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Nokia’s MixRadio streaming service hopes to spin off from Microsoft amid layoffs

Nokia’s MixRadio music streaming service is aiming to spin off from Microsoft as a part of the layoffs the company announced yesterday. The service will still be pre-loaded onto Windows Phone handsets, but a successfully spun off MixRadio would also have the ability to make apps for other platforms, including Android and iOS, according to a… Read More

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Could Android apps be the key to growing Windows Phone?

One of the major problems facing Windows Phone is the relative immaturity of its app ecosystem. Microsoft has worked hard to encourage developers to work with the platform, but many aren’t releasing top apps for Windows Phone at the same time they’re launching apps and features for Android and iOS. To combat that, Microsoft may allow Windows… Read More

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Nokia’s Lumia 930 goes on sale this week, except in U.S.

International customers interested in picking up the next flagship Windows Phone will get their chance soon, starting this week. Microsoft announced today that the Nokia Lumia 930 will be available in Europe, Asia and the Middle East this week, with more locales added “in the coming weeks.” The phone, which was first unveiled at Microsoft’s… Read More

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Microsoft unveils its new Android phone, the Nokia X2

  Yes, you read that headline correctly: Despite questions about Microsoft’s long-term commitment to Nokia’s fledgling Android lineup, the Redmond company today unveiled the latest addition to the Nokia X family — the first since Microsoft completed its acquisition of the smartphone maker. The new Nokia X2 features a larger 4.3-inch screen, and an updated interface that… Read More

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Nokia acquires mobile analytics company Medio for ‘Here’ location platform

Nokia today announced its acquisition of Medio Systems, a Seattle-based mobile predictive analytics startup. Nokia ‘Here‘ location platform — which is not part of Microsoft’s Nokia devices acquisition — will use Medio’s predictive technology to bolster its real-time maps and location services with personalized recommendations, dynamic routes and other features. “We are entering the age of what I call… Read More

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Hello, Microsoft: Nokia devices group posts $452M loss as acquisition closes

Nokia’s Devices & Services Group posted an operating loss of 326 million euros, or $452 million, in the quarter prior to Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of the group — illustrating the challenge that Microsoft will face as it absorbs Nokia’s smartphone business. In its first-quarter earnings report, released overnight, Nokia blamed the decline in the devices… Read More

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It’s official: Microsoft is a smartphone maker, as $7B Nokia aquisition closes

Microsoft this morning completed its purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business for more than $7 billion, bringing aboard another 25,000 employees and transforming itself into a smartphone maker overnight. The deal, announced under the tenure of previous Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, will provide his successor Satya Nadella with perhaps his most significant challenge as he settles… Read More

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Nokia smartphone business to be called ‘Microsoft Mobile’ after $7.2B deal closes

“Microsoft Mobile” — that’s a name you might hear more often once Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services business officially closes on Friday. In a letter obtained by NokiaPowerUser that was reportedly sent from Nokia to its suppliers, Microsoft will change the “Nokia” name to “Microsoft Mobile,” at least for behind-the-scenes legal documentation, and… Read More

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Delta flight attendants upgrade from Lumia 820 to bigger Lumia 1520 ‘phablet’

Days with Nokia’s Lumia 820 are over for flight attendants working for Delta Air Lines. Instead, they’re getting a nice little upgrade and will be using the bigger Windows 8.1-powered Lumia 1520 “phablet” by the end of 2014. The 20,000 flight attendants will use the device to access the on-board manual, allowing Delta to ditch the 500-page,… Read More

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First Look: Meet Nokia’s new Windows Phone lineup

SAN FRANCISCO–As a part of Microsoft’s Build developers conference today, Nokia unveiled a whole new phone lineup that’s slated to take advantage of Microsoft’s newly-announced Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system. The company announced the Nokia Lumia 930, its new flagship phone, as well as the Lumia 630 and 635, its new budget Windows Phone… Read More

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Microsoft’s $7.2B Nokia deal is officially delayed until April

Nokia and Microsoft will have to wait a little longer to press the Start button. Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, originally expected to close this quarter, won’t be completed until April, the companies acknowledged tonight. Nokia announced the delay in a news release, saying that both companies are still committed to… Read More

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Nokia X: How Microsoft became an Android vendor

Nokia’s decision to release a new lineup of Android phones might seem like heresy inside Microsoft — which will acquire the new Nokia X Android mobile phones, in addition to Nokia’s higher-end smartphone lineup, as part of its pending $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business. But it turns out that Microsoft actually… Read More

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Nokia says its new Android phones will create a ‘gateway to Microsoft’

Nokia tonight confirmed plans to release its own phone running Google’s Android mobile operating system, expanding beyond Microsoft’s Windows Phone just as the Redmond company prepares to acquire Nokia’s device business. However, the new “Nokia X” phones will connect by default to Microsoft services, such as the OneDrive cloud storage system, not to Google’s cloud… Read More