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Briefly: Nokia sells Here maps, Windows 10 high adoption rate

08/03, 7:05am

Nokia sells Here mapping arm to car manufacturers for $3.1B

Nokia is selling its mapping business to a collection of German car manufacturers. The Here mapping arm is being picked up by Audi, BMW, and Daimler for €2.8 billion ($3.1 billion,) with the technology likely to be used in in-car navigation systems and to help self-driving research being performed by each of the manufacturers. Despite the sale, the Here team advises that the mobile app version will still be available, as it is likely to help car-based mapping systems and other markets.


Nokia reveals Ozo stereoscopic 360-degree camera for VR videos

07/29, 8:56am

Professional-level Nokia Ozo offers live monitoring, rapid 360-degree video composites

Nokia has unveiled its first camera aimed at professional creators of 360-degree video content, for the production of footage viewable using virtual reality headsets and other imaging systems. The Ozo virtual reality camera is a spherical device that has a collection of eight imaging sensors and an equal number of microphones capable of recording stereoscopic video and audio that can be seen and heard at all angles.


Microsoft quarterly results hit heavily by Nokia impairment charge

07/21, 5:23pm

Operating loss of $2.1B caused through $7.5B Nokia acquisition, other charges

Microsoft endured an operating loss of $2.1 billion for the most recent quarter, the software giant has revealed in its last financial results before the launch of Windows 10. The heavy loss, which works out to be a loss per share of $0.40, is largely accounted for by the $7.5 billion impairment charge relating to its acquisition of Nokia, and a restructuring charges of $780 million and $160 million, though the rest of the financials appears to be more positive for the company.


NYT: Uber reportedly bids $3B for Nokia Here maps

05/08, 7:18am

Uber allegedly joins fight to acquire Nokia mapping arm

Uber has apparently placed a bid to acquire the Here mapping arm of Nokia, according to a report. The New York Times claims the company has placed a bid in the region of $3 billion for the mapping technology, though it still has competition from other sources, including a collection of German car manufacturers working with Baidu, as well as another offer from an unnamed private equity firm.


Briefly: Tesla Powerwall popularity, Nokia N1 ships in Taiwan

05/07, 6:47am

Tesla receives 38,000 Powerwall reservations, sold out until mid-2016

Tesla's Powerwall home battery has received an "overwhelming" response from consumers, the car company has revealed. Tthe company has received over 38,000 reservations for the home version, exhausting Tesla's production of the battery until mid-2016. The enterprise-focused PowerPack has gained 2,500 reservations, with the average order requesting ten of the high-capacity power storage systems, The Verge reports.


Nokia denies rumors of return to smartphone manufacturing

04/26, 6:53pm

Statement refutes claims new Nokia smartphones are in development

Nokia has refuted suggestions it will be returning to the smartphone market. A brief statement on the company's website denies that it has plans to "manufacture or sell consumer handsets," something that recent reports claim the telecommunications company will be doing in the future, after a two-year period away from the industry as part of the terms of its Devices and Services arm sale to Microsoft last year.


Nokia courting Apple, others to buy Here mapping tech, reports claim

04/23, 1:00pm

Revamped iOS version could make integration easier, but sale seems unlikely

Apple and a number of other companies -- including Facebook, Amazon, Sirius XM, and China-based services Alibaba and Baidu are among many other firms being targeted by Nokia as it prepares to sell off its Here mapping service and technology. While Apple has periodically purchased map technology that can be integrated with its Apple Maps service in the hopes of eventual public transit data, Nokia may be overvaluing the deal.


Nokia reportedly planning return of branded mobile phones for 2016

04/20, 9:05am

Renewed mobile phone efforts could be produced by third-party manufacturers

Nokia may re-enter the mobile phone industry next year by creating new smartphones, a report claims. While the company has previously put its name to an Android tablet called the Nokia N1 allowing it to remain visible in the mobile device industry, the manufacturer is said to be bringing in staff to work on new phones, which could head to market as early as next year.


