Nokia Windows Phone

EA Mobile Games has released a video teaser highlighting eleven (if my count is right) gaming titles that will be heading to the Nokia Windows Phones. We first heard about the exclusive partnership during Nokia World and again during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show.

The titles spotted in the minute long video include:

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour
  • Monopoly
  • Spy Mouse
  • Yahtzee
  • The Game of Life
  • Spy Mouse
  • Vampire Rush
  • Mirrors Edge
  • SIMS Medieval
  • Parking Mania
  • 2 Real Racing
  • Picnic Wars.

The video doesn't show much of each title but just enough to spark your interest. Nokia is due to have over twenty titles for an exclusive period available for their Lumia Windows Phones. It will be interesting to see what the remaining titles will be.

source: YouTube; Thanks, pedenske, for the tip!

Update: Additional upcoming titles from EA Games include:

  • FIFA 12
  • Madden 12
  • NBA Jam
  • Dead Space
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Connect 4
  • Risk
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Bop It!

We've got an all out discussion on these titles over in the forums that you can find here.

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Vodaphone UK is now advertising their upcoming Lumia 800, along with a promotion for £60 in vouchers when you order one.  If you are one of the first 10,000 people to purchase a Lumia 800, you will receive a £10 voucher each month for six months.  The vouchers can be used for everything from phone accessories to coffee at Starbucks.

Vodaphone UK is not yet taking pre-orders, but will begin on November 4.  In the meantime, you can register for updates on their site, using the source link below.

Source: Vodaphone UK (Thanks for the tip, Gmotagi)

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It looks like the Nokia Lumia 800 is has alreasy popped up for pre-sale in Italy.  The popular online store Euronics has the new handset available for 499€ ($695).  According to the site, the Lumia 800 officially goes on sale on November 20. 

The newly-announced Lumia 800 is a pretty impressive first offering from Nokia:

  • Single-piece body.
  • 3.7-inch AMOLED display at 800x480 resolution
  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 processor with hardware acceleration
  • Windows Phone 7 Mango
  • 1450 mAh battery
  • 16GB internal storage, 512MB programmable memory
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); quad-band 3G (850/900/1900/2100); 14.4Mbps
  • 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash
  • 720p video capture at 30 fps
  • Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • aGPS

 Source: Euronics; Via: Plaffo (Thanks for the tip, Antonio!)

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It seems Nokia is on a see-saw, on one side we have high levels of hype for the "Sea Ray" device and their volume shipment of devices in 2012. On the other side we have negativity surrounding their continued fall into darkness from once being the king of phones. The question still remains, will Windows Phone save Nokia?

Their recent report shows the company has an operating loss of almost half a billion Euro. Net sales of devices and services decreased year on year to €5.5 billion, with feature and smartphones dropping 20% and 32% respectively. Overall, Nokia (including Nokia-Siemens Networks and NAVTEQ) has net sales of €9.26 billion (down 7%).

What has caused the loss? Shipping volumes. Nokia shipped 20% fewer devices overall (88.5 million in total, compared to 111 million for Q2 2010). Smartphones took a massive decrease of 33%. As a small bonus, IP royalty payments went into Nokia's account, €430 million worth. On note with smartphones, Symbian is being passed onto Accenture for development and support through 2016.

While the report might be negative, Nokia still hold a decent amount of the market in China and are set to spend £80 million on UK marketing. So, once again, what do you guys think of Nokia's chances of survival with WP7? Are you prepared for a further downfall with Q3?

Source: Nokia, via: GSM Arena

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According to Qualcomm, the Nokia Windows Phone might pay off nicely for the chip maker. Speaking at a technology conference, Qualcomm CFO Bill Keitel noted that Qualcomm is the only chip player qualified for Windows Phone 7 right now and while the company “took some lumps” for dedicating research and development to WP7, they see the Nokia deal could be promising.

“We stepped out some time ago with a major investment in high level operating system and porting to Microsoft was one of those. So we’re the first to port the Win Mobile 7 and I think we’re the only chip set provider yet today. That was a good year effort of hard work for us to get to that point. So you know, we’re hoping Nokia and Microsoft will go fast here and we’re ready to support them.”

Qualcomm had been investing 22-23% of revenues towards R&D will all mobile operating systems. This has since been scaled down to 17% of revenues, part of which included no longer dedicating a team to Symbian research. Keitel sees the investment in Windows Phone paying off big time as Nokia increases their Windows Phone volume.

Source: ZDNet

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