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Interesting Things in Mobile World Congress 2012

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Mobile news presents… Before and after the “Mobile World Congress 2012” a lot of news came out. There were many rumours on what companies would have the most compelling mobile news. Here are some companies that did interesting things at the congress.

Microsoft
This year is the crucial year for efforts of Microsoft in mobile industry. Most interesting mobile news on Microsoft did happen in MWC 2012. Windows 8 and the Nokia Windows Phone deal is expected to mature more in the coming months. Windows Phone has been left behind by iOS and Android and has struggled to gain momentum in both smartphone and tablet markets. But things are expected to change for Microsoft.
Reception to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been getting positive feedbacks. Measured and praised for its bold and appealing look, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview suggests that Microsoft is catching up in computing industry. The company is surely has a long way to go but the Windows 8 is a good indication for better future.

HTC
The most interesting mobile news on HTC is that it shows sign to focus on quality rather than quantity. Their business strategy is working well so far. Its new “One” flagship line is doing well. The appealing device One X features 4.7- inch HD display with Beats Audio.

Google
Android was all over the place at MWC. It is everywhere both on tablets and smartphones on different company. But the most interesting mobile news on Google was its own mobile version of its Chrome browser. While Google is known for its Android OS, it has also a lot to say outside Android realm.

Nokia
The biggest winner at the event was Nokia. It won the “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or tablet at Mobile World Congress 2012” award from the GSMA. Nokia boasted its 808 PureView and embedded 41 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera.
The device’s features surprised many people. Nokia just offered something that no other device was able to match. Many question on the company’s decision to put the camera to a Symbian device but the company intends to bring the same functionality to Windows Phone devices in the future.

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Nokia to hit Australia for Lumia 710 release |Mobile News

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Mobile news – Nokia is heading to sell out their cheapest smartphone Lumia 710 in Australia that runs Windows Phone OS. Nokia’s director manager for Australia and New Zealand, Chris Carr, announced that the company is set to release Lumia 710 for $379 this coming March together with its ancestor Lumia 800 on a discounted price.

Lumia 800 and 710 are the key players of Nokia to earn more of the market shares this year.

It is not deniable that the company has dropped down in both smartphone and feature phones in competing against companies that have marked the mobile industry – Apple and Samsung.

After Nokia abandoned Symbian OS and associated with Microsoft, the Lumia series are the first smartphones the run Windows Phone OS that Nokia ever produced.

Compared to Lumia 800, the 710 is not as elegant as Lumia 800. The Lumia 800 is more expensive than the 710 and looks more elegant – it also resembles to Nokia N9 that runs Meego Operating System. Nokia will sell out Nokia 800 for $699 in retails.

Lumia 710 is equipped with 1.4 GHz single core processor with 3.7 inch screen size that similar to Lumia 800. It has 8GB of internal storage but does not have SD card slot.

Nokia confirmed that both Lumia 710 and 800 can access to 25 GB of cloud storage through the use of SkyDrive by Microsoft.

The Lumia 710 has only 5 mega pixels back-facing camera but the Windows Phone OS made a great job that makes the phone compete to other smartphones.

Apple will also sell out its iPhone 3G – the same with Lumia 710 that has 8GB of memory – for $499 unlocked.

Nokia announced that Lumia 710 will be released by Optus and Virgin Mobile and also to retail outlets in Australia while the Lumia 800 will be available in all carries over Australia.

60, 000 apps are now available in Windows Phone Marketplace according to the Microsoft director consumer channels group David McLean.

Nokia features newest apps such as Nokia music, Nokia mix radio, Nokia drive and Nokia maps. The Nokia mix radio features caching up to 4 playlist for offline listening especially on airplane mode.

Moreover, Nokia stayed mute regarding the LTE – 4G capable Lumia 900 in Australia.

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Windows Phone: the OEM Challenge

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Mobile news presents… Who would have ever expected that all eyes would be on the masterpiece, the Nokia Smartphone Lumia 900. At the Consumer Electronics Show held at Las Vegas just last month, Lumia 900 won several awards and gained lots of attention at the twitter world. This wouldn’t be made possible if Nokia didn’t conclude the idea giving confidence on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 rather than its Symbian platform that is outmoded.

The two powerful companies have this unique relationship with one another. Unique in the sense of being similar to relationship between relatives. Microsoft needing the assistance of Nokia and Nokia needing the help of Microsoft, this vice versa relationship certainly is beneficial to both companies. Because of this collaboration, some assume that there will be a rapid growth in the operating system.

There were different assumptions heard. From the IHS iSuppli and Gartner and IDC saying that Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will rank no. 2 in the worldwide handsets, and that WP7 would outrun iOS by the year 2015 with an average of 20 percent on the market.

