Petanque Boule Fighters For S60v5 & S^3

Petanque Boule Fighters for Symbian S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices is a cool bowl game, in which you have to throw the boules (balls) close to the jack (the small one). With the option of three court surfaces and various different game modes you can practice or enter a multiplayer knockout competition. Hit the jump for the gameplay demo.

You can download the free demo of Petanque Boule Fighters for  S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices here, or purchase the full version for £3.00 GBP here.

Nokia DAB Radio Headset | Digital Radio On The Go (Video Preview & Review)

Nokia’s DAB Digital Radio Headset is the first of its kind, and allows Symbian^3users to enjoy over 70 digital radio stations nationwide. You can also control your music and manage calls with this all-in-one headset. Hit the jump for a video preview by the lovely Natalia Grace, Nokia’s entertainment reporter. You can also find a video review courtesy of Which? Mobile.

Images Of Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 Concept Emerge

Engadget has released some stunning images of a proposed Nokia Windows Phone 7 Concept design which have been put together after the recent partnership announcement. Nokia has made it very clear that Windows Phone will become Nokia’s primary smartphone OS, so heres a small glimpse as to what Nokia could have in store for us in the future.

Convinced yet? As the reality of the situation begins to sink in, I’m left with mixed emotions to be honest. Although I feel the partnership with Microsoft brings images of Nokia waving it’s white flag, the current devices out there were simply not cutting it when compared to the offerings from Google and Apple.

Mobile World Congress kicks off today and the two Steves are due to hit the stage together around 5 PM, with the press conference due to start around 6 PM. It is thought that more details will hopefully be revealed during this keynote. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we get the news.

Sync Your iTunes Music With Your Nokia Using Music WithMe Beta

Music WithMe is the latest addition at the Nokia Beta Labs and offers a great music experience for Symbian S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 users. Music WithMe lets you wirelessly sync music from your iTunes library onto your Nokia handset, and what’s more is that you can set it to rip the music automatically. You simply choose the iTunes playlists you want to sync and Music WithMe takes care of the rest. Hit the jump to find out more.

There are two components to Music WithMe: the mobile app and the desktop client (Mac or Windows). The first time you run the Music WithMe mobile app you’ll create a new account using your email address and a password you choose. You’ll sign in to the desktop client with that same information. Once you’ve signed in to both the app and the desktop client you’re ready to sync your iTunes playlists.

After you’ve chosen which playlists to sync on your phone you can leave Music WithMe and use other apps on your phone. Music WithMe will keep running in the background, getting your music, while you do other things.

Music WithMe is available for all S60v5 and Symbian^3 handsets and can be downloaded from our Applications pages.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s Burning Platform Memo | Nokia To Transform Its Future

An undated handout provided by Nokia on 10 September 2010 of Canadian Stephen Elop. Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia announced that its chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo would be replaced by Microsoft’s Stephen Elop as of 21 September 2010. Elop currently heads the computer giant‘s business division. He previously worked with Juniper Networks, Adobe Systems Inc and Macromedia Inc. EPA/NOKIA / HO EDITORIAL USE ONLY

A new era is set to hit camp Nokia as Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new CEO, sends out an epic 1300 word internal memo to employees regarding the current turmoil Nokia is in. He discusses how Nokia needs to drastically improve in order to catch up with the fast-paced mobile industry, and take a leap of faith into the unknown for a new competitive future. I have to say that the content of this memo is what analysts and investors have been trying to tell Nokia for a very long time and its great to see something is finally going to be done. This Friday (11th February), Nokia will reveal its plans and strategy at Capital Markets Day and I cannot wait to hear what Nokia will announce. Check out the full memo after the break.

Hello there,

There is a pertinent story about a man who was working on an oil platform in the North Sea. He woke up one night from a loud explosion, which suddenly set his entire oil platform on fire. In mere moments, he was surrounded by flames. Through the smoke and heat, he barely made his way out of the chaos to the platform’s edge. When he looked down over the edge, all he could see were the dark, cold, foreboding Atlantic waters.

As the fire approached him, the man had mere seconds to react. He could stand on the platform, and inevitably be consumed by the burning flames. Or, he could plunge 30 meters in to the freezing waters. The man was standing upon a “burning platform,” and he needed to make a choice.

He decided to jump. It was unexpected. In ordinary circumstances, the man would never consider plunging into icy waters. But these were not ordinary times – his platform was on fire. The man survived the fall and the waters. After he was rescued, he noted that a “burning platform” caused a radical change in his behaviour.

