Microsoft paying Nokia 1 billion for 5 years plus deal

Even though Nokia’s Stephen Elop declared during MWC that Microsoft wasn’t paying Nokia upfront to use Windows Phone 7 as its smartphone OS, two of Bloomberg sources are indicating that the Redmond software giant is actually going to pay the Finnish mobile juggernaut approximately $1 Billion for the 5 years + deal. Part of this money will be used to promote the future products, R&D and also license Nokia’s Ovi Maps and Navteq assets to integrate them in Bing Maps. Nokia will also obviously pay for every Windows Phone 7 license used on the upcoming products so Microsoft is going to recoup part of the Billion once the devices start to come out on the market.

Microsoft Corp. will pay Nokia Oyj more than $1 billion to promote and develop Windows-based handsets as part of their smartphone software agreement, according to two people with knowledge of the terms.

Nokia will pay Microsoft a fee for each copy of Windows used in its phones, costs that will be offset as Nokia curtails its own budget for software research and development, said one of the people, who declined to be identified because the final contract hasn’t yet been signed. The agreement runs for more than five years, the people said.

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Windows Phone still losing market share in the US while Android claims top spot

Marketing? What marketing? Sub-par press relation? Delayed and dodgy updates? This can’t be good right? Well, it is definitely not helping Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform to gain any new ground in the US (or anywhere else I would guess). According to Comscore latest Mobile platform “survey” (so take this with a pinch of salt) Windows Phone’s US market-share fell from 9.7% in October 2010 to 8.0% in January 2011. Android rose from 23.5% to 31.2% during the same period. I wouldn’t count on Sprint’s HTC Arrive, Verizon’s HTC 7 Trophy or any of that “but it’s not available on CDMA yet so it’s not fair to compare platforms” nonsense to change anything here.

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Flickr for Windows Phone 7 updated again: Bug fixes and performance improvements

The official Flickr application for Windows Phone 7 application has just been updated again to version 1.3 with the following changes:

- Fix problem with blank screen during start-up phase for some users.
- Fix for application error when sharing from media hub with a large number of photos.
- Background photos on home panorama now change from time to time.

It should also be noted that infinite loading/scrolling of images in the pivot is now improved (it’s faster) and it looks like the newest Bing Maps control is now being used (I could be wrong though). There are still a few bugs here and there (and performance can still be improved quite a bit) but things are getting better with every release.

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