Anssi Vanjoki, the head of Nokia’s new Mobile Solutions unit, sat down with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday to discuss the future of Nokia’s struggling mobile phone business. In the brief but pointed interview, Vanjoki re-confirmed Nokia’s commitment to Symbian and MeeGo, a Linux-based mobile OS jointly created Nokia and Intel. For the time being, Symbian will remain an integral part of the mobile giant’s handset lineup while MeeGo will form the base for a growing number of upcoming handheld gadgets, including its flagship N-series lineup. Nokia continues to push out handsets, with the Symbian^3-powered N8 slated for launch in Q3, while the first MeeGo devices are expected to land by the end of the year. Nokia shot down any possibility of an Android handset by claiming that it can best create value by focusing on its own hardware and software. Speaking of hardware, Vanjoki assures US consumers that Nokia has not forgotten about the US market and expects to bring additional handsets like the T-Mobile 5230 Neuron stateside. The interview sets the stage for the future of Nokia and addresses many of the weak points singled out by Ricky Cadden in his Farewell to Symbian-Guru post which announced the closing of his popular Symbian blog. Wonder if there is any correlation? More →
No real surprise here, but at least it’s now official. Nokia confirmed on Thursday that it will no longer offer Symbian-based handsets its Nseries line-up after the N8 is released. In its place, Nokia will be looking to MeeGo, an open source mash-up of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. This is a pretty smart move for Nokia’s flagship line, especially considering the horrible tongue lashing dealt to Symbian^3-powered N8 by Russian mobile guru Eldar Murtazin, no? More →
Nokia fans waiting with bated breath for Symbian^3 and the N8 to arrive now have an exhaustive review of the next generation Symbian platform to tide them over. Courtesy of Eldar Murtazin, the review covers nearly every nook and cranny of the upcoming mobile operating system with screen galore. If you are expecting a glowing review that praises Nokia’s efforts, you better look elsewhere as Murtazin is brutally frank with his assessment and highly critical of the OS. Wrapping up his review, Murtazin acknowledges that S^3 is a step forward for Symbian but the platform still is several generations behind its competition. He calls Symbian^3 a gift from Nokia to its competition, explaining that Nokia’s flagship OS is “inferior to the already existing solutions” and can only make these other platforms look good in comparison. Ouch! More →
During a meeting with representatives from Nokia, CNet Australia was informed that the Nokia N8 will be the last Nseries handset to ship running Symbian. After it launches, all future Nseries handsets will be running MeeGo. But that isn’t to say that this is the end of the line for Symbian-based handsets from Nokia. Instead of placing Symbian on its flagship devices, the S60 version of the OS will be relegated to middle of the road handsets from the X and Eseries, while S40 will be loaded up on handsets from the Cseries. More →
Thanks to Eldar Murtazin we had our less-than-favorable first look at the Nokia N8 earlier this week and today Nokia has made the handset official. The N8 will be Nokia’s first Symbian^3 handset and will be the flagship for its new and improved Symbian OS. The Nokia N8 has a knock-out set of specs that include:
- 3.5 inch capacitive multi-touch touchscreen with gesture support
- Multiple homescreens with widget support
- 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon Flash
- HD recording and on-phone editing
- Facebook and Twitter integration via homescreen widgets
- HDMI support
- 16GB on board storage
- WebTV, Ovi Store
- Ovi maps with walk and drive navigation
- Symbian S^3
- Anodized aluminum casing
Folks looking to get their hands on the new hotness from Nokia will have to exercise patience as the N8 is not slated to launch until Q3 2010. When it finally hits the retail shelves later this year, the N8 will debut in select global markets with a price tag of €370 ($494 USD). More →
Russian mobile guru Eldar Murtazin has struck again, this time getting his hands on the Nokia N8, the first Symbian^3 smartphone. Although a brief preview as opposed to one of his legendary unending reviews, it does manage to give us a pretty good idea of what we’re in store for when it launches. Overall the device seems fairly well built and feels good in the hands, although dust did manage to find its way underneath the glass covered multitouch display. The camera, although 12 megapixels and capable of shooting videos at 720p, is said to produce results no better than any of Nokia’s other devices. Sadly the more content your phone has the less responsive the camera gets. The HDMI-out port, a much welcomed features, is somewhat kneecaped thanks to its requiring a Mini HDMI cable. As for the Symbian^3 OS, Murtazin is not a fan saying its nothing more than a few cosmetic changes that ultimately offers little new in terms of functionality. So, what’s the final word? Apparently the device, which is going to be Nokia’s next flagship smartphone, led Murtazin to ultimately concluded that Nokia is trying very hard to sabotage itself and destroy its brand. Ouch. More →
Making a mobile OS “open” is one thing, but this is unlike anything we’ve seen to date. The Symbian Foundation — the newly formed group charged with bringing Nokia’s ever-popular OS into the 21st century — needs your help. Finding a way to update that aged UI is a bit trying we presume (though we wouldn’t mind seeing TAT finally give it a shot) so Scott Weiss, the Symbian Foundation’s UI Technology Manager, has officially opened the UI conversation to the world. The newly launched “Symbian UI Brainstorm” blog asks users to email suggestions that will possibly be transformed into sketches and discussed on the blog. Symbian fans and critics alike have become increasingly vocal with regards to the S60 UI so this could be the perfect opportunity to be heard by the one man who actually cares what they have to say. And who knows? Your great idea might become a reality some day — as part of Symbian^7 or ^8, perhaps. Ok Symbian fans, hit the read link and get to work.
It might have taken a while for the Symbian Foundation to get rolling but if its newly-announced development schedule is even close to accurate, play time is most definitely over. Symbian, shall we say, hasn’t exactly been speedy with platform updates in the past. Fast forward to the group’s new schedule seen above and we’re looking at a new platform every six months. Hmm. To start things off, the new platforms now have an agreed naming convention: Symbian^N, where N is the version number. The Symbian Foundation’s David Wood explains:
The simplest way to pronounce “Symbian^2″ is “Symbian two”… You can also view the ‘^’ as an upside down ‘v’. So we’re telling the world that, in a way, we are intending to turn versioning upside down – by opening up our roadmap discussions to the entire community.
Symbian^2 — based on S60 5th Edition — will be feature-complete by the middle of this year and according to the Foundation, we could see devices running ^2 by the end of the year. Next up is Symbian^3 which is already mapped out for the most part and could reach the market by the middle of 2010. Symbian^4 is currently in the mapping phase and is scheduled for hardening before 2010 is through. Ambitious, aggressive and damn near crazy… We like it.
[Via Phone Scoop]