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Nokia E7 to be Announced at Nokia World 2010, Sources Say

Nokia E7 to be Announced at Nokia World 2010, Sources Say

It looks like Nokia is ready to take on the end of 2010 with some heavy hitters in their smartphone line-up. With word that the N8 is set to launch by the end of this month, Nokia is ready to make some waves. That is, if these rumors, coming from two separate sources, turns out to be true. According to Reuters, it looks like Nokia is set to officially announce the recently leaked Nokia E7. Not only that, it looks like Nokia is set to put the device as their flagship device.

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MeeGo Screenshots Appear Again, Still Looking Good

MeeGo Screenshots Appear Again, Still Looking Good

It's been a couple of months since the last batch of MeeGo User Interface screenshots broke cover. And with these new ones showing off their pretty images, we can say that it was well worth the wait. Despite the fact that MeeGo isn't quite ready for prime time yet (so they say), it's looking like the development cycle is turning the upcoming mobile Operating System into something we could really get into. Of course, these are just development builds, and there is something strikingly Nokia in there, but that doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing.

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Nokia’s Featurephone Problem

Nokia’s Featurephone Problem

Nokia’s struggles in smartphones are well documented, and I’m not going to rehash them here. However, if you live in the U.S. it is easy to overlook just how huge and successful Nokia is. Even in smartphones, Nokia is the global volume leader, and when it comes to featurephones, Nokia literally sells about six dozen of them in the time it takes to read this sentence – every minute of every day. Most of those are basic voice phones sold in emerging markets like India and Africa, but Nokia is also the market leader in multimedia featurephones. Nokia’s latest entry in that category is the X3 Touch and Type (not to be confused with the X3, launched last year), which is a Series 40 phone with a touchscreen on top and a physical numeric keypad below. I find the X3 Touch and Type deeply disturbing.

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HTC exec “100% convinced” in Windows Phone 7, scorns Nokia for not ditching Symbian

HTC exec “100% convinced” in Windows Phone 7, scorns Nokia for not ditching Symbian

HTC are generally pretty upbeat and uncontroversial about their rivals, but obviously their Australia/New Zealand sales & marketing director, Anthony Petts, didn't get that particular memo.  He's been talking up Windows Phone 7 with Smarthouse, and as well as insisting that he's "100-percent convinced that the new Windows Mobile will be highly successful," he also saved a few barbs for poor old Nokia.  "Symbian is an old operating system" Petts says, "and it's proving much harder for Nokia to re position the brand in the current market."

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Nokia and Intel open Joint Innovation Center: 3D UIs and mobile holograms ahoy!

Nokia and Intel open Joint Innovation Center: 3D UIs and mobile holograms ahoy!

We already knew Nokia and Intel were deeply in love, thanks to their collaboration on MeeGo, but now the pairing has decided to hook up with the University of Oulu in Finland and open a joint research center.  Part of the Intel Labs Europe scheme, the new Joint Innovation Center will focus on "new and compelling mobile user experiences," taking advantage of mobile device processing grunt to offer 3D graphics and even holograms.

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Nokia N9 Rumored to Feature 4-Inch OLED Screen and 1GHz Processor

Nokia N9 Rumored to Feature 4-Inch OLED Screen and 1GHz Processor

Late last week, Nokia's N9 broke cover with plenty of leaked images. While the photoshoot was great, and it showed off plenty of the device's physical attributes, there still wasn't enough information to get people excited. Now though, it's time to spend some time in the rumor mill, and reveal to you, the curious onlooker, what exactly is going to make the Nokia N9 so prominent in the smartphone market some time in the near future.

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Nokia N9 Breaks Cover, MeeGo Along for the Ride

Nokia N9 Breaks Cover, MeeGo Along for the Ride

Nokia is still a presence in the smartphone industry. Even if their name isn't synonymous with the market here in the United States, the moment you enter the international market, things change. With that being said, there's a lot of talk that Nokia's last stand is coming up here pretty quickly, and stand-out devices like the N9 need to show that the company still has a place in a fight against Apple's iOS and Google's Android. So when a new boat load of images break cover of the device, a small spark lights up inside of us. Call it hope -- or maybe irrationality.

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MeeGo eyes your BMW dashboard as GENIVI Alliance plan cross-platform ICE

MeeGo eyes your BMW dashboard as GENIVI Alliance plan cross-platform ICE

A few weeks ago it was Microsoft in your Lexus; now it's MeeGo in your BMW.  The GENIVI Alliance - a nonprofit group focusing on in-vehicle entertainment (IVI) founded by BMW, GM, Intel and others - has decided to adopt MeeGo as the basis of their next release, using the Linux OS for its multimedia, navigation, internet and other abilities, together with its future integration with tablets, smartphones and netbooks.

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Nokia, Apple and a whole heap of hyperbole

Nokia, Apple and a whole heap of hyperbole

Nokia's new head of Mobile Solutions (the division of the Finnish company dedicated to smartphones and mobile computers) Anssi Vanjoki has come out fighting this week, promising "killer smartphones", "game-changing products" and the sort of "battle" that fanboys have been crying out for over the past couple of years. You could well argue that his counterpart at Nokia's Mobile Phones division has an easier job of it, taking on the more mundane grist of what's still the biggest cellphone company worldwide (and getting handset-hungry developing markets to cater to). Vanjoki gets a tired portfolio of devices with only the N8 a glimmer on the horizon (and that, a crueller person might add, runs an already tired OS) and the challenge of rivalling the best in Android, iOS and webOS in what has become perhaps the fastest changing segment in consumer electronics. That's a pretty hefty to-do list, so what should be his plan of attack, where does the N8 fit into it, and - in a week of iPhone 4 contention - what lessons could Apple be learning from the Finns' fall from grace?

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Nokia’s Anssi Vanjoki is “obsessed” with reclaiming smartphone top spot

Nokia’s Anssi Vanjoki is “obsessed” with reclaiming smartphone top spot

Nokia's Anssi Vanjoki, new head of Mobile Solutions at the Finnish company, has set out his stall over at the company's official Conversations blog, and he's not setting himself a simple task.  "I am committed, perhaps even obsessed," he writes "with getting Nokia back to being number one in high-end devices."  Meanwhile, Vanjoki confirms that while the N8 will be the last Nseries device to run Symbian^3, "a Symbian^4 Nseries device is a strong possibility.  A very strong possibility."

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