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It’s Nokia World tomorrow. Can Nokia win us back ?

After a couple of quarters of underwhelming performance, Nokia has its annual conference tomorrow as its last chance to show that it hasn’t lost it’s mojo.

Doomed, failing, lost glory – all terms that have been associated with Nokia in the past year though less so after the partnership with Microsoft.
If feeling particularly dramatic, you could even compare the Finnish giant’s situation to Apple in 1997.
Sure, announcing its plans to go all in with Redmond’s OS early in the year might have gotten it a small reprieve from folks who were harping the end of the giant , but with less than 24 hours for Nokia World to start, I am sure even Mr.Elop must have a few butterflies in his stomach as the results of Nokia’s gamble will be revealed to the tech community.

Though we are pretty well informed about Nokia’s plans on the hardware front for tomorrow, I look forward to the fruits of Nokia’s exclusive right to customize Windows Phone. Also, the integration with nokia’s services, apps and special developer programs are reasons to be excited as well. Not just the geeky parts – two of nokia’s biggest strengths have been its pricing and brand. We already know that the company has plans for a major campaign, let’s see if they can hit a sweet spot with the pricing as well.

The hype around tomorrow’s event is completely justifiable as it will most likely be a window into the company’s future. More than that, even the non-techie people I know are looking forward to tomorrow to see if the company they trusted can become awesome again. I am hopeful that Nokia can pull it off and start connecting people. Again.

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Nokia 710, Nokia 800, and Nokia 900???

My Nokia Blog has received a few images of a “new” Nokia device. It’s “new” because this isn’t the first time the device has been leaked on the internet. wpcentral first reported a device coming to AT&T dubbed the Nokia 900 with a 4.3 in CBD amoled display. Combined with the information from the latest spec sheet leak, this is what is to be expected for the Nokia 900:

  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS
  • 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 8 MP Carl Zeiss AF dual LED camera
  • 1 GB RAM, 512 MB ROM
  • 16 GB/32 GB storage memory
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • 1800 mAh battery

So, the Nokia 900 is a true device, and it looks amazing! Anyone else want this device?

via: The Nokia Blog

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Windows Phone to double market share in Europe next year

The current Windows Phone sales worldwide can be considered lackluster when comparing them to Android or iOS market share. However, there is some good news for Microsoft and Western Europe in the form of increased market share according to Strategic Analytics. Tom Kang, Director of Strategic Analytics, stated

Western Europe smartphone sales will reach 117 million units in 2012, growing 12 percent from 105 million in 2011. We forecast Microsoft Windows Phone to be the fastest growing major platform next year, doubling its share of the Western European smartphone market from 6 percent in 2011 to 12 percent in 2012. Increased distribution and marketing support from major hardware partners such as Nokia, Samsung and HTC will help to drive growth for Microsoft

While the hypothesis seems to be very positive for Windows Phone, long term success isn’t guarenteed due to competing hardware requirements from iOS and Android. It is believed that next year Microsoft will include the hardware to put it on par with iOS and Android in the form of dual core and LTE support. Only time will tell to determine if Windows Phone pulls past number three.

via: Market Watch

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The Nokia 800 strikes a pose, again

Mere days before Nokia World and the official announcement for the Nokia 800 (Searay or Lumia as some recent rumors indicate) and the Nokia Sabre, new shots of the Nokia 800 have leaked courtesy of The Next Web. Carrying the same design as the Nokia N9, the Nokia 800 really stands out with its different color scheme and hardware perfection that Nokia brings to a plethora of devices. However, the leaks just make us want the device to be released. However, it is highly unlikely that the Nokia 800 may not come stateside until next year.

Source: The Next Web