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Nokia's Patent License Deal With Samsung


Nokia receives decision in patent license arbitration with Samsung - positive financial impact for Nokia Technologies


Press Release: Nokia Corporation
Stock Exchange Release
February 1, 2016 at 08:00 (CET +1)

Espoo, Finland - The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce has issued its award for the binding arbitration between Nokia and Samsung. Nokia and Samsung had previously agreed that this would settle the amount of additional compensation payable to Nokia for the five year extension of their license agreement covering certain Nokia patents for the period beginning on January 1, 2014.

This award covers part of the Nokia Technologies patent portfolio until the end of 2018. Nokia will continue to discuss with Samsung its other relevant intellectual property portfolios. Nokia has strong intellectual property assets consisting of intellectual property rights in the separate Nokia Technologies, Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent portfolios, which include patents essential for a variety of standardized technologies as well as relevant implementation patents and proprietary technologies.

Including this award, Nokia expects Nokia Technologies to report net sales of approximately EUR 400 million in the fourth quarter 2015 and approximately EUR 1 020 million for the full year 2015. These numbers include catch up revenue because the award exceeded revenue estimates already recognized with respect to the period from January 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. Consistent with Nokia's outlook, Nokia Technologies net sales for the full year 2015 are expected to increase year on year, even after excluding amounts related to the award. Following the award, as of the end of the fourth quarter 2015, the annualized net sales run rate for Nokia Technologies was approximately EUR 800 million.

Nokia expects to receive at least approximately EUR 1.3 billion of cash during years 2016 - 2018 related to its settled and ongoing arbitrations in Nokia Technologies, including this award. Nokia has also earlier received some related prepayments.

"The use of independent arbitration to resolve differences in patent cases is a recognized best practice, and we welcome the additional compensation payable to Nokia under the extended agreement," said Ramzi Haidamus, President of Nokia Technologies. "We look forward to further collaboration with Samsung and others in additional licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market and beyond."

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. www.nokia.com


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Jaguar Land Rover Chooses HERE To Navigate The Future

Press Release: 8th Apr 2015

Berlin - Last week's New York Auto Show saw the launch of the all-new Jaguar XF, the most connected Jaguar yet and the first to offer Jaguar's innovative InControl Touch Pro Infotainment System.

With decades of experience in developing location services for the automotive and consumer industries, HERE was a natural choice for Jaguar Land Rover to collaborate with for InControl Touch Pro. As a leader in navigation, mapping and location experiences, HERE integrated intelligent location technologies for the system, as well as for Jaguar's smartphone companion apps, giving drivers the smartest guidance experiences available.

Built on the HERE Auto platform, the InControl Touch Pro Infotainment System reimagines what's possible with connected car technology, with the most comprehensive set of driver-focused location services across multiple screens. With InControl Touch Pro, Jaguar XF drivers have a car that learns their commuting patterns and preferences over time, combining that knowledge with live information from the vehicle and its environment to deliver real-time and relevant information at the right moment.

"Today's drivers want more than standard navigation or a way-finding app," said Floris van de Klashorst, vice president of Connected Driving at HERE. "Together with Jaguar Land Rover, we have developed a guidance system that we believe stands out in the industry. It combines the intuitiveness of a smartphone with the benefits of being deeply integrated into the car, with the result being an experience that we believe drivers will enjoy day in, day out."

A new, more personal approach evolves from navigation to guidance

HERE Auto takes a new approach to guidance, going beyond navigation to give a personalised experience that intuitively guides drivers through their entire journey, both inside and outside the car. A continuous connection to the HERE location cloud enables InControl Touch Pro to anticipate drivers' needs, solving many of the challenges - from the complex to the mundane - that they face on every drive.

From planning to parking in one easy step
In the new Jaguar XF, the system actively syncs information from the driver's smartphone companion app or computer to the car, so they only have to enter a route once for the whole journey. Drivers can plan a trip at home and the route automatically shows up when they turn on the system in the car. If they make a spontaneous stop along the way, the system intuitively knows to keep routing to the final destination when they get back in the car.

The connection to HERE's location cloud means that as drivers near the end of their journey, the screen switches to approach mode, showing a street level view of their destination and one-touch options to find an available parking space. Images for the street level view and for the maps used by InControl Touch Pro are gathered and constantly updated by HERE's worldwide fleet of data collection vehicles. And when drivers park and leave the car, the journey continues on the smartphone companion app to get them to their final destination.

A car that learns your drive
In addition to the customisable home screens which InControl Touch Pro offers on its 10.2" touch screen, HERE Auto technology allows the Jaguar XF to learn driving routines over time, whether daily commutes, school drop-offs or regular pit stops. With personalized profiles, drivers can also customize one-touch recommendations for preferred fuel brands or other favourite destinations.


Traffic? We may have found the answer
A connection to live traffic information through the HERE location cloud means that InControl Touch Pro will automatically suggest alternative routes to avoid delays. HERE aggregates and analyses traffic data to reflect real-world road conditions, from sources including live probes, fixed sensors, government data and more than a trillion historical traffic records. With HERE's traffic data, Jaguar XF drivers can get to their destination faster and more efficiently.

