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Is Nokia’s Windows-powered Lumia 800 its comeback phone?

27 Oct
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After several years of playing catch-up to rivals, Nokia today came up with its first Windows Phone, a long-awaited gizmo that finally looks the part and which could resurrect the Finnish giant’s ailing smartphone business.

The Lumia 800, unveiled at its annual Nokia World conference, comes with all the bells and whistles expected today – a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor and an 8-meg Carl-Zeiss lens, for starters.

Notably, there’s no SD card slot, so the 16GB onboard will have to do for your apps, movies, songs and pictures. The good news for music lovers is that it supports FLAC natively, so you can play back your high-res music tracks without having to convert them to MP3s.

As expected, the Lumia 800 looks identical to the N9 first shown at CommunicAsia in June. The main difference is that it runs Microsoft’s much-heralded Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” operating system, which has more apps available than the N9′s Meego OS. The design has wowed critics with a unique curved glass screen, which seems to float like a “pillow” on the main frame.

So the Lumia 800 has a massively improved OS, which now contends well with Android and iPhone devices, and it is backed by a good-looking design. Is this the return that Nokia has hinted at all these months, after hitting rock bottom earlier this year?

Tagged in: Cellphones, Featured, Singapore, Windows Phone, Lumia 710, Mango, Microsoft Windows Phone, Nokia Lumia 800, price, Singapore, Stephen Elop,  

Microsoft sends Windows “Mango” to phone makers, hopes to crawl back market share

27 Jul
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Microsoft has sent its next iteration of the Windows Phone software to handset makers, as it wraps up the operating system’s features and software code ahead of a launch in Fall 2011.

The so-called Mango update, unveiled two months ago, promises a number of fixes and updates to the original Windows Phone, which looked great when launched late last year but had an uphill struggle taking on Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS devices.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Internet, iphone, Software, Windows Phone, android, Fujitsu Toshiba, iOS, Mango, Microsoft Windows Phone, Nokia, Stephen Elop,  

Nokia’s Windows “Mango” phone codenamed Sea Ray unveiled

24 Jun

Nokia’s first Windows Phone device using the “Mango” version of the Microsoft software looks almost identical to the recently-launched N9, according to a seemingly leaked video of the Finnish phone maker’s CEO demonstrating the much-awaited gizmo to staff.

Codenamed Sea Ray, the new device is like a twin of the N9 that runs on Meego, which Stephen Elop showed off at Singapore on Tuesday, except that there are the three Windows Phone buttons at the bottom of the screen.

The video, which seems to be shot a day later, actually had Elop telling folks in the crowd to turn off recording devices so that the “super confidential” gizmo would not be leaked to any blogs.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Featured, Windows Phone, Nokia, Nokia maps, Sea Ray, Stephen Elop, Windows Phone Mango,  

Hands on: Nokia N9, a pleasant surprise to bring the mojo back

21 Jun

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s presentation at this year’s CommunicAsia show was expected to be the event’s highlight, and he didn’t disappoint this morning by showing off a new smartphone that finally put a bit of the mojo back into the embattled phone maker.

No, he didn’t announce a new Windows Phone device, but instead the Meego-based N9 stole the show today in Singapore with a luscious screen and a quick, sleek touch interface that surprised many. It’s the device Nokia should have come up with a year, maybe two years, ago.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, iphone, Windows Phone, CommunicAsia 2011, MeeGo, Nokia N9, Stephen Elop,  

Nokia chairman: Windows Phones to appear only in 2012

17 Feb

Just days after Nokia and Microsoft joined hands in a bid to rein in the momentum that Google and Apple have rolled up in the smartphone market, the first piece of bad news has hit home – the first Nokia-branded Windows Phone devices won’t be out until 2012.

The news came from a Finnish interview with Nokia’s board chairman, Jorma Ollila, who contradicted his CEO Stephen Elop’s earlier estimation that the first such phones would appear by the end of this year.

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Could this be Nokia’s Windows Phone 7?

12 Feb

If you haven’t heard already, Nokia has announced a partnership with Microsoft, making Windows Phone 7 (WP7) their “primary smartphone strategy”.

Nokia will also integrate their existing ecosystem into Microsoft’s. For example, Ovi Maps will become a core part of Bing’s mapping services and Ovi’s apps will be, through some way, brought into the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Watch the following press conference:

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