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The Microsoft Lumia 535, a selfie-focused budget handset, is the first offspring of the company’s Nokia purchase not to use the Finnish firm’s branding.
Just two weeks after the announced Lumia branding change, Microsoft is teasing the next Lumia handset — its first without the word Nokia attached to it — with a debut of next week.
Microsoft just reported it sold 9.3 million Nokia Lumia sales over the last three months. New phones, however, will be branded as Microsoft Lumia devices. The company will still use the Nokia name it licensed for 10 years on entry-level devices.
Interested in astrophotography and want to help crowdsourced amateur astronomy? Check out the Ultrascope, a 3D printed telescope that acts your own personal observatory and captures celestial imagery with a 41 megapixel smartphone camera.
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According to a leaked internal document, Microsoft plans to stop using the “Nokia” brand and to drop the “phone” from Windows Phone.
Both new and old Lumia phones will learn a few new tricks with the Lumia Denim software update. Cortana will always be listening and the new Lumia Camera app brings speeds and more photo options to Microsoft handsets.
Microsoft is delivering on last week’s promise by pushing the first software update to Windows Phone 8.1 devices. You’ll need the developer preview to see the latest features, which include Live Folders, Apps Corner and more.
Looks like the Windows Phone device family is going to get larger, according to a series of leaks. In the coming months, expect a high-end HTC phone and two new Lumias running Microsoft’s mobile OS.
The Lumia 530 is a Windows Phone smartphone retailing unlocked for under 100 euros.
Microsoft recognizes the fastest growing smartphone segment is the low-cost market. In a note to employees, Stephen Elop reiterated that with renewed focus on markets where Microsoft is already succeeding. It’s a better play than focusing on the high-end, established markets.
Are the U.S. handset price wars about to start now that subsidies and contracts are on the way out? Take the Luma 635, for example: AT&T will start selling it to customers on August 8 for $139.99 or $29 less than T-Mobile’s full retail price.
The wait for Windows Phone 8.1 and all of its improvements is over now that Microsoft has started to roll the software out around the world. Also included is the Lumia Cyan update with Nokia-specific features.
The new $189 Lumia 635 picks where the $159 Lumia 630 left off, adding LTE mobile broadband to Windows Phone 8.1. The handset is now available in select European and Asia-Pacific regions.
Based on its Kinect hardware for Xbox, Microsoft knows a thing or two about gesture-based interfaces. A report suggests that upcoming Windows Phones could use gestures and sensors to simplify smartphone use without even touching the handset.
One of the senior engineers on Nokia’s PureView camera team is headed to Cupertino. While Nokia has many patents on the PureView technology, Apple could gain some imaging expertise to help make a great smartphone camera even better in future iPhones.
Who has the largest music streaming collection? If you said Spotify, Rdio or Rhapsody, you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, it’s Nokia’s MixRadio which now boasts 30 million tunes, right in time for a potential launch in China.
Since it doesn’t yet own Nokia’s handset business, Microsoft couldn’t squash the Android-powered Nokia X phone. Should it do so when it can? There are definitely pros and cons, but I’m leaning towards the idea of Microsoft keeping the phone for a number of reasons.
More Nokia Normandy details leaked on Tuesday, showing an Android phone that runs on meager hardware: Exactly what I’d think would take the place of Nokia’s current low-cost Asha line with the addition of Microsoft apps and services.
In the final quarter of 2013, Nokia Lumia sales actually fell from the prior quarter, leaving the company with 30 million Windows Phones sold just as Microsoft prepares to take ownership of the division.
No longer just for phones carrying the PureView label, Nokia’s new Camera app is now available in beta to all Lumia phones running WP8.
If you’ve been waiting to buy the Nokia Lumia 1020 for AT&T, you saved yourself $100 thanks to a permanent price drop.
Need room for more tiles on a Windows Phone? Nokia’s 1520, a reported 6-inch handset, could be just the thing based on this leaked image of the phone.
After launching on T-Mobile in July, Nokia’s Lumia 925 is coming to AT&T as expected. Don’t let the $99 with contract price fool you: This Lumia has some premium features including the 8.7 megapixel PureView camera and wireless charging capability.
According to a report from the Verge, Nokia is prepping a 6-inch, 20-megapixel Windows Phone phablet codenamed Bandit for release later this year.
Nokia’s highly anticipated Amber update is beginning to roll out for all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8. It includes camera and browser improvements, and enables your phone’s FM radio.
Nokia has consistently released solid Windows Phone hardware, so why has the sales growth been slow? App addicts aren’t likely to switch if apps are missing or simply not better on Windows Phone says one Nokia executive.
Does bigger mean better? Not necessarily, but Nokia has increased the size of its latest smartphone, the Lumia 625. The LTE Windows Phone handset has a 4.7-inch display paired with mid-range specs and is meant for overseas markets.
Nokia’s low-end range isn’t doing so hot in the face of competition from Android and others. Although Lumia sales are up a third since the last quarter, overall sales are down and analysts aren’t pleased.
