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We were given our first glimpse at the Nokia 6 Android smartphone back in January. The Nokia 6, which is produced by HMD Global, was announced as a mid-range fighter, packing a Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB RAM, 5.5-inch Full HD display, 64GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP selfie camera, 3000 mAh battery and a front-mounted fingerprint sensor. Today we’re being given the lowdown on the Nokia 6’s arrival here in the United States. Unfortunately, it looks as though the version of the phone that we will get won’t be as well spec’d. We will receive only 3GB of RAM, while internal storage has been cut in half to just 32GB. At least there’s a microSD slot which supports up to 128GB cards... Read more...
Apple and Nokia have made nice on a patent dispute, putting an end to what could have been contentious litigation. Nokia had actually sued Apple at the end of last year after failing to convince the Cupertino outfit to renew expiring licensing agreements that were inked back in 2011. At the time, Apple accused Nokia of morphing into a "patent troll," claiming the once top seller of cellular phones was trying to "extort money" for technologies it did not own. The strong rhetoric from Apple painted the company as a champion of the people. "We are standing up for inventors everywhere by fighting this flagrant anticompetitive practice," Apple told Bloomberg at the time. But that is all water under... Read more...
Will the Nokia 9 be as legendarily indestructible as the Nokia 3310? The world is about the find out. Photos and specs of the new Nokia flagship, dubbed Nokia 9, have recently leaked and the device is looking solid. Specs include a 5.27 inch QHD display with a resolution of 1440 X 2560 and a pixel density of 557ppi. Fandroid measured 530 cd/m² maximum brightness as well, apparently with some quick hands-on time. The Nokia 9 also incorporates a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a USB Type-C port. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and includes launcher similar to that found on Pixel devices. The Nokia 9 has a fingerprint sensor as well, although the reporters were unable... Read more...
Nokia is officially back in the branded smartphone business with the launch of its Nokia 6, a mid-range Android handset that reports say sold out in under a minute in China, but that is not the only big news attached to the company. It would appear that Nokia is also getting ready to release a humongous tablet, one that will sport an 18.4-inch display with a 2560x1440 display resolution. Specifications for the massive tablet showed up on GFXBench. The gargantuan device could also be an upcoming all-in-one (AIO) system, though being an Android device powered by an ARM-based processor, it is more likely it will end up being a large size tablet (assuming it's real and that Nokia goes forward with... Read more...
Nokia is back in the smartphone business, but the company has not yet been restored to its former glory. Nokia sat idly by after it sold its Devices and Services Division to Microsoft, only to see the company squander any momentum with smartphones and layoff thousands of employees in the process. HMD Global (HMD), a Finnish company that acquired the rights to use the Nokia brand, has released its first smartphone, the Nokia 6. Like the overwhelming majority of new smartphones released today, it is running Google’s Android operating system — in this case, the most recent version, Nougat. The Nokia 6 is squarely in mid-range smartphone territory, bringing with it a 5.5-inch 1080p display wrapped... Read more...
Nokia, once the top seller of cellular phones in what feels like a lifetime ago, is suing Apple over claims that its popular iPhone handsets infringe on several mobile patents owned by the Finnish company. The lawsuit is a result of Nokia failing to convince Apple to renew licensing agreements inked in 2011 that are about to expire. Nokia sought to extend those agreements, and had Apple been willing, there would be no lawsuit. Having sold off its handset business, many wondered if Nokia would turn to more aggressively pursuing patent agreements and litigation. A sign of things to come might have been hinted at when Nokia purchased Alcatel-Lucent's hardware portfolio for $16.6 billion last year,... Read more...
If you thought that Google’s underwater FASTER fiber cable system was fast, Nokia is here to show that “Anything you can do I can do better.” Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, a division of Nokia, announced today that it has set a record with a staggering 65 Tbps data transmission via an undersea fiber link running over a distance of 6,600 kilometers (4,100 miles). To put that achievement into perspective, Nokia says that the 65 Tbps capacity is enough to stream 10 million HDTV channels… simultaneously. Nokia says that this high water mark also provides 13,000 times more capacity than the first undersea amplified transatlantic system, which was deployed in 1995.Underware fiber cable install... Read more...
Here's a bit of good news for budding filmmakers who want to create virtual reality experiences. Nokia just slashed $15,000 off the price of its funky looking Ozo, the first VR camera system specifically designed for professional production. Now brace yourself for the bad news—the price cut brings the cost down to $45,000, which is still a hefty chunk of change. Hey, that's $5,000 less than it costs to spend just a single night at the Ty Warner Penthouse at the top of Manhattan's Four Season's Hotel (no joke). And if you want a 2016 Tesla Model S P90D, you'll have to come up with more than twice as much cash, though admittedly you could hop in a BMW Series 3 Gran Turismo for slightly less. Have... Read more...