Using HERE Auto technology means that InControl Touch Pro can offer in-car services once possible only on smartphones, such as sharing an estimated time of arrival with another person with just one touch. If the driver should later encounter traffic, the system automatically sends an updated ETA to the other person.

Connecting the car with the world outside
InControl Touch Pro is integrated with the Jaguar XF's in-car sensors and connected to the HERE location cloud. If they are low on fuel, drivers get suggestions for the nearest fuel stations from their favourite brand, or with the lowest prices to fill up at.

"Jaguar Land Rover understands that consumer devices have rapidly changed driver expectations so they turned to HERE for our deep experience in providing solutions for automotive and consumers," said Bruno Bourguet, senior vice president of Sales and Business Development at HERE. "As the only company that can deliver end-to-end connected driving services on a global scale, we are proud to continue our long term relationship with Jaguar Land Rover and enable their drivers to enjoy great experiences inside and outside of their cars."

"The automotive industry's focus must expand from the connected vehicle to the connected driver and ultimately to the connected customer," said Thilo Koslowski, Vice President and Automotive Practice Leader at Gartner. "Automotive market leaders will create a smart, cloud-based and cross-platform offering to provide customers with a seamless digital content experience across all of their devices, including the car."

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Lenovo A7000: Top 5 competitor
Lenovo is moving up in the smart phone industry. It slowly began producing some great products and now has numerous smart phones on sale. The company is working hard to tough competition to other manufacturers not only in the budget smart phone category but also in the mid range and high range smart phone category. Recently, Lenovo launched the A6000 at a mouth watering price to compete against some of the Chinese smart phone makers. Now, it is the newest Lenovo A7000 which has grabbed our attention.

Lenovo A7000 is low range Android smart phone with a display of 5.5 inches. It has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels resulting in a pixel density of 267 ppi. Under the back panel is a 1.5 GHz Cortex A53 Octa core MediaTek chipset supported by Mali T760MP2 as the GPU. It has 8 GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot which supports cards up to 32 GB. 2 GB of RAM help in multi tasking and a 2900 mAh battery keeps the phone alive. An 8 MP rear facing camera and a 5 MP front facing camera are also present. It is being expected that the Lenovo A700 will cost around Rs 12,000.  So, who are its top competitors and where does it stands, let us find out.

Nokia Lumia 640 XL

The Lumia 640 XL is a Windows-based smart phone but we are considering it as a competitor to the A7000 because it belongs in the same price bracket and has similar specs. It has a large 5.7 inch IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 259 ppi. The large beautiful display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. In terms of storage, the Lumia 640 XL has 8 GB of internal storage and supports micro SD cards up to 128 GB. The processor package of this Lumia device consists of a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset. The graphics are dealt by the Adreno 305 and 1 GB of RAM supports this package. It runs on Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia Denim. 13 MP rear shooting camera and 5 MP front facing camera are also provided. Nokia devices are known for taking some really good pictures. The battery is a 3000 mAh unit which should provide a good battery backup. Unlike the Lenovo A7000 the Lumia 640 XL is a single SIM device.

Yu Yureka

This device here is being talked about a lot. It includes praises as well as criticism. If we consider the price point and relate it to the specs of this phone, then this is definitely the best value for money device. It has a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels generating an average pixel density of 267ppi. Under the hood is a Cortex-A53 Quad-core 1.0 GHz and Cortex-A53 Quad-core 1.7 GHz mated with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset. The graphics is handled by an Adreno 405. Plus 2 GB of RAM allows smoothing multi tasking. Having a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP camera on the front that completes the package. It also supports Dual SIM cards. But its biggest advantage is the software. It is running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with a custom build Cyanogen ROM. It provides a lot of customization to the users and Yu has also announced that customers will not lose the warranty of their Yureka’s even if they root them.

Moto G (2nd Generation)

Motorola made a fantastic come back with its Moto G. The device is now in its second generation and is still a solid performance package. It has a 720p 5 inch IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 294 ppi. It packs a 1.2 GHz Quad core Cortex A7 CPU with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Chipset. Moreover, 1 GB of RAM and Adreno 305 provides a smooth user experience. It is further enhanced by the almost stock Android experience. It is running the latest Android Lollipop. The 8 MP primary camera and a 2 MP front facing camera fulfils the optics of the device. It is a dual SIM device and has a 2070 mAh non user replaceable battery. Moto G is still sold only by online retailer Flipkart and has a reasonable price tag.

Asus Zenfone 5

Asus came out with its Zenfone series of smart phones last year. Among those the Zenfone 5 is a decent deal. It has an IPS LCD 5.0 inch display with a pixel density of 294 ppi. In terms of protection it gets Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a dual core Intel Atom Chipset with PowerVR as the GPU. It is available in two variants – 8 GB with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB with 2 GB of RAM. The optics of the Zenfone 5 consists of an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2 MP front facing camera. It has a planned upgrade to Android KitKat but no news has been released for the Lollipop upgrade. It does supports dual SIM cards and has a non-removable 2110 mAh battery. The look of the device is pretty great and is available in a number of different colors.

