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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.

HP WebOS Tablet PC

Early last year saw the acquisition of Palm by HP, which changed the market dynamics for HP as well as Palm and also Microsoft. Soon after the acquisition, HP announced its plans for surging forward using the WebOS platform to change the way tablets and smart phones work. At that time, there were rumors that HP would be releasing the PalmPad, carrying the Palm name forward with the new product line. In the later part of 2010, the HP Slate made its rounds in the news. Recent information available shows two tablets, namely the Topaz and the Opal, doing the rounds, without any official announcements from HP yet.

Around the time that HP bought Palm, there was also news that the long-standing Microsoft Windows Phone 7 OS, integrated on the HP product, would be closed. Palm was also in very advanced stages of development of Android devices, and prototypes of the same were also unveiled. This product, probably the HP Slate, was expected to be introduced well in advance of the WebOS product planned for early 2011.

The WebOS tablet PCs are expected in the market sometime in June 2011. Taiwan-based Inventec would probably be kicking off shipments even as early as March. Of course, HP in their standard method would take up the software testing after the so-called introduction of the product well before the actual launch is really announced. So, June or even September could be the right period for the product to be available on the shelves. Recent leaks of information indicate the HP Opal and Topaz tablets sporting 9 inch and 7 inch displays, 1.2 GHz processors, probably a front facing camera, micro USB port and maybe even speakers for audio.

Specifications of the Palm Topaz and Opal tablets seem to be getting more and more a reality with news of the same appearing indicating the Qualcomm dual-core processor, 9.7-inch fingerprint proof Gorilla glass, Adreno GPU, 16 / 32 / 64 GB flash storage, 512MB on-board RAM, Wi-Fi speakers with HP Beats Audio technology, Accelerometer, eCompass, Gyro, Light Sensor, Microphone, 3.5mm audio jack, approximately 13mm thick, etc.

New and different technologies like Touchstone v2, wireless charging, website and picture sharing, audio streaming via Bluetooth and speaker dock, maps and directions, contact sharing, printing, video-streaming, and gaming, will definitely make an impact in the market.

However, indications also point to the fact that HP would definitely revive their WebOS program and would not be outsourcing or sharing this, holding it proprietary for time to come. The WebOS and cloud features that HP plans to introduce, may well change the perspective of smart phones and with the probable integration of the WebOS with Microsoft Server and desktop application and services, the evolution of the mobile computing market is definitely a revolution in the offing.

Microsoft® Plans for Windows® Phone 7 Update

Already the rumor on the net is that the first update firmware Windows 7 Phone should take place on Monday, February 7. However, this new wave of speculation hardly goes beyond what Microsoft has publicly announced regarding the revision of the current firmware, or what other sites have said – and tried to guess – since mid- December. In the end, someone has to guess exactly when the update of Windows Mobile 7 will be available! According to the American blogger Paul Thurrott, a RTM (Release to manufacturing) nicknamed “Nodo” made its appearance at this conference. One of the major anticipated improvements is copy/paste and a lot of patches for the operating system.
Users will have to wait until early February 2011 to perform this update. It would appear that the first “real update” of the mobile operating system will take place later, at a date still unknown. It would be the code name “Mango” should include the version 9 of internet explorer and will support the HTML 5.

Faster applications and games:

Nobody likes waiting, Microsoft plans at its next update, optimize the startup and recovery applications. This is one of the key concerns of Microsoft’s mobile operating system: the speed and ease of use.

– Better research on the Marketplace:

It will now be easier to find specific applications, games or music. It just press the search button in the current section of the Marketplace for the keywords that refine the results thereof. For example, just press “search” in the music category for music catalogs only for certain keywords and not all applications, games and music correlate with those keywords.

How to upgrade?

If you have not disabled the notification system, with the release of this update, your phone will automatically offer to perform it via a pop-up message (like a push notification). If you disabled it, go to “Settings> Update” and check “Notify me of the availability of new updates.” Depending on your connection method, the updating may be done via the USB cable (with Zune), using the Internet or your network 3G/3G + usual.

A first level of support multitasking?

The code changes, finalized in January by Microsoft, or should soon pass the testing stage in mobile operator, which will then allow them to offer the new version for download to mobile service. According to some sources, we can expect mostly copy-paste software patches and support for a new Qualcomm processor, plus, perhaps some improvements in memory management in order to load applications faster. Some sites also say that the code changes delivered in February will bring some level of support for multitasking and important changes in Windows phone browser, including adding the Trident rendering engine 5, HTML5, Silverlight support and sign the Internet Explorer.

