Nokia Gives Up On Symbian and MeeGo, Picks WP7
Nokia and Microsoft today announced that Nokia will adopt Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone platform moving forward. The two companies struck a broad set of agreements regarding their new partnership. Nokia will be allowed to innovate on top of WP7, especially in areas where is has expertise, such as imaging. Nokia will contribute its knowledge and strengths, such as language and hardware, so that the two companies can bring WP7 to a wider number of countries at varying price points. Nokia will adopt Bing as its primary search service, but WP7 would take on Nokia Maps as its primary mapping software (Nokia Maps is built on Navteq's mapping data). The Ovi Store will be folded into the Marketplace for Mobile and the two companies will work to improve the app store experience. Microsoft will be able to take advantage of Nokia's existing relationships with carriers around the world to push WP7 into developing regions. Nokia will dump all its developer tools for smartphones and moving forward will adopt Microsoft's development tools to create apps for its WP7 devices. Both companies will contribute marketing power to push Nokia's WP7 devices. Nokia's MeeGo platform will remain alive, though its future isn't certain. Nokia's CEO indicated that the company is staying in Finland, but there will be significant staffing reductions. The companies did not say when the first Nokia WP7 device would reach the market.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Microsoft to Drop Nokia Brand from Smartphones
Microsoft indicated that it is prepared to drop the Nokia brand from its line of Windows Phones. Moving forward, the company will use the Microsoft Lumia name to refer to its phone hardware.
Nokia Pins Smartphone Comeback on HMD Global
Nokia today said it plans to return to the smartphone business during the first half of 2017 through its partnership with HMD Global. HMD Global recently completed a series of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited, and Microsoft that will allow it to make phones bearing the Nokia brand.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
Nokia & Microsoft - Dance Into Oblivion
Instant replay... In a few years MS will probably be out of the phone OS business as well.
nokia is dead anyway guys. they haven't ever made a good phone, ever. they'll be out of business in a month.
Nokia sells more phones than ANYONE on the planet, genius. Quit spouting false 'facts'.
Nokia still has a strong presence in Eastern Countries but has been losing ground to Android and ios devices.
Windows on the other hand, will be able to substantially increase their global footprint through this move while Nokia is still viable. Good move for Microsoft. I just hope Nokia is not putting all the eggs in one basket.
I want one