Nokia has long been known for great cameras, and Microsoft seems eager not to let that reputation slide, promising a new update for Lumia Windows Phones that puts photography front and center. Lumia Denim builds on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 version with some Lumia-specific exclusive features, most notably the new Lumia Camera.
For a long time it looked like Microsoft had forgotten that it owned Skype, but the VoIP and video call service is finally being capitalized on with the new Nokia Lumia 735 and Lumia 730. Billed as ideal for Skype and selfies, the Windows Phone 8.1 pair slot in at the more affordable end of the Lumia range, with 5-megapixel front-facing cameras and a Lumia Selfie app.
The change is now! Microsoft has begun changing the names of Nokia apps in their Lumia smartphones to ones more suitable for their slightly less Nokia-branded universe. While we don’t expect a press release on the subject, we will see a whole lot more Microsoft before the week is through.
The second generation at Rovio (developers of Angry Birds) has begun. Their first CEO, Mikael Hed, has stepped down, making way for former Nokia exec Pekka Rantala to take over starting in January. Mikael Hed is the fellow that’s been the face of Rovio since Angry Birds first took off, founding the company, reminding gamers and citizens to "pop pigs" whenever he had the chance. Now with profits taking a bit of a dive, Rovio is in for a change.
Microsoft may have decimated its Nokia Devices division, but it's not letting go of the budget end of the range entirely, revealing a new ultra-low-cost model targeting emerging markets. The new Nokia 130 is just €19 ($25) SIM-free and unlocked, though unsurprisingly you miss out on more than a few features to hit that price - including Microsoft's cloud.
The Nokia Lumia 635 takes everything that made the Nokia Lumia 520 a winner and gives it a boost. It remains one of the cheapest Windows Phone 8 devices, now coming with Windows Phone 8.1 and the newest Nokia software, along with a look and feel that creates a powerful value proposal. Should you just buy last year’s model on sale, or do you want this improved breadwinner?
Spinning off from Microsoft in the near future, Nokia MixRadio - originally called Nokia Music - will become its own entity. This service will eventually be able to work with Apple’s iOS for iPhone and iPad as well as Google’s Android for tablets and smartphones. For now, the service continues to work with Windows Phone.
When you first heard that Nokia was going to make an Android phone, were you surprised? I bet you didn’t believe it. When Nokia actually make the Nokia X, we were as baffled as you were - and twice as baffled that they’d also made a larger version of the device in the Nokia XL. Now with the most recent "restructuring" of Microsoft - one that includes integrating Nokia’s devices and services teams into their body - the Nokia X will be turned to Windows Phone.