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Nokia Launching Windows Phone 7 Devices Next Week


Nokia will be launching its Windows Phone 7 devices next week, Microsoft’s Andy Lees has revealed.

The news comes via Engadget, which said that Lees – Microsoft’s Windows Phone chief – hinted of the launch of the Nokia Windows Phone devices next week at the AsiaD event.

He said that the Finnish handsets manufacturer will have “differentiating hardware and software” at its Nokia World 2011 event in London.

The Nokia World 2011 event will begin on October 26.

Furthermore, Engadget quotes Lees:

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“Nokia will announce its rollout plans with Windows Phone, among other things. It made an evaluation early on, and saw our roadmap for this year and next year, and it decided to bet the whole company on Windows Phone based on that. We’ve seen that other hardware makers have seen this occurrence as an accelerant, which in turn helps both Microsoft and Nokia. I’m also excited about naming some new OEMs that will be coming onboard [with WP7].”

Industry observers have been waiting for Nokia to release its own crop of Windows Phone devices since it announced in February that it will be using the Microsoft platform instead of its Symbian platform in future smartphones.

Source: http://socialbarrel.com/nokia-launching-windows-phone-7-devices-next-week/24933/

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Microsoft, Nokia, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, WP7

 

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Nokia Readies Ads for Nokia 800 Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” Handset


Nokia Corp. is getting ready to launch its first smartphones based on Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” operating system. It is most likely that the company will show the handset at its Nokia World  event in late October and will start selling it towards the end of the year. The company has already started to prepare ads for its Nokia 800.

Keeping in mind that the first WP 7.5 “Mango” is generally a rush project at Nokia, which only made decision to adopt Windows Phone as its primary operating system for smartphones earlier this year, the information that is circulating about it is not completely clear in many ways, but it is widely believed that it shares a lot of technologies with the Meego-based N9 flagship, but fully complies with system and minimum equipment list of Windows Phone operating system.

What we do possibly know about the first Nokia Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”-based smartphone from Nokia – the Nokia 800 – is that it sports a curved 3.7″ AMOLED multi-touch display with unknown resolution and does not sport any hardware buttons on the front side. The handset is presumably powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 (up to 1GHz Scorpion ARM Cortex-A8 core, Adreno 200 graphics processing unit, 720p video, up to 12MP camera, integrated 3G, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA support and so on) system on-chip, sports 8MP camera, GPS navigation and other innovations.

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Pocketnow.com web-site has managed to obtain the first Nokia 800 ads* that depict the smartphone itself and show off the Windows Phone 7-style pattern that looks more like a disco-style one. The two ads obtained by the media resource emphasize broad set of capabilities amid high responsiveness of the handset. It is unknown, though, whether the banners are the legitimate and final since the handsets on both have differences.

Based on unofficial information, Nokia is preparing several smartphones, including code-named Sun (presumably with with 12MP camera and dual-core SoC), Saber (single-core SoC, 8MP camera), Sea Ray/Searay (with multi-touch screen) and something featuring a QWERTY keypad smartphones based on Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” operating system for the “initial” lineup release.

In total, there are twelve Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices planned to be released in 2012. All of them are likely to somewhat resemble Symbian-based products, but should naturally offer clear advantages over the platform that is fading away.

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The actual code-name of the Nokia 800 is unknown. Based on unofficial specifications and design, it is clearly not the Sea Ray handset shown back in June, 2011, but is likely the Saber.

Nokia World 2011 event takes place in London, the UK, in October 26-27, 2011.

Nokia and Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Source: http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mobile/display/20111011171839_Nokia_Readies_Ads_for_Nokia_800_Windows_Phone_7_5_Mango_Handset.html

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Mango, Nokia, Windows Phone 7

 

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Microsoft CEO admits Windows Phone 7 sales are slower than expected


SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7) hasn’t got off to the best start.

According to data from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, Microsoft’s WP7 mobile operating system has just 1.7 per cent of the market.

It was therefore no surprise when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that WP7 sales have been slower than expected.

“We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year,” Ballmer said at the company’s financial analyst meeting.

He still thinks there is room for growth though. “I’m not saying I love where we are but I am very optimistic on where we can be,” added Ballmer. “We’ve just got to kick this thing to the next level.”