Nokia was once a major force in the mobile phone market, before the rise of smartphones and subsequent selloff to Microsoft, which never made good use of the transaction. Now Nokia is making a comeback, or at least will attempt to make one, through a 10-year licensing deal with HMD Global Oy. HMD is a new outfit in Finland that was created to "provide a focused, independent home for a full range of Nokia-branded feature phones, smartphones, and tablets." The decade long deal covers exclusive branding rights and intellectual property licensing, and in return HMD will make royalty payments to Nokia for sales of all Nokia branded mobile products, all of which will run Android. "Instead of Nokia... Read more...
Remember Nokia's fancy pants Ozo camera? It's billed as the first virtual reality camera system specifically designed for professional production, and today we learned it will have a price tag to match -- $60,000. Ah, but turn that frown upside down, you don't have to come up the full amount right off the bat. It only requires a $5,000 deposit! All kidding aside, the price tag reflects the camera's target audience and intended purpose. This isn't a toy or even a high-tech device for hobbyists, but a serious tool for creating professional level content in the emerging VR field.Is it just us, or does Nokia's Ozo VR camera look like Q*bert? To do that, the Ozo sports eight 2K by 2K video sensors,... Read more...
It’s far too soon to predict whether Nokia will have any success breaking back into the market it once dominated, but it’s clearly going to try. Position postings on LinkedIn suggest that the comeback plan envisioned by Nokia’s CEO, Rajeev Suri, is underway. Nokia expects to shed the legal restraints from the sale of its phone division to Microsoft toward the end of 2016, at which point it will be free to take on the companies that brought it down: Apple and Samsung. The biggest indication that Nokia could be planning to re-enter the smartphone market in the near future can be found on LinkedIn. The company has been posting open positions related to product development on the job search site.... Read more...
Nokia may be down, but it’s not out. The company stands to rake in $2.8 billion from a deal today in which the former cell phone behemoth is selling off its HERE mapping and location services business. Nokia first started looking for buyers in April while considering a deal with Alcatel-Lucent. Today, the move should help Nokia trim fat and build up cash in advance of the planned merger. A consortium of auto companies, including Audi, BMW and Daimler bought Nokia’s HERE mapping business. The consortium is paying $2.8 billion, but Nokia says it expects to receive in the neighborhood of $2.5 billion when all is said and done. “With this step, we complete the latest stage of Nokia’s transformation,”... Read more...
Virtual reality has captured the hearts and minds of consumers and developers alike with systems like Oculus Rift and Samsung's Gear VR, but what if you want to capture your own VR content? Nokia has you covered. The company announced a funky looking camera with an equally funky name -- OZO. While it looks like one of the orbs that shot energy bolts at a blindfolded Luke Skywalker during his Jedi training, it's actually a purpose-built camera designed for professional content creators. OZO came out of the minds of Nokia's R&D facilities in Tampere, Finland. It's a work in progress, though it's close to being finished -- Nokia says it will conduct final testing and refinements to OZO in partnership... Read more...
Microsoft suffered one more black eye as it emerged from the Nokia debacle this week. The company’s Q4 earnings statement formally announced a $2.1 billion loss, the biggest in Microsoft’s history.Driving that dramatic loss is the $7.5 billion impairment charge from Microsoft’s failed attempt to revive the Nokia phone business. Microsoft bought Nokia’s cell-phone component (as the latter company nose-dived) two years ago in a head-scratcher $7.2 billion deal. It subsequently released a string of mostly inexpensive phones that ran Windows software. The phones failed to take off in the numbers that Microsoft needed, leading to the massive write-down and an announcement early this month that Microsoft... Read more...
Nokia is down, but not out. The Finish telecom company has been planning a way forward after a stunning fall from grace (similar to that of BlackBerry) as consumers turned away from inexpensive cell phones to smartphones running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. And, like BlackBerry, Nokia said this week that it is planning to revive its phone business and is looking for a manufacturing partner.  The move follows a dramatic few weeks in which Microsoft threw in the towel on its efforts to make the company’s purchase of Nokia’s phone business into a viable venture. The $7.2 billion purchase, announced after then-CEO Steve Ballmer departed two years ago, flamed out recently... Read more...
Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division has been a disaster of epic proportions. Microsoft brought over most of Nokia’s employees into the Microsoft fold, only to jettison many of them over the past year. The culmination of this Nokia culling occurred this morning with the announcement that Microsoft is axing 7,800 employees, primarily from its smartphone division. To add insult to injury, Microsoft is taking a $7.6 billion impairment charge on its $7.2 billion Nokia purchase. Youch! There’s just no way to sugarcoat this unfortunate turn of events, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is at least trying to give the employees still standing in the smartphone division,... Read more...
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 its name on phones until the fourth quarter of 2016. While Nokia would be allowed to build and sell... 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 was first discovered by serial leaker Evan Blass, who discovered a Tumblr page featuring the device... 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 $3 billion to acquire the mapping service owned by Nokia, though it's going up against auto makers with... 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 unit volume growth rates, or an increase in the risk-adjusted discount rate used to estimate the fair... 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 it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets."   The Re/code... 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 Technologies, the smallest of the three companies that remained after the lucrative Microsoft deal.Here's... Read more...
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