It seems positively bizarre to type, especially since I have been covering the company for nearly a decade now, but Nokia is no longer a cell phone maker. Once the largest phone vendor on the planet by a staggering margin, Nokia sold its devices and services business to Microsoft and will now wear a number of new hats as it looks toward the future. One of those hats, as it turns out, is that of an Android developer — and the company’s first big software announcement is a shockingly impressive one. More →
With the increasing number of mobile devices that can be wirelessly charged, it’s no surprise that more companies are thinking about how they can incorporate this technology in their products. Starbucks has recently announced that all its stores across the U.S. will offer customers wireless charging areas, but what if that’s not enough? One fashion designer, working together with Microsoft, has come up with a pair of pants for men that will wirelessly charge phones, Business Insider reports. More →
There is now organized resistance against the modern smartphone. And it appears to be quite lucrative.
A website called Vintage Mobile offers a wide array of defiantly dumb phones from the era when Nokia, Motorola and Ericsson ruled the global handset market and there was a wide range of different designs and form factors.
Refurbished models on Vintage Mobile sell typically for between $100 and 200, but there are some gems that command four figures. Among European connoisseurs of the art of mobile handset, the Nokia 8800 Arte Carbon has achieved legendary status — and the price of a refurbished model in 2014 is nearly $1,400. More →
Samsung has taken over Heathrow’s Terminal 5, one of the busiest terminals in the world, with Galaxy S5 ads and signs in a major marketing campaign promoting its recently launched flagship handset. As a result, Microsoft’s Nokia handset division, which used to enjoy similar prominent placement in the terminal, decided to troll its competitor. More →
First things first: no, Microsoft is not ditching Windows Phone and switching to Android. Curiously, however, the brand new smartphone vendor apparently does have plans to develop and sell a line of Android-powered smartphones that will be offered alongside its newly acquired Windows Phone lineup from Nokia. More →
Most smartphone accessories are pretty forgettable but Nokia’s Treasure Tags are designed to make things memorable. Treasure Tags, a new accessory that Nokia first unveiled this past February, are matchbox-sized tags that you can attach to your keys, wallet and other important items to make sure they never get lost. The tags, which are now technically Microsoft products after Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, are now on sale at Verizon Wireless for $29.99 each. More →
A mobile phone company became the leading brand in the world with shocking speed, electrified by the leadership of a charismatic, ruthless CEO. After that CEO stepped down, the company still continued going strong, dominating smartphone sales and refining its products. But the new CEO lacked true vision and revenue growth started showing worrisome signs of stalling. Pressured by Wall Street, the gray and cautious new CEO suddenly made the dramatic decision of spending billions of dollars to acquire a hot new company, breaking the giant’s tradition of avoiding major acquisitions. This new acquisition happened after a long rise on the Nasdaq, and the company ended up paying a stiff premium.
Apple, Samsung, LG and HTC’s newest smartphone-peddling rival is none other than Microsoft. As the biggest software company on the planet continues to increase its focus on hardware, it is now tasked with building Windows Phone’s global market share almost entirely on its own. In an effort to get things moving in the proper direction at the high end of its newly acquired smartphone lineup, Microsoft on Thursday announced a new promotion: Buy a new Lumia Icon, Lumia 1520 or Lumia 1020 and get $65 worth of games and other content for free. More →
For nearly a decade, Nokia was synonymous with the cell phone industry. From the classic, boxy, featureless phones all the way up through the Lumia line, Nokia attempted to evolve along with the market it had a hand in creating. But by the time the Android operating system and the iPhone hit the scene, it was too late to recover. Nokia floundered for a bit, gasping for air as the competition overtook it, until Microsoft finally decided it might be worth saving the most reliable provider of Windows Phone devices. More →
Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business was finalized last Friday but Nokia had one last gift for the new owner of its handset business: plummeting phone sales. Nokia on Tuesday reported its results for the first quarter of 2014, which included a $421 million profit on revenue totaling $3.7 billion, down 15% on year. Net sales in Nokia’s former devices and services business came in at just under $2.7 billion, which represents a massive 30% decline compared to the same quarter in 2013. Nokia’s handset business posted a $424 million operating loss in the quarter, so Microsoft clearly has a steep hill to climb — and we’re not sure if a selfie phone alone will do the trick, even if it’s code-named “Superman.”
As tempting as it might be to believe the Grand Elop Conspiracy theory, the man at the center of it all insists that it’s not true. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley notices that former Nokia CEO and current Microsoft exec Stephen Elop was asked during a question-and-answer session on Monday to react to accusations that he was a “Trojan Horse” at Nokia whose job was solely to bring the company’s value down enough for Microsoft to buy it on the cheap. Elop, as you might expect, was having none of it. More →
Microsoft will reportedly launch a new Nokia Windows Phone 8.1 handset that will focus on selfies, no pun intended. The Verge has learned that the Nokia device code-named “Superman” will feature a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a significant improvement compared to most other handsets. Additionally, the handset will feature a 4.7-inch display and mid-ranged specs, according to the site. More →
Nokia’s handset business is officially no more, having been absorbed this past Friday by Microsoft as part of a $7.2 billion deal. Nokia’s phones will live on, however, and the burden of selling them will now fall squarely on Microsoft’s shoulders. Nokia had been the only smartphone vendor to really make any progress with Windows Phone, and most of it was with low-end devices in emerging markets. Even with Nokia’s newfound success in recent quarters, however, Windows Phone’s global market share still sits in the low single digits more than three years after the platform first launched.
Of course, this is no longer Nokia’s problem. More →