Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp, is turning to software created by arch-rival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a late contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market.
Its first models, Nokia X, X+ and XL, rely upon an open version of the Android mobile software system created by Google that has become the world’s most popular software used in smartphones.
The release of the phones just days before Nokia sells its handset business to Microsoft in a $7.2 billion deal, is an attempt to stay relevant in emerging markets, where low-cost Android phones are being snapped up by hundreds of millions of buyers. Continue reading →
A source close to Nokia has said that the Nokia Normandy, the company’s first Android phone, will launch in 2014. What will this mean for the future of Windows Phone phones?
Nokia have long been stalwarts of the Windows Phone operating system, opting to launch the Lumia range of handsets using just this operating system. The move may well have helped arrest the company’s slump into decline, Continue reading →
Nokia have officially unveiled the Lumia 525, the successor to the popular Lumia 520. Dual core processor, 5mp camera, and is likely to cost £150, like its predecessor.
The Nokia Lumia 520 was one of the most popular handsets of its generation, and has proven the champion of both the Lumia range and Windows Phone smartphones. It cut a few corners in order to launch at less than £150 but it didn’t suffer too much for those cuts. The battery was quite weak and there could have been more RAM but it was a decent quality phone for a decent budget. The Lumia 525, a mere rumour a few days ago but now confirmed by Nokia, looks like it will follow in the footsteps of the 520.
The Lumia 525 has a 1,430mAH battery, which Nokia claims will give 17 hours of talk time or 336 hours of standby. Rather than the 512MB of RAM, you now receive double that with 1GB of RAM and the difference should be noticeable when you’re playing games and using apps. Continue reading →
The Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet is available to pre-order at the Carphone Warehouse. The device will be available for free on a 24 month £38 Vodafone contract, more on a 4G contract.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 was unveiled last month at the Nokia World conference, and we’ve yet to really hear too much about its release here in the UK. However, that has changed, as the Carphone Warehouse has released details of the price for those consumers that are willing to go with Vodafone and take on a 24 month contract. There’s still no news on when the handset will be released, either from Carphone Warehouse or Nokia. The former say that they will be shipping the device some time in December, so it may just be available in time for Christmas. Continue reading →
In what could prove to be the company’s final big unveil before becoming part of Microsoft, Nokia has announced its first phablets and its first tablet computer. They feature some quite attractive tech, but will it be enough to increase Windows market share before the proposed purchase of Nokia is completed by the computer giant?
Microsoft has agreed to buy Nokia for a figure reported to be just under £5bn. The deal has yet to be completed although it seems unlikely that there will be any hurdles that are major enough to completely derail the plan. Analysts predict that the move will be a successful one and will give Nokia the kind of marketing budget that have helped companies like Samsung and Apple rule to smartphone market. It should also enable Microsoft to take a larger share of the mobile operating system pie. Continue reading →
As well as launching their first phablets and their first tablet, Nokia has unveiled new additions to its Asha range of budget handsets. They have a new design and updated features, as well as extremely attractive price tags.
Nokia has struggled to keep up with the smartphone market. In fact, they have been left firmly behind by the likes of Samsung and Apple. Their choice to offer Microsoft Windows as their operating system may be partially at fault but their concentration on budget handsets may also have something to do with the decline they have faced since their earlier glory days.
However, what this does mean, is that Nokia does have a really very good line of budget phones. The Asha series is not as readily available in the UK as phones from the likes of Huawei and HTC Continue reading →