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Life Goes On…

by GULLIVER - on Sep 13th 2013 - No Comments

Is it then an end for Nokia and time to say goodbye? As goes by the news, Microsoft has bought Nokia’s besieged mobile phone business in an effort to “accelerate” its challenge to the dominance of Apple and Google.


Shares in Microsoft slid as much as 6%, lopping more than $15 billion off the company’s market value as investors protested the acquisition of an under performing and marginalized corporation that lost more than $4 billion in 2012.

Nokia’s chairman, Risto Silasmaa has admitted that the Finnish company’s valuable exit from the mobile phone business it had pioneered was an ‘emotional’ decision. But none the less, it made a fiscal and strategic sense.  It is said that resources needed for promoting the lumia smart phones was lacking and they used the operating system of Microsoft’s windows phone. Thus in an industry which required significant financial momentum, Nokia alone couldn’t provide the resources to fund the required acceleration.

For a country with small economy, the timing of Nokia’s vertiginous rise was ideal. In the 1980s the company started selling the first mass market mobile phones virtually introducing the world to this concept. By the end of the century Nokia was the world’s number one mobile phone manufacturers. However its fortune began to fall soon after Apple introduced iPhone in the year 2007. Though many still believed that Nokia would make a comeback, its shares slumped by more than 80%.

Elop, who presided over Nokia’s market share collapse, is being discussed as a potential replacement because he remains respected and is considered one of the few who can fully grasp Microsoft’s sprawling empire. However the Finnish media made a analogous comparison and labeled him as a Trojan horse who handed over the keys to one of the few remaining European technology powers.

It is a crucial moment for Microsoft which still has huge revenues from its windows operating system, office suite of business software and Xbox game console, but has failed so far to set up a lucrative mobile device business. However defending the criticism, Microsoft has proclaimed that it will make more than $40 profit on each smart phone it sells once it owns the Nokia business, as opposed to the less than $10 now as a result of the marketing costs it pays to Nokia.

Instead of being a critic and cursing Elop, all we have to do is to wait and hope for the best.

Budget Windows Phone 8 Handsets are in Plans of Microsoft

by GULLIVER - on Jul 4th 2012 - No Comments

When Windows Phone 8 was announced, geeks realized that Microsoft is entering a new phase. It’s no secret Microsoft’s mobile operating system didn’t support many hardware features. Everything changed with WP 7.5 Tango version. And presently Windows Phone 8 Apollo is a complete OS supporting many types of hardware. Now OEMs can make...

White and Cyan Nokia Lumia 900 Available in Microsoft Stores

by GULLIVER - on Apr 29th 2012 - No Comments
Nokia Lumia 900 at Microsoft

The Nokia Lumia 900 is still available only in North America. Rogers launched it on April 9 in Canada, a day before AT&T started offering the phone to its consumers. Two weeks later the white option joined them but unfortunately, the latter and the cyan models went out of stock too quickly. This disappointed people but no one can...

Apollo Being Tested on Nokia Phones

by GULLIVER - on Apr 20th 2012 - No Comments
Windows Phone Apollo

Information was leaked right from the Microsoft office in the USA. According to one of the Chinese forums, WP8 is being tested on Nokia phones. The Apollo update is being tested not only on Nokia’s current but also future phones. The tipster says there is also a-yet-to-be-unveiled Nokia phone involved in the experiment. One of the current...

Nokia Design Patent Resembles Earlier Lumia Photo

by GULLIVER - on Apr 16th 2012 - No Comments
Nokia design patent

Nokia announced about its cooperation with Microsoft back in February, 2011. People obviously got interested in the design of the phones, and to quench their interest the company posted a photo picturing a few Windows Phone-packed devices. Notably, when the manufacturer unveiled its first Lumia series smartphone in the housing of the...

Nokia Maps and Bing Maps to Use Unified Design

by GULLIVER - on Mar 2nd 2012 - No Comments

The cooperation between Nokia and Microsoft is getting evolved. If previously it was primarily based on the operating system, now the cooperation tends to get extended with map application. As we all know Microsoft uses Bing maps, while Nokia handsets use Nokia Maps.

And now these two giants have plans to offer a single design for the two apps. Nokia Maps will serve as a basis product and some of Bing features will be added to these applications. The main change will concern the map design: the maps will appear in a more simplified version making the visibility and readability the main emphasizes of the feature.

In addition, both apps will be based on Nokia Pure font and will use a smarter choosing system, which will give a list of places that should be showed for a specific location.

As for Microsoft’s Bing maps, they will also benefit from Nokia Maps by extending their coverage. NavTeq as well will serve as a coverage extension source.

At first the changes will be available only for the web versions of Nokia Maps and Bing Maps, but apparently, sometime soon the updates will be transferred to Nokia Drive.


