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Official Lumia shipment numbers confirms a disastrous Q2 2014

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Microsoft has (unexpectedly) released their Q2 2014 Lumia shipment numbers, confirming only 5.8 million Windows Phones were sold, less than 2 million per month, leading to a $692 million loss for the division.

That’s even worse than the $452 million loss of Q1 2014, and given that Nadella has not been stingy with the knife it make us wonder if Windows Phone is next for the cutting board.

A loss of nearly $120 per handset makes us wonder if Microsoft would not have more success simply giving away Windows Phones for free, and actually save money in the process.

Now of course the poor performance in the quarter was predictable – Microsoft/Nokia’s product line was stale, and not very relevant or exciting to the market.

However the release of the NL 630, a terribly underspecced and uncompetitive handset, is hardly going to help, and the Lumia 930 is too little too late.

With the Nokia McLaren being cancelled, and the Surface Mini confirmed also, and Nokia’s ASHA, X and feature phone business also heading to the recycling bin, we have to wonder what’s next.

Update: According to the Verge the period of sales were just for 65, not 90 days, from April 25 to June 30th, meaning sales would be closer to 8 million per quarter, not just 5.8 million.

Not amazing, but at least not as disastrous as it first appeared.

MixRadio to become standalone Music Service

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Due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices & services business, we have seen many changes take place around the Windows Phone world. Many of those changes have affected Nokia MixRadio, which recently dropped the Nokia Branding.

The recent layoffs at Microsoft have also affected MixRadio for better or for worse. Jyrki Rosenberg, Vice President of Entertainment at Nokia has announced plans of “spinning off” MixRadio to other platforms. This means that you may see more iOS and Android friends using this service on their phones mixradioQRas well. It will continue to come preloaded to Lumia devices, as it has since the first Nokia Windows Phone device as “Nokia Music”.

You can download MixRadio here.

What do our readers think about MixRadio becoming a standalone service?

Microsoft Removes Nokia Lumia 930 Product Page On Its Indian Website

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Nokia India’s website listed Nokia Lumia 930 product as coming soon few months back. But recently, this product page was completely removed from the website. Even after so many years, Nokia is struggling to bring the devices on time to the market. In India where the smartphone market is booming these days, you expect a company like Nokia to release new devices regularly to address various parts of the market. But, Microsoft along with its OEM partners have failed to do so. Even when they launch Lumia 930 next month or so, the device will find it very difficult to compete in the market where Samsung Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, LG G3(announced today), Xiaomi Mi3(it has almost similar specs as Lumia 930 for 1/3rd of the price) and many others are already available in retail with huge marketing effort from each of their owners.

I hope Microsoft Mobile will move fast with their product launches in the future. We have reached out to Microsoft regarding this and will update you accordingly.

Microsoft To End Nokia X, Asha And Series 40 Phone Development, Might Spin Off MixRadio And Xpress Browser

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We have got some good and bad news for you from Jo Harlow’s internal memo to former Nokia employees, that is Microsoft Mobile division. First, Microsoft is completely stopping the development of Nokia X, Nokia Asha and Nokia S40 device development. All these projects will be in maintenance mode before reaching the end of life in 2016. The good news is that Microsoft will be laser focused on Windows Phone development from now on. Second, our beloved Nokia MixRadio and mildly popular Xpress browser teams might become a spin-off of Microsoft or they might be sold to other companies. Currently, even though there is no solid plans, Microsoft is evaluating them.

For now, just keep in mind that Microsoft’s flagship engineering efforts are now towards new flagship products timed with the next release of Windows and Windows Phone.
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Great Value: EE UK Selling Nokia Lumia 930 For £349.99 Without Contract

Nokia Lumia 930 EE UK

EE UK is now selling the Microsoft flagship device Lumia 930 for £349.99 without any contract. However, you need to top up for £10 to start using the device. Nokia Lumia 930 comes with a 5″ full HD curved screen, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, 20MP PureView camera with four high performance microphones and Dolby 5.1 surround support and more. I think £349.99 for a new flagship device will offer great value for customers. Hopefully, this aggressive pricing will result in more sales!

Check out the listing here.

Stephen Elop Details The Upcoming Changes In The Microsoft Devices Group After Layoffs

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Microsoft today announced their plans to reduce their workforce by 18,000 employees as part of their on going integration from the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services unit. Microsoft Devices group is the major division that will be affected by this announcement. Microsoft Devices head Stephen Elop today detailed the upcoming changes in his group. Stephen Elop said that the role of phones within Microsoft is different than it was within Nokia. While the hardware business of phones within Nokia was an end unto itself, within Microsoft, these devices are intended to embody the finest of Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences, while accruing value to Microsoft’s overall strategy.

Here is the summary of the changes,

  • Microsoft will focus on Windows Phone devices. In the near term, they are planning to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments.
  • Planning to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices
  • In the high end, Microsoft will focus on delivering great breakthrough products in alignment with major milestones ahead from both the Windows team and the Applications and Services Group.

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Microsoft Is Planning To Shift Select Nokia X Devices To Become Lumia Windows Phone Devices

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Microsoft today revealed their plans to reduce their workforce by over 18,000 by next year. Speaking about the Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment, Satya Nadella spoke about Microsoft’s strategic direction in the mobile division.

Microsoft will continue to focus on the higher price tiers, with focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences. In addition to that, Satya revealed that Microsoft is planning to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. Satya said, “This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.”

