After a couple of quarters of underwhelming performance, Nokia has its annual conference tomorrow as its last chance to show that it hasn’t lost it’s mojo.
Doomed, failing, lost glory – all terms that have been associated with Nokia in the past year though less so after the partnership with Microsoft. If feeling particularly dramatic, you could even compare the Finnish giant’s situation to Apple in 1997. Sure, announcing its plans to go all in with Redmond’s OS early in the year might have gotten it a small reprieve from folks who were harping the end of the giant , but with less than 24 hours for Nokia World to start, I am sure even Mr.Elop must have a few butterflies in his stomach as the results of Nokia’s gamble will be revealed to the tech community.
Though we are pretty wellinformed about Nokia’s plans on the hardware front for tomorrow, I look forward to the fruits of Nokia’s exclusive right to customize Windows Phone. Also, the integration with nokia’s services, apps and special developer programs are reasons to be excited as well. Not just the geeky parts – two of nokia’s biggest strengths have been its pricing and brand. We already know that the company has plans for a major campaign, let’s see if they can hit a sweet spot with the pricing as well.
The hype around tomorrow’s event is completely justifiable as it will most likely be a window into the company’s future. More than that, even the non-techie people I know are looking forward to tomorrow to see if the company they trusted can become awesome again. I am hopeful that Nokia can pull it off and start connecting people. Again.
My Nokia Blog has received a few images of a “new” Nokia device. It’s “new” because this isn’t the first time the device has been leaked on the internet. wpcentral first reported a device coming to AT&T dubbed the Nokia 900 with a 4.3 in CBD amoled display. Combined with the information from the latest spec sheet leak, this is what is to be expected for the Nokia 900:
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS
1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor
8 MP Carl Zeiss AF dual LED camera
1 GB RAM, 512 MB ROM
16 GB/32 GB storage memory
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
1800 mAh battery
So, the Nokia 900 is a true device, and it looks amazing! Anyone else want this device?
The current Windows Phone sales worldwide can be considered lackluster when comparing them to Android or iOS market share. However, there is some good news for Microsoft and Western Europe in the form of increased market share according to Strategic Analytics. Tom Kang, Director of Strategic Analytics, stated
Western Europe smartphone sales will reach 117 million units in 2012, growing 12 percent from 105 million in 2011. We forecast Microsoft Windows Phone to be the fastest growing major platform next year, doubling its share of the Western European smartphone market from 6 percent in 2011 to 12 percent in 2012. Increased distribution and marketing support from major hardware partners such as Nokia, Samsung and HTC will help to drive growth for Microsoft
While the hypothesis seems to be very positive for Windows Phone, long term success isn’t guarenteed due to competing hardware requirements from iOS and Android. It is believed that next year Microsoft will include the hardware to put it on par with iOS and Android in the form of dual core and LTE support. Only time will tell to determine if Windows Phone pulls past number three.
Mere days before Nokia World and the official announcement for the Nokia 800 (Searay or Lumia as some recent rumors indicate) and the Nokia Sabre, new shots of the Nokia 800 have leaked courtesy of The Next Web. Carrying the same design as the Nokia N9, the Nokia 800 really stands out with its different color scheme and hardware perfection that Nokia brings to a plethora of devices. However, the leaks just make us want the device to be released. However, it is highly unlikely that the Nokia 800 may not come stateside until next year.
What makes or breaks a platform? Pricing. Last year, every Windows Phone device sold in America was sold at $199.99 for a new two year contract. As recently stated, Microsoft is changing their selling strategy for Microsoft Windows Phone by offering different (and cheaper pricepoints). What this means is that each OEM offers a lower priced (less specs) model and a premium model. The HTC Radar, being offered on T-Mobile United States will sell for a cool $99 on contract. For a pretty decent device with an FFC and 5 MP camera on back running Mango, it’s not that bad all things considered. Will you purchase one?
Nokia world is only a couple of days away and in my opinion will be a defining moment in the history of Windows phone OS. This will make or break both Nokia and Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. Along with the reveal of new lineup of Windows Phone devices, Nokia along with Microsoft is aiming to focus heavily on gaining momentum with developers. Nokia basically isolated Meego because of nearly non existent developer community so they cannot afford to do the same mistake again, considering they will have their exclusive marketplace store in Windows Phone. As a developer myself, it’s good to see we are getting so much attention (much deserved, don’t you think?). From building an application from scratch to monetizing and publishing – every single aspect will be covered to provide developers, we’ll hopefully see loads of Symbian / QT devs out there, to have a fresh look at the platform from the developer’s perspective. Here’s a preview video from Nokia giving you a sneak peak at what’s coming up at Nokia World for developers:
October 26th, London – Nokia World. Don’t forget to tune in here to read all the latest announcements.
