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Nokia Announces N1 Android Tablet

November 18, 2014 8:51 PM | Nokia |

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 Nokia today announced the N1, the first Nokia-branded AndroidTM tablet. The N1 offers the innovative, predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface, and a carefully crafted industrial design by Nokia with a focus on simplicity. The N1 will be brought to market in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.

"We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers' hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple," said Sebastian Nyström, Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, who announced the N1 at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki. "The N1 has a delightfully intuitive interface and an industrial design to match it. This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet."

Consumers use and manage a large set of applications in their digital lives. The N1 makes that easy with the Z Launcher, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time the Z Launcher learns what applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location.
 

 

AT&T First to Bring Nokia Lumia 830 to the U.S.

November 3, 2014 4:31 PM | AT&T | Microsoft | Nokia |

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AT&T customers will be the first in the U.S. to experience the brand new Nokia Lumia 830,  powered by the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1.

The thinnest Lumia smartphone to date, the Lumia 830, will be available on Nov. 7 online exclusively at www.att.com and in AT&T retail stores. You can purchase a Lumia 830 for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan including $18.75 a month with Next 182 and $22.50 a month with Next 12.2 You can also purchase the Lumia 830 for $99.99 with a two year commitment3 or $449.99 with no annual commitment.4

For a limited time, while supplies last, when you purchase a Nokia Lumia 830 you will get a free Fitbit Flex, a $99.99 value. The Fitbit Flex is an activity and sleep-tracking wristband that tracks steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes and sleep, helping you to achieve your fitness goals.5 You can wirelessly sync and view your data with the top downloaded Fitbit app, available for free from the Windows Phone Store.

AT&T currently offers the largest and most advanced portfolio of Windows Phone 8.1 devices – all connected to the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,6 covering more than 300 million Americans.

The Lumia 830 has an attractive design blending metal and polycarbonate that feels slim and sleek in your hand. Built for a life on-the-go, the smartphone takes outstanding pictures with the 10 MP PureView camera and allows you to enjoy your favorite Windows experiences, including Xbox, Skype, Office and Bing. You can also sync your digital life with OneDrive7, while sharing special moments on your favorite social media networks and enjoy popular Windows Phone apps.

Want to add a little personality to your device? Cortana, available on Windows Phone 8.1, is the only smartphone assistant who learns your interests and can set reminders by people, in addition to time or location.8 Plus, with Fitbit you can tap into a custom Cortana experience inside the Fitbit app to make tracking faster and easier. By speaking to Cortana, you can quickly log any of the 350,000 foods in the Fitbit database by saying things like, “Fitbit, I ate lasagne for dinner,” or “Fitbit, I had coffee with breakfast.” You can also create silent alarms for Fitbit trackers and, coming soon, you’ll be able to use Cortana to log activities.
 

 

Microsoft Expands its 1st Phones Portfolio with the Nokia 130

August 12, 2014 9:15 PM | Microsoft | Nokia |

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Recognizing the rapid growth of ultra-affordable mobile phones, Microsoft Devices Group on Monday unveiled the Nokia 130, a mobile phone designed to introduce millions of people to new digital experiences. At just 19 euros,* the Nokia 130 combines the everyday essentials that first-time mobile phone buyers expect with the beautiful design, reliability and mobile entertainment they want. Featuring a built-in video player, music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, and everyday essentials such as a flashlight, FM radio and USB charging, the Nokia 130 is the perfect introduction to a “mobile first” world.

The Nokia 130 is an ideal handset for first-time mobile phone buyers, or for people seeking a reliable backup phone to complement their existing smartphones. It’s built to last, with a 1.8-inch color display and outstanding battery life of up to 36 days’ standby for the single-SIM variant and 26 days’ standby for the dual-SIM device. In design and quality, the Nokia 130 stands out among devices priced below $35.* Every year, people buy 300 million phones from this category alone.**

As one of the most affordable mobile phones with video playback, the Nokia 130 makes new digital experiences accessible to more people. It delivers hours of entertainment with the built-in video player that offers up to 16 hours of playback for video stored on a microSD card, MP3 player and FM radio. With support for expandable microSD storage up to 32GB, alongside the Bluetooth-enabled SLAM application and USB connectivity, it also makes sharing digital content easy without the need for an Internet connection.

“As demand in the affordable mobile segment continues to grow, Microsoft remains committed to delivering market-leading mobile innovation at each and every price point,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones, Microsoft Corp. “It is estimated that at least 1 billion people in the world still do not have a mobile phone, while at the same time there is increasing demand for reliable backup phones in both mature and high-growth markets.”

