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  1. Nokia teases a Snapdragon 690-powered 5G smartphone Is it the Nokia 7.3? (Image credit: Future) Nokia has been doing a great job of offering multiple smartphones at each price segment, at least in the global market. A new development suggests that it will also be one of the first to bring 5G to affordable smartphones. HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, took to Twitter to congratulate Qualcomm on the launch on the Snapdragon 690. He also talked about how it will help Nokia bring 5G to a more affordable price point. This isn’t the first time Nokia is doing this to talk about its upcoming products. Towards the end of the Snapdragon 690 unveiling, Qualcomm also confirmed that Nokia will be one of the first partners to bring the new 5G chipset to the market. It is the first Snapdragon 6 series processor with 5G capabilities, thanks to the new X51 RF modem. It supports global bands, NSA and SA on the Sub-6GHz spectrum. The Snapdragon 690 implements an 8nm octa-core design, with two big Kryo 560 cores clocked at up to 2GHz (for performance) and six little ARM Cortex-A55 cores (for efficiency). The CPU performance is said to be 20% better than the Snapdragon 675. Other hardware specifications include support for cameras with a resolution of 192MP or 32MP with multi-frame noise reduction and zero shutter lag. On the video side, we’re looking at FHD recording at 120fz and QHD at 60fps, with support for HDR10+. Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ is also supported. Mind you, these are the best-case scenario capabilities, and may not necessarily make it on the smartphones. Considering that the Nokia 8.3 5G was just recently unveiled, which opted for a Snapdragon 7 series chipset, we expect this to be a member of the 7 family. The Nokia 7.2 is due for a refresh, adding more substance to this speculation. Qualcomm also suggested that the Snapdragon 690-powered devices are expected to be priced in the $300-$500 range, which is precisely Nokia 7 series territory. In the comments of the tweet, Sarvikas also hinted that the device will bring a high refresh rate display, which no Nokia phone currently offers. No other details about the “Nokia 7.3” were shared, but is expected to launch later this year. Nokia teases a Snapdragon 690-powered 5G smartphone
  2. SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The United States is in talks with Brazil and its local telecommunications companies on funding the acquisition of fifth-generation gear produced by Ericsson and Nokia, U.S. ambassador for Brazil Todd Chapman told Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo. In an interview published on Thursday night, Chapman said this type of funding is a matter of “national security” to Washington and aims to “protect data and intellectual property, as well as sensitive information of nations”. His remarks were a blow to the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker, China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], which has consolidated its presence in Brazil over the last 20 years. Huawei did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment. The Chinese company has successfully conducted 5G tests with all four major carriers - Telefonica Brasil SA, TIM Participacoes SA, America Movil’s Claro and Oi SA - and is helping them modernize their infrastructure ahead of a long-awaited 5G spectrum auction. In August, Reuters reported Huawei would invest $800 mln to build another factory in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state by 2022, pushing to ramp up its Latin American footprint despite U.S. objections. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has urged governments worldwide, including Brazil, to shun Huawei because of spying concerns but few have heeded those warnings so far. Chapman argues that allowing Chinese companies in the country’s 5G deployment could even discourage investments by other foreign companies. “Who wants to make investments in countries where their information will not be protected?,” he told Folha. The U.S. Ambassador added that the funding under discussion with Brazil would be provided by the International Development Finance Corporation, a development bank created by Trump in late 2018 to counter China’s Development Bank operations in other countries. Source
  3. Nokia 2.3 announced, with long battery life and AI camera HMD Global has announced its latest mid-range device, the Nokia 2.3. It comes with a dual-camera which is enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI), has a battery that will last for two days, and includes a large 6.2” HD+ screen. In typical HMD fashion, the device will ship with Android 9 but will get OS updates for two years with Android 10 being prepared right now. As for the monthly security patches, customers will get these for three years. HMD is definitely placing a heavy focus on the camera, it comes with a new feature called Recommended Shot which helps you choose the best picture by capturing alternate images before and after the shutter button is pressed, then it finds the best one automatically. Other AI features built into the camera app include Portrait Mode and low-light imaging. In what may be a controversial move to some, HMD has decided to ship this device with a dedicated Google Assistant button. If you’re a heavy user of Google Assistant, voicing your commands will be all the more quicker. In addition, the Nokia 2.3 supports biometric face recognition allowing you to unlock the device just by looking at it. Commenting on the new phone, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said: “Consumers world over have really appreciated the Nokia 2 family of products. The Nokia 2.3 is a step forward in our promise of offering you an experience that stays fresh longer – giving consumers access to two years of OS upgrades and three years of monthly security updates even in the affordable price tier. On top, it offers industry leading AI for this segment, large screen and our signature promise of two-day battery life – making it the ideal pick for those who rely on their smartphone as their primary screen.” The Nokia 2.3 will be available in Cyan Green, Sand, and Charcoal colours with prices starting at €109/$120. The phone will go on sale as soon as mid-December Source: Nokia 2.3 announced, with long battery life and AI camera (Neowin)
