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  1. Another one of Nokia’s lawsuits against HTC in Germany ended favorably for the Finnish manufacturer. Nokia won a patent injunction against all Android devices of the Taiwanese manufacturer, including the trio of HTC One devices. HTC was found to infringe patent number EP1148681. It is related to a method for transferring resource information which allows users to directly connect two HTC devices over Bluetooth or NFC. The patent is deemed not standard-essential, thus meaning that Nokia doesn’t have any FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) obligations. According to the ruling, Nokia can enforce the injunction on a provisional basis, and recall all infringing HTC devices from the market. In order to do so, the Finnish company must post a bond of €400 million. HTC is certain to appeal the German court’s decision. The process however, could prove challenging. Google is also concerned about this litigation. The search giant has filed a nullity complaint which challenges the patent, which can potentially threat the entire Android eco system. The latest German court ruling comes hot on the heels of another one from earlier this month. Another decision on the case which involves the two companies is expected on January 9, 2014. HTC has been in a legal tussle with the Finnish company in the United Kingdom as well. It managed to get the UK injunction which Nokia won suspended for the time being. Source
  2. The recently announced Lumia 525 (a version of the Lumia 520 with 1GB RAM) has just made it to select markets putting an end to our guessing about its price. The surprise is that it's got an even more cutthroat pricing than the Lumia 520 right out of the gate. Online Chinese phone retailer Tmall has priced the 525 at ¥629, which is the equivalent of around $100.Amazon China, which sells both the Lumia 525 and Lumia 520 has the first listed as ¥699 ($115), making it the cheaper of the two despite its better specs.These prices are very appealing, considering what buyers get: a 4-inch display with the latest Windows Phone 8 and 1GB RAM. The boost in RAM is perhaps the biggest draw of the 525 over its 520/521 counterparts. 1GB of RAM would allow users access to all of the apps in the Windows Phone marketplace (some high-profile apps won't run on any less than that). The expandable storage and the free voice-guided navigation are also very enticing. There's no official date as to when the 525 will be made available in the US and Europe, but when it comes, we expect the phone to sell just as well, if not better, than the 520 and 521. (Note: Even though the picture at Tmall reads "520" the description indicates it is indeed the 525). Source
  3. geeteam

    Nokia Lumia 920 jailbroken

    Chinese security company Sinestd has published a video and description detailing what could be the first sight of a jailbroken Lumia 920 handset. According to the publication, the alleged jailbreak is developed by the Chinese hacker team “poandsoul”. The hackers won't be making the method public yet, as to "prevent rampant piracy". Indeed, an easy option to install apps outside the marketplace can seduce a lot of users over to the “dark side”. According to the team, jailbreaks for different WP8 devices will be announced in “subsequent messages”, but no other details are available at this time. The hackers make it clear that their goals are a Cydia-like open app store to emerge for Windows Phone, and “putting piracy to a resolute end”. Although we like their intentions, we are still scratching our heads in regard to how “poandsoul” are going to stop piracy by blowing the platform wide open and facilitating an unofficial app marketplace. Still, the team acknowledges that a jailbreak is "a double-edged sword", and hopes that a person who truly loves Windows Phone is not going to install cracked applications. Sadly, it's going to take more than just hope to save Microsoft's island from the pirate ships. The video itself shows a Lumia 920 with three-column Live tiles, which so far have been exclusive to WP-devices with 1080p displays - the Lumia 1520, and the unannounced Lumia 929. Interestingly, this option was part of the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 beta for all WP8 handsets, until it got removed in a later build. As this piece of functionality probably can't be restored without some tinkering with the code in the final WP8 GDR3, it's safe to assume that the video and jailbreak are genuine. Source