She continued, “With handsets like the Nokia 130, we see tremendous potential to deliver the experience of a ‘mobile-first’ world to people seeking their first device, and we continue to invest in ultra-affordable devices that will introduce people to a ‘cloud-first’ world through Microsoft services such as Bing, Outlook.com and OneDrive.”
 

 

Nokia X, Nokia X+, or Nokia XL Brand New Features and Enhancements

July 29, 2014 9:48 PM | Nokia |

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Now, the easiest way to see which apps are running is to use the new App Switcher feature – much like what’s included with the new Nokia X2.

You get to the app switcher by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the app switcher icon. Select the app you want to switch to, or tap the X icon to close an app.

Several great Microsoft services now come pre-installed.

Outlook.com, OneDrive and OneNote are all integrated, meaning that everybody now has access to their Outlook email, cloud storage, and really useful note-taking tools.

Outlook.com includes support for multiple Outlook accounts, with push notifications and calendar/contact syncing.

With OneNote Mobile, not only do you have instant access to your Microsoft OneNote 2010 notebooks stored on your OneDrive account, you can also create jottings right from your Nokia X and sync up to 500 of your notes.

The improved Nokia Store makes it easier to search, find and download games or apps onto your Nokia X.
 

 

Windows Phone 8.1 update: everything you need to know

April 2, 2014 9:07 PM | Nokia | Smartphone |

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Starting this summer, any Lumia device currently running Windows Phone 8 will receive an over-the-air update, receiving these great new features:

Action stations for Action Center

If you’ve missed a phone call, been mentioned in a Tweet, or received an SMS, you’ll now find all of these things in one place – the new Action Center.

Alongside your notifications, Action Center contains four quick settings (which are customisable) to enable you quicker access to switch on Flight Mode, and Wi-Fi, for example, even when your phone is locked.

Word Flow brings faster typing

Introducing the most intuitive smartphone keyboard yet, Word Flow.

Instead of typing out each letter when your type, now glide your finger over the screen and let your Nokia Lumia accurately predict what you’re going to type.

The more you use Word Flow, the more it learns from you, predicting your most frequent expressions. Word Flow supports 16 languages.

Greater Start screen personalization

The Start screen has been refreshed to include an extra column of Live Tiles.

Now, there’s much more room to pin your favourite apps, games, bookmarks and people, all within easy reach.

Additionally, the Start screen background now has the ability to display pictures, rather than just black or white. These photos can also be seen through system tiles.

 

 

Nokia Lumia 930: simply the best of Microsoft and Lumia

April 2, 2014 9:00 PM | Microsoft | Nokia |

The Nokia Lumia 930 beautifully blends the best of Microsoft and Lumia with a collection of features readymade for the needs of today’s forward-thinking smartphone owner.

Leading the way once again in smartphone photographic technology, the Nokia Lumia 930 sports a 20-megapixel PureView camera, optical image stabilization (OIS) and ZEISS optics to achieve pin-sharp shots and the flexibility to zoom into any shot after you’ve taken it. A HD 1.2 MP wide-angle camera adorns the front.

The Nokia Lumia 930 also possesses unrivaled HD video skills with four high-performance microphones. This crafty quad allows directional recording, which enhances the clarity of your subjects by rejecting the sounds outside the direction of capture. Thanks to the surround sound capture, you can also hear the world around you like never before.

Counteract shaky hand with the in-built OIS and use the single-finger zoom feature to get even closer to the action without compromising resolution.

Add to this Nokia Rich Recording, surround sound and ZEISS optics and you’ve got a truly potent hardware and software partnership.
Bright idea

When you’re done capturing your life moments, play it all back on the 5-inch, 1080p Full HD display (1920×1080; 441ppi), with Gorilla Glass 3, Super Sensitive Touch and a near 180-degree viewing angle for watching your content anywhere from bright sunny beaches to dimly lit hotel foyers.

Integrated Dolby Surround Sound also makes for a similarly rich audio experience when watching movies or listening to music with your headphones or home theatre system.

 

 

Glowing performance: Nokia Lumia 630 & Lumia 635

April 2, 2014 8:57 PM | Nokia | Smartphone |

Delivering a fast quad-core processor, 4.5-inch ClearBlack screen and a unique colourful design with changeable shells, the Nokia Lumia 630 and Nokia Lumia 635 provide a super smooth Lumia experience at an affordable price.

The Nokia Lumia 630 packs a wealth of innovation and comes in two 3G variants, including the most affordable Lumia, and the first Lumia with dual-SIM, giving people more choice and on their own terms.

The Nokia Lumia 635 is Nokia’s best-value 4G smartphone ever and makes browsing, streaming and downloading content on the go lightning fast.

The Lumia 635 is distinguished by a high-gloss finish and a unique dual-layered, luminous tonal surround that glimmers and glows, offering the first taste of the Lumia colours for 2014, with swappable covers available in bright orange, bright green, bright yellow, and white and black.

