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The deal that will see Microsoft gobble up Nokia’s Devices and Services business was announced back in September and was expected to be finalized in Q1 2014. That hasn’t happened yet, but both Microsoft and Nokia have put out press releases pledging that the deal will be complete in April. The deal has cleared regulatory hurdles in 15 countries, including the green light from the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, but there have been some delays in Asia--”The transaction is pending approvals from certain antitrust authorities in Asia which are still conducting their reviews,” reads the Nokia release. Nokia also stated the delay is not related the tax... Read more...
With a new Microsoft CEO in place, there are plenty of management shakeups in Redmond, not the least of which is a new boss for the Devices & Studios division in Nokia chief Stephen Elop. Elop is returning to the Microsoft fold following the company’s $7.2 billion Nokia acquisition, and he’ll take over for current head of the division Julie Larson-Green. In an internal Microsoft email, Larson-Green discusses her new role as Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and head of the Life & Work team in the Applications and Services Group and mentions that Elop is assuming her former duties. Stephen Elop “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe.... Read more...
Nokia famously went all in with Microsoft when it decided to ditch its own OS and sell smartphones running Windows Phone, but the company has opted to add Android handsets to its roster as well in an effort to capitalize on the growing and vast low end smartphone market. Referred to as the “next billion”customers, the developing world is ripe for the picking when it comes to smartphones, and Nokia wants to be a player with five new handsets. Nokia X “Our deliberate approach is to offer four tiers of products including our affordable entry-level devices like the new Nokia 220; our entry-level Asha touch phones like the new Nokia Asha 230; our new Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL... Read more...
Sometimes, it feels like some companies keep a potential product on hand just in case it needs to be launched to help dampen some fire. In Lumia Icon's case, that fire is yesterday's rumor that Nokia is soon to be getting into the Android market, with a supposed reveal to happen at this month's Mobile World Congress. Hastened release or not, Nokia's Lumia Icon is an attractive-looking Windows Phone device from both an aesthetics and features standpoint. A major highlight is the fact that it bundles in a 20 megapixel PureView camera, which like the 41 megapixel Lumia 1020, utilizes Zeiss optics. Other multi-media perks include 4 "high-performance" mics (which utilize Nokia's Rich Recording), full... Read more...
It might be a little late in the game, but rumor has it that Nokia will be unveiling its first-ever Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress later this month - a significant change from being a 100% Windows Phone-focused vendor. It's being said that this phone will target the low-cost market, so it could be that Nokia just wants to dip its toes into the Google water before shaking its portfolio up too much. This move is made interesting based on the simple fact that Nokia has been focused on Windows for so long, but the intrigue is taken to the next level given that Microsoft is in the process of completing a deal to acquire Nokia's entire handset division. While Nokia's move here... Read more...
HTC is not starting out the new year on a strong note; the company lost a patent case to Nokia in a Munich court that affects all HTC Android devices in Germany. At issue is a technology for a "method for transferring resource information" (such a URL) between two devices via Bluetooth or NFC technology. This gives Nokia the right to recall all HTC devices that violate the patent in the country, and the company indicated in a statement that it would pursue banning imports and sales “of all infringing HTC products in Germany, as well as to obtain damages for past infringement”. HTC One could be banned in Germany over patent infringement The extent of Nokia’s litigation doesn’t... Read more...
Microsoft chose Nokia to be the standard bearer for its Windows Phone operating system, and of course now the two companies are married, so it’s no surprise that the majority of handsets running Windows Phone 8 are Nokia devices. However, the actual percentage of Nokia devices running the OS, according to AdDuplex, is a whopping 92%. According to data that AdDuplex culled from some 2,499 Windows Phone apps worldwide (that are running AdDuplex SDK v.2), only HTC (5.2%), Samsung (1.6%), and Huawei (1/1%) manufacture Windows Phone 8 handsets. Usually if one company completely dominates a market like this, it’s a good thing, but in this case I believe it may be just the opposite. Credit:... Read more...
