Nokia and Microsoft: The Tables Have Turned (TheStreet)
A most peculiar thing has happened to the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)–Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) relationship over the last two and a half years. Whereas Nokia was only a peg in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s wheel in early 2011, the hunter has now become the hunted. It is a most amazing story about a shift in the balance of power. Let me explain. When Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) hired Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) executive Steven Elop as its first non-Finnish CEO in the second half of 2010, the company was in free-fall, and there were no great options. Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) could continue to develop its own OS, use Android, or Windows Phone. CEO Elop picked the Windows Phone path, exclusively, and announced this in February 2011. It’s not relevant to this discussion, right now, as to whether this was the right decision or not. For all I know, it was the right thing to do.
Invites To Announcement Of The Nokia EOS Hint At Its Camera Specifications (WhaTech)
Recently, a follow up device called the Lumia 925 was released, and is already showing some signs of success, after hitting the bestsellers list at a couple of German retailers and networks. Visit our website for special offers on the Nokia Lumia 925. It looks like Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) will soon be launching another high end Windows Phone device, called the Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) EOS. For months, the phone has been the subject of widespread speculation and plenty of rumours, as it promises to be one of the most advanced handsets from Nokia to date.
Has Nokia just labelled Apple iPhone users as zombies? (ShinyShiny)
Is Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) labeling all iPhone users as zombies? Well that appears to be the rationale behind the company’s new ad for its Lumia 925 Windows powered mobile phone. The ad features a street full of iPhone touting zombies taking images in low light with powerful flashes shooting off everywhere. The implication is that if you use the iPhone flash in this way then you’ll get whited out subjects with red eyes like zombies. Unlike with the Lumia 925 which the company says promises: “The best pictures in any light. Even without the flash.”
Nokia Lumia tablets rumoured for a September announcement (Recombu)
Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) took to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) to ask its fan base over the weekend, “What have you planned for this Sunday? Schedule some time for being awesome. ”This quote came twinned with a photo of a seemingly innocuous Nokia Lumia 720, but some have pulled more from the image than may first have been apparent. Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) has undoubtedly built the most successful line of Windows Phone devices to date, with the Lumia brand being more prevalent than any of its market rivals. Nowadays, the smartphone is just one facet of the Windows ecosystem, having most recently entered into the tablet space with both Windows 8 and Windows RT devices and of course serving as the world’s most popular desktop operating system.
Nokia begins latest Asha sales (MobileWorldLive)
Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is this week beginning sales of its Asha 501 device, the first powered by the vendor’s new Asha Platform, which will be available at a sub-$100 price point. The new handset will be available initially in Thailand and Pakistan, with India “soon to follow”. It will subsequently rollout across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) previously said it expects to sell 100 million of its “new generation Asha” devices in the future. The launch comes at a point when the company is facing fierce competition from a number of low-cost Android smartphone makers targeting emerging markets.