More details about the Microsoft Nokia partnership

Nothing really news breaking here but Mary Joe Foley has uncovered Nokia’s latest 20-F SEC Form which details the Microsoft partnership announced last month ahead of Mobile World Congress. All the information contained in it was basically already known if you watched the full webcast of the February 11th event. But the emphasis here is really put on the fact that, just like any big business partnership, this is going to be a long journey. Nokia may (or may not) start shipping its first Windows Phone 7 handset at the end of the year but the full transition is going to spread out until 2013.

Stephen Elop made it very clear that 2011 and 2012 are going to be transitional years for the company who has yet to finalized the deal with Microsoft. I personally think that Microsft (and Ballmer) did, in a sense, really overtake Nokia without outright buying it. The Software giant essentially gets most of the Finnish company’s assets like in exchange of practically nothing (besides the $1 billion):

“Nokia would bring assets such as its brand, hardware, productization, global reach, application store, operator billing support, maps and location­-based assets to the partnership. Microsoft would bring their next generation smartphone platform with Windows Phone, as well as search, broader advertising, ecommerce, gaming and productivity assets such as Bing, AdCenter, Xbox Live and Office.”

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Flash ain’t dead: Flash 10.2 Beta for Android 3.0 tablets announced

Adobe has just announced the upcoming release of Flash 10.2 Beta exclusively for Android 3.0. tablets. The package will be available in the Android Market on March 18th and contains better H.264 hardware acceleration and deeper integration with the Android browser. This is essentially a version fully optimized for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset. Check out the feature list after the break:

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PlayStation Certified games coming to Tegra 2 powered Android devices

The Android ecosystem is about to see some consolidation in the near future and may become a viable gaming platform thanks to Sony recent investments. NVIDIA has just announced (via the Android Tegra Zone) that the PlayStation Suite framework and associated PlayStation Certified games will be compatible with Tegra 2 powered devices (tablets and handsets). Sony PlayStation certified games have so far only been shown running on Qualcomm’s MSM8X55 platform running on the Adreno 205 GPU like the Xperia Play which you can see in action in my hands on video here.

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Microsoft comes clean about Windows Phone 7 update process. Confirms NoDo delay caused by previous update issue


Microsoft has finally decided to post a lengthy explication about what’s currently going on with the Windows Phone 7 update issues and delays. There’s basically nothing new in there especially if you’ve already seen my months old post about the update process. Microsoft is essentially explaining how the updates are developed, tested buy OEMs, Carriers etc then packaged.

Regarding the dodgy February update that screwed up on some Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus handsets, Microsoft said the following:

Of the customers who’ve so far tried to install it, the overwhelming majority have been successful. If you’ve been following along, you know that we did encounter a few issues, which we quickly identified and fixed or provided workarounds for.

I think that it should be noted that it wasn’t “quick” , that the so call “fix” was to bypass the backup process on the affected handsets (and this didn’t work for everybody) and the workaround is a hard-reset. So, in my eyes Microsoft didn’t really fix the issue at all. Anyway, here’s the follow up:

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