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Nokia World Is Happenning In London, October 26-27

Nokia just made the dates for Nokia World 2011 official, its happening in London on October 26-27. The Nokia World website just went online and the good news is that you can already register for the event, the fee is 695€  for the 200 first registrations after which it’ll go back to the regular fee of 995€. So if Windows Phone announcements is something you’re looking forward to, go register now.

The website also has a brief outline of the agenda, the opening keynote on Day 1 starts at 9:00 am followed by other sessions and a networking evening post 17:30. Nokia Collaboration Day is also happening at the time time for Nokia’s suppliers from 11:00 to 8:00 pm in the evening.

The venue for this year’s event remains the same as last year, the ICC London ExCeL, located at the center of London Docklands.

Nokia World 2011 promises to be the biggest and what would be the most hyped Nokia event of the year, that is virtually guaranteed to see the Nokia Windows Phone reveal.

Thoughts From Nokia World: The Winds Of Change Come With Big Red Balloons

The number one thing that I have wanted Nokia to do for a long time is shout about its products, tell the world how awesome they were instead of letting them speak for themselves, have powerful aggressive keynotes and take the competition head on whenever, wherever they could and this precisely why this Nokia World came as a very pleasant surprise.

Thoughts From Nokia World: The Winds Of Change Come With Big Red Balloons

Just one day before Nokia World Anssi Vanjoki quit, which was two two days after OPK had left. I imagine that does dent the morale and bring at least a little uncertainty in. So more than anything, my eyes were on they keynote’s tone and tenor instead of the device announcements because the devices will come and go, but the tone Nokia set on September 14, 2010 would define how they shape up in the next 5 years.

But the moment I walked into the Nikalas Savander and Anssi Vanjoki keynote, I could literally see the change. Nokia was talking about the competition, they virtually kick-started Nokia World with Apple’s use of the words ‘Connecting People’. Nokia never does that. Then came Anssi Vanjoki, all charged up and it was treat to see him in action. There were points made left right and center, no one was spared. Here are a few of my own tweets, I think they would capture my reaction better than what I could write now.

  • Scott at Apple shown off. The connecting people words played with. Sweet. #nokiaworld
  • We’ll not apologise for not being Apple, Samsung and so on. We are Nokia. I like the tone of this keynote. #nokiaworld
  • Oh yes. Nokia sells more smartphones than Apple + Android combined. #nokiaworld There in your face. ‘We shift into high gear for high end’
  • “Nokia and not #google is the leader in mapping” #nokiaworld Nokia is taking them on aggressively.
  • Shoutout to people who said the N8 is the same old @Symbian by looking at the homescreen. ‘You’re wong’. #nokiaworld
  • An aggressive Anssi on stage. @nokia ‘s tone is like it has never been before. #nokiaworld

So there you go, Apple, Samsung, Google all talked about. There were even phrases like ‘One more thing’ used. ‘You want numbers, here are a few numbers’  was said before the smartphone number were discussed. Here are another couple of  things that I missed during the keynote.

  • ‘Cooperation with Microsoft will be even easier and better now’. Anssi Vanjoki while talking about more enterprise features that will come to the Nokia E7.
  • He also mentioned avoiding ‘Speeding tickets’ while talking about Ovi Maps. If you don’t get the context, here’s some.

At his last Nokia World, Anssi Vanjoki went out all guns blazing. He will be missed. But that’s not the only pleasant surprise. On September 15, the second day of Nokia World, HTC decided to hold its own event in London and they were sending buses to Nokia World to collect people. I am not kidding. What would the old Nokia have done? Just sit there and let it pass. But oh no, things are changing and they did something I least expected. They made survival kits and handed them everyone who was headed to the HTC event from Nokia World. What did it have? See for yourself.

Thoughts From Nokia World: The Winds Of Change Come With Big Red Balloons

An HTC sandwich. I thought it was brilliant. There was tongue in cheek humour, and loads on fun. Sadly, some sections of the media, (specially the ones headed there themselves!) didn’t see the joke in it and started branding Nokia’s move as one in bad taste. Bad taste? Your competition virtually hijacks your annual event and you cannot even joke about it? Nokia suddenly looked like the ‘bully and not the ‘victim’. But if were in Nokia’s shoes, I’d still be happy. Bullys’ get things done, victims remain just that, victims.

Nokia is coming back in a big way. Brace for impact.

PS: If you are wondering, why the red balloon reference? Nokia also sent some teenagers with red Ovi Maps balloons to the venue for HTC’s venue! The cherry on the cake? 😉

[Image Credit Engadget]

Live From Nokia World 2010

Its not long before Nokia World 2010 kicks off in the morning, we’re pretty much bang next to the venue and raring to go. The live blog’s all set up waiting for 9AM London time when the keynote kicks off. Go here for all the latest #NokiaWorld posts.

Live From Nokia World 2010

If you think you’ll forget, bookmark this page and set a reminder below. I will also be live tweeting the highlights @TheHandheldBlog. For other things around Nokia World, you can follow my personal account at @v4ibhav.

NFS Shift On The Nokia N8: Serious Gaming Potential

The Nokia N8 has a dedicated graphics processor that takes the load off its other 680 MHz processor when you are playing games, showing off pictures and with other graphics related tasks. Till today, I hadn’t really seen it in action but at ‘An Evening With Ovi‘ I did some gaming on the N8, with Asphalt and NFS Shift and I have to say it was pretty nice.

We had the N8 hooked up via HDMI to a large screen television and here is what the experience was like.

