The Nokia Blog http://thenokiablog.com Mobile Phone News Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:48:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 The world’s best-selling smart speaker is the Google Home Mini, but Apple leads in revenue http://thenokiablog.com/2018/09/19/the-worlds-best-selling-smart-speaker-is-the-google-home-mini-but-apple-leads-in-revenue/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:48:00 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/the-worlds-best-selling-smart-speaker-is-the-google-home-mini-but-apple-leads-in-revenue After already releasing a global smart speaker market report for the year’s second quarter last month, ranking Amazon as the world’s top vendor, followed by Google, Alibaba, and Apple, Strategy Analytics is back with even more in-depth research of this rapidly growing niche.

This time, the analysis, business consulting, and market research firm is focusing squarely on the best-selling smart speaker models out there. Perhaps unsurprisingly, two ultra-affordable devices topped the Q2 2018 charts, but somewhat unexpectedly, the Google Home Mini edged out Amazon’s Echo Dot for the April ...]]> After already releasing a global smart speaker market report for the year’s second quarter last month, ranking Amazon as the world’s top vendor, followed by Google, Alibaba, and Apple, Strategy Analytics is back with even more in-depth research of this rapidly growing niche.

This time, the analysis, business consulting, and market research firm is focusing squarely on the best-selling smart speaker models out there. Perhaps unsurprisingly, two ultra-affordable devices topped the Q2 2018 charts, but somewhat unexpectedly, the Google Home Mini edged out Amazon’s Echo Dot for the April …

]]> Jaybird Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones hands-on: Entry-level offering with signature features http://thenokiablog.com/2018/09/19/jaybird-tarah-wireless-sport-headphones-hands-on-entry-level-offering-with-signature-features/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/jaybird-tarah-wireless-sport-headphones-hands-on-entry-level-offering-with-signature-features

Jaybird has been staying pretty active for about the last year, introducing several new earbuds that cover the gamut. This time, they’re setting their sights on the entry-level segment of the market with their latest pair of Bluetooth headphones – the Jaybird Tarah.

Distinctively a Jaybird offering, evident in its black and green color scheme, the Jaybird Tarah doesn’t deviate too much from the formula that the company is known for with its line of Bluetooth headphones. One can argue that it looks extremely similar to the just-launched Jaybird X4, ...]]>

Jaybird has been staying pretty active for about the last year, introducing several new earbuds that cover the gamut. This time, they’re setting their sights on the entry-level segment of the market with their latest pair of Bluetooth headphones – the Jaybird Tarah.
Distinctively a Jaybird offering, evident in its black and green color scheme, the Jaybird Tarah doesn’t deviate too much from the formula that the company is known for with its line of Bluetooth headphones. One can argue that it looks extremely similar to the just-launched Jaybird X4, …

]]> Nokia 6.1 Plus launched in Nepal and Pakistan; Available offline too! http://thenokiablog.com/2018/09/14/nokia-6-1-plus-launched-in-nepal-and-pakistan-available-offline-too/ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 05:36:21 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/nokia-6-1-plus-launched-in-nepal-and-pakistan-available-offline-too Nokia Mobile has further expanded the availability of Nokia 6.1 Plus (a.k.a Nokia X6). The device is extending further into the Indian subcontinent with sales starting in Nepal and Pakistan. The price of Nokia 6.1 Plus in Pakistan and Nepal is slightly higher than that in India, but it is still close to the pricing […]

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Nokia Mobile has further expanded the availability of Nokia 6.1 Plus (a.k.a Nokia X6). The device is extending further into the Indian subcontinent with sales starting in Nepal and Pakistan. The price of Nokia 6.1 Plus in Pakistan and Nepal is slightly higher than that in India, but it is still close to the pricing from Hong Kong.

Nokia 6.1 Plus price in Pakistan: For Pakistan buyers, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will cost 35,800 in Pakistan Rupees. The device is available for purchase via Advance Telecom’s offline stores as well as their website. The phone is available in Blue and White color variants.

Nokia 6.1 Plus in Pakistan at Advance TelecomNokia 6.1 Price in Nepal: In case of Nepal, the pricing is slightly higher. But that’s for every other thing sold in Nepal due to higher taxes. The device will retail for a MRP of 37,635 NPR. Given the fact that it is the maximum retail price, expect the prices to be slightly lower as the stores will discount it from their own margins. For example, the MRP of Nokia 6.1 Plus in India is 17,600 INR, but sells for 15,999.

Nokia 6.1 Plus launched in nepal

Nokia 6.1 Plus is already one of the best-selling Nokia Android smartphone. That’s all because of the attractive pricing coupled with the great specifications and the design. This is exactly something that Nokia needed to gain some traction. The Nokia 5.1 Plus will also join it soon to further push the Nokia brand to the masses.

Thanks to Viccky for the tip!

