BGR Interview: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on the company’s future, U.S. plans

By on December 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM.

BGR Interview: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on the company’s future, U.S. plans

We had a chance to sit down with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop a few weeks ago in New York City to get a the skinny on Nokia’s strategy straight from the top. We covered the company’s upcoming push (and hopefully valiant return) in the United States, Nokia’s latest smartphones, potential new Nokia tablets and of course the company’s new Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 Windows Phones. Catch the full video interview after the break. More →

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Nokia to unveil Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phones tomorrow, report claims

By on October 25, 2011 at 3:25 PM.

Nokia to unveil Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phones tomorrow, report claims

Nokia will announce the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 during its Nokia World event in London on Wednesday, WinRumors reported on Tuesday. The Lumia 800 was originally leaked as the “SeaRay” and earlier rumors suggested the phone will pack an 8-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch display. The Lumia 710 first appeared as the “Sabre” and it allegedly offers a 3.5-inch display, a 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM. These two Windows Phone 7.5 devices could hit the market as soon as November, in-line with Nokia’s promise to launch a Windows Phone product this year. Thankfully we have less than 24 hours until Nokia CEO Stephen Elop takes the stage and clears up all of the fog. Hit the break for two additional images. More →

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Nokia to unveil multiple Windows Phones this year

By on October 4, 2011 at 7:15 PM.

Nokia to unveil multiple Windows Phones this year

Nokia has reportedly confirmed that it will introduce multiple Windows Phone handsets this year, rather than just one model as had been rumored previously. Speaking with Reuters, Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop said that the company will introduce multiple Windows Phone-powered products this quarter as the company begins a new chapter in its storied history. Nokia announced earlier this year that it would move away from Symbian and MeeGo, and instead build smartphones based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. “Our belief is that there is a clear opportunity for an alternative ecosystem,” Elop told Reuters just ahead of Apple’s iPhone unveiling on Tuesday. Nokia is expected to introduce its first Windows Phone devices later this month at its annual Nokia World event in London. More →

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Nokia CEO wary of Motorola/Google deal, warns Google's Android partners

By on August 17, 2011 at 11:25 PM.

Nokia CEO wary of Motorola/Google deal, warns Google's Android partners

Speaking during a seminar in Helsinki, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop gave a gloomy response to Google’s planned $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility. “If I happened to be someone who was an Android manufacturer or an operator, or anyone with a stake in that environment, I would be picking up my phone and calling certain executives at Google and say ‘I see signs of danger ahead,'” Elop said. “The very first reaction I had was very clearly the importance of the third ecosystem and the importance of the partnership that we announced on February 11, it is more clear than ever,” Elop added, noting Nokia’s recent agreement to launch smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. HTC, Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson all voiced support for the merger, which Google’s CEO Larry Page said will help it in its patent battles against Microsoft and Apple. More →

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Nokia profit dives 44% in ‘clearly disappointing’ Q2

By on July 21, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Nokia profit dives 44% in ‘clearly disappointing’ Q2

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on Thursday best summarized Nokia’s second quarter earnings: “our Q2 results were clearly disappointing.” The Finnish phone vendor saw operating profit slide a worrisome 44% to €391 million in the second quarter, down from 704 million in the first quarter and €660 in the second quarter last year. Revenue dipped 11% sequentially to €9.275 billion and EPS was cut in half to $0.06. Revenue from smartphone sales dropped 33% to €2.368 billion on shipments of 16.7 million units, down 34% from the same quarter in 2010 when Nokia shipped 25.2 million smartphones. Nokia still managed to top Wall Street’s expectations for the quarter, however, thanks to royalties from a patent settlement with Apple. “The challenges we are facing during our strategic transformation manifested in a greater than expected way in Q2 2011,” said Nokia CEO Stephen Elop in a statement. He continued, “While our Q2 results were clearly disappointing, we are executing well on the initiatives that are most important to our longer term competitiveness.  Some progress is already evident, and thus we are targeting to end this year with more net cash and liquid assets than at the end of Q2 2011.  We firmly believe that our deliberate and unwavering commitment to making the changes necessary at Nokia is the right way to deal with the disruptive forces in our industry and drive value creation for our shareholders.” Nokia’s full earnings release follows below. More →

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Nokia ‘Sea Ray’ Windows Phone spotted in video leak [video]

By on July 19, 2011 at 1:26 PM.

Nokia ‘Sea Ray’ Windows Phone spotted in video leak [video]

A second video of Nokia’s “Sea Ray” Windows Phone has been leaked online. We first saw the Sea Ray during a company presentation by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. In that video, Elop described the “pillow shaped” backing of the “top secret” device and discussed its Gorilla Glass display. The new video leak gives us a full 360-degree tour of the Sea Ray and we’re definitely impressed with what we see so far. The phone has a thin form factor, a large display, and metal accents on the volume controls and around the phone’s camera. If you look close enough it looks like there’s the typical Carl Zeiss branding around the camera lens, too. The videographer even powers on the Sea Ray and gives us a quick tour of Windows Phone Mango running on the device. Hit the jump for the video. More →

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Nokia’s ‘Sea Ray’ Windows Phone leaked [video]

By on June 23, 2011 at 8:45 AM.

