Nokia and Artemis Networks have announced that they are going to begin testing pCell technology next year in a deal that sees pCell a step closer to deployment. The agreement will see the two firms performing proof-of-concept tests of the pCell tech inside indoor stadiums and other places where high numbers of mobile devices put a significant strain on the capacity of wireless networks.
There might have been doubts about Nokia going back to making consumer devices but this latest revelation is the proverbial nail on the coffin. Emerging from its Extraordinary General Meeting, Nokia has issued a press statement saying a whole lot of things. Buried somewhere in there, however, lies a morsel of information that is pretty interesting. In summary, Nokia wants to revise the company's Articles of Association to include a list of new targets, a list that includes, among other things, mobile devices and consumer wearables.
The internet has been around for a very long time at this point and in most developed nations the vast majority of people are online. In some developing nations, there are still billions of people who aren’t on the internet and major tech firms are always looking for ways to get the next billion users online. One of the ways to do that is with cheap internet enabled feature phones like the new Nokia 222.
Back in March, we spent some hands on time with the Nokia N1 Android tablet and walked away liking the device pretty well. The big downside to the slick tablet at the time was that Nokia had no plans to offer the tablet for sale outside of China. Thankfully, Nokia has changed those plans and it has now confirmed that the N1 tablet will be officially offered in the UK and Ireland.
If this latest bit is true, Nokia might soon finally be able to unburden itself of yet another business tangential to its new found focus in networking technology. As earlier reported, a consortium of German automobile makers, namely Daimler, BMW, and Audi, are looking into purchasing Nokia's HERE maps business. Now it seems that the ball has started rolling, as the companies are said to have agreed to dole out 2.9 billion EUR, roughly $3.2 billion, to buy out what is probably the third, or even second, most popular map and navigation product in the market.
So the rumors were true after all. Nokia is indeed getting into the whole virtual reality train, but those expecting an innovative new VR headset might be extremely disappointed. Instead, Nokia has announced OZO, what it claims to be the first commercially available virtual reality camera. More a sphere than a disc or array of cameras, OZO is designed to take both stereoscopic 3D and spatial audio in 8 directions. Nokia plans to beat the competition in the market by going to market in the fourth quarter of this year.
When you're a company who has almost nothing left to lose, the sky's the limit in what kinds of businesses you can jump into. After many rumors about returning to smartphones and still ongoing rumors about selling its HERE maps business, Nokia is now said to be eying a market that honestly speaking wouldn't strike anyone as a strength of the former Finnish giant. And yet that's exactly what Nokia is rumored to have ready, dipping its toes into the re-emerging virtual reality market. By next week even.
Nokia has spent several years focusing on its HERE maps and the related technology, and for a small period of that time it has been working to offload the business onto someone else. Uber reportedly had a bid in for HERE at one point, as did Google. The latter of those two companies, according to sources that cropped up in May, spurred a trio of German auto makers to band together in a joint effort to block Google. Enter the latest round of sources and the info they bring: it looks like those auto makers may prove successful in their effort.
Uber is no longer courting Nokia HERE, having reportedly dropped out of bidding for the mapping company after having an offer as much as $3bn rebuffed. The taxi-disruptor was tipped to be wooing HERE back in May, and said to be keen to add its high-resolution maps to its platform not to mention pave the way for self-driving cars. However, new reports suggest Uber has fallen by the wayside, leaving a consortium of tough-dealing German automakers in pole position.
If you believe the rumors, Nokia is just desperate to wade back into the phone business, but according to the company the reality is a whole lot more complicated. Speculation in recent weeks of a return to smartphones - most likely using Android, having sold off its Windows Phone division to Microsoft - has been met with no small amount of enthusiasm from the company's fans, but spokesperson Robert Morlino points out that if it happens the main thing Nokia will be contributing is its name.
Nokia has announced its HERE for Android public beta, allowing Android users (most of them, anyway) to join its public beta group for access to the mapping app’s newest features. As with other public betas, this new arrival is to help the company gather feedback and performance data from across many Android devices and users, and to subsequently iron out any problems before releasing the update to the public in general. There are some requirements to get onboard with it, though.