Nokia acquiring Alcatel-Lucent for $16.5 billion

04/15, 8:19am

Acquisition will help Nokia bolster network services, research efforts

Nokia has confirmed rumors it was interested in acquiring Alcatel-Lucent to increase its network technology holdings, by announcing it will do just that. Subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, the boards of the two companies have agreed to a purchase price of 15.6 billion euros ($16.5 billion) in stock, more than double the cost of what Microsoft paid for Nokia's mobile business.


Nokia may sell Here maps business to focus on wireless networks

04/12, 8:24pm

Rumored sale of Here could aid Nokia in acquiring Alcatel-Lucent wireless business

Nokia is looking into the possibility of selling off its mapping business and apps, a report claims. The remains of the company, following the sale of its smartphone business to Microsoft last year for $7.2 billion, is apparently planning to hand off its Here maps business in order to focus on its wireless network division, and is said to have already received some interest.


Patent troll $100M 'rocket docket' lawsuit ends in Apple's favor

03/17, 9:47am

Lawsuit alleged every Apple mobile device abused assortment of ex-Nokia patents

Late Monday, a jury ended a legal battle with a patent licensing firm. A jury in Texas' "rocket docket" declared that Apple did not infringe on five patents held by Conversant owned Core Wireless Licensing SARL, who was seeking $100 million in damages, and a portion of Apple's device sales going forward, some of which may have been paid out to Microsoft.


Hands On: Nokia Here 1.0.59 (iOS)

03/13, 7:28am

Nokia's map app is back on iOS

Not to be rude about this, but did you notice that the Nokia Here maps app for iOS was gone? That, in fact, it wasn't Here? The company pulled it in December 2013, and said this was all the fault of Apple because certain features of iOS 7 "harm the user experience." Nokia never said which features, and you didn't really expect it to, but then you didn't expect it to come back with a new app 15 months later, either, and yet here it is.


Briefly: Sprint gains Lumia 635, Dodo leather bands for Moto 360

01/19, 7:24am

Nokia Lumia 635 goes on sale through Sprint

Sprint has started to sell the Nokia-branded Lumia 635, the first on the network running Windows Phone 8.1. Equipped with a Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor accompanied by 512MB of RAM, a rear 5-megapixel camera, and a 4.5-inch 480x854 display, the Lumia 635 is being sold on Sprint for $7 per month over 24 months under Easy Pay, or a full price of $168.


Tonino Lamborghini smartphone reeks of excess

01/06, 8:00pm

Android smartphone will sport limited production numbers, $6,000 price tag

Las Vegas is often associated with excess, usually when it comes to money. It's most fitting, then, that Tonino Lamborghini Mobile brought their latest offering, the 88 Tauri smartphone, to CES in Sin City in order to promote it. The headline-grabbing stat about the hand-made device is its starting price tag -- $6,000.


Microsoft unveils Nokia 215 as low-cost Internet-ready mobile phone

01/05, 5:32am

Nokia 215 connects over 2G, includes social network apps

Microsoft has launched another Nokia-branded phone, this time as a feature-phone device outside of the Lumia range. The Nokia 215 is a phone for emerging markets with relatively basic features compared to its Windows Phone-based line, but it doesn't stop Microsoft from claiming it is the "most-affordable Internet-ready entry-level phone" on the market.


Apple's iPhone gains share, will likely topple second-place Nokia

12/17, 2:25am

Overall smartphone market shows growth, but top two leaders lose share

According to new quarterly figures from industry analysts Gartner, enormous growth by Apple's iPhone has eroded worldwide mobile phone share -- including both smartphones and feature phones -- from top seller Samsung and second-place Nokia, with Apple potentially taking the second spot from Nokia after this quarter's expected record-breaking iPhone sales are announced. For the most recent quarter, Apple was within one percentage point of matching Nokia in a market seeing strong overall growth.


