Qualcomm scores minor patent victory

The already clouded waters of cellular technology patent disputes were muddied further on Wednesday, when US chip shop Qualcomm scored a minor victory against Nokia. This week, the District Court in The Hague dismissed a complaint filed by Nokia seeking to limit Qualcomm’s intellectual property rights. Tensions between the two firms have been strained since […]

Voda opens up to Nokia’s Ovi platform

While Google is still getting its mobile strategy underway, Nokia is steaming ahead with its web services offensive, signing a deal with Vodafone on Wednesday. The “world’s largest mobile operator by revenue” and the world’s largest handset manufacturer have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi services on a […]

Nokia still friends with Google after Android incident

The world’s leading handset vendor has extended a warm welcome to the newest member of the mobile handset operating system family, Android, and its accompanying alliance of Linux-loving supporters. Despite being noticeably absent from the lineup of the Open Handset Alliance, inaugurated on Monday, Nokia told that its and Google’s strategies are not that […]

Mobile music gauntlet goes down

The battle for mobile music market share started in earnest in the UK on Thursday, as both Vodafone and Nokia unveiled their offerings. Vodafone has struck an exclusive agreement with mobile music shop Omnifone to offer unlimited track downloads, straight to the mobile, for just £1.99 per week. The MusicStation platform, which launched Thursday, gives […]

Nokia makes demands of social networkers

Finnish vendor Nokia put a new spin on the User Generated Content (UGC) phenomenon on Tuesday, with an addition to its own social network, Mosh. Where the Mosh environment allows users to communicate and share their content, the Seek feature allows users to make requests for content not yet available. “Seek allows Mosh users to […]

Boingo bounces onto wifi handsets

Wifi hotspot operator Boingo Wireless has revised its tariffs and introduced a cheaper price plan for those who just want wifi on their phones. Boingo Mobile allows user of selected Nokia devices to automatically connect to Boingo’s network worldwide for $7.95/Eur5.95/£3.95 per month. The application works with selected Nokia S60-based smartphones and its Linux-based internet […]

Nokia flexes muscle in handset space

Finnish mobile giant Nokia reported a hefty 85 per cent increase in net profit for the third quarter of 2007, with income leaping from Eur845m a year ago to Eur1.56bn. Net sales for the quarter jumped 28 per cent year on year to Eur12.9bn, driven by strong growth across the board and the full consolidation […]

Apple opens iPhone up to third party apps

Not content with releasing a SIM unlocked version of the iPhone, Apple front man, Steve “Jesus” Jobs just keeps the miracles coming. Now he’s promising to let third party apps run natively on the device. In a posting on the company site, Jobs spills the beans: “Let me just say it: We want native third […]

Samsung still going strong

Korean equipment vendor Samsung maintained it strong pace in the third quarter, securing its position as the world’s number two handset vendor behind Nokia. Handset shipments jumped 47 per cent to 42.6 million while the average selling price of devices also increased slightly from $148 in the second quarter to $151 in the third quarter. […]

Trouble brewing at Nokia Siemens

German vendor Siemens has confirmed that it is unsatisfied with the performance of the carrier kit joint venture it operates with Nokia. Nokia Siemens Networks, which has only been in operation since April this year, did not get off to a good start. On the day of its launch, the Finnish-German joint venture warned of […]

Nokia plots services route with Navteq buy

Finnish handset vendor Nokia continued its march into the services arena on Monday, through the acquisition of US mapping and location based services (LBS) firm Navteq. It is beleived that “deep discussions” have been ongoing for some weeks and Nokia just confirmed that it will pay $8.1bn for the firm, making it Nokia’s largest acquisition to […]

Nokia, Intel to unleash WiMAX devices in 2008

WiMAX-enabled devices will be coming to town next year, according to a pact made between chip giant Intel and Nokia/Nokia Siemens Networks on Wednesday. The trio announced that they are testing interoperability across Intel’s forthcoming WiMAX silicon for laptops and mobile devices, Nokia WiMAX devices and NSN network kit. Nokia is to use Intel’s WiMAX […]

Mobile ad space heating up

The mobile advertising space is turning into a hotbed of activity, with Google launching its own ad service for the mobile platform on Tuesday. The web giant announced the commercial availability of AdSense for Mobile, an initiative that contextually targets ads to mobile website content.  AdSense for Mobile gives partners the ability to earn revenue […]

Nokia pockets Enpocket

Finnish vendor Nokia continued its foray into the services space on Monday with the announcement that it has agreed to acquire mobile advertising specialist Enpocket. Financial details were not revealed but Enpocket is a privately-owned company, headquartered in the US. The Enpocket platform features a mobile advertising campaign management and delivery system, which works across […]

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 […]

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