Category Archives: nokia
Rating: Used to rely on Microsoft
HTC experienced a sharp fall in its quarterly profits. The Taiwanese handset manufacturer missed analysts’ expectations with its Third Quarter results. For the quarter ending September 30th , the company posted a net profit of T$3.9 billion ($133 million/£82.4 million). This was 79 per cent down from the T$18.7 ($638 million/ £399 million) which it posted in Q3 2011. Continue reading
Picking up where Finnish phone giant left off
A new mobile phone using discarded Nokia software is to be unveiled next month by a group of ex-employees capitalising on patent violation fears elsewhere. With the feud over design and intellectual property rights between Apple and Samsung showing no signs of abating, and growing concern it could spill over into Android phones, the former Nokia executives and engineers believe the time has never been better for an alternative operating system. Their Finnish start-up business, Jolla, has already raised $258 million with the help of unnamed partners said to include a telecom operator, chip manufacturer as well as device and component firms. Continue reading
Even if Finn’s saviour may prove to be old biddies
New research suggests Microsoft’s Windows 8 op could soon overtake RIM in Europe, cementing the partnership between the Seattle giant and Finland’s Nokia in the smartphone arena. Italy, France and even the UK are increasingly proving converts to the Windows platform, according to research group Kantar Worldpanel, as Nokia’s entry-level smartphone the Lumia 610 finds appeal with cost-conscious consumers. Continue reading
Chinese manufacturer ZTE is to step up production of smartphones to 35 million this year as it cements its position as the world’s fourth largest mobile phone company.
According to IDC, Shenzhen-based ZTE – formerly known as the Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation – already holds the No.5 global slot as the fifth biggest maker of smartphones having shipped more than 13 million of the devices in the first six months of 2012. Continue reading
Rating: Asda supermarket sparks handset price battle in UK market
What a significant development. UK supermarket Asda – which is effectively the UK incarnation of the USA’s Walmart, has sparked off something of a price battle over leading smartphone models. It has decided to drop the price of Nokia’s premier W7 Mango (WP7) handset down to £199. Asda is now offering the Nokia Lumia 800 for £40 less than even Amazon and a whopping £200 less than leading High Street electrical goods retailer, Currys. What cheered GoMobile News up is the price Asda is asking for the Motorola RAZR. It wants £50 more than the Lumia 800. Just goes to show what a great handset the RAZR is, ahead of the official launch of the latest RAZR models in the UK tomorrow [September 18th 2012]. Continue reading
Nokia’s shares continued their downward spiral in New York last night [12th September 2012] as it was revealed investors were increasingly taking up short positions againist the Finnish handset maker.
In the wake of Apple’s iPhone 5 launch, Nokia’s shares dropped 1.43% to just $2.75 – not as low as it has been this year, but still a far cry from the manufacturer’s heyday in 2000 when its shares commanded $56. Continue reading
Rating: Shows obviously Apple 4G handset
As EE (the new name for Everything Everywhere) was proudly announcing that it has switched on its LTE 1800 MHz based 4G network, it accidentally showed an Apple handset as a compatible device. Other manufacturers who were named directly were Huawei, HTC, Nokia and Samsung. It’s a bit of a boost for WP8 fans that Nokia will be amongst the first 4G handset suppliers in the UK, too. Olaf Swantee revealed that his newly rebranded network has switch on its 4G service in four UK cities: – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, and London, naturally. Which was why Major of London, Boris Johnson, was the guest speaker. Continue reading
Rating: It’s not fancy covers, it’s apps they want
Looking at the way Nokia has just positioned its latest devices – two Windows Phone 8 handsets, doesn’t convince GoMobile News that the former world leading handset supplier has really grasped the app revolution. It’s good to see that Nokia’s PureView camera technology has made the leap from Symbian (with the 808) to the Windows Phone platform but do smartphone lovers really care that much about having the best camera inside a phone? These are the sort of people who happily pay top dollar for a smartphone whose screen smashes on a regular basis. The market has changed. Smartphone lovers want to be able to run the latest software not take the best quality pics. Continue reading
New navigation experiences and wireless charging on Windows Phone 8
Nokia Lumia 920 captures best pictures and video ever seen on a smartphone
September 5th 2012. Nokia has announced the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820, the first devices in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 range.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, including the latest advances in Nokia PureView imaging innovation. Using advanced floating lens technology, the camera in the Nokia Lumia 920 is able to take in five times more light than competing smartphones without using flash, making it possible to capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. It also compensates for hand movement while the photo is being taken. Continue reading
UK chip designer ARM’s domination of the smartphone market could be facing a major upset in the next few days when Google’s Motorola subsidiary unveils a new Android device expected to be powered by an Intel processor.
Invites are currently being sent out for the US launch of the device in two days’ time [5th September 2012] and in London in just over a fortnight. Continue reading
Silicon chip works on light instead of electricity
Scientists in Britain claim to have developed a new quantum chip that will lead to hack-proof mobile phones and ultra-fast computers. Researchers at Bristol University, working in collaboration with Nokia, Toshiba and others, are to give more details of the breakthrough later this week at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen. A long-awaited dream of scientists, the quantum chip is manufactured from silicon and works on light, making it thousands of times smaller than the glass chips used previously. Continue reading
Rating: Isn’t this damaging the entire ITC industry?
Leading mobile phone vendor, Samsung, is off the hook for the moment. A US judge has set December 6th  as the date for the next hearing in the Korean manufacturer’s battle with Apple Computer. What that means is that Samsung shouldn’t miss out on the vital pre-Xmas sales season. Especially if the company immediately appeals the decision as is widely expected. Samsung’s shares jumped 3 per cent yesterday [August 29th 2012] as a result. GoMobile News can’t help but think that these IPR battles are holding back the entire ITC sector, though. Continue reading
Rating: No Adobe Flash support means no webcams
An enormous gap in the Windows Phone 7 (W7 Mango) OS which we thought had been fixed a long time ago has just caught us out. Unlike our rival publications, GoMobile News actually eats its own cooking. So we were trying to view a live webcam feed on our Nokia Lumia 800 W7 Mango smartphone. After hours of messing around, we discovered that Adobe still hasn’t created a version of Flash for WP7 – even though it was rumoured to be working on such an offering as long ago as 2010. The net effect was that we couldn’t view a webcam feed on our Mangophone despite our best efforts. If WP7 wants to oust Android, then it has got to do a lot better than this. Continue reading
Eight older Samsung phones have already been put in the firing line by Apple in the aftermath of its crushing US court victory, with injunctions against the Korean giant’s flagship Galaxy S2 possibly also on the way.
In trading around the world yesterday and early this morning [28th August 2012], it was becoming clearer how the court ruling would translate into corporate triumph and misery. Continue reading
Rating: WP7 ecosystem could get an unexpected boost
Last week [25th August 2012] Samsung was ordered to pay Apple over $1 billion in damages for infringing patents and copying the iPhone’s design. The Californian jury dismissed Samsung’s counter claim that Apple had infringed its own patents. The nine-person jury found that Samsung’s phones infringed patents covering a number of Apple technologies such as double tapping on the screen to zoom in. The result came just hours after a judge banned the sale of both Apple and Samsung products in South Korea. The Seoul court enforced a sales ban on Apple’s iPhone 3GS; iPhone 4; iPad 1; and iPad 2. Plus there was a ban on Samsung’s Galaxy S II phone. Ironically one of the biggest winners here could be Nokia with its Windows Phone 7 (W7 Mango) based Lumia range. Continue reading