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Nokia buy Smarterphone already looks better than Symbian

Nokia buy Smarterphone already looks better than Symbian

All Nokia will say of its Smarterphone acquisition is that it's all part of the company's Next Billion plan, but videos of the smartphone-features-at-dumbphone-prices platform suggest the OS could well outshine S40 and Symbian. Clips of Smarterphone's wares running on the Kyocera C4700 show Facebook contacts integration, multimedia playback and web browsing, all running at impressively smooth speed on the super-budget device.

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Nokia Asha 501: Can strong design win emerging markets?

Nokia Asha 501: Can strong design win emerging markets?

Nokia's Asha 501 may have been met with a surprising degree of positivity for a budget smartphone, its $99 price tag and distinctive design undoubtedly helping critics overlook its rough edges, but it nonetheless faces strong competition from budget Android devices in emerging markets. The first of the new Asha Touch series, building on a revamped platform using elements of S40 and Nokia-acquired Smarterphone OS, the Asha 501 is distinctive arguably not because of its specifications - which are relatively mundane - but because Nokia has given the aesthetics of the handset the same degree of consideration it would its high-end Lumia Windows Phones.

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Nokia: No Asha Touch range for North America

Nokia: No Asha Touch range for North America

Nokia will not launch its new Asha Touch range of affordable smartphones, such as the Asha 501 revealed earlier today, in the US or Canada, the company has confirmed, focusing North American sales solely on Windows Phone. The Asha 501 - which will cost $99 pre-tax and subsidies when it hits stores from June - will be the first of a line of handsets running the new Asha platform, which builds on Nokia's S40 and acquired Smarterphone OSes; however, those in the US with an eye on a cheap smartphone won't get the chance.

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Meltemi misses its moment as Nokia reportedly axes OS

Meltemi misses its moment as Nokia reportedly axes OS

Nokia's clandestine Meltemi project developing the company's next-gen low cost smartphone OS is among the R&D projects shelved, insiders have confirmed, though the Finnish firm itself still refuses to comment. CEO Stephen Elop declined to mention Meltemi by name when questioned about the platform in a Q&A call earlier today, but AllThingsD's sources say it has indeed been axed. However, Nokia's experimentation with Windows 8 tablets is still going ahead despite the cuts, it's suggested.

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Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302 hands-on

Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302 hands-on

Nokia's Asha series aren't going to distract buyers looking at the Lumia 900, but for bringing smartphone-style tech down to the feature phone level they're impressively cheap, flexible devices. A combination of a new, more HTML5 capable browser, Microsoft Exchange email support on the Asha 302 and dual-SIM support on all but the 203, it's another sign of Nokia pushing what would traditionally be smartphone functionality into the sub-€100 segment. Check out more hands-on after the cut.

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Nokia sells 1.5 billionth Series 40 mobile phone

Nokia sells 1.5 billionth Series 40 mobile phone

Nokia has passed a huge milestone with its Series 40 mobile phones. The mobile phone giant has announced that it has sold its 1.5 billionth 40 Series device. The magic 1.5 billionth device was a Nokia Asha 303 smartphone, and it was sold to a woman in São Paulo, Brazil. The Asha 303 is a touchscreen handset that also has a QWERTY keypad on it for typing and web surfing.

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Elop: Nokia smartphone sale rumors are tired and baseless

Elop: Nokia smartphone sale rumors are tired and baseless

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has denied reports that the Finnish company is set to sell its smartphone division to Microsoft, suggesting the speculation is the work of tech gossips running short on material. "The rumors are baseless, and some people who seem to enjoy generating rumors are running out of fresh material, so it seems to have come up again" Elop told PCMag, referring to - but not naming - critical mobile insider Eldar Murtazin, who has been primarily responsible for fueling the rumor-mill. In fact, Elop insists, "significant synergies" between Nokia's divisions mean a split simply wouldn't make sense.

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