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Nokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon

Soon, astronauts on moon missions won’t have any excuse for not answering their texts. NASA has awarded Nokia of America $14.1 million to deploy a cellular network on the moon. The freaking moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA’s “Tipping Point” selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration.  Nokia’s plan is to build a 4G/LTE network, and eventually transition to 5G (just like the rest of us). It will be “the first LTE/4G communications system in space,” according to NASA’s announcement. “The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards,” the announcement also reads. To the moon! 🌕 We are excited to have been named by @NASA as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the moon, to help pave the way towards sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. So, what technology can you expect to see? (1/6) pic.twitter.com/wDNwloyHdP — Bell Labs (@BellLabs) October 15, 2020 Nokia’s research arm, Bell Labs, provided more details in a Twitter thread. The company intends for the network to support wireless operation of lunar rovers and navigation, as well as streaming video.  The network is built to be compact and efficient, as well as “specially designed to withstand the extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum conditions of space.” According to UPI, NASA said in a live broadcast of the announcement that the network would extend to spacecraft, and help develop technology fit…Continue readingNokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon

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Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4 might launch in India soon

Nokia’s latest budget devices the Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4 made their global debut recently. Both the devices might launch in India soon as the official Nokia India website has listed the two devices.  Both Nokia features a dedicated Google Assistant buttons which has been part of Nokia’s recent line-up. Also, both the Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4 run on Android 10 and are ready for Android 11. Both these devices are part of Android One program which means you are guaranteed to get two years of Android upgrades and three years of monthly security updates. Both the devices can be spotted on the official site with full details except for the pricing.  Nokia 3.4 specs Powering the Nokia 3.4 is the Snapdragon 460 SoC paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The device sports a 6.39-inch HD+ screen with a punch holes cut out on the left which houses an 8MP selfie shooter. To the rear, you get a circular camera module which brings triple camera stack with 13MP primary camera, a 5MP ultra-wide shooter and a 2MP macro shooter.  Powering the internals is a 4,000mAh battery but, the Nokia 3.4 misses out on fast charging and you will have to rely on 10W charging. However, you get a Type-C port for charging. Other features include a 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD card slot, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The device comes in Fjord, Dusk, Charcoal colour options.  (Image credit: Nokia) Nokia 2.4 specs The more…Continue readingNokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4 might launch in India soon

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Here’s the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310

The brick. It’s not a particularly flattering nickname, especially for something that’s gained cult status, especially for a piece of technology. Twenty years after its debut, though, the Nokia 3310 still wears the moniker proudly. People used to love it for what it could do. But maybe they miss it because of all the things it couldn’t. Technically September 1 is the anniversary of when Nokia first announced the 3310, not when it went on sale; it’s sort of like celebrating an ultrasound instead of a birthday. Still, it’s as good a time as any to remember the little blue tank, the indestructible candy bar, the device that sold 126 million units—more than 20 times as many as the first-generation iPhone. (The comparison is unfair on multiple levels: price points, longevity, available markets. Still, fun!) The praises of the Nokia 3310 have been widely sung already, but memories are short and weeks last years these days, so forgive a quick recap. Yes, it could first and foremost survive a drop from any reasonable height. But it did so with a clunky sort of style: the call and arrow buttons curved to a subtle grin; the body was a just-right shade of midnight blue; the number keys responded to each press with a satisfying click. It was staunchly minimalist in an era beset by bedazzling. The battery lasted at least a week without a recharge. And then there was Snake II, an elite tier time-waster of a game that reliably gave…Continue readingHere’s the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310

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Nokia Media Streamer goes on sale in India today

The Nokia Media Streamer will go on sale in India today for the first time. Flipkart had unveiled the Android box a week ago in India. With this box, you can convert your non-smart TV to a smart TV.  Priced at Rs 3,499, the Nokia Media Streamer is the company’s first TV accessory in the country after entering the smart TV arena late last year. The Nokia device will take on the likes of streaming devices like Amazon Fire Stick, Mi TV Box, Mi TV Stick  Check out the Nokia Media Streamer on Flipkart (Image credit: Nokia) By the looks, the Nokia Media Streamer looks similar to the existing TV box like the Mi Box 4K which is also priced similarly. However, the streaming with Nokia Media Streamer is limited to 1080p.  It is powered by Android 9 TV OS with support and access for Google Play Store and Google Play Services. You also get Chromecast built-in to cast content from your phone and for remote accessing the content on TV, there is also Google Assistant support.  As pointed out earlier, the Nokia Media Streamer offers up to full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with 60 frames per second. The device is powered by a quad-core processor and Mali 450 GPU. It comes equipped with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.  There is also a dedicated remote that comes bundled with hotkeys for Google Assistant, Netflix, and Zee5. Apart from that, you also get volume control,…Continue readingNokia Media Streamer goes on sale in India today

