Nokia definitely in bed with Qualcomm: Stephen Elop to keynote at Qualcomm’s Uplinq conference

Once fierce enemies, now best buddies. Both companies were throwing patent infringement suits at each other a couple of years ago but all this seems to be history now that Stephen Elop is at the hem of the Finnish mobile giant. Nokia’s CEO will be speaking at Qualcomm’s Uplinq conference in San Diego on June 2 (HTC’s Peter Chou will also have a keynote on the same day). Back in February 2009 Nokia signed a deal to use Qualcomm’s MSM7XXX and MSM8XXX SoC in their US band handsets but nothing really came out of this given the problems the handset maker was facing during this time period (product delays and cancellations, change of CEO and management etc). Ironically both SoC’s are now what the company is going to use for its Windows Phone 7 handsets (Qualcomm is currently the sole supplier of SoC for Windows Phones).

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Why doesn’t Samsung properly support Windows Phone 7 ?

This post is not about the Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 update issues but about what you see in the picture above. Why is there only 5 sub-par applications in Samsung’s section of the marketplace ? Samsung only came out with to apps that were worth it and both are now gone. There was Photogram which I reviewed here and the eBook application that never really “official” came out which I also reviewed here. The company also offered the Diodict dictionary but this was also pulled out (this app is now available in the marketplace for $20!). HTC has 15 apps in its marketplace section (among them are must have’s like the hidden-Wifi connector) and LG has 19 apps.

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Microsoft releases iPhone iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool

Microsoft has just announced the availability of a new tool and resources aimed at iOS / iPhone developers who wish to port their applications to Windows Phone 7. The package consists of:

The package consists of:

- a NEW iPhone/iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool

With this tool, iPhone developers can grab their apps, pick out the iOS API calls, and quickly look up the equivalent classes, methods and notification events in WP7. A developer can search a given iOS API call and find the equivalent WP7 along with C# sample codes and API documentations for both platforms.

- a 90+ pages “Windows Phone 7 Guide for iPhone Application Developers” white paper, organized in 8 chapters, and growing
- a series of “developer stories” or should I say “PR videos” to promote the platform’s awesomeness

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HTC posts record revenues: Ships 9.1M phones in Q1 up 196.8% year-on-year thanks to Android

HTC has just announced record Q12011 revenues reaching NT$104.16bn, up 174.5% year-on-year. The company has also shipped over 9 Million handsets in this year’s first quarter up nearly 200% compared to the same period last year. Things are definitely looking good for the Taiwanese manufacturer who is now aggressively competing against Samsung in the Android market. The Korean giant in now releasing it’s new Galaxy SII to rave reviews handset following the blockbuster that was the original Galaxy S last year.

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Android 2.3.4 for the Google Nexus S available: Google Talk Video Chat included

The official Android 2.3.4 package for the Google Nexus S (you must be already running an Android 2.3.3 GRI40 rom for the update to work) including the new Google Talk video chat feature. Download the zip file here and proceed with caution (don’t forget to backup your device!). Other than Google talk this new rom also includes new languages support in the keyboard (like Hebrew).

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Google Talk Video Chat for Android announced

Google has officially unveiled the new Google Talk video chat feature for Android yesterday. This will work over 3G/4G and WiFi and be available in Android 2.3.4 (you can already get this version for the Google Nexus S here). Suffice to say that we most probably won’t see this kind of feature in Windows Phones until the next version of the OS (Windows Phone 8 ) because front facing camera’s are still not part of the minimum requirements of Chassis specs (but I wouldn’t be surprised if OEMs where allowed to put now in the coming months). Video demonstration of the Google Talk Video Chat after the break:

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PBS video streaming application coming to Windows Phone 7 and Android ?

Thanks to Justin Angel’s eagle eyes what you see up there may contain a hint at the ongoing development of an official PBS (Public Broadcast Service) video steaming application for Windows Phone 7 and Android. As you can see in the upper right corner of the picture Windows Phone 7 and Android are written on the white board. There’s already an official PBS mobile app on the iPhone and the iPad. Keep in mind that the content will only be accessible if you are located int he US.

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Samsung Galaxy S II reviews: The best Android smartphone ever ?

The first Samsung Galaxy S II reviews just popped-up today courtesy of Samsung UK who seems to have handled review samples to UK editors this week. The verdict seems to be really positive especially Vlad’s review. According to Engadget’s editor the Galaxy S II is simply the best Android smartphone ever created.

The handset’s biggest sell point is obviously its 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display which I hand the opportunity to check out in Barcelona in February during the MWC11. Gone is the annoying PenTile Matrix subpixel arrangements which is no replace by a normal RGB matrix. This essentially means that the WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen has 1,152,000 sub-pixels compared to 768,000 if it was a regular Super AMOLED panel (see my Super AMOLED vs Super AMOLED Plus hands on comparison here).  Interestingly Samsung is also allowing the user to tweak the screen’s color saturation via a setting called “Background Effect”.This is definitely a good thing given that AMOLED panels are highly color saturated most of the time.

