It's time for Steve to upgrade his phone and he wants to know what to get. He hears that Nokia is releasing a new phone called the Six. Leo says that the new Nokia smartphones are quite nice, with a mid range price. What about the Windows Phone platform? Microsoft has pretty much given up on it and nobody is really supporting it anymore. Steve is wondering if he can put Android on his old Lumia? Leo says probably not. He should try going to XDA-Developers.com to see if it's possible.
Sensing a market for people who just want a phone, or a burner, Nokia announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 this week the return of the 3310 phone, which has over 21 hours of talk time on a single charge. It will cost just $51.
Meanwhile, Blackberry returned with the standard Blackberry keyboard on an Android phone, and Motorola is putting out a new version of the Moto G5 with a 13MP camera and faster snapdragon chips, larger screen, and more. That will retail for $200.
Noah was running the Windows 10 mobile preview, and when he tried to revert back to Windows 8, it failed due to a loose cable. Leo says that the same happened to him and Nokia swears that you can't brick a Lumia phone. There's always a way to recover it unless there's a physical defect.
Joe has to pay $150 a year to have his MyFordTouch apps updated. Why should he do that anymore when Waze is in real time? Leo agrees. There's a huge mismatch between how long it takes to build and update a car as an app. Ford no longer supports My Ford Touch and Ford Sync, since that was a Microsoft product. Instead, Ford got app developers to write for them. And the new generation has both Apple (CarPlay) and Android (AndroidCar). They're using the phone as an extension of the car and as such, updates will happen over the air. Unfortunately, it's only with new models.
Seeking to raise $2 Billion in venture capital, Uber's value could reach up to $50 Billion this year. Facebook is the only company in history that has reached that level. Uber also plans to buy Nokia's map division. Is Uber worth that kind of money?
Barbara dropped her old iPhone and now she needs to get a new phone. She wants something simple that will be easy to use. What should she get? Leo sent his mom the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It has a simple mode which is nice. But Leo doesn't recommend Android to electronically challenged users.
James is going to get his first smartphone and is considering getting an older model like the Samsung Galaxy S3. But should he just move forward and go with the latest HTC One? He doesn't want an iPhone, though. Leo says that in general, it's not a good idea to go with an older model because he'll lose out on the latest innovations. However, with Samsung, things have gotten worse because Samsung has loaded it with programs that users can't get rid of, in addition to what the carrier puts on it. At least the Galaxy S3 didn't have so much of that nonsense.
Nokia will start selling its Lumia 2520 8 inch Windows RT tablet on November 22nd. It will be available from Verizon and AT&T, and is roughly the same cost as an iPad, at $400. It comes with Microsoft Office free.
Nokia Lumia 2520 RT tablet available in US for $400 on 22 November (ZDnet)…
Nokia announced the Lumia 2520 Windows RT Tablet this week. Leo says that while everyone says this is just more evidence that we're in the post PC era, Leo says that doesn't mean that the desktop is going away. It means that computing is spreading out into more devices. A perfect example of this is Nest, the company that makes smart thermostats. It now will be developing an internet connected smoke alarm that talks to you and tells you when it needs a new battery.
Microsoft has bought Nokia phones with plans to follow Google's lead and make their own phones. Leo also says it's fueled speculation that this puts Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on the short list to succeed Steve Balmer as the head of Microsoft. Could it be that is part of the deal?
There's also a rumor, reported by Jim Kramer, that outgoing Ford CEO Alan Mullaly will be temporary CEO of Microsoft. Leo says that's unlikely because Mulally, while the perfect choice, is retiring.