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    Contrary to what others in the industry (and even others on the Pocketnow team) may say, the Nokia X was a great little phone. It felt durable, performed well, and once you got rid of that custom launcher and put the Play Store and the Google Now launcher on it, it was a neat little piece of hardware that I thoroughly enjoyed using as my daily driver -- albeit for too short a time. Sure, those aren't things that most people will do, but the fact that you could was what made it remarkable. Yes, we all hated the launcher. Yes, we all hated the singular "back" button, too. But the concept -- ...

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    Last week, I speculated that, by some fairly reasonable logic, a high-end, Nokia-built Android smartphone could still one day exist, that the Nokia Devices & Services unit being swept up by Microsoft didn't completely kill the dream phone many have begged for since Nokia dove headfirst into the smartphone market. How is that possible? Why wouldn't Microsoft quickly put an end to anything Nokia-made that wasn't Windows-powered? The thing is, we figured Microsoft would completely kill the Nokia X phones once the acquisition was completed. However, that was not the case and instead, ...

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    Ever since the very first Lumia devices from Nokia, everyone wondered what would happen if these Nokia smartphones ran Android. A Lumia running Android was even more wished for once the Lumia 1020 landed, making everyone wonder how a great camera would do on the market if it was powered by Android, and build by Nokia. Fast forward to today, and we've got a pretty interesting leak (or prediction) from @evleaks. According to the latest bits, a Lumia running Android is incoming, made by "Nokia by Microsoft". This is a great tease for many out there, but unfortunately, it will stay that way ...

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    With Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia's mobile division, we wonder what new innovations we might see in Lumia smartphones going forward. Nokia Lumia devices have been well praised for the image quality their cameras can produce, and with devices like the Lumia 1020, we know both companies are just scratching the surface. Still, to cross from smartphone camera quality to other categories, there are other experts in the matter, like Canon for example, and yes there are patents in between. Microsoft has just announced that it has signed a patent deal with Canon. The specifics of this ...

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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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    Last week, Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's devices and services unit was finalized. That means one very important thing: Nokia- and Lumia-branded smartphones will soon come to an end. Microsoft did not purchase Nokia in full, but rather just the devices and services part of the business. Nokia will continue to exist as a separate entity, continuing in three core areas: NSN, its HERE mapping service, and Advanced Technologies. The Nokia name will live on, but Microsoft has no plans to continue licensing the Nokia brand in the future – it only has rights to the name for a short time. As ...

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    Nokia has already sent-out press invitations for its launch of the future of its Lumia line-up. These would be the first Nokia Lumia smartphones that are pushed to launch from the Microsoft leadership, and given the fact that Microsoft is a software company first, we wonder how this mix will help Nokia differentiate its Windows Phones going forward. Historically Nokia has done the best job in this department, and we get new rumors today about what to expect. If you remember, the previous Nokia updates were dubbed "Amber" and "Black". Rumors have Nokia calling its next firmware "Blue", ...

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    Yes, we know this title is like saying that Apple's App Store is now available to Windows Phone customers, but it's actually a different scenario. Nokia has been famous for its optical image stabilization on smartphone cameras since the Lumia 920. We've tested it against every other smartphone you can think of, and there's no denying that Nokia is superior, or at least was, according to some news. It turns out that what Nokia had was an exclusive deal to the ST Microelectronics L2G2IS two-axis gyro, which allowed movement compensation of up to 500 times per second, and that was built-in ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about our coverage of Jolla's first smartphone, and what we should expect from it in the weeks to come. We later talk about Samsung's plans for Tizen, which are closer than you might think. Then we cover some positive news on the wooden Moto X, aside from a new Moto Maker strategy in January. Then we cover Nokia's plans for future Lumia smartphones, aside from the Black update to the Lumia 1020. We end today's show talking about the CyanogenMod expansion to greener pastures. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Unboxing the Jolla phone: ...

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    When the Nexus 5 debuted just scant weeks ago it raised quite a few eyebrows. Here we had some high end hardware for a budget price. It was borderline scandalous. Everyone in the tech community wanted one, or two. They went on sale, they sold out, they went on sale again. There was clamoring – actual clamoring – for this phone. I admit, I also got caught up in the moment. Technically, I guess I still am since I plan to get a Nexus 5 in the not-too-distant future. But this last weekend, something occurred to me. Offering a high end, almost flagship phone for a low price is something ...

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    I wrote recently that Microsoft would be wise to focus on low-end smartphones, but to not neglect flagship devices. The reasons are many, and laid out in the other article, but since I opined so profusely on “do this, don't do that” (can't you read the sign?), we thought it wise to examine the proper ratio of flagships-to-lower-end devices. It's not an easy question to answer as most OEMs seem to have their own answer to that question. Of course, one needs to define the concept of the “flagship” versus other offerings. Is a flagship phone the absolute pinnacle of technology? Is ...

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    Microsoft spoke recently about their future plans, stating that they planned to continue the Nokia tradition of focusing on low-end smartphones for emerging markets. After all, there are a lot more people out there NOT using smartphones than there are using them. But when one hears something like that, one might become concerned. Does a focus on low-end devices mean a lack of focus on flagship devices? I for one sure as heck don't think so. Flagships and other higher-end devices are just as important to a product line up as low end emerging market type smartphones. Windows Phone in ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some Nokia Insider information that mentions the use of Android on Lumia models for testing purposes before the deal with Microsoft came to be. Then we talk about HP as it's now rumored that the company will build their own Windows Phone, even though the report is quite limited. Samsung is up next as the FCC has received yet another Windows Phone for approval, and this one seems as if its going to AT&T. We then talk about the HTC One Max since hey, we're still waiting for it, and leaks in photos continue to surface. We end today's show ...

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    It's not every day you schedule a podcast the day before one of the biggest Windows Phone announcements in the platform's history - but given our plans to host a special-edition Pocketnow Live event covering Nokia's NYC event tomorrow, we thought it best to get the Weekly out of the way ahead of time. That doesn't mean we don't talk Nokia - indeed, we've got Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck on the air with us this week to discuss what it's been like to follow the story of the EOS/1020/909, probably one of the most widely-leaked devices in smartphone history. We also follow the leaky ...

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