Nokia paid several million euros in ransom money to save Symbian

Many years ago, when Nokia was still a phone company and wasnt gobbled up by Microsoft, they had another smartphone operating system running on their mobile phones. Good ol' Symbian, or as it was known back then, S60. Today's fun gossip is that the mobile OS, which was the most widely used smartphone OS in the world back then, was held in a bit of ransom-related drama that saw Nokia pay several million euro ...

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Nokia Q1 2014 Results: Phone sales down 30 percent

Along with announcing a new CEO, Nokia just posted their last financial results as a phone company and things don't look too great, y'all. Phone sales were down 30 percent compared to the same quarter last year, but honestly, considering how they announced that they were being acquired by Microsoft well before the quarter began, it kinda makes sense that buyers were a little apprehensive to betting on a fut ...

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Nokia appoints a New CEO: Say hello to Rajeev Suri

Starting May 1st, Nokia is going to be run by a new CEO: Rajeev Suri. Suri has been with the company for over 20 years, and was the CEO of Nokia Solutions & Networks (aka Nokia Siemens Networks) in 2009, which is important seeing as how the remaining part of Nokia, without the phone business that Microsoft acquired, consists of NSN, along with HERE maps. Along with expanding their network business, Noki ...

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Nokia House now has Microsoft Branding

As part of the acquisition by Microsoft, Nokia's global Headquarters in Espoo, which is better known as Nokia House, was going to be taken over by Microsoft as well. With the acquisition closing yesterday, the "Nokia" logo at Nokia House was taken down, and today there's a big ol' "Microsoft" logo put up instead. Yesterday, we saw images (such as the one below via @svengrundberg) with the Nokia logo still p ...

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Nokia Connects sends out Postcards “Memories Aren’t Going Anywhere”

Nokia Connects have always been the absolute best at keeping in touch with the blogosphere, but even I was surprised to find this in the mail today. After yesterday's news that Nokia's phone division is now Microsoft Mobile, we all had a lot of questions. What brand will Nokia's phones be sold under? What about warranty? And most importantly (for us) what will happen to Nokia Connects? Well, as their postca ...

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Nokia’s Devices and Services Division is now “Microsoft Mobile”

Right on cue, Nokia announced today that they have have completed their sales of the devices and services business to Microsoft. Microsoft is planning to use the "Microsoft Mobile" moniker for the Nokia phone business, and will be running it as a separate subsidiary with Nokia's employees from the aforementioned business division remaining in Nokia House. Nokia still exists as a company, but now focuses on ...

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Nokia expects acquisition by Microsoft to complete by April 25th

Nokia announced today that they expect their devices and services acquisition by Microsoft to be completed on April 25th. Once the acquisition is complete, Nokia's phone division will be known as Microsoft Mobile, with operations continuing out of their headquarters at Espoo [check out our gallery of it]. Microsoft and Nokia announced the deal way back in September 2013, so it's certainly taken a while, but ...

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Nokia’s phone division will now be rebranded as “Microsoft Mobile” (Oy!)

Oy! We all knew this day was coming. As I mentioned in yesterday's episode of UnleashTV, Nokia's phone division which was acquired by Microsoft, will now be rebranded over to "Microsoft Mobile". To be particular, once the $7.2 billion acquisition is finished by the end of this month, "Nokia Oyj" will be known as "Microsoft Mobile Oy" (No word on why they dropped the "j", possible because "Oy" is such a fun ...

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Nokia’s first ever tablet ran Symbian, 9 years before the iPad

Nokia's first large tablet was the recent Lumia 2520 (I say large, because they did make tablets like the N800 before), but apparently they had a huge tablet ready a whole 9 years before the iPad was announced. And it ran Symbian! Unfortunately, it was never released though. The Finnish company developed a tablet in 2001, called the M510 web tablet. Finland's Digitoday managed to get the picture you see abo ...

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Facebook is acquiring WhatsApp [for $19 billion]

Huge news today, as Facebook has bought WhatsApp, the popular cross-platform messaging app, for $19 Billion and in stock. The acquisition will see Whatsapp running semi-independently, similar to Instagram, and while the messaging service will maintain it's brand and currently existing offices, Facebook will be offer the advantage of their "expertise, resources and scale." Facebook claims the deal "accelerat ...

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Editorial: Remembering my Nokia 701

Disclaimer: This is going to be a long, emotional piece. Read on only if you love Nokia, Symbian or me. It was a summer of desire and a winter of surprises. For much of the summer of 2011, I had been using a featurephone to get me by. A Nokia 2690, to be exact. Although I didn’t exactly hate the device, I needed something better. Because, well, it wasn’t cutting it for me. I was a media student, and as such ...

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Nokia X Specs Leaked: As Budget as Android Can Go

The Nokia X, aka the Android-running Nokia Normandy seems like it might actually be releasing after all, and today we have specs for it! According to good ol' @evleaks, the Nokia X will be boasting some very quaint hardware, with a "2 x 1GHz Snapdragon" processor, 512MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot, 4 inch WVGA display, 5 Megapixel camera, all powered by a 1500 mAh battery. We st ...

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