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  • Nokia launches N9 — Its only Meego smartphone

    Marko Ahtisaari is the head of Nokia’s design unit and the man tasked with presenting the new Nokia N9 to a captivated audience at a glossy launch event. The Minority Report style setting invokes one word, “design”. The N9 is a device torn between two worlds: Cultural relevance and OS irrelevance. It is a beautiful device, cast in polycarbonate from end to end and finished off with an Active-Matrix OLED screen otherwise known as AMOLED. The user interface is minimalistic to a tee, with the user getting from screen to screen simply by swiping from any edge of the...

  • Review: Nokia E6 nips and tucks and botoxes

    The Nokia E6 business-oriented smartphone sports Symbian Anna, the latest (and probably one of the last) iterations of Nokia’s storied Symbian mobile phone operating system, now turfed out to the gentle ministrations of Accenture’s minions. It’s more or less the same qwerty-keyboarded small-screened messenger-type smartphone that’s been a solid partner to millions, not radically changed since its debut as the E71 way back when. You’d think by now it would be well nigh perfect. Not ever more flawed. Let’s start with what Nokia has got right. It is still an incredible piece of mobile phone – flawless fabrication and assembly of...

  • Symbian and MeeGo axed in UK and US

    Symbian is officially dead, in North America and the UK at least. Here lays a mobile OS which paved the way for the smartphones of today and is now destined to be remembered as another missed opportunity in a line of failures from Nokia. Nokia’s final Symbian phone was the Astound, which had the misfortune of launching directly after the announcement of the company's adoption of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile...

  • Meego’s last gasp with Nokia as N9 unveiled

    Nokia's latest attempt to win back market share with its N9 phone received mixed reviews this week as it was shown to analysts and media at ComminAsia in Singapore. It is likely the last major phone Nokia will show running the promising Linux-based mobile operating system before it throws its lot in with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7. Fans lauded the N9's ease of use without any "home" button -- a feature of the iPhone and other rivals -- while detractors mocked what they saw as its outdated Meego operating system. Unveiled by Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop at the CommunicAsia...

  • Nokia wins patent skirmish – iPhone buyers pay royalties

    "We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees": Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop. Nokia, still the world's leading mobile phone maker, stated that its competitor Apple had agreed to pay royalties for using Nokia technology in its devices. This will end all of the related ongoing patent disputes. "The financial structure of the agreement consists of a one-time payment payable by Apple and on-going royalties to be paid by Apple to Nokia for the term of the agreement," Nokia said in a statement. The Finnish mobile phone giant said details of the contract were confidential. In...

  • Nokia Changes Ovi to Nokia

    Bye bye, Ovi. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. Nokia has killed the Ovi brand, although not the services and app store it once represented. They’ll now be called “Nokia Services”. On the Ovi blog, editor Pino Bonetti trotted out the party line (as penned no doubt by Nokia’s brand agency) that “The main reason for this change is so we can leverage the high-value of the Nokia master brand to better support future plans to deliver disruptive and compelling mobile experiences globally.” One could be callow an ask why this was not the...

  • 5 Nokia apps to make your toes curl!

    I'm sick of all the iPhone fan boys/gals telling me how cool their little Apples are. I mean, like, really - they launched without copy and paste. It takes a special kind of talent to forget that. Chumps. The iPhone is genius because it showed the world that applications are the future, and that the device is merely a platform for innovation. But it was not Steve Jobs and his unironed shirt-wearing cronies who...