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vissha posted a topic in Mobile NewsNokia To Smartphone Owners: Malware Infections Are Far Higher Than You Think Nokia warns that mobile malware infections grew dramatically in the second half of 2016. Overall, the monthly smartphone infection rate averaged 0.90 percent, an 83 percent increase over the first half of 2016. Nokia no longer makes mobile devices but it's carving out a new business in mobile and Internet of Things security. Now new research from the unit is reporting a 83 percent rise in monthly smartphone infections in the second half of 2016. Two years ago Verizon challenged assumptions about the spread of mobile malware, reporting that just 0.03 percent of smartphones on its network were infected with 'higher-grade' malware. It was much lower than the 0.68 percent infection rate estimated in Kindsight Security Labs' biannual report. But a new report from Nokia, based on data from mobile networks that have deployed its NetGuard Endpoint Security, suggests infections are actually far higher. According to Nokia, the monthly rate of infections in mobile networks peaked at 1.35 percent in October, and averaged 1.08 percent in the second half of 2016. The average infection rate in the first half was 0.66 percent, translating to a 63 percent rise between the periods. It also measured monthly infections on smartphones and says the average rate was 0.9 percent in the second half, up 83 percent from 0.49 percent in the first half. Over the entire year, it says smartphone infections rose a whopping 400 percent. Nokia's data included around 100 million devices across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. It says that 81 percent of infections were on Android devices, 15 percent on Windows devices, and four percent on iPhones and other mobile devices. It notes that Windows share of infections it counted shrank from 22 percent in the first half of 2016. Although Nokia's report doesn't exclusively deal with Android, it offers a contrast to Google's assessment of malware infections in its Android Security 2016 Year in Review report, released earlier this month. Google reported Android device infections at 0.64 percent in the first quarter of 2016 growing to 0.77 percent in the second quarter, and then moving to 0.67 percent and 0.71 percent in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Google's measure is based on the frequency it finds PHAs or potentially harmful applications during a "routine full-device scan" with its Verify Apps Android anti-malware service. Google said since 2014 infections on Android have been less than one percent. It also noted that users were 10 times more likely to download malware from outside Google Play than inside its store in 2016. While Nokia reports that infections on mobile networks are increasing, infections on fixed-line residential networks have been falling since the beginning of 2015, despite a bump in early 2016 due to a surge in adware. Source
vissha posted a topic in Mobile NewsNokia Android Smartphones Coming To US, Launching "In 120 Markets At Same Time In Q2 2017" At last month's Mobile World Congress, HMD Global unveiled two new Nokia-branded Android smartphones; the lower-end 3, and the mid-range 5. They'll join the more premium Nokia 6, which HMD released in China earlier this year, in what the company described as a 'global' launch in the second quarter of 2017. HMD wasn't any more specific about its plans at the time - and a vague term like 'global' left plenty of room for interpretation. Many potential buyers were also left wondering if that global launch would include the United States. HMD has now confirmed that its devices will indeed go on sale in the US, in response to an enquiry on Twitter: As for its 'global' release, the company hasn't yet provided a full list of countries, but it has offered a clearer indication of the scale of its upcoming launch. In a statement to NPU, HMD said that it "has ambitious plans to release Nokia 3, 5 and 6 in 120 markets at [the] same time in Q2 2017". A UK retailer recently revealed that the handsets are expected to go on sale there in May. HMD also confirmed last week that it will deliver monthly Android security updates to its devices, along with regular feature updates for the OS. Courtesy: @NokiaMobile via Phone Arena / NPU Source
