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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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    One tablet that's been on our radar but relatively elusive for quite some time now has been the Nokia N1. The device was launched to mixed reception months ago by the remnants of Nokia (the parts of the company that didn't go to the Microsoft Devices and Services group during the buyout), with some loving the sheer promise of it and others denouncing it as an iPad mini clone. Now we've had a chance to form an opinion of our own, having just had a chance to use the tablet for a good bit, so here's our initial Nokia N1 hands-on video! As people who make a living off of testing out different ...

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    Applications and services are popular depending on where you live, and this is most evident when it comes to Maps services. Google Maps is clearly one of the world's favorites, but its turn-by-turn navigation services are terrible in Latin America, where Waze is much more popular and usable, and the same can be said about HERE Maps in Europe. What remains of the Nokia from Finland has just launched a major upgrade for its HERE Maps services, and these are worth the read. HERE Maps now expands to bring more map coverage to other areas of the world, turn-by-turn navigation to more regions, ...

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    The South Korean smartphone manufacturer, who is currently in the top position and enjoying the majority of the Android (and smartphone, in general) market could soon become irrelevant, claims a high ranking Motorola executive. Samsung could go away, pretty much like its predecessors who were enjoying the same, comfortable, leading position. Of course, this is a prediction coming from a COO of a company, about other (competing) companies. "Every seven years, the person who’s been on top of the market has gone away", said Rick Osterloh, president and chief operating officer of Motorola. ...

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    When the Lumia 830 broke cover at IFA 2014, we were struck by its resemblance to the earlier Lumia 1020 – a device which, thanks to its huge 41MP camera, stands alone as the only true super-shooter in the Windows Phone lineup. Microsoft touted the 830 as a kind of affordable successor, a so-called “midrange flagship” designed to compete on cost. But with the Lumia 1020 still on Microsoft Store shelves for over $100 cheaper, is newer really better? As in most smartphone comparisons, the answer isn't exactly straightforward. The Lumia 830 is nearly two years younger than the ...

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    For the Microsoft Surface 2, it all started with a price drop back in August of 2014, followed, more recently (last week), by a mentions of a Microsoft decision to no longer manufacture the Surface 2. As far as Windows RT is concerned, pretty much all OEMs except for Microsoft have given up on the platform, and, judging by the looks of it, it is now Microsoft's turn to put the final nail in the Windows RT coffin. "We are no longer manufacturing Nokia Lumia 2520; however, those still eager to buy Nokia Lumia 2520 should visit Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, third-party ...

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    The Lumia 830's model number might be a full hundred digits below Windows Phone’s true flagship, but the step down in prestige also brings a step down in size: at 8.5mm and 150g, the Lumia 830 is a very palm-friendly, very pocketable little Windows Phone. The sides are cool aluminum and the back is a polycarbonate panel available in several colors and adorned with the old NOKIA logo – one of the last uses of the legacy branding you’ll see on a Windows Phone. Popping it off reveals a removable battery and a MicroSD expansion slot, increasingly rare customizations these days and ...

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    "Lumia 930, 1520 and Lumia Icon will get “Hey Cortana” voice activation as part of the Lumia Denim update", says the official wording from Microsoft. This feature would basically allow certain Denim-powered phones to be on the lookout for the "Hey Cortana" keyword, which would activate the functionality to further improve the user experience. This is based on chipset features which enable the phone to listen to certain keywords (in this case, "Hey Cortana") in order to trigger a feature. However, in the UK, the O2 Lumia 930 Denim update rollout has begun; strangely, the "Hey Cortana" ...

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    Despite sluggish adoption, confusing marketing and a long-simmering standards war, wireless chargers litter today's tech landscape. From the TYLT Vu to the Aukey Luna to Google's Nexus "orb" to Nokia's old DT-900, owners of Qi-enabled smartphones have no shortage of options to juice up their devices in the most futuristic manner possible. But Microsoft wasn't satisfied with the status quo, as they made clear in a press event at IFA 2014. There, alongside the newly-announced Lumia 730 and 830, we got our first look at the DT-903: a flattened, enlarged sequel to the DT-900 charging plate ...

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    (Update 1/29/2015: the answer now lies at the bottom of this post, so be careful when scrolling if this is your first time seeing this edition of the smartphone guessing game! Also, our apologies for the late update, folks; our lead smartphone reviewer came down with a wicked-bad case of the coughs in this year's Boston Blizzard, so he's been out of commission.) When it comes to analyzing the quality of a smartphone's camera, there are two main approaches. There's the guided style: "We had a gander at the new [Smartphone] from the fine folks at [Smartphone Manufacturer], and we took its ...

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    Before Microsoft took over Nokia's mobile division, we spent a good amount of time praising the the once cellphone giant for its efforts with the Lumia smartphone lineup. The Lumia designs were both bold and futuristic, but what really stood these smartphones apart from the competition is the enhanced camera experience that we began to test with devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 a few years ago. The successors to these smartphones have been in the market for a few months now, and dubbed as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 respectively. We've already spent a good deal of time covering ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Nokia launched the affordable Lumia 635 all the way back in April (making this a proper Nokia Lumia, before Microsoft transitioned the family over to its own branding), and in the months since, we've seen the phone come to more and more carriers. Over the summer, networks like T-Mobile and AT&T got their hands on the phone, and back in December we got word of the phone finding some new homes: Boost and Virgin now sell the phone for their no-contract plans, and we heard that Sprint would eventually be picking it up for regular postpaid plans. Today's the day that finally happens, as ...

