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Nokia TV rolls out to Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 users in Finland

Previously, a Russian website posted images of the rumoured Nokia TV service for Windows Phone Lumia handsets. Now, the Finnish firm has confirmed that its Nokia TV app will be rolling out to the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 in Finland. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the service will be available in the UK and the rest of the world.

A post on the Nokia’s official Nokia Conversations blog reads, “You may have seen some excitement online about a new TV service from Nokia for our Lumia smartphones.

“We are very pleased to be able to confirm that Nokia TV, the latest Lumia entertainment offering from Nokia following Nokia Music and Nokia Reading, will be introduced in Finland in the coming weeks.”

The service allows users to catch up on TV programs for free. Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 users will be given the opportunity to search or browse through available catalogues provided by local TV channels. They can then stream a wide variety of shows directly to their Lumia handsets. The service does not require users to sign up or register to the service.

Nokia’s head of TV and video, Mika Suomela, said, “Finland is the ideal country in which to introduce this service due to its advanced mobile user base and great existing broadcaster catch-up TV services.”

Excited to know when Nokia TV will be available for the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 in the UK? We’ll keep you posted once we know more.

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Nokia shutting down factory in Finland – moving to China

In the past, people argued that Nokia handsets made in Finland were of the highest quality compared to any other Nokia handset made anywhere else. Now it seems this is about to end. Nokia has announced that it would be shutting down its factory in Salo, Finland as well as its Reynosa, Mexico and Komarom, Hungary factories, and will be moving them to China.

Niklas Savander, Nokia EVP of Markets, said, “Shifting device assembly to Asia is targeted at improving our time to market. By working more closely with our suppliers, we believe that we will be able to introduce innovations into the market more quickly and ultimately be more competitive. We recognize the planned changes are difficult for our employees and we are committed to supporting our personnel and their local communities during the transition.”

This “transition” means that approximately 4,000 Nokia employees will lose their jobs. According to YLE, approximately 1,000 of these people are employees from Nokia’s factory in Finland.

We’re not implying that devices made in China are any different compared to devices made anywhere else. Foxconn factories are found in China, and have been manufacturing devices such as the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S for Apple. We just hope we don’t hear reports of inhumane working conditions Nokia Chinese factory workers have to endure just to save on labor costs.