Microsoft’s innovative Photosynth technology, which can be used to create and share immersive 360-degree panoramic photos, landed on the iPhone today. Read the rest of this entry »
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Over at the OnSoftware Blog, they sat down with Jay Sullivan, VP of Products at Mozilla Corporation to speak about the new version of Firefox Mobile. The interview took place in time with the Firefox Mobile release on Android recently. Jay Sullivan answered questions about the importance of Firefox going mobile, and most importantly (to us) about the possibility of a WP7 version. Read the rest of this entry »
Google might be the biggest, but it isn’t the only game in town when it comes to mobile search. Microsoft announced today that Bing Mobile has gotten a significant update that includes changes to the core HTML5 functionality. Read the rest of this entry »
YouMail, the alternative voicemail and messaging service for smartphones, released an app for Windows Phone 7 that is currently the only option for iPhone-like visual voicemail on the platform. Read the rest of this entry »
This article is not vying for TSA’s coveted ‘Surprise of the Week’ award. In an amazing display of stating the blindingly obvious, Kevin Unangst has told Gamasutra that there will be more from the software giant’s established catalogue. Read the rest of this entry »
Via the Australian Smarthouse.com.au, we hear that Nokia’s second generation of Windows Phone 7 handsets, to be shown off at Mobile World Congress 2012 next year, will have exclusive features other OEMs do not have access to.
They write their version of the OS will include “several new software upgrades, exclusive functions for Nokia phones and software that will not be available for other manufacturers who licence the OS” , attributing the information to an un-named European source.
If true, the impact of this would largely depend on the features involved. At present there is in fact a significant variation in features between Windows Phone 7 OEMs, with HTC for example being the only one with the “attentive phone” features, while LG is the only OEM with the very desirable DLNA component.
One can imagine Nokia wanting to maintain feature parity with their existing Symbian handsets by including for example HDMI out, which of course would be a relatively desirable feature but not one that involves fragmentation of the core experience between different OEMs.
Nokia stated it clearly that it will wait for the Mango Windows Phone 7 refresh to hit first before launching any Redmond powered smartphones and there even was a rumor of the update being pushed back to next year — and another one denying it with indications of early fall for OEMs.
Rumors aside, Nokia India’s Managing Director and Vice President for Sales, Mobile Phones, D. Shivakumar, declared that Nokia will launch its first Windows Phone in roughly 12 months from now. The statement comes from India’s Daily News & Analysis and, even if printed black on white, one could treat it with a dose of skepticism. In the meantime, Nokia targets to launch more than 40 new phone models this year out of which approximately 20 smartphones built on Symbian.
Whether there’s any truth to the story or not is hard to say as well as it’s hard not to believe a high placed Nokia official. Will a Nokia Windows Phone 7 released in Q1 2012 be too late? Why would it take that long? Nokia definitely has the power to design and manufacture hardware as they’re among the best in the business. Could it be Microsoft related? Many questions but unfortunately there are no answers as of yet. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!