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HTC was bought to the court of law by the Finnish Manufacturer, Nokia which said that HTC has infringed it’s “modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station” patent.
Nokia had achieved a sales ban against the One smartphone line in the UK before, forcing HTC to change the radios and microphones inside the One as quoted by reliable sources.
With the official product page which mentions the specs: four-inch WVGA display, the same dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1GHz and found on many other models, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), five-megapixel main camera (sans flash), and a 1,430mAh battery.
The phone will initially be available in Singapore on December 14th for $200, before it spreads through the rest of the world.
Once again the famous tipster @evleaks is back leaving us with a cryptic note “A real Asha. Or Lumia?” . The posting immediately follows a separate Asha leak from the tipster, and the presence of that back button there is clearly Asha.
Following latest rumours we were really expecting a WP8/Windows 8 RT Cross-breed but seems that this is not the case. We could be wrong here but with a thin chance . If this is the Asha we expect then there is very less to be excited about.
Nokia’s Farewell: Six new devices launched including phablet and tablet devices, Instagram coming to WP
Nokia today launched what is more than likely going to be the last ever Nokia branded products at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi. The Finnish phone maker launched their new Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 smart feature phones in addition to their 6-inch entry level Lumia 1320 phablet, their high end Lumia 1520 phablet as well as their colourful new Lumia 2520 tablet.
Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any more interesting it did. Reports are coming in from China that Foxconn is busy producing 10,000 Nokia prototype device carrying Google’s Android OS.
It seems as if Microsoft’s impending acquisition of Nokia’s hardware division hasn’t deterred the company from looking for some alternatives, in the form of Google’s more-than-popular Android mobile operating system. Nokia’s Windows Phone strategy doesn’t seem to have worked out exactly as the Finns had hoped, which is why they’re looking into creating some Android powered devices under their “Mountain View” special project. Seems all is not lost for the company IF the Microsoft acquisition falls through.
In other news, Trojan Elop is getting a fat $25 million bonus, mostly from Microsoft, for joining Redmond again. Ex-Nokians, Jolla finally revealed full specifications for the Jolla smartphone which is set to launch by the end of the year.
Nokia today sent out invitations to a October 22 event titled ‘innovation reinvented’. The company is expected to unveil multiple tablets at the event, after years of speculation and rumours of such devices, and some recent leaks of course. The event was supposedly moved to that date, from late in September, after the Microsoft acquisition announcement.
The October 22, ‘innovation reinvented’ event is expected to feature Nokia’s high end Windows RT tablet as well as their recently leaked Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet device. Both devices are expected to feature FHD displays, with 10.1-inch and 6-inch sizes respectively. Nokia’s hardware division may be about to become a part of the Microsoft empire, meaning these devices will not only be some of the last, but could one day be collectables. Sure, not in the sense of the Apple II, but you get the idea. Whatever happens, let’s hope Nokia reinvents innovation just like they did with zoom in July when they unveiled the Lumia 1020.
Just when you thought your weekend would be boring and uneventful, the New York Time published an article regarding Nokia and Android devices, which we were always told would never be a possibility for the Finns.
According to the New York Times’ insider sources, Nokia started internal testing of Google’s Android OS on their Lumia devices, as a possible solution for the company as soon as their partnership agreement with Microsoft and their Windows Phone OS ran out. Apparently the company had easily gotten Android to work on the devices during internal testing and it was a strong possibility that the company would adopt Android as soon as their agreement ran out in late 2014. It makes sense, Windows Phone hasn’t exactly been a fast growing option for the Finns, not very profitable, which Microsoft is likely to have realized which could more than likely have been what prompted the acquisition in the first place.
After years of innovation and great devices, Nokia is set to cease manufacturing the devices as soon as their hardware division is completely sold off to Microsoft, the end of an era…
It has been quite a week that has passed. We were given a glimpse into the future by Elon Musk with his dreams of holographic design, Samsung surprised us all with the seemingly overpriced Samsung Galaxy Gear, Xiaomi showed that they mean business with the Xiaomi Mi3, Google and Nestle introduced Android 4.4 KitKat and then of course a hot topic was Microsoft’s announcement that they were acquiring Nokia’s mobile division.
