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Nuance Communications Joins Symbian Foundation

July 24, 2009 1 comment

YES YES YEEESSSS!

I cannot BELIEVE I missed this annoucement!

Nuance Communications Joins Symbian Foundation.
BURLINGTON, MA — July 20, 2009

That statement ALONE carries some SERIOUS power-punching blows!

Nuance to Further Innovate Speech, Predictive Text, and Search and Discovery Applications Tailored for Symbian and Series 60 Market.

Those of you that have stuck with my blog this far from the beginning [a BIG thank you] know WHY I’m so stoked about this announcement. You realize I’m a former BlackBerry personal user and support BlackBerry’s in the corporate office ~ to a hugely lesser degree with my current contract but I have BES Admin experience of over two years. You KNOW that I love the BlackBerry AutoText implementation but I see that it can be improved upon, even blogged thta it should be implemented into Symbian OS.

With Nuance joining the Symbian Foundation, other Foundation members can increasingly leverage Nuance’s mobile voice and text input solutions to facilitate the creation of powerful and intuitive multi-modal interfaces that enhance user experiences, allow for third party development and enhancement, and enable users to maximize the full potential of their devices. This spirit of collaboration for the broader mobile ecosystem fostered by the Symbian Foundation complements Nuance’s extensive portfolio of mobile solutions powered by speech and predictive input technology that simplifies the user experience across all mobile devices.

^ Now you see what is coming down the pipe. Technically Symbian^2 or Symbian 2 OS is functionally complete but still malleable until end of this year where it becomes Hardened.

Nuance’s Xt9 is available as a smart input for qwerty keypad phones/smartphones and XT9 for 12-key devices.

Flash Demo here.

And yes Nuance currently supports: recent S60 3rd Edition handsets: Nokia 6650, E66, E71, N79, N85, N96

Looks like some major improvements are ahead.

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E72 NAM – Gets FCC Approval!

July 16, 2009 12 comments

That’s right fans!

Nokia E72-2 the NAM version that’ll replace the incredible E71-2 has received FCC testing approval A+.

You better BELIEVE I’m upgrading to this device! This device is going to go Toe-to-Toe against BlackBerry’s 8520 Curve & the upcoming Onyx. More of that when both ship, lets check what Nokia is bringing with this E72.

This E72 will come with the following:
S60 3.2 – you can almost TASTE the transitions.
600Mhz ARM11*
Optical TrackPad+D-Pad (Yes D-Pad & Optical scrolling) – oh the power of touchscreen WITHOUT the need of touchscreen makes efficient & fast navigation in Menus, Browsing, Documents and oh did I mention Nokia Maps TOO?!?? I hope so.

The 600Mhz ARM11 cpu – we all knew thus BUT not the specific cpu. [Nokia E72, 5530XM & N86/N86-2 (434Mhz), 5630XM & Meizu MiniONE 8/16GB (667Mhz) all use this cpu]

PDAdb.net confirms the model

The instruction set is ARMv6 while the core is ARM11

ARMs technical data on the cpu.

ARM 1136JF-S RISC Microprocessor Architecture

ARM 1136JF-S RISC Microprocessor Architecture

ARM lists the features of the 136JF-S

* Powerful ARMv6 instruction set architecture

* ARM Thumb instruction set reduces memory bandwidth and size requirements by up to 35%
* ARM Jazelle technology for efficient embedded Java execution
* ARM DSP extensions
* SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) media processing extensions deliver up to 2x performance for video processing

* Energy-saving power-down modes

* Reduce static leakage currents when processor is not in use

* CoreSight™ technology
o A framework for complete system debug and trace
o Consists of the CoreSight ETM11 embedded trace macrocell and many other CoreSight components

* High performance integer processor

* 8-stage integer pipeline delivers high clock frequency
* Separate load-store and arithmetic pipelines
* Branch Prediction and Return Stack
* Up to 660 Dhrystone 2.1 MIPS in 0.13µ process

