The agreement that Microsoft signed with Nokia prevents Nokia from selling smartphones once the deal is finalized; however, the Nokia Normandy could be the last act as an independent company or the first headache for Microsoft.
The Windows Phone 8 community has lacked the widespread options and support for unofficial tweaks and hacks seen on Android and iOS, but a developer has posted video of what they claim is a jailbreak that could lay the groundwork for offering that support.
Nokia has announced that it is now updating the Nokia Lumia 1020 to run the Lumia Black software update that adds some small but important fixes to its own brand of Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
Nokia planned to release an Android smartphone prior to news that Microsoft would purchase its handset division for $7.2 billion. Despite expectations that the project was likely to be killed, Nokia is continuing work on its "Normandy" Android phone and may release it before the Microsoft deal is finalized.
Microsoft's planned acquisition of Nokia has been approved by the US Department of Justice and the FTC. With both regulatory agencies approving of the deal, Microsoft needs only the go-ahead from the European Union to make the deal official. Nokia shareholders have already voted in favor of selling its handset division for $7.2 billion dollars. The deal will see the company maintain its networking operations but sell smartphone facilities, patents, and workforce to Microsoft.
The Nokia Lumia 521 is the best-selling Windows Phone device thanks to its low price. Nokia has decided to once again target the low-end market with the release of the Lumia 525, a slightly more powerful version of its most popular phone.
Nokia has yet to release a quad-core, 1080p HD smartphone - until now. With the release of the Nokia Lumia 1520, Windows Phone finally has a device to take on the Android phablet sector.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will cost $199 on a two-year agreement when it arrives at AT&T next week. Though we're still waiting on an official word from AT&T or Nokia, the Microsoft store already accepts pre-orders for the phone and lists a November 15 release date. The Lumia 1520 will be available in black, white, yellow, and red. Customers can also purchase the phone for $549 off-contract. The phone has a 6-inch 1080p HD display, a 2GB RAM, a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, and a 20-megapixel PureView camera.
Nokia has already surpassed the 6-inch barrier with the Lumia 625, but the largest Nokia phone at the time had a low-quality display. Nokia today announced the Lumia 1520 and 1320 smartphones, both have which offer the HD displays that 6-inch smartphone deserves.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will reportedly bring Nokia into the phone-meets-tablet territory when the Windows Phone 8 handset introduces a 6-inch, 1080p HD display. New reports suggest it will also have a 3,400 battery.