News, excuses and other bits and bobs

So the garden has taken over this last week and I have not been doing as much as I would have liked, however, i have several posts that will be getting put online in the next few days.

In the meantime, there have been some bits of news:

  • Goodbye Ovi
  • Nokia N9 video leaked
  • Invent With Nokia
  • More features coming for Windows Phone
  • HTC and Windows Phone and 16MP

Goodbye Ovi

The Ovi brand name is going away to be replaced by Nokia.  This is a good move in the end and basically means Ovi Maps becomes Nokia Maps, Ovi Store becomes Nokia Store etc.  I get the impression details are still being worked out a bit regarding what happens to yourname@ovi.com email addresses.  Ovi was introduced at a time when Nokia hoped Ovi would expand beyond just Nokia using it, but ultimately, probably with Symbian being bought in house at Nokia, no-one else ever used it, and given the Windows Phone deal, should make it very clear which services Nokia are contributing. More on this can be found at Nokia Conversations and All About Symbian

Nokia N9 video leaked

So, sadly, this has now been removed by Nokia so I can’t link this here, but there was a video showing a sleek, thin, white/light grey Nokia device, with a 12MP AF camera with dual LED flash, and a OS using Anna style icons and a Maemo style task switcher.  You can see screenshots from the video at MyNokiaBlog.  It’s an impressive looking device and despite the Anna icons, definitely is a MeeGo device.

Invent With Nokia

Nokia has launched the invent website where you can give your ideas to Nokia and you may even make some money out of it if your ideas become patented.  This differs to the Ideas site as the invent page really is for things that could be taken as new inventions for patent whilst the ideas site is more for suggestions or improvements or cool app ideas.  So if you have an idea that would be a cool invention that Nokia could use on their devices, then why not try out Invent With Nokia. There are more details on Nokia Conversations and the Invent With Nokia website can be found here.

More features coming for Windows Phone

Every few weeks now it seems there are some more features coming for Windows Phone leaked.  Originally it was 3rd party multitasking, then improvements to live tiles and music service integration, and this time it was corporate services with Office365 and Lync support.  This was during the keynote at this years Tech-Ed, thought there is a bigger Windows Phone event happening next week when I’m sure more features will leak.  Gradually, I’m starting to get more and more excited about Windows Phone, though as other OS’s will have moved on by the end of the year (Including Symbian with pr3.0/Bella, and MeeGo), Mango better had be one heck of an update, and thankfully, signs are that it will be.  You can see the tech-ed keynote here and, with the windows phone section at about 38 minutes. Or check the summary at PhoneArena.

HTC and Windows Phone and 16MP

HTC has reaffirmed it’s commitment to Windows Phone during the Global Technology Summit in Paris.  The head of HTC’s European operations Florian Seiche told Reuters:

“It will not change our commitment to Microsoft. With a new player entering, it should actually help to elevate the relevance of that platform … we actually feel that we should be able to benefit. The long-term opportunity with Nokia entering will definitely bring Windows back to critical mass.”  Read more on at the original Reuters article.

Rumors of 3 new HTC Windows Phone devices also surfaced, the highlight being the HTC Bresson, which will feature a 16MP camera.  Maybe trying to get their camera credentials in before Nokia becomes a player in Windows Phone.  You can read more about that at Phone Arena.

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About bluechrism

I am a software developer with most professional experience in the Windows .Net realm and I'm currently a WPF developer with Starkey Labs. However, I have wanted for some time to start the mobile developer journey properly and being an N900 owner, this was to be in the realm of QT. Job hunting, moving to Minnesota and changing jobs put my plans on hold 6-12 months but things are starting to settle now, just as I'm getting sorted to start some things, Microsoft and Nokia merge. This blog is about my novice mobile development experiences and hopefully will end up complete with links to download some apps on various platforms, but obviously by the name, Sybian, Maemo/Meego and Windows Mobile. In other stuff, I am English, I support Everton FC, I have visited Glastonbury music festival 5 times and recommend it to anyone. I am married and my wife and i have a dog called Friday.
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One Response to News, excuses and other bits and bobs

  1. Joe Rice says:

    Hi Simon

    Does this idea have any legs http://www.ideasproject.com/ideas/3698#comment-1588 in the USA?
    Nokia don’t seem to want to do it…
    Cheers

    Joe Rice

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