* High performance memory system

* Supports 4-64k cache sizes
* Optional tightly coupled memories with DMA for multi-media applications
* Multi-ported AMBA 2.0 AHB bus interface speeds instruction and data access
* ARMv6 memory system architecture accelerates OS context-switch

* Vectored interrupt interface and low-interrupt-latency mode speeds interrupt response and real-time performance
* Optional Vector Floating Point coprocessor (ARM1136JF-S)

* Powerful acceleration for embedded 3D-graphics

* ARM-EDA Reference Methodology deliverables significantly reduce the time to generate a specific technology implementation of the core and to generate industry standard views and models

E72 in all Glory

E72 in all Glory

Everybody states that Nokia is using OLD obsolete technologies … sure this cpu is old – released in 2002; but its NOT obsolete.

HTC in the Verizon OZONE – a competitor to the E71/E72 is using a Qualcomm MSM7625 chip utilitizing ARM1136EJ-S which IS Obsolete

^ That chip was superseded by ARM1176JZ-S in September 2006.

No ARM1136JF-S is listed on that page as obsolete – no ARM1136J series at all – of this time of posting.

E72 in the Hand is worth 5 Million in the Bank.

E72 in the Hand is worth 5 Million in the Bank.

I’m looking to much stronger signal strength in the most fortified business elevators [steel doors and walls lined with mirror, granite, and thick hardwood] – although in Toronto my E71 (ALL 3 I’ve owned) have never failed me in the banking towers!

The expected substantial increase in navigational speed in Browser, Menu’s, Maps, etc will be most welcome. I’m hoping to see more important improvements in the text input prediction engine and in more powerful applications from programmers using Qt. We’ll all get to do just MORE powerful work on this new E72 than we currently do on the E71. You can BET that Nokia has a lot planned for this device as part of their Nokia for Business push on Unified Communications.

I thought the E71 brought power & prefessional design to this targeted market of mobile email & data consuming, data contributing users. However, this E72 exudes just pure class. I think of the Audi A4/A6/R8 and new Jaguar XJ in this design but still carries the performance that you get in BMW’s M-Series lineup [M3, Z3, M6].

Class man Pure class.

Class man Pure class.

Lets just hope Nokia brings the bun with the butter! More marketing, carrier deals OUTSIDE of Europe/Asia, and sales will need to be done by Nokia. Push this properly – and partner with MORE companies and this will go far.

Nokia Europes site has this posted as coming soon.

EDIT!!!

WOAH!

I just checked out a few improvements the E72 will have over the E71 straight out of the box.

* 4GB MicroSD card shipped (of course not all regions).
Call features

Call features
* Number screening for messaging and calls
* Contacts with images
* Conference calling with up to 6 participants
* Push to talk
* SIP VoIP 3.0
* Voice call continuity (VoIP cell/WLAN handover)
Messaging
– months ago I told you about Unified Messaging; well its here!
* SMS with support for up to 10 concatenated SMS (long messages)
* Speed dialling for SMS sending
* List of recently used numbers
* Multiple SMS deletion
* Undo function for SMS deletion
* Number screening for messaging
* Distribution lists for messaging
* Instant Messaging:
– Windows (MSN) Live
– OMA IM
– Presence
– Ovi Contacts

Personal information management (PIM): contacts, clock, calendar etc.
* Storage of up to 1000 contacts (depending on available memory)
* Contacts 2.0 for Eseries, contacts with images
* Company name search
* Remote company directory lookup
* Create and receive meeting requests
* Support for contact groups – this is here on E71 but Ovi online screws up the sync.
* Closed user group support
* Fixed Dialling Number support
* Clock: analog and digital
* Countdown timer with intervals
* Alarm clock with ring tones
* Reminders
* Calculator with advanced functions
* Create and accept meeting requests
* Converter II
* Active Notes
* To-do list
* PIM information viewable during call – I smell fried BB’s here if done proper!

