Microsoft announces OneApp for emerging markets, includes Nokia smartphones

Microsoft announces OneApp for emerging markets, includes Nokia smartphones

Summary: I received an email yesterday from a Microsoft representative regarding their Unlimited Potential Group's announcement for a new mobile software application. The funny thing about the email was that it stated the OneApp application was designed for feature phones to access mobile apps like Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, and more around the world (and especially in emerging markets). Looking at the list of compatible devices we see a lineup of some of Nokia's finest S60 smartphones, including the E71, N95, N85, and N96. I think someone may want to educate Microsoft on their competitors since these devices are much more than just feature phones and are high end Nseries and Eseries devices.

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I received an email yesterday from a Microsoft representative regarding their Unlimited Potential Group's announcement for a new mobile software application. The funny thing about the email was that it stated the OneApp application was designed for feature phones to access mobile apps like Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, and more around the world (and especially in emerging markets). Looking at the list of compatible devices we see a lineup of some of Nokia's finest S60 smartphones, including the E71, N95, N85, and N96. I think someone may want to educate Microsoft on their competitors since these devices are much more than just feature phones and are high end Nseries and Eseries devices.

One section on the Microsoft OneApp page states:

OneApp was designed from the ground up to make it easy for people to access mobile apps on feature phones with limited memory and processing capability. Its lightweight on-phone footprint of just 150 KB makes the installation easy and fast.

I am sure many of use with these powerful S60 smartphones will appreciate the OneApp capability and functionality. It is interesting to see Microsoft announcing that their Office products will be coming to Nokia devices and now we see they are even developing social networking/cloud applications for Nokia devices that we don't even see on their Windows Mobile offerings.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Microsoft, Nokia, Smartphones

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  • Web apps for feature phones

    Wouldn't web apps be a better solution for feature phones, with limited memory/processing power?

    Then, you just need one app...an HTML browser...with perhaps the ability to create "web app" shortcuts on the home screen.

    Server-side processing could be used, for any/all heavy lifting.

    If the browser supports HTML5, the apps could even be used offline.

    Surely, Nokia et al could deliver such a browser, for their own products.
    linuser
    • After thinking about it further

      After thinking about it further, it seems like Google & the OHA should develop a version of Android (call it "Android Lite"), soley for "web app"-based feature phones. The "lite" version would essentially strip out the Dalvik VM, etc., resulting in a much smaller footprint.

      Since the Android WebKit browser supports HTML5:
      1. web apps on these devices could be designed for offline use.
      2. audio & video services could be delivered, without CPU intensive & battery draining addons like Flash & Silverlight.

      Add BONDI support & you can build web apps with virtually the same functionality as locally installed apps.

      Cool!
      linuser
    • Depends

      Server side browsers still use alot of memory and they all sacrifice image quality even skyfire which supports flash does this and it only uses a single tab.
      It realy depends on the app, if it use less than 5mb then it will be better than any browser out there right now, except maybe opera mobile which is not brilliant to be honest.
      jdbukis@...