Aereo launching cloud DVR service in Baltimore on December 16
Aereo has revealed that it will be launching its cloud-based DVR service in Baltimore in time for Christmas. Residents in the Baltimore metropolitan area, including 11 central Maryland counties, will be able to sign up and subscribe to the service when it goes live on December 16th, though this will still leave Aereo considerably short of its goal of expanding to 22 US cities before the end of this year.
European Commission finds minimal overlap between Microsoft, Nokia
Microsoft has been given the all-clear to acquire Nokia's mobile phone business by the European Commission (EC). The clearance by the regulatory body comes just one day after the US Department of Justice approved the deal, two weeks after Nokia's shareholders made a similar decision, leaving little in the way of obstructions left for the $7.2 billion deal.
UK ban proceedings may have leaked M8 launch
A judge in the United Kingdom appears to have confirmed a February launch windows for HTC's follow-up to this year's HTC One flagship. In the same proceedings that marked a ban on the HTC One Mini in the UK, BGR reports that Judge Richard Arnold pointed to a possible February 2014 launch for HTC's next flagship device. This is in keeping with previous rumors on the device's availability, but it is the most specific of any leaks, and appears based on internal information.
HTC One spared from sales injunction, Nokia seeks financial compensation
HTC will no longer be allowed to sell the One Mini in the United Kingdom from the end of this week onwards. Judge Richard Arnold has ruled that chips used in the HTC One Mini infringed on a patent owned by Nokia, with a sales injunction on the device coming into effect from December 6th, though stopped short of doing the same for the HTC One.
DOJ approval effectively leaves European regulators as last major acquisitions hurdle
The acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services section by Microsoft has taken one more step towards completion. The US Department of Justice approval in a Federal trade Commission filing has effectively completed the deal's regulatory processes in the United States, effectively leaving just the European regulators standing in its way.
New Nokia accessory to launch mid-December
Nokia appears ready to launch its mystery "Guru" accessory in the very near future, and the device appears to be a Bluetooth-capable media player. The device according to My Nokia Blog, may debut with the name BH-121 Touch. It appears to be an iPod nano-like device, likely with a heavy focus on music.
One year on, most Windows Phone devices are WP8
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform is by far the predominant install among owners of Windows Phone devices, with three-quarters of Windows Phone devices worldwide running Windows Phone 8. This according to figures from AdDuplex, which earlier pointed to Nokia's dominance among Windows Phone manufacturers. The new figures seem to indicate that at least some Windows Phone users were upgrading within the ecosystem after it was revealed last year that devices running Windows Phone 7.X would not be receiving an update to the latest Windows Phone version.
Microsoft soon to hold three-quarters of own mobile destiny
Nokia's Lumia line of smartphones now accounts for more than three out of four total Windows Phone devices in the hands of consumers, according to Ad Duplex. ZDNet reported this week on Nokia's increasing dominance over the Windows Phone environment, revealing numbers indicating that the soon-to-be Microsoft-owned line of devices has only grown its share as the platform has gradually expanded. Most of Nokia's growth, though, has come in the low-end handset market, an arena where competition is increasing rapidly.
Nokia's new Windows RT tablet still has bugs
Nokia's newly released Lumia 2520 tablet appears to suffer from a screen malfunction that causes it to become inoperable until reset. The issue emerged this week in a Nokia device support forum, with several commenters saying the displays on their just-bought devices will not wake from sleep mode. The issue, when it occurs, does not resolve itself until the device is reset.
Design of Lumia 525 largely unchanged from predecessor
Nokia has launched its rumored successor to the Lumia 520, its popular Windows Phone smartphone. The Lumia 525 is relatively unchanged from the Lumia 520 for the most part, with it sharing a similar design and internals, though the original's 512MB of RAM has been upgraded to 1GB, which will certainly help performance in apps.
Initial impressions of Nokia's first Lumia tablet
Even as its mobile division gets swallowed by Microsoft, Finnish manufacturer Nokia has released a new tablet, the Lumia 2520. The new device makes Nokia one of the few manufacturers still supporting Microsoft's struggling tablet platform, with the other being Microsoft itself. We've gotten our hands on Nokia's new tablet, and have formed a few initial impressions on the Lumia 2520.
Nokia phablet with 20MP PureView camera out in UK, Australia soon
The Nokia Lumia 1520 has landed in Australia, following its launch in the United States and other countries. Not to be outdone, the six-inch phablet with a 1080p display will also be heading to the United Kingdom for launch on December 6th, with both carriers and third-party retailers said to be stocking the device.
