Those of us Nokia fans in the US have been bummed out with all of the overseas talk of Ovi Music and Spotify. We do have Mobbler (Last.fm support) for the Nokia N8, but it is always good to have options. On my Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 devices I have been using the excellent Slacker Radio service and rather excited to reveal that Slacker is coming to Symbian^3 in February. Yes, us Nokia N8 owners in the US will finally get the ability to use Slacker Radio on our devices.
The Slacker Radio for Nokia client will support the following features:
- Music library featuring millions of songs
- High-quality stereo playback from any available wireless connection
- Create custom artist stations based on artists or songs
- Over 130 professionally programmed and customizable genre stations
- View artist biographies and photos
- View album art and read reviews
- Rate songs as favorites
- Ban songs and artists from stations
The Slacker Radio application will be available for free in February. It was developed using the Qt application development framework and should run on all Symbian^3 devices.
It is encouraging to see Slacker coming to Symbian and now I have my hopes set on Amazon or Barnes & Noble bringing their ebook clients to Symbian too.
I spent most of last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and spent a few hours with various folks at the Nokia booth and had an awesome dinner with friends from Nokia one night. I finally had a chance to see the Nokia X6 in person, discovered some new applications and services, covered the Nokia keynote live, and had meetings about the future of Nokia that I cannot disclose at this time. While just about everyone I met with had a Nokia N900, there was very little talked about regarding applications for the device. I was really hoping to see an updated Ovi Maps client and some other social networking apps, but I guess we will have to wait for this. There was no new hardware announced since I am sure we will see a couple of devices at Mobile World Congress in February and CES isn’t usually the venue for big hardware announcements.
The recently announced Nokia X6 is the first capacitive touchscreen display device from Nokia and I found it to be quite responsive. There is nothing changed in the menu system to further optimize the device for capacitive touch, but honestly I never use a stylus on the Nokia N97 mini and with today’s resistive touchscreen displays it is tough to tell the difference between resistive and capacitive.
I liked what I saw in the device and if I wasn’t so impressed with the form factor and keyboard on the N97 mini I would consider it if there was a US version. It reminds me of a sleeker, slimmer, and more modern Nokia 5800 and should do pretty well in Europe.
I finally met a few folks from Evernote and was able to pick up a few stickers to adorn the back of my MacBook Pro and Nokia N900. BTW, if anyone has any cool Nokia or application stickers they want to send, let me know and I would be happy to plaster them on my devices. Evernote is well integrated in the Nokia N900 and with the latest firmware update the web browser shortcut now appears as an application on the N900. I told them I was pleased with this integration and the fairly new beta of Evernote for the S60 5th Edition platform.
I saw a demo of a game that looked both education and fun and
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I am in the 2nd row of the Hilton Theater and have good connectivity so I will attempt to keep you up-to-date as fast as possible here on Nokia Experts. I will post updates so that the newest update appears at the top so if you are just jumping in start at the bottom and work up. I will be taking photos with the Nokia N86 8MP and place them in as I can to. If I had a Nokia Booklet 3G I could be doing this with a full suite of Nokia tools Enjoy and please bear with me as I try this out.
9:55: And that’s a wrap folks. Not a keynote about new devices, but definitely one that has me thinking about what is important to me.
9:53: Getting ready to conclude. Announced Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge to have developers and innovators work even harder. They are offering the winner a $1 million investment by Nokia. The idea can be hardware, software, or services and details can be found at callingallinnovators.com. Winner to be announced in June.
9:51: Calling All Innovators developer contests have been held in the past to encourage developers. Nokia wants to keep encouraging developers and is announcing a new partner, Sesame Street. Yes, you read this right, Elmo is coming to the Nokia platform.
9:49: OPK now starting to talk about developers. As we saw with Palm this week, the key to making all these devices with the same specs better is developers and apps.
9:47: Using Ovi Mail you can sign up for email for free around the world with no PC required. 5 million email accounts were signed up for in 1 year. Faster growth than any other free email service.
9:46: Nearly 75% of world’s population has NO access to email.
9:45: I talked about Nokia Money before and now OPK is talking about it again. There are 4.6 billion mobile phone subscriptions and 1.6 billion bank accounts so there is a lot of people without basic banking. Nokia Money lets you use SMS to make transactions, even paying for utilities and reloading your mobile phone. Will launch the first half of 2010.
9:41: Lack of 3G is not a barrier to offering services. Much of what they can provide can be done through SMS, which is inexpensive and more prevalent. Nokia Life Tools provides services through SMS and not data.
9:40: With the will and the means, progress can be made. Check out the Progress Project site.
9:37: She realized these devices are not just mobile phones, but may actually save lives through services like Nokia data gathering and sharing.
9:35: Francis Lindsey-Boyle on stage to talk about the Progress Project. She is a travel journalist who believes in focusing on the people to gather and share information.