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    The Nokia N1 Android tablet may be a device that's primarily a Nokia product in name only, brought into this world by the team at Foxconn, but what a name it is. From Windows Phone, to Symbian, and beyond, Nokia's been a leader in mobile tech for decades, so it's no surprise that when word arrived in November of a Nokia-branded tablet with some very impressive specs and and a quite affordable price, we sat up and took notice. But were we getting ahead of ourselves? Would the N1 be as good in the flesh as it sounded on paper? Anxious to find out, we've been paying close attention to release ...

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    Who would've thought that increasing the size of the iPhone would amount to so much in 2014? Apple broke all of its sales records during the first few days since the launch of the iPhone 6, and these numbers also broke records in the company's bottom line. If you're wondering how well Apple did this holiday season, the answer is still a shocker. Flurry conducted some very interesting analytics this holiday season, and this consisted in measuring the worldwide mobile device activations during December 19 to the 25th. These are the most common dates when people could've opened gifts for ...

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    Last month Nokia dropped a bit of a bombshell: while the company's sale to Microsoft of its devices and services division precludes it from releasing a smartphone under its own name for the immediate future, the remaining Nokia crew seized upon one heck of a loophole, allowing them to launch an Android tablet – the Nokia N1. The 2K-res 4:3 tablet sure reminded us enough of slates like the iPad Air 2 or HTC Nexus 9, but the Nokia N1 had one big advantage over those guys: a price tag that came out to the equivalent of just about $250. We heard to expect the N1 to first go up for sale ...

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    Not too long ago, Nokia found itself on a burning platform. At least, that’s what Stephen Elop said. To fight the fire, Nokia had to go all in, or double down if you will, on a platform that gave it the best chance of survival. Mr. Elop then put on his night cap, and slipped in between the sheets and started spooning Microsoft. Microsoft then became Nokia’s daddy, and the rest is history. Except some Nokia employees were not satisfied with that arrangement. MeeGo, Nokia’s own operating system had a special place in their hearts. The fact that Stephen Elop ceased all development on ...

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    A while back, Jesper Jensen from Denmark wrote in to the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast with a question about antivirus software for Android, specifically, whether or not he needs it on his new Xperia Z3 Compact. I have just received my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and I am infatuated with this little beauty. Coming from a Nokia Lumia 620 it is quite a leap ahead, though I do find I miss a few things about Windows phone. One of the things I didn't miss about Android is the ... more or less useful (apps that come pre-installed from Sony, such as) AVG antivirus. Under normal circumstances I would ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    Update: Edited to correct screen measurement figure. So there I am this morning, preparing some wearable videos featuring the latest and greatest from LG and Samsung (the G Watch R review and Gear S hands-on, if you're interested), and suddenly the internet explodes. There's a new thing from Nokia, apparently, a milled metal slab of science featuring Real Aluminum and Real Android, two things everyone has been clamoring for over the last several years of polycarbonate Windows-running Nokias. Now that Nokia is Nokia again and Other-Nokia has been absorbed into Microsoft, the former has ...

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    No, Nokia is not dead as a brand, and it's not dead as a company that wants to own the mobile space like it did before. Today's announcement of the Nokia N1 tablet proves that the company had broader plans than to just give us the Android launcher that we saw earlier this year. Still, if you weren't able to get your hands on the early beta that we took for a quick tour a couple of weeks ago, Nokia has just decided to give you a hand. Nokia has just launched its Z Launcher on the Google Play store for any Android device running version 4.1 or later. This Z Launcher takes a very different ...

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    Nokia had been teasing some sort launch for today, but when it revealed the N1 Android tablet just a little earlier this morning, the news was still a bit of a surprise. After all, Nokia's whole X-series Android experiment looked like it was over, but while Android smartphones may be one thing, Android tablets are clearly another. With a 4:3 display in a 2048 x 1536 resolution and a 64-bit SoC, the Nokia N1 is bound to draw comparisons to tablets like the Apple iPad Air 2/mini 3 and the Nexus 9, but what's the full picture here? Just what kind of hardware makes up this unexpected Nokia ...

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    We were all expecting a Nokia tablet for the longest time, and today, the Finnish company has just announced one. However, instead of running Windows (any iteration, really), the Nokia N1 announced today is a slate which is powered by Google's Android. ...and not just any version of Android, but the latest iteration: Android 5.0 Lollipop, on top of which Nokia threw its own Z Launcher. If you have a feeling that the tablet you see above, and at images at the source link below, resembles the iPad (mini), you're not alone. Moving on, we're looking at a 7.9-inch slate with 2048x1536 ...

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    One of the coolest Windows Phone features is also one of the least famous among existing customers. The fact that Bluetooth LE didn't originally work on Lumia smartphones was a bummer, but it was great to see this happen after the Lumia Cyan update. That option to see hardware improvements through software updates is great, even though it does make some of us wait for features to reach specific devices at times. Such is the case of 4K video recording, but one that will be solved very soon. The Lumia Denim update closes the loop between Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and the personalized ...

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    The Nokia Lumia is a thing of the past; earlier this week, we saw Microsoft introduce the latest Lumia model, but this is no straight-up Nokia model as we've known and loved these past few years, firmly arriving with the branding “Microsoft Lumia 535.” This trend is absolutely one we expect to see Microsoft continue with, so what does that mean for any hope of seeing another Nokia smartphone one day? Well, its deal with Microsoft allows Nokia to once again start releasing handsets under the Nokia name beginning in 2016, but will it? The company's been talking about its future plans at ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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