For many Microsoft employees, this is just another Wednesday morning like any other. But for close to 2,000 people it’s going to be a day to remember. The company announced that it’s “streamlining” its smartphone business by laying off about 1,850 people worldwide, including 1,350 people in Finland and 500 elsewhere. The move will see Microsoft take a $950 million financial hit, and it marks the death of the Nokia-born Lumia phone brand. More →
It took eons, but Nokia is finally making the Android phones we always hoped it would make. To get here, Nokia had to lose its grip on the mobile business, choose Windows Mobile as its only smartphone OS, and then sell its entire mobile division to Microsoft. But the American software giant was unable to make anything good come out of its Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone brands, turning the acquisition into a failure of epic proportions.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to Foxconn. And Nokia is licensing its name, which it’s buying back from Microsoft, to a company that will work with the same Foxconn subsidiary to make feature phones, Android smartphones and Android tablets in the near future.
The point is, Nokia is finally making Android phones, even if it won’t actually build them More →
Making an Android phone isn’t a magical road to prosperity — after all, Samsung is the only major vendor that actually makes a profit from selling Android devices. But what if Nokia had jumped on the Android bandwagon early in 2009, back before Samsung had turned into a smartphone powerhouse and back when Nokia’s brand was still among the strongest in the world? Then things might have turned out a little differently for the company, which unloaded its handset division to Microsoft and has been very quiet in the smartphone market ever since. However, a new concept render of a high-end Nokia Android phone gives us a look at what might have been. More →
Microsoft bought Nokia’s handset division thinking it could use the company’s considerable hardware talent to build phones capable of going head-to-head with the iPhone. It was clear at the time of the deal that this was never going to happen and that’s why we weren’t surprised to see that Microsoft last month was forced to eat a $7.6 billion writedown related to the deal. But now TechCrunch has taken a look at some of the numbers Microsoft posted in a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that reveal the Nokia deal was an even bigger disaster than we realized. More →
BGR readers have known this for quite a while thanks to chatter from our sources, but Nokia’s CEO finally confirmed it: Nokia is plotting a smartphone comeback. Chief executive Rajeev Suri confirmed to German magazine Manager Magazin that the company is still working out the details, but it has plenty of time to figure things out. Per the terms of its deal with Microsoft, Nokia can’t use its name on cell phones until late 2016. More →
Nokia came out of nowhere and surprised us all last summer when it released its first Android app. Following the sale of its phone business, Nokia was suddenly an Android developer… and the company’s first app was terrific and innovative. Z Launcher has been updated a few times since it first debuted, but one of Nokia’s biggest updates yet will be released today, finally bringing users’ most requested feature to Z Launcher. More →
It’s no secret that Nokia’s Here mapping service is for sale, with the Finnish company having received various bids from third-parties interested in the maps and navigation business. Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have been rumored to be among the interested companies. Similarly, a consortium of German automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, are also looking to purchase Here. Finally, Uber, a popular taxi service in many countries, is also looking to acquire Nokia’s maps division. More →
One of the biggest dreams of many Android fans has been the mythical high-end Nokia Android phone the company never got to make. However, the Nokia Android rumor keeps coming back time and again, building brief excitement before returning to a dormant state.
A few days ago, a report said that what’s left of the Finnish company will soon get back into the smartphone business. But now, the company denied the new rumor, although it’s not entirely bad news for Android fans. More →
For years, I waited for Nokia to change its mind and start making the gorgeous Android handsets many fans wanted from the company. Instead Nokia steered clear of a path that may have brought it some success, and eventually succumbed to iOS and Android. Yet, Re/code has learned that Nokia is once again working on Android smartphones, something that was previously rumored as well, and I can’t help but get excited all over again. More →
Let’s get the unpleasant part out of the way from the beginning, the Nokia N1 is awfully similar to the iPad mini. Nokia didn’t even really try to deny the N1’s resemblance to Apple’s tablet when showing me the device at MWC 2015. But the tablet is an unbelievably sexy device, and is quite possibly the only Android tablet you should consider buying in the near future. More →
Finally? Too little too late? The smartphone market has never been as crowded as it is right now, but it will soon have one more new entrant that will be a familiar name to just about everyone in the developed (and developing) world: Nokia. When then-CEO Stephen Elop made the decision to adopt Windows Phone instead of Android, enthusiasts let out a collective sigh. Right up until Nokia sold off its devices business to Microsoft, they continued to wonder what might have been if Nokia had instead adopted Android.
And soon, it looks like we may finally find out. More →