After a few months off the grid, I thought it best to offer a short post to show Jay, Andre and the rest of the MNB gang that I’m still around…
With my next upgrade coming up in the first few months of 2011, I’ve been pondering my options for my next handset. I’m keen to stick with a Nokia handset, and was hoping that by the time 18 months had passed after buying my N900 that something that truly excites me would come along. I’ll share some of my thinking with you…
The 12MP Symbian Flagship, has apparently reached 4 million sales. I don’t know how accurate these figures are. The last time Nokia numbers were publicised, they were wrong (N900 selling only 100,000 when that was the figure in a few weeks – a geek “niche” device for tinkering, not for the masses which Nokia claims the N9 should be).
Anyway, from BloomBerg:
Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj, the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones, may have delivered as many as 4 million of its N8 smartphones this quarter, Helsinki-based equity research company Inderes Oy said on its website today.
Inderes cited guidance given by chip makers, N8 search volumes on Internet search engines, additional recruitment at Nokia’s Finnish factory in Salo and media attention to the phone.
. What do you think of 4 million? I think that’s pretty decent response about a new Symbian handset.
Although we’ve heard about the N8 since early Jan of this year and officially late April, the N8 has only really been on sale from Mid October Read more…
Well relatively major. N97 and N97 mini maybe receiving integrated Yahoo! powered Ovi Chat as part of the PR3 and PR2 update.
Hurray, they have not been totally forgotten! Though with the big brother, some (like the team working on it!) might have prefered it to be a distant memory. I’d also like to see some major performance updates. I don’t know how much UI could be improved given the anorexic internals – it struggles as it is with it’s dry, bland navigation.
Qt integration as mentioned?
This video demonstrates QML based QuickFlickr i.e. Flickr client running on Symbian device (N8). What you see on the video is not the final product and it lacks many features, graphics and it still has several bugs.
Current set of features:
– Authentication with Flickr (doesn’t work on symbian device due the QtWebKit problem with developer packages)
– Latest uploads from contacts,
– Photostreams of your contacts and your own photostream
– Photo details (favorite,views, comments, add comments, description, etc)
– Contact list
– Navigation between different pages
A frequent suggestion in blog comments relating to Nokia is to go with Android/WP7 and when it was available, to go buy Palm for WebOS. Why? Nokia has in house, Symbian and Maemo, the latter of which has become MeeGo – though the phone side has no presence on the market since there are no purpose built MeeGo phones.
Well in this transition stage where Symbian is waiting for the major UI change and MeeGo is still waiting to escape the birth canal, frustration rests upon some users and onlookers of Symbian^3 (the only real Nokia smartphone choice atm) as not having the same glitsy glamour and UI appeal of its competition. Nokia is always praised for the hardware, though last year with N900 got rapturous awe for its powerful and potential filled software – but that’s now canned for MeeGo.
Therefore, is it rightly so that Nokia should look to others as a temporary measure? Or is this not suitable for Nokia’s long term success? Does a successful phone manufacturer need it’s own operating system to survive? There’s a lot resting on the events that unfold for Nokia in 2011.
In an ideal world where anything could happen – If Nokia Smartphones could have any but only one Operating System, what would you like it to be? Read more…
Nokia N8, C7 and Fig-Rig stabilizer in behind the scenes of Israel’s Interactive Film! (Shot with Nokia C7, N8)
The Fig-Rig is a little like your Flowpod or Merlin Steadicam holders – you attach a video camera (or any device capable of recording video) and using its magical powers cuts out all that jerkiness in motion and produces silky smooth professional looking videos.
It’s useful whether you’re using professional grade dedicated video cameras or a mobile phone like the N8. And that’s exactly what they’ve done here with a Fig-Rig. (I think Merlin has the advantage though it is 3x more expensive, going for a minimum of around 600GBP. Yes you got that right. I’ve wanted one for such a long time! ah)
The Fig-Rig, like Merlin and Flowpod is a contraption to which your device is attached. Unlike the half-arch of Merlin, or Pole of Flowpod, the Fig-Rig sports a somewhat steering wheel design.
The video below is actually more about the first ever interactive video show with N8, but I was enamored by the use of the Fig-Rig. There’s also a second video included on how to make your own for the N8.
Engadget reports that Nokia will be shipping Dual Core Symbian Devices next year with a revamped UI.
Well, Symbian has always been open about its roadmap. Back in February this year they mentioned this in exact detail (when they were still Symbian Foundation and Symbian^N was still the norm). Now Nokia has taken Symbian development back and Symbian will no longer have ^N nomenclature, just Symbian as we have confirmations that Symbian^3 devices will be getting the much awaited new enhancements meant for Symbian^4.
Today however in a presentation in Beijing, Gunther Kottzieper from Nokia gave some slides incidating Nokia Symbian 2011 focus areas including
- Q1 Symbian update will include over 50 features << new browser, new keyboard, draggable homescreen Read more…