Rumor is that Microsoft Marked place will soon have a sett off apps specifically tuned for Nokia phones called “Nokia Collection”. This might include Nokia Maps, which I’ve been a huge fan off on none wp7 phone, and some other software adjusted to Nokia phones. Continue reading
Microsoft released Windows Phone 7 in the fall of 2010, which is the newest operating system from Microsoft for mobile devices. Microsoft has been in this market for a long time, the first phones with Windows mobile 2003 and Pocet pc in 2001. It was based on Windows CE which has been made ever since 1996. One would think that with 14 years of experience with mobile/handheldt devices, would ensure Microsoft have an excellent starting point.
This video shows a demonstration of what WP7 users have in store when it comes to multitasking.
Basically, I believe multitasking on a Smartphone is a requirement, not a feature but iOs waited very long before enabling it to, so I guess it will have to suffice. They make a point of putting applications into a hibernation state, in order to save battery. I’m not sure how real that hibernation mode is, since he also demonstrates a music application that runs in the background, but the focus on battery life is defiantly welcome. Install the wrong app on my Desire, and it will drain the battery in less than a day, and I don’t like brining a charger a round! Solution of cards that you can shift through seems very smooth, and the way to close the applications, just throw them away was delightful.
I have unfortunately not had the opportunity to test a wp7 yet. It does certainly seem to be moving forward, but with everything that happening in the camp these days, they’re going need a little extra. I certainly don’t think we can rule out the WP yet, especially not if we get some neat handsets with it.
As most of you probably have had with you, Nokia and Microsoft partnered, where Nokia is going to deliver WP7 on their smart phones, a step that some believe could be the end of Nokia. I believe this may be what’s needed to bring Nokia back in the Smartphone market. Nokia
Symbian has been Nokias main operating system for smart phones, it’s probably going to remain that way for quite some time since the largest proportion of “smart phones” from Nokia, really is “dumb phones” with Symbian. This was not a problem for Nokia untill Apple introduced the IPhone with IOs, followed by Google’s Android, both of which have ensured that Symbian seems like a dinosaur in comparison, both on functionality and user experience, which sometimes just seem left out of Symbian.
Microsoft and smart phones
Microsoft had the same problem with Windows Mobile 6, it was simply parked by Apple and Google. Microsoft more or less scrappe what they had, and staret from scratch. The result is Windows Phone 7. They have created a completely new user interface that does not resemble any of the other. I’m not sure if I like it especially well, but it seems at least as if it were designed to be effective.
Microsoft has not had a complete ecosystem for mobiles based on Windows Mobile. Nokia on the other hand have had a fairly good system on OVI with an app store, music and maps. OVI map is the best map for mobile devices I’ve used.
What benefit do they each other?
Now that both Microsoft and Nokia have made attempts to improve, Microsoft has a brand new os, but a little developed ecosystem, while Nokia has an ecosystem, but an obsolete os. By merging the best of both companies, I think both of them have a lot to gain. Microsoft get a partner who know mobile phones, and Nokia get a partner who know software. By joining forces from both companies, they can also, eliminate or minimize weaknesses. This can, if they make the right choices ahead, ensure both of them a returned in the smart phone market.
As it looks now, so we may end up with 4 or 5 Smartphone systems, all of which will have a considerable market share, which I believe will lead to more competition, innovation, and ultimately better products for those of us who use these products.
I’m sort of used to a bit of fud, but this was a bit over the top.