If Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900 device proves all that a bag of chocolate covered popcorn, perhaps it will give the Finnish phone maker some much needed momentum going into 2012. Nokia needs the Lumia 900 and subsequent smartphones to be successful. Sales were down 21 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter at Nokia, and its operating profit tipped into the negative side to the tune of 1.07 billion euros, or $1.4 billion.
It's not unusual for a high-end smartphone to command $300 on a subsidized contract, and there are certainly a great number of powerful devices priced at $200. Word on the Web is that Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900 smartphone will run just $100 at AT&T with a two-year service agreement, and if that's true, kudos are in order for both Nokia and AT&T for such an aggressive launch.
The next time you're out battling the crowd at Wally World stocking up on toilet paper, cereal, and fish bait (hopefully for different purposes and not because of some weird fetish), you may decide to add a Windows Phone 7.5 device to your shopping cart. It's not exactly a tough sell when the mega retailer decides to give one away for free, like it's doing with Nokia's Lumia 710 smartphone.
It’s been a busy month for three of our favorite mobile platforms. Microsoft launched “Mango” in late September, Apple released iOS 5 on October 12, and Google announced the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich on October 19 (the evening of the 18th in the US). Each update offers significant improvements in features and/or UI, but keeping track of all those new goodies can be an arduous task. We’ll give you a look at what’s new on these platforms, as well as some idea of how or if you can get them on your device.
In conjunction with the launch of Windows Phone 7.5 Microsoft has updated windowsphone.com. The new site includes a web-based Marketplace for Windows Phone that allows you to browse and purchase apps from any PC without the need for software.
Windows Phone users will be happy to know that Microsoft has announced the 7.5 update (aka Mango) will be heading to phones starting today. Users will be alerted to the update's availability by a notification appearing on their phone, and will be directed to connect their device to their PC to install the update. Microsoft has stated that all Windows Phone devices will receive the 7.5 update, though some device-specific updates may be slightly delayed.