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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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.