Every year, Product of the Year, awards numerous consumer products across a variety of categories to inform shoppers of the most innovative items on the market. Started twenty-six years ago in France, the program continues to serve as an exceptional achievement for those who make the list. This year for the Product of the Year in the home entertainment category, Microsoft brought home the gold with their Xbox One entertainment console.
Besides the Nokia X, you don’t find much news on here related to Android. But we couldn’t pass up on this jab that Nokia made towards Samsung’s new flagship device – the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s newest model running Android 4.4.2 on a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor. It has a 5.1-inch display and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. It also has a fairly uninspiring design and is being lamented for not being too much better than the Galaxy S4, its predecessor. Which made it the perfect target for Nokia to take poke at. Check the image they tweeted out below.
The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the past three months to January 2014, show Android almost snatching 70 percent market share across Europe. what's interesting to note from this report is Samsung's dominance of the market is starting to erode and Windows Phone has yet again been labeled as the fastest growing European mobile operating system.
Microsoft is soon to seal the deal and acquire Nokia's hardware division, which will include Lumia, Asha and X family of mobile devices. During today's keynote, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop focused fairly heavily on Microsoft and its services. Skype, OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, OneDrive – you get the idea. But just how many times did Elop and co. talk about Microsoft during the presentation?
Nokia’s Lumia Black firmware update has slowly been rolling out to handsets and carriers for over a month now. The Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 1020 on AT&T picked it up, the Lumia 928 on Verizon picked it up, but T-Mobile’s flagship handset has been waiting and waiting. Today’s the day, Lumia Black is now available for the Lumia 925 on T-Mobile.
BlackBerry followed up shortly after with their own announcement, clarifying that BBM will be coming to the larger manufacturer / brand base of Windows Phones as well as Nokia X devices, and that the rollout of BBM for Windows Phone would occur this summer.
Shortly after the announcements hit, I had the opportunity to sit down with BlackBerry's David Proulx, who is the Sr. Director of BBM Business Development, where I peppered him with questions, including a couple related to today's BBM on Windows Phone news.
We love the Nokia Lumia Icon. It has everything that is great about the Lumia 1520, tucked away in a more agile body. The Icon is currently exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the United States, but a recent report from TechnoBuffalo claims that it will launch globally around the world later this year under the Lumia 929 brand.
HERE Maps is the solid mapping experience from Nokia, which was only available on the Lumia 2520 when it came to Windows Phone 8.1 tablets and PCs. We recently covered plans for the app to be pushed out to all hardware, ending the Lumia 2520 exclusivity. Nokia has today made the popular solution available for all consumers to download, no matter which Windows device you're using.
Another Monday liveblog from Mobile World Congress is taking place and this time around, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to give a keynote address. Zuckerberg is always an interesting one to catch as he's generally a fairly compelling speaker, so this should be good and if nothing else, at least interesting.
We don't really expect too much, if any, Facebook news but instead look for broader topics that have to do with the Internet, social connectivity and the world in general.
We're liveblogging this one starting at 6 p.m. CET — that's noon in New York and 9 a.m. on the West Coast. Join us!
Late last year saw AT&T adding international LTE roaming in Canada and the UK, and today they're adding 13 more nations to the list. If the added services are treated in the same way as AT&T's deals with EE in the UK and Rogers in Canada, the rates charged for the "Data Global" add-ons won't change with the addition of LTE services, though AT&T did not say if that would be the case in their press release. AT&T put a full list of the countries where you'll be able to get LTE speeds while roaming starting today:
iOS and Android users have been enjoying Spotify Free, while Windows Phone users are still waiting for it to arrive. If you have downloaded the Windows Phone app without a premium Spotify account, you won’t get past the login page. Today, Spotify has officially acknowledged they will be updating their Windows Phone app for spring.
We only just caught wind of the Xbox One Titanfall bundle in the UK, alongside a price cut to bring the cost of the console down to just £399. Those who reside in the US will also be able to get in on the action with this bundle. The Microsoft Store has the Xbox One Titanfall package listed for $499.99.
Microsoft has dropped its price for the Xbox One in the UK. The next-gen video game console will set consumers back £399.99, should they be looking to hop onto the advanced gaming train. To make this deal that much more unique, Redmond will bundle Titanfall packaging and a copy of the game. That, and you also get Xbox Live Gold to play online with friends.
The popular instant messaging client WhatsApp, recently acquired by social network giant Facebook, is to add voice services to its feature list this spring. Not only will WhatsApp users be able to send and receive IMs as they have enjoyed doing so for years already, but friends and family will be able to hold voice chats through the clients too.
Nokia has kicked off a #spaceselfie contest to go alongside its developer Imagin8 competition. Releasing a new app to the Windows Phone Store, the Finnish company is tasking consumers to download the spaceselfie app, take an awesome shot of oneself with props and other galactic ideas to win a free Lumia Windows Phone.
Nokia has launched its Imagin8 Mission, tasking developers to either publish a new app or upload an update for an existing Windows Phone app, taking full advantage of the new Nokia Imaging SDK (version 1.1). While all valid submissions will be rewarded with both DVLUP Points and XP, the best 3 apps will win special Imagin8 Mission prizes.
Nokia today announced in Barcelona a new effort to support Android developers through its new X line of smartphones. Not only do we have a new platform with Nokia's branding, but the company is also busy enhancing tools and services available for Windows Phone developers with a new version of the Imaging software development kit (SDK), adding Windows 8.1 support.
Barcelona – Early this morning, Nokia held their highly anticipated press conference here at Mobile World Congress 2014. Anticipated is the word used because while two new and admirable low-end entry phones were introduced – the Asha 230 and Nokia 220 – all eyes were focused on ‘X’.
Yes, Nokia has gone Android. But if you think that’s all there is to the story, you may be missing the point. We sat down with Jo Harlow, Executive Vice President, Smart Devices at Nokia, for some answers to our eager questions.
If you watched the live stream of Nokia’s presentation on the Nokia X, X+ and XL devices, you may have noticed that their message was crafted perfectly. Yes, the words ‘Android’ and ‘Google’ were used, but Stephen Elop was purposeful in focusing on Microsoft’s services and Nokia’s Lumia line. It was as if they knew that one wrong word could be misconstrued as “Nokia has doubts about Windows Phone” or that this new device series was an admission of failure.
Windows Phone has been without BBM since the platform launched way back in 2010. Today, BlackBerry and Nokia both announced that the messaging service would be on Microsoft's mobile platform soon. Consumers can look to expect BBM this summer, according to an official BlackBerry blog post.
Nokia has just announced a new family of devices in their portfolio. The first three devices in this category are the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. These smartphones all run a forked version of Android and therefore run Android apps, although you won’t find Google’s services on here. Instead you’ll find Microsoft and Nokia powering your experience. Here are the specs for these three new phones.
Nokia isn’t done with surprises. Nokia has just announced the Nokia XL. Another smartphone running a forked version of Android. It’s notable for featuring a 5-inch IPS display. Think Nokia X/X+, but on a much larger display. Like the X and X+, the Nokia XL is mean to push users to Microsoft’s services and appeal to emerging markets.
Nokia X and X+ have just been announced by the Finnish handset maker at their Mobile World Congress 2014 press conference. The devices are the first Nokia handsets to run Android, although it is a forked version of the operating system. Nokia X and X+ is aimed at emerging markets and is partly powered by Nokia and Microsoft services. Think of these as an extension of Asha and not so much a threat to Window Phone. Details below.