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Marko Ahtisaari at LeWeb 2010

Marko Ahtisaari, SVP of industrial design at Nokia, was one of the guest speakers at this year's LeWeb Conference. He covered topics from dominant designs of smartphone user interface and collective intelligence with mobile devices. He outlined why he sees that there's plenty of work to be done in the world of mobile user experience, particularly in having mobile devices actually demand less of our attention. In his view, iOS is "beautifully elegant and fantastically constrained", while Symbian and Android actually share the same design pattern but differ greatly in their business models. Read on for a in-depth account of the speech and Q&A session.

# Posted by David in Software, Hardware, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events at 9:26 UTC, Dec 13th || Comments

MeeGo developer beta website launches

The MeeGo project has launched a new website for the developer community, Currently the website is in a private beta, but is usable and ready receive ideas and content. The new site already hosts a wide range of content. For example, developers will find guides for writing original code and for installing MeeGo on compatible devices. Also on offer are development tools like the MeeGo 1.1 SDK, and UI development guidelines. Read on for more.

# Posted by David in Links of Interest at 12:41 UTC, Dec 9th || Comments

The DIY cameraphone test

Kudos to the web programmers and the rest of the team at GSM Arena, who have produced the really rather cool 'Photo Compare Tool'. Essentially they've taken a large number of recent phones and smartphones and shot the same three test photos with each (ISO 12233, Grey and Colour). You can then choose which three phones you'd like to compare using the drop-down pick lists and click any of the offered crops to show the full photo in the main window. Oh heck, just go try it, you'll see what I mean. Curiously, the Symbian-powered camera champions, the Nokia N86, Samsung i8910 and Sony Ericsson Satio aren't represented, but there's still plenty of other Symbian (and Maemo) interest. Full list below.

# Posted by Steve in Hardware, Links of Interest at 9:33 UTC, Nov 25th || Comments

Jerri DeVard joins Nokia as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer

Nokia has announced it has appointed Jerri DeVard as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. A new Marketing and Communication organisation will be formed under the CMO, which will bring together Nokia's Marketing, Brand Management, Communications and select Industry collaboration activities. DeVard will sit on the Nokia Group Executive Board, underlining the seniority and importance of her position, but will report to Niklas Savander, EVP of Nokia's Markets unit.

# Posted by Rafe in Industry at 17:15 UTC, Nov 24th || Comments

Rafe and David on The Phones Show Chat - and an important URL change

AAS fans might like to note that our very own Rafe Blandford and David Gilson have been the guests on The Phones Show Chat podcast over the last two weeks, Rafe in chat 64 and David in chat 63, providing analysis with their own particular slant, notably with much mention of MeeGo, still prominent in the news following the conference last week, but also with masses of Symbian chat as well. Worth a listen to one of them over your lunch-hour? Also, see below for an important URL change for 3-Lib and The Phones Show - my old web server is disappearing up Sky's tailpipe at the end of 2010!

# Posted by Steve in Links of Interest, Editorial Thoughts at 7:38 UTC, Nov 23rd || Comments

MeeGo Conference 2010 around the Web

The first MeeGo conference was held last week, in Dublin. This event was the first chance for students, developers, and people from the industry to get together and discuss advancing the platform. Our very own Rafe Blandord was there covering the event, and will be reporting on his experiences. In the meantime, here's a round-up of interesting and personal accounts of the event from members of the MeeGo community.

# Posted by David in Links of Interest, Events at 16:34 UTC, Nov 20th || Comments

Linpus launches multi-touch tablet OS based on MeeGo

Linpus have announced a tablet operating system based on MeeGo. The platform was on show at the Dublin MeeGo Conference this week, running both on a prototype tablet device and a netbook. The OS has been built upon the MeeGo 1.1 core, but with a bespoke multi-touch user interface and six custom made applications. The platform is aimed at OEM's rather than consumers, and therefore will undergo further brand-specific customisations before it reaches the market.

# Posted by David in Software at 13:07 UTC, Nov 18th || Comments

Why Nokia's "Go It Alone" strategy is the only sensible choice for Stephen Elop

It’s nice to see that Nokia’s strategy is slowly becoming clear to the mainstream media, as this article in the Wall Street Journal shows. While it does (eventually) get to the point, it starts as many articles do, from a false statement, magnified by Stephen Elop’s new role as CEO. Namely “his first decision was to go it alone and not adopt Android.” A statement that makes for a headline but has no basis in commercial reality.

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest, Editorial Thoughts at 15:07 UTC, Nov 17th || Comments

MeeGo Conference Day 2 and 3 Live

Rafe and Reggie are at the MeeGo Conference in Dublin. Here we have live coverage from day two and day three; we'll be bringing you live coverage, with updates from the sessions and surrounding activities. Joining us in our live coverage is mobile analyst Julien Fourgeaud and The Handheld Blog. We're using Cover It Live, which is embedded below, and lets you read the latest updates, view pictures, vote in polls and add your own comments and questions

# Posted by Rafe in Editorial Thoughts, Events at 9:14 UTC, Nov 16th || Comments

David Gilson in the spotlight?

You'll know David from his articles for All About Symbian and All About MeeGo over the last 12 months, but if you're interested in knowing more about him as a person then you could do far worse than check out this mini-interview with him over on the Ovi Blog. Did you, for example, know that he has a Masters in Quantum Theory? Must remember to chat to him about string theory and multiverses sometime....

# Posted by Steve in Links of Interest at 16:26 UTC, Nov 15th || Comments
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