But before those overwhelming expectation to come vibrant, there are still some impediments that needs to be solved.

In order for the second place to be achieved, Microsoft and its colleagues need to invent an assortment of healthy and interesting apps and introduce smartphones that will be a worldwide hit.

With its apps front, Microsoft is presenting dynamic growth. But its huge trial is to convince other companies aside from Nokia to create Windows Phone Smartphones. In the face of having to lose billions of dollars into Nokia which includes $250 million for the support system, they still must have to make ways in order for the other companies to be convinced to be on their ship.

“In spite of Nokia being a remarkable channel, they will still be the one to tell you that they’re just a part of a third ecosystem”. This is what Casey Mcgee said – the senior marketing manager for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division. There will be a helping hand for Nokia and Microsoft coming from the original equipment manufacturers (OEM). And in return, Microsoft and Nokia will also help these OEMs. This is not just about summing up all the parts but designing a much superior ecosystem than just combining all the parts together.

Manufacturers will not only pay for the benefit of utilizing the platform. Apart from the licensing fees, Microsoft has set boundaries on what the manufacturers are only permitted to do. This is what made Michael Morgan, an ABI Research analyst, to be more bearish than bullish on WPs. He said that manufacturers do really pay for licensing fees and in return, they get to have the liberty to leverage their main proficiencies.

Nowadays, several manufacturers are having a hard time regarding the maintenance of their bottom line. Motorola, LG, HTC, and Sony Ericson have their own share of crises. For companies like these, going to the less profitable solutions is not the answer. Even if Microsoft allowed it, Morgan doesn’t think that the company is giving them sufficient space locate other ways to distinguish. They still are not convinced enough that Microsoft is giving them options on how to go out of their different company problems. However, Morgan’s view was not that popular. A Microsoft-enforced limitation assures the level of user-friendly homogeneity and its strength that is described as consistency in its platform.

Compared to other devices like those if HTC and Samsung’s, Nokia’s Lumia 900 obviously have a different look and also applications and services.

Nokia did a very great job on near-field communications and wireless charging. This clued the rumors that the next WP devices of Nokia will now include cord-free powering and NFC.

Windows Phone proposes unfailing experiences which is not only limited to the people having to know what to expect from the devices, but also for developers to form new apps that can surely be constant in changing and improving the extent of what technology can offer.

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Who would have ever expected that all eyes would be on the masterpiece, the Nokia Smartphone Lumia 900. At the Consumer Electronics Show held at Las Vegas just last month, Lumia 900 won several awards and gained lots of attention at the twitter world. This wouldn’t be made possible if Nokia didn’t conclude the idea giving confidence on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 rather than its Symbian platform that is outmoded.

The two powerful companies have this unique relationship with one another. Unique in the sense of being similar to relationship between relatives. Microsoft needing the assistance of Nokia and Nokia needing the help of Microsoft, this vice versa relationship certainly is beneficial to both companies. Because of this collaboration, some assume that there will be a rapid growth in the operating system.

There were different assumptions heard. From the IHS iSuppli and Gartner and IDC saying that Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will rank no. 2 in the worldwide handsets, and that WP7 would outrun iOS by the year 2015 with an average of 20 percent on the market.

But before those overwhelming expectation to come vibrant, there are still some impediments that needs to be solved.

In order for the second place to be achieved, Microsoft and its colleagues need to invent an assortment of healthy and interesting apps and introduce smartphones that will be a worldwide hit.

With its apps front, Microsoft is presenting dynamic growth. But its huge trial is to convince other companies aside from Nokia to create Windows Phone Smartphones. In the face of having to lose billions of dollars into Nokia which includes $250 million for the support system, they still must have to make ways in order for the other companies to be convinced to be on their ship.

“In spite of Nokia being a remarkable channel, they will still be the one to tell you that they’re just a part of a third ecosystem”. This is what Casey Mcgee said – the senior marketing manager for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division.  There will be a helping hand for Nokia and Microsoft coming from the original equipment manufacturers (OEM). And in return, Microsoft and Nokia will also help these OEMs. This is not just about summing up all the parts but designing a much superior ecosystem than just combining all the parts together.

Manufacturers will not only pay for the benefit of utilizing the platform. Apart from the licensing fees, Microsoft has set boundaries on what the manufacturers are only permitted to do. This is what made Michael Morgan, an ABI Research analyst, to be more bearish than bullish on WPs. He said that manufacturers do really pay for licensing fees and in return, they get to have the liberty to leverage their main proficiencies.

