Nokia Buys Feature Phone Software Maker
Smarterphone AS, a software company based in Norway, was purchased by Nokia in November 2011 said the company. Smarterphone makes a feature phone operating system that is said to provide a smartphone-like user experience on lower-cost hardware. Smaterphone was sold by it Ferd Capital, and investment firm. Nokia currently uses its own S40 platform for lower-cost handsets and feature phones. Nokia has not said what it intends to do with Smarterphone's platform and terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Microsoft Updates Nokia X Platform
Though Microsoft plans to eventually can the Nokia X platform, the company today announced an update that adds several new features to the operating system. According to Microsoft, the improved OS now includes an app switcher for multitasking.
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 Trots Out Nokia 222 Feature Phone
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 222, a bar-style feature phone that runs Nokia Series 30+ and includes only the most essential functions. The Nokia 222's core apps include MSN Weather, Bing Search, Opera Mini, as well as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter.
Microsoft Downsizes, Kills off Nokia X
Microsoft today announced a sweeping company-wide re-organization that includes major changes to the mobile device business acquired from Nokia. Of Microsoft's 18,000 layoffs today, 12,500 are within the former Nokia units.
Microsoft Hands Off Nokia Phone App Store to Opera
Microsoft today announced that Opera Software will soon provide the default app store for older Nokia handsets. Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, the Opera Mobile Store will replace the Nokia Store on devices running the Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha, and Nokia X operating systems.