9:31: Nokia Tej application allows people to make transactions digitally. Textile market example being shown.
9:30: Life Tools enables farmers to get live crop prices for the local market. Allows other families to learn English from the phone directly.
9:29: Lonely Planet and Nokia partnered to create the Progress Project. Going to watch videos with Nokia Life Tools in India.
9:28: “Listen, think, and don’t jump to conclusions about customers.” Jan then leaves the stage as OPK comes back.
9:26: Hearing some interesting examples of mobile phone usage around the world. Really giving me things to think about further.
9:24: Charging stations people make look scary, but work to charge in areas where it is difficult to charge up your phone. Other people set up corner shop app stores where they charge people to load up apps on their devices.
9:19: Nokia’s Indiana Jones coming on stage to talk about how he travels all over the world discovering needs of people.
9:18: One size fits all does not work. OPK questioned terms emerging markets, 3rd world countries, etc. Is there any doubt that China has emerged ?
9:17: Nokia strives to be responsible global citizen. Check out the Nokia Life Tools site for more information on what they are doing to help emerging markets.
9:16: For much of the world, their first and only access to the Internet is through a mobile phone. In China, more than 7 million people gain Internet access each month and much of this is through the mobile phone.
9:15: Mobile phones can be extremely valuable to those in emerging markets, giving farmers weather data, crop prices, and more.
9:10: Talking about the Nokia 1616, which we consider a basic phone. Explaining how much it actually has in it, including built-in flashlight, FM radio, calendar, etc. so that people can still do much of what a more powerful smartphone does. Only $32 in many markets around the world, India and China included. This is nothing for us, but can be a month’s income for many around the world. I can’t imagine if I spent a full month’s income on a single smartphone. Makes you think a bit about the price we cry about paying for our even more capable smartphones, huh?
9:06: Taking us to a world away from Vegas. Looking at emerging markets. Showed 1987 Nokia phone in hand, the Mobira.
9:01: Brief video of stats from Nokia
- 1.2 billion in use
- 13 Nokia device made every second
- 5,000 devices at Disney World at any given moment
8:56: Almost ready to start, quotes about the mobile space are scrolling on the screen.
8:52: They just announced they want everyone to keep their cellphones ON during the presentation.
8:35 am: Sitting in the 2nd row next to my buddy Kevin Tofel from jkOnTheRun waiting as the theater starts to fill up now.
Since the entire SPE team was here at CES in Las Vegas, it made perfect sense to take some time away from ogling gadgets and chatting up our friends in the blogosphere to record a podcast. We talk up what we’ve seen so far, including the Nexus One and
Motorola Backflip; we also chatted a bit about what we’re hoping to see at Palm’s event today.
As you might have guessed, the show was recorded and hosted by our pal Mickey Papillon of TCPJ. Give it a listen!
Nokia announced the Ovi Store for AT&T, along with carrier billing, and I will be seeing them tonight at the Digital Experience event with OPK giving a keynote on Friday morning. I have no idea what Nokia will be announcing (if anything) here at CES and figure the keynote is more about cheerleading for Nokia than actual product announcements, especially with Mobile World Congress one month away. That said, here is my wish list for announcements from Nokia here at CES 2010:
- The N900 is coming to T-Mobile USA as a subsidized device
- The Ovi Store is launching this week on the N900 with lots of prime apps
- The Nokia E72 is coming to AT&T in early 2010
- T-Mobile USA will get one or more Nokia devices
- The X6 will launch with AT&T or T-Mobile
- Nokia Music is coming to the US
I know all of these above are asking a lot, but shoot I would be happy with one of them. I can’t think of much else at the moment, but ask what you all would like to see from Nokia here at CES. Anyone expecting any new devices to be revealed?
I’ve had issues with the Nokia Ovi Store in the past, but now use it to find apps and download to my devices. I still think there is work to do to make it even better and today’s announcement may help with this. Nokia announced that AT&T customers can now get the Ovi Store on their devices and have billing handled by AT&T through your carrier bill rather than through a credit card. I personally like having Ovi Store purchases made via a credit card that I control and am not too keen on carrier billing. However, I can see where this may lead to more purchases since it is a seamless experience where the buyer doesn’t have to interact with a payment system.
When the E71x was launched we heard that the Ovi Store would be coming to it before the end of 2009, so they are not too far off from that target here on 6 January. The Ovi Store and carrier billing is supported for the Nokia E71x, Nokia Surge, Nokia Mural, Nokia 6650, Nokia 6555 and Nokia 6350. The press release states that more devices are coming too so that is good news and imagine the E72 may be one of those.
If you have one of these devices, go to your web browser and follow these steps:
– Step one: go to store.ovi.com from your Nokia device from AT&T
– Step two: once at store.ovi.com you will be prompted to download the Ovi Store application
– Step three: enjoy great content and applications for your Nokia device with AT&T.
Any readers prefer carrier billing for application stores?