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Stolen content and the future of the site

Those of you who have been following me on Twitter probably already know by now that some idiots are scrapping my content (my RSS feed) and posting it on there website. I discovered this last night when I saw that a totally unknown site was always ranking higher than me in search results when my posts titles were used as a search query.As it turns out this site uses a wordpress plugin to scrap my feed, Engadget’s, BGR, Android Central and others and automatically strip the link then re-post it. Given that I’m smaller than the other victims I seem to be more affected in terms of traffic. This has apparently started in February and perfectly matches a steady slope in terms of search traffic and ad revenue that I have been noticing lately.

I unfortunately can’t do much though. The easiest way to stop this is to shutdown my RSS feed but this can’t be a solution given that I have thousands of subscribers following it every day. I also have to take all of the stolen content down so I submitted DMCA complaints at Google Search and Google Adsense and a copyright complain at the site’s host GoDaddy (haven’t heard anything back from them yet). Engadget also told me that they have forwarded the issue to their legal team. This can take a while and may or may not get the thief’s site to shut down.

Here’s the thief’s personal info: Update: Took down the thief’s personal info as he has finally agreed to take down all of my content and stop scrapping my feed. Let’s hope that it stays this way. Now it’s up to the other sites to take action if they see fit. I would also like to thank you all for the support and please don’t hesitate to comment below if you have any suggestion for the future of the site.

This is a tough situation for me. Contrary to what some people may think most blogs/websites barely generate any money. Sure I’m getting hundreds of thousands of visitors per month but this barely allows me to pay for the site’s hosting and my phone bill (principally because of the number of thieves and competing blogs covering the same niche who don’t link-back or make up rumors to get hits/traffic etc). I am jobless (for my french readers: je suis au RSA) and maintain MobileTechWorld because I love sharing my thoughts about Windows Phone, Android etc. There’s imply no way I can continue is this current situation. So if you have any idea on how I can get rid of the scrapper site or anything else that is on your mind regarding this situation don’t hesitate to post a comment. Thanks a lot.

Stephen Elop speaks about the future of Nokia


If you still have some unanswered questions about the Nokia / Microsoft partnership and the future of the Finish company then you best chance to have some fresh info is to watch the 18 minutes long interview that Stephen Elop gave on the A-Plus TV show in Finland just a few hours ago. The CEO discusses yesterday’s Symbian / Accenture announcement and several other key subjects related to the future of the company’s employees. He also still hopes that the company’s first Windows Phone will be launch later this year. I unfortunately can’t embed the video here so just hit the source link to check it out.

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Coin Addiction for Windows Phone 7 updated

The super addicting Coin Addiction game for Windows Phone 7, which I’ve talked about it in my must have list of WP7 apps, has received a small updated a few days ago which added leaderboards support I’ve talked about it in my must have list of WP7 apps. The game is a great time killer and can be super addictive and best of all: it all is totally free. So don’t hesitate to try it out.

A physics game designed to be simple yet super addictive: the objective is to flick a coin so that it passes between the other two, then repeat with a different coin until you make a mistake. Use the walls to bounce your coin to solve difficult situations.

Very easy to pick up, but don’t let the simplicity of the game fool you! To get a high spot on the Leaderboards you will need skill, strategy and – in the popular TimeChallenge mode – fast reactions.

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Flickr for Windows Phone 7 updated: black screen issue finally fixed

It took a little while but the guys behind the Windows Phone 7 Flickr application have finally released the 1.4 version of the app that definitely fixes the super annoying black screen bug that prevented it from launching 90% of the time. This update also includes small performances and stability improvements. The application can still be sluggish especially when downloading and displaying tons of thumbnails but this will unfortunately only be “fixed” once Mango is released later this year. The latest version of the OS will include an improved Listbox crontrol that will allow smooth scrolling in 3rd party apps and background image decoding (off-thread) that will prevent the UI thread from stalling when images are downloaded and processed.
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Google Docs app for Android released: turn photos with text into editable documents

After Google Maps, Navigation, Goggle here’s another nifty Android application from the Mountain view search giant: Google Docs for Android. This new application will let you search and filter you Google docs content and then edit it using the online editor (this means that it will open the documents trough your device’s browser). The app will also give users the ability to upload content from the phone and open attachments in Gmail. Doesn’t really sound exciting right? Yeah, Windows Phone 7 already has this covered with its Office integration.

But there’s one little feature that is sure to make things a tiny bit more interesting: If you take a photo of a document containing text the application will automatically turn the text into an editable document thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). This currently only work with English text (and doesn’t recognize hand-written text). Head over to the Android Market and grab it if you have an Android 2.1 handset. We may see something similar on WP7 in the future now that Mango allows access to the raw camera feed.

