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Nokia extends IBM Lotus email access to 80 million mobile phones

November 20, 2008 2 comments

BIG News Mobile Email Addicts!!

Enough to put a thump in RIMM’s stock price – even just a notch!

S60, Symbian’s largest available OS on the largest selection of Handhelds just got a JOLT of caffeine! Thats right Nokia just announced, along with IBM that Lotus Notes will be accessible on the platform beginning next month!

Personally with IntelliSync no longer supported and myself working for a company that prides itself in security of mobile database integration & collaboration, not just email – Lotus Notes is HUGE!

Here is the details:

Nokia extends IBM Lotus email access to 80 million mobile phones
November 20, 2008

Lotus Notes Support for Nokia S60 Devices Expands Market Opportunity

Espoo, Finland and Armonk, NY, USA – Nokia and IBM today announced IBM Lotus Notes support for a number of Nokia’s S60-based mobile phones, meaning that millions of Lotus Notes users are now able to access email with their Nokia devices. This also represents a significant market opportunity for IBM Lotus Notes — which has 140 million licensed users — with many Nokia customers now able to purchase Lotus Notes and access its collaboration capabilities on the go.

With this announcement, more than 80 million people – the number of Nokia S60 3rd Edition devices shipped globally* – can connect to corporate email accounts via Lotus Domino Server software known as Lotus Notes Traveler. This software provides real time access to email, calendar, address book, journal and to-do list data and will be available for Nokia devices in December 2008.

According to IBM’s Institute for Business Value, this year, for the first time, more people in the world will have a mobile device than a land-line telephone. IBM predicts one billion mobile Web users by 2011 and a significant shift in the way the majority of people will interact with the Web over the next decade. In fact, mobile devices now outnumber television sets, credit cards and personal computers.

“This is another strong affirmation of our business mobility vision, which is to establish partnerships with the world’s leading enterprise vendors. This collaboration means nearly 90 percent of business email can be mobilized with Nokia devices, without needing to purchase additional servers, middleware or licenses. With the presence, position and technology that IBM have in the corporate email market, they are an essential partner for us in enterprise,” says Soren Petersen, senior vice president, Nokia. “People need to be connected to their email, information and network when they are out of the office and that has to be done conveniently and on their terms. Lotus Notes Traveler for Nokia devices is a great example of that.”

“We are excited about IBM’s growing relationship with Nokia and what this does for the build-out of the mobile Web,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of IBM Lotus Software. We are literally freeing millions of people using Nokia’s Symbian platform from having to rely on a desktop or laptop to access their important business communications. Working with the market leader like Nokia is a natural fit for attaining IBM’s goals of maintaining the flow of business, regardless of time, distance or location — all for no additional charge for both of our companies’ current customers and a new opportunity for new customers.”

This announcement is a major development in IBM’s efforts to expand mobile support for the Lotus software portfolio. The ability to connect securely to business email is an example of Tomorrow at Work, an IBM initiative that examines a changing work environment and anticipates trends in technology, business, society and culture. Other IBM Lotus technologies that can be mobilized for anytime anywhere work include Lotus Sametime for instant messaging and unified communications, Lotus Connections for enterprise social networking and Lotus Quickr for social content sharing.

*The number of Nokia S60 devices shipped as of the end of July 2008

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Nokia Unloader – Reduce the Strain of Your Office Stress!

November 4, 2008 Comments off

I LOVE this humorous Ad campaign!

Its smart, and purely fun to go through for those that work in tech support or are analysts or associates that negotiate deals for 15hrs a week and hit their peak of stress.

Follow the link; and many thanks Symbian-Freak!

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Symbian Foundation & S60 – Mobile App/Social Store.

November 1, 2008 Comments off

Symbian Foundation & S60 NEED to innovate on the App store stage.

There is something manufacturers are doing recently that is waking up for the programming & user communities alike. At first it looked like a fad that the iPhone ushered in, until a fairly unknown non-professional programmer made over $1 million in sales for her application that was submitted in the ‘App Store’.

Yes, that’s right this App Store for smartphones is not a fad! However, the way they’re designed and implemented is still sort of a joke to those Smartphone consumers looking for more than just games or the 1/5 utilities offered. It’s more of an insult than a joke to long time Symbian users on many fronts; the most insulting is that the App Store or S60’s Download! Application (it’s been around for years now), does not offer very well known or unknown & powerful applications, utilities, nor support the entrepreneur/student programmer.