  4. Nokia has been building its own Android phone according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Codenamed Normandy, and known internally at Nokia under a number of other names, the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the Finnish smartphone maker. We understand that Nokia has been testing “Normandy” with a special “forked” variant of Android that’s not aligned with Google’s own version, akin to what Amazon does with its Kindle Fire line. An image of the handset was published in November by @evleaks, showing a Lumia-style device with no apparent capacitive buttons for navigation. We’re told that Normandy supports Android applications like Skype, and other popular top apps. Nokia has been developing the Android-powered phone despite Microsoft’s plans to acquire the company’s handset business. It’s now unclear whether Nokia will release the handset before the Microsoft deal is finalized, or whether Microsoft will continue will the plans for the device. Multiple sources have revealed to The Verge that Normandy is designed as an Asha equivalent to push low-cost devices with access to more traditional smartphone apps — something the company has struggled to achieve for its Series 40-powered Asha line. Nokia’s effort is similar to Amazon’s own use of Android, allowing the company to customize it fully for its own use. Nokia employees working on Normandy were informed the device is planned as a 2014 release, and one insider described the Normandy effort as "full steam ahead." Unless Nokia manages to release Normandy ahead of its Microsoft deal, we can’t imagine Microsoft is interested in using Android to target the low-end over its own Windows Phone operating system. Source
  5. The Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet is going to be released this coming Friday, although at least one person was able to purchase the device days in advance of the launch from an AT&T kiosk in a North Carolina mall. The guys at windowsmania.pl have accessed the Lumia 1520 ROM and pulled out the ringtone pack which they have turned into a 20MB download. The ringtone pack will include some tones that no doubt are already on your Lumia phone, but also offers some new tones including some that have been featured by the Finnish based OEM on its new commercials. If you're interested in adding Nokia's latest collection of ringtones to your Nokia Lumia phone. -|download link|- Lumia 1520 Ringtones Source
  6. A published report out of China on Saturday says that web app versions of Nokia Music are coming to the iOS and Android platforms. This is despite other rumors that have the service shut down once Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia closes. Others expect Nokia Music to merge with Xbox Muisic after Redmond based Microsoft signs on the dotted line to close the deal. There is no indication when Nokia Music will be made available to iOS or Android. But we have some leaked training material along with images of the Nokia Music web app for other platforms. The Windows version of Nokia Music will be a native app and will support Windows 8/8.1 and Windows RT which means it will not be a Nokia exclusive. Source
  7. geeteam

    iOS Core Ported To Nokia N900

    Well known developer Winocm has managed to achieve “one of the core milestones” pertaining to a project he has been working on for quite some time. Those who follow the activity of the developer on his Twitter feed will more than likely know about the project he has been working on for quite some time. With a little help from Steven Troughton-Smith, Winocm has managed to port the core elements of Apple’s iOS operating system onto non-Apple hardware. The benefits of this port aren’t immediately known to the majority of iOS users, but it does represent a significant technical achievement. The “proof” of port images have been provided courtesy of Troughton-Smith and show the core port of iOS successfully booting and running on a Nokia N900 smartphone from 2009. That particular hardware was originally shipped by the Finnish company running the Maemo 5 operating system. In addition to the N900 success, the developer has also stated that his port will successfully boot on various other hardware pieces. It is extremely exciting news to know that this port is possible and effectively opens the door for others to look at the open-source implementation and build on it where necessary. In its current form however, it does appear to be for the purists and those who are extremely technically biased. There is currently no GUI support for this implementation – nor is there any planned in the immediate future – with the focus being on getting the XNU Kernel to boot on hardware other than the official Apple supplied kit. As previously mentioned, the port will also play nicely with hardware other than the Nokia N900. For those interested, Winocm has detailed a number of hardware setups that are capable of booting his work, including the Texas Instruments AM335x (BeagleBone/BeagleBone Black) (OMAP335X) and ARM RealView Platform Baseboard for Cortex-A8 (ARMPBA8). The XNU Kernel is essentially the “core” of iOS (and OS X for that matter) and was built by Apple over a decade ago to form the foundations of their two operating systems. Source
