Lumia 2520 travel charger sold in United States also a risk
Nokia has stopped sales of the Lumia 2520 in Europe, over a faulty charger supplied with the tablet. The manufacturer has also issued a product advisory warning over the AC-300 charger, with owners in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom "strongly advised to suspend use of the charger until further notice."
Nokia 225 has up to 36-day standby time, 2MP camera
Nokia has quietly unveiled a new feature phone meant for emerging markets. The Nokia 225 is similar in style and functionality to the Nokia 220 launched at Mobile World Congress, though it offers a marginally larger 2.8-inch QVGA display, with the manufacturer calling it the "slimmest Internet phone" it has produced to date, measuring just 10.4mm (0.41 inches) thick.
Approval from Chinese Ministry of Commerce brings purchase closer to completion
The acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services arm by Microsoft has been given the green light by Chinese authorities, both companies have revealed. The approval by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) brings the $7.2 billion purchase one step closer to completion, and brings the total number of markets approving the deal to 16.
Nokia MD-12 uses hard surfaces for bass boosting
Despite the unveiling of the Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635 Windows 8.1 smartphones at Microsoft Build, Nokia still had something new to reveal for itself at its scheduled "more" event. The Nokia MD-12 is a portable mini speaker that connects to smartphones via Bluetooth with NFC pairing, which is able to use "acoustic bonding" with whatever surface it is resting on to provide a more powerful sound.
New Lumias will ship with Windows Phone 8.1 onboard
The former CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, has taken to the stage at Microsoft's Build developer conference to reveal three Lumia devices running on Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 930 has a five-inch ClearBlack full HD display with PureView camera capabilities, while the budget-aimed Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 are smaller devices with a 4.5-inch ClearBlack display and more restrained specifications.
New video believed to show Lumia 630, Windows Phone 8.1 features
A Nokia smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 has reportedly appeared in a new leaked hands-on video. The surfaced clip allegedly shows the Lumia 630, thought to be codenamed Moneypenny, using the Microsoft mobile operating system, showing the Action Center, apps for podcasts and radio, the new store app, and the layout of the camera app in the upcoming release.
Nokia event scheduled for first day of Microsoft developer conference
Nokia has started to send out invitations for an event promising "more Lumia" on April 2nd, the first day of the Microsoft Build developer conference. Considering the timing of the event, as well as the large amount of blue used on the invitation, it is likely that Nokia will not only be revealing its Windows Phone 8.1 plans, but also unveiling one or more Lumia smartphones.
Transfer of Nokia mobile phone business to Microsoft delayed by Asian regulators
The acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business by Microsoft will take longer than previously thought, with both companies expecting to complete the $7.2 billion sale in April. While the deal has received regulatory approval in the United States and Europe, pending approvals from "certain antitrust authorities in Asia" are causing the delay in closing the purchase.
App for Windows Phones developed with Royal National Institute of Blind People
Last week, Nokia released a new app for the Windows Phone platform to help people with vision issues, or those that need bigger text in their day-to-day activities. The aptly-named Pocket Magnifier was developed with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the UK to use a phone's camera to enhance text. The app allows for frames to be frozen for steady reading, offers filters to help define text, and allows the use of an LED (flash) to light up the object being read. Owners of a number of Nokia Windows Phone models utilizing their cameras now have another use for their device if they need assistance reading something on the go.
Android-based Nokia smartphone sees high sales before release
Nokia's first attempt at an Android-based smartphone may be a success in one country before it's even been released, according to the company's social media accounts. The Nokia X, first shown at Mobile World Congress last month, has apparently received more than 1 million pre-orders in China alone, after being made available to customers just four days ago.
Nokia rolls out Refocus app to all Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8
Nokia is making its Lytro-style Refocus app available to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices, as a free download via the Windows Phone Store. The app, which was initially released for Lumias with PureView, allows users to adjust the focal point of an image, after the photograph has been taken, with the resulting image shareable on social networks and stored on OneDrive.
Court filing points out double-standard in allegations
At the same time as it was accusing Samsung of leaking the same information, Apple publicly exposed the terms of its patent licensing terms with Nokia and NEC, Samsung remarks in its latest Apple v. Samsung lawsuit filing. In October, Apple filed a motion against Samsung as part of the original Apple v. Samsung case, alleging that Samsung's counsel -- Quinn Emanuel -- had inadvertently leaked licensing terms to Samsung executives, giving them an edge in corporate negotiations. In January the the District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the latter was never sufficiently proven, and denied sanctions against Samsung, pinning the blame on counsel.
First rumored details of next Lumia device surface
Details of Nokia's next smartphone may have started leaking, just one week after the company launched its long-rumored Nokia X Android device range. A device claimed to be codenamed "Martini" may be the next major Lumia release from the company, though there is currently little in the way of information for what the device will be capable of, aside from the name and operating system.
