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Nokia® Said to Cancel Smartphone Launch With AT&T®

X7, Nokia’s new smartphone that it had planned to enter the market with partner AT&T, has been cancelled. Nokia had planned to make a comeback into the US market with this phone in partnership with the wireless carrier AT&T. AT&T is at the second position in US in terms of market presence just behind Verizon Wireless.

This is another aborted attempt by the Finnish mobile giant to seek a foothold in the US. Nokia at one time had a large presence in US and it is the largest phone maker in the world. It was rumored to be launched in partnership with AT&T. Wall Street Journal cites the reason for the cancellation as AT&T’s refusal to commit funds for marketing or subsidy.

Nokia, however, refused to comment on this issue and said that it is a well publicized fact that they are working hard to regain leadership in the US market and that they are in active discussions with their operator partners on this strategy. They further stated their commitment with their US carrier partners to bring meaningful smartphone solutions to the market that are compelling consumer experiences, have strong operator support and a thriving ecosystem. As in any business, plans can change and deliberate decisions must be made to enable clear focus on bringing the right products to market at the right time.

Nokia has encountered problems with negotiating with the carriers who subsidize handsets for customers in return for two year contracts. Nokia on the other hand prefers selling the smartphones launched in US directly to the consumer at its own set price.

Nokia is still dependent on its Symbian OS with MeeGo still under development. Stephen Elop, the new president of Nokia, is now busy working out a strategy to sell better products at more competitive pricing to regain control in the US market and to make a move against his main competitors in the market, namely Apple’s iOS powered iPhone and Google’s Android platform.

Proposed alliance between Nokia® and Microsoft®

The 2010 results of the Finnish cell phone company Nokia show that low cost mobile phones were a major contributor to its sales. It enjoys a comfortable position in the sales of lower end smartphones costing a little over 100 Euros. A major chunk of the profit came from the devices and services unit or from handset sales. With a change in the head of the company Nokia is expected to change all this and make a major play to claw its way back to the top in the smartphone category.

Nokia has recently reiterated support for MeeGo, a Linux based operating system for tablets and smartphones in partnership with Intel. Nokia might head for either Android or Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Analysts say that now that Nokia has a new CEO, they should partner with Microsoft. Microsoft needs support from leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to stand up against Android, and Nokia needs a new strategy to fuel its smartphone market. A combination of Microsoft’s marketing expertise and software expertise with the Windows 7 OS and with Nokia’s brand image and global sales market, could create an impact in the smartphone market. Also Nokia would get a chance to regain its lost market in North America. Microsoft could see Windows Phone 7 come at par with Android and iOS and give them a run for their money. At the moment the open source nature of Android is troubling Microsoft, which might make it just be ready to clinch a partnership with Nokia.

Nokia’s new CEO Stephen Elop is a Microsoft veteran apparently at good terms with the company. This would seem to be a better step than look for third party software. According to an analyst, Microsoft could create a differentiated tablet strategy with stronger enterprise support and Nokia could clearly benefit with a tablet and smartphone combined strategy that is offered by competitors.

MeeGo home, another Nokia VP quits

Nokia is famous for manufacturing mobile phone in all portals like GSM, CDMA and W-CDMA. They also manufacture various mobile and Internet applications like Map, applications, music, games, media and messaging. All these are performed at Nokia built in platform Ovi. Nokia is now looking to make an impact in user interface and they are developing Meego’s Home operating system for smart phones. As we told you it is the largest mobile company in the world, it also ranks first in Asia and Europe. It is ranked 41st in Fortune’s global admirable brands. They are biggest in mobile hardware segments in world and now looking forward to the software and UI segment. Nokia is developing smart phones with it’s new own OS Meego’s home in partnership with Intel.

Recently, Nokia’s market share has gone down as compared to its position in Q2 2009. Its share in 2010 stood at 32%, a 3% downfall from 2009’s to 35%.

In a report submitted by Nokia, profit has dropped 40%. If we talk about Finland, it plays the biggest role in Finland’s economy.Nokia smart phone chief Anssi Vanjoki quit some time ago and this time Nokia’s Meego device VP Ari Jaaksi has also called it quit.

