Rumored for months and hypebeasted for no apparent reason, the Nokia X and its brothers, the X+ and XL, are now official. Yes, they run Android. No, you shouldn’t care about them as an Android fan. All of the devices sport the “Nokia X Software Platform,” which means they forked Android, include no Google apps, and are trying their hardest to still get you using Windows Phone, even though these aren’t Windows Phone devices. (more…)
Industry leaker-extraordinaire, @evleaks, posted the picture above this morning with the comment “Android on Nokia.” In the past, he has also Tweeted pictures of a similar device said to be running Android that is known only by its codename of “Normandy.” Even though Microsoft has gobbled up Nokia’s mobile business, some believe there is still a chance that we will see Nokia release a device running our favorite mobile OS.
So, what are we seeing here? (more…)
Wireless chargers are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why: the promise of a hastle-free charging experience, one without tangling wires and mono-directional mini-USB ports, is immensely attractive. Unfortunately, the road to an industry standard for wireless charging has been fraught with major missteps; the Power Matters Alliance, the Wireless Power Consortium, and the Alliance For Wireless Power are all vying for market penetration, but in doing so confusing consumers.
Although, sometime this chaos bears fruit in the form of discounts on chargers that don’t sell well! Right now, AT&T is having such a deal on Nokia Wireless Charging Plates. (more…)
An image posted back in November by @evleaks, which showed a red Nokia device, is now being reported as the company’s first step into the Android realm. As reported by The Verge, the device, which is codenamed Normandy internally, is supposedly set to launch in 2014 running a forked version of Android – much like Amazon does with its Kindle line of tablets. According to one source inside Nokia, Normandy is “full steam ahead.” (more…)
Whether you hate it or love it, Samsung has pretty much single-handedly grown Android by an immense amount over the last couple of years. Before the Galaxy S2 and Note line came along, Samsung was just like any other OEM, carrying on much like Motorola and LG, with Apple way out in front in terms of global marketshare. There was simply nothing to compete against the giant. Jump to Q3 of 2013, and Samsung has shipped 130.1 million devices in a single quarter, beating out phone manufacturers like Apple, Nokia, and LG combined. Yes, combined. (more…)
Lost in the smartwatch madness yesterday were some fighting words to come out of Nokia’s German Twitter Account. We were just as surprised as anyone when earlier this week the Android team announced that their upcoming version would be named after the well-established candy, Kit Kat. Most people might have bought a piece of candy after hearing the news, but Nokia had other ideas. (more…)
As if the HTC One hasn’t seen enough setbacks already before its launch, a new court ruling against HTC in the Netherlands looks to make it even worse. Nokia has been awarded a preliminary injunction against the HTC One centering around high-amplitude microphones that are found in the phone. The microphones found inside the One are the exact same as the mics found in the Lumia 720, and that is no good for HTC. (more…)
Wireless charging, while slow to have been adopted by the industry, is a technology that once you have, you really never want to live without. Thanks to devices like the
Nexus 4 (neither of these work with the N4 after testing), DROID DNA, and Nokia’s new Lumia 920 it’s becoming more of a standard. But now that it’s a little more mainstream, we figured it was time to talk about some of the charging options out there. Thanks to Nokia doing their part to push the technology forward, we have two new options worth taking a look at – the Fatboy Pillow and the charging plate, both from Nokia (both built to the Qi standard, so yes they work with Android phones). (more…)