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  • Nokia’s planning a smartphone renaissance, according to new report

    After former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop left Microsoft this week, there have been rumours abound suggesting that Nokia might be organising a little reunion, and return to the smartphone business altogether. Even though this was labeled as nonsense just a few weeks ago by the company, an interview published in Germany's Manager Magazin (spotted by Reuters) suggests that it's absolutely a possibility. Nokia (at least according to current CEO Rajeev Suri) is seriously thinking about a smartphone comeback. "We will look for suitable partners," Suri revealed in the interview. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the...

  • Ware of the Week: Nokia Z Launcher

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an app that we remembered from its November launch and its creator's recent remarks regarding smartphone hardware -- the Nokia Z Launcher for Android. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Button Savior Nokia has been in the news recently, with sources suggesting that the company is plotting a shock return to the mobile phone market it dominated in the...

  • Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535

    Microsoft, after much faffing about it must be said, has finally debuted its first non-Nokia branded phone in South Africa. Dubbed the Lumia 535 it will set consumers back around R1699, which is quite steep considering its hardware but it is squarely aimed at the entry-to-mid level market. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset -- the same as found in MTN Steppa 2 smartphone -- is the brains of the outfit while it also comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of microSD-expandable memory and a rather-large-considering 5.0-inch screen. Note the resolution is kept at the 960x540 budget range. Of course, there is an...

  • Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s new $29 ‘internet ready’ feature phone

    Microsoft has announced a new entry level mobile phone to compete against the horde of low cost Android handsets released last year. Interestingly, the new phone wears a Nokia badge. The Nokia 215, dubbed the “most affordable Internet-ready entry level phone yet” by its creator, is aimed at the first time mobile buyers in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe and will go on sale Q1 2015. It's not a smartphone as such and features no fancy Windows Phone OS bells and whistles. As a result, it's priced at just US$29, but it covers the entry level user bases rather...

  • Nokia N1 is the company’s swanky $249 Android Lollipop tablet

    "They say Nokia is dead. They say Nokia is no more. They even say rest in peace Nokia. Look, I say they couldn't be more wrong." That was what Sebastian Nyström, Head of Product Business at Nokia Technologies, had to say about those bad-mouthing his company. Yesterday on its Facebook account, the company unveiled a strange looking black box with the caption "Guess what? We’re up to something." Apple levels of coyness displayed there. Nevertheless, what looks strangely like a first generation Apple TV box could well hold the future of the company. Today at SLUSH 2014, the world got a glimpse...

  • Ahead of IFA launch, someones leaked the Nokia Lumia 830

    Microsoft had planned to surprise the world with the Lumia 830 at its IFA Berlin launch tomorrow, but the internet had other ideas, Chinese tech site WPDang in particular. Thanks to its sleuthing, we've got images of the Lumia 830, along with specifications. The Lumia 830 is a middle-of-the-road smartphone, slotting in between the Lumia 1020 and 930 in terms of raw power. It has a 5" 1280x720 resolution display, 4G LTE, a 10MP PureView camera squashed into the rear, "better grip feel", MicroUSB card slot, Snapdragon 400 CPU (which is fairly weak) and a removable battery. This Lumia (outfitted with Windows Phone...

  • Meet the new 3310: $25 Nokia 130 plays music and video, lasts full month on single charge

    This is a strange move from Microsoft if there ever was one. After scrapping the Asha and X ranges from Nokia's fleet, the company has decided that it should remain in the low-cost phone market after all. Its latest offering? The cheapest-of-the-cheap Nokia 130, costing just US$25. Yes, it's a ridiculously low price and that usually means skimping on a few options, but for a feature phone, the 130 flaunts some smartphone-like potential. Yet buyers won't get a touchscreen, camera, or connectivity above 2G. It's as basic as a phone can get, but this in itself seems to be one...

  • Dying Nokia X range ditches Android for Windows as Microsoft cull continues

    Well, here's an unsurprising surprise. Microsoft's big boss, Satya Nadella has announced that Nokia's Android-based X range will ditch Android as its OS in favour of Windows. This means that the Nokia X2 will be the last Android phone the company will (likely ever) offer. Microsoft, in its bid to "evolve", has lined up some 18 000 job cuts in the coming months, with more than a third of those coming from the newly integrated Nokia Devices and Services division. Another hammer blow to the once lucrative company is the destruction of the budget Nokia X Android range. Instead of...

  • Nokia Lumia 1525 could release on T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon

    The Lumia family's about to get a lot bigger, in potentially more ways than one. Nokia's upcoming Lumia 1525 will be launching on T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon, according to @evleaks. Unlike the recent rumours suggesting a "Nokia by Microsoft" Android-powered phone's imminent arrival, this particular model will be loaded with Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1. It will also sport an upgraded Snapdragon 801 SoC, and will likely slot ahead of the 1520 in the Lumia pecking order. The Lumia 1525 from Nokia by Microsoft is a Windows Phone 8.1-powered 1520 with the SoC ... - http://t.co/xUFm3Ekwcx — @evleaks (@evleaks) July 7, 2014   Its older...

  • Nokia X2 versus Nokia X: here’s whats new

    Anyone purchase the Nokia X? For those who held out, well done. For today Nokia announces the X2, a shinier, slightly bigger sequel to the X, the company's first Android phone. We didn't really know what the differences were between the Nokia X and the X2, but a quick comparison (via GSMArena) sorted us out. Display: the resolution remains the same at 800x430, but screen size increases from 4 to 4.3". Memory: RAM jumps from 512MB to 1GB Mobile internet: It's the same HSDPA internet but it's jumped to release 7, so mobile speeds can reach a possible 21.1Mbps. Bluetooth has also upgraded...