Nokia Kills MeeGo and Symbian- Finally

Nokia has finally nailed the coffin for Symbian and MeeGo by announcing it will cut R&D staff dedicated to those two platforms, with some being transferred to Accenture, obviously to get them out of sight till Symbian dies a slow death. Well we all saw it coming didn’t we? The moment the so called burning platform memo was expertly “leaked” to Engadget, some of us were convinced Nokia had finally lost it.

Cutting the jobs of those in charge of these platforms underscores Nokia’s move to dump those two OS in favor of MS WP7. As to what Nokia means when they say “we plan to ship 150m more Symbian devices…” I don’t know. Cutting the jobs of the people in charge of the OS and claiming you will ship devices powered by that OS will only result in leaving users with no support from Nokia, a fate that has befallen N900 users. It’s not clear from the post also if Nokia will go ahead to release the so called MeeGo device they promised this year or if ever.

Take a sip of water and you’re behind in the pack. Blink your eye and watch the pack move in a different direction.

No Nokia, you did not take a sip, you kept committing one corporate blunder after the other. Finally, joining hands with Microsoft was the only route the management of the company could think of. Like one commmenter said in the linked post above,

This is so sad. Nokia’s problem wasn’t caused by the engineers who are losing their jobs. If anything, Nokia was known in the industry for having some of the best engineers. Nokia’s problem was caused by poor upper management. In this Microsoft deal upper management found a way to keep their jobs. The brain transfer from Nokia to their competitors is only going to make Nokia’s situation worse, but at least upper management will have jobs for the next couple of years. Bravo (…clap…clap…clap…).

Nokia’s case can be summed up in a local Ghanaian parlance that goes thus “monkey dey work, baboon dey chop” which roughly translates as it’s not always those who do the work that enjoy the fruits of it.

Android is Still Open Source- Says Google

Obviously there was misinformation in the earlier post that announced the postponement of the release of the source code to Honeycomb. The  quote below by Google’s Andy Rubin now clears the mist about the hitherto uncertain “change in strategy” with regards to Android.

Finally, we continue to be an open source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready. As I write this the Android team is still hard at work to bring all the new Honeycomb features to phones. As soon as this work is completed, we’ll publish the code. This temporary delay does not represent a change in strategy. We remain firmly committed to providing Android as an open source platform across many device types.

I’ve always believed strongly there was no other way to go with Android than to keep it open to anyone. Yes there is the need to in some ways reign in on the fragmentation that is taking place, but in the overall, Android would die in no time should it ever be “closed” or locked down.

Now that Nokia has almost finished with the destruction of Symbian, keeping Android open will help even more OEMs adopt it for their devices, a move that at the end of the day will on forge ahead in the quest to keep ahead of the pack. So yes, Android is still open and Google has no intention of locking it down.

Twimgo- An Awesome Twitter Client For Nokia Devices

As an N900 user, one of the things that I miss sourly on the Maemo platform is very useful social media clients, especially for Twitter. Twimgo, a QT based Twitter app written by Tommi Laukkanen  has filled that void. 
The latest version, 2.6, which runs on the N900 and other Symbian^3 devices with QT 4.7 installed, comes with a complete rewrite of the UI. It comes with all the standard Twitter features such as mentions, status update, DMs, search, lists and trends. 
You can also follow and unfollow, see messages in their context with previous message and more. If you are a Maemo or N8 user who hangs out on Twitter, Twimgo is a must have app. For the price at which it comes, you have no excuse not to try it out.

Socially- Making Your Phone More Socially Aware

Socially is a social media app that runs on both Android and Symbian, that aims to bring your social graph right in sync with other areas of your phone. The application aims to bring your social data to your address book and calendar.
It syncs your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn data with that of your address book. The sync photos feature for instance, will sync your contacts’ photos with that of their latest Facebook profile pics
Some of the notable features of this app are
  • Socially aware address book and calendar
  • Location of anonymous callers
  • Push social notifications
  • Social info of caller on calling screen
  • Call barring 
All the above features are customizable to your preferences. What I like very much about Socially is the push notifications it comes with. I like its unobtrusiveness. 
However, one thing that I seriously don’t like is the time interval for fetching updates. The shortest I can see on the settings tab is 30 mins. That is a long time in social world. I’d expect to have something like 3 mins somewhere also so I can choose if I want more updates often. 
Other than this, Socially is a great app that I recommend you give a try to enrich your mobile life. Search for it on the Ovi and Android markets on your Nokia and Android phones respectively.

Symbian Users Rejoice- You are not Seen otherwise!

In the image below, iPhone, Android and Blackberry users all have their respective views of each other. Some see iPhone users more as ‘cultists‘ while Blackberry users are seen more as (phew) Dinosaurs, extinction imminent. What is missing on there is how Symbian users like myself are viewed by the others. I take solace in our absence and assume it’s because we are seen as ‘normal’ phone users.