  8. geeteam

    Nokia unveils the Lumia 525

    The 525 is destined to become the successor to the Lumia 520, the most popular Windows Phone so far and, at one point, the most popular of any Windows device on sale. That makes it an incredibly important product, both in Nokia's range and in the broader hardware offering across the platform, which in turn makes it all the more curious that Nokia outed the new handset by doing nothing more than posting a product page on its site. The Lumia 525 sports a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, along with 8GB of onboard storage, and a microSD slot (supporting cards up to 64GB) to expand this further. It also gets a welcome boost in RAM, featuring a full 1GB - twice that offered in the 520. Like the model it replaces, the 525 has a 4-inch WVGA (800x480px) display. The camera is unchanged at 5MP, and there's still no flash; alas, there's still no front-facing camera for video calls and selfies either. The dimensions and weight of the 525 are also precisely identical to the Lumia 520 - 119.9 x 64 x 9.9mm, weighing in at 124g. The device will be offered in black, white, yellow and orange variants (no cyan option, unlike the 520), but with interchangeable shells, buyers will be able to switch colours as desired. There are no official details yet on pricing, but as far as availability goes, the Nokia site curiously lists only Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as regions in which the 525 will be offered. According to Engadget, pricing in China is expected to be pretty much in line with the 520. The Verge, meanwhile, says that Nokia has priced the Lumia 525 at $249 SGD ($199 USD) in Singapore, with availability from December 14. Source
  9. geeteam

    Microsoft’s toughest choice

    Never mind Bing and Xbox. What the heck is Microsoft’s new CEO going to do about its feature phone unit that is churning out 200 million low-end handsets a year? The dilemma here is that Nokia’s handset unit has two very disparate parts: feature phones and smartphones. Feature phone demand is now dropping rapidly as low-end Android smartphones are beginning to hit the $100 unsubsidized price. That was the segment of Nokia’s feature phone business that kept the whole low-end business profitable: The $80 to $100 premium feature phones that offered tolerable camera performance, relatively tight pixel density and extras like WiFi support. Now that this precious slice of the budget phone market is about to be engulfed by an Android army, the entire feature phone unit is beginning to look like a giant Motorola-sized millstone. There is no money to be made in the $20 to $60 phone business, certainly not after volumes erode further. Yet if Microsoft jettisons the feature phone part of Nokia’s phone business, what is left is the minuscule smartphone unit. And it really is tiny — volumes are now expected to dive below 7 million units in Q1 2014. What is Microsoft going to do with a phone business that ships 6.8 million devices in a quarter? This is not a an ecosystem. It’s an eccentric folly, resembling the General Motors acquisition of Fokker Aircraft Corporation. Microsoft may be forced to keep the shriveling feature phone business, simply to maintain scale and shelf space in emerging markets. This would mean a grueling marathon of enduring substantial losses from the Nokia operations while trying to construct a system that somehow funnels Nokia feature phone owners in India and Brazil into the Windows smartphone world. But how is that actually going to happen? What are the real synergies between the feature phone unit and the Windows phone unit? Can Windows phones somehow yield real benefits to Microsoft’s Bing and Xbox operations? Does anything really bind together this hodgepodge of businesses? Microsoft’s new CEO faces a task that seems impossibly tough for an enterprise guy — how to predict shifts in the consumer market for the next half a decade and tailor the company to suit them? Source
  10. Nokia and HTC ended their prolonged legal war with a patent and technology collaboration agreement. The partnership ends all pending patent litigation between the two companies. Its full terms are confidential. According to the official press release, HTC will make payments to Nokia, but the exact amounts haven't been disclosed. The Finnish company on the other hand will gain access to HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, thus further expanding its own expertise. Furthermore, the companies will look into future technology collaboration opportunities. Unsurprisingly, representatives from both Nokia and HTC are pleased with the agreement. By staying out of court and sharing patents, both companies will be able to focus on making products which can better compete in today’s crowded marketplace. Source