Briefly: Baidu Maps uses Here outside of China, Google Earth API

12/15, 6:17am

Baidu agrees to use Here maps for location services outside of China

Here, Nokia's mapping service, is going to provide content for the Android and iOS Baidu Maps app, as well as desktop maps. The agreement will allow Baidu to offer its Chinese travelers access to maps for areas outside of China for the first time, with Taiwan set to be the first country covered and others set to follow. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


Nokia Here appears on Google Play, iOS version on the way

12/10, 9:52pm

Nokia plans launch of Here maps on iOS in early 2015

Nokia's Here maps for Android is no longer just for Samsung smartphones and tablets, with Nokia making it available to other Android devices on Google Play, without the need to side load the app. At the same time as the Android expansion, the company has revealed its upcoming Here release for iOS will be slightly later than initially believed, with a version for Apple devices set to arrive in early 2015.


Nokia N1 Android tablet revealed as first post-Microsoft release

11/18, 6:16am

Android-based Nokia N1 tablet has 7.9-inch display, Z Launcher

Nokia's first hardware release since its break-up with Microsoft is an Android tablet, though rather than producing the device itself, Nokia is applying its branding and design skills with a third-party manufacturer. The N1 possesses a 7.9-inch 4:3 aspect ratio IPS display with a high 2048x1536 resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and using the same fully-laminated zero air-gap process as its smartphones, packed into a 6.9mm-thick aluminum unibody casing highly reminiscent of the iPad mini.


Nokia brand may resurface on third-party devices, new hardware hinted

11/17, 10:40am

Head of Nokia Technologies confirms move into brand licensing

The Nokia brand may be reappearing on devices in the future, despite the sale of the company's consumer hardware arm to Microsoft and subsequent removal from Lumia devices. The president of Nokia Technologies Ramzi Haidamus spoke at the company's capital markets day, suggesting it may license its branding to other companies for use on their devices.


Microsoft teases Lumia device launch for November 11

11/07, 6:26am

Lumia smartphone launch could be first without Nokia branding

Microsoft has started to tease what could be the first Lumia device without Nokia branding. Images appearing on the Nokia Facebook page and its Conversations blog advise of a probable smartphone launch on November 11th, with the "Big on experiences" comment and #MoreLumia tag strongly suggesting either a large display smartphone or one with a high-resolution camera.


Microsoft confirms shift away from Nokia, new brand debuts in France

10/21, 3:56pm

Social media changes mark first official move away from Nokia banner to Microsoft Lumia

Microsoft is making the shift away from the Nokia brand name official, as it's confirmed that the company is shifting to Microsoft Lumia for future devices. The change in names was first brought up back in September as part of an alleged leak of an internal document that dropped the Nokia name, along with mentions of Windows Phone from devices.


Finnish Prime Minister partly blames Apple for economic troubles

10/13, 4:18pm

Paper, mobile phone industries in Finland damaged by iPhone, iPad, leader claims

Apple may be partially responsible for the economic troubles of two major industries in Finland, the country's Prime Minister has claimed. Alexander Stubb suggests Apple's products have impacted its mobile device and paper industries to such a level that it caused an economic downturn, and also caused the Nordic country to endure a sovereign debt rating downgrade.


Nokia India factory to close in November, 6600 workers fired

10/07, 11:44am

Factory at center of multi-billion dollar tax debt claimed owed to India

A Nokia manufacturing plant in India left out of the acquisition deal between Nokia and Microsoft will be closed on November 1. The Chennai facility, at the center of a tax dispute between Nokia and India and building devices under contract for Microsoft, will be closed following a lengthy asset freeze and extended court hearings held by the India tax authority.


