After a long and complicated relationship that first involved just a close partnership with Nokia handling hardware duties, and then Microsoft acquiring Nokia’s phone-making business during what appeared to be a fairly acrimonious separation, there will be no more confusion as to who’s making first-party Windows Phone hardware going forward: they’ll be called just… Read More
Opera may have taken some of the wind out of the Nokia brand’s sails with the news that its browser will be replacing Nokia’s on the now-Microsoft-owned, winding down, feature handset business. But today the Finnish company that has remained after the Microsoft handset sale had some interesting news of its own: it’s tying up with Samsung for two new versions of its Here… Read More
As you may expect, the summer can be a slow period for tech journalists. But since we’re obsessed with startups, there’s still plenty of new stuff to discuss this week on the TC Gadgets Podcast. Read More
According to a local-language report in Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, Microsoft is gearing up for around 1,000 layoffs in Finland. Microsoft acquired around 4,700 employees in the country when it purchased substantial assets from Nokia, a deal that closed in April. We reached out but Microsoft declined to comment. At work here is the fact that Microsoft is widely expected to be… Read More
Nokia and Microsoft’s deal will officially close April 25, and at that time the hardware division Nokia is selling to Redmond will get a rebrand, according to a new leaked memo (via Mashable). It’s not that surprising that Microsoft would opt for something closer to home with its new mobile division, and it’s gone with the straightforward route in picking a new name: Microsoft… Read More
Microsoft is just cramming this first day of its Build conference with news. New Windows 8.1! Royalty-free Windows for phone makers! The return of the start menu!
And now? Not one, not two, but three new Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia phones.
With these new phones — the Lumia 630, 635, and 930 — Microsoft is trying to cover its bases at both ends of the market. Read More
Nokia’s weird foray into Android is the Nokia X, a small, affordable smartphone that uses Google’s mobile OS, painted up as though it were almost a Windows Phone software variant. It’s a strange beast, with a chunky candybar design that blatantly screams ‘Nokia,’ and a price tag aimed at emerging markets. There’s a good chance Microsoft will kill it as soon as… Read More
Nokia’s transfer of its Indian manufacturing unit and other assets in the country to Microsoft is facing a legal hurdle that could force the Finnish phone maker to take some extreme steps including potential shutdown of the plant. If the Indian manufacturing plant is not transferred to Microsoft, it could mean less money for Nokia from the Microsoft deal. After India’s Supreme Court on… Read More