It is not clear how Microsoft is going to do execute this plan. May be a Lumia X device that can run both universal Windows apps and Android (AOSP) apps?

via: MS-news

New Redesgined Nokia Creative Studio 6.0 Now Available For Download From Windows Phone Store

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Microsoft today updated their Nokia Creative Studio app for Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices. This v6.0 app is major redesign of the app with new features and new user experiences.

New in Nokia Creative Studio 6.0:Nokia Lumia creative studio
- Redesigned for ease of use and flexibility
- High resolution Reframe from Lumia Camera
- Save a copy
- New professional filters
- Auto-fix your photos
- Edit freely without losing your original photos

Download it here from the Windows Phone Store for free.

AT&T Officially Announces GoPhone Nokia Lumia 635 For $99, Goes On Sale From July 25

Lumia 635 UK OrderAT&T today officially announced the Lumia 635 Windows Phone for its users. On July 25, you can purchase a  GoPhone Nokia Lumia 635 from AT&T at a launch price of $99.99.  And starting August 8, you can also get the Nokia Lumia 635 online or in AT&T stores with black and orange back covers in the box for $139.99 at no annual commitment pricing. The device is available with AT&T Next 18 for as little as $5.84 per month or only $7 per month with Next 12.

Features:

  • Windows Phone 8.1:  Features such as Action Center, shows you new activities and notifications at-a-glance and Sense makes managing data use, storage and battery life easier.
  • Cortana Voice Assistant: Now you can have your very own personal assistant, Cortana, with the latest generation of Windows Phone 8.1 pre-loaded on the Nokia Lumia 635. Set reminders by time, location and people.

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DreamWorks Dragons Adventure Game Now Available For Lumia Windows Phone Devices

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During the launch of Lumia 2520, Nokia and Dreamworks partnered for an exclusive game called Dragons Adventure: World Explorer. This game is now available for Lumia Windows Phone devices. This game takes advantage of real time data from sources like HERE Maps, FourSquare and The Weather Channel to create a unique world of possibilities.Dragon Explorer

Game Description:

Dragons Adventure: World Explorer is an innovative gaming experience which transforms the real world into the fantastic world of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Help Hiccup and Toothless rescue captured dragons from evil dragon trappers by completing quests around the globe, then soar over familiar landmarks and roads in your own neighborhood by taking the game on the go. Intuitive gyro controls let you experience the thrill of flight. Will you learn how to train YOUR dragon?

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free. Watch the game demo after the break.

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 Render Leaked Online

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Today, press render of upcoming AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 was leaked online by @evleaks. There are no surprises, it looks like a regular Lumia 635 device sporting AT&T logo in the back. Last month, Microsoft Store started taking pre-orders for AT&T Lumia 635 by mistake and later removed the listings. As T-Mobile has already started selling Lumia 635 in the US, we can expect the same from AT&T soon.

Key Specs:

    • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
    • 512MB RAM, 8GB mass memory (Expandable up to 128GB)
    • 4.5-inch, FWVGA 854 x 480 resolution (Nokia ClearBlack Technology, Corning Gorilla® Glass 3)
    • 5MP Auto focus camera
    • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan

Find the Microsoft Store listing for T-Mobile version below,
No Contract Nokia Lumia 635 for T-Mobile – $129

Source: @evleaks

Picturex – Exchanging pictures in high quality made easy.

Picturex Picturex is a free Windows Phone and Android (new) app, which allows you to exchange pictures easily with your friends, family and acquaintances in highest quality for free! Respective versions for iOS and the web are already in development!

What is Picturex?

Have you ever waited days or weeks for others’ pictures after a party, company event or city trip? Picturex is the solution! Picturex is the easiest way to exchange pictures with friends, family and acquaintances.

Create a new album (PicEx) with just a few clicks, invite others into the PicEx and upload a ton of pictures. Every invited person can also up- or download pictures. So, you can keep your best pictures and memories and easily enjoy them at any time.

Features

  • Use Picturex to exchange pictures with your friends, family or acquaintances in full quality.
  • Anyone invited to a private PicEx can contribute.
  • Exchange pictures for city trips, bike tours, barbecue parties, concerts, exhibitions, memories, business events, and all the other occasions you take pictures.
  • All the pictures you take during an event are automatically suggested to be uploaded! (optional)
  • Or you can manually upload pictures at any time to your PicEx or the ones you joined.
  • Save the pictures you want to keep.
  • You can still use your favorite camera and filter app.
  • Early-adopter bonus: benefit from very competitive features.
  • And a lot more!

What will come?

Most importantly, we will soon release the version for iOS and continue to improve the existing clients (for Windows Phone and Android). We also plan to add more languages, add new features and create a web version. Missing a language or feature? Please let us know! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or our website.

T-Mobile Starts Taking Order For Lumia 635 WP8.1 Device On Its Website

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Following Microsoft Store, T-Mobile’s website is now taking orders for Lumia 635 Windows Phone 8.1 device. You can buy the device for free upfront with $7/mo. x 24 mos plan. If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on phone becomes due. Similar to Lumia 521, we are sure that this Lumia 635 will attract lots of first time smartphone buyers.

Key Specs:

  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 512MB RAM, 8GB mass memory (Expandable up to 128GB)
  • 4.5-inch, FWVGA 854 x 480 resolution (Nokia ClearBlack Technology, Corning Gorilla® Glass 3)
  • 5MP Auto focus camera
  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan

Find the product listing from T-Mobile website here. Find the Microsoft Store listing here.