GPS and navigation
* Integrated A-GPS with compass – perfect! Without this Maps 3.0 is useless.
* Nokia Maps 3.0
E-mail
* Supported protocols: IMAP4 (with idle), Nokia Messaging, Microsoft ActiveSync, POP3, SMTP
* Support for Nokia Messaging service
* Support for Mail for Exchange
* Support for Lotus Notes Traveller

Software platform and user interface
* S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 (S60 3.2.3)
* Symbian OS version 9.3
* FOTA (Firmware update Over The Air) – I loved this on my former N85

Applications
* Java™ MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1, 3D API, PIM API, File access API
* Flash Lite 3.0
* Instant Messaging:
– Windows (MSN) Live
– OMA IM

Presence
– Ovi Contacts
* Nokia Mini Map browser :
JavaScript 1.3 and 1.5 support
* MOT Dictionary
* PDF Viewer
* ZIP Manager
* Quick Office viewers and editors
* World Traveler
* Font Magnifier
* Psiloc Wireless Presenter
* Bloomberg – Now Nokia is getting insight to what moves business users.
* Vlingo (in selected country variants)
* Nokia Calendar
* Nokia Email 2.0 – About Time.
* Nokia Office Tools – what is THIS?!
* Nokia PC Suite
* Nokia Ovi Suite
* Adding more applications: IAD (independent application delivery) supported

Personalisation: profiles, themes, ring tones
* Home screen modes: Business and personal – Returns YES!!

In my next post – if I don’t get to exited – I’ll revisit one of my previous wishes/posts and forum posts on the matter of marketing and how partnerships can help Nokia evolve out of simple hardware and software markets and into the supplier/cult movement chain.

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M is for Mother: The Nokia E71 is too

July 12, 2009 Comments off

Nokia E71.

I’m back again! 3rd Time. I had a 2mth stint with the N85 and although its a decent multimedia device with fantastic Video Recording, fantastic pictures, its just not for me. I lost way too much productivity that I’ll need especially from here on out at work.

I wanted to highlight Nokia’s newest strategy on the E71. ITs featuring Working Mothers – the real powerusers in our communities. Nokia is on the right track here – but its still a little unfocused, if even fun to view.

M is for Mother: The Nokia E71 is too.

This site features 3 videos highlighting Emily a mother that has a Nokia E71 that had to take her baby to work due to a chicken pocks scare at the daycare. This is an all too familiar and often obstacle that working mothers (or Fathers) have to (or had in my case) face. Missing too many days of work with the reason that your kids’ daycare is closed can lead to unemployment or lack of a days pay and in this economic times working is VERY important to new parents.

Take note that it doesn’t just affect toddlers in daycare but also children up to 13yrs old, as many countries by law forbid children under that age to be left at home alone.

This advertisement is on the right track however there are some things it misses.

The E71 is small and powerful – make no mistake about it. Its ability to be operated for MANY functions one-handed is excellent but not unique to qwerty devices. Mothers with toddlers usually need both hands – and Nokia missed an opportunity to highlight other products like a bluetooth headset used for a phone call on this site.

The opportunity to have Nibblet talking, singing, dancing (pre-recorded for playback was also missed).

There are things that could have been focused more on:
* Making appointments for meetings.
* Scheduling a babysitter or family member for the parents date later.
* Showing email when the work internet was down: this could have shown a BUSINESS phone doing BUSINESS without loosing out on the opportunity that Mothers are NOT just breast feeding fill-in secretary’s at work! They are an equal entity in the workplace. Nokia FIX this oversight.
* Showing the breadth of applications that could help the mother:
* Unfortunately many mothers are still in charge of cooking dinner (I’m at fault at this too so I cannot blame Nokia here).

Some things that Nokia DID do well:
* Showing that Video Calling does have usefulness.
* Highlighting 3G data speeds for data downloads.
* Built-in wireless printing capabilities: I still need to find a wireless printer at work that I can test with in 5 different floors & 2 locations.
* Showing a fun mother who cares and loves her baby.
* Showing an office manager that is not a prick or not in tune with the mothers needs.

With the Nokia E71 being just over 1 year old now its still a worthy device of purchase. I just feel this marketing could have gone better without loosing the fun and may have been suited better using an E55 or saved for the E72. Remember I said mothers usually needing both hands (carrying baby or baby’s needs right away; and a bag or blanket). Using the E55’s Half qwerty is better suited for 1-handed data entry.

