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Nokia: Q2 dreadful, but at least it’s closer to Windows Phone 7


For Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, the launch of Windows Phone 7 devices can’t come soon enough. After all, Elop has to be tiring of talking about Nokia’s dreadful financial picture. One big question is whether Nokia is prepared to carpet bomb the planet with Windows Phone 7 devices hitting every price point so it can recover from its lost 2011.

And the other big question: Will consumers buy these devices?

On a conference call with analysts following another disappointing quarter, Elop said that Windows Phone 7 will open up new markets and geographies to Nokia. “With Windows Phone 7 there are market opportunities that open up to us,” said Elop. Specifically, Windows Phone 7 Mango devices will bring the company to CDMA markets. Nokia will also appear in more markets—let’s assume the U.S. would be one emerging market for the company.

Elop wasn’t prepared to detail anything about specific Windows Phone 7 plans, but hinted announcements would come. Analysts are expecting Nokia’s earnings call three months from now to yield more concrete information. For now, Nokia is merely hinting at what’s on deck.

For analysts, the only thing that matters for Nokia is the Windows Phone 7 launch and its follow up. And frankly, the follow up may be more important. Analysts are even willing to overlook another weak quarter because no one is surprised by it. Barclays Capital analyst Jeff Kvaal said in a research note:

The near-term outlook still remains difficult, with a relatively stale product portfolio, meaning 3Q will be another weak quarter for revenue, although margins are expected to be slightly better than forecast. The key for the stock, however, remains Nokia’s portfolio transition at the mid-range and high-end, regarding which we will start to gain greater insight later in 3Q11 as Nokia’s first WindowsPhone nears launch. We also consider it key for Nokia to follow up rapidly the first launch with additional WindowsPhones at lower price points in order to refresh the key mid-range of their portfolio.

The upshot to Kvaal’s take is that Nokia can’t win with one super Windows Phone 7 device. The company needs to machine gun them around the globe quickly so it can defend its market share and then dent Android.

In the meantime, Nokia continues to walk through its personal valley of death and the disappointing quarters that come from being shellacked by Android and Apple around the world. Nokia posted a loss of 368 million euro ($523 million) as sales fell to 9.28 billion euro, down 7.3 percent from a year ago. But those bottom line figures don’t tell the true tale. Check out the device sales plunge.

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And then the carnage by region.

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Elop noted that the results were “clearly disappointing,” but at least Nokia flushed out excess inventory and revamped management. Nokia is just trying to stabilize until Windows Phone 7 saves the day—maybe.

Also see: CNET: Nokia reports big Q2 losses, but CEO notes progress

Related: Nokia launches N9: Hints at Windows Phone 7 approach

* Nokia likely netted $600 million plus in Apple patent settlement
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* Nokia: 2011 going from bad to worse; Windows Phone 7 device in Q4
* Nokia’s Elop: Android is killing us in China, Europe
* Nokia’s big bet: Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 on ‘other side’ can save it
* A working class Apple iPhone would disrupt Android, RIM, Nokia
* Samsung stays mum over Nokia bid rumors

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Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/nokia-q2-dreadful-but-at-least-its-closer-to-windows-phone-7/52943

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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Nokia, Windows Phone 7

 

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Qualcomm CEO spreads bets on wireless


SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — When Paul Jacobs took over management of Qualcomm Inc., he faced a dual challenge: leading a company that was seen as a heavy bet on a singular wireless technology, while the company’s very business model was being challenged in the courts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Apple, iPhone

 

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HTC Arrive review: Welcome, Windows Phone 7, to copy/paste


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We expect a fair amount from a phone that represents Sprint’s first investment into Windows Phone 7, is the United State’s first CDMA Windows 7 phone, and is the first of its OS to ship with the long-awaited addition of copy/paste. Thankfully, the HTC Arrive delivers.

There are a few points of concern, but for the most part, the Arrive is a likable smartphone with a great keyboard and a handy tilting screen that makes a good addition to Sprint’s lineup. Be sure to check out the video, slideshow, and more details in our full review.

Source: http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20044845-85.html

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2011 in HTC, Windows 7 Phone

 

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Sprint’s HTC Arrive to Feature Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update: Report


Microsoft’s first major Windows Phone 7 update will arrive preinstalled on the HTC Arrive from Sprint, according to a Phone Scoop report. The “NoDo” update includes cut-and-paste functionality, along with faster application loading.

According to that report, the HTC Arrive ships March 20. That would dovetail neatly with Microsoft’s current predictions that the update will push into the Windows Phone 7 ecosystem in the second half of March.