Nokia pokes fun at Apple's new iPad in new tablet ads
Nokia is pulling no punches in its first ad for the recently released Lumia 2520, taking direct aim at Apple's new iPad Air. The Finnish firm, which recently sold its hardware arm to Microsoft, pokes fun at Apple's thin and light tablet in a new video ad before touting the Lumia 2520's capabilities as a productivity device. The new Windows RT tablet, Nokia says, also bests the iPad Air in a number of other features, including battery life.
Line reaches 300M users, aims for 500M within 2014
Mobile messaging app Line has passed the 300 million user milestone, increasing from 200 million in just four months, with CEO Akira Morikawa aiming for the company to reach 500 million users in total within 2014. While the company has previously tried to drum up interest in the United States, Line states that the largest growth areas are in fact regions such as Spain and Mexico, with future expansion plans targeting India, Turkey, and Western Europe.
Smaller Nokia Windows RT tablet rumored for release early next year
Nokia could be planning to release a smaller Windows RT tablet in the coming months, one that would in theory compliment its current 10.1-inch Lumia 2520, according to a new rumor. The Lumia 2020, thought to be the eight-inch "Illusionist" tablet that surfaced earlier this month, could be heading to market in the first quarter of 2014.
Microsoft Nokia buy nears EU approval
Microsoft's bid to buy Nokia's mobile phone business will likely gain approval from the European Union, according to sources close to the approval process. Persons familiar with the matter told Reuters this week that the European Commission is close to clearing the Nokia buy without any preconditions. The $7.2 billion transaction will remove Nokia from the mobile device manufacturing segment, while securing Microsoft as a company that makes not only software but computing hardware as well.
Nokia will be moving to nearby building from old HQ
As part of the deal that sold off its mobile operations, Nokia will also be handing over its massive headquarters in Espoo, Finland, to Microsoft. TechCrunch reported on Thursday that Nokia is "quietly preparing to move out" of its Espoo headquarters, with Microsoft taking over the facility when the deal as the deal is completed over the next few months. The staff remaining with Nokia, though, won't be moving too far away, as the company will relocate to a building nearby in Karaportti.
Windows Phone app updated with new name, new look
Nokia has rebranded its music streaming service for Lumia smartphones, and has updated its Windows Phone app at the same time. Nokia MixRadio operates in a similar manner to the advertisement-free Nokia Music service it is replacing, this time with a greater emphasis on the downloadable mixes, as well as introducing a personalized mix.
Transfer of Nokia division to Microsoft expected to complete in early 2014
Shareholders at Nokia have approved the sale of the company's Devices and Services arm to Microsoft. Those eligible to vote overwhelmingly accepted the deal, with 99.7 percent agreeing to take the 5.44 billion euro ($7.35 billion) deal, and removes one more hurdle in Microsoft's quest to own part of Nokia's hardware business.
New Lumia tablet comes to Verizon on no-contract price
Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet will land on Verizon on November 21, according to a post from the United States' largest carrier. The Windows RT-powered tablet, Nokia's first entry in the segment, will be available to Verizon customers for $500, and the carrier will not require a wireless contract for that price. Verizon is also getting a special red edition of the device for customers buying it online. Customers buying it in stores will only have access to a black version.
Leaked images claim Android, iOS platform support on the way
Nokia Music could be heading to the iPhone in the future, according to an allegedly leaked graphic. The app, which currently provides streaming music to Nokia Lumia and Asha smartphones as well as through Windows 8, 8.1, and RT devices, may end up on both iOS and Android devices as Nokia expands the reach of the service.
Windows RT-powered Lumia tablet set to launch next week
Nokia next Friday will launch the Lumia 2520, its recently unveiled Windows RT tablet, on November 22, the company revealed today. A post on Nokia's Conversations blog confirmed that the Lumia 2520 would be available in retail outlets next week. A 4G LTE version of the device will also be available in AT&T retail outlets and online.
Off-the-glass interactions via hardware sensors
Nokia is reportedly preparing to introduce a new form of gesture interaction with its upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 handsets. Known internally as "3D Touch," the technology is said to use hardware sensors to detect gestures without requiring any physical contact with the phone display, similar to Samsung's Air Gestures system, unnamed sources have told The Verge.
App allows for focal point to change after photograph has been taken
Nokia is rolling out its Lytro-style Refocus app to other devices in the Lumia range with high-resolution cameras. The PureView-equipped Lumia 1020, Lumia 920, Lumia 925, and Lumia 928 now join the Lumia 1520 in being able to change the point of focus in a photograph after it has been taken rather than before, with the app now appearing in the Windows Phone Store.
