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Nokia’s Troubles Continue, AT&T Slashes Lumia 900 Prices to Boost Sales

Nokia’s flagship — Lumia 900 — was already selling for a fair bit less than the top end models from its competitors, and now AT&T has now gone ahead and slashed its price further. The Windows Phone 7.5 powered Lumia 900 is now available for only $49.99 on a two-year contract with AT&T. However, even the substantial price drop might be too little too late to save the Lumia.

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Nokia’s biggest problem isn’t the device itself. Lumia 900 is a gorgeous phone with great build quality and a hardware that still feels pretty snappy. Nokia’s biggest concern is Lumia’s platform – Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has already announced that Windows Phone 7 devices will not be upgradable to Windows Phone 8. As a result, Nokia once again finds itself with a great smartphone that has been rendered pretty much dead on arrival. The same thing happened last year as Meego was killed even before N9 arrived in the market. To make matters worse, WP 8 apps won’t be compatible with WP 7. So, not only won’t current Lumia owners be able to upgrade to the latest OS from Microsoft, but they will also stop getting new apps by the time WP 8 hits the shelves.

No matter how Microsoft tries to spin it, there is simply no excuse for leaving Windows Phone 7 users stranded. Windows Phone 7 was supposed to be a new beginning. It was supposed to herald the future of Microsoft’s mobile efforts. Microsoft egged on developers to build for their platform. It sunk millions of dollars to develop the ecosystem. And now, it is simply turning around, and giving a big FU to the early adopters, to the Microsoft enthusiasts, to the people who actually believed in the Redmond giant.

A $50 price drop is unlikely to be enough to save a phone that doesn’t have any future. Windows Phone 7 ecosystem is already dead. Even if AT&T sells the phone for free with a 2 year contract, they might have a hard time selling it.

Facebook For Android Updated; Twitter For Nokia S40 Launched

Facebook has recently released a new update for its official Android app. The latest update allows you to take photos using the front-facing camera and share it with your Facebook friends. Apart from that, it comes with the new messaging features which lets you switch between conversations, share bigger photos and see friends who are online. This update is available only for devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and up. It bumps the Facebook for Android to version 1.9.7. Check out the complete changelog below.

What’s in this version:

  • Facebook for Android 1.9.7 requires Android 2.2 and up
  • A front-facing camera makes it easier to take photos
  • New messaging features let you switch between conversations, include friends of friends, share bigger photos, and see who’s available
  • Various bug fixes
  • Made a security improvement
  • Faster app login and navigation

[ Download Facebook for Android ]

Twitter for Nokia S40:

The official Twitter app is already available for Nokia smartphones running on Symbian and Windows Phone 7.5 OS. However, the owners of Nokia feature phone running on Symbian Series 40 had to visit the Twitter mobile site to update their status and access their timeline. Now, Twitter has finally launched the official app for Series 40 feature phones.

The new Twitter for Nokia S40 app brings most of the features that are currently available on Twitter’s smartphone app. It allows you to post your own tweets and follow others tweets. Apart from that, there are @Connect and #Discover features which lets you see your mentions and browse the most interesting Tweets from around the world.

[ Download Twitter for Nokia S40 ]

Ex-Nokia Employees To Make MeeGo Phones

Ex-Nokia Employees To Make MeeGo Phones

If you’re in love with your Nokia N9 but want an upgrade in the MeeGo world, you’re going to love this news. Jolla, a new smartphone startup founded by a few ex-Nokia employees, have announced that they will be producing and selling phones which run on the MeeGo operating system. As of now, there are only two phones which run MeeGo: the Nokia N9 and N950 development device.

Jolla is currently being run by Marc Dillion, Jolla’s Cheif Operating Officer. Dillion was with Nokia from January 2006 to May 2012 as their Principle Engineer for MeeGo, so he knows the operating system inside-out.

Jolla has announced that they will be building these devices on both their LinkedIn and Twitter profiles. On Twitter Jolla released the following statement:

New #MeeGo smartphones will be created together with our industrial and investor partners and with support of the MeeGo community.

Just for clarification, Jolla isn’t at all affiliated with Nokia or the Nokia n9 line of smartphones. According to The Verge, Jolla will not be providing updates to either the Nokia N9 or N950 development device.

