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Nokia’s new hire Peter Skillman talks

Peter Skillman Nokia’s newest high profile employe after Steven Elop gave an interview to the guys at ZURB to talk about Mobile Experiences before jetting off to London to begin his new role with Nokia. He certainly said some very interesting things and he seems to be a very passionate outspoken guy that actually wants to do something new rather than going the safe route. He criticised both Apple and Motorola on their interfaces and also gave some points on how to make a Mobile experience perfect. From what I have seen this guy should work well with Elop considering Elop is a software guy and Skillman is obsessed with the getting the software experience dead on I mean look at the picture of him, he looks like a typical designer obsessed with things that normal people will find odd trust me I have meet a few not Skillman of course but people like that a good 😀

Some of the interesting highlights from the interview include :

  • Many smartphones have too much junk loaded on top of OS — a good example of this is Motoblur on top of Android.
  • Different functions in companies don’t talk to each other — most organizations feel like they are a university with a separate math, physics, and english departments which don’t talk to each other. Talking is where most of opportunity lies for design.
  • It’s very easy to copy a mobile phone — it takes about 8 hours to take apart a phone and laser scan the whole thing. It will take another 2 to 3 weeks and mimic and build any phone out there. The bar for delivering reasonable hardware has really come down.
  • Of my favourites that should also shut up the american skeptics

    Simplicity. Simplicity. Simplicity.

    Another good one

    4 Must Haves

    Peter casually mentioned that if you’re missing one of these you’re dead:

    • Delicious hardware
    • Cloud services
    • A rich user interface
    • Developer ecosystem

    You can actually read the whole interview and listen to the audio podcast here

    via ZURB


    Categories: Android, aPPLE, Maemo, MeeGo, News, Nokia, Nseries
    1. IMarius
      September 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      Who can take meego, sprinkle it with features
      Cover it with functionality and a miracle or two
      The Skill man, oh the Skill man can
      The Skill man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the OS feel so good

      • Murble
        September 19, 2010 at 7:47 pm

        LOL. Thanks now I’ll have that tune stuck in my head for the rest of the day!

    2. Jim
      September 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      speaking of meego did you see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTrFO4mVXbc
      (MeeGo inCar System)

    3. Nocare
      September 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      Symbian 4 need this type of staff

    4. Roger Johnson
      September 19, 2010 at 11:39 pm

      > It’s very easy to copy a mobile phone

      Sorry that’s rubbish. I’d like to see anyone do that with an N8. Not only do you have to copy the physical hardware, but you have to copy the extra hardware like camera, lenses and so on, and the main problem – the firmware, with all it’s many many tweaks, all rendered solely in binary form on the phone chip. That cannot be copied.

      You can make a cheap, crap clone that bears a passing resemblance and with none of the software or power. But you cannot copy a whole device as is, it would require many thousands of man hours of reverse engineering.

    1. September 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

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