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The times are a-changing, and so is Nokia. Nokia isn't and never will be the company we've grown to know and love. With the Windows Phone 7 link, the company is remarking itself day by day, and one of the ways it's doing just that is by shedding Symbian as well as other mainstays to the OS. Like Ovi. The company just announced that Nokia will be getting rid of the Ovi brand moving forward. The rebranding is a part of the greater Nokia transition, and that's expected to continue until 2012.   Each of the services under the Ovi umbrella will simply be rebranded as Nokia, with no planned disruption... Read more...
Nokia can go ahead and check off "Phase One" on its grand plan of storming the smartphone market and propelling itself into relevance. The company's highly anticipated N8 -- the smartphone that could make or break Nokia's chances of being taken seriously in the high-end phone segment -- has starting shipping. "With the N8, and the new Symbian software, we are bringing a familiar, faster and more intuitive user experience to the world's most popular smartphone platform. The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start shipments of... Read more...
Nokia announced a new family of smartphones powered by the new Symbian platform. The new Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6 will join Nokia's N8 to form a family of Symbian smartphones. These smartphones feature the redesigned version of Nokia's Symbian OS which has been rewritten to be faster, easier to use, more efficient, and friendlier to developers. The new OS features support for multiple home screens, visual multitasking, gesture-based interactions, and a noticeable reduction in prompts. The new family of Symbian smartphones will also come with an updated Ovi Store experience and support the... Read more...
App store analytics firm Distimo has released its latest report. The June report covers the Apple App Store for iPad, the Apple App Store for iPhone, BlackBerry App World (Worldwide), Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, for May 2010. The following highlights were noted: More than 50% of applications are priced below or equal to $2.00 in all stores, with the exception of BlackBerry App World (which does not allow apps to be priced below $2.99) and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The average price of all paid applications and the 100 most... Read more...
Alpine Electronics and Nokia are working together to bring a new technology called Terminal Mode to car infotainment systems. By integrating a smartphone with in-car electronics, the companies will bring services such as navigation, music, weather reports, and application stores to the car. When appropriate safety measures are in place and the phone is connected to the car, users will be able to use these services through high-resolution screens and audio systems that are embedded in the car. Terminal Mode helps pave the way for a standardized interface between smartphones and automotive infotainment... Read more...
The personal navigation device market just got a bit more competitive. Following in Google's footsteps of offering free navigation to users of Motorola's DROID smartphone, Nokia recently announced its own plans to begin offering free map updates and navigation services to smartphone users. As Jukka Hosio, director of Nokia's services marketing, told a press conference in Helsinki, "We are offering global car and pedestrian navigation in 74 countries, in 46 languages ... Ovi Maps becomes completely free from this moment onwards." With the announcement, Nokia increases pressure on PND manufacturers... Read more...
Recently, Jay Sullivan at Mozilla told the BBC that Mozilla's upcoming mobile web browser codenamed Fennec is just "days away" from being launched. The browser will initially be available for Nokia's N900 phone followed by other handsets. Sullivan further explained that the browser is currently going through final testing and could be released before the end of the year. The mobile browser has been in the works for the past year and a half. It is said to offer the ability to synchronize with the desktop version of Firefox, allowing users to take web pages that are open in their desktop browser... Read more...
Together with AT&T, Best Buy, and Microsoft, Nokia is introducing the Nokia Booklet 3G today. This mini-laptop runs Windows 7 and offers up to 12 hours of battery life. The Intel Atom-powered Nokia Booklet 3G features an ultra-portable aluminum chassis that measures slightly more than two centimeters thick (approximately 0.79 inches). The device weighs less than 2.76 pounds. To help you stay connected and productive while on the go, the Nokia Booklet 3G offers embedded 3G/ HSPA and Wi-Fi. You'll also find an HDMI port for HD video out, a front facing camera, integrated Bluetooth, and a SD card... Read more...
It has taken awhile, but Nokia's response to Apple's App Store is finally open for business. After being teased a few weeks ago, Nokia has announced that its Ovi Store is now live in select markets, with AT&T looking to join in here in the United States later this year. Nokia customers can surf over to store.ovi.com on their device browser in order to begin downloading, personalizing and loading their phones up with applications, games, videos, podcasts, productivity tools, web and location-based services, etc. Tero Ojanperä, Executive Vice President, Nokia Services, seemed pretty stoked about... Read more...
Nokia is attempting to make up for some lost time by making a big splash with its upcoming Ovi Store. With over 20,000 titles ready to go at launch, Nokia is in a good position to compete with Apple’s App Store which has about 40,000 apps. Nokia’s number of titles at launch is a sharp contrast to many of today’s first app stores. For example, the Android Market started with a mere 50 applications. Even Apple’s popular App Store only offered about 500 applications at launch. You’ll notice we’ve said Nokia will offer about 20,000 titles. In other words, these are not all apps. Store items are said... Read more...
We've seen some pretty wild promotions in our day, but Dell's latest really has us scratching our heads. Starting today and for a limited time only, you can get Iron Man preloaded on a select Dell laptop or desktop for an additional $20. This is not the Iron Man DVD or Blu-ray disc, but a digital movie file (Windows Media format) pre-loaded onto the system's hard drive. Currently the three system options are an Inspiron 1525 (starting at $649), an XPS 420 (starting at $899), and an XPS 630 (starting at $1,299). Don't get us wrong--we think Iron Man was one of the best movies to come out in 2008,... Read more...
Vudu might be on to something with its new promotion: "Stay in. Rent four movies for the price of 1 gallon gas!" At today's prices for movie tickets, concession snacks, and the cost of gas for getting to and from the theater, a family of four could easily spend upwards of a $100 for a night out at the movies. Staying at home and watching movie rentals means you'll miss out on the latest releases, but a quick gander at Vudu's catalog shows that its rental offerings include many A-list titles, including some films that were recently in the theaters. Vudu is a video on-demand streaming service that... Read more...
Is microvideoblogging the next big thing? "Micro-what?" you say. Picture Twitter, but with video posts instead of text. That's microvideoblogging. Now limit each video post to only 12 seconds long, and that's the idea behind 12seconds.tv. Like Twitter, you can post pretty much anything you want, as long as it doesn't violate the site's terms of service (TOS). "12seconds.tv allows friends and family to record and share short video updates about what they are doing or where they are. You can use a webcam or a cellphone. It's a FREE, easy, and fun way to stay in touch." The site is currently in "public... Read more...
Last month CinemaNow conducted a survey on its Website about consumers' viewing habits. One of the more entertaining tidbits to come from the survey was that the majority of those surveyed thought that of all the actors who played Batman, Christian Bale looked the best in his Batman outfit. Keep this in mind, because we'll be coming back to Christian Bale's Batman outfit in a bit... The main finding from the survey, however, that CinemaNow really wants to publicize is:"94 percent of Americans believe that they make a bigger contribution to the environment by downloading a movie online versus renting... Read more...
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