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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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    Can a discontinued 8 year-old little Symbian phone with a passé physical QWERTY keyboard technically be still considered a bribe? Probably not, since it would take a miracle for its 369 MHz ARM11 processor (remember those?) and 128MB RAM (yes, really) to even handle a basic Google search nowadays. In fact, outside of a mobile tech museum of sorts, you have to wonder where could one be able to procure a half-working Nokia E71 copy this day and age? Well, Meizu somehow got a hold of a few, and is shipping them out to folks lucky enough to attend the Android OEM’s next big device ...

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    The faster the word "Phone" fades and the word "Mobile" brightens, the better off Microsoft will be. But it's gonna be a long, long, long run. AdDuplex has issued a new report for Windows device statistics for this month and it says that while Windows Phone 8.1 still makes up about 77 percent of the ecosystem, Windows 10 Mobile's stance at 14 percent represents accelerated growth from previous months. "Last month the growth doubled from 0.5% to 1%. This month it more than doubled again," AdDuplex reported. Within the Windows 10 subgroup, 52 percent are already on the Anniversary update. ...

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    Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Not according to the official Moto US Twitter account’s handlers, who use a different, much harsher word for it to begin with. Lenovo’s reformed, increasingly ambitious and competitive daughter company seems to believe Samsung didn’t imitate, get inspired by, or even copy a certain trendy software trick integrated into the Galaxy S7 last spring, and now the Galaxy Note 7. Instead, Motorola comes out with guns blazing, pointing the finger at the global king of smartphone sales for “stealing” the “original” Always On Display feature ...

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    We knew that Nokia had signed a non-compete agreement with Microsoft to not release mobile phones for two years after the Redmond-based company acquired its Devices and Sales division. For fans of Nokia design, it's been a waiting game — betting on when Nokia would actually get back into action for real. At the same time, all of us were watching the slow demise of Windows Phone, now Windows 10 Mobile. Well, the wheels started turning in Finland just a couple months ago. It licensed out branding and manufacturing for its future devices to a new company and a Foxconn subsidiary, ...

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    Pekka Rantala is working for Nokia again, though in a different sense of the word. After a 17-year stint at Nokia, mostly as part of the marketing staff, Rantala made his way to Rovio — yes, the Angry Birds people — in 2015 as CEO. Unfortunately, with a sluggish economy and a company struggling to find another global hit, he had to lay off a major portion of his workforce and restructure Rovio. He left this year and now we know that he has been hired by HMD Global Oy. You may recall that Nokia has licensed its smartphone business to the upstart HMD as it prepares to start designing ...

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    As Microsoft continues to de-emphasize its mobile hardware operations through mission revisions and layoffs, one particular employee's move through the revolving door seems to have made waves. Juha Alarkarhu, who most recently directed Microsoft's Phones Imaging unit, has announced that he has moved back to Nokia as Head of Imaging and Presence Capture, working on the company's enterprise-focused virtual reality gear called "Ozo". A small announcement: today was my first day in Nokia Technologies! I am now new Head of Imaging in the Ozo team. — Juha Alakarhu (@jalakarhu) August 1, 2016 ...

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    It was the maligned "Mid-Range Flagship" on AT&T that was going to get its Windows 10 Mobile update someday. Long after everyone else has left the station, — and the device left Microsoft's support — Big Blue has moved upon the Nokia Lumia 830. In a support forums post, it has announced the milestone Windows 10 Mobile update for the device. As of this post, the update has not been officially acknowledged in AT&T's Device Support section. That said, you should know what to do at this point: download the Upgrade Advisor app, check for update availability and then make you have ...

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    In addition to the 1,850 jobs that are scheduled to be cut from Microsoft's mobile unit, 2,850 positions will be cut over the course of fiscal year 2017. The move was revealed a week from its fourth quarter earnings announcement in the company's Form 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. We periodically evaluate how to best deploy the company’s resources. In the fourth quarter of 2016, management approved restructuring plans that would result in job eliminations, primarily across our smartphone hardware business and global sales. In addition to the elimination of 1,850 ...

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    Forget sketchy fan-made renders of the mythical Nokia C1 Android handheld. And forget Microsoft too. The Finnish tech giant has died and is just about ready for a spectacular rebirth and consumer hardware-producing return, alongside its rapid rise in the telecommunications infrastructure and patent world. Rumor has it we’ll see not one, but two “premium” Nokia-branded smartphones released by the end of the year or in early 2017. These will be built by a startup company named HMD, with a number of former and current Nokia executives calling all the shots. Foxconn may still help put ...

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    For a faltering tech giant that many expected to vanish after Microsoft’s 2014-completed acquisition of its once thriving mobile phone business, Nokia is sure making frequent headlines and waves of late with various mergers, sales and partnerships. It’s clearly the dawn of a new era for the Finnish company now supervised by President and CEO Rajeev Suri, an era where telecommunications infrastructure and patents take precedence over mainstream consumer hardware, although Nokia-branded wearables and non-Lumia smartphones are also in the pipeline. Before those can turn a profit, ...

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    What do we know about this rumored first party Google Phone? What bells and whistles might we get on the Note 7? And we're introducing a new series on this site where editors can battle against each other for your amusement! These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 207 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 30th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] ...

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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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