Archive for September, 2011
According to a recent CNN article, Nokia is privately dispensing cash to developers to make apps for Windows Phone. They’re also offering incentives like pre-installing developers’ software on upcoming phones and marketing their products. CNN says such payments from phone manufacturers are unusual.
Don’t you hate being teased? A tipster sent over a partial photo of a Nokia Windows Phone and a short description of the device to winrumors. We only see what’s at the bottom of the display; a couple of icons from T-Mobile and the 3 Windows Phone buttons. Damn you, tipster. Why couldn’t you just show us the whole device?
If you’re worried the Nokia N9 won’t get enough apps, you’ll be glad to know that there will be plenty of games coming. Unity technologies announced on Wednesday that they will bring Unity-authored titles to the Nokia N9. I’ve included a highlight reel of their games, so can see what you might be able to play on that beautiful Nokia N9.
Microsoft Canada is running a developer challenge, and a very observant person noticed something juicy within the competition details. Several codenames for smartphones were revealed, including two from Nokia. We’ve heard of Searay before, but Sabre is new.
We’ve been hearing bad news about Nokia’s marketshare, but did you know their luxury division, Vertu, continues to succeed? According to Businessweek, Vertu has seen “high double-digit sales growth” since the beginning of 2010. While Nokia cut 7,000 employees to reduce costs, Vertu’s staff increased by over 50 percent since 2009.
We have good news if you can’t wait for the Nokia Windows Phone but want to play with the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS already. The Windows team blog just announced they’ve started rolling out the Mango update to phones around the world. As a reminder, Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) is their largest and most feature-packed software refresh to date.