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Launched a year ago Xiaomi Redmi Note is still a take away deal. Powered by an Octa core MediaTek Chipset the Redmi Note offers a smooth user experience. Xiaomi's MIUI running on top of Android Jellybean provides a totally different user interface. Its 5.5 inch 720p display has a pixel density of 267 ppi but still manages to provide a good viewing experience. It is a dual SIM device with an attractive price tag. The camera at the rear is a13 MP shooter while the front one is a 5 MP shooter. It has a gigantic 3100 mAh battery which should provide an outstanding battery life. The Xiaomi Redmi Note is a tough competitor.

These were the Top 5 competitors of the Lenovo A7000. Every device has its own pros and cons. Lenovo will soon launch the A7000 and we wouldn't be surprised to see it selling in decent numbers. If you're looking for a budget device then anyone amongst these wouldn't let you down.

About The Author:
Kundan Srivastava, He is working with 91mobiles.com

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HERE powering maps for Baidu outside of China.

Berlin, Germany - HERE, a leader in navigation, mapping and location experiences, today announced that it has teamed up with Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, to power its new desktop and mobile map services outside of China.


Baidu's location services enable the fast growing number of Chinese globetrotters to plan their trips at home ahead of time and find their way on the go.

HERE is the only dedicated location company with global reach in the market today. It has the best map in the world, covering nearly 200 countries and including turn-by-turn navigation for 118 countries. HERE makes around 2.7 million changes to its map every day resulting from advanced collection vehicle data and its highly-trained team of cartographers, as well as information gathered from tens of thousands of other sources.

"Every day, millions of people count on HERE to explore the world and discover new places whether at home or on the go," said Bruno Bourguet, SVP and Head of Sales, HERE. "Together with Baidu, a new customer for us, we want to help the growing number of Chinese tourists get the most from their travels."

Both the desktop version of Baidu Maps as well as the mobile apps for Android and iOS currently extend their territory coverage beyond Mainland China to Taiwan first, with other countries or territories to follow at a later stage.

Read more: http://360.here.com/?p=161857

About HERE
HERE, a Nokia company, is a leader in navigation, mapping and location experiences. We combine highly accurate and fresh maps with cloud technology to enable rich, real-time location experiences in a broad range of connected devices - from smartphones and tablets to wearables and vehicles. To learn more about HERE, including our work in the areas of connected and autonomous driving, visit http://360.here.com


Source: Nokia

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Latest And Greatest Windows Phone Experience Nokia Lumia 730.

Get more personal than ever on the Lumia 730 Dual SIM with Windows Phone 8.1. Exclusive to Windows Phone, Live Tiles keep you in the know of what's important in your world. Use the Action Center to see all of your notifications in a single place. And personalise your home screen's background image and watch your customisable Live Tiles come to life in a whole new way.


Capture your life. Uncropped.

The first smartphone designed specifically for selfies and Skype video calls. And you won't compromise quality with the 5 MP front-facing camera and wide-angle lens.

Free to experience

From a whopping 15 GB+ of free OneDrive storage to free video calling on Skype, the Lumia 730 Dual SIM comes preloaded with the best Microsoft experiences.

APPS AND GAMES GALORE

Enjoy today's most popular apps and games on your Lumia 730 Dual SIM. From Instagram to LINE to Twitter and much more, Windows Phone Store has an app for every need. And with thousands of new apps added every day, the selection just keeps getting bigger and better.

ACCESSIBLE AT ANY TIME
Easily manage your mobile costs and be reachable to all your friends and colleagues with Smart Dual SIM, allowing you to enable call waiting and call forwarding between two SIM cards. Operator charges may apply.

PRETTY TO LOOK AT. PRETTIER TO USE.
A design of beauty both inside and out, the Lumia 730 Dual SIM is built with a 4.7" HD display and comes in a range of vivid colours. And with a Snapdragon quad core processor and 1 GB of RAM, you can play games and watch videos smoother and longer.

SPECIFICATIONS•    Display
o    Display size: 4.7 ''
o    Display resolution: HD720 (1280 x 720)
o    Touch screen technology: Super sensitive touch
•    Photography
o    Main camera: 6.7 MP
o    Camera Flash Type: Led flash
•    Power management
o    Battery capacity: 2220 mAh
o    Maximum video playback time: 9 h
o    Maximum Wi-Fi network browsing time: 10.5 h
•    Processor
o    CPU name: Snapdragon™ 400
o    Number of cores: Quad core
o    CPU clock rate: 1200 MHz

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Nokia Launches its First Android Tablet N1.

It runs on latest Android OS version Lollipop and featured with 7.9 inch screen, powered by Quad core processor. According to report it will launch first in China at first quarter month of 2015. It comes with Nokia Z launcher the home screen that makes things simple. 

There's an Intel 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, stereo speakers, plus a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and 8 megapixels rear camera and auto focus and the device weighs in at 318g.

The N1 has a 6.9 mm thick anodized aluminium uni body with available in two colours, lava grey and natural aluminium.