It took until the 28th minute of the 35 minute Nokia Lumia 1020 event to mention Windows Phone. The $299 (with contract) device is an impressive 41 megapixel camera, but is that enough to gain a much larger Lumia following? It’s not yet clear.
So much for the secrecy behind Nokia’s Lumia 1020 handset. The phone, expected to launch later today, has been subject to leaks and rumors for months. And now, promo videos showing the handset on AT&T leaked.
The next round of new Windows Phones could have sharper, higher resolution screens based Microsoft’s Visual Studio software: The code includes a Windows Phone emulator for 1920 x 1080 displays. Will Nokia offer the first 1080p Microsoft-powered handset?
BlackBerry is betting big on its new operating system and phones but they these aren’t yet resonating with consumers: Just 2.7 million handsets sold last quarter run BlackBerry 10. That’s just half of Nokia’s Windows Phone sales for the first quarter.
Since debuting its 41 megapixel “PureView” technology, Nokia has reportedly been working to shrink it down for a Lumia device. Based on this video, the company doesn’t look far off from accomplishing that goal.
Verizon will make most LTE device compatible with the new 4G network it’s building in the AWS band. For consumers, this doesn’t necessarily mean faster speeds, but their mobile data experience will certainly improve.
The Lumia 925 is a fine-looking device and it successfully answers criticisms levelled at the plasticky 920 and 928. However, it’s very similar to other high-end Nokias. The company’s real “wow” moments happen at the low end.
After working on its PureView camera technology for some time, is Nokia finally ready to bring it in full to a new Windows Phone Lumia? Based on this teaser video, the camera bump could be the biggest clue.
Nokia finally has a flagship phone to offer Verizon Wireless customers and it’s aggressively priced: the Lumia 928 costs $99 with contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.
The Lumia 928 hasn’t been announced yet but a demo of the phone’s low-light camera performance is already throwing down the gauntlet against the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S 3.
Last week, Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, alluded to the company’s next hero move, which appears to be a flagship Lumia phone for Verizon. Watch for the Lumia 928 at a price that undercuts the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4.
The Nokia CEO has revealed a major upcoming Lumia launch in the U.S., with “a season of new product introductions” to follow. The revelation comes hot on the heels of news of rising Lumia sales.
Nokia sold 5.6 million Lumia smartphones in the first quarter of this year, up from 4.4 million in the previous quarter. Its shareholders are still losing money – but less than expected.
On this week’s mobile call in podcast, we tackle your questions about smartwatches, using phones abroad and which running apps are worth the look.
Reports indicate that Nokia may have improved its PureView camera sensor enough to put in the next flagship Lumia running Windows Phone. Will it be 41 megapixels like the concept phone?
Nokia has made one of its smartest moves in ages, by giving 3D-printing enthusiasts a ‘3DK’ toolkit so they can make new shells for the manufacturer’s Lumia 820 smartphones.
At a good time for both involved parties, Nokia and Research In Motion have settled all current patent litigation, just in time for RIM to debut BlackBerry 10 devices. Details are confidential, but RIM will make a lump-sum payment and pay ongoing royalties to Nokia.
Nokia is hitting both the high- and low-end markets with two new handsets. The Lumia 620 is $249 before subsidies and are smartly aimed at new smartphone owners. The full-featured Lumia 920T comes to China Mobile, the largest operator in world, which has no iPhone.
Matt shares impressions of Nokia’s Lumia 810 and 822 while Kevin gives a summary of the Nexus 10: Great hardware but not quite up to par on the software front. Plus, both hosts are addicted to Angry Birds Star Wars: May the Force be mobile!
Windows Phone 8 sales begin in earnest this week at AT&T, which is offering the Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and HTC Windows Phone 8X. Prices range across the line-up, but the best deal appears to be the flagship 920 for $99 with contract.
This week on the audio podcast, Matt and Kevin share hands impressions of with Apple’s new iPod touch, Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III and thoughts on prices for the iPad Mini and Windows RT tablets. Plus a recap of other mobile gadget news!
We all know that Nokia’s efforts to use Symbian, Maemo and MeeGo as a revival of sorts didn’t pan out. And we had educated guesses as to why. Now, a detailed article comprised from interviews with Nokia employees is a “tell all” on what really happened.
Nokia once again is giving T-Mobile “exclusivity” on a new mid-range windows handset, which to be honest doesn’t give T-Mobile much. The Lumia 810 may be a perfectly capable device, but AT&T is selling the much more capable 920 along with 810’s twin brother.
U.S. carriers like working out exclusive handset deals with hardware makers – such as the Lumia 920 with AT&T — but who benefits? Consumers really don’t, hardware makers might, but it’s the network operators that benefit most. Here I thought competition in the U.S. was good!
Any excitement Nokia generated with its “floating lens” technology in the Lumia 920 smartphone was quickly squashed thanks to a video demo that didn’t use the Lumia to capture footage. This hands on video, however, shows that Nokia’s stabilization technology is the one to beat.
Although Nokia did not detail release dates when it unveiled new Windows Phones this week, reports suggest a November timeframe. Coming after the expected next iPhone, that makes Nokia’s sales challenge that much tougher, regardless of how nice the new Lumias look.