Both the single and dual-SIM Lumia 630 ship with a new matt finish and the same vibrant colours, you could however treat yourself to a glossy cover if that’s your preference.

 

 

Nokia Expects it's Sale of Microsoft to Close in April 2014

March 24, 2014 8:51 PM | Nokia |

Nokia today announced that it now expects the transaction whereby the company will sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business and license its patents to Microsoft to close in April 2014. This compares with Nokia's previous expectation on the transaction closing in the first quarter of 2014, which Nokia communicated when the company first announced the transaction on September 3, 2013. Nokia and Microsoft remain committed to the transaction.

As previously communicated, the closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Nokia and Microsoft have already received most of the required regulatory approvals, including approvals from the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. Furthermore, Nokia and Microsoft continue to make good progress related to the closing conditions and integration planning. However, the transaction is pending approvals from certain antitrust authorities in Asia which are still conducting their reviews.

Nokia and Microsoft continue to be confident that the transaction will close, resulting in the sale of substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business to Microsoft, and both companies are working diligently to close the transaction as expeditiously as possible.

Nokia reiterates that ongoing tax proceedings in India have no bearing on the timing of the closing or the material deal terms of the anticipated transaction between Nokia and Microsoft.
 

 

Nokia Launches Imaging SDK 1.1

February 26, 2014 8:19 PM | Nokia | Software |

Nokia recently announced developers will be able to download the latest imaging SDK update to add even more amazing features to your apps.

As Nokia Lumia phones become ever powerful, our brilliant developer community is taking advantage to bring consumers truly impressive imaging apps. When we launched the first Imaging SDK in July 2013, more than 1500 apps soon appeared employing the technology.

However, with the new update, even more Lumia owners are in store for increased photographic potential, as outlined by its key features:

Support for Windows 8.1 – desktop and RT

With the Lumia 2520 tablet (running Windows RT 8.1) now part of the Nokia family, the shared API now allows Windows 8.1 desktop computers to create compatible software using the SDK..


 

 

Nokia Inros Nokia MixRadio

November 20, 2013 9:38 PM | Nokia |

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Nokia has introduced the next generation of Nokia Music, Nokia MixRadio, bringing you free, personalized music with no advertising.

Listen to the music you want to hear with Play Me, a constant stream of music created just for you. Use Thumbs up and Thumbs down to tell us what you like so that your mix gets better and better every time you play. It’s like having your own personal radio station.

Also includes the features you know and love – my music, mp3 store, create a mix, gigs and offline playback – so that you can store your favorite mixes on your phone and enjoy anywhere, even without a connection.
(Feature availability varies by country, which is determined from your SIM).

 

 

Microsoft to Acquire Nokia's Devices & Services Biz, License Patents & Mapping Services

September 3, 2013 8:37 PM | Microsoft | Nokia |

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Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses.

“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution.”
 

 

AT&T to Sell Nokia Lumia 925 for $99 with Pre-orders Tomorrow

August 27, 2013 9:01 PM | AT&T | Nokia |

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AT&T subscribers shopping for a Windows Phone have a handsome new option to consider.

The carrier today announced that the Lumia 925, Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone sculpted from both polycarbonate plastic and aluminum, is coming to AT&T’s 4G LTE network on Sept. 13. The phone, available in an exclusive black version, will cost $99.99 with a standard two-year contract. You can pre-order one starting tomorrow on AT&T’s website.

“The Nokia Lumia 925 makes a great addition to our growing portfolio,” AT&T senior vice president Jeff Bradley said in a statement. The impressive camera and affordable price tag, he added, “makes it a solid deal for anyone in the market for a new smartphone.”

The phone sports many of the same specs that helped earn its sibling, the Lumia 920, Smartphone of the Year honors from Engadget in February. It has a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA touchscreen with curved Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 16 GB of internal memory, and a beefy 2000 mAh battery.

But the real standout feature of the Lumia 925 (beyond its sleek looks) is the phone’s 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization and dual LED flash. Nobody is pushing the boundaries of smartphone photography more than Nokia. The camera’s Carl Zeiss lens, for example, is actually a six-layer sandwich—a design that helps take in as much as five times more light. The result: sharp, naturally-colored images and 1080p HD video, even under challenging conditions.
 

 

Nokia Updates Nokia Music

August 27, 2013 8:57 PM | Nokia |

The latest version of Nokia Music is out now for your downloading pleasure.  The Music team have been busy creating even more ways to enhance your listening experience, this time adding notifications and favourite artists to the mix.  We had a word with two of the guys behind the service, Martin Banham and Daniel Roberts, to give us the low-down.