  4. Flipkart says first Nokia-branded smart TV will offer superior audio experience as it will come with ‘Sound by JBL’. Nokia-branded smart TVs are coming to India soon. Flipkart has partnered with Nokia to launch ‘Made in India’ smart TV on the e-commerce platform. The company hasn’t revealed the launch date for Nokia smart TV. Flipkart said that Nokia smart TV in India will come with ‘Sound by JBL’ – marking JBL’s foray into the TV space. “The Nokia branded Smart TVs will feature superior audio quality powered by JBL’s sound program, an initiative by HARMAN to expand the uses of its audio expertise further,” said Flipkart in a release. “We are delighted that Flipkart, the leading e-commerce company in the country, will bring the first-ever Nokia branded Smart TVs to India. Today marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the Nokia brand in a new category. And where better to start than in India, where our brand has been trusted for quality, design and reliability. Flipkart’s understanding of the needs and behaviors of Indian consumers, and the power of its reach, will help it make Nokia branded Smart TVs accessible and affordable to many,” said Vipul Mehrotra, Vice President, Nokia Brand Partnerships in a release. “Working with Nokia allows us to further expand the choice of high-quality, technologically advanced products for Indian consumers. Nokia is a globally popular technology brand and enjoys immense brand recall, so we’re excited to start this journey with them to extend the brand into a fast-growing product segment. We are committed, as always, to bringing best of brands and technology together as we work towards welcoming the next 200 million consumers on our platform,” said Adarsh Menon, Senior Vice President and Head - Private Brands, Electronics and Furniture at Flipkart. The announcement comes weeks after Flipkart entered into a similar partnership with Motorola to launch locally manufactured smart TVs in India. Dubbed as ‘Motorola TV’, the smart TV series is available online via Flipkart for a starting price of Rs 13,999. The smart TV series also features 3-inch, 50-inch and 55-inch UHD models and a premium 65-inch Motorola TV with UHD panel. The top-end model costs Rs 64,999. Some of the key features of Motorola TVs include MEMC technology and HDR support for better visual experience. Source: Nokia smart TV with JBL audio coming to India soon, courtesy Flipkart (via Hindustan Times)
  5. Don't Nokia it, til' you've tried it IF PIXEL PHONES don't appeal, then new research from Counterpoint says there's only one other game in town for timely Android updates: Nokia. That's not a bet you'd have made three years ago, before Nokia dramatically came back from the dead after a spell churning out Windows handsets for a largely apathetic market. Indeed, Nokia has pretty limited experience of Android ahead of its recent resurgence (who remembers the Nokia X?), but despite that it has a pretty impressive record of pushing updates out to its whole spectrum of phones. The "whole spectrum" part is important. It's one thing to keep your expensive flagships on the latest build, but quite another to keep the various budget numbers ticking over. Counterpoint found that an impressive 96 per cent of Nokia handsets sold since the release of Android Pie now run it, ahead of Samsung (89 per cent), Xiaomi (84 per cent) and Huawei (82 per cent). After that, it falls off a cliff, with just 43 per cent of Lenovo handsets, 35 per cent of Oppo phones and 18 per cent of vivo devices following suit. At the bottom of the pile: LG (16 per cent), Alcatel (14 per cent), Tecno (5 per cent) and "others" (15 per cent). Almost as important as the destination is the speed of updates, of course, and this graph gives you an idea of how snappy each manufacturer was at updating their portfolios. As you can see, for Xiaomi and Huawei a late burst at the nine-month mark ensured they ended up with respectable positions. Not included in this list, of course, is Google, given every handset its released since Android Pie runs the software. In fact, every Pixel phone does, and will be updatable for at least three years, according to the company. With people keeping their phones longer than they used to, the willingness of companies to keep them updated is more important than ever. Probably something to consider when you're comparing identical looking phones in the Carphone Warehouse window. Source
  6. Hi All, Just wondering if Nokia with Canonical makes Ubuntu Touch Devices, does people love it and buy to help support Ubuntu Touch development? My wish is that Nokia should join hands with Canonical to make Ubuntu Devices. If that happens, all lazy s/w app giants will create apps supporting Ubuntu Touch platform. I'm calling s/w app giants as lazy bcoz if they would've supported Ubuntu Touch earlier, the OS could've been overtaking Android & Windows Phones(or Windows 10 Mobile) by now. All Nokia & Ubuntu/Linux fans(incl. myself) or devs out there, please suggest Nokia to create Ubuntu Devices in future ASAP. Please vote and provide feedback in comments(if any). Members please note that I'm referring to the future and not now. I'm not a fool to ask for/suggest a change in the first year of re-emerged Nokia. @steven36 & @teodz1984: Please read the desc carefully before providing comments.
