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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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    With everything going on with the "2016 flagship killer" and Motorola's new Moto X devices, you might have forgotten about a certain Nokia event for VIPs. We told you about it, and it happened yesterday. What did you miss? Nothing, aside from this super awesome virtual reality camera for professional content creators, called OZO. The press release calls it "the first commercially available virtual reality camera designed and built for professional content creators". What does Nokia OZO do? "OZO captures stereoscopic 3D video through eight (8) synchronized global shutter sensors and ...

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    At a time when Google has major developments in the self-driving car concept, and pretty much owns the most popular mapping platform in the world, it's no surprise that automakers are worried over the company becoming a major competitor in the future. Google Maps may be free for consumers, but GPS tracking companies that use the service have to pay a pretty penny for the use of the maps. As a result, many automakers were inclined to use Nokia's HERE Maps as an alternative over the last couple of years for their vehicle navigation systems, and given Nokia's interest in selling, automakers ...

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    A Nokia event will be hosted, for VIPs, on July 28, in Los Angeles; the invite for said event can be seen above, and the title says "NOWHERE", "NOW HERE". Let the guessing game begin: some reports claim that this will be just a "state of the company" meeting where present and future plans will be unveiled and discussed. Other reports claim that this could be an official launch of the Nokia N1 Android tablet follow-up, for the US market. Seeing the "NOW HERE" variation of the title, we're inclined to believe that this will most likely have something to do with Nokia's HERE offering. In any ...

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    Nokia yesterday announced its plans to re-enter the smartphone business and the Finnish company said it was looking for a partner, as the way Nokia wants to get back in the game is via licensing. There were no additional details shared, but it looks like there might be something going on between the company and another OEM, as a Nokia-Meizu partnership could be a possibility at this point. Meizu's official Weibo account posted a "welcome back Nokia" message, alongside another teaser (than can be seen below). The text goes (according to GizChina) "the long era of intelligent machines 1110" ...

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    Microsoft ... sit down, please. We need to talk. This won't be long. By the time you finally lay off the 7,800 talented people you promise to, your employee rolls will settle just above 110,000. I know, you'll do just fine: that number's still about 60% better than it was a decade ago.  But by that same time, the government of Finland will seek a supplementary budget to specifically patch the gaping hole you, Microsoft, have left in the country's job market. According to the Helsinki Times, you have essentially ripped the lungs out of a dying town. 1,000 researchers and developers will ...

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    Yes, you read that headline correctly. Nokia – at least, the part of Nokia that wasn't sold into Microsoft's Devices and Services Group (and then promptly mostly laid off not too long afterward) – is still alive and kicking. You may remember the company's latest Android effort, the N1 tablet, which we previewed not too long ago. But this company isn't interested in stopping at tablets; it's reaffirmed plans today to get back into the smartphone business. There's a key caveat here, though: these smartphones aren't going to be first-party, at least not for now. Nokia is looking for a ...

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    Update (July 13, 5:00pm Eastern): Thanks for making three years of this possible. We start Year #4 this week. Hope you'll tag along. Laying off 7,800 people (in addition to the 18,000 from a few months back) and taking a $7.6B writedown on your highest-profile mobile acquisition ever isn't a great way to show your commitment to your smartphone platform ... but that's just what Microsoft did earlier this week, in the "Nadella Memo Heard Round the World." But are things really as gloomy as they seem for Windows Phone? We'll talk about that, plus news from Motorola, OnePlus, Sony and Amazon ...

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    Well, you asked for it. You've got it. When we compared Google Maps to Apple Maps this week, we found that while Apple has come a long way from its early follies, further improvements can't come fast enough. This time around, we have the cartography effort from Nokia doing the rounds against Google. Both apps share a few traits: they're on iOS and Android. They both have downloadable maps for offline use. They both have some pretty extensive databases on transit. But as much as those similarities count for HERE, it has some major drawbacks to it. From testing around greater Boston, there ...

