Can Nokia Compete On The Smartphone Market

Can Nokia Still Make It In The Smartphone Market?

With all the tough competiton around, can Nokia compete in the smartphone market?  Nokia has to show the public that it can still make it in the market despite competition.

In a market where  Samsung and Apple are enjoying a comfortable spot in the global market, Nokia has to make enough space and  itself fit into it.  Despite the fact that it has shipped over 70 million phones between December 2016 and 2017, the company’s resurrection is nothing short of remarkable.

Nokia’s Resurrection

Nokia’s recent resurgence came with the launching of the company’s new devices.  With its resurrection came Nokia 2, and Nokia 6 smartphones. They are also reviving famous models from the company’s archives, such as the 3310 and the 8110.

Nokia And HMD Global

HMD Global is the company that owns Nokia.  They have announced that they were able to raise $100 million in funding from various investment companies.  Because of this, HMD Global’s market valuation has increased to over $1 billion, making it an elusive unicorn company.

But Nokia still has many obstacles to overcome.  For it to regain its place in the smartphone market, Nokia must first overcome these.

The Dominance Of Apple And Samsung

Market analyst IDC said Samsung and Apple has controlled almost 40 percent of the global smartphone market share.  That is for the first quarter of 2018 alone.

It will be hard for other players to operate in this condition.  Apple commands fierce brand loyalty while Samsung never stops when it comes to innovation.  Samsung first introduced the edge-to-edge display.

Nokia’s Failure In The Market

“Failure to keep up in the market will destroy a brand quickly.”  This is what happened to Nokia.  It controlled 36.9 percent of mobile phone sales in the global market in 2007.  In just a matter of five years, Nokia’s market share had dropped to 19.2 percent.  By 2014, competition succeeded in overtaking Nokia.

A Big Challenge For Nokia

With competition dominating the global market, where will Nokia find its place?  Japanese and Chinese market have Oppo and Huawei as dominant in their market.  And it will be difficult for Nokia to compete with them.

Probably the Indian market can accommodate Nokia.  This part of the globe is hungry for the latest in technology.  The Indian market is vast, and fast growing, given their large population.  India might be a potential cash cow for the Finnish brand, but catering to a billion customers in one territory is not a mean feat.

Nokia’s Move To Succed

It will be hard to take away users from their beloved iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices.  In order to compete with these devices, Nokia has the brand recognition and the intuitive Android One OS to help pull this off.  But of course a top-notch hardware is also needed.

People are buying more expensive phones.  And it might just leave Nokia room to succeed.

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Nokia: Back to My First (Phone) Love With #ChargedUp?

I confess – Nokia was my first love back in the day when cell phones were clunkier and sported rubber ducky antennas.  The iPhone was still a fetus in Steve Job’s mind and Samsung was more concerned about battling Canon and Sony for camera supremacy. Well, things changed and Nokia, with a fresh infusion $100M, is just getting its mojo back and I am waiting for the opportunity to snap one up after passing-up on this year’s earlier models.

With Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Sony Experia, and Google aspiring to dethrone Apple’s iPhone and Samsung, does Nokia, the industry’s dinosaur have a fighting chance? After the more expensive Nokia 8 Scirocco flagship phone disappointed die-hard Samsung 9 users, will Nokia have better luck with the launch of its new on May 29? Though more durable with its stainless frame, the Scirocco did not have the latest Snapdragon 845 on board and its higher RAM did not deliver better performance. Users also missed the MicroSD slot and the headphone jack. Despite its Zeiss lens, other flagship phones still produced faster and better video.

But recent teasers from HMD is intriguing. Thus far, the U.S. market has been lukewarm to Nokia 6.1 despite its upgrade from Nokia 6. But apparently, Nokia is springing surprises in its May 29 launch in Moscow – and the expected long battery life is just one of them. HMD had already confirmed the introduction and sale of the Nokia X6 in China and other locations as well. For sure the 3(?) new models will go beyond its Oreo usability that features enhanced multitasking, better security features, faster speed, and long battery life.

 

 

Nokia Acquires SpaceTime Insight for its Internet of Things Portfolio

Finland-based Nokia adds SpaceTime Insight to the list of companies under its belt.

