This is the real reason why Nokia’s Symbian failed. #2

Nokia phone camera was one of the best in industry. But it doesn’t matter. Because you can’t do anything with your photo. I mean you can’t upload it anywhere via internet so what’s the point for taking photo with phone?

You see, everyone knew about the Symbian’s problem but Nokia CEO and executives don’t know anything about it.

This is the real reason why Nokia's Symbian failed.

You can read it yourself.

unexpectedly I have no cyrillic input support in my E7-00 in Latvia! FAIL! @ April 11, 2011 by AleksandrN

But what you really surprise about this situation is that none of the Nokia Corp.’s top executives knew about this. Because they don’t care.

It happened quite long time ago but nobody knew.

I know why this is happening. But I will talk about some other time.

Nokia Neden Kaybetti?


2000’lerin ortalarına kadar kuşku götürmez bir şekilde sektörün bir numaralı ismi Nokia idi. Peki neler değişti, Nokia neden düşüyor?

Sebeplerinden en büyüğü kendisini popüler yapan uygulamaları bırakması. Cep telefonu dünyasında devrim niteliğinde gelişmeler sunan Apple ve onu sonradan takip eden Google ait Android  işletim sistemi kullanıcıya hep hayalini bile kuramayacağı özellikler, teknolojiler ve kolaylıklar sundu. Aslında bunu 2000’lerin başında yapan tek telefon geliştiricisi Nokia idi. İlk oyunlu telefon, ilk java telefon, ilk antensiz telefon, ilk üzerine geliştirme yapılabilen işletim sistemine sahip olan telefon ve bunun gibi bir çok yenilik ve teknolojilerini kullanıcılarına doğrudan sunan Nokia tüketiciler tarafından mobil krallığının başına getirilmişti. Üstüne birde estetik dizaynları ile telefonu Graham Bell’in bile hayal edemeyeceği bir kalıba sokmuştu. Bu durum Nokia’nın hem genç tüketicilerin ilgisini hemde haklı zaferini pekiştirmişti. Bu sebeplerden  dolayı Nokia, mobil yazılım ve farklı işletim sistemleri türemeden önce  kullanıcıların kalbini çalmıştı. Sonraları Mobil yazılıma cihazın estetik duruşu kadar önem veren Nokia, Symbian işletim sistemini satın alıp çok daha büyüdü.  Öyle ki bir ara Türkiye’de ki telefonların %80’nini Nokia oluşturuyordu.

Daha sonrasında ise kendisini yenilemek, kullanıcıları değişik noktalardan yakalamak yerine pazar payının verdiği cesaretle bazı kurallar koymaya çalıştı. Mobil yazılımcıların işlerini kolaylaştırmak yerine iyice zorlaştırmaya çalıştı. Symbian işletim sistemini geliştirmeye açık bir platform olarak tutmasına rağmen, bunun üzerine yazılım yapmayı oldukça zorlaştırdı. Her yeni çıkan versiyonda yazılımcılara yeni kurallar dayattı. Örneğin Symbian’ın ilk versiyonlarında “telefon çalışırken uygulamayı başlat” normal bir özellik iken, daha yeni versiyonlarında bu özellik çeşitli sertifikalara bağlandı. Yani versiyon yenilendikçe yazılım yapmak daha da zorlaştı. Java desteğini ise J2ME ile sağlıyordu. Burada da ciddi problemler daha ilk versiyondan itibaren olmasına rağmen, bunları çözmek için hiç çaba sarfetmedi. Örneğin, hem kullanıcıyı hem yazılımcıyı oldukça zorlayan J2ME’nin güvenlik mekanizmalarında hiç bir kolaylaştırma yapmadı. Böyle olunca mobil cihaz için yapılan uygulamalar ilk olarak yazılımcıyı sonrasında kullanıcıyı tatmin etmedi. Bu kısıtlamalar, dayatmalar ve zorluklar J2ME’yi daha çok oyun platformu olarak kullanılmasına yol açtı. Böylece, bugün J2ME’de yapılan uygulamaların %90’ından fazlasının oyun oldu. Ama 2000’lerin ortasında bir çok makalede, mobil cihazlarda ses iletiminin azalacağı ve data iletiminin artacağı hatta belli bir süre sonra operatörlerin ses iletiminden para kazanamayacak duruma geleceğinden bahsediyordu. Nokia’da yetkili kişiler de mutlaka bunları biliyor ve izliyorlardı, fakat yavaş ve yetersiz hareket etmeleri onları şu anki duruma getirdi.
En büyük rakibi Apple ise belkide 2003-2004’den beri analiz ettiği bir piyasayı önce iPod ile girdi. Daha sonrasında önce yazılımcıyı kendine çekecek kolaylık ve birazda uydurma da olsa başarı hikayeleri ile onları cezbetti. Asıl deprem, yeni bir akım bekleyen büyük kullanıcı kitlesinin iPhone  ve akıllı telefon piyasasını keşfetmesiyle gerçekleşti. Nokia son kozlarını kaybettiği prestijini yakalamak için Microsoft ile ortaklığa girdi.Gelecek neyi gösterir bilemeyiz. Microsoft ile ortaklık kurması Nokia’ya yeni bir dinamizm getirecek mi? Bekleyip göreceğiz…
 


