Nokia’s first-ever Windows tablet – the Lumia 2520 runs on Windows RT 8.1

Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520, is designed to work anywhere, with a vivid 10.1-inch HD display that is designed to provide the best outdoor and indoor readability of any tablet. Building on Nokia’s rich mobility heritage, the Lumia 2520 combines both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 6.7MP camera, and for the first time ever on a tablet, ZEISS optics, letting people take beautiful pictures – even in low light.

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Steve Balmer’s Rationale and Plans for the Nokia Devices & Services acquisition

In case you haven’t seen details of it yet or heard about it, here’s Steve Balmer’s plans for how the Nokia acquisition will be integrated into Microsoft. For the most part, Nokia teams and leaders will remain in their role and integrated into new positions within Microsoft, albeit reporting under Microsoft execs, for example, Jo Harlow of Nokia will continue to run the smart devices team. This from Balmer… While details aren’t final, here is what we know, and how we’re generally approaching integration:

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Nokia Holds Garage Sale! Sells Devices and services Divisions to Microsoft – the numbers

By now you’ve likely heard that Microsoft has bought Nokia. So what does this mean exactly? Simply put, Nokia has sold off its devices and services divisions – note, Nokia will retain the HERE brand and the navigation services and Microsoft will license HERE and other patents from Nokia.

Some of the other terms of the $7+ Billion dollar deal include:

Nokia HERE Needs A Head of Marketing (Chicago) #job

I normally don’t post jobs here on the blog, however, this one is too cool of an opportunity. Also, the way I figure it, anyone who is a prime candidate for this gig with HERE (Nokia) surely reads this bog… if not they really should be!

Based in Chicago, IL, the head of HERE, Americas will lead all HERE marketing efforts in the Americas across all product verticals. Working closely with regional Sales team, Product Marketing teams and Customers (internal and external) .

Good luck – check it out on this job board and if you score this gig you can buy me a beer or four some day!

Nokia Keeps Connecting With the Community with #NokiaConnectsMVC

Yesterday Nokia Conversations was hyping something big and new… well today Nokia announced that they had  invited Mark Guim, Jenifer Hanen, Clinton Jeff, Jason Goh and Jay Montano to visit Nokia House in Espoo. They had no idea why they had been invited! It seems the latest initiative of Nokia and the blogger relations crew is to reward the community via an effort  being promoted on Twitter at #NokiaConnectsMVC.  FYI, these fab Nokia bloggers mentioned above are an awesome source of information and inspiration about not just all things Nokia but the mobile ecosystem at large… I’d suggest you follow all of them if mobile is your thing!

This via Nokia Conversations…  For years we’ve been blown away by the support, creativity and involvement of the Nokia community. We’ve built amazing friendships, seen jaw-dropping videos and some extraordinary feats of fan dedication. Moving on from Monday it will be up to you to supply Nokia Connects and the judges with your nominations for the MVC award. To nominate yourself or somebody else for the MVC award:

  • Send a tweet to @Nokia_Connects with the url to the piece your are nominating + the #NokiaConnectsMVC hashtag

See complete details HERE on Nokia Conversations

Mobile Tip – Nokia Lumia 520 + AT&T pre-Paid on no contract

Are you still having stress trying to figure out your monthly cell phone bill? No surprise as being under a contract can drive you crazy and then having to figure out all the charges can be a nightmare… consider a prepaid service from AT&T + a Nokia Lumia 520. For just $99 you can score a sweet Windows Phone 8 Lumia 520 sporting tons of functionality and features like access to HERE maps, free streaming music, awesome camera + video and more. Benefits of going pre-paid means no surprises when you get your bill, 4G and 4G LTE data speeds, unlimited Txt messaging in North America, NO CONTRACT, voice-mail, call forwarding and more – it really is a decent way to go if you can’t seem to get your mobile bill under control – honestly, if you pay more than $50 a month then you need some help!

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The Nokia Lumia 925 #switch Launch Video

Nokia launched the Nokia 925 in an official PR launch event last week (May 14, 2013) in London, sadly the invite to yours truly @gletham seems to have  gone missing ;0) but regardless, here’s a cool video from the event .

About the device – The Nokia Lumia 925 includes the most advanced lens technology and next generation imaging software to capture clearer, sharper pictures and video, including the best low light images. The Nokia Lumia 925 also introduces the new Nokia Smart Camera mode, coming as an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Nokia Smart Camera offers an easy way to capture ten images at once and edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus for creating the perfect high quality image. See full specs HERE and Read more about the Nokia Lumia 925 on Nokia Conversations.


Nokia Takes the Gloves off in the Switch to Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone Video

You may not see a Nokia Lumia 920 in the wild on every street corner in North America these days, but you gotta give Nokia a little credit for their videos… great stuff! You don’t really get a feel for the device of for what it can do but it will bring a chuckle… FYI, if you haven’t yet experienced the Windows Phone OS yet it really is quite something and the Lumia 920 can be scored at a carrier for a darned nice low price given the impressive features and strong build. Enjoy the vid…


Cool Gadget Video – Nokia JBL PowerUp Wireless Charger Speaker

I recently acquired a cool wireless charger / speaker from Nokia, the JBL PowerUp charging device.  This portable device is an ideal way to connect almost any audio device (smartphone, tablet, ghetto blaster or ??) either wirelessly over Bluetooth or by cable. Once connected the sound is pretty stunning and the speaker can be hidden away on a bookshelf. Control the speaker from a distance of up to 30 feet using your smartphone or tablet and coolest of all, the speaker has NFC and can charge a NFC enabled Nokia Lumia smartphone as well. Check out this first look unboxing as I connect an iPad to the speaker using a cable and by Bluetooth.


Nokia in 2012 – Cash Strong, Sales Down, Profits Up

Nokia has just publicly released their full financials for 2012 via their 2012 Q4 Interim Report. The PR was lengthy and full of charts and tables, however, I did manage to skim through and picked up on a few interesting numbers.  The company finished the year with loads of cash (about $EUR 9.9+ billion)  and is apparently now showing signs of profitability, however, shareholders won’t be seeing a dividend – this from Nokia: “to ensure strategic flexibility, the Nokia Board of Directors will propose that no dividend payment will be made for 2012”

Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO… “While the first half of 2012 was difficult for Nokia Group, in Q4 2012 we strengthened our financial position, improved our underlying operating margin in Devices & Services, introduced the HERE brand to expand our mapping and location experiences, and drove record profitability in Nokia Siemens Networks.”
Curious, Are you familiar with the HERE brand yet??

Some numbers (year over year) from the report:

  • Nokia Group Net Sales -20%
  • Net sales -36%
  • Net Sales of Smart Devices -55%
  • Mobile Phone net sales -19%
  • Operating Pofit +36%
  • Nokia Siemens Network Operating Profit +275%

Nokia handsThe complete fourth quarter and full year 2012 interim report with tables is available at http://www.results.nokia.com/results/Nokia_results2012Q4e.pdf.

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