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Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market. The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system.

Review: HTC, Nokia Offer Good, Giant Choices

November 26, 2013 8:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

 I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the bigger images and text they offer. These so-called phablets, with screens measuring about 6 inches diagonally, are nearly as big as the smallest tablets. Unlike tablets, they can make phone calls over cellular networks.

Microsoft to Take Over Nokia HQ in 2014 After Deal

November 21, 2013 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia says its headquarters near the Finnish capital will be taken over by Microsoft on completion of the sale of its cellphone and services division to the U.S. software company, expected in early 2014. The majority of the 1,900 workers, in the devices and services, unit will remain in the building in Espoo as employees of Microsoft Corp.

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First News Briefs: Boku, Sierra Wireless, Nokia, Isis, MetroPCS

November 21, 2013 11:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Boku has acquired Qubecell, a direct carrier billing provider in India. The acquisition of Qubecell provides Boku with direct carrier billing connections with four of the largest carrier networks in India along with a number of key local merchant relationships. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia Shareholders Approve Microsoft Deal

November 19, 2013 9:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia shareholders have given the OK to sell the company’s mobile phone business and license its patents to Microsoft. The Financial Times said an overwhelming 99.7 percent of Nokia investors were in favor of the $7.2 billion deal. In September, Nokia shares soared on news of Microsoft’s proposed deal.

After Nokia, a Mobile Games Boom in Finland

November 15, 2013 9:32 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — From mobile phones to mobile games. Finland has found there's life after Nokia in a bustling startup scene that's produced hugely popular game apps from "Angry Birds" to "Clash of Clans." Mobile gaming is fast becoming the Nordic country's new flagship export industry, with revenues expected to double to 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) this year.

Samsung Signs Five-Year Patent License Agreement with Nokia

November 4, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung has extended by five years a patent license agreement with Nokia. Nokia announced the extension of the agreement that was scheduled to conclude at the end of 2013. Samsung will begin with additional compensation at the beginning of 2014 and the full amount of compensation will enter arbitration to be decided before the end 2015.

Report: Samsung Grabs 29 Percent of 3Q Global Phone Market

October 29, 2013 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Global phone shipments for the third quarter hit 418 million units, growing seven percent annually and marking the highest growth rate for the market since 2011. The numbers compiled in Strategy Analytic’s latest research indicate that Samsung accounted for nearly 29 percent of the total worldwide cell phone shipments, almost doubling the market share of its closest competitor Nokia, that claimed 15.5 percent.

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Nokia Sells 8.8M Lumia Phones as Net Sales Hold Steady

October 29, 2013 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia sold 8.8 million Lumia devices during its fiscal third quarter, breaking by 19 percent the record of 7.4 million set in the previous quarter. The Finnish phone gave a lot of the credit for the boost in sales to the low-cost Lumia 520.

Nokia Outs Windows Tablet, 6-Inch Phones, New Low-Cost Devices

October 22, 2013 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia used its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi today to pull back the curtains on six new devices. The Finnish handset maker, now owned by Microsoft, launched the Lumia 2520 tablet, the Lumia 1320 and 1520 smartphones, and the Asha 500, 502 and 503 feature phones.

Review: New Surface Tablets Great for Productivity

October 21, 2013 9:25 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Whether or not you like Microsoft's updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance...

Former CEO Concedes Mistakes in Nokia's Downturn

October 18, 2013 9:00 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila, who steered the Finnish company to become the world's biggest maker of cellphones, has conceded that several mistakes were made during his tenure, including a failure to predict changing customers' needs and developing new software.

Review: Three Camera Phones Stand Out for Good Shots

September 20, 2013 9:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

I used to cringe when I'd see people capturing precious memories with their smartphones. Although most smartphones have megapixel counts similar to what stand-alone cameras offer, they have been inferior in lens quality and manual controls. Images have never been as good ... until now.

