Nokia has released its Q3 2013 results, reporting an operating profit of €118 million (up from a loss of €564 million in Q3 2012), with net sales of €5.6662 billion (down 22% year-on-year). Nokia's Devices and Services division's operating loss was €86 million. The margin in Devices and Services was -3% (up from from -18.9% in Q3 2012). Total smartphone device sales were 8.8 million (all Lumia), up from 7.4 million in Q2, while mobile phone volumes were 55.8 million, up from 53.7 million in Q2, but down 27% year-on-year.
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On October 22nd, in Abu Dhabi, Nokia is holding Nokia World, where it is expected to announce a number of new devices and accessories in a variety of form factors. The event kicks off at 08:00 BST (07:00 GMT). We'll be updating this story with our on-the-scene live coverage at the event takes place. You can also watch a live stream of the press conference event via Nokia Conversations.
In All About Symbian Insight 243, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk about the news that from January 1st 2014 no new Symbian content will be accepted in the Nokia Store. We consider the timing, implications, and possible solutions, with particular reference to application updates. In the back half of the podcast we offer some further comparison of Nokia two imaging heavyweights, the Nokia 808 PureView and the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Nokia yesterday published additional material about its proposed transaction with Microsoft that will see the sale of its Devices & Services business and a major patent licensing agreement. The information is intended to give shareholders more information ahead of the proposed 19th November EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) at which shareholders will be asked to follow the board's recommendation and vote to approve the proposed transaction with Microsoft.
In All About Symbian Insight 242, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk about the future of Symbian support, especially in the light of the proposed acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business by Microsoft. We touch upon software updates, app updates, service availability, component supply (for repair), and more. In the second half of the podcast, we round up various news items including the removal of App Wizard apps from Nokia Store, the EasyStreetView app, the MusicKloud app, ThemeBox, and the Nokia DC-19 accessory.
Microsoft and Nokia today announced that they had signed an agreement whereby Nokia will sell its Devices & Services business and license its patents to Microsoft for €5.4 billion. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2014, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.
The move will be seen as a key part of Microsoft's future devices and service strategy and was, perhaps, inevitable given its reliance on Nokia for Windows Phone devices, especially after rumours about such a transaction were floated earlier this summer. It will shake up both the Windows Phone ecosystem and the mobile industry more generally, drawing clear lines between major technology players, but also leaving questions about the business sustainability of smaller players.
The transaction will close the mobile phone chapter in Nokia's 150 year old history and reshapes a company that remains one of Europe's leading technology brands.
In All About Symbian Insight 241, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we round up the latest app news in the Symbian world, with mentions for ThOR, NewsBlurQt, qooSaver, Whatsapp, PhotProc, FilesPlus, and more. This is followed up by a discussion of the relative merits of the cameras in the Nokia 808 PureView and Nokia Lumia 1020, which leads to some more general discussion about what current Symbian device owners might consider doing when they want a new device.
Nokia has released its Q2 2013 results, reporting an operating loss of €115 million (up from a loss of €824 million in Q2 2012), with net sales of €5.695 billion (down 24% year-on-year). Nokia's Devices and Services division's operating loss was €33 million. The margin in Devices and Services was -1.2% (up from from -11.8% in Q2 2012). Total smartphone device sales were 7.4 million (all Lumia), up from 6.1 million in Q1, while mobile phone volumes were 53.7 million, down from 55.8 million in Q1, and down 27% year-on-year.
In a bumper All About Symbian Insight, number 240, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a PureView-themed discussion, comparing the Symbian powered Nokia 808 PureView to the recently announced Windows Phone powered Nokia Lumia 1020. This is followed up by a number of shorter items including details of the Gallery Image Share update for Belle FP2, an app highlight in the form of qooSaver, news of app updates for CuteTube and Notekeeper, and a few tips for the power user.
In All About Symbian Insight, number 239, Steve and Rafe start by talking about some exclusive news around the cuteTube app, before moving on to talk about the latest Symbian software updates (Nokia Music for Belle Refresh devices). We follow this with a discussion on whether the BlackBerry Q10 is a potential upgrade option for Nokia E6 users, and some thoughts on familiar features in iOS7. We finish by contemplating the possibility of a Windows Phone powered version of the Nokia 808 PureView.