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SearchCap: Google Map Maker Suspended, Uber & Nokia HERE & Mom’s Day

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Nokia Reportedly Planning A Return To Smartphones

The Nokia brand may come back to phones—just not Windows Phones.

We spent a lot of time over the past few months bidding a soggy farewell to Nokia as a phonemaker. Those tears may have been wasted. Nokia may soon jump back into the smartphone game, according to a report published by Recode Monday.

You may be scratching your head: What once was Nokia’s smartphone division was gobbled up by Microsoft in 2014, and its brand was subsequently scrubbed from the handsets. But there’s still a Nokia proper left behind in Finland, and the remnants of that company could take up the mantle of Android once again. 

The New (Old) Nokia

The details from Recode’s report are relatively scant: Nokia Technologies, the division responsible for licensing the company’s patents, has plans and designs for new smartphones (and, apparently, virtual reality projects) in the works. 

And before that report, there was already ample evidence mounting that Nokia had plans to come back to mobile. In November, 2014, the company designed the N1 Android tablet and licensed it to Foxconn to manufacture and distribute it. Around the same time, Nokia’s Z Launcher for Android devices appeared on the Google Play Store.

N1 courtesy of Nokia

However, no matter how many great ideas Nokia Technologies is cooking up, it likely won’t be able to do much with until late 2016, barring some tricky negotiations with Microsoft. That’s because the terms of Microsoft’s 2014 acquisition of Nokia’s devices business prohibit the Finnish company from selling smartphones under the Nokia name until after December 2015. The company can’t license its brand for any smartphones until after Q3 2016. (The N1 appears to take advantage of a loophole that allows for the Nokia brand on tablets.)

There’s another problem, which is who’s going to make the phones. Nokia’s manufacturing plants went to Microsoft, too. And it just spent a lot of money buying Alcatel-Lucent, so it’s unlikely to go out shopping for a company that owns manufacturing facilities.

Nokia doesn’t need to replace the factories Microsoft bought. Apple doesn’t own its own phone factories, and there are plenty of Asian contract manufacturers who would be happy to build phones for Nokia. 

(And here’s a thought: If Microsoft’s Windows Phone business doesn’t pick up, it may want to keep those former Nokia factories busy by building phones for other companies. Nokia could be a customer.)

Nokia’s Z Launcher offers a new twist on the Android UI.

One thing is pretty clear, though. Given its recent Android-focused projects, don’t be surprised if the return of Nokia’s mobile business is Android-exclusive. We may finally see some more Nokia X phones after all, whether Microsoft likes it or not.

Images courtesy of Nokia

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Nokia Still Exists—And Its New Android Tablet Competes With Microsoft

Nokia has just unveiled the N1, the first Nokia-branded Android tablet to hit the market, the company announced Tuesday.

The N1 is Nokia’s first foray into the tablet game since it sold off its phone business to Microsoft. Now that Nokia phones are no more (well, mostly), the Finnish technology company has turned to Android tablets to differentiate itself from its one-time partner.

See also: Goodbye, Nokia Lumia—Hello, Microsoft Lumia

The tablet’s 7.9″ laminated display fits in a case 6.9mm thick. That means a screen that’s 0.1 inch larger that on the iPad Air 2, and a case that’s just than and a case 0.8 mm thicker. It will cost about $250 and be on the market by February 19, 2015, just in time for Chinese New Year. The N1 will run Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s operating system.

Hardware wise, the N1 will be one of the first devices to include a USB Type-C socket, a reversible USB port that will allow people to insert a USB plug in it either way around. It has an 8 megapixel camera in back, a 5 megapixel camera in front, and 32GB of storage space for music, photos, and movies. A 2.4Ghz Intel© AtomTM quad-core processor is inside.

Microsoft’s deal with Nokia allowed the Finnish company to retain the intellectual property rights over the Nokia name, with one exception: Microsoft would continue to use it for its lower level phones, like the Nokia 130. Apparently, neither company is concerned that branded Nokia tablets risk confusing consumers.

Photo courtesy of Nokia

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5 Reasons Your 1990s Nokia Was the Best Cell Phone Ever

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Sadly, Nokia is nearly no more. Microsoft is changing the name of its flagship Nokia Lumia phone to, simply, Microsoft Lumia. The company purchased Nokia’s mobile phone division earlier this year and intends to drop the Nokia brand from its high-end Windows Phones entirely.

While the entry-level basic phones will still carry the moniker, we’re a little bitter about having to say goodbye to Nokia phones as we know them. After all, for many of us, our first mobile device was a Nokia brick phone. Read on for the five things we’ll miss about those wonderful, unbreakable gizmos.

1. They didn’t bend like the iPhone 6

Nokias broke you, not the other way around.