This week the end of an era came to be, in the very near future, Nokia would be no more. Microsoft and Nokia together announced this week that Microsoft will be acquiring Nokia’s mobile devices unit and licensing the firm’s remaining patents in a deal totaling an excess of $7.2 billion. After the deal closes by the beginning of 2014, we are unlikely to see new Nokia branded devices ever again, despite Microsoft being granted the trademark on feature phones for a period of ten years.
Nokia however, remains, stronger than ever, but empty, and to many, soulless. For plenty of years Nokia lead the mobile revolution, many of people’s first phones were made by Nokia, but that legacy now seems to be gone. Nokia’s brilliant camera phones, sturdy and strong smartphones, long lasting feature phones; all gone. Yes, the devices will be made by the same people, in the same factories, but that once iconic logo will be no more. Nokia phones no more.
What many people seems to be asking however is, what’s next for Nokia? What happens to the remainder of the company? What happens to the world class mapping services? What happens to the industry leading networking company? What happens to all of the patents that the company still owns, but can’t really make use of themselves? What happens to the brand that connected people, some for the first time? What does the future hold for the deviceless Nokia?
Nokia, as a brand, remains. They may not be in the mobile hardware business anymore, but they are still there, and they may very well be stronger than ever. The Microsoft deal stipulates that the remaining Nokia cannot make a single mobile device carrying the Nokia logo until January 1, 2016. So, can they re-enter the mobile market after that, if they wish? Yes, they can, but they are more than likely not going to do so. The company has shifted focus, its days of struggling in the competitive mobile market is over and they are getting a big fat paycheck to prove that. Sure, some of the money is likely to be paid to shareholders as a nice little bonus for their investment, but there will be quite a bit remaining.
The company will focus on two core efforts; mapping services through NAVTEQ and building world class networks through Nokia Networks. NAVTEQ is indeed one of the world’s best mapping services, so good in fact that it powers Garmin’s GPS systems, it also powers Yahoo! Maps, Bing Maps and of course Nokia’s HERE maps. The remaining Nokia will finally bring its HERE maps to Android, iOS and other platforms through dedicated applications. In some aspects, it will continue to compete with Google, especially through mapping services. HERE is an extraordinary offering that may very well win. Then there’s the networking division.
Nokia announced a while back that it would be acquiring Siemens’ stake in their Nokia Siemens Networks joint venture, with that in mind, it is likely that NSN is renamed to Nokia Networks, one of Huawei and Alcatel’s main networking competitors. Nokia Networks builds some of the world’s key mobile networks and similar IT infrastructure and with more focus on that effort, and the fact that Huawei’s being investigated for spying, Nokia Networks may very well become one of the largest players in the field, turning a hefty profit.
Then there is one more possibility floating around. That Nokia acquires fellow Finnish mobile maker, Jolla Mobile, which is yet to ship its very first device. Jolla, which was founded mainly by ex-Nokia employees, aims to become a market leader with their Sailfish OS, based on Nokia’s earlier MeeGo offering which was killed off in favour of Windows Phone, despite being praised by consumers as well as the media and other critics. In fact, if Nokia does acquire Jolla, they can continue their efforts into the mobile market, under a new name until 2016 when they can once again use their own trademark.
Nokia, with Jolla, can enter the niche mobile market, selling only to corporate clients and consumers that are more than willing to acquire the devices. Think of it as the poor man’s Vertu. The Nokia name lives on, making sturdy, easy to use devices that carry on a legacy of expert craftsmanship and premium design, in other words, if you want a Nokia device, you can get one. A modern Nokia 3310 if you’d like to call it that, but that part is highly unlikely.
The fact of the matter remains that Nokia will need a new source of revenue, a strong source that will keep them profitable, that will keep steady growth and most of all that will keep shareholders happy. NAVTEQ and Nokia Networks alone can do this, but it will take some careful planning and hard work by their new leaders. No one really heard of Motorola again after Google acquired their mobile division, will the same happen to Nokia?
