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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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    Following yesterday's release of the Nokia Z Launcher, we're once again in that same place we found ourselves several months back when all the Nokia X hardware was being confirmed, a little tickled to be seeing Nokia crossing the tracks over to the Android side of town. As fate may have it, this feeling might extend a little longer, as Nokia puts up a teaser that could just be hinting at a new Android hardware release... or is it? Here's what we have: Nokia (the Devices & Services, now-part-of-Microsoft bit) has posted a teaser announcing “summer brings out our inner glow” and ...

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    With all the smartphones available, picking your next phone can be a serious challenge. Each month, multiple new phones are added to the mix, all with varying levels of specifications, different software, new features, different degrees of build quality, and designs. To make it worse, a lot of the newer – and sometimes older – phones overlap one another. For instance, some of HTC's newest smartphones (the Desire 610 and One mini 2, for instance), while slightly different, cover the exact same ground and target the same demographics. The other factor to consider is your carrier of ...

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    Just hours ago, Nokia let loose its second major volley at Android this year, following the earlier introduction of the Nokia X family: the pre-beta release of the new Z Launcher. On its surface, the replacement Android launcher is a tool for giving users quick access to the apps and people they need most, when they need them, but more than that it's also a way for the new Nokia (or what's left of it, following Microsoft eating-up its Devices & Services arm) to show off what it can still bring to the smartphone field. In our announcement post we covered some of the basic functionality, ...

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    Last spring saw Facebook release its Facebook Home for Android, an alternate launcher that placed the company's social interactions at the core of a user's smartphone experience. Quite ambitious, Home ultimately failed to convince a lot of people to replace their default launchers, and the Home-running HTC First similarly struggled to find an audience. In spite of those failures, we just couldn't shake the idea: were alternate launchers about to spread beyond the circles of ROM hackers and serious Android tinkerers, and start arriving from major commercial names? Not a ton of progress has ...

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    What is it with Nokia and the intersection between smartphones and fashion? While other companies focus on wearables like smartwatches and headsets, Nokia's been taking a positively haute couture attitude towards wearables, showing off fashionable (if not eminently impractical) conversation-starters like that Lumia 1520 skirt we looked at this past winter. Today we're checking out a similarly off-the-wall effort from Nokia and a designer, as we learn of what Nokia calls the first-ever “wireless charging trousers.” The slacks from designer A. Sauvage marry a typical pair of pants with ...

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    Microsoft Mobile, since hey, we can't really call it Nokia any more, is still hard at work with its transition to Redmond. Still the division is hard at work in making its Nokia offering something that speaks more of Windows Phone, and not necessarily the Nokia branding as a separate entity. Some updates that were pushed today could prove that there is more work happening in this effort, though we can't deny that it is confusing. Microsoft Mobile has just pushed updates to a lot of services that are dug within "Settings" on Windows Phone devices. Obviously this is exclusive to Lumia ...

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    Though Nokia's high-end phones are well-known for their incredible cameras, it can always improve. It's looking to do that with the Lumia Icon, Lumia 930, and Lumia 1520 today, by adding camera-related features to the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. These Lumia Cyan camera fixes have been detailed by now-Microsoft employee Juha Alakarhu in a Q&A. Low-light performance will be improved, which is a huge plus for some Lumia 1520 owners. Artificial noise will be reduced, and clarity will be made better, claims Alarkhu. Better colors and video quality are also on the list, but why ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers frequently go to enormous lengths to help keep our devices secure. Part of that role is regulatory, keeping unwanted apps out of centralized app stores. Other protections are technical, using software to keep one step ahead of ne'er-do-wells. One such technical protection is code signing, allowing developers to use an encryption key to let end users verify that code came from a known trusted source; this is why you can safely sideload updates to Google's Android apps you find online, as they can be verified as coming from Google itself. But now a new story's ...

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    Nokia has had a lot of success making really high quality mobile phones at very inexpensive price points. This was true 20 years ago, and these days Nokia (now in the form of Microsoft's handset division) is trying to translate that success to the smartphone market. Of course smartphones are far more complicated than the mobile phones of the 90s and they're more expensive to make, but as Nokia proved with the Lumia 520, it's still possible to make something that works very well without costing $600. The Nokia Lumia 630 is another one of those inexpensive smartphones that cuts out a lot of ...

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    The affordable phone looks to be one of the biggest trends of 2014, with offerings from companies like HTC and Motorola having caught our eye. Windows Phones have also been leading the pack in terms of low-priced offerings, with a multitude of them coming in at less than $100. These latest two aren't quite that cheap, but come in at more affordable prices than most of today's flagships nonetheless. Both the Lumia 636 and 638 phones are powered by the latest iteration of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1. Their differences don't become apparent even when we talk specs ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 1320 was announced for Europe and Asia on October 22, 2013. Other markets were later added to the list of regions where the phablet would eventually become available, but, so far, there was no word on US availability. However, if you're in the US, and you just can't wait to grab a Lumia 1320, Cricket Wireless has got you covered. Starting this Friday, June 13, you'll be able to grab the phablet online for $229.99, after a $50 mail-in-rebate Cricket Visa Promotion Card. The Lumia 1320 is definitely not a phone worth switching carriers for, but, if you're already on ...

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    Curved screens? Got 'em. Done deal. With LG's G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round, smartphones have cleared that hurdle. What's next promises to be a bit more interesting, though, as we look forward to the day when phones will not just be curved, but foldable, with displays that can take a bend and keep right on working. Samsung and LG are both working on improving their flexible OLED offerings in the hopes we'll get there one day, but at the recent Society for Display Information conference we learned about a new player showing off its own folding screens, as Nokia demoed a couple models. ...

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    So far, interacting with your smartphone by waving around your hands in the air hasn't really caught on as a killer feature. Samsung's been doing it for a while now, but not in a way that has found much acclaim. And Amazon appears to be considering sometime very similar for its own smartphone, expected to launch in just a couple weeks. We've also heard talk about Nokia's interest in this kind of tech, with rumors that a phone codenamed Goldfinger could introduce us to the company's 3D Touch system. Goldfinger itself may never see the light of day, but upcoming devices are still tipped to ...

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    iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we've got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a "0," we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple's new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won't/might end up being a phablet. Of course we don't stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, ...

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    We regularly find ourselves faced with a long list of new Nokia smartphone codenames. Some of those end up developing into the Lumia handsets we ultimately see released, and some of them we never end up hearing again. Today, @evleaks shares some of what he's learned about Nokia's potential plans all the way out into 2015, brings back a few familiar codenames, and introduces us to some all-new ones. He starts us off with some updates on properly numbered Lumia models, like talking about how the Lumia 635 is still on-track for a US release in July (if not sooner), although Sprint's version ...

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