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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: Microsoft pays us more than we pay them (but Q3 will still be dire)

Nokia: Microsoft pays us more than we pay them (but Q3 will still be dire)

Microsoft continues to pay Nokia more to use Windows Phone than the struggling Finnish firm pays in software royalty fees, its been confirmed, though Nokia still predicts similar struggles in the next quarter. As in previous quarters, Nokia is paid €250m ($307m) each three month period by Microsoft in "platform support payments" and the Finns estimate that "the total amount of the platform support payments is expected to slightly exceed the total amount of the minimum software royalty commitments."

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Nokia: Just 600,000 phones sold in North America

Nokia: Just 600,000 phones sold in North America

Nokia may have roughly doubled Windows Phone sales quarter-on-quarter, but the company is still struggling to make an impact on the North American market, shipping just 600,000 handsets in the country. According to Nokia's Q2 2012 financials [pdf link], the US and Canada were by far the least interested in the company's wares, with Asia-Pacific leading the volumes of devices and services sales (with 28.6m units).

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AT&T halves Nokia Lumia 900 price (but will WP7.8 scare buyers off?)

AT&T halves Nokia Lumia 900 price (but will WP7.8 scare buyers off?)

AT&T has halved the price of the Nokia Lumia 900 in the US, asking under fifty bucks for the Windows Phone 7 handset. Launched back in April at an already competitive $99.99 with a new, two-year agreement, the cost of entry with the Lumia 900 is now $49.99; however, in the intervening period there have been revelations about Windows Phone 7 handsets' future that may dissuade some buyers.

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AT&T pink Lumia 900 drops July 15

AT&T pink Lumia 900 drops July 15

The Nokia Lumia 900 won't be getting Windows Phone 8, but AT&T is hoping that a special, limited edition pink version will distract you from the OS version. Priced at the same $99.99 (with a new, two-year agreement) as the existing color options, the pink Lumia isn't a slapdash paint-job but involves Nokia creating an all-new colored casing. That means, even if you scratch it, there's still pink underneath.

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Nokia rolls out Lumia 900 Camera Extras app

Nokia rolls out Lumia 900 Camera Extras app

Nokia has begun rolling out new camera features for its Lumia 900 smartphones in the US and China. The new features are bundled in a Camera Extras app that can be downloaded from the Nokia Collection in the Windows Phone Marketplace. It brings four new camera capabilities, including smart group shot, action shot, panorama, and self-timer.

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