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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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    In the US, Windows 10 Mobile (neé Windows Phone) has lacked a phablet option ever since the Nokia Lumia 1520 left the AT&T scene. But it was never forgotten as it came time to update its software to Microsoft's next milestone. It has now risen from its grave. The Lumia 1520 is back in only Matte Black from AT&T for its original $584.99 full retail price. That's $19.50 per month on AT&T Next. As a reminder, there are AT&T variants of the phone available from third parties (this link is for one on Amazon) with prices far below $585. Hell, you could get an unlocked 1520 — ...

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    As Verizon has upgraded its exclusive Lumia Icon, AT&T has also upgraded its giant of a Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 1520, to be complete about it, can now be moved off of Windows Phone 8.1 and up to Windows 10 Mobile (.107) through the Upgrade Advisor app. AT&T's support listing for the device says that you'll need to be on Wi-Fi to load the 750MB package. If you own a 1520, your patience is being rewarded. If you own a more recent Lumia 830, well, we'll talk later. Source: AT&T Via: Windows Central

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    Verizon's blast from the Windows Phone past now gets a blast of current software. After months and months of Insider previews, the 'ol Checkmark has finally pressed its arthritic thumb to the publication trigger. Windows 10 Mobile is now on the way for the Lumia Icon (Lumia 929). You will need the Upgrade Advisor app to grab the update. It's also advised that you have a full battery before you go on with it. Better you got a Lumia than the HTC One M8 for Windows. Source: Verizon Via: MSPoweruser

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    Things have gone from bad to worse to near-cataclysmic for Microsoft’s mobile phone-designing and manufacturing business of late, with the $7 billion acquisition of Nokia’s entire consumer hardware expertise back in 2014 yielding massive financial losses rather than the expected gains. Windows Mobile is a lost cause, although Redmond insists it hasn’t altogether given up on the sub-1 percent OS just yet, high-end Lumias don’t seem to be selling very well even heavily discounted, whereas the forgotten feature phone division should soon be discarded for peanuts. But perhaps most ...

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    Microsoft hasn't managed to inspire much confidence of late in the mobile market. Six months ago we reviewed the newest Lumia flagship. It was an interesting phone, running the earliest builds of Windows 10 for mobile, and packed a few neat tricks like an iris scanner to unlock the device. Plus you could count on the Zeiss branded camera to produce solid photos and videos. Unfortunately, the phone suffered from bland design, and buggy software. While we could handily recommend it to fans of Live Tiles, people willing to travel the BETA software journey with Microsoft, it was more difficult ...

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    ***Winner Update*** Thank you everyone for participating! We have selected two winners for this contest. Austin and Fata will be receiving a Nextbit Robin and Galaxy S7 respectively! Many thanks to Nextbit and Clove.co.uk for supplying these prizes! *** There's a new Moto G coming soon. How will it compete in a market full of mid-range and entry-level phones? Google I/O delivered some exciting developer news, what might consumers have to look forward to on Android? The Nokia brand is returning to smartphones! What might we see out of Finland? Plus, we'll be announcing the winners of our ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    Instead of breathing fresh air into a slowly flagging family of mobile devices that was once synonymous with industry innovation and box-office success, Microsoft’s 2014-completed acquisition of Nokia’s phone business appears to have accelerated the downfall of Lumias and Windows Mobile. Meanwhile, Redmond didn’t even try to revive feature phones, accepting the market moved past the X lineup, Series 40 or Asha roster, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise the recently rumored offloading of that particular department has already materialized. Pending regulatory approval, of course, and ...

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    Cellphones have been difficult for Microsoft to not only get into, but to maintain its presence in. The acquisition and subsequent disposal of Nokia's mobile hardware division was characterized as sad, mismanaged, misguided and inevitable, depending on who you talked to. Still, taking a $7.6 billion hit on the balance sheet and emptying 7,800 cubicles had to be addressing a weakness somehow. It may prove to have been not enough as VTECH out of ChinaMalaysia is reporting from its sources that Microsoft will sell its license to make Nokia-branded feature phones over to Foxconn this month. ...

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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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