Nokia’s N9 seen in brief teaser video

By on May 17, 2011 at 10:44 PM.

Nokia’s N9 seen in brief teaser video

Nokia’s N9 handset has made a brief cameo via a one-minute, official-looking video clip. What do we learn from said video? Not a heck of a lot. What we do see is a 12-megapixel camera complete with Carl Zeiss optics flash before our eyes, and the iconography seen suggests that the device will be a Symbian offering complete with the Anna software update. The rumor mill states the N9 will be a pentaband GSM handset that could make an appearance stateside, although… since Nokia is going all-in with Windows Phone, we’re not sure what the fate of this handset is. The video is after the break. Have a look for yourself.
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‘PC market is in its twilight,’ says former Apple exec

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM.

‘PC market is in its twilight,’ says former Apple exec

In a “Monday Note” blog post that questioned Intel’s new 3D transistors and the company’s lack of presence in the mobile space, former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee took some stabs at the chip maker and stated that the PC market is dying. “Now that the PC market is in its twilight, with mobile devices proliferating and stealing growth from the PC, surely Intel has to get into the race,” Gassee argued, pointing out that every time Intel launched a new low-power processor for mobile devices, ARM had a better one up its sleeves. Intel has its Atom processor, designed for mobile use, but it’s been primarily placed in Windows tablets and netbooks instead of in smartphones. “For the past four years Intel has told us we’d see x86 mobile devices Real Soon Now,” Gasse wrote. “The company developed its own mobile version of Linux, MobLin, and they made a big deal of joining forces with Nokia’s Maemo to create MeeGo. But Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, kicked Meego to the [curb], wisely decided to focus on one software platform, his ex-employer’s Windows Phone 7.” Gassee also took a moment to address rumors that Apple will ditch Intel for ARM-based processors in 2013, and argued that “there’s no roadmap for ARM chips to beat Intel in computationally intensive areas,” such as CAD, Photoshop, and FinalCut, today, but that multicore ARM chips could power mid-range Apple laptops in the future.
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LG to unveil prototype MeeGo devices next month

By on April 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM.

LG to unveil prototype MeeGo devices next month

LG’s about to get its MeeGo on. Next month, the Korean phone manufacturer is set to debut a prototype device during the MeeGo Conference in San Francisco from May 23rd to May 25th. Details leaked by MeeGo Experts have revealed that LG has a special session up its sleeves during which it plans to show off “multiple” LG branded devices running the OS created by Intel and Nokia. LG will also discuss its future plans for the platform, including its developments for MeeGo powered tablets, smartphones, and in-car entertainment systems. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this leak pan out, given that Nokia has decided to focus its efforts on Windows Phone devices, and that LG, ZTE, and China Mobile have all recently decided to work towards creating MeeGo smartphones. More →

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Nokia CEO: Our tablet will take a "uniquely Nokia prospective"

By on April 28, 2011 at 8:19 PM.

Nokia CEO: Our tablet will take a "uniquely Nokia prospective"

In a recent interview with Finnish news outlet YLE, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop discussed the company’s strategy for approaching the already crowded tablet market. “There are now over 200 different tablets on the marketplace, only one of them is doing really well,” Elop said. “And, my challenge to the team is I don’t want to be the 201st tablet on the market that you can’t tell from all of the others. We have to take a uniquely Nokia prospective.” Elop added that Nokia could work with Microsoft and take advantage of its software for a Windows-based tablet, but also said that the firm could “do things with some of the other software assets that we have.” Early reports have suggested that Nokia may exclude Microsoft from its tablet plans altogether, and that it may still launch a MeeGo powered device. More →

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Reuters: LG, others show interest in MeeGo as Nokia bows out

By on April 16, 2011 at 4:00 AM.

