Nokia Now Believes First WP7 Handset Will Launch this Year
Speaking at an event in Singapore today, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the company is on track to release its first Windows Phone 7 handset by the end of the year. Elop said, "I have increased confidence that we will launch our first device based on the Windows platform later this year and we will ship our product in volume in 2012." Nokia has previously been more ambivalent about the launch of its WP7 handsets. Nokia also said that it plans to launch as many as 10 new Symbian handsets during the next 12 months. Nokia is replacing Symbian with Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone platform moving forward.
HMD Global Trots Out the Nokia 130, an Entry-Level Feature Phone
HMD Global today announced the Nokia 130, a bar-style handset that runs the Series 30+ platform with basic connectivity apps and a handful of simple games. The handset has a 1.8-inch screen, number pad, 1,020mAh battery, Bluetooth, music player, FM radio, and headphone jack.
Nokia 8 Now Receiving Android 8.1 from HMD Global
HMD Global has begun to distribute Android 8.1 Oreo to the Nokia 8 smartphone, according to executive Juho Sarvikas. HMD Global makes and markets Android handsets under the Nokia brand.
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.
Alcatel to Build Windows 10 Handset By Year's End
Alcatel OneTouch said it will release a smartphone with Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile platform before the end of the year. "We are very supportive of the Windows ecosystem," said Steve Cistulli, Alcatel OneTouch's senior vice president for North America, to CNET.
Nokia Dishes More On Possible Phone Plans
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri today reiterated that the company would like to return to the phone business, but said it is in no rush. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress trade show, Suri noted that Nokia will not manufacture its own handsets, but will instead license its brand to an outside manufacturer.