In a post on his personal blog Wednesday, Nokia employee Watts Martin discounts rumors from earlier this month that Nokia might be considering Windows Phone 7 as a future platform for its smartphones. Rumors that Nokia might be looking at the platform began when former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop was appointed CEO of the company. They came to a head last week, however, when industry insider Eldar Murtazin wrote that the company might build “an entire line of Windows Phone devices that may go under the name Nokia.” Watts Martin, a developer at Nokia, stated that the idea of Nokia considering Windows Phone 7 as a possible platform for its devices is “stark raving loony.” Martin states that while Symbian and MeeGo are both open source, Nokia demands complete control over its operating systems and there would be no way to achieve that using Microsoft’s mobile platform. Martin does not indicate in his blog post that he speaks for Nokia in any official capacity. More →
Former Vice President of MeeGo Devices at Nokia Ari Jaaksi began a new role earlier this month with Hewlett-Packard, where he is now a Senior Vice President. Jaaksi’s LinkedIn profile states simply, “I run webOS and services @ HP.” The former Nokia exec left the company earlier this year after a 12-year tenure with the Finnish phone giant. Most recently, Jaaksi was VP in charge of MeeGo, Nokia’s next-generation Linux-based OS being developed through a partnership with Intel. Rumors that Jaaksi would be hired by HP first surfaced last month, when it was thought that he would join the company to oversee Palm devices. Instead, it looks as though Jaaksi’s role will focus on software and services.
It looks like another big-name company will be throwing its weight behind the development of the open-source operating system MeeGo. Today, AMD announced that it will “provide engineering expertise” to the MeeGo project in the hopes of establishing “technical foundations for next-generation mobile platforms and embedded devices.”
“We are glad to provide engineering resources to joint industry efforts like MeeGo and expect that this operating system will help drive our embedded plans and create expanded market opportunities for our forthcoming Accelerated Processing Units,” said Ben Bar-Haim, AMD’s corporate vice president of software development.
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This morning, mobile giant Nokia announced earnings results for their Q3 of 2010 to mixed reviews. While the company did beat analysts Q3 estimates — with €529 million in net income and 110.4 million devices sold — the Finnish company did note that it would cut more than 1,800 jobs in an attempt to “streamline operations.” Other notable facts from Nokia’s Q3 sheet: the handset maker sold just 3.2 million devices in North America, the average selling price of all 110.4 million handsets was €65, and 11.6 million devices were sold in Latin America (a 20% increase year-over-year).
In a separate statement, the company also announced that it would no longer “refer to Symbian^3 or Symbian^4,” rather all “future improvements in Symbian will be developed in Qt and will be compatible with the existing Symbian^3 platform release.” The new, ubiquitous Symbian model will focus on Qt as the development framework and include support for HTML5. The company wrote, “The decision to focus on Qt as the sole application development framework will ensure that applications will continue to be compatible with future evolutions of Symbian as well as upcoming MeeGo products.” Hit the jump for links to both press releases. More →
The exodus over at Nokia continues… Ari Jaaksi, Nokia’s VP in charge of MeeGo devices, told Finnish newspaper Talous Sanomat that he resigned from the company last week. Jaaksi’s resignation comes weeks after that of former CEO Pekka Kallasvuo and Nokia’s head of mobile solutions Anssi Vanjoki. The news isn’t all bad for Nokia’s MeeGo team; they did recently hire Peter Skillman — Palm’s former VP of design — to work on Nokia’s next-generation mobile operating system. Nokia has yet to publicly announce Mr. Jaaksi’s departure.
