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Nokia reportedly making Android phone codenamed Normandy

Before Nokia's phone business is owned in full by Microsoft, it may be able to squeeze out an Android smartphone.

The Finnish phone maker has been working on a low-cost Android smartphone that's codenamed Normandy, according to the Verge. This is device is said to use a "forked" variant of Android that is different from what Google uses.

A press image of this purported smartphone was leaked in late November and published by @evleaks on Twitter. While no specifications were included with the photo leak, one can see that the phone comes with a touch screen … Read more

Nokia's latest BH-121 streams music over Bluetooth

Nokia's latest smartphone accessory, the unimaginatively named BH-121, will play your tunes when you pair it to your phone through Bluetooth or NFC.

Resembling a Nokia version of a screenless iPod Nano, this stereo bluetooth device evokes the Nokia Lumia smartphone line in cheery cyan, red, yellow, and black hues.

Although it won't store your music for you, the BH-121 does include WH-208 earbuds for listening, and exterior controls to manage incoming calls, volume, and music playback. You can swap in your own 3.5mm headphones as well. An indicator LED alerts you to low battery levels.

The … Read more

Surface RT display smackdown: Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet shines

Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet has one of the best screens tested to date, while Microsoft's Surface 2 counterpart falls into the also-ran category, according to a testing firm that evaluated the two Surface RT devices.

"With virtually identical functionality and OS software...The display on the Nokia Lumia 2520 is impressive while the Microsoft Surface 2 is mediocre and a disappointment," DisplayMate Technologies' Raymond said in a research note published Tuesday.

The display on the Nokia Lumia 2520 has the "best high ambient light performance and screen readability, with by far the brightest mobile display … Read more

EU to Nokia: Don't be a 'patent troll'

The European Union had strong words for Nokia on Monday: Don't turn into a "patent troll."

Speaking at a conference on Monday, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that while he's fine with Microsoft acquiring Nokia's devices and services unit, he's concerned that the mobile maker's decision to hold on to patents and attempt to generate more value through those could create a troublesome scenario.

In his discussion with reporters, Almunia said that he's concerned Nokia might "behave like a patent troll or, to use a more polite phrase, a patent … Read more

European Commission approves Microsoft's Nokia buy

The European Commission has given Microsoft's planned acquisition of Nokia's mobile device business the green light.

In a press release dated December 4, the Commission said it had investigated potential compeition concerns and found none.

"The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns, in particular because there are only modest overlaps between the parties' activities and the links between Microsoft's mobile operating systems, mobile applications, and enterprise mail server software with Nokia's smart mobile devices are unlikely to lead to competitors being shut out from the market," said the press … Read more

Honda Civic runs iPhone nav

Many drivers find the navigation apps on their phones work better and are more up-to-date than those built into their dashboards, yet relying on a handset for turn-by-turn directions can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Honda hits the sweet spot with its new HondaLink app, integrating navigation from the phone into a car's built-in LCD.

Although different initiatives exist to emulate smartphones in the dashboard, the only example currently available from an automaker comes in the Chevy Spark and Sonic. Drivers of those models can buy the BringGo app and use it as the navigation engine, integrating it with … Read more

Nokia wins patent case against HTC, with sales ban potential

Nokia has won a key ruling in the England and Wales High Court against HTC over charges of patent infringement.

Justice Arnold of the England and Wales High Court ruled on Tuesday that some of HTC's Android-based handsets, including the critically well-regarded HTC One, infringe a patent held by Nokia related to a "modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station" -- a fancy description for the way frequency is carried for smartphones.

Foss Patents was first to report on the news.

Justice Arnold's ruling paves the way for Nokia to enforce a sales injunction … Read more

DOJ gives OK to Microsoft-Nokia deal

The US Department of Justice has given its approval to Microsoft's pending acquisition of Nokia's mobile devices and services business.

The transaction got the DOJ nod on November 29, according to the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition notification on December 2.

"We look forward to the date when our partners at Nokia will become members of the Microsoft family, and are pleased that the Department of Justice has cleared the deal unconditionally," said a Microsoft spokesperson in a prepared statement.

Last month, Nokia shareholders gave their approval to the deal during an extraordinary general … Read more

Ford boss edging out Elop in race to replace Ballmer, report says

Ford boss Alan Mulally has edged ahead of Nokia boss Stephen Elop in the race for the top job at Microsoft, according to new reports.

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft's board is leaning toward Ford Motor Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally or the current executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, Satya Nadella, over other candidates for the position.

Outgoing Nokia CEO Elop and current Microsoft business development head Tony Bates are reported to be "in the mix" but "less likely" to be offered the position.

Elop left Microsoft to take charge of … Read more

Nokia takes a shot at iPad, touts its own Lumia 2520

It's Nokia's turn to fire a potshot at Apple and the iPad.

In a Web video ad (which is admittedly pretty cheesy with the British narrator), Nokia whimsically attacks Apple's hit tablet by going after the lack of keyboard and weak battery life, and touts its own Lumia 2520 as the "right tablet."

The Lumia 2520 can be paired with a $150 keyboard accessory that also acts as a cover, a bulkier cousin to the Microsoft Surface's thin keyboard accessory.

The Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first attempt to breach the tablet business, where … Read more