Reuters: LG, others show interest in MeeGo as Nokia bows out

No one likes letting a perfectly good operating system go to waste. Reuters is reporting that just as Nokia begins to divest in the MeeGo operating system, other companies are starting to dig in. The publication writes that electronics giant LG has joined the likes of ZTE and China Mobile in a “working group” that aims to develop a MeeGo-based smartphone. “It [Nokia's absence] is opening opportunities for the others to come in,” said a member of MeeGo’s steering committee. “Discussions are taking place. You’ll see things coming out this year, pretty soon.” The fate of the open-source operating system has been in question since Nokia announced it would focus the lion’s share of its development dollars and efforts on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. It is, however, nice to see that an OS with such great potential will not be put out to pasture just yet. More →

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Nokia’s tablet venture may exclude Microsoft

By on March 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM.

Nokia’s tablet venture may exclude Microsoft

According to a report filed by Reuters, Nokia’s future tablet products may be lacking in one area, Microsoft software. Speaking to a source familiar with the Finnish company’s plans, the publication writes that Nokia is weighing all options when it comes to tablets, and its now moot smartphone operating system — MeeGo — is a definite possibility. A recent patent filing found in the United States Patent and Trade Office’s database has reignited rumors that the mobile giant will be releasing a tablet in the near future. This February, Nokia announced that it would use Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile operating systems on future, high-end smartphones. The company’s tablet plans are, however, still unknown. More →

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Nokia files patent for N8-like tablet

By on March 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM.

Nokia files patent for N8-like tablet

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a patent filing that is both new and familiar. Initially submitted by Nokia in May of 2010, the patent in question is for a tablet device that bears an extremely strong resemblance to Nokia’s N8 handset. From the drawing we can make out a 3.5mm headphone jack, and several additional ports on the device’s top — we’re assuming at least one of which is a HDMI-out port. The schematic is likely for a MeeGo or Symbian based device the will, in all likelihood, never see the light of day. As with all things Nokia that occurred before February 11, 2011, it is unclear whether or not this project has been shelved. There are a few more drawings of the device after the jump, have a look for yourself. More →

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ASUS CEO talks up 3D tablet, Android and MeeGo netbooks, Windows Phone

By on March 4, 2011 at 2:26 PM.

ASUS CEO talks up 3D tablet, Android and MeeGo netbooks, Windows Phone

ASUS is on a mission to become a tablet-toting, force to be reckoned with and it looks like that mission could begin to yield some pretty nifty tablets moving forward. And while ASUS’ aim is to become the world’s No.2 tablet vendor by next year, it sounds like ASUS will continue to cook up some interesting products in other categories as well. Netbooks don’t get as much coverage these days, but the category is still a pretty big money maker for companies like ASUS. According to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen who spoke to reporters at CeBIT, we can look forward to both Android and MeeGo netbooks from the company in the near future. Shen also says ASUS is working on a Windows Phone that will launch next year. Moving back to tablets, Shen talked up 3D displays, quad-core processors and SSD drives when discussing the company’s roadmap, though he didn’t get into any specifics. The just announced Apple iPad 2 gave competitors plenty of room to shine in 2011, though it could be almost impossible for any single vendor to make any real headway with imminent floods about to drown us all. What definitely won’t help is a lot of talk with no products to back it up, so we’re hoping ASUS has some intriguing devices in hand next time executives talk tablets. More →

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Xbox Live, Office, enhanced maps coming to Nokia’s Windows Phones; Qt not

By on February 11, 2011 at 5:47 AM.

Xbox Live, Office, enhanced maps coming to Nokia’s Windows Phones; Qt not

At at joint press conference today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop provided specific details about what the newly forged partnership between their two companies will look like. Fans of Nokia hardware and the Windows Phone software can get excited about the prospects of Xbox Live, Office, and enhanced maps (a combination of Ovi Maps and Bing) coming to Nokia WP sets. Fans of Windows Phone in general can get excited about the world’s largest phone manufacturer throwing its weight behind the recently launched mobile OS. But how do Nokia’s developers, the ones who have committed time and resources to Qt, make out in this deal? The future looks bleak.

In a letter to developers, the companies noted that Qt would still be supported for Symbian and MeeGo — Nokia expects to ship 150 million Symbian phones during the transition; there was also mention of the first MeeGo device shipping later this year. The letter was quite clear in saying that Microsoft would “provide tools for application developers,” not Nokia. Translation: No Qt. This transition from Symbian to Windows Phone is going to be an interesting tightrope for Nokia to walk — especially in regards to developers. The aforementioned letter is waiting for you after the break. Have a look and let us know what you think in the comments. More →

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Nokia weighs Android, MeeGo, and Windows Phone

By on February 10, 2011 at 9:28 AM.

