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Nokia introduce their first Windows Phone devices

Nokia have announced their first, long-awaited Windows Phone  handsets – the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710. Both handsets are running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango).

LUMIA 800

The Lumia 800 has a uni-body design, which means that it does not have a user-removable battery. Set inside the shell is a gorgeous 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display ( the term ClearBlack means it has a built-in polarizing filter that helps it look good under bright sunlight). Interestingly, the display is actually curved outward slightly this resulting in a smooth side-to-side swiping motion. Other specs of the phone include 1.4Ghz processor and 16GB of internal memory; however, users will get 25GB of free cloud-based storage courtesy of Microsoft’s SkyDrive service.

Nokia has always been known for its excellent cameras, and we’re happy to report that the Lumia 800 does have an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and dual LED flash. It can record 720p HD video at 30fps and the camera app offers a few extra features like red-eye reduction, motion blur reduction, and more.

NOKIA LUMIA 710

Nokia’s Lumia 710 is a lower-cost sibling to the Lumia 800. It has less flash memory at 8GB but will ship in more colours. With a 3.7-inch LCD screen which also also employs Nokia’s ClearBlack display technology. While not nearly as stunning as the Lumia 800’s AMOLED display of the same size, it still looks nice and bright and colourful. Itcomes with the same  1.4GHz processor butswaps the 8-megapixel camera for a 5-megapixel version. The camera still supports 720p HD video capture at 30 frames per second.

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Nokia to partner with Microsoft

Nokia has announced plans to form a “broad strategic partnership” with Microsoft.

The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.  Microsoft’s Bing will power Nokia’s search services, while Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services.

The partnership will mean that the Symbian platform will be sidelined which is a significant change to Nokia’s strategy over recent years.

Both companies have experienced pressure from competitors Google and Apple but will this alliance be enough to regain their lost marketshare?

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Nokia admits that changes are needed

A leaked internal Nokia memo created by Stephen Elop, Nokia’s recently appointed CEO, has surfaced. In the memo he describes the reasons for Nokia’s shrinking market share and brand preference. The memo analyzes the reasons for recent poor results with remarkable clarity. Some of the reasons he lists include clinging to a hard-to-sustain platform such as Symbian, taking too much time to deliver the innovations developed internally, and failing to attract third-party innovations.

Elop also has some insightful remarks about the competition such as:

 “Apple disrupted the market by redefining the smartphone and attracting developers to a closed, but very powerful ecosystem.”

“They changed the game, and today, Apple owns the high-end range.”

“Google has become a gravitational force, drawing much of the industry’s innovation to its core.”

He suggests that Nokia’s competitors are building “eco-systems” which encompass applications, hardware, social networking and advertising.

He goes on to say that Nokia’s strategy should change to “either build, catalyse or join an ecosystem.” and has promised that we’ll learn all about Nokia’s new strategy on 11 February at a dedicated press/analyst event in London. Elop compares the next step Nokia will take as “a bold and brave step into an uncertain future”.

Watch this space!

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Nokia update Ovi Store

Nokia have just released a new version of the Ovi Store. The new version has Arabic support and enables Qt based application installation. This allows apps that have been created for Symbian 5th edition and Maemo are now compatible with Symbian^3 thereby giving these users a wider range of available content.

Read more here

In addition the Nokia Diagnostics app has just been released in Beta form for Symbian^3, however if you’re using the N8, C6 or C6-01 you’ll need to update your firmware from PR1.0 to PR1.1. It has also been updated in order to fix the front-facing camera issue it  had before.

More details here

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