Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nokia appoints new CEO, Rajeev Suri

Starting on May 1 Nokia will have a new CEO – Rajeev Suri. Suri has been with Nokia since 1995 and has been the CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks (now rebranded Nokia Networks) since October 2009.

Considering Nokia Networks is the big bread earner in the new Nokia, the one after the sale of the phone division, the choice makes sense.

“As Nokia opens this new chapter, the Nokia Board and I are confident that Rajeev is the right person to lead the company forward,” said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors. Siilasmaa served a sinterim CEO, but will go back to his Chairman position on May 1.

The interim president, Timo Ihamuotila, will step down from that position and will focus on his position as Executive Vice President and Group CFO.

Nokia’s remaining operations invested €2.5 billion in research and development last year. There are plans for a €5 billion “capital structure optimization program.” Hit the source link for more details on the program.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Nokia releases Asha 1.4 software update with new features

Nokia Asha Software Platform v1.4 is now available as an over-the-air update for five Asha phones - 230,500, 501, 502 and 503. You can get it right now by visiting the Settings -> Phone Update menu on your phone.

Version 1.4 of the Asha platform brings Nokia Mix Radio on Asha 500, 502 and 503. It's a free streaming music service that will allow you even to listen music offline in case you are out of internet connectivity.

All five Asha phones also get these new features:
OneDrive app with free 7GB cloud storage
Updated and more social Fastlane
Camera upgrade - voice-guided slefies, panorama shots
Video camera upgrade - improved video stabilization
Power Saver mode
Parental control in Nokia Store and Nokia Browser

If you own one of those five Asha phones, then the update is either awaiting you in your Settings menu or it will reach you any moment now.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nokia-Microsoft deal now officially done

It's done – Nokia has just announced the completion of the sale to Microsoft of "substantially" all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft. "Substantially" since two factories were excluded from the deal – the Chennai factory in India, but also the Masan factory in South Korea.

The South Korean factory employed roughly 200 people, but Nokia will be closing it down. The fate of the Chennai factory is unclear, but Nokia will be offering financial assistance to its employees so they can "explore opportunities outside Nokia starting from a sound financial base".

The deal underwent other changes too – the final price is expected to be slightly higher than the initially announced €5.44 billion due to a positive adjustment in net working capital and cash earnings.

The leadership team that led Devices & Services at Nokia has stepped down and is moving to Microsoft effective today. This includes former CEO Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen and Chis Weber.

Nokia will make another announcement on April 29 (next Tuesday) to provide further details of the transaction (presumably the fate of the Chennai factory and the final sales price).

You can read Stephen Elop's open letter here. On Monday, Elop will be answering questions at the Nokia Conversations blog.

Let's play the iconic Nokia Tune one more time as we close this large chapter in mobile history.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 EU price and availability revealed

The latest Windows Phone handsets from Nokia have already arrived at European retailers. The Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 are available for pre-order in Germany right now and better yet, we have pricing and availability info.

The Nokia Lumia 930 new global flagship and will cost €600 at launch from Cyberport in Germany. For comparison, the same retailer is asking €700 for the Galaxy S5 and €650 for the HTC One (M8). Anyway, the Lumia 930 is expected to be available from June 19.

Then there's the Nokia Lumia 630, aiming to be the new entry-level king. It's available on both Cyberport and MediaMarkt (another German retailer) for €160. MediaMarkt has the dual-SIM version of the phone, while Cyberport's seems to be the single-SIM.

MediaMarkt expects to have the phone in stock earlier – May 5 – while Cyberport is waiting for its units until the end of May.

NotebooksBilliger also has the Nokia Lumia 630 single-SIM at €160, but is running a promotion of €50 off if you use the Handy50 code by the end of the month. There's no availability date though.


Nokia - Microsoft deal completes on April 25

Nokia and Microsoft had already received green light for the merger from the European Commission and the US Department of Justice long ago and the Chinese regulatory authorities also gave their approval for the merging of Nokia with Microsoft just a few days ago.

Microsoft has now officially announced that they have completed all the steps necessary to finalize the acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The transaction will be completed on April 25.

Meanwhile, there have been some adjustments to the original deal and the new agreement will now allow Microsoft to manage online assets of Nokia that include nokia.com domain and other social media sites.

While the original offer had all the employees in Nokia's Chief Technology Office continuing with Nokia, that has been adjusted and now all 21 execs in China will join Microsoft. Lastly, the acquisition included the Nokia's Korean manufacturing facility, but the deal will complete without Microsoft taking control over it.

It took more than 7 months to complete the acquisition after Microsoft broke the news, but nevertheless it's finally done!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Nokia Oyj will soon be renamed to Microsoft Mobile Oy

The Microsoft acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services is expected to close later this month and to prepare for the transition a letter has been sent out to Nokia's supplier base. The letter, which has leaked online, suggests that Nokia Oyj will get a new name: Microsoft Mobile Oy.

