Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Dec 2009 23:41 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Time. Coming. Long. Put these in the appropriate order, and you'll get my reaction to this news. Nokia has announced that it is planning a major overhaul of the user interface to the Symbian operating system, still the most popular smartphone platform in the world.
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My opinion
by spiderman on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 09:31 UTC
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2008-10-23

Nowadays, having a sexy GUI is essential in order to compete in the iPhone niche market (expensive "smart" phones that make you look cool)
I believe Maemo will fill that niche, but it won't quite match the iPhone sexy interface. Nokia can't match Apple's marketing machine and pinching will always be cooler than what Nokia can offer. Apple won't ever license their patents to nokia, it would simply kill their business, not even in exchange for Nokia's licenses.
Nokia does not sell well in the US anyway. They should release a world version and a US version. The world version would feature pinching and all the cool stuff advertised by Apple. That way Nokia can use Apple's marketing machine for its own profit. The US version would not have all features, but you could download the world addons from a foreign server (illegaly of course but Nokia couln't be held responsible for what people do with their phone)

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RE: My opinion
by Moochman on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 11:36 in reply to "My opinion"
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2005-07-06

pinching will always be cooler than what Nokia can offer.


Actually, pinching, flicking and kinetic scrolling are all featured in the new version of Qt and will be coming to a next-gen Nokia smartphone near you.

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RE[2]: My opinion
by BallmerKnowsBest on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 12:41 in reply to "RE: My opinion"
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2008-06-02

"pinching will always be cooler than what Nokia can offer.


Actually, pinching, flicking and kinetic scrolling are all featured in the new version of Qt and will be coming to a next-gen Nokia smartphone near you.
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...until Apple sues them, that is. And then, mark my words, we'll get an entertaining circus of iApologists claiming that flicking and pinching are proprietary to Apple (despite the fact that those gestures are as old as the opposable thumb itself).

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RE[2]: My opinion
by spiderman on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 12:52 in reply to "RE: My opinion"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Now that is cool, although I don't know how they will sell it in the US then. Maybe they will cut the feature for US export? Not that the US is a big market for them anyway, but it would make some extra sales...

Anyway, I believe Nokia should buy Opera and include it by default. Many people don't know Opera even exist and are stuck with crappy browser.

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RE: My opinion
by ariarinen on Fri 4th Dec 2009 17:26 in reply to "My opinion"
ariarinen Member since:
2009-02-07

Nokia has higher brand value, and they have more experience and understands the importance of cultures. Apple did do a huge mistakes when they lunched Iphone in China and they sold just 5,000 of them since October.

Well Nokia are a keypatent holder to do a working phone you need to license their patents, and their portfolio is broad. You can do without Apples patents and you can do multi touch.

Well Nokia are doing some special phones for the US market, like the E71x for AT&T and a few new once for Verizon and AT&T, and ovi store are about to open in the US soon. I think that the problem lies in different cellular standards, Nokia's key markets use GSM/WCDMA/HSPA while most of NA carriers use CDMA.

I think that they should do a Western version and a Asian version. Western consumers can do without the stylus and use capacitive screens, I think that the new X6 could do well in the US, its fast and comes with free music and 32GB memory with good camera, and N900 could do well when they find a carrier.

Free music are probably cool, and maps and other ovi services are useful and then there is those large concert halls Nokia Theater that they have.

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