Earlier this week, Nokia announced that it has just acquired SpaceTime Insight to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio.

The California-based startup has offices in the US, India, Japan, the UK and Canada. It provides machine learning-powered software to big companies worldwide. This includes transportation companies and utility organisations such as NextEra Energy, Singapore Power and Union Pacific Railroad.

SpaceTime Insight’s analytics predict machine status and condition with a high degree of accuracy. This helps customers prevent risks and breakdowns, increase efficiencies and cut costs.

Other details of the deal were not disclosed, including how much it cost Nokia to purchase the company. They did say that the acquisition will accelerate the development of the company’s IoT offerings for their customers.

Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia Software, shared their plans with the acquisition in place.

“Adding SpaceTime to Nokia Software is a strong step forward in our strategy,” he explained. “And will help us deliver a new class of intelligent solutions to meet the demands of an increasingly interconnected world.”

“Together, we can empower customers to realise the full value of their people, processes and assets, and enable them to deliver rich, world-class digital experiences,” he added.

SpaceTime CEO Rob Schilling will join Nokia to become the head of its IoT unit.

The New Nokia X Could Be Another Affordable Low-End Phone

The Nokia X has received a certification in China and its listing points to its affordable price segment.

(Credit: ITHome)

Contrary to what was previously believed, the latest handphone offering from HMD may not be a midrange phone.

The phone was first spotted in digital posters in a Chinese movie theatre about two weeks ago. Now, the wireless authority China Compulsory Certification (CCC) shows a listing for the two long-rumoured Nokia X models.

The listing, first spotted by Nokiamob.net, indicates that a 5V/2A charger is bundled with the Nokia X models TA-1109 and TA-1099. This charger is a regular one which means the phone won’t be supporting any fast charging technology.

The original Nokia X launched in February 2014 was a low-end smartphone. If the two unknown models are indeed successors of the original one, it’s no surprising that they will follow suit.

HMD is set to unveil the phone this Friday, April 27. However, we’ve not heard of any hype surrounding the launch so it could mean this is not a flagship phone.

No other details about the two models were specified on the listing so we just have to wait until the announcement.

The original Nokia X had dual-SIM support and ran on a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It had a 4-inch display and was based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) corresponding to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Whether the new one is going to be a better version, we’ll have to wait and see.

Nokia 7 Plus : The No Nonsense Android Phone Review

Nokia 7 Plus Phone Review

The Nokia 7 Plus smartphone has been reviewed. This phone is known as the no nonsense phone. The Nokia 7 Plus priced at Rs 25,999 claims to be a flagship for everyone.

How Nokia 7 Plus Performed In The Review

HMD Global stole the thunder by announcing a total of five phones. This happened at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. These five phones include the Nokia 7 Plus. The Nokia 8 Sirocco may be the company’s answer to the iPhone X and Galaxy S9. But it is hard to ignore the Nokia 7 Plus. The mid-end smartphone appears to be the company’s most interesting offering to date.

The Nokia 7 Plus is certainly a reliable phone. It focuses on practicality and functionality. The Nokia 7 Plus is powered by Android 8.1 Oreo. It is also the star campaigner of Google’s Android One platform.

Nokia 7 Plus Specifications

The phone has a 6-inch IPS LCD (2160 x 1080) 18:9 display. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, microSD card support ( up to 256GB). Its features also include a dual rear camera set-up (12MP + 13MP), 16MP front camera, 3800mAH battery, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, and Android 8.1 Oreo.

Nokia 7 Plus Design, Display

A lot of emphasis has been made on the design aspect of the Nokia 7 Plus. The handset is made out of a single block of aluminum and coated with a “ceramic feel” paint. There are no antenna lines visible on the phone. Thanks to the 6-layer ceramic paint coating.

The unit came in the black color option. And the company went with the bronze, copper accents for the frame. The phone looks fantastic. And most importantly, the phone appears to be an expensive device. If only the company made the Nokia 7 Plus water and dust resistant.

