Nokia Outlook Brightened by Networks

Interim Boss Timo Ihamuotila spoke throughout a Nokia press conference in Espoo last fall.

Nokia is placed to produce its new core procedures like a particularly more powerful company, after offloading its loss-making phone division to Microsoft inside a transaction likely to be completed by late March. Regardless, in last year's final quarter the operating profit from the Finnish company fell lacking analysts' anticipation, compelling Nokia to dive by nine percent around the New You are able to Stock Market on Thursday.

Neglecting the phone division, the revenue of Nokia fell by 20 percent to three.5 billion pounds and operating profit excluding non-recurring products by 39 percent to 408 million pounds between October and December.

Regardless of the pending purchase from the phone division, Nokia faces numerous challenges.

Competition within the networking clients are a minimum of as callous as with the cell phone sector, with rivals not always following exactly the same rules. European firms have frequently punished China's Huawei for underpricing its network equipment with the aid of financing supplied by the condition of China.

“The year 2013 was historic. We required within the network business and made the decision to market our products business. Once the purchase from the products business continues to be completed, we is constantly develop our procedures from the firmer footing,” Nokia's interim leader Timo Ihamuotila claims.

From the 11 billion euro revenue recorded by Nokia Solutions and Systems (NSN) this past year, roughly half is due to the sales of network equipment and half to services.

Started 2 yrs ago, the modification in Nokia's focus has shown useful. This past year, NSN seems to possess outstripped its lengthy-term rival Ericsson in relative profitability. Ericsson, however, isn't scheduled to write its 4th-quarter interim result until next Thursday.

It's also historic how rapidly Nokia handled to wreck its cell phone business. After posting annual profits of seven,588 million pounds in 2007, this past year the division recorded deficits of 520 million pounds.

The choice to adopt Microsoft's operating-system because the platform for Nokia's mobile phones would be a mistake. Yet, the actual causes of Nokia's worries originate from the miscalculations of Nokia professionals and board people years back.

The purchase from the phone division to Microsoft won't have an impressive impact on the Finnish economy as lengthy because the jobs moved towards the American software behemoth stay in Finland. Considering the deficits published through the phone business, however, it appears inevitable that Microsoft must slash costs. Nokia has moved a number of its non-core product functions to Asia.

“The mood in the organization is mainly expectant. People going to be used by Microsoft are awaiting the finalisation from the transaction and also the proceed to their new employer.”

“Meanwhile, the folks remaining on Nokia's payroll are awaiting the launch from the new procedures,” describes Ihamuotila.

Petri Sajari – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Sari Gustafsson / Lehtikuva

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Nokia’s Dumbphones Facing Uncertainty at Microsoft

"Year-on-year decline." Individuals are words that no business anticipates posting in the earnings reviews, but regrettably we have seen them printed generally on Nokia's quarterly claims. Though there has been a couple of good and the bad, battling profits and purchasers happen to be an over-all concern for any very long time, and regrettably this quarter's earnings report did little to assuage our worries Nokia offered 600,000 less Lumias compared to previous quarter. Since Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's products and services division is nearly complete, a lot of our focus has switched to the way the merger will modify the Lumia selection of Home windows Phones. A level bigger mystery right now, however, is exactly what Microsoft will choose related to the relaxation of Nokia's phones -- namely, the Cell Phone division, featuring its the business's fundamental featurephones and also the Asha selection of advanced featurephones, none which run Home windows Phone.

Soon after Microsoft introduced its intent to get the phone maker, Nokia was adamant the division wasn't going anywhere it's "substantial global achieve ... along with a strong subscriber base,Inch however in emerging marketplaces like India and China, it faces intense competition from completely functional smartphone platforms for the same cost. A whole lot worse, once we learned in yesterday's report, sales out of this division were flat -- and because the competition will get heavier, it is going to worsen, not better. Could it be worthwhile for Microsoft to test saving a selection of mobile phone models that do not feature Home windows Phone OS? Or will it be preferable to push lower-finish Lumia products to cater to another billion smartphone customers?

We have seen several companies make huge moves to compete in emerging marketplaces, where a difference of $10 or $20 may have a significant impact.

In yesterday's report, Nokia mentioned: "Our Cell Phones internet sales were impacted by competitive industry dynamics, including intense smartphone competition at progressively lower cost points and intense competition in the low finish in our product portfolio." Quite simply, an increase of cheap Android and Opera OS products is which makes it hard for Nokia's lower-finish products to stay relevant in very competitive nations like India and China.

