Live from Nokia’s CES 2012 press conference

By on January 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

Live from Nokia’s CES 2012 press conference

Nokia recently announced its first Windows Phone for the U.S. market late last year — T-Mobile’s Lumia 710 — but the Finnish vendor has a lot more in store. Today, we finally get our first glimpse at Nokia’s flagship smartphone that is set to launch on AT&T in the near future. The Lumia 900 or Ace, as it is rumored to be named on AT&T, reportedly shares the same look and feel as the Lumia 800 but it packs two big new features: 4G LTE, and a bigger form factor along with a larger display. Are the rumors right? Does Nokia have any other surprises in store? Hit the break for our live coverage of Nokia’s press conference. More →

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AT&T’s Nokia Ace to receive $100 million marketing push

By on January 4, 2012 at 8:25 AM.

AT&T’s Nokia Ace to receive $100 million marketing push

Microsoft, Nokia and carrier partners are planning a $100 million marketing push for the Nokia Ace (also known as the Lumia 900) when it launches in the United States. While the Ace isn’t yet official, it has been rumored that AT&T will unveil the device during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. We exclusively reported in November that the Ace will offer a 1.4GHz processor, a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display and an 8-megapixel camera. Other reports have suggested it will run Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and support AT&T’s 4G LTE network. According to BetaNews, the Ace will hit AT&T store shelves in March where it will receive “hero” status. It is unclear how Microsoft, AT&T and Nokia will split the $100 million in marketing, but the hero status suggests it will be the focus of AT&T commercials, print ads, digital ads and in-store marketing. More →

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New details on AT&T’s Nokia Ace (Lumia 900) leak

By on January 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

New details on AT&T’s Nokia Ace (Lumia 900) leak

AT&T and Nokia are expected to unveil the Nokia Ace during next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, reports claim. The Ace will also be known internationally as the Lumia 900 and Pocketnow published a few new details on the new flagship phone on Tuesday morning. We already exclusively reported that the Lumia 900 will pack a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera, and Pocketnow says it will also offer 512MB of RAM and a large 1,830 mAh battery. Early rumors suggested the phone would require Windows Phone Tango to support AT&T’s 4G LTE network, but the device will allegedly still run Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). The image used above is simply a mock-up of what the Lumia 900 (Ace) is expected to look like next to the current Lumia 800 handset. More →

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Samsung to tweak Galaxy smartphones, dodge European sales ban

By on October 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM.

Samsung to tweak Galaxy smartphones, dodge European sales ban

Samsung will upgrade its Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace smartphones in the Netherlands in an effort to get around an injunction that prevented its local subsidiaries from selling the devices. In August, a Dutch judge banned Samsung’s Netherlands-based companies from selling the aforementioned smartphones after ruling it guilty of infringing on Apple’s patents. However, the judge also said Samsung had until October 14th to make changes that would allow it to bring the phones to market. “We’ve fixed the technological problem and upgraded products to address the issue,” Samsung spokesperson James Chung told Reuters. “They will be shortly available for sale.” Samsung is locked in similar legal battles with Apple in the United States, France, Australia and Japan. More →

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Sales of Samsung Galaxy S, S II banned by Netherlands judge in Apple patent case

By on August 24, 2011 at 9:41 AM.

Sales of Samsung Galaxy S, S II banned by Netherlands judge in Apple patent case

A Netherlands judge has banned the sale of three Samsung smartphones deemed to be infringing on Apple patents. The Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy S and Galaxy Ace may no longer be marketed or sold by Samsung’s Netherlands-based companies in numerous countries across the European Union as a result of the ruling, FOSS Patents reports. The judge also noted that other Samsung devices — the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Tab 10.1v — violate Apple patents, though it is currently unclear if Samsung’s latest tablets will be banned as well. Of note, Samsung’s three Netherlands-based subsidiaries are banned from selling the devices, though South Korea-based Samsung Electronics may reportedly continue selling the phones. As Samsung reportedly uses these companies as a primary hub for European imports, FOSS Patents suggests that the company will need to rework its logistics if it wishes to continue selling these phones in Europe. Samsung’s Galaxy S, S II and Ace were found to be violated Apple patent numbers 2,058,868 and 2,098,948, which cover a method of scrolling in the UI and a method for unlocking a phone from a locked state. The full verdict will be published later today and the ban will take effect on October 13th. More →

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