nokia – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:05:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-37b9d6c24a61d1dd94c262aae9077715.png?fit=32%2C32 nokia – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com 32 32 Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? nokia – Chris Pirillo Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? nokia – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chris.pirillo.com 32776375 Nokia and Microsoft Announces Mobile Partnership http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/02/11/nokia-and-microsoft-announces-mobile-partnership/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/02/11/nokia-and-microsoft-announces-mobile-partnership/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:11:34 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=24053 Continue reading Nokia and Microsoft Announces Mobile Partnership ]]> In a move only few predicted, Nokia and Microsoft just announced that they are teaming up to bring the Windows Phone 7 operating system to Nokia devices. The two companies feel that each brings incredible assets to the proverbial table, hopefully allowing them to deliver “significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world.”

While specific details have not all been fleshed out, many of them are highlighted in this morning’s press release. Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as their primary smartphone operating system and bring their own flair in areas such as imaging into the mix. They will help define the future of Windows Phone by contributing expertise on everything from language support to hardware design. This will allow the two companies to bring you devices with a larger range of pricing points, along with more of the features you want to see. Both teams will work together on future development and joint marketing.

In the statement – released by Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer – they two powerhouses make some very broad predictions:

Today, the battle is moving from one of mobile devices to one of mobile ecosystems, and our strengths here are complementary.

There are other mobile ecosystems. We will disrupt them.

There will be challenges. We will overcome them.

Success requires speed. We will be swift.

We can all speculate that the two men are referring directly to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. What remains to be seen is whether or not this marriage of mobile entities will be strong enough to pull off the lofty goals they have set before them. I know that many naysayers will be busy writing stories throughout the day today, discussing how this move will never work… how it will fall far short of expectations.

I think it’s entirely possible that Microsoft and Nokia may surprise us all. They definitely have a very long road ahead of them, but I feel it would be a shame to count them out before they even hit the floor running.

What are your thoughts? Do you think this strategic partnership between the two companies could turn into something far better than we could imagine at this point in time?

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Android Takes Over as Leading Smartphone Platform http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/01/31/android-takes-over-as-leading-smartphone-platform/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/01/31/android-takes-over-as-leading-smartphone-platform/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:13:35 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=23934 Continue reading Android Takes Over as Leading Smartphone Platform ]]> According to new research by Canalys, Google’s Android platform has taken over the top smartphone platform spot from Symbian in the last quarter of 2010. Global sales of Android phones during this time period was 33.3 million. This is in comparison to Symbian’s 31 million. Apple came in at third place with 16.2 million iOS smartphones shipped, followed by RIM with 14.6 million and Microsoft with 3.1 million.

Android is being used by manufacturers such as LG, Samsung, Acer and HTC. All of these companies has seen excellent sales results with devices based on this platform. Is it fair, though, to compare something like Android to iOS? Apple’s operating system only appears on one smartphone, whereas Android shows up in more devices than we can count. In light of that, I’d say that the iOS numbers are nothing to sneeze at.

The change at the top doesn’t come as much of a shock. Nokia reported not long ago that they are having weak sales. The company claims this is a result of their struggles to transform the Symbian platform into something that can truly compete with iOS and Android.

Which smartphone platform are you using? What do you love about it?

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HTC, Motorola and Other Handset Companies Not Happy with Apple http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/07/19/htc-motorola-and-other-handset-companies-not-happy-with-apple/ Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:14:20 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=21113 Continue reading HTC, Motorola and Other Handset Companies Not Happy with Apple ]]> During its already-infamous iPhone 4 conference on Friday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed that antenna issues are native to “most phones.” He went on to specifically point to phones made by HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia and RIM. It’s as though the tech giant is trying to make light of their design flaws by trying to paint a picture wherein all cellphones of the world have the same issues. According to the named manufacturers, though, this is NOT the case at all. These five companies all issued press releases today refuting the “facts” as Jobs outlined them.

Nokia wrote:

Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.

In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.

“Studying the way people hold their phones out in the field” – isn’t that an interesting concept? Apple themselves should have thought of this. This is something that needed to be thoroughly tested. You cannot tell me that it was and that they “didn’t know” how much of an issue this is. If they did, then we have a serious case of “we’ll do it our way anyway, and you’ll go along with it because we’re Apple.”

Research in Motion states:

Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.

Let’s repeat a small part of RIMs statement again: “Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions.” I have to agree completely. If someone at Apple decided that we consumers wanted a thin phone rather than one whose antenna simply works, then they need to own up to that. If they believe they know what we want without asking us, they again need to step up to the plate.