Nokia’s ‘Sea Ray’ Windows Phone leaked [video]

During a recent presentation, Nokia’s CEO asked a large group of his employees to put away all cameras and recording devices because he was about to show something “top secret,” that he didn’t want leaked on the “blogosphere.” Oops… that’s exactly what just happened. The image above is of Nokia’s new Windows Phone, codenamed “Sea Ray.” While there’s little information on it now, it appears that it’s made out of plastic — a bummer if you’re like us and were waiting for a unibody aluminum Windows Phone from the Finnish company. Elop confirms there’s a gorilla glass display and a “pillow shaped backing.” A camera and shutter button are also visible, and we presume there’s either an 8-megapixel or 12-megapixel camera sensor, although that’s unclear. The device reminds us a lot of the N9, but if Nokia is already showing it to large groups of people, we suspect there will be plenty more leaks in the coming months. Elop recently confirmed that his company is on track to release its first Windows Phone by the end of this year. Hit the jump for a video of Elop discussing the Sea Ray. More →

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Nokia might unveil first Windows Phone on October 26th

By on June 22, 2011 at 5:50 PM.

Nokia might unveil first Windows Phone on October 26th

Nokia has announced that it will hold its annual Nokia World conference from October 26th through the 27th in London. Given Nokia’s recent announcement that it’s still on-track to launch a Windows Phone this year, it’s entirely plausible that Stephen Elop will take the stage during Nokia World and do just that. An October announcement could mean that the new phone will land on store shelves right in time for the holiday season, too. Nokia has listed France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, England, and Spain as the first six countries that will receive the first Windows Phone, so it may not land in the United States as quickly. The Finnish firm also said it will launch 10 new Symbian devices over the next 12 months, and we’ll likely hear more about those devices soon, too. More →

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Nokia CEO confident firm’s first Windows Phone will launch this year

By on June 21, 2011 at 8:54 PM.

Nokia CEO confident firm’s first Windows Phone will launch this year

During the CommunicAsia conference in Singapore on Tuesday, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop said Nokia is now on track to release its first Windows Phone device during 2011. Previous reports had suggested that Nokia would release its first Windows Phone in 2012 — when it’s expected to launch as many as a dozen different devices, including at least one with a dual-core processor. “Our primary smartphone strategy is to focus on the Windows phone,” Elop said during the conference. “I have increased confidence that we will launch our first device based on the Windows platform later this year and we will ship our product in volume in 2012.” Despite the move to Windows Phone, Elop also said that Nokia has plans to launch ten new Symbian devices during the next 12 months. More →

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An exec recounts the moment Nokia’s burning platform scorched MeeGo

By on June 2, 2011 at 7:53 PM.

An exec recounts the moment Nokia’s burning platform scorched MeeGo

Bloomberg’s new cover story, titled “Stephen Elop’s Nokia Adventure,” takes an in depth look at Nokia, its CEO and its “epic fail.” Peppered with great moments, one in particular caught our attention: following the elimination of Symbian, Nokia was left with MeeGo as its smartphone platform of the future. Chief Development Officer Kai Oistämö had concerns about the platform, and after voicing them to Elop, the pair decided to reevaluate the company’s path. Elop mapped out several things on a whiteboard — products in development, projected launch dates, OS bugs and so on. After stepping back and realizing that the company might only launch three new MeeGo devices before 2014, Elop and Oistämö had the chat that would change Nokia forever. “It was truly an oh-s–t moment—and really, really painful to realize where we were,” Oistämö told Bloomberg. “MeeGo had been the collective hope of the company, and we’d come to the conclusion that the emperor had no clothes. It’s not a nice thing.” More →

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Nokia CEO denies acquisition talks with Microsoft

By on June 1, 2011 at 4:29 PM.

Nokia CEO denies acquisition talks with Microsoft

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on Wednesday responded to reports that Nokia had agreed to sell its cell phone business to Microsoft for $19 billion. BGR was first to report the rumor, sourced from industry insider Eldar Murtazin. “We have a great plan for our future, and we’re focused on executing that plan,” Elop told Bloomberg in an interview. “The rumors are all over the place. There’s no basis for them.” According to Bloomberg’s report, Elop claims not only that a deal hasn’t been reached, but that Nokia has never discussed a potential acquisition with Microsoft. More →

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Microsoft strikes deal to acquire Nokia’s phone business for $19B, insider claims

By on June 1, 2011 at 10:45 AM.

Microsoft strikes deal to acquire Nokia’s phone business for $19B, insider claims

According to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft has struck a deal to purchase Nokia’s mobile phone business for $19 billion. Just two weeks ago, Murtazin — who has a proven track record and was the first to report that Nokia has struck a deal to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform on its smartphones — suggested that Microsoft and Nokia were about to enter closed-door meetings to negotiate a possible purchase that could close sometime before the end of this year. It could make sense: Nokia’s CEO is former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop, and the two companies have already reached a deal to create new Windows Phone devices, a dozen of which are expected to launch next year. We’ll have to see how this pans out, but a Nokia spokesperson had already addressed Murtazin’s earlier claims, saying “Eldar’s rumors are getting obviously less accurate with every passing moment.” Nokia declined to comment on Murtazin’s claim this time around. More →

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Nokia Windows Phones to pack dual-core processors

By on May 20, 2011 at 9:45 PM.

Nokia Windows Phones to pack dual-core processors

Nokia will launch 12 Windows Phone devices in 2012 — and a few of them will offer dual-core processors. Speaking to Forbes during STMicroelectronics’ analyst day, STMicroelectronics’ CEO Carlo Bozotti confirmed that his company still has “very close relations” with Nokia and that it will be “an important supplier” in Nokia’s future Windows Phone products. A few of Nokia’s phones will be powered by ST-Ericsson’s U8500 system-on-a-chip (SoC) package, which offers support ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processors. Nokia is said to already have a Windows Phone in the works, and while the company has set a 2012 target date for its debut, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has expressed interest in shipping it before the end of 2011. More →

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