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Press Release:
 Nokia Announces N1 Android Tablet
Simplicity and design at the heart of Nokia's first brand-licensed product
Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the N1, the first Nokia-branded AndroidTM tablet. The N1 offers the innovative, predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface, and a carefully crafted industrial design by Nokia with a focus on simplicity. The N1 will be brought to market in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.
"We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers' hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple," said Sebastian Nyström, Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, who announced the N1 at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki. "The N1 has a delightfully intuitive interface and an industrial design to match it. This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet."
Consumers use and manage a large set of applications in their digital lives. The N1 makes that easy with the Z Launcher, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time the Z Launcher learns what applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location.
The industrial design of the N1 is deliberately developed to match the elegant simplicity of the interface. It has a unique one-piece aluminum design with a soft finish in both Lava Grey and Natural Aluminum colors that make it stand out from other tablets. The 7.9" laminated display sits in a 6.9mm thin and light design that makes the device comfortable to hold even with one hand. A 2.4Ghz Intel© AtomTM quad-core processor provides great performance for the Android Lollipop operating system on the N1.
The N1 is planned to be available for purchase in China in Q1 2015 for an estimated USD 249 before taxes, with the anticipation of expanding sales to other markets.
In addition to the Nokia brand, Nokia is licensing the industrial design, Z Launcher software layer and IP on a running royalty basis to the OEM partner. The OEM partner is responsible for full business execution, from engineering and sales to customer care, including liabilities and warranty costs, inbound IP and software licensing and contractual agreements with 3rd parties.
The N1's industrial design and Z Launcher application originate within the Nokia Technologies business, which is focused on strengthening Nokia's industry-leading innovation portfolio through patent, technology and brand licensing.

Source: Nokia

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This year seems to be “The Year” for launching Flagship devices in India. Not only the existing popular brands launched their flagship devices but new brands that recently entered the market did so. New enterers like Xiaomi hit the Indian Mobile market with their flagship device Xiaomi Mi3. Brands like Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony launched their flagship devices in the first half of this year. 
Mobile store shelves are full of options to choose from. Mobile market in India has changed vastly due to emergence of online buying options; which offer detailed specifications, correct comparison of prices and products and help users make an informed decision like never before. Online buying is simple, easy and convenient. With Trusted sellers current sale figures for online sale will shoot up to reach new heights breaking all records.

LG Launched LG G3 on 21st July with great specifications, so it’s now time for some comparison between the flagship devices from these mobile handset manufacturing giants. We have considered flagship mobiles: Samsung Galaxy S5 from Samsung, HTC One M8 from HTC, Sony Xperia Z2 from Sony and LG G3 from LG for this comparison. We’ve considered these handsets as these manufacturers enjoy almost same brand value and trust. We shall compare these Mobiles on various parameters listed below.

Display: 
If we consider screen size then LG G3 tops this with its gigantic 5.5 inches IPS LCD display followed by Sony Xperia Z2 which is 5.2 inches. For screen clarity and resolution LG G3 comes with 534 ppi followed by HTC One M8. Considering the screen type Samsung Galaxy S5 has the best screen type. It comes with Super AMOLED screen which offers sharpness and crispness to images and works fabulous with different viewing angles.

Processor: 
Samsung Galaxy S5 poses two quad core processors (1.9 GHz Quad Core + 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor) supported by Adonis Prime 2 which makes it extremely fast, this is followed by LG G3 Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.26 GHz designed to offer lag free or shutter free performance. Technically All the four come with great processing speed where HTC One M8 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3 GHz and Sony Xperia Z2 with extremely powerful Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3 GHz.

Photo and Video: 
HTC added revolutionary ultrapixel technology to imaging experience on HTC One M8. This phone comes with 4 ultrapixels primary camera and 5 MP secondary camera. This device is designed to click better lit images, improvement of blurry images and great focus. For video it is 1080 px at 60fps. Sony Xperia Z2 sports a 20.7 MP primary camera with LED Flash and 2.2 MP front camera, this phone is water resistant so you need not stop clicking. This is followed by Samsung Galaxy S5 that comes with 16 MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera. Video recording 2160 px at 30 fps. This phone is also water resistant for one should not worry while clicking pictures near water body. Last one here is LG G3 which comes with 13 MP primary camera and 2.1 MP secondary camera. This is slightly lower than the other league phones for this comparison.

Other Features: 
If look at unique features offered by these phones then Samsung wins our heart. This is designed to delight fitness freaks with its heart rate sensor. This is connected to an app that stores the data and shows it on graph. This phone is dust proof and water resistant, offers wireless charging, recently upgraded to 4G LTE. Offers amazing image stabilization and image merge feature. Continuous shots are shutter free. HTC One M8 comes with great body about 90% is metal, so does not give a feeling of cheap plastic body. BoomSound speakers are now moved to the front. But the freshness in HTC One M8 is due to the 4 ultrapixel camera. Sony Xperia Z2 offers great camera features along with 20 MP primary camera, phone is dust proof and water resistant. It comes with Scratch-Resistant Glass, Triluminos Display, X Reality Engine and Adreno 330 GPU.  LG G3 offers not too many improved features but two worthy to talk about are enhanced sound quality with Dolby mobile sound enhancement and stunning display.
These devices have hit market with some or the other great feature. Now, consumers have to choose what works best for them. They all are powerful phones bringing improvements from their predecessors.

Author The Author:
This article is written by Priyanka. She is a tech enthusiast and currently works with MyPriceIndia – a price comparison platform for consumer electronics.

