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Nokia, a Finnish smartphone company was founded in 1871. What started as a paper manufacturing company evolved into one of the worlds largest and well known names in the mobile device market. Nokia currently works mostly with smartphones and mobile software. In early 2011 the company's new CEO, Stephen Elop signed a strategic partnership with Microsoft where Microsoft will gain access to Nokia's mobile services such as Ovi Maps and Nokia would adopt Windows Phone 7 as an operating system for their new smartphones over the company's own Symbian OS. Read on for the latest Nokia related news, reviews and videos:

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    Disregarding promises made a while ago, and turning a deaf ear to widespread online dissent, Microsoft cleared the air regarding Windows 10 Mobile updates for devices launched on WP 8.1, stating its far too short list of eligible models was final. But is it really? No, there’s still no software makeover hope for ultra-low-end Lumias packing a skimpy 512MB RAM, despite one such phone remaining the second most popular of its kind three whole years after its commercial debut. On the bright side, a slightly newer and way more powerful member of the defunct Nokia Lumia family was confirmed to ...

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    It’s been a really long time coming (almost three years), and finally, the 2013-released Lumia 520 falls out of first place in AdDuplex’s Windows Phone popularity charts. Unfortunately for those of you who perhaps hoped the global crown would be passed on to a contemporary mid-ranger or the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia 950 flagship, it’s the 535 that moves in the top spot. Essentially, a crappy (by today’s standards) low-end oldie is replaced with a slightly less horrible entry-level device that’s only 18 months younger, having seen daylight in the fall of 2014. Oh, well, at ...

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    Not exactly an adherent of the “strike while the iron is hot” philosophy, Nokia continues to take its sweet time before unveiling concrete smartphone-designing comeback plans. In the meantime however, the Finnish multinational communications and information technology company didn’t hesitate to spend some of that Microsoft-obtained money on Alcatel-Lucent and Withings. The latter acquisition is expected to close in “early Q3”, subject to “regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions”, and will see the past makers of Asha and Lumia handhelds cough up EUR 170 million ...

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    No one likes getting left behind the the tide of progress, but that's exactly what happened for a large number of Windows Phone users last month as Microsoft finally released its Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing smartphones. Despite the large number of models supported over the course of the prior year through the company's Insider testing program, the public W10M update only delivered updates for a fraction of those handsets – and Microsoft would soon confirm that there was no second wave of updates coming to bring Windows 10 Mobile to additional handsets. What are you supposed to ...

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    Nope, it's necessarily about bringing back the HERE Maps app to Windows Phone. But where is it going to go from there? Well, nowhere, not unless Microsoft helps it along. Or Amazon. Or both. Both Amazon and Microsoft have been working on cloud server agreements with HERE, formerly Nokia-run, now in the hands of a German automaker conglomerate of BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The three plan on producing vehicles with intelligent mapping sensors to relay data about driving speeds, traffic and other bits of road information. Self-driving cars will heavily rely on this data to plan routes and ...

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    We're looking at the end of an era for Windows smartphones, as Microsoft looks ready to finally start delivering updates that will transform the current crop of Windows Phone 8.1-powered handsets into modern Windows 10 Mobile devices. While that change promises exciting times ahead for the platform, the Windows Phone era has been full of some memorable times, to say nothing of some memorable software – not the least of which has been Nokia's Here lineup. But just like it has to Windows Phone itself, change came to Here last summer as an auto-maker group acquired the brand from Nokia. ...

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    Smartphone software development is a numbers game, and coders want to be sure that the effort they put in to making apps is going to pay off. That's exactly why we talk about the “app gap” between platforms, as devs preferentially prepare software for the most popular operating systems – at the expense of those that don't have quite as large user bases. It turns out this practice is just as important for software maintenance as it is for initial development, and while an app may have once been available for a certain platform, the migration of users to its peers can cause devs to ...

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    It's rare that we see a manufacturer build a phone around one specific feature. Not just the camera on the phone, but the ZOOM on that camera. Only a few manufacturer's have tackled this feature. Often it results in the Frankenstein combination of camera and phone, like the Samsung K Zoom which is really more camera than phone. From a phone perspective, Asus has a better solution for keeping the whole zoom mechanism contained. A series of prisms and lens elements are mounted periscope style to keep the lens from telescoping out the back of the ZenFone Zoom. For those interested, we have ...