All in All this was a good marketing by Nokia and can & should be extended further and soon. RIM is already making headway featuring business women but not mothers that are business woman. Chop Chop Nokia.

PS – Nokia start making MORE E-Series devices that also have higher resolution screens and video acceleration via hardware. Segregating N-Series vs E-Series should no longer be done.

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Random Lack of Execution.

July 1, 2009 Comments off

Hello Beautiful People.

Lately, its been hard for me to post for a few reasons. This new job of mine – well 3mths is not new – is really pushing my limits of Windows OS understating  (which is newb level) and thus the level of focus due to my lake of education in computing science is really beginning to take a toll. I’m back in familiar territory of spending lots of overtime and mental focus on my job and lacking sleep and focus on the people and things that I love.

Tomorrow is Canada Day – and I will be partying it up so that I can sleep a SOLID 12hours before work again Thursday. This leads me to another thought.

For the month of June I’ve been using the Nokia N85 NAM model. Despites its incredibly small form for mutlimedia – I’ve craved great pictures, video recording, music playback on the real 3.5mm headset jack – I’ve lost something important that I loved on my E71. Focus.

I’m lacking the Focus to do teh following:
Organize – Calendar (work shift hours, Notes of new process, etc).
Speed – Data entry for above and Notes, Email, IM Chat, menu navigation.
T9 – I’m beginning to LOATHE T9 even with yesterdays update to the N85 NAM firmware!

My last article had to do with Nokia’s great prowess of market segmentation and how it benefited users & Nokia in the past but lately its hurting Nokia. I plan to go back to yet another E71 to regain the critical components that I’ve lost. I’ve realized that I didn’t use the E71-2 effectively the last time I had one; not nearly as much as I owned my first since availability last August 2008.

This fall I’m keenly looking forward to using the E72 for the following reasons:

1. Form factor – no more slider for multimedia (I love this on N85 but only because its midly entertaining).

2. QWERTY – you have NO IDEA how crippled T9/xT9 is on S60 3.2 without a direct communication to the Contacts list like E71/E66!! I’m so FUSTRATED to have to launch Contacts FIRST before looking for a name in my Contacts list to dial a non-memorized number.

3. Speed & Efficiency – I’m faster in application navigation (mostly due to less fragmentation of functions), faster in launching applications or sub-navigations (Nokia Messaging huge bonues on E71 vs N85), data entry from simplistic (sms/mms/email) to more complex (using Projekt: I have many projects for PC deployments and I need to be more efficient as I’m not always at a desktop to update a spreadsheet but I wish to keep the same file up to date; using old school synching), etc.

4. Phone calls! Guys & Gals … this is SO IMPORTANT! We techies forget that our mobile devices should and still is a PHONE 1st and foremost. The N85 pales in this regard even with its T9! This is the MAJOR reason why its killing me. I love this phone 80% of it – but I gotta knock this 20% of functionality off because I make calls DAILY not weekly/monthly.

5. I HOPEFULLY will not loose quality pictures on the E72. From first impressions by those in India that have tested prototype (near production models) this looks promising. Video recording will get a boots yet only in resolution.

6. Management of work & play! This will be the defining equalizer of the E72 for me and possibly many others!

Last week at work there was a meeting with an important adjustment: cancelling of corporate data on BES bound BlackBerry’s for our small group. My colleagues rely on it heavily – especially BBMessenger. But with only 4MB of corporate BES data on BES with so many emails being pushed into their inboxes – I’m guessing 50-100 daily due to my box – but the limit of data has our manager & supervisor astoutely looking for price plan alternatives at the corporate level that affects a vast number of mobile computing users beyond our group. I’m hoping the new Canadian entrants entice the entrenched establishment to offer better corporate rates for data & voice which will quickly lead to better consumer usuage.

Maybe I’m being harsh on the N85 or T9 based S60/Symbian devices but right now I need productivity with a dash of entertainment, not the other way around.

Stay tuned for my test few posts as I’m doing some more research for something specifically here.

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