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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.