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It would appear that Nokia isn't too keen on India these days. At least from a manufacturer's stand point. The issue at hand seems to be a hefty tax bill that has the Windows Phone OEM considering the country its "least favourable" market to operate in.

Nokia is fighting a $20 Billion rupee tax demand from the Indian Government (about $311 million U.S.). A tax burden that may have Nokia move the manufacturing of their mobile phones to China and import them to the Indian market.

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Nokia Russia has published a video on its YouTube channel that runs through the manufacturing and installation of wireless charging units in partnered coffee shops. The company has entered into a partnership with the Red Espresso chain of coffee shops in Moscow to offer wireless charging stations for customers to charge their smartphones and other devices.

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A report by research firm Strategy Analytics shows that Samsung has surpassed Nokia to become the largest handset vendor in the world in terms of volume. In a quarter that saw a small three percent rise in mobile phone sales, Samsung captured 25 percent of the market. In the meantime, the struggling Finnish manufacturer Nokia's shipments decreased by 24 percent due to declining sales in emerging markets. Despite strong sales of their Lumia line of Windows Phone handsets, Nokia recorded a substantial Q1 loss of 3%, prompting Moody's to cut their debt rating to the lowest possible investment level.

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, said, "Nokia's global handset shipments declined a huge 24 percent annually to 82.7 million units in Q1 2012. Volumes were squeezed at both ends, as low-end feature phone shipments in emerging markets stalled and high-end Microsoft Lumia smartphones were unable to offset the rapid decline of Nokia's legacy Symbian business. Nokia was the world's largest handset vendor between 1998 and 2011, for 14 years, before finally yielding top position to rival Samsung this quarter."

Fueled by strong sales in the United States and Japan, Apple nearly doubled its worldwide shipments from 18.6 million to 35.1 million. They are expected to grow even more in the second quarter, though the launch of Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S3 will likely slow Apple down a bit. Though things are currently rough for Nokia in the grand scheme, the Lumia 900 is selling like hotcakes.   With recent rumors of Verizon finally embracing Windows Phone, could we see a quick turnaround for the one-time king of the handset heap?

Source: Strategy Analytics; Via: MarketWatch

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Nokia has published a number of photos in an album on their Facebook account. The album ("Nokia Lumia Production") allows the viewer to see how the Lumia family of Windows Phones are produced before heading out to owners across the world. 

The workers who make all this magic happen were also in the spotlight at Nokia World 2011 with a live feed being broadcasted to the audience. Check out some more shots from the album after the break.

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Back in June, we found out that Taiwanese company Compal Electronics, Inc. signed on to be an ODM of WP7 phones for Nokia.  Citing local media, Dan Nystedt, tech reporter for IDG in Taiwan, tweeted that Compal Communications will begin shipping WP7 handsets to Nokia starting in September.  Reports are that the first order for Q4 of this year is for a total of 2 million devices.  This means that consumers should be able to get their hands on the long-awaited Nokia line almost immediately after the Finnish company unveils them, which is expected to be at the Nokia World conference October 26-27. 

Compal was the first to break the news about Tango, which from what we can tell, will be a version of Windows Phone that is "all about Nokia" and thought to be geared to the lower price-point market.  This seems to be only one piece in the Nokia WP7 market, as Nokia will be doing some manufacturing of their own as well. If past output of up to 5 million Symbian devices in a quarter is any indicator, we could see a flood of Nokia-branded handsets come 2012.

Source: Dan Nystedt; Via: UnwiredView

 

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It's pretty well known that Microsoft has no plans of making a Zune phone. And Silicon Valley Insider recently ran a piece [via] reiterating that Redmond has no intentions of manufacturing its own hardware, a la Apple with the iPhone and RIM with the BlackBerry.

As SVI notes, and we agree, this still isn't that much of a surprise. Microsoft appears quite content to just be an operating system supplier working hand-in-hand with the manufacturers. And it's not like the Microsoft brand is losing ground.

Despite having its own gadget design teams -- which make the Zune and Xbox -- Microsoft has "no plans to build our own phone," says Scott Rockfeld, group product manager for Windows Mobile. "Right now we're happy to share the limelight," he adds.

And let's go one further: In our post last week about the semi-official/rumored/not-that-surprising delay of Windows Mobile 7, MSFT raved about the improvements customizations that third parties are making to Windows Mobile, such as HTC's TouchFlo 3D.

With the sexy devices HTC has been cranking out like pancakes, and even the new phones from Palm, why muddy the waters? And remember that the acquisition of Sidekick-maker Danger is less about the platform and more about services. Let HTC do what it does best - make great phones. Let Microsoft worry about making an OS we can all be proud to use.

And remember what the almighty Steve Jobs himself told The New York Times early this year.

"Having created a phone, it's a lot harder than it looks."

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