vissha posted a topic in Mobile NewsNokia Owns the Alcatel Smartphone Brand, but It's Licensed to TCL The brand came with the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent HMD Global is the company that purchased the license to launch Nokia-branded phones for the next 10 years or so, and the first products have already been released on the market. However, few know that Nokia owns another smartphone brand, which was acquired only recently. Many of you have probably heard about Alcatel, the company that sells decent, affordable smartphones and tablets. It's common knowledge that the Chinese company TCL, the same that now owns the license to launch BlackBerry-branded phones, is also releasing Alcatel devices. Well, it appears that the Alcatel smartphone brand is in fact owned by Nokia from the moment the company acquired the French network infrastructure provider Alcatel-Lucent. TCL can release Alcatel-branded phones/tablets until 2024 Alcatel-Lucent offered TCL the license to launch Alcatel smartphones and tablets until 2024, but when the French company was acquired by Nokia, it came along with the Alcatel brand as well. The folks over at NPU have reached out to Nokia to shed some light on the subject and here is what the company had to say about the matter: Even though it makes perfect sense, Nokia has never mentioned it's the owner of the Alcatel smartphone brand when it acquired Alcatel-Lucent back in 2015. Not that it would have matter, but it's kind of surprising to find out after two years. Source
CrAKeN posted a topic in Mobile NewsLumia 1020 If you've been following the latest Nokia-related news, then you probably know that the Finnish company said last week that it would not use Zeiss cameras inside its smartphones. However, it appears that things are a bit different from what we've originally thought. According to NPU, HMD Global confirmed that Nokia was only referring to the smartphones that are already available on the market such as Nokia 3, 5 and 6. Basically, this means that HMD Global could still make use of Zeiss lenses in any of its future smartphones. Considering previous Nokia smartphones with Zeiss optics were positioned in the high tier category, we believe Nokia flagships should come with this feature on board if HMD is to include it in the future. Zeiss optics are among the best in the smartphone industry, but for some reason the German company has decided to take a pause and not provide its expertise to any of the major handset makers. Nokia PureView 808 On the other hand, Leica continues to work with Huawei, as the Chinese company is using its lenses on its flagship smartphones such as P9, P10 and P10 Plus. Although we doubt that HMD Global will be able to convince Zeiss to lend its camera lenses to one of its smartphones in the future, we won't completely rule it out. In the same piece of news, HMD states that while Nokia 3, 5 and 6 come with VoLTE (Voice over LTE) support on board, this feature might not work on certain networks, so it must be tested before the carrier can confirm it. Lastly, if you're expecting HMD Global to put Gameloft's popular Snake game on Nokia feature phones other than the new Nokia 3310, then you'll be disappointed to hear that the Finnish company won't do such a thing. Source
vissha posted a topic in Mobile NewsNokia Nseries Could Be Resurrected, New Mid-Range Smartphone to Be Unveiled HMD might make use of the hugely popular branding We're not going to actually include the Nokia N1 tablet in the Nseries since we'll be referring to smartphones only. The last Nseries phone was the N9, which was a Meego-based device, but an N950 model was launched soon afterwards as a developer-only smartphone. However, rumors coming out of China claim HMD plans to resurrect Nokia's Nseries brand this year, and the first product might be unveiled later this year at Mobile World Congress (MWC). Obviously, these rumors must be taken with a grain of salt, especially that they're a bit confusing. Any true Nokia fan knows the Nseries is a flagship series, so it would make sense for HMD to launch a high-end Nseries device at MWC 2017. But the latest reports say the first Nseries device to be unveiled by HMD will be a mid-range smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 6xx processor. The only evidence the source of the rumor has is a picture of a promo material with the Nseries logo on it. Furthermore, it appears that the said Nokia Nseries smartphone will be the first targeted to reach 50 million units produced, which would be quite an achievement for a company like HMD that has just opened doors. We don't want to ruin it for you, but this seems a bit far fetched and impractical for HMD Global, as the company need s to make sure it can cope with the demand for its smartphones when they go on sale. However, a new Nseries smartphone is not out of the question, so we won't rule it out for the moment. One thing is certain thought, we will get all the answers in just a few weeks, as Nokia and HMD have already announced a joint event for February 26. Source
