Sluggish performance plagues eye-catching Nokia Asha 503

Think of Nokia's Asha 503 as a feature phone experience and you'll come closer to enjoying it for what it is: a delightfully square-edged handset with well-rounded, if clunky, capabilities. The phone's strengths include a well-thought out ice-cube design effect, Wi-Fi, and software features that will keep you connected.

However, the plaudits stop there. The $99 unlocked global smartphone's low-quality, low-resolution screen, iffy call quality, fixed camera focus, and jerky navigation are markers of the 503's budget status, even as it's the most generously appointed among a trio that also includes the Asha 502 ($… Read more

Nokia Android phone specs point to low-end device

Nokia likely will aim its much-rumored Android phone at budget-conscious consumers, at least based on its reported specs.

In a tweet posted Tuesday, leaker @evleaks revealed the alleged, major features for the Nokia X, which goes by the codename Normandy. Assuming the information is accurate, and @evleaks usually is reliable, the phone will offer a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4-inch WVGA screen, 512MB of memory, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

Available in a choice of six colors, Normany will include a 5MP camera, a 1,500mAh battery, and a dual-SIM setup, according to @evleaks. One other … Read more

Amidst Microsoft buyout, Nokia still trucking to mobile shows

Never mind about dismal earnings and a looming Microsoft buyout that will strip Nokia of its mobile phone business, the company isn't giving up its traditional presence at Mobile World Congress, February's mobile-only show. On Thursday, Nokia mailed out invitations for its press conference that, cryptically, welcome conference-goers to "meet under the tree."

It isn't clear what the tree stands for or even if Nokia has any products to launch. I'll go out on a not-very-long limb, though, to predict that until the switch is permanent, the Finnish phone-maker will still usher out Nokia-branded … Read more

Nokia Lumia sales fall to 8.2M in woebegone end to 2013

A new round of disappointing results is highlighting Nokia's shift from the biggest maker of mobile phones in the world to a company that doesn't want to talk so much about mobile phones anymore.

Nokia has seen sales of the Lumia line of smartphones plummet across the world, and on Thursday, as it published its latest financial figures, it initially seemed loath to reveal exact numbers.

But Nokia eventually owned up to actual numbers, confirming that it sold 8.2 million Lumia smartphones in the last three months of the year, down from record 8.8M sales in … Read more

Whoops: Verizon mistakenly leaks Nokia Lumia Icon

Nokia has a new Lumia handset in the works and its name is Icon, if Verizon's latest leaks are to be believed.

The carrier on Tuesday published a Nokia Lumia Icon page on its site and then quickly took it down. Before Verizon had the chance to remove the page, though, Twitter users and tech blog GigaOm were able to get a snapshot of its features, including a 5-inch display, a 20-megapixel PureView rear-facing camera, and 32GB of storage. The device will also feature a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, according to the spec sheet.

The Lumia Icon … Read more

Nokia refocuses after hanging up devices and services unit

In perhaps as little as a few weeks, Nokia as we know it will cease to be.

After agreeing to sell its devices and services unit to Microsoft in a deal worth $7.3 billion, Nokia is set to be divided into two: the handset unit will become part of Redmond when the deal closes later this year, while the rest of Nokia's non-handset assets will carry on as a separate company.

That business will still bear the Nokia name and will be headquartered in Finland, but it'll be a very different beast to the Nokia that's … Read more

Nokia Android phone prototype purportedly pops up online

Nokia's still-rumored Android phone continues to get more exposure via purported leaked images.

A photo from a Twitter account named @seamissu reportedly reveals what's said to be Nokia's Android phone, codenamed Normandy. The photo shows the Nokia logo at the center of the screen and a back button at the bottom and mimics photos leaked in December. The tweeted photo also appeared on China's Weibo network Web site, according to WMPowerUser.

Another photo from an account called @picturepan2 offers a peek at the entire screen filled with apps and icons.

Rumors of an Android phone coming … Read more

AT&T adds 32GB Nokia Lumia 1520 to its lineup

Consumers searching for the 32GB version of the Noka Lumia 1520 can now find it through AT&T.

The 1520 is available through AT&T's Web site and retail stores in a matte black color. The phone runs $250 with a two-year agreement and $640 without a contract. Buyers who opt for AT&T's Next installment plan pay either $24.62 or $32 a month.

In-store pickup for online purchases of the 32GB 1520 is not an option; instead online orders are shipped directly to your home. The phone was listed as out of stock … Read more

Nokia's Lumia Black update coming to your phone now

Nokia today started its worldwide roll out of its Lumia Black update, which brings a few noticeable new features to Lumia phones. The news was announced both on Microsoft's Windows Phone blog, and Nokia's blog.

Lumia Black is a firmware update that tweaks a few features of the Windows Phone operating system and adds new apps that launched with Nokia's Lumia 1520 phablet in 2013.

There are seven major changes in this update, but two of the most eye-catching are the home-screen folders and a new glance screen. On your Windows Phone's home screen, you can … Read more

Nokia's Android operating system pops up in leaked image

Evidence that Nokia is working on an Android phone is mounting. First, we got a glimpse of the hardware, codenamed Normandy, and today we're getting a first look at the software and operating system that will run on this rumored device.

The first images of the company's Android user interface were leaked by frequent Twitter tipster @evleaks. The images show a series of three design mockups of a what appears to be heavily-modified version Android on a Nokia device, but it's not clear that this operating system is in fact Android.

Cell phone manufacturers often modify the &… Read more