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Nokia sacks 4,000 of its factory workers

In case you blinked again and missed it, Nokia is axing 4,000 more jobs, all in its manufacturing arm, as announced in last year’s restructuring plan.

The – exclusively – factory jobs in Nokia business units in Hungary (2,300), Finland (1,000) and Mexico (700) follow Stephen Elop’s masterplan of killing off the manufacturing arm and sourcing everything from Asian sweatshops factories, which offer more competitive conditions than its European and American counterparts.

According to analysts, shedding Nokia’s massive manufacturing arm is a good thing, reported Reuters, and was eagerly anticipated by investors.

These had been none too pleased with the 73 percent break in the company’s Q4 earnings, but the company line remains that sales of its new Lumia phones are good. Its partnership with Microsoft is ever so slowly gaining traction with over 1 million Lumias sold between mid-November and December 31st. Continued debate about the bugginess of Lumia devices aside, sales results don’t seem too bad for the doom-and-gloom forecast for the Finnish company.

Lumia 700 and 800 series smartphones are currently sourced from Compal Communications, we are told. However, previous rumours that Nokia will keep Lumia 900 devices manufactured in-house seem to lose relevance, as the Finnish phone designer must lop off its factories as fast as it can to regain investor trust.

The job cuts add up to 30,000 so far but should continue throughout 2012, as more and more manufacturing is moved to Asian contractors.

The Swingin’ Stephen Elop told us at Mobile World Congress last year that job cuts are merely a new life journey for all involved, and that ex employees should consider losing their livelihoods an opportunity.

Microsoft releases Mango

Software giant Microsoft has started rolling out its update to Windows Phone.

Mango should be on handsets within two or three weeks which means that Vole will have hit its October deadline for the public release of the software update.

Carriers began testing the final version in July.

The news was announced in a tweet by Brandon Watson, who is in charge of apps and developers on Windows Phone at Microsoft.

“Boom… no more rumours. Mango to start rolling out on Windows Phone in just a week or two”, he said.

Mango is important for Redmond. It brings in improvements and significantly expands the number of locations and languages where Windows Phone is available.

Because it comes out in this month, Nokia will be able to start offering its first smartphones based on Windows Phone from next month. The former rubber boot maker is betting the farm on Mango. Its CEO, Stephen Elop killed off Nokia’s Symbian platform and to spurn Google’s Android as if it were a rabid dog.

Writing from his bog, Eric Hautata, the general manager for customer experience engineering in the Windows Phone division, said that for months, Microsoft and its glorious allies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update and making solid progress.

He warned impatient handset owners against installing unofficial or leaked copies of software claiming to be the update and that they should wait for the proper code to be delivered.

“During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone, and apps, work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools,” he said.

Mango is the great white hope for Vole. Since Windows Phone was released it has failed to make a serious dent on the smartphone market. Despite good reviews it has only managed a 1.2 percent share, while other platforms have trounced it.

However, analysts and a number of carriers have expressed confidence that in time Windows Phone will hold a significant proportion of the market and will eventually over take Apple and Google’s lead  by 2015. 

Microsoft Mango ready but no-one is releasing it

While pundits have touted Windows Mobile 7 as the antidote for Android problems, it seems that manufacturers can’t be bothered.

This week Microsoft had to go public that its Mango flavour of the operating system was ready to go.

Peter Wissinger, Microsoft’s director of Mobile Business in the Nordic countries, said that Mango had been released early.

The only problem was that Vole’s OEM partners were not ready. That includes HTC, LG, Samsung, Dell, Acer, Fujitsu, ZTE Corporation and Nokia. Nokia’s first Mango smartphone, the “Sea Ray” was being shown to hacks at the end of June.

While in the case of Android there is much moaning about the software versons not being ready, it seems that when something is, the OEMs aren’t.

It is not clear when users of Windows Mobile 7 will start seeing updates either, but at least one side of Microsoft is happy that it has done its job on time and they can go off and find a nice beach somewhere. 

HTC 12 megapixel 'Mango' smartphone leaked

HTC is to release a smartphone with a professional-level 12 megapixel camera that supports the RAW file format, supported by the latest Windows Phone 7 software.

A video was posted by renowned leakster Eldar Murtazin, which shows the phone he has dubbed the HTC ‘Mazaa’ in action, says Digital Trends.

While it is not necessarily the first smartphone to ship with a 12 megapixel camera, it is a rarity among handsets as it is a specification that professional snappers use. The ability to shoot in the RAW format is usually only available in dedicated cameras.

Another interesting point is that the leaked phone appears to be running on Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ operating system, the latest update from Microsoft that is yet to hit the market.

The new fruity flavoured update, which Microsoft has been twiddling its thumbs over for some time now, will also feature on handsets being made by Acer, Fujitsu, Samsung, LG and ZTE.

It has also been noted that Mango would be the operating system on which the much anticipated Nokia/Microsoft handset collaboration will debut later this year.