Nokia CTO Discusses The Future For Qt, MeeGo and Symbian

Rich Green, Nokia’s Chief Technology Officer, discusses the future of Symbian, MeeGo and Qt, in this three-part interview at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. Check out all three videos after the break.

Nokia E7 Is Here With Custom Signed Packaging

WomWorld Nokia kindly dropped off a Nokia E7 in the post today, and I have to say, this has been one of the more exciting devices we’ve had the pleasure of getting our hands on. But before we get stuck in, check out this awesome custom packaging the handset came in, complete with a quote from my initial hands on demo and signed by none other than Stephen Elop himself. Image gallery after the break.

At Nokia World 2010 in London, I managed to get some hands on time with the Nokia E7 and put together a hands on demo, in which I finished by stating, “This upcoming number is definitely worth holding your breath for.” Nokia seamed to have picked up on this and have put this on the Nokia E7 pictured on the box as a text message. How cool!

MeeGo 1.0 Demo At Intel Developer Forum 2010

At the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing in April 2010, the new software platform MeeGo was demonstrated on a variety of Internet connected devices from a netbook to Internet TV to smartphone and digital coupon machine with RFID. MeeGo 1.0 is the first version that comes from merging Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo, so check out the videos after the jump to see what kind of things you can expect from MeeGo in the near future.

New Custom Symbian^3 Mod Brings Six Homescreen Pages

Symbian^3 devices such as the Nokia N8, C7 and E7, all bring multiple homescreens to your Nokia handset, allowing you to customise the look of your device and have the apps and services you want instantly at the flick of a finger. Currently all these devices only support up to three homescreens, however the Symbian community have cooked up a version that allows you to have up to six homescreens, along with some other cool features. Hit the jump for the video demo and to find out more.

Microsoft To Pay Nokia Around $1 Billion In #NokMsft Partenership

Bloomberg has today revealed that two people with knowledge of the terms regarding the Nokia/Microsoft Partnership announced in Mobile World Congress 2011 earlier last month, have stated that Microsoft will pay Nokia around $1 billion to promote and develop Windows Phone-based handsets as part of their smartphone software agreement. Hit the jump to find out more.

According to Bloomberg, Colin Gillis, an analyst at BGC Partners in New York, who recommends buying Microsoft shares stated, “This gives Microsoft scale and allows Nokia to rip out costs… Microsoft is getting the platform boost that comes from acquiring a Nokia for about a billion dollars.”

Another snippet from the article highlights some key aspects regarding the length of the term which is set to be for more than 5 years, with Nokia to receive a fee for each copy of Windows used in it’s phones:

“Nokia will pay Microsoft a fee for each copy of Windows used in its phones, costs that will be offset as Nokia curtails its own budget for software research and development, said one of the people, who declined to be identified because the final contract hasn’t yet been signed. The agreement runs for more than five years, the people said.”

Soundtrckr v1.2 For Symbian Released | Brings Facebook Integration & Performance Improvements

The folks at Soundtrckr have released a new version of the Geosocial Internet Radio application that lets you listen to over 8 million tracks, and share your music with people within your locality. Soundtrckr v1.2 brings Facebook integration as well as performance improvements to this Symbian^3 and S60 5th Edition app. Hit the jump to find out more.

Soundtrckr v1.2 Changelog:

  • Facebook Integration. You will be able to post on your wall what you are listening to and invite your Facebook friends to join you on Soundtrckr.
  • Remove auto-capitalization.
  • Performance and various bug fixes.
  • Proper handling on log-in and connection errors.
  • Also, those of you on T-Mobile USA will need to use Soundtrckr over WiFi for now. A fix for using the app via cellular network is currently in the works and is expected in the next update.

You can download Soundtrckr v1.2 for Symbian^3 devices from our Symbian^3 Applications section and for S60 5th Edition devices from our S60v5 Applications section. Make sure you also check out this video demo of Soundtrckr running on the Nokia N8.