The Ashas, which bridge the divide between featurephones and mobile phones, vary from $70 to $100 however, Android products such as the Universe Pocket cost around $85 within the same marketplaces and provide similar specs having a much wider number of applications. Opera OS products such as the ZTE Open are actually readily available for around $75. Heck, the Lumia 520, which utilizes the Home windows Phone platform, costs roughly just like an Asha.

We have seen several companies make huge moves to compete in emerging marketplaces, where a difference of $10 or $20 may have a significant impact. Regrettably, what this means is it's a lot more hard for the Asha selection to compete today than only a couple years back once they were first introduced. At that time, the idea was seem -- should you provide a featurephone with wise capabilities just like a developer platform, texting/email, social media and so forth, the clients can come. However nowadays, as other platforms like Android and Opera start to achieve emerging marketplaces for the similar prices, designers tight on incentive to pay attention to making applications for Asha items, and customers will end up more reluctant to purchase in to the ecosystem.

There's still a spot for the easiest of phones. The $20 Nokia 105, for example, is really a fundamental candybar phone that provides a couple of nice extra supplies like Radio, torch and (on top of that) month-lengthy battery existence. But how about the $85 Nokia 301 (pictured above), that provides a camera, HSPA connectivity and Mail for Exchange? What about the $160, aluminum-clad Nokia 515? We are not too sure there's a spot for them within the a long time. It's fantastic to determine lots of variety within the low finish, however these mobile phone models will not have the ability to stay afloat inside a ocean of similarly listed phones which have more abilities.

These mobile phone models will not have the ability to stay afloat inside a ocean of similarly listed phones which have more abilities.

Nokia claims that featurephones will not go away under Microsoft's reign, and everything underneath the Cell Phone umbrella continues on. But outdoors from the Nokia 105, we simply aren't seeing how selling a featurephone which costs greater than $60 is sensible -- and when Microsoft continues the Asha selection, it would need to add much more functionality to be able to contend with phones that boast full smartphone platforms. This is when a tool such as the oft-rumored Normandy would play a fascinating role, becasue it is apparently an Asha-class phone that includes a forked form of Android. However, Microsoft might not be so interested in Nokia starting the telephone for your very reason.

No matter what goes on towards the Normandy ultimately, we doubt it'll have a lot of an impact on Microsoft's finish goal -- to assist Home windows Phone blossom and also be. A good option to achieve that at this time is within emerging marketplaces, where it's finally becoming affordable to obtain a smartphone. Nokia produced lots of momentum with low-finish mobile phones such as the Lumia 520, which Softpedia claims was the very best-selling Home windows device on the planet in September. Microsoft should make the most of individuals achievements rather than concentrating on items that deter from the objective.


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Start Screen of Nokia Lumia 2520

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Nokia Lumia 625 Black Update Bringing Double-tap in Wake Feature

The Lumia 625 is definitely an odd duckling among the Nokia selection of Home windows Phones. It’s this is not on many major service providers, and doesn’t garner lots of attention, but it’s a darn awesome phone. Arriving having a 4.7” display, the Lumia 625 is really a budget phone having a giant screen. It later inspired the huge Lumia 1320 too (review now), using its rounded edges and wallet-friendly cost.

One problem with less expensive phones is obviously, less features. For instance, the Nokia exclusive 'double-tap to wake' is located of all products except the low cost ones. The Lumia 520 has it, but only for AT&ampT. The Lumia 525 has it as they are. The Lumia 625 does not have it either. So far.

Nokia has started pushing the Lumia Black firmware, that also includes Microsoft’s Update 3 towards the Home windows Phone 8 operating-system. One new feature for Lumia 625 proprietors may be the very ‘double tap to wake’ feature which was formerly missing. The update arrived on the scene not long ago, but we figured better late than never among our visitors dutifully reminded us.

Customers must feel the easy update process (Configurations &gt Phone Update &gt Look for update) to obtain both OS and firmware changes, and become around the new edition of Extra supplies + Info and Touch applications from Nokia. Once completed, customers can mind into Configurations &gt Touch and let the ‘double tap to wake’ feature.

‘Double tap to wake’ allows the display to stay active, even if in standby. Customers may then literally double tap the telephone and also the display will switch on. It’s helpful when ever attempting to look for messages or glance the beginning screen one handed, as customers can bypass the physical energy button. Obviously by using this feature will consume minimal battery existence, as there is nothing free in existence.