Apple iPhone and iPad users can no longer download Nokia's HERE mapping application from the App Store. The Finnish phone maker voluntarily removed the app because of compatibility issues with the iOS 7 update that could ultimately "harm the user experience." Nokia said it's not blaming Apple or iOS 7, but this is a case where the app simply wasn't optimized for the updated mobile OS, so the decision was made to remove it. Nokia launched HERE on iOS back in November of last year. It was around the same time Apple was taking heat for its decision to remove Google Maps as the default mapping application in iOS. HERE might have become a fan favorite after Google Maps left (temporarily) the App Store,... Read more...
By and large, the Lumia line has looked fairly uniform to date, relying on polycarbonate frames, bold colors and stand-out camera features to differentiate itself. The Lumia 925, despite being one of the final Lumias to ship with Nokia's branding, stands as one of the first in the range to truly carve a different path on the design front. It's the first Lumia to roll metal into its design, and while you'll still recognize it as a tried-and-true Lumia at a glance, there's no question that it's cut from a different cloth. In many ways, the Lumia 925 stands as a gentle refresh of the Lumia 920. It adds a bit of metal to its construction, slims down the overall package, and includes a nice boost... Read more...
We're inching closer to the end of an era. Now that Microsoft has acquired Nokia's mobile phone unit, we'll soon see Microsoft-branded handsets rolling out in place of Nokia's own hardware. The company has made a heroic attempt to fight the tide of Apple's growing popularity coupled with the surging share of Android, but currently, Windows Phone holds only around 5% of the global market in smartphones. By and large, the Lumia line has looked fairly uniform to date, relying on polycarbonate frames, bold colors and stand-out camera features to differentiate itself. The Lumia 925, despite being one of the final Lumias to ship with Nokia's branding, stands as one of the first in the range to truly... Read more...
If you've been stalking Nokia, you may be privy to its rumored plans to launch a smartphone codenamed Normandy. A press photo and codename of the device were leaked to the web in November via Twitter user "evleaks," and though we didn't deem it particularly newsworthy at the time (hence why there's no prior mention of the device here at HotHardware), it has our attention now. Citing "multiple sources," The Verge says Normandy isn't an upcoming Lumia phone, but an Android device. Let that sink in for a moment because it's interesting on at least a couple of different levels, the first of which is that Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia's handset division. Assuming Microsoft has little-to-no... Read more...
The launch of the Jolla smartphone, the brainchild of former Nokia employees who wanted to see the Meego OS live on even after Nokia went all-in with Windows Phone, is nigh. The phone launches today in Helsinki, and although the initial launch is limited to the first 450 people who pre-ordered, it’s still a noteworthy event. This fate of the OS formerly known as Meego was in jeopardy when Nokia launched and then immediately discontinued the N9, which was the only phone to run the OS. Then, Intel and Samsung got together and created a new OS based on Meego called Tizen. In the meantime, a group of scrappy Fins based the Sailfish OS on Meego, as well. Jolla has a carrier, DNA, and it also... Read more...
Nokia may be prepping another Windows RT tablet, and this one will be an 8-inch model to complement the 10.1-inch Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet that recently went on sale at Verizon. The 8-inch tablet is codenamed “Illusionist”, according to Evleaks. While noting that Evleaks is often spot-on when it comes to these rumors (and thus it’s very likely that all of the above is true), other sources are citing additional details, so bear that in mind. For instance, there are no leaked images of this thing. Nokia Lumia 2520, the bigger brother of the alleged Nokia Lumia 2020 Digitimes says that the 8-inch tablet will be the Nokia Lumia 2020, and it will be a higher-end device that will land... Read more...
It may seem that the world needs another streaming radio service like it needs a hole in the head, but Nokia is driving ahead with a new one called Nokia MixRadio to mix it up (as it were) with the likes of Spotify and Pandora. MixRadio will replace the former Nokia Music service, and it does have some features that competitors don’t, including the fact that you don’t have sign up for anything and the absence of ads. MixRadio uses your own listening habits--thumbs up, thumbs down--to create a personal listening experience, and the initial offerings will be “weighted” with your favorite artists. The service also scans your locally-stored music and purchased tracks. With... Read more...