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    5G is all the darn rage these days. Three of the US's top-tier carriers have committed to developing the technology including Verizon. The company took the time at MWC to promote its efforts in collaboration with Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to develop and test every aspect of its 5G standard with regards to speed, latency and scale. Some goals include bringing gigabit wireless broadband to homes, high-traffic concentrations and commercial purposes like telemedicine and mobile blueprinting. Testing is expected to expand over the course of the year. Verizon expects that it ...

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    If it perhaps felt like Nokia’s own executives and spokespersons weren’t very certain about the company’s future in the consumer hardware-manufacturing field, that’s because the slowly recovering Finnish tech outfit is still focused mainly on the network segment. Meanwhile, CEO Rajeev Suri at MWC 2016 in Barcelona once again confirmed an interest in designing, then outsourcing actual production and distribution of new Nokia-branded smartphones. But apparently, “there doesn’t need to be a rush”, and the end product(s) must “feel like Nokia, what Nokia was known for.” ...

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    The wound grows deeper from the discharge of the Nokia acquisition. Microsoft, having recently revealed the mobile unit's poor performance and forecast, has announced it would have to lay off "dozens" more jobs separate from the 2,300 eliminations the company took in Finland last year. That round of cuts resulted in the shutting down of an R&D facility in Salo. Finland is just coming out of a protracted economic recession, but will have to continue with a ballooning unemployed rate projected to be near 10 percent within the year. Former CEO Steve Ballmer recently said that Microsoft ...

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    When discussing media creation from our mobile devices, the advances in camera sensors, lenses, and video options takes the majority of focus. It’s the sexier side of the conversation, seeing that over a short period of time our phones have leapt from standard definition video and single digit megapixel stills, to UHD video and 12+ megapixel images. However we’ve also been seeing (and hearing I suppose) some subtle but important advances in audio capture. What was a novel feature a couple years ago, most many mid-range, most flagships, and even a few entry level phones now employ ...

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    For a mobile OS iteration that’s been struggling with various bugs and stability issues essentially since its very inception, putting off updates of devices running on older builds more than once, Windows 10 is sure enjoying a healthy growth within its otherwise modest ecosystem. Practically tied with Windows Phone 8.0 for second place in worldwide version popularity last month, W10M surged an additional 0.7 percent between late December and now, while the 8.0 rendition dropped 0.4 percent. That brings the freshest platform flavor very close to a 10 percent piece of the pie, at 9.5, ...

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    Technically, Nokia’s old mobile phone division is no more, having been acquired and absorbed by Microsoft, which however continues to struggle in a doomed attempt to make Windows Phone, aka Mobile, hip. Meanwhile, the scraps of the once mighty Finnish outfit are reportedly cooking up a mainstream hardware comeback, aside from focusing more than ever on telecommunications infrastructure, aided by new subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent. Under the terms of its Redmond agreement, Nokia can’t sell any device before Q4 2016, but it can definitely start building hype around an allegedly killed and ...

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    Early last week we got a glimpse at some new Nokia hardware, an apparent prototype of an in-development handset – but just what the heck was it? After all, the presence of what appeared to be a number pad cast serious doubt on this being a new capital-S smartphone. We're still not sure exactly what we're looking at, but at least we've come across a new opportunity to do so, as a fresh set of pics leak of this mysterious phone. Far more than we were able to last time, we're now able to gauge the handset's thickness – and it looks substantial. That physical keypad appears to still be in ...

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    If I had to pick just one company that revolutionized mobile communications, it wouldn't be Apple - it would be Nokia. Back in the 1990's, when cellphones were just starting to rise in popularity, Nokia was the company you wanted to make your phone. They were durable, user-friendly, and who can forget their wonderful battery life? We were just coming down from the popularity of pagers - and two-way pagers (which is where Research in Motion came into popularity), and all of a sudden we had cell phones that could do more than make and receive calls - they could send those two-way messages, ...