2. In fact, they were so indestructible, Tom Riddle chose a Nokia as his next Horcrux

Beat Snake and destroy the Horcrux! (PS If you’ve never read Harry Potter, you have no idea what we’re talking about. Just move on to the next slide.)

3. They had radtastic interchangeable faceplates

Changed that faceplate as often as my outfits.

4. They ran out of battery after days of use, not hours

What phone charger?

5. Last but not least, they came with SNAKE …

… which you probably played for hours.

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Nokia Now Exists Only In Movie Form

Someday—maybe next week—our children and/or our children’s children will look up from the FX channel’s infinite loop of The Matrix and ask: “What the hell is that banana-shaped hunk of space gray Neo’s talking into?” 

You’ll laugh, and sigh … and then feel really old remembering the Nokia 8110. Once considered a status symbol for early adopters, this particular model was already a couple of years old in 1999, when The Matrix hit theaters. 

Even with the sliding cover that Nokia added exclusively for the Wachowski’s prop department, the phone looks as ridiculously outdated as the brick-sized Motorola DynaTAC Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) lugs around in American Psycho (2000). 

See also: Goodbye, Nokia Lumia—Hello, Microsoft Lumia

Now that Microsoft’s sounded the death knell—changing the name of Nokia’s smartphone business, which it bought last year, to Microsoft Lumia—old movies and TV shows remain the only place Nokia will live on. Pay attention and you’ll notice Nokia products were actively placed in a lot of movies. lot of movies

Product Replacement

Each Nokia that catches our eye as we veg on the couch watching Alias on Netflix or some other crap is yet another reminder that the only thing constant about change is that it sucks. 

It means, for instances that the name Nokia, maker of the first mobile phone, may be remembered primarily as a product placement eyesore in Man of Steel (2013). The Nokia Lumia 925 is Superman’s cellphone of choice in a superhero reboot drowning in $160 million of brand promotions:

Product placement, when done right in a movie that does well, can be the best advertising a brand can hope for. (In the DVR age, nobody watches commercials anymore.) Alas, all the box office hits in which Nokia phones are prominently displays weren’t enough to save even the name. 

Yet in the movies, Nokia phones perform all kinds of amazing (fictional) feats. The ultimate feat of technology in Tron: Legacy (2010) isn’t the de-aging of Jeff Bridges. It’s how his character’s son breaks into a tech giant’s super servers using a Nokia N8. 

See also: An Ode To Jim Rockford’s Answering Machine

In fact, there’s no end of super heroism made possible with a Nokia device. In The Dark Knight (2008) Wayne Enterprises applied science head Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) enables his boss, Bruce Wayne (Oh, hey! Christian Bale) to infiltrate a high security company in China by purposely neglecting to pick up from reception his overclocked Nokia Tube 5800 when leaving the building. Operation Sky Hook ensues. 

Despite all the near-future technologies still fiction in the Minority Report (2002), it was the brand new Nokia 7650 Tom Cruise’s PreCrime cop used when he wasn’t rocking touch screens and interactive heads-up display.

In The Hurt Locker (2008), a guy uses a Nokia 1600 to detonate a bomb … which probably isn’t the best example of product placement in a movie:

 Equally questionable is the John Turturro’s Nokia N93i in Transformers (2007) which goes all evil Decepticon at an inopportune time.

Good times. Sadly, there will be no more of them, at least under the Nokia name.



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Nokia Makes HERE Maps Available To All Android Users

Nokia’s HERE Maps app, which had previously just been available for Samsung Galaxy Android phones is now available to all Android users. However it’s not in Google Play; users have to download it directly from the HERE site. In order to install the HERE app, you’ll need to go into…

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Goodbye, Nokia Lumia—Hello, Microsoft Lumia

Two future Microsoft Lumia users

Nokia’s outposts around the world are letting the cell-phone brand’s fans know that they’re saying goodbye: Microsoft is changing the name of Nokia’s smartphone business, which it bought last year, to Microsoft Lumia.

Nokia France and Nokia UK will be among the first to usher in the new name, according to posts on the business’s country-specific Facebook pages, followed by other countries over the coming weeks. (The Verge was the first to report on the coming changes.) 

Cutting Off The Roots

With this, Microsoft officially sheds one of the last few vestiges of the old business from its acquired line of smartphones. It seems sudden: The Nokia name was emblazoned right on the front of the Nokia Lumia 730 and 830, unveiled just last month. But the writing has long been on the wall. 

The Redmond, Wash.-based corporation, which bought the Finnish company’s devices and services division last spring for $7.2 billion, renamed it Microsoft Mobile and laid off more than 12,000 employees. Nokia’s mobile site also started redirecting visitors over to Microsoft Mobile’s new site last month, right around the time when a leaked internal document indicated that Microsoft was preparing to drop the Nokia name.

