On launch, one of the more interesting features of the Nokia X was the claim that most Android apps would already work with the new device. A severely bootstrapped and “unofficial” version of Android (ala Amazon), the Nokia X made a brilliant move to widely accept current Android apps without much work from a Developer. One of those Developers Nokia covets is now reporting the platform is using his app without consent, but it may be a bit more complex than that.
Nokia's Treasure Tag wireless location dongle has finally hit shelves, and already the company has a smaller version ready. The Nokia Treasure Tag Mini is only half the thickness of the first version, at 5.85mm, but still pairs up with a Lumia Windows Phone - or indeed an iOS or Android device - and warns you if you step out of Bluetooth range.
Apple has hired Nokia's "camera expert" and one of the key members of the PureView team, Ari Partinen, presumably to help boost the photography skills of future iPhones. Partinen, who has worked on Nokia's camera technology since the Symbian days of the Nokia N8 will begin at Apple in June.
Nokia will pump $100m into Connected Car technologies, chasing everything from high-tech dashboards that can communicate with smartphones and the cloud, through to self-driving car systems that leverage its HERE brand. The move, managed by Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), will aim to "identify and invest in companies whose innovations will be important for a world of connected and intelligent vehicles," Nokia says, as it tries to reinvent itself after selling off its phone business to Microsoft.
The Nokia Lumia 520 can add another badge to its collection of accolades: it’s just blocked a bullet. This smartphone was resting in the back pocket of a off-duty Police Officer’s pants this week when he was fired upon by two robbers. Two shots, one bullet on-target for this man’s rear end.
In a sort of post-mortem before the date of death occurred, former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop - now working with Microsoft - confirmed the death of the brand. Nokia will no longer be used as a smartphone brand, he made clear, suggesting that Microsoft had not yet chosen a new brand to represent the phones being made at this time.
With Nokia heading out of the mobile device landscape, many wondered if the Nokia X (and the interesting take on Android it has) we saw at MWC this year was a "farewell" device. Android fans had long wanted a Nokia handset, but the smartphone OEM was concentrating efforts behind the Windows Phone platform. Stephen Elop, former Nokia boss and current Microsoft Devices and Services unit chief, now says their forked Android platform is here to stay.
Nokia and Microsoft worked for a long time to get all the approvals needed for Nokia's hardware arm to become part of Microsoft. That work paid off late last week when Nokia and Microsoft finally closed the deal. Nokia has now published its very first commercial to hit the web since it was purchased by Microsoft. The commercial is called "Not like Everybody Else" and it leans on color and underdog status to set itself apart.
Today is the day Nokia’s Devices and Services business officially merges with Microsoft. Stephen Elop, former CEO of Nokia and future head of Microsoft’s Devices and Studios division, spoke up today regarding how the inner workings of Nokia’s smartphone and non-smartphone business will work.