Nokia has enough on its plate with trying to stay relevant in the smartphone market and gearing up for the U.S. launch of its first Windows Phone. Trying to sell mobile phones that cost tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars? Nokia's done with that and is reportedly looking for a buyer to snatch up its luxury Vertu subsidiary known for selling cell phones at outlandish prices.
Nokia’s recently announced Lumia 800 seems like a competent smartphone, the only problem is that it’s not available in the US. The Verge is reporting that there’s a perfectly good explanation for that. Nokia is working closely with AT&T to bring the Lumia 800 to the US with LTE 4G data on the carrier’s brand new network.
Despite officially moving away from a Symbian/MeeGo focus last Spring, Nokia went ahead with its final MeeGo-based device and put of the N9 just a few months ago. Although the device was never supposed to arrive on American shores, unlocked device reseller Expansys has a brand-new Nokia N9 with your name on it, if you roll that way. This doomed device, will set you back $690, but you so get free shipping.
When Nokia showed off its new Windows Phone wares at Nokia World last week, we all wondered if the software features shown off would arrive on other devices. Well, the answer appears to be “kinda.” The most interesting Nokia app was the turn-by-turn Nokia Maps, and other Windows Phone 7 devices will get access, but without voice navigation.
Nokia's officially back in the smartphone game. The Finnish phone maker announced the launch of its Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 devices at Nokia World, the first Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone, and according to company CEO Stephon Elop, "Lumia is the first Windows Phones" period. Those are big words coming from Nokia, do these phones have the moxie to back them up?
Nokia World is set to kick off tomorrow, and CEO Stephen Elop is expected to announce two phones running Windows Phone 7. However, it won’t be a great surprise now that pictures of the devices have leaked. WinRumors has snagged a few screens that show off the Lumia 800 and 710 along with some details.
Nokia posted its financial results for the company's third fiscal quarter of 2011, pulling in revenue of 8.98 billion euros, or about $12.4 billion. That's down 13 percent year-over-year and is 3 percent lower than the previous quarter. Even still, the numbers came out of ahead of what analysts were expecting as Nokia clings to relevancy in its run up to Windows Phone 7.
Nokia has bet its future on Windows Phone 7, but before CEO Steven Elop has a chance to prove that he isn’t just jumping from one burning platform to the next, he still has several challenges to overcome. Chief among them is a massive workforce that up until now, the company has maintained despite quarter after quarter of market share losses. Analysts knew Nokia couldn’t keep it up forever, and were not surprised to hear that the company is announcing over 3,500 layoff’s that will target manufacturing, location and commerce, as well as administrative staff.
Job security is a tough thing to come by these days at Nokia. As part of yet another major restructuring effort, the world's largest handset maker is handing out pink slips to 3,500 employees and closing one of its shops in Romania. The latest round of job cuts are on top of the 4,000 Nokia announced back in April.
For whatever reason, Samsung is a company that keeps coming up whenever there's speculation about an acquisition. There was chatter that Samsung might be interested in Hewlett-Packard's PC business, followed by rumors that it will chase HP's webOS instead, of which the OEM recently said it will "never" do. Then the talk turned to MeeGo, Intel's open source operating system for tablets and smartphones that Nokia skipped out on. Samsung isn't buying that either, nor could the company even if it had any interest.