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What Really Happened To Nokia?

With Nokia Planning to comeback into the industry in 2017, let’s talk about why they went underground in the first place.
If you were asked what happened to Nokia, you’ll probably say they failed cos they refused to use android or android drowned them
Well…
It All Started In 2011

Ok pause II, let’s do some background check first.

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The Evolution Of The Modern Smartphone
In 2007 Apple announced the iPhone. Which was the game changer for the mobile phone industry. The whole industry felt the need to make an “iPhone”, but what they needed the most was an OS that could rival IOS, and since apple did not share theirs as IOS can be licensed to be used by 3rd parties, each company had to start building their own OS from scratch. However Symbian and windows mobile where smartphone OS that existed before then, but they were not smart enough for apple new IOS on the iPhone. Then came google to the rescue in 2008 with Android OS. Normally these company would had ignored Android, but to build a new OS could take years and Android was Open Source, meaning instead of each company building a new OS, they could just take Android source code and edit it to work for their own phone like it was their own OS. Of course every phone company who needed market share bought this idea except the two giants then …….. Blackberry and Nokia. These company knew that if they went with android, they would be classified as the same phone and put in the same market as every other Android device. Blackberry thought they could develop their already existing blackberry OS to be as smart as IOS and Android but later built their own OS from scratch to produce Blackberry 10 OS. While Nokia also kept developing Symbain to compete with the competition, they also went ahead to build a new OS, not looking at how long it might take. The OS Nokia was developing was called MEEGO OS. Announced in 2011.

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In the Year 2011
Most of you reading this now were still using, or dreaming of buying a blackberry that year. Except those that were using Nokia E7 or N8. Or Sony Ericsson androids, or HTC, or the iPhone 3. Me? I was using one small Nokia 6230i (the phone Otedola uses) I was always reading RSS feeds from tech sites with snaptu following apple/Samsung law suits. That’s what caught my interest into the phone world. Anyway. I did not know anything about history of iPhone, android or Nokia then but one thing I remember is I really like the Nokia N9 when it was released.

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What is Nokia N9? It is a phone released on the 21st of June 2011 running Meego OS. MeeGo was a open source Linux distribution hosted by the Linux Foundation, using source code from the operating systems Moblin (produced by Intel) and Maemo (produced by Nokia). I’m sure you know what intel is. Nokia N9 was actually an extremely Good flagship smartphone at the year it was released, it’s was like the galaxy s7 of 2016. It was so good many people liked it. Infact I bought the clone since I couldn’t afford the original. Although amount of sales was not disclosed by Nokia, many Nokia fans really liked the Nokia N9 and many bought it, the swipe, first phone ever with no buttons except volume and power, and it had positive reviews online too. But most reviews did not recommend that you buy one.. Want to know why?

The N9 was announced only four months after partnering with Microsoft to use Windows Phone 7 as the flagship operating system to replace Symbian. At the time Nokia’s flagship device was the Symbian-based N8. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the N9 will be the first and last MeeGo device from the company, something that MeeGo fans already felt before the N9 announcement due to the Microsoft deal. This move Infact made a lot of fans really sad. I personally heard about the deal way after N9 was released. Recently found out that some fans responded by creating a petition “We want Nokia to keep MeeGo”. But Stephen Elop restated that the company will not be continuing development of MeeGo even if the N9 would be a success, focusing solely on the future Lumia series.

I believe Nokia N9 and Meego OS was indeed the combination Nokia needed to battle Apple IPhone and Google along with it’s companies using Android. At the year N9 was released, there was still hope for Meego as even IOS and android had not been developed good enough to what we have today. In 2011 Meego was a better competitor to android and iOS than Windows is to android and iOS today. If Nokia continued to develop Meego, it would had been just as good as android and IOS today. Even looking at how far Windows Phone has come, and to think that Meego was first released way before Windows Phone 7.

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So why would Nokia led by Stephen elop take a decision like this? I personally think it’s because it added something personal to himself, my guess is wealth….. You should also know that Stephen elop just became Nokia CEO in 2010. So no! He was not the one heading Nokia when Nokia was on top of the world. Maybe he was just a bad CEO.

This was Stephen elop idea and decision only cos even after Nokia went with Windows Phone, the directors and core professionals from Nokia’s N9 team and other staffs of Nokia left the company and together formed Jolla, to bring MeeGo back into the market mainstream. This effort eventually resulted in the creation of the Sailfish OS. The Sailfish OS has not been much of a success because this time it is being developed by a small team of developers unlike android which is being developed by a large company.

Also INTEL expressed their disbelief and disappointment at elop decision. They later went ahead and collaborated with Samsung to create Tizen OS. Today, Tizen OS is the fourth most used mobile operating system ahead of BlackBerry OS but behind windows phone.