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Nokia 8 Sirocco gets its hands on the September security patch http://thenokiablog.com/2018/09/12/nokia-8-sirocco-gets-its-hands-on-the-september-security-patch/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:49:08 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/nokia-8-sirocco-gets-its-hands-on-the-september-security-patch Did Nokia pull the trigger for all phones together? After Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 7, it is time for Nokia 8 Sirocco to receive the new update. All happening today, 12th of September! As with the other phones, the update only packs the Google’s Android security patch for the month of September. Nokia […]

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Did Nokia pull the trigger for all phones together? After Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 7, it is time for Nokia 8 Sirocco to receive the new update. All happening today, 12th of September! As with the other phones, the update only packs the Google’s Android security patch for the month of September. Nokia is certainly at an unbeatable position when it comes to the pace of releasing software updates!

September update for Sirocco

The update weighs just 82.1MB, which means that the installation process won’t take long. So, if you are one Sirocco user, then go ahead and manually check for updates if you haven’t received a notification yet. Also do let us know if you see any visible changes in the device’s UI.

The above screenshot is from Nokia 8 Sirocco TA-1042.

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Here are the freebies T-Mobile customers will receive next Tuesday http://thenokiablog.com/2018/09/09/here-are-the-freebies-t-mobile-customers-will-receive-next-tuesday/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 00:37:00 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/here-are-the-freebies-t-mobile-customers-will-receive-next-tuesday
Next Tuesday is September 11th and once again T-Mobile subscribers will be able to open the T-Mobile Tuesdays app and grab some freebies and prizes. The carrier does this to thank subscribers. Before we get into the giveaways, we should remind you that the sweepstakes being run with movie app Atom is still in play until Monday. If you haven't entered yet, you can do so via the same app you use to collect your weekly prizes. Those who are not T-Mobile subscribers can enter at amoe.t-mobiletuesdays.com. The winner will receive a pair of free movie tickets a week for a year.

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Next Tuesday is September 11th and once again T-Mobile subscribers will be able to open the T-Mobile Tuesdays app and grab some freebies and prizes. The carrier does this to thank subscribers. Before we get into the giveaways, we should remind you that the sweepstakes being run with movie app Atom is still in play until Monday. If you haven’t entered yet, you can do so via the same app you use to collect your weekly prizes. Those who are not T-Mobile subscribers can enter at amoe.t-mobiletuesdays.com. The winner will receive a pair of free movie tickets a week for a year.
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]]> Trump tweets: Apple can avoid tariffs by moving jobs to the U.S. http://thenokiablog.com/2018/09/08/trump-tweets-apple-can-avoid-tariffs-by-moving-jobs-to-the-u-s/ Sat, 08 Sep 2018 20:39:00 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/trump-tweets-apple-can-avoid-tariffs-by-moving-jobs-to-the-u-s
On Friday, we told you that several Apple products are on the list of Chinese imports that tariffs will soon be imposed on, barring any last second truce in the trade war between the U.S. and China. The Apple devices listed include the Apple Watch, HomePod, AirPods and Apple Pencil. In addition, certain plugs and cables for Apple devices are among the next $200 billion in goods imported from China that will be affected.

A tweet posted today by President Trump suggests that if Apple wants to prevent its products from being hit with an import tax, it should make its ...]]>

On Friday, we told you that several Apple products are on the list of Chinese imports that tariffs will soon be imposed on, barring any last second truce in the trade war between the U.S. and China. The Apple devices listed include the Apple Watch, HomePod, AirPods and Apple Pencil. In addition, certain plugs and cables for Apple devices are among the next $200 billion in goods imported from China that will be affected.
A tweet posted today by President Trump suggests that if Apple wants to prevent its products from being hit with an import tax, it should make its …

]]> Nokia 7 Plus receives a stability update, probably a preparation for Pie http://thenokiablog.com/2018/09/07/nokia-7-plus-receives-a-stability-update-probably-a-preparation-for-pie/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:43:16 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/nokia-7-plus-receives-a-stability-update-probably-a-preparation-for-pie Nokia 7 Plus users are reporting a new update hitting their devices. No, it is not the highly anticipated Android Pie update. It is not the September security patch either. The change-log only mentions 3 things: Improved system stability User interface enhancements Google security patch 2018-08 The August security patches were already rolled out to […]

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Nokia 7 Plus users are reporting a new update hitting their devices. No, it is not the highly anticipated Android Pie update. It is not the September security patch either. The change-log only mentions 3 things:

  1. Improved system stability
  2. User interface enhancements
  3. Google security patch 2018-08

Stability update for Nokia 7 Plus

The August security patches were already rolled out to the Nokia 7 Plus and that tells us that the change-log is not so accurate. The update weighs 76.7MB and going by the remarks from the change-log, it fixes some minor issues with the device. This update could also be seen as the stage that bridges the upgrade to Android Pie (which should be rolling out soon).

