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Microsoft announces which Lumia handsets will get upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile at launch

posted onJuly 30, 2015
by l33tdawg

In November 2014, Microsoft said that "there will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices" - a fairly unequivocal statement that leaves no doubt that all of the company's devices released with WP8 onwards would be upgraded. But details now provided by Microsoft on its website suggest that availability of Windows 10 Mobile will be limited to only certain devices - at least at first.

Nokia write-down leads Microsoft to record $3.2B loss on $22.2B revenue

posted onJuly 22, 2015
by l33tdawg

We knew that Microsoft's quarter was going to be a rough one after it announced a $7.6 billion write-down of the Devices and Services division it purchased from Nokia last year, and so it has come to pass: on revenue of $22.2 billion, the company had a gross margin of $14.7 billion, an operating loss of $2.05 billion, a net after-tax loss of $3.20 billion, and a $0.40 loss per share.

Nokia plans smartphone comeback

posted onJune 22, 2015
by l33tdawg

Nokia, once the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, plans to start designing and licensing handsets again once an agreement with partner Microsoft allows it to in 2016, its chief executive told Germany's Manager Magazin.

"We will look for suitable partners," Rajeev Suri said in an interview published on Thursday. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license."

Nokia Rolls Out Cloud Hardware Platform for Telcos

posted onJune 2, 2015
by l33tdawg

Nokia Networks officials are continuing their efforts to better compete with larger rivals like Ericsson and Huawei Technologies in the rapidly evolving telecommunications space.

Nokia in April announced plans to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion, a move that will give it greater scale against larger vendors and expand its capabilities in network-functions virtualization (NFV), a key technology being pushed and embraced by telecom operators. Now the company an infrastructure platform designed to help mobile network operators more easily adopt NFV and cloud computing.

Nokia said to be considering sale of Here Maps

posted onApril 13, 2015
by l33tdawg

Nokia is reportedly considering a sale of its prized navigation business HERE Maps, in a bid to fight its financial troubles. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Nokia is considering the sale in a bid to boost growth at its Nokia Networks business and/or reduce debt to improve its credit rating.

6 Reasons Why It’s Time to Switch to a Lumia Phone

posted onJanuary 27, 2015
by l33tdawg

Whether you’re getting a new one as a present or shopping for one with that influx of holiday cash from your relatives, there’s no better time to get yourself a new smartphone than the holiday season. But, don’t just go one model number higher than whatever you’ve got now—shake things up this year with a Lumia phone. In a sea of static, square app icons, the Lumia runs Windows Phone, which takes a radically different approach to their smartphone interface, allowing you more room for customization and giving you more information faster.

Microsoft has begun rebranding Nokia apps

posted onSeptember 3, 2014
by l33tdawg

Microsoft has started to push out updates that will re-brand the Nokia apps that are on your Windows Phone. An app, for example, previously called Nokia Cinemagraph, is now called Lumia Cinemagraph.

These updates should not come as a surprise as we fully expect Microsoft to slowly transition over the entire Nokia portfolio into its own branding. From these apps, it looks like they will stick with the Lumia branding for Nokia related products which is likely a smart move considering the strong brand recognition with that name.

A $25 Nokia dumbphone – just what the world needs

posted onAugust 12, 2014
by l33tdawg

Microsoft's Nokia division has revealed its latest mobile phone – but rather than a high-end flagship number designed to take on Apple, it's taking aim squarely at the bottom of the market.

It's no less than a plastic mini-mobe that will sell for no more than €19 ($25) before taxes and subsidies.

Billed in the company's marketing materials as "an ultra-affordable mobile phone with music and video player," the Nokia 130 targets the kind of pre-iPod media consumers that have all but vanished from developed markets with the advent of smartphones.

Android developer surprised to find his app in Nokia Store

posted onMay 14, 2014
by l33tdawg

ADW.Launcher developer Ander Webbs has taken to Google+ to share his surprise after finding out his Android app was available in the Nokia Store -- the app store for Nokia X -- seemingly without his permission and without him ever launching the offering there. At first glance it appears Opera, which operates Nokia Store, has jumped the gun by creating an account and uploading the app on his behalf.