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Kudos to Nokia

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I personally want to congratulate Nokia for their android phone adventure. I think that the execution team at Nokia should be given credits for this.

Just thinking..

  1. Nokia killed MeeGo and pushed their first Windows Phone within 6-8 months
  2. Nokia is “almost” acquired by MSFT, yet they managed to push an android phone

Kudos guys! Only if you people could have put all this “valor” for pushing the right innovations from the start?

#qt, #ecosystem, #meego, #nokian9

N9

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Happy birthday, Nokia N9, my precious!

Though, you were killed on arrival, but you still are the most under-rated smartphone today! Happy to use you and be a part of your development program!

RIP #Nokia

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Rest in peace and pieces, Nokia

 

End of an era

End of an era

 

In my blog post dated Feb 12, 2011 (here), I explicitly mentioned that “Nokia is just like a hardware store for MS now” and I think that I was quite right about it.

Though, before I talk more about it, few days ago #Feb11, on Feb 2nd, I wrote a post (here), where I was just wondering what are the five elements that could put nokia far above its close competetors, esp apple and android (google)?

Just about 9 days after that, Nokia was “Elopucated” and this guy, killed #MeeGo and #Symbian. Honestly, I always felt that the way the #Feb11 announcements were made was wrong (read more: here). Both, #Symbian and #MeeGo did not deserve being killed. Moreover, #Symbian could still serve as the money maker for a couple of more years for Nokia and #MeeGo was still a #future disruption.

Nokia was never on a f***ing burning platform and not in such a bad situation as Mr. Stephen Elop thought.

I firmly believe that he joined Nokia with a specific strategy and as of today, he has been successful in that. Given his career history, I always believed that he is a MOLE.

[writing more to this post, need a sleep first] [More, Sep 15, 2013]

I have read somewhere that Elop wanted to sell Nokia even before #Feb11 for a price around $21bn. I do not know how true this “fact” is, but one thing is for sure that he always wanted to sell Nokia, to the employer he has always been loyal to. I personally think that there is lot of money laundering involved in it.

It wasn’t until the time when they pulled in the Trojan Horse the Greeks left which led to the destruction of the mighty city of Troy and it wasn’t until the time when Stephen Elop was pulled into the Nokia Leadership Team, which led to the ultimate loss of Nokia own self identity.

Once the biggest mobile phone player of the world, Nokia always wanted to win the US smartphone market (which it never was able to do, despite of all the efforts made). Probably, this was the only reason which might have propelled the recruitment of a Canadian as the CEO or lets say, a NON-FINN CEO at Nokia. In this pursuit of gaining US market share, which was so far, pre-dominated by Apple, Nokia always forgot what it had in share was the rest of the world, a perfectly growing set of economies that could have served as a perfect breeding ground for the future innovations Nokia had planned to bring into.

The “dream” of beating iPhone in US (and also other markets) was a major factor in collapse of Nokia. The situation was never so bad as portrayed by Mr. Elop. We were not on a burning platform. We could have waited a little more to realize this dream. Nokia N9 was one step already in that direction. Another bold step that Nokia already took was the acquisition of Trolltech. With a dream of “Qt Everywhere”, the moment #Qt was scaled to both the mobile platforms owned by Nokia (#Meego, #Symbian), it was the time to give this dream a fair chance.

But we never did. Or actually, Elop never did. His burning platform memo and decision to kill meego, symbian killed the sales for Nokia and from 32.8 percent of market share, we dropped down to 3 percent. Who has to be blamed for that?

Today, look at Qt, it is available for Android, iOS.

Down the lane, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a WikiLeak cable that says that this Nokia’s downfall was well architectured by some of the biggest players in the market and successfully executed by Mr. Stephen Elop.

Sailfish SDK

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So, I took the plunge and downloaded the Sailfish OS SDK from here. I really appreciate the unique three step install that the SDK provides and that it was good to go in a few minutes as soon as download was finished. That is the power of Qt.

Really happy to see the documentation for the Qt Components. Guess, I was looking at them not after really a long time. Good old times were refreshed in my mind.