Now that Microsoft has fully consumed Nokia's mobile product division, this could go down as one of the final pieces of hardware to ever ship with the Nokia brand name on it. After years of catering solely to the smartphone market, Nokia has extended the reach of the Lumia line to cover tablets, too. The Lumia 2520 is one of the more eye-catching Windows 8.1 RT slates on the market, shipping with a full copy of Office 2013 Home & Student as well as Outlook RT. The tablet will be shipping to Verizon stores on November 21st, replete with 4G LTE and an off-contract price of $500. That's impressive for one major reason: it wasn't too long ago that tablets were being sold for nearly as much on-contract,... Read more...
Here's a bit of good news for you Windows Phone 8 fans heading into the weekend. AT&T on Friday said it has begun taking pre-orders on Nokia's giant Lumia 1520 phablet device. It's available to order exclusively at AT&T online or in any of AT&T's retail stores. Pricing is set at $199.99 with a two-year service agreement, or $27 per month with AT&T Next. The standout feature here is the Lumia 1520's 6-inch display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution. That's bigger than most smartphones and smaller than your typical 7-inch tablet, hence the term "phablet" that's used to describe these devices. "The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone on the market with a 6-inch 1080p full... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in August, the company has been busily hunting for a new head honcho, and according to a Reuters report, among those on the shortlist are Nokia’s Stephen Elop, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and three other external candidates whose names could not be determined. In addition to those five, there are at least three names from within Microsoft’s own ranks that are options for the big chair, including Tony Bates, former Skype CEO who is now in charge of Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, who runs Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise areas. Stephen Elop Reuters says that the first draft of the list included... Read more...
Nokia's recently announced Lumia 2520 tablet is drawing high praise from Qualcomm, the company who's Snapdragon 800 processor is powering the device. There's nothing unusual about that -- Qualcomm has a vested interest in the Lumia 2520's success -- but what's interesting is that the praise is coming at the expense of Microsoft's Surface 2 slate. Though the Lumia 2520 and Surface 2 look very similar to each other and both are running ARM-based processors, Qualcomm is only powering one of the them. Microsoft opted to go with NVIDIA's Tegra 4 platform for Surface 2, and as far as Qualcomm is concerned, these two tablets aren't even on the same playing field. Raj Talluri, senior vice president of... Read more...
That rumored Nokia tablet is now a Real Thing, as the company announced its Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet along with a slew of other products, including two new Lumia phones and three Asha handsets. The Lumia 2520 tablet looks quite a bit like Microsoft’s Surface tablets, right down to the kickstand and Type-style keyboard. (It’s almost as if the two companies are in cahoots.) The 10.1-inch device features a 1080p HD display with Gorilla Glass 2 and a less reflective finish than some other tablets, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2GHz) chip is under the hood. Nokia Lumia 2520 There’s also 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, connectivity to SkyDrive, 6.7MP... Read more...
Apple has famously eschewed any industry standardization with its device connectors in favor of proprietary options, including when it rolled out the new Lightning connector and sucker punched an entire side industry’s worth of iOS accessories that weren’t compatible with new iPhones and iPads. Frank Nuovo, Nokia’s phone design guru, is on record as saying that Apple needs to get with the program and switch to a standard micro USB connector as essentially the rest of the mobile industry has done. “I think that the world is frustrated that you have to have a proprietary connector at this point of maturity in the mobile phone world, we have reached a point where these phones... Read more...
There’s another Windows Phone update coming down the pike in the next few months, and among several new features, Microsoft’s Darren Laybourn noted in a blog post that the update is designed in part to make use of larger screens such as those found on phablets. “So the new update paves the way for future Windows Phone devices with 5- and 6-inch touch screens,” he wrote. “The larger, 1080p HD displays on these devices will make Windows Phone even more personal—for example by sporting jumbo-sized Start screens with room for six Live Tiles across instead of four.” This is none too surprising, as rumors of Nokia phablets have been kicking around for a few... Read more...
Nokia may be under Microsoft's rule in the near future, but it'll be expanding its hardware reach at least once more before that deal is officially signed off on. According to a new FCC filing that surfaced over the weekend, Nokia has a tablet en route. The codenamed RX-114 is tucked away in a massive document, detailing all sorts of measurements and band testing. The FCC filing, per usual, doesn't reveal much. That said, it does show that Verizon and AT&T LTE bands will be supported, and technically, T-Mobile will be included in some regard. It's also expected to launch with Windows RT -- an operating system that may already have one foot in the grave. Nokia is expected to officialy unveil... Read more...
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