It is now safe to assume that Symbian is as good as dead and that Nokia has to quickly start to ship it’s first Windows Phone 7 handset. The Finnish company has just lowered its Devices & Services second quarter 2011 outlook and is expecting net sales to be substantially below its previously thought. The company is also hoping to ship the first Nokia Windows Phone at the end of the year:
- Nokia remains pleased with its progress on its Windows Phone strategy, and has increased confidence that the first Nokia product with Windows Phone will ship in the fourth quarter 2011.
Note that it clearly says “Nokia product” and not “Nokia products”. We shouldn’t expect a high volume of handset before Q1 2012. Full PR after the break:
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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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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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Here’s a quick follow up to the 2.5 months old post about Exchange ActiveSync support in Hotmail. Microsoft is announcing today that EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) is fully functional and up and running in Hotmail as promised earlier this year:
EAS keeps everything in sync between your phone and Hotmail, so whatever you do on your phone, like delete an email, add an appointment, or update one of your contacts with a new number, will also be reflected on the web, and vice-versa.
Continue reading Exchange ActiveSync for Hotmail officially up and running →
I guess that Nokia isn’t really loving all the praises the iPhone 4
is getting for its ability to take really good pictures compared to other handsets so the Finnish company has decided to set the record straight today with some crazy sample pictures shot with the upcoming Nokia N8
smartphone. All the sots are supposedly untouched and come directly from the phone. There’s isn’t much to say here, I’ll let you be the judge…hit up the source link to check a few more of them in full uncompressed quality.
The Google team has updated the mobile version of YouTube today with a new m.youtube.com site featuring an HTML5 enabled interface. Contrary to the majority I not going to hype this thing up as if it was the second coming of the Christ just because it uses HTML5 for the UI and because if bypasses Apple‘s stupid “3G = Crappy quality video” restriction in the native YouTube application. You heard that right folks! Everybody’s going gaga over this thing because the iPhone can now playback good quality YouTube videos over 3G…just like Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian phones with their native YouTube application…meh. The new UI is a nice touch but nothing mind blowing at all (and MS is screwed once again here because of the lack of HTML5 support in IE Mobile)…And just to be clear, the video aren’t in HTML5, only the UI. Check the video demo after the break:
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That’s right folks, the first retail mobile platform to support Microsoft’s Silverlight technology (in the browser) isn’t Windows Phone 7 but Nokia’s Symbian. Today is the official availability day of the Silverlight plugin/app for available for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices such as Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini. The app can be download for free directly though Nokia’s OVI store:
Silverlight, a cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for building media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web on desktop computers, is also available for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices such as Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and N97. Silverlight applications now can be viewed inside mobile browser.
According to Cnet Australia, the company has apparently decided that the Nokia N8 will be the last N Series handset to run the Symbian operating system and that all future N devices will be based on the Meego OS (formerly known as Maemo… Can’t say I”m surprised especially after seeing how the Finish giant has a hard time modernizing it’s symbian OS (especially in terms of UI performances and UX). Symbian ^3 and Symbian^4 arnet”t completely out of the door thought. Nokia plans to use it on more mass market (mid-end) devices.
According to the Nokia peeps we spoke to, the N8 will be the last N-series to run on Nokia’s Symbian platform; all N-Series from here on will run MeeGo. This leaves Symbian (in its current version 3 and the future version 4) on Nokia’s X- and E-series devices, with the budget-conscious C-series making use of the existing Series 40 platform. The N9 will be the first MeeGo device, but with the N8 shipping at the end of Q3 or early Q4 it’s hard to say whether the N9 will see the inside of phone stores before the end of the year.
Adobe has issued a press release today announcing that they have finally made the final version of Flash Player 10.1 Mobile available to its partners. Flash Player 10.1 will be available to Android handset including the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S once they are upgraded to Android 2.2 / Foryo. Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS but no availability date was announced. To be perfectly clear here: Only Android 2.2 handset will have it in the coming days and only Windows Phone 7 is planned to received the 10.1 player (Adobe dumped the Windows Mobile 6.5 development back in February). Read the full press release after the break:
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Today is the official retail launch of Office 2010 and the roll out of the new Hotmail Web service but what Microsoft didn’t announce yet is that the previously announced Push mail support in Hotmail via Exchange ActiveSync is also currently up and running (don’t be surprised if it’s just up for testing right now. All you have to do is setup up the following in ActiveSync (on Windows Mobile) or the regular email client on the iPhone, Android etc..:
server address: m.hotmail.com
I’ve just tested the service and it works perfectly in WiFi and 3G (if it doesn’t work straight in 3G, just disabke the data session and open a new one). The official roll out of this feature is scheduled for later this year.