vissha posted a topic in Mobile NewsNokia and HMD Global Confirm MWC 2017 Launch Event for February 26 Hopefully, a couple of smartphones will be unveiled Despite the fact that Samsung has already confirmed it will not launch the Galaxy S8 at MWC, while Sony is rumored to show its new flagship in secret rooms only, this year's trade fair looks pretty promising when it comes to new devices. After successfully launching its first Nokia-branded smartphone in China, HMD Global will finally reveal its plans regarding the next handsets that will (hopefully) be available worldwide. Aside from the Nokia 6 that's exclusive available for purchase in China though major retailer JD.com, HMD Global plans to launch at least 5 or 6 other Android smartphones by the end of the year. Will it live up to the expectations? At least two other Nokia-branded handsets might be introduced at MWC 2017 on February 26, including the company's first flagship smartphone. Unfortunately, the expectations are very high now that new Nokia-branded phones will be once again available on the market, and we fear that HDM Global's new product might not live up to the hype. However, it's important to note that the Nokia that once was, will never be again. The Finnish giant has already decided to let another company handle the design, manufacturing and sale of Nokia-branded smartphones. Since we're less than one month away from Nokia's launch event, we won't have to wait too long to find out whether or not HMD will manage to meet Nokia fans' expectations. Naturally, it won't be able to appeal to everyone, but it would be nice to know that Nokia's spirit still lives in some (if not all) HMD Global's upcoming products. Source
vissha posted a topic in Mobile NewsNokia 6 Finally Goes on Sale Outside of China for $370 The phone is available in the Philippines in white color Well, it looks like starting tomorrow, the Nokia 6 will be available for purchase in another country, although customers will have to pay more. PinoyTechnoGuide reports major retailer Lazada will begin selling the Nokia 6 in the Philippines. As some of you probably know by now, Nokia 6 is available for purchase in China through JD.com retailer for only $245. However, customers in the Philippines will have to pay $370 for the mid-range smartphone. On the bright side (no pun intended), Nokia 6 will be available at Lazada in white color, which is rather odd considering HMD Global only released the smartphone in black version in China. It's also worth mentioning those who purchase the smartphone through Lazada will benefit from free shipping. We don't know if there's a purchase limit per customer, but it doesn't seems so. Checking out the specs listed by Lazada, it seems they're selling the same device that's been introduced in China not long ago. So, expect a mid-range smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat operating system right out of the box, coupled with an octa-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. The Nokia 6's 16-megapixel rear-facing camera has already been compared to other cameras on flagships like the OnePlus 3T and Huawei Mate 9 Pro, and it performed admirably. There's also a secondary 8-megapixel camera in the front for those who like to take selfies. It also sports a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display with 2.5D scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating. On the inside, the Nokia 6 packs 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card). Source
vissha posted a topic in Mobile NewsNokia's Return to Smartphone Business Confirmed for 2017 An official slide from the company has spilled the beans Apparently, an official slide from Nokia's Capital Markets Day presentation has just leaked online and the folks over at NPU have been quick to report on it. The slide show Nokia's main topics for the next two years and the current one. While in 2016 Nokia focused on the launch of its incredible OZO VR camera, Withings acquisition and licensing its phone brand to HMD, the next two year will be even more exciting for the Finnish company. For example, in 2017 Nokia plans to strengthen its presence in the VR market, but it remains to be seen how it will be able to do that. Another important topic for Nokia fans, the comeback of the company to the smartphone business is happening next year as well. The Finnish giant notes in the presentation slide that “Nokia brand's return to smartphones” is to take place in 2017. Moreover, the company plans to expand patent licensing in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics during the same year. As for 2018, Nokia is going to work towards licensing its own VR technology, and hopes to grow considerably in remote patient care in Digital Health. The Finnish company also mentions that it will continue the patent licensing growth and diversification throughout 2018 as well. If you're a Nokia fans, 2017 is definitely going to be a very interesting year for you. At least two Android smartphones are expected to be unveiled in the first half of the year, but these won't be the only handsets Nokia will launch in 2017. The only thing that remains to clarify is when exactly the first Nokia-branded smartphones in a long while will be officially unveiled. Some bet on Mobile World Congress, which is scheduled to take place at the end of February, while other are more pessimist claim the first Nokia smartphones won't be announced until April/May. Source