Microsoft and Nokia have agreed a deal that’ll see Microsoft buying almost all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, including the Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as the Lumia brand.
It’ll also license Nokia’s patents and use Nokia’s mapping services.
Figures from researchers at Strategy Analytics show that smartphone shipments grew by 46.7% year-on-year to almost 230 million units worldwide in the second quarter of 2013.
Android devices accounted for 79.5% of these smartphones, with Apple’s iOS in second place and Microsoft third.
Nokia has announced a 4G-ready smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen. The Nokia Lumia 625 runs Windows Phone 8 and includes some of the camera features introduced on the flagship Nokia Lumia 1020.
It runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has a 5 megapixel camera.
Nokia has announced a new Windows 8 smartphone that’ll launch this month in the USA and will start arriving in Europe later this quarter.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 41 megapixel sensor that enables it to take a 38 megapixel image. In addition, it creates a separate 5 megapixel image at the same time.
Podcast - 3rd July 2013
In our podcast this week we're discussing the new SmartWatch from Sony, talking about Firefox OS smartphones and contemplating Vodafone's partnership with Sainsbury's.
We're also looking at complaint figures, roaming charges, pay as you go pricing, joint ventures, BlackBerry's recent results and the future of Windows Phone.