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July 14, 2014 by

Why Windows Phone is barely making a dent in the market

Microsoft has put a lot of dollars and effort into Windows Phone, even going as far as to buy Finnish handset firm Nokia in order to gain traction in the smartphone space. But despite this investment Windows Phone's usage share has grown from about one percent to around two percent over the past 12 months.

September 2, 2009 by

Do people want or need social location (SoLo) services?

Over the last couple of years, one of Nokia's big focuses has been on social location technology and services and I suppose it is a natural evolution in the usage of GPS technology. There have been a number of services from Nokia such as Vine, Friend View, enhanced Ovi Maps, and now Lifecasting and I have to honestly say I stopped using them after a few attempts because I personally found little value in them and never thought they were worth the hit in battery life to keep the connection and GPS receiver up or intermittently updating. I think the idea sounds great, but how many of us actually wander around the city looking for friends and people to meet up with? If I am going to meet someone then I just call them up and we work out the details of the meetup spot rather than fumble around on a phone (both parties would have to have supported services) trying to find their GPS coordinates on a map. Shoot, we could just use Twitter or text messaging too if I didn't want to talk on the phone.

March 30, 2009 by

Gravity gives you the best Twitter experience on a mobile phone

Surprisingly, there has not yet been a dedicated (non-Java) Twitter client for the S60 platform even though S60 leads the world in market share. There was a very tightly controlled private beta of Gravity going on for a month or so, but I didn't get a chance to try it myself. This morning Gravity went public and I immediately downloaded and installed it on my Nokia 5800 XpressMusic device. After about an hour of usage I can say this application gives me the BEST Twitter experience on a mobile device. I have tried several iPhone and Windows Mobile applications, but find the speed, animations, functionality, multiple client support, and more to be so much better on the 5800.

November 12, 2008 by

Want a sleek RAZR-like Nokia S60 device for just $70?

My first S60 phone was the Nokia 3650 and it was a device that served primarily as a phone. I don't think many people who owned the device even knew how powerful of a mobile operating system it was and all of the functions they could perform. I know I focus on the higher end smartphone for my personal usage, but there are many more people out there that just want a phone primarily for making and receiving calls. AT&T and Nokia announced the release of a device, the Nokia 6650, that is primarily a solid mobile phone, but also has the backing of S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 so it can do a whole lot more if you want it to.

October 12, 2008 by

MobileTechRoundup show #150, More netbook talk

James, Kevin, and I were quite happy to record MobileTechRoundup show #150 and celebrate 3 years of podcasting about mobile tech. Kevin continues to tease me with the MSI Wind and now I am even closer to switching from my Fujitsu U810 to the Wind thanks to Dynamism who sent me one to check out for myself. James offered some more thoughts on the Lenovo S10 netbook and we chatted about dual core usage in netbooks. We speculated a bit about what Apple may announce on Tuesday, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Kevin attended the WiMAX event in Baltimore and has a Lenovo X301 with WiMAX integration to test out for a bit. James and I have the Nokia N96 in hand and talked a bit about our thoughts.

August 7, 2008 by

Nokia Email service drastically improves the email experience on S60 devices

The Nokia S60 Nseries and Eseries devices are incredible mobile devices, but the email client is very basic and has a rather plain look and feel to it (aka BlackBerry look). The default Messaging client does a poor job with hyperlinks, doesn't display my messages forwarded from other services, and IMHO is just barely acceptable for usage. Nokia has been beta testing a new service, Nokia Email, and I have had the opportunity to check it out on the N95 and E71 for a few weeks. It was in a limited beta before, but starting tomorrow anyone who wants to try it will be able download the client from the Nokia Beta Labs site and signup for the service at the Nokia Email service site. During this beta period, the service is free so give it a try and provide feedback to make it better.

July 11, 2008 by

Nokia kicks off aggressive recycling program, Nokia Chat, and E71 further usage thoughts

Nokia must have peeked in my desk drawer recently as they recently issued a press release stating that only 3% of the people recycle their mobile phones and have lots lying around at home they no longer use. They kicked off a recycle program to help reduce the number of phones ending up in landfills and I hope you participate. The Nokia Chat application is also available from beta labs to try out with your device. I also have some further thoughts on using the Nokia E71, which I find to be a fantastic device.

