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Qt, Applications, OS’s and you

October 21, 2010 16 comments


We’ve heard much talk in the media of Nokia being silly for having both Symbian and MeeGo/Maemo, lacking applications and that they should just pick up Android to solve both problems but most of these people either have no idea what they’re talking about or are literally spouting out of their rear orifices :P. Either way, while I have my own opinions on the people who seem to do this as a career, I think I’ll stick to things a bit more pertinent to all of us reading this blog.

The first issue the media seems to bring up with regards to Symbian and MeeGo, even before using them or in the latter’s case is, “THERE AREN’T ANY APPS!!!!!” Now while that may be the case to an extent, it’s been bandied about very much in the developer sphere that coding with Symbian C++ and the dev tools available were difficult as all hell and somewhat antiquated and substandard respectively. While as I’m no coder, I can’t speak to the truth of these claims, the scarcity of QUALITY applications (both in functionality and visual flair) on the newer Symbian platform (S^1) and for the time being S^3would speak very much to an underlying issue at play.

Developing for Symbian  involves the following major steps:

1. Conceptualization

2. Research into the development tools, API’s available, SDK’s, debugging tools etc.

3. Coding

4. Testing

5. Symbian Signing

6. Publishing

The first 2 steps are pretty standard and the norm amongst developers looking at any platform but the latter 4 are where there have been issues with developing for Symbian.

3. Symbian C++ has been described as quirky, difficult to use and understand, possessing a steep learning curve and quite different from Standard C++.  Given that code written using Symbian C++ is for all intents and purposes incompatible with other operating systems developers deciding to develop for Symbian would pretty much have to rewrite entire applications for use with other operating systems. Given the arduous nature of undertaking such a task (unless bankrolled by a massive corporation), the fact that Nokia uses not 1 but 3 major, application capable OS’s and the inability of developers for competing platforms to easily port applications to Nokia’s OS’s,(this ability would be a GREAT thing) or even between Nokia’s own OS’s, Nokia acquired and open-sourced the company Trolltech.

Trolltech is the company responsible for the lovely Qt Libraries & UI frameworks. While Nokia has gone about proclaiming the usefulness and beauty of Qt and what it means for developers, average Joe has yet to see and tangible benefits and even some of us “in the know” don’t fully understand what Qt is.

 

My following post, tomorrow if nothing goes awry, will discuss in detail:

1. What Qt is.

2. How does it work

3. How is it different from Java or other similar “Write once, deploy everywhere” frameworks

4. What are the benefits of using Qt going forward

5. Things that Qt support can/will bring to both the Symbian and MeeGo platforms

6. Things that Qt can be done using Qt in it’s current iteration, i.e API’s and tie-ins to existing OS’s .

7. Future Qt  releases

Categories: Nokia

Symbian^3 users – no need to wait for Symbian^4 – you’ll be getting the new UI too! No more talking S^3/S^4 – it will be one constantly evolving platform

October 21, 2010 58 comments

And what ever improvements the Symbian platform receives – UI is just one of those things you can download for your device. Awesomeness! That means new interface for N8, C7, E7 and C6 users! Hurray!

The whole S^3 to S^4 has been someone of an unclear story, with most leading to a “NO” on the upgrade. But it appears is that the whole coyness of Nokia staff whenever asked this question was possibly a signal that that is not the important question to ask. But whether S^3 handsets will get all the Symbian upgrades of Symbian^4 which is YES.

S^4 Qt based UI is a major overhaul. And it is VERY significant that current and future S^3 owners will be seeing and experiencing it on their own handsets. There is the longevity we have been waiting for.

In fact, something even odder,

“In fact, we will no longer be talking about Symbian^3 or Symbian^4 at all – it will be one constantly evolving and constantly improving platform.”

This means upgrades will appear once they’re ready (like the browser) and not part of a major OS update. Also this signifies that S^3/S^4/S^5/S^6 no longer exist. They are all just the one Symbian that will grow and evolve. Like your Android flavours. Now this should FORCE Nokia to put more RAM and even more powerful processors to ensure such longevity (or at least upgrades within 1 year to act well without m/any performance issues. Like 2g/3G IOS 4 breaks).

Finally

“Nokia will embrace the emerging HTML5 standard for Web content and applications for Symbian and MeeGo platforms, both through in-built support in Qt and through the browser.”

