By Paul SandleBARCELONA (Reuters) - Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp, is turning to software created by arch-rival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a late contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market.
Microsoft will acquire Nokia's entire handset division for about $7.2 billion. The merger has been scoffed at by some analysts since it brings together Microsoft — a software giant that famously missed two mega-trends, the Internet and mobile — with a phone maker that greatly succeeded with feature phones but is still figuring out the smartphone market.
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has unveiled two new Lumia models – the 730 and 830 – at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. The Lumia 730 has been specifically designed for avid selfie-takers, as Nokia hopes to make some extra profits from the viral selfie trend. Although the phone pales in comparison with the specifications of its competition, it has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Nokia is targeting emerging markets with three low-cost smartphones that use Google‘s Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft, which is about to buy Nokia’s handset business. Nokia will ditch many of the Google services that come with Android and use instead the Microsoft services such as Bing search, Skype communications and OneDrive file storage. Its home screen sports larger, resizable tiles resembling those on Windows phone.
By Stock Croc:Nokia Corporation's (NOK) worst enemy might just be its so-called partner, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT). The software giant just announced that Windows Phone 8 will not be able to run on Lumia phones. That would make it even harder for Nokia to sell the Lumia phones, which could send its shares even lower.