Much to the chagrin of Acer, Microsoft is making a run at hardware with its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, and those might be only the first of many more products to come. Microsoft's dancing a fine line with hardware in trying to set the bar for Windows 8 devices without completely ticking off its OEM partners, but it's also taken a big step towards an Apple-like business model. If Microsoft decides to go further, a major acquisition starts to make sense, and two names that have been thrown out there are Nokia and Nvidia.
After months of speculation and hype, Nokia today undressed its newest flagship smartphone -- Lumia 920 -- and bared its naked soul for all to see. The Lumia 920 is Nokia's much anticipated Windows Phone 8 device, the one that's supposed to turn the company's fortunes around and legitimize it as a true contender in the high-end smartphone sweepstakes that's currently led by Apple's iPhone family (iOS) and a handful of Android devices, most notably Samsung's Galaxy S III. So, how does the Lumia 920 compare to the Lumia 900 it replaces?
Have you ever seen a couple of nerds try to trash talk each other? If not, you may get your chance, as Nokia's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Chris Weber, took to Twitter to call out rival Samsung and warn the company that it's bringing its A-game with its next generation Lumia device. It's not an earth shattering tweet by any means, though you don't often see company execs calling out their rivals.
Microsoft has announced that at 3:30PM pacific time on Monday the company will unveil something “you will not want to miss”. The message is intentionally vague, and is written in the tricky and annoying language of “marketing”. Thankfully we live in the digital age, and anonymous sources have confirmed Microsoft will allegedly unveil a line-up self-branded tablets to a captive audience in LA. Naturally Microsoft has denied to comment on these rumors, however both All Things D and The Warp claim to have independently verified the reports.
Talk about kicking a fella when he's down but not yet out. Nokia has fallen on tough times, forcing the company to make some tough decisions, and while the Finnish handset maker tries to get back on its feet, Moody's Investors Service downgraded the company's debt rating from Baa3 to Ba1, otherwise known as junk status. Furthermore, Moody's said the outlook on this and other ratings (including Nokia's corporate family ratings and probability of default rating) all remain negative.
Big changes are in store for Nokia, the struggling handset maker that's decided to take some drastic steps in an attempt to return the Finnish company to profitable growth. Nokia is focused on "significantly" reducing its operating expenses, and it starts with the elimination of 10,000 jobs around the globe by 2013, a process that's already begun in earnest by engaging with employee representatives.
Competition's a pain in the backside, especially when your competitors are launching products people actually want as opposed to stinking up the joint with promises of something better on the horizon. That pretty much sums up Nokia's business strategy, as the handset maker found itself in a smartphone holding pattern during its shift to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and the launch of the Lumia 900. As a result, Nokia posted a $1.2 billion loss during the first quarter of 2012 and blamed it on "competitive challenges and seasonality."
If you own a cellphone, there's a good chance you've encountered phantom vibrations; you know, when you could've sworn you felt your phone vibrating in your pocket when it really wasn't. Nokia's poised to either eliminate phantom vibrations completely or take them to new (and possibly somewhat creepy) heights with a new patent application for haptic tattoos that vibrate when your phone rings.
Over the last two week, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been dissected from virtually every angle. In stark contrast, things have been very quiet on the Windows on ARM (WOA) front. But the fine folks at Digitimes seem to have broken the almost sepulchral silence surrounding WOA. Hit the jump for more.
The Windows Phone team has been keeping the Champaign on ice for months now waiting for a reason to celebrate, and that moment may have finally arrived. According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, Nokia has surged pasted HTC and Samsung to become the single largest manufacturer of Windows Phone devices. This is pretty impressive when you consider that the Lumia lineup is only just now hitting the market in full force, and already accounts for 33 percent of all Windows Phone handsets sold.