Next steps? Over the weekend, have my first application ready for you, #Jolla.

#Respect for you, #Jolla.

N9 vs Lumia

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I will start with what I would like to have in a phone that I use. In my day-to-day life, following are the apps / functionalities that I use on a regular basis:

  • Alarms
  • Email (MFE, Google, Yahoo, custom email account support)
  • Ability to configure multiple Calendars (+ to-dos, reminders)
  • Music
  • Social network (facebook, twitter)
  • LinkedIn
  • Contacts sync with online services (e.g. Ovi, Google)
  • Whatsapp
  • Browser
  • Feed reader
  • Password manager
  • Dropbox client
  • WordPress
So, both Lumia and N9 have these mentioned features / functionalities and hence make both of them a good phone to use. The real difference lies between the user experience.
Lumia is no doubt a good phone, but it does not promise me a good “user experience”. Here are some of the reasons, why:
  1. Crazy silent reboots!
  2. No time (or other indicators) on the power saving lock screen. Powering on the screen everytime I want to see time is bad. And sometimes, pressing the power button initializes a reboot.
  3. No handy way of connecting or disconnecting WiFi / Cellular connection. I hate going to settings and then doing things. Or even, installing the short-cut applications for this purpose.
  4. Internet explorer sucks. Big time.
  5. No beep profile. I would not like the phone to be in vibrate mode at some times. While at work, I would like the profile to be famous Nokia Beep.
  6. Can’t do much with an offline Lumia. (or get a real flat data plan, not like those in Germany)
  7. Can’t transfer or share files (songs / images / ringtones) over bluetooth. WAAT!!
  8. Not a good battery life. Have to charge battery almost every 8 hours.
  9. The annoying “Mobile operator” delivery reports.
  10. The applications for facebook sucks! The in-built integration with social networks is Ok but when the phone is offline, I cant really see much about what’s happening around. I have to open dedicated applications or even the people’s application to see whats happening which again triggers some data connection in background.
  11. No ability to show contacts by Nicknames! It is annoying to see my mom calling and the phone says: “Rxxhxx Vxyxx”. Does not give me the feel of having a “personal” device.
  12. No way to schedule when to sync my email accounts. I really do not want to see any office emails in the night from my exchange account. Brrr!
  13. I am forced to connect my phone to a PC to update it. No OTA update is available. Being a linux user, I had some hard time trying to  update my phone.
  14. Cant configure my custom voip accounts to make calls.
On the other hand, what I like about Lumia is a couple of UI effects that it has. The swipe gesture in inbuilt apps is good. The showing of calendar reminders on lock screen and tiles is good.
I have been using N9 for close to two years now. And I really see N9 as the clear winner in my “user experience and expectations”.
  1. No crazy reboots
  2. A good blank screen indicator
  3. Connect / disconnect from the network using the status menu
  4. The beep profile
  5. Mozilla
  6. With an offline N9, I can still see some selected updates from my friends in the feeds screen. No need to trigger a new data connection. And if I am interested to know more, I can tap on a particular update to open app and create connection if required.
  7. I can see all the updates (from social, feed reader) at one place. No need for opening a special app for them.
  8. OTA updates are available.
  9. I can select when to update / sync which email account.
  10. Support for OVI which has all of my contacts.
  11. Relatively better battery life. I charge it every morning. (or at a gap of about 12-15 hrs)
In a nutshell, Nokia N9 is an epitome of good work and passion towards making a solid phone that people will love and like to use.

Lumia 800 indeed is a good phone in its own category. But it does not stand a chance when comparing to Nokia N9. What I could add more is that if someone has been using symbian all his/her life, they might find Lumia a very good experience. But I guess, it is not the case with Nokia N9 users.

Honestly speaking, initially, I was hesitating a bit to start using Lumia. One of the major reasons being “what if it is better than N9”? But now, I am happy it isn’t.

And yes, I agree with https://twitter.com/lowyatdotnet that Nokia N9 is the most underrated smartphone ever. Read this.

Qt, everywhere

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Qt Everywhere, #qteverywhere!

qt, everywhere!

qt, everywhere!