Microsoft patent lawsuit against Samsung unsealed, $1B paid annually

10/04, 8:21am

Microsoft seeking $6.9 million in interest over Samsung refusal to pay

Microsoft's smartphone patent lawsuit from August was unsealed, showing that Samsung has paid the company over $1 billion in royalties on patents used in Android for just the second year of the agreement, but still owes $6.9 million in unpaid interest. Microsoft claims that Samsung initially ceased making royalty payments, then paid late and refused to pay interest, with Samsung claiming that the buy of Nokia invalidated patent licensing agreements that the pair had signed.

more visitors in United Kingdom redirected to Microsoft site

09/19, 11:05am

Country-wide redirection from Nokia part of gradual branding changes

Microsoft is slowly migrating away from the Nokia branding it has used since it bought the phone manufacturer's Devices and Services division. Visitors to located within the United Kingdom are now being pointed towards the mobile sections of, with the Microsoft Mobile Devices site also receiving a refresh in the process.


Microsoft reportedly plans phasing out of Nokia branding from devices

09/10, 2:59pm

Leaked document also claims Windows Phone to be replaced by Windows brand

Microsoft may start producing mobile devices without the Nokia branding by the end of this year. An alleged leaked internal document from Microsoft Mobile, the Devices and Services arm of Nokia acquired by the company, apparently shows that both the Nokia and Windows Phone names will be replaced on new smartphones with Microsoft and Windows respectively.


Lumia 730, 735 Dual SIM unveiled with 5MP wide-angle front camera

09/04, 7:53am

Lumia Selfie app preinstalled on Lumia 730, Lumia 735

Aside from the Lumia 830, Microsoft revealed two other Nokia-branded Lumia devices at IFA. The Lumia 735 and the Lumia 730 Dual SIM differ in terms of the number of SIM cards they each hold, but are effectively the same smartphone, with both using the same 4.7-inch 1,280x720 OLED display and quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor.


Microsoft bills Lumia 830 smartphone as 'affordable flagship'

09/04, 5:52am

Rear 10MP PureView camera used in Lumia 830

Part of a launch of three smartphones at its IFA event, Microsoft revealed the Lumia 830. Offering a 5.5-inch 1280x720 display, the Windows Phone device is billed by the company as an "affordable flagship," with the aluminum-framed smartphone packing a rear 10-megapixel PureView camera aided with various camera app functions in the accompanying Lumia Denim software update.


Nokia bringing Here back to iOS with offline maps

09/03, 3:11pm

Should arrive by end of 2014

Nokia's Here maps app should be coming back to iOS later this year, and with offline mapping functions, says the Wall Street Journal. The app is said to be in the last stages of development, and due to arrive by the end of the year. Users should be able to both search and navigate while offline.


Nokia Here maps app heading to Samsung Galaxy phones, Gear S

08/29, 1:29pm

Here mapping app for Android exclusive to Samsung

Nokia has made a deal with Samsung to provide Here Maps to its Android devices, as well as items running Tizen. Here for Android will be exclusive to Samsung's Galaxy smartphone line as a free download, while Tizen devices such as the Gear S smartwatch will be able to display maps on their small displays, as well as providing turn-by-turn navigation.


Microsoft launches Nokia 130 feature phone with $25 price tag

08/11, 5:58am

Microsoft continues creating low-cost mobile phones for emerging markets

After announcing a move away from its Android and Asha ranges, Microsoft's mobile phone arm has surprisingly launched another low-cost mobile phone. Following in the footsteps of the Nokia 105 and the Nokia 108, the Nokia 130 is a Series 30 device with basic functionality, which the company is pitching as a mobile phone for first time users, priced at 19 euro ($25) for both the single and dual-SIM models.


Microsoft offers Nokia phone to Chinese workers who voluntarily part

08/07, 6:51pm

Former employees get a $162 phone if they leave, but limited to 300 offers a day

It seems that Microsoft is trying to sweeten the pot to get workers to leave the Nokia factory and research and design center in Beijing. The software company is offering any of the former employees at the Nokia locations a free phone if they voluntarily split from the company. The offer is part of Microsoft's plans to eliminate about 4,700 jobs in the Beijing locations.