Sprint has confirmed with eWEEK that the HTC Arrive will feature cut-and-paste, speedier applications and games, and improved Marketplace search. “We’ve streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games or music,” read an official document forwarded by a Sprint spokesperson. “Press the Search button in the apps or games section of Marketplace, and you’ll see only apps or games in the results. Press Search in the music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.”

The launch of the HTC Arrive is a particularly auspicious one for Microsoft and its smartphone plans, as it is the first Windows Phone 7 device to appear on a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) carrier. Previously, Windows Phone 7 smartphones had appeared only on GSM-based networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile.

As with Windows Phone 7 devices on other carriers, the HTC Arrive follows Microsoft’s stringently enforced minimum hardware requirements, including a 5-megapixel camera and 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It features a 3.6-inch capacitive touch-screen display (with 800 by 480 resolution), 16GB of internal memory, and advertised talk time of up to 6 hours.

Sprint will make the HTC Arrive available March 20, for $199 with a two-year contract.

Microsoft had previously shifted the NoDo update from the first half of March to the latter two weeks of the month. “After careful consultation with the team and our many partners, we’ve decided to briefly hold the March update in order to ensure the update process meets our standards and that of our customers,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in a March 10 e-mail to eWEEK. “As a result, we will plan to begin delivering the update in the latter half of March.”

In February, Microsoft had introduced a Windows Phone 7 update designed to help with future updates. Within a day of that update’s rollout, however, a small number of users began complaining it stalled their smartphones.

As those complaints found their way onto online forums, Microsoft shifted into full damage-control mode, claiming in a corporate blog posting that only 10 percent of users’ smartphones had stalled because of the new software. Nonetheless, the company temporarily suspended the update for Samsung phones until it could work out the underlying issues.

In the wake of that snafu, Microsoft appeared more cautious about how it proceeded with the subsequent software update. Despite the minor delay to cut-and-paste, though, the company claims there will be no delay in later updates designed to bake multitasking, Twitter, and a new HTML5-friendly version of Internet Explorer Mobile onto the platform. Those updates are slated for the second half of the year.

Source: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Sprints-HTC-Arrive-to-Feature-Windows-Phone-7-NoDo-Update-Report-889545/

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in CDMA, HTC, NoDo, WP7

 

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Hands-on: HTC Arrive on Sprint with Windows Phone 7


The HTC Arrive was announced not-too-long ago but this is the first time that you’ll see the Windows Phone 7 smartphone not being tethered to a stand. Yeah, that’s just kind of how IntoMobile rolls.

The HTC Arrive is a Windows Phone 7 device that will debut on Sprint soon and it will be the first U.S. device that rocks the latest Microsoft smartphone operating system on a CDMA network. It comes on a CDMA network because this device features the NoDo update, which includes the copy and paste feature and support for CDMA networks, like Sprint.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the HTC Arrive, as the big, roomy keyboard with a full number key is quite easy to type on and it’s remarkably light for having a full, horizontal-sliding keyboard. It’s still going to be bigger and heavier than a full touch device like the LG Optimus Black but it’s a good size for a full tilt-out device.

Speaking of the tilt-out feature, the screen on the HTC Arrive does slide out and then tilt up, much like the old Tilt phones of yore. It’s a nice, spring-loaded feeling but I’m not quite sure it’s excellent for you hardware fanatics because it can lead to a gross gap between the keyboard segment and the screen segment if you’re silly like me and try to push it up on the opposite side. Yes, that probably won’t be a major issue in day-to-day usage but you never know what happens when the handset is in your pocket or bag.

The keyboard on the HTC Arrive with Windows Phone 7 feels nice and it is quite roomy. The typer in me loves the full dedicated number row and the buttons have a solid amount of feedback and tactility.

The HTC Arrive is powered by Windows Phone 7 and you know what we think about the platform. This will also include the company’s specified hub, which includes fancy weather updates and more.

Source: http://www.intomobile.com/2011/03/14/handson-htc-arrive-sprint-windows-phone-7/

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in CDMA, HTC, LG, NoDo, Windows 7 Phone

 

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Microsoft and Motorola’s patent spat heats up


This includes Windows Phone 7, where Microsoft sells games in its application marketplace. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Microsoft, Nokia, Windows Phone 7

 

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Multiple Cellular Firsts Hit Market


In another first, HTC announced that the Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform would come to a US CDMA network Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in HTC, Motorola, Smartphone, Windows Phone 7

 

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