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What'sApp - Dê adeus ao SMS

Quantos e quantos reais não já gastamos com sms, que algumas vezes foram até pra falar besteira? Isso é uma puta falta de sacanagem das operadoras, visto que pra mandar um sms você gasta apenas alguns kilobytes, e é cobrado por R$0,30-50.

Deixa eu ver… e você tem um daqueles pacotes de internet pré-pago? Hum… e que tal agora enviar “sms” pros seus amigos sem gastar nada? What’sApp na veia!

O What’sApp serve pra você enviar mensagens pra outras pessoas usando dados (3G ou Wi-Fi). Ambos smartphones precisam ter o aplicativo instalado, mas não é problema, visto que ele é multiplataforma (Android, iOS, Blackberry, e até Symbian). 

Ah, se eu tenho internet, por que eu não uso o twitter no lugar disso?

Simples. Muitas vezes quando alguém fala comigo no twitter, eu só vejo algumas horas depois, por que não vivo no twitter (não 24 horas por dia). A vantagem vai pro What’sApp, que vibra, toca, pisca (tudo configurável) quando alguém me envia uma mensagem. E mais: o delay de apertar o botão enviar e a outra pessoa receber é de dois segundos, no máximo. Eu sei, dá pra configurar o aplicativo do twitter pra atualizar automaticamente, mas por exemplo, o tweetdeck tem o tempo mínimo de 3 minutos pra isso.

Facilidades. Você baixa, instala, cria a sua conta, e os contatos da sua agenda que tiverem cadastro no What’sApp automaticamente vão pra sua lista de contatos no aplicativo.

Dá pra trocar o background da conversa, anexar arquivos, mudar status, até mandar emoticon. Pelo próprio aplicativo também é possível ligar* pro contato e enviar sms. (A ligação vai te custar normalmente)

Grupos. Assim como o msn e outros tantos instant-messengers, no What’sApp também é possível criar conversas em grupo, e com todas as funcionalidades da conversa x1.

Na minha humilde opinião, o que ficou faltando foi a versão pra computador. Nem que fosse uma versão pelo navegador.

What’sApp é gratuito em todas as plataformas. Nesse link você encontra o download pra todas as plataformas móveis.

It's a curse.

I play with any bit of technology for a while, and I start to think of things I like about it. It makes hating this phone really awkward. Somehow, Symbian is actually responsive on the crap hardware. And it feels nice to hold. I speak, of course, of my newly-acquired Nokia E71.

That doesn’t mean that I actually intend to keep the thing for long. I still need a new phone. I’ve come to the realisation that anything is fine, really as long as I can hack it. By anything, I mean something running iOS, Android or Windows Phone 7. Which to choose?

The Nokia N-Gage? Yeah, it runs Doom.

mgmnofnerda brings word from the west that a source port called C2Doom brings Doom to a variety of older Nokia devices, typically Symbians, but allegedly it also works with our beloved sidetalker.