Offering an App Store is not done first by Apple & the iPhone, as Nokia’s Download! Debuted some time prior. RIM has recently made their version of it for the BlackBerry, but went one step further by allowing providers have their own app store for their offerings (apps, themes, ringtones, wallpapers, video clips, etc). My E71 has browser bookmarks, preloaded by Nokia, for themes, wallpapers, ringtones – yet when I load them the site is a dead end, informing me no content is available and to try again later. When on Earth is later, I get this same message for 2mths now! If I didn’t have such strong communities like Symbian-Freak, All about Symbian, and HowardForums, I wouldn’t be able to find applications, let alone the names of them to utilize (for a Google/yahoo search) the full capabilities on my S60 powerhouse.

A Smartphone is only as good as the apps available/compatible for it, and that its user can find to use (purchase/freeware download)! Other than that it’s just a glorified feature phone.

With this in mind there are some things that the S60 community, Nokia and the upcoming Symbian Foundation need, nah, MUST do for S60’s dominance, elegance, and power to truly shine in the face of a struggling market and with new competition (Apple OS, Android OS, LiMo Foundation).

I’m taking it upon myself and the Nokia Ambassadors to work together to compile an efficient repository list of S60 applications. We should also post this list on forums – which most of the most popular applications have already been done but in a more unified, updated, and efficient format. This would be easier, not just ourselves, but also for those newer users coming to S60 to find or be introduced to. This list should also define the versions (in a simplistic way, not overkill) that are compatible with the range of phones or that suit the phones due to resolution (not so relevant yet), screen orientation, and input orientation (if needed).

For example:

The first screen, when launched to show the 5 newest offered, and the 5 most downloaded for the week. Yes the week, not the month. A Second screen/page, showing

1. Utilities
2. Communications
3. Office
4. GPS
5. Media
6. Social & Web
7. Games & NGage
Themes & Wallpapers:
1. Landscape
2. Portrait

For example. Office can contain applications such as email, document conversion, or VoIP applications.

Applications> Office> Email:
Nokia Email Beta,
Nokia MfE (Mail for Exchange),
LonelyCat Games ProfiMail,
Good Technologies Good Messaging,
DataViz RoadSync.

Now we all know that email based applications are best suitable or used on a QWERTY device like the E71. Sure T9 S60 users will standup here and state predictive text is very fast but it also available on the E71. That said how many are aware of LonelyCat Games’ ProfiMail? For so long its offered HTML email, and been the staple of mobile email for any Smartphone & on S60 for years. Why? Because this application was designed for the Joystick, D-pad S60 user in mind before any S60 QWERTY device existed. Simple things like highlighting an email and previewing it at the bottom of the screen, pressing Right on the Dad to advance the preview. Same manner to move through its settings menu or better yet its robust and sleek bundled file manager Xplore is a dream using the D-pad I rarely if at all use the shortcuts. Yes it’s that efficient, to view, preview, and move files with 1 handed operation. So in the “Symbian & You Store” there should be a little blurb stating something to this effect about this application, not just what specs (like HTML, integrate with themes, etc) it can do. Much like a condensed mini review. The real review can be saved for users on the forums & sites I mentioned above. Beta apps always will have a home on such sites like Symbian-Freak, because well only the die-hards that must have the best will try it and report to those of us awaiting such goods. Programming companies need to offer incentives to users like this to get the best & most in-depth feedback as possible, making the applications more robust for the end user.

Now if the future mobile S60 store – I couldn’t come up with a better name, yet – shouldn’t just offer applications. Nokia needs to move to make their Ovi service capable with all current S60 devices & users, and open up to Symbian Foundation for future Symbian based devices. I’m talking about a well designed – even better than what I’ve laid out – store that not only offers Applications, Themes, Games, and wallpapers, but also that abilities that Nokia S60 users are already enjoying .. Share on Ovi. Ovi has and can fully become a Social, Backup/Restore, integrated space for the mobile Symbian user base.

Imagine not only purchasing, or downloading free Symbian applications, but also having access to backup your phones content (Network or WLAN), restoring into a new phone, purchasing music 1 track, album, or soundtrack at a time, but also the chance to register your phone for Nokia’s Comes with Music 1yr service. Of course Comes with Music should only be available to other phone models & users within the first 30days of purchase & using the phone on a network, as your phones warranty is done then. Sharing your photos and uploading comments is great on Ovi, but its quickly becoming something like a mobile Facebook. Soon users will be able to upload a site on Ovi, users could make a call to their friends, family and fellow community entourage and be forwarded to a visual site voicemail. They would also during leaving that video voicemail, interact with that persons mobile site, even upload content/details – just in case other members need that info, or the person is tied up in a meeting/date yet still has access to the web on their Symbian phone. The possibilities are boundless!

