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.

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

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:

Continue reading Mobile platform surveys aren’t always that useful →

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:

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

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┬ápath 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.

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

Native Check-ins support coming to Windows Phone 7 Mango ?

Here’s an interesting tweet that suggests that check-ins (similar to Foursquare, Facebook, Gowalla) are probably supported natively now in Windows Phone 7 via a new Windows Live service. As of right now, the Windows Live integration in Windows Phone 7 is in my opinion severally lacking (I’ve discussed this in my WP7 review here) so it’s only safe to assume that an update to the WLIVE integration on the way with Mango.

Continue reading Native Check-ins support coming to Windows Phone 7 Mango ? →