Nokia

  • Nokia to ship 3G dongles early next year

    Nokia is planning on entering the growing market for connecting laptops to wireless networks, competing against Huawei Technologies, the current market leader. Nokia will begin shipping its first Internet stick early next year with the price yet to be disclosed. Nokia denied that the units would be branded “Donkles.” The global market for dongles is expected to grow by 30 percent to… Read More

  • Symbian to be open source in 2 years

    It’s old news that Nokia bought Symbian, the software used to power many mobile phones today. The deal finally closed, and now the Symbian Foundation is officially in charge of Symbian development. There are currently ten participants in the Symbian Foundation, though membership is open to anyone with $1,500 to spare. The Symbian Foundation has big plans for the platform. Read on for… Read More

  • Nokia wants to help you be green

    I’ve been cogitating a lot about many of the little things I learned while at Nokia World 2008. The N97 is a neato device, but Nokia has a lot more going on that merits discussion. For example, we met with Kirsi Sormunen, head of environmental affairs at Nokia, and she had some very interesting things to say. Read More

  • Is this Nokia's next top-secret touchscreen handset?

    After blatantly boasting about how well they’d managed to keep the N97 off the radar, you’d think that Nokia would be incredibly wary of letting on details of future handsets. That is, you wouldn’t think they’d slide a shot of an unannounced touchscreen handset into a presentation in New York yesterday. Well, if this thing turns out to be legit, that’s exactly… Read More

  • A chat about Nokia Research with Henry Tirri

    The kind folks at Nokia arranged for a quiet chat with a few of the folks behind the Nokia Research Center. In addition to specific product development issues, a lot of interesting information was shared about Nokia’s research efforts in general.  For example, Nokia is one of the few big players left with a pure research department, not a combined research and development arm. The… Read More

  • Unlock doors with your cellphone

    http://www.viddler.com/player/3c2d32b6/ Ever lose your hotel keycard? Ever have it get de-magnetized? Both of these are simple to resolve – just go to the front desk – but wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t need to worry so much about the darn things? Nokia is working with VingCard to allow you to use your cellphone to open your hotel door. As described in the video… Read More

  • Point and Find at Nokia World 2008: Point at objects, figure out where you are

    http://www.viddler.com/player/df48093d/ One of the most exciting things I’ve seen at Nokia World 2008 is the Point and Find service: aim a phone camera at an object and the camera detects what it is. Currently set to debut in London and San Francisco, the initial version of the application will be tied to movie posters. Point your camera at a movie poster and the software will identify… Read More

  • Nokia World 2008: EasyMeet tablet-friendly web conferencing

    http://www.viddler.com/player/ef68075d/ Nokia is working hard to merge mobile phones with mobile computing, making it easier to access and use of the full suite of Internet resources from a variety of devices. Annssi Vanjoki, Nokia Executive Vice President of Markets, said at the Nokia World 2008 keynote “I want to surf the entire Internet, not just some pieces of the Internet.”… Read More

  • Nokia World 2008: Keynote Summary

    I’ve just left the Nokia World 2008 keynote, in which the new products and services were announced, like the Nokia N97, Nokia Maps, and Nokia Messaging. The presentation was interesting, and highlights Nokia’s vision for mobile communications. Read on for a quick summary and some thoughts. Read More

  • Nokia Jumping Into the Email Fray, Competing Against GMail and Hotmail

    Nokia is pushing hard for consolidation, looking to make their smartphones the go-to device for communication. One of the major announcements at Nokia World 2008 this year is about their Nokia Messaging solution. It is essentially a multi-platform messaging solution that enables email considerably more gracefully than the original Symbian interface. Read More

  • Nokia World 2008: Nokia Maps

    At Nokia World 2008, Nokia announced their new Nokia Maps product.  The most compelling feature is the ability to plan your trip on your PC, and then sync the route to your Nokia phone. Also included are 3D landmarks for 216 cities, to help users visually identify where they are! Camera locations are included for select cities, so folks can avoid those pesky speeding tickets. Neat stuff. Read More

  • Nokia World 2008: Nokia N97

    Introducing the Nokia N97, the next generation high-end mobile phone from Nokia. Described by Nokia folks as a “handheld computer” this device is a pretty comfortable high-end phone. It has a tilting (resistive) touch-screen display, and is the first N-series phone with a QWERTY keyboard. It has 32 gigabytes of memory, expandable to 42 GB via 16 GB memory card.  It has a… Read More

  • Nokia E71 available on Rogers for $49 with 3-yr contract

    I have to say, as interesting a phone as the E71 is, I’m not sure a three year contract is something I’d be willing to agree to. I mean, who does anything for three years? Well, laying out only $50 for all the capabilities of the E71 — full HTML browsing, GPS, tons of stuff available for the S60 OS — is a pretty good deal if you’re already into that Symbian thing. Read More

  • We're at Nokia World this week: Here's hoping

    Scobleizer and our own Scott Merrill are both in Barcelona this week to see the latest from Nokia in the upcoming year. The promise, according to Scoble, is a device that will be a game changer for Nokia. Here’s what he heard: When we got here a Nokia executive met me and bragged that the Internet has no clue what they will announce this week. I asked “what about the touch screen… Read More

  • Nokia gives up Japan (almost), will possibly focus more on China and India

    Nokia, the world’s leading mobile phone maker, announced it would stop selling and marketing its handsets in Japan because the market share remained flat over too many years (hovering at around 1% vs. around 38% worldwide). One of Nokia’s vice presidents said: “In the current global economic climate, we have concluded that the continuation of our investment in… Read More

  • Nokia plans to bring its Vertu luxury brand to Japan, is poised to fail

    Japan has always been a tough market crack for Nokia, the world’s biggest cell phone manufacturer. While the Finnish company boasts a 40 percent share of global handset sales, this figure has been steady at about 1 percent in Japan. Now it has come to light that Nokia plans to launch an MVNO with Nippon’s No. 1 cell phone carrier Docomo starting in either February or March next year. Read More

  • Samsung and Nokia: 2010 will be worse than 2009 for mobiles

    Although the market has more interesting phones and services than ever before, what with iPhone triumphant, Android ascendant, and data unlimited, the economic slump has curbed spending on what consumers perceive (probably correctly) as a luxury. For someone like moi, the newest smartphone is easily justifiable, but fewer people than expected, and probably even less next year, are making that… Read More

  • Get ready for a bad year, say Samsung and Nokia

    Although the market has more interesting phones and services than ever before, what with iPhone triumphant, Android ascendant, and data unlimited, the economic slump has curbed spending on what consumers perceive (probably correctly) as a luxury. For someone like moi, the newest smartphone is easily justifiable, but fewer people than expected, and probably even less next year, are making that… Read More

  • Nokia to start its own cellphone service in Japan next year

    Nokia will create its own cellphone service in Japan, piggybacking on NTT Docomo’s infrastructure there. That’s right, it’ll be a VMNO. (Those have done so well…) It’s scheduled to launch in the springtime. Nokia is expected to use the service to market its high-end phones, presumably including its N96. Read More

  • There's an incredibly expensive Bruce Lee-branded Nokia N96 floating around out there

    Nokia has released a Bruce Lee edition of the N96. What makes it a so Bruce Lee? How about a photo of the man on the case, along with his signature, and a bunch of photos included in the package. It’s only available in Hong Kong, so don’t bother driving over to the mall to grab one. Oh, it’s also incredibly expensive, coming in at around $1,280. You could buy a used POS car… Read More