Stephen Elop in a TV interview to a Finnish channel today made some interesting points. He talked about the recent decision to outsource all Symbian devlopment related activity to Accenture, about brain drain from nokia, concern that Nokia will become just another hardware manufacturer, Finland specific issues and most importantly about the Nokia Windows Phone 7 device and Windows based tablet possibility.
Watch the interview below :
The interview is definitely worth watching. Stephen Elop mentioned that they are working on a tablet strategy and is ‘ most important ‘ for Nokia in the coming future. He hasn’t denied rumor that Nokia’s next tablet might just be a Windows based tablet ( Windows 8 or Windows Phone 7 ? ) or probably a Meego tablet too. After watching so many Stephen Elop interviews, I can tell you that Nokia is working really hard to bring a Nokia WP7 device in Q4 2011. Probably just before Christmas, but they are definitely going to pleasantly surprise you. And w.r.t. to the tablet strategy, Microsoft has never promoted WP7 for tablets which is why we have never seen one in a tablet before. So is Nokia building a Windows 8 tablet but how long do they have to wait for that ? I don’t think they can afford wasting time now. We will find that out next year.
The next Windows Phone update, codenamed Mango, just seems to be getting better and better. WMPoweruser is reporting that the Mango will bring the ability to upload videos to Facebook and check-in using Facebook places. It seems the VIP members have known this since MWC earlier this year.
Officially renamed Windows Phone 7.5, Mango seems to be dead set on helping Microsoft surge ahead of other platforms. Microsoft will reveal more consumer features at later dates which will coming, thanks to the 15,000 APIs which will be introduced in WP7.5
Bored of the default Windows Marketplace ? Want better sorting options ? Wanna try a different, more visual way to discover apps ? Then, Senova Phone Marketplace is what you are looking for.
Though, Microsoft already has it’s own visual search for apps in Bing, it has some limitations. Beginning with the basics, Senova offers search with great filtering options. You can filter trails by release date, average user rating, used rating count, publisher, download rank, price and license. There are two views – grid view (default) and graph view. You can sort the apps by the same parameters with which you can filter them. Coming to the apps themselves, Senova displays the app icons (you can zoom in and out) and shows their basic details when clicked on, but you can’t compare any two apps. Built in silverlight, the search engine has pretty transitions whenever you search, rearrange or filter the search results. Keep in mind, its just search. You can’t see the screenshots or summary. One place where it completely trumps Bing though is the no. Of apps. While Bing Visual Search only displays the top 3000 apps from marketplace, Senova displays all apps from the categories which have most apps in the top 1000(updated weekly). It’s a great tool and you should try it atleast once.
We have had considerable knowledge (thanks to constant twitter interaction with the developers) about the third party Gowalla app being under development for a few months now. Developers of the third party gowalla app, MacroPod, tweeted that they are under the final ‘ tweaking ‘ stage and will hopefully submit the application to marketplace soon.
Here is a screenshot of the application in action :
You can see more screenshots on their Tumblr.
There is still no official Gowalla app on Windows Phone 7 while it’s competitor FourSquare has an official app and solid third party clients. The Official gowalla application for WP7 is still under development, according to their twitter page.
The application looks gorgeous, about time we get Gowalla on WP7!
Img credit : MobiJack’s Tumblr
One thing that really is a matter of concern for the most number of WP7 users is the lack of multi protocol IM apps on the marketplace. IM+, a popular Multi protocol IM application which is avialable on most of the mobile operating system, announced some time back that they are developing an IM app for Windows Phone 7 which will be released in the month of April. Not much time left for the month of April to end and looks like they will be missing the target release date. The application is still in development but after request from bunch of users, they have published an image showing screenshots of the application on their facebook page :
If you see the screenshot above, you will noticed that the application probably doesn’t have live tile support ( which is pretty essential feature IMO ) and you can live chat with multiple users by swiping left or right accross the screen, hopefully. More to come soon, we are hoping to get access to the beta version of the application. Stay tuned.