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Oct 11, 2012

Samsung extends lead over Apple in smartphone race

HELSINKI, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research)
pulled further ahead of rival Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) in the global
smartphone market in the third quarter, showing strong demand
for its latest top-of-the-range model, the Galaxy SIII,
according to a Reuters poll.

The two industry giants were the only companies among the
top 10 cellphone makers to have won market share last quarter,
due to the strength of their smartphone brands – Galaxy and
iPhone – the poll of 40 equity and telecoms market analysts
showed.

Oct 1, 2012

Nokia sells mapping services to Oracle

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia Oyj has agreed to give Oracle Corp’s customers access to its mapping products, as the mobile phone company seeks to expand its location services business.

The Finnish company, which bought the world’s largest digital mapping firm, Navteq, in 2008, has been looking for ways to boost the business and recently signed mapping deals with Groupon Inc and Amazon.Com Inc.

Oct 1, 2012

Cheaper smartphones boost Sony, Microsoft in Europe – research

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Price cuts helped Japan’s Sony Corp. (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) become the No. 4 smartphone maker in key European markets in July-September, overtaking Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research) and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research), market research firm Kantar said on Monday.

Sony still trailed Samsung Electronics (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research), Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and HTC (2498.TW: Quote, Profile, Research) in the five largest European markets Kantar tracks in the 12 weeks to early September.

Sep 28, 2012

Nokia Lumia starts pricing for European launch

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia’s new Lumia smartphones will go on sale in November, taking on the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III ahead of the Christmas season, but some analysts said the prices for the colourful handsets looked high.

When Nokia launched the Lumia 920 and 820 earlier this month, the market was disappointed by a lack of launch dates and prices for the Windows-powered models which are vital for the Finnish company’s survival.

Sep 19, 2012

Elop running out of time to turn Nokia around

HELSINKI/FRANKFURT, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Stephen Elop only
has a few months to show he can turn Nokia around if
he is to survive but the new smartphone is unlikely to woo
customers back from Apple and Samsung.

Investors and analysts say the chief executive has until
early 2013 to prove he made the right choice by partnering with
Microsoft Windows or his future at the loss-making company will
be called into question.

Sep 7, 2012

Nokia to start selling make-or-break smartphone in Nov

HELSINKI, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Nokia will start
selling its new smartphone, potentially its last chance to break
into the most profitable part of mobile phone market and secure
its future, in November, sources at European telecoms operators
said on Friday.

The Lumia 920, which uses Microsoft’s Windows
software, is Nokia’s bid to catch up with Apple’s
iPhone and a string of popular phones using Google’s
Android software, like Samsung’s Galaxy models.

Aug 1, 2012

Lenovo executive dismisses Nokia bid talk as “joke”

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo on Wednesday quashed market speculation it was interested in buying struggling Finnish cellphone maker Nokia.

“This must be a joke,” Gianfranco Lanci, who runs Lenovo’s operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa told Reuters. “There’s nothing ongoing.”

Jul 29, 2012

Analysis: Apple sounds warning bell for smartphone industry

By Sinead Carew and Tarmo Virki

(Reuters) – If Apple Inc’s weaker-than-expected quarterly result is anything to go by, the global smartphone industry is a lot more vulnerable to economic shocks these days than during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

In developed markets, every other person already owns a smartphone. In emerging markets, penetration rates are much lower, but cheaper phones that cost under $100 are squeezing profit margins.

Jul 29, 2012

Apple sounds warning bell for smartphone industry

July 29 (Reuters) – If Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research)
weaker-than-expected quarterly result is anything to go by, the
global smartphone industry is a lot more vulnerable to economic
shocks these days than during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

In developed markets, every other person already owns a
smartphone. In emerging markets, penetration rates are much
lower, but cheaper phones that cost under $100 are squeezing
profit margins.

Jul 26, 2012

Nokia scraps new mass-market phone software: sources

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Struggling Finnish cellphone maker Nokia has scrapped a software project which it had hoped would compete with mass-market Google Android phones, three sources with direct knowledge of the company’s plans said.

Nokia was hoping the Linux-based software platform, code-named Meltemi, would replace its ageing Series 40 software in more advanced feature phones, but has killed the project as part of its massive cost-cutting drive.