  7. Buy one iPhone or seven of these? — The $139 Nokia 2.2 brings back the removable battery It has a notched camera design, a plastic body, and a removable battery. How cheap do you like your smartphones? HMD is bringing the latest version of the Nokia 2, called the "Nokia 2.2," to the US. It's $139 and currently for sale at Best Buy and Amazon. You might expect a pretty stripped-down device for $139, but as usual, HMD is delivering a good package for the price, with a fairly modern design, the latest version of Android, and a killer update package with two years of major OS updates and three years of security updates. On the front, you have a 5.71-inch, 1520×720 IPS LCD with a flagship-emulating notch design and rounded corners. There's a sizable bezel on the bottom with a big "Nokia" logo on it, but it's hard to complain about that for $140. This is a cheap phone, so don't expect a ton in the specs department. Powering the Nokia 2.2 is a MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, which is just four Cortex A53 cores at 2GHz. The US version gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage version with an option to add a MicroSD card. The back and sides are plastic, and on the side you'll find an extra physical button, which will summon the Google Assistant. The back actually comes off, and—get this—you can remove the 3000mAh battery! Speaking of unnecessarily removed smartphone features from the past, there's also a headphone jack. As this is a low-end phone, there are some things you are missing out on. Along the bottom, you'll find an ancient microUSB port, so you can't jump to the newer USB-C standard that more expensive smartphones have been using for years. There's also no fingerprint reader anywhere on the device. The rear-firing speaker looks anemic, and we would not expect much from the 5MP front camera or 13MP rear camera. While the specs and design are fine for the price, the software here is what makes the Nokia 2.2 (and any HMD Nokia phone, really) worth paying attention to. You get stock Android with the full update package of two years of major updates and three years of security updates, which is completely unheard of at this price point. This is a GSM phone, so it should work on your local T-Mobile and AT&T bands, along with all their MVNOs. The phone is on the Internet today on Amazon and Best Buy and will come to select physical Best Buy stores August 4. Source: The $139 Nokia 2.2 brings back the removable battery (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  8. HELSINKI/NEW YORK (Reuters) - About a dozen rural U.S. telecom carriers that depend on Huawei for network gear are in discussions with its biggest rivals, Ericsson and Nokia, to replace their Chinese equipment, sources familiar with the matter said. The carriers, which include Pine Belt in Alabama, and Union Wireless in Wyoming, are seeking discounted pricing and looking forward to government assistance but have yet to reach agreements, these sources said. Nokia and Ericsson declined to comment. The talks are critical for small carriers that have relied on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or ZTE Corp for inexpensive, high-quality mobile network gear in recent years even as the big U.S. telecom companies shunned the Chinese firm. The U.S. government has labeled Huawei a security threat and effectively banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei. But switching vendors will not be easy. Nokia and Ericsson, both of which have struggled financially in recent years, will not match Huawei’s pricing, analysts and company executives say. Huawei’s prices “were not market-based,” said an equipment industry executive who has worked for years in North America. “They made no sense.” Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics, estimated Huawei and its compatriot, ZTE, charged 30% to 50% less than rivals. Talks are not expected to continue until legislation in the U.S. Congress to provide $700 million in subsidies to help rural carriers with the switch is approved, sources familiar with the discussions said. No action has been taken on the bill since it was introduced in May, according to Congress.gov. The Rural Wireless Association (RWA), a trade group, estimates it would cost between $800 million to $1 billion to install new gear. John Nettles, president of Pine Belt, said he reached out to Ericsson and Nokia last year when the federal ban on using money from the $8.5 billion Universal Service Fund for Chinese equipment was first suggested. “The conversation has been going on for about a year and they are looking for ways to bring down the price, within the reach of the smaller carriers,” he said. Without a discount, he added, rural carriers would not be able to afford it. Union Wireless said it was in discussions with Nokia, but declined to provide details. Industry executives briefed on the discussions confirmed that Nokia and Ericsson were in talks with rural carriers but detailed discussions will not happen until later this year as the regulators are still trying to determine which parts need to be replaced. Ericsson and Nokia, however, may have little incentive to offer discounts as economies of scale are not in rural carriers’ favor. The $700 million opportunity is scattered between small operators which in total, according to one industry executive, need at most 2,000 base stations to be swapped. By comparison, the top U.S. operators each run networks of more than 50,000 base stations. The availability of local workforces that manage swapping of the equipment could also be a problem. “The scarcest resource in the U.S. today is