Nokia has introduced four new mobiles at Mobile World Congress 2013, including new Lumia models and lower-end devices aimed at emerging markets.
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So the Mobile World Congress (MWC) has finally come to an end, and here are two stories that I thought were worthy of mention.Firstly, very early on at the MWC, the once king of the mobile phone arena, Nokia, went on the offensive when its combative and outspoken CEO Stephen Elop trained the spotlight not on the Apple iOS ecosystem but on Google's Android, reported ZDNet Asia's sister site CNET.
In this week's podcast we covered a couple major software updates and lots of new device news from MWC. We also revealed our iPad 3 ordering plans, which are to be expected.
Microsoft, Google, HTC, and Nokia top the list of companies that did interesting things at MWC 2012.
The switch to Windows Phone is paying off, with sales and releases doing well, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has told the MWC crowd, as he introduced a new low-priced Lumia and a Symbian phone with a 41MP camera
Nokia leads with high end camera smartphones and continues this trend with the Nokia 808 PureView that has a 41 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
Microsoft, Intel and Nokia are among the headliners at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Adobe takes AIR mobile. And Oracle kills free support blog.
The press has been slamming Nokia for a couple of years stating they were old and tired in the mobile space. Nokia still rules the smartphone world and with Symbian^3 they are showing they can have a slick UI just like everyone else.
Nokia and Intel announced a partnership today at MWC where they are combining forces to release MeeGo. MeeGo is a merging of Moblin and Maemo that is designed to be installed on tablets, mobile computers, netbooks, and more.
Dieter Bohn is working hard at Mobile World Congress this week and stopped by to chat with the folks at Nokia about the upcoming Ovi Store. While the press release I wrote about had a few details, such as the "social location" functionality, Dieter was able to find out many more details about the application store. Dieter even stated that it was better than the Apple iPhone App Store, which is saying something since Dieter is still learning about Nokia and the S60 platform and has an iPhone.
One of the first things people generally ask about when you mention mobile web browsers is, Does it support Flash? Today, very limited support for Flash content is provided on mobile web browsers, but the new Nokia devices do have Flash Lite support. Nokia and Adobe made a joint announcement at Mobile World Congress for the $10 million Open Source Project fund that is designed to help developers create applications and services for mobile, desktop, and consumer electronics devices using the Adobe Flash Platform. This new fund is part of the Open Screen Project, which has more than 20 industry partners.
There are currently a few applications on Nokia S60 devices that let you use Skype, such as fring, iSkoot, and Skype Lite, but there has not yet been an official full Skype client on S60 devices yet. Skype Lite works with the cellular network and Skype Out to provide you with limited service. Today Nokia and Skype announced a partnership that will bring Skype to Nokia devices, starting with the Nseries and in particular the N97. This won't happen until the 3rd quarter of 2009. fring gives you Skype access now on S60 devices.
It always seems to happen just after I buy a device that another successor is announced that has me rethinking my purchase. I recently purchased a North American Nokia N85, which I think is the best Nseries device I have ever used. Nokia announced the N86 with an 8 megapixel camera that has the same dual slider form factor as the N85, N95, and N96. The 8 megapixel camera includes Carl Zeiss optics, of course, and duel LED flash. 8GB of internal memory is provided for storing your photos and videos with an additional microSD card slot for even more memory capacity.
Third party applications have been available for Palm, Windows Mobile, S60, and BlackBerry devices for years, but it wasn't until Apple made the iPhone App Store such a huge success that companies finally woke up to the potential market that was out there. It really is a shame that one of these companies never took the initiative to create an application store and now they are all announcing one, again following Apple's lead. Some of the best news I have seen so far from Mobile World Congress is the announcement regarding the upcoming Ovi Store by Nokia.
Nokia made a few device announcements today at Mobile World Congress, including the Nokia E75, E55, 6710 Navigator and 6720 Classic. The Nokia E75 and E55 build on the Eseries, enterprise-focused, with a new form factor in one and improved features in both. Nokia is well know for their GPS functionality with Nokia Maps and devices focused on navigation. At Mobile World Congress today, Nokia announced the Nokia 6710 Navigator and 6720 Classic.
DataViz started talking about Office support for the iPhone last Fall and according to AppScout we should see the official announcement of Documents To Go for the iPhone at MWC in just over a week. In addition DataViz may be announcing Documents To Go for the Google Android platform as well as RoadSync for Android. I use their excellent RoadSync product to sync to my Exchange server on my Nokia E71 S60 device and it is killer. I have been testing and liking TouchDown on my G1, but with the vast experience of DataViz I am looking for an even better product in RoadSync.
Mobile World Congress 2009 kicks off in Spain in just over three weeks and the press releases are already starting to appear as companies get ready for big announcements and product showcases. One of the first releases concerns the nominees for the Global Mobile Awards. MWC is a mobile show focused on world markets so you will see many services that are provided outside the US in the list of nominees. I was pleased to see two of my personal favorite devices, the Nokia E71 and T-Mobile G1 appear in the Best Mobile Handset or Device category along with the INQ1, LG KS360, and BlackBerry Storm 9500.
Nokia's unveiled a widely-trailed clutch of phones - no, no Nok-iPhone - including the 6210 Navigator, which has pedestrian-focussed GPS augmented with a compass (I guess flux-gate, but don't know yet) and accelerometer. Location-based services work a lot better the more inputs you can give them, so those are good ideas.
I was given a trial account of Boingo Mobile to use with Nokia Nseries devices here at Mobile World Congress 2008 and it is a great way to get connected for only US$7.95 per month for unlimited worldwide access. Boingo announced that they have updated their clients to now run on Windows Mobile 6 and UIQ devices so now even more mobile users can enjoy low cost WiFi while on the road. I plan to download this latest client to the HTC Advantage and my T-Mobile Shadow to give it a try here at MWC. If you travel or live in one of the many thousands of areas covered by Boingo Mobile then I highly recommend you check them out as a good alternative for connectivity. FYI, the US$7.95 access is for access from a mobile device and is not the same plan as if you access the Boingo network from a PC (prices starting at US$21.95/month) as I found out at the Newark International Airport.
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