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Nokia Networks invests in mobile network multivendor optimization; buys a 3-D Geo location solution from NICE Systems. NOKIA want to improve their geolocation technology service. 
NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) is the worldwide leading provider of software solutions that enable organizations to take the next best action in order to improve customer experience and business results, ensure compliance, fight financial crime, and safeguard people and assets. NICE's solutions empower organizations to capture, analyze, and apply, in real time, insights from both structured and unstructured Big Data. This data comes from multiple sources, including phone calls, mobile apps, emails, chat, social media, video, and transactions. NICE solutions are used by over 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries, including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies.

Press Release:
3 July, 2014 Espoo, Finland - Nokia Networks announced today that it has bought a broad solution for advanced geolocation* capabilities from NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) to enhance the planning and optimization of mobile networks.  Nokia Networks gains access to tools, technical expertise, and the right to further develop these capabilities.  
Geolocation uses three dimensional modelling aimed at delivering unparalleled accuracy of network performance for multivendor networks.  We believe that when combined with Nokia's services expertise, this technology helps to provide deep insight into traffic trends and the performance of mobile broadband networks.
 "Advanced network planning and optimization services are at the forefront of Nokia Networks' strategic services to mobile operators.  The evolution of small cells and LTE necessitates more accurate 3-D geolocation capabilities. Nokia Networks  intends to enhance this unique solution in order to offer superior services to our customers, regardless of which network gear they use," said Dennis Lorenzin, head of Network Planning and Optimization** at the Global Services business unit of Nokia Networks.
 "Nokia Networks intends to build up a competence center in Israel, develop its future portfolio around 3-D modeling, and increase automation in its services.  This is a further step in Nokia Networks' pursuit of innovation that comes from the global community of technology companies," said Dror Nemirovsky, head of Ecosystem Ventures at Nokia Networks.
"NICE is very pleased with this new engagement with Nokia Networks," said Yaron Tchwella, President, NICE Security Group. "Nokia Networks is one of the leading mobile broadband service providers for the telecom operators worldwide, and with this arrangement, our unique 3-D solution will now be made available for a much larger installed base."

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Nokia Collaboration With CaixaBank For Its Employees.

Press Release:
Nokia will be the preferred provider of Smartphones for CaixaBank with Nokia Lumia

Madrid, Spain and Espoo Finland - Nokia today announced that CaixaBank, a leading financial group in the Spanish market both in banking and insurance, has chosen Nokia as the preferred provider of smartphones for its employees. The agreement includes the purchase of approximately 30,000 Nokia Lumia devices.

The close collaboration between CaixaBank, Nokia, and Microsoft has enabled Nokia and Microsoft to offer valuable technical and creative support in CaixaBank's technological development phase.

CaixaBank reinforces its position as the leading Spanish bank in the world of innovation as well as service quality with its choice of Nokia Lumia. Mobile devices are a highly valuable asset in the relationship with customers and the implementation of Nokia Lumia as the preferred device family for CaixaBank employees is a strategic project focused on promoting mobility, adding value both for CaixaBank employees and customers.

"Thanks to the collaboration between all parties, we managed to deliver a customized solution for CaixaBank covering all their requirements and allowing us to manage it for the future in a coordinated way", Reyes Justribó, General Manager for Nokia in Iberia, points out.

Nokia Lumia 925The Nokia Lumia 925 was chosen for a first phase after having been used in various testing programs with the option to upgrade to new Lumia models in the future. A special program for employees will also provide them with the opportunity to acquire Nokia devices for their personal usage, as well as for family and friends.

The Nokia Lumia 925 offers outstanding hardware with its thin and light aluminum structure around a PureMotion HD+ 4.5 inch screen. Its 8.7 megapixel camera with PureView technology and six ZEISS lenses with Optical Image Stabilization provide the highest photo and video quality. Complementing this, the capabilities of the Windows Phone operating system provide security and management levels in line with CaixaBank needs:

- Encryption of information, isolation between applications and embedded anti-malware protection
- Support for new ways of interacting with banking services using NFC (Near Field Communications)
- Seamless integration with common office needs via embedded Microsoft Office and access to Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint and Lync
- The ability to develop a common environment for corporate applications between smartPC and Nokia Lumia smartphones.

About CaixaBank
CaixaBank is considered one of the worldwide references in innovation and technologies. It has received many awards such as "the most innovative bank of the world" in the Global Banking Innovation Awards, promoted by the Bank Administration Institute (BAI) and Finacle.

CaixaBank nowadays has 9 million online banking clients of which 3.9 million use the whole range of mobile services. On a monthly base, 1.9 million customers operate their mobile banking channel and its mobile device apps are downloaded over 8 million times. This makes CaixaBank's portal the sixth most read website in Spain, according to Comscore.

With more than 12.2 million cards delivered, CaixaBank is also a leader in electronic banking. Over 3 million of these cards already function with the new "contactless" technology. In addition to all these mobile and electronical banking options, CaixaBank also offers its clients the widest network of ATMs in Spain with around 10,000 terminals.

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia.

Source: Nokia

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Nokia Launches Own Android Phone Nokia X, X+ and XL At MWC 2014. Nokia X is the first Nokia Android phone. The first three phones in the Nokia new family, the Nokia X, X+ and XL  and their prices are at €89, €99 and €109 respectively.

