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A familiar face is returning to the smartphone scene. After selling its mobile phone business to Microsoft in 2014, Nokia plans to get back in the game in late 2016 when its agreement with the Redmond outfit expires. However, Nokia won't get back to building handsets and will instead design the hardware and license its brand to other companies."We will look for suitable partners," Nokia boss Rajeev Suri said. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license."As part of its sales agreement with Microsoft, Nokia is prohibited from slapping... Read more...
Well, look what the cat dragged in. It appears that the folks over at Nokia were well on their way towards releasing a smartwatch that would have competed in a market that is starting to swell with Tizen-, Android Wear-, and watchOS-based offerings. However, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2014 put an end to what was known internally as project Moonraker. Although most know Moonraker as the 1979 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Nokia’s Moonraker was actually a colorful smartwatch that looks similar in design to Sony’s Smartwatch 3. Existence of Moonraker... Read more...
Apparently Uber has big plans that extend beyond simply being an alternative taxi service for smartphone users. The startup wants to grow into something more: enter the logistics game and deliver both people and goods in short time frames. In order to do that, the company is willing spend several billion dollars acquiring Nokia's mapping service. According to a report in The New York Times, Uber is one of several companies caught up in a bidding war for Here, the primary competitor to Google Maps. Citing multiple people speaking on the condition of anonymity, NYT says Uber's offered as much as... Read more...
Nokia’s mobile phone woes continue, but now they are Microsoft’s woes, thanks to the company’s $7.2-billion acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone business early last year. Microsoft recently filed a 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that, notes Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer, suggests a loss of about 12 cents per phone. Is Microsoft planning a write-off of the Nokia acquisition? Microsoft Lumia 640“Given its recent performance, the Phone Hardware reporting unit is at an elevated risk of impairment,” the report states. “Declines in expected future cash flow, reduction in future... Read more...
That was fast. Less than a week after Re/code broke so-called news out of China that Nokia was returning to the phone manufacturing fold via its patent licensing division Nokia Technologies, the Finland-based company has issued a statement via their website denying its intent to re-enter the cell phone space in which they for so long ruled. "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive. Nokia reiterates... Read more...
Nokia finalized a sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft last year for $7.2 billion, and though it was reported that Microsoft negotiated the rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile products for the next decade, by November of 2014, Microsoft released its first Lumia handset without the Nokia label. Less than five months later, there's talk that Nokia wants back in the game.According to Recode and the "two sources briefed on Nokia's plans," the Finnish company is planning to once again compete in the mobile space as early as next year. The comeback would be under the operation of Nokia... Read more...
Nokia just announced a huge acquisition today, confirming that it is purchasing one of its closest competitors in the network equipment market: Alcatel-Lucent. The purchase price was a hefty $16.6 billion in an all-stock transaction. The acquisition will allow Nokia to better compete with Chinese players like Huawei, which have flooded the market with low-cost networking equipment. According to Bernstein Research, the combined companies will take over the second place spot in the mobile network hardware market with a 35 percent share. Ericsson will maintain its first place position with a 40 percent... Read more...
It looks like the mobile payments arena is finally heating up. Apple Pay is popping up in retailers and restaurants across the country, Google snapped up Softcard and announced its own Android Pay, Samsung Pay is making waves by waiving transaction fees, and now Microsoft is sharing details on payment capabilities that will appear in the upcoming Windows 10 release for smatrphones. (Image credit: Microsoft) The Windows payment feature (dubbed “Tap to Pay” in the materials spotted by Nokia Power User at the WinHec conference in China) is intriguing because it won’t require carrier support.... Read more...
Microsoft’s race to the bottom with its Windows Phone platform is ongoing. Today, we’ve learned that Amazon has dropped the price of the Nokia Lumia 635 to all-time low of $29.99 off-contract. That puts the Lumia 635 just $10 above the low-point set by the Lumia 520 in late December. If you need a refresher, the Lumia 635 features a 4.5-inch (480x854) display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a microSD slot. You’ll also find LTE support, a 5MP rear camera, and an 1830 mAh battery. The Lumia 635 runs Windows 8.1 out of the box but has full support for Lumia Denim... Read more...
For the past few years, Samsung has been riding high atop the smartphone leaderboard when it comes to units shipped. However, during 2014, we started to see a bit of weakness in Samsung’s smartphone portfolio. Its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone was little more than a warmed over version of its Galaxy S4 predecessor, and sales were more than disappointing for the company. Samsung saw its sales lead in China wither away as local OEMs like Huawei and Xiaomi attacked its smartphones with cheaper alternatives. It also recently lost its smartphone sales lead in India and the U.S. Samsung is looking to... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft might have a winner on its hands with the smartphone version of Windows 10. Microsoft officially announced the operating system yesterday, and is bringing a wealth of improvements compared to its predecessor, Windows Phone 8.1. Windows 10 brings a number of new features including a new dictation option, enhanced messaging capabilities, universal apps, a revamped Office suite, new Outlook mail client, and support for Microsoft’s wonderful new Spartan Internet browser. But while the new features are a definite plus for existing Windows Phone users, two of the biggest... Read more...
Nokia appears to have a winning product on its hands with its N1 tablet, a 7.9-inch slate that looks a lot like Apple's iPad mini slate. Turns out there are plenty of buyers for an iPad lookalike at a fraction of the price -- Nokia said it took all of four minutes and two second to sell out of its initial batch of 20,000 N1 tablets, with more than half a million additional buyers lined up. The Finnish firm that recently sold its handset business to Microsoft made its N1 sales announcement on Weibo, a Chinese social network. According to the post, another 566,438 potential N1 buyers are waiting... Read more...
If we learned anything over the past couple years, it's that gold is best! It's a lesson Apple VP of Gold Raffi Jaharian drove home in a Conan O'Brien skit when he said, "You think gold, you think all the best stuff: Jet ski, nice watch, sports car...shrimp." It's a lesson that's not lost on Microsoft, which today introduced special gold editions of its Lumia 830 and 930 handsets. "The Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 smartphones get a high-end refresh with an anodized gold color. Starting soon, these two phones will be available in black or white with a premium gold finish," Microsoft said in a blog post.... Read more...
We thought that the Nokia Lumia 520 hit rock bottom pricing when it was made available for a mere $29 from the Microsoft Store earlier this month. But we were [thankfully] wrong -- Amazon is now offering Microsoft's entry-level smartphone for a bargain basement price of $19.99. Everyone thought that the Lumia was a true bargain when it was offered at the "low" price of $39.99 this past summer, and we doubt that anyone would scoff at another 50 percent reduction in pricing. As we've indicated previously, the Lumia 520 was first announced back in 2013, and its budget-minded hardware wasn't exactly... Read more...
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