When Microsoft first announced the mere presence of Windows Phone 8 back in June, I was every bit excited back then as I am now. And now, six months later, the OS is out of the door alongside Windows 8 for PCs, tablets, hybrids and whatnot. Windows Phone 8 has been a massive update for the Windows Phone ecosystem. Like its brethren, this update is simply mind-blowing. The main new features of Windows Phone 8 are-
- Live apps– Almost everyone is aware of the Live Tiles made famous by Microsoft. These tiles constantly update information from various sources and for various purposes and are an integral part of the Windows Phone experience. Like Live Tiles, Microsoft has now introduced Live Apps. These Live Apps are applications which can be pinned onto the lockscreen of the phone to keep getting updated. Along with the live apps, you can now add any five icons at the bottom of the screen to give you updates on missed calls, messages, Facebook updates etc. There is support for third-party applications, as well. (more…)
No, I’m most certainly not referring to the hideously ugly bird, in the title.
What I’m referring to is Nokia’s British subsidiary- Vertu. What’s so shocking is that the Finnish giant never made such a huge hue and cry about its appurtenance. Coz if I were the owner of such a luxurious brand of cell phones, I would be marketing it as much as I market my blog & Twitter handle (See what I did there?). (more…)
In 2009, Apple was the target of a massive lawsuit from Nokia. The Finnish mobile giant accused Apple of “trying to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation”. There were 10 patent infringements like encryption, speech coding, security and wireless data. Nokia had alleged that they had granted about 40 firms the right to use their technology except Apple.
“The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for”- Ilkka Rahnasto (VP of legal and intellectual property at Nokia)
Nokia had also said that they had invested around $60 billion in the R&D while Apple reported a surge of $1.67 billion in their profits- thanks to the huge success of the iPhone. (more…)
I am a resident of a country in which Nokias sell like hotcakes.
And why shouldn’t they?
Nokias are known for their durability, long battery life, simple User Interface and their affordability. Most Indians have a Nokia as their first phone. And most of them get so hooked onto the UI of the phone that their next phone is also a Nokia. Besides, Nokia phones also have a good re-sale value. A well-handled Nokia handset should fetch its owner at least 50% of the original cost. (more…)