Monday, February 23, 2015

Nokia's Here Android app now available on Amazon app store

Nokia has released its HERE Android app on Amazon's App Store, allowing those without access to Google Play Store to download and use the app on their Android devices.

The mapping and navigation app, which was exclusively available on Windows Phone initially, has been downloaded more than three million times on Google Play. It has also recently come out of beta.

The most striking feature of HERE is that it lets you download all the maps you need on your device, allowing you to access them even when offline. Make sure your device is running Android 4.1 or higher before installing the app.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Nokia Lumia 520 now available for just $29 on eBay

The Nokia Lumia 520, which is the most popular Windows Phone device out there, is now available for just $29 on eBay. This translates into a discount of around 70% given the device's original price of $99.99.

The online retailer is claiming that close to 8,500 units of the smartphone, which connects to AT&T's GoPhone pre-paid service, have been sold, and stock is limited.

Specifications-wise, the device is powered by Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset with a 1 GHz dual core processor and Adreno 305 GPU, and sports a 4 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, rendering 480 x 800 pixels resolution. It comes with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory (which can be extended up to 64 GB via a microSD card), and runs Windows Phone 8.1.

In terms of camera, the Lumia 520 features only a 5MP rear shooter, and packs in a 1430 mAh battery.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Microsoft kills Nokia X Android phones, lays off 18,000 people

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced today in an email to employees that the company is preparing to layoff a total of 18,000 people within the next year.

Additionally, Stephen Elop, chief of Microsoft devices, also announced that the Nokia X Android project is over. Future Nokia X designs and products will be shifted to Windows Phone devices. He notes that the company will make the shift immediately, but support and sales for existing Nokia X products will remain.

There's no further information on what's the destiny of the recently announced Nokia X2. It's an existing product technically, so it should go on sale, but given the new developments Microsoft might as well cancel it. After all, we doubt anyone will be interested in buying into the platform now that it's officially pronounced dead.

Here's an excerpt from Elop's email.

In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products


Out of the total of 18,000 planned job cuts, the Nokia Devices and Services unit will lose 12,500 people. Each one of them will be notified over the next six months and will receive a severance package. Those 12,500 jobs are comprising of both factory workers and IT professionals.

Satya Nadella said that the workforce reductions are dictated by the need of work simplification and strategic alignment with the Nokia Devices and Services integration.

Microsoft's phone engineering efforts are expected to be concentrated in Salo, Finland (for future, high-end Lumia products) and Tampere, Finland (for more affordable devices).

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nokia Lumia 930 up for pre-order in the Netherlands for €500

The Nokia Lumia 930 was announced back in April but it's yet to launch in the Old continent. There are pre-orders in progress in multiple countries though, the latest to join the party is the Netherlands with the lowest price yet.

This one isn't from the Microsoft Store but from local retailerPDAshop. The Lumia 930 is priced €500 and is expected to ship on July 19.

The Windows Phone 8.1 flagship will be discounted on O2 Germany from its regular price of €580 (this is from both theMicrosoft Store and Amazon). Still, O2 will be selling it at €520.

The Nokia Lumia 930 can be pre-ordered at €550 from Amazon France and Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa. The Italian Microsoft Store is asking the highest price, €600. This makes the Dutch price the cheapest in Europe yet.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Nokia teases the upcoming X2, to be announced on June 24

Shortly after the launch of its first Android phone — the Nokia X — Nokia will be releasing a successor in the form of the Nokia X2. Although the phone and the name hasn't been officially announced as such, the company has posted a teaser on its website with the tagline 'Green with envy'.

The new phone is set to be announced on June 24. From the rumors, the major changes to the phone include a dedicated home button, which is not present on the current Nokia X phones and caused confusion among the users (who were unaware you can press and hold the back button to go home).

Other changes include a bigger display, faster processor and 1GB RAM. We will find out for sure on Tuesday.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Nokia can transfer 5GB data in 11 seconds over LTE

Nokia and Korean mobile carrier, SK Telecom just partnered up to accomplish a pretty impressive technological feat.

They were able to transfer 5GB of data in just 11 seconds over SK Telecom’s LTE network.

Now this isn’t going to be indicative of everyday performance with SK Telecom, nor will these kind of data speeds be readily available to us mobile phone customers these days. Especially when you consider that there isn’t even a phone on the market that is capable of handling these speeds and not to mention data caps; this transfer would kill our entire month of data usage in a few seconds.

However, it’s interesting to know that Nokia and SK Telecom are able to perform such an amazing feat. The actual speed was clocked at 3.7Gbps, which blows the current, top of the line LTE networks 300Mbps speed out of the water.

It’ll be a long time before any of our mobile devices are capable of these kinds of speeds, but it’s nice to know that tech manufacturers are always looking into the future.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nokia Lumia 530 image leaks, confirms 4.3" display

The world's most popular Windows Phone smartphone is about to get a successor. Meet the Lumia 530 and its first public appearance in a photo. The phone was spotted in a Windows Phone buying guide showing the available devices running Windows Phone 8.1.

No confirmed Lumia 530 specifications are available at this time, but we can make some educated guesses based on the image above. Judging by the size difference to the Lumia 635, the Lumia 530 will sport a 4.3" display. That's a slight bump from the 4.0" (800 x 480 pixels) display of the Lumia 520.

There are also no front-facing camera nor physical navigation buttons, as Windows Phone 8.1 allows the use of virtual on-screen keys.

Finally, it's interesting to note that the Nokia logo is present on the phone. Microsoft bought Nokia Devices & Services for €5.44 billion but it wasn't clear if the company is going to keep using the Nokia brand in its upcoming products. We guess for the Lumia 530 at least, things are going to remain the same.