Nokia executive confirms possible return to consumer hardware business

08/05, 7:45pm

Job postings for Nokia requests engineers, researchers for device development

Nokia may be re-entering the consumer device business, despite selling its Devices and Services arm to Microsoft. Senior Vice President of Strategy Sebastian Nyström revealed on Twitter that the company is looking again at producing hardware for consumers, confirming earlier job postings which hinted at Nokia creating new devices, though it is unclear exactly what these could be.


Fired Nokia workers protest Microsoft 'violent' layoffs in China

08/01, 10:43am

Crowd of over 500 protest 'disrespectful' layoffs, calls acquisition hostile

Chinese Nokia employees staged a protest today, decrying mass layoffs coming as a result of the company's acquisition by Microsoft. Protestors decried "Microsoft's hostile takeover" of the company, and called the layoffs to come "violent" and disrespectful for over five hours. The protesters claim that they will be giving demands to Microsoft later this afternoon.


Microsoft reveals Nokia Lumia 530 as its first Lumia release

07/23, 6:48am

Nokia Lumia 530 has four-inch display, $115 price tag

Microsoft has unveiled its first Lumia smartphone since it acquired Nokia's Devices and Services division. Still labeled under the Nokia branding, the Lumia 530 is an entry-level Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone with a four-inch, 854x480-resolution display and a low price point to help it compete against other competing low-specification devices running on Android.


Microsoft CEO: Select Nokia X models shifting to Windows

07/17, 9:00am

Microsoft's Android device-producing days may be over

As part of the Microsoft layoffs memo, CEO Satya Nadella has laid out the future of the Nokia X handset. The company now plans on releasing "select" Nokia X products to the Lumia line, running Windows. No statement has been made about the rest of the Android-based Nokia X line.


Microsoft confirms layoffs; 18,000 to lose jobs, majority from Nokia

07/17, 8:24am

Most of the Microsoft layoffs to come from Nokia devices and services

Microsoft has made official previous rumors of massive job cuts. The company is planning on cutting 18,000 jobs in the next year, with the largest cuts coming from the Nokia devices and services division. Microsoft claims that the first 13,000 of the laid-off employees will be notified in the next six months.


Microsoft rolls out Windows Phone 8.1 to Lumia, alters search options

07/15, 1:57pm

Lumia Cyan adds Windows Phone 8.1, updates Nokia apps

Microsoft has started to roll out the Cyan software update for Lumia smartphones, bringing Windows Phone 8.1 to the smartphone range. At the same time, a report claims that some new Lumia devices being sold no longer give the option to set Google as the default search engine, restricting users to instead primarily search using Microsoft's own search engine, Bing.


Microsoft insider: company looking to lighten workforce by 10 percent

07/08, 10:30am

Layoffs a result of redundant positions generated by Nokia purchase

In the wake of Microsoft's Nokia buy, the giant is facing an abundance of employees. Despite having over 2,000 open positions according to its own hiring page, sources within and close to the company claim that up to 10 percent of the workforce will be purged under former CEO Steve Ballmer's "One Microsoft" 10-year plan for the company.


Leaked photograph shows possible future Nokia Lumia 830, Lumia 730

07/03, 9:38am

New Lumia believed to have aluminum frame, polycarbonate cover

A photograph has surfaced reportedly showing an upcoming Microsoft smartphone, suggesting the company has another Nokia Lumia device on the way. The mobile device in the images appears to have an aluminum frame with a polycarbonate backing similar to some of the more high-end Lumia devices, potentially putting the pictured smartphone in the same part of the Lumia product range.