How Ballmer will kick things to the next level we have yet to see, but there’s a lot of pressure on the Windows Phone 7.1 Mango update to be successful.

Finnish phone maker Nokia was expected to be the first to market with WP7.1 Mango, but it has already been pipped to the post by HTC and others.

Source: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2109880/microsoft-ceo-admits-windows-phone-sales-slower-expected

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in HTC, Nokia, Windows Phone 7, WP7

 

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Nokia Plans 300 Media Apps For Windows Phone


Nokia has inked a deal with a Canadian developer to produce more than 300 media applications for its upcoming Windows Phone offerings, as well as for its existing line of Symbian and MeeGo-based smartphones.

Under the deal, Toronto’s Polar Mobile will build apps that format content from a number of international publishers for display on Nokia’s various platforms. Content providers involved in the deal include WiredUK, Kompass, Advertising Age, The Globe and Mail, Shanghai Daily, and 7DAYS.

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“Nokia is excited about the opportunity to team up with Polar Mobile to bring hundreds of quality apps to consumers around the world,” said Richard White, general manager for Nokia Canada, in a statement. “Polar Mobile’s ability to scale and attract a global set of brands is strategic in supporting Nokia’s efforts in offering compelling apps and experiences for our users.”

Polar Mobile uses Nokia’s cross-platform Qt development framework to help publishers produce mobile versions of their content for Nokia platforms. It’s one of the technologies that Microsoft is hoping will incent major content providers to include Windows Phone in their mobile strategies once Nokia-branded Windows Phone 7 devices become available–most likely in the first half of next year.

Application choice could make or break Windows Phone. Microsoft claimed there were about 9,000 apps available for the OS as of March. By contrast, the number of apps available for Apple’s iPhone and Google Android devices is well into the six figures.

Under a deal reached earlier this year, Nokia agreed to use Windows Phone 7 as the exclusive operating system for its U.S. products. The Finnish phone maker also will offer Windows Phone-based devices in a number of other international markets.

What’s not clear is how long the company plans to continue offering products based on other operating systems. Symbian’s share of the global mobile OS market is slipping, and Nokia recently sold off future support and development rights to the platform to Accenture. MeeGo is a joint effort between Nokia and Intel, and runs Nokia’s slick new N9 smartphone.

Nokia shares were flat at $6.07 in early trading Wednesday.

Source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/mobility/smart_phones/231500119

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Android, Apple, Nokia, Symbian, Windows Phone 7

 

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Windows Phone 7 gets new Xbox Live features and 14 new games


Microsoft previewed some new Xbox Live games and features for its Windows Phone 7 platform today at the annual Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany.

The announcements are part of the company’s plan to build enthusiasm for its mobile games — which are one of the best ways to show off its mobile platform — and the upcoming Mango release of the Windows Phone 7 software. Mango, which includes a major update for the phone software, is expected to debut in September.

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It’s a small set of new features and titles, but the kind that Microsoft increasingly needs to make as it competes with rivals including Google (soon to be acquiring Motorola Mobility), Research in Motion, Nokia, Apple and Samsung in the mobile operating system market.

The new announcements include Xbox Live Avatar Awardables, which are wearable achievements for your Xbox Live avatar, or virtual character, which is visible on your phone. The first game to feature them will be the upcoming Chickens Can’t Fly.

There will also be game add-ons, such as the ability to purchase extra mushrooms and other goods in games such as Beards & Beaks. You will be able to buy more in-game add-ons and downloadable content such as extra weapons or levels in the coming months. That’s a critical feature to generate revenues for game developers.

Windows Phone will also have parental controls, where parents can set the content that kids can view. You can restrict a child from playing a mature-rated game such as the upcoming Splinter Cell Conviction game. And players will be able to do a Fast Async, which improves game play for multilayer turn-by-turn games.

Upcoming titles include Beards & Beaks: Cave Area; Bug Village (pictured); Burn the Rope; Collapse!; Chickens Can’t Fly; Gravity Guy; Farm Frenzy 2; Fight Game Rivals; IonballEX; Kinectimals Mobile; Mush; Orbital; TextTwist 2; and Toy Soldiers Boot Camp.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2011/08/16/windows-phone-7-gets-new-xbox-live-features-and-14-new-games/

 
 

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Nokia to Bring Windows Phone 7 Devices to China Mobile


Nokia plans on launching Windows Phone 7 handsets through China’s largest mobile phone carrier as the handset maker tries to fend off competition from Android devices and Apple’s iPhone.

