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Nokia takes on Apple: 260,000 smartphones a day, not just “feel-good soundbites”

Nokia takes on Apple: 260,000 smartphones a day, not just “feel-good soundbites”

Nokia EVP Niklas Savander has kicked off the Nokia World 2010 with some sharp words for Apple.  Playing iOS software SVP Scott Forstall's clip from the recent Apple event, in which he said iOS was "all about connecting people", Savander dismissed it as "a feel-good soundbite," going on to claim that in the past quarter, Nokia has sold more smartphones than Apple and Android combined.

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Nokia World 2010: We’re here

Nokia World 2010: We’re here

Nokia World 2010 kicks off this morning, and we're with the Finnish company in London, UK, today to see if they can announce a portfolio of devices and services that will eclipse the last few days' high-profile exec departures.  On the cards is the Nokia N8, the Symbian^3 smartphone Nokia hopes will turn around their mid- to high-tier fortunes, but we're also expecting quite the spread of featurephones and enterprise-centric devices.

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Nokia U concept proves Finn fans are spec-addicts like everyone else

Nokia U concept proves Finn fans are spec-addicts like everyone else

There are only a few days to go until Nokia World 2010, but over at the company's blog they're already getting in on the crystal ball gazing fun with their Nokia U concept.  The product of a "Design by Community" effort, it seemingly demonstrates that when you ask Nokia fans for their ideal device they throw in every high-end specification of recent months in a chassis that looks like a slimmed down N8.

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Nokia C6 on sale; N8 release to coincide with Nokia World?

Nokia C6 on sale; N8 release to coincide with Nokia World?

With Nokia World 2010 just around the corner, we're seeing plenty of news - official and otherwise - from the Finns.  Fresh to Vodafone UK comes the C6, the company's latest QWERTY slider, with the carrier also announcing that if you want the green N8 then you'll have to see them too, since it's a network exclusive.  Meanwhile there's more news on when exactly the N8 will hit shelves.

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Nokia N8 clone runs Android, sheds megapixels

Nokia N8 clone runs Android, sheds megapixels

Nokia continue to insist that they have no plans to ditch Symbian or MeeGo in favor of Android, and so we'll have to get our Google/Finn crossover kicks in unofficial ways.  Chinese firm iZiNN has cloned the Nokia N8 and slapped a copy of Android 2.1 on their copy, the CJ-3; it lacks the original's 12-megapixel camera (making do with just 5-megapixels) but does keep the HDMI output and 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen.

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Nokia N8 preorders cancelled by Amazon Germany

Nokia N8 preorders cancelled by Amazon Germany

Amazon Germany has apparently begun cancelling Nokia N8 preorders, according to FinestFones, informing customers by email that while the retailer had attempted to source the smartphone in a timely manner, they had been unable to do so with the Symbian^3 smartphone.  Interestingly, they also say that while they try to ensure their database is up to date, manufacturers sometimes change their release plans; it's unclear whether Nokia has been delayed in its release intentions for the N8, which many had expected sometime in August.

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Nokia Q2 finances revealed: profit down but smartphone sales up

Nokia Q2 finances revealed: profit down but smartphone sales up

Nokia's financial results for the second quarter of 2010 are out, and it's a mixed bag.  Despite the doomsday predictions, sales of Nokia devices - both smartphones and mainstream handsets - are up, with 111.1m units shipped (an increase of 8-percent compared to the same quarter twelve months ago, and up 3-percent from Q1 2010); smartphones in particular (or "converged mobile devices" as Nokia refers to them) saw volumes rise 42-percent year-on-year to 24m units.  However, the flip side is a reduced average selling price per device, which cut into Nokia's profits; Devices & Services' operating profit was down to €643m ($820m), a 16-percent fall in comparison to the same three month period a year ago, while overall net profit was €221 ($282m), down from €380m ($485).

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Nokia accused of “a witch hunt” against Murtazin

Nokia accused of “a witch hunt” against Murtazin

The Nokia/mobile-review controversy continues, with Russian journalist Eldar Murtazin making an official statement on what he describes as "a witch hunt" designed to discredit him.  After finding last week that Nokia had called in the Russian authorities to retrieve any prototype devices from Murtazin, something which Nokia then claimed was in response to ignored official requests for their return, the mobile-review editor now says that he never actually had an N8 in his possession; in actual fact, he merely spent periodic hands-on time with someone else's prototype.  Therefore, he insists, there's nothing left to hand over.

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