Nokia News & Analysis
| Monday Feb 24, 2014
Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp looked a bit smarter today after the fast-growing messaging service announced at the World Mobile Congress that it will add phone calls within the next few months.
The WhatsApp announcement came as a surprise to those attending the mobile conference, where Nokia, Samsung, HTC and other key players also made news. WhatsApp already has 465 million monthly text and voicemail users, but wanted to add a live call service.
"We want to make sure people always have the ability to stay in touch with their friends and loved ones really affordably," WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said at the conference, according to a CNN report from the scene. Koum said the company will roll out the service on Apple and Android phones during the first half of the year, then add the service for Blackberry and Windows phones.
| Wednesday Dec 4, 2013
The US Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have given their blessing to the merger of Microsoft and Nokia. Now the European Commission has followed suit, all but green-lighting the deal.
But what will happen to Nokia once the merger is complete? And how will Microsoft manage its increasingly integrated chain of operating systems and devices? Perhaps we'll know more once the company picks a new CEO whose first job will be to integrate the two giants.
| Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
Nokia's play to stay in the smartphone game is paying off as buyers flock to its wide range of Windows Phone 8 devices packing great camera technology.
With its upcoming acquisition by Microsoft, the $7.2 billion deal looks to be a good value with sales increasing by a million per quarter and some hot new models on the way.
| Tuesday Oct 22, 2013
Alongside its Windows Phone phablet, Nokia officially entered the tablet market with a 10.1" device at Nokia World in Dubai.
The $499 SnapDragon-powered machine runs Windows RT 8.1 and offers both 4G and Wi-Fi, plus a full 1080p HD display.
How does it compare to Microsoft's own Surface 2 RT tablet? Let's take a quick look at the spec sheets.
| Monday Oct 14, 2013
We've known for a while that Windows Phone would soon add support for HD display and larger screens. Get ready for the real deal as Microsoft updates its mobile OS and Nokia prepares to launch a WP phablet at its big event later this month.
| Tuesday Sep 3, 2013
Nokia and Microsoft finally tie the knot with some mighty farewell gift from Steve Ballmer, allowing Microsoft a formal lead platform for Windows Phone devices and its future mobile strategy. It also puts Stephen Elop in a strong position for the CEO role at Microsoft.
| Monday Aug 26, 2013
Whatever the pros and cons of launching a Windows RT tablet to a disinterested market, Nokia is on the case with more details on its Sirius prototype coming to light. Will a full Windows 8 version follow to spark greater interest?
| Monday Jul 29, 2013
As promised, Microsoft has announced the release of Hipstamatic's social photo app for Windows Phone 8 devices, with a special Pro version for the new Nokia Lumia 1020 super-camera smartphone.
| Friday Jul 19, 2013
If Nokia was able to say at the end of Q2 that Lumia had finally overtaken Blackberry in smartphone sales then it was the only good news in a set of figures that shows the Finnish giant is sliding again as competition across the market cuts into its crucial handset sales.
| Thursday Jul 11, 2013
Citing "a passion for pictures" Nokia keeps pushing the Lumia range with a new model launched at a New York press conference. The Lumia 1020 is for those who demand more than just happy snaps from their smartphone.
| Friday Jul 5, 2013
While the summer kicks in and the holidays stack up, the once vigorous mobile sector seems unable to take the heat. Looking more like a fading star as the under-performing results mount up and the market stagnates, leading to reductions in analyst expectations and credit ratings.
| Thursday Jun 20, 2013
Nokia Lumia 925
While Nokia’s troubles have been in the public domain for quite a while now, solutions to those problems have been slow in coming. However, shares in the struggling mobile giant were up over night after reports emerged that Microsoft held talks with Nokia with a view to buying the mobile business.
| Thursday Jun 20, 2013
Nokia's future has looked brighter in recent months with strong sales of Asha phones around the world and more interest in the growing Lumia family here. But its long-term partnership with Microsoft could be under threat now that talks about an acquisition have broken down.
| Tuesday May 14, 2013
Finnish mobile maker Nokia is holding its London launch event and has promised a summer of major launches. First up is the Nokia Lumia 925, an aluminum-cased design, plus the arrival of Hipstamatic on Windows Phone.
| Friday May 10, 2013
Nokia has taken the wraps off the leaking-like-a-sieve Lumia 928 which will be available on Verizon for just $100. Aside from all the cool camera and video features, the slightly more conventional styling makes it look like a grown-up phone compared to some of the toy brick Lumia designs.