Fresh off the heels of Android’s criticism to Windows Phone and Apple iPhone’s approach to UX by Matias Duarte from an interview with This is My Next, Ballmer has a lot of criticism for the green robot. When asked to compare the appeal of a phone powered by Windows and Google, Ballmer responded:
You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone…It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.
The quote sounds familiar in lieu of Windows Mobile past of being a computer scientist (a custom rom, a custom overlay, a custom keyboard, tons of registry tweaks) to make Windows Mobile actually work. Even the HTC HD2, the argued pinnacle of Windows Mobile, still required lots of tweaking to make the device work.
Despite the criticism he gave Android, he praised Apple on several fronts; a complete 180 from his previous comments on Apple:
“Apple is a good competitor, but a different one.”
Both [an iPhone and a Windows phone] are going to feel very good in your hand and both going to look very beautiful physically…. but when you grab a Windows phone and use it… your information is front and centre… and you don’t have to scroll through seas of icons and blah blah blah.
Some interesting words from Microsoft for the green robot company. Interestingly before comments are given, remember Microsoft does receive profit for every Android device sold. With that said, do you have to be a computer scientist to use the green robot?
Another day, another leak for the Nokia 800 (dubbed the Sea Ray). Released from pocketnow, the device is expected to be in 3 colors: blue, black, and pink. Surprisingly, the device also seems to remove the Segoe WP font that is on every other Windows Phone in favor of a new font called “Pure”. While it is well known that Nokia and Microsoft have an agreement to allow Nokia privileges for deeper customization, the device doesn’t change immensely to completely fragment the device versus other OEMs. It is still a recognizable Windows Phone.
Nokia World is exactly one week away, is anyone else going to pick up this device for 499 Euro? Discuss! images courtesy of pocketnow source: pocketnow, istartedsomething
Youtube and Windows Phone has a unique history – from offering mobile support from the days of Windows Mobile to HTC creating their own dedicated Youtube program to give Windows Mobile users a unique experience not found on any platform at the time. One of the key features of HTC’s Youtube program was the ability to upload videos from your device to the main youtube website in a decent quality. However, when Windows rebranded its mobile platform into Windows Phone in 2010 and HTC released their crop of devices, it was expected that Youtube uploading would be one of the main features; much like its Windows Mobile versions. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Nor did Microsoft completely offer a solution to upload your videos taken on your new Windows Phone to Youtube. While Windows Phone Mango offers several sharing options, youtube isn’t among them. So, how would a user upload a video to Youtube from their device?
Currently, there are two programs that will have the functionality of uploading Youtube videos from your Windows. One is SocialCam, which is currently in beta and can be found by going to the following address: Windows Phone Beta
Another program that has gained much notoriety is easyTube, which is currently in works to release a Mango update to the program to include several key features including:
Record and Upload Videos within the program
Play audio while multitasking
More information can be found at the following address: wmpoweruser
But if you need to have the ability to upload videos from Youtube right now and hate waiting,xda-developers user Budniu found an ingenious way to upload videos to youtube directly from your device. The steps involve setting up Youtube direct mobile uploads and are listed below:
Once you log into your personal YouTube account on your computer, select upload in the right corner
Select Youtube direct mobile uploads and click setup
Once completed, you will see an email address: email@example.com Copy that email address to your Windows Phone and save the address as a contact to be added to your contacts list
Record a video on your Windows Phone, open up the Pictures Hub, select sharing, and send it to your email listed above.
Unlike last year, there are several different ways to upload videos to Youtube. Some that require some patience and waiting for program updates and others that are more immediate. But let’s hope Google loosens some of those API restrictions to allow for mobile uploading.
With Nokia World looming, information related to unreleased Nokia Windows Phones have been leaked ad nauseum. This current leak, from My Nokia Blog is of the Nokia 710 with specs indicated below:
1.4 ghz Cortex A8
3.7 in” 800×480 resolution clear black TFT
720p recording at 30 FPS
28 mm wide angle 5 MP camera
8 GB internal storage
820mAh battery with 400 hours standby time, 5H 3g browsing, 7H GSM talk time, microsim
Understandably, a lot of the specs are interesting to say the least. While the 800×480 screen resolution and the 3.7 in. screen are perfectly in line with chassis 1 specifications, the processor seems a bit off. However, Da_G reminds that chassis one specifications include an ARMv7 based application processor, but it has to be a Qualcomm based chip. Perhaps the large question is what to make of this. It could be a placeholder, for an unreleased symbian, or it could be a windows phone. wpcentral notes that it could be a windows phone, possibly the Nokia Sabre. However, only time will tell. It’s best to wait til Nokia World in the coming weeks to discover exactly what Nokia has up their sleeve. For now, take this one and place it in the rumor folder.