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All posts tagged "symbian"


Friday, July 22, 2011

Contacts in Your Phonebook Come Alive: Application Announcement – LiveContacts – for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian OS

Posted by Darren Blade in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:07 AM

http://www.facebook.com/pages/LiveC...225523594142852

"Appfortel, the Russian developer of mobile applications is proud to announce the release of a unique Beta-version service for organizing your contacts – LiveContacts – in mid-summer 2011. The LiveContacts application will contain a number of functions aimed at livening up your address directories and supporting the contacts in your phonebook in an actual and “animated” way. Today, from hundreds to thousands of contacts are stored in phonebooks of large megacities’ representatives. Many of them quickly become outdated – time has an impact on all kinds of information. Changes can be observed in surnames, workplaces, addresses, jobs and positions, telephone numbers, and other contact data."

A new way in presenting your contacts (Livening them up!) is on its way to you from "Appfortel" LLC, a Russian start-up who wants to breathe life into the staid contact apps on a number of handset platforms, namely Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Symbian. I contacted Denis Pushkar to confirm whether their Press Release was correct with Windows Mobile, and it is. It looks like the Appfortel code warriors are giving some love back to the Windows Mobile device users; Windows Phone 7, at this point, is not getting the App. The service and respective platform apps are due to start appearing around the end of July.

I still have my Omnia II hiding in the paper tray on my desk. I may just, get a chance, to Liven it up with LiveContacts when released. The scant details hint that a web service is used, and pulling contact details like contact linking on WP7. More details when Appfortel's website goes "Live" soon, here and here.

The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...


Friday, April 29, 2011

Nokia Cuts 12% Of Workforce In Preparation For WP7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/t...kia27.html?_r=2

"Nokia, the world's leading cellphone maker, said Wednesday that it would eliminate about 7,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program that was deeper than expected. The 12 percent reduction in the Finnish company's global work force will help trim operating costs by €1 billion, or $1.47 billion, a 17 percent reduction, by the end of 2012. Analysts had expected that 5,000 to 6,000 jobs would be cut."

By now you've undoubtedly heard a fair bit about the Microsoft-Nokia agreement regarding future smartphones that Nokia will offer based on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft executive who became Nokia's chief executive in September, has made reference to impending staff cuts and reorganization in the past. We now know that the cuts were a little deeper than some would have expected. In fact, a 12% staff cut is pretty significant. Nokia said the reductions would be achieved by eliminating 4,000 jobs, mostly in Britain, Denmark and Finland. In addition, 3,000 employees responsible for its Symbian operating system will be transferred to Accenture, a global technology consulting organization. While these cuts have been announced, there are still negotiations to be conducted with the labor union representing employees. For more details, click on the Read link to take you to the reference New York Times article.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Microsoft-Nokia Finalize Agreement

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 04:00 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_...-agreement.aspx

"Many of you may have already seen the news announced earlier this morning, Nokia and Microsoft signed the definitive agreement for a strategic partnership between the two companies."

Yesterday Microsoft and Nokia finally completed ten weeks of negotiations, culminating in the signing of a definitive agreement for their strategic partnership. Their goal: to build a unique, global, ecosystem for mobile devices and software that is differentiated from all others. The joint team members are already working toward a multi-year product roadmap and are on-schedule to deliver volume shipments in 2012, although the companies report that delivery in 2011 has not been ruled out. In their joint blog post they specifically reach out to developers, who are, of course, essential for any potential success the ecosystem will garner. They also make specific mention of consumer experiences in the app categories of mapping, search, gaming, social media, advertising and productivity, and emphasize their increased focus on mobile business and productivity scenarios that build on Microsoft's cloud services, new features for Symbian, and new capabilities for Windows Phone devices. The two companies mention that reaching this agreement occurred ahead of schedule. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come, because time is of the essence and other ecosystems are growing quickly.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Patience May Be All That Is Needed For Strong Market Positioning For Windows Phone 7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/b...?_r=1&src=busln

"Make way, however, for Windows Phone. Yes, Windows Phone. Despite Microsoft's multiple, abject failures with mobile phones since 2002, many software developers and industry watchers expect Microsoft to become the second-largest smartphone player worldwide."