Nokia X+ introduces an all-new customisable home screen which you can organise to suit your personal taste. Resize and rearrange your apps with resizable tiles, group apps into folders, and get Android widgets for the things you need the most.

Its a well setup smartphone, dressed up with a slim, yet durable body that seamlessly wraps around the sharp, four-inch screen. And with satellite GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, you can keep the fun going wherever you go.

Whereas Nokia XL brings extra value to your smartphone experience with a great 5" display and a 5MP autofocus camera, complete with flash. It's pretty, too. Nokia XL comes in an array of eye-catching colours, with the sturdy Nokia build quality you know and love. Nokia Mix Radio you only hear the music you’re sure to love. No sign up, no subscription and no advertising, just great music.



Press Release:
Introduces full portfolio including Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL smartphones to bring Internet and cloud services to 'next billion'

Barcelona, Spain - Today at Mobile World Congress, Nokia underscored its commitment to connecting the next billion to the Internet by releasing five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android(TM) apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences.

- The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are priced to capture the fast-growing affordable smartphone market and provide an on-ramp to Lumia and Microsoft services like Skype, OneDrive and outlook.com.

- The Nokia Asha 230 is Nokia's most affordable full-touch Asha device to date, priced at EUR 45.

- The Nokia 220 is an Internet-ready mobile phone with social apps, priced at only EUR 29.

Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia's Devices & Services, commented on the launches:
"Nokia has connected billions of people around the world, and today we demonstrated how our portfolio is designed to connect the next billion people to great experiences."

"Our deliberate approach is to offer four tiers of products including our affordable entry-level devices like the new Nokia 220; our entry-level Asha touch phones like the new Nokia Asha 230; our new Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL smartphones primarily for growth economies; and our Lumia portfolio, which is where we introduce the greatest innovation and provide full compatibility with the Microsoft experience," he added.

Nokia X family delivers the best of all worlds

The Nokia X family features Nokia's renowned handset quality and design, with a fresh, tile-based user interface inspired by our Lumia family. All devices come with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly. People can access curated, quality-tested apps from Nokia Store, more than a dozen third-party app stores and by sideloading. Out of the box, they can enjoy signature Nokia experiences including free* HERE Maps, with true offline maps and integrated turn-by-turn navigation, and Nokia MixRadio for free* music streaming and downloadable playlists. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of third-party apps and games.

The Nokia X family is also an affordable introduction to popular Microsoft services, including free* cloud storage using OneDrive. With the purchase of any Nokia X family smartphone in select markets, people will get one month of Skype's Unlimited World Subscription for a limited time, ideal to make international calls to landlines in more than 60 countries and to mobile phones in 8 countries.

The first device, the Nokia X, comes with a 4" IPS capacitive display and 3MP camera. The Nokia X+ is optimised for multimedia enthusiasts, who can enjoy even more games, music, photos and video thanks to more memory and storage. Both the Nokia X and Nokia X+ will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white**. The third family member, the Nokia XL, boasts a 5" display with 2MP front-facing camera - ideal for Skype video calls - and a 5MP rear-facing, autofocus camera with flash. The Nokia XL will be available in bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black and white. The entire Nokia X family is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon(TM) dual core processor and supports Dual SIM, letting people switch SIM cards to get better tariffs.

The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, starting at EUR 89*** and rolling-out in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. The Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are expected to roll out in these markets starting early second quarter, priced at EUR 99 and EUR 109, respectively.

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Nokia has launched its latest mid-segment model, the Nokia Lumia 625 as an upgrade to the Lumia 620. Both these phones offer tremendous value for money and a host of amazing features for tech enthusiasts. Today, we compare both models to see if the latest Lumia gives you enough value for money to go for an upgrade, or whether you should just stick with the Lumia 620.

Official Launch And Other Details
The Nokia Lumia 620 was launched in December 2012 at an attractive price of INR 14,000. Nokia billed it as the most affordable Windows 8 based smartphone in India. Available at all Nokia outlets in the country, it was unveiled in a variety of colorful avatars. On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 625 was unveiled on 22 August 2013 at a price of INR 19,999. 
A thorough comparison based on certain key criteria will determine the winner of this exciting battle.

Memory And Processing Power 
The Nokia Lumia 625 comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and Snapdragon S4 Qualcomm chipset. It has 8 GB of internal memory and 512 MB of RAM. Further, there is a graphics processor and external storage support via microSD, microSDXC and microSDHC up to 64 GB. 
The Nokia Lumia 620 has a Qualcomm S4 Plus Snapdragon MSM8227 chipset along with 512 MB of RAM. It possesses similar features as far as external storage and internal memory is concerned. It runs on a 1 GHz Krait dual core processor and has an Adreno 305 GPU.

Display And Related Features
The Nokia Lumia 620 has a 3.8 inch TFT display with 16M colors and a multi-touch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels and a pixel density of 246 ppi. The smartphone also comes with proximity and light sensors.
The Nokia Lumia 625 on the other hand, boasts of a 4.7 inch IPS display with 16M colors and a multi-touch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels and a pixel density of 201 ppi. It also has light and proximity sensors. Special display additions include the sturdy Corning Gorilla Glass which makes the Lumia 625 resistant to scratches. 

