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Nokia launching Windows Phone 8 devices in September

Windows Phone is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the descendant of much popular Windows Mobile platform. With the launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft started concentrating on consumer market rather than the enterprise market which it was catering before. Windows Phone 7 has been revolutionary. The way it manages battery and other resources to deliver a fluidic user interface is just awesome, though Microsoft hardly has any shares in the mobile market as of now. Microsoft currently accounts for just 3% of the total smartphone market whereas Apple rules 34% with its iPhone. This is all set to change with the launch of Windows Phone 8.

All previous version of Windows Phone operating systems had Windows CE based architecture at the core, but with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will be moving on to Windows NT kernel and will have many of its components taken from Windows 8, thus allowing applications to be easily ported between the two platforms.
Microsoft has rebuilt the Windows ecosystem around Windows 8 and its new Metro UI. We can smell success of Windows 8 and recently showcased Windows Phone 8 OS, which is the next generation of Windows Phone family.

Nokia has been keen on pushing Windows Phone to its users, and since it has stopped its development effort on Maemo platform, and it’s also not going to use Android in near future, the only operating system they are left with for their smartphones is Windows Phone, and it is very good too. To make a note of Nokia’s success, the Finland headquartered mobile giant has shipped 10.9 million units of Lumia line of phones in the three quarters since it debuted, but things haven’t been good for Nokia lately. The sales of Lumia devices have taken a nose dive, thanks to Microsoft’s announcement that current Windows Phone devices won’t be seeing light of day as far as Windows Phone 8 is concerned. I would personally stay away from any device that would leave me between a rock and a hard place.

For those who are worried about their current Windows Phone devices getting obsolete once Windows Phone 8 is launched, fret not because Microsoft has promised that current Windows Phone 7.5 devices will be upgraded to Windows Phone 7.8. The update aims at bridging the generation gap and will be bringing selected features of Windows Phone 8 to older devices. We don’t know how many or what kind of features will make it to older devices, but the point is users won’t feel their device is obsolete.

For those who are interested in buying a Windows Phone, but afraid that it will become obsolete with the launch of Windows Phone 8, Nokia will be releasing devices loaded with Windows Phone 8 as early as September. If Nokia sticks to its plan, it will be way ahead of competitors. If you are a Windows Phone fan, this should be good news for you, and Nokia has been very popular for its recent Lumia device line up, and perhaps they are the best manufacturers of Windows Phone devices out there. A September launch will help Nokia take a strong stand as they can expect to see an increase in the sales due to upcoming holiday season. Besides, even Apple will be launching its much anticipated iPhone 5 loaded with the latest version of its proprietary operating system, the iOS 6.

The new Nokia devices that will be launching are Nokia Lumia 910 and 920. These new Lumia devices are anticipated to have multi-core processors and High Resolution displays. As far as Windows Phone 8’s hardware support capability is questioned, the operating system supports processors with as many as 64 cores and a 720p high res displays, thanks to its Windows NT kernel, the platform can have many of its components taken from Windows 8, besides having better hardware support too.

Nokia is best when it comes to imaging. Its flagship device, the Nokia 808 PureView, comes with PureView technology, which is basically a pixel oversampling technique that essentially decreases an image taken at full resolution into a lower resolution image, achieving higher definition and light sensitivity in the process, and also enabling lossless zoom, which is a pretty nice feature to have on your handheld.

Nokia 808 PureView sports a monstrous 41MP camera. It is rumored that upcoming Nokia Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8 will also carry Nokia’s PureView technology, which when paired with Windows Phone 8 can prove to be a great contender in race of smartphone devices. This time, Nokia may get the traction in the smartphone market which they have been looking for a long time. Will Nokia be able to get its popularity back on track? Let us know your thoughts using the comment form below.

Virgin Mobile Announces 4G With HTC Evo V 4G May 31

As originally tipped here, to the world, by Thedroidguy last summer, Sprint has shifted their 4G WiMax network to their prepaid brands, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile.

Virgin Mobile USA will introduce 4G speeds to their prepaid customers on May 31st with the introduction of the HTC Evo V 4G.