  11. Nokia has struggled to get into the US market for years now, but it seems that its hard work is finally starting to pay off. Counterpoint Research reports that in Q3 of this year Nokia leapfrogged several makers to reach the fourth spot among smartphone vendors in the US. This sounds less impressive when you look at the numbers - Nokia holds a smidgen over 4% of the market. But you have to look deeper - in Q2 this year, Nokia was at a 1.4%. It took it almost year to get to that point, in Q3 2012 Nokia barely registered at 0.7%. So in three months Nokia more than doubled its market share and is now ahead of former leaders like Motorola, BlackBerry and HTC. Counterpoint attributes this success to Nokia’s carrier exclusivity strategy, which is finally starting to work. Beyond Nokia, the US smartphone market is very homogeneous - Apple and Samsung are nearly even with a third of the market each. Apple has a 0.1% lead but has barely grown in the last year, while Samsung has gone 10 points up from 26.6% in Q2 2012. The next biggest vendor is LG in third place with 8.6%. source: gsmarena
  12. Although Nokia had a lot to announce a few weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, one of those devices not mentioned was the Nokia Lumia 929, destined for Verizon. That device is said to be in carrier testing right now and it could be released between Thanksgiving and the beginning of next year. The Nokia Lumia 929 is a custom phone built for Verizon, featuring a 5-inch 1080P AMOLED display. It’s in many ways just a bigger, more powerful Lumia 928, as it features a Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 CPU and updated internals. Specifications Qualcomm Quad-core Snapdragon 800 at 2.2 GHz5 inch AMOLED display, 1080 x 19202 GB of RAM; 32 GB of internal storage (no micro SD)20 MP PureView rear camera with oversampling (16 MP + 5 MP photos); Front facing cameraDual LED flashNFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LEQi wireless chargingAt least three HAAC microphonesData Sense, NFL Mobile, Verizon Tones, VZ Navigator, My Verizon Mobile, Nokia StoryTeller, Nokia Screen BeamerAvailable colors: glossy white or matte black Size Height: 136.5 mmWidth: 71.4 mmThickness: 10.5 mmWeight: 166 g the images has revealed that the body is similar to the Lumia 928, though there is a metal band wrapping around the edge of the phone to make it sturdier. There is a headphone jack on the center-top and a micro USB charger at the bottom, a change from the Lumia 928. Buttons are said to be ceramic and the LTE radio takes a micro SIM card, which is positioned near the top. The device is said to be very quick, most likely due to the advanced Qualcomm processor. The device will also ship with Windows Phone Update 3 and of course the Lumia Black firmware. Overall, Verizon appears to have a winner on their hands with this phone. At 1080P, the display looks fantastic and the smaller size (when compared to the Lumia 1520), means more people will gravitate towards it when looking for a new phone. The high end specs should satisfy most tech enthusiasts and the Nokia build quality should make this a great seller. source: wpcentral
  13. It looks like Nokia is about to build an 8-inch device, if the trust-worthy @evleaks is to be believed. @evleaks has a long history of leaking credible Nokia content, the Finnish company is building an 8-inch tablet that will run Windows RT and is codenamed the ‘Illusionist’. Little else is known, but it should not come as a major surprise that Nokia is going to be building another tablet in the smaller class size to help it compete in the low-cost tablet market. Seeing at it runs Windows RT, just like its bigger brother the 2520, makes a lot of sense even though Bay Trail tablets offer up many competitive advantages too. For Nokia, they need to master only one OS for tablets, rather than Windows RT and Windows 8.1. Nokia is likely building on Windows RT to appease Microsoft, who will be acquiring the device division from Nokia. As it stands now, only Microsoft and Nokia will be selling Windows RT products. No release date, price, or images of the device yet but if the past is to be repeated, all this information should surface soon. source: neowin
  14. Nokia’s Lumia 520 has been pushing Windows Phone’s marketshare along thanks to its low cost, and it appears its replacement, the Lumia 525, will arrive shortly. Photos of the Lumia 525 have leaked today thanks to Chinese certification agency TENAA. It looks to be almost identical to the existing Lumia 520 on the outside, with a rear camera and similar styling. Rumors suggest it will ship with a dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, and with a focus on music. It could be one of the most important Lumias yet. Nokia recently hit a record of 8.8 million Lumia sales and the company admitted it was largely due to the Lumia 520. Adduplex, a firm that measures the usage statistics of Windows Phones, claims Nokia's Lumia 520 is the most popular Windows Phone worldwide with a 23 percent market share. If Nokia’s upcoming Lumia 525 is priced similarly then it will likely help Microsoft push its Windows Phone marketshare even further. It’s not clear exactly when Nokia plans to announce the Lumia 525, but with the device passing through certification it appears to be close to launching, perhaps before the end of the year. source: theverge
