RIP Nokia: first Microsoft Lumia phone dropping next week?

RIP Nokia: first Microsoft Lumia phone dropping next week?

As Microsoft has gradually phased out the Nokia name, we’ve struggled to get onboard with the whole “Nokia by Microsoft” concept. It’s a real mouthful, and ultimately just confusing for anyone who doesn’t follow tech with a magnifying glass i.e. most consumers.

But worse still, it’ll soon be Death To Nokia, with the first Microsoft Lumia handset tipped to land as early as next week.

Somewhat confusingly, Nokia - as in Nokia by Microsoft? - has posted a teaser on its Facebook page (check it out above), with the date 11.11.2014 all but confirming we’ll meet a new phone on Tuesday next week.

There’s not a whole lot else to take away from the picture, other than the presence of a front camera and orange casing.

Interestingly, the official image seems to gel with the recently leaked pictures of something called the RM-1090, it having passed its Chinese certification exams. The back of the RM-1090 has – you guessed it – a Microsoft logo where we once saw ‘Nokia’.

As we’ve discussed before, Team Redmond has a real problem with its image – Microsoft simply isn’t “cool” – and we wonder how the addition of an MS logo will affect Lumia sales. Would you buy a Microsoft Windows Phone?

Nokia was once the darling of the mobile world, but failed to adapt adequately to the Android and iPhone onslaught.

Astoundingly, Microsoft guy Stephen Elop jumped shipped to Nokia and drove it into the ground, allowing MS to swoop in with a buyout. And what do you know? Elop is back with Microsoft, yay! All’s well that ends well.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2014 at 13:41

WP share in the US of A in Q3? appr 1.4%...
And it won't get better. Excellent devices and a good OS totally scr*wed by bad bad bad apps.
MS seem to believe it's all about numbers: 350,000 apps, yes. Should be more than enough, right?
Not when it's 349,992 instances of rubbish.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2014 at 18:36

PS: are they actually launching another budget phone? We've just had the 525, 530, 630, 635, 7-something... What more!???? You can still get the 520 etc also. It'll soon be as bad as all those Galaxies and Zs...

mightyforest  Nov. 7, 2014 at 19:04

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2014 at 19:16

http://wmpoweruser.com/comscore-windows-phone-gains-us-market-share-in-q3-2014/
No sh*t: I just logged on to amend my comment... It seems there are different figures.
Some claims WP's share in the US is declining, while other analysts say it's on the up.
So, lets meet in the middle: stagnation :p

satchef1  Nov. 7, 2014 at 21:18

I can't help but agree. There was a time, not that long ago, when I would have purchased a Windows Phone 8 device. I love the UI. I had 2 Windows Phone 7 handsets. Unfortunately, EE exclusivity prevented me from buying a Lumia 920, the offer of a cheap Nexus 4 prevented me from buying a 925 twelve months later. This year I had every opportunity to finally pick up a WP8 device. A few months ago, I was sure the Lumia 930 was to be my next phone. Problem is, I just couldn't bring myself to ditch the comfort of Android. The allure of Windows Phone had died off - the ecosystem is stagnant, app quality is poor and history suggests that isn't likely to change at any great speed. While I still love the UI and Nokia's hardware designs, there's many other stunning handsets on the market right now - I just couldn't see any compelling reasons to buy a Lumia over any other handset. I think the only thing that could have changed that is a 1020 successor.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2014 at 21:47

Yep. I really like the Lumia 930 and 1520, but even though I'm by no means an app-junkie, the situation in the WP8/8.1 appstore is ridiculous. Twitter, Flickr... Heck, even skype and onedrive are better on EVERY other current smartphone OS including BB10!

Recently the iOS/Android 'staple' Flipboard was launched on WP with much fanfare... Result:
it IS nothing like the Flipboard 'we' all know. And 2 updates later it still doesn't work properly - nevermind the limited feature set, compared to the non-WP versions.

No offence, but in terms of 3rd party app QUALITY, even BB 10 beats WP! And BB10 has its own problems.

kitechker  Nov. 7, 2014 at 22:17

Considering how good nokia made hardware who's knows where they would have been with Android rather than windows. I don't want to be controversial or anything but it looks like some serious foul play by Stephen Elop and windows :|

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2014 at 22:40

Considering how good nokia made hardware who's knows where they would have been with Android rather than windows. I don't want to be controversial or anything but it looks like some serious foul play by Stephen Elop and windows :|
Not very controversial :p
Seriously: I reckon if Nokia had taken a sabbatical to consider ways to finish/improve MeeGo, while working with Android and stretch a budget Symbian... yes, they'd be better off.
Apparently WP marketshares are slightly up this quarter, but come on: the Chinese government is basically killing of/outlawing all things Microsoft. And: the slight increases come at an enormous cost to MS! The amount of advertising, the free wireless charging pads, and free speakers, and the top materials for midrange devices. Even MS's resources cannot sustain such a costly uphill battle without casualties!

And PS: one department in MS has gotta be on dev-crack! The harsh
clash between lovely native apps and the consistently poor 3rd party apps, means there's something 'wrong' with the development tools and APIs... Use built-in WP apps and you smile. Switch to ANY 3rd party app, and you think you're on a different, cheaper phone.

I reckon MS should have stayed with WinMo! The HTC HD2 showed that WinMo still had some oomph. And: the openness, the access to the registry made WinMo a tweaker's dream! Remember: WinMo is the reason we have XDA!

mightyforest  Nov. 8, 2014 at 09:06

So looks like just over 6 million windows phone users in the USA which isnt low thats some number, microsoft are going the right way.
Always hear this App talk by everyone but its never bothered me, as said before ive gone winCE - Apple - android - win 7 - win 8.1. I would never go back to Android as i hate the OS and apples OS is just boring

each to there own, not everyones bothered about some crappy apps, im happy with the apps ive got, they give me the information i need, am i bothered if apples verion also makes the tea? no.

Im hoping the introduction of the microsoft band and windows 10 moves windows phone into an even stronger position.

mightyforest  Nov. 8, 2014 at 09:09

and if China was killing off everything microsoft why for the first time have they allowed 5 million xbox ones to be sold in China??? not sure where your getting your info, if it was the case the console would of remained band!!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:49

mightyforest, I agree to a degree.
For me the problem is certainly that I always use more than one phone. If I stuck with the 930 or 1020, I'd probably be happy enough. But It's in comparison, it's when you do sometrhing on a WP device and then you do it 10 minutes later on an iDevice or Android flagship that you realise: oh boy...
But lets not fool around: when £100 phones work almost as well as £450 phones, apps apps apps is what's left to talk about.
Linux on computers is a bit like that: Linux OSs wipe the floor with Mac OS and Windows in many regards, but many 3rd party 'apps' for Linux simply suck when you're used to Win or Mac apps.
And app and games reviews are where techie bloggers earn their money.
But yep again: WP 8/8.1 phones do most things well, and many things better.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:50

PS: as to China - xBoxes are a different kettle of fish ;)
As to China vs MS/Windows? http://lmgtfy.com/?q=China+Microsoft+Windows

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