Samsung Flaunts Its Smartphone Lead By Opening An R&D Center On Nokia’s Doorstep

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Not content with following Nokia’s past playbook, by saturating the mobile market with countless iterations of its smartphone hardware, pushing a whole Galaxy of gizmos at every price point and form-factor fancy you can think of, Samsung has gone one further. It’s opened an R&D centre in Espoo, Finland, right on Nokia’s doorstep. Literally on Nokia’s doorstep. If you were in any doubt that Samsung is the new Nokia, this really has to be the final call.

Samsung said the R&D facility, its first in Northern Europe, is being located in Finland because of “the excellent technology development eco-system in Finland”. Which is basically another way of saying ‘thanks to Nokia, and the tech skills of the local people who likely acquired them working at or with Nokia at some point over the past several decades’. Nokia’s presence in Finland has helped build a thriving startup culture, thanks to…

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Steve Wozniak gives Windows Phone a “friend, not a tool” status

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If you remember we reported that Tango firmware update is available on NaviFirm for Lumia 710 and 800c. Now the update variants for Lumia 710 seems to be available for many more countries. Check the screenshot below. So the update release seems to be closer now.

Also in one of very interesting revelations, 1600.3030.8773.12120 update’s brief changelog is out and is bringing much awaited Tethering or internet sharing ability  to Lumia 710 and 800C for now.

Other changes are Nokia News, Sportstracker and Creative studio apps as standard on the device.

Check the screenshots below posted by wp7.nl

So once again we are keeping our fingers crossed and wait for the time when this update is going to hit the devices. But seems it will bring much cheer as “tethering ability” is finally here with other many benefits which were supposed to come with Tango or WP7.5 refresh update.

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Nokia Lumia 800 Still NO Tethering

Its coming up to 4 months since Microsoft teamed up with Nokia to deliver the Lumia 800. Since then they promised to release an update to enable tethering on the phone… Still waiting.

This is seriously unacceptable and is a massive let down for Nokia & Microsoft. The Lumia 800 is meant to be the real Windows Phone. So why disable a common smart phone feature on your flag ship product?

Nokia & Microsoft need to get this sorted as soon as possible with many Lumia users are on edge right now and will most likely abandon ship at the next possible opportunity, myself included. Main regret was trusting the update will be released soon and 2 updates later… still nothing.

With so many powerful (Quad-Core) Android devices being released into the market as well as the competition from Apple iPhone ranges, can Nokia & Microsoft really afford to lack behind the trend and disable essential features?

Windows Phone 7 – Your Ideas

The exciting thing about Windows Phone 7 is that it is relatively young Device/OS. However what it has accomplished in the short amount of time is outstanding. I used to own a HTC desire Rooted with CyanogenMOD 7.1. and even tho it an amazing platform in its own right and it is not short of features, fuctions or tweaks, you had to be a passionate techie to appreciate it.

I bought the Nokia Lumia 800 the day after it was launched, and it was love at first sight. I couldn’t fault it (expect the little charge flap…), it did what I want it to do without having to fiddle with settings or tweaks… It just worked.

As I got more comfortable with the phone I realized few things could be improved e.g. Filter the People tile, hide people that interest me less than other, no USB storage or Setting backup. So I started looking for a way to send this feedback to Microsoft, and hence I found Suggestion Box.

The idea is that each user starts off with 10 votes and they have the option to give up to 3 votes for an idea or an improvement. Once the idea is closed their allocated votes for that idea is put back into the pool to be used somewhere else.

Key Features:

– This app connects your Windows Phone to the Windows Phone Suggestion Box forum (http://windowsphone.uservoice.com)
– Suggest new capabilities and features
– Browse current suggestions (sortable by top ideas, hot ideas and new ideas)
– Comment on submitted suggestions – Add up to three votes to suggestions

This app gives the users a sense of community, their voices are heard, and ultimately Microsoft cares about their opinion, and that’s what we want from any paid service.

  

so check it out and let me know what you think.

Welcome

I’ve been attempting to start blogging for few years, unfortunately after a while I’ll run out of steam and the blog ends up being archived somewhere on my drive.

This time however I have found a motive to start & (hopefully) continue blogging. The main topic I’ll be posting about will be Windows Phone 7 (WP7) development, and hopefully will share the things I learn as I venture down this path.