The design of the Nokia 7 Plus reminds us a little of the Google Pixel 2 XL. With rounded corners of the screen and of course slightly thick bezels on the top and bottom. The volume rocker and power can be seen on the right side. On the bottom is a USDB Type-C charging port and a mono speaker.

Found on top of the phone is the headphone jack. On the left side is a hybrid dual-SIM tray. When you flip the phone, you will find a dual-camera system with Zeiss branding, a dual-tone LED flash, Fingerprint scanner and the Nokia logo. Its finger print scanner is assured to be fast, responsive, and accurate.
Because the Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 6-inch panel, the phone is great for watching movies and playing games.

Performance Of The Nokia 7 Plus Performance And Battery

Speaking of performance, the performance of the Nokia 7 Plus is more than satisfactory. The mobile processor is snappy, thus no lags or random crashes may be experienced. Apps load quickly and games work well in the Nokia 7 Plus.

Its battery life is one and a half day on a single charge, if you make it your primary device. Its quick charging support means it takes around 95 minutes for you to fully charge the battery and fill the phone from zero to 100%.

Other Information

Its built-in mono single speaker is just fine for occasional YouTube videos. Not ideal for listening to music out loud though. There are three microphones built into the Nokia 7 Plus that takes advantage of Nokia’s OZO Audio Technology. This allows you to capture surround audio while recording videos.

The Verdict

Perhaps the best smartphone ever made by HMD Global, the Nokia 7 Plus is very well made, feels good in the hand, and performs well.

Windows Phones are Missed by Users

Why We Miss Windows Phones

Windows phones are missed one way or another. Windows phone is one of the gadgets developed by Microsoft.

What Happened To The Windows Phones

It took several years for Microsoft to admit that Windows phone is dead. Microsoft’s mobile platform was being left behind. Its users found it hard to gain access to the apps that everyone else was using. And the company did not have any plans of releasing new hardware running its OS features or update it with any features.

The Beginnings Of Windows Phones

The Windows phone had its debut in 2010, with Microsoft’s Metro Design philosophy. Its focus was on glancing at your phone information, instead of digging in and out of apps. Two obvious features why we miss Windows Metro design phone are its Live Tiles and dark mode. After nearly 8 years that Windows phone introduced it, Android and iOS still do not have system-wide dark modes. Google gave up on it and recently shut down the dream of that happening outside Pixel 2.

Live Tiles

The Live Tiles are one of Windows phone’s unique features. They enable apps to show information on the home screen. This is similar to the widgets found on iOS and Android. All you have to do is to pin anything useful to the home screen. Live Tiles animated beautifully to flip over and provides whatever information that made your phone feel more personal and alive.

Other Features Of The Windows Phone

One of the neat features of the Windows phone is its software keyboard. It is still considered as far better than the defaults on Android and iOS. Microsoft has developed features on their Windows phone which still hasn’t found its way to Androids and iOS. Features like: Dedication search button; Browse address bar; Kid’s Corner; People hub; and Unified messaging.

These are features unique on Microsoft’s Windows phone. Precisely the reason why those who have used a Windows phone once in their life miss it today.

Despite of advances in technology, some people still long for the “classic” things. Those things which were simpler, uncomplicated to use. But sad to say, in reality, they tend to be left behind and later be disposed of. But we still have our memories of those gadgets of long ago though.

What is the Nokia N-Gage?

What Is The Nokia N-Gage

You might wonder what this is. The Nokia N-Gage is a PDA combining features of a telephone and a handheld game system. This device was announced on November 4, 2002 and was released October 7, 2003. It runs the original Series 60 platform on Symbian OS v6.1. It has a 2.1-inch display and an 850 mAh battery and a 3MB storage. Its original development codename was Starship.

N-Gage attempted to lure away gamers from the Game Boy Advance by including mobile phone functionality. But this did not work out because some of the buttons designed for the phone are not functional if used in games. And because of its taco-like shape, it was mocked and gained the nickname “Taco phone”.

Introducing The Nokia N-Gage

The N-Gage service was a mobile gaming platform from Nokia that was available for several Nokia smartphones running on S60. N-Gage provided numerous games with 3D graphics into an application featuring online and social features.