tower-climbers. There is tremendous job growth in this sector right now,” said one industry executive. RISK OF SHUT-DOWNS Rural wireless carriers typically serve between 50,000 to 100,000 subscribers in remote areas that are out of reach by big telecom companies like Verizon Communications Inc or AT&T Inc and are often the sole regional provider. Among these carriers, the RWA estimated that 25% of its members have Huawei or ZTE equipment. SI Wireless, which has 20,000 mobile customers across western portions of Kentucky and Tennessee, said the majority of its network uses Huawei equipment. Viaero, which serves 110,000 mobile customers across Eastern Colorado, Western Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Wyoming and South Dakota, said roughly 80% of its network equipment, including core, wireless, microwave and fiber, was manufactured by Huawei, according to FCC filings. “Rural telcos are not very profitable and a lot of the owners are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. If they have to rip out their network, they are probably going to shut down if they can’t easily find a buyer,” Recon Analytics’ Entner said. That means basic communications could disappear from poorly served communities. The advent of 5G networks poses a dilemma: companies that are forced to rip out Chinese equipment could try and move to 5G immediately, but that would be more expensive in the short term. Still, 5G could give the rural carriers some leverage with Nokia and Ericsson. Handelsbanken analyst Daniel Djurberg noted small deals would boost the number of 5G wins Nokia and Ericsson are counting to show their advances in the new technology. Ericsson and Nokia are likely interested in the deals also for strategic reasons. “It’s important to be in the U.S. and these operators may be bought by bigger operators later on and then they have positioned themselves,” said Bengt Nordstrom, head of Stockholm-headquartered consultancy firm Northstream which advises telecom operators and vendors. Source
  9. Nokia firmware blunder sent some user data to China Company behind Nokia smartphones accidentally left a data collection package inside some Nokia 7 Plus devices' firmware. Image: Josh Miller/CNET HMD Global, the Finnish company that sublicensed the Nokia smartphone brand from Microsoft, is under investigation in Finland for collecting and sending some phone owners' information to a server located in China. In a statement to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the company blamed the data collection on a coding mistake during which an "activation package" was accidentally included in some phones' firmware. HMD Global said that only a single batch of Nokia 7 Plus devices were impacted and included this package. The data collection was exposed today in an investigation published by Norwegian broadcaster NRK, which learned of it from a user's tip. According to NRK, affected Nokia phones collected user data every time the devices were turned on, unlocked, or the screen was revived from a sleep state. Collected data included the phone's GPS coordinates, network information, phone serial number, and SIM card number. The data was sent to a server in China, located on the network of China Telecom. HMD Global didn't reveal to whom the server located at zzhc.vnet.cn belonged to. A Twitter user also independently reported the same suspicious traffic towards the zzhc.vnet.cn URL in early January, but his findings were mostly ignored. Based on NRK's investigation of the phone's firmware, the code responsible for the data collection was written circa 2014 and resided in a subfolder named "China Telecom," suggesting it was most likely intended to be deployed on phones sold only in China, to comply with local data collection laws. HMD Global said it already addressed the issue via an update that removed the unwanted code --see a copy of the code here, on GitHub. The Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman of Finland is currently investigating the incident. Source
  10. Bargain basement pricing with flagship-level update support. Fresh off an announcement last month, HMD's Nokia 3.1 is coming to America. Starting July 2nd, you'll be able to buy the US version of the Nokia 3.1 for $159 from Amazon, Best Buy and B&H. With a price like that, the Nokia 3.1 is definitely on the low end of the spectrum, but like the rest of Nokia's phone lineup, this one stands out thanks to its build of stock Android, an emphasis on software updates, and for being one of the few low-end or mid-range phones that don't feel like shovelware. On the front of the phone you have a 5.5-inch, 1440×720 (293PPI) LCD. The whole front is wrapped in Gorilla Glass 3, and while it's not exactly a slim-bezel design, HMD is still equipping the device with an extra-tall 18:9 aspect ratio display. For the body of the phone you get an aluminum chassis, which is only exposed on the sides, and a plastic back. Surprisingly, the Nokia 3.1 has a MediaTek 6750 SoC instead of the usual Qualcomm chip. This is a 28nm SoC with eight Cortex A53 cores (four clocked at 1.5GHz and four at 1.0GHz) which gives it a decent speed advantage over, say, the Snapdragon 427 in the $184 Moto E5 Play or $199 Moto G6 Play, which only have four Cortex A53 cores. The baseline Nokia 3.1 also comes with 2GB or RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 2990 mAh battery. There's a micro-USB port, a microSD slot, and a headphone jack. At this price point, there are going to be some compromises; in this case, you miss out on a fingerprint reader and NFC. International versions of the 3.1 have NFC, but the US version doesn't. Speaking of US limitations, it doesn't seem like the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant will come to the US, either. Nokia's update policy is basically unheard of at this price point—it's offering monthly security updates for three years and major OS updates for two years, the same deal you'd get with a good Android flagship. Most other OEMs would take your money and run. And since it's an Android One phone, you get pure stock Android 8.0 without any skins or crapware. Usually, the only decent US phones in this price range are found in Motorola's lineup, but the Nokia 3.1 is cheaper than anything from Motorola and should be a bit faster. Motorola is offering bigger batteries, while Nokia has a better update program. Source