Meanwhile as you would guess, Nokia Lumia did not do so well, the first sets of Lumia had very poor reviews and Nokia lost millions of dollars. It was not android fault neither was it rocket science to know Nokia was going all the way down!

In my honest opinion, it was all Stephen elop fault!

But I’m not the only one that thinks that way. Wikipedia quote “Elop was criticised for this move, which has been said by some to have contributed to the company’s demise in the smartphone market.”
Also I remember reading comments on Phonarena then, where readers and fans would call out Stephen elop and blame him for everything.

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Well…In September 2012 Nokia announced the Lumia 920 and in 2013 Lumia 520 then Lumia 925 then Lumia 1020 which was the first Lumia phones to actually return profits for Nokia. Although sales of the Lumia line had exceeded those of BlackBerry in the same period, Nokia still made an operating loss of €115m, with revenues falling 24% to €5.7bn following the second quarter of 2013. Over the past nine quarters, Nokia sustained €4.1 billion worth of operating losses.
On 3 September 2013, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone business (including rights to the Lumia and low-end Asha brands) in an overall deal totaling at over US$7 bn. Stephen Elop stepped down as Nokia’s CEO and re-join Microsoft as its head of devices as part of the deal, which closed in early 2014.

Nokia agreed not to use its name on smartphones and will be subject to a non-compete clause preventing it from producing any mobile devices under the Nokia name through 31 December 2015. But released a Nokia N1 tablet running android lollipop on 18 November 2014. Which was built by Foxconn for the brand Nokia. Foxconn is also the company that builds the iPhone.

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In 2016…. Microsoft Mobile sold the rights to use the Nokia brand to a newly formed Finnish consortium, HMD Global, and these guys recently hired the largest independent advertising firm in the UK to (nudge, wink) market upcoming Nokia phones. This phone would run android and the sort of the most anticipated phones of 2017. Yes I said phones cos we could see about 7 devices.

And a lot of people are saying Nokia is back? weeelllll………..
What do you think about everything I’ve said here? Let me know
Written by Karo for Phoneplanet.
References
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N9
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MeeGo
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tizen
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailfish_OS
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Lumia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N1
http://www.phonearena.com/nokia

Dell’s convertible XPS 13 laptop; It’s the Dell 2-in-1 we’ve been waiting for

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As you’d imagine, the convertible is basically a combination of the existing XPS 13 design with a foldable hinge, which allows you either to keep it in a tent orientation, or fold the screen all the way back. And before you ask — yes, it packs in the XPS 13’s “InfinityEdge” design, which leaves a mere 5.2mm bezel around the 13.3-inch screen. It comes in 1080p and QuadHD+ (3200 by 1800 pixels) variants, includes 7th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and fits up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

Dell also managed to make the XPS 13 2-in-1 completely fanless, so it should remain quiet even under heavy workloads (though it’d be interesting to see if performance falls as things heat up). At 2.7 pounds and 13.3mm tall, it’s slightly slimmer than HP’s new Spectre x360, which clocks in at 2.85 pounds and 13.8 mm thin.

The convertible also features 2 USB 3.0 ports, one of which is Thunderbolt 3.0 compatible. You’ll be able to charge the laptop, or power up to two 4K display at once, from the Thunderbolt port. And, in a nice gesture, you’ll also get a USB-A to USB-C adapter for connecting your older peripherals. Another port or two would have been nice, but don’t be surprised if plenty of ultraportables this year end up settling on just two USB-C ports. (2017 will truly be the year of the dongle.)

In my short time with it, the XPS 2-in-1 felt just as sturdy as the standard model, with a tough aluminum case and carbon fiber wristpad. The backlit keyboard feels a bit shallower — which makes sense since it also needs to double as a tablet — but still seems comfortable to use. And while its hinges aren’t as fetching as what we’ve seen from Lenovo’s hybrids, they feel like they’ll hold up to plenty of folding and unfolding.

You can snag the XPS 13 2-in-1 for $1,000 starting on January 5th. It’s a bit more expensive than the standard $800 XPS 13, but it’ll be worth it if you really want to veg and watch Netflix in bed.

This Dell 2-in-1 laptop can wirelessly charge through its keyboard

Wireless charging remains an elusive concept. It pops up here and there, often for mobile devices using special cases, and yet many solutions are painfully incomplete or too cumbersome for consumers to care. The Dell Latitude 7285, a new 2-in-1 business laptop announced yesterday at CES, uses a clever method to bypass wireless charging’s pernicious roadblocks to deliver a true solution. Dell claims it’s the first fully fleshed-out version of the feature for laptops.

