Maps app for iOS, Google Maps or Nokia Here ?

Google finally released their Map application for iOS devices few days ago. Actually only for iPhone, leaving iPad out, why?

Playing around with the iPhone version on the iPad (so not getting the full experience) and comparing it with the Nokia Here application for iOS devices can’t decide which one is better.

For now I am going with Nokia Here and waiting for the Google Maps iPad version.

Alessandro

Nokia Here, MH5: Nokia Maps Framework for Mobile HTML5

Nokia launched their mobile map application, Here, for other mobile platforms but also launched the Nokia Here MH5: Nokia Maps Framework for Mobile HTML5.

There is a complete documentation for the APIs but also couple of MH5 plans if you want to use in your mobile application development.

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Jolla launches mobile OS, Sailfish

Jolla launches new mobile OS Sailfish which is based on MeeGo. More information are to be discovered as today there is a streaming video on Jolla SDK ! Also distribution of mobile content will be interesting to know what will look like since Jolla is a open ecosystem.

Here is a short video:

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Nokia Maps for iOS devices and Android is Here !

After the issues with iOS Maps application many turned at other solutions and asked for dedicated mobile applications for maps. I asked on twitter where was a Nokia Maps app for iOS and Android devices and today Nokia announced that the app is Here !

“People want great maps, and with HERE we can bring together Nokia’s location offering to deliver people a better way to explore, discover and share their world,” said Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop. “Additionally, with HERE we can extend our 20 years of location expertise to new devices and operating systems that reach beyond Nokia. As a result, we believe that more people benefit from and contribute to our leading mapping and location service.”

That’s the name of the Nokia Maps app for iOS and Android devices:

“To further extend its location services, Nokia is launching a maps application for iOS under the HERE brand. Based on HTML5, it will include offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, and public transport directions. The application is scheduled to be available for free download from Apple’s App Store in the coming weeks.”

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Nokia Premium Developer Program live !

Nokia Premium Developer Program is now live for developers to join and get the following features:

  • Windows Phone Dev Center Membership (US$99 in value)
  • Buddy Notification API calls (1 million/month for a year’s time = up to US$1,200 in value)
  • Telerik UI controls (US$99 in value)
  • Two Nokia tech support tickets (up to US$198 in value)

More infos here.

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Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 7 Tablet and Google Nexus 10

Via Techcrunch, Google just announced a new smartphone, the Nexus 4 and two new tablets, Google Nexus 7 and Google Nexus 10.

Interesting new devices with some great improvements including NFC.

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iPad mini is here to stay!?

So finally Apple announced the iPad mini. It’s a direct competition to other tablets such as the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. Funny how Apple arrived to the tablet size after denying such tablet size as valuable. Anyone who reads books on tablet knows that the 7″ size is a perfect fit, book page size.

Apple just added this new tablet to their portfolio in reaction to competition, so they are a bit late in the game for the first time. Interesting situation because it will increase competition. Many people will buy the iPad mini for sure as the market has a lot of room for mobile devices.

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Windows 8, Windows surface, Google Galaxy and iPad Mini

I am really looking forward to see whats coming out this month from Microsoft and Apple. Apple needs a competitor to Amazon Kindle HD and Microsoft needs to get into the post PC era with a tablet. Google Galaxy new mobile phones are in the works too.

So some very interesting competition is in the works for mobile computing ecosystems.

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Nokia Developer Champion for one more year!

I am pretty happy to have my Nokia Developer Champion membership renewed for one more year! I am a Nokia Developer Champion since 2006.

It’s really great to be part of such great community of developers with Nokia.

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Nokia Suite 3.6.11 Beta available, where is OSX support?

Via SymbianTweet, the Nokia Suite 3.6.11 Beta is available for download but still no support for Mac users. To get the update just go to the update section of Nokia Suite.

I would like to see Nokia Suite support for MacBook since I switching and also because now it supports Windows Phone so I think it’s time to support Apple laptops!

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iPhone 5 announced, anything new?

So the iPhone 5 was announced and not much innovation is to be found on the new hardware! Bigger screen and normal hardware evolution. A new connector (money maker!). No NFC, no wireless charging or anything that could innovate. Ofcourse iOS 6 will come out and add new feature to the new device and current ones. but I am surprised that no real innovation came out from this announcement.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD announced

Amazon Kindle Fire HD was announced yestarday in addition to other devices. The devices are shipping really soon which is good.

The interesting part is that Amazon is a real competitor for Apple and Google. Amazon has all the digital content that Tablet and smartphone users are looking for.

As I mention before the real problem in mobile is payment, how you get paid for content. Apple used iTunes as the base platform, Amazon has their e-commerce store which during the years included all sort of digital content, video, music and apps. Both gathered people’s credit cards for payment, next step was adding a device to distribute and sell digital content. Very simple concept!

Great to see Amazon as competitor in the mobile space and looking forward to an Amazon smartphone!

Alessandro

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting Android 4.0

I installed Android 4.0 on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and first impression is really good, more responsive and fast execution.

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Garage, buy and sell, with your friends, from your pocket!

This is another cool application for iOS devices: Garage.

“Sell your things by simply taking a picture.  Follow your friends and see what they buy and sell. Discover the best things from the community. Forget your computer.”

Looking forward to see going live worldwide!

Alessandro

Re-Elected Adobe Community Professional

I have been re-elected Adobe Community Professional, thanks to Adobe. I think this is my 7th time since 2005!

Wow pretty cool !

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Quit it App, an app to quit !

This is a pretty cool and clever application for iOS devices, Quit it App. Here is a tutorial explaning what the app does. Basically it helps you set a goal to reach for quitting doing bad habits !

You can get it from the App Store.

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