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Nokia is working on new Vertu smartphone

Nokia is working on new Vertu smartphone

Nokia has been busy the last few months since it landed a new CEO. The company has shunned Android, one of the most popular mobile operating systems and instead went with Windows Phone, one of the least popular operating systems around. The company is also hurting badly and has axed a large number of workers, and moved Symbian off to another firm.

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Nokia axes 4,000 jobs; Gives Symbian to Accenture

Nokia axes 4,000 jobs; Gives Symbian to Accenture

Nokia warned that the shift to Windows Phone would result in "substantial reductions in employment" and now the first significant signs of those job losses are being seen. Around 4,000 employees worldwide - though predominantly in Denmark, Finland and the UK - will be axed by the end of 2012, while around 3,000 will be shunted over to Accenture as part of a new deal to transfer Symbian software development there. Accenture will become a "preferred provider" of mobility software and other services for Nokia's Windows Phone range.

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Nokia X7 hands-on [Video]

Nokia X7 hands-on [Video]

The thought of Nokia and gaming may bring to mind terrible memories of taco-shaped N-Gage, but the X7 looks set to change some opinions. Surprisingly waifish in the hand, with distinct tapering edges leaving it feeling like a crisp metal slice, the angular chassis (and Symbian OS) will probably polarize opinion nonetheless.

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Nokia Symbian Anna OS update: Portrait QWERTY, Ovi Maps boost

Nokia Symbian Anna OS update: Portrait QWERTY, Ovi Maps boost

Nokia may be looking ahead to a shiny Windows Phone future, but that doesn't mean Symbian is left spinning in the wind. The company still expects to ship 150m Symbian devices this year (having sold 100m in 2010), and it still intends to invest in the platform to refine the experience for new and existing users. Today it's the debut of Symbian Anna, a significant refresh of the UI and underlying system.

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Nokia Drop Beta, from Nokia Labs

Nokia Drop Beta, from Nokia Labs

Nokia Labs released a beta for a new application. They posted a demo for a Google Chrome extension that allows the user to drop images and hyperlinks directly onto their Symbian OS equipped phone. Mark Guim demos the extension with a Nokia C7, or Nokia Astound here in the US. Take a look at Nokia Drop.

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Nokia E6-00 leaks in full: Video, Specs, More

Nokia E6-00 leaks in full: Video, Specs, More

We've been gradually building a picture of the Nokia E6-00 over the past few months, but the unannounced Symbian smartphone has just seen its biggest leak to-date. A prototype has apparently found its way to the NokioTeca forums and been thoroughly snapped, tested and detailed. On the confirmed list, a VGA resolution capacitive touchscreen, paired with a physical keyboard, and an 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording.

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Windows Phone number two smartphone OS by 2015 predicts IDC

Windows Phone number two smartphone OS by 2015 predicts IDC

Android will take the top spot for smartphone OS worldwide in 2011, analysts IDC have predicted, pushing iOS into third place behind Symbian. As for Microsoft, while the Symbian-faithful aren't entirely convinced by Nokia's decision to climb aboard the Windows Phone train, IDC is more confident in the two companies' partnership. "By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android," senior research analyst Ramon Llamas predicts.

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