Google services like Gmail and Google Now added to phone in five steps
A member of the XDA-developers forum who won a Nokia X at the Mobile World Congress has managed to hack and gain root access to the phone in order to bring Google applications and services to the device. The Nokia X, known for using the bare-bones free version of Android at its core, had opted to pull in Microsoft services to intentionally avoid Google's integration.
Cheap Android-based Nokia X tested at Mobile World Congress
The Nokia X is the company's long-anticipated attempt at an Android smartphone, after offering customers its Asha platform and Windows Phone for a considerable amount of time. Even for a debut effort, Nokia has attempted to try and differentiate itself from the more typical Android devices by heavily customizing the operating system. Electronista tried out the base Nokia X model shortly after its launch.
Three Android devices in Nokia X range includes 4-inch, 5-inch models
Nokia has started its campaign at Mobile World Congress this morning by launching a total of five devices, with three running on Android. The Nokia 220 featurephone and Asha 230 were unveiled by the company, with the main launch this year being taken up by the rumored Nokia X, as well as a variant with more storage in the form of the Nokia X+, and a larger-screened version called the Nokia XL.
Nokia XX said to be more powerful than Nokia X
The Nokia X is not the only Android-powered device the company is working on, claims a new rumor. While they won't make an appearance at Mobile World Congress, two more Android smartphones are apparently being developed in the product line, with both mobile phones said to offer far higher specifications than the entry-level internals touted for this week's expected launch.
Free Nokia mapping app previously exclusive to Lumia 2520 tablet
Nokia will be expanding the availability of its HERE Maps to all Windows 8.1 devices, the company has confirmed. The free app, currently only available on the Nokia Lumia 2520, will soon be useable on all laptops, desktops, and tablets running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT, with the company also claiming the software will have a number of updates to improve performance.
Treasure Tag helps keep track of objects via Bluetooth proximity
Nokia will be shipping its rumored Treasure Tag item-tracking accessory in April, the company has announced. The Tag, which uses a combination of NFC and Bluetooth, is designed to be attached to important objects, such as a bunch of keys, and via an app, provides feedback on where the tag is in the event it is misplaced or lost.
Android-based Nokia smartphone more likely after teaser image release
The Mobile World Congress launch of the Nokia X, codenamed "Normandy," is looking more likely, thanks to a new leaked image and a teaser from the company itself. An image said to be a promotional shot for the Android-based smartphone has surfaced, while the official Nokia Conversations blog is promoting the event using an image strongly hinting at a green X, the color typically associated with Android itself.
New conditions in India High Court appealed, should not affect purchase
The $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's phone business by Microsoft is still going ahead, and is still expected to complete sometime this quarter, the company has announced in a statement. The transfer of Nokia's Devices and Services division to Microsoft will continue, with the phone manufacturer claiming its tax issues in India will not delay Microsoft's purchase at all.
Five-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor in Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia has launched its Lumia Icon, a Windows Phone 8 device that is exclusive to Verizon. Surfacing in earlier rumors, the Lumia Icon takes most of the specifications of the Lumia 1520 and squeezes it down into a much smaller device, and is fronted by a 5-inch Full HD display with Nokia ClearBlack technology for viewing the screen in direct sunlight.
Report claims Nokia X launch will take place at Mobile World Congress
Nokia will be launching its long-rumored Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress, sources of the Wall Street Journal claim. The smartphone, codenamed "Normandy" and thought to be called the Nokia X, is said by the report to be aimed at emerging markets rather than developed regions, and apparently will not be used to promote Google's own services.
HTC paying Nokia, pair will combine forces to work on LTE portfolio
Nokia and HTC have entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement and, as a result, have settled all pending patent litigation between them worldwide. HTC will make payments to Nokia, and the collaboration will involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio. The companies say they will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities. The full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
Video hints at Windows Phone release, offers few clues
Nokia has started to tease what it could be showing at Mobile World Congress this month, with the release of a short but mysterious video clip. The YouTube video arrives alongside some claimed specifications for the rumored Android-powered Nokia X, a device which is also set to be revealed at the conference by the company, and suggestions the video could relate to the Lumia 929 or the Treasure Tag accessory.
Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand filings confirm Nokia Android smartphone
Nokia's rumored Android "Normandy" smartphone is seemingly becoming less of a rumor, with the device apparently receiving certification in three countries over the last few days. Filings have appeared at regulators for Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, with the RM-980 model number associated with each listing matching one that appeared in a recent browser benchmark result.