  11. Earlier this week, HMD Global officially took the wraps off of the Nokia X6,confirming much of what had previously been rumored. The device was, however, only meant to launch in the Chinese market. But the general response of the Nokia community was pretty positive towards the device, and Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, launched the poll yesterday on Twitter to let the users decide the fate of the X6 in international markets: Twitter Ads info and privacy The public vote matched the initial buzz, and an overwhelming 92% of voters said they want to see the device outside of China. The positive response led to a (sort of) announcement by Sarvikas earlier today: Twitter Ads info and privacy There is no clear indication yet of which specific markets, but it's reasonable to expect the company to launch the device in the markets where previous devices have also been released. As a reminder, here are the specs of the Nokia X6: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 5.8-inch 2280 x 1080 display with a 19:9 ratio Dual-rear cameras (16MP + 5MP) and a 16MP front-facing camera 3,060 mAh battery which charges via USB Type-C 4G LTE There are also three storage configurations announced for China, but there's no guarantee that all of them will make it to international markets: 32GB of storage + 3GB RAM 64GB of storage + 4GB RAM 64GB of storage + 6GB RAM There's no word on international pricing yet, but the Chinese prices for the different configurations are roughly equivalent to $204, $235 and $266, respectively. This would put the Nokia X6 very close to the price of the Nokia 6 2018, despite some significantly better hardware. Source details < Clic here >
  12. Nokia has been back in the business for a while now. The company has been working with HMD and has introduced some decent devices recently. Today Nokia announced another device which is, in fact, the first device with a notch on the top. The new Nokia X6 is a mid-range device with a premium design. It comes with a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2280 pixels) display with 19:9 aspect ratio and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is Nokia’s first device with a notch and has a 16 MP front camera with face unlock. Coming to the back is a dual-camera setup with a standard 16 MP camera and a 5 MP monochrome sensor. Apart from this, the device also has a fingerprint scanner on the back. Nokia X6 is powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC and comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage or 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage options. The device also has a hybrid slot for expandable memory. The device comes with a 3,060 mAh and has a USB-C connector which supports up to Quick Charge 3.0. Nokia X6 comes with Android 8.1 out-of-the-box and will get Android P update later. The device will go on sale in China on 21st May and will be priced starting CNY1,299 ($204) and going up to CNY1,699 ($266). You can pick up the device in blue, black and silver colors. Source nokia
  13. MWC 2018 was jam-packed with exciting tech, which we had a lot of fun experiencing and reporting on. Hopefully you took just as much enjoyment reading our coverage and hands-on impressions. Just in case you missed something from the busy schedule, we have prepared a quick rundown of all the highlights of the Barcelona venue. And just in case you prefer the more retro approach to things, here are some key points in writing as well: alcatel In keeping with its track record, the TCL company unleashed a slew of new devices complete with some confusing and open-to-change-upon-order specs sheets. To be fair, this year's lineup is a bit more premium than usual, with devices like the flagship alcatel 5 likely to end up in users hands even without a carrier contract deal. Joining its ranks are four alcatel 3 variants - the basic one, 3X, 3V and 3C, all rocking trendy new 18:9 panels. Even the entry-level actatel 1X gets to participate in the extra-tall display fun. Alcatel at MWC 2018 Huawei No real mobile announcements from the Chinese giant this year. Well, that does depend on your definition of mobile, since a new MediaPad M5 tablet did make an appearance, alongside a gorgeous, ultra-light MateBook X Pro laptop. ZTE ZTE's new additions to the budget-friendly Blade family can potentially make a big market splash, given their aggressive sub-$300 pricing. The Blade V9 and Blade V9 VITA promise premium looks, strong mid-ranger specs and a solid camera experience. ZTE also showcased the Tempo GO as a part of the Android Go initiative. ZTE Blade V9 and Blade V9 VITA hands-on Nokia HMD brought a full and rich roster of new devices to Barcelona. The nostalgia train is running on full steam, as the Finnish company officially resurrected the Sirocco branding, in its shiny new Nokia 8 Sirocco flagship. Surprisingly, it was not the only flagship product