We are introducing a new series today in the form of Five Year Predictions. Each week we will take a look at a major brand in the mobile space and will see where the company is now, what its short term future looks like, and finally where we think the brand will be in five year's time. We cannot please everyone and get everything right, but we hope this series will give more of an insight into the plans of companies as we enter the next phase of mobile technology. Kicking it all off is Nokia.
Microsoft's recent history with Nokia has been a fruitful one; it helped to put Windows Phone on the map and Nokia had such success on the platform that Microsoft bought the Finnish company's devices division. Since then Redmond has been churning out its own smartphones with the Nokia Lumia branding, but it seems Microsoft is now willing to let go of Nokia altogether.
Nokia actually no longer making hardware is not an easy thing to take, after-all, this was the company that dominated the mobile scene for years and was one of its leading lights in the early years. However, Nokia sold its devices division to Microsoft earlier in the year and is now focusing on its services and software.
We are the first here at MobileBurn to admit that the HTC One M8 has immediately become the best handset on the Windows Phone platform. The Taiwanese company's all metal device sports better specs than any other WP handset and arguably looks better too. However, we have been thinking that the stellar job that Nokia has done over the last couple of years has been drastically undercooked this week.
The Nokia Lumia 520 has finally been treated to the latest version of Windows Phone, version 8.1 with Nokia's Cyan software on board. That is a fitting addition considering the 520 has done as much for Microsoft's (admittedly slow) mobile growth as any other smartphone.
It made sense for Nokia to launch the X Android smartphones as a way to gain traction in the lower-tier market, but it was widely expected that Microsoft would abandon the venture once it assumed control of Nokia. That's no longer the case as Microsoft today launched the Nokia X2, a more powerful but still cheap smartphone, and it's still running Android.
In case you missed the memo, Nokia is no longer in the mobile phone making business since the company sold its devices and services division to Microsoft. Nokia cannot make a device until 2016, but it appears to be killing time with a new Android launcher.
I have a Nokia Lumia 1020. If I had 49 more at my disposal and hours of times to carry them around the city, I still wouldn't have come up with the idea for the Living Moments - Lumia Arc of Wonder, a short video created by filmmaker Paul Trillo.
Windows Phone supports only four brightness settings: low, medium, high, and auto. Anyone wanting to have more detailed controls have sadly had to do without, but that will change soon on more Nokia handsets.
Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 930, an international version of the recently released (and reviewed) Lumia Icon. It also announced that all of its products would receive the "Cyan" update to add new Windows Phone 8.1 features to the device.