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Nokia Oro: Gold-plated Symbian luxury (with added thumb protection)

Nokia Oro: Gold-plated Symbian luxury (with added thumb protection)

All eyes may be on Nokia's Windows Phone Mango plans, but the company still has a 150m Symbian target for 2011 and is looking to niche (and expensive) handsets in order to hit it. The new Nokia Oro takes the C7 and gives it a decidedly gauche 18-carat gold plated casing, a sapphire crystal home key, and a Caledonian leather battery cover.

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Symbian-based SYMBEOSE axed before EU splashes its €22m

Symbian-based SYMBEOSE axed before EU splashes its €22m

Remember SYMBEOSE? The open-source project prompted no shortage of scratched heads late last year, when the European Commission revealed it planned to inject €22m ($31m) into turning Symbian into the "Embedded Operating System for Europe." Now, with Symbian's future well off Nokia's long term to-do list, it's been confirmed that the SYMBEOSE plans have been scrapped, and thankfully before a Euro has been spent.

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iOS/Apple Still on Top in MobileMix Study

iOS/Apple Still on Top in MobileMix Study

Behold the statistics! Millenial Media has put out their MobileMix report for April 2011 showing device and manufacturer data, device OS mix, and global mobile developer trends. Essentially everything appears to be turning up tops for Apple save for the smartphone OS Mix which has Android ahead by a country mile. Revenue for apps has about the same lead over all other platforms save for Android in a 50% / 39% comparison while Global OS impressions in Millenial Media's network grew 47% since January, trailed by Android, RIM, and Symbian with 19%, 17%, and 5% also all since January of this year. This whole study, again, is as of April 2011.

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Nokia X7 Symbian Smartphone Gets FCC Teardown

Nokia X7 Symbian Smartphone Gets FCC Teardown

We had gotten our hands on the Nokia X7 back in April, but now with the surfaced FCC teardown images, the device launch should be just around the corner. The Nokia X7 has an angular futuristic look with slanted sides and a brushed aluminum back that will surely garner polarizing opinions. For all the lovely images of it bared down, continue after the cut.

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Au Revoir Ovi: Nokia self-brands services ahead of Windows Phone

Au Revoir Ovi: Nokia self-brands services ahead of Windows Phone

Out with the old, in with the new. Not only has Symbian received its marching orders, but Ovi - Nokia's suite of services and products - is also up for a significant rebranding, cutting the mental ties with the old and ushering in a Windows Phone-friendly relaunch. As of July 2011, Nokia will begin renaming Ovi services as plain Nokia services.

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Nokia phone/tablet strategy leak alleges Windows 8 slates and Vanjoki “backup”

Nokia phone/tablet strategy leak alleges Windows 8 slates and Vanjoki “backup”

Details on Nokia's alleged phone and tablet strategy for 2012 and 2013 have emerged, suggesting that the company is indeed looking to Windows 8 for its slates and that Maemo 6 will be rolled out for one final hurrah before being effectively dropped. Arch insider Eldar Murtazin has spilt the beans, claiming that Nokia is looking to release 5-7 mid-to-high end Symbian^3 handsets in 2012, along with a single tablet.

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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 E6 official: VGA Symbian QWERTY messaging phone

Nokia E6 official: VGA Symbian QWERTY messaging phone

The Nokia E6 is another well-leaked smartphone from the past few months, and the company has finally made the messaging Symbian handset official. Like the X7 it runs the latest Symbian Anna OS, but unlike Nokias of old it also has a 2.46-inch VGA touchscreen display, offering 4x the pixels (326ppi) of earlier Eseries handsets.

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Nokia X7 official: Gaming & Multimedia maven

Nokia X7 official: Gaming & Multimedia maven

It comes as little surprise, given the various leaks we've seen over the past few months, but Nokia has officially announced the X7, its gaming and multimedia smartphone. Based around a 4-inch display with a distinctive chassis crafted from stainless steel and glass, the Nokia X7 has a bowed back-panel design which lends itself to slotting neatly into the hands.

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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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