The end of an era is fast approaching. Microsoft announced on Monday that it will finalize its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division on Friday, April 25th, thus marking the end of the line for Nokia smartphones. Nokia, an iconic Finnish company that was instrumental in making mobile phones a staple gadget throughout the world, will now focus primarily on making telecom equipment while Microsoft will use Nokia’s engineering talent to make its own smartphones and tablets. Microsoft will not retain the Nokia branding for its mobile devices and will instead rename the division “Microsoft Mobile.” Microsoft also says that “this acquisition will help… accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones” all while “introducing the next billion customers to Microsoft services via Nokia mobile phones.”
Nokia announced on Thursday that it would be halting sales of the Lumia 2520 tablet in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the UK after discovering safety concerns related to the AC-300 travel charger. The tablet is still available in the United States, but sales of the travel charger has been suspended. More →
Would Nokia’s story have had a happier ending if the company had decided to pull the trigger on releasing its first-ever tablet computer back in 2001? That’s impossible to know, but Finland’s ISTV has scored a look at Nokia’s tablet-that-never-was in an exclusive interview with Esko Yliruusi, who worked as a data communications specialist at Nokia from 1996 through 2001 and who helped work on the device.
No, Nokia isn’t yet a part of Microsoft and that’s why it’s announced a new event to show off even “more Lumia” devices next month. ZDNet says that Nokia is having a press event on April 2nd in San Francisco to talk about a new line of devices that will be unveiled just before Microsoft’s Build developers conference. Nokia made some minor waves earlier this year when it launched its first-ever Android-based phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona although it’s very likely that the company will come back to Windows Phone for this upcoming event, especially since it will come just before Microsoft is set to unveil Windows Phone 8.1.
The inevitable has been delayed. According to both Nokia and Microsoft, the $7.2 billion acquisition deal will now be finalized at some point in April rather than at the end of March as the companies had previously announced. We have covered several of the regulatory approvals relating to the buyout over the past few months, although Nokia’s statement reveals that the two companies are still awaiting approvals from several antitrust authorities in Asia. Microsoft confirmed the details of Nokia’s press release on the official blog, noting that “the completion of this acquisition will mark the first step to bring Microsoft and the Nokia Devices and Services business together.”
When Microsoft finally takes over Nokia’s ailing phone business in the coming weeks, it’s going to have a slew of new smartphones to account for. Beyond the many recent announcements out of Nokia — including a handful of Android phones that launched recently — it looks like at least two more Nokia smartphones will debut in less than two weeks. More →
It took Nokia quite a few years to finally launch an Android device, and when it did unveil such devices they were not quite the awesome high-end phones Nokia fans have been dreaming of. Instead, Nokia unveiled a family of three Android smartphones – the Nokia X models – that are quite affordable and run a custom Google-less versions of Android. And it turns out that, at least for the time being, that’s a recipe for success for the Finish phone maker, which has apparently announced on Twitter that it only took 4 days for 1,000,000 Nokia X units to be pre-ordered in China. More →
The Korea Electronics Association has submitted a petition to Fair Trade Commission opposing Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s phone unit. Koreans are restating the theory that many industry observers have been speculating about in recent months: the loss of its handset operations may unleash Nokia as a sort of megatroll with the power to cripple the profitability of most Asian phone vendors. More →
Just because a device isn’t a hot seller doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. As we observed with the BlackBerry Z30’s impressive capabilities as a messaging device, sometimes a mobile device simply does certain things better than the iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy devices even if it has no hope of ever matching them in terms of sales. More →
In return for all of the money Samsung spent on the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, host Ellen DeGeneres took photos with a Galaxy smartphone on stage throughout the night, and while mingling with the star-studded audience (yes, we know she also posted photos with her own iPhone while backstage — no one cares). One of the resulting photos she posted to Twitter using the phone quickly became the most retweeted photo of all time. While that image came out just fine, another one DeGeneres tweeted while on stage came out a bit blurry, and Nokia quickly used the photo as an opportunity to remind the world that its camera phones are among the best in the world. More →
One of the most fascinating reveals following the Microsoft-Nokia acquisition saga was the existence of the Nokia X Android line of smartphones. Nokia’s first substantial non-Windows Phone product may have been a major contributing factor in pushing the acquisition through, but Microsoft hasn’t yet been able to quash the Nokia X line at the source. As the deal has yet to be finalized, Nokia has taken this opportunity to introduce the Android phones to the public at Mobile World Congress this week. More →
How is Nokia going to explain the differences between its Asha feature phone application system, the Windows Phone 8 app system and the new Asha/Windows/Android app system to consumers in emerging markets? How many people comprehend the jungle of software choices that Nokia has now created for models aimed at entry-level buyers — people who in many cases have never owned a smartphone? More →
If you have to go, you might as well go out with a bang. Nokia made waves and ruffles feathers on Monday morning when it unveiled not one but three new smartphones that are powered by Google’s Android operating system. The mobile software on the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL is barely recognizable as Android, with a heavily modified tile-based user interface that resembles Windows Phone. But if you ask executives at Microsoft, they’ll tell you… it’s Android. More →