Since Microsoft purchased Nokia's Lumia smartphone division in a multi-billion dollar buyout last year, we have heard mixed messages about whether Nokia would ever build mobile devices again. The company hinted at one stage that it would leave the smartphone market behind, although a tablet along the way showed that the Finnish giant still harbours hardware aspirations.
For mobile phone users of a certain vintage, Nokia holds a special place in the heart, the company was after-all the biggest cellular phone manufacturer in the world for several years. However, the Finnish giant has sort of just faded away since Microsoft bought its devices division back last year. Sure, Nokia software is doing well (HERE Maps, Z Launcher) and there has even been a tablet release, but Nokia the phone company is simply no more.
There have been plenty of rumors that Meizu and Nokia are working together. It was initially thought that the companies are making a smartphone, both denied it and confirmed that Nokia could be involved in Meizu's future smartphone cameras. However, the rumor that the brands are collaborating on a smartphone has returned, with a bit more information in tow.
It is easy to think sometimes that Google Maps is the only robust maps software out there, and certainly Mountain Views' service is deserving of its dominant market share. However, Nokia's HERE Maps has been providing a viable alternative to Google Maps for some time, especially with its free offline turn by turn navigation.
Nokia's fantastic HERE Maps is a true rival to Google Maps and it of course comes with offline navigation. However, it has only been making tentative steps into the Android space in beta form... until now that is. A new major update for the Android version of the apps takes it from the beta stage and it is now a full release app.
In the halcyon days of feature phones, Nokia reigned supreme. Its handsets sold in the kinds of numbers that would even have Samsung and Apple envious and the Finnish company dominated the mobile market for nearly a decade. Those days have long gone, with the advent of the smartphone changing the mobile landscape forever. However, there is a demographic in the UK where the Nokia 8210 feature phone still reigns supreme.
2014 was a year of change for Nokia. The company sold its Devices and Services division to Microsoft, said it may never make smartphones again, launched a tablet, and also rolled out some impressive software. So, how is Nokia doing post Microsoft? Very good is the answer and the company confirmed that with its latest earnings call.
A report in China this week suggested that Meizu would farm out its MX4 flagship to Nokia and the Finnish company would use the design and puts its own specs and software on to the handset. It seemed a little far-fetched, even though Nokia is actively looking for such partnerships, so there is little surprise to see that Meizu has wasted no time shooting this rumor down.
Nokia may not be able to make its own smartphones just yet, but the company is still keeping involved on the hardware front it seems. According to a rumor from China, Meizu is interested in selling its handsets outside of Southeast Asia, but the Chinese company is worried its brand does not carry weight in other major market.
A number of Nokia's (now Microsoft's) Lumia handsets are getting the bump to the new Lumia Denim software in Malaysia. The handsets in question are the Nokia Lumia 525, Nokia Lumia 720, and Nokia Lumia 620, and all are now receiving the build number 8.10.14219.341 of Denim. The update is arriving OTA and I presume this means it is ready to sweep worldwide.