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.
Nokia and Verizon today jointly announced the Nokia Lumia Icon. It's a phone that takes the mantle of the Lumia 928, from a design perspective. We know that the Lumia Icon will go on sale February 20 for $199.99 when purchased with a two-year agreement, but else do we know about the device?
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.