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Mobile World Congress Live - Rafe at the Nokia event

With the mobile industry gathered in Barcelona, MWC Day 1 is underway. In this post, we'll be bringing you live coverage from Nokia's event. The event kicks off at 10:30am GMT and we'll be covering both the press conferences and some of the follow up events and interviews.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Hardware, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events at 10:09 UTC, Feb 15th || Comments
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Nokia Q4 2009 results, smartphone world market share up 5%

Nokia has released their Q4 2009 results, reporting an operating profit of EUR 1.141 billion, with net sales EUR 12 billion (down 5% YoY). Nokia's device and service division's profits were EUR 1.14 billion, up 130% year on year. Margins in devices and services were 14.9% (up 5.5% YoY and 3.5% QoQ). Converged devices sales (smartphone) were 20.8 million, compared with 15.1 million units in Q4 2008 and 16.4 million units in Q3 2009. As such, worldwide converged device ('smartphone') marketshare increased from 35% to 40% sequentially.

# Posted by Rafe in Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 12:24 UTC, Jan 28th || Comments

IDC puts Symbian still significantly ahead in 2013

Coming on the eve of Apple's big tablet release and Nokia's Q4 09 results announcement, IDC gathered all their numbers, analysts and (ahem) runes and produced a forecast for the smartphone market in 2013. Unusually, for an American data analysis firm, there's surprising understanding of the worldwide scene, with the headline stat being that the smartphone market will exceed 390 million units per year by 2013, with Symbian holding on to its world marketshare lead over the next three years. Quotes from the IDC press release and my own predictions below.

# Posted by Steve in Miscellaneous, Links of Interest, Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 9:37 UTC, Jan 27th || Comments

N900 advertising in the mainstream (Times and Tube)

A number of adverts, featuring the N900, have started to appear in the mainstream UK media and poster locations. The most prominent advert highlights to multi-tasking capabilities of the device and shows six applications running on the N900's dashboard. Such advertising is likely to reach a more mainstream audience and increase awareness of the N900. Read on for more.

# Posted by Rafe in Miscellaneous, Editorial Thoughts at 14:18 UTC, Jan 24th || Comments
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A beginner's guide to customising the desktop on the Nokia N900

Yes, it's another AAM tutorial video for those who are new to the Nokia N900. This video shows how to customise the N900's four-screen desktop, and also includes an example layout at the end. The video can be viewed below.

# Posted by AAM in Hardware, Miscellaneous, Editorial Thoughts at 3:07 UTC, Jan 14th || Comments
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Should third party apps be relied on to fix a smartphone?

I want to take a little break away from the major Nokia X6 review I'm doing just now to directly address one of the issues that I'm seeing in the comments both of the X6 review and in other products that are reviewed both here on AAS and on other tech sites: the use of third party software to compensate for a manufacturer's omissions.

# Posted by Ewan in Software, Editorial Thoughts at 17:19 UTC, Jan 11th || Comments
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What can Symbian learn from Sony?

It's been a rough year for the Symbian ecosystem, and an especially rough year for their partners. Samsung and Sony Ericsson have taken their portion of the punishment, but the lion's share belongs, for good or ill, to Nokia. The ecosystem strikes me as remarkably like another that last year was on the way down, but is now in good health.

# Posted by Ewan in Editorial Thoughts at 15:07 UTC, Dec 22nd || Comments

Top Ten Things Nokia could have done with their London Nokia Store

Ewan Spence looks back with a practised eye on Ten Things that Nokia could have done with their Regent Street flagship store in order to have made it a success... Can you add to the list? What did the Apple store do right and Nokia do wrong? (and you're not allowed to say 'Sell iPhones'...)

# Posted by Steve in Miscellaneous, Editorial Thoughts, Events at 14:46 UTC, Dec 15th || Comments
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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
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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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