Two days ago I received this flash drive from the ‘Nokia Human Research Department’ courtesy of the good people at WOM World. Inside it were two videos showcasing the effect small has on people and how it was the inspiration for the Mini. You might have seen these videos on the web before but I will be honest and admit that despite seeing them, I hadn’t taken the time to watch them.
As it turns turns out, I was missing out of two pretty interesting videos, do check them out if you already haven’t. Lastly, as a bonus, go ahead and download this Nokia ringtone, Mariachi style.
At ‘The Way We Live Next‘ event I was fortunate to get an opportunity to interview Ms. Purnima Kochikar, Vice President, Forum Nokia and Developer Community, who is responsible for strategy and growth opportunities with Nokia’s third party developers to create a vibrant Nokia ecosystem.
Over the course of 30 minutes we able to cover a number of subjects including:
The number of applications on the Ovi Store and Symbian application visibility in general.
Why should developers have to pay to get on the Ovi Store, even if they are going to give away their apps for free?
The surge in developer interest as far as Maemo goes.
The possibility to Nokia opening up the Ovi Store to devices from other manufacturers.
I have trimmed down the video to a little over 13 minutes. Since YouTube only accepts videos under 10 minutes, I have uploaded the interview to Vimeo (embedded below) and Blip.tv.
While editing the video I realised that I should listen more while interviewing someone and not let the lawyer in me get the better of the conversation. Therefore, I would like to especially thank Ms. Kochikar for her time and patience.
Nokia has just released Qt 4.6, the first release of Qt to natively support both Symbian and Maemo. Why Qt is important is because it enables the creation of applications which can run on both platforms yet be born from a single code base. In other words, the developer can make an application once and then supply it both for Symbian and Maemo devices.
This is the tool Nokia is looking at to harmonise software development across its different platforms. Qt also supports Windows 7, Apple Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Maemo 6. At the Way We Live Next event at Nokia House, I can able to catch a demo of how this will work and ask a couple of questions about it, the video is embedded below.
It has been quite some time since I got back from Finland and The Way We Live Next 3.0 event. So therefore I would like to apologies for not bringing you all these awesome videos, demos and interviews sooner, but hopefully the content will be able to make up for it.
So starting today you can expect a whole lot of coverage from the event, and to kick things off here is a video showing what it feels to be inside Nokia House. In addition to trying to show the areas we had access to, I spent some time at the gallery where Nokia keeps all its phones, the first one to the latest. So if you are a fan of relics, this video is for you.
Next, is a video of the Nokia Universe i.e. some interesting facts about Nokia and its devices. This video was shown during the first keynote of the event which was conducted by Mary McDowell, Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Nokia.
The E72 press release itself stated that it was designed to build on the success of the E71. It in many ways in very similar to the E71 – dimensions, weight, form factor and so on, infact show the E71 and E72 to a layman on the street and chances are he’ll be at a loss to identify separately.
But there is quite a bit to the E72 that is new. The faster 600 mhz processor, feature pack 2 with all the fancy UI and under the hood improvements, a 3.5mm jack, a very good 5 Megapixel Camera and a few more things. But how good is it? Is it really worth the upgrade?
I have had the E72 for a few days now and I am glad to tell you that it pretty much likes up to the tag of being the ‘E71 successor’. I will not go overboard in my praise of the device right now and will give myself a little more time with the phone before I form a definitive opinion.
Meanwhile to kick the E72 coverage off, here is a quick unboxing.