Nokia reported that improved sales of its Lumia Windows Phone smartphone range helped its mobile phone business achieve underlying profitability in the fourth quarter of 2012. The surprise announcement gave markets hope that CEO Stephen Elop's strategy is finally starting to pay off.
LAS VEGAS--Nokia plans to focus both its technical innovations and marketing for its Lumia phones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software on its imaging and location capabilities, according to a senior Nokia executive.
LAS VEGAS--Microsoft thinks it's very important to bring its Windows Phone 8 platform to tier 1 U.S. carriers, a strategy that helped Google's Android platform gain significant market share, according to a Windows Phone executive.
AT&T Mobility reported it sold a record 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, another indication that Tier 1 postpaid carriers enjoyed strong sales and subscriber activations during the period--likely at the expense of prepaid carriers.
LAS VEGAS--Sprint Nextel confirmed that it will launch LTE smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 by the summer. Sprint said it will launch devices made by HTC and Samsung Electronics, though it did not mention specific models. Sprint said in mid-November that it would launch Windows Phones this year.
Nokia's Windows Phones and Appl's iPhone were the most popular among Finnish customers during 2012, according to the country's two largest operators Sonera and Elisa.
HTC CEO Peter Chou laid much of the blame for the smartphone maker's woes in 2012 on the back of weak and poorly executed marketing. He said the company will revive its fortunes in 2013 by being more innovative, nimble and focused in its marketing efforts.
Microsoft is temporarily disabling People Hub integration with the latest version of its Skype application for Windows Phone 8 devices, citing device stability concerns.
France Telecom Orange has placed some of its eggs firmly in the Microsoft basket by declaring that the Windows 8 operating system will be extremely important for its multi-screen development plans.
Nokia is releasing a new software update optimized for its Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones, first rolling out via AT&T Mobility in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.