Nokia in acquisition talks with Microsoft? So that’s why Meltemi had to die and Elop kept his job in 2012
Jun20

Nokia in acquisition talks with Microsoft? So that’s why Meltemi had to die and Elop kept his job in 2012

It seems that all that Nokia’s talk about things finally turning around, Windows Phone being the right choice and how we will finally the impressive results of that choice later this year, was just that. An empty talk. Putting on the brave face, trying to positively spin the collapse in its mobile phone business in Q1, even some positive signs of Lumia growth… It was just a spin to get a better price. All this time Nokia...

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AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 900 finally gets updated to Windows Phone 7.8
May09

AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 900 finally gets updated to Windows Phone 7.8

Only around three months after the update to Windows Phone 7.8 was first sent out, AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 900 can now take advantage of this version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. The rollout of WP 7.8 was subsequently suspended after the late January launch, but the bugs that were the culprits have been fixed many weeks ago. Still, AT&T probably had to test and re-test this update to make sure it’s...

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Microsoft fixes Windows Phone 7.8 live tile issues in new version that’s rolling out now
Mar15

Microsoft fixes Windows Phone 7.8 live tile issues in new version that’s rolling out now

A few weeks ago, Microsoft started pushing the update to Windows Phone 7.8 to devices stuck on the 7.x branch of its mobile operating system (so all of those who haven’t launched running WP8). But after a short while, we heard many reports about some pretty big issues with that update. The most unfortunate of all was something to do with live tiles. They would either randomly stop updating, or ‘bug out’ and cause...

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Nokia Lumia 510 now available in the UK for just £85
Mar11

Nokia Lumia 510 now available in the UK for just £85

The Lumia 510 was announced by Nokia in October last year as its cheapest Windows Phone ever, with the caveat that it runs Windows Phone 7.x, and not Windows Phone 8 – the new version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Furthermore, the Lumia 510 will never get updated to WP8 (just like all the other 7.x devices). That said, it is an incredibly cheap device. And it’s just become available in the UK. Not at Phones...

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Nokia apparently confirms that the Windows Phone 7.8 update has been paused by Microsoft
Mar08

Nokia apparently confirms that the Windows Phone 7.8 update has been paused by Microsoft

Windows Phone 7.8 is supposed to be the consolation prize for people who bought a Windows Phone 7.x device not knowing that this branch of Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system would never get updated to WP8. WP 7.8 comes with the new start screen that’s also featured in WP8, and, in Microsoft’s thinking, should alleviate the pains of having pretty much obsolete devices for those stuck on WP 7.x. At least for a...

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Windows Phone 7.8 rollout may have been halted to fix Live Tile issues
Feb26

Windows Phone 7.8 rollout may have been halted to fix Live Tile issues

If you’re a Vodafone customer in Germany and have a smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5, you’re probably wondering why it hasn’t been updated to Windows Phone 7.8 yet. The answer, at least according to Vodafone’s forum team, is that it hasn’t happened because Microsoft decided to halt this rollout. The update was initially supposed to arrive in the first week of February, but hasn’t. At least not...

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Microsoft says the Windows Phone store now has 130,000 apps, 15,000 WP8-specific
Feb26

Microsoft says the Windows Phone store now has 130,000 apps, 15,000 WP8-specific

Windows Phone may not be as successful as Microsoft would want it to be (at least not yet), but the operating system is coming along nicely. One of the key metrics that people use to compare ‘ecosystems’ in the mobile world is the number of apps available for each. iOS and Android lead the pack by far with around 700,000 apps each, so where is Microsoft’s newest effort? Well, it reached 130,000 total apps....

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Windows Phone 7.8 rollout to start on January 30 after all, at least for AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 900
Jan25

Windows Phone 7.8 rollout to start on January 30 after all, at least for AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 900

It won’t be January 31, but one day earlier. That’s when the rollout of the update to Windows Phone 7.8 is due to start. This is true for AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 900, according to an internal email from the carrier detailing the update. Unfortunately though, all the details in it are focused on that one device, so it’s impossible to tell whether 7.8 will be making its way to more phones on the same day, on...

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Nokia Windows Phone royalties are now bigger than MSFT platform payments. May pay more than $40 per WP license in Q1
Jan24

Nokia Windows Phone royalties are now bigger than MSFT platform payments. May pay more than $40 per WP license in Q1

When Nokia ditched its own mobile platforms and went full Windows Phone, Microsoft threw in several billion dollars delivered in quarterly installments of $250 million, over several years, as “platform support payments”. Since the first Lumia launch in Q4 2011, Microsoft has already paid Nokia $1 billion in platform support payments. Which was great and helped Nokia to balance its books during the tumultuous transition period. But...

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Nokia’s cheap Lumia 505 makes its way to Colombia, Chile, and Peru. Not exclusive to Mexico after all
Jan23

Nokia’s cheap Lumia 505 makes its way to Colombia, Chile, and Peru. Not exclusive to Mexico after all

The Nokia Lumia 505 got leaked at the beginning of December, and it was made official around the middle of that month. It was supposedly exclusive to one carrier in Mexico – Telcel. That, you must agree, seemed quite odd. Why would Nokia develop a new smartphone for just one carrier in one country? Well, it didn’t. The Lumia 505 is headed to other countries as well – Colombia, Chile, and Peru for starters. It makes...

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