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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 share, and hard-charging Huawei is coming on strong in third place with 20 percent of the market.... 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. Microsoft is putting Host Card Emulation (HCE) support into Windows 10, which means Windows 10... 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 Update. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect about the new low price for the Lumia 635 is that it is... 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 right the ship with more premium smartphones — as witnessed by the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Alpha... 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 questions that remain revolve around the topics of availability and compatibility. To the first point,... 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 for more stock to come in, so the race in on to supply enough slates to meet demand. That's usually... 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. Silliness aside (and before Apple's legal team sends us a nasty letter, let us clarify that there... 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 cutting edge during its release. Today, the Lumia 520's 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM... Read more...
If you’re one of the millions of Nokia Lumia smartphone owners out there, you’ll be delighted to hear that Microsoft is officially rolling out the Lumia Denim firmware for Windows 8.1. Microsoft notes that while the rollout has commenced, it’s up to your individual wireless carrier to get the updated pushed out to you. “The Lumia Denim update has started rolling out to a limited number of devices in selected markets, and will continue arriving in waves by device,” said Adam Fraser, a staff writer for the Conversations blog at Microsoft. “A wider rollout of Lumia Denim to all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to begin in early January, following partner testing and approvals.”... Read more...
The Microsoft-branded Lumia 535 is the most recent budget smartphone entry from Redmond, Washington (it seems as though all we’ve been getting lately from Microsoft are budget- and mid-range models), but it’s an older member of the Windows Phone family that’s getting a fresh price cut today. The Lumia 520 was available for a respectable $39.99 this summer from Amazon, but the Microsoft Store is now selling the phone off-contract for a mere $29. You can use the smartphone with you existing AT&T service or with a prepaid SIM via GoPhone. The Lumia 520 was announced in April 2013, and won’t win and beauty pageants or specs wars. It comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of... Read more...
For the past several days, Nokia's been using Twitter to tease a big reveal, telling followers that it's "up to something" and that it loves the "feeling of a fresh start." The big reveal turned out to be the N1, the first Nokia-branded Android tablet. One of the things that makes the N1 tablet unique is the Nokia Z Launcher interface, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find the content they're looking for. References to Apple's iPad mini are already making the rounds, which is due to the 7.9-inch size of the N1 and the overall look of the device. Nokia calls it a "carefully crafted industrial design...with a focus on simplicity." Either way, the two products look similar at a... Read more...
Microsoft doesn't appear very interested in using the Nokia brand, even though it negotiated the rights for the next 10 years when acquiring the Finnish company's mobile phone division for $7.2 billion. However, we haven't seen the last of the Nokia name -- not by a long shot. Last week, reports surfaced that Nokia is planning to re-license its handset brand to other interested third parties, and now the company is taking to Twitter to tease an upcoming reveal. "We at Nokia love the feeling of a fresh start. Can't wait for what's next!, #thinkingahead," the company posted to Twitter a couple of days ago. The Twitter post was accompanied by a closeup of the Nokia brand name etched into a black... Read more...
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, the first and only Lumia device without a Nokia label attached. While Microsoft wants to embark... 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, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a built-in software suite atop... 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 5-inch HD (1280x720, 296 ppi) IPS display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked... 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 tied to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, though was never able to build up any significant market... 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 telecommunications network equipment. However, Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft back in... 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 an unusually thin and light Windows 8.1 smartphone, the Lumia 830 is loaded with hot hardware and... 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 without an Internet connection. If you have a solid GPS signal, you're in business, even when it comes... 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 millions of people who want new mobile experiences at lower price points," said Rich Bernardo, head... 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 730 (and maybe the Lumia 830, which may sport a high-end camera as well), and it seems like that’s... 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 many phones are available in all, though Microsoft said they'll be given on a first come, first serve... Read more...
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