to appear on stage. Well, a bit debatable, since the Nokia 7 Plus is based on a Snapdragon 660, but they've packaged that in an exquisitely crafted aluminum body with ceramic-like finish. The same overall praise for build quality and bill of materials applies to the new Nokia 6 (2018) as well, refreshed for 2018. HMD has an Android Go offer as well in the retro-infused Nokia 1, complete with Xpress-on covers - another old-school Nokia branding brought back from the glorious days of yore. But all the exchangeable cases in the world pale in retro-coolness compared to the 2018 Nokia 8110 4G - reborn in Matrix-worthy black and banana yellow. Nokia 8 Sirocco, 7 Plus, and 8110 4G hands-on review Samsung As expected, after an avalanche of leaks, Samsung launched the S9 pair at this year's MWC. Design-wise, the Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy S9 are more of a refinement on their predecessors than anything else, but with a lot of extra features and goodies hiding underneath. Some highlights include a dual-aperture main camera for both phones, aided by a secondary snapper on the bigger S9+. [email protected] video recording and slow motion [email protected] are now possible with the new generation of chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung themselves. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ hands-on review Sony A pair of exciting new flagships from the Japanese giant. Pretty controversial ones at that. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact feature a fresh new "Ambient Flow" design, a lot curvier than before, complete with 18:9 displays. Underneath, both are true powerhouses, built around the Snapdragon 845 and a refined version of Sony's familiar 19MP Motion Eye camera system. HDR recording and display panels are some of the other highlights in the new Xperia XZ2 pair. The Dynamic Vibration system is a peculiar novelty as well. Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact hands-on review Vivo Vivo managed to soak up quite a lot of the spotlight at this year's MWC with the APEX concept phone. It’s a unique device, or rather a unique tech demo (because it's what it is), for more than a few reasons. Thanks to new advancements in OLED technology, the APEX's 5.99-inch panel spans nearly the entirety of its front and also doubles as a speaker and earpiece. Plus, the company's next generation under-display fingerprint technology now spans the entire bottom half of the screen. To top it all off, the selfie camera pops-up when needed via a small motorized dome. If you haven't done so already, you need to check the vivo APEX out. Vivo APEX concept hands-on: a half-screen fingerprint scanner and a periscope camera Asus Asus also brought a full bag of new handsets to Barcelona, namely a fresh new Zenfone 5 line (not to be confused with the 2014 original). Asus is clearly shooting for feature-rich flagships on a budget with the Zenfone 5 and 5z. Both come with tall 19:9 panels, complete with an iPhone X-style notch, live animated emojis and a generous amount of AI sprinkled all over - a recipe worthy for 2018. With a notch less and some downgrades in internals here and there, the Zenfone 5 Lite still promises to deliver all the software goodies and revamped experience of its bigger sibling. And last, but not least, there is the slightly more traditional Zenfone Max (M1) - no AI treatment for this one, but plenty of juice from the 4,000 mAh battery. Asus Zenfone 5, 5z, 5 Lite hands-on review LG LG jumped hard on the AI bandwagon as well, releasing a new and ambitious in scope ThinkQ platform. To go along with it - a pair of devices, or should we say memory options for the V30, descriptively titled the LG V30S ThinQ and V30S+ ThinkQ, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage, respectively. The only other change is the duo of new colors. There wasn't really any new hardware to speak of in LG's "K" lineup either, although, technically, these were refreshed with 2018 versions as well. LG K10/K10+ (2018) and LG K8 (2018) hands-on at MWC So there you have it - the MWC 2018 at a glance. We're looking forward to a few other exciting announcements scheduled for later this month so consider this just the start of an exciting season. Gsmarena.com
  14. The new HMD Global-owned Nokia has been hard at work over the last year to become a producer of affordable quality Android handsets. The latest Nokia 6 has already been announced, and the upcoming Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 are expected to be high-end devices. However, there’s a new rumor developing that the Finnish company has a new flagship in the works for reveal sometime later this year, one that will feature a whopping five lens camera setup. Details are still slim at this point, but it sounds like Nokia will be adapting the technology of its round OZO camera, which has eight lenses, to fit into a smartphone form factor. These details come from a source close to China’s Foxconn, which is working with Nokia on new smartphone development. To be clear, this five-lens camera device is different from both the Nokia 8 and 9, and is believed to have ties to the Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 1020, which featured a circular camera module on the rear capable of capturing 41-megapixel images. It’s said that the new device will have a similar protrusion for the module, but with more lenses and a dual-tone flash. It’s believed that Nokia/HMD have already built a unit for testing, and now Foxconn is in the process of determining if/how it can be mass produced. There’s no word on when the five-lens phone would be launched, but if Nokia moves ahead with production it could be revealed sometime in late 2018. source
