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Will Microsoft kill Nokia’s Android phones after it takes over?

By on February 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Will Microsoft kill Nokia’s Android phones after it takes over?

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 →

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Nokia Windows Phone Android Strategy

Nokia’s new Windows Phone strategy is guaranteed to confuse everyone

By on February 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Nokia’s new Windows Phone strategy is guaranteed to confuse everyone

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 →

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Microsoft is not happy at all that Nokia just unveiled three Android phones

By on February 24, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

Microsoft is not happy at all that Nokia just unveiled three Android phones

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 →

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Nokia MWC Live Stream

Here’s how to watch live as Nokia unveils its first (and last?) Android phone

By on February 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM.

Here’s how to watch live as Nokia unveils its first (and last?) Android phone

Nokia and Android. Android and Nokia. Smartphone enthusiasts have wondered for quite some time what Android would be like on one of Nokia’s signature handsets. While most were likely hoping for Android on a high-end Nokia phone, the mystery will soon be over. We’ll never know what Nokia’s current situation would be if Samsung hadn’t scared Nokia CEO Stephen Elop away from Android. But now, for the first time ever, we’ll at least know what an Android phone from Nokia is like. More →

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Why Microsoft is smart to let Nokia launch an Android phone

By on February 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Why Microsoft is smart to let Nokia launch an Android phone

It’s no secret that Microsoft is hurting as the world moves to mobile. Sales of Windows Phones are miniscule compared to the competition, and the Surface is small potatoes compared to the iPad. With Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s new CEO, the company would be smart to start selling a “Nokia X” phone running on Android. More →

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Nokia X Photos

This is Nokia’s Android phone

By on February 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM.

This is Nokia’s Android phone

We’ve heard the many rumors, we’ve read the specs and we’ve seen the numerous leaked marketing renders published around the web, and now the upcoming Nokia X Android phone has been revealed in the clearest photos yet. Many scoffed at the idea that Nokia might launch an Android phone before it left the phone business. Why would Microsoft allow it? Crazier things have certainly happened though, and we’re now less than a week away from seeing the X get official. More →

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Nokia Treasure Tags Release Date

Nokia unveils the one smartphone accessory you’ll actually want to use

By on February 19, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Nokia unveils the one smartphone accessory you’ll actually want to use

We see countless smartphone accessories released every year but how many of them are actually useful? The latest accessory from Nokia seems like it could really come in handy, however, because it will help you keep track of all the things you’re most likely to use. Nokia’s new Treasure Tags are matchbox-sized tags that you can attach to your keys, wallet and other important items to make sure they never get lost. More →

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Nokia 2014 Brand Value

Elop’s last gift: Nokia’s brand value is swirling down the drain

By on February 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Elop’s last gift: Nokia’s brand value is swirling down the drain

The latest Brandirectory survey on global brands is out and it’s got some grim news for Microsoft: The value of the handset brand it bought has continued plunging. Back in 2008, Nokia was one of the top 10 brands in the world. In 2014, Nokia no longer even makes the top 500 list of leading brands. In 2013, Nokia was No. 388 with estimated brand value of $3.2 billion. Over the past year, Apple’s brand value has soared by $17 billion, hitting $104 billion in 2014. Interestingly, Samsung’s brand value increased even more, climbing by $20 billion to hit $78 billion. More →

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Nokia X Photos

Nokia X Android phone leaks again ahead of next week’s debut

By on February 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

Nokia X Android phone leaks again ahead of next week’s debut

The smartphone market would be a very different place if Nokia had made the switch from Symbian and Meego to Android instead of Windows Phone. We’ll never know if the Finnish vendor would have fared any better or if CEO Elop was right to be scared off by Samsung. What we do know is that the company didn’t do very well with Windows Phone and as of April, it will no longer be a smartphone maker. Before consumers part ways with Nokia, however, the vendor plans to make waves (at least) one last time by unveiling an Android smartphone next week at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. More →

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Nokia X Android Phone Specs

Specs for ‘Nokia X’ Android phone seemingly confirmed

By on February 14, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Specs for ‘Nokia X’ Android phone seemingly confirmed

We have seen enough of Nokia’s mysterious Android phone to piece together a pretty clear image of the device ahead of its official reveal, but that doesn’t mean the leaks have been plugged quite yet. Ever vigilant @evleaks posted another list of specs for the Normandy on Friday, some which had already been noted in earlier leaks and others that appear to be brand new. More →

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Cheap Windows Phones Lumia 521

Nokia may have just dethroned Moto G as world’s top smartphone bargain

By on February 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM.

Nokia may have just dethroned Moto G as world’s top smartphone bargain

We’ve said for a while that Motorola’s Moto G is one of the best smartphone bargains in the world and is now selling for as little as $80 off contract. Now, however, Nokia has decided to up the stakes and is selling its Lumia 521 for only $70 off contract through T-Mobile. The Lumia 521 is the most important Windows Phone model for Microsoft and Nokia because it’s been priced aggressively enough to make it a popular seller in key emerging markets. While the Lumia 521 isn’t for gadget fans who want the latest and greatest hardware, it does feature a 4-inch 800 x 480-pixel display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage. These specs aren’t quite as strong as the Moto G’s but they’re definitely fine for anyone who wants a basic smartphone at a rock-bottom price.

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Nokia X Price

Ridiculously low price revealed for upcoming ‘Nokia X’ Android phone

By on February 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

Ridiculously low price revealed for upcoming ‘Nokia X’ Android phone

Nokia, the company that adopted Windows Phone because its CEO was too afraid of Samsung to shift to Android, is about to debut its first Android phone. By all accounts, the handset will debut in under two weeks at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show. Rumors suggest the Normandy will feature a 4-inch display with 854 x 480-pixel resolution, a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD support, a 5-megapixel camera and dual SIM support. And now, a leak out of Vietnam gives us our first idea of how aggressively Nokia has priced its first Android handset. More →

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Nokia Lumia Icon Review

Nokia Lumia Icon preview: Verizon customers finally get the Windows Phone they deserve

By on February 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Nokia Lumia Icon preview: Verizon customers finally get the Windows Phone they deserve

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 →

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