January 13, 2008 by

MobileTechRoundup #121, CES 2008 is a wrap, Fictionwise buying eReader, AT&T 5GB limit

The Mobile Tech Roundup gang returned from CES 2008 and one of us actually returned US$10,000 richer (hint, it wasn't me). Listen to MobileTechRoundup show #121 to find out how that happened and what we thought of CES this year. It seems that Intel's Menlow and WiMAX were popular and may be the compelling technologies in mobile devices this year. Nokia showed off some software and services that impressed us too. James reported that Fictionwise purchased eReader and he is worried about what this may mean for his favorite ebook service. As a long time Fictionwise customer I anticipate this will be a good thing for ebooks. AT&T may also be implementing a 5GB limit on their "unlimited" wireless service and we discuss if that will really have much of an impact on people's usage. Pocket Informant has also been upgraded to version 8.

December 26, 2007 by

MobileTechRoundup #119, HTC Touch Dual, WiBrain UMPC, and Dell Tablet PC

James, Kevin, and I recorded MobileTechRoundup show #119 just before Christmas and talked about the HTC Touch Dual, usage of the HTC Advantage on the go, the WiBrain UMPC that Kevin is evaluating, the Dell Latitude Tablet PC, and the OS 2008 update for the Nokia N800. We had a couple pieces of freeware we talked about as well that you may want to try out. We'll have one more show before we try to record again at CES in Vegas in January so stay tuned for that final 2007 episode.

June 24, 2007 by

MobileTechRoundup show #102, Mac syncing and transfer options

The MobileTechRoundup gang started off talking about James' usage of devices, the Nokia N95 and T-Mobile Dash in MobileTechRoundup show #102. We then moved on to cover topics like the Nokia Media Transfer utility, Missing Sync 4.0 alpha for Windows Mobile, Parallels Desktop 3, Safari for Windows, GotVoice Visual Voicemail, smartphone keyboards, and the HTC Touch.

April 24, 2007 by

S60 Summit: Widgets extend the functionality of S60

Nokia made an announcement last week that will allow S60 mobile device users to enhance their mobile web experiences. Widgets will be coming to Feature Pack 2 devices in the third quarter of 2007 and I did not have time last week to try to understand this functionality since I was traveling for business and wrapped up with a maritime salvage project. While here at the S60 Summit I was able to meet with a Nokia representative and actually view and try a demo of \widgets running on a S60 N95 device. Widgets appear as applications that you can file in the S60 folder structure and then simply launch by selecting the Widget. These are small and more easily developed applications that integrate with the amazing S60 Web Browser. There are reports of developers being able to create a widget in the span of a couple of days and then roll it out for usage by an end consumer and we will be seeing more of this development capability during the event.

April 10, 2007 by

Video: Nokia N95 music player, Gmail in landscape, and Feature Pack 2 enhancements

There has been a lot of talk online about the powerhouse Nokia N95 and I wanted to make the video to show a couple of cool features, some of which are part of S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. I demo the media player in landscape and portrait mode with a couple seconds on the awesome stereo speakers, Gmail usage in landscape mode, cool launcher with animated background, favorite icon support in the web browser, new functionality of pressing the center action button while in the web browser, and new Feature Pack 2 Settings menus and setup. You can see how snappy the device was, even with the memory hog animated browser, media player, and web browser all running in the background. I plan to make more videos of devices to post as well so feel free to post any questions you may want to see answered live.

March 14, 2007 by

Collect GPS location data with the free Nokia Sports Tracker software

Mobile devices can be used to improve productivity and are essential for keeping you in touch with your business contacts, but you can also use them for entertainment and now for helping manage your daily fitness regime. I was checking out my RSS feeds and saw that All About Symbian posted on the new free Nokia Sports Tracker application suite. Nokia has a similar application in their 5000 Sport device and now are offering it for free to owners of the latest Nokia S60 3rd Edition devices, including most of the Nseries and Eseries models. The Nokia Sport Tracker software allows you to connect your mobile device to a GPS receiver and use it to record location-based data. Speed, distance, and time are stored automatically to your training diary and you can then export your excercise route to Google Earth. The Nokia E-series blog has more details on the application and its usage.

February 17, 2005 by

70 mln 3G users by year-end 2005

Nokia forecasts that more than 70 mln people will own a 3G mobile phone by the end of 2005. It also forecasts that the number of mobile users in the world will pass 2 bln by the end of 2005 as usage mushrooms across Africa and other developing economies.

February 17, 2005 by

70 mln 3G users by year-end 2005

Nokia forecasts that more than 70 mln people will own a 3G mobile phone by the end of 2005. It also forecasts that the number of mobile users in the world will pass 2 bln by the end of 2005 as usage mushrooms across Africa and other developing economies.


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