Nokia launches free music streaming app for Lumia users in US

On Tuesday, Nokia announced the launch of its free music streaming service, Nokia Music, for its US customers. This free service is exclusive on Nokia Lumia devices.

The music service will offer over 150 exclusive playlists that are curated and kept up to date by an expert team of US based musicologists.These exclusive playlists span a wide spectrum of musical genres from underground Detroit house tracks to New York Philharmonic favorites. Nokia Music also offers playlists created by global artists such as Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

Nokia device users will also be able to create their own “personal soundtrack” by creating playlists based on preferred artists. They can do this by selecting the Nokia Music ‘CREATE’ function that taps a library of millions of songs and generates a playlist based on, and inspired by, the artists they love.

Nokia Music is completely advertisement free and requires no registration or subscription, allowing users to enjoy the dulcet tones of their favorite artists without being disrupted. Users can enjoy their favourite music even when they are offline – anytime, anywhere. They can also download songs from Nokia Music’s mp3 store.

It has a ‘GIG Finder’ feature that locates a consumer’s position and pinpoints live concerts, gigs and shows taking place in their local area, taking their level of interaction with their favorite artists beyond the playlist and Nokia Music’s mp3 store. Nokia Lumia 900 or Nokia Lumia 710 users can download the Nokia Music app for free.

Commenting on this launch, Jyrki Rosenberg, VP of Entertainment at Nokia said, “The USA is the most vibrant and competitive digital music market in the world – by a wide margin. We have worked extra hard to ensure our service meets the expectations of the demanding, active and inspired music fans in the USA. I would like to challenge everyone to try Nokia Music and see just how easy and enjoyable the service is to use.”

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NOKIA partners with Zynga for Social Gaming on NOKIA Asha Touch Phones

Social gaming company Zynga is partnering with Nokia to make games Draw Something and Zynga Poker available on Nokia’s Asha Touch phone models later this year.



According to a blog post, the free game offerings are the next step in a partnership announced by the two companies several months ago.

Nokia’s Asha 305, Asha 306 and Asha 311 phones are based on the S40 platform, and are part of the company’s efforts to make up lost ground in the feature phone market. Owners of these mobile devices can already play games supplied by various developers including EA and Rovio. 20 classic from Namco Bandai were announced for the Asha Touch phones last month.

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Nokia launches Nokia Mobile Antakshari

Antakshari, one of the most loved game in India is now also on mobile!!

Nokia has partnered with Rocketalk and Maxus India to launch a unique audio game show, Nokia Mobile Antakshari. It works on RockeTalk application and allows a number of users to participate simultaneously in Nokia Antakshari using their mobiles.

So how does a user participate in this unique game? A user has to download the application and click on the banners that run on it. On doing so, the user receives an audio message in the inbox. Now the user has to listen to the audio message and sing a song with the last word of the previous song. The song gets to the community and gets propagated through banners. The RockeTalk application, where the show is hosted, is supported on most phones that are GPRS-enabled – both Nokia feature phones and Nokia smartphone.

Commenting on this launch, Viral Oza, director, marketing, Nokia India said, “Nokia has been synonymous with digital music in this country. We have pioneered many initiatives in this space starting with pre-installed music, launch of music albums on mobile phones, Nokia Music Unlimited and now Mix Radio for our Lumia smartphones. Mobile Antakshari is an interesting concept and provided us with the perfect fit to connect consumers with Nokia Asha smartphones. Nokia Mobile Antakshari will enable millions of music lovers across the country to engage with their favourite game.”

Sameer Agarwal, CMO Rocketalk said,””These days, when most social platforms offer nothing more significant than banners, likes and posts, RockeTalk differentiates itself by creating customized engagement solutions, branded social programming and multimedia activities. The Nokia Mobile Antakshari is just one such example, albeit something we believe will be a trendsetter.”

RockeTalk, which has designed and hosts the game, is a mobile social network where primary user interactions happen using voice and video. The RockeTalk app also allows multiple innovative promotional tools, ranging from audio-enabled banners to multimedia broadcasts and free program subscriptions.

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Samsung leads in smartphones marketshare in India in July 2012: Cybermedia Study

Accroding to a latest study by CyberMedia Research ,Samsung has widened its lead in the smartphone segment in India over ace competitor Nokia in the January-March quarter of this year.

During the period January-March 2012 Quarter, following is the position :

Samsung – 40.4%
Nokia – 25.5%
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion – 12.3%

Smartphones made up 5.3% of the units sold and almost a quarter of total handset revenues in the January-March quarter. The study noted Indian mobile phone sales crossed 50 million mark during the quarter, a year-on-year growth of 9.1%.