Regrettably, the Glance screen feature (clock and notices once the display is off) didn't allow it to be to the Lumia 625. Such as the Lumia 520 and Lumia 525, which include is simply not supported.

Perhaps you have up-to-date your Lumia 625? Tell us the way you such as the Lumia Black update, including many additional features, including camera enhancements, Driver mode and much more.

Via: WinPhoneViet Thanks, tungha and InfernapeXavier, for the guidelines!

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Latest Photo of Android Nokia “Normandy” Revealed

Although the concept that Nokia – that is potential owned by Microsoft (transition teams will work day and evening) – will release an Android phone appears farfetched, it’s obvious the Finnish company was seriously interested in the unit. Named ‘Normandy’, the reduced-finish hardware apparently runs a forked-form of Android, meaning it can’t access core-Google services.

You've seen some renders as well as a photograph, however a brand new image has made an appearance around the Sina Weibo site Palm Uncle (a minimum of, that’s our Bing translation). The photo is interesting since it shows the unit covered with its cover, that is frequently accustomed to mask its full design. Indeed many Nokia executives carry their pre-production Lumias in such instances when you are traveling.

Additionally, it shows the Nokia logo design startup on which appears like exactly the same display type because the Lumia 520 i.e. backlit Insolvency practitioners without any ClearBlack polarizer. The unit features only one button close to the bottom.

Not one other information was provided within the source.

A forked form of Android would obviously be less desirable than core Android fans want, and also the low-finish hardware will be the hug of dying. Many have thought this device was produced to obtain Microsoft to purchase the Asha brand additionally towards the Lumia one, since off-loading an element phone division could be harder in 2015. That might be a shrewd move by Elop and Nokia. Others have stated that it was Nokia’s ‘Plan B’ should things lose their freshness with Microsoft.

As the exact future plans for ‘Normandy’ aren’t known, there’s little evidence recommending that this is launched. Even when it were, it might be a 1-shot cope with most probably no support or further development, which makes it much more of a novelty than a menace to inexpensive Lumias.

Source: Weibo (login needed) Thanks, hengxiang32401, for that tip!

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Review on Mugen Power Battery Case of Nokia Lumia 920

Mugen Power Battery Case for Lumia 920 review

A few months back I reviewed the Brando Power Jacket case for the Nokia Lumia 920. A case with a built-in battery, it could potentially double the battery life of the Lumia 920 – a dream for gamers. But the Brando case didn’t perform all that well as a charger, limiting its usefulness.

Enter Mugen Power, makers of many external batteries and cases. At long last, Mugen now offers an extended battery case for the Nokia’s original flagship Windows Phone 8 handset. The Mugen Power Battery Case for Lumia 920 comes in black or white, as well as two different battery capacities: 3000 mAh and 4700 mAh. The 4700mAh model offers 2.35x extra power on top of the 920’s built in battery. I’ve spent the last few weeks using that version as my case in order to bring you this detailed review.

Mighty Mugen Power Ranges

Mugen Power Battery Case for Lumia 920 review

The Lumia 920’s built in, non-replaceable battery holds 2000 mAh of power. The Mugen Battery Case comes in both 3000 mAh and 4700 mAh sizes. The price difference between the two is only ten dollars, making the choice between models come down mostly to size and weight. The larger capacity case is a few millimeters thicker than the smaller one, and presumably heavier too.

Even the 3000 mAh case will provide more power than the Brando Power Jacket, which has a capacity of 2200 mAh. At 3000 mAh, you’re looking at 150 percent extra power on top of the 920’s internal battery – more than doubling the available power, in other words. The 4700 mAh case I’ve been using exceeds the phone’s standard battery by 235 percent, basically tripling the power it has to work with.

How well does one of these cases extend the 920’s battery life in practical terms? An unenhanced Lumia 920 will likely get 2-3 hours of playtime from a graphically intensive game. After that, you’d better plug in or you’re going to miss some calls.

With Mugen’s 4700 mAh case, I played Temple Run 2 for five hours (yar, a tad boring) without fully draining the case. The phone itself showed some battery drain; these cases can’t eliminate the fact that 920s sometimes use power faster than they can charge. But the case certainly helps!

Retraction action

Mugen Power Battery Case for Lumia 920 review

The Mugen Battery Case connects to the Lumia 920 in a most unusual way. Unlike the Brando Power Jacket, this case doesn’t cover the bottom of the 920 where the phone’s micro-USB port calls its home. The bottom of the phone remains largely exposed while inside the case. The bottom-left side of the case houses a retractable micro-USB plug that provides power to the phone.

