Meanwhile, Microsoft is also licensing the Nokia name for handsets back to Nokia, which has set up a new company that will make feature phones, Android-based smartphones, and tablets.Now, Microsoft claims it is not giving up the ghost entirely, even though it is enabling yet another competitor in the smartphone business.There was no bold vision or explanation of where Microsoft plans to go next in terms of mobile platforms and devices.Plus, Alcatel has actually been acquired by Nokia .What s more, the deal is not likely to reassure app developers, handset manufacturers, or consumers that Microsoft is in the smartphone game for the long haul.At this point, walking away is probably the best thing Microsoft can do.During its second quarter earnings report in January, Microsoft reported that it had sold 4.5 million Lumia devices, down from 10.5 million for the same period a year earlier.In the five years since Microsoft first gave us the Windows phone, the news has been bleak:And in the Kantar market share report for the three months ending in February, Windows Mobile was bleeding market share just about everywhere: down from 4.8 percent in 2015 to 2.6 percent in 2016 in the U.S; down from 9.1 percent in 2015 to 5.8 percent in 2016 in Australia; and down 10.1 percent to 5.9 percent in Europe s five biggest countries.Meanwhile, Windows Mobile was stuck at .9 percent in China, practically irrelevant.Microsoft has been focusing on services and applications that run across mobile platforms lately.This is probably its best hope for maintaining a foothold in the mobile platform game going forward.No doubt, it s a bitter moment for a company that once had such a lock on personal computing — thanks to its Windows desktop monopoly.But the mobile wars have long since become Apple s iOS versus Google s Android.Microsoft can only really move on by admitting that hard truth to itself.
Credit: Rob SchultzWhen it comes to parsing Microsoft s public statements, most company watchers know you have to read between the lines to get at what Microsoft is saying without really saying it.The Verge s Tom Warren just spotted one such statement that implies Microsoft is killing the Lumia lines of phones.Here s what Microsoft said: Microsoft will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support Lumia phones such as the Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and phones from OEM partners like Acer, Alcatel, HP, Trinity and VAIO.Microsoft has yet to officially announce the end of the Lumia line; however, critics have expected as much since earlier in 2016.The impact on you at home: Even if the Lumia brand has reached the end of its sad, tortured existence with the Lumia 650—which was rumored at the time to be the last Lumia—it doesn t necessarily mean Microsoft won t create another Windows phone.Rumors, and desperate hope from Windows phone fans, are still holding on to the dream of a Surface phone.
Nokia's back, baby!On Wednesday, Microsoft announced plans to sell the Nokia brand for old-fashioned featurephones for a cool $350 million to the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer Foxconn, best known as the manufacturer of the iPhone.Back in 2014, Microsoft officially ditched the Nokia brand for its smartphones, focusing on its Lumia and Windows Phone products.As a result, the once independent Finnish company's name is now most commonly associated with Snake II, teenagers' first phones circa 2002, and drug dealers.But while Nokia and featurephones have faded from view in the West, they remain a huge market globally.And at the iPod's all-time high, in 2008, 58.3 million units were sold — one-tenth the size of the dumbphone industry in 2015.The featurephone market is even an order of magnitude larger than the global auto market, which shipped 72.4 million vehicles in 2015, according to data compiled by Statista.Amid Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to India this week, people are raving about the potential the region holds for the smartphone industry's growth.There are a "billion phone sales at stake," Bloomberg wrote.And while there is certainly potential there, the established featurephone market isn't going anywhere anytime soon.Cook acknowledged as much on the California-based company's quarterly earnings call last month, telling analysts: "The smartphones that are working there are low end, primarily because of the network and the economics, so the market potential has not been as great there."So while you might not use a Nokia dumbphone anymore, a hell of a lot of people still do.SEE ALSO: Apple is on a charm offensive in ChinaNOW WATCH: Your smartphone could be causing your face to break outLoading video...