Upgrades On The Nokia N-Gage

Nokia “upgraded” the classic N-Gage by introducing the N-Gage QD in 2004. The company fixed widely criticized issues and design problems. The new model, however, did not make an impact. And with only 2 million units sold in its two years, the N-Gage and its QD version were failures in the market. They were unable to challenge their Nintendo rival.

This device was created with the purpose of it being a handheld gaming device. Its mobile phone features was just probably a secondary priority.

The N-Gage was discontinued in 2005. And Nokia moved its gaming capabilities into selected Series 60 smartphones. This was announced as the N-Gage platform or the “N-Gage 2.0”, in 2007. It carried on the N-Gage name.

Feedbacks

Despite the classic N-Gage and its QD version being a commercial failure, those who have bought these devices have good feedbacks. Others say that the N-Gage is a great phone. For some it is the best Game Phone ever.

Regardless of its status in the market, we can conclude though that the Nokia N-Gage and N-Gage QD have served their purpose. Based on the public’s comments and reactions, if we talk of game phones, the said devices are good.

Banana Phone From Nokia is Back and Bouncing!

Let’s Welcome Back Nokia’s Banana Phone

The company HMD Global, owner of the Nokia brand revived the all time favorite Banana Phone. The phone, the new Nokia 8110 4G slider resembles Neo’s slider handset from the 1990’s. Their difference between the two lies in the feel and design to match the modern era.

The Nokia 8110 4G slider comes in black and yellow and is curved. The new Nokia Banana phone (Nokia 8110 4G slider) is designed to come in at the low end of the market. It is an entry-level smartphone. It is powered by Quadcomm’s Snapdragon 205, outfitted with 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of NAND flash storage. The smartphone has a 2.4” display, 240 x 320 resolution. A 2 MP cam with flash enables its basic imaging capabilities. It runs an operating system based on the KaiOs.

The KaiOs cannot compete with the Android. It is aimed at the cheapest smartphones typically designed for emerging markets.

The original Nokia 8110 was the first to use the slider form factor. It had a slight curve designed to wrap around a face, was very unusual at that time this became its distinctive feature. It was an expensive phone at that time. And because of its distinctive feature it gained the nickname the “banana phone”. Its color was just black but then a company developed a bright yellow casing for the banana phone for those who want an eye-catching phone.

In 1999, the Nokia 8110 was modified.

It became popular when it was used in the movie “The Matrix” . Although the phone’s placement in the movie attracted attention, it did not drive its sales up as more sophisticated phones were available in the market at that time. The only features of the original retained by the Nokia 8110 4G is nostalgia and its attention grabbing design. All other features were upgraded to be able to compete in the market and be acceptable to prospective users. Its design has been developed to suit its future users needs. It now comes in black and yellow. So watch out for the coming of the new Nokia 8110 4G fondly called the “banana phone” and let us all welcome it.

NOKIA 10 PENTA-CAMERA LEAK, NOKIA 7 PLUS SPECS

What a comeback for Nokia!

Rumors have been spreading that Nokia 10 will have a penta-camera setup after a successful welcome for Zeiss optics to its Android family last year.

The Nokia brand, licensed by Finland’s HMD Global, is now in the headlines. The rumored Nokia 10 has a face now and it shows the famous penta-camera. Aside from the newest release, the Nokia 7 Plus’ specs is in the news also and is listed for the launch in the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 next month.

Nokia 10 Penta-Camera

According to the details by the NokiaPowerUser based on the leaked sketch, which was by the way given by a very trusted source, the camera on the Nokia 10 might be same to a dual-lens camera witha primary lens at the center. Because it is a “penta-camera”, expect a lot of cameras from it and some might be hidden underneath. The module might also be rotatable to change the focal length in combination with its main camera. This is what Zeiss formally suggested in a Twitter video July last year. Well, this is somewhat new and will be the very first smartphone to have a penta-camera.

In the sketch, you may also see a fingerprint sensor just right below the camera, same as the Xiaomi handsets. Not to mention the back of smartphone will be covered in a 3D glass panel. And because it’s a bezel-less year, it will have an 18:9 display and comes with a Snapdragon 845 SoC, similar to the upcoming Nokia 9.