In the first quarter, Samsung launched seven new smartphone models in India, further tightening its grip on sales in different price bands between Rs 7,500 to Rs 27,000. The study also noted Indian mobile handset vendors are widening their Android-based smartphones portfolio.

Brands like Motorola and Sony have clearly chosen to stay in the high value smartphones segment, while Nokia and RIM and Indian brands like Micromax, Karbonn, Lava and Spice are faced with the challenge to enhance their portfolio of products, models and services, to stay relevant and profitable in the long run,”” said lead analyst (telecom) Naveen Mishra.

However, Nokia continued to maintain its lead in the entry-level and feature phone segment of handsets priced at sub-Rs 5,000. The Finnish major controlled 21.8% share, followed by Samsung at 10.7% and Micromax with 6.4% share.

In the overall market, comprising of all the segments, Nokia retained leadership position with 23% share, followed by Samsung at second position with 14.1% and Micromax at third position with 5.8% in terms of units sold during the quarter.

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Nokia launches 808 Pureview in India

On Wednesday Nokia launched the Nokia Pureview 808 in India. Priced at Rs. 33, 899 it is expected to compete with Samsung’s SIII and HTC One.

Its most important feature is a 41-megapixel sensor camera with Pureview Pro imaging technology, Carl Zeiss lens and Full HD video .It has a 4.0″ display and weighs 169 gms. It has a BV-4D 1400mAh Nokia Battery which gives a talk time of 6.5 hours.Besides a built-in memory of 16GB expandable to 32GB or 48GB, it also comes pre-loaded with Nokia Maps which give you turn-by-turn satellite navigation for over 100 countries.

Nokia 808 Pureview


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Nokia Launches Real Time Traffic Updates on its Maps for Delhi and Mumbai Users

Nokia has updated its famous Maps application for Symbian and Lumia Windows Phone devices with live traffic update service, making it a highly useful tool for its users.This service is currently available in Delhi & Mumbai with 1,500 kms of road coverage.

The service would be available on select Nokia smartphones like Nokia N8, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia E6, Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710. It can be accessed through ‘Nokia Drive’ on a Symbian device and ‘Nokia Maps’ on Windows devices.


Google recently introduced the same service by updating the Google Maps application. Similar to Google, Nokia tracks traffic by gathering information from other Nokia users who are also using location services on their phone at any given time.

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Microsoft and Nokia launch $24 million Educational AppCampus;To Enable App Development for the Windows Phone OS Platform

With education at the heart of mobile app development, Microsoft is hoping the developers of tomorrow will educate themselves today on how to build superior applications for the Windows Phone operating system.

To that end, the software giant is teaming with Nokia for AppCampus, a $24 million program that the partners hope will kickstart app development for the platform.

The Finland-based program will be led and managed by Aalto University, which has a growing reputation as a hotbed of new startup companies. AppCampus is intended to attract thousands of application proposals from students and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Aalto University will make a significant contribution to the project by providing premises, coaching services, and access to both academic and business networks for budding app developers.


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Nokia Maps Released On iOS & Android Browsers; Audio Directions,Driving, Walking or Taking Public Transport Made Easy

Nokia has announced on its blog the launch of an iOS and Android-compatible version of its mapping service known as Nokia Maps. The service, which powers Nokia’s native mapping applications on its own devices, has not arrived as a native iOS and Android app, however, but as a HTML5-based web service available at

In addition to basic mapping, Nokia Maps provides navigation support, through separate sets of directions for those who are driving, walking or taking public transport. There are also audio directions available, but for now, these are only offered when you’re on foot.

There are multiple map views available in the online service as well, including a default map view showing streets and labels, a satellite view, a public transportation view and even a live traffic view, which can help you better plan your route.


Details on how to use the maps and its features available at NOKIA’s Blog.

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NOKIA unveils 'Nokia Music Theatre', a platform for discovering and nurturing music talent in India

Nokia has partnered The Peninsula Studios and Universal Music for unveiling ‘Nokia Music Theatre’, which will provide a platform for discovering and nurturing music talent in the country.

Under the initiative, Nokia India conducted a pilot project in Rajasthan, selecting 17 artists from small towns and villages and giving them a platform by launching a music album — Asha – discovery of the Peninsula.

Nokia has partnered Universal Music for launching the music album.

The album would also be available for download to Nokia handset users.

“Nokia has one of the largest repositories of legal and digital Indian music (through Nokia Music Store) and has built a strong music connect with Indians,” Nokia India Marketing Director Viral Oza told reporters here.

India is one of the key markets for our music portfolio and with this new initiative the aim is to discover the musical talent at the grass root and provide a platform for nurturing and showcasing talent, he added.

No financial details of the partnership, however, were disclosed.

