Nokia released its latest earnings report today, for Q3 2010. It reported a net profit of 529 million euros on sales worth 10.3 billion euros (up 5% YoY). Compared to Apple’s recent results, Nokia’s results seem lackluster, but Nokia definitely is on the right path.
The results did beat the estimates of most analysts who were projecting a much lesser profit. Nokia is undoubtedly the world leader in mobile phones, at least in terms of volume. It sold a total of 110.1 million mobile handsets this quarter, of which 26.5 million were smartphones.
Here is what Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop had to say “In the five weeks since joining Nokia, I have found a company with many great strengths and a history of achievement that are second to none in the industry. And yet our company faces a remarkably disruptive time in the industry, with recent results demonstrating that we must reassess our role in and our approach to this industry.
Some of our most recent product launches illustrate that we have the talent, the capacity to innovate, and the resources necessary to lead through this period of disruption. We will make both the strategic and operational improvements necessary to ensure that we continue to delight our customers and deliver superior financial results to our shareholders.”
Swype is the most revolutionary innovation in mobile text input systems since T9. It works by allowing you to “swype” your fingers on a virtual keyboard to form words instead of typing out letters. It has been one of the major reasons behind the success of touchscreen Android phones. A few weeks back, Nokia announced Swype for Symbian devices. It is available in the Ovi Store for only a few devices now.
One of the Swype supported devices is the Nokia C7. It is suite similar to the Nokia N8, but has a more rounded design and sports slightly lower hardware specs.
If you have a Nokia N8, Nokia is planning to launch a version of Swype for the Nokia N8 pretty soon.
But if you can’t wait to try it out on your new Nokia N8, you can use the C7 version of Sqype. It works perfectly well in the N8, atleast in the landscape mode. In the portrait mode, it doesn’t. Nokia and Swype are probably working on a portrait version which might be released in the future.
To Install Swype on the Nokia N8, just go to http://store.ovi.com/content/58438/ and select your phone model as a Nokia C7. Install Swype on your N8 and have fun swyping.
To Install Swype on a Nokia C7, just do the same.
It was less than a month ago that Nokia had announced the C7 and now the device has started shipping worldwide! The Nokia C7 is the mass-oriented version of the N8. The handset packs in a 3.5-inch CBD based AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×640. The handset has a very sleek look to it and is made up of stainless steel and glass.
The C7 runs is powered by a ARM11 680MHz processor and packs in 256MB of RAM along with 1GB of ROM and 8GB of internal memory. The C7 is the second handset after the N8 to run on Symbian’s latest version – Symbian^3. The back of the phone sports an 8MP fixed focus camera with dual-LED flash which is capable of recording videos in 720p resolution.
The device is expected to cost EUR 335 before taxes and subsidies.
It was just yesterday that we wrote about the N8 getting its first camera mod 30FPS HD video recording and nearly 0% jpeg compression. Today, hyperX has made another addition to that list with continuous auto-focus while recording videos.
Below is the video of the N8 recording a video in 720p HD resolution at 30fps with continuous Auto-focus :
As seen from the video above, the mod works like a charm. However, like his previous mod hyperX has not made this mod public as well. hyperX has been a very active member and contributor on the Samsung i8910 modding scene. In fact, hyperX Custom ROMs for the i8910 were and still are considered to be the best in the business. With him taking active part in the N8 modding, I am sure we will see many more miracles like this from him.
Kudos to hyperX!
Nokia just released some statistics about the Ovi App Store, and they are looking very good. When the Ovi Store was first launched, many experts speculated that it would be a huge failure, especially compared to the iPhone App Store and the Android Market.
Going by the number of apps available in the app stores, this may be partially true. But what those experts didn’t take into account was that Nokia has a much larger presence worldwide, much bigger than both the iPhone and Android. It dominates the budget smartphone market and is trying to regain its high end smartphone market share with the launch of new phones like the Nokia N8 and the Nokia E7.
Anyways, here are the complete stats:
200,000 new users are signing up to Ovi daily and the total number of users are now approaching 140 million. The number of Ovi Store downloads are now over 2.3 million/day. More than 4.7 million users are subscribed to Ovi Life Tools.
At Nokia, we believe that connecting people with great mobile experiences is at the heart of what Ovi is all about. Today people discover Ovi through Maps, Music, Messaging, Ovi Store and Ovi Lifetools. With a new generation of amazing devices, like the Nokia N8, developers are looking at Ovi as a good business decision and a chance to innovate and create next-generation mobile experiences for our family of new Symbian devices.said Tero Ojanpera, Executive Vice President, Nokia services.
For more details, check out the official blog by Nokia.
Nokia has announced that the N8 has begun shipping worldwide. Customers who pre-ordered the N8, either through Nokia’s online shop or through retail stores, will obviously get first preference. Broad availability is expected in a few weeks, with the exact date depending upon the country and operator.