Choice of Lumia 520, Lumia 521 when buying Xbox Music Pass subscription
Microsoft is offering a budget Nokia smartphone and anXbox Music Pass subscription from the Microsoft Store for $99, for a limited time. The offer, available in the United States and Puerto Rico, consists of a 12-month subscription to the music service, along with the choice of either a Lumia 520 on AT&T or a Lumia 521 on T-Mobile, as off-contract devices.
Dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor touted in Nokia Android device
More details about Nokia's rumored "Normandy" Android smartphone have surfaced, along with images allegedly showing the final form of the device. Believed to be called the Nokia X, the device is said to have a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, expandable by microSD, all behind a 4-inch WVGA (480x800) display.
Two-axis gyro module from PureView Lumias hits open market
The optical imaging stabilization technique used by Nokia in some of its Lumia smartphones is now able to be bought by other device manufacturers for use in smartphones and tablets. ST Microelectronics is now selling the module, which involves a two-axis gyroscope with an angular rate sensor, on the open market for the first time since the exclusivity period with Nokia expired.
Over 75 percent of market in some countries
As a platform, Android phones retook the top position in US smartphone sales during the last quarter, climbing to 50.6 percent of the market, according to new Kantar research data. iOS took 43.9 percent; Windows Phone devices were a distant third at 4.3 percent. In Europe, Android held a 68.6 percent share across the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, leaving iOS at 18.5 percent, and Windows Phone at 10.3 percent. The numbers skewed on country-to-country basis, however; in Italy, for instance, Windows Phone grabbed 17.1 percent over iOS' 12.8 percent.
Barcelona could be venue of Android-based Normandy launch
Following the release of its latest quarterly results, Nokia has started to send out invitations to an event at Mobile World Congress in February. In a similar manner to last year, the company will be holding a press conference on the morning of the event's first day, though the details of what Nokia will reveal before Microsoft's acquisition remains unknown.
Nokia quarterly results omit sales figures for Lumia devices
Nokia has hinted at what its finances will be like in the future, in what is believed to be its last quarterly financial report before the company's mobile phone arm gets acquired by Microsoft. The company's Solutions and Networks, Here, and Advanced Technologies segments earned a profit of 408 million euro ($556 million) for the fourth quarter, an improvement when compared to the 344 million the sections earned in the third quarter.
Covered Nokia prototype claimed to be rumored Android smartphone
A photograph of a device described as a prototype of Nokia's rumored Android-based smartphone has surfaced. The "engineering prototype" shot of what is alleged to be the Nokia "Normandy" strongly suggests that the smartphone producer is still working on the device, despite the impending purchase of the company's "Devices and Services" business by Microsoft.
Windows Phone 8 Update 3, Nokia Camera App heading to Lumia devices
Nokia has started offering its Lumia Black update for Lumia devices worldwide, after its initial rollout in the United States. The upgrade, which will take place over the next few weeks, will include a number of improvements including Windows Phone 8 Update 3, App Folders for easier Start screen personalization and grouping of apps, and support for Bluetooth LE.
Elements of Windows Phone leak into alleged Nokia Android screenshots
Nokia has given Android a Windows Phone-style makeover, according to new leaked images reported to depict the codenamed "Normandy" smartphone. A calling screen, a home screen, and the default Skype sign-in pages are shown in the alleged photo, showing a generally flat user interface scheme on top of the forked mobile operating system.
Embargo enforceable after Nokia shells out $550 million for bond
Earlier today, the Nokia versus HTC patent fight in Germany came to a dramatic close, as Nokia has been awarded a complete product embargo against all HTC Android devices sold in the country. The embargo is provisional upon appeal, but immediately enforceable when Nokia posts a 400 million Euro ($550 million) bond.
Nokia's Lumia 1520 sells out of initial Indian run
Nokia's Lumia 1520 handset appears to have seen initial success following its launch in India. The six-inch, Windows Phone 8-powered phablet has sold through all color options in that country, WinBeta notes, just days after its debut. The quick sell-through is surprising, given the Indian market's typical preference for lower cost handsets.
Low end Lumia Windows Phones now 30 percent of devices in use
Low-end Lumia devices are among the best selling in the entire Windows Phone lineup, according to new figures from AdDuplex. PhoneArena on Saturday pointed to new figures from the industry analysis firm showing that the Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 account for 30 percent of the Windows Phone devices in use around the world. In the United States, the Lumia 520 has usurped the Lumia 920 as the second-most used Windows Phone handset, and the 520 and 521 account for more than 30 percent of the U.S. Windows Phone market.
Claims iOS 7 harmed user experience, introduced bugs to mapping application
Nokia has pulled its HERE Maps app for iOS from the App Store, due to changes in iOS 7. A company spokesperson advised that the latest iteration of the Apple mobile operating system had harmed "the user experience" of the app, promoting the withdrawal from the store, though iOS users will still be able to access Nokia's maps through a browser.