The development of a multi-lens mobile camera technology by Zeiss was confirmed by German Patent and Trade Mark Office. This new innovation described in the patent application, is based on the various lenses that have different focal lengths and can be rotated to combine with the main camera to produce an amazing photo.

Nokia 7 Plus Specs

From the rumored Nokia 10, let’s proceed to the famous Nokia 7 Plus and its details. The Nokia 7 Plus will run on Android 8.0 Oreo, the newest operating system of Android. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, and also comes with its 4GB RAM. The details on Nokia 7 Plus’ physical appearance and camera sensors wasn’t on the list yet but the overall performance will surely give you an amazing experience.

We may not expect some revisions or changes on the details because the listings were released last January 26.

Alongside the flagship launch of Nokia 9 at the forthcoming event, expect also the release of Nokia 8 (2018), Nokia 1, Nokia 4 and Nokia 7 Plus.

The Evolution of Handheld Gaming

For a long time, handheld gaming was seen as the little brother to its console counterparts, but with the rise of popularity in smartphone gaming that may not be the case much longer. A recent report by AppLift provides data that estimates smartphone gaming will be a $14 billion industry by 2016, with an estimated yearly growth of almost 20 percent. The power of handheld games has multiplied exponentially over the last 30 years and we’ve come so far that it is hard to believe. Here is a look at the history of handheld gaming, from its earliest history to the present.

The Dawn of Portable Gaming

The first portable video games were beyond primitive. Geek.com reports the first portable video game ever designed was 1977’s Auto Race, a LED handheld that had a measly 512 bytes of memory. LED handhelds were the first portable video games, with thrilling titles such as Basketball, Baseball, and Football. In 1979, primitive handhelds such as these were eclipsed by Milton-Bradley’s Microvision system, a cartridge-based handheld that featured multiple titles. This gave rise to the legendary Nintendo Game & Watch system, which featured LCD screens and single-title handhelds that doubled as alarm clocks. The basic LCD screen concept was copied by countless developers around the world, and companies such as Tiger developed and released LCD games based on the Game & Watch technology well into the 90’s.

The Second Wave

It wasn’t until 1989 that the tide shifted for portable games. 1989 saw the release of the Nintendo Game Boy as well as its lesser known competitor, the Atari Lynx. The Lynx is a sad story of what may have been – the handheld system featured multiplayer support, was capable of 3D graphics, and outclassed its competitors in terms of power. According to Atari Age, it possessed two 16-bit processors, making it nearly 4 times as powerful as the Nintendo Game Boy. Lynx’s downfall came from the fact that Atari simply couldn’t convince programmers to develop games for the console, and within a few years the Nintendo Game Boy dominated the market. The Game Boy sold millions of units in its lifespan, greatly outpacing competitors such as the Game Gear; according to numbers released by Nintendo, the Game Boy family of consoles sold more than 118 million units and more than 500 million games.

Catching Up

Nintendo dominated the handheld market with the Game Boy family of games for years, and it wasn’t until the arrival of the Playstation Portable in 2004 that it had anything to worry about. The PSP was the most powerful handheld platform on the market up to then, but in 2003 cell-phone manufacturer Nokia released a handheld of its own, the N-Gage. Something of a historical novelty, the N-Gage was a combination cell-phone and game console that, in its own way, predicted the era of smartphone games. While it’s unlikely anyone foresaw the era of free games online, Nokia saw the potential to combine two technologies long before any competitor. But for playing this online games you need good internet at home to download them and then take them everywhere wit you, that’s why more and more people is now getting the best internet routers and learning more about it at places like factschronicle.com ultimate buying guide and reviews for users.

Today, the realm of handheld gaming lays firmly in smartphones and similar devices, and we may very well be at the end of the era of dedicated handheld consoles. While tech titan Sony has hinted at the release of a new handheld console soon, the truth is that the age of the app allows indie game developers the freedom to release their game on the market without the aid of the giants of the industry. This shift in the way games can be released may mirror the death of the Atari Lynx back in the 80’s, as developers choose the app marketplace over handheld console exclusivity.