  15. Microsoft has posted their official changelog for the GDR1 update on the Windows Phone Blog. Although it misses a number of things specific to OEMs and carriers, as well as no mention of the improved Bluetooth stack and IE updates, it does list a number of improvements specific to the end user experience. Windows Phone 8.1 Update OS version: 8.10.14141.167 or 8.10.14147.180 FoldersFolders let you organize your Start screen the way you want. Just push one Tile on top of another one to create a folder and get going. MessagingCombine multiple text messages into one, and then forward them to someone else. SelectionWith improved selection, you can now delete multiple calls, messages, or contacts. Apps CornerApps Corner lets you specify apps other people can use on a Windows Phone. Great for individuals and any-sized organizations who want to provide only the essential apps for others to use for work, school, or any other reason. AlarmsNow you can customize the snooze time for an alarm, and then enjoy a little more shuteye for the time you want. Accessory appsUse accessory apps to get notifications from your phone on your smart watch, active phone cover, fitness tracker, or other kinds of accessories. Internet sharingNow you can share your cellular data connection over Bluetooth, so you can get an Internet connection on more kinds of devices. VPNVPN now supports L2TP, which lets you connect to more VPN services. Whether you connect to a VPN for work or personal use, you can do it on your Windows Phone. NarratorNarrator now has touch typing and a way for you to turn off hints for controls and buttons if you don’t want them read aloud. Some other improvements to Narrator help you unlock your phone a little more quickly, find and use the Back, Start, and Search buttons more easily, and tell you when your phone screen is on or off.Source
  16. I have a Nokia Symbian s40 device (Nokia X2). As always you expect, this is also a creepy phone from Nokia. The problem that I'm facing is, when I want to play any music or browse the web through it, it says "494 KB memory needed. Delete some items?". Then I press Yes to delete things but I find nothing user installed that I can delete. I searched the file system with 3rd party File Explorer software but found nothing that can be deleted. Is this a sign of Memory Leak? If yes, then how to get rid of it?
  17. Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 was announced last week by Microsoft and includes a number of new enhancements and features which further align the mobile operating system with competing platforms. Today, Microsoft has released this new update for those who have registered themselves in the Preview for Developers. The Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 preview for developers has started rolling out now, which means it should hit your device momentarily. You can check to see if the update is available by opening Settings and navigating to Phone update > check for updates. Those in on the preview will receive the final, RTM edition of Update 1, much like preview users did with Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.0 GDR3, so no worries there if you were wondering whether the update was currently in beta. It's stable. Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will hit consumer devices over the next few months, so if you don't want to wait until then, make sure you've enrolled in the Preview for Developers. Source
  18. Microsoft has created a new "How To" site that teaches you how to use your phone like an expert. Included on the site is a number of videos that reveal how to personalize your phone, how to use Cortana, how to play music and games, how to use the camera, and more. This is a timely move by Microsoft, since the software giant has just started rolling out the Lumia Blue update for Lumia phones. This includes Windows Phone 8.1, and thus, there might be some questions about new features such as Cortana. The virtual personal assistant is available in the U.S. for Windows Phone 8.1 users, and will soon be released world-wide. If you're new to the platform, or want to learn some of the things that you didn't know that your phone could do, check out the homepage. Easy to understand videos show you precisely how to get certain features to run on your Windows Phone handset. Homepage Source
  19. A tweet sent by Cortana's program manager, Marcus Ash, reveals that inside of two weeks, a developer preview for Cortana will be available. Keep in mind that the only Windows Phone 8.1 users in the U.K. that will be able to see and use Cortana, will be those who registered as developers with Microsoft. For the rest of you, the personal assistant will be unavailable for now, unless a hack is devised, of course. Right now, only those in the U.S. with Windows Phone 8.1 are able to use Cortana. In his conversations on Twitter, program manager Ash said that while developing Cortana, Microsoft learned a lot about scaling; that is certainly one of the issues that the company would have to face when rolling out a project as ambitious as a virtual personal manager, to a large number of countries world-wide. No word from Microsoft yet, as to when non-developers in the U.K. will be able to access Cortana. Source
