While things have undoubtedly improved in recent years, longtime Verizon Wireless subscribers are no strangers to having to wait a painfully long amount of time before they can finally get their hands on the latest and greatest smartphones. And of course, by the time those phones finally made their way to the nation’s top carrier, they were old news and had been replaced by even newer handsets. Verizon customers who wish they could use Google’s Nexus 5 still feel the pain, in fact, as do Windows Phone fans who wish the could buy the latest flagship handsets Nokia has to offer. While Nokia’s Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 may never make their way to Verizon, subscribers finally have a worthy flagship option in the brand new Nokia Lumia Icon. More →
The Nokia Android dream is slowly coming to fruition, with the Nokia Normandy (Nokia X) expected to be unveiled at MWC 2014. But that’s not going to be the only Android phone coming from Nokia, or at least whatever will be left of the company once Microsoft grabs its mobile division. A new report from Chinese publication Tech.qq says that multiple Nokia Android devices across a variety of price points are in the making and may be unveiled later this summer. However, specific details about them aren’t available at this time. More →
Nokia is about to be acquired by Microsoft… but the company is still going to release an Android phone anyway. Unnamed sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Nokia plans to unveil its first-ever Android phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks’ time. The Journal’s sources say that “the Android phone [is] aimed at emerging market customers, and has been tailored in a way that won’t promote some of the key Google-developed features that a more traditional Android-powered phone might,” so it sounds as though Nokia has taken the Amazon approach and has forked Android to make it more Microsoft-centric. Leaked pictures of the device show a phone that looks much like one of Nokia’s Windows Phone-based Lumia models, as Nokia has even altered Android’s main user interface to make it look more like the live tiles that appear in Microsoft’s mobile platform.
It’s hard to believe, but one of the major patent disputes in the mobile industry has come to a close. Nokia published a press release on Friday informing the public that it had reached a settlement with HTC, and the two companies have signed a patent and technology agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, “HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering.” The companies say that they will look into future collaboration opportunities as well. More →
A German court recently ruled in favor of Nokia in its patent case against HTC. According to the finding, several HTC smartphone models made illegal unlicensed use of a Nokia patent covering a “method and apparatus for enabling a mobile station to adapt its revision level based on network protocol revision level.” In a recent filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange picked up by ZDNet, HTC acknowledged the loss, called the technology covered by the Nokia patent redundant and stated that HTC is “investigating modifications for our handsets” that will prevent the impacted devices from being banned. Nokia, on the other hand, was obviously happy with the ruling. ”Nokia is pleased that the Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany has today ruled that HTC products infringe Nokia’s patent EP 1 579 613 B1, which enables modern mobile devices to work in older networks,” the company said in a statement.
As Samsung and Apple continue to stamp out every remnant of competition left in the marketplace, some of the biggest names in wireless technology have been forced to let go of considerable portions of their staff. Nokia is perhaps the most prominent of all the smartphone manufacturers that couldn’t keep up, shrinking from 24,000 employees in its home country of Finland to just 10,600 by the end of last year. Profits were down, the outlook was bleak, but as the BBC reports, Nokia made sure that its displaced employees were given every opportunity to land on their feet. More →
Nokia’s “Normandy” Android phone was initially used as a weapon to force Microsoft’s hand and secure the $5 billion sale of Nokia’s devices and services business. As we’re now finding out, however, it looks like Nokia plans to actually launch the handset before that sale is completed. Nokia was initially scared away from the Android platform by Samsung’s imminent Android takeover, but now that the company has nothing to lose, it’s apparently going to see what a low-end Nokia smartphone running Android can do in emerging markets — and possibly in leading smartphone markets as well; in an interesting twist, the low-end “Nokia X” actually outshined Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 1020, in a browser performance test uncovered by GSM Arena. More →
According to a Nokia intranet post acquired by BGR India, Nokia will not be handing bonuses to its handset unit employees for 2013. Exiting CEO Stephen Elop, however, will still get a $25 million bonus for engineering the sale of the phone division to Microsoft. The news actually comes as a surprise to many Nokia employees. Internally, Elop made a very positive early impact at Nokia, appearing to be a friendly, grounded Canadian dedicated to being a champion of loyal long-term employees. According to discussions with several Nokia handset managers, many of them believed he really cared for mid-level workers who had been at Nokia for 5 to 15 years. More →
We’ll never know where Nokia would be right now if it had chosen Android instead of Windows Phone as its mobile platform of choice. Instead, Samsung scared CEO Stephen Elop away from Google’s mobile OS and the rest, as they say, is history. Nokia will soon be out of the mobile phone business once it dumps its devices and services division onto Microsoft as part of a $7.2 billion deal, but the company apparently plans to make waves one last time by unveiling its first Android phone next month. More →
Vietnamese online retailer Thegiodidong.com is already listing the Nokia Normandy on its website, potentially revealing various specs and features for the unconfirmed device in the process. According to the retailer, the handset will pack a 4-inch display with FWVGA (854 x 480) resolution, 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD support, 5-megapixel camera and dual SIM support. The Nokia Normandy is also said to run KitKat, Google’s latest Android OS version, and to have support for the Google Play Store. More →
After a couple of quarters of promising growth, Nokia’s smartphone unit sales suddenly shrank from the third quarter last year to the Christmas quarter of 2013. Smartphone sales usually grow sequentially into the Christmas quarter of any given calendar year. The most ominous possibility is that the Microsoft-Nokia announcement may have triggered a sudden consumer backlash against Nokia brand, particularly in the high-end category. More →
Nokia reported its fourth-quarter results on Thursday morning — it’s final earnings report that will include a full quarter of results from its devices and services business. Nokia said its Q4 operating profit totaled $556 million on $4.77 billion in sales. Meanwhile its phone business lost about $270 million and Nokia said that unit sales of its Lumia smartphones declined in the fourth quarter, though the company failed to share shipment numbers. More →