Stephen Elop talks about Possibility of releasing Nokia WP7 device in Q4 2011, adopting Windows for tablets & more(Video)

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.

A Microsoft Case Study on Windows Phone 7 adoption by an enterprise (Video)

We all are pretty much familiar of how consumers ( which are you and me ) respond to WP7 but we tend to forget how big and important the enterprise segment is for Microsoft. Now with Office  / Sharepoint integration in Windows Phone 7 – they have covered the needs of the enterprise user. But I personally have not come across a feedback article from an enterprise perspective. I stumbled upon this case study today, show a consultancy company, Slalom Consulting, giving feedback after adopting Windows Phone 7. The case study video is a must watch. It will cover few important questions like – How is enterprise responding to this new platform ? How is it helping companies that are already using various Microsoft services ?

Video description :

With nine offices nationwide, Slalom Consulting provides customers with market-leading technology solutions that help them run their businesses. In 2010, Microsoft honored the company with the Information Worker Solutions Collaboration and Business Intelligence Partner of the Year awards, and with the Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for the United States. In November 2010, the company adopted Windows Phone 7 as its mobile platform. It employs Windows Phone 7 to develop innovative mobile applications using the Microsoft .NET Framework, a programming model and set of application programming interfaces for building applications and services, and Microsoft Silverlight, a development platform for creating engaging user experiences. Slalom benefits from the powerful and easy-to-use development tools and improved productivity with Microsoft Office Mobile software. 

Watch the video here : http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000009689
( We are having some serious issues with embedding the video. Silverlight, sigh. )

p.s – if you see the complete video. You will see an iPhone and a Blackberry users both moving to Windows Phone 7. Not bad, eh ?

Windows Phone Mango Update Will Bring Facebook Video Uploads and Places Check-In


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

TinyGrab for Windows Phone 7 under development, will be available soon.

Good news for TinyGrab users, TinyGrab is coming soon to Windows Phone 7. TinyGrab founder ( @leydon )  tweeted a few moments back that a WP7 application is under development :

@lee_stott We’d never considered @TinyGrab for BlackBerry, it would just be horrible. However we are building a Windows Phone 7 app.

 For those who don’t know about Tinygrab, it’s a ‘ social ‘ screenshot sharing service.

TinyGrab 2.0 adds a social element to the sharing on screenshots. With the drag of a image or a push of the button you can send your screenshot to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, WordPress or a whole host of other services; of course that short grab.by URL is still placed into your clipboard for you to paste anywhere as soon as the image is uploaded to our servers.

TinyGrab already has an iOS app, so taking clue from the app – we can tell you that the application will let you use your camera to take a screen grab / photo and upload it to TinyGrab server or just upload your pre existing photos to the server, browse uploaded images, share the image on Facebook, twitter, email or just upload to the FTP. Well these are basic yet crucial features. Can’t imagine TinyGrab for WP7 eliminating any one of the feature listed above. Any additional feature will be a bonus – making it more feature rich than the iOS variant.

Isn’t it slightly ironic : Screen shot service for a platform that doesn’t allow you to take screenshot ? 

Appcelerator / IDC Quarterly Mobile Developers survey released, Windows Phone 7 beats Blackberry to third place

Appcelerator and IDC have released their Quarterly  Mobile developers survey report. This report will give you an idea of developer’s willingness to work on particular platform, their concerns and faith in the platform.

Here is a quick summary from the website below :

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 survey reveals that developer momentum is shifting back toward Apple as fragmentation and tepid interest in current Android tablets chip away at Google’s recent momentum gains. The report also reveals the rise of the ‘mobile cloud’, a major trend towards connected mobility that promises to partially address the issue of fragmentation and radically transform the relationship between business and customer.
The Appcelerator-IDC Q2 2011 Mobile Developer Survey Report, taken April 11-13, shows that interest in Android has recently plateaued as concerns around fragmentation and disappointing results from early tablet sales have caused developers to pull back from their previous steadily increasing enthusiasm for Google’s mobile operating system. While this opens the door a crack for new entrants, nearly two-thirds of respondents believe that it is not possible for Microsoft, RIM, HP, and Nokia to reverse momentum relative to Apple and Google. Underscoring the fluidity of the mobile ecosystem and in a peculiar turn of events, recent simultaneous drops in developer interest in Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry OSes move Windows Phone 7 ahead of BlackBerry to claim the third spot in developer interest.

