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.
Nokia's recently announced N1 tablet is a monumental device in the company's history as the Finnish giant is starting all over again. After selling its devices division to Microsoft, Nokia is starting as a new entity and this is its first hardware step in a new direction. The N1 is pretty good, if a little too close to the iPad Mini, and it reminds us that Nokia actually knows how to make a solid device.
Nokia is slowly removing itself form Microsoft. Of course, the company sold its devices division to Redmond earlier in the year and since then Nokia has been distancing itself from both Microsoft and the Windows Phone platform. There has been an Android launcher app (the amazing Z Launcher), an Android running tablet, and now the company has said it will no longer develop the HERE Maps suite for Microsoft's Lumia smartphones.
Nokia built a tradition of making its devices among the best for those wanting a smartphone that doubles as a point and shoot camera. In fact, the companies Lumia PureView handsets offered the best camera experience in the business. Microsoft will continue that tradition as the company is readying its own camera oriented smartphone, the Lumia 1030.
We previewed Nokia's new N1 tablet earlier in the week and like everybody else in the tech press were instantly drawn to how much the device looks like Apple's iPad Mini, a slate that it is a direct competitor to.
Just a few days ago Nokia said it would no longer make smartphones in an era of the company post Microsoft buyout of the company's devices division. However, the Finnish company did say it would license the Nokia name for other companies to use on products, and the first of those devices arrives today in the surprising form of the Nokia N1 tablet.
Today could spell truly an end of an era, not just in mobile but in the tech world as a whole. It seems that Finnish company Nokia will not be making mobile phones again, despite being able to in 2016. Nokia's new CEO Rajeev Suri said "We are not looking to a direct consumer return to handsets per se," during a talk today. However, should we really be saying goodbye to the Nokia brand?
Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices and services business earlier in the year and now build the company's old Lumia smartphones. However, Redmond left plenty of Nokia behind and it seems the old Finnish giant is getting itself ready to re-enter the smartphone market. Although, how Nokia goes about this is quite complicated and will depend on the ins and outs of the deal with Microsoft.
Say goodbye to Nokia smartphones, for now at least. Microsoft has killed off the Nokia branding for future smartphones the company confirmed today, ending months of rumors. Instead of the Nokia Lumia branding, devices will now be known as Microsoft Lumia and will come with the company's Windows logo emblazoned on them in black.