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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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    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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    What makes Nokia “Nokia” these days? The company's sold off its smartphone manufacturing arm. We have that new Nokia N1 tablet, but that's arguably as much a Foxconn product as a Nokia device. Is there any pure Nokia left? Well, on the software and services side we've continued to see progress, maybe most visibly though its HERE apps. But even that may not last forever, as we get word that Nokia could be considering selling off HERE Maps. Nokia's reportedly considering selling HERE in order to focus more on wireless networking, and while no deals may be moving just yet, bids on HERE ...

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    A few months ago, I wrote an editorial questioning why so many people wanted a Nokia N1 tablet. Importantly, though,  I also said that I found the potential of the N1 alluring, and wanted badly to experience it for myself. While we did briefly catch up with the N1 at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, I wasn't on that side of the show floor that morning ... so I had to wait for today to see what all the fuss was about. From what I can see so far, some of said fuss is totally justified. The Nokia N1 is notable in part for its specs, which include a 6.9mm-thick aluminum chassis, a 7.9" 2048x1536 IPS ...

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    Update: The HQ audio stream and direct download are live below for your listening pleasure! Thanks for downloading!  There's no sense hiding it: you know there's an HTC One M9 review coming soon, and a Galaxy S6 review too. And you know we've got the usual queue of additional devices lined up behind those waiting for their turn in our labs (including a Nokia N1 that just now landed on our doorstep). But with a news feed so full of excitement, intrigue and total nonsense, sometimes you've got to put reviews on the back burner and talk about what's happening right now. That's what's ...

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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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