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    In an email to employees Wednesday morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella dropped the sobering news hinted at by his "tough choices" memo of several weeks ago: the company is "fundamentally restructuring" its phone business. Phrasing the changes as part of Microsoft's ongoing "reinvention," Nadella said Microsoft would cut up to 7,800 jobs globally over the next several months. The cuts will take place primarily in the company's mobile-phone business, which grew from the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business in April of last year. Nadella also announced that Microsoft would ...

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    The last time we saw a Nokia Lumia on Verizon was last year with the Lumia Icon. That device has been discontinued and Verizon's Lumia Windows Phone selection has been seriously lacking. Now Verizon has finally gotten a new Lumia Windows Phone in their line up and it's the Lumia 735. Of course, this device is kind of old too. The original version was unvieled in Berlin in September of 2014. 9 months later, the Verizon version of the Lumia 735 is now available. The Lumia 735 is kind of a mid-range phone by last year's standards, but in 2015 it still has a few nice things going for it. Last ...

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    If you’ve been yearning for Nokia hardware since its Microsoft acquisition, then you might finally be in luck — at least, sort of. The company’s CEO Rajeev Suri recently commented on the possibility of reentering the phone space. To simplify a complicated response, Nokia has interest in designing phones to then license to other companies, similar to what happened with its N1 tablet. In other words, while they may ot be manufactured by Nokia, you’ll at least have the novelty and peace of mind of knowing that Nokia designed your phone again. It’s a lot of technical mumbo jumbo, but ...

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    Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Acer, Nokia, Toshiba, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, are just a few of Foxconn's largest clients. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese company that also happens to be the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer. At a recent company shareholder meeting, the company's chairman, Terry Guo, made some reassuring statements. According to Guo, this year, in 2015, Foxconn will become the world's largest desktop, tablet, and smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) / ODM (original design manufacturer). ...

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    Famous tipster @evleaks, even though retired, has spent his last couple of tweets telling us about the future of the Microsoft Lumia lineup, and even some past that never happened. On one hand he tells us that the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet that some loved and others hated, was actually just one of five tablets in the works under codenames Illusionist, Mercury, Pine, and Vegas/Atlas. Still these are not the only codenames he revealed today, as we also learn of some Microsoft Lumia future. Evan Blass has just revealed that in addition to the Lumias under codename Cityman and Talkman, there are ...

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    Remember a couple months back when word arrived out of China that Nokia was gearing-up to get back into the smartphone game in 2016? It not only sounded quite promising, but also like the logical outcome once enough time had passed since the Microsoft deal and Nokia was contractually free to enter the market again. But just days later, Nokia fired back with a formal statement denying the report, stating that it “has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.” But wouldn't you know it – almost immediately after that statement was issued, the company was back on social media ...

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    Nokia's a company with its finger in many pies, and beyond its work with building phones, writing the software behind them, and developing all manner of services for these devices, it's also played a key role in the formation of the communication standards they use. Companies that want to develop their own handsets that use these patents need to reach agreements with Nokia over licensing, and we've seen plenty of manufacturers do just that – HTC inked such a deal back in 2014. Now LG's the latest to license Nokia patents, with the two firms announcing their deal today. Maybe the most ...

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    Even though the remainder of the true Nokia from Finland has claimed that it might sell its HERE Maps services, it hasn't stopped the company from fully supporting the service in every way. We've seen the service expand to other platforms lately, and it keeps adding more and more features with each update. Today the company has announced a new major update to the platform, but the amount of changes is more in context than in a level of service improvements. Nokia claims that it has just pushed "millions" of changes to its HERE Maps apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, but these changes ...