While speaking to Finnish media he said that he had  resigned after joining of new CEO Stephen Elop.Reports also suggest that Nokia quietly hired Palm’s Peter Skillman, who is a veteran of ex-PDA market and will be focusing on the Meego product.

Nokia is a respected company in terms of hardware output however it lags behind in UI department. Moreover it still lags behind iPhone and Samsung’s smart phones. However despite the decrease in innovation, Nokia is all set to release  it Meego product by next year. Nokia is looking forward to its own smart phone with own OS as the competition is getting bigger in smart phone market.  We are excited to see the nokia’s smart phone with its own interface. Some reports also said that Peter Skillman is the head of UI department only; still the hardware segment is vacant for its new chief. Let us see who will occupy this vacancy.

The Brainchild of Nokia and Intel-MeeGo

World’s two leading companies took the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain by surprise. Nokia and Intel confirmed the release date of the new hybrid operating system, MeeGo in October 2010. Moblin is the open source operating system from Intel and Maemo is the software platform developed by Nokia for Smartphones and internet tablets. The association between these two open source project is the driving point of this OS.

During the announcement, it was clearly stated that the operating system (OS) will support both the Intel as well as ARM based processors. Nokia wants to fully adopt the new OS for their upcoming N-series. MeeGo is a Linux- based operating system built for various platforms with the core idea to provide a non proprietary form of code building that can engage both the in house as well as enthusiast developers. The MeeGo team has already created the first version of the Handset project so that a reference experience. In fact, the design principles and guidelines for integration are pretty much on the way.

The whole idea of MeeGo is to provide a level playing field in terms of ease of inter-connectivity. As a result, the OS is designed to run seamlessly on various small and medium devices from the handheld tablets, Smartphones, laptops and even TV to a great extent. While all platforms will use the MeeGo core, however, the “User Experience” for each device, will vary according to the latter’s functionality.

Specific features of MeeGo will include the following:-

  • Optimised performance and features enabling rich computational and graphically oriented application and connected services development
  • Internet standards delivering the best web experiences with no compromise
  • Linux Foundation will manage its open source project organization
  • State of the art Linux stack specialized for size and accessibility of small footprint platforms and mobile devices
  • Capability to deliver broad Linux software application compatibility

Nokia has declared that it is dropping Symbian and instead opting for MeeGo in its high end N-series. This should be an interesting moment as the high-end Smartphone market is being currently led by brands like Apple, HTC, RIM (Blackberry) etc.

October will see the release of the touch-based device support with handset UX. Supported device handset are Nokia and Aava.

Odds for Nokia

Currently, high-end smartphones have the most wide market options. Its all upon presenting the device as something really more and better than any other. To achieve this objective, the companies have to keep upgrading on every detailed inch. Nokia, once the reigning king among cellular phones can precisely bank upon the fact that it has joined hands with the leading computing organization of the world thereby expanding its horizons on the technical as well as marketing level. Speculations will undoubtedly be high and odd.

Revolutionizing Cellphone for the New Generation

Another revolution is expected to happen in cellphone technology with the launch of MeeGo. I am expecting a lot in terms of better web Apps and multi-tasking options. User interface can be expected to be a lot more friendly therefore easier navigation options. Windows centric users can look forward to something here. Though tech critics term are not too much in favour of the gadget but there are certain very promising advantages such as support for portrait display, Ovi store, Intel App store and compatibility with Qt & Ui framework. And one should also not overlook the fact that its offering multi-device usage. This can stand out as a highlighting point.

An Insight Into MeeGo – The Future of Open Source OS For Smartphones

Back in February 2010, two heavy weights in their respective fields, Intel and Nokia, came together to announce a breakthrough partnership in developing a brand new open source project known as MeeGo. Being an open source affair, Linux had to be there. In fact, it actually hosted the function.

Before you get to know about MeeGo, you got to understand where it got its genes from. Two independent open source projects namely Moblin belonging to Intel and the Maemo project developed in house by Nokia have singled out their best features to integrate them into the new generation MeeGo Operating system.

A Glance At MeeGo and Its Potential Capabilities.

Both, Nokia and Intel, along with the various independent development professionals working tirelessly on open source ethics and compatibility wanted to realize a Linux based system that can take interconnectivity between different devices to a whole new level. This includes not just the Smartphones but also the in-car devices, TVs and even the new Tablet PCs.

