Nokia: We’re In No Rush To Get Our Brand Back On Phones

After exiting the smartphone market dramatically by selling its mobile making division to Microsoft for $7.2 billion back in 2013, Nokia has hinted it is looking to return to the phone business by a different route — taking advantage of a clause in its sale agreement that allows it to use the Nokia brand on handsets again starting from …

Hands On With The Windows 10 Technical Preview For Phones

Windows 10 is coming this year, and a Technical Preview came out today. The Preview is limited in terms of devices it can run on, and in terms of features it offers, but it’s a start, and a first look at the next generation of Microsoft’s mobile OS. I loaded it onto a Lumia 830 …

After Exiting Phones, Nokia Launches $100M Fund To Drive Connected Cars

Nokia has launched a new $100 million investment fund focused on connected cars, as the 150-year-old company seeks to pull off its latest reinvention trick. The fund will be managed by Nokia’s venture arm, Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) — and is the fourth such fund that NGP has managed on behalf of Nokia, bringing the total commitments managed by …

Microsoft Won’t Brand Its Own Phones ‘Microsoft Mobile’ — Nor Use Nokia’s Name For Long

Now that Nokiasoft is (un)officially a thing, following the completion on Friday of Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar purchase of Nokia’s devices division, the question of which brand names Microsoft is going to push on its own brand smartphones comes to the fore. Stephen Elop, formerly the Nokia chief — now freshly returned to Microsoft as head of its devices …

Phones Go Back To The Future

I’m no fan of LG’s rear smartphone control keys — but turns out the company had its finger on the pulse of looming hardware disruption when it ushered in those backside smartphone controls last summer, with the G2. Smartphone case-makers start quaking because all that unused real-estate on the rear of the proverbial handset — which, for years, you’ve been free to clad …

Have Cell Phones Negatively Affected Our Private Lives?

Cell phones have obviously brought many benefits to our lives, but some people would argue that non-stop availability has diminished our sense of privacy and lessened our sense of personal space. Next time you are at a restaurant for lunch or dinner take a quick glance around the room at the other patrons.  How many of …

Is shape-changing phones the future of smartphones?

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London: Imagine a cellphone that bends to block a snooping bystander from reading your private messages! Researchers, including an Indian origin scientist, have developed prototypes for gen-next shape-shifting smartphones and mobile devices that can change form on-demand. The research introduces the term ‘shape resolution’ and its ten features, to describe the resolution of an …