Items tagged with Nokia

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 fact that the Redmond firm succeeded in persuading so many vendors to oblige was nothing short of... 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 equivalent to an average of 20mA and 6 volts to power the device. "By creating this large organic charger... 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 you can see the information you want right from the get-go. "The Windows Phone 8.1 update also takes... 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 layoffs in company history, and there's just no place for the McLaren at this time. That's a kick in... 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 many of the cuts are coming from the Nokia Devices and Services division as the company figures out... 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 can bring the unlocked Nokia Lumia 1020 to AT&T or T-Mobile’s GSM networks.... 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: Flickr (Steve Jurvetson) It's difficult to imagine Microsoft not cutting any jobs as it attempts... 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, and change the speed of your video as you're watching it. "Delve deeper and you'll find more advanced... 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 worth noting that the phone bears the “Nokia” brand, even though Stephen Elop, Microsoft’s... 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 like the X2. Reading through the press release, the steps Microsoft takes to soften the blow become... Read more...
Since 2007, smartphones have largely looked the same. Form factors have grown slimmer, and displays are denser, but the overall motif really hasn't evolved much. So, what's truly "next" for smartphones? Perhaps it's intelligence. With Siri, Google Now, and Cortana taking the stage as personal assistants, Microsoft is hoping to take that notion another direction with 3D Touch features. The rumored addition could ship in Lumia handsets "later this year." As of now, a codenamed "McLaren" product has integrated Kinect-like features that put focus on gestures and motion, and require less tapping and swiping. 3D Touch (or Real Motion) would be the feature that Microsoft touts as its version of Samsung's... Read more...
No matter how advanced tools like Google Maps have gotten, this is the question we all still have whenever we map a route: How long will it take me to get there--no, really? Maps always give you an estimate, and they try to take into account factors such as traffic, but they’re not ideal. Further, if you want to see multiple options for getting around a crowded city and want to compare routes, it’s slow and arduous to do so. Enter Isoscope, a new mapping that can tell you how long it will take you to get anywhere in a city; at any time of day; on any day of the week; given 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 minutes. New York City (Credit: Fast Company) “We wanted our project to shed light on... Read more...
Now that Nokia’s Mobile Devices unit has been assimilated into Microsoft (to the point that Redmond is dropping Nokia’s branding), the company has an identity problem. What is Nokia now? What does it do? New Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri dropped some clues in Nokia’s Q1 financial report, including that Nokia is a large software company with a strong IP portfolio that includes its HERE Maps and networking technology, but we didn’t have to wait long to get a sense of what that means exactly: Bloomberg reports that Nokia is investing in companies that are working on driverless cars, such as Tesla and Google. “We’re seeing innovation that’s happening across the auto... Read more...
There was a moment when Microsoft and Nokia were married; it was that time period starting when then-Nokia chief Stephen Elop went all-in with Microsoft’s new Windows Phone platform at the expense of Nokia’s homegrown options and ending when Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile business. As the dust settles, Elop is back at Microsoft at the Executive Vice President of Devices, the “Nokia” name will disappear from Microsoft’s smartphones, and Nokia names a new CEO; the two companies are suddenly far apart and moving in opposite directions. Elop answering questions In a Q&A session yesterday (Elop’s first day at the new gig), the first question was about... Read more...
Now that Microsoft has finished acquiring what it wants of Nokia, the company is readying new smartphones for release. The first one slated for release may be a handset nicknamed “Superman” that will rock a 5MP front camera. According to The Verge’s sources “familiar with Microsoft’s plans”, Superman will be a 4.7-inch handset and, despite its intimidating name, will likely be a midrange affair. Other details are unclear, but we suppose making that front camera something to be proud of is a nice feature to have on your phone. Nokia Lumia 1520 The source also indicated that there will be two Windows Phone 8.1 updates this year, and both will roll out alongside... Read more...
