Outside of the Apple ecosystem, affordability reigns supreme. According to the latest data from AdDuplex, the budget-priced Lumia 520 has now taken more than 30% of the Windows Phone market share, and when combined with the Lumia 521, the two phones make up more than one-third of all Windows Phone sales worldwide. And if you narrow the results to just Windows Phone 8 devices, then the Lumia 520 and 521 account for more than 40% of all devices sold. The Lumia 520 has been the undisputed leader of the Windows Phone market for quite some time, and to further cement itself in that position, the phone has captured an additional 4% of the market over the past month. More →
Nokia’s HERE Maps application for iOS burst onto the scene back in late 2012 amid the drama that was unfolding around Apple’s iOS mapping app debacle. Google’s mapping solution had been ousted from Apple’s mobile devices and the Cupertino-based company rushed out its own Maps app in its place. It was a disaster. While the world waited for Google Maps to make its triumphant return to iOS, Nokia beat Google to the punch and released HERE Maps, an iOS port of its fantastic mapping app for Windows Phone, and it looked like the company might have new life as a cross-platform service provider.
Two weeks later, HERE Maps slipped out of the top-1000 free apps on the iOS app download charts. A few months later, Nokia’s mapping boss quit as the app continued to flounder. Now, Nokia confirmed that it has pulled HERE Maps off of the App Store completely and it blamed iOS 7 for the decision to do so. More →
It might not look like much, but the colorful low-end handset pictured above (via @evleaks) is the most valuable smartphone on the planet. Code-named “Normandy,” the tiny unreleased phone was to be the first Nokia device powered by Google’s Android operating system. But it’s also so much more — it’s a $7.2 billion smartphone. As we have discussed before, various chatter suggests that Nokia likely created this handset with the primary intention of forcing Microsoft’s hand. During ongoing negotiations between the two companies, Nokia not only needed a way to move the acquisition of its smartphone division along, but also to ensure that Microsoft acquired the company’s waning feature phone business as well. And what better way to guarantee all of the above than to threaten Nokia with embracing the Android platform? More →
Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business has gotten almost all of the regulatory approvals it needs, but Nokia has no intention of letting the various unreleased Lumia phones in its product pipeline die on the vine. Among them is the Lumia 929, photos of which have just been leaked by online smartphone accessory retailer Wireless Ground. As noted by WMPoweruser, the retailer recently posted a page for an “Armor Stand” case built for Nokia’s still unannounced Lumia 929. Official marketing renders of the 929 can be seen inside the case in each image, suggesting that the device could be announced at CES early next month. The Lumia 929 has leaked in the past and is expected to be a minor upgrade compared to Nokia’s other recent Windows Phones. It will be available from Verizon Wireless once it finally debuts.
Nokia has been hammering HTC with lawsuits in a variety of markets, with meager results. The rather narrow sales injunction against the HTC One mini was recently overturned by an appellate court in the United Kingdom. But hope springs eternal because Nokia has now finally landed a broad patent win against HTC. More →
We’ve been wondering about Nokia’s sanity for a while but the company has now made its complete descent into madness official with its latest ad for the Lumia 2520 tablet. The ad involves… well, there’s no easy way to describe it, but it seems to involve a man going into the world’s creepiest barbershop and asking to get a mullet-style haircut from a stylist who makes Sweeney Todd look like a cuddly puppy. More →
It happened again — a handset sales injunction resulting from a patent infringement ruling has been overturned. This time the drama played out in the UK, where Nokia’s attack on HTC led to the sales injunction of the HTC One mini handset. And like clockwork, the sales ban was stayed by the Court of Appeals, allowing HTC to continue One mini sales. Such as they are. We have seen the same minuet danced across various continents, perhaps most visibly in the U.S. market, where Samsung and Apple are locked in an eternal and pointless battle. Samsung is trying to get ITC to slap sales injunctions on various iPhone models and Apple is doing the same to Samsung’s Galaxy range. More →
Earlier this week we brought you the harrowing tale of a man who tried to get his burnt Galaxy S4 replaced but was told by Samsung that he needed to keep quiet about it before they’d send him a new device. wp-Hub points out that Nokia has now graciously/opportunistically offered to fill the hole left by the man’s scorched Galaxy S4 smartphone by offering him a free Lumia device with no strings attached, which is probably the strategy that Samsung should have used instead of sending him a letter asking him to take down his YouTube video of the burnt Galaxy S4. Nokia says it wants to send the man a Lumia so he can “experience how customer service should really work.”
As was reaffirmed in a report on Tuesday night, Nokia has been prepping a low-end Android phone that is close to being ready for commercial release. The handset, code-named Normandy, is an entry-level device resembling some of the recent Asha budget phones that were successful enough to halt Nokia’s feature phone unit volume and average sales price erosion in the autumn quarter. More →
Nokia may have a couple of new Lumia devices in testing, if an Indian logistics website is to be believed, including an 8.3-inch Lumia tablet and a 4.5-inch dual SIM smartphone. The two devices have been seen in shipping manifests on website Zauba, and while the site doesn’t list them specifically as Nokia products, the two unknown devices have model numbers similar to what’s currently available from Nokia. More →
There never was any real doubt about European Union officials signing off on Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s handset unit. But suddenly, the European Commission’s Vice President in charge of competition policy has issued a surprisingly harsh warning about the transaction. It seems that it is beginning to dawn on the EC that the sale of its phone division frees Nokia to pursue its patent claims more aggressively than ever. Since Nokia no longer needs to make peace with other handset vendors to create cross-licensing agreements, it could in theory unleash its patent lawyers to harry a host of major and minor handset vendors. More →
Things just get worse and worse for HTC. Bloomberg reports that London Judge Richard Arnold has issued a sales ban against the HTC One mini smartphone in the United Kingdom for infringing upon Nokia-owned patents. Even more ominously, Arnold ruled that a similar sales ban could soon take effect for the flagship HTC One smartphone, although he’s holding off on issuing an injunction so that HTC has time to appeal a ruling that will deal it “considerable” harm. Getting its top-selling phones banned in major markets is just about the last thing that HTC needs right now since it’s already dealing with quarterly losses of $100 million and employees who have allegedly been stealing its trade secrets and selling them to a municipal government in China.
The most important smartphone that most vendors release every year is usually their high-end flagship model such as the iPhone 5s or the Galaxy S4. In Nokia’s case, however, its most important device released this year was the Lumia 520, a low-cost smartphone that has helped both it and Windows Phone make some serious inroads in emerging markets. Nokia announced on Wednesday that it will launch its new Lumia 525 smartphone starting in Singapore on December 14th before expanding it out in launches throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. The Lumia 525 features a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1430 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and Windows Phone 8. The Lumia 525 will sell for around $200 off-contract.