Fortune ranks Apple 21st on list of Best Global Green Brands

06/24, 3:27pm

Company advances just one spot

Apple has placed 21st on Fortune's latest annual Best Global Green Brands list. The chart takes the 100 companies from Interbrand's annual Best Global Brands Report and narrows them down to 50, sorting them according to perceived environmental friendliness versus their actual efforts. The sway in one direction or the other is described as a positive or negative gap.


Nokia X2 launches with updated software, improved rear camera

06/24, 5:42am

Entry-level Nokia X2 first Android smartphone launched under Microsoft ownership

Nokia's Devices and Services business has launched its second generation of Android smartphone, its first Android launch under the ownership of Microsoft. The Nokia X2 takes after the Nokia X launched in February, using a heavily customized Android implementation and a physical design reminiscent of the Lumia range, and though it is still a low-priced entry-level smartphone, it still offers a few improvements on the original.


Samsung, attorneys to pay Apple, Nokia $2M for leaking private data

06/23, 11:37pm

Lawyers for Samsung ordered to pay all legal costs spent investigating malfeasance

Apple has won another legal victory over its rival Samsung, this time against both the Galaxy phone maker and its legal team, Quinn Emanuel, led by John Quinn. A $2 million penalty has been levied against both QE and Samsung, related to the former's mishandling and leaking of confidential patent-licensing data between Apple and Nokia. Samsung executives later abused the leak to leverage knowledge of the Apple-Nokia licensing terms to strongarm Nokia in similar negotiations.


Briefly: Google Play Books, Movies expands, Nokia teases announcement

06/20, 5:58am

Google extends reach of Play Books, Movies to more countries

Google has expanded the reach of its Android film and book stores into more countries. Android Central reports Google Play Movies has gone live in 21 new countries, including a large number of markets in eastern Europe, while Google Play Books is now available in 11 extra regions. This now means Google Play Books has a presence in 56 countries, with Movies appearing in a total of 90 markets.


Nokia unveils Z Launcher for Android with context awareness

06/19, 12:59pm

Z launcher marks Nokia's second major foray into Android since Nokia X

Nokia has launched an Android launcher, just two months after completing the sale of its mobile phone manufacturing business to Microsoft. The Z Launcher, the company's second major foray into Android after releasing the Nokia X smartphone, is an Android user interface that attempts to offer shortcuts to tools and apps when the user needs them most.


Chinese officials let Microsoft's anti-Android patents out of the bag

06/17, 4:55pm

Regulators reviewing Nokia deal find 310 patents Microsoft leverage against Android

After the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) approved Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's device and services business, Microsoft was found to have 200 patent families necessary to build Android phones. In the process of posting news on the merger approval, however, the MOFCOM posted a list of 310 Microsoft patents that Android could be infringing upon.


Nokia paid blackmail threat in 2008 with Symbian security at stake

06/17, 1:48pm

Police, Finland media agency corroborate story, thought to be urban legend

Phone manufacturer Nokia apparently fell victim to a blackmail threat. According to reports, the company paid several million euros six years ago to hackers who threatened to release the encryption key to Symbian. Finnish Detective Chief Inspector Tero Haapla said of the reports that "we are investigating felony blackmail, with Nokia the injured party."


Microsoft rumored working on Kinect-style interface for Windows Phone

06/09, 11:19am

Mid-air hovering, tapping of tiles, gesture control said to be coming to Windows Phone soon

Windows Phone could soon allow users to interact with their devices without pressing an onscreen button, claims a report. Kinect-style features such as navigating by hovering a finger over part of a display may in fact form part of the experience of a rumored Nokia device codenamed "McLaren", set to be launched and released towards the end of this year.


Nokia's Here Maps picks up AI travel-planning app company Desti

06/02, 6:17pm

Application to gain artificial intelligence to find better location search results

Last week it was announced that Nokia's Here Maps have acquired the team behind the artificial intelligence (AI)-driven travel app Desti. Here plans to use the software to create better search results to help push the evolution of mapmaking. Desti was created as out of the same research center that spawned Apple's Siri and Nuance.



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