But others, like Paul Thurrott, a blogger site WindowsPhoneSecrets.com, say, that these additions will be incorporated into a major update of Windows OS Phone, due out later in 2011.

Electronista rumors indicates that  February 7  is due for the possible update of Microsoft’s mobile OS is related to the fact that one week later, Steve Balmer, Microsoft CEO must take place on the Mobile World Congress (in which event Phone Windows 7 was unveiled a year ago).

Microsoft® Windows® Phone 7 now in HD2

The Dark Forces team has after months and months of tinkering with the porting nuance has finally devised porting of the Windows 7 to HD 2 successfully. System starts quickly, after flashing the first boot needs about 20 seconds up to start settings. Battery can be charged normally in WP7 OS. Testers reports that power consumption is normal. Phone functions are working: call answer, dial without problems and good sound quality, speaker volume is very large.

Here are  some of the features: The system starts-up soon after it flashes. First boot requires around 20 sec to begin settings.

You can charge the battery normally in WP7 OS. According to testing reports, the charging activity is normal. Importing the contacts from a SIM card can be done with the Chinese displayed perfectly well. Editing a contact is all normal. Setting of ringtone is working well. The camera works, and all the features are available, including 720P video. SMS sending and receiving works with no problems. Functions work.All the functions including the CTRL keys work well. Green camera used for activating the camera. Turning on the WiFi is quick, and works on available networks well. However it is unable to create detailed settings. Seems to be a systems issue. Bluetooth functions normally, but does not have detailed settings; again this is a system issue.

An update is planned to be released by Microsoft early in 2011. It may well be however doing an RTM the first update which is codenamed ‘NODO’. Windows Phone – 7 being a part of Microsoft’s mobile strategy coming for a long term we expect them to detail another update, a second bigger one which will introduce enhanced controls for developers .As is apparent the porting was successful to the extent that all the features were on check-back correct and working well. Features include those mentioned above.

There are some features not available. For example, there is no Live service enabled. This is due to the reason that you activate Windows Phone 7 on the device without the key.

The ported software works well on other devices. The porting has been done to enable the phones to take up the use of the software usefully. It is backed with the abilities of WiFi and turns on quick and works on the available networks too. It is well endowed with functions and all of them work very well after being ported to HD2. The charging of the phone system is normal. First setting requires the time gap of 20 seconds when there is a system boot. Charging the battery is a normal activity and does not require extensive means by which to charge. The camera consists of the facility of 720P video recording. Setting ringtones is a normal activity and you can set it at will as per normal specs. SMS sending is based on the settings is a normal activity. So also is the receiving of SMSs.

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 now in HD2

The Dark Forces team has after months and months of tinkering with the porting nuance has finally devised porting of the Windows 7 to HD 2 successfully. System starts quickly, after flashing the first boot needs about 20 seconds up to start settings. Battery can be charged normally in WP7 OS. Testers reports that power consumption is normal. Phone functions are working: call answer, dial without problems and good sound quality, speaker volume is very large.

Here are  some of the features: The system starts-up soon after it flashes. First boot requires around 20 sec to begin settings.

You can charge the battery normally in WP7 OS. According to testing reports, the charging activity is normal. Importing the contacts from a SIM card can be done with the Chinese displayed perfectly well. Editing a contact is all normal. Setting of ringtone is working well. The camera works, and all the features are available, including 720P video. SMS sending and receiving works with no problems. Functions work.All the functions including the CTRL keys work well. Green camera used for activating the camera. Turning on the WiFi is quick, and works on available networks well. However it is unable to create detailed settings. Seems to be a systems issue. Bluetooth functions normally, but does not have detailed settings; again this is a system issue.

An update is planned to be released by Microsoft early in 2011. It may well be however doing an RTM the first update which is codenamed ‘NODO’. Windows Phone – 7 being a part of Microsoft’s mobile strategy coming for a long term we expect them to detail another update, a second bigger one which will introduce enhanced controls for developers .As is apparent the porting was successful to the extent that all the features were on check-back correct and working well. Features include those mentioned above.

There are some features not available. For example, there is no Live service enabled. This is due to the reason that you activate Windows Phone 7 on the device without the key.

The ported software works well on other devices. The porting has been done to enable the phones to take up the use of the software usefully. It is backed with the abilities of WiFi and turns on quick and works on the available networks too. It is well endowed with functions and all of them work very well after being ported to HD2. The charging of the phone system is normal. First setting requires the time gap of 20 seconds when there is a system boot. Charging the battery is a normal activity and does not require extensive means by which to charge. The camera consists of the facility of 720P video recording. Setting ringtones is a normal activity and you can set it at will as per normal specs. SMS sending is based on the settings is a normal activity.

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