Dual-SIM smartphone homescreen shows possible Lumia 630 name
Two separate leaks suggest Nokia is still working on new mobile devices, despite the impending acquisition of its Devices and Services division by Microsoft. The home screen of a device codenamed Moneypenny has apparently surfaced, at the same time as new images of a protective cover for the long-rumored Lumia 929.
Animated Nokia commercial says Lumia tablet can be read outdoors
Nokia is back to comparing its wares against Apple's, this time touting the outdoor visibility of the screen on its Lumia 2520 tablet against that of Apple's iPad. A new, animated commercial from the Finnish manufacturer also talks up the potential productivity of the Windows RT tablet versus Apple's offering and other tablets. It it the most recent commercial from Nokia, and the second of the last three to make a comparison to the iPad while touting the Lumia 2520.
Verizon upgrades Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini to Android KitKat
Verizon is rolling out Android KitKat to its current range of Droid smartphones. Owners of the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will receive the update from today onwards, with version 4.4 of the operating system bringing a full-screen mode, camera improvements, an updated Droid Zap app, an update for Motorola Assist, and support for the Fitbit, among other items.
Nokia says Lumia 2520 is business up front, party in the rear
It's apparently "business up front, party in the back" for Nokia's new Lumia 2520, as a new commercial from the Finnish hardware maker compares the tablet to a mullet. The spot for the company's Windows RT-powered device spends more time focusing on haircuts and filthy fingernails than it does Nokia's actual tablet. The goal of the app may be to highlight the 2520's capabilities as both a productivity and entertainment device, but its reception in the tech media so far has been marked by puzzlement.
WP8.1 to bring Cortana, notifications
Microsoft's forthcoming update to its Windows Phone platform, Windows Phone 8.1, will reportedly feature two big additions: a notification center and a virtual assistant in the vein of Apple's Siri. The software giant, which will soon complete a deal to buy the manufacturer that makes the best selling devices that run Windows Phone, will detail its plans for Windows Phone 8.1 in more detail in April, according to The Verge. Microsoft is also working on a number of other software additions for its smartphone operating system.
Nokia steps in to provide Galaxy S4 owner with new phone
Nokia has offered a free Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia device to a man whose Samsung Galaxy S4 caught fire earlier this month. Richard Wygand's GS4 smoked and burned while it was charging, and Samsung's reaction to his posting images of the device on the Internet sparked a controversy last week, as the South Korean tech giant appeared to try to buy Wygand's silence with the promise of a new phone. Nokia contacted Wygan and offered him a Lumia by Twitter.
Mystery Nokia leak claimed to run forked Android
More signs of Nokia's Android development have allegedly surfaced, with a report claiming that one device that surfaced in late November is the fruit of Nokia's Android labor. The "Normandy" is said to be running on Android, more specifically a forked version of the mobile operating system, in a similar vein to Amazon and the Fire OS used in the Kindle Fire tablet range.
Chennai plant seized by tax authority, Nokia offers deposit to release assets
Some confusion exists in India about back taxes owed by Nokia, which is potentially complicating the Microsoft purchase of the embattled cellphone manufacturer. An Indian court has stayed a hearing about a seizure of a factory in Chennai, and is seeking additional information from the cellphone manufacturer on the value of the facility. Additionally, various accounts claim that Nokia owes either 20.8 billion, 78 billion, or 210 billion rupees ($400 million, $1.28 billion, or $3.4 billion respectively) in taxes to the Indian government.
Smaller Nokia tablet retains 1080p IPS display of Lumia 2520
More details for Nokia's rumored 8.3-inch tablet have surfaced, suggesting that the Lumia 2020 will ship with a 1080p-resolution IPS display. The device, a smaller form of the Lumia 2520 tablet, was spotted alongside its larger stablemate on import entries to India, which if true would see both tablets aiming to be released in the country in the future.
New Nokia attachment pairs with smartphones for music play
Nokia on Monday unveiled a new accessory for smartphones, the BH-121 Bluetooth Stereo Headset. The BH-121 pairs with smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices to act as a remote control for music playback. The device is available in a range of colors, similar to Nokia's Lumia line of smartphones.
Threat of antitrust investigation by EC if Nokia overreaches with patents
Nokia has been warned by the European Commission (EC) to avoid becoming a "patent troll," once the company completes the sale of its Devices and Services arm to Microsoft. Joaquin Almunia, head of competition and vice president of the EC, reconfirmed the Commission's approval of the purchase, but advised that there is a danger that Nokia could try to "extract higher returns" from its patent portfolio.