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How the Windows Phone 7 location services really work

With all the madness going on right now around of the Apple locations tracking fiasco I thought that it would be interesting point out that Microsoft already details all of Windows Phone 7‘s location services in the product’s privacy statement. So instead of guessing or asking MS’s PR why no read what has been publicly available since October 2010?

There are currently 3 different location / tracking services in Windows Phone 7:

1) Location services: This is used by the OS and third party applications to locate you via Cell/WiFi triangulation or GPS.

2) Find My Phone: When enable it periodically sends the phone’s location to MS’ severs so it can be easily located by the My Phone service (note that the online My Phone mapping/tracking feature perfectly works with the option disabled on the phone. It just takes slightly longer to pin-point the handset).

3) Feedback report: Sends information via cell network or Zune desktop about the phone’s configuration, application usage, crash reports, and performance among other things.

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Nokia to transfer all Symbian business to Accenture, focus an Windows Phone

Nokia has just announced its plan to transfer all Symbian activities, business and developers to consulting and outsourcing company Accenture. This essentially means that the Finish mobile giant will now effectively focus on Windows Phone only (no word on Meego but I’m guessing that there’s still some R&D going on). The deal also includes plans for Accenture to provide mobility software, business and operational services around the Windows Phone platform to Nokia and other ecosystem participants (HTC, Samsung, LG).

Nokia and Microsoft have apparently been working night and day since the February announcement as proven by the numerous announcements and milestones reached in the past weeks. Just yesterday we learned that Nokia was re-organizing it’s Navteq mapping division to focus on social based location services for Windows Phone.

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Nokia re-organizes Navteq after Microsoft partnership: focus now on Social-location based services

According to an internal Nokia memo scooped by Phonescoop the Finnish company is re-organizing its Navteq mapping subsidiary now that the Microsoft partnership has been sealed. Navteq will now focus on “new social-location applications, services, and developer experiences that engage a large user-base to build a winning brand and ecosystem together with Microsoft; high-value location content enabling differentiated experiences; and high-value advertising network monetizing the ecosystem by providing local commerce services for brands and merchants.” Starting on May 1st, Nokia and Navteq will work on the creation of a new business unit that will consolidate both companies Location and Mapping assets.

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Mobile platform surveys aren’t always that useful

Apccelerator and IDC have just released its Q2 Developer survey today showing that Windows Phone 7 is apparently a distant third in terms of mobile developer interest. But the whole thing is somewhat flawed because of one simple thing:

Appcelerator and IDC surveyed 2,760 Appcelerator Titanium developers from April 11-13 on perceptions surrounding mobile OS priorities, feature priorities, and mobile development plans in 2011.

The Appcelerator Titanium platform is only iOS and Android compatible. So if your survey panel is entirely composed of developers using an iOS/Android dev platform then your results are surely bound to be biased towards both OSes. There is one semi-interesting chart in there:

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LG licenses ARM Cortex-A9 ,Cortex-A15 MPCore processors and Mali T-604 GPU

LG has just announced that it has licensed the ARM Cortex-A9 & Cortex-A15 MPCore processors and Mali T-604 GPU. This most probably means that future LG smartphones,tablets, and other multi-media devices will no longer use third-party SoC’s (nVidia Tegra, TI OMAP etc) but LG’s own chips instead. It the case of windows Phone 7(and future versions of WP) LG will still be obliged to use Qualcomm’s certified SoCs.

LG is now in a situation similar to Samsung: both companies will uses their own SoCs on most of their products and will only have to use competitor chipsts when need it (currently Tegra 2 is the only Honeycomb certified chipset for example). This announcement could also mean that LG uses it’s on SoC in future Windows 8 tablets in the future. Full press release after the break:

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It doesn’t matter if Mango is called Windows Phone 7.5

I’ve seen a lot of talk about Mango being actually named Windows Phone 7.5 this past weekend and came to the conclusion that this doesn’t matter at all. Why? Look at the TV ads, look at what’s written on the back of your Windows Phone 7 handset or your handset’s boot up screen. Does it say Windows Phone 7? Nope. It clearly says Windows Phone because this is what the platform is called. Technically Mango is most probably Windows Phone 7.5 but given that Microsoft barely even mentions Windows Phone 7 publicly I would personally be surprised if the upcoming update was publicly marketed as Windows Phone 7.5.

Just take a look at iOS (or even Android/Symbian), Microsoft is following a similar path in terms of marketing. Who really cares about the OS’ version number other than geeks, bloggers? It should also be noted that every document, keynote, event material related to the Nokia partnership always mentions “Windows Phone” and never “Windows Phone 7″. So at the end of the day, 7.5 or 7.X it really doesn’t matter because it’s running Windows Phone.

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