  15. Nokia sent out a presser that it has extended the secretive agreement it had with Samsung on mobile related patents for another five years. The kicker is that the price Samsung will have to pony up will not be known until 2015 rolls in. It will ultimately be settled in a binding arbitration then, likely with a lot of variables clearer, such as Samsung's total phone turnaround, and Nokia being a separate entity at the time, that will have the rights on the vast patent portfolio after Microsoft acquires the Devices & Services division next year. This extension and agreement to arbitrate represent a hallmark of constructive resolution of licensing disputes, and are expected to save significant transaction costs for both parties”, bragged Paul Melin, Chief Intellectual Property Officer for Nokia. source: phonearena
  16. The Start Screen of Windows Phone 8.1 will be customizable with background images. Several leaked screenshots revealed the upcoming WP feature and its settings screen. The new customization option will not be enabled by default. The familiar two-tone Start Screen will still greet Windows Phone 8.1 users out of the box. Reportedly, not all apps will allow their tiles to be skinned. Some applications such as Office and Xbox Music will retain an appearance in solid color. Microsoft will likely begin seeding Windows Phone 8.1 to developers early next month, during its Build conference. Source
  17. The inevitable happened. Google apps got installed on the freshly announced Nokia X after a crafty member of XDA Developers rooted the Android handset. The root was achieved via the Framaroot app. The bootloader of the device is unsurprisingly locked, so instead of flashing a single zip file, users need to copy the apk files for Google apps via a root explorer application. After the root, Nokia X also runs Google Now Launcher without breaking a sweat. You can see a short video of the device in action below. The above root method is surely the first of many. Considering the highly affordable price tag of the Nokia X, I reckon that the device will become a favorite of the ROM developer community. Source
  18. Nokia X (Normandy), has appeared on the CamSpeed database, the benchmark test of Sofica, with a pretty good score, indicating a fixed focus camera on the back, where the focusing time is essentially zero. The forked Android-powered handset is said to sport a 5 MP snapper, though the resolution used for the CamSpeed test is 3 MP. It also should have 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory expanded by a microSD card slot, as well as a 1500 mAh battery. It will be available in a dual-SIM version, codenamed RM-980, which is the one appearing on CamSpeed, and will arrive in six jolly colors, aimed at teens and emerging markets. Nokia is allegedly reshuffling its MWC event plans after it became clear that Samsung decide to pull the Galaxy S5 unveiling forward to the expo timeframe, so it's unclear if and when Normandy will be unleashed. It is expected to be announced as part of the Asha family, presenting an interesting twist of fate for Nokia's budget portfolio, as it will be its first commercial handset with Android on it, albeit evidently a highly modified one. Source via
  19. Many times we install lots of applications or games in our mobile phone and the phone becomes not responding or very slow due to some faulty apps or other obvious reasons. Sometimes we try hidden secret codes or PC software to play with our mobile phone functionality or to update its firmware with a new 3rd party unofficial firmware available on Internet which breaks our phone and makes it not bootable. In such cases we have no option left except taking our phone to the service center and ask the mechanics to repair our phone. If the phone is out of warranty, we may also spend some money for the repair. Wouldn't it be great if we could repair our mobile phone at home by reinstalling the firmware? Now its possible as Nokia has released an official software recovery tool for Nokia Windows 8 mobile phones. "Nokia Software Recovery Tool" is a free software released by Nokia which allows you to recover or restore your Nokia Lumia mobile phone software. It might become very useful if you want to reinstall software in your Nokia mobile