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Nokia Launching Windows Phone 7 Devices Next Week


Nokia will be launching its Windows Phone 7 devices next week, Microsoft’s Andy Lees has revealed.

The news comes via Engadget, which said that Lees – Microsoft’s Windows Phone chief – hinted of the launch of the Nokia Windows Phone devices next week at the AsiaD event.

He said that the Finnish handsets manufacturer will have “differentiating hardware and software” at its Nokia World 2011 event in London.

The Nokia World 2011 event will begin on October 26.

Furthermore, Engadget quotes Lees:

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“Nokia will announce its rollout plans with Windows Phone, among other things. It made an evaluation early on, and saw our roadmap for this year and next year, and it decided to bet the whole company on Windows Phone based on that. We’ve seen that other hardware makers have seen this occurrence as an accelerant, which in turn helps both Microsoft and Nokia. I’m also excited about naming some new OEMs that will be coming onboard [with WP7].”

Industry observers have been waiting for Nokia to release its own crop of Windows Phone devices since it announced in February that it will be using the Microsoft platform instead of its Symbian platform in future smartphones.

Source: http://socialbarrel.com/nokia-launching-windows-phone-7-devices-next-week/24933/

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Microsoft, Nokia, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, WP7

 

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Porting guides for Windows Phone 7


PORTLAND, OR, United States – In an effort to make sure mobile developers are prepared to start writing apps for Windows Phone, Symbian Qt has been added to the Windows Phone API mapping tool. The mapping tool is a utility for developers that serves as a translation dictionary between the Windows Phone platform and other mobile operating systems. The tool enables developers who are familiar with APIs from other platforms to see the equivalent class, method or notification events inside Windows Phone.

Intended strictly for developers, the Windows Phone API mapping tool includes core libraries for Qt 4.7 for Symbian, which includes: QtCore; QtGUI; QtLocation; QtNetwork; QtSql; QtXml; QtWebKit; QML Elements; and QML Components. There are also code samples and tutorials to help developers too.

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If you’re totally new to Windows Phone development, check out the white paper “Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application Developers”, released by Microsoft and Nokia that outlines the Windows Phone development cycle for Symbian Qt developers. There are 8 chapters, including Application Design guidelines, C# programming, Porting Applications to Windows Phone and more.

Rounding out the resources recently released, there’s a roadshow that will allow prospective Windows Phone developers to ask questions and receive in-person training.  The Nokia Windows Phone Training roadshow starts in Paris and moves to select locations throughout Europe and a few sessions in Australia as well.

Source: http://conversations.nokia.com/2011/10/12/porting-guides-for-windows-phone-7/

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Apps, Symbian, Windows Phone 7

 

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Nokia Plans 300 Media Apps For Windows Phone


Nokia has inked a deal with a Canadian developer to produce more than 300 media applications for its upcoming Windows Phone offerings, as well as for its existing line of Symbian and MeeGo-based smartphones.

Under the deal, Toronto’s Polar Mobile will build apps that format content from a number of international publishers for display on Nokia’s various platforms. Content providers involved in the deal include WiredUK, Kompass, Advertising Age, The Globe and Mail, Shanghai Daily, and 7DAYS.

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“Nokia is excited about the opportunity to team up with Polar Mobile to bring hundreds of quality apps to consumers around the world,” said Richard White, general manager for Nokia Canada, in a statement. “Polar Mobile’s ability to scale and attract a global set of brands is strategic in supporting Nokia’s efforts in offering compelling apps and experiences for our users.”

Polar Mobile uses Nokia’s cross-platform Qt development framework to help publishers produce mobile versions of their content for Nokia platforms. It’s one of the technologies that Microsoft is hoping will incent major content providers to include Windows Phone in their mobile strategies once Nokia-branded Windows Phone 7 devices become available–most likely in the first half of next year.

