Posts Tagged ‘nokia’

Join the American Smartphone dots…

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

1. Nokia will no longer sell the lower-end S40 or any Symbian device in North America. It’s Windows Phone all the way (and through networks, not their own retail stores).

2. There’s mention of a Windows Phone Tango from OEM Compal, which could be targeted at handsets in the lower end of the market.

3. Everyone is assuming that Nokia will use Compal to make their first Windows Phone handsets.

Humans, spotting patterns when there are none…

Those numbers from Nokia, discussed on the AAS Insight podcast

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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…we discuss Nokia’s Q2 2011 results in detail. We summarise the key numbers, look at the market reaction and whether the results met expectations, assess the seriousness of the situation for Nokia, discuss what some of the underlying causes might be and consider the future outlook. In the latter half of the podcast, Steve shares news of updates to the web (desktop) version of Nokia Maps and we preview some of the upcoming content series.

2011 is Nokia’s write-off year, it’s 2012 that counts

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The other Ewan:

When the company made their announcement in February, what they were effectively saying was, ‘expect NOTHING from us for ages’… Nokia has a simple task ahead: Create brilliant Windows Phone handsets thereby delighting the consumer. Everything else — including Symbian, MeeGo and the like, it’s all a diversion at the moment. The company’s ability to survive the next 12 months depends on Windows Phone 7. Nothing else matters.

Joikuspot - Not just another app on a phone

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Steve interviews Tom Ojala, CEO of Joikuspot, the software that turns your Symbian smartphone into a portable hot-spot, something that other handset users look at with envy.

Roadblocks? Yep, Google, Apple, Samsung and RIM didn’t allow us to port JoikuSpot to their platform. They said it was impossible for them to grant a small company like ours access to their OS platform for security reasons. Very annoying: both for us and for potential customers.

The full interview is at Nokia Conversations.

Could Sony build the console while Microsoft build the software?

Monday, July 18th, 2011

It’s all rumour, conjecture, and fanboy thinking, but there’s a certain logic to Sony and Microsoft pairing up for console gaming. Kotaku brings together some ideas, links and speculates:

You could even look at that as another reason why Microsoft would be willing to cede the Xbox hardware business: Sony’s latest hardware experiments, like their tablets, run Google’s Android. It might be worth a few billion here and there to Microsoft to bring Sony more fully back into the fold. (See also: Nokia.)

This is likely to be #qtwtain ("questions to which the answer is no") but with rising development costs on console games, where the real money is, and the respective strengths of the two companies, there’s a certain logic to this. But then when has logic ever worked with Microsoft’s partners.

(See also: Nokia?)

Save the planet in your smartphone (and never forget that Nokia are green).

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Nokia is pretty proud of its green credentials throughout the company, and their latest branded game, Climate Mission 3D, wants to make sure that smartphone users are also aware of what they can do as individuals. But like any good lesson, it’s far better to hide the education inside a game. Which is what Nokia has done here.

My review is over on All About Symbian.

The enterprise credentials of the Nokia E6

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The Nokia E6 is going to be one of those enterprise smartphones that never reaches the threshold of public recognition, but it’s looking like a little warhorse that’s loved by those who use it. Rafe looks at its enterprise credentials over on AAS:

Taken as a whole, the E6 has a wide breath of enterprise features, putting many of its competitors to shame in terms of functionality out of the box. Competing devices can address the majority of inbalances via third party software, but do not always enjoy the same level of integration, with VoIP being the best example of this. Both the Nokia E6 and RIM’s Blackberry devices set the standard here and can both justifiably be said to have enterprise capabilities that are a cut above their closest competitors.

"Samsung, It would be an awful shame if we had to use these patents…"

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Gotta love that Nokia’s new BFF, Microsoft, is now putting the pressure on Samsung to cough up $15 per Android handset sold. This would be Samsung, who just overtook Nokia in the smartphone market share chart.

El Reg take a look at the Nokia X7

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

This metal-cased phone is well-designed and has great build quality. There are lots of features, all handled well and Nokia’s ability to make a smartphone run for a decent length of time should not be underestimated. In many ways, this is a simply terrific phone, if a bit on the large side.

Nokia being singled out for bad press on staff bounty?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The report details how Nokia’s mobile phone boss Pekka Ala-Pietilä (later the company’s president and now the CEO of Blyk), asked Hallikainen and his rebels what it would take to keep them on board. Their price, the documents reveal, was $200 million — the equivalent of around $4.5 million dollars for each of the engineers who were, effectively, holding the company to ransom.

Nokia paid a bounty to keep engineering staff 14 years ago. Isn’t this standard Silicon Valley practice at the moment to keep the talent in your company? Smells more like the writing staff at Helsingin Sanomat are trying to put into Nokia now that it’s no longer the golden child in the Finnish economy.

Nokia learn from Symbian, their Windows Phone software will be available to all manufacturers

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

I can’t help thinking what the result would have had Nokia allowed their Symbian apps (Ovi Maps, the Ovi Store, Nokia Internet Radio,N-Gage clients, and various other) to run on smartphones from Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp and other licences?

Nokia have made the right call to close their retail stores

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Lots of links about Nokia’s closing of retail and online stores in various territories, including the UK. The big problem that I always had, at least with the retail stores, was you were sold unlocked phones. Walk fifty yards down the road, and the £450 smartphone was £55 plus £25 a month at The Carphone Warehouse. That one decision, to not ensure network details inside the store turned a promising retail strategy into little more than digital wastelands with the occasional fanatic.

Now of course the strategy is to stop bleeding money and make sensible business decisions. Like realising that direct to consumer wasn’t working, and some more focus is needed on network relations. Especially in the US.

Splitscreen: A love story filmed and edited on two Nokia N8′s

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

One starts in New York, one starts in Paris, emotion ensues.

How many references to The Hobbit can you sneak into a review of the Nokia X7

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

I’ll leave that as a challenge to the readers of the next part of my Nokia X7 review over on All About Symbian - this one is a "day in the life" style rather than pouring over the spec sheet.

My name is Falconhoof, greetings adventurer Nokia. What now?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

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I think, at one point, I was screaming words to the effect of, “You’re completely WRONG” at Mr Blandford… I went off like a firecracker when Rafe reckoned that Nokia should hit the market with a boring mid-level Windows Phone handset that will (predictably) be torn apart by the media. I was explaining that I want Nokia to arrive with something that, at the very least, gives iPhone a run for it’s money. This is eminently possible.

Blandford was having none of it. Neither was I. And so we clashed. A lot.

Rafe, Ben and The Other Ewan take to the podcasting world with the next episode of the 361 Degrees podcast. I wonder who Jester is?