You can now ‘like’ your favourite artists to further personalise your music experience. Nokia Music will also like artists based on your playing history and the contents of your music library. Notifications are the payoff here: you’ll get a notification the moment one of your favourite artists releases any new music.
 

 

Nokia Announces the Lumia 625

July 23, 2013 8:49 PM | Nokia | Smartphone |

Today Nokia announced the Nokia Lumia 625. The latest member of the Nokia Lumia family combines a big screen and high-speed 4G Internet access to bring a premium entertainment and communication experience at a very affordable price.

The big 4.7-inch screen on the Nokia Lumia 625 offers a larger view of everything that’s important to you. It’s viewable in direct sunlight and offers our super-sensitive touch technology for operation with gloves or nails.

Tech specs

  • Display: 4.7 inch WVGA @ 201ppi with Sunlight Readability Enhancement, High Brightness Mode, Color Enhancement and Super Sensitive Touch
  • Battery: 2000 mAh; talk time – up to 15.2 hours (3G)
  • Processor: 1.2GHz, Dual Core Snapdragon S4
  • Size/Weight: 133.25 x 72.25 x 9.15 mm, 159g
  • Connectivity: USB2.0, BT 4.0+ LE, WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector
  • Camera: 5-megapixel autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps; VGA front facing camera
  • Memory: 512MB RAM; 8GB storage with support for up to 64GB SD card

At the same time, the phone is 4G/LTE-ready, and, delivers mobile entertainment from online video services up to 10x faster.

 

 

Nokia's 1st Metal Windows Phone Arrives

May 15, 2013 8:40 PM | Nokia | Smartphone |

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Nokia’s design team is on fire lately. Just days after unveiling a sleek new addition to its Windows Phone 8 flagship line—the Verizon-bound Lumia 928—the company today took the wraps off another innovative new model at a highly-anticipated London press event today. (Watch the replay.)

There’s a lot to say about the new Lumia 925, but let’s start here: The first Windows Phone to incorporate aluminum into the design is something to hold and behold. The second thing to know is that the phone will come with the latest Windows Phone 8 update that adds FM radio support and a handful of other goodies—extras that existing Windows Phone 8 owners will ultimately be offered, too. (More on that in a moment.)

The Lumia 925, which also includes an advanced new camera, will debut in June on Europe’s Vodafone network, then head to China Mobile and China Unicom. It’s scheduled to launch on T-Mobile in the U.S. later this year, Nokia said. In Europe, the phone will cost around 469 euros before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia Lumia 925

Why metal?
 

 

T-Mobile Introduces the Nokia Lumia 521

April 26, 2013 9:11 PM | Nokia | T-Mobile |

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On April 27th, multichannel retailer HSN will introduce T-Mobile’s exclusive Nokia Lumia 521 to audiences during its bi-annual Innovation Weekend on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile.  This will be the first time T-Mobile and a Nokia smartphone will be featured during the special event.  The Windows Phone 8 smartphone will be bundled with a car charger and screen protector for $149.95 with free shipping and handling and a flex pay option will be available.  Please check local listings for specific air times.

Following the HSN debut, the Nokia Lumia 521 will be available at Microsoft Retail Stores and Walmart on May 11.  The Lumia 521 will be $149 at Microsoft Retail Stores.  At Walmart, the Lumia 521 will be available with the retailer’s exclusive T-Mobile no contract $30 per month unlimited Web and text plan.

Powered by Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 521, which will run on T-Mobile’s fast nationwide 4G network, is a perfect, everyday smartphone that will embody a range of high-end features at an affordable price.  The smartphone features a super sensitive 4” touch screen, 5MP camera with auto focus and 720p HD video recording.  It will also include exclusive Nokia applications such as Nokia Music, Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, Panorama, Smart Shoot and HERE Drive, Maps and Transit.

The Nokia Lumia 521 will be coming to T-Mobile retail channels soon and more details will be shared at a later date.

 

Nokia to Launch the Nokia Lumia 521

April 10, 2013 9:04 PM | Nokia | T-Mobile |

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T-Mobile will partner with Nokia to bring customers the Lumia 521 – an exclusive to T-Mobile. Powered by Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 521, which will run on T-Mobile’s fast nationwide 4G network, is a perfect, everyday smartphone that will embody a range of high-end features at an affordable price.

The Nokia Lumia 521 features a super sensitive 4” touch screen, 5MP camera with auto focus and 720p HD video recording. It will also include exclusive Nokia applications such as Nokia Music, Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, Panorama, Smart Shoot and HERE Drive, Maps and Transit.

Beginning in May, the Nokia Lumia 521 will be available through Walmart, Microsoft Retail Stores and T-Mobile retail channels. Exact availability and pricing of the device will be shared at a later date.

 

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