokia’s Devices & Services unit. First leaked by WPDang, the images show what purports to be the Nokia Lumia 830, and it boasts what looks to be a sexy aluminum frame. The camera module on the back evokes the one on the Nokia Lumia 1020 somewhat, but in any case it’s a 13MP Carl Zeiss PureView camera. Credit: WPDang It’s also... Read more...
Microsoft has today unveiled the latest iteration of its Nokia X2 smartphone, a release that could be considered one of the company's most interesting to date. The reason for that is unique: It's the first smartphone Microsoft has released since its takeover of Nokia that's featured an Android base. This is kind of like one top car manufacturer selling a model using a competitor's engine - it's all sorts of awkward. With its Windows Phone OS, Microsoft has a solution that's a direct competitor to Android, so you can probably understand how difficult it must be for the company to release a phone... Read more...
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