However, these imaginations, and thoughts of mine are very capable on the S60 and future Symbian Foundation platform, yet can only be achieved by those in power willing to offer us more than the competition and improve our experience. There are many more markets where Symbian or S60 is barely a whisper to the common user, where they think the best a Smartphone can be is the iPhone, never knowing so much more can be done and better suited to their lifestyle, opening up windows, doors, leaping boundaries.

To truly make this mobile store the greatest the mobile industry, and financial investors can see is the sheer breadth and wealth of applications available, but not just from large companies like DataViz, QuickOffice, Good Technologies, or Nokia itself. This mobile store should also embrace freeware, shareware, and other application bases available like Python environment apps, and Ruby apps. Last but not the least. The Student or entrepreneur programmer should also have a chance to have his wares noticed too by the larger user base. There are some bright minds with bright ideas out there that need attention, and I only see Symbian-Freak & All About Symbian sites highlighting them and their Python (PyS60 based) applications available for S60. Now they have their own community site as well. But many users, even Nokia Ambassadors are not aware of what is out there.

Nokia … S60 is not only about devices and the apps available, it’s the community behind that gave it its strength. We’re trying to help S60 grow, its time you and your collaboration of partners get to help those apps know the community as well.

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Phone has 3G but not for my countr

November 1, 2008 Comments off

All too often my favorite phone OS – S60 – has varying phones from numerous phone manufacturers and having great styling and other hardware and features, yet the most amongst the most important function, 3G, is unusable in my country.

Many providers across the world, work with network equipment vendors (Nokia-Siemens, Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, or Motorola), and spend HUGE amounts of money to establish a 3G network. Mostly a 3G network that is compatible (UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA) with other providers for roaming capabilities across a continent. The network is ready, so why are the phones so snub-nose at making phones with great features, yet incapable of using the 3G worldwide. Too often phones are made with dual-band 3G, utilizing 900/2100 MHz bands. Hmm the first Nokia N-93/93i, N95-1/2, N82, N79, N85, Samsung INNOV8, SGH-L870, I-7110, SGH-G180, SGH-i400, etc. These are NOT the only models or manufacturers by the way, but I chose to list them because all these models are incredible even by today’s standards.

Nokia some two or three months finalized the long standing bizarre love-triangle, or court patent battle with Qualcomm, and friend Broadcom. And recently have been very quickly announcing and releasing new models (5800 XM, N-79, N96, and just this week the N85) with Tri-band 3G capabilities, but going further with 2 of those bands delegated for North & South American bands 850/1900Mhz – and including the widely used European 2100Mhz band for those globetrotters amongst us. If this was done years ago, I myself would have never made the mistake to stick with SonyEricsson another year and buy a subsidized K850i and saved for the N82 in March this year.

Does it not make sense for a manufacturer to have a production line that has support for 2 chipsets? Same phone model & design, just 2 chipsets: 1 to support Europe, Asia, and Africa, and the other for North & South America, and Australia? Are the bands for all these regions so different? There sure are enough chipset makers integrating support for ALL these bands before sale. The economies of scale allow for such a production process to be cheaper in the higher production numbers and better revenue for those phone sold in more markets.

Now, the new AWS bands in North America through this completely out of wack though. T-Mobile USA pretty much got a good deal with 20Mhz spectrum to cover just about ALL of the USA population footprint for their yet to be fully loved by S60 phones in the 1700/2100Mhz AWS bands. If Nokia, LG, or Samsung want to slow Android before it takes off, they should progress to make an incredible phone like the N85, 5800 Xpress Music, or INNOV8 with these AWS bands and woo substantial deals with T-Mobile USA to have such phones sold at very enticing subsidized pricing. Even at low bulk cost to the provider. I’m sure this would also get the attention of programmers already coding for S60/PyS60/RubyS60 and those curious about doing so.

Common manufacturers, if you got such an incredibly spec’d and styled phone, make sure everybody has the chance to enjoy it, not all those in your backyard. There is no more a 1st and 2nd class cell phone, Smartphone user. This is 2008, not 1988.

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