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Nokia launches Android Here app, strikes exclusive deal with Samsung

  • An Android version of Nokia's (NOK +2.3%) Here mapping/navigation app has launched in beta. The app will be available exclusively on Samsung phones, courtesy of a licensing deal with the smartphone giant. A Here app is also launching for Samsung's Tizen OS.
  • Google Maps (pre-installed on phones running Google's version of Android) accounts for the lion's share of Android maps usage. Samsung has made a number of attempts to lower its huge dependence on Google's apps/services, but that has often proven easier said than done.
  • Nokia launched an iOS version of Here in 2012 following the Apple Maps backlash, but pulled the app last year, citing iOS 7's UI changes. The app was initially quite popular, but later plummeted on App Store leaderboards.
  • Last week, Nokia announced Here division chief Michael Halbherr is leaving. Bloomberg reported his departure is due to a strategy disagreement over whether Here should continue going after consumers.
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  • La Rue
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    Getting the word out HERE....
    29 Aug, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    It broke 52 week high today.
    29 Aug, 10:04 AM Reply Like
  • N808
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    According to Nokiapoweruser the app will feature offline navigation http://bit.ly/1lkMHIl
    29 Aug, 10:05 AM Reply Like
  • Timothy Bryan
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    The offline navigation absolutely kills the competition, especially for a watch.
    29 Aug, 11:14 AM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    Nokia on fire today. Challenging another 52 week high in the same day.
    29 Aug, 11:16 AM Reply Like
  • ted lujan
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    HERE! HERE! Good show Samsung. Royalties and more.
    29 Aug, 11:29 AM Reply Like
  • ewmpsi
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    ...meanwhile...

     

    Nokia will have its revenge on the smartphone industry:
    http://yhoo.it/1nK2CeI

     

    ""Business Korea has just published a very provocative piece that depicts a monstrous troll attacking its home country’s pride and joy, Samsung. That troll, you’ll be surprised to learn, is Nokia.""

     

    ""The reason for this is easy to understand: Samsung may be forced to pay one of the history’s biggest patent royalty sums to Nokia, and fellow Korean electronics titan LG is not scot free, either.""

     

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    So I guess the strategy is to have a loaf of bread in one hand (Microsoft grants "HERE") and a pistol in the other (Nokia patent licensing fees due). :-)
    29 Aug, 11:38 AM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    The strategy always comes down to the same thing in life--mo money mo money mo money!

     

    http://bit.ly/1n3OE7i

     

    If I had the capital, I'd buy 100K of Nokia--after today of course because you know that pps is going back to the lower 8s. lol
    29 Aug, 11:41 AM Reply Like
  • Jayyyyyy
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    Wow great break out today!
    29 Aug, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    Sure was. Pretty exciting for an old man like Nokia. (Hard for me to even "break out" of bed.)
    30 Aug, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • ewmpsi
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    Nokia to build 5G test network in Oulu
    http://bit.ly/1qq3kBg

     

    When asked about the construction schedule for the network, Määttä said that it could begin early in 2015. According to the technical chief, the City and University of Oulu as well as the Finnish Technical Research Centre VTT will also participate in the project.

     

    New life for Oulu?

     

    Decision makers in Oulu participating in the innovation event Northern Glow on Friday said the development of the 5G test network could be just the shot in the arm that Oulu needs to reclaim its reputation as a major ICT hub.

     

    “In the 1990s Oulu already had the expertise required for the early stages of basic 3G technology. Later on the Defence Force needed a software radio project: Elektrobit benefited from this,” recalled Matti Latva-aho, head of Oulu University’s Centre for Wireless Communications.

     

    “We need a project to work on together and to set the bar sufficiently high. We’d then take a giant step together, but we’d need billion-euro funding,” he added

     

    Nokia’s Määttä said that the 5G network project is an aggressive move forward.

     

    “It won’t be just one product, but there would be an entire ecosystem around it. We also have to develop the user experience. In this way people will see that they will have limitless capacity at their disposal,” he explained.

     

    5G at heart of Internet of Things

     

    According to Määtta the idea behind the 5G network is to create an invisible data network that users wouldn’t have to activate separately and that would suffer only the smallest of delays.

     

    “2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, it’s the sum of many parts,” Määttä noted.

     

    The so-called Internet of Things, meaning the inter-connectedness of and communication between devices and objects could also open new doors for the Oulu region. The 5G network would be the backbone of this development because of the need for massive data transfers, Määttä explained.

     

    On Friday, former Nokia technology partner and software giant Microsoft announced the termination of 1,050 jobs in Finland as part of the company's largest-ever restructuring exercise. Part of the change involves shuttering a research and development plant in Oulu. Although final job cut targets are to be announced later, Microsoft hopes to implement all of the redundancies by the end of the year.
    30 Aug, 12:00 PM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    "On Friday, former Nokia technology partner and software giant Microsoft announced the termination of 1,050 jobs in Finland as part of the company's largest-ever restructuring exercise."

     

    Maybe MS will restructure itself out of business, and Nokia can buy MS? (Just kidding.)
    30 Aug, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • BBcool
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    no more trading. just bye bye.
    3 Sep, 06:53 AM Reply Like
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