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30
Jun

The ‘father of SMS,’ Matti Makkonen, dies at 63


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It’s a sad day in the cellphone world. Matti Makkonen, widely considered the “father of SMS,” has died from illness at the age of 63. The Finnish creator pitched the concept of text messaging over cellular networks in 1984 and helped get the ball rolling on the technology in its earliest days. He was quick to downplay his involvement and saw SMS as a “joint effort” between many people (Friedham Hillebrand developed the 160-character format in 1985, for example), but much of the initial credit belongs to him.

Suffice it to say that Makkonen’s work has spread far and wide. SMS is starting to decline as instant messaging apps take over, but it’s still ubiquitous — how many people do you know who would much rather get a text message than a phone call? Twitter’s roots are in SMS (hence that 140-character limit), and the tech is still considered vital for communication in areas where mobile internet access is too expensive, heavily censored or both. We’ll miss you, Matti.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Nokia

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Via: Wired.co.uk

Source: BBC

19
Jun

Nokia will design and license phones in the future, says CEO


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Following a series of rumors and refuting statements back in April, it turns out that Nokia will indeed end up designing smartphones again, according to CEO Rajeev Suri. Although exactly who the company will partner up with to manufacture its designs still remains to be seen.

Speaking in a recent interview, Suri stated that Nokia is looking for suitable partners and that the company would simply design a phone and then make the brand name and design available to others through a licensing scheme. This means that Nokia will be the brains behind its future branded smartphone(s), but it will be a third party manufacturer who ends up building and distributing the end product. This is basically what the company did when it launched the N1 Tablet back in November of last year, which was manufactured by Foxconn.

Although no operating systems were mentioned by name, we can probably safely assume that Nokia, and whoever its future hardware partners, would likely opt to use Google’s open-source, license free Android platform. As was the case with the Nokia N1.

Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license … Anybody who can improve the business in the long run is a good buyer.” – Nokia CEO, Rajeev Suri

The reason for the seemingly round-about root for releasing new products is partly due to the company’s contract with Microsoft. Nokia is prohibited from selling phones under its own name until the end of the year and from licensing out its brand for use with phones until Q3 2016. So although this recent news means that Nokia will be back in the picture, it likely won’t be until late next year at the very earliest. Speaking of Microsoft, several analysts expect that the company will write off all or part of the $7.2 billion that it paid for Nokia’s handset unit.

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The Nokia N1 tablet.

Despite being temporarily locked out the consumer hardware market, Nokia has continued to do business in the broader telecommunications industry. In April, Nokia acquired Alcatel-Lucent to expand its important network equipment business and the company has been closing patent deals with a number of major players in the smartphone industry.

It will be a difficult climb back into the heart of the smartphone market for Nokia, but a licensing model could end up being the smartest way to get its brand back on the shelves in a relatively short space of time. Are you hopeful about a future Nokia smartphone? What would be on your wish list?

19
Jun

Nokia CEO says the company will design and license phones again


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When a deal with Microsoft allows it to do so in 2016, Nokia plans to design and license phones again. In what comes as no surprise, the company’s CEO told Manager Magazin that it would look for interested parties to release the devices when the time comes. “We will look for suitable partners,” said CEO Rajeev Suri in an interview. “We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license.” Nokia sold its devices and services business to Microsoft last year, but it can begin to license mobile gadgets to other companies next year. If you’ll recall, it already released the familiar-looking N1 tablet in China post-acquisition. Of course, Nokia still owns its Here mapping tech, which has reportedly drawn interest from automakers and transportation companies like Uber. While the devices may carry Nokia’s aesthetics, keep in mind that the Lumia, Asha and X brands all belong to Microsoft. A company would pay Nokia for the design work and rights to use the name, but those recognizable labels are off limits.

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Source: Reuters

17
Jun

LG and Nokia announce agreement on smartphone patent license


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Although Nokia isn’t making smartphones by itself anymore, it still has a gigantic patent portfolio waiting to be tapped into by another company in need. In what seems like a mutually beneficial agreement, Nokia has just announced that LG Electronics has agreed to license a certain number of royalty-bearing smartphone patents from the company. The Korean technology giant is apparently the latest out of upwards of 60 licensees that are taking advantage of Nokia’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile communication technologies. LG is also the first major smartphone OEM to take part in the licensing program since Microsoft purchased Nokia’s Devices & Services business back in 2014.

