What a long, strange trip it’s been, and now it’s almost over. Nokia may not be done building and selling Symbian smartphones, but at least now it can wipe its hands of Symbian development as of October 2011. Nokia and Accenture on Wednesday announced that their deal to outsource Symbian software development and support is now finalized. About 2,800 Nokia employees will move to Accenture in October when the new arrangement takes effect. “Our collaboration with Accenture allows us to meet our ongoing commitment to support our Symbian smartphone customers and continue to leverage the talent that has the deepest experience on the platform,” said Nokia’s EVP of smartphones, Jo Harlow, in a statement. “As we move our primary smartphone platform to Windows Phone, we will look to explore potential opportunities to tap this talent pool as they develop and expand their knowledge and capabilities beyond Symbian.” Nokia’s full press release can be found after the break. More →
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 →
Rovio just pumped out the Mine and Dine update for Android, and its developers aren’t sitting still… on Tuesday the game publisher launched a teaser trailer for its new Angry Birds Seasons: Summer Pignic game. The short clip suggests that you’ll only have one bird on each level to knock out all of the pigs, which is definitely a tough twist on the standard fowl lineup. The update will be available for Android, webOS, iOS, and Symbian devices. Hit the jump for the full video. More →
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 →
Shares of Nokia stock plummeted by as much as 12% on Tuesday as the Finnish cell phone maker lowered its second-quarter and full-year guidance for the 2011 calendar year. Nokia said competitive dynamics and market trends across multiple price categories will cause net sales of its devices and services to fall “substantially below” its previous projections of between €6.1 billion and €6.6 billion in the second quarter. The company also set operating margin will be well blow previous guidance, which sat between 6% and 9%. Nokia also stated that its full-year guidance is no longer valid. “Strategy transitions are difficult. We recognize the need to deliver great mobile products, and therefore we must accelerate the pace of our transition,” said CEO Stephen Elop in a statement. “Our teams are aligned, and we have increased confidence that we will ship our first Nokia product with Windows Phone in the fourth quarter 2011.” Nokia’s full press release can be seen below. More →
Nokia’s latest QWERTY candybar phone, the E6, is now available for pre-order in the U.K. Nokia took the wraps off of the E6 in April — at the same time it announced X7 — and said it would ship with the latest Symbian “Anna” operating system. The E6 offers a 2.46-inch 640 x 480 pixel touchscreen, an 8-megapixel camera, GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a 1,500 mAh battery. Symbian “Anna” will provide enterprise grade security with hardware accelerated encryption, several new e-mail features, a revamped user interface, and a new version of Nokia’s mapping application (formerly Ovi Maps). The E6 is priced contract-free at £349.00 ($570) and Nokia expects pre-orders to ship by the end of June. More →
Does the number 36 mean anything to you? If you’re an Android fan it should. A report from analytics firm Gartner indicates that 36.3 million Android handsets were sold during Q1 of 2011 giving the mobile operating system a 36% share of all smartphones sold during that same period. An impressive figure on its own, but even more-so when considering that Android saw sales of 5.2 million units and held a 9.6% share of sales in Q1 just one year prior. Nokia’s Symbian operating system sold 27.6 million units in Q1 and Apple’s iOS accounted for 16.9 million of the 100.8 million total smartphone units sold. Moral of the story: Android is killing it. The full report is after the break. More →
A new report published by Millennial Media paints a picture of the global smartphone landscape in April of 2011. The company found that Android continued its domination in pure market share, holding a 53% of impressions on the company’s network. Apple’s iOS came in second with 28% and RIM’s BlackBerry OS came in third with 16%; Symbian, Windows, and “other” totalled under 4% of impressions. While Google continues to maim and destroy in terms of handset numbers, Apple continues to hold the crown when it comes to application revenues. “Revenue generated from applications on the iOS platform grew 6% month-over-month and represented 50% of the Application Platform Mix on our network, ranked by revenue, in April,” reads the report. Android is in a close second with 39% of app revenues and RIM ranked third with 9%. What are users downloading? The report states that games, mobile social networking, and music/entertainment applications are the top application categories. Millennial Media sees over 142 million unique mobile impressions on its network each month from over 5,500 different devices. More →
A healthy portion of T-Mobile’s 2011 device roadmap has purportedly been revealed, shedding light on a few previously unknown smartphones. Not much information is available surrounding the previously unknown devices beyond a codename and some speculation, but T-Mobile subscribers should find a morsel here and there to get excited about. Hit the break for the rundown. More →
Nokia’s N9 handset has made a brief cameo via a one-minute, official-looking video clip. What do we learn from said video? Not a heck of a lot. What we do see is a 12-megapixel camera complete with Carl Zeiss optics flash before our eyes, and the iconography seen suggests that the device will be a Symbian offering complete with the Anna software update. The rumor mill states the N9 will be a pentaband GSM handset that could make an appearance stateside, although… since Nokia is going all-in with Windows Phone, we’re not sure what the fate of this handset is. The video is after the break. Have a look for yourself.
Market research and analysis firm Canalys on Wednesday released its global country-level smartphone market share data for the first quarter of 2011. According to the firm’s report, Android continued to dominate the worldwide smartphone market as global shipments grew to 37.5 million units, giving Google’s mobile OS a market-leading 35% share of smartphone sales in the quarter. Nokia’s market share fell dramatically year-over-year from 39% in the first quarter of 2010 to just 24% last quarter, according to the report, and Apple’s share grew to 19%. Though the smartphone market outgrew Nokia at an alarming pace, the Finnish company did manage to increase shipments 13% year-over-year to 24.2 million units last quarter. Global smartphone shipments grew 83% from 55.2 million units in the first quarter of 2010 to 101 million units in the same quarter this year. The Asia Pacific region showed the most growth over the first quarter last year — 98% — while first-quarter smartphone shipments in the U.S. grew 85% from 13.3 million in 2010 to 24.7 million units in 2011. Hit the break for the full press release. More →
Via its Conversations blog, Nokia has announced the addition of a new color variant to the N8 family, pink. Pictured sporting the upcoming Anna software update — due out in the next few months — the device has the same innards as the original N8 we reviewed back in November. But this time… it’s what’s on the outside that counts. “Following the fantastic response to the range of colors we launched for the Nokia N8, it seemed a natural step to extend this choice,” said Rachael Bell, senior designer at Nokia. “The Nokia N8 in pink complements the original line up well with its expressive, intense hue.” The announcement did not indicate when the new shade would be available for purchase.
Nokia on Thursday reported earnings for the first quarter of 2011, which saw the Finnish giant’s smartphone market share dip below 30% for the first time in over a decade. Nokia shipped 24.2 million smartphones in the quarter, which is up a respectable 13% over the same quarter last year. But the market outgrew Nokia by a significant margin, leaving the company’s share of global smartphone shipments at 26% for the quarter. Nokia’s revenue grew by 9% to €10.4 billion sequentially, but operating profit dipped 14% from last quarter to €704 million — a 35% decline compared to the first quarter last year. Nokia’s short-term outlook isn’t great: “Following a solid first quarter, we expect a more challenging second quarter,” said Nokia CEO Stephen Elop in a statement. “However, we are encouraged by our roadmap of mobile phones and Symbian smartphones, which we will ship through the balance of the year. We are fully focused on delivering the needed accountability, speed and results to positively drive our future financial performance.” Nokia announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Microsoft ahead of schedule, but this statement might lead us to believe that agreement won’t bear any fruit in 2011. Hit the break for the full press release. More →