Nokia’s Asha line of less-expensive smartphones, not developed on Microsoft’s Windows Phone but Nokia’s own proprietary OS, is getting a new boost of attention today. The company is unveiling a new (and free) premium developer program for Asha developers. Modelled on a premium program started for Lumia developers last year, those participating will get extra developer resources, credits towards… → Read More
Despite recent suggestions that Nokia is at least keeping an open mind about adopting Google’s Android platform, the company has reiterated that it is sticking to its guns with Windows Phone and its homegrown S40-based Asha devices. Speaking during its Q4 earnings conference call today CEO Stephen Elop said Nokia is working with Microsoft to drive the Windows Phone platform lower down the price… → Read More
Some good news for Nokia today: the company announced that it is exceeding guidance for Q4 sales, after a strong quarter of sales for its Windows Phone Lumia line and its Asha low-cost smartphones, with sales of Lumias nearly doubling over last quarter to 4.4 million devices. It also noted that its operating expenses are also lower and that the two combined are helping improve the company’s… → Read More
Nokia has added another two models to its Asha range of Series 40 phones: the Asha 205, and a dual-SIM variant, both due to launch in Q4 with a price-tag in the $60 region. The Qwerty, non-touch handsets have a dedicated Facebook button on the front — for jumping straight to your social network profile. Also on board: a speedy Bluetooth sharing system called Slam. → Read More
Nokia has announced its cheapest capacitive touchscreen Ashas to date: the Asha 309 and the Asha 308 were unboxed in Jakarta, Indonesia, and like the rest of the Asha range will primarily target emerging markets.
The two Series 40-based phones are expected to retail at around $99 — undercutting previous all-touch Ashas such as the Asha 311 and 306. → Read More