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Profit, sales decline at Nokia; forecasts flat 2009

Nokia, the world’s largest handset vendor, reported a 66 percent annual decline in net profit for second-quarter 2009 but claimed that demand in the overall mobile device market is “bottoming out.

Nokia targets 300M services subs by 2011

Nokia used its second-quarter results announcement yesterday to talk up its Internet services strategy once again, unveiling a target to have 300 million users of its mobile services by the end of 2011.

Symbian launches app store publishing initiative

The Symbian Foundation, the promoter of the Symbian open-source mobile platform, has launched a new initiative aimed at helping developers deliver applications for the various app stores on Symbian-based smartphones.

Nokia in CDMA handset agreement in Nigeria

Nokia and Nigerian CDMA operator Visafone have entered into an agreement to introduce dual-band mobile CDMA handsets for consumers through the operator’s 3,000 dealer outlets nationwide, notes Telegeography, citing Nigeria Daily Independent.

Nokia buys small German social networking firm

Nokia announced Friday it is to acquire small German social networking firm cellity for an undisclosed sum.

Nokia to launch TD-SCDMA device by year-end

Nokia will launch a handset in China before the end of the year in partnership with China Mobile based on the country’s homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G network, reports Reuters.

China Mobile’s app store linked to August launch

China Mobile’s high-profile upcoming application store – Mobile Market – will be launched this month, according to a Xinhua report cited by Telecompaper.

Report: Nokia to replace Symbian with Maemo

Nokia plans to deploy the Maemo OS software for future smartphones, replacing Symbian, according to the Financial Times Deutschland, notes Telecompaper.

Ovi Mail hits 1 million mark

Nokia claims its Ovi Mail service has recorded over 1 million activated accounts in just over six months.

Gartner: Global smartphone sales hit 40M in 2Q09

New handset sales data from Gartner reveals that smartphones continued to outperform the overall mobile devices market in 2Q09, and were a key factor in consumers upgrading devices.