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  • Withings is now Nokia

    Withings is now Nokia

    Nokia announced at Mobile World Congress back in February that it would be sunsetting the Withings brand this summer. After giving fans of the French connected health device maker sufficient time to mourn, the brand name is finally officially being removed from its existing product lines. All Withings products will be branded Nokia from here on out.  The transition will be marked by a few… Read More

  • Why Nokia’s feature phone nostalgia stole the thunder from this year’s flagships

    Why Nokia’s feature phone nostalgia stole the thunder from this year’s flagships

    Mobile World Congress kicked off over the weekend with press conferences from Samsung, Sony, LG and Motorola. But all anyone seems to care about is a 17-year-old device. A reboot. A candy bar feature phone whose main selling point is its ability to play Snake, eclipsing BlackBerry’s own nostalgia-themed KeyOne smartphone. That feels like as bold an indictment of the mobile industry… Read More

  • Nokia 3310 returns as HMD reimagines a classic (and Snake)

    Nokia 3310 returns as HMD reimagines a classic (and Snake)

    HMD hopes that its licensing of the Nokia brand brings in the punters for what might otherwise be viewed as three very vanilla Android phones, but at the same time it’s also announcing another new handset that plays into another side of its brand strategy. Today, it unveiled the 3310, a small “candy bar” feature phone that is a reimagining of one of the classic Nokia… Read More

  • HMD unveils 3 Android smartphones in Nokia clothing

    HMD unveils 3 Android smartphones in Nokia clothing

    Nokia, the mobile phone brand that arguably created as well as led the mobile phone market for many years, once died a tragic death, first the victim of its own arrogance at being the early leader; then the victim of Apple and Google and their domination in smartphones; and then dealt the final blow by Microsoft, who acquired it but failed badly at trying to resuscitate the brand in its… Read More

  • Watch HMD unveil the Nokia 3310 live right here

    Watch HMD unveil the Nokia 3310 live right here

    HMD is holding a press conference at MWC in Barcelona to showcase some of its first Nokia-branded phones. The conference starts at 4:30 PM CET (3:30 PM GMT, 10:30 AM EST). Get ready for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, two new smartphones under the Nokia brand. But, let’s be honest, I’m more excited about the Nokia 3310. Rumor has it that HMD is going to reboot the legendary device and sell… Read More

  • HMD’s first Nokia smartphone is heading to China

    HMD’s first Nokia smartphone is heading to China

    Nokia fans hankering to get their hands on a new smartphone with their beloved brand name — and without Microsoft’s unloved mobile OS — will need to go to China if they want to buy the first Android-powered from the Finnish phone maker that’s now licensing Nokia’s IP for phones. Read More

  • HMD’s first new Nokia handset is a $26 feature phone

    HMD’s first new Nokia handset is a $26 feature phone

    Just last week, HMD was priming the press for the return of Nokia-branded handsets, slated to arrive at some point in the first half of next year. The young Finnish company, founded by a number of Nokia expats, seasoned the pre-announcement announcement with all sorts of superlatives, with the CEO tossing out words like “brilliant,” “passionate,”… Read More

  • Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

    Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

    It’s been a rough decade or so for Nokia’s smartphone business. In 2011, then-CEO Stephen Elop famously described the company’s situation as a “burning platform” in a memo to his staff. That same year, the company plunged into the icy waters of a deal to make Windows Phone 7 its primary operating system. The partnership didn’t do much to curb the… Read More

  • VR audio startup Dysonics closes Series A led by Intel Capital

    VR audio startup Dysonics closes Series A led by Intel Capital

    If you had the chance to watch the second episode of the new season of Black Mirror, you won’t take much convincing when people tell you how important realistic 3D audio is to immersing you in a virtual reality/mixed reality experience. Dysonics is a startup in the VR audio space looking to build the hardware and software workflows that give VR content creators high-fidelity solutions… Read More

  • Former CEO of Angry Birds-maker Rovio tapped to help bring Nokia handsets back

    Former CEO of Angry Birds-maker Rovio tapped to help bring Nokia handsets back

    Those are words I never expected to write – certainly not in that order, at least. But the journey to reintroduce the once-mighty Nokia brand back into the ever-competitive mobile market has been a strange one to say the least. It all started when a struggling Nokia went ahead and agreed to sell itself to Microsoft at the end of 2013, after attempts by the one-time world’s… Read More

  • Microsoft offloads Nokia feature phone business to Foxconn for $350M

    Microsoft offloads Nokia feature phone business to Foxconn for $350M

    Microsoft is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 to a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million, it announced today. At the same time former owner Nokia said it has inked a deal to license its brand to HMD Global, a new Finnish company run by ex-Nokia and Microsoft devices staff, to “create a new generation of Nokia-branded mobile… Read More

  • Moverio: Epson Announces World’s First See-Through 3D Head-Mounted Display

    Moverio: Epson Announces World’s First See-Through 3D Head-Mounted Display

    Epson Japan announced [JP] the so-called Moverio today, a see-through 3D head-mounted display (HMD), which is the first of its kind, according to the company. Think of it as mix between of NEC’s transparent HMD Tele Scouter and Sony’s cool 3D OLED head mounted display HMZ-T1, powered by Android OS. The Moverio creates the experience of watching 3D (or 2D) pictures on a virtual… Read More

  • Sony’s Head-Mounted 3D OLED Display Is World’s First, Produces 750-Inch Virtual Screen

    Sony’s Head-Mounted 3D OLED Display Is World’s First, Produces 750-Inch Virtual Screen

    Earlier this year, during CES 2011, Sony showcased a prototype of a wearable 3D display that looked much like those virtual reality helmets we’ve been seeing since the 1990s. And today, the company announced that it’s actually ready to start selling the OLED device, dubbed “Personal 3D Viewer”/ HMZ-T1, on November 11 – in Japan. Read More

  • AiRScouter: Brother's futuristic head mounted display

    Head mounted displays still have something futuristic about them, and Brother’s offering, the so-called AiRScouter, is no exception. The company today unveiled [press release in English] the newest version of the HMD, which was first shown to the general public in 2008 (and once again in 2009). Back then, the AiRScouter was unnamed and had a different design. Read More