Nokia recently hosted a cocktail party to introduce journalists to its chief designer, Alastair Curtis. The Brit's formal slide presentation was a carefully crafted marketing piece, hammering in his Finnish employer's slogans such as "beautiful to use" and "connecting people." And he provided a bright glimpse into the company's future plans in response to our questions.
The revelations started when Curtis described Nokia's record in America. "The U.S. hasn't been Nokia's strongest suit," he conceded. But the company aims to change that, having just completed a fact-finding trip around the States, where Americans were "talking about music, talking about gestures, talking about what they want for the future."
Talking about gestures?
If Dean Kamen and Nokia have their way, the answer just may be "yes"
By Abby Seiff and Paul AdamsPosted 09.19.2008 at 5:09 pm 6 Comments
If you live in the United States it can be difficult to understand the role mobile phone technology plays across the globe. Here, you may use your phone for calls and messaging, perhaps for some computing lite, but likely little more. In Senegal, however, farmers are using phones to track crop prices, in Japan, writers are SMSing whole novels, and in Sweden, they're texting to apply for instant loans. An app that lets you kill time on the subway, this is not.
Within a year and a half, half the world will use cellphones, predict analysts, and with the bulk of new users emerging from developing nations, the question of what phones can do for their owners has never before had such potentially world-changing answers.
Enter Nokia and Dean Kamen.
By John BrandonPosted 07.31.2008 at 6:05 pm 0 Comments
Ready for a rat's nest de-tangler? Nokia's Ovi.com service, set to debut in a few months, intends to reach into the myriad of digital files on your computer, sync them to an online portal, and make them available on your Nokia phone -– any time, from anywhere.
The Finnish handset maker plans to roll out a range of new phones in the U.S.
By Gregory MonePosted 05.05.2008 at 9:00 am 2 Comments
Nokia indicated today that it intends to release a bunch of new phones through U.S. carriers in the next few months. The Finnish manufacturer sells 40 percent of the mobiles worldwide, but only accounts for about 10 percent of the U.S. market. But a daily paper in Finland quoted a Nokia chief designed as saying that the company plans to ramp up its U.S. presence.
A bendy, self-cleaning smartphone could arrive in less than a decade
By Gregory MonePosted 02.26.2008 at 12:55 pm 5 Comments
As part of a new design exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city, Nokia and the University of Cambridge revealed a potential phone of the future, called Morph. Why "Morph"? The gadgets flexible materials would enable you to twist it into different shapes, you could even wear it as a bracelet.
Nokia´s new and improved flagship mobile manages to beat the so-called â€Jesus phoneâ€ at its own game. Could this be the Second Coming? Find out in PopSci´s test drive
By John MahoneyPosted 10.02.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Nokia's timing couldn't have been any better when the revised and enhanced U.S. version of its flagship N95 smartphone (the N95-3) went on sale last week-just days after the iPhone's 1.1.1 firmware update officially shut down third-party apps and rendered useless many iPhones that had been unlocked.
Make the open-source Nokia 770 Internet tablet do anything
By Joe Brown and John MahoneyPosted 11.13.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Imagine a gadget that fits in your back pocket and lets you surf the Web anywhere, write documents, make VoIP calls, watch movies, and listen to your entire music library. That´s not exactly what Nokia had in mind when it released the 770 ($360; nokia.com), a PDA-size Internet tablet with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. But because the device has an open-source operating system, anyone can build new programs for it, endowing it with nearly endless functions (we´ve nicknamed it the HackBerry).
A tiny add-on chip will turn your cellphone into a credit card, bus schedule, concert ticket and more
By Lauren AaronsonPosted 08.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Forgot your wallet? You´ll need a better excuse than that for passing on the check. By next year, you´ll be able to pay simply by swiping your cellphone a few inches from a cash register, with a new wireless standard called Near Field Communication. An NFC chip in your phone will send your credit-card number-stored on your phone or on the chip-by way of short-distance radio waves. An electronic reader at the checkout will decode the number and ring up your purchase.
A special report from the CTIA cellphone convention in Vegas
By Lauren AaronsonPosted 04.13.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Few places are more materialistic than Las Vegas, with its grandiose hotels and stacks of cash. But at last week's CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association) convention-which showcased several acres of upcoming cellphone and wireless technology-the focus was less on material goods than on what you can do with them. The exhibits boasted no gotta-get-it-now phone, but they did promise many ways to do more with the phone you already have. From file-sharing to postcard-making, the latest possibilities go far beyond mere talk.
With this SD (Secure Digital) flash-memory card, you can move photos, songs or any other files from your device to your computer without cables or a separate card reader. Just stick the built-in USB plug directly into your computer. $80 (512MB) or $135 (1GB)