The new HTC Evo V 4G features include:

  • Mobile hotspot capability – Connect up to five Wi-Fi devices
  • 5MP camera with video and 3D HD imaging, and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen
  • 1730mAh battery (up to six hours of talk time)
  • External micro SD memory card slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • HDMI and Bluetooth-capable

Virgin Mobile USA customers will enjoy 4G speeds at an unbelievable pre-paid price point starting at just $35. They will also be able to harness the power of the HTC Evo V 4G’s mobile hotspot for just $15 per month making the total combination $50.  That’s with Sprint’s traditional, and exclusive “unlimited” 4G speeds.

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Clearwire to receive a “substantial” investment from Sprint

Last week we covered Merrill Lynch’s downgrade of Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR) in response to the lack of funding in the foreseeable future.  Michael Funk went so far as to suggest his target price for Clearwire was $.50 a share.

Debt financing: “Clearwire can’t fill the funding gap with debt, in our view, as secured debt incurrence is dependant on additional equity capital. Further, the second lien debt has started to trade based on recovery value rather than yield, in our view.”

Any analyst suggesting that Sprint and Clearwire’s union is in danger between the end of 2012 through mid-2013 (at the minimum) is either full of him/herself or has an overly pessimistic view of the viability of Clear’s ability to continue day to day operations.  Sprint has built their future on the back of Clearwire and their WiMax networks.  In the decision to transition from WiMax to LTE-Advanced Sprint has effectively proposed to both their girlfriend and their mistress.  Without the WiMax network, Sprint cannot possibly survive the current wireless environment (read: Pre=AT&T and T-Mobile merger).  They can and will not allow Clearwire to fail.

This was evidenced late Thursday night when reports got out that the Sprint (NYSE: S) board is considering a “substantial” investment in Clearwire.   It is rumored that Sprint may (and should) tie the speed and efficiency of the roll out of the new LTE network to the amount of investment they are willing to offer.  Clear stated last week that they will need an additional $600 million to fund its transition to TDD-LTE, and are in need of  $150 million to $300 million to maintain its existing mobile WiMAX business.

The majority of the transition from WiMax can be done with existing radio equipment and current backhaul capacity.  During the trials held in Phoenix earlier this year it was demonstrated that  coexistence of WiMAX and LTE services on the same network was possible.  In a fixed environment network speeds of up to 120 megabits per second were achieved.  In the mobile environment they were able to reach 90 Mbps using 40 MHz (2×20) of total spectrum.

Sprint and Clearwire recently revised their wholesale agreement leading to Sprint paying out $1 billion dollars through the end of 2012.  Sprint recently reduced their voting shares in Clear in an effort to relieve concerns that Clear was in fact a subsidiary.  Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSK) is the second largest holder of voting shares with 19.6%.  Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) which had a 10% in the company announced earlier this year that they would be offloading as many as 10 million shares of Clear.

sources: Barrons Fierce Wireless

Samsung Galaxy S comes to Sprint as Epic 4G

Ok although this will only make the 2nd 4g phone on Sprint I love it when Sprint releases a 4g phone because it’s actually called XXX 4G because it runs on 4G/Wimax.. not like our little friend over at Apple/AT&T; that people think is called the 4g but it’s really just the 4…

Samsung is making an Epic move by releasing their Samsung Galaxy S phone to all 4 carriers at one time which are:

Samsung Captivate on AT&T;
Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile
Samsung Fascinate on Verizon

and now
The Samsung Epic 4 G on Sprint. While the Captivate, Vibrant and Fascinate are all very similar in design the Samsung Epic 4 G has two very noticeable features that the others don’t, they are:
a Qwerty keyboard and a 4G/Wimax radio.

The other features are:
1Ghz humming bird processor (processes 89 million triangles 4x what the 1ghz Snapdragon can put out)
5 Megapixel camera with LED Flash
720p HD Video Recording
Second front facing VGA camera
Outdoor Viewable Super AMOLED Display
DLNA Support

No exact date has been revealed for the Epic 4Gs launch but we can make a safe assumption it will be this summer with the rest of the Samsung Galaxy S series. We will probably find out tomorrow! In the meantime if you’re intrested in finding out more about it, register at