Despite having hit numerous roadblocks, Microsoft has always managed to innovate and try something different, which is something that can t be said about its iOS and Android competitors.More recently, the company took a bold leap when it launched its converged Windows 10 software, which – according to Microsoft – will run the same core code across mobile, tablet and desktop devices.HardwareWindows 10 Mobile doesn t have the same OEM support as Android, and as such the number of smartphones running the operating system is limited.The camera sensor sits bang in the centre, and while it doesn t have what I'd consider a hump , it does jut out ever so slightly.Most other phones have switched to a single tray that houses both the Nano SIM tray and a microSD card, but the HTC 10 still has one tray on each side.The phone comes in black, silver and goldWhereas LG took plenty of risks with its funky modular design of the G5, HTC has played it relatively safe here.
The $350 million deal will see the American company's "entry-level feature phone assets," including 4,500 staff, transferred over to Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd.As part of the deal, Microsoft will also be transferring the rights to all of its feature phone brands, which would include Nokia.All of which sounds very dramatic, but actually isn't at all.Microsoft's feature phones only really had a presence in select developing markets, and the company hasn't issued any notable support to its existing devices for almost two years.It's been exclusively focused on Windows Phone ever since, believe it or not."Microsoft will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support Lumia phones such as the Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and phones from OEM partners like Acer, Alcatel, HP, Trinity and VAIO," reads the company statement.Related: Microsoft Surface phone: 5 features we could seeWhich hopefully translates to: "Just hold out for the Surface Phone.
Image caption Microsoft's feature phones run a small number of apps but are less capable than smartphonesMicrosoft is pulling out of the "feature" phones business.The Nokia brand is very strong in certain markets too and HMD will probably target these emerging markets."Calling NokiaIn a separate agreement, HMD has acquired the exclusive rights to use Nokia's name for a new range of smartphones and tablets.The executive worked at Nokia for 13 years, serving as its chief procurement officer until 2012."Branding has become a critical differentiator in mobile phones, which is why our business model is centred on the unique asset of the Nokia brand and our extensive experience in sales and marketing," said HMD's chief executive Arto Nummela.But the deal allows it to benefit from its mobile legacy without taking on much risk itself.
Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group, and Finnish company HMD Global for $350m.As part of the deal, Microsoft will transfer "substantially all" of its feature phone assets, including brands, software and services, care network and other assets, customer contracts, and critical supply agreements.HMD Global will use the rights to use the Nokia brand for feature phones as part of its plans to launch a new range of Nokia-branded devices, which will also include Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets using the Android operating system, a remarkable turnaround considering that Nokia only sold its smartphone business to Microsoft, which wanted to boost Windows Phone, in 2014.Microsoft made a huge bet on phones when it bought Nokia's smartphones business for $5.4bn just over two years ago.It hasn't got better since: the company has revealed it only managed to sell 2.3 million Lumia smartphones in its third quarter.While the smartphone business was the main focus of the Nokia acquisition, Microsoft also picked up Nokia's feature phone business.
Instead, the task falls on the fledgling HMD Global Oy, led by former Nokia executives. Some of the activities are now sold to FIH Mobile Limited, in cooperation Finnish HMD will manufacture the new products. Today begins an exciting new chapter for the Nokia brand in an industry where the name will remain iconic. Instead of making the phones themselves will HMD ensure that our new phones and tablets, deliver and increase the value of our brand globally, says Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. The new phones will use Android instead of Windows Phone earlier. Something launch date is not currently available, but the deal is expected to be completed during the second half of in 2016.
Back in 2011, unable to cope with competition from Android and iOS, Nokia famously switched to Windows Phone as the operating system for its smartphones.Now Nokia Technologies has granted HMD global Oy -- a new company based in Finland -- exclusive rights to make Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next ten years.HMD plans to spend $500m over the next three years to support the global marketing of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets, funded via its investors and profits from the acquired feature phone business.After the deal with Microsoft is completed, Arto Nummela will become HMD's CEO: he has previously held senior positions at Nokia and is currently the head of Microsoft's mobile devices business for Greater Asia, Middle East and Africa, as well as heading up Microsoft's global Feature Phones business.Branding has become a critical differentiator in mobile phones, which is why our business model is centered on the unique asset of the Nokia brand and our extensive experience in sales and marketing."HMD is owned by Smart Connect LP, a private equity fund managed by Jean-Francois Baril, a former Nokia executive, as well as by HMD management.
