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We just covered the Lumia 630 announcement in India, but Nokia are also set to launch the Windows Phone in the Philippines. The company will be holding an event in the region on May 13. An affordable smartphone with quad-core processing, the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system and more certainly makes the Lumia 630 package more appealing to consumers in targeted markets.

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The Windows Phone 8.1 devices might hit Indian shores soon! We’ve received an invite for a media event in New Delhi on May 12, 2014. While the invite comes via Nokia’s long-standing agency, the invite bears a Microsoft logo, implying the new hosts.

Incidentally, Nokia India has also listed Lumia 630 (both single SIM and dual SIM variants) and Lumia 930 on the website recently. Announced at the Build conference in April this year, just before the acquisition of Nokia’s devices business finished, these devices are Nokia’s first series of Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

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Nokia is out of the smartphone race as a company, though Microsoft is picking up the baton with its newly acquired mobile hardware division. That said, competitor companies acknowledge the talent at Nokia, notably Apple who has snipped camera expert Ari Partinen. According to Partinen's Twitter feed, today marks his last day working on the Lumia family of devices.

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Microsoft is running a promotion where buyers of new Nokia Lumia smartphones will be treated to $65 worth of free content. The promotion, which runs through spring in 39 countries worldwide, offers owners of newly purchased Lumia Icon, 1020, or 1520 phone $40 of Gameloft titles as well as a $25 Xbox voucher.

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In case the "Not like everybody else" didn't get your Microsoft+Nokia blood pumping, they're back with a different take on the concept. This time it's the resolution of the Rube Goldberg teaser that was posted yesterday, titled "History in the making". The 77-second clip uses elements from the past of both Nokia and Microsoft to pull off the overly complicated machine, and, well, the joy of these things is in watching it run.

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The Lumia 2520 is officially launching tomorrow, with orders kicking off for a May 18th release. The Windows RT 8.1 tablet will be available in black with a price tag of $840 in an exclusive deal with Australia's Telstra. Nokia's first device in the tablet category of hardware comes packed full of features, including a 1080p HD display, LTE connectivity and Zeiss optics.

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Even before the deal to sell its hardware and services division to Microsoft, Nokia was investing in development with technologies in vehicles. Working with multiple car manufacturers, the Finnish company has worked to provide HERE mapping and location services in its Connected Car program. Today, Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) announced a further $100 million to identify in companies with innovations that will be "important for a world of connected and intelligent vehicles".

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As Nokia hands over the bulk of its devices and services business to Microsoft, the company has published its interim financial report for Q1 2014, showing a year-on-year decline in handset sales of 30 percent. Today's numbers also reveal operating losses of €326 million ($452 million) on revenue of €1.929 billion ($2.68 billion) for the devices and services unit during its last quarter in Nokia's hands. The report blames "intense smartphone competition at increasingly lower price points and intense competition at the low end of our product portfolio" for the slide in sales, a continuation of the disappointing results posted in Q3 2014. The report also notes a sequential and year-on-year decline in average selling prices for devices, indicating that those who did buy Nokia phones shied away from higher-priced models.

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Rajeev Suri named as new Nokia CEO

Nokia has announced that Rajeev Suri will become its new President and CEO on May 1. The 46-year-old executive, a 20-year Nokia veteran, moves up to the top job from his previous role leading Nokia Solutions & Networks, formerly Nokia Siemens. In a video message Suri says "the opportunities in front of us are as great as I have ever seen."

"The coming changes in technology will be as profound as the creation of the Internet," the new CEO adds, "we are rapidly approaching a world where everybody and everything will be connected." With the recent completion of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset business, Nokia will focus on three "strong business" areas — its HERE mapping software, Networks and Technologies.

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Microsoft’s acquisition of the Nokia handset division is now complete from a regulatory perspective, but there are lots of questions on the table regarding branding and proper names. For instance, the new name of the former-Nokia division in Microsoft is Microsoft Mobile (the ‘Oy’ just means ‘Ltd.’).

But what about the name Nokia on Lumia phones?

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Microsoft has announced on the Conversations blog (since they appear to be removing "Nokia" branding from web properties) that Stephen Elop will be holding a questions and answers sessions today at 1PM GMT / 9AM EDT and 6:30 PM for those in India. In simpler terms, be prepared to join the new Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group in 45 minutes.

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Nokia has released the above video on its official YouTube channel, the first footage published on the account since Microsoft purchased the devices and services division from the Finnish company. The two parties have come together to form a new partnership under the Microsoft umbrella, further enhancing what can be offered to consumers when it comes to Windows Phone. The new ad shows how the companies and Windows Phone is 'not like everybody else'.

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