We too, are standing on a “burning platform,” and we must decide how we are going to change our behaviour.

Over the past few months, I’ve shared with you what I’ve heard from our shareholders, operators, developers, suppliers and from you. Today, I’m going to share what I’ve learned and what I have come to believe.

I have learned that we are standing on a burning platform.

And, we have more than one explosion – we have multiple points of scorching heat that are fuelling a blazing fire around us.

For example, there is intense heat coming from our competitors, more rapidly than we ever expected. Apple disrupted the market by redefining the smartphone and attracting developers to a closed, but very powerful ecosystem.

In 2008, Apple’s market share in the $300+ price range was 25 percent; by 2010 it escalated to 61 percent. They are enjoying a tremendous growth trajectory with a 78 percent earnings growth year over year in Q4 2010. Apple demonstrated that if designed well, consumers would buy a high-priced phone with a great experience and developers would build applications. They changed the game, and today, Apple owns the high-end range.

And then, there is Android. In about two years, Android created a platform that attracts application developers, service providers and hardware manufacturers. Android came in at the high-end, they are now winning the mid-range, and quickly they are going downstream to phones under €100. Google has become a gravitational force, drawing much of the industry’s innovation to its core.

Let’s not forget about the low-end price range. In 2008, MediaTek supplied complete reference designs for phone chipsets, which enabled manufacturers in the Shenzhen region of China to produce phones at an unbelievable pace. By some accounts, this ecosystem now produces more than one third of the phones sold globally – taking share from us in emerging markets.

While competitors poured flames on our market share, what happened at Nokia? We fell behind, we missed big trends, and we lost time. At that time, we thought we were making the right decisions; but, with the benefit of hindsight, we now find ourselves years behind.

The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable.

We have some brilliant sources of innovation inside Nokia, but we are not bringing it to market fast enough. We thought MeeGo would be a platform for winning high-end smartphones. However, at this rate, by the end of 2011, we might have only one MeeGo product in the market.

At the midrange, we have Symbian. It has proven to be non-competitive in leading markets like North America. Additionally, Symbian is proving to be an increasingly difficult environment in which to develop to meet the continuously expanding consumer requirements, leading to slowness in product development and also creating a disadvantage when we seek to take advantage of new hardware platforms. As a result, if we continue like before, we will get further and further behind, while our competitors advance further and further ahead.

At the lower-end price range, Chinese OEMs are cranking out a device much faster than, as one Nokia employee said only partially in jest, “the time that it takes us to polish a PowerPoint presentation.” They are fast, they are cheap, and they are challenging us.

And the truly perplexing aspect is that we’re not even fighting with the right weapons. We are still too often trying to approach each price range on a device-to-device basis.

The battle of devices has now become a war of ecosystems, where ecosystems include not only the hardware and software of the device, but developers, applications, ecommerce, advertising, search, social applications, location-based services, unified communications and many other things. Our competitors aren’t taking our market share with devices; they are taking our market share with an entire ecosystem. This means we’re going to have to decide how we either build, catalyse or join an ecosystem.

This is one of the decisions we need to make. In the meantime, we’ve lost market share, we’ve lost mind share and we’ve lost time.

On Tuesday, Standard & Poor’s informed that they will put our A long term and A-1 short term ratings on negative credit watch. This is a similar rating action to the one that Moody’s took last week. Basically it means that during the next few weeks they will make an analysis of Nokia, and decide on a possible credit rating downgrade. Why are these credit agencies contemplating these changes? Because they are concerned about our competitiveness.

Consumer preference for Nokia declined worldwide. In the UK, our brand preference has slipped to 20 percent, which is 8 percent lower than last year. That means only 1 out of 5 people in the UK prefer Nokia to other brands. It’s also down in the other markets, which are traditionally our strongholds: Russia, Germany, Indonesia, UAE, and on and on and on.

How did we get to this point? Why did we fall behind when the world around us evolved?

This is what I have been trying to understand. I believe at least some of it has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally.

Nokia, our platform is burning.

We are working on a path forward — a path to rebuild our market leadership. When we share the new strategy on February 11, it will be a huge effort to transform our company. But, I believe that together, we can face the challenges ahead of us. Together, we can choose to define our future.

The burning platform, upon which the man found himself, caused the man to shift his behaviour, and take a bold and brave step into an uncertain future. He was able to tell his story. Now, we have a great opportunity to do the same.