phone. According to Nokia, this software can recover your mobile phone if you are having software or software update related issues. You can recover your phone even if its not responding, stuck or not starting at all. This free tool can be installed in Windows 7 and later operating systems. The software first detects your mobile phone model and then downloads the required firmware files which might take lots of time depending upon the size of firmware files. You just need to connect your mobile phone to your PC using USB cable and then run the software and follow the steps. If the phone is in working condition, don't forget to take a backup of your personal data as all data will be deleted during software installation. -|Download Link|-Nokia Software Recovery Tool Source
  20. Just two days ago Microsoft announced a new trade-in deal for the US and Canada, which can give you up to $250 of store credit if you give up on your old smartphone or tablet. Today Microsoft has extended this deal with a special offer. If you opt to return your old Apple iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S II, you can have a Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 for free. Your old phone just needs to be working, with no missing parts or pieces. The deal expires on March 2, or until supplies last. he catch is that you'll have to sign a two-year contract with AT&T, to get the free Lumia unit. Lumia 1520 otherwise costs $200 on contract, while the Lumia 1020 has already dropped down to just $100 on a contract. Anyway, if you want to trade in your old gadget for a new Windows-based one, feel free to explore all deals throughout the US and Canada before making a decision. Source
  21. Nokia X or Normandy is getting even closer to release. Аccording to a Senior Executive over at Nokia India, the device will be launched in March as a member of the Asha lineup. The specs seem to mirror those of the Lumia 520 save for the OS being Android instead of Windows Phone. There will be a 4" WVGA (480 x 800) screen, 5 MP camera, dual-core 1.2 GHz chipset, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of expandable storage - pretty much what we've known so far. There would be an optional dual-SIM version as well. Currently we've seen what the device might look like, what it could do in HTML-based benchmark BrowserMark 2 and even got some details of the Vietnamese availability. Source
  22. A leaked press shot, tweeted out by @evleaks, reveals that a new dual SIM Nokia handset is on the way. "What is this thing?," tweets evleaks, and it does appear to be a Nokia Asha model, perhaps the 504. The top bezel is a little different than previous Asha 5xx handsets, and the screen, estimated to be 3.2 inches to 3.5 inches, reveals that Bing is the default search engine on the device. Besides the top bezel, the design of the home button and the buttons on the side are different. And no, this does not appear to be the Nokia Normandy at all. As soon as we have any idea what we are dealing with here, we'll let you know. In the meantime, feel free to speculate and leave your thoughts in the box below! Source
  23. Mark Hachman Jan 31, 2014 3:00 AM Something very interesting is going on at Nokia: The company apparently believes that the look, feel, and underlying services of the Microsoft Windows Phone operating system may be more important than, well, the OS itself. According to reports, Nokia is finalizing development on “Normandy,” the code name for a low-end Android phone. Reports published this week say that the phone will be marketed as the Nokia X, but built upon much the same hardware platform as the Lumia 520, Nokia’s cheapest Lumia smartphone. Not surprisingly, representatives for Nokia declined to comment. But screenshots from Twitter leaker @evleaks reveal a surprise: an Android UI that’s much closer to Windows Phone in form and function, rather than the typical Android layout of carefully organized icons. Instead, if the screenshots are accurate, the Nokia X will feature icons that nudge up against each other, Windows-Phone style. The leak shows a mix of apps: Nokia’s own HERE maps, Microsoft’s Skype, plus games like Jetpack Joyride and Plants vs. Zombies. The operating system is Android. But the user interface is “Windows Phone.” The data is owned by... well, that’s a bit unclear at the moment. But the Nokia X’s design philosophy appears to be a provocative one: What’s running on top of the operating system is more important than the operating system itself. Entry-level investment Reportedly, Normandy is based on a fork of the free, open-source Android OS, offering Nokia an entree into the Android ecosystem without the constraints that Google might place on the company. @evleaks suggests that the Nokia X/Normandy will be an entry-level phone: Amazon tried this strategy, too: Its Kindle tablets use their own