If you’re a current Nokia N9 user, will you be upgrading to one of these new MeeGo devices? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Source: Jolla Ltd (LinkedIn) via The Verge
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Nokia Asha 300 Firmware Updated To Version 7.49

Last year, Nokia launched the entry-level Nokia Asha 300 feature phone. This handset runs on the Symbian S40 Operating System. It comes with a 2.4 inch resistive touchscreen display as well as a physical T9 keypad. The Nokia Asha 300 lets you swipe the homescreen to access apps, music or games from the Nokia Store. The manufacturer has recently rolled out a new firmware update for this budget handset.

The new software version is numbered 071.004 and it comes with contacts sync correction, time zone correction, improved features and performance, better stability and so on. The latest firmware update can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog below.

Changelog:

  • Nokia Browser 2.0
  • Contacts sync correction when switching from Nokia Symbian phones to Asha 300
  • Correction to displaying contact’s name for incoming calls
  • General usability and performance improvements
  • Time zone correction in Russia

We advise you to backup all of your data before updating the device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update and choose the software you want to update or you can even dial *#0000# & press options > Check for Updates to get the update.

You may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region. If you find something new in this update or if you have any screenshot and videos of this update, then please share with us in the comments section below.

Nokia Launches Lumia 800 The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition In India For Rs.24,999

The Nokia Lumia 800 is one of the most popular Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) powered smartphone. This handset was launched at the Nokia World 2011 in London. After a few months, Nokia unveiled the Lumia 800 “The Dark Knight Rises” limited edition. This handset comes with an etched Batman logo on the back of the device. Apart from that, there are no other changes in the specs, compared to the original Lumia 800 smartphone.

Today, Nokia finally launched the Lumia 800 ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ limited edition smartphone in India. Sadly, the company will sell only 200 units of this limited edition handset. Apart from that amazing Batman logo on the back, this device comes pre-loaded with the exclusive The Dark Knight Rises contents such as wallpapers, videos, ringtones and The Dark Knight app.

Nokia Lumia 800 ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ limited edition features a 3.7 inch AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz single core processor, 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 512 MB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 14.5 GB user memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, SkyDrive, Office 365, Xbox Live, Windows Marketplace, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Bing Maps, IE9 with HTML 5 support, Zune, up to 60 hours of music playback in offline mode, up to 9 hours of talk-time, up to 265 hours of stand-by time and a 1450 mAh battery.

Nokia Lumia 800 ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ limited edition comes with a price-tag of Rs.24,999 (approx. $450) in India. There is no point in buying this smartphone, since it won’t get the Windows Phone 8 OS. This handset will be stuck with the upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 OS. If you are a fan of the Batman film series, then you can go ahead and purchase this device before it gets sold out in India.

PS: In our exclusive Nokia Lumia 800 review, we gave this handset a rating of 7 out of 10. To read the complete review, head over to this page.

Nokia N9 PR1.3 Update Brings “Over 1000 Quality Improvements”

Nokia has confirmed that it has started rolling out the PR 1.3 (v40.2012.21-3) software update for its last MeeGo powered handset, the N9. The update will be rolled out in batches over the next few weeks, with the non-branded N9 variants slated to receive the update first.

At the moment it is known whether the update is a major one or not. The official change-log from Nokia reads that there are “over 1000 quality improvements including Mail, Facebook, Twitter, minor network & connectivity improvements.” The company has not really provided any more information about this update, so consider those 1000+ quality enhancements as bug-fixes rather than any actual enhancements. Like any other software update, the PR1.3 update for the N9 will also bring the general performance and stability boost.

Since Nokia has not provided much information about the update, don’t except PR1.3 to bring any new major changes or enhancements.

Nokia Goes After Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet for Patent Licensing

Now that its sales have dropped, it seems that Nokia seems to be focusing on other ways to increase its revenue. It is apparently going after Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, claiming that it infringes on certain patents owned by the withering Finnish giant.

According to Nokia, neither Google or Asus have licensed its patents related to the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard for the Nexus 7.

“Nokia has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers. Neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio. Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license,” said a Nokia spokesperson.

Google has priced its Nexus 7 tablet starting at $199. If licensing costs increase, Google may have to either increase its pricing a bit, or take a hit on each tablet sold, along with Asus.

