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Nokia 400 could be the first touch-less Android feature phone

Nokia 400 could be the first touch-less Android feature phone

Android can be found almost anywhere these days, from your regular mobile devices to laptops to even home appliances. The one place it is somewhat ironically absent from is the so-called feature, or dumb, phones. Despite Google's best efforts, the platform may still be too incompatible with what many expect from such an entry-level communication device. HMD Global, however, might be daring to change that perception with what could be the world's first feature phone running Android and without a touch screen.

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Nokia foldable phone could be joining the fray later this year

Nokia foldable phone could be joining the fray later this year

What was once thought to be not only impossible but also infeasible is now starting to become the next big smartphone trend. Despite the costs, foldable devices or at least their prototypes are popping up left and right. The Motorola Razr and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip are just the opening salvo and 2020 might end seeing HMD Global launching its own take on the form factor. That despite the company's struggles in maintaining its business and launching its products.

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Nokia 2.3 tries to sell AI-powered features to the masses

Nokia 2.3 tries to sell AI-powered features to the masses

Cameras, 5G, and AI seem to be the pillars that the mobile market will stand on next year. Those features are, of course, always present in the premium and flagship phones that start at $600 or higher. Those with less constrained resources will naturally feel a bit left out but, fortunately for them, smartphone hardware is getting cheaper as well too. At least that seems to be what HMD Global is trying to sell with the Nokia 2.3, perhaps one of few if not first entry-level Android phones to claim AI-powered features, particularly in the camera.

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Nokia 9 PureView successor teased for 2020

Nokia 9 PureView successor teased for 2020

The Nokia 9 PureView may have remained a niche phone with its unusual five camera array, but HMD isn't giving up on the concept. Come 2020 the Android phone-maker will be launching a new Nokia PureView phone that uses Qualcomm's freshly-announced Snapdragon 765 chipset, and tapping its power for new camera features.

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Nokia 8.2 announcement next week could have a lukewarm reception

Nokia 8.2 announcement next week could have a lukewarm reception

Nokia, along with Motorola, was once one of the darlings of the mobile industry, back when smartphones were still the stuff of science fiction. The Finnish company made a few detours, including a brief stint at Microsoft, before finally licensing its name to HMD Global. For a time, the new Android Nokia phones seemed poised to reclaim their prestige but the interest around the affordable phones have seemingly trickled down. It is against that backdrop that the Nokia 8.2 may launch next week, perhaps a wake up call for HMD Global to pick up the slack.

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Nokia 7.2 reported to have an unlockable bootloader

Nokia 7.2 reported to have an unlockable bootloader

HMD Global may be earning accolades for its speed in rolling out updates to its Nokia phones (still not as fast as Essential, though) but it doesn't have a good reputation among some Android modders and hackers. In particular, Nokia phones are notorious for practically being useless as far as rooting and using ROMs are concerned because the bootloader gates are tightly locked. It seems, however, that the Nokia 7.2 might be the first of its kind to be different though it remains to be seen if it's by accident only or by intention.

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Nokia phones be first to get Android 10 Go Edition update

Nokia phones be first to get Android 10 Go Edition update

Google has always clarified that Android Go isn't a distinct version of Android but is just a special configuration, an "edition", designed for low-spec entry-level phones. Despite its lean nature, Android Go doesn't come with the same promise as the Android One program, leaving OEMs to style their experiences as they see fit or, worse, update them as they see fit. Distancing itself yet again from its peers, HMD Global is now promising it would be the first to roll out Android 10 Go Edition to its phones.

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Nokia Android feature phone will put voice at the center of interaction

Nokia Android feature phone will put voice at the center of interaction

It may seem that the days of the feature phones, a.k.a. the not so smart "dumbphones", are over but recent developments prove otherwise. They are just taking a different form and sometimes with new capabilities that take them one step closer to being extremely cheap and less capable smartphones. The recently announced KaiOS-powered Alcatel GO Flip 3 with Google Assistant is just one example and an Android-powered feature phone, probably made by Nokia, might be coming next.

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Nokia 7.2 US pre-orders begin at B&H Photo, Best Buy

Nokia 7.2 US pre-orders begin at B&H Photo, Best Buy

At IFA 2019, HMD Global announced a handful of handsets. Undoubtedly, the Nokia 7.2 is the most interesting of its Android batch of smartphones, featuring a mid-range processor paired with a hot new 2019 design. For Nokia fans, it's mostly a done deal and all that's left is for the company to launch in the US. Details of those have yet to be made official but a few retailers have disclosed pre-order details early.

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Nokia 9 PureView DxOMark review shows it has a long way to go

Nokia 9 PureView DxOMark review shows it has a long way to go

For a time, it seemed that the competition among smartphones would be the number of cameras on the back of a phone. That race may have now switched over once more to megapixel counts but not before HMD Global took things to their extreme. Inheriting a beloved name, the Nokia 9 PureView put five cameras in an admittedly interesting arrangement. But as DxOMark's review of the phone's photography capabilities shows, more doesn't always mean better.

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Nokia 800 Tough phone falls 1.8-meters to concrete, still runs WhatsApp

Nokia 800 Tough phone falls 1.8-meters to concrete, still runs WhatsApp

The folks licensing the Nokia brand know they're working with a brand with a legendary nigh-indestructible phone called Nokia 3310, aka "The Brick." Here in 2019, HMD Global (who license the Nokia brand) introduced the Nokia 800 Tough, a phone that's focused on surviving harsh conditions aplenty. This device does not run Android, but it DOES have access to a set of apps courtesy of the system called KaiOS.

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Nokia rated best at updates, Pixel and Essential not invited

Nokia rated best at updates, Pixel and Essential not invited

Android updates is a rather sore topic for lovers of the green robot, especially now that time for iOS' launch draws closer. Not only is fragmentation still a thing, OEMs are still not keeping their end of the bargain in ensuring the safety and security of their phones and, therefore, of their customers. To drive home that point, Counterpoint Research made a study that showed how HMD Global performed the best in terms of keeping Nokia phones up to date with the latest Android versions. Some of the details of the study, however, are both surprising and at times even questionable.

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