Nokia still exists—the remaining business, which consists of a digital mapping unit, telecom infrastructure, and intellectual-property licensing, will keep the Nokia name after Microsoft finishes excising it from the devices business.

Microsoft didn’t have to dump “Nokia” this quickly. The original acquisition deal allowed the company to continue using both the “Nokia” and “Lumia” brand names for several years.

But the company likely wants to clean up its smartphone branding. With Nokia continuing to operate as a separate company, removing the name from Microsoft’s phone business heads off confusion.

It may seem brutal, considering how Nokia was practically synonymous with cell phones for decades. But the changes come during the run-up to the holiday shopping season. 

That’s a key time period for any gadget company—particularly one trying to push Windows up from a distant No. 3 position in smartphone operating systems.

Photo courtesy of Nokia UK

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SearchCap: Google UX Ranking, Google Bill Reminders & Nokia Here Maps

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12,500 In Nokia Division Laid Off By Microsoft

The job cuts are deep at Microsoft and Nokia got slashed the deepest.

Microsoft today announced that it will lay off 18,000 people (of about 127,000) over the next year with most of those cuts coming in the next six months. Of those cuts, Nokia will lose 12,500 employees that had come when Microsoft bought the cellphone manufacturer in a $7.17 billion acquisition that became official in April of this year.

“12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through synergies and strategic alignment of the Nokia Devices and Services,” Microsoft said in a press release.

Microsoft did not go into specifics of which particular programs and departments are being cut in the Nokia division or in the remaining 5,500 positions that will be eliminated.

“[W]e are working to integrate the Nokia Devices and Services teams into Microsoft. We will realize the synergies to which we committed when we announced the acquisition last September. The first-party phone portfolio will align to Microsoft’s strategic direction. To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an email to employees published by the company.

The cuts at Microsoft are larger than most analysts predicted. The projection was that Microsoft would cut about 10% of the workforce with most of those cuts coming on the Nokia side and global marketing positions. The 18,000 positions that Microsoft cut about to almost 15% of its total workforce.

Lead image: Former Nokia CEO and current Microsoft executive Stephen Elop at Mobile World Congress 2014 by Dan Rowinski for ReadWrite.

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Nokia X Gets Axed By Microsoft

Adding insult to injury, Microsoft will kill some of the Nokia X Android smartphones that Nokia released earlier this year.

“We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an email explaining the 18,000 job cuts coming to Microsoft, including 12,500 from the Nokia division.

See also: Why Microsoft Won’t Immediately Kill The Nokia X Smartphone

Microsoft was never really happy that Nokia built and Android smartphone right before the acquisition of the smartphone manufacturer became official earlier this year. Reports said that Microsoft thought the Nokia Android phone was “embarrassing.”

One source was overheard at a Nokia dinner at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February saying, “Microsoft is a Windows company.” Nokia twisted the fork on Microsoft a little bit with the Nokia X announcement, even if Microsoft claims to have known the plan all along. That’s why the Nokia X ran Android in the background but utilized Microsoft’s cloud and core services, instead of Google’s.

At least that was the theory.

In conversations with both Microsoft and Nokia executives at various industry events this year, each and every one said that there were no plans to kill the Nokia X series of Android devices.

“Essentially the story is that Microsoft wants to connect the next billion people to the cloud,” said Jussi Nevanlinna, Nokia’s VP of product marketing for smartphones at Nokia before the acquisition, to ReadWrite in an interview in February. “What we bring is very wide reach. We have access to these consumers … We are a volume platform to connect the next billion people to Microsoft’s cloud and services.”

When asked about what Microsoft thinks of the Nokia X smartphone during Mobile World Congress earlier this year, VP of Windows Phone at Microsoft Joe Belfiore hedged his bets.

“We have a terrific engineering relationship with Nokia. What they do as an independent company is what they do. They will do some things we are excited about and some things that we are not excited about,” said Belfiore.

As recently as Microsoft’s Build developer conference in April this year, Nokia VP of marketing for smart devices Hans Henrik Lund unequivocally said that the Nokia X would continue into a second generation.

“Oh absolutely. Of course they will. Because again, it makes sense. Because we can get consumers onto Microsoft services as opposed than potentially going to Google services,” Lund said in an interview with ReadWrite.

New Nokia X devices are unlikely at this point at Microsoft focuses on its Lumia portfolio. In an email announcing the layoffs to the Nokia team, former Nokia CEO and current VP of devices at Microsoft outlined the strategy for device manufacturing going forward.

We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products. 

Currently, three sizes of Nokia X Android smartphones running Windows cloud services are on the market around the world.

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