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Nokia Taunts Samsung Ahead Of Windows Phone Launch

Microsoft and Nokia plan a joint press conference in early September, where Windows Phone 8 and new Lumia devices are expected to debut.

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Nokia sales and marketing VP Chris Weber didn't mince any words in a tweet aimed at Samsung. "Samsung take note, next generation Lumia coming soon," he wrote.

The taunt was published several hours after Nokia and Microsoft sent invitations to reporters for