Neither LG nor Nokia have given any financial details, but it seems as though both parties remain confident that each is receiving a fair trade. Ramzi Haidamus, President of Nokia Technologies, explains:

We are pleased to welcome LG Electronics to our licensing program. We’ve worked constructively with LG Electronics and agreed a mutually beneficial approach, including the use of independent arbitration to resolve any differences. This agreement sets the scene for further collaboration between our companies in future.

Other terms are remaining confidential for the time being, and the details of the royalty payments will be cleared up within a year or two.

16
Jun

Nokia and LG reach smartphone patent licensing agreement


AT&T_LG_Optimus_G_Pro_TA_Front_Top_LG_Logo_Screen_OffLG and Nokia have announced that they’ve reached a licensing deal related to several of Nokia smartphone patents. LG has licensed a wide range of patents covering communications over a mobile network, although neither company disclosed how much LG is paying for the licensing.

Both companies have said the deal is mutually beneficial, which I’m sure everyone will agree with. LG gets access to some patents to make better phones, and Nokia gets some extra cash. It’s not like Nokia was using the technology to make any compelling smartphones.

Jabs aside, it’ll be interesting to see what comes of this agreement in the future. And we should all be very glad that this didn’t turn into another drawn out set of lawsuits.

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via: Android Central

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12
Jun

Microsoft Moonraker is the Nokia smartwatch we almost got


If you were wondering what Nokia’s take on a smartwatch would have been, take a look at the Microsoft Moonraker, a cancelled watch that attempted to bring in some of Windows Phone’s style. Microsoft nixed it when it acquired Nokia’s phone arm, The Verge reports, but now we’ve got an idea of what it looks like thanks to Microsoft designer Pei-Chi Hsieh, who posted it on their (now deleted) Tumblr blog. Noted leakhound (and former Engadget editor) Evan Blass first unearthed the image, which shows a multicolored smartwatch design with slightly rounded corners. From afar, it doesn’t look that much different than the Apple Watch, funny enough. Sources say Microsoft dumped the Moonraker project because it was working on the ill-fated Band wearable.

While the Band was stuffed full of sensors, the Moonraker watch was all about doing more traditional smartwatch tasks. It had phone, email and messaging apps, and it could also remotely activate the camera on your Windows Phone. There was also a variety of other software integration, like Facebook and MixRadio. While Moonraker looks intriguing, at the end of the day it basically does what most other smartwatches do, so it was probably smarter for Microsoft to devote its energy to something truly different. We just wish we got something more than the clunky Band.

Filed under: Wearables, Mobile, Microsoft, Nokia

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Via: The Verge, Evleaks

5
Jun

Nokia Z Launcher adds widget support


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When Nokia finally sold out to Microsoft, many people thought the company’s efforts in mobile were finished. The Finnish former manufacturer has large network and locations businesses but rather than just focus on these, it decided to become an Android app developer. It’s first app is arguably one of the best launchers on Android and the latest update brings a feature that’s long overdue.

An update to Z Launcher – which was released to the Play Store today – answers user feedback and adds support for standard Android widgets. Currently the launcher has just one screen but its key unique feature is that you can launch applications or contacts by drawing the name; for example, if I wanted to launch our app, I’d type A-N-D and then the Android Authority app would appear in the pop-up.

Adding widgets to this unique interface was always going to be a challenge but Nokia’s solution is innovative; the update brings a new page for widgets which can be accessed by swiping left from the home screen. Unlike other Android launchers, there’s only one page for widgets but as Nokia put it in their blog post;

From the data we have seen so far, we think one page will satisfy most people in terms of widgets used regularly. Having too many widgets for every conceivable need would require the user to flip through multiple pages and lose the quick convenience of widgets in the first place.

In other words, we believe the old adage of “less is more” can apply to widgets as well. So, try picking just the widgets that matter the most to you.

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When using the widget screen, the bottom row of pinned apps aren’t shown to offer more space for widgets and the page itself is limited to only having widgets, which means you won’t be able to add any apps on that page. The concept is simple; “widgets on one page, apps on another“.

Nokia has also redesigned the way you drag, remove or resize widgets and the new design is as simple as Z Launcher itself: you add a widget by long-pressing the home screen; you drag a widget by pressing and holding whilst dragging; you remove a widget by pressing and holding it and then selecting the remove option and you can resize it by pressing and holding and then selecting resize.