MeeGo creators point out a series of core functions that MeeGo is built to carry out. The significant ones are:

  • Optimizing performance as well as quality in terms of graphic rendering without having to walk a tight rope between the two
  • Providing a highly compliant internet standard that will allow mobile and other device users using the MeeGo UI to seamlessly interact with each other
  • User-friendly applications as well as OS experience that has the same base but can have varied user experiences based on the device being used

The MeeGo Handset UX (User Experience)

On the lines of the joint announcement, Intel and Nokia have released the “Day 1” for user experience relating to the cellular level “MeeGo Handset” project. This includes application-application interfacing using Qt as well as the Touch UI Framework. It also includes the basic bunch i.e. status bars, battery indicator, virtual keyboard along with dialer, SMS as well as Browsing applications. Underneath that is the MeeGo core OS as well as the Hardware support for Atom as well as ARM processors.

Just as any good open source software system, the baseline or initial handset source code was released under this ‘Day 1’ project. What this does, is give the viewers as well as developers the fist look at what any handset releasing late in October 2010 with MeeGo is going to look like. In fact, they (MeeGo Team) are so serious about the project that they are actually developing it to reflect in the form of the MeeGo ver.1.1 in the future.

The Hits and the Bugs in MeeGo Handset Project

There are a lot of cool features shown in this baseline version. From easier contact storage to searches and nice interactive application layers, like the folder type message service or the highly receptive picture browser, all show off the simplicity as well as the power of the MeeGo.

There are a few bugs that produce white screens on certain touch and command options. Nevertheless, these hiccups are a natural course for any open source product. In fact, by releasing the source code, the patches coming in from various developers will make sure that all problems are fully taken care of when the new Nokia phones as well as the Atom processor phones sporting MeeGo hit the markets later this October.

Introducing the Features of First MeeGo Linux

MeeGo is an open source project of Linux. It brings together the Moblin project which is being headed mainly by Intel Nokia into a single open source activity. MeeGo has integrated the experience and skills of two the significant development ecosystems. These ecosystems are versed in communications and computing technologies. The MeeGo project believes that these two pillars will form the technical foundations for next generation platforms. It will also have a great usage in the mobile and other devices.

MeeGo is considered a big deal regarding devices plus clouds which has currently become a big trend. It has seen two of the biggest industries that Nokia and Intel which have been combining efforts to create a Linux offering which is capable of competing with Windows. All this is possible on Apple and Google on phones and tablets. Its embedded operating systems function on anything from TVs to cars. The MeeGo version 1.0 received a relatively low release even after its potential hype because it had aimed at developers and device manufacturers.

What MeeGo has

• It optimizes performance. Its features enable development of rich computational and graphically oriented applications and other connected services.
• There is no compromise on the internet standards resulting in best web experiences.
• Linux manages the open source project organization. Also the state of Art Linux stack optimized for the size and capabilities of mobile devices including small footprints platforms as well.


Also MeeGo has been released (which will provide specific details regarding the combinations) only for netbooks while MeeGo 1.1 has been made for other handheld devices.

Nokia Partially Moving to MeeGo

Apart from this, Nokia has also announced that its N-series will move from Symbian to MeeGo in the future additions. However Nokia will not be Symbian entirely but its handsets will be switching to MeeGo.
MeeGo is not a Linux distribution but a platform built on it. It offers a user interface as well as a standard set of services for Internet, communications, media, graphics and data. When the MeeGo 1.0 was installed, everything including the WI-FI was hassle free. Although there are niggles but a cold boot takes over in two minutes. When resuming from sleep there is no option left other than power off and the trackpad works properly. The tap-to-click feature causes unexpected clicks and it can’t be disabled through the GUI. The icons on the toolbar of MeeGo’s Netbook UX appear in the form of a panel. The home panel is a kind of a portrayal of current activities and they show appointments, tasks, applications, status updates from social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Pre-configured applications can also be installed with the help of MeeGo Garage.

With its multiple functions, MeeGo has become popular among many companies so much so that Nokia which is one of the biggest companies has dropped Symbian and is opting for MeeGo for its future handsets of the N-series including its further additions.

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