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The trick is in the keyboard. The Latitude 7285 is a 2-in-1 hybrid. That means 100 percent of its components fit inside the tablet display, which can be attached to one of three accompanying keyboards to create a clamshell laptop. One of these keyboards communicates with Dell’s new wireless charging pad. So when you place the 7285 down on the mat with the keyboard attached, the power bypasses the keyboard and goes straight to the computer. It’s wireless charing with a caveat, but wireless charging nonetheless.

Sure, this setup is not as elegant as we might like. For one, the keyboard doesn’t contain an extra battery, so it can’t be charged up to give the 7285 some extra juice on the go. It really only exists to act as a wireless charging base, while another one of the attachable keyboard accessories Dell is selling for the device does contain a power pack with about four hours of extra battery life.

Why the two keyboard products could not be combined would seem to be an engineering challenge Dell is not eager to elaborate upon. But as it stands, this method certainly beats many of the other wireless charging options out there. The company expects to ship the device in May, but has yet to announce hard specs or pricing. Dell also plans on announcing wireless charging compatibility for other devices in its product lineup later this year.

Dell is making a convertible 13-inch XPS laptop with its edge-to-edge display

Building on the most recent upgrade to the 13-inch XPS laptop, it looks like Dell is about to make a 2-in-1 version. First spotted by Windows Central, a convertible XPS 13 with what looks like an Infinity Edge display has appeared on Dell’s website. There are no other details yet, but if Dell builds on everything it got right with last year’s impressive model it should be a contender if it appears at CES 2017.
The XPS 13 that Dell introduced in 2015 was a great look at the future of laptops. Since then, Microsoft has given manufacturers even more reasons to build modular touch-friendly machines with its Surface Studio tech (the Surface Dial should be open to other manufacturers to use, as well as any innovations that flow from it in Windows apps). And there’s good reason to think convertible laptops are the reference for what makes a good Windows laptop in 2017 and beyond — the best Windows laptop we saw last year was a convertible from HP.

 

10 Apps Nigerians Used the Most in 2016

Looking at the past year, let’s look at the apps Nigerians used the most and can be found on almost every Nigerian phone
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 1. WhatsApp
The Instant messaging app would continue to be Nigerians favorite when it comes to It’s text and call devices. This is the app used most by Nigeria in 2016
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 2. Snapchat
Sort of what became an instant hit this year, Snapchat seems to be the social network preferred by Nigerians in the year 2016
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 3. Opera
Opera and Opera Mini is still the most famous browser amongst Nigerians, this makes it one of the most used app by Nigerians
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 4. Instagram
Snapchat is not blowing the competition away especially when Instagram now offers Snapchat like features, Instagram is also one of the most popular social network used by many Nigerians.
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 5. Uber
The transportation company uber which with It’s app you can order a cab from your current location to your exact destination was also an instant hit in 2016. When many Nigerians using it services.
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 6. Xender
The file sharing app that uses WiFi-direct to share files, photo and videos is another app widely used by Nigerians especially in 2016.
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 7. Shazam
Shazam, a song recognition app using audio fingerprinting technology is also one app that became widely used by Nigerians in 2016
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 8. True caller
An app that suggests names of unknown callers from It’s online database of contacts, true caller, this is also one of the apps that could be found on many Nigerians phones in 2016.
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 9. Score!
Score! And Score! HERO where games that you’ll have draw a path with your finger from a player to the goal post to score. These we hit games in Nigeria especially in early 2016. Tho people rarely play it now but the game can still be found in many Nigerians phone.
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10. Twitter
Twitter is the last on my list but also very popular amongst Nigerians in 2016 with not only individuals but also companies, events and media houses using twitter more than ever before in 2016.

 Honorable mention’s
– Facebook Messenger
– BBM
– IMO
– Dream League Soccer
– Clash of Clans
– WattPad

Happy new year from us at Phoneplanet! 🎆🎇✨🎉 🙂🙂

WhatsApp To Add Revoke Messages Feature To Its’ App

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The image above was me some weeks back after i sent a picture to the wrong group. I was very sad. But now A future update to WhatsApp looks set to add a feature that will bring welcome relief to careless typists like me I guess. A beta version of the IM service indicates that pretty soon, users will be able to revoke and edit sent messages. Provided the recipient hasn’t already seen it, you’ll be able to pretend that said correspondence never existed.

Right now, you can only delete sent messages at local level. So if you make an embarrassing typo or say something regrettable, you can remove it at your end, but the recipient is still able to see it. Like Skype and other instant messaging services, WhatsApp users could be able to legitimately redact or edit a message that has already travelled through cyberspace.

Such a feature would be incredibly useful and to some, essential. As well as regular text, it is also reported that the users will be able to revoke images and video as well. There’s no ETA as yet and since it’s being tested in beta, no guarantees that it’ll even be rolled out to the main version.

I am just too happy about this feature.