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Nokia to Pay Outgoing CEO Elop $25 Million

September 19, 2013 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. says it will pay outgoing CEO Stephen Elop a compensation package of some $25 million (19 million euros) when he leaves the company to move over to Microsoft. In proxy statements to shareholders published Thursday, the Finnish company says the amount includes Elop's base salary and equity awards of about 14.6 million euros.

Sold: Nokia Soars Nearly 40% on $7.2B Microsoft Buy

September 3, 2013 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft has officially agreed to acquire Nokia Corporation's devices and services business today, sending shares of Nokia up nearly 37 percent in early trading. The deal comes with Nokia's license and patents, as well as the company's significant mapping business in tow...

First News Briefs: IBM, Nokia, AT&T, Flowfinity, Radisys, Telum

August 27, 2013 10:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Flowfinity Wireless Inc. today announced an enterprise mobility solution for streamlining oil and gas operations in the field. Flowfinity's enterprise mobile app platform enables oil and gas companies to improve the efficiency and accuracy of mission-critical activities, such as pipeline inspections, with the help of smartphones and tablets.

First News Briefs: Qualcomm, Omnitracs, PlayPhone, Verizon, AT&T, Retriever Communications

August 23, 2013 10:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell Omnitracs, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm. Subject to the terms and conditions of the definitive agreement, Vista will purchase Omnitracs for $800 million in cash.

AT&T, Delta to Equip Flight Attendants with Lumia Devices

August 22, 2013 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T is taking to the skies via a new partnership with Delta Air Lines and it's taking Nokia's Lumia devices along for the ride. According to a press release, Delta Air Lines has signed a multi-year agreement with AT&T for custom mobility services...

Report: Nokia Set to Launch Multiple Devices Next Month

August 21, 2013 3:21 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The race to get devices launched in September continues today, as Reuters reports Nokia will join Apple, Samsung and Sony in introducing more mobile gadgetry to the market. According to Reuters, Nokia is set to unveil multiple Windows Phone-based Lumia devices at an event in New York City late next month...

Group Aims to Bring Internet to 5B More People

August 21, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A consortium of technology companies that includes Ericsson, Facebook, Nokia, Samsung, and others, today announced an initiative to bring Internet access to more of the world. The project, called internet.org, was announced today by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who noted...

Report: Global Smartphone Sales Eclipse Feature Phones for First Time

August 14, 2013 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

All things must pass and so to have feature phones yielded to the global smartphone trend. As new Gartner numbers point out, worldwide smartphone sales for the second quarter have beaten out feature phone sales for the first time ever. Of the 435 million handsets sold in the quarter, smartphones accounted for 225 million, up 46.5 percent annually.

Report: Sub-$200 Smartphone Shipments to Top 750M by 2018

August 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The global demand for cheaper smartphones could be in line for some massive growth over the next few years. ABI Research is predicting low-cost smartphone shipments of 238 million in 2013 and more than triple that in 2018. The report sees the devices filling out OEM portfolios for emerging and developed markets alike, which could push shipments to 758 million by 2018.

NSN Rebrands as Nokia Solutions and Networks

August 7, 2013 9:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In the wake of Nokia's buyout of Nokia Siemens Networks, the company has rebranded as Nokia Solutions and Networks and is now known as NSN. Nokia announced the acquisition of Siemens’ entire 50 percent stake in the joint venture back last month. NSN is now wholly owned by Nokia and will...

Friday Flick: Nokia 1020

July 26, 2013 10:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

As Nokia continues its fight to compete in the highly competitive smarpthone market, the company is seeking to differentiate with some of the most sophisticated smarpthone camera technology out there. Here's a quick look at some of the features of Nokia's 41 megepixel camera found in the Lumia 1020...

Nokia Takes 2Q Hit on Weak Device Sales

July 18, 2013 9:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sliding device sales resulted in a fairly flat second quarter for Nokia. The Finnish phone maker reported sales of $7.4 billion, down three percent quarterly and 24 percent annually. Contributing to the lackluster revenue was a reported $3.5 billion in device sales, down six percent quarterly and a whopping 32 percent annually.

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