Similarly the P9 has tools for delivering HDR images, night and timelapse photography, special light painting modes, and even direct access to the device's monochrome camera.I've quickly grown fond of the P9's monochrome photography tools, and its colour effects are ideal companions to Instagram's library of filters.Perhaps the most important of them is Microsoft's Office Lens, which lets me quickly take pictures of slides and whiteboards, and drop them into a OneNote notebook ready for annotation as part of my personal, searchable archive of meetings and conference sessions going back more than a decade.It's easy to find big name apps like Photoshop and Snapseed, but there's a long tail of applications that's hard to explore.Drilling into the app list lets you see reviews, but most of the time they're not particularly informative.Then there's the perennial issue of identifying the real reviews from real users, and trying to determine how their taste aligns with yours.
News today that Nokia will license its name for the next ten years to a new line of phones and tablets, only running Google's platform rather than Windows 10, seemed initially to be the perfect opener to Google I/O 2016, but it also raises one big question: does anybody still care about a Nokia device?Today's licensing deal isn't the first such move by Nokia - the company lent its branding and some design oversight to an Android tablet a couple of years ago, though it never officially reached western markets, and dabbled in Android phones with the short-lived Nokia X - but it is the most significant.As well as provisionally securing the Nokia brand from Microsoft to use on more basic phones, HMD global also has acquired "certain related design rights" from the Windows maker; it's too soon to say whether that means the distinctive polycarbonate and metal design we'd grown familiar with from Lumia will be returning, but that's likely to be the hope among Nokia fans.More importantly, the Android OEM space has condensed down: Samsung still succeeds, as much by its marketing budget as its phones, but new names like Huawei have - with the heft of Google and the Nexus project behind them - been propelled into the market with an alluring combination of affordability and high-end specifications.The Chinese phone-maker is notable not only for the quality and low price of its devices, but the huge fanbase it has cultivated along the way.In a best-case scenario, that could look like the sleekest Lumia, pack the photographic abilities of a PureView, and undercut the Nexus 6P on shelves.
Nearly all of us reading this can likely claim a Nokia phone in our past, more likely well in the past rather than in recent years, so get ready to have your nostalgia bone tickled a bit: Nokia is about to make phones again.Nokia sold its hardware division to Microsoft in late 2013, with the deal closing in April 2014 - and just two years later, that move has resulted in the end of the Nokia brand used for Microsoft's phones, and the slow, sad decline of the Windows Phone platform.Nokia remained its own company, however, and now its non-compete clauses with Microsoft have expired.After teasing a return last year, the company announced yesterday that it has partnered with a new company called HMD to develop "a full range of Nokia-branded feature phones, smartphones, and tablets."HMD has also agreed to obtain Nokia branding rights from Microsoft to help aid in that goal.Also yesterday, Microsoft sold its feature phone business to Taiwan device manufacturer Foxconn for US$350 million £240 million , which means Microsoft has more or less washed its hands of the entire Nokia hardware acquisition.
Huawei is one of the Chinese smartphone makers closing in on Samsung and Apple.Gartner said that smartphone sales were driven by demand for low-cost devices in emerging markets and for affordable 4G smartphones -- market drivers that have played to the strengths of emerging brands rather than the leading players.According to Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, these changing smartphone market dynamics mean that Chinese manufacturers are emerging as global brands.Android continues to dominate the smartphone operating system market, with 84 percent of the market: iOS declined from 17.9 to 14.8 percent, while Windows Phone dropped from 2.5 percent to less than 1 percent as Microsoft switched strategy.Android's dominance doesn't necessarily mean that all Android smartphone-makers are doing well though: Gartner said that profitability remains a challenge for many Android vendors, which means that new ways of making money are required.It's also a crowded market, so Nokia's return to the smartphone/tablet arena will be no easy mission.