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Z Launcher comes preloaded on Nokia’s N1 tablet – the first premium Android device the company has released – and the addition of widget support will be great for N1 users. Nokia has already cemented Z Launcher among the growing list of impressive launchers but the addition of widget support fills a gaping hole and lets it stand out from the competition.

3
Jun

Galaxy Note 4 beats iPhone 6 for customer satisfaction


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Owners of the Galaxy Note 4 are the most satisfied consumers according to a new survey conducted by the American Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The latest survey from ACSI reveals that the Galaxy Note 4 tops the chart with 86% customer satisfaction while the Galaxy Note 3 comes joint second with the iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6.

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The survey shows that customers using the Galaxy Note 4 – which was released in October last year – are the most satisfied and despite the handset being several months old, it still ticks all the boxes for customers. Interestingly, the top six positions in the survey are taken by either Samsung or Apple and these two companies top the list for manufacturers.

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Looking past the top of the list, both Samsung and Apple still dominate but Motorola, HTC and LG all feature on the list as well. The omission of any Sony devices from the top of the satisfaction survey suggests that Sony’s devices – which are not widely available in the US – don’t satisfy customers as much as its rivals do. Given that Sony’s smartphone sales performance has been dwindling over the past 12 to 18 months, the satisfaction survey reveals that the company has a lot to do to keep the key US market satisfied.

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Looking at the list of manufacturers, the swing between Samsung and Apple – resulting in both companies tying for the top spot – could be due to less than stellar Galaxy S5 sales and Apple finally delivering the bigger screen its customers have been asking for.

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Motorola‘s third spot shows that the company’s handsets – and in particular the Moto X, which can be customised to your specification through Moto Maker – offer the package that customers are looking for. BlackBerry‘s sales figures have also been steadily declining over the past few years but the company’s customers are the fourth most satisfied in the US.

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Moving past the top four and HTC and Nokia may not have sold as many devices as their rivals but they came fifth and sixth in the list respectively: for HTC at least it shows that customers certainly do enjoy its HTC One range and for Nokia, it shows that despite Windows Phone being a much smaller OS than Android and iOS, its customers are certainly satisfied.

It’s worth noting that none of the latest flagships – the LG G4, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9 – had been released to the market when the survey was conducted, hence why they do not make an appearance on the smartphone list. The next survey will reveal whether Samsung’s switch in design with its latest smartphones will deliver higher satisfaction than Apple’s handsets.

20
May

MixRadio leaves beta, announces new partnership with HTC


mixradio bannerAfter being purchased by LINE from Microsoft and Nokia, MixRadio has ditched its beta tag and hit Google’s App Store. The music streaming service tries to offer a more personalized approach to your music by learning what you like and playing things it thinks you’ll like. Other apps have tried to do this with mixed success, so it’ll be interesting to see if MixRadio can pull it off.

The app has also announced a partnership with HTC that will curate music news to BlinkFeed on HTC devices. As the service learns what music you like, it will display relevant info and news about artists and genres you like in your news feed. It’s a pretty nifty use of BlinkFeed that hopefully works as well as it sounds.

Anybody up for trying out a new music streaming service?
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20
May

Popular streaming service MixRadio makes its way to the Google Play Store


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MixRadio, the popular UK-based music streaming service, has finally made its way to the Google Play Store after being a Windows Phone exclusive for years. After being sold by Microsoft to Japan’s LINE, it’s no surprise that the application is now available on both Android and iOS.

If you’re not familiar with the service, MixRadio aims to give you personalized suggestions based on what you normally listen to. The more you listen, the more the service will learn from your listening habits, and be able to better suggest tracks from its impressive catalog of over 35 million songs. You can create mixes from your favorite artists or listen to already curated playlists.

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MixRadio will also allow you to download up to four of your favorite mixes for offline listening. Oh, and did I mention it’s completely free? This can be both good and bad for consumers. The only way to listen to music right now is with ads, though hopefully there will be a subscription option available in the coming months for users who don’t mind paying for a better experience.

If you’re the type who likes to constantly discover music and are looking for a free alternative to other services like Spotify or Pandora, MixRadio may be a great option for you. Head to the Google Play Store link below to download MixRadio for free.

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