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Nokia 9.1 to be Scrapped as HMD Global Focuses on Next-Gen Nokia 9.2

Report claim that the Finnish company was dropping the Nokia 9.1 because of the dim reception Nokia 9 PureView received after being launched.

Nokia Reshuffles Management With Focus on 5G Market
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HMD Global is planning to scrap the release of Nokia 9.1 PureView this year and is currently focusing on the next-generation Nokia 9.2 PureView, stated a report. The newer flagship will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, while the 9.1 version was supposed to come with the older Snapdragon 855 processor. This processor is also expected to make an appearance on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and OnePlus 8 Pro, so the competition is going to be tough for Nokia.

Although specifics were not released yet, the report claims that the Finnish company was dropping the Nokia 9.1 because of the dim response the Nokia 9 PureView received after being launched. The report further added that it had heard from a source that by launching the Nokia 9.2 PureView, HMD Global will be able to launch the flagship in the first half of 2020 just like other manufacturers.

The report also claimed that the Nokia 9.2 would not feature the ‘light camera technology’ but still come with a ‘great camera’ and a big sensor. To usher in greater sales, HMD might adopt a Nokia 8-like feature/pricing balance. According to a report, the next flagship could debut before June this year. The details of the pricing haven’t been provided yet but HMD would like to avoid competing with premium flagships directly.

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MWC 2020: Nokia 8.2 5G Alongside Affordable Phones Expected From HMD Global

Nokia is likely to unveil a type of wearable fitness tracker, complete with NFC and Google Pay, and the Nokia 5.2 at MWC 2020.

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The upcoming Mobile World Congress 2020 is expected to witness the launch of a couple of new devices from HMD Global. As per a report, the brand may come up with the Nokia 8.2 5G and an all-new original series Nokia device. Till now, no details about the device are known. Further, it is also rumored that the company might unveil a type of fitness tracker wearable complete with NFC and Google Pay. It is likely that the Nokia 5.2, which was expected to launch at last year’s Mobile World Congress will finally be released in 2020.

The phone may house a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, 3GB RAM along with 32GB storage. However, an expensive variant of it will have 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. In terms of camera, the phone is expected to house a 16-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel depth sensor at the back. In terms of display, the device should have a 6.2-inch notched LCD panel which comes with an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Probably, the cheapest smartphone that Nokia has in the MWC lineup, the Nokia 1.3 is likely to have a 6-inch LCD screen along with an unspecified MediaTek chipset. In terms of storage, the device is expected to come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Further, it is being expected that the phone will have a 3D nano-textured plastic cover on the back. The camera is most probably will be of 13-megapixel at the rear and 5-megapixel at the front.

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Amazon Music Crosses 55 Million Global Subscriptions, Closes In on Apple Music

While Amazon Music is inching close to Apple Music’s just over 60 million subscribers, it still has a long way to go to catch up to Spotify (248 million users).

Amazon Music Crosses 55 Million Global Subscriptions, Closes In on Apple Music
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Amazon said that its streaming music service has won more than 55 million subscribers, closing in on Apple Music. Amazon Music, however, still has a long way to go to catch up to Spotify, which boasts 248 million users, including 113 million paid subscribers. Amazon said that its music service had a year of “incredible growth around the world” that included a more than 50 per cent jump in the number of Prime service subscribers who pay to upgrade to an Unlimited music option.

“We’re proud to reach this incredible milestone,” said Amazon Music vice president Steve Boom. “We’ve always been focused on expanding the marketplace for music streaming by offering music listener’s unparalleled choice because we know that different listeners have different needs”. Amazon Prime memberships costing $119 annually in the US include access to a library of some two million songs and free, fast deliveries of online purchases. In India, Amazon Prime is priced at Rs 129 per month and Rs 999 a year.

Amazon offers several streaming music subscription options for those who are not Prime members in select markets. Amazon Music has grown about 50 per cent in Britain, Germany, Japan, and the US during the past year, and is winning listeners in newer markets such as France, Italy, Mexico and Spain, according to the Seattle-based company.

Apple’s streaming music service had more than 60 million subscribers worldwide as of the middle of last year, according to various estimates. California-based Apple has made a priority of selling digital content and services to users of its popular devices as it weans itself off dependence on iPhone sales for revenue. Amazon, meanwhile, has relentlessly expanded its offerings from books to e-commerce, cloud services, streaming video and music, and more.

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Microsoft Launches Global Ad Campaign to Boost Work-Communication App Teams

To beat out the similar design of Slack, the company launched its ad campaign in the US during the NFL playoffs on January 19.

Microsoft Launches Global Ad Campaign to Boost Work-Communication App Teams
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Microsoft is launching a new advertising campaign for Teams, its work-communication app, in a bid to defeat Slack Technologies for leading the workplace. Slack basically provides a chat room to the entire company, designed to replace email as the primary mode of communication.

Microsoft’s Teams tool was launched in 2016. It is a collaboration tool that offers chat, meetings, calling and file collaboration.

To beat out the similar design of Slack, the company launched its ad campaign in the US during the NFL playoffs on January 19 (Sunday). Microsoft’s agency, Interpublic’s McCann, worked on the campaign which will include TV ads, podcasts, digital and out-of-home placements.

The campaign will be launched in the UK, France and Germany in February.

After the announcement of the ad campaign, shares of Slack dropped heavily, CNBC reported. The company, however, sounded positive about the campaign as it would ultimately “drive awareness” to the fact that there was a better way of working than via email. Speaking to CNBC, a Slack spokesperson said that the firm wanted more and more people to know that there was “an alternative to email.”

The report added that the company refused to disclose specific figures on the spending on the Teams campaign. Here is the video featuring Microsoft Teams, uploaded by the tech giant on YouTube.