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If you thought you'd seen the last of the Nokia brand stamped onto handsets, think again. The Finnish company is reportedly looking to re-license the Nokia brand to mobile device makers, even though Microsoft negotiated a deal to use the Nokia name for the next 10 years when it purchased the company's mobile division for $7.2 billion. Despite that clause, Microsoft turned around and stuck a fork in the Nokia brand by letting it be known it would market future Lumia devices under its own name instead. Following through on that promise, Microsoft earlier this week unveiled the Lumia 535 Windows Phone,... Read more...
It looks like a Nokia, and it smells like a Nokia... it must be a Nokia, right? Not so fast. Now that Microsoft has swallowed up Nokia's devices division, it's putting that fabled name to pasture. The Lumia branding remains, but there's no Nokia logo here -- this is the Microsoft Lumia 535. It's the first phone to ship from the newly-merged duo, and it's the first step towards a future where one of the most iconic mobile names in the world won't be seen nearly as frequently. Nostalgia aside, the Lumia 535 packs a lot of oomph for its tiny price tag. Specifications wise, there's a 5-inch display,... Read more...
Now that Microsoft has decided to retire the Nokia brand with regards to future Lumia devices, one could argue (semi-seriously) that the Nokia Lumia 830 is suddenly a collector's edition. Big whoop, right? Well, that's not the only reason to pick up the 5-inch handset -- AT&T is offering to throw in a Fitbit Flex wearable at no additional charge. While we jest about the collectible nature of the Lumia 830, the handset is notable for another reason -- it's the thinnest Lumia smartphone currently available, measuring 8.5mm thick by 70.7mm wide by 139.4mm high and weighing 150 grams. It has a... Read more...
A new era in the smartphone business is about to begin. Come next Tuesday, Microsoft will fully unveil its first Lumia handset without the Nokia brand attached, a decision the company made by choice rather than being forced into due to any legal roadblocks. In fact, when Microsoft purchased Nokia's mobile phone business for $7.2 billion earlier this year, Microsoft negotiated the rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile products for the next 10 years. Nevertheless, this doesn't come as a surprise, especially after reports of Microsoft's upcoming plans surfaced a week ago. The Nokia brand has been... Read more...
It's no secret that Microsoft's been wanting to snuff out its Nokia and Windows Phone brands, so you'll have to excuse us for not even bothering to feign surprise that the Redmond outfit has finally gone through with it. In Nokia's place, Microsoft will roll with "Microsoft Lumia" for its branding and related advertising of handsets. This doesn't mean that Nokia is gone from the world (though when visiting Nokia.com, you're now urged to click through to the Microsoft Mobile website) -- the company is still around as a separate entity focused on digital mapping and navigation services, as well as... Read more...
If you’re an AT&T customer who has been eyeballing the Nokia 830, you won’t have to wait much longer. AT&T confirmed that it will be carrying the “affordable flagship” phone, which is getting attention for having a stylish body and high-end features at what is expected to be a low price. Sadly, AT&T isn’t saying yet just what that price will be. It’s keeping mum about a release date, too, but given that Nokia expects the phone to be available this month, AT&T’s plans probably aren’t much different. Nokia Lumia 830 series Despite being... Read more...
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...
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