version of Android, offering moderate performance at competitive prices. Amazon then rakes in the rest of its profits over time, capitalizing on transactions from its online store. The Nokia X might not follow directly in Amazon’s footprints, but the company apparently sees value in capturing a user’s data inside the Windows ecosystem and monetizing it later. Once a customer has committed his or her data to the platform, they may naturally upgrade to a “full” Windows Phone experience. According to Charles Golvin, formerly with Forrester Research and now an independent analyst, when consumers purchase a modern smartphone, they essentially invest in it in four ways. First, there’s the hardware and the price paid for it. Second, consumers invest their data, everything from the address book to documents stored in the cloud. Third, consumers invest their time, learning the most productive ways to navigate the user interface and their data stored within it. And finally there’s the social element, connecting users within the same ecosystem to one another. Aside from the social aspect—Nokia lacks a social network, and Microsoft’s social play, So.cl, is barely breathing—Golvin’s investment thesis nicely justifies the Nokia X’s development. Welcome to the Microsoft cloud The phone’s leaked specifications suggest a low-cost, entry-level phone, with a minimal barrier to entry. That’s a plus. And we also know that Nokia has invested in developing an emerging market strategy around its third-world Asha phones—which, to be fair, have struggled. Nokia’s recent fourth-quarter report noted that sales of its mobile phones had fallen “due to increasingly lower price points and intense competition at the low end” of its product portfolio. So Nokia needs a low-cost phone to entice customers, but more than just price to keep them in the fold. What the Android-based Nokia X offers the Windows Phone ecosystem is a path into Microsoft’s cloud services. Microsoft already offers Android versions of SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, Bing, and Office Mobile. And as most users know, once the data is inside those services, it’s much easier to stick with them than to export and upload that data to a competing service, and start fresh. If you take the @evleaks as gospel, however, Nokia hasn’t given itself over completely to that philosophy. What the screenshots reveal is a rather neutral selection of services: The only Microsoft-owned service that appears is Skype. A missed opportunity? A screenshot that doesn’t represent the default configuration? Or Nokia just playing it safe? Possibly a bit of all three. If Nokia, and later Microsoft, don’t supersaturate the mix with Microsoft services, they’re missing the boat. (Nokia will have to be careful, however, so as not to risk the ire of Google. Reports have said that Google will tolerate tweaks and forks of the Android OS. But try and replace Gmail, for example, and Google could dig in its heels.) Not a perfect solution, by any stretch But it’s the UI that, if “Normandy” is real, will grab headlines. This isn’t quite Windows Phone, obviously. While the layout is decidedly Microsoft-inspired, it’s not clear whether Android can emulate the urban energy of the constantly-refreshing Live Tiles. The Normandy UI is essentially “training wheels,” helping customers bridge the gap between Android and Windows Phone. As Golvin notes, there’s some value in learning the look and feel of a UI. I’m simply not sure that Nokia can mimic Windows Phone closely enough with Android to allow customers to benefit from that experience. The Windows Phone app market still struggles, especially in comparison to Android. But if Microsoft can capture most of the data—email, searches, documents, among others—it can cede some of the less-important applications to the Android platform. Let’s face it: Even the most devout Windows Phone enthusiast probably wouldn’t mind a bulletproof YouTube app, for example, or the ability to use Snapchat or WhatsApp. Normandy likely wouldn’t be a bulletproof solution. Location data, presumably, would be still fed to Google, and it’s unclear whether the phone would still require establishing a Google profile. So much of this is still speculation. Nor am I in love with the Normandy’s design, which looks like a 16-bit take on the Windows Phone interface. We also don’t know for sure whether the leaks are accurate, if Nokia will ever bring the phone to market, and whether Microsoft views an Android-based Windows Phone UI as a bridge or an abomination. A previous Microsoft experiment in the phone market, the Kin, flopped after the hardware couldn’t live up to what Microsoft promised. But whether the Nokia X exists as a product or only as a concept, it’s still an intriguing experiment in rethinking priorities. And that might be one way of marketing the phone: as a low-key experiment, or perhaps a “hobby,” like the Apple TV. Microsoft’s gone down this road before. Microsoft pitched the Kin, a direct descendant of the Danger Sidekick, as a phone for the hip, connected consumer: taking pictures, storing them in the cloud, and sharing them with social networks. On paper, the phone was ahead of its time. In reality, the Kin’s subpar hardware lagged badly, and polling social networks for updates every 15 minutes simply undermined its premise. The Nokia X would likely fail as well, if launched as a mainstream smartphone. Under the harsh light of the tech press—“it’s a knockoff Windows Phone!”