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Ari Jaaksi, VP of MeeGo Devices, resigns from Nokia

Ari Jaaksi, the vice president of MeeGo device at Nokia, has resigned according to a report in Finland's Talous Sanomat (via Engadget). Jaaksi has been at Nokia for 12 years and has been one of the driving forces behind the adoption of open source at Nokia, one of the most profound underlying changes in Nokia's software strategy in recent times. The move comes ahead of the widely anticipated release of the latest iteration of Nokia's Linux based device.

# Posted by Rafe in Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 12:29 UTC, Oct 5th || Comments

Anssi Vanjoki resigns from Nokia

Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President in charge of Mobile Solutions (Symbian and MeeGo devices) and a member of the Nokia Group Executive Board, has resigned. He will work out his six month notice period, will continue in his current tasks for the time being and will be attending Nokia World. Coming just days after the appointment of Stephen Elop as the new CEO of Nokia, it seems very likely that Vanjoki was one of the internal candidates passed over for the job, consequently he has decided to move on.

# Posted by Rafe in Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 7:18 UTC, Sep 13th || Comments

Stephen Elop replaces Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo as Nokia's CEO

Nokia's Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Elop, currently head of Microsoft's Business division, to replace Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo as CEO of Nokia as of September 21st. As a Canadian, he becomes the first non-Finn to lead the company, reflecting Nokia's increasingly global management and work force. The market is responding positively to the news, with Nokia shares up 5% in early trading.

# Posted by Rafe in Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 8:37 UTC, Sep 10th || Comments

Amino Freedom - set-top box powered by MeeGo

In two weeks time, at the IBC conference, Amino Communications will be showcasing its Amino Freedom product, a a set-top box powered by MeeGo. It is a hybrid / OTT (Over-the-Top) device, which delivers additional content, via an Internet connection, supplementing the traditional digital (DVB-T) transmissions. It is has the full Internet (including Silverlight and Flash support) access via a browser, acts as a PVR and is able to access a home network (UPnP / DNLA). 

# Posted by Rafe in Hardware, Links of Interest, Industry at 10:00 UTC, Sep 1st || Comments

Nokia and Intel open joint lab for 3D mobile UX research

Yesterday Nokia and Intel announced the establishment of a joint research centre, based at the University of Oulu (Finland). The lab, which will have around two dozen researchers, will focus on mobile user experiences, with a particular emphasis on 3D experiences and technology. Likely research areas include 3D virtual worlds, 3D user interfaces and immersive gaming. 

# Posted by Rafe in Links of Interest, Developer, Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 12:09 UTC, Aug 25th || Comments

MeeGo for IVI (cars) 1.0 released

The first version of MeeGo for IVI (in vehicle information) systems has been released. Based on MeeGo 1.0, the Day 1 release of the MeeGo IVI UX includes a homescreen and taskbar for launching and managing applications, a sample navigation application, a version of the Fennec browser and various packages from open source automotive projects.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer, Industry at 22:37 UTC, Aug 4th || Comments

Why mobile advertising is benefiting from innovation

What’s the most used internet application on your Symbian phone? It’s likely that the web browser is going to feature quite highly if we were to have a survey, and the huge number of eyes that mobile websites can gather is only going to grow in the future. That makes it one of the growth areas for online advertisers, and the capabilities of Symbian-powered smartphones should help drive innovation and help grow the market for everyone involved. My thoughts below....

# Posted by Ewan in Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 20:32 UTC, Aug 2nd || Comments

GENIVI Alliance choose MeeGo for IVI reference

The Linux Foundation today announced that the GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit industry alliance aimed at driving the adoption on an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform, has chosen the MeeGo platform as the basis for their next reference release. MeeGo will provide the base for the GENIVI Alliance's upcoming Apollo release, which aims to reduce the time to market and cost of IVI development. This announcement significantly strengthens the credibility of MeeGo's IVI ambitions.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Industry at 15:01 UTC, Jul 23rd || Comments

Nokia Q2 2010 results - profits down but smartphone sales up

Nokia has released their Q2 2010 results, reporting an operating profit of €295 million, with net sales €10.0billion (up 1% Year-on-Year). Nokia's device and service division's profits were €643 million, down 16% year on year. Margins in devices and services were 9.5% (down 2.7% YoY and down 2.6% QoQ). Converged devices sales (smartphones) were significantly up, at 24 million, compared with 16.9 million units in Q2 2009 (so up 42% YoY) and compared with 21.5 million units in Q1 2010 (up 12%, QoQ). As such, worldwide smartphone marketshare was 41%, stable sequentially and year on year. Full story and comments below.

# Posted by Rafe in Miscellaneous, Links of Interest, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events at 10:46 UTC, Jul 22nd || Comments

openSUSE 11.3 includes start of MeeGo support

As part of its version 11.3 release, openSUSE now includes initial support for MeeGo, as part of a wider effort to improve support for netbook devices. It is based on the netbook user experience version of MeeGo. The effort has been led by the openSUSE Goblin team; according to the release notes MeeGo on openSUSE (code named Smeegol) adds additional multimedia (codecs, Amazon store) and social networking (Digg, Facebook, MySpace and Flickr) support. Read on for further details.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer, Industry at 12:23 UTC, Jul 21st || Comments
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