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Smartphone growth slowing warns IDC (and emerging markets aren’t helping)

Smartphone growth slowing warns IDC (and emerging markets aren’t helping)

The explosive growth of smartphones will slow over the next four years, IDC analysts predict, with Android dominating in bulk but iOS making the most money from each handset buyer. Emerging markets, though adding to the smartphone count in numbers in 2014, IDC suggests, will still leave high-end devices struggling to find as many buyers as before. "New markets for growth bring different rules to play by" IDC's Ryan Reith says, "and 'premium' will not be a major factor in the regions driving overall market growth."

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Nokia X+ and XL made surprise appearances at MWC 2014

Nokia X+ and XL made surprise appearances at MWC 2014

Nokia is on hand at MWC 2014 and the company is rolling out a number of new devices. We have already talked about one of the new devices called the Nokia X. Check out our Nokia X hands-on for more details on that smartphone. Two more devices have made surprise appearances at MWC 2014 called the Nokia XL and Nokia X+. All three of the devices look similar and vary mostly based on hardware specs.

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Nokia XL hands-on

Nokia XL hands-on

This week Nokia revealed their long-awaited Android smartphone in the Nokia X - and surprised us with a Nokia XL as well. This device roll with the same quality build as the X with a few modifications. Here with a 5-inch display instead of the smaller 4, Nokia brings on Android under their own unique user interface in a Lumia-looking casing.

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Nokia 220 hands-on

Nokia 220 hands-on

What does €29 get you in a phone? If it's the Nokia 220 you're looking at, it gets you Nokia's cheapest ever data-capable handset, though don't get too excited: this dual-SIM candybar is 2G-only. Still, with the promise of social networking preloaded, Nokia's Xpress Browser, and even a camera, could this be the ideal handset for the festival-goer or the perpetually clumsy?

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Nokia Asha 230 hands-on

Nokia Asha 230 hands-on

We've always had a soft-spot for Nokia's Asha range here at SlashGear, and the Asha 230 is no different, an even smaller, more affordable point of entry to the Finnish company's well-designed touchscreen handsets. Paring back the pricing even more, thanks to skipping 3G and WiFi, the Asha 230 (and its dual-SIM variant) is the smallest Asha touch model yet, fronted by a compact 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen.

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Nokia X hands-on

Nokia X hands-on

In many ways, the Nokia X is the Finnish smartphone we've been waiting for. Eye-catching design, a ridiculously competitive price, and running Android, it's hard not to see it as a reaction in the opposite direction to Windows Phone, for all that Nokia's team responsible argues that the two are well-paired bedfellows. Freshly unveiled at MWC 2014, we've grabbed some hands-on time with the Nokia X to find out whether Android in a Lumia suit makes sense, and why - for all our hopes about the concept - this may not be the Nokia for you.

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Nokia X official: Android for the sub-Lumia masses

Nokia X official: Android for the sub-Lumia masses

The rumors are true: Nokia has an Android phone, and it's the Nokia X. Intended to sit in-between Lumia and Asha Touch, the Nokia X is the first of a family of Android-powered handsets to be rolled out over 2014, working as an affordable onramp to Windows Phone. Delivering the sort of eye-catching, colorful style as Nokia's Lumia, only priced from just €89 ($122) pre-subsidies, the Nokia X aims to package the Finn's design heritage, Microsoft's cloud and services, and Android's apps in an affordable device for the next billion looking to upgrade to a smart device. Read on for all the details.

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Microsoft, Nokia & Android: The Oddest of Bedfellows

Microsoft, Nokia & Android: The Oddest of Bedfellows

There's no small amount of irony in Microsoft, locked in a fierce battle to claw smartphone market share from Google, buying Nokia and getting a brand new Android handset in the bargain. The Nokia X - in fact the first of a family of Android-based devices - is slipping out to market just ahead of Microsoft's acquisition closing, but you could be forgiven for assuming axing the X would be the first task on Satya Nadella's to-do list. The truth may be slightly more unusual, however, and SlashGear sat down with Jussi Nevanlinna, VP of product marketing for Nokia's Mobile Phones division, to find out why Nokia X might not just survive, but flourish under Microsoft's care.

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