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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.
The illustrious Nokia tablet is finally upon us, after a whole three years of rumours, the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet has leaked, and it is nothing at all what Nokia stands for, literally. The Nokia tablet seems to lack any imagination, creative flair and the Nokia logo for one.
Thanks to the amazing EVLeaks, we have finally caught an official looking glimpse of Nokia’s try at an ‘iPad killer,’ funnily enough, it seems to lack any official Nokia branding, at least on the front. The Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet is shown above in Cyan, and sadly it doesn’t look as sexy as most of us had imagined, it is actually quite an eyesore. The Lumia 2520 is set to launch on October 22 at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi and is said to pack a 10.1-inch FHD display, a 2.3GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable memory, an 8MP PureView camera as well as LTE and of course it will run on the ill-fated Windows RT operating system.
It seems that the Nokia Lumia 2520 is going the way of the orignal Surface RT, especially since it seems to be everything the Surface 2 is not, meaning Microsoft will compete directly with themselves if the Nokia acquisition goes through that is…
A month ago Microsoft and Nokia announced that Redmond would be acquiring the Finns’ once market leading mobile phone division, in addition to licensing the company’s vast amount of patents and getting to use the company’s ‘Nokia’ trademark on feature phones for the next decade. An era is over, but a new era is also dawning…
In 1987 the Mobira Cityman is launched as the company’s first mobile phone, followed by the first Nokia-branded, GSM-enabled mobile phone launching five years later in 1992 as the Nokia 1011. By 1998 the company is the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer. In 2001 they launch the world’s first camera phone, the Nokia 7650, and by 2005 the billionth Nokia device is sold. By 2013, when the iconic mobile hardware division is sold off, their Lumia 520 becomes the best selling Windows-powered device in history.
When you ask what most people’s first ever mobile phone was, they are likely to say that it was a Nokia. My first Nokia device was the iconic Nokia 3210, and I have owned plenty after that, as many people have. Games such as Snake, Bounce and Space Impact are some of the most popular, and enjoyable, games ever and played by millions of people. Then there is the iconic Nokia tune, based off of Francisco Tarrega’s Gran Vals, which is heard an estimated 1.8 billion times a day!
Nokia was clearly once a global market leader, sadly despite adapting to the mobile device era quite fast, they failed to adapt to the smartphone era fast enough. Their Symbian offerings were stale, their MeeGo offering dropped too quickly and their focus solely on Windows Phone a grave mistake, despite being the most significant Windows Phone manufacturer, and the key to the platform’s growth to the third largest smartphone platform.
Rumours have it that Nokia had gotten impatient with Windows Phone’s slow growth and had started exploring the possibility of joining in on the Android bandwagon, having quite possibly ordered 10,000 Android-powered prototypes. Of course, rumours are rumours, at least until we see some concrete proof that they aren’t just rumours. Could whispers of an Android adoption be what prompted Microsoft to place their bid?
Nokia’s feelings towards Android in 2011, when they opted to go the way of the Windows Phone, was that it was overcrowded and that they would not be able to provide a differentiated experience, that they would not be able to create a viable alternative to the loads of other Android-powered devices. Well, I feel that they could have, but management was stubborn and that is what lead them to their current situation.
Had they opted for Android, they could have easily created a differentiated experience. Introduce their Swipe UI from MeeGo onto their Android-powered devices, introduced their world class Mapping solution, powered by their NAVTEQ subsidiary, onto their devices, embed their even better camera solutions into the devices and make use of their unique, differentiated designs to make some badass Nokia Android devices. Think about it, no need to bully developers such as Instagram into creating applications for their ill-fated platforms.
Samsung’s rise in the Android market only took off at about the same time as Nokia could have introduced Android-powered devices of their own, and with their superior designs, cameras, software and mapping software, they could easily have overtaken Samsung and run the Android monopoly that they currently rule. They already had world class manufacturing plants that could mass produce said devices very fast and in the large quantities necessary to rule the market once again.
Sadly, the company chose Windows Phone, which wasn’t necessarily a bad choice, but going in exclusively on the platform is cause for major concern. Yes, the company could have ended up like HTC, also once a leader in the market, but their expertise in the market as well as their major differentiating factors, which HTC lacks, would have prevailed in the end. The market could very well have been very different today, though it can still change.