Both N-Gage models work with C2Doom and you need an MMC card to upload it to the phone. It can run the Doom 1/2 wads as well as some mods. Audio and visuals take a big hit and trying to strafe with a keypad is definitely not the ideal way to play. But if you want to play Doom on your taco phone, you can now!

Thanks again to mgmnofnerda for submitting this! No thanks to Tumblr’s system for notifying people when you’re mentioning them for being a bit crap!

Gravity App for free.

It’s fun having an expensive app for free. LULZ.

Gravity is the S60 Twitter & Social Networking Client. It supports multiple accounts, all Twitter features and integrates Facebook, Foursquare and even a fully fledged Google Reader into an easy-to-use and gorgeous looking User Interface.

Overview of Gravity’s Features:

  • Compatible with Twitter and Status.net
  • All functions available on your S60 phone: tweet, reply, retweet, follow & unfollow, block, create favourites, search, auto-update and many more …
  • Full support for Twitter Lists including creating lists and adding users
  • Tabbed view of your Timeline, Replies, Messages, Friends, …
  • Profile View to see information about a Twitter User
  • Configurable Audio Alerts for Timeline/Replies/Searches …
  • Auto-Connect to any Access Point and Auto-Fallback to WLAN
  • Setup and use as many accounts as you want at the same time
  • Group support for creating custom tabs with user-defined filters
  • Post URLs from tweets to Read-it Later, Instapaper or del.icio.us
  • Twitter-Search section with multiple search tabs and Twitter Trends
  • Post pictures to Flickr, MobyPicture, TwitPic, TwitGoo, Posterous, Yfrog or img.ly
  • Preview pictures from Flickr, MobyPicture, TwitPic, TwitGoo, Yfrog and many more
  • Ping.fm support by simply sending “p message” or “p #group message”
  • Open URLs from any Tweet
  • Kinetic scrolling on S60v5 ( Nokia 5800 and Nokia N97 )
  • Theme support ( fixed dark and bright theme )
  • Full-Screen mode
  • Includes a Homescreen Widget for the Nokia N97
  • Built-in auto-update function and beta access for testing the latest features

Here’s a way to install gravity app for free. ;)

1. Download this Gravity 1.32 retail old version. http://www.mediafire.com/?gj0sx82s7prxud8

2. Then, open the app. Go online, then click the Info and Updates tab.

3. Download the latest update.

BOOM! Done. You have now a registered copy of the app. ;) 
Enjoy the best twitter-client ever. lulz. ;)

Credits to the person who discovered this trick. lulz. ;)

Update:

It seems that the newest update as of Oct 20 couldn’t be seen in Info & Updates tab. Anyways, here’s the download link for that newest update and the changelogs, http://mobileways.de/latest/gravity-beta.sisx/?build=7003. Enjoy!

The application seems to be only compatible with Symbian 3 ^, but there are no problems of Anna and Belle.

In any case, you can put together in the face, even a password to unlock the phone.

Facelock is a free download from the Nokia Store.

Name: Facelock
Developer: INdT
Price: Free
Other: Utilities - 0.17 MB Send to friend »Download Now

If your smartphone, as well as our own, once you open the page of the Store is not compatible, after having logged sis download the package by typing the address:

http://store.ovi.com/content/205739/download

After an hour of fighting these are the results:

Microsoft Apps – Word, Excel And PowerPoint – Are Coming To Symbian!

by Rajesh Pandey | Friday, 09th Sep 2011   

Symbian users, you will finally get some benefits of the Nokia-Microsoft partnership. Up until now, the Nokia-MS deal was all about two sinking ships (Nokia and WP7)  joining hands to form one big ship, which hopefully will not sink. Nokia and Microsoft have now joined hands to bring Microsoft Apps to Symbian Belle users. The Microsoft Apps package will consist of apps which will help in boosting the productivity of the user. The list of apps include Microsoft Lync 2010, PowerPoint Broadcast, OneNote and MS Document Connection. Symbian Belle users will get all the above stated apps for free sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

http://techie-buzz.com/mobile-news/microsoft-apps-word-excel-and-powerpoint-are-coming-to-symbian.html