 Yes, by now, the world has known already, what are Digia’s plans to do with Qt. YaY!! There is qt everywhere now! Android, iOS, Windows!! And its sad that Nokia is not using it anymore.

The moment I heard it, I was filled with joy.. the joy of seeing qt alive, the joy of witnessing qt running officially on all possible mobile platforms. But, why so late?

It reminded me of a dream Nokia saw a few years ago! “Qt Everywhere”!!

=> Dream One | Dream Two

Now that this dream is going to be true and probably, in a more bigger way, it is sad that Nokia is not a part of it. The good thing is that a few genius Nokians will be a part still. I wonder why, Nokia never thought to do something like this? If they wanted to establish a Qt ecosystem, this could have been a good strategy. I know there were some hobby projects to port Qt to Android and iOS but there was nothing official. And had there been any official support, in my opinion, this would have brought wonders to the #qtecosystem and would have brought joy to many developers.

Reminds me of my previous blog post about Nokia. This step is quite similar to what I wanted the mainstream Nokia strategy to be (read: here).

I now wonder, what happens next? Would Qt ecosystem grow as big that google be interested in it? I think when a big player like Nokia backs off.. probably, things might not be so “piece-of-cake” for Qt, but for sure, we will find new innovations continue at places like Jolla!

God bless and god speed to Qt..

qTranslate

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Yes, the name points to a simple application that I wrote sometime back for MeeGo (Nokia N9). I am planning to make a UI overhaul of the application and hence, the application might be down from Ovi Store (now, Nokia Store) for a while. Initially, I wrote the application using some of my own custom qml components (like, I wrote my own “About dialog” for the application) but now, I would use the native components and apis to make the look and feel similar to the native applications on Nokia N9.

Work starts, soon.. 😉

Feb 11, almost a year down

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It has been a little more than a year to the ‘Elop’ucation of MeeGo and Symbian. Even though the work for these platforms have still been going out at Nokia in order to fulfill the commitment of Symbian Belle and MeeGo 1.2 update, we very well know that very soon MeeGo, Symbian will be the words of the past. They will be replaced by WP7, WP8, metro ui and what not…

Personally, my heart still goes on for MeeGo. I seriously feel that MeeGo has the capability to win the smartphones market for Nokia. Most of the people who have worked for MeeGo think the same. The sad part is that the leaders within Nokia feel that Windows is the only way to go forward.

I am a big linux fan and enthusiast, but that does not mean that I would not have liked a Windows phone by Nokia. It might have been a good thing to start with. What I think more is that MeeGo was not so immature to die soon.

It deserved a couple million or billion phones more, worldwide, every corner of the globe.

I have known a few people in India, who have seen the teaser of Nokia N9 and are ready to leave their androids, iphones, wps for that.

Today, when I write this blog from my Nokia N9, I have a mixed bag of emotions. Something that worries me the most is that because of this strategic change, many good programmers and talented people have left Nokia. I sometimes also fear if Nokia just becomes the hardware store for Microsoft?

Let us see what life brings on a year down the lane. Lets believe in the Nokia leaders for a better tomorrow!

N9, again

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Here is why the N9 is for me

After using the Lumia 800 for a day, I am happy to say that it makes my Nokia N9 purchase even more valid and justifiable. Here is why I personally prefer the N9 over the Lumia 800 for use in the U.S. on T-Mobile:

  • 3G data on T-Mobile, AT&T, and around the world (a true Nokia world phone)
  • Double tap to turn on display without needing to ever press the on/off button
  • Multi-tasking beast where I have had over 27 apps running at once with a slick display to switch between them
  • Time shown on black screen when locked (sometimes the simple things mean a lot)
  • Awesome swipe to go to a notification (starting to get bothered by no real meaningful notifications in Windows Phone)
  • Integrated services and ability to interact with them (WP has many of these too, but MeeGo still does it better)
  • Swype keyboard is coming soon, along with other great updates not delayed by carriers
  • Being part of a very enthusiastic community of a device that the community refuses to let die out