Application choice could make or break Windows Phone. Microsoft claimed there were about 9,000 apps available for the OS as of March. By contrast, the number of apps available for Apple’s iPhone and Google Android devices is well into the six figures.

Under a deal reached earlier this year, Nokia agreed to use Windows Phone 7 as the exclusive operating system for its U.S. products. The Finnish phone maker also will offer Windows Phone-based devices in a number of other international markets.

What’s not clear is how long the company plans to continue offering products based on other operating systems. Symbian’s share of the global mobile OS market is slipping, and Nokia recently sold off future support and development rights to the platform to Accenture. MeeGo is a joint effort between Nokia and Intel, and runs Nokia’s slick new N9 smartphone.

Nokia shares were flat at $6.07 in early trading Wednesday.

Source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/mobility/smart_phones/231500119

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Android, Apple, Nokia, Symbian, Windows Phone 7

 

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Nokia Scrapping Symbian in the U.S. for Windows Phone 7


We knew it was going to happen, but Nokia’s finally made it official: the company is killing off Symbian in North America. Nokia president Chris Weber revealed the (soon) death to AllThingD’s Ina Fried on Tuesday.

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Weber said that the company plans to exit both the low-end and Symbian smartphone business in the region as part of a broader effort to focus on Windows Phone 7. I’m not sure if that move is a good one: so far, Microsoft’s new mobile operating system has not sold so well.

It appears, from Weber’s comments, that Nokia is putting a lot of stock into Windows Phone 7, and is figuring that if they don’t do well in North America, they won’t do well elsewhere. Weber explained that Nokia sees the North American market as key to winning the smartphone battle globally.

As part of Nokia’s newfound Windows Phone 7 strategy, you should expect to see a bigger advertising presence for the company real soon. Nokia hasn’t provided specifics, but the upcoming campaign is reportedly the company’s biggest ever.

“They’re putting their money where their mouth is,” Weber told AllThingsD.

Nokia’s attempt to regain its momentum here should be interesting to watch. Many of you probably remember that the company had nearly a third of the market less than a decade ago, but that its insistence on utilitarian design hurt it. After all, in the smartphone market style is almost as important as function.

It will also be interesting to see if Nokia can repair its poor relationship with carriers. Due to Nokia phones’ slow sales, many carriers decline to carry the devices or refuse to subsidize the cost–this means that Nokia devices were and are much more expensive than competitors’ similarly-featured devices.

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Is this a wise move for Nokia, putting all of its eggs in the Windows Phone 7 basket? I’m not so sure. After all, I’ve seen little proof that Windows Phone 7 can sell in this market–regardless of the hardware. What happens if this doesn’t work?

Nokia appears to be putting its entire phone business in a dangerous position, with very little room for error.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/237643/nokia_scrapping_symbian_in_the_us_for_windows_phone_7.html

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Nokia, Symbian, Windows Phone 7

 

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Symbian and Windows Phone 7 bleed market share


Android skyrockets to the top spot.

Nokia’s share of the smartphone market has fallen by a third, while Microsoft’s has nearly halved, according to research firm Gartner. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Windows 7 Phone

 

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Nokia Trims Workforce In Anticipation of Phone 7 Shift


As it moves to switch to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Nokia is restructuring and cutting 7,000 jobs. Nokia also will hand control of its outgoing Symbian operating system to Accenture. While Nokia remains the world’s largest handset maker, it has been losing global market share to Apple’s iPhone and struggling to compete with Google’s Android. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Apple, iPhone

 

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Nokia Set To Hold Symbian Smartphone Event On April 12th [Forgetting Windows Phone 7 Is Coming To Nokia, April 12th Will Tell Us “What’s New With Symbian Smartphones”]


And just like that, we now have something Nokia and Symbian related to speculate on for the next few days. It seems that while many are waiting for the Windows Phone 7 handsets to arrive, that Nokia is not entirely done with Symbian. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in HTC, Nokia, Smartphone, Symbian

 

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