Do let us know if you notice something new after installing the update on your devices.

Thanks you, Michael for the tip.

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Updated: Nokia 6.1 Plus gets August update in India; Adds stability, but removes the ability to hide the notch http://thenokiablog.com/2018/09/02/updated-nokia-6-1-plus-gets-august-update-in-india-adds-stability-but-removes-the-ability-to-hide-the-notch/ Sun, 02 Sep 2018 10:42:16 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/updated-nokia-6-1-plus-gets-august-update-in-india-adds-stability-but-removes-the-ability-to-hide-the-notch Nokia Mobile is pushing the first main software update to the recently launched Nokia 6.1 Plus. Users in India are reporting (at Nokia community) the arrival of a 380MB software update which mentions just two things in the change-log: 1. Improved system stability & 2. Update Google security patch 2018-08. The update is likely kicked […]

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Nokia Mobile is pushing the first main software update to the recently launched Nokia 6.1 Plus. Users in India are reporting (at Nokia community) the arrival of a 380MB software update which mentions just two things in the change-log: 1. Improved system stability & 2. Update Google security patch 2018-08. The update is likely kicked off yesterday i.e. 1st of September but it is also possible that the update was already pushed and the users have just now started receiving the deliveries of the phone.

It’s just the start of September and the August update is pretty late. Anyhow, better late than never. Hopefully the September update will arrive faster. If the update is coming from the collected feedback, it should also be addressing the little camera lag and add some improvements to the ambient light sensor.

I’m yet to hear positive sides of the update from the Nokia 6.1 Plus users. However, complaints are flowing in from the users who do not like the “notch”. Apparently, the update removed the software setting (status bar style) to hide the notch. This won’t affect many who are happy (I’m assuming they are) with the notch, but some who do not like it are definitely speaking out now.

Update: Laura, the moderator at Nokia Community said (via Nokia Community) that the removal of notch hide option is per the requirement set by Google. No idea why would Google have such a requirement, but if that’s true, it is very alarming as we cannot expect even basic level of customization in our Nokia phones.

Update 2: Juho Sarvikas tweeted that the option to hide the notch (status bar style) will be re-introduced on the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Probably in a future software release and that would likely be September security patch. However, unless that happens, it’s just words.

Other than that, another Google app has been forcefully pushed to the device. This time it is Files Go, which replaces the previous simple file manager called “files”. Files Go is a nice app which can help clear unwanted images from the device, but I have some problems with the way Google forces its apps. Files Go is not a replacement to a proper file manager.

Another thing I feel is that the change-log should reflect most visual changes which are made to the OS. Hiding everything behind a security or stability tag is a weird scenario since the users do not get to know what exactly is expected to change with the update. Nokia Mobile should try to keep the change-log more clear.

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ZTE Axon 9 Pro http://thenokiablog.com/2018/08/30/zte-axon-9-pro/ Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:32:00 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/zte-axon-9-pro The ZTE Axon 9 Pro sports a 6.2-inch QHD+ display that has 1080 x 2248 pixels resolution. Under the hood, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM and 128 gigs of internal storage. A 12-megapixel dual-camera and a LED flash are situated on the phones rear panel.]]> The ZTE Axon 9 Pro sports a 6.2-inch QHD+ display that has 1080 x 2248 pixels resolution. Under the hood, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM and 128 gigs of internal storage. A 12-megapixel dual-camera and a LED flash are situated on the phones rear panel.

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Honor Play arrives in Europe and the UK, crazy low price confirmed http://thenokiablog.com/2018/08/30/honor-play-arrives-in-europe-and-the-uk-crazy-low-price-confirmed/ Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:42:00 +0000 http://thenokiablog.com/honor-play-arrives-in-europe-and-the-uk-crazy-low-price-confirmed Huawei-owned Honor has been teasing the global release of the Honor Play for quite some time now. In fact, its recent IFA press conference teasers were centered solely around the smartphone. And today, following a steady build-up to the event, the features and pricing of Honor’s latest smartphone have been revealed.

As indicated by the name, the Honor Play puts a heavy focus on mobile gaming, making use of Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology which has the ability to boost the GPU’s performance by up to 60%. This is then combined with the Kirin 970 processor – the same one found inside Huawei ...]]> Huawei-owned Honor has been teasing the global release of the Honor Play for quite some time now. In fact, its recent IFA press conference teasers were centered solely around the smartphone. And today, following a steady build-up to the event, the features and pricing of Honor’s latest smartphone have been revealed.

As indicated by the name, the Honor Play puts a heavy focus on mobile gaming, making use of Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology which has the ability to boost the GPU’s performance by up to 60%. This is then combined with the Kirin 970 processor – the same one found inside Huawei …

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