Windows Phone 7 is indeed gaining moment but that didn’t come up in the report. There has been a drop in developer’s interest for both Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry OS resulting in 7 points drop and 11 points drop for WP7 and blackberry OS respectively giving Microsoft and edge and resulting in WP7 being more preferable ( 29 % – 27 % ) when compared to blackberry OS.

More on this :

Microsoft edges RIM to become the third horse, but there is not much cause for celebration in Redmond as respondents’ interest in Microsoft and RIM dropped substantially compared to last quarter. Microsoft fell seven points, with only 29% of developers saying they are ‘very interested’ in the Windows Phone 7, while BlackBerry phones dropped eleven points to 27%. On the upside, and in part as a result of Microsoft’s partnership announcement with Nokia, Windows Phone 7 interest fell four points less than BlackBerry to make Microsoft the new number three in developer interest behind Apple and Google.

Read the full report here. The report is filled with concerns related to Android fragmentation while iOS and WP7 have managed to escape this demon. Developers though aren’t as eager to develop on WP7 when comepared to Android ( because of it’s reach of course ) as of now. Here are some key points from the report :

Despite Android’s apparent plateau and potential slight pullback, the road to becoming number two will be long for either Microsoft or RIM. 62% of respondents say it will be impossible for anyone to catch up to market leaders Apple and Google. Beyond market share concerns, however, Microsoft’s biggest problem with developers may simply be available time as noted by the 46% of respondents who indicated “I have my hands full with iOS and/ or Android.” In addition to landing major distribution partnerships and exploiting Android’s fragmentation and security holes, making app migrations from iOS and Android to Windows Phone 7 easy and profitable for developers will be critical for Microsoft.

I’ll certainly like to see this report again when Nokia adopts and pushes WP7 to the masses. We’ll have a much optimistic picture then. Drop in your views.

via CNet 

Microsoft : Windows Phone 7 devices don’t store your location history unlike Android and iPhone

The internet is filled with rumors suggesting that iPhone and Android devices tracking user location via your mobile devices. Imagine somebody following you all the time, it’s just these companies are your virtual stalkers that store your location data i.e. tracks you everywhere which is a serious privacy concern. PCMag inquired Microsoft about this issue and they have cleared that Windows Phone 7 devices do not store location history.

Microsoft told PCMag unequivocally that phones running Windows Phone 7 do not store location history. Like most other phones, the platform offers plenty of location-based apps, and those apps require user consent before they begin tracking. Windows Phones also offer the common feature of a “global switch” that lets the user disable all location services, and Microsoft says its “Find My Phone” service keeps only the phone’s most recent location.

Well, WP7 users take breath a sigh of relief. At least we aren’t being stalked, another reason to migrate to Windows phone platform ? You decide.

p.s –  Steve Jobs has denied that iPhones store location data and has instead accused Android of store location data.. I believe you, Mr. Jobs ;)

Senova Phone Marketplace : Visual Search Engine for Windows Phone 7 Apps

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.
Check it out here.

Gowalla client MacroPod for Windows Phone 7 coming soon, first screenshot published !

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

NoDo update causing a touchscreen bug in Windows Phone 7 devices?

Youtube user and Windows Phone 7 app developer kotsoft is reporting some serious issues with the multi touch input on WP7 devices. Watch the video embedded below where he explains the bug in detail :

His application ( Grantophone) utilizes the multi touch input so he is rightly concerned.I couldn’t replicate his experience while using the Grantophone application since I could sustain with 3 or 4 multi touch input points. Probably I didn’t comprehend the logic behind all this or this is a rare bug,it could even be a hardware related issue!
You can download his TouchTest application and deploy the application to test it out yourself.

IM+ for Windows Phone 7 coming soon, pre-release screenshots published !

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.

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