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Nokia's masterplan for 2010 and beyond (Capital Markets Day)

At its annual Capital Markets Day, Nokia has laid out its masterplan for 2010 and beyond. Extracts from the full press release are reproduced below (there are several nuggets of interest) and Rafe and Ewan weigh in with a few comments of their own. None of them will come as a suprise to regular readers, but it is good to see Nokia laying out a framework for the next 12 months.

# Posted by Rafe, Steve in Miscellaneous, Industry, Events at 11:17 UTC, Dec 2nd || Comments

"Is the rest of the world enough for Nokia?" asks Om Malik?

A fun discussion with Om Malik and Nokia's Services EVP Tero Ojanpera has been posted on GigaOm. Malik rightly points out that, given his previous coverage, this wasn't going to be a chat over tea and cream cakes for the Finn. Still, it's a good sign that it did happen. My comments below.

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest at 15:59 UTC, Dec 1st || Comments

Qt 4.6 released - Symbian and Maemo support

Qt 4.6 was released by Nokia this morning. This is the first full release version of Qt to natively support Symbian and Maemo 6. Also released today is the second technology preview for Maemo 5, which enables (partial) common development between Maemo and Symbian for the first time. Additionally a technology preview of new Qt APIs, from the Qt Mobility project, has been released; these cross-platform APIs provide common mobile related functionality such as location, contacts, messaging and bearer management.

# Posted by Rafe in Developer at 12:02 UTC, Dec 1st || Comments

Nokia alleges price-fixing in LCD markets

Nokia have filed suit in San Francisco against a number of LCD manufacturers (including Samsung and LG) claiming they colluded to fix pricing on LCD panels (reports Bloomberg). In Nokia's words “the liquid crystal displays were incorporated into Nokia mobile wireless handsets... [and] artificially inflated the price of liquid crystal displays ultimately incorporated into LCD products purchased by Nokia, causing Nokia to pay higher prices.”

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest, Industry at 9:06 UTC, Dec 1st || Comments

Piracy is not the problem, piracy is the catalyst

Pinch Media, who provide analytic software for developers on Apple's phones, are estimating that piracy rates are as high as 60% on the iPhone (reports Pocket Gamer). You can be sure that this number is matched on Symbian, Windows Mobile other mobile platforms. The level of piracy nowadays is incredibly high. Apple's iPhone may be pointed out here, but a little bit of exploration online and every games console can be found to be exploited. Read on for my thoughts, though.

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest, Editorial Thoughts at 16:29 UTC, Nov 19th || Comments

Nokia officials 'reveal' Nseries future and Symbian-Maemo transition

Nokia has (allegedly) officially spoken up (albeit at a Maemo-only event) about its plans for Maemo to take over new Nseries models by 2012, reports Ben Smith over at TRMP. According to the Nokia representatives at the event, although further Nseries Symbian-powered smartphones will appear in the meantime, it seems that after 2012, Symbian OS will power the new Xseries and Eseries smartphones and Maemo 5 will power the eye-candy-heavy Nseries top end. Of course, IF that is to happen, there's an awful lot of work needed by the Maemo team - watch for our analysis here both on All About Symbian and All About Maemo. Updated: Nokia official statement on the report below.

# Posted by Steve in Miscellaneous, Events at 9:07 UTC, Nov 18th || Comments

Sygic turn-by-turn navigation on N900 by the end of the year

Sygic, a software company that creates voice guided, turn by turn, GPS navigation software for mobile devices, today announced that its product would be available for Maemo 5 and the Nokia N900 by the end of the year. The software will include mapping coverage for Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and all of Europe. Read on for further details and screenshot.

# Posted by Rafe in Software at 19:36 UTC, Nov 13th || Comments

Symbian to Maemo 5, N97 to N900?

There are a few people in the mobile ecosystem whose opinion I make sure to listen to. Mark Guim has been around the block almost as long as I have and here provides a (month) long term review of the Nokia N900, running Maemo 5, of course. If you're currently using an N97 (for example) and had been wondering whether the grass was greener on the other side, his review should answer your questions. Summary? If you live in the browser, you'll love the N900 - if you live in apps and media, then best stick with Symbian and the N97.

# Posted by Steve in Hardware, Links of Interest at 8:25 UTC, Nov 13th || Comments

N900 ships from factory, in stores soon

On Tuesday the Nokia N900 started shipping from the factory to retailers and distributors. N900s are currently being made in Nokia's Korean factory. Shipment from the factory to retailers usually takes a few days; you can therefore expect the N900 to start becoming available in retail channels at the end of this week. The N900 is shipping into Europe, North America, the Middle East and Russia. Availability will vary by country and retail channel.

# Posted by Rafe in Hardware at 20:15 UTC, Nov 12th || Comments

Live from Nokia's The Way We Live Next 3.0

Over the next two day I'm at Nokia's The Way We Live Next event, which 'features presentations and demonstrations from Nokia and our ecosystem partners, showing how Nokia are connecting and building the communities of the future'. You can follow along via our live coverage below or via @aas.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Hardware, Developer, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events at 8:37 UTC, Nov 10th || Comments
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