With new Lumia handsets, Nokia’s transition plan is effectively complete. While the company worked hard to get here — and it shows in the new hardware and software — the road ahead is still long as Nokia asks consumers to switch away from iOS and Android.
Starting Sunday, AT&T is offering Nokia’s Lumia 900 smartphone in a new color and a lower price for all models. The Lumia 900 is now available for $49 .99 with contract. For these 3 reasons, the new pink version and a cheaper line-up won’t matter much.
In attempting to showcase its rich history of NFC, Nokia has actually managed to outline everything that’s gone wrong with the company over the past few years. Will it ever really understand what’s happened to it?
Nokia still has a long road to return to prominence: the company sold 2 million Lumia handsets in the first quarter of 2012, but it is lowering guidance. Nokia says it faces “competitive industry dynamics” even though its new Windows Phone handsets are gaining momentum.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is AT&T’s “hero” phone, the carrier tells me; a highly regarded status essentially owned by Apple’s iPhone since 2007. Might this be a true Windows Phone flagship device in the U.S.? After a week of using it, I think so.
In this week’s mobile tech audio podcast, Matt and Kevin share hands on impressions with 2 LTE devices: the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7. Plus thoughts on RIM, Apple’s new iPad, and Nokia’s Lumia 900 along with a free task manager for Windows Phone handsets.
AT&T will launch the Nokia Lumia 900 with LTE on April 8 for $99 with a two-year plan commitment. At this price, the Nokia hardware powered by Microsoft’s software and AT&T’s 4G network could go a long way towards restoring Nokia and Microsoft’s smartphone brands.
Nokia’s Lumia smartphone line is expected to launch in China on March 28. China Unicom, China Telecom and China Mobile will all reportedly sell Nokia Lumia handsets; combined, these three operators have nearly 1 billion subscribers; a huge opportunity both for Nokia and for Microsoft.
It is too early to call success or failure on Nokia’s strategy to build Windows Phone devices, but the handset maker is already shipping more Microsoft smartphones than its rivals. While shipments don’t equate to actual sales, Nokia might catch its peers too focused on Android.
Nokia is working on a Windows Phone model that incorporates NFC (Near Field Communications) technology to connect to external accessories
Nokia’s Q4 earnings, released on Thursday, make for some challenging reading for even the most hopeful of Nokia (NYSE: NOK) watchers. The ha…
Nokia’s smartphone sales were down 31 percent in the final quarter of 2011 as the company’s switch to Microsoft’s Windows Phone continues. But one million Lumia’s sold to date is a good start, and Nokia is delivering on its transition plans, which gives it a chance.
Nokia’s determination to carve out a niche in the U.S. smartphone market looks like it will start with an awfully enticing offer. According…
Nokia may have sold 1.3 million Lumia handsets running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, which would be a morale boost for both companies. Both have been in decline, facing competition from iOS and Android devices. Is this finally a smartphone turnaround point for Nokia and Microsoft?
Confirming earlier reports, T-Mobile USA will be the first carrier to sell a Nokia (NYSE: NOK) Windows Phone in the U.S. — a key market for…
Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is taking its new device strategy up one more notch: today, it started to ship the second of its first two Windows Phone d…
The tough times for Nokia even stretch to its home territory in Finland — where the company’s traditional dominance of the smartphone market has been massively eroded in the past year, according to new figures from IDC.
Faced with reports from analysts about lower-than-expected sales and share price trouble, Nokia has fired back by announcing that UK sales of the Lumia 800 are doing better than expected. Is it time to cut the Finnish handset maker a break?
Join Matt and Kevin for the weekly mobile tech podcast. On tap: An interview with Stephen Elop and hands-on impressions of Nokia’s Lumia 800 start the show, the new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, upcoming AT&T smartphones and new Android tabets; now with quad-core processors!
Nokia is sharing a video on the design process for its Lumia 800, and after watching it, I’m struck by the similarities to prior Apple iPhone videos I’ve seen. Talk of integrated design between hardware and software is clever: It’s the same approach Apple uses.
GigaOM recently had the chance to sit down with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. Here’s what Elop had to say about the company’s phone strategy, the decision to partner with Microsoft instead of Google, how U.S. carrier negotiations are proceeding and what tablet plans Nokia may have.
Nokia recently showed off a handful of new phones that are powered by the new Microsoft’s mobile operating system. These are good looking devices but that won’t be enough as the company is facing a challenge that is much more cerebral.
Nokia’s Windows Phone handsets were officially unveiled on Wednesday. The hardware is solid, as expected, but is missing at least one key feature. And there’s actually little to differentiate the Nokia phones from other Windows Phone handsets. Here’s my grading of the news for Nokia.
After throwing its lot in with Microsoft, Nokia is finally starting to ship its first Windows Phone handsets — the Lumia, a new range launched in London today. But while Stephen Elop knows everything’s at stake for the Finnish company, has he delivered?
There’s little doubt at this point that Nokia (NYSE: NOK) intends to introduce its first Windows Phone devices Wednesday at Nokia World, but…