The smartphones would operate on China Mobile’s 3G network using the TD-SCDMA standard, said Nokia executive vice president Colin Giles during a speech in Beijing on Friday. China Mobile has more than 600 million users or about two-third of the country’s total mobile phone subscriber base.

Giles, however, did not give a specific launch date, and only said the phones would be introduced some time in the future.

Nokia reigns as the top selling handset manufacturer in China. But the company has struggled to maintained that position as sales for Android devices and Apple’s iPhone grow, according to analysts.

Nokia’s financial report for the second quarter indicated this downward trend as its mobile device shipments for China sank to 11.3 million, a 53 percent decline from the previous quarter. In the report, Nokia said competition and pricing tactics from rivals drove down shipments for the company’s smartphones. Distributors and carriers also purchased fewer devices due to already higher inventory levels for Nokia products.

Globally, Nokia saw smartphone sales fall 32 percent in this past quarter. But the company hopes to reverse those fortunes once it begins launching smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has said he’s confident the devices will first ship later this year and then in higher numbers in 2012.

Nokia’s move to launch smartphones through China Mobile will allow the company to tap a vast user base, said C.K. Lu, an analyst with research firm Gartner. But the devices may not appeal to most customers given their estimated high price.

“Nokia’s strategy is to use Windows Phone to position its smartphones as higher-end devices,” Lu said. “But if you want the mass market, you have to drive down the price.”

He noted Android handsets have already reached the low-end market and cost 1,000 yuan (US$157) to buy an Android device. A user would then need to buy the SIM card separately along with a service package. In comparison, Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 devices will probably cost at around $300, according to Lu.

“I think this Windows Phone 7 will help them, but I don’t think it will have a big effect,” he added.

For the first quarter of 2011, Nokia had a 22 percent share of China’s smartphone market, according to Beijing-based research firm Analysys International. Samsung had a 18.1 percent share, while Motorola grabbed a 12.9 percent share.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/238041/nokia_to_bring_windows_phone_7_devices_to_china_mobile.html

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Apple, iPhone, Nokia, Windows Phone

 

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Nokia Scrapping Symbian in the U.S. for Windows Phone 7


We knew it was going to happen, but Nokia’s finally made it official: the company is killing off Symbian in North America. Nokia president Chris Weber revealed the (soon) death to AllThingD’s Ina Fried on Tuesday.

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Weber said that the company plans to exit both the low-end and Symbian smartphone business in the region as part of a broader effort to focus on Windows Phone 7. I’m not sure if that move is a good one: so far, Microsoft’s new mobile operating system has not sold so well.

It appears, from Weber’s comments, that Nokia is putting a lot of stock into Windows Phone 7, and is figuring that if they don’t do well in North America, they won’t do well elsewhere. Weber explained that Nokia sees the North American market as key to winning the smartphone battle globally.

As part of Nokia’s newfound Windows Phone 7 strategy, you should expect to see a bigger advertising presence for the company real soon. Nokia hasn’t provided specifics, but the upcoming campaign is reportedly the company’s biggest ever.

“They’re putting their money where their mouth is,” Weber told AllThingsD.

Nokia’s attempt to regain its momentum here should be interesting to watch. Many of you probably remember that the company had nearly a third of the market less than a decade ago, but that its insistence on utilitarian design hurt it. After all, in the smartphone market style is almost as important as function.

It will also be interesting to see if Nokia can repair its poor relationship with carriers. Due to Nokia phones’ slow sales, many carriers decline to carry the devices or refuse to subsidize the cost–this means that Nokia devices were and are much more expensive than competitors’ similarly-featured devices.

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Is this a wise move for Nokia, putting all of its eggs in the Windows Phone 7 basket? I’m not so sure. After all, I’ve seen little proof that Windows Phone 7 can sell in this market–regardless of the hardware. What happens if this doesn’t work?

Nokia appears to be putting its entire phone business in a dangerous position, with very little room for error.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/237643/nokia_scrapping_symbian_in_the_us_for_windows_phone_7.html

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Nokia, Symbian, Windows Phone 7

 

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