Battery Specifications
The Lumia 625 has a Li-on 2000 mAh battery which provides 23 hours and 90 minutes of normal talk time, and 15 hours and 20 minutes on 3G. The phone can also make 6 hours and 80 minutes of video calling and playback 90 hours of music. Users also get a decent 552 hours of standby time. 
On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 620 battery provides 14 hours and 60 minutes of normal call time along with 9 hours and 90 minutes on 3G. The 1300 mAh Li-on battery also provides 330 hours of standby time along with 61 hours of music playback. 

Camera Features
The Nokia Lumia 620 has a 5 megapixel primary camera with F2.4 aperture size and a focal length of 28 millimeters. Night photography is possibly with the help of a LED flash. Lumia 620 comes with Geo Tagging capabilities, touch to focus, scenes, presets for white balance and auto focus capabilities. User can also record HD video in 720x1280 resolutions and make video calls as well via a secondary 0.3 megapixel VGA camera. 
The Nokia Lumia 625 also has a 5 megapixel camera with a 28 millimeter focal length and F2.4 aperture. It also has an LED flash but boasts of HD video recording in 1080x1920 resolutions. Lumia 625 comes with touch to focus, scenes, white balance presets and auto focus features as well, and has additional features for ISO control, panorama and exposure compensation. Video calling is possible via a similar secondary 0.3 megapixel VGA camera. 

Multimedia Features
The Nokia Lumia 625 has several productivity features such as a calendar, calculator, alarm, to-do, viewer for documents, unlimited phonebook entries, MMS, Threaded View, SMS and instant messaging via Google Talk, Windows Live, Skype, MSN and Google. It also has options for predictive text entries.
The Nokia Lumia 620 has scope for unlimited phonebook entries along with other features like ring and picture ID. One can also search for contacts via both last and first names and make use of caller groups. Other standard features include notes, to-do, calculator, alarm, calendar and document viewer. Predictive text input options are present along with MMS, SMS and Threaded view. MSN and Windows Live instant messaging are also supported. 

Connectivity And Similar Features
The Nokia Lumia 620 and 625 have Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 respectively. Both the Lumias have identical features like Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 connectivity, Mobile hotspot, OTA sync and a 3.5 millimeter connector. Other connectivity features include Tethering, DLNA and syncing abilities with computers. While the Lumia 625 boasts of an FM Radio, the Lumia 620 wins with NFC support.

The Final Verdict 
The Nokia Lumia 625 wins hands down on account of several factors. It has a bigger screen with superior resolution and a faster and more powerful processor. Further, the Lumia 625 is slimmer and provides more standby time for users. Users can enjoy the benefits of FM radio on the Lumia 625. 
The Nokia Lumia 620 wins in only two areas, i.e. NFC support and significantly lighter weight. When it comes to value for money, the Nokia Lumia 620 pales in comparison to the Nokia Lumia 625. The latter simply provides better power, better viewing and better entertainment in one package!

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Microsoft Buys Nokia For $7.2 Billion In cash. Nokia devices and services business deal for $5 billion whereas Nokia license patents and mapping for $2.17 billion makes total deal worth $7.17 billion.

“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution.”

“Building on our successful partnership, we can now bring together the best of Microsoft’s software engineering with the best of Nokia’s product engineering, award-winning design, and global sales, marketing and manufacturing,” said Stephen Elop, who following today’s announcement is stepping aside as Nokia President and CEO to become Nokia Executive Vice President of Devices & Services. “With this combination of talented people, we have the opportunity to accelerate the current momentum and cutting-edge innovation of both our smart devices and mobile phone products.”

The deal comes on the heels of Microsoft's announcement that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will retire as soon as a successor is found. As part of the deal for Nokia's devices-and-services business, Microsoft will bring aboard 32,000 Nokia employees including CEO Stephen Elop, who is believed to be among the contenders for Mr. Ballmer's job.

"For Microsoft, this is a bold step into the future," Mr. Ballmer said in a note to employees.

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ESPOO, Finland - Nokia Corporation today announced that it has signed an agreement to enter into a transaction whereby Nokia will sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business and licence its patents to Microsoft for EUR 5.44 billion in cash, payable at closing. Nokia expects to book a gain on sale of approximately EUR 3.2 billion, and expects the transaction to be significantly accretive to earnings.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia shareholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Following the transaction, Nokia plans to focus on its three established businesses, each of which is a leader in enabling mobility in its respective market segment: NSN, a leader in network infrastructure and services; HERE, a leader in mapping and location services; and Advanced Technologies, a leader in technology development and licensing. At closing, this transaction is expected to strengthen Nokia's financial position and provide a solid basis for future investment in these three businesses.

 "After a thorough assessment of how to maximize shareholder value, including consideration of a variety of alternatives, we believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders," said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors and, following today's announcement, also Nokia interim CEO.

