A few weeks ago, Conversations invited Stephen Elop to take part in a live Q&A; you asked, he answered. The response was overwhelming.
Thousands of questions were pitched and, while some of you had yours answered, many didn’t. So, as promised, Conversations and the Mobile Phones team has followed up. Here you’ll find those pertaining to Asha. Be sure to check back over the coming weeks as we answer more.
Q. What’s your take on “why one will buy Asha phone when it can buy an Android at the same price range?”
There is a place for Asha in the wider market, particularly for people upgrading from feature phones to their first touch phone. Asha offers great design, smarter internet and exceptional battery life at affordable price points. People will enjoy an optimised mobile experience that’s tailored to what’s most important to them: social networking, access to tens of thousands of apps and more efficient web browsing.
Q. Will the voice-guided self-portrait feature of Asha 210 be made available to the existing Nokia Asha phones, or is it a feature we will only see in upcoming models ?
With the recent Asha software update, you can get the voice-guided self-portrait feature on the Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503 and Asha 230. This feature is also available in other phones, like the Nokia 208, Nokia 301 and Nokia 515.
From Leoberto J. P. Junior
Q. Will the Nokia Ashas 500/1/2/3 get apps for Microsoft services like OneDrive, Skype, Outlook, etc.?
Microsoft services like Bing search are already available on the new Asha phones in select markets. With the recent Asha software update, people will also have access to Microsoft’s OneDrive and 7GB of free cloud storage.
Q. What do sales of the existing Asha phones look like in the emerging markets?
The entire Asha family now includes 25 beautifully designed devices, on sale in 130+ countries around the world. Our latest innovations include the Asha 230, Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503, part of a new family built on the next-generation Asha platform. The Asha range is available in a number of appealing designs and affordable price points, and continues to be well-received in fast-growth markets around the world.
From Clinton Jeff
Q. Under what brand will Nokia’s Lumia, Asha, S40 and Nokia X devices be sold under now onwards?
Microsoft has licensed the Nokia brand for use with the current Nokia Mobile Phones portfolio, including our “first” phones, the Asha range and the Nokia X affordable smartphone family.
From Victor Waithanji Mwangi
Q. Will you be bringing more innovation like Cortana and Nokia Camera to lower-class phones like Nokia X Family and Asha?
While we cannot comment on future plans, we will continue to bring innovation to lower price points and offer our customers the best possible experience across our portfolio.