Nokia HAS Chances to Conquer US

by GULLIVER - on Feb 23rd 2012 - No Comments

The Nokia Lumia 800 is a bestseller at Orange (Austria), at Three (UK) and got sold out in Ireland only within a week. In the UK the device was greatly promoted due to the free give away of Xbox 360. As a result, the device won the 2.2 % in the local market. Though this result might not be that impressive, still the fact that Windows Phone is getting much attention in the European market is promising.

This year we are looking forward to the launch of two important novelties connected with the Windows Phone. The first is surely the long-expected launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 in mid-March. The Lumia 900 will be a high-end device coming with the most popular features so far available with WP Mango handsets.

The second novelty will be the Windows Phone 8 OS also known as Windows Phone Apollo. This version of OS will bring in a large list of improvements. It will finally allow having more apps, support for microSD cards, multi-core processors  and front-facing cameras.

Hopefully after the launch of these two, this OS will get more attention also in the US territory as here the market is basically shared between iOS and Android. Let’s see whether it will be able to compete with these two or not.


Nokia Lumia 800 Available in US at Microsoft Stores

by GULLIVER - on Feb 17th 2012 - No Comments

We previously announced Microsoft stores in the US would launch the Nokia Lumia 800 with a bunch of accessories on February 14. Valentine’s Day passed but we didn’t see the unlocked device in stores. However, you have no reason to get upset as the Lumia 800 is currently available at Microsoft stores with the promised accessories and … for a round sum.

Microsoft is now getting orders for the unlocked Nokia Lumia 800, which will come with a Nokia Play 360 Bluetooth speaker and Nokia Purity HD headphones. All you have to do is pay $899.99 and pick it. Note that it’s the accessories coming with it that make it cost this much.

We recently talked about the branding problems Nokia faces in the US. What I wonder about is why Nokia doesn’t change anything. I mean the existence of such a problem is obvious, and instead of giving US consumers a chance to get its handsets more easily, the company complicates the situation bringing the Lumia 800 to the States via only 16 stores.

I understand the company has not prepared this smartphone for the US, and it will launch the Lumia 900 LTE with AT&T branding, but on the other hand people want to buy this awesome smartphone, but have no chance.


Nokia Faces Branding Problem in US

by GULLIVER - on Feb 15th 2012 - No Comments

A couple of days ago I read an article in which the author introduced a fragment from Twitter after T-Mobile and Nokia aired a commercial for the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 at Grammy Awards. As a true Nokia fan who knows what’s going on inside the company it made me upset. But I can’t say the fragment of that conversation has no piece of truth.

As you see from the screenshot US consumers have forgotten Nokia brand and have no notion of the huge campaign it has begun jointly with Microsoft. What’s even worse, they are not aware of the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 900, which is very powerful and sports all features the same users dream about. Only one term called “marketing” is responsible for this situation. Apple and Google have been proclaiming for many years there is no other handset besides the iPhone and Android-powered handsets. But I know many owners of these smartphones who are dissatisfied with their handsets, while the lack of information about such brands as Nokia makes it impossible to show there are other brands offering other cool handsets.

However, Nokia and Microsoft are spending a huge amount of money to open US consumers’ eyes, and I deeply believe they will succeed. Until then we have to describe Nokia as a loser in the States, which is not fair considering that the smartphones of this manufacturer exceed the handsets of other companies in many aspects.

Microsoft Retracted Getting Pre-Orders for Nokia Lumia 900

by GULLIVER - on Feb 9th 2012 - No Comments

We know much about the third Nokia Windows Phone handset, but not everything. For example, we know the Lumia 900 will be firstly released in the US via AT&T; it will support the carrier’s LTE network and be the first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-flavored handset working on this network; it will sport a 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen with Gorilla Glass and Clear Black technologies; there is also an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and dual-LED flash.

What we don’t know is when the Lumia 900, one of Nokia’s newest gadgets will see light and what price the carrier will require for it (though according to rumors, it will be launched on March 18 at a price tag of $99.99). The aforementioned provisions give us a good reason to wish to get our hands on this device. That’s why we were so happy to hear the Lumia 900 can be pre-ordered at Microsoft’s stores. Unfortunately, Microsoft has withdrawn this offer.

The attempts to find out “why?” faced silence or an avoiding answer like “those who are interested should stay tuned to the Microsoft Store Facebook Page.”

On the other hand, we must remain devoted to Nokia and Microsoft as sources have told The Verge Nokia will soon unveil the pricing and the launch date. But honestly, I don’t get how this could happen, as when we yesterday learned the white version of the Nokia Lumia 900 is available for pre-order too, we believed the rumored launch date and pricing are real.