Android is an open-source operating system OS which is used in smartphones and tablets.It uses a gesture-based interface designed for touch screens.There are a wide range of applications developed for the Android OS, which can be downloaded from Google's official Play Store.Unlike iOS, Android has a range of third-party app stores such as Slide ME and F-Droid.Since Android is used in devices by far more vendors than iOS or Windows Phone, the prices of Android devices vary hugely.The company was first founded in Palo Alto in October 2003 by Andy Rubin of Danger, Rich Miner of WildFire and Nick Sears of T-Mobile.
The letter from Skype. But you have Windows Phone or Windows RT service becomes worse. Microsoft shows once again that they do not prioritize their mobile users. Chat program Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, has been updated. Users will be prompted in an email to install the new version and save messages they want to go, because they only temporarily stored on Skype servers. The information also shows that users of Windows RT a limited system available on some devices with touch screen and Windows Phone in the future will not be able to create some video messages in Skype.
Several parents even named their children after the company, an affectionate trend not repeated with today s biggest phone makers.A newly founded Finnish company, HMD, led by a former Nokian, has licensed the Nokia name from what remains of the old company; primarily a telecoms and networking business.But the plan was ambitious from the start: The phones Nokisoft released were sub-par, and app developers did not bother to support the Windows Phone platform in a market dominated by Apple s iOS and Google s Android.If Nokia had adopted this strategy seven or eight years ago, instead of maintaining the hubristic belief in its own now obsolete operating system and then getting into bed with Microsoft, it might have been what Samsung is today: a superpower.Asian smartphone manufacturers – Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei, Vivo – are eating into the feature phone market that was Nokia s playground.Motorola and BlackBerry, two other once-mighty phone makers, have not been able to trade on the back of their legacies: there s no immediate reason that Nokia should be any different.
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Credit: Rob SchultzEverybody loves smartphones, but almost nobody loves Windows smartphones.The long-rumored Surface phone is also looking like a no-show for 2016.Microsoft s only hope for a bigger selection of Windows 10 Mobile apps is if more developers work on universal Windows platform UWP apps.True, there s already a Windows Phone 8.x version available, but if converting an app built for Windows 10 PCs to Windows 10 Mobile is so easy why hasn t Twitter done it yet?Facebook says the UWP versions will land on mobile later this year, which once again suggests the conversion process isn t so simple.On top of that, we need to see a jaw dropping phone coupled with enthusiastic carrier support that puts the phone in millions of hands.
Microsoft's mobile platform continues to die a slow death, with the latest report from Gartner revealing that just 2.4 million Windows Phones were sold in the first quarter of 2016, accoundting for a tiny 0.7% of the smartphone sales market.In comparison, market juggernaut Android achieved 294 million in smartphone sales during the quarter 84.1% of the market , while Apple managed around 51.6 million iPhone sales 14.8% .Surprisingly, a small percentage of people 0.2% still buy phones running Blackberry OS, leading to 660,000 in sales.The last flagship the company launched was the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in October 2015, and there are reportedly no plans for any new flagships until next year.Meanwhile, Microsoft's low-end devices have been largely uninspiring, particularly when compared to the latest budget Android handsets.In upcoming updates to Windows 10, Android users will be able to see their notifications on their Windows 10 device, while Microsoft just recently launched a Windows Phone-inspired keyboard for iOS.
While global smartphone sales grew by nearly 4 percent in the first quarter of this year, Windows Phone s market share dipped from 2.5 percent in Q1 2015 to 0.7 percent in Q1 2016.The company said last October that it had no plans to schedule releases of new SDKs and APIs for its OS, and its minuscule market share has likely caused developers including Facebook and WhatsApp to drop support for the platform in recent times.CEO John Chen said last month that the company is working on two affordable Android-based phones.However, it ll face an uphill battle trying to carve a niche for itself in the wildly competitive smartphone market.For now, if you re looking to develop for mobile platforms, you d do well to build software for Android and iOS, and consider the pros and cons of getting in early on Windows 10 Mobile.Via The VergeIcon by The Noun ProjectRead next: Samsung's 80-meter Galaxy S7 Edge billboard is a rare feat of marketing