Nokia files more patent infringement suits against Apple

Nokia has filed further complaints alleging that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents, expanding its litigation originally announced on December 21. Across actions in 11 countries, there are now 40 patents in suit, which cover technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding, the company said. Cases have now been filed in Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Munich, Helsinki, London, Turin, Stockholm and Barcelona. The network equipment maker now has patent infringement suits against Apple in Barcelona, Tokyo, Texas and several other places including one with the…

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Nokia shows off first commercially ready 5G network named AirScale

Nokia is to make the first ever demonstration of a 5G network running on commercial platforms as part of its showcase at 5G World, the Finland-based telecom equipment maker said. Other vendors have demonstrated 5G connectivity, but using lab equipment. 5G World is a telecom industry event that will kick off tomorrow in London. The 5G standard is supposed to provide steady bandwidth of over 10 Mbps per user. “Following the successful launch in February of the industry-first 5G-ready AirScale Radio Access technology Nokia will demonstrate AirScale working together with…

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Nokia buys Alcatel Lucent for 15.6 bln eur via share-swap

Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent said they were merging their operations into one company, answering the speculation that Nokia may buy out the wireless business of the French company. The announcement comes just a day after Nokia confirmed talks with Alcatel. The two companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding under which Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent…

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Samsung offers cheaper phones to chase volumes

The giant is stirring, and those who have dominated the stage over the last two years had better take note. Samsung, which had practically been absent in the value-for-money segment in the Indian smartphone market, has just announced its latest entry – the Galaxy A7, priced at Rs 30,499. What is most remarkable about the launch is not the price – but the specifications available at the price. Except for a quad HD or 2K display, the A7 comes with nearly all the high end features you could think of,…

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Microsoft launches Nokia 130 with Bluetooth, USB

Frankly we don’t know where to file this one, but perhaps this should go into ‘beacause we’ve always done so’ folder. Microsoft announced its latest phone, the Nokia 130. However, if you are wondering if you the Nokia 130 should be your next phone, you should rid yourself of those worries. This one could well be called the Nokia 1100. Not surprisingly, Nokia is pitching it as a possible supplementary phone – which you’d keep in case you run out of juice on your main smartphone. “It is ideal for…

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Flipkart offers discount on Nokia Lumia 930 price

India’s biggest retailer Flipkart has started selling the Nokia Lumia 930, the most advanced phone from the Nokia stable, at a price of Rs 37,200 – a discount of around Rs 1,500 from the phone’s street price. The Nokia Lumia 930 is not being sold by WS Retail, the biggest seller on Flipkart, but by another seller called Ascent Technologies. People ordering the phone today (23 Oct) can hope to get the 930 in their hands by Saturday, Nov 1, Flipkart said. The Lumia 930 is the most advanced phone…

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UPDATE: Nokia Lumia 930 available in stores today

Nokia Lumia 930, the highest-end phone from Microsoft Nokia, will be available in stores starting early next week, according to suppliers. “We expect to get our first stock by Tuesday or Wednesday,” said a Delhi-based retailer. UPDATE: Microsoft has announced that the Lumia 930 has is available in stores starting today, October 16. Online retailers are also likely to start selling the model by the mid of next week. The Nokia Lumia 930 is the first true high-end phone launched under the Nokia brand this year and comes with a…

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Lumia 730, 930 prices not cheap, but 830 really expensive

At long last, Microsoft has launched its 2014 line-up of phones in the mid to high segment, but the rather steep prices have disappointed a few fans. The Lumia 730 and 830 are mid-range smartphones, while the 930 is at the high end, or what Microsoft today called ‘a true flagship’. The prices, at Rs 38,649 for the Lumia 930, Rs 28,799 for the 80 and Rs 15,299 for the 730, are much higher than what most people had expected. “Our strategy is to help people do more with stunning…

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HD-10, Microsoft’s answer to Google Chromecast, unveiled at Rs 5,999

In all the hustle bustle of the launch of Nokia Lumia 730, 830 and 930 in India, there was also the HD-10, a small screen-sharing device, priced Rs 5,999 ($100), that Microsoft introduced in India. The device, which is a bit like Google’s Chromecast, uses near field communication or NFC to send signals to the phone (in this case Microsoft Lumia). The signals from the phone are then passed on to a large-screen display (like a TV) using an HDMI output on the HD-10 device. In many way, it’s like…

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UPDATE: Nokia Lumia 730, 830, 930 launched in India, prices 15k-36k

At long last, Microsoft has launched its 2014 line-up of phones in the mid to high segment, but the rather steep prices have disappointed a few fans. The Lumia 730 and 830 are mid-range smartphones, while the 930 is at the high end, or what Microsoft today called ‘a true flagship’. The prices, at Rs 38,649 for the Lumia 930, Rs 28,799 for the 80 and Rs 15,299 for the 730, are much higher than what most people had expected. In many ways, people were expecting Microsoft to offer the…

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Update: Nokia Lumia 930 priced near 38k in India

Nokia is gearing up for its biggest launch of this year so far – the Nokia Lumia 930 and the 830, and the phones are likely to set new benchmarks in value-for-money in the higher end segment. UPDATE- Nokia is launching the Lumia 830 on Wednesday in Mumbai. Expected price Rs 22,000. The Lumia 930, which will be the highest specification phone launched by the company so far this year, will be priced around Rs 30,000 according to a distributor — about 20-40% cheaper than similar phones from other brands….

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Finally! Samsung dethrones Nokia as India’s biggest mobile brand

After fighting it out for a decade, Samsung finally dethroned Nokia in the Indian mobile phone market — rising to number one with a 20.3% market share in the March quarter compared to Nokia’s 17.6%. Micromax came third in terms of shipments. Samsung’s victory was the result of a sharp increase in its sales during the first quarter of the year. Samsung’s share rose from 15.6% share in the previous quarter. Interestingly, Nokia was dethroned from the number one position despite its overall share increasing from 16.16% in the December…

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As phones get bigger, tablets pay the price

The soaring popularity of big size phones, or phablets, is affecting sales of tablets in India, according to market tracker 6Wresearch. Phablets, or phones with displays of 5 to 6 inches, have increasingly gained consumer affection due to three factors. First, they come with built-in cellular and 3G connectivity, unlike low-cost tablets that typically offer only Wi-Fi connectivity. Second, phablets come with at least quarter HD (0.5 megapixel), but often HD (1 megapixel), displays unlike cheaper tablets that offer displays with resolution of 0.4 megapixels or less. Finally, phablets also…

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