10 Tips To Saving Your Battery Life

 1. Reduce Screen Brightness:
Reducing your screen brightness saves a lot of battery, more juice is used up as your screen is brighter. Therefore keep your screen brightness at the lowest each time or better yet set it too automatic considering times you might be outdoors. Also lowering the Screen Timeout from 1 minute to 15 or 30 seconds, If you are the type to let your phone sleep automatically (rather than pressing the sleep button when you’re done using it), this will help you save some juice as well

 2. Uninstall/Disable Unwanted Apps:
There are few apps in your phone which you have never used, you will never use, you are done using or you have duplicate of apps that perform the same function. These apps need to go! If they don’t, they will keep using up your memory and battery! You know these apps yourself, like have a default internet browser, chrome, firefox, opera and uc browser on one phone, unless you these apps, go through your phone and uninstall them. If the apps you don’t use came preinstalled on your phone, you can uninstall them on iPhone and windows. But as For Android, you can only disable them(like shut it down. But does not uninstall). Still on android, to find the app in order to disable it, you will have to go to setting>>apps>> all apps (this differs with device)

Also:
Battery saving, ram clearing, cache cleaner, bla bla bla! Uninstall them now!  These apps don’t do anything magical  and actually do the reverse of what they are. For these apps to keep working, there are constantly running in the background thereby draining the resources they claim to save. And your battery is a victim! So all those “DU battery saver” and the rest of the family, uninstall them now!

 3. Switch Off Your Camera Flash When Not Needed:
Some people, when taking pictures even under hot sunlight would still use their camera flashlight, well not only is it not needed, it kills your battery! Flash light needs a lot of power to produce such a bright light, that’s why most phones don’t allow you to use your flashlight when your battery is low. So taking pictures with your camera flash on, even when you have enough light around to take the picture is just pure wasting of battery.

 4. Switch Off Your Data Connection and EDGE network Instead of 3G/4G:
Leaving an always on data connection requires a lot of battery juice so putting it off at times when you don’t need it saves you a lot of battery power. Also when a WiFi connection is available, its recommend you use it instead of data to save battery. But remember to switch your WiFi off when not in use. Because it uses less battery than your data does not mean you should leave it on. Leaving it on would make your phone constantly search for WiFi network thereby draining your battery. As for EDGE/3G/4G networks, I know this could be hard considering that edge is way slower than 3G/4G networks. But using 3G/4G, which are faster networks, also use more battery! Also 4G uses more battery than 3G. So the faster the network, the more your battery is used up. Therefore when next your doing something light on the internet, like chatting, EDGE network is advisable to use to save Battery.

 5. Switch All Connections Off When Not In Use:
I have talked about switching data and WiFi off when you are not using them. Same applies to Bluetooth, GPS and even your network. These connections drains battery if left on and if they are not in use, they have no reason to be left on. As for your network, if you are not the “always on calls” type, you can put your phone in flight mode times when your phone is not in use to save battery.

 6. Turn Of Vibration:
Turn off any form of vibration. Electric motor which makes the vibration each time your phone rings or you press something on your phone are not battery friendly and use up your battery. So turn them off if you don’t need it. Haptic feedback is also included.

 7. Update Your Device OS:
From time to time, your device manufacturer would send you software updates, which most are likely maintenance/performance updates. Usually, considering that the manufacturer make these updates to make the OS more optimised and to increase performance, these updates usually help your device to maintain a longer battery life.

 8. Use A Headphone Over Loud Speaker + Reduce The Volume:
Using headphones to listen to music or watch a video on your phone could save it some battery juice, tho it’s hardly noticeable compare to the points above but it is true. Also listen to sound at higher volume use up more battery power, so keep your phone volume at minimum to save your battery.

 9. Keep Your Phone At Lower Temperature:
Using your phone at lower temperature saves more Battery and higher temp temperature uses more. Being cold increases the battery’s internal resistance to electricity flow. This decreases the battery’s capacity or run time. Heat, while it decreases internal resistance, causes undue wear and tear on the battery. So try to keep your phone at low temperature at all times.

 If you use AMOLED screen….
 10. Use Dark Themes, Night Modes And Dark Wallpapers
There are Majorly two type of screens, AMOLED and LCD. If you use LCD, you’re out of luck. Unlike LCD which the whole screen is always on, AMOLED is kind  of having each pixel as its own independently coloured, miniature light bulb on the screen. So for AMOLED to show black, all it really does is put off those bulbs! So if you use a phone with AMOLED screen like most Samsung and Nokia(Microsoft) phones, then using a dark or black theme, wallpaper e.t.c means a lot of switched off pixel bulbs which equals saving a lot of battery.

BONUS. Do not close apps:
study shows that closing apps from your recent apps view actually uses more battery juice, But leaving the app has no effect on your battery life. I know this is in contrast to what you originally thought. But it’s the fact. The task switcher is just there to make it easy to switch between apps.