Via Nokia Conversations

Categories: Nokia Tags: , , ,

Nokia Net Sales, Operating Profits and Operating Margin Up in Q3 2010 (Stock up 6.8%)

October 21, 2010 10 comments

Nokia has reported a strong unexpected third quarter. It was expected to have been worse than Q2 as no major handset has been released. This is what Nokia can do without anything compelling at the mid-high end. Nokia has weathered the toughest transition stages. The mid-high range N8/C7/E7 and mid-low C6 should make things even better. Then we will see the new Symbian Qt based Symbian and the MeeGo onslaught at the high end next year.

Some highlights.

  • Q3 2010 Operating profits increased to 403 Million EUR, (Q3 2009, Loss 426 M; Q2 2010 profit 295M).
  • Q3 2010 Operating margin 3.9% (-4.3% Q3 2009; 2.9% Q2 2010)
  • Q3 2010 83 .9M “dumbphones”, 26.5 smartphones (Q3 2009, 92.1M Dumbphones, 16.4M Smartphones; Q2 2010, 87.1M Dumbphones 24M Smartphones). That’s more people gradually making the switch to Nokia Smartphones.
  • Nokia net sales of EUR 10.3 billion, up 5% year-on-year and 3% sequentially (down 2% and up 1% at constant currency).
  • Devices & Services net sales of EUR 7.2 billion, up 4% year-on-year and 6% sequentially (down 5% and up 2% at constant currency).
  • Services net sales of EUR 159 million, up 7% year-on-year and 1% sequentially; billings of EUR 325 million, up 89% year-on-year and 10% sequentially.
  • Nokia total mobile device volumes of 110.4 million units, up 2% year-on-year and down 1% sequentially.
  • Nokia converged mobile device (smartphone and mobile computer) volumes of 26.5 million units, up 61% year-on-year and 10% sequentially.
  • Nokia mobile device ASP (including services revenue) of EUR 65, up from EUR 64 in Q3 2009 and EUR 61 in Q2 2010.
  • Devices & Services gross margin of 29.0%, down from 30.9% in Q3 2009 and 30.2% in Q2 2010.
  • Devices & Services non-IFRS operating margin of 10.5%, down from 11.4% in Q3 2009 and up from 9.5% in Q2 2010.
  • NAVTEQ non-IFRS net sales of EUR 252 million, up 52% year-on-year and flat sequentially (up 47% and down 2% at constant currency).
  • Nokia Siemens Networks net sales of EUR 2.9 billion, up 7% year-on-year and down 3% sequentially (flat and down 4% at constant currency).
  • Nokia Siemens Networks non-IFRS operating margin of -3.9%, down from -1.9% in Q3 2009 and 1.7% in Q2 2010.
  • Nokia operating cash flow of EUR 439 million, and cash generated from operations EUR 1 206 million.
  • Total cash and other liquid assets of EUR 10.2 billion and net cash and other liquid assets of EUR 4.4 billion, at the end of Q3 2010.
  • Nokia taxes continued to be unfavorably impacted by Nokia Siemens Networks taxes as no tax benefits are recognized for certain Nokia Siemens Networks deferred tax items. In Q3 2010, this was more than offset by lower Devices & Services taxes due to dividend withholding tax legislation changes in certain jurisdictions with a one-quarter impact. If Nokia’s estimated long-term tax rate of 26% had been applied, non-IFRS Nokia EPS would have been approximately 1.5 Euro cents lower.
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Videos: Getting started with your Nokia N8 – Official N8 support videos

October 21, 2010 19 comments

Below are some 12 Nokia N8 support videos. Great for getting you started on your N8 – send over to a friend who’s new to the N8/Symbian/Nokia Smartphones in general.

1. INSERT SIM and Memory Card

2. Use the touch screen

3. Make a call

4. Make a video call

5. Set up social Networks (they really should have shown how to make a Nokia Account thing)

6. Multitask

7. Taking Pictures:

8. Personalise your N8

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJINTW1Qjjk]

9. Connect to a TV

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN6IeiZ2bJ8]

10. Save your battery:

11. Browse the web

12. Watch Web TV

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7tXrKPssVQ]

Categories: Nokia, Nseries Tags: , ,

Videos: New MeeGo Tablet UI on Renesas AP4 and Freescale i.MX51

October 21, 2010 2 comments

One thing is certain on my purchase lists is a tablet. Based on the first pre-Alpha video, MeeGo vanilla tablet UI is going to be a very enjoyable experience. But there will be other UI structures too, including this one shown on a Renesas AP4 and Freescale i.MX51. Thanks to Jim for the heads up!

videos by nieminentatu

Categories: MeeGo, Video Tags: ,