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.
Windows Phone fandom hasn't been very kind to Verizon in the past. Nokia and Verizon must have realized a change was necessary because the companies opted not to name its latest Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon, with the same naming conventions.It's a fitting switch, because this isn't a by the numbers smartphone.
On the off chance that consumers in United States or Canada seriously considered purchasing one of the low-cost Nokia X Android smartphones announced yesterday, Nokia has confirmed those people need not waste their time because the phone will not be officially sold in North America.
Nokia's device unit isn't a Microsoft company yet, so the company is making one last announcement as an independent company that probably won't go over very well with its soon-to-be owners.
Nokia today announced three new handsets that are all Android without the company and apps that have come to be closely associated with the operating system. The Nokia X, X+, and XL all run Android, but it is a forked version of the Android Open Source Project that has little resemblance to Android.