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    "We're waiting on Google Play services to come for this device." Sure, the hardware works like a dream and the software, while a little bare-bones and boring, doesn't look offensive at all.  Nokia gives the device regular OTAs and while the proprietary "N Store" is all in Chinese, you can grab plenty of the usual apps through APK Mirror or alternative app stores. Heck, take a plunge and look around the "N Store," it's not like it's poisonous ... just extremely foreign. "We're waiting on Google Play services to come for this device." Oh, there's still that. Welcome to the ecosystem. Funny ...

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    We've been using MixRadio on Nokia devices for years. Back in 2013, we called it the best music service ever. It's free, it's got unlimited streaming, no commercials, and offline music mix downloads so that you don't have to use your data connection. It even automatically predicts what kind of music you're going to like (based on whatever you tell it you like and what you appear to enjoy listening to). The problem was that it was only available for Nokia branded phones and tablets, and Nokia's market share had taken a bit of a nose dive.  Sure you can get a nice Lumia with free MixRadio ...

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    As far as the Nokia comeback to the smartphone world is concerned, there's quite a controversy around it. As a reminder, in the light of the Microsoft agreement, Nokia couldn't, even if it wanted to, get back to the making smartphones until 2016. Initially, there was a report that claimed to confirm Nokia's plans of returning to the game, but everything became clear when the company officially denied such plans. However, this next bit could go both ways: either way, someone messed up on social media, but either by not reading the memo, or disclosing information that wasn't meant to be ...

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    Remember last week's rumors that implied Nokia was planning on returning to the smartphone game sometime in 2016? OK, forget about them. While the usual policy is a "no comment on rumors" one (or at least that's what the media is being constantly told, for ages), Nokia denies the rumors, as the Finnish company made an official statement on the matter: "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks ...

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    Earlier this week we heard some exciting news for Nokia fans, with word that the company wasn't too far off from getting back to making smartphones. The report claimed that 2016 would see Nokia release new smartphone hardware, and while this information came from a pair of “trusted sources,” it fell short of official confirmation. Well, it looks like we didn't have long to wait for that, as Nokia China appears to confirm its intention to develop smartphones for launch next year. Besides giving us this 2016 timeframe, the president of Nokia China also mentions Android as the platform ...

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    Nokia's been finding itself in the news a surprising amount this month, thanks not only to word of its Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, but also rumors of the company's return to smartphones next year. But what got this Nokia train started was a report claiming that the company was looking to offload HERE Maps. At the time, we only heard a few general guesses about who might be interested in purchasing it, but this evening some new sources speak up about several companies Nokia is supposedly pursuing in the hopes of finding a buyer. That group includes big names like Apple, Amazon, and ...

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    Update: Well, between Hangouts corrupting the video stream and a MacBook malfunctioning, we're able to provide you a fairly rough cut of the high-quality audio podcast. Our apologies for the delay for the Direct Download activation down below, but hey! There's always this week! Enjoy. It's the best rhetorical question we've seen this week: where can you mix 1990s sci-fi references, history lessons about famous steamships, and modern musings on the state of leatherbound smartphones? If you know the answer, congratulations on knowing the time of day and your ear from your elbow. If you ...

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    It's hard to be happy for either Microsoft or Nokia after the whole mobile division buyout. It's been almost a year since the deal happened and we still don't see a flagship Lumia from Microsoft's administration. Microsoft is still entitled to use the Nokia brand until next year as part of the deal, and if you're wondering what'll happen next, today we get some details. Two trusted sources close to Nokia claim that the company plans to launch smartphones in 2016, and this would just be the tip of the iceberg. The report also claims that once the Microsoft brand deal is over, Nokia will ...

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    Yesterday, rumors began flying that Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent were in talks to carve a type of joint future for the two telecommunications companies. Nokia confirmed that it was in "advanced talks" with the French company, and today it has made the announcement. The Nokia Alcatel-Lucent acquisition is official. The combined company will be uniquely suited to address various technological areas; both have years of experience in the market, and neither lacks the ability to create a good product. Of the acquisition, Nokia had the following to say: The combined company will be uniquely ...

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