Nokia is unlikely to drag Google or Asus to the court or seek an injunction on the sales of the Nexus 7, but will request the companies to license its patents instead.

via Inquirer

Symbian Donna (Nokia Belle FP2) Shows Of Its Changes In A Leaked Video

Even though Nokia has already ditched “the burning” Symbian OS as a viable mobile platform for its handsets, the company has promised to roll-out Symbian updates until 2014. Nokia’s recently released camera-monster and probably the last Belle powered handset from the company, the Pure View 808 runs on the latest version of Symbian Nokia Belle FP1.While the Finnish company has not announced anything about the next version of Symbian, it looks like it’s silently working on Belle FP2 a.k.a Symbian Donna.

A video has surfaced on YouTube that shows a pre-release version of Nokia Belle FP2 in action on RDA (Remote Device Access). The video clearly shows all the new changes that Belle FP2 will bring with it including a new swipe-to-unlock system, new transition effects, new camera UI, new widgets, an enhanced keyboard with a predicition system, a much better gallery and web-browser and many other UI enhancements.

Below is the near 5-minute video in question -:

The video also shows a new music player and navigation bar, which should please quite a few Symbian users. Symbian Donna in all probability is going to be the last major update to the “burning platform” and should keep the software engineers are Nokia busy, until Windows Phone 8 powered handsets from the company hit the shelves later this year.

Nokia 808 PureView Coming To The UK On June 30

Nokia 808 PureView needs no introduction! Even though it runs on the outdated Symbian Operating System, this handset has gained a lot of attention, thanks to its amazing camera. The Nokia 808 PureView was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Nokia N8 smartphone. The Nokia PureView 808 sports a high-resolution 41 megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics.

The Nokia 808 PureView is the first smartphone to feature Nokia’s award-winning PureView technology. This handset has received multiple awards, including Best Mobile Device at the MWC 2012 as well as the Best Imaging Innovation award from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). Nokia has already launched this device in most of the European and Asian markets. The compnay has also announced the unlocked version of this device for the US market. However, the folks living in the UK were left behind.

The Nokia 808 PureView was already available for pre-order at Amazon UK from the last few months, but the exact release date was not announced. Now, Nokia customers in the UK can finally get the much-awaited Nokia 808 PureView before the end of this month. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the specs below.

Nokia PureView features a 4 inch ClearBlack display, sporting a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels, 1.3 GHz processor, Symbian Belle OS, 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA Connectivity, 3.5 mm headset jack, Dolby Digital Plus, up to 540 hrs of stand-by time, up to 6 hrs 50 mins of talk time and a 1400 mAh battery.

The Nokia 808 PureView will go on sale in the UK from June 30. This handset is available only in Black and White colors. It comes with a price-tag of £499 (approx. $780). To get this device, head over to this page at Amazon UK.

Unlocked Nokia PureView 808 Coming To The US For $699

Earlier this year, Nokia surprised everyone by unveiling the Nokia PureView 808 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Nokia N8 smartphone. The Nokia PureView 808 sports a high-resolution 41 megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics. You heard it right! This device has also received multiple awards, including Best Mobile Device at the MWC 2012 as well as the Best Imaging Innovation award from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The Nokia 808 PureView is the first smartphone to feature Nokia’s award-winning PureView technology.

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Earlier, it was rumored that Nokia will not launch the amazing PureView 808 smartphone in the US. However, we have good news for the folks who were eagerly waiting to get this handset. Nokia recently announced the price and available of the PureView 808 for the customers living in the US. This handset will be available unlocked and unsubsidized through Amazon.

Apart from the 41 megapixel camera, the Nokia PureView features a 4 inch ClearBlack display, sporting a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels, 1.3 GHz processor, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, A-GPS, 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 540 hrs of stand-by time, up to 6 hrs 50 mins of talk time and a 1400 mAh battery. Sadly, this handset runs on the Symbian Belle OS, instead of the Windows Phone 7.5 OS.

The Nokia PureView 808 will offer support for AT&T’s 3G network. However, there is no 3G support for T-Mobile customers. If you are planning to use this device on T-Mobile’s network, then you will have to manage with the 2G speeds. This handset is already available for purchase in most of the European and Asian markets. The Nokia PureView 808 will go on sale at Amazon for $699 starting this week.