Nokia Steps Into the Android Game With the Nokia 6

Prior to the end of 2016, we started hearing rumors about the arrival of new Nokia Android phones in 2017 – potentially, a lot of them. And then just after CES, Nokia did announce a new phone, the Nokia 6, for China. Yeah, for China, so you and I won’t ever have the chance to buy one, if even for some reason you were excited about Nokia Android phones.

We figured this phone was worth a quick write-up because some of you do seem to care about Nokia’s Android plans. And also, this is the first Nokia Android phone from HMD Global, the company that bought the Nokia brand licensing rights. If this phone is a sign of things to come, I think it’s safe to say that we should all be at least looking forward to what’s next.  (more…)

Withings Introduces Body Cardio WiFi Scale, Thinks It Can Measure Cardiac Health

Withings, a smart health accessory maker who was recently acquired by Nokia, announced and made available its newest WiFi scale this morning, the Body Cardio. The Body Cardio attempts to give you a comprehensive and “holistic view” of your health, which includes a metric for measuring your cardiac health.

Withings says that within seconds of stepping on the new Body Cardio, the scale will measure your weight (obviously), but also your BMI, body composition (like fat, muscle, water and bone mass), standing heart rate, and the big selling point, your Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV). After measuring all of this, you can have the information synced through the Withings app and a variety of other services that connect with Withings.  (more…)

Withings Acquired by Nokia

This morning, Nokia announced that it had acquired Withings, maker of a variety of popular connected home and health accessories. You may know Withings for their smart WiFi scales, baby monitors, and “smart” watches, but they also make blood pressure monitors, thermometers, baby scales, and odd-but-kind-of-neat alarm clock/light thingies.  (more…)

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Nokia Reported to Sell Off HERE Maps Division to German Automakers

HERE Maps, Nokia’s own map platform for smartphones and vehicles, may soon be in the hands of German automakers. According to sources, private acquisition meetings between Nokia and a consortium of Germany’s top automakers will lead to the selling of the HERE division. As it is reported, the consortium consists of BMW, Audi, and Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.  (more…)

Nokia Unveils the N1, a Premium Android Tablet Running Lollipop

Without forewarning, Nokia unveiled the N1 today, a premium 7.9-inch tablet running Lollipop. It is constructed from anodized aluminum, packs a laminated display and Intel processor, weighing a mere 316 grams. It also comes pre-configured with Z Launcher, Nokia’s homescreen replacement on Android. And did we mention, it’s aggressively priced at just $249? In a word, it is compelling. (more…)