Nokia weighs Android, MeeGo, and Windows Phone

Tomorrow is D-Day for Nokia. At the company’s Capital Markets Day, CEO Stephen Elop is expected to announce a major shift in Nokia’s smartphone strategy — by strategy, we mean operating system. Rumors have been flying that Elop, Microsoft’s former business unit chief, will align his new company with his old, bringing Nokia-branded Windows Phone handsets to market in the near future. Mr. Elop sat down with Mobilized’s Ina Fried last week to discuss what’s next for Nokia. Without tipping his hand, the CEO let it be known that Android, MeeGo, and Windows Phone were all options.

After commenting on the viability of the three, aforementioned mobile OS’, Nokia’s front-man also addressed his company’s lackluster North American presence. “We need to be in the United States in one way, shape or form,” said Mr. Elop. “We have to have a viable way to reopen doors.”

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Nokia scuttles plans for N9 MeeGo phone?

By on February 9, 2011 at 9:22 AM.

Nokia scuttles plans for N9 MeeGo phone?

According to a report filed by Reuters, Finnish phone giant Nokia has ended the development of its first MeeGo smartphone; the article cites “two sources close to the company” as the origin of this information. Nokia’s first MeeGo handset has long been rumored to be the full-QWERTY N9 (pictured above). Industry analysts tapped by Reuters feel that the phone maker could still showoff another, unknown, unfinished MeeGo device at next week’s Mobile World Congress, but such an assertion is pure speculation.

Nokia has an event planned for this Friday, and rumors have been flying about the company potentially adopting the Windows Phone 7 operating system; Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, is a former Microsoft executive.

We’ll know more on Friday, but until then… hang on. It’s going to be a bumpy ride for Nokia. More →

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Potential specs for Nokia’s MeeGo phones revealed

By on February 2, 2011 at 8:29 PM.

Potential specs for Nokia’s MeeGo phones revealed

An administrator of a German Nokia enthusiast forum dug through a variety of MeeGo bug reports, source code files and log files recently, and has assembled the specification details contained within. While impressive, to say the least, there is no indication at this point that all of these juicy specs are destined for a single smartphone. But it’s safe to say that Nokia is working with some pretty advanced hardware as it prepares to embrace the MeeGo platform, which will power all of its high end smartphones in the near future. So, what did this forum admin uncover? How about a 1.6GHz Intel CPU, a 200MHz GPU with 512MB of dedicated RAM, 1GB of system RAM, an 854 x 480-pixel touchscreen display, an HDMI-out port, HSPA+, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11n and all the standard sensors. Specs along aren’t going to save Nokia as its profits and market share continue to shrink at an alarming pace, that’s for sure — but top of the line, well-spec’d devices are one important piece of an enormous puzzle that Nokia needs to assemble as quickly as it can. More →

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Possible image of Nokia’s first MeeGo tablet surface

By on January 24, 2011 at 7:46 AM.

Possible image of Nokia’s first MeeGo tablet surface

For those with a memory that stretches back far enough to remember a world before the introduction of Apple’s iPad, you may recall that Nokia had a go at tablets once before. Maybe the company was ahead of its time or maybe its Internet Tablets were anything but consumer-friendly and appealing — in either case, Nokia’s 770, N800 and N810 never managed to gain any real momentum with consumers. Now that the world has a serious case of tablet fever, however, you can rest assured that the Finnish phone maker will be having another go at it. The company has confirmed as much, but a purported new image that surfaced Sunday on a Russian forum gives us a glimpse of what may end up being Nokia’s first MeeGo tablet to hit production. We like what we’ve seen so far with MeeGo, so if Nokia and Intel can iron out the wrinkles and toss some unique features into the mix we can definitely see our favorite Finns faring a bit better this time around. Hit the jump for an over exposed version of the image above that shows a bit more detail. More →

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