After completing its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business (mobile unit, basically) on Friday, Microsoft wasted no time in putting its stamp on the company brand by releasing an advertisement today that focuses on color. Color, you say? That's right -- though it's not as simple as that. It's a bit of an artsy ad that highlights the uniqueness of Lumia phones -- and the Windows Phone platform -- compared to the plethora of Android and iPhone models that dominate the landscape. "Color runs through our devices; it’s part of our DNA. From the bright and bold Nokia X family to the metallic-fused Lumia 930, our colors draw attention and make heads turn. It’s what sets us... Read more...
The process that began back in September is now complete: Microsoft has finished subsuming Nokia’s Devices & Services business. Nokia said in a statement that the final transaction price will be slightly higher than the originally-announced 5.44 billion euros. Among the adjustments to the final details, Microsoft is not getting Nokia’s manufacturing facilities in Chennai, India nor Masan, Korea. The Chennai plant is having tax problems, and Indian authorities have frozen its assets; instead of Microsoft taking it over, Nokia has agreed to make mobile devices for Microsoft. The Masan facility, which employs some 200 people, is simply going to close down. Nokia has pledged to provide... Read more...
Shortly after Sony had to recall its very last Viao Fit notebook due to a potential battery issue, Nokia has today issued a product advisory notice of its own. The notice impacts the  European and UK variant of the AC-300 charger, which is used exclusively with the Lumia 2520 tablet. Consumers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and UK are strongly advised to suspend use of the charger until further notice. Also, consumers who purchased the Lumia 2520 travel charger accessory in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, UK and the US are strongly advised to suspend use of the travel charger accessory. In total, approximately 30,000 chargers are impacted... Read more...
It may have taken a little longer than expected, but Nokia has won approval from China to sell its Devices and Services business to Microsoft. The two companies announced the roughly $7.2 billion deal back in September, at the time saying it would need to clear regulatory hurdles. Nokia and Microsoft expected to wade through all the red tape by the end of the Q1, but getting approval from the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China proved more difficult than anticipated, hence the slight delay. Nokia says the regulatory approval process included a thorough review of its patent license practices by several competition authorities around the world, which is another reason why it's... Read more...
If you want the latest and greatest Nokia-built Windows Phone phone, and you’re an AT&T customer, the Lumia 1520 is a beast of a smartphone, but it’s not available to Verizon customers. Instead, Verizon offers the newer, and arguably more refined, Nokia Lumia Icon, which has nearly all of the same internal specifications as the 1520, but with a few key differences. The most obvious difference is the size; the 5-inch Lumia Icon is a sizeable smartphone whereas at 6 inches, the Lumia 1520 falls squarely into the phablet category. Otherwise, under the hood the two devices are quite similar--they are both powered by the same SoC, have similar amounts of RAM, and feature the same base... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Microsoft announcing its upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update, Nokia unveiled a trio of handsets built around the platform. They include the Lumia 630, Lumia 653, and Lumia 930, the latter of which has the distinction of being Nokia's new flagship smartphone. As such, all eyes will be on the Lumia 930 to see if it can pull users away from iOS and Android. Starting at the top, the Lumia 930 sports a 5-inch OLED Full HD 1080p display (441 pixels per inch), Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB on onboard storage + 7GB of free cloud storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 20MP rear-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity,... Read more...
If you want the latest and greatest Nokia-built Windows Phone phone, and you’re an AT&T customer, the Lumia 1520 is a beast of a smartphone, but it’s not available to Verizon customers. Instead, Verizon offers the newer, and arguably more refined, Nokia Lumia Icon, which has nearly all of the same internal specifications as the 1520, but with a few key differences. The most obvious difference is the size; the 5-inch Lumia Icon is a sizeable smartphone whereas at 6 inches, the Lumia 1520 falls squarely into the phablet category, occupied by devices like the Galaxy Note III. The 1520 also has a larger battery (which makes sense given the larger display),... Read more...
First ... Prev 2 3 4 5 6 Next ... Last