The Death Of Nokia, It's Now Official

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It’s Adios, to death, of one of the world`s most popular phones ever to hit the market  will soon be no more. For those from the  late 90s to early 2000 era the Nokia 3310 or 5110 was probably the most priced gadget anyone had in Zimbabwe, but unfortunately, this is all but now going down in the books of History.

After partnering with Nokia in early 2011, Microsoft paid $7.2 billion in 2013 to acquire the company’s device business, a deal that closed in April 2014. Soon after, Microsoft announced it would lay off 18,000 workers, the majority because of the Nokia deal.

Microsoft dropping the Nokia brand for its devices represents the end of an era. Nokia phones were extremely popular worldwide in the 2000s, but the company ultimately was complacent in the wake of the release of the iPhone, and didn’t respond with comparable device until 2011 (the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9), the same year it threw its lot in with Microsoft and Windows Phone. Finland’s prime minister recently put the blame of Nokia’s failure on Apple.

The most recent Lumia phones, the Lumia 730/735 and Lumia 830, will likely be the last phones to carry the Nokia brand.

Microsoft has made no secret of abandoning the Nokia brand since it completed the acquisition of the Finnish company’s mobile business earlier this year. First reported by The Verge, Microsoft will soon begin using the brand “Microsoft Lumia” for its mobile devices.

That means every Microsoft website and Nokia social-media account will need to be updated, and Microsoft France will reportedly be the first one to make the transition.

credit : Mashable

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