Future generations may no longer see the Nokia phone brand. Months ago, the supposed End of Nokia phone brand was still a rumor. Now, it is already confirmed; Microsoft will ditch Nokia brand name from new devices and instead will use Microsoft Lumia for its new devices in the future. This information was released on Nokia France Facebook page and was reported on various tech blogs and websites

For review, Microsoft has acquired the mobile phone division of Nokia- the former world's number one phone brand. The acquisition was inked after the concerned parties agreed with terms and conditions on the purchase of Nokia Mobile amounting to $7.2B. Before Nokia bid us Goodbye, you might want to know the brand well. Below are some of the facts about Nokia

Quick Facts about Nokia phone brand
  • Nokia is more popularly known as mobile phone brand. But actually, it is just one of the business divisions of Finnish company Nokia Inc- an Information and Communications Technology company based in Espoo, Uusimaa, in the greater Helsinki metropolitan area. The said company is  involved in other business divisions such as mapping, networking and other portfolios.
  • Nokia phone brand or devices is now owned  by Microsoft Corp. after both parties had closed the deal on April 25, 2014. Its CEO Stephen Elop has joined Microsoft Mobile.
  • Nokia was overtaken by Samsung as number one phone brand last 2012. This was after 14 years of being on the driver's seat.
  • Nokia has first overtaken Motorola to become the king of mobile phone in 1999. 
  • Nokia 1100 and Nokia 1110 are among the most sold ever mobile devices up to these days. The said units of Nokia sold over 250M.
  • Nokia was the first major phone manufacturer to use Windows Mobile as operating system.
  • Prior the release of Nokia smartphone powered by Windows Mobile as OS, Nokia had used the popular Symbian OS for its own line up of smartphone.
  • Nokia Lumia and Nokia Asha smartphones are among the latest mobile devices from Nokia prior acquisition of Microsoft.
  • The latest handsets from Nokia these days include the following: Lumia 830; Lumia 735; Lumia 730 Dual SIM; Lumia 530; Asha 230; Asha 230 Dual SIM; Asha 500; Asha 502 Dual SIM; Asha 503 Dual SIM; Asha 500 Dual SIM; Asha 503; Asha 501 Dual SIM; Asha 210 Dual SIM; Asha 210; Asha 310; Asha 311; Asha 308; Asha 306; Asha 305; and Asha 302. Nokia has also released smartphones capable of having access to Android apps. These are the following: Nokia X2 Dual SIM; Nokia X Dual SIM; Nokia XL Dual SIM; and Nokia X+ Dual SIM.
Did I miss important details about Nokia phone brand? Please share your comments about this topic.
Xiaomi Logo from http://www.mi.com/ph/about/
Last time, I featured Oppo Mobile phone brand in this blog. Oppo Mobile is one of the China smartphone brands making noise by successfully penetrating the already crowded smartphone market. In this article, I will feature Xiaomi as brand of smartphones. It was only this year 2014 when I heard this phone brand from China. Below is the internet research I have conducted to know this smartphone brand from China.

Quick Facts about Xiaomi
  • Xiaomi Inc. was the company behind Xiaomi Smartphones. It is only founded in 2010 but according to its official website, it is now one of the most successful technology firm in China. The company has now over 3,000 employees and currently valued at $10B.
  • The founder of the said company is its current CEO- Lei Jun, China's 23rd richest man according to Forbes. 
  • The company portfolio of products includes: Xiaomi Phones: high quality and performance Android devices; MIUI ROM: highly customizable ROM that can be flashed across multiple Android devices;  MiTalk: a preeminent messaging application; and MiBox-A smart set-top box the enriches your TV experience.
  • Xiaomi has released several smartphones in the market. These smartphones include the following: Xiaomi Mi3; Xiaomi Mi4; Xiaomi Redmi 1S; Xiaomi Redmi Note; Xiaomi Hongmi Red Rice; Xiaomi MI-2; Xiaomi MI-2S; Xiaomi Mi 1; Xiaomi Mi 1S, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G. These mentioned Xiaomi smartphones were included in the Top 10 Xiaomi Smartphones in India made by Rediff blog.
  • “Just for fans” is the slogan of Xiaomi. According to the company website, most of its staffs were initially fans before they decided to Xiaomi.
  • The company logo which has an initial MI stands for mobile internet. 
  • Xiaomi is also dubbed as "Apple of China" and according to the latest news, Xiaomi has already overtaken Samsung as the number one phone brand in Mainland China.
  • Xiaomi has official website in the Philippines and social network accounts to follow such as Facebook, and Twitter
Did I miss important details about Xiaomi? The comment box is just waiting. Please comment below. 
Oppo Mobile is relatively new in the Philippine market. Actually, I became aware of this brand only months ago when it had frequently appeared on TV ads as sponsor of just concluded FIBA World cup held in Spain. So I made a quick internet research to know more about this particular phone brand.

