Microsoft agrees deal to buy Nokia Devices and Services Division



Nokia acquisition

In a deal that would surprise noone in it’s happening but everyone in it’s timing, Microsoft will be acquiring Nokia’s Devices and services division in addition to licensing a significant portion of Nokia’s patents in addition to their mapping services. The deal in it’s entirety amounts to 5.4 Billion Euros paid in cash, 3.79 Billion for devices and services 1.65 Billion for the associated patents.

The transaction will see 32,000 Nokia employees transitioned over to Microsoft including 4,700 in Finland and 18,300 employed in manufacturing positions worldwide. In addition, a significant number of senior executives are expected to be transferring to positions within Microsoft, including Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber.

This is an absolutely monumental transaction and will go a long way towards shaping the smartphone landscape for years to come.  We will keep you updated with any details as we receive them.

Via: Microsoft News Center

Nokia Lumia 520 Unboxing

Nokia announced its new entry level smartphone, the Lumia 520, at Mobile World Congress where we spent some time with it. We’ve finally got our hands on a review unit of the same. While we put it through its paces, here’s a quick unboxing and hardware walkthrough for your perusal.

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Nokia Lumia 820 Photo Gallery

The Lumia 820 forms the mid range member of Nokia’s new range of Windows Phone handsets. With the 920’s guts and innovative hardware design, the Lumia 820 is a very interesting handset. We got our hands on the white version of the handset and here’s a short photo gallery for your viewing pleasure!
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HTC Windows Phone 8S finally hitting stores in India at Rs. 19,359

The long awaited entry level Windows Phone 8 handset, the HTC 8S, is now available in India at a price point of Rs. 19,359. Online retailer Saholic has now listed the handset as available. The HTC 8S follows the 8X which has been quite a popular handset partly due to the lack of competition in the WP8 segment.

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Google has no plans to build Windows 8, WP8 apps

Hoping to use an official Gmail or Youtube app on your brand new Windows Phone device ? You might be out of luck as the company is not too keen on bringing its products to Microsoft’s mobile offering.

 Google Apps Product Manager, Clay Bavor, said in an interview with V3 that the lack of interest in the platform means that the company is not planning to develop apps for the platform just yet.  Continue reading “Google has no plans to build Windows 8, WP8 apps”

HTC Windows Phone 8X gets new SMS features and ‘keep on WiFi’ via update

Microsoft is pushing out an OTA update for the HTC Windows Phone 8X which will add some much needed features to the flagship device. Windows Phone users have always complained about the WiFi switching off as soon as you turn off the screen, this has been fixed or rather made optional after the update. Users can now now opt to keep the WiFi switched on even when the screen is off.

Called the “Portico” update, It also adds new SMS centric features. Users now have the ability to reject calls with an SMS, it is not possible to select all SMS messages to mass delete. A last feature is the ability to create SMS drafts so that you can compose a message and send it later. The build number for the update is 10211 and it also fixes the rebooting issues faced by a large number of users. Has your HTC 8X received the update ? Let us know in the comments below.


Nokia Lumia 620 unveiled, to be available starting January for $250

Nokia just introduced its latest Windows Phone 8 handset at the Le Web Conference in Paris. Marking the lower end of the Windows Phone 8 range the phone will be offered in seven colors and supports exchangeable shells in gloss and matte finishes depending on the color you chose.

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HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

One of the first phones to roll out in the market running the long awaited Windows Phone 8 operating system, the HTC Windows Phone 8X is being dubbed as a signature Windows Phone device. Meant to provide an experience tailor-made for the tiled UI, the 8X marries exquisite design with what might just be the third ecosystem we’ve all been waiting for.

HTC has a long history with Microsoft being one of their biggest partners for Windows Mobile devices. Will they be able to recreate the magic here with their first Windows Phone 8 device ? Read on to find out more. Continue reading “HTC Windows Phone 8X Review”

Windows Phone 8 signed off for RTM

Microsoft’s long awaited next generation mobile OS, Windows Phone 8 has finally been signed off for RTM. RTM here stands for Release to Manufacturing. This means that the OS is now code-complete and just needs to undergo testing on carriers and phones before being launched on devices.

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Nokia Lumia 820 hands on preview

Marking the relative lower end of the two devices announced by Nokia today is the Lumia 820. The phone packs in the same chassis specs as the Lumia 920 but has a few key differentiators. Clad in a beautiful red and black chassis with a bright 4.3″ AMOLED display, the Nokia Lumia 820 runs the latest Windows Phone 8 OS. Read on to find out more about it.

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Is this the Nokia Lumia 820 ?

The same source which posted some photos of HTC’s upcoming tablet has now shared purported pictures of 2 upcoming Nokia Lumia smartphones. The image above points to Nokia Lumia 820 with a 4.3 inch screen. The handset seems to carry multiple colours ranging from the usual black and white to yellow, red, grey,blue and violet.

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