Tanks to LiveSide for the tip
Nokia has just posted part 3 of their ongoing Nokia N8 overview videos. This time the focus is on the multi-media player which features a Cover-Flow like UI (also similar to the one on the HTC HD2) that doesn’t seem to suffer from the sub-par performances that we have seen in previous videos (new Firmware?). Next discuss the ability to connect the handset to an HD TV via the HDMI connector and the bluetooth support which enables the user to control and navigate the phone with a BT keyboard. Video after the break:
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Hot on the heels of yesterday iMovie for iPhone 4 announcement comes this video showcase of the photo and video editing capabilities of the Nokia N8. Both functionalities will come free on the N8 unlike iMovies for the iPhone 4 which will cost $4.99. On the other hand Nokia will seriously have to hurry up and fix the abyssal frame rate of the UI. The lack of v-sync and subsequent screen tearing is unaceptable. Video after the break:
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Here’s a 6 minutes long video overview of Nokia’s upcoming Symbian^3 smartphone the Nokia N8. You will get to see a walkthrough of the homescreen and some UI customization, integration of OVI maps and a whole bunch of other nice features like Flash in the browser.One interesting thing to not is that the devices seems to be running faster that what we have seen in the earlier promo videos back when the N8 was announced. but there’s still a sever lack of v-sync causing the noticable screen tearing you see when scrolling and panning. This is one thing that has to be fixed ASAP. The iPhone has shown us that a perfectly rendered UI is the minimum a user should expect when buying a high-end smartphone. This problem has ^plagued Windows Mobile for many and it is only now that Microsoft is finally natively “fixing” this issue with the release of Windows Phone 7 (I highly suggest you take a look at my live hands-on video of WP7 in action to see how it looks like). Check out the video after the break:
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Microsoft is finally going to give mobile users something better that the current DeltaSync protocol to have push email support in Hotmail. According to Neowin, coming soon in Windows Live Wave 4, Push mail will be achieved via the Exchange ActiveSync protocol and reach over 300 Million phones that currently support Microsoft Exchange. Today mobile user had to download Microsoft’s Windows Live application on Windows Mobile, BlackBerry etc.. to have push mail support in Hotmail (the application uses the DeltaSync protocol) other mobile OS are stuck with POP3 because Microsoft doesn’t support IMAP yet. Starting with Windows Live Wave 4 in June every Exchange capable handset will be able to sync mails, contacts, calendar and events without the need of any application other than the phone’s native mail client.
The new Hotmail will also feature a single contact list including Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn entries and a new Active Views feature enabling content to be directly accessible through the mail (if somebody sends you a link to a YouTube video you will be able to watch it directly in the mail (if your phone supports flash..)). Microsoft is also introducing new security features into Hotmail that will enable users to easly regain access to their accounts via Account Proofs (with SMS and mobile support) and single codes access for use on public computers (an alternate code will be send to you mobile phone to use it only once to access your Hotmail account)
Following yesterday’s camera samples here comes the first ever 720P HD video sample captured withe Nokia N8 camera and it looks amazing for a phone IMO.You can download te original .mp4 file directly from Vimeo to check it out in its fully glory.
Source: Nokia Conversations
has just posted a couple of sample pictures taken with the newly announced Nokia N8 spartphone
. I re-sized three of them (it’s going to kill my bandwidth if I don’t) to give you a quick look at how the new 12 Mpix wide-angle camera (with Carl-Zeiss optics and Xenon-Flash) performs and frankly this thing is beautiful. Head over to the source link to check them all out.
Source: Nokia Blog
Nokia has just unleashed one of the best speced handset ever today; the Nokia N8. The N8 is Nokia’s first Symbian^3 handset and also the only handset that packs so many advanced features: a 3.2″capacitive touchscreen, 12Mpix wide-angle camera (with Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash), HDMI outpout, 720P video capture and decoding, Dolby Digital Plus decoding. All this for only €370 without a contract:
Nokia N8. Connect. Create. Entertain.
April 27, 2010
Espoo, Finland – The Nokia N8, Nokia’s latest smartphone, intuitively connects to the people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is EUR 370, before applicable taxes or subsidies.
The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.
Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.
The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.
Symbian^3 in action
Powering the Nokia N8 is Symbian ^3, the latest edition of the world’s most used smartphone software, which introduces several major advances, including support for gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. The Nokia N8 also offers multiple, personalizable homescreens which can be loaded with apps and widgets. The new 2D and 3D graphics architecture in the platform takes full advantage of the Nokia N8′s hardware acceleration to deliver a faster and more responsive user interface. Symbian^3 also raises the bar in performance by delivering greater memory management allowing more applications to run in parallel for a faster multi-tasking experience.
Getting Qt for Developers
The Nokia N8 is Nokia’s first device to be integrated with Qt, a software development environment that simplifies the development and makes it possible to build applications once and deploy across Symbian and other software platforms. Nokia has also made the powerful and simple to use Nokia Qt SDK available, in its initial beta, to enable developers to start realizing the potential of Qt.
The only downside of this phone is Symbian^3, if it was running Maemo/Meego this would have be the perfect phone. Unfortunately S^3 is sonly a stopgap before Symbian^4 comes out later this year and it from the videos show the UI still seems to suffer from sub-par performance.
Google has just updated Google Maps for mobile to version 4. on to bring Voice activated Search on Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 handsets. Unfortunately this implementation is currently a buggy mess on some HTC handsets. To activate the voice search the user has to press on the call button of the phone and this is where things crap out. The call button is by default assigned to the call function of the phone so instead of voice search half of the time you’ll get to see the Dialer poping-up (or the app will crash). Nice job Google. You can download this version by going to http://m.google.maps with you phone.
The first Symbian
^3 smartphone is supposedly going to be announced next month during a special event according to Engadget’s sources. The Nokia N8
(pictured above) features a 3.5″ Capacitive touchscreen, 12 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics, and HDMI-out & 3.5mm jack. Check out the updated Symbian^4 UI here
Source: iT168 via Engadget