Quick Facts about Oppo Smartphone brand
  • According to the information I researched online, Oppo isn't a local brand. It is a global brand. The company already has long history of serving customers in North America, Europe and Asia. As for mobile phone segment, the brand has been on the market since 2008, that's about six years of business.
  • Oppo Electronics, the company behind Oppo Mobile was founded by Tony Chen in 2004 and has a headquarter in Dongguan, Guangdong, China.
  • Oppo isn't yet popular among mobile phone users in the Philippines but in some part of Asia, it is already known. This smartphone brand is slowly entering some of the lucrative markets in the world. Just recently, LatinPost has reported that Oppo is entering the Mexican market. In India, Oppo has tapped Bollywood actor for its aggressive marketing strategy. In Bangladesh, Oppo was reportedly launching the brand last June.
  • Some of the popular smartphones released by Oppo Mobile are the following: Oppo N5; Find 7; Find 5; and the N1. For the complete list of Oppo phones, GSMArena has a better list so just go straight to this link if you'd like to see them all.
  • Oppo was reportedly said to be the second most profitable phone company in China last year (2013). That's according to press release by the company. 
  • Oppo has Philippine based website and social media accounts to follow such as Facebook page, Twitter (@OPPOPhilippines) and Instagram. 
  • Oppo is a China brand.
This app isn't on the top list of most popular apps on Play Store but it is a beautiful app. The Bible App for Kids is one of the most significant religious Android apps. I should say it is a MUST app for every Christian. For parent, it is a helpful app to mentor your kids about the basic Christian doctrines or bible stories. This app will also teach people who are not familiar how our world was shaped according to biblical perspective.

With beautiful and responsive illustrations, this app will easily capture the interest of every kid regarding the stories being presented by the app. I like the app because of the chronological way of telling the stories- from creation to post Christ era.

This app was developed by YouVersion in cooperation with One Hope and being offered by LifeChurch.tv. To have this app, just download it via Google Play Store. Make sure you have at least 5.52MB extra storage.

Description

The Bible App for Kids is the newest member of the YouVersion family of apps. Available now for Android smartphones and tablets, the Bible App for Kids is always completely free!

Through interactive adventures and beautiful animations, kids explore the big stories of the Bible. The Bible App for Kids is a delight-filled experience designed to encourage kids to return again and again. It’s the beginning of a lifelong love of God’s Word.
* Easy, kid-friendly navigation
* Colorful illustrations
* Touch-activated animations
* Engaging, interactive content that brings the Bible to life
* Fun facts and activities designed to help kids remember what they learn
* Special challenges that let kids earn rewards

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The more, the merrier. And yes, another smartphone brand will try to capture apiece of already saturated Philippine smartphone market. BLACKVIEW, have you heard this smartphone brand? Don't be left behind. Blackview will be the next smartphone brand to be distributed locally in the PHILIPPINES.

Just recently, I have received an invitation through an e-mail from the said company. According to the information stated on the said invitation, Blackview will have Grand Launch of smartphones at Park Ballroom, Century Park, Hotel Manila on October 23, 2014. I felt honored to be invited to such event. Imagine, I’ll be one of those who would first know regarding the newest brand of smartphone in the country. That's awesome, isn't it?

But I decided not to attend the said event. Other companies had also sent me similar invitations before, and I chosen to ignore. First, I am not sociable, actually I am shy type person. I haven't been to fabulous place like Hotel Manila. Second, I am working full time and being required to render overtime almost daily. Chance is, I won't have extra time for that.

Background of Blackview Smartphone

Having received an e-mail from them was the first time I heard this brand. I did a quick internet research about Blackview smartphones and below were the informations I have just found out.
  • Blackview is not yet popular brand in the Philippines but outside the country, it is. In fact, several popular forums are already talking about this brand such as in XDA Developer.
  • Blackview smartphones are already available for online purchase from several online sites outside the Philippines such as in Geekbuying, and Comebuy.
  • Blackview Smartphone is a China brand based in Hongkong. 
  • Shenzhen JEKO Communication Co LTD. is the company behind Blackview Smartphones. As mentioned earlier, the said company is located in 625 Natha Road, KLN, Hongkong.
  • This brand is not the typical cheap China brand phone. It is being exported to Russia, Ukraine, Poland, EU, America, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Philippines.
  • Blackview has official Facebook pages in the Philippines, and in Hongkong
  • Blackview Facebook page in the Philippines is already offering some of the smartphones such as Blackview Crown, Blackview Arrow, Blackview V3, Blackview JK900, Blackview JK450, and Blackview DM550.
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