Items tagged with Symbian

Wow. What a huge, huge bombshell in the mobile world. We honestly can't think of anything more astounding than this since the launch of the original iPhone, and it has the potential to completely change the competitive landscape as we know it. Currently, iOS and Android run the smartphone show. Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is lagging around in the background, but it's hardly considered a very serious contender when it comes to market share. Nokia, meanwhile, has lost almost all of their momentum in the smartphone space, particularly in North America. So, what are the two lagging companies to do?... Read more...
Most of the Nokia news lately has surrounded rumors that big changes are coming at the top, but there's a nice break from that today: the company has just started to ship their E7 smartphone, which is actually one of the most nicely designed Nokia smartphones in recent memory. It provides a really nice slide-out keyboard, a massive 4" ClearBlack display, a PDF reader, an HDMI port, 16GB of onboard flash memory and USB On The Go -- a feature that enables easy file sharing by connecting a USB stick to the smartphone. For business users, Nokia E7 provides direct, secure and real-time access to email,... Read more...
In the final quarter of 2010, Google's Android operating system finally overtook Nokia's Symbian platform as the most popular smartphone platform. Previously, Nokia had reigned supreme since the birth of the industry 10 years ago. Phone makers sold 32.9 million Android-powered smartphones last quarter according to research firm Canalys. This number represents significant growth for Android—in fact, the figure is nearly seven times greater than the number of Android handsets sold a year ago. According to Canalys, the overall smartphone market grew 89 percent from a year ago; a total of 101.2... Read more...
Here's a little confirmation to what's really going on between Symbian and Nokia. For years now, Nokia has largely been the only phone maker to even use the Symbian phone operating system platform. Sony Ericsson had a few phones use Symbian years back, but lately, it's been Nokia keeping them afloat. As fewer and fewer phone companies decided to use Symbian on their phones, people began to wonder what would become of the organization. If no phone companies use the OS... Now, Nokia has come forward (as well as Symbian) and clarified a few things. Things will definitely be changing going forward,... Read more...
Things are going from bad to worse in Nokia's Grand Scheme for World Dominence (ehem) Return to Relevance. This week, the head of the Symbian Foundation threw in the towel, leaving the non-profit organization responsible for the operating system's development. This follows news that Sony Ericsson has bailed on Symbian, leaving Nokia to go it alone. On top of that, two weeks ago Ari Jaaksi, the head of Nokia's other hopeful open source project, the Meego operating system, left. He quickly bobbed up working for HP. At one point, Symbian was backed by the likes of Motorola, Samsung and Fujitsu, but... Read more...
Sony Ericsson is gearing up for a comeback in the mobile world, and rather than trying to make friends with every software maker in the market, they're making the necessary decisions to focus their product lines and hopefully give the consumers exactly what they want. And that means getting rid of Symbian support. Symbian is a mobile OS that has been primarily used by Nokia for years, but a few other phone companies installed Symbian on their hardware. But as Nokia's market share has slipped and they have all but vanished in the U.S. market, Sony Ericsson probably realized that it was time to move... Read more...
Even though smartphones still make up less than a quarter of the total U.S. mobile market, as of August, they officially used more applications and browsed more mobile content than their-not-so-bright competitors. Plus, smartphones are becoming popular with the girls. So says the latest quarterly report from comScore, which tracked 75.6 million mobile subscribers. Smartphones have always used a higher per capita share of mobile content. After all, applications and Web browsing are two of the main reasons people shell out big bucks for fancy phones. But this is the first quarter that smartphones... Read more...
To say that the writing hasn't really been on the wall means that you really haven't been paying attention to Nokia. Though the company still holds on to the "biggest in terms of global market share" award, Nokia has recently come under fire for not producing adequate rivals to the iPhone and a host of Android phones that currently lead the market in terms of smartphone allure. Best on a new report in the Wall Street Journal, Nokia is currently searching for a new CEO. That's right. A search for a new chief executive has been launched, but of course the company isn't responding to the rumors. But... Read more...
Up to today, Microsoft had managed to keep the Kin's failure and early termination largely separate from the discussion over Windows Phone 7. According to Redmond, the Kin was neither fish nor fowl; it wasn't Windows Phone 7, but it wasn't Windows Mobile 6.5 either. After Microsoft's WP7 demos at Mobile Beat this year, that's no longer possible. According to Infoworld, WP7 "will be a failure...Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It's a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it's out of the... Read more...
Nokia use to be a key player in the mobile market. While the Symbian platform still accounts for more than two-fifths of the global smartphone market, Nokia hasn't enjoyed the same success that it once did. In hopes of fixing this, Nokia is shaking things up a bit. Anssi Vanjoki is Nokia's new head of Mobile Solutions, and he's ready to get to work. He's already set some high goals for himself and his company in this position. For starters, Vanjoki aims to get Nokia back to being number one in high-end devices. Having just recently been appointed to this position, Vanjoki realizes this will not... Read more...
Isn't it so great to see two industry rivals putting aside their differences and coming together? Not so if you're talking about LiveNation and TicketMaster, but in this case, we're willing to make an exception. Microsoft and Nokia have joined up in order to debut Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia Devices, a new application designed to greatly enhance mobile productivity on Nokia phones.What's interesting is that Microsoft has three distinct mobile platforms of their own to manage (Windows Mobile 6.x, KIN, and Windows Phone 7), yet their innovating for Nokia. Not that this unheard of; Microsoft... Read more...
Nokia is experiencing their fair share of problems, with a CEO possibly on the brink of stepping away and a next generation smartphone OS that's now delayed from Q2 2010 to Q3 2010. But here's some bright news: anyone who can create a webpage can now create an app for Symbian^3. That's Nokia's next gen OS, and while it won't ship to consumer devices for a few months now, it's good to see Nokia hopping on the app ball before they fall hopelessly behind Apple, Palm and Google. Symbian today announced the availability of its web application development tools, making application development on the... Read more...
Apple has their iPhone, HTC has their DROID Incredible, Google has their Nexus One. What does Nokia have in the modern smartphone war? A new weapon by the name of N8, and while it's still a long ways from shipping to the U.S., Europeans are already salivating over the possibilities. Announced today, the N8 is the company's first smartphone to ship with the new Symbian^3 operating system, which tightly integrates social networking, multi-media and multi-tasking. It's a pretty attractive bundle. The phone itself is crafted from a single piece of anodized aluminum, and while a silver one would've... Read more...
It's a tough world out there for anyone attempting to compete with HTC, Apple, Samsung and LG in the smartphone sector. Even for Nokia, who has held the overall market share lead from a worldwide perspective for years now. Overseas, Nokia phones are everywhere, but they're becoming less and less common to see in America with other smartphones grabbing the bulk of the mind and market share. Recently, Nokia released the company's latest quarterly results, and most of the news wasn't exactly rosy. The outfit cut their profit outlet for the key phone unit, and it also lowered some phone prices in a... Read more...
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