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Microsoft to get EU approval for $7.3B Nokia deal

Microsoft will soon take over Nokia’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. The $7.3 billion deal would nab Microsoft the phone (and now tablet) business of Nokia, while the networks business would remain independent. With Nokia, Microsoft will have its own in-house devices division to build Windows Phone and Windows 8 products.

 

Microsoft to get EU approval for $7.3B Nokia deal

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Nokia and Apple

Nokia took a jab at apple when Apple released it’s two newest iPhones, the 5s and 5c. However, Nokia went for the most colorful of the two, the 5c. Nokia’s marketing team took this time to take a jab at apple by tweeting one of the most retweeted tweets in twitter history. They simply said “Thanks apple” and added a picture of the Nokia Lumia family with all of it’s variety of color. Alongside the picture Nokia put in quotes, “Imitation is the best form of flattery”. This just makes the wars between smartphones go up another notch.

 

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/21/4755950/nokia-racks-up-the-retweets-by-poking-fun-at-apples-iphone-5c

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Samsung Touts Features of Galaxy S III Over IPhone 5

This last weekend Samsung came out with an ad titled “It doesn’t take a genius” comparing its Galaxy S III (GS3) to Apple’s new IPhone 5.The ad’s title is a shot at Apple’s Genius Bar which refers to Apple’s Help Center located in its retail stores.The ad itself goes through a 12 point spec-by-spec comparison of the two mobile phones with the GS3 having the better features according to Samsung.

Apple fans being distraught over the Samsung ad came out with their own version of the ad with the title “Don’t Settle for Cheap Plastic.”  An obvious  reference to the inexpensive materials used in the GS3 as compared to the IPhone 5 which is made of aluminum and glass. Apple fans commented on the Samsung’s feature comparison list and embellished it to show the superiority of the IPhone 5 with its additional features.

Nokia fans also countered with an ad of their own titled “Flyweight Contender, Meet the Heavyweight Champion,”  which compared the IPhone 5 to the Lumia 920. One of the Lumia 920 advantages listed was the fact that the device weighs 6.53 ounces as compared with the IPhone 5 weight of 3.95 ounces. Why a heaver phone is an advantage is a puzzlement to many people.

http://www.informationweek.com/mobility/smart-phones/samsung-goes-on-offensive-against-iphone/240007437

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Nokia attempts to catch-up with competitors with new windows smartphone

Nokia announced that it would be trying once again to break into the smartphone market, largely dominated by rivals Apple and Samsung, by releasing the Lumia 920 this November.  The Lumia 920 uses Microsoft Windows software and looks similar to its predecessor, the smaller Lumia 820.  The new phone will be on shelves in time for the 2012 holiday season, and sources say that it will be priced similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S3 line.

 

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/07/us-nokia-operators-idINBRE8860HB20120907

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Nokia Introduces the New Lumia 920 Mobile Phone

This article by Paul Lilly of MaximumPC is a comparison between Nokia’s new Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 and its older Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7.

The new Nokia Lumia 920 is a mobile smart phone that contains the 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon SA processor. It has 32 GB of internal storage plus 1 GB of RAM. It also has a rear as well as a front facing digital cameras and a 4.5 inch HD (1280 x 768) IPS display. The Lumia 920 is also the first mobile smart phone in the world to have physical Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The new Lumia 920 is superior to its older Lumia 900 brother in every way incuding cpu, ram, internal storage and cameras.

Although the new Lumia 920 cannot really be considered disruptive technology it does contain innovative OIS technology that contributes substantially to the field of mobile technology development. Such a feature is sure to inspire other mobile smart phone developers to incorporate a similar feature in their smart phones.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nokia_unwraps_lumia_920_windows_phone_8_how_does_it_compare_lumia_900

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Nokia appeals to mobile app developers

Nokia is pitching its Windows Phones as the best bet for operators and app developers, and to prove it, announced partnerships for new apps with brands including Michelin Travel, Red Bull, Kraft Foods and others. “We’re creating a platform to attract third party developers that’s far friendlier and far more aligned with the interests of operators all over the world” compared to the other leading mobile platforms, said Nokia’s CEO earlier this week.

The idea is that a growing number of people around the world are getting phones but don’t have credit cards. Nokia aims to remove the payment process (at least for now).

Read more of this article at: http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/nokia-appeals-to-mobile-app-developers/144971

The more articles I read, the more I see the same complaint for using iOS. Developers hate jumping through the hoops and customers hate the exclusivity apple mandates from it’s users. I’m not saying apple products will go extinct in the near future, but eventually consumers are going to grow weary of the iron fist apple holds on the market.