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Nokia 5.3 could launch this month in India

Nokia has gone under the radar in India for the last few months but it looks like it is planning a launch soon. Reports are now emerging that  HMD Global-owned Finnish smartphone maker will be introducing the Nokia 5.3 in the Indian markets in August.  Although there are no exact dates yet and neither has Nokia given any hints about the same.  According to a report in The Mobile Indian, sources in the company claimed that alongside the Nokia 5.3, the company may also launch a couple of other devices. However, they gave  no further details about these new smartphone launches.  HMD Global launched the Nokia 5.3 in Europe and the US back in March. And it came along with the company’s first 5G smartphone, the Nokia 8.3 5G. If reports are to be believed, a couple of smartphones will be coming to India along with the Nokia 5.3 and 8.3 could be one of them. Given the delay that HMD Global usually takes, we can’t be sure of that but let’s hope the company brings them soon. The company had already started mass-producing the Nokia 5.3 in India and it was supposed to arrive last month. But that hasn’t materialized as yet, nor is there any information over the cause of the delays. Anyway, the Nokia 5.3 is a solid budget smartphone and if the company somehow manages to slot it at a more affordable price, which should definitely be below the  EUR189 it charges in Europe, it sure…Continue readingNokia 5.3 could launch this month in India

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Nokia, Flipkart launch a 65-inch 4K Android TV

Nokia, which has partnered with Flipkart for the TV lineup, unveiled a new Smart TV in India. The newly launched 65-inch Smart Android TV variant sits right above the 43-inch model that launched back in June and is priced at ₹64,999. The new 65-inch Android TV listed on Flipkart has an LED panel with 4K resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. Nokia says the display is an A + Grade panel and has a 60Hz refresh rate. Peak brightness is up to 480nits. Viewing angles look pretty good at 178-degree FOV but the contrast ratio is 1100:1. Nokia says the display has Dolby Vision and Intelligent Dimming support for enhancing darker regions, improving contrast and colours. (Image credit: Flipkart) Under the hood, 1GHz Pure X quad-core Cortex A-53 CPU powers the device. The device comes with Mali 450MP4 GPU to handle the DC dimming and color reproduction better. There is a 2.25GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. As for connectivity, the TV has 3xHDMI, 1xUSB 2.0, 1xAV, and 1xUSB 3.0 Ethernet ports. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n(2.4GHz). Audio-wise, the Nokia TV is powered by JBL Audio with 24W bottom-firing speakers and supports DTS Tru sound and JBL Audio tuning. Other features include 5-band equalizer, auto volume enhancer and dialogue enhancement. The model number is 65CAUHDN and the TV runs Android TV 9 out-of-the-box with built-in Chromecast, support for Google voice assistant and Play Store to download more apps. Just like its predecessor 43-inch TV, the new 65-inch 4K TV…Continue readingNokia, Flipkart launch a 65-inch 4K Android TV

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Sandvik picks Nokia 5G networking gear to automate underground mining

Over the past few years, there’s been no shortage of hype over 5G’s massive business implications, as hardware makers, carriers, and enterprises have pitched 5G networks as the enabler of “the fourth industrial revolution” or “industry 4.0” — too often without concrete examples of why 5G will matter. Today, Nokia announced one of the most intriguing industrial use cases yet: Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is deploying a private industrial 5G network to further automate the underground harvesting of natural materials, setting the stage for what the latter company calls a “digital transformation of mining.” Mining is a dangerous business, requiring people to enter caves and continuously remove parts of the ceilings, walls, and floors as they hunt for valuable resources. Sandvik and Nokia say that the 5G network will be used for two purposes: enabling deployment of reliable voice and video equipment in these “highly challenging” environments, and managing remote operation of machines “deep underground” from a surface control center. Initially, the machines will be guided using 4K video links, but in the future, robotic and fully autonomous operations will be possible. A few details are critical to Sandvik’s 5G deployment, which is beginning at a 48-year-old test mine consisting of multiple kilometers of underground tunnels. The company has chosen to deploy Nokia’s 5G standalone network, which doesn’t rely on older 4G as a backbone, and therefore goes beyond fast downloads to offer faster upload speeds and lower latency. It’s also using Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud, which supports industrial-grade security and reliability, as…Continue readingSandvik picks Nokia 5G networking gear to automate underground mining

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A compact Nokia budget phone spotted on TENAA – is it the Nokia 2.4?