Nokia Lumia 1520 pre-orders open in US, ships November 22nd
AT&T has opened up pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 1520, with the device shipping on November 22nd, later than first thought. Priced at $200 on a two-year contract, $585 off-contract, and $27 per month under AT&T Next, the Lumia 1520 offers a six-inch 1080p IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 20-megapixel PureView camera on the back.
Eight candidates believed to remain in contention for top Microsoft role
Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is now even closer to becoming the next chief executive of Microsoft, after the software producer narrowed its external candidate list to approximately five people, according to a report. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Oracle president Mark Hurd are said to still be in the running alongside Elop, with the list severely cut down from the initial 40 names.
Nokia doubles down on Windows RT tablets with Illusionist
Nokia may release a Windows RT-powered 8-inch tablet in the near future, doubling down on its investment in Microsoft's troubled mobile Windows platform. Serial tech secret leaker @evleaks tipped the existence of a device code-named Illusionist on Monday, though the tweet did not give a time frame for the Illusionist's launch. An 8-inch device would complement Nokia's existing Windows RT-powered Lumia 2520, which is a 10.1-inch slate.
Lumia 929 shown complete with Verizon branding, PureView camera
Photographs for two unannounced Nokia Lumia devices have surfaced, suggesting that two more device launches are in the works before the company hands its mobile phone arm over to Microsoft. The Lumia 525 has appeared in a filing with a Chinese certification agency, while another report offers a large number of close-up photographs of the Lumia 929.
Samsung payment to Nokia for patent licenses to be determined in 2015
Nokia has made an agreement with Samsung which lets the Korean manufacturer license part of Nokia's patent portfolio for five more years. The extension to an existing patent licensing deal, revealed today by Nokia, will allow Samsung to avoid any potential lawsuits from Nokia in the future, and at the same time provides Nokia with funds after it sells off its mobile device arm to Microsoft.
Lumia sales improve year-on-year from 2.9M to 8.8M
Nokia has made an unexpected operating profit of 118 million euros ($162 million) for the third quarter, according to its latest financial results. The profit, stemming from net sales of 5.66 billion euros ($7.8 billion), is a marked turn-around from the $755 million lost for the same period last year, and helps to compensate for the $151 million operating loss it endured in the second quarter.
Video shows off new aluminum Windows Phone device
Nokia appears to have a new, high build quality Windows Phone 8 device in the works, as a new video has emerged showing what is said to be the Lumia 929. The video showed up on the WPCentral forums, having been posted to the YouTube account of SDphones on Saturday. It appears to show a Lumia device with an aluminum construction, much like the company's Lumia 928 from earlier this year.
Partial license terms of Apple and Nokia deal known to many Samsung execs
Samsung and its attorneys in its smartphone patent battle with Apple were grilled today by Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh over alleged mishandling of confidential Apple and Nokia documents. Apple calls the misuse of the documents released by law firm Quinn Emanuel a "massive unauthorized disclosure of highly confidential information" that gives Samsung an edge in negotiations with some of Apple’s business partners, including Nokia itself.
Position tied to release cycles
The launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c put Apple back on top of US smartphone sales during the month of September, new data from Counterpoint Research indicates. Samsung had been holding that spot since May, peaking at 37 percent in August. In September, though, Apple shot from 17 percent up to 39 percent, pushing Samsung down to 29 percent. The companies' next closest competitor, LG, slipped back under 10 percent, a threshold it was over between June and August. HTC, Motorola, and Nokia each have less than 5 percent of the US market.
Refocus app allows for Lytro-style post-shot refocusing of image
A number of software updates for Windows Phone and Lumia devices have been announced at Nokia's media event earlier today. Apps such as Vine and Flipboard for Windows Phone were demonstrated running on Windows Phone, while a number of photography related updates for PureView devices were also revealed.
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.
Six-inch Nokia phablets include premium, mid-range offerings
Nokia has revealed a pair of Lumia phablets, a first for the manufacturer. Both the Lumia 1520 and the Lumia 1320 sport six-inch displays and Windows Phone 8, and though the two are superficially similar, the Lumia 1520 is a premium offering, while the 1320 is meant to be a more affordable, lower-specification model.
Lumia tablet packs Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB expandable storage
Nokia has launched its rumored "Sirius" tablet during its Nokia World event. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a Windows RT slate that packs a 10.1-inch 1080p AH-IPS display, which is claimed to be bright enough to read outdoors and is protected by Gorilla Glass 2, as well as retaining most of the design language of the Lumia range despite the increase in size.
