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Opera Mobile 10 Now Available for Maemo

Opera Mobile 10 has been a mainstay of the mobile browser landscape for the last decade. On Tuesday, Opera Labs just announced the availability of a special build of Opera Mobile 10 for Maemo 4 and 5. The preview build contains the same features available in Opera Mobile 10 for Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones including Opera Turbo support (faster browser), bookmark and Speed Dial sync, and support fot multiple tabs. More information in the full story.

# Posted by Asri in Software at 8:42 UTC, May 11th || Comments

Nokia Qt SDK in Beta - cross platform development toolkit

This week Nokia announced the launch and beta availability of the Nokia Qt SDK, a single 'easy-to-use' software development kit (SDK) for Symbian and MeeGo application development. The SDK is, effectively, an evolution of the Qt SDK, with specific focus on, and support for, Nokia's mobile devices. It provides a complete tool chain for creating, developing, testing, packaging and deploying Qt applications. The SDK is available for both Windows and Linux (Mac support is being investigated) and can be downloaded from the Forum Nokia website. Read on for more details.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer, Editorial Thoughts at 19:52 UTC, May 2nd || Comments

Offscreen Technologies passes 25 million Ovi Store downloads

Offscreen Technologies, who have released a wide portfolio of games, applications and eBooks on Ovi Store, have announced that their content has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Offscreen has focussed on providing content for Nokia's touchscreen devices, including the Nokia 5800, N97, X6 and N900. They currently have around 100 titles in the Ovi Store; some of the applications, including Level Touch, Bright Light Touch and Labyrinth Lite Touch have been downloaded more than a million times each. More below.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Links of Interest, Developer, Services at 10:48 UTC, Apr 21st || Comments

Tour of Qt stand at MWC - Qt everywhere

Our latest MWC video is a tour around the Qt stand, looking at some of the Qt-enabled devices - from phones to printers and appliances. Mobile developers and users have been hearing more and more about Qt in the last 18 months. It is the future application framework for both Symbian and MeeGo (Nokia's two open platforms going forward). However, as this video demonstrates, Qt is already a well established technology and the 'Qt everywhere' slogan has already been realised.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events at 14:14 UTC, Mar 17th || Comments

Nokia's Tero Ojanperä on Solutions and strategy

Nokia is currently transforming itself from a hardware company to a hardware+services (solutions) company. At MWC 2010, we spoke to Tero Ojanperä, EVP of Services, in order to get an insight into current progress. Over a wide-ranging interview we cover a number of topics around Nokia's service strategy including how Ovi fits into Nokia's software platform strategy, the thought processes that led to free navigation, the importance of services compared to phone hardware, getting content onto the Ovi Store, the importance of partners and much more.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Hardware, Miscellaneous, Developer, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events, Services at 0:02 UTC, Mar 11th || Comments

The application store dilemma of volume, discovery or curation.

How long would it take you to find some who has “made a success” out of an application store for any mobile device? Not long, I would think, because these stories are picked up and passed around to “prove” that App Stores work. A case in point is this post on Into Mobile, highlighting the success of an app for Google Android with 6,500 paid for downloads, earning $13,000. But is that the way forward? Read on for my thoughts.

# Posted by Ewan in Software, Industry at 23:09 UTC, Mar 2nd || Comments

Video: Anssi Vanjoki on the future for Symbian and MeeGo

In part 3 of our MWC interview with Anssi Vanjoki, EVP of Markets at Nokia, we discuss the future. How "for the great masses of the world, the first computer they will have will be an extension of the phone based on Symbian". How MeeGo's rich contextual crossing of the real and virtual world will use a map-based user interface and will create "the possibility for people to live in the media." 

In the second half, we hear about the three "buckets" (types) of competitors, the importance of open standards and ecoystems, and a three-fold answer to how we should judge Nokia's future business performance (KPIs).

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Hardware, Developer, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events, Services at 12:26 UTC, Feb 26th || Comments

Video: Anssi Vanjoki on Symbian, MeeGo, N95 form factor

In part 2 of our MWC interview with Anssi Vanjoki, EVP of Markets at Nokia, there is discussion of how moving Symbian into the Symbian Foundation stops the platform being "fractioned by individual product programs [within Nokia]". We also touch on whether there is a future for the 'Nokia N95 form factor' smartphone.

In the second half, Anssi Vanjoki talks about Nokia's software strategy and how the common elements of Qt and common Web Runtime provide a unifying layer between Symbian and MeeGo. He then touches on the importance of open source as a new 'software making model' for Nokia moving forward.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer, Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 13:27 UTC, Feb 24th || Comments

Open Source Wordpress client for Symbian and Maemo under development

Wordpress bloggers will be interested in the Open Sourced blogging client being developed for Maemo and Symbian using Qt. The blog for the client can be found here, along with the relevant downloads for the latest version. The software is still being developed, but you can get the latest builds and contribute to the project at

# Posted by Ewan in Software, Developer at 10:54 UTC, Feb 22nd || Comments

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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