It’s been a hectic two days so far in Amsterdam, zipping between talky sessions and hands-on demos at the Nokia World 2007 show. There’s plenty more posts to come, but now’s a good time to round up some of the highlights so far.
Wired Magazine’s Chris Anderson gave a thought-provoking preview of his next big theory, while the big news story was Nokia’s announcement of its Comes with Music subscription service (with further details supplied by partner Universal Music Group).
Earlier this week, Nokia announced its Nokia Internet Radio application, which lets you stream online radio stations to your handset, over 3G, Wi-Fi or even GPRS. Since it’s on show at the Nokia World exhibition for the first time, I took the chance to have a go, and put some questions to Saket Gupta, program manager in Nokia’s Nseries Hear New team.
Next up speaking in the More Vision session at Nokia World is Dr Gaetano Borriello from the University of Washington. His session is called the Internet Of Things, but he’s focusing on using a cameraphone to overlay information onto the real world, as seen through your mobile screen.
I’m still at Nokia World, although I’ve shifted rooms since Chris Anderson’s keynote, so am now in the ‘More Vision’ track (translation: the cool pointy-headed futuristic stuff).
Exciting stuff at Nokia World, with Wired head honcho Chris Anderson taking to the stage for his keynote, entitled ‘Free’. It’s his new Big Idea following up the long tail, and he’s giving us a preview of it, in advance of a book due out next year. Liveblog follows, in chronological order.
The second day of the Nokia World conference kicked off this morning to a hall of whey-faced delegates still recovering from last night’s party (in short: the Dutch Beach Boys, a mountain of Pina Coladas, and Finnish beach-volleyball playing twins).
The talk of today’s Nokia World Show is ‘Comes With Music’, the freshly announced partnership between Nokia and Universal Music Group, which will be a subscription based music download service.
Rob Wells, senior vice president for digital at UMG, got up on stage this afternoon to explain the thinking behind the deal, and gave some more details.
One of the more eyecatching mobile applications on show at Nokia World today is called Mobile Secretary, from Chinese firm InterGrafx. It’s basically a 3D avatar that acts as your virtual secretary, residing on your phone.
Nokia’s multimedia supremo Anssi Vanoki showed off the company’s new Ovi service at Nokia World today, demonstrating how it’ll work on PCs, online and on mobile handsets. My takeaway thought is this: everyone bangs on about Nokia taking on Apple and its iPhone, but with Ovi, Nokia seems to be setting its sights at Google.
If you read my Digital Music Trends post yesterday, you’ll know about Total Music, an idea cooked up by major label Universal Music Group that involved mobile handset manufacturers and MP3 player makers paying a monthly subscription to the labels, to give their users free, unlimited music downloads.
Well, Nokia’s gone and done it. At least, I think they have.