Nokia’s shareholders still have a say. Next month, shareholders in the US as well as Finland, will have a say in the Microsoft acquisition, which many believe is extremely undervalued. If they vote against it, Nokia will have to pay a €38 million penalty, but the company will be free to do as they wish. They will have access to €1.5 billion in loans from Microsoft to keep themselves alive, although I am more than sure banks should be more than willing to loan them more than enough thanks to their vast amount of key assets.
Then, the company can start work on Android-powered devices, I mean make a Lumia 1020 powered by Android, stock for now, and announce it as soon as January 2014, maybe even at CES 2014. Mass produce several other devices, and by the end of 2014, when their agreement with Microsoft runs out, can their Windows Phone line in favour of the much more popular Android, which by then should be outselling their Windows Phone powered offerings.
Of course there is another scenario. The Microsoft acquisition is approved. In early 2014, Nokia smart devices are no longer being produced, the Lumia line remains as Microsoft’s mobile offerings, the Asha 5-series is killed off as to not compete with the popular Lumia 525, Nokia feature phones continue to be produced for the next three or so years, in two years Windows Phone is dropped as yet another miserable failure by Redmond. Nokia’s assets remain and are implemented into future Microsoft devices.
Nokia remains as a mapping and network services provider, stronger than ever, but with a piece of them missing, a hole in their heart…
As the Nokia-Microsoft acquisition still floats around in the news, Nokia seems to just continue making waves on the web. EVLeaks today showed off the company’s second, and upcoming, Asha OS powered device in the form of the Nokia Asha 500.
The Nokia Asha 500 could be quite a thorn in the back of the company’s best selling Windows Phone powered device, the Nokia Lumia 520, when it launches later this year, which is likely why Microsoft might phase the device out as soon as the deal is approved, IF it gets approved that is. The Asha 500 seems to be the successor to the Nokia Asha 501, though the naming scheme does make it quite a bit confusing. The Asha 500 will seemingly feature dual SIM capabilities, a capasitive touch button on the front, unlike the physical button found on the Asha 501, and of course support for the popular WhatsApp instant messaging application.
The Nokia Asha 500 is likely to make its appearance on October 22 when the company is set to unveil their tablet and phablet offerings to the world. Hmm, could Nokia become a big player just before Microsoft gobbles them up?
Some people out there want the premium design and build quality that comes with most smartphones nowadays (No not you Samsung), but without all those extras, like the battery life of an egg. Nokia today introduced the Nokia 515, a $149 feature phone with their new Asha OS and a design so premium, it puts the iPhone to shame.
The new Nokia 515 is one hell of a looker, despite featuring an outdated T9 keyboard and navigation keys. The Nokia 515 mixes premium design with basic functionality and an affordable price tag. The 515 is crafted from a single piece of aluminum that has been anodized and sandblasted to perfection, finished off with some polycarbonate resin and Gorilla Glass 2 to top it all off. It features the new Asha OS, technically making it an Asha device, along with a 5MP rear snapper with a flash and voice activated selfies. It will come in both single and dual SIM variants and a crazy 38 days of standby time.
Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Poland will get first dibs of course, but let’s hope it makes its way to the US, and soon!
Promising Chinese up-and-comer Xiaomi today unveiled a smartphone that is likely going to be quite a game changer for the young company. Although currently exclusive to China, Xiaomi has shown exponential growth and is highly likely to become a global leader within a few years if its current growth rate is kept strong.
Xiaomi today unveiled the new Xiaomi Red Rice smartphone. At just $130 it sounds either too good to be true or like a cheap Chinese knock off, but it is not. The Xiaomi Red Rice packs quite a bit of higher specced features for its price including a 4.7-inch 720p touch display, a quad core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, TD-SCDMA 3G, a 8MP rear camera as well as dual SIM support. Like all Xiaomi phones, the Red Rice will feature their popular MIUI user interface on Android. The Xiaomi Red Rice will be available exclusive to China Mobile, which has a 70% market share in China and that’s sure to give them a head start.
Xiaomi has made quite a few heads turn after selling their devices in small batches over record periods of times, with each batch being sold out in less than five minutes most of the time. The company is expected to sell 15 million smartphones this year, and with a constant growth path, it may join the top ten smartphone makers in no time.