—the phone would surely wither. Reports claim that the Nokia X will be unveiled at Mobile World Conference in a few weeks’ time, one drop in a flood of smartphones. That’s fine. Experiments like the Nokia X deserve a little time in the shade to establish themselves. The Nokia X won’t change the world. Microsoft won’t hitch it to the future of Windows Phone. But convince customers in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia and South America to adopt it, and Nokia and Microsoft may just establish themselves as the favorite platform of the next-next generation of smartphone buyers. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2092342/how-nokias-fake-windows-phone-could-save-the-real-one.html
  24. According to analysts at Gartner, smartphones sales have exceeded featurephone sales for the first time in 2013. Smartphones accounted for 53.6% of sales in 2013, but in the fourth quarter alone they had a 57.6% share, showing their numbers are still growing. Samsung remains the biggest smartphone vendor and even managed to gain some more market share in 2013, though the final quarter of a year marked a small decline for the company. The Gartner analysts believe Samsung needs to push its technology leadership in the high-end and better bang for the buck in the mid-range to maintain its leading position. Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2013 (Thousands of Units) Apple, declined several percentage points in 2013 and in the final quarter, even though at the end of the year the company added both NTT DoCoMo and China Mobile to its roster (the biggest carriers in Japan and China, respectively). Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 4Q13 (Thousands of Units) Huawei maintained the third spot, but will face increased competition from Number 4, Lenovo, which just bought Motorola from Google. Lenovo's smartphone sales in 2013 doubled and Motorola will help the company expand its overseas presence and enter the US market. The breakdown by smartphone OSes shows Android keeps growing, Windows Phone managed nearly double the sales but it still has a tiny share of the market. It did surpass BlackBerry OS though, which is quickly becoming extinct. Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 2013 (Thousands of Units) Worldwide phones sales were 1.8 billion, of which nearly 1 billion was smartphones. Nokia still holds the second position behind Samsung in total phone sales, but it's quickly declining. Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2013 (Thousands of Units) Featurephones are declining in general, but smartphones have problems too – they've practically hit the saturation point in developed markets. Still, emerging markets are showing huge growth. India, for example, posted a 166.8% growth in smartphone sales during the final quarter. Source
  25. We have some pretty awful news about T-Mobile and Verizon subscribers who have a Lumia 810 or 822. Apparently Nokia has completed the Lumia Black firmware update for the Lumia 810 and Lumia 822, but the carriers won't push it to the users. This info comes from a chat with Nokia's Customer support, so it's not like is fully official just yet. According to the user's chat with the Nokia representative, the update is not happening and Verizon is only listing it as Coming Soon, just to avoid angry users' rant. There is no official reason for not releasing an update that has been finished. Perhaps it's something that doesn't fit within the carrier's approval process. But whatever the reasons, the question "what happens next" will be here all the way to April, when the Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to go official. Will the Lumia 810 and 822 be left stuck on Amber forever? Will they merly skip GDR3 + Lumia Black update and move straight to WP8.1? We are yet to find out. Note that the international Lumia 820 is getting the Lumia Black update as planned. The user also points out Nokia is throwing a free Purity Pro headset for those having Bluetooth issues with the Lumia 810 or 822. So, you might want to check with Nokia's customer support if you have the same problems and see if you qualify for a free headset. Source
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