(Play the video in HD to get a better idea of the crisp and pretty smooth experience)

NFS Shift will hit the Ovi Store once the N8 starts shipping and there will be a bunch of games that take advantage of its faster processing capabilities, looks like Symbian and great gaming will go hand in hand once again.

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

Today was all about the Nokia N8, but before we get to the details, some good news first. The PR 1.0 for the N8 is final and now its only a question of getting the device to the market, Nokia said Q3 and it looks like they will ship the N8 before the end of this month for sure.

I have just got back from ‘An Evening With Ovi’, a successor in spirit to an event called ‘An Evening With S60’ if you remember. It was basically an informal aggregation of Nokia people and some of the folks who have flown in for Nokia World tomorrow. There was a ton of N8 chatter, some demoes and even interviews. I also played with production software on the Nokia N8 and it feels pretty good from the brief time I spent with the device. The capacitive screen along with the new Symbian ^3 is makes the N8 a pleasure to use as compared to, say the N97 experience. A lot of people on first glance see the homescreen and say its the same old deal, but if you dig in deeper, its way better.

Anyway, back to bits from the evening. Here a few pictures to give a better idea of what was happening. You may recognize some Nokia people from the Ovi Blog, who all were taking about the various facets of the N8 and Ovi in general. We saw a clip of Tron playing in HD over HDMI, some beautiful photos the N8 took, some briallant video from concerts and so on. Stuff the keeping amazing you when you consider that its all coming from a tiny phone.

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

  • Kick starting with a general N8 talk.

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

  • Surya talking about Ovi Maps. (Looks like we’ll see something new with Ovi Maps tomorrow).

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

  • Chat about Music and how Nokia’s working with local people around the world to get the best music in. How music is social and finishing with a few music apps like Gig Finder, Shazaam and so on.

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

  • The Ovi Blog team, Saara and Pino.

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

Last, but certainly not the least – here’s a picture of the N8 homescreen on a large TV via HDMI and the good part is that it doesn’t look pixelated and horribly scaled up at all. It is pretty crisp, a far cry from the TV-out we’ve seen on older Nokia devices.

Bits From An Evening With Ovi

One more thing before I wrap up, I also caught some gaming action on the Nokia N8, its sweet. The video’s uploading to YouTube right now, check back soon for the post.

[Update – NFS Shift on the Nokia N8]

Nokia World: Hopes & Predictions

At the time of writing this I am 35,000 ft in the air, flying over Asia and headed to London for the biggest Nokia event of the year, Nokia World. To say that, I am excited is putting it very mildly. There has been so much happening around Nokia in the past few months. They’ve just got a new CEO, there have been last minute reshuffles in the keynotes and there is a general air of ‘ I wonder what will happen’. Update: Anssi Vanjoki has just resigned!

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Meanwhile there have been quite a few positive developments for Nokia. The Symbian ^3 OS should have matured by now thanks to the testing the N8 must have underwent, MeeGo already looks great of paper with its UI ready to wow. The services (Email and Maps) have improved considerably since the time they were launched and the Ovi Store v2 is waiting in the wings. With this in mind lets get to the hopes section of this post.

  • More than anything I want to see a powerful, aggressive and bold keynote. Take the competition head on, show off what you have in style and wow the pants of the world. People might say that doing is more important and words will only get you so far and that Nokia’s been all about words recently, but I differ. Words are powerful and really help Nokia in the mindshare department.
  • What I really wanted to see was a MeeGo tablet, perhaps even more than the MeeGo phone. Why? Because now is the time to capture the market. Apple has opened this segment up, cash in. Not when there are 100 Android tablets already present to give you competition. Sadly, I don’t think this is happening, there was even a statement to the effect if I recall correctly. What next, a rehash of the Booklet 3G, a more powerful variant? I don’t think so. Making a Windows 7 machine when you already have MeeGo brewing makes little sense.

Okay, time to move onto predictions.

  • Lets start with the givens. The E7, which is the E90’s successor in spirit. 4″ touch display, N97 like slide up design, full QWERTY. Symbian ^3, possibly with a 8MP camera (with an LED flash) and HD video capabilities.
  • Next up the C7. A cheaper N8 in spirit, without HDMI and a 12 MP camera. Might bring 8MP, Symbian ^3 and HD capture to the masses.
  • The N9. The phone everyone wants to see but one which Nokia might not announce till later this year. They said there will be a MeeGo phone in 2010 and there will be; the question is when? This Nokia World might be all be about Symbian ^3 and letting the N9 loose now might just hurt the other announcements. I don’t know if the management change will affect such decisions.
  • We will also see a few (two?) lower end devices launched in a press release. Nothing ground breaking, but at very attractive price points.
  • I also get the feeling that Nokia has been able to keep at least one announcement (device) completely under the wraps. That announcement is the one I will be specially looking out for!
  • Services. We will see a lot of re-branding, everything will come into the Ovi branding with some degree of consolidation. The Ovi Store refresh is a strong possibility, so is a new version of the Nokia Messaging which might become Ovi Messaging. With Ovi Music, an announcement to the effect that individual purchases are DRM-free will probably be made, we have already seen it happen a quite a few countries now – India, China, UK and so on. I also hope to see the pinch to zoom Ovi Maps demo on the N8.
  • A Nokia N8 for every Nokia World attendee? Heh! Nokia is not the sort of company which does that, but with the developer summit happening in connection with Nokia World, I think that becomes a possibility. Such a thing is not a huge expense for Nokia, but generates a ton of buzz for the company and for the product (N8), both which I’m sure they’d want. The 700 Euro entry fee for Nokia World might also help sway their minds.

I will be at #NokiaWorld covering the event live! So bookmark thehandheldblog.com/nokia-world for the latest.

What do you thing will happen?