  20. Not too long ago, Microsoft-owned Nokia decided to try a new approach in order to be a bit more competitive in this app-driven market. With that, they released the Android-powered Nokia X and Nokia X2 models. While not “Google Android,” these emerging market devices allowed users to sideload standard Android apps, as well as connect to Nokia’s (and Opera’s) Android app store. This allowed users looking for a Nokia device to enjoy a much wider app catalog than what is available on Windows Phone. Now, this is likely to be coming to a close, as Microsoft refocuses its portfolio to better position Lumia in the affordable smartphone segment. This will be done by repurposing upcoming Nokia X devices as Windows Phone-powered Lumia smartphones. As stated by Executive VP of Microsoft Devices and Services Stephen Elop : We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products. At this point, it is unclear what “select future Nokia X designs” means exactly. Technically, there could be more Android-powered Nokia X devices in the future. But due to the product line’s precarious position in the first place, we wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the case and the X2 is the last Android-powered device we see from Nokia. Source
  21. Lumia Cyan is set to roll out for existing handsets all across the globe, and Nokia even updated its software update page for those who want to know about its progress for their region. For now, users enrolled in the free Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers program should keep checking as an update is rolling out for the preview with build 12400. The update doesn't appear to be a big one, and does not bring any feature that's a part of the Cyan update. The update will start rolling out starting 1PM ET, so make sure you check for the update if you're rocking the developers preview. We'll update you once we find out complete details about what the new update has to offer. Source
  22. BlackBerry has released their BBM application for the Windows Phone platform. The app is beta for now, so you will need an invite to be able to use the app on your Windows Phone device. The app will be open for everyone but until then, this is only for those with an invite for the private beta. Download Link BBM for Windows beta Source
  23. Microsoft having officially taken over Nokia, we could be about to see our very first Lumia running on Android. Courtesy of a leak by perpetual informant Evleaks, a “Nokia by Microsoft” handset running on Android could be forthcoming, although teasingly, we don’t have any further details at this point. Given that Microsoft is actively trying to promote and improve its own mobile platform, going for a device running on stock Android, or a variant thereof, would seem an odd tactic, but there are ways in which the Redmond could tweak the experience to suit Windows Phone. By using the Android compatibility as a shoo-in to a corner of the market that might otherwise have skipped a Lumia, Microsoft could take advantage of the new-found user base and tie said consumers into its own products. But there’s a lingering feeling that, despite industry pressure and the aspersions of some commentators, Microsoft will remain defiantly faithful in pushing Windows Phone, and part of this belief in the ecosystem may take the form of not building smartphones for rivaling platforms. Still, as consumers, we’d love to see some the likes of the Lumia 1520 and 1020 running on Android, with its broader range of apps and general flexibility. The cameras placed into these handsets, particularly the 41-megapixel offering of the Lumia 1020, are market-leading, and while we’re not going to throw out the confetti just yet, we’re quietly hoping that there’s some truth in these utterances. Source
  24. Microsoft has acquired Nokia’s phone division with some huge plans for the future: for starters, it is preparing to release at least three new Windows Phone 8.1 devices this year, according to TheVerge. Out of those three, Microsoft’s flagship is a device said to carry the codename ‘McLaren’ and largely seen as the successor to the Lumia 1020, with a similarly great camera (and a similar lump in the back). Not just that, it is expected to come with new Kinect-like 3D Touch features like hovering your finger above the screen and slide your fingers along the side of the phone to zoom in and out when you’re using the camera. There is the 4.7-inch mid-range ‘Superman’ phone notable with its rumored 5-megapixel front camera (those selfies should sure look good). This mid-ranger is said to arrive alongside the second of two big updates to the Windows Phone 8.1 platform, coming towards the end of the year. Finally, there is the low-end ‘Rock’ smartphone, said to be something similar (or even identical) to the Nokia Lumia 530. We’re seeing the first leaked photos of a fourth phone that might come between the mid-range ‘Superman’ model and the high-end ‘McLaren’ camera phone. The cryptic phone could be the Lumia 830, the successor to the current Lumia 820, and it seems to have an aluminum frame and a polycarbonate back. It’s also possible that this is a phone referred to as the ‘Tesla’. Most notably, though, the Lumia 830 has the signature round opening for the camera on the back, an accent that hints that we’re looking at an above-average camera performer. Source
  25. Nokia will introduce the new Nokia X2. Here is an image of the uncovered back of the Nokia X2 compared with the uncovered back of the Nokia X, along with a full-frontal of the newer model. The Nokia X2 is rumored to have 1GB of RAM, and will supposedly be powered by a Snapdragon 200 chip. While the original model lacked a flash for the camera, it sure looks like we can see it above the camera on the back of the X2. On the image showing the front of the phone, we can see a front facing camera, something that was also absent on the Nokia X. Source
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