S60 Summit 2008: Experience


0818: The second day of the S60 Summit kicks off with Esa Eerola, who is the Head of S60 User Experience Marketing at Nokia, taking to the stage. He begins the day stating that “total user experience is a result of many factors”, including the software platform (of course), the ability to personalise the device, adding wallpapers, ringtones etc as well as applications and add-ons, and finally, having available form factors, whether that be a candybar, slider, clamshell, or smartphone.

0830: Eerola cries out that new requirements are needed for handsets, improving multitasking, making the navigation nicer to look at, calling upon the use of widgets for easy personalisation, and expanding the way to present system and event based notifications….

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Customers didn't embrace video-calling as they're vain, says Nokia (I paraphrased)


Speaking at the S60 Summit in Barcelona today, Ukko Lappalainen, the VP Category Manager for Nokia’s Nseries, claimed that users “aren’t interested” in video-calling, mainly because they find the angle a handset must be held at for the best quality video-call “isn’t very flattering”.

He went on to say that when people take photos, it’s generally from a higher angle, looking down on the person, as it makes for a better photo, and that the location of a webcam on a laptop or PC monitor is always on the top, for the same reason. Users want to look good when they video-call, which is why the function never really took off when it was introduced to the market in 2005, Lappalainen announced to the 500 or so audience members at the Summit…

S60 Summit 2008: Innovate


1324: After a lengthy lunch and demo session, my laptop is fully charged again, ready for Lee Williams, who is the Senior Vice President for S60 Software at Nokia. Grabbing my attention, he claims that mobile internet is a ‘geek’s wet dream’. It helps the user with day-to-day activities.

1335: Williams describes Python, which allows you to innovate and design applications ‘out of the box’. Williams mentions their attempt at acquiring Trolltech, as they want to preserve these investments for the future. Web Run-Time is the most sophisticated mobile engine, he claims, although Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe Flash are also mentioned as being other companies Nokia has struck up relationships with. Nokia recognises the importance of what these companies are doing in the innovation space, and they hope to integrate them more so into their S60 platform…

S60 Summit 2008: Reach


1015: José Antonio Moujadami, who is the Head of Applications and Open OS Devices at Telefonica, takes to the stage. He believes that hybrid applications in mobile devices are even more important than in PCs, due to the higher diversity of platforms, amongst others. Mobile devices are always connected, in contrast to PCs, however issues such as limited memory and browsers need to be addressed in order for growth to appear.

1023: Hybrid applications, on the S60, Windows Mobile, and Linux operating systems include binary compatibility, web based UI such as html and flash, scripting and access to native capabilities. As an operator, Telefonica is aware of mash-ups, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and other web 2.0 applications, and is started to provide APIs for future hybrid applications to deliver capabilities for mash-ups with telecom services and internet services…