Can Nokia’s remaining patents generate enough annual licensing fees to keep the company from falling apart? Will Huawei, Ericsson, Alcatel or any of the other big name networking companies eat the remaining Nokia alive? Will Google or Apple or even Yahoo or Garmin acquire the remaining Nokia for their superior mapping services?
Only time will truly tell, but time is running out and industries are moving fast…
To the old Nokia, we love you and we forever will, thank you for the great devices such as the Nokia 5110, 3210, 3310, 1110 and so many more. Thank you for the superb camera phones. Thank you for games such as Snake and Bounce, but most of all thank you for the years of excellent devices. We hope that your efforts will continue at Microsoft… Goodbye…
Rumours of a Windows Phone powered Nokia phablet has been floating around in the blogosphere for quite some time now, with some alleged spy shots of the device having surface quite a few times thus far, today EVLeaks posted an official looking Nokia Lumia 1520 press render.
In the supposed press render, serial leakster EVLeaks shows off the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet, internally codenamed as ‘Bandit’. The Lumia 1520 will allegedly feature a 6-inch FHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC as well as a relatively large rear facing camera, though not as large as the Lumia 1020′s 41MP sensor. The Lumia 1520 shows a rear camera bump that looks quite similar to that of the Lumia 925, but quite a bit wider, an LED flash is also shown off. With the Nokia devices division being sold to Microsoft, it’s highly likely to be the last Nokia smartphone ever.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will undoubtedly have heard that Microsoft and Nokia has signed a multi-billion dollar deal which will see Microsoft acquire Nokia’s mobile divisions as well as license the company’s vast amount of patents. The deal has shaken up the mobile industry and sent Nokia’s share price sky high, while seeing Microsoft’s stock market performance see quite a drop.
Microsoft and Nokia today announced that Microsoft will be acquiring Nokia’s long-struggling mobile division for just over $5 billion with an additional $2,17 billion being spent on licensing Nokia’s remaining patents. Microsoft will absorb the company’s mobile division as its own, taking with it 32,000 employees, 8,500 patents and of course both Lumia and Asha divisions. Additionally, Microsoft will also gain Nokia’s world class photography team.
The deal is expected to close in early January, if successful and approved by both shareholders and the necessary government regulators. Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, will return to Microsoft and gain the Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios moniker, with many believing that he is currently the frontrunner to succeed Microsoft’s retiring CEO, Steve Ballmer.
Nokia, once a global leader in the mobile market, has seen a tremendous drop over the last few years and banked on Windows Phone to be its knight in shining armour, which thus far has failed spectacularly. Nokia will remain as a company, with its ownership of Nokia Siemens Networks and its expanding market leading navigation efforts in the form of NAVTEQ remaining as its largest assets, except for those vast amount of patents of course. The Nokia name will not be on any of Microsoft’s future devices and Redmond is allowed to manufacture Nokia feature phones for the next ten years.
Nokia will be able to create Nokia branded mobile devices from the beginning of 2016 if they wish, so don’t count an acquisition of Jolla or any other manufacturer out just yet. The company has been granted the possibility of almost $2 billion in cash loans from Redmond whether or not the acquisition goes through, giving the Finns some financial stability during the transition period.
Once the acquisition goes through, Microsoft is expected to earn as much as four times more from each Windows Phone device sold. Nokia currently holds over 80% of the Windows Phone smartphone marketshare. It remains unclear as to exactly what Microsoft has planned for Nokia’s feature phone division once the acquisition goes through, but don’t count your chickens on the Asha range surviving the nasty divorce.
Many believe that Stephen Elop was a trojan horse planted by Microsoft in order for Redmond to acquire the company, others claim that the acquisition came to fruition after Nokia allegedly wanted to drop Windows Phone, all we know is that Microsoft claims talks started in February of this year with over 50 board meetings happening before the deal was cleared by the companies’ respective boards.
In all likelihood, we will never see a Nokia branded mobile device ever again, but there is that slight chance that the acquisition is stopped by government regulators. Either way; Goodbye Nokia, you will be missed.