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Nokia-branded phones are getting updated to new versions of Android significantly faster than phones from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, or any other major smartphone manufacturer, according to a new study. Counterpoint Research found that 96 percent of Nokia phones sold since the release of Android Pie have either shipped with or been updated to the latest iteration of Android. Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei each have figures in the 80-plus percent range, but no other company that Counterpoint studied was even close. Lenovo and Oppo were below 50 percent, while LG, Vivo, and others were below 20 percent.
Nokia phone maker HMD said on Thursday at IFA in Berlin that we can expect to see its very first phone make an appearance in 2020. The phone will be both "affordable" and "premium," according to HMD CEO Florian Seiche, speaking at the company's press event.
Until now, 5G Samsung Galaxy S10 and , for example). This has meant that if you want to take advantage of the faster networks that're currently being switched on all over the world, you need to splash to some serious cash. Over time, those prices will fall, making both 5G networks and more affordable.have for the most part been expensive, high-end devices (the
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Two similar phones with slightly different cameras
It looks like one of the first more-affordable devices on the market could be Nokia's 5G offering. HMD wouldn't give us any clues as to when, exactly, we should expect the phone, but its main launch event of the year usually occurs at the end of February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The phone should be "something that's a bit more affordable than anybody that's out there today," said HMD Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas in an interview. But at the same time, he promised it'll offer a "great smartphone experience with some cool stuff in there."
The latest Nokia feature phones are rugged and retro, respectively
Ever since HMD revived and revitalized the Nokia 3310, the Finnish company has been on a sort of classy feature-phone spree. Not long after the 3310 came the 8810, an updated version of Nokia's classic slider that looked for all the world like a banana. And now, at IFA 2019, HMD has a few more devices to add to that list. The name "Nokia" has become synonymous with durability in a way that no other phone brand ever really managed, so HMD decided to run with it and build the rugged Nokia 800. It's a chunky beast of a thing, but unless devices with similar ambitions from Caterpillar (aka Bullitt Group) and Kyocera, the Nokia 800 features a clean, understated design.
It's not totally clear whether initially there'll be just one 5G Nokia phone or a range of devices, or whether we'll have to wait to see 5G Nokia phones across a spectrum of prices. "I don't think 5G is any different than 3G or 4G, in that it will over time scale across the whole portfolio," Sarvikas said. "It's just a matter of time really."
HMD is talking with carrier partners across the US and Europe about its 5G offering, said Sarvikas. When it comes to country-by-country availability for its 5G phone, HMD will be following the pattern of 5G networks as they switch on across the world.
Many countries have already launched their first 5G networks -- Germany hit the on switch on the same day as HMD's Berlin event -- but Sarvikas thinks that launching in 2020 rather than this year is better for Nokia phones, due to the emphasis on affordability. "I think we have a really good timing that suits our strategy and our journey as a company," he said.
Sarvikas also hinted that HMD might be willing to consider other design ideas for future Nokia phones, including . "We'll definitely explore other avenues," he said. "From my perspective, the more screen you can provide in a compact form factor, the better; so I think it's really interesting avenue as well."
The Nokia 3310 will be released in a 3G version, and becomes a first generation smartphone
After a widely commented return on the mobile market, the Nokia 3310 continues to evolve with its time: a new model will now be compatible with the 3G network, available initially in Australia only.
Difficult to say if this is good or bad news, bothdivided the public at , in February last at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
On the one hand, the purists of the original 3310, robust, reliable and emblematic of a whole era, have seen a gadget as sad as a concert-revival of the forgotten stars of the 1980s. On the other, enthusiasts are are delighted to see a nostalgic wind blowing through a mobile phone market saturated with borderless smartphones.Australia will be the first country to discover, from October 16, this 3310 3G
In a similar logic, the arrival of 3G compatibility on the model, announced Wednesday, will probably still grumble the first ("They have not even been able to play the game of the 2G until the end ... "), but will no doubt satisfy the latter, who can combine vintage and modernity. Because remember, the 3310 new generation is a phone that is used to phone, and that's about it.
Australia will be the first country to discover, from October 16, this 3310 3G. It must be said that the vast majority of local operators have decommissioned their 2G network, which the giant Vodafone must also abandon in March 2018. "Our fans around the world have asked that this iconic phone supports 3G. have listened and announce today the Nokia 3310 3G, "said Johu Sarvikas, product manager of HMD Global, inrelease.
In February you asked for it. We got to workand here it is. Iconic now in 3G!
- Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas)
Subsequently, this 3310 3G will be available around the world. Its specificities will remain the same as those of the current model: 2.4-inch color screen, 2-megapixel rear-sensor, 16MB storage (expandable by microSD), 6½ hours of talk time and calls 27 hours standby. No change either in perspective at the price level, since it will remain sold 69 euros.
A true classic - reimagined. Say hello to the3G. Colorful, customizable and more connected than ever!
- Mobile Nokia (@nokiamobile)
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Watch the 'Android' Nokia phone that never had a chance to exist .
Earlier this year, snippets of code discovered within Chrome by 9 to 5 Google suggested Google was working on a touchless version of its web browser that would work on feature phones. The company was reportedly developing a feature phone in collaboration with Nokia. In September, Google removed any references to the project from Chrome's codebase, suggesting it had abandoned the idea of creating an Android-based feature phone. Now a new video has surfaced online that shows what a feature phone with Android would have looked like had Google continued to work on the project.
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