Proctele apps in the App Store

Proctele apps in the App Store
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nokia's next smartphone

Nokia's next smartphone is the N9. Here's a quite attractive picture of N9:!/image/141942770.jpg
The timing of this phone is awkward, because it's born in difficult times for Nokia. Nokia is re-inventing itself. They have realized that

  • the importance of software in mobile phones has grown. 
  • each user must be encouraged to customize his own phone, because smart-phones are general purpose devices with endless possibilities.
  • independent software developers must be welcomed and treated with great respect.
  • operating systems must be stable, both technically and life-cycle wise.
  • user interfaces must be intuitive and visually attractive.
  • software must be developed with a sense of direction and not as an after-thought.
  • services must be for the user and not just a source of income for the provider.
  • phones and smart-phones are very different devices.
These insights took them several years to find out and act upon. Fortunately for them, they are a rich company, and that means they can afford to take loads of wrong decisions.

The N9 demos and tests I've seen, show that Nokia will eventually release an extremely nice phone with an innovative and attractive user interface. I assume the N9 is just for practice and for market research. I further assume the first Microsoft-Nokia smart-phone will not be on the market until 2012. And that will have Windows Mobile 7 or 8 and a user interface quite similar to what's in the N9. I think it looks great! The device itself seems very Nokianic, which to me means well built with cool Finnish design.

The app-shop for Windows Mobile phones, like Nokia phones will be, is only a starter now, at least if this is it:
Like the App Store, Rome wasn't built in a day. I think it will be a great success.

There's one last thing I'd like to say about the Microsoft and Nokia collaboration. To make it really successful, they should exclude others. By that I mean only Nokia should be allowed to make phones for Windows Mobile. That would make the partnership more Apple-like, and that would be a good thing.

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