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February 24, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Nokia launches its first Android-based phones [updated]

[This post has been updated to include comment from Microsoft]

Nokia, whose phone business is soon to become part of Microsoft, introduced its first Android-based smartphone today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Nokia X line of phones — which include the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL — is based on Google’s Android operating system, meaning the phones will run Android apps and that it should be relatively easy for developers to port their Android apps to the Nokia Store.

The Nokia X (Photo from Nokia)

The Nokia X (Photo from Nokia)

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November 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Instagram finally comes to Windows Phone — in beta form

The one thing the Windows Phone platform keeps getting dinged on is its relative lack of apps compared to rivals iOS and Android.

Microsoft has typically responded by saying that it has most of the top apps. In September, Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Operating Systems division, said the Windows Phone Store had 49 of the top 50 apps.

Now the 50th — Instagram — has finally arrived. Albeit in beta form.

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November 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Windows Phone shipments grow 156 percent

Research firm IDC has come out with its latest figures on smartphone shipments and it says Windows Phone shipments have gone up 156 percent compared to a year ago. Of course, Windows Phone was starting from a very low point a year ago, allowing for that big percentage jump. In the third quarter, 9.5 million Windows Phone…

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October 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Nokia Lumia shipments up

Nokia, whose phone business is┬ábeing acquired by Microsoft, is reporting some good news about its Lumia line of Windows Phones. The Finnish phone-maker reports that its third-quarter shipments of Lumia phones has increased 19 percent quarter-on-quarter to 8.8 million units. Year-over-year, Lumia volume rose 203 percent, up from 2.9 million units shipped in the third quarter…

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October 14, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Windows Phone 8 update supports ‘phablet’ trend

The third update for Windows Phone 8 is out and it supports the larger screen sizes that are becoming more popular — the so-called “phablet” trend (“phone” plus “tablet”). Microsoft sees a bright future in these phablets with screen sizes ranging from 5 to 7 inches, said Greg Sullivan, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone. Samsung popularized…

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September 3, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Ballmer: Microsoft-Nokia purchase idea started taking shape around Mobile World Congress time

In case you missed it, here’s my first-day story on Microsoft’s $7 billion purchase of Nokia’s handset business, which includes parts of an interview I had with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia Chairman and Interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa. The story (which is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times today) didn’t have…

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