The bottom line is that Apple needs to take ownership of this issue – and fast. People aren’t returning their iPhones in droves, no. However, by continuing this charade of “we didn’t do anything wrong,” they are starting to chip away at the sterling product reputation they once had. And, of course, they’re showing people that perhaps they really don’t care all that much when it comes to what we want and need.

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What Tech Do You Want? http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/02/15/what-tech-do-you-want/ Tue, 16 Feb 2010 07:03:31 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=17800 Continue reading What Tech Do You Want? ]]> Earlier, I posted a video asking which format you prefer our YouTube videos to be recorded in. Going a step further, I can’t help but wonder what it is that will make the community one big happy bundle of joy. What do you want to see? What directions do envision our community taking?

For instance, if I post an article or video related to Apple, the Windows fans go ballistic. Likewise, whenever I posted something Windows-related, the Mac fanboys blow a gasket. It’s like there’s no happy medium these days. I cannot possibly make everyone happy all at once. I’m not even going to try!

However, I DO strongly believe that what we’re doing is about the community, not just “for” the community. So… I want to know what YOU think. What do you want to see more of in the coming months? What things can you live without? Leave a follow-up comment here, or drop me an email with your thoughts.

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Can Online Discussions Always Be Positive? http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/11/10/can-online-discussions-always-be-positive/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/11/10/can-online-discussions-always-be-positive/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2009 04:27:45 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=15565 Continue reading Can Online Discussions Always Be Positive? ]]> I noticed a thread today on Geeks that is talking about how discussions always end up turning negative in some way. This got me to thinking about conversations I have all over the web – on Geeks, over at Lockergnome, here in my blog, and even on sites like Twitter. It seems no matter what you’re trying to talk about, someone is going to be negative in some way. The people in this particular thread are right – it truly is annoying.

I’m not talking about differing opinions. Those are great, and I welcome them. Hopefully, you like hearing them as well. Having different viewpoints on things allows us to stretch our minds in directions they may not have otherwise gone. It can make us look at things in a whole new way, from a completely different perspective.

The negativity I’m referring to is exactly as it sounds – negativity, for no reason other than to be rude/demeaning. You’ll be having a conversation that’s going along nicely, and some person pops their nose in and starts going off on a tangent about something that may or may not relate to your discussion. They may even be completely rude about it, or directly “attack” someone involved in the thread/post. I really hate that. What’s the point of it? Why must Internet trolls even exist? Can’t we just like shoot them out of a cannon or something?

Seriously, though, why does it seem so difficult these days to have a completely intelligent conversation with others without the fear of someone taking it down a road it should never go? What are your thoughts? Are you seeing more and more of this lately, and how do you get past it to continue your discussion? What else are you reading and/or participating in online that has your mind stretching?

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What Would You Do With a Million Dollars? http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/11/04/what-would-you-do-with-a-million-dollars/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/11/04/what-would-you-do-with-a-million-dollars/#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2009 12:10:55 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=15431 Continue reading What Would You Do With a Million Dollars? ]]> Over on Geeks today, people have been talking about what they’d do if they suddenly won a million dollars. It’s funny to read the answers, and touching as well. Many people would donate to charities, which I would do more of myself if I won that kind of money. I’d also invest plenty of it, in order to retire at an early age!

But we all know me, and we all know that I would be going on a massive Geeky shopping spree! There’s so many gadgets and USB gizmos out there that I don’t have yet!! Don’t lie – you know you’d be buying some, as well. So come on… tell us… what would you do if you had a cool million in your bank account?

I had a look through what’s new at our downloads site today. Holy cow there are some excellent pieces of software. Did you realize you can find everything from games to productivity software… for your Windows machine, your Mac AND your phone?

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Walk Loud and Carry a Soft Stick http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/09/03/walk-loud-and-carry-a-soft-stick/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/09/03/walk-loud-and-carry-a-soft-stick/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2009 10:47:57 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=14352 Continue reading Walk Loud and Carry a Soft Stick ]]> Okay, so maybe that’s not how the speech went when Vice-President Roosevelt delivered it. But I like to grab your attention! Saying a popular quote completely wrong is sure to accomplish that.

What does the real quote walk softly and carry a big stick mean to you? I’ve talked to others about this before, and the answers actually vary slightly. That’s one of the things I love about our community. Even when we agree on something, we still have differences in exactly what we’re thinking and saying. One of the best parts of my day is always reading what you guys are up to, what you’re thinking and feeling about things going on in the world. If you’re not making time to read the content others are pushing out, you are definitely missing out.

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