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Nokia files new case against Apple with ITC

Nokia on Tuesday filed another complaint with the U.S. trade panel (ITC) alleging that rival Apple infringes its patents in iPhones, iPads and other products. Get the full story »

Nokia CEO pressured to justify Microsoft switch

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is under pressure to justify a decision to ditch the company’s smart-phone software in favor of Microsoft’s, his former employer.

Nokia Corp., the world’s largest maker of phones, announced the alliance with Microsoft Corp. Friday. In a show of displeasure, Finnish employees used flex time to go home early. Get the full story »

Nokia, Microsoft join forces on smartphones

In a major shift, Nokia Corp. Friday said it will adopt Windows Phone as its main smartphone platform, part of a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp. that will see the next two years become a period of transition for the ailing handset maker.

“Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale,” said Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft employee. “Nokia is at a critical juncture, where signficant change is necessary and inevitable in our journey forward,” he said. Get the full story »

Source: Nokia drops planned AT&T smart phone

Nokia has pulled out of a plan to launch a smart phone with No. 2 U.S. mobile provider AT&T Inc., just before the device was supposed to be announced, a person familiar with the matter said.

The touchscreen phone,  to be called the X7, could have helped Nokia gain ground in North America, where it has struggled to compete with rivals such as Apple Inc., Research in Motion and Motorola Mobility. Get the full story »

Smartphone rivalry plays out in patent suits

Competition among smart phone makers is heating up at retail, in advertising and, increasingly, in the courtroom as handset and software makers wield patent lawsuits to protect their turf and slow down their rivals.

Though Apple’s iPhone changed the categoryin 2007 and still leads the market, there are a flood of rivals and copy cats making it difficult for smart phone makers to stand out to consumers or persuade them to pay more for their devices.

In turn, that has prompted a slew of patent disputes over all aspects of basic phone use, from the way a user swipes a touch screen to perform an action to the method a phone uses to extend battery life. Nokia is suing Apple, Apple is suing HTC, Microsoft is suing Motorola and more. Get the full story »

HTC adds mobile services, 2 new smartphones

Smartphone maker HTC Corp. unveiled details Wednesday of its push into the increasingly important mobile services sector and introduced two new handsets using Google’s Android operating software.

The launch came a day after Nokia, the world’s biggest cellphone maker, launched three new smartphones at its annual showcase conference in London. Get the full story »

Report puts Android at No. 2 this year

Google Inc.’s Android software will become the world’s second most popular operating system for cell phones this year, leapfrogging offerings from Microsoft Corp., Research in Motion and Apple Inc., according to a new report.

By 2014 Android will account for nearly 30 percent of all cell-phone operating system sales, according to research firm Gartner, putting it in position to challenge Nokia Corp.’s Symbian,  the top mobile operating system for years. Get the full story »

Nokia stock rallies on news of new CEO

Nokia’s stock rallied Friday after the Finnish mobile phone maker said it was replacing its chief executive with an executive from Microsoft Corp.

Nokia’s board of directors said it hired Stephen Elop for the position of president and CEO. Currently the head of Microsoft’s business division, Elop is scheduled to begin his new job on Sept. 21. Get the full story »