Predictions in the smartphone world are risky business at the best of times, so you may want to take this New York Times article with a fair bit of trepidation. But, it does seem plausible when you read their logic. Their analysis is that at year-end Android will have a 39.5 percent share of smartphones worldwide (based on projections from IDC). Symbian (from Nokia) would be second, at 20.9 percent, while Apple's iOS, would be third, at 15.7. Windows Phone 7 and its predecessor, Windows Mobile, would be at 5.5 percent. They believe this will change dramatically as Nokia switches from Symbian to the Windows Phone 7 platform. Their projections are that by 2015 Android will hold slightly over 45 percent of the market, while Windows Phone 7 will occupy second place, at 20.9 percent. Third will be Apple's iOS, which is projected to stay near 15 percent. BlackBerry, then as now, would be No. 4 at slightly less than 14 percent.

So, what do you think? Can this possibly happen?


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

IDC Predicts Windows Phone Will Be Number Two Smartphone OS by 2015

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.slashgear.com/windows-ph...s-idc-29143143/

"Android will take the top spot for smartphone OS worldwide in 2011, analysts IDC have predicted, pushing iOS into third place behind Symbian. As for Microsoft, while the Symbian-faithful aren't entirely convinced by Nokia's decision to climb aboard the Windows Phone train, IDC is more confident in the two companies' partnership. "By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android," senior research analyst Ramon Llamas predicts."

This is a pretty bold prediction. It has been the topic of much debate since this article was released. With Symbian phasing out of the picture as Nokia embraces Windows Phone as their OS of choice, there's bound to be a new number two. Will all Symbian users shift over to Windows Phone to stay with Nokia? Will some of them move to Android or iOS? I personally think we'll see a good mix of users jumping from one platform to another over the next few years until they find the one that suits them best. Each OS provides unique experiences that may appeal to some, but not to others. It will definitely be an interesting few years, especially once Nokia starts flooding the market with Windows Phone. What do you think will happen?


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nokia's Symbian and T-Mobile to Launch New Smartphone, Awkward Times

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:00 AM

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Nokia...8.html?x=0&.v=1

"So, perhaps it is only fitting that the two parties gathered in Orlando for what has to be one of the more awkward press conferences I've attended in a decade and a half of covering tech. Drawing reporters to the Crave family restaurant on the outskirts of a suburban mall, the Finnish cell phone maker announced plans with T-Mobile to start selling the Astound, a rebranded version of the company's Symbian-based C7 smartphone."

The make quite a pair, don't they? This must have been a very uncomfortable press conference, knowing that the dying Symbian and the soon to be reallocated T-Mobile spectrum would have almost no chance at success. But they seem pretty confident that users will enjoy one final stint of Symbain and T-Mobile. Of course there is much to be seen still with T-Mobile's future. The FCC may kill the AT&T deal. And maybe Nokia can make Symbian co-exist with their Microsoft plans. Who knows, but in light of recent events, it makes you wonder how they can justify the release of this phone.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Nokia Workers Use Their Flex-Times Hours to Digest Windows Phone 7 News

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:25 AM

http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile...otest-20110211/

"After the announcement of the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft this morning workers voiced their concern with the deal by walking out of Nokia facilities. It is believed that as many as a thousand workers marched out today (or took the day off using flex time) so that the company would know that they don't believe the partnership is in their best interest, even after CEO' Stephen Elop's startlingly frank "burning platform" memo earlier this week."

I'd never applaud someone losing their job, but it's clear that Nokia needed to make a serious change in direction if they wanted to have a future in the mobile industry. A lesser company would have waited until things got so bad that they did it out of desperation rather than as a carefully considered decision.

UPDATE: I've amended the headline because it's not quite the "walk out" I thought it was. From a Nokia spokesperson who contacted The Next Web:

"Some of our employees - not thousands - in Tampere and Oulu decided to take advantage of Flexitime and left the office at around 14.00. This is completely understandable: we have announced major news today, and understand that employees may want to digest this. We will continue active employee communications over the coming weeks, to further engage our employees with the new strategy, and to report on the progress of strategy implementation planning."


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Smartphones – Is It The Total Experience That Makes The Difference?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 AM

I regularly get asked by friends and colleagues for technology advice, and smartphones are a frequent topic. A recent conversation with a colleague got me thinking about how the smartphone marketplace was evolving, and how people might be making purchasing decisions over the next year or so. Purchasing behaviour is of course a complex topic, one that requires unique analysis expertise within the personnel of any product vendor. I'm not a marketing guru by any stretch, but, like you, I do have some opinions on the factors that influence people one way or another in the smartphone world. Read more...


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