New Asha additions have dual-layer casing, long standby times
Nokia has used its Nokia World event to extend the Asha device range by three new models. The Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503 follow the Asha 501 in offering entry-level smartphone features using the Asha software platform instead of Windows Phone, as favored by the Lumia devices launched at the same time.
Pakistan, Thailand first to get Asha smartphone, India next week
Nokia will commence sales of its budget smartphone in emerging markets later this week. The Asha 501, with the new Asha software platform and a choice of either a normal home screen or the usage-logging Fastlane system, will go on sale in Pakistan and Thailand initially, with India and other locations to follow in the coming weeks.
Up to four multi-hour mixes downloadable by Asha users
Nokia will be allowing users of the Asha range of smartphones to use its free music streaming service for the first time. Previously only usable by Lumia Windows Phone devices, the Nokia Music with Mix Radio service will be available on Asha touch devices in the coming weeks, and will initially roll out in Russia before heading into other markets.
Phone first with new Asha software, has 48-day standby time
Nokia has updated its Asha range of devices with an entry-level touchscreen smartphone at a media event earlier today. The Asha 501, leaked yesterday, houses a three-inch 320x240 touchscreen in a case not too dissimilar from the Asha 210 QWERTY smartphone shown last month, along with a new mobile operating system.
Leaked image on Twitter shows touchscreen, range of colors
A Nokia smartphone being revealed in New Delhi tomorrow has allegedly been uncovered in a leak earlier than the manufacturer intended. A photograph showing a stack of phones, claimed to be the Asha 501, with the range of device casings matching the "add some color" statement made on an official Nokia blog post for the event.
Instant messenger connects to Yahoo, adds location broadcasting
Nokia has updated its instant-messaging service for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8-based Lumias and Asha smartphones. Previously used on Symbian and Series 40 devices before being replaced by Ovi services, Nokia Chat refreshes the app with a modern interface, along with a number of other social aspects as seen in other messaging systems.
New device likely headed to developing markets, Europe, Asia
Nokia is making an announcement for one or more new mobile phones on the 24th of April, according to a company blog post. The timing of the announcement, set at 7am Greenwich Mean Time, suggests it will be for a device destined for release primarily in Europe and Asia, with the accompanying image giving a few clues as to what it could be for.
First smartphone with Nokia Easy Swap Dual SIM support
Nokia has announced a new addition to its line of Series 40 phones. The Asha 310 follows on from the Asha 308 and Asha 309 in being a budget-oriented smartphone, and is the first Asha handset to have Nokia's Easy Swap Dual SIM support, a feature which allows the user to assign unique profiles for up to five SIM cards.
Phones likely headed overseas
Confirming recent leaks, Nokia has unveiled two new devices in its budget-priced Asha lineup. The Asha 308 and 309 are Nokia's most affordable touchscreen smartphones, pairing entry-level features with an unsubsidized retail price below $100 USD.
Asha 309 may launch tomorrow
Nokia may launch as many as two new handsets in its Asha line of smartphones as early as tomorrow. The images showed up in a forum post on Baidu, and they appear to show two distinct models in the Asha style. The source that leaked the images claims that the Finnish phone maker will be launching the devices in the very near future, as early as tomorrow.
Browser now cloud based, adds social sharing
Nokia has just debuted the newest version of its web browser app for phones across its Series 40 range of phones. The launch of the new browser version brings cloud-based browsing and social media integration, among other features, to Nokia's entry-level handset line.
Asha 306 phone leaked thanks to online manual
The current wave of promised Nokia Asha S40 phones will be joined by a fifth model, the Asha 306, if the recently leaked owner's manual (PDF) is any indication. Unlike the Asha 303, 300, 202, and 203, the 306 forgoes a hardware keyboard, opting only for a touchscreen. The phones are due to arrive sometime in the next three months.
Nokia closes India-only Money service
Nokia said on Monday it will close its Nokia Money service in India in order to focus on its phone business. A spokesperson briefed Reuters that it was jettisoning the mobile financial services business as it wasn't a core Nokia business. The service was launched throughout all of India late in 2011 after earlier, regional launches.
We take on Nokia's latest Asha models
Nokia at its special event at Mobile World Congress on Monday paid a large part of its time focusing on a new wave of S40 phones: the Asha 202, Asha 203, and Asha 302. We got to look at all three shortly after, and had a look at the importance of designer phones to much of the world: a messaging phone in Mumbai is as vital as an iPhone in New York. Continue on for a hands-on underscoring the importance of quality phones for everyone.
Our coverage of Nokia's live presser
Nokia is holding a special event at Mobile World Congress that's expected to be device-focused. The lineup could include an international version of the Lumia 900 as well as a low-cost Lumia 910 and possibly new Asha messaging phones. Check out our live coverage page for updates as they appear from the Fira de Barcelona.
Nokia to unveil 'pure' camera in a phone at MWC?
Nokia will unveil a high-end camera phone at its Mobile World Congress event on February 27, a teaser video released by the world's largest mobile phone maker indicates. Full of phrases like 'Pure detail,' 'Pure depth' and 'Pure definition,' the emphasis is certainly on image quality. The company has been rumored to unveil an international Lumia 900 at the show, which may sport a 12-megapixel camera.
Nokia 305, 610 certified by Indonesian regulator
Indonesia has issued certification for the operation of two new Nokia handsets, the Asha 305 and Lumia 610. The 305 is expected to be part of the entry-level Asha range and sport the Symbian S40 operating system and may get a 1GHz processor. The 610 is likely to be an entry-level Windows Phone device, and the certification reveals the Lumia 610 will get GSM 900/1,800MHz support along with WCDMA at 2,100MHz for 3G.
Lumia 610, 808, three Ashas coming to MWC?
Exactly which handsets Nokia will reveal at the upcoming Mobile World Congress show and its February 27 press conference may have been leaked to PocketNow. There will reportedly be six new phones unveiled, including three smartphones and three feature phones. The Windows Phone-powered devices would be the Lumia 900 and Lumia 610, while the 808 PureView would still use Symbian. The 808 is expected to be a replacement for the N8.
Nokia takes MS cash as Ahtisaari becomes Exec VP
Nokia in sidenotes to its tough fall quarter has revealed some of the inside workings of its deal with Microsoft as well as its shift in design direction. The Finnish company acknowledged being paid a $250 million installment from Microsoft as a "platform support payment." Neither side has fully disclosed how much the deal is worth, but the initial sum supports allusions to Microsoft paying billions and implies that Nokia has made a multi-year deal.
Nokia hits symbolic milestone with S40
Nokia hit a milestone and a possible close to one phase of the industry on Wednesday after it sold its 1.5 billionth Symbian S40 phone. The device, an Asha 303 messaging phone, went to 21-year-old Mayara Rodrigues of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The platform has been around since 1999, starting with the Nokia 7110.
Nokia shows off four Symbian S40 Asha phones
Nokia also revealed four new entry-level handsets at Nokia World. The Asha (derived from Hindi and meaning hope) line includes the Asha 303, Asha 300, Asha 200 and Asha 201. The 303 is the most advanced, getting a 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen, a hardware QWERTY keyboard, and a 1GHz processor.