Just a week after CEO Steve Ballmer spruked his retirement, Microsoft has announced it will buy Nokia’s mobile phone unit for almost $8 billion. The Finnish phone maker will grant Microsoft a 10-year non-exclusive licence to its patents, and will itself focus on network infrastructure and services :: Read the full article »»»»
That mobile device manufacturing behemoth that is Nokia has been teasing punters with what looks like a pretty spectacular new offering, the Nokia Lumia 920. Specs are pretty standout, Windows 8, 1.5GHZ Dual Core, 32 GB Storage, 1GB Ram, 41 Megapixel Camera, 4.5 inch Screen, all the usual connectivity tools housed in Nokia's - we love - traditional, uncluttered casing... oooh, and wireless charging :: Read the full article »»»»
Samsung Electronics mobile chief said the consumer electronics behemoth aimed to nearly double its smartphone sales in 2012 from last year, stepping up its battle with nemesis Apple. J.K. Shin, president and head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business, made the comment to reporters ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. His remarks were later confirmed by a company spokesman. Samsung topped global smartphone sales rankings last year, more than quadrupling smartphone sales to 97.4 million from 2010, according to data from Strategy Analytics.
In 2011 Apple finished a close second to Samsung, with sales of 93 million smartphones. J.K. Shin also said Samsung aimed to boost its total handset – including non smartphones – sales to 380 million this year, which would mark 16 percent sales growth for the world’s No.2 handset maker. Samsung Electronics last year sold 327.4 million handsets, up from 280.2 million in 2010, according to Strategy Analytics. Those foxy Fins, Nokia, though battling to get a foot into the smartphone market, sold 422 handsets in 2011, up from 150 million in 2010. UPDATED: February 29, 2012 :: Read the full article »»»»
We reckon Window is on an absolute winner – they’re banking on it – with it’s new line of smartphones. Gizmag’s James Holloway has an übercool hands-on review of the new Nokia/Windows Lumia: More from CES 2012, Sin City, where we’ve briefly had a chance to get familiar with the Nokia Lumia 900, the Finnish corporation’s sacrificial offering at the increasingly cluttered LTE altar to the gods of 4G. The Windows smartphone features a large 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera with a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and seven hours of talk time, according to Nokia. First impressions? Really rather good, actually. With its announcement, the Lumia 900 becomes the central prong to the Lumia trident of Windows smartphones (between the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800), with which Nokia hopes to address its collapsing market share.
The end of an Era. Microsoft has drawn the curtain on an industry institution, The Microsoft Keynote at CES. For the past 15 years they have had a grip on the podium that kicks off America’s largest consumer and electronics show. This is the show that every Technoid worth his weight in silicon attends. Like Mecca it is every noids duty to make the journey at least once in their life time. With Steve Ballmer and Ryan Seacrest taking center stage for Microsoft’s final keynote address to the CES the attending Technorati seemed to have given the final show a collective Meh. Still Ballmer did his best to emulate a living human being with an intact sense of humor.
In honor of this auspicious occasion Australian techno – doff doff – remix masters Pogo have pulled together a salute to the partnership. It’s funny, it’s moving and it will get you tapping your toes. With the highlights of 15 years of keynote events presented in 120 seconds Pogo have packed in the memorable moments. With enough source material to give the best reality TV show an entertaining run for its money Pogo selected from 11 Bill Gates speeches – blue screen of death included -, 4 speeches from pre-eminent monkey man Steve Ballmer, 8 celebrity guests – including the Rock – and far too many interview sweaters to count. Read the full article »»»»
The growth of Googles Android platform has been stratospheric over the past 12 months, at October 2010 Android held 19 percent of the U.S. smartphone market – with Apples iPhone iOS at 24 percent. Fast forward 12 months to October 2011 and Android was holding 38 percent of the smartphone market, an increase of almost 20 percent, against Apples 26 percent, an increase of only 2 percent. Androids big big numbers is also reflected in it’s massive increase of available apps to 500,000.
Note worthy is Samsungs strangle hold on the smartphone market. Our favorite semiconductor behemoth has consistently outperformed Apple in sales. Samsung smartphones make up almost 25 percent of the U.S. market, while the much lauded Apple iPhone has consistently sat below 9 percent. This explains Apples aggression toward Samsung [check the litigation links] 84.5 million smartphone handsets in the U.S. equates to 21 million Samsung handsets to Apples 8 million iPhones, ouch! Read the full article »»»»
That fighting Finnish mobile maker, Nokia has unveiled its N9 buttonless smartphone, the company’s first, indeed it’s only foray into the Linux-based MeeGo platform. Nokia Australia said in a statement that the phone, which has no keypad or home buttons, would be available “later this year”, with pricing still to be announced.
Nokia ditched plans to use MeeGo in its future smartphones when it teamed up with Microsoft’s Windows Phone earlier this year. The N9, Nokia’s first and last MeeGo, comes with a large curved – 3.9-inch AMOLED – touch screen and is available in black, cyan and magenta.oh, there’s much hipe about the Swipe, checkout the Swipe here http://swipe.nokia.com/
As a company, Nokia is on the ropes. While punters have been calling for a shift to Android, and most had written up Nokia’s obituaries, Nokia’s worked away in it usual silence on what has turned out to be quite a secret project. Before seeing the N9, we wondered what was to be unveiled, placing our bets on a new Symbian handset. Instead, Nokia reveals its first MeeGo device, a phone that definitely looks and feels fresh and new, quite a stunning new number.
Nokia’s head of design, Marko Ahtisaari, said “With the Nokia N9, we re-evaluated the way we thought a smartphone should act. It should be simple and it should blend software, hardware, services and content into a unique user experience.”
The MeeGo platform – a newcomer in a market swamped by Google and Apple – was born in February 2010, when Nokia and Intel unveiled a merger of Nokia’s Linux Maemo software platform with Intel’s Moblin, which is also based on Linux open-source software. Since Nokia pulled out of the project four months ago other vendors have become more interested in the technology as Nokia’s dominant role in the project had held many back from utilizing the platform. Nokia sells more mobiles than any other manufacturer but it has had a real struggle keeping up in the high-end smartphone market against Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android platforms.
Quicknotes on N9!
Similar to Android devices, MeeGo aggregates all account management into one place, letting you sign in to a service and have its services present in all apps that use that information.
The N9 isn’t just for snooty photographers; it’s also for snooty music lovers, too! The N9 has Dolby Mobile software baked in, and has this loud external speaker on the base. For those with serious music collections, the N9 will come in 16GB or 64GB storage options.
Nokia packs free maps with free turn-by-turn navigation into MeeGo and the N9.
Nokia has been toying around with NFC capabilities for just short of a decade, but it is banking on the N9 through the headset that really helps raise awareness of what NFC can achieve. We saw a demonstration of the N9 pairing with this Bluetooth headset just by tapping them together, but it can also be used to create multiplayer gaming sessions between two phones, or to share details like contact info or photos.
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