Nowadays, several manufacturers are having a hard time regarding the maintenance of their bottom line. Motorola, LG, HTC, and Sony Ericson have their own share of crises. For companies like these, going to the less profitable solutions is not the answer. Even if Microsoft allowed it, Morgan doesn’t think that the company is giving them sufficient space locate other ways to distinguish. They still are not convinced enough that Microsoft is giving them options on how to go out of their different company problems. However, Morgan’s view was not that popular. A Microsoft-enforced limitation assures the level of user-friendly homogeneity and its strength that is described as consistency in its platform.

Compared to other devices like those if HTC and Samsung’s, Nokia’s Lumia 900 obviously have a different look and also applications and services.

Nokia did a very great job on near-field communications and wireless charging. This clued the rumors that the next WP devices of Nokia will now include cord-free powering and NFC.

Windows Phone proposes unfailing experiences which is not only limited to the people having to know what to expect from the devices, but also for developers to form new apps that can surely be constant in changing and improving the extent of what technology can offer.

Mobile News: Nokia’s Smartphones Sales Declined

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The latest mobile news: Nokia announced that the company’s mobile sales had declined last final three months of 2011. Nokia lost after a tax of 1.08bn Euros – that’s $1.4bn; £905m – and its net sales fell 21% to 10bn Euros earlier on the previous year.

Net sales of mobile phones were down by a quarter.
Nokia released its first two smartphones that run Windows Phone Os in October last year. The company hopes that they will gain back their loss in the competition with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS.

According to Chief Executive Stephen Elop that, “The fourth quarter of 2011 marked a significant step in Nokia’s transformation. Overall, we are pleased with the performance of our mobile phones business.”

New models
Nokia was known from being the no. 1 cellphone manufacturer way back to the GSM era. But when smartphone started to turn the wheel, Nokia started to fall while Apple and Google were starting to play the market place.

To gain back their loss in the market place, Nokia decided to abandon Symbian OS and associated with Microsoft for their new image in smartphone industry – to have Windows Phone.

In October of last year, Nokia released its first Windows Phone smartphone Lumia 800 and 712 in Europe and Asia and went into US earlier of this month. Nokia sold 1 million devices of Lumia.

As we already reported at mobile news, Nokia also confirmed that the company will release new smartphone models in China and Latin America by the first half of this year.

According to the company that this year would be the turning point of Nokia and they will not possibly show any sales or profit forecasts.

Nokia announced on Wednesday that the company had already sold 1.5 billion mobile phones based on the S40 operating system. It sells 12 phones based on S40 family every second that estimated around 675 million active owners of S40 phones.

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10 reasons why Nokia’s Windows Phone will succeed |Mobile News

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Mobile news… As Google and Apple lead the market share, we cannot deny the fact that Nokia and Microsoft are far behind with the two giant companies. The alliance of Nokia and Microsoft is a good start to make markings in smartphone history. After Nokia have been failing on the previous year producing smartphones that runs Symbian OS, now Nokia is back with the assistance of Microsoft and Intel for better and amazing smartphones ever.

Here are the 10 reason why Nokia and Microsoft will succeed in the mobile industry according to the mobile news this year or sooner.

1. Nokia’s smartphone models are appealing
The lumia series showed us a well designed smartphone that appealed the interest of smartphone users. Microsoft made a complete revision of its Windows Phone to temp customers to use Windows Phone supported devices such as Nokia and HTC’c Titan II. In CES 2012, people who attended the event were amazed to both Microsoft’s child, Nokia Lumia and HTC Titan. Nokia gives the best smartphone that are durable and worth the cost while Microsoft delivers a unique interface that differs to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

2. Nokia will gain back customer’s loyalty
Many smartphone enthusiasts were impressed and amazed to Nokia’s first Windows Phone supported smartphone series, The Lumia series. After struggling from the previous year and disappointing customer from Symbian OS, Nokia has come back with Microsoft to give their newest features that are far way different from the old one. As Nokia entered the US smartphone industry with their all new smartphones, there is a high possibility that customers would choose Nokia rather than iPhone and other Android supported devices.

3. Microsoft will gain back customer’s trust
After Microsoft had disappointed smartphone users from its previous Windows Phone OS, Microsoft now is working to give the best interface on smartphone ever, the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. They promised to have unique and original designs to impress people and temp them to use Windows Phone supported devices. When Windows Phone will successfully invite people to use it and satisfied, then trust from customers will take place.

4. Windows Phone 7 will attract enterprise customers
We all know that Apple had done a great job in delivering great business application as business men tend to use Apple’s devices for business purposes such as reporting and etc. We also had witnessed Microsoft succeeded on the previous years from their Microsoft Office on desktops and laptops. Microsoft is now working on Microsoft Office application for smartphone to have more functions just like on desktops and laptops – then there will be a high possibility that business men will choose Windows Phone supported devices for a handy business purposes.