The company is going to exist as a fully-owned Microsoft subsidiary and as you would expect it is going to handle the mobile devices production. The letter reveals that current terms and conditions that suppliers were having with Nokia until now will not be changed.

Nokia is keeping its relationship with existing supplier partners, but considering the company's main operations remain NSN, HERE Maps and Advanced Technology unit, it may not soon need some of them, as most deal with hardware.

Nokia has been rumored to be working on a smartwatch, but we don't know if the company is going to keep the development.

Follow the source link below to read the full statement.

Source | Via

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nokia Lumia 630 goes on pre-order in Russia for just €160

Nokia Lumia 630 went official just a few days ago. It is among the first smartphones to run Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan out of the box. The smartphone is considered as a successor of the Lumia 620.

Nokia has announced the 3G Lumia 630 will launch in various EU and Asian markets this May for €119, while its dual-SIM sibling should set you back €129. The smartphone will be also released worldwide with LTE connectivity under the Lumia 635 moniker in July for €139. This is at least the official info, but as usual it doesn't include taxes or subsidies.

Nokia has begun taking pre-orders for the single and dual-SIM Lumia 630 in Russia via its official Nokia store. The single-SIM Lumia 630 is priced at €163 (RUB 7,990), while the dual-SIM version costs €173 (RUB 8,490). There is no official release date mentioned though.

Source | Via

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Major Asha update hits now with Mix Radio and new camera

Just as promised Nokia is issuing the second major update to its Asha lineup. The update brings Mix Radio, an improved camera with audible selfie assistance, Panorama, OneDrive support, Facebook likes, Twitter re-tweets and birthdays in Fastlane and built-in parental controls.

The update is being pushed over the air as we speak and should appear as a push notification but you can also do a manual check. The new firmware is meant for the single and dual-SIM versions of the Asha 500, 501, 502, 503 and 230.

Among the more notable features is the new camera with the addition of Panorama mode. In the event of taking a selfie with the back camera the phone will give you voice instructions so that your face is at center when you take the shot.

Microsoft's OneDrive is now available on the Asha lineup and can handle automatic uploads.

Finally parental controls will allow you to request a PIN code or password for browser and Store access.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nokia 225 and 225 Dual SIM unveiled, to cost €40

Nokia just announced the 225 – a Series 30+ feature phone that will go on sale at an estimated price of €40. There will be a dual-SIM version too, both will start shipping in select markets within three months.

The Nokia 225 features the biggest non-touchscreen Nokia has put on a feature phone – 2.8" in diagonal with QVGA resolution. It's one of the thinner Nokia phones too at 10.4mm, and weighs 100g.

The phone comes preloaded with compression-enabled Nokia Xpress Browser for lower data usage and quicker load times. It also has Facebook, Twitter and Bing search preinstalled.

The Nokia 225 has a microSD slot that supports 32GB cards and can serve as an MP3 player with a 103 phon speaker. There's FM radio with RDS too.

The phone packs a 2MP camera with QVGA @ 15fps video capture, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM (a file sharing solution that emulates NFC).

As a feature phone it offers great battery life – 36 days of standby (27 days for the dual-SIM), 21 hours of talk time and up to 49 hours of music playback. The Nokia 225 will come in Red, Yellow, Green, Black and White.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nokia Lumia 930 with 5" 1080p screen and 20MP camera unveiled

Nokia has taken the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone - the Lumia 930. It's basically the international sibling of the Verizon-exclusive Nokia Lumia Icon, featuring a 5" 1080p camera and a 20MP PureView camera.

The Nokia Lumia 930 features Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2.2GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in, non-expandable memory on board. The display is a 5” super sensitive ClearBlack AMOLED unit with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and pixel density of 441ppi.

The main camera of the Nokia Lumia 930 is a 20MP PureView unit with 1/2.5” BSI sensor, f/2.4, OIS, and a dual-LED flash. It is capable of capturing 1080p videos @ 30 fps.

Nokia Lumia 930

Like its Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 siblings, the Nokia Lumia 930 can capture full resolution photos, as well as scaled-down, high-quality 5MP images for easier sharing. A host of preloaded software such as Nokia Camera, Creative Studio, Cinemagraph, etc. enhances the camera experience even further.

Connectivity of the smartphone includes Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and USB 2.0. The phone will work with a nano-SIM card. The Lumia 930 has FM radio too.

The physical measures of the Nokia Lumia 930 are 137 x 71 x 9.8mm, while its weight tips the scale at 167 grams. The device is powered by a 2,420mAh battery and offers Qi wireless charging capability.

The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to roll out globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, Middle East and India. It's expected to cost $599 (€435) before taxes and subsidies.