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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Brazilian Lumia 630 includes television capability on government request
The Microsoft-owned Devices and Services arm of Nokia has launched a special edition of the Lumia 630 smartphone in Brazil, in time for the World Cup taking place in the country this year. The device will include a digital TV (DTV) receiver built-in, allowing owners to watch soccer matches on local television broadcasts from the smartphone itself. Sales of the normal version of the Lumia 630 have also commenced this week.
Could be important win for iPhone and iPad cameras
Ari Partinen, a photography lead at Nokia's Lumia division, has announced his departure to Apple via Twitter. The transition should happen in June. Partinen is partly responsible for developing Nokia's PureView oversampling technology, and has been a core figure in developing and tuning the cameras in products like the N8 and the 41-megapixel 808 PureView.
Connected Car Fund will work with Nokia's Here maps arm on investments
Nokia is planning to invest $100 million into companies working on computing in cars. Buoyed by a cash influx from the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft for $7.2 billion, the company wants to put money towards those creating technologies for "connected and intelligent vehicles," with the fund set to be managed by the company's own Nokia Growth Partners venture capital arm.
Advertisements hint at possible Here mapping suite of apps
Nokia could be preparing a new version of its Here mapping app for iOS and Android. Two job postings spotted on LinkedIn are searching for Android and iOS developers to work on the company's Here teams, and could signal a return to the platforms after the company sold its mobile phone business to Microsoft for approximately $7.2 billion.
Lenovo, Huawei outperform smartphone market
Although Apple broke its own records in the first quarter by shipping 43.7 million iPhones, its rate of growth was below that of the smartphone industry as a whole and any of its biggest competitors, according to new IDC data. Year-over-year, Apple's units were up 16.8 percent. The smartphone industry grew 28.6 percent; Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, advanced 22 percent to 85 million units. While only managing 13.7 million and 12.9 million units, respectively, Huawei and Lenovo outperformed in terms of growth, with rates of 47.3 and 63.3 percent.
Rumors of first device after Nokia smartphone arm purchase start circulating
The first Windows Phone device to come out after Microsoft completed the acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business could be one that turns out to be ideal for self portraits, according to a rumor. Codenamed "Superman," the smartphone is said to use a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, rather than the lower-resolution sensors used by the majority of smartphones.
Nokia's Lumia, Asha, Nokia X business now owned by Microsoft
Microsoft has completed its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone arm. Originally announced in September last year, the $7.2 billion sale sees Microsoft take control of Nokia's Devices & Services business, including its mobile phone production and a swathe of Nokia patents, with Nokia expecting the final transaction price to be slightly higher than initially reported.
Acquired Nokia hardware business to be renamed Microsoft Mobile
Nokia is expecting to complete the sale of its Devices and Services business to Microsoft on April 25th, just as it previously advised. While both Microsoft and Nokia have confirmed the imminent closing of the deal, a letter sent to suppliers has leaked, claiming the division will be renamed to "Microsoft Mobile" sometime after its completion, as well as outlining other terms of the $7.2 billion acquisition.
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.