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Nokia North American phone sales slashed in half in Q3

Nokia North American phone sales slashed in half in Q3

Sales of Nokia handsets in the North American market dived by 50-percent in Q3 2012 versus the previous quarter, the company has confirmed, with just 300,000 phones sold in the lucrative region. In fact, Nokia sales only increased in Q3 in two markets - up 10-percent in Europe and 5-percent in Asia-Pacific - with Greater China sales ditching 27-percent and Latin America down 9-percent, for a total decline of 1-percent in volumes compared to Q2 2012.

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Nokia City Lens released from Beta for Lumia devices

Nokia City Lens released from Beta for Lumia devices

It's time for the greatness of Nokia's own City Lens technology to be released into the wild, the same powerful beast shown earlier this year at CTIA and more recently on the Lumia 820 and 920 lineup! This software brings the power of Nokia Maps to the virtual universe showing an overlay of places and attractions on your real world view through your device's camera. City Lens will be available for several Nokia devices for real, in a v1.0 version out of Beta, starting today!

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Nokia Music hits US for free streaming audio

Nokia Music hits US for free streaming audio

Nokia has launched Nokia Music in the US, giving Lumia owners there the option to listen to unlimited streaming playlists that have been specially curated by the company's musical experts. Available in Europe for some months now, Nokia Music is a bundled service for Nokia's Windows Phone handsets: it demands no subscription fees and even no registration. If the curated playlists aren't to your taste, there's also the possibility to create your own, custom streaming station.

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Nokia Maps updated with support for Groupon Now! deals

Nokia Maps updated with support for Groupon Now! deals

If you love Groupon deals and have a phone capable of running Nokia Maps, then boy does Nokia have the update for you. Today, Nokia's Pino Bonetti announced that Nokia Maps has been updated and now includes support for Groupon Now! deals. This means that you're never too far from the next great Groupon deal, as Groupon Now! allows you to purchase them and use them immediately. Pretty cool, no?

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Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 receiving Tango update

Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 receiving Tango update

If you’re an owner of a Nokia Lumia 800 or 710, you’ll be happy to know that the long promised Tango update is now rolling out for your handsets. Nokia has taken to its Conversations blog to detail the various changes and features you’ll be seeing, which includes Tethering, flip-to-silence, and some fairly extensive camera modifications. The company is also keen to promote Play To, its DLNA sharing app which was recently released.

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Windows Phone sales double in 8 months at T-Mobile

Windows Phone sales double in 8 months at T-Mobile

This week amongst the many news bits relating to Windows Phone 8, there's one factoid being presented by T-Mobile on the devices that are already out on the market - they're doing great! Though over the entirety of the planet earth, Windows Phone still doesn't make up enough of a percentage of the mobile devices to constitute its own category, T-Mobile in the USA is letting us know that over the past 8 months, the amount of Windows Phone devices they've sold has doubled.

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Nokia releases City Lens augmented reality app

Nokia releases City Lens augmented reality app

Remember augmented reality? Smartphone users may have had brief flings with the technology using apps like Layar. The charm doesn’t seem to have stayed with us over the years, although Google is planning to bring it back. That hasn’t stopped Nokia from creating its own augmented reality app for Windows Phone, what they call Nokia City Lens. Designed to work with the Lumia 710, 800 and 900, the app will overlay nearby establishments with the UI you’d expect from Windows Phone.

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Nokia Lumia 710 and 800C receive tethering update

Nokia Lumia 710 and 800C receive tethering update

As much as we like both Nokia and Windows Phone, not to mention the delicious pairing of the two, one feature that has been missing from phones like the Lumia 710 and 800 is the ability to tether your 3G connection. Nokia has promised in the past that it will be bringing the feature in an update, and that certainly seems to be the case with the Refresh/Tango update rolling out to certain countries right now.

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Nokia: 2m Lumia sales in Q1 but finances still underwhelming

Nokia: 2m Lumia sales in Q1 but finances still underwhelming

Nokia sold more than two million Lumia Windows Phones in Q1 2012, the company has confirmed, though still warns that its financial performance for the period will be less impressive than previously predicted. The Finns blame "competitive industry dynamics" - particularly in developing markets - and a decline in gross margins for smartphones for the decline in operating margins, which it now predicts will be a loss of 3-percent rather than the break-even or  minus 2-percent as before.

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Nokia Transport Beta: Get it here

Nokia Transport Beta: Get it here

Nokia's Transport Beta was one of the many announcements the company had back at Mobile World Congress, a free app for Lumia owners that delivers local public transportation directions. It's arrived in the Windows Phone Marketplace today, though not publicly, but we've been tipped off to the download link which you can find - along with our first-impressions - after the cut.

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