Nokia's Lumia sales continue to creep up
Sales of Nokia's Lumia line of Windows Phone-powered devices continue to creep upward, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Finnish phone maker, whose mobile division was recently bought by Microsoft, is said to have sold more than eight million Lumia devices in the third quarter of this year, up from 7.4 million in the previous quarter. Should the new figures bear out in Nokia's forthcoming earnings statement, that would mark the fourth straight quarter of increasing smartphone sales for the firm.
Square music player from Nokia includes NFC connectivity
A portable music player could be on the way from Nokia, according to a new leaked image. The Nokia Guru is a small and square device that appears to take its cue from the iPod Shuffle, albeit with seemingly fewer controls, and could possibly be revealed by the company as part of its major product launch event tomorrow.
Store listing confirms Nokia phablet with 6-inch 1080p display
Specifications for the Nokia Lumia 1520 have surfaced again, this time in the form of the company's own store in China. The official Nokia Tmall store in the country lists the smartphone, codenamed "Bandit," as shipping with a large 6-inch, 1,080x1,920-resolution display, ahead of the company's event being held tomorrow.
Jorma Ollila book says Elop was not first choice
Nokia had its eye on other executives to lead the company before it settled for current CEO Stephen Elop, according to a Wall Street Journal report on a book by former Nokia chairman Jorma Ollila. Ollila's memoir was released in Finland on Friday, and it says that there was a definite preferred choice for Nokia. Ollila does not reveal the name of the candidate, bu he says that he was "the No. 2 man at a well-known American technology company."
AT&T retains top spot among US carriers
Apple and the iPhone have topped JD Power's smartphone satisfaction study for the 10th time in five years, according to a newly-released chart. With a score of 856, the company beats out rivals like Nokia (840), Samsung (839), and and HTC (829). AT&T remains the US carrier with the most overall customer satisfaction, garnering a score of 843; trailing behind are Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Among iPhone users, though, Verizon is the top carrier.
Prototype integrates six displays
Nokia recently submitted a patent filing for a smartwatch concept that features modular display components. The application describes a wearable device with up to six displays, each capable of showing separate content as the band is rotated around the wrist.
Three Samsung motions meant to delay investigation of breach shot down
The presiding judge in the ongoing Apple-Samsung trial (the first stage of which ended with a complete victory for Apple and over $1 billion in damages awarded by a jury) is, to put it mildly, unhappy about Samsung's stonewalling of an investigation into the disclosure of confidential terms of an Apple-Nokia deal to Samsung executives. Rather than admit culpability, the company and its legal firm attempted to persuade the judge that the whole thing was a blameless accident. It didn't work.
Nokia offers free Netflix to Vodafone UK Lumia customers
Nokia is offering a free subscription to Netflix to customers buying certain Lumia devices on Vodafone in the United Kingdom. Originally reported by the Financial Times and later confirmed on the Vodafone website, the purchase of the Lumia 625 or Lumia 925 will provide six months of Netflix, while the Lumia 1020 includes a free full year subscription to the video streaming service.
Nokia World event set to introduce first phablet, tablet
Nokia has issued an unusual teaser for its forthcoming Nokia World event scheduled for October 22 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Pictured appears to be to the previously leaked Nokia Lumia 2520 6-inch Windows Phone phablet and the similarly leaked Windows RT 8.1 tablet codenames known as the Sirius. Also pictured, intriguingly, is a notebook – it could be a literal representation of the ad copy, which reads ‘Watch the action on your screen of choice,’ or a reference to Nokia’s upcoming acquisition by Microsoft and an acknowledgement of the close integration of its devices and Microsoft’s Windows empire.
Suggested to slot into Lumia range above Lumia 625
Nokia may be preparing to launch a large-screened mobile phone that will apparently be a flagship "budget category" Windows Phone device. The Lumia 1320, previously codenamed internally as "Batman," could be one of the last few devices to leak ahead of the phone manufacturer holds its Nokia World event on October 22nd.
Windows Phone 8, Nokia firmware adds new camera app, FM radio
AT&T will be rolling out updates to some Windows Phone 8 devices used on its network later today, according to a post on the carrier's forum. The General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) update for Windows Phone 8, along with the Amber firmware for the Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, will start to appear as a notification on subscriber devices later today, with the updates downloadable over a Wi-Fi connection.
5c close behind in some cases
The iPhone 5s was the top-selling smartphone at all four major US carriers during the month of September, according to data from Canaccord Genuity. The iPhone 5c, moreover, came in second place at AT&T and Sprint, taking third at Verizon and T-Mobile. Filling in the top three at each carrier was the Samsung Galaxy S4.