A hole at the bottom of the case holds the plug snugly when not in use. Pull the plug out of the hole and you’ll find a thin, coiled wire about three centimeters in length. The wire is built into both the micro-USB plug and the inside of the case itself. It allows just more than enough room to connect the case to the phone’s power jack.

After plugging the Mugen Battery Case’s male connector into the power jack, the case automatically starts charging the phone. No pressing a button to switch to charging mode here; connecting the case while it holds a charge is just like plugging in a charger. No getting into situations where the case is charging itself but not the phone (both can charge simultaneously), unlike the Brando Power Jacket which often stopped charging the phone.

Mugen Power Battery Case for Lumia 920 review

However, the retractable plug betrays some significant design flaws. The cord itself is quite thin and can’t be replaced if it breaks on either end. Cut or tug too hard on it and your hundred dollar case drops to a value of zero. The charging plug itself is too fragile as well. It sticks out from the phone, completely unguarded. If the plug is bumped too hard or the phone gets dropped and lands on it, and the plug will bend or break.

That fragility of charging plug and cable means you probably won’t want to leave the case charging your phone all the time, as nice as the constant power supply is. When you’re walking around with the phone in-hand or in-pocket, you’ll probably feel a lot safer with the plug retracted inside of the case. Not a tradeoff we should have to make. At least Mugen Power offers a one year warranty, but those don’t usually cover damage from dropping and other accidents.

Big is beautiful

Mugen Power Battery Case for Lumia 920 review

Power connector issues aside, the Mugen Battery Case is mostly a good case. It adds a significant depth to the phone and a noticeable amount of weight. The extra size doesn’t make the phone too hard to pocket or anything, though it’s certainly hard to miss when looking at the phone.

The extra weight could be a concern for some users, but not this guy. As a gamer, I’m used to holding controllers that weigh just as much as a 920 with the 4700 mAh case on. I find it perfectly comfortable; it doesn’t fatigue me a bit.

The Battery Case has cut-outs for all of the buttons along the right-side of the phone: volume, power, and camera. A little behind the volume buttons, you’ll find the micro-USB port used to charge the case itself. A tiny red light next to the port indicates the case is charging. The phone and case can charge simultaneously, by the way.

On the rear of the case, a conical cutout allows the camera and flash to work unimpeded. Four LEDs and a button occupy the bottom rear of the case, just below the Mugen Power logo. Pressing the button will light up the LEDs and indicate the case’s remaining charge. I like that the lights only come on when checked instead of wasting power on them all the time.

Not the full wraparound

Mugen Power Battery Case for Lumia 920 review

If the Mugen Battery Case has one more flaw, it’s how much of the phone it actually covers. The case does not cover the top or bottom of the phone, although it does extend about a millimeter beyond the phone’s borders. This provides some minimal protection to those sides of the phone, but not much. More egregiously, the case does not cover the front of the phone and the screen at all. The 920’s most fragile side - the one that most needs protection – is the only side that gets none.

Overall Impression

The lack of protection to the front of the phone belies the Mugen Power Battery Case’s strange design ethic. The number one reason anybody buys a vase is to protect their phone. This case offers more protection than no case at all, but not to the all-important screen. I dropped my phone and got several new scratches that wouldn’t have happened had I kept using the Brando Power Jacket. The fragility of this case’s charging cable and plug is also worrying, especially given the high cost of the case.

On the other hand, the Mugen Power Battery Case for Nokia Lumia 920 is one hell of an external battery in either power capacity. I absolutely adore how much extra playtime and usage I get from my 920 with this thing attached. When I’m not gaming, I can go an extra day or two without plugging into a wall. And when I do game, I can play for as long as I want without being tethered to a charger.

For me, the benefits of the case’s voluminous power supply just outweigh the protection I give up from other cases. But I might feel differently if my Lumia 920 was at the beginning of its life instead of the tail end. If you’re looking to extend your 920’s day-to-day gaming life and you don’t have trouble keeping your phones free of bruises, give Mugen Power’s solution a look.

  • Mugen Power Battery Case for Nokia Lumia 920 – 3000 mAh – $89.99 – Amazon Store Link (Black 3000 mAh only, Prime eligible)
  • Mugen Power Battery Case for Nokia Lumia 920 – 4700 mAh – $99.50 – Mugen Power Store Link (all varieties)
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