There has been quite a bit of press about high-level executives mobile maker Nokia has been shedding, but this fairly large addition managed to slip under the radar. Nokia has hired Peter Skillman — former Vice President of Design at Palm — to be their Vice President of MeeGo User Experience and Services. Skillman worked for Palm for over eleven years and headed the team that was in charge of designing the Palm Pre. Hopefully, Mr. Skillman’s addition will expedite Nokia’s development of the Linux based mobile OS. More →
Today, Nokia announced that they have signed an agreement to acquire U.S. mobile analytics company Motally. Motally “offers in-application tracking and reporting, and is designed to enable developers and publishers to optimize the development of their mobile applications through increased understanding of how users engage.” Motally’s services are to be adapted for Qt, Symbian, MeeGo, and Java. Nokia has also said they will continue to serve Motally’s current customer base (e.g. Yelp, Fandango, Intuit). Nokia’s Vice President of Media, Marco Argenti, had this to say: “The acquisition underpins Nokia’s drive to deliver in-application and mobile web browsing analytics to Ovi’s growing, global eco-system of developers and publishers, enabling partners to better connect with their customers and optimize and monetize their offering.” The deal is set to close in Q3 of 2010; the firm has eight employees. Hit the read link for the full press release.
Yesterday, we saw some high-roller images of the Nokia C7 surface on a Chinese blog, and now today we get to see the C7 on video with some images of the N9 slider phone as an added bonus. The C7 video is in Mandarin, but you get a pretty good glimpse at the handsets size and physical layout. We’ve got the three minute clip ready for your scrutiny after the break. Next on deck is the Nokia N9. The device is seen running an unidentifiable operating system (it could be MeeGo though!), and has that Macbook unibody look and feel thanks to its black-over-silver keyboard. For whatever reason, the device’s software was not detailed, but Chinese website tieba.baidu.com did do the honors of dismantling the handset. Hit the jump, have a look, and let us know what you think. More →
On Wednesday, we told you that Nokia’s head of sales and markets, Niklas Savander, would be hosting a Twitter question and answer session on Thursday afternoon. The event went off as planned, and here is an overview of some of the topics covered and answers given:
- The EVP acknowledged that the long time between product announcements and product releases is “not helping anyone.”
- When asked about the release date of the N8, all that was said was “end of Q3.”
- When asked about MeeGo, he said his company would have, “a major product milestone by the end of the year.”
- When asked about Nokia handsets running Android: “our platform choices (symbian and meego) gives us the best opp to deliver value and of course qt will play key role.”
- When asked about the possibility of partnering with U.S. carrier Sprint to release a handset: “we have no plans at this time.”
- Question: “a fast and reliable OS that I can develop for! Symbian is slow (at the latest after 1y of usage) and developer-hostile!” Answer: “Qt will give you the tools to develop and allow u to address both symbian and meego devices.”
Those were, more or less, the highlights of the chat outlined by Nokia. Hit up the Nokia Conversations blog to read all the tweets and see a video wrap-up of the Q&A session. Thoughts? More →
Several weeks ago, we reported on the GENIVI Alliance’s decision to use MeeGo as their in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platform. It seems as though a prototype of a MeeGo IVI system has made its way onto YouTube, and we have to say, it looks… interesting? The MeeGo powered system videoed is basically a fully functioning Linux system with a scrolling touch-interface built on the Xfce4 environment; complete with a shell terminal and file manager. The system is also seen running Mozilla’s Fennec browser, displaying navigation maps, and playing media. It obviously has a long way to go, but it is a step in the right direction! We’ve got the video ready for you after the break.
What do we have here… it would appear to be a video of the MeeGo mobile operating system with Nokia’s dirty little fingerprints all over it. The video was captured by an astute consumer who was, of all things, taking an online survey. The video covers how the operating system will handle multitasking, social network integration, application purchasing with the Ovi Store, and the multimedia player. Hit the jump to see the goods, we’ve the 90 second clip all queued up for you. More →
The GENIVI Alliance isn’t exactly a household name, but the group — whose mission is to drive “the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform” — is comprised of companies such as BMW, Delphi, GM, and Intel. Via a press release, GENIVI announced that they have “chosen MeeGo as the basis of its next reference release for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI).” The press release went onto say, “Adoption by this major automotive alliance is a testament to the cross-device, cross-architecture advantages of the MeeGo platform.” GENIVI aims to provide an open, scalable platform for mobile information and entertainment, especially in vehicles. There was no time-line given on when a Meego enable IVI system might hit the marketplace. MeeGo in your car… what do you think? More →