Deal Terms

Subject to the closing of the transaction, Microsoft will acquire substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business, including the Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as an industry-leading design team, operations including all Nokia Devices & Services production facilities, Devices & Services-related sales and marketing activities, and related support functions. At closing, approximately 32,000 people are expected to transfer to Microsoft, including approximately 4,700 people in Finland. Nokia's CTO (Chief Technology Office) organization and patent portfolio will remain within the Nokia Group. The operations that are planned to be transferred to Microsoft generated an estimated EUR 14.9 billion, or almost 50%, of Nokia's net sales for the full year 2012.

As part of the transaction, Nokia will grant Microsoft a 10 year non-exclusive license to its patents as of the time of the closing, and Microsoft will grant Nokia reciprocal rights related to HERE services. In addition, Nokia will grant Microsoft an option to extend this mutual patent agreement to perpetuity. Of the total purchase price of EUR 5.44 billion, EUR 3.79 billion relates to the purchase of substantially all of the Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion relates to the mutual patent agreement and future option.

Additionally, Microsoft will become a strategic licensee of the HERE platform, and will separately pay Nokia for a four year license. This revenue stream is expected to substantially replace the revenue stream HERE is currently receiving from Nokia's Devices & Services business internally. If the transaction closes Microsoft is expected to become one of the top three customers of HERE.

Microsoft has agreed to make immediately available to Nokia EUR 1.5 billion of financing in the form of three EUR 500 million tranches of convertible bonds to be issued by Nokia maturing in 5, 6 and 7 years respectively. It is at Nokia's discretion if it chooses to draw down all or some of these tranches. The financing is not conditional on the transaction closing. If the transaction closes, any outstanding bonds will be redeemed and netted against the deal proceeds by the amount of principal and accrued interest.

The following are the key terms of the three tranches of bonds Nokia may choose to issue:

The first tranche matures in 5 years and has a 1.125% per annum coupon payable semi-annually with an initial conversion price of EUR 3.9338.
The second tranche matures in 6 years and has a 2.5% per annum coupon payable semi-annually with an initial conversion price of EUR 4.0851.
The third tranche matures in 7 years and has a 3.625% per annum coupon payable semi-annually with an initial conversion price of EUR 4.2364.
             
The Board of Directors of Nokia will separately assess whether to draw down some or all of this financing. If Nokia would decide to utilize this financing option, the earliest that Microsoft could convert any of these bonds to shares is two years from draw down.

Microsoft has agreed to a 10 year license arrangement with Nokia to use the Nokia brand on current Mobile Phones products. Nokia will continue to own and maintain the Nokia brand.  Under the terms of the transaction, Microsoft has agreed to a 10 year license arrangement with Nokia to use the Nokia brand on current and subsequently developed products based on the Series 30 and Series 40 operating systems.  Upon the closing of the transaction, Nokia would be restricted from licensing the Nokia brand for use in connection with mobile device sales for 30 months and from using the Nokia brand on Nokia's own mobile devices until December 31, 2015.

The transaction is subject to potential purchase price adjustments, protecting both Nokia and Microsoft, and a USD 750 million termination fee payable by Microsoft to Nokia in the event that the transaction fails to receive necessary regulatory clearances.

Building Nokia's next chapter

Following the transaction, Nokia plans to focus on its three established businesses, each of which is a leader in enabling mobility in its respective market segment: NSN, a leader in network infrastructure and services; HERE, a leader in mapping and location services; and Advanced Technologies, a leader in technology development and licensing.

Nokia will retain its headquarters in Finland. Excluding the approximately 32,000 people planned to transfer to Microsoft, Nokia would have employed approximately 56,000 people at the end of the second quarter 2013.

"Today is an important moment of change and reinvention for Nokia and its employees," said Nokia Chairman and interim CEO Mr. Siilasmaa. "With our strong corporate identity, leading assets and talent, and from a position of renewed financial strength, we will build Nokia's next chapter."

NSN, a wholly-owned business of Nokia since August 2013, is a leader in mobile broadband, and is focused on operating at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology, including pushing the boundaries of connecting people through LTE and future technologies. Nokia continues to manage NSN as a strong, independent entity.

HERE will continue to focus on growing its industry-leading position through a broad location offering across mobile devices, connected devices, enterprise solutions and the automotive environment. HERE will continue to execute its strategy to become the leading independent location cloud platform company, offering mapping and location services across different screens and operating systems.

Our Advanced Technologies business will build on several of Nokia's current CTO and Intellectual Property Rights activities.Advanced Technologies will explore new business opportunities through advanced research, development and concept products in areas such as connectivity, sensing and material technologies, as well as web and cloud technologies. At the same time, Advanced Technologies plans to continue to build Nokia's patent portfolio from this innovation and targets to expand its industry-leading technology licensing program, spanning technologies that enable mobility today and tomorrow.

"Following this transaction, Nokia's financial situation is expected to be significantly stronger and its earnings profile significantly improved," said Nokia CFO and interim President Timo Ihamuotila. "We will have three well-positioned businesses, each a leader in its market. Overall, we will continue to focus on managing and maximizing the assets of Nokia Group prudently and pragmatically to create value for Nokia shareholders."

Android & iPhone is now on top in smartphone market, whereas few weeks before we posted Blackberry Looking For Buyers To Sell The CompanyCompany has also looking for licensing its Blackberry 10 software and other partnership.


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