Nokia N8 got off to a rough start, with a harsh review from Eldar Murtazin. However, Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, Nokia revealed, The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start shipments of the N8, the first of Nokia’s new Symbian smartphone range”.
The N8 features the new Symbian^3 operating system and boasts of a 3.5â€³ display, and 12-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. Although the Symbian operating system might be a turnoff for many, the N8 is a full-featured device with unique features like USB On-The-Go that will entice power users and fans of the Symbian operating system.
Nokia has rolled out a new firmware update for one of its popular business phone the Nokia E63. The E63 is more popularly known as the cheaper variant of the highly successful E71 with a downgraded camera and a plastic body. The new firmware update is numbered V501.21.001. The firmware updates some of the inbuilt applications of phone like the Music Player and the Comes With Music application.
The update also fixes some bugs with the backup and restores application and the clock application. E63 owners can update their firmware either by OTA (Over-The-Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater. Users are recommended to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update as the handset does not support UDP (User Data Preservation).
Nokia will roll out this new firmware to various regions of the world in the coming few days.
Mozilla has confirmed that they will not be working on a Mobile version of Firefox for iPhone and will instead continue to work on Firefox Home for iPhone with a future version for iPad under consideration.
According to a blog post on the Mozilla blog, Mozilla will not spend time or efforts on building an Firefox iPhone app and will instead continue to build Firefox Home as a rich cloud-based application.
We are working to bring as much of your Firefox experience as possible to Firefox Home. People have asked about adding more browser-like features to Firefox Home, but there are technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone. We are focused on building Firefox Home as a rich, cloud-based application and making it a valuable product that people will continue to love and use.
Mozilla will continue to add more features to Firefox Home while adding new platforms like Blackberry and Symbian to the list. They have also said that they might end up creating a Firefox Home app for iPad in future.
Firefox Home will get more features such as password synchronization, better iOS 4 integration, search engine preferences, Twitter and Facebook integration, social sharing and more.
Earlier, Mozilla had also stopped development of Firefox Mobile for Windows Mobile when Windows Phone 7 was announced. Now, with indication that Mozilla will continue to offer Firefox Home as an app on different platforms rather than the whole browser itself, Mozilla might be bailing out of the heavily competitive mobile browser market which is currently lead by Opera Mini and Opera Mobile.
Currently Firefox Mobile or Fennec as it was earlier known is available for the Meego/Maemo platform (Firefox Mobile for Maemo) and Android platform (Firefox Mobile for Android).
Also with the help of Firefox Home as a sync platform for mobile devices, Mozilla might start attracting more users towards their desktop platform.
Symbian – the dominant smart phone operating system, is on its way out, and it seems that everyone but Nokia realizes this. We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system,Aldo Liguori, a spokesman for Sony Ericsson informed Bloomberg.
The revelation isn’t really surprising, given that Sony Ericsson has been investing heavily in the Android platform. Its current flagship device – the Xperia X10, as well as other smartphones like the Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X10 Mini Pro and Xperia X8 all run on Android. Multimedia oriented Satio and Vivaz are the only high end handsets from Sony Ericsson that are powered by Symbian.
While Android will remain the main focus of Sony Ericsson, it will also launch Windows Phone 7 powered handsets. Speaking to a Swedish news outlet, Sony Ericsson’s CTO, Jan Uddenfeldt said, Android is definitely our focus, but we have not given up on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system, although it had a bit slow to take off. But Windows 7 Phone is on the roadmap. However, we have at present no plans for new products with Symbian.
The move to drop Symbian and focus on Android is a smart one, since Sony Ericsson has been struggling to keep up with Google’s rapid release cycle. It is one of the few handset manufacturers that is yet to ship Android 2.1, which was released last year.
With Sony Ericsson pulling out, Nokia is now the only major manufacturer that will continue using Symbian on high-end devices. Nevertheless, the Finnish giant is also likely to adopt Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 smart phone OS.
comScore has released their U.S smartphone report for the period ending July 2010 and according to them the Android OS has surpassed Windows Mobile in terms of market share. This was pretty obvious with Android rapidly gaining market share all over the world. Microsoft’s only hope to bounce back now solely depends on their upcoming mobile OS WP7.
RIM is still the market leader in the U.S with a market share of 39.3%, down by 1.8% from the previous comScore report. Apple’s iOS comes in second with a market share of 23.8%, down by 1.3%. Android managed to gain 5% from the previous comScore report and has a market share of 17%. According to comScore’s report, nearly 53.4 million people in the U.S own a smartphone, which is up by 11% from their last report.
Ironically, comScore report did not say anything about the worldwide leader in mobile OS – Symbian. Click here for more interesting stats from comScore.