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    Nokia had to take a year off of producing smartphones for non-compete reasons from Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services unit. While we've had to witness the demise of that decision, Nokia has been beefing itself up with the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. And if things go according to rumor, the company is supposed to be coming back to the consumer market with three phones, all of them in testing rounds right now. The nexus of the rumors centers around a Weibo look that detailed the back of one of those phones. This iPhone-esque prototype — the device even says it's a ...

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    The deal between two small players in consumer mobile that made tremors in the middle of last year has just completed. As Nokia is making its comeback to smartphones later this year, it's important to note that the company is a big name looking for big resources and a big industry to compete in. It seems those big resources will come from Alcatel-Lucent and that industry will be in telecommunications backhaul. Nokia has successfully been able to launch a public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent shares and bonds in France and the US and will likely hold 76 percent of shares and voting ...

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    Nokia had plans for a smartwatch of its own. We've seen reports, last June, of a device tentatively codenamed Moonraker, but apparently Microsoft has cancelled Nokia's project shortly after acquiring its Devices and Services division. After all, the Microsoft Band 2 was well on its way, and Redmond was busy working on improving its first generation wearable. The images above and below are purportedly snapped off of a Nokia smartwatch prototype (the Moonraker). Not much can be discerned from the stills, but you can instantly spot a minimalistic UI (where shown) that resembles the one ...

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    As individual members of the editorial team here at Pocketnow, we often have the luxury of being able to pick up a different phone to use for every day of the week. While realistically it's more hassle than it's worth, theoretically, that would sound pretty cool to all of you. And yet, there comes a time when we'll reach the sunset on the other side of the hills. Giving it all up is not a matter of "if," but "when?" So, what if "when" was now? What would we be toting around as our daily drivers for the next two years? After a particularly strong year of showings from manufacturers large ...

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    Are we ready to hype solidified vaporware just yet? Nope. The Nokia C1 seems to be going through developmental purgatory before our very eyes will rumors, renders and redos from the community that has wanted to see the Finnish property proud again. Eventually, we thought, it'd have to turn up something worth showing off to the public. Supposedly, that was not the C1. The source, which also gave up renders of the C1 running Windows 10 Mobile, said that four (that is, two OS by two size) variants that were being worked on got canceled in favor of a more cutting-edge device. What did Nokia ...

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    Before we even start, a huge disclaimer. The legitimacy of the above image cannot be verified right now, and given the numerous false alarms from the past, we’re inclined to treat it as yet another fan-made concept, based on nothing but wishful thinking. At the same time, the Weibo tipster that’s supplied the render is not a name instantly associated with prior product leaks, and although Nokia has gone on record more than once to confirm its smartphone comeback plans, a “C1” commercial release in the next ten months or so is prohibited under the terms of the 2014 Microsoft ...

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    When the Nokia Lumia 530 launched back in July of 2014, it was already an incredibly low-priced smartphone: carriers had it for $80, then $50, and by this time last year retailers were already discounting the phone down to a mere $35. If you thought Microsoft was practically giving the phone away back then, you weren't far off, but it looks like there's still some unsold stock to move, and the companies that have it now are ready to do anything they can to make those sales happen. US Mobile just filled us in on a deal it's about to get going that offers users a Lumia 530 on a no-contract ...

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    It wasn't all that long ago when people wore a watch everywhere they went. When cell phones started arriving, the necessity of that timepiece on your wrist became less necessary - you'd just pull out your cell phone and check the time. Some flip phones even got fancy and put a small LCD across the top to show you the current date and time, and information about the incoming caller. Modern smartphones did away with this, using their primary display to show you relevant information at a glance. That is, until recently. Now Samsung and LG seem to be leading the charge with "second screens" - ...

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    Wow, we've lapsed a good length of time since our last coverage of anything to do with the Lumia 830 and the Denim update. We haven't see much progress on the special flavor of Windows Phone we saw Nokia-turned-Microsoft-turned... well, Microsoft less the Nokia acquisition work on. Several Nokia Lumia models have the Denim update that gives us much of the Lumia Camera 5 features we were impressed with. Not the Nokia Lumia 830. And not just yet. The second Denim update for AT&T versions of the Nokia Lumia 830 has set claws on the Windows Phone Recovery Tool servers. The update is tied ...

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