Fighting cheap Androids. Seppo Aaltonen, Nokia phone Strategy Lead: ~9 million apps downloaded to S40 each day #MWC13

Nokia mobile phone division was the only part of Nokia that managed to stay more or less sustainably profitable through most of 2011-2012 transition. But without its own set of challenges. For the last 2 years Q1 was particularly difficult quarter for Nokia’s low end handset division. In 2011 Nokia was late to react to regional feature phone makers with cheap dual-SIM phones. In early 2012 Android handsets got cheap and good enough to...

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Lumia 520 and 720 gives new (old) confidence to Nokia. Getting their groove back edition #MWC13
Feb26

Lumia 520 and 720 gives new (old) confidence to Nokia. Getting their groove back edition #MWC13

In one way, Nokia’s Mobile World Congress announcements were a disappointment. Especially for us, gadget junkies. Where the heck was that 41 megapixel true Pureview Lumia Windows phone – Nokia EOS? Who caries about those low to mid end smartphones, we need something big! On the other hand, looking from the company strategy and execution POV – it is actually a good thing that we haven’t seen a new Nokia flagship at MWC. After...

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#MWC11: BYD WG502T brings the bling into the low-cost Android smartphone space
Feb16

#MWC11: BYD WG502T brings the bling into the low-cost Android smartphone space

Among many other things, BYD is a mobile phone ODM. As in, either you specify a device you’d like to sell and they build it for you, or they build some reference (but fully working) designs, and then you can sell them under your own brand. As such, you won’t see BYD as a brand on any phone, smart or not. Which doesn’t mean it hasn’t been working on at least one interesting Android-powered offering. Advertised...

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Huawei Ideos X5 hands-on video at #MWC11
Feb16

Huawei Ideos X5 hands-on video at #MWC11

Huawei has decided to be a little more aggressive in its smartphone strategy this year. As a consequence, after last year’s pretty good launch and sales of the original Ideos Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone, the company decided to cover all the price points with Android devices. Hence, the Ideos X5 (alongside the high-end X6, and the lower-end X3, but more on these in a bit). The Ideos X5 represents Huawei’s upper-midrange...

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#MWC11 video: NVIDIA will bring a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU to a tablet near you this August
Feb16

#MWC11 video: NVIDIA will bring a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU to a tablet near you this August

NVIDIA’s latest mobile chip can really only be called a behemoth. In a world that is just starting to see dual-core tablets and smartphones get announced, but most still a couple of months away from actually being in stores, NVIDIA decided to crash every other chip maker’s party and unveil Project Kal-El. Boldly branded, Kal-El is NVIDIA’s mobile chipset for 2011, just like Tegra 2 was its offering for 2010 (and was...

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#MWC11: HTC Flyer Android tablet hands-on video

I’m pretty sure you’ve already found out that HTC has announced its first Android tablet, the Flyer, at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. Running Android 2.4 Gingerbread, the Flyer is a 7 inch tablet that should be released sometime in the second quarter of the year – HTC didn’t provide an exact launch date, and neither a price point. Unlike the first Samsung Galaxy Tab (currently the world’s most popular 7 inch Android tablet), the HTC Flyer...

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#MWC11: LG T500 and LG Neon 11 C330 touchscreen feature phones spotted
Feb16

#MWC11: LG T500 and LG Neon 11 C330 touchscreen feature phones spotted

LG isn’t all about smartphones and tablets at MWC 2011. The South Korean company has also showcased some new featurephones, and we’ve checked out two of them (which try to follow the footsteps of Samsung’s Corby handsets). The first one is the LG T500, a small candybar that measures 105 x 57 x 12.9 mm and features a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display, push e-mail, social networking integration, Webkit browser, and a camera on the back....

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#MWC11: Umeox Apollo, the first solar-powered Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone (video)
Feb15

#MWC11: Umeox Apollo, the first solar-powered Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone (video)

Solar-powered phones may not be that popular across Europe and North America, but there’s significant demand for them in developing markets. That’s why Umeox – a largely unknown company – introduced a solar-powered Android smartphone at MWC 2011: the Umeox Apollo. The Apollo’s back has a solar panel that uses technology from Intivation, the Dutch-based company that actually brought the device to MWC. According to Intivation, if you...

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Fujitsu is prepping an Android-powered dual-touchscreen smartphone. Live pics and video from #MWC11
Feb15

Fujitsu is prepping an Android-powered dual-touchscreen smartphone. Live pics and video from #MWC11

The Kyocera Echo for Sprint may be the world’s first dual-touchscreen Android smartphone, but it won’t be the only one for long. Fujitsu is already working on such a device, and it will apparently be out sometime in the following months (no specific time frame was given). Fujitsu has a dual-touchscreen smartphone on display at its booth at Mobile World Congress, but it isn’t running Android. Yet. Let me explain. What...

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#MWC11: Alcatel OneTouch 990 (with Google) hands-on video
Feb15

#MWC11: Alcatel OneTouch 990 (with Google) hands-on video

Alcatel has a new Android smartphone that was (and still is) showcased at the company’s MWC 2011 booth, which we’ve just visited. Called OneTouch 990, the handset is Alcatel’s current flagship smartphone. It should be released in the UK and other European markets starting April or May, running Android 2.2 Froyo. Don’t worry, Alcatel says an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread is planned. The Alcatel 990 is a “with Google” device and...

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