5. Customers will likely to choose Windows Phone
Google’s Android leads the market as shown on a survey that has gained more than 50% of the market share. But what if people will realize that using Windows Phone is more precise and all their devices are more updated and stable? This will alarm Google as Google now started to receive complains from being inconsistent to its Firmware – Google unleashed a newer firmware which was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but is limited to smartphone devices. If smartphone users will get rid from Google’s inconsistency, then customers would probably choose Windows Phone.

6. The prices are reasonable
We all know that Nokia produces expensive devices and Nokia could not deny that fact – Nokia admitted that being expensive was one of the factors why their sales went down. After learning from the past, Nokia now is offering low-end smartphones that are affordable for smartphone enthusiasts who wants to use Nokia. Nokia Lumia 710 was the cheapest Windows Phone in the Lumia series. This kind of strategy would allow people to by Nokia phones that are enough to their budget. When cheaper Windows Phone supported smartphone are available then it would catch the interest of the consumer like what Google’s Android powered devices did – they have low and high cost smartphones.

7. The marketing will start
T-Mobile introduced its own version of Lumia 710 in US last week then Lumia 900 was introduced in CES 2012. The introduction of Lumia series was a successful entry and if Nokia and Microsoft continue to do great jobs, then there is a possibility that they will beat those who are on the top and rule the smartphone markete.

8. A winning entry device
Nokia Lumia 710 is now available in the market and the entry of this low-end smartphone was successful. There were many good comments and most of the people were impressed – this would surely temp smartphone users to taste the high-end version of Lumia when they have bought the Lumia 710.

9. Nokia exposed great devices in CES 2012
Nokia exposed all great line ups of smartphones in CES 2012. People also witnessed the announcements of Lumia 900 done by Stephen Elop, Steve Ballmer, and Ralph Dela Vega with a missed call from Bill gates. Their entry to the smartphone industry would divert the interest of smartphone users.

10. Mobile news: Nokia gained majority attention in CES 2012
Apple was not able to participate the CES 2012, Google was there and other smartphone manufacturers. Even Apple wasn’t there, attendees tend to talk about Apple and compare devices from Apple’s devices. Other than that, Nokia and Microsoft successfully gained attention in CES 2012 as attendees were looking forward to Nokia, Microsoft and Intel’s announcements.

In mobile news summary, the association of Nokia and Microsoft had successfully built their new reputation in the smartphone industry as they both failed on the previous year. Nokia promises to make devices that are durable and originally well-designed both low and high cost smartphones as Microsoft continues to program Operating System for Mobile that are catchy, unique, preloaded with applications, full of features and originally designed interface. Overall, it was a great introduction from Nokia and Microsoft.

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Mobile News Update: Nokia’s New Smartphone is Off to a Slow Start

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Mobile news… Nokia Corp. was announcing its plan late in 2011 to be on a spotlight once again in U.S. smartphone market. However, judging from its sales on different stores in Chicago last week, it is most likely that the company’s plan has a long way to go.

Nokia’s new Windows phone Lumia 710 has been receiving mix reaction from consumers. However, experts say that the new smartphone fail to live on its purpose so far which is to become a market leader among smartphones in the U.S. market.

Salesman at a T-Mobile International AG’s store at 2900 N. Broadway St. revealed that, as of this writing, they have not sold any unit of new Lumia 710 despite massive advertising about it. Another salesman at a T-Mobile store at the 1958 W. Irving Park Rd. said that most customers who visited the store were not aware about the phone while few of them knew about the product after seeing it on television and billboards.
On the other hand, Deonte Barbe of T-Mobile at 4714 N. Broadway St. said that he has sold already seven and believed that the phone is doing good as the Windows Mobile OS is starting to become popular.

Telecommunication stock analyst Tavis C. McCourt at Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. said that the issue in advertising is just normal because Nokia only decided in December last year that the phone would be running Windows technology.

Nokia has announced that it is preparing for the winter season with Lumia 710 as its major focus. Massive marketing strategies are now in place such as national television advertisements. Low sales would not hamper the plan of Nokia to become the leader in smartphones in the U.S., in fact, the company is gearing up for the next release which features the Lumia 900, according to McCourt.

Mr. McCourt said that Lumia flagship phone to be released in March will be a more crucial moment for investors. He stressed that today’s market indicates that a company needs to sell high-end phones to survive. AT&T Inc.’s stores will exclusively sell the Lumia 900 beginning March.

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