HMD Global, the maker of Nokia smartphones might soon unveil a new affordable smartphone. A compact Nokia budget phone was spotted on TENAA certification recently.  Nokia has been off the grid from the past couple of months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, it looks like HMD Global is gearing to launch smartphones, again. To start off, the company is soon expected to launch a budget device with model number “TA-1258”.  The device could be Nokia 2.4 since the leaked specs almost match the specs of the previous generation Nokia 2.3 device. Recently, the device was also spotted on Geekbench with MediaTek Helio P22 SoC.  Nokia 4.2 (Image credit: Future) As per the report from NokiaMob, the device was spotted on TENAA listings with TA-1258 model number. It features a 5.99-inch LCD screen, given the current state of smartphone display sizes, we can call a display under a 6-inch as a compact. It will come with a 1,440 x 720-pixel resolution. The phones measures at 159.6×77×8.5mm according to the report. Furthermore, the device is expected to come out in two variants 3GB of RAM with 32GB onboard storage and 3GB of RAM with 64GB of onboard storage. On the optics front, the upcoming budget smartphone from HMD Global will feature an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera.  The device will be running on an octa-core CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, the exact SoC is uncertain at the moment. The battery is rated at 3040mAh battery and lastly, it will…Continue readingA compact Nokia budget phone spotted on TENAA – is it the Nokia 2.4?

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Nokia offers 5G software upgrade for 5m 4G radios

Nokia is issuing a software upgrade that will customers to repurpose 4G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment for 5G. The Finnish mobile giant says the upgrade will provide immediate support for one million radios immediately and 3.1 million by the end of the year. This figure could rise to in excess of five million by 2021. Nokia is locked in a fiercely-contested battle with Ericsson and Huawei to provide radio kit for 5G rollouts around the world. To win customers, Nokia is pitching itself as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for telcos and enterprises thanks to a portfolio extends across the radio, transport and core layers of the network. Nokia 5G radio Central to that proposition is the ability for customers to reuse existing hardware and spectrum assets. For example, its AirScale platform offers dual connectivity, which allows operators to transmit data simultaneously across 5G and 4G networks, achieving higher transmission rates than using either technology independently. The ability to roll out 5G remotely as a software upgrade will not only future proof infrastructure but will also greatly reduce engineering costs. Nokia claims the potential savings are worth more than ten billion. “We already provide market- leading LTE radios to hundreds of customers around the world,” said Tommi Uitto, President of mobile networks at Nokia. “This is an important solution because it will help our customers, quickly and efficiently upgrade their existing LTE radios so that they are 5G ready saving them time and money.” Nokia’s transition to 5G has not been without…Continue readingNokia offers 5G software upgrade for 5m 4G radios

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Nokia 5G software can upgrade 5 million 4G tower radios without climbs

Take the latest VB Survey to share how your company is implementing AI today. As 5G networks continue to spread across the world — faster than some predicted, but slower than others might prefer — physically upgrading existing 4G towers has proved to be a significant bottleneck, leading to massive expenses, permitting controversies, and shortages of cell tower climbers. Today, Nokia released an alternative that will help carriers rapidly convert 4G infrastructure to 5G: a software update that can convert 5 million existing 4G tower radios to 5G without the need for tower climbs or site revisits. According to the company, the software update is available now for approximately 1 million 4G radios, and will expand to 3.1 million by the end of 2020, then over 5 million in 2021 — big numbers that should enable country-scale 5G deployments. To put those numbers in perspective, China expects that 600,000 5G base stations will cover most of the major cities in its huge landmass by year’s end, so physically smaller countries could offer edge-to-edge 5G with far fewer radios. Nokia estimates carriers’ savings from the software update to be tens of billions of Euros, coupled with reduced time for “immediate” and “seamless” 5G deployments that will help businesses and consumers start using 5G right away. If there’s any issue with the software upgrade, it’s a fairly obvious one: The upgraded Nokia radios aren’t magically gaining new frequency support for the fastest flavor of 5G, millimeter wave transmissions in the 24-39GHz range. Instead, their…Continue readingNokia 5G software can upgrade 5 million 4G tower radios without climbs