Facelock: Protect your Nokia with your face

Now your Nokia device recognizes its owners face! Download the facelock, smile and unlock your device.The Winner application in the last Nokia World Hackathon contest. It doesn ’t replace the default security settings of your device. Update your mobile phone firmware for a better performance. There’s no billing charge to use the Facelock app. Follow us www.twitter.com/indtappsguru and www.facebook.com/indtappsguru

(vía Nokia Store)

Technologically Agnostic

While making smalltalk with people at social gatherings, if the thread of conversation drifts towards mobile phones, or operating systems, there is almost always a shark jumping moment, when those listening realise how many platforms I seem to know too much about.

Call it wonderlust, indifference, or technological agnosticism - it doesn’t really matter. It all ads up to the same thing - an insatiable curiosity in the pursuit of alternative methods of doing things. Many famous authors have commented that to become a great writer, you need to read a lot of books. Well I’ve played with an awful lot of computer systems.

From the first Nokia mobiles back in the early 1990s, through the evolution of iOS, multiple varieties of Android, various versions of Blackberry OS, and now Windows Phone - I’ve used most of the significant mobile platforms of the last 20 years. I’ve never been a fanboy, because I came from a world of commercial software development straddling DOS, Windows, OSX, and Linux. My history with technology has reached a tipping point. I’m not entirely sure if it’s couched in cycnism, or objectivity.

No platform is perfect. Two fried iPhone 3Gs destroyed Steve Jobs reality distortion field. A regularly corrupted Blackberry met quiet retirement in the bottom of a desk drawer. A series of lethargic, battery gobbling Android phablets met a similar fate.

There comes a point when you just want a tool that does a job, and that does it well. At the moment Windows Mobile seems to be doing that job for me - for my use case. I’m having to re-learn old habits, and make the decisions the mighty Google had begun making for me. At times it is painful, and at times refreshing. Discovering further failures masquerading as attempts to solve old problems causes a wry grin from time to time.

Perhaps as we grow older, “good enough” becomes more acceptable. Perhaps it has to do with parenthood, responsibility, and the numerous obligations and dependencies that go with family. Perhaps as we grow, our evaluation of the essential and the superflous are refactored.

Nokia passes off Symbian and 2,300 employees to Accenture

After placing all bets on Windows Phone, Stephen Elop announced that Nokia would slowly phase out its OG operating system, Symbian

Today, it’s officially passed the torch, handing over all Symbian-related duties to Accenture, a consulting and outsourcing firm. 2,300 former Nokia employees will also be repurposed, getting a new name on their paycheck as they tend to the ill-fated OS. 

The Finnish mainstay says the arrangement will last until at least 2016, and plans to continually roll out updates during this time. Not everyone is hanging on another five years though, as it seems that at least 500 employees have jumped ship or found new gigs within the company since the original announcement predicting 2,800 reassignments.  

Press Release:

Nokia and Accenture Close Symbian Software Development and Support Services Outsourcing Agreement

ESPOO, Finland, Sep 30, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Nokia and Accenture have closed the agreement for Nokia to outsource Symbian software development and support activities to Accenture. Under the agreement, originally announced on June 22, 2011, Accenture will provide Symbian-based software development and support services to Nokia at least until 2016 and also become the preferred supplier for Nokia in its transition to Windows Phone. Following the close, approximately 2,300 employees from China, Finland, India, the United Kingdom and the United States are transferring from Nokia to Accenture.

"We are focused on growing our business in mobility and embedded software. The addition of these highly skilled technologists and engineers to Accenture will strengthen our capabilities in these areas," said Marty Cole, chief executive, Accenture Communications, Media & Technology operating group. "We look forward to supporting Nokia in the execution of its strategy."

Accenture will work with Avanade, a technology service company that is majority-owned by Accenture and focuses on Microsoft technologies, to provide further services to Nokia.

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