“The intent is to bring to the fore talent from across the country. Next stop will be Uttar Pradesh for us,” Oza said.

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Android Most Preferred OS,NOKIA leads,India Monthly Mobile Handsets Market Review March 2012

• Smartphones contribute 6.2%, multi-SIM handsets over 57% of total shipments in CY2011
• Total 3G phone shipments stood at 18 million units in CY2011

• Android emerges as a preferred OS for smartphones for a growing number of vendors

The overall India mobile handsets market recorded sales (unit shipments) of 183 million units in CY 2011. In the overall India mobile handsets market, Nokia retained leadership position with 31% share, followed by Samsung at No. 2 with 15% and Micromax at No. 3 with 5%, in terms of sales (unit shipments) during CY 2011.

This was reported in the India Monthly Mobile Handsets Market Review, CY 2011, December 2011 release, published today by CyberMedia Research, a Technology, Entrepreneurship, Utilities, Healthcare and User intelligence firm.


Table 1. India Monthly Mobile Handset Shipments (millions of units), CY 2011*
*Source: CyberMedia Research India Monthly Mobile Handsets Market Review, CY 2011, December 2011 release


Growth of Smartphones
In 2011 the India smartphones market witnessed the launch of 150 models by over 30 vendors.

Smartphone shipments touched 11.2 million units in calendar year 2011 recording a YoY growth of 87%. Nokia emerged as the leader in the smartphones segment with a 38% share followed by Samsung with 28% share in CY 2011. RIM dropped to third place with a 15% share.


Table 2. India Mobile Handsets Market: Shares of Leading Vendors in Smartphones*
*Source: CyberMedia Research India Monthly Mobile Handsets Market Review, CY 2011, December 2011 release

The share of Android OS in the smartphones category saw tremendous growth of over 600% in CY 2011 (34% share) as compared to CY 2010 (9% share). This growth was mainly on account of an increasing number of handset vendors adopting Android as preferred OS for their smartphones.

“In 2012, the proportion of smartphones with extended features like NFC and 3D gaming are likely to increase. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft and Nokia take their partnership to the next level with a new range of smart devices based on the Windows 7.5 Mango OS platform. For instance, the Nokia Lumia 610 has been announced at the Mobile World Congress 2012 at Barcelona, even as we go to press. It is expected that this phone would be aggressively priced to compete with smartphones from the Android and RIM stable”, stated Naveen Mishra, Lead Telecoms Analyst, CyberMedia Research.

Multi-SIM Mobile Handsets

Multi-SIM handset shipments accounted for 57% of the total India mobile handsets market during CY 2011, representing an year-on-year increase of 61%. Nokia was the market leader in the category with a nearly 13% share during the year.

Table 3. India Mobile Handsets Market: Shares of leading Vendors in Multi-SIM
Mobile Handsets*
*Source: CyberMedia Research India Monthly Mobile Handsets Market Review, CY 2011, December 2011 release

“After a long wait, Nokia introduced its dual-SIM phone portfolio to the India market in September 2010. The innovative products in the Finnish vendor’s portfolio helped Nokia become the market leader in the category. Some of the key features in Nokia’s dual-SIM portfolio were ‘touch-and-type’ and ‘easy swipe’; the latter allows customers to change their secondary SIM without powering off the phone”, stated Tarun Pathak, Analyst, Telecoms Practice, CyberMedia Research.


“During CY 2011 the dual-SIM category also extended its presence to the 3G and smartphone (Android) segments”, Tarun further added.

3G Phones
During CY 2011, close to 250 unique 3G handset models were shipped from approximately 30 different vendors. The total shipments of 3G phones in the country touched nearly 18 million units, a year-on-year growth of 153%. Nokia again emerged as the market leader in this category followed by Samsung and RIM.

Table 3. India Mobile Handsets Market: Shares of leading Vendors in Multi-SIM
Mobile Handsets*
*Source: CyberMedia Research India Monthly Mobile Handsets Market Review, CY 2011, December 2011 release

“In anticipation of increased 3G data usage among subscribers all the major handset vendors introduced their 3G phone portfolios to the India market during CY 2011”, stated Naveen Mishra, Lead Telecoms Analyst, CyberMedia Research.

“3G is a relatively new phenomenon in India with active subscribers estimated at only 15 million as of December 2011. This may be directly attributed to the lack of 3G network availability in many locations and the poor quality of service experienced by existing subscribers. Therefore, in many respects 2012 will be a ‘test year’ for the growth and adoption of 3G handsets and data services in the country. It will be interesting to see how new alliances and offerings emerge from handset vendors, service providers and content developers to target mobile subscribers with innovative device plus data service bundles”, Naveen further added.

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