Vendors club together for storage shake up

A handful of kit manufacturers got together on Thursday in support of an industry specification for removable memory cards and embedded memory being standardized by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, an open standards organisation in the semiconductor industry. Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Micron Technology, Spansion, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments are among the backers […]

Nokia finds new direction in navigation

As part of its recently announced Ovi services strategy, Finnish vendor Nokia has given its mobile navigation services a new direction. Speaking at the Canalys Navigation forum in Barcelona this week, Michael Halbherr, Nokia’s director of Location Based Experiences, announced the integration of Nokia Maps into Ovi. Launched in February of this year, the Nokia […]

Vodafone: Ovi no threat, let’s work together

Leading international operator Vodafone has said that it is “not necessarily hostile” to the emergence of vendor-led portals such as Nokia’s recently announced Ovi project. Some handset vendors have long harboured a desire to build deeper relationships with end users, with Nokia at the head of the pack. The Finnish vendor tried once before to […]

Operators warned on handset deals

Research house Analysys has warned operators to tread carefully as they look to sign a new wave of deals with their handset suppliers. The firm’s statement comes in the wake of unconfirmed press reports that Apple has signed up a clutch of major European operators for distribution of its iPhone – and that these operators have […]

Linux is fastest growing smartphone OS

Linux is expected to be the fastest growing smartphone operating system over the next 5 years, with a compound annual growth rate in excess of 75 per cent, according to industry analysts. By 2012, the Linux OS is forecast to account for nearly 31 per cent of all smart devices in the market, representing more […]

Nokia opens door to services; devices not enough

Finnish vendor Nokia lifted the curtain on a slew of offerings on Wednesday, highlighting the company’s shift towards a more services oriented strategy. At a presentation held in London, chief executive, Olli Pekka Kallasvuo, introduced ‘Ovi’, a gateway to Nokia services suites. Trivia fans note that ‘ovi’ means ‘door’ in Finnish. Evidently going after the […]

Matsushita reduces pain over battery gaffe

Japanese manufacturer Matsushita possibly eased some jittery nerves with the announcement that the replacement of 46 million faulty phone batteries will cost less than expected. Nokia issued an advisory on the faulty batteries last week, after reports of overheating came flooding in. The product advisory applies to the 46 million Nokia-branded BL-5C battery manufactured by […]

Nokia escapes bad battery blame

Nokia, the world’s largest handset vendor, said Friday that Japanese partner Matsushita has agreed to cover the direct costs related warning over 46 million faulty phone batteries. The news should give some relief to the company’s shareholders as some analysts expect the replacement procedure to cost some $1.2bn. Nokia issued an advisory on 46 million […]

Nokia in bed with Microsoft

Microsoft scored a sizeable deal with Nokia on Tuesday, when the two announced a partnership that will put Microsoft’s raft of Windows Live services on a number of Nokia devices. With immediate effect, Nokia customers in 11 countries with compatible S60 devices can download a new suite of Microsoft products, including Windows Live Hotmail, Windows […]

Nokia beefs up N95 for US launch

It looks like Finnish vendor Nokia is beefing up its flagship N95 to take on Apple’s iPhone in the US. Over the past couple of days a number of documents have appeared on the FCC website, suggesting Nokia is granting approval for not one but two new flavours of the device. According to the documentation, […]

Nokia tuning up music service

It looks increasingly like Nokia may be taking more steps into the content market and if rumours are correct, attempting to take on Apple’s iTunes service. The rumour mill evidently got going when invites began dropping into the mailboxes of the telecoms media. Nokia is throwing a launch party on August 29, the night is […]

Nokia sticks boot into Qualcomm

Following Broadcom’s recent patent victory over Qualcomm, Finnish vendor Nokia has escalated its complaint against the CDMA pioneer to the US International Trade Commission (ITC), hoping for a similar result. Nokia alleges that Qualcomm has engaged in unfair trade practices and has infringed five Nokia patents in its CDMA and WCDMA/GSM chipsets. Nokia is requesting […]

Nokia issues hot battery warning

Nokia, the world’s leading handset vendor, issued a recall of 46 million phone batteries on Tuesday, after reports of overheating came flooding in. The product advisory applies to the 46 million Nokia-branded BL-5C battery manufactured by Japanese vendor, Matsushita Battery Industrial, between December 2005 and November 2006. The Finnish firm admitted that there have been […]

Nokia dives into Mosh pit

Finnish vendor Nokia continued its foray into the social networking space this week, with the beta launch of its own social network. In a typically Finnish reference to the heavier, darker side of music, the service has been dubbed Mosh and apparently aims to fill the gap between mobile and desktop-based social networking. Nokia, as […]

Nokia revises chipset strategy

Finnish vendor Nokia introduced a licensing and multisourcing model for its chipset strategy on Wednesday, discontinuing parts of its own chipset development operations and increasing its reliance on third parties. Nokia said the move would allow it to focus on its core competence in modem technology and invest in R&D areas besides radio technology, such […]

Nokia adds PlayReady to DRM lineup

Finnish vendor Nokia has added support for Microsoft’s PlayReady digital rights management (DRM) technology to its S60 and Series 40 device platforms. The Finnish company claims that by supporting PlayReady it will be easier for content owners and service providers “to offer premium digital content and enable more flexible business models, such as renting content […]

Moto’s loss is Nokia’s gain

Nokia edged closer to its goal of 40 per cent share of the handset market this week, after reporting strong results for the devices business. Head honcho Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo estimated that the Finnish vendor’s share of the handset market rose from 34 per cent to 38 per cent in the last 12 months, with much […]

Nokia warns over jealous PCs

Who would have thought Nokia had a sense of humour? The typically dour Finnish firm has launched a campaign for its N95 superphone based on the concept that other pieces of computer hardware are jealous of the device. Over at, Nokia has set up a faux ‘global warning’ page on the dangerous jealous computer […]

Nokia socialises with Twango

Finnish vendor Nokia upped its game in the social networking space on Tuesday with the acquisition of US-based media sharing service Twango. Twango is a platform for organising and sharing photos, videos and other personal media and gives Nokia a tool to allow users to share multimedia content through their desktop and mobile devices. Twango […]

Truphone scores against T-Mobile

The mobile VoIP community drew first blood against the incumbent carriers this week, when a UK court forced T-Mobile to interconnect with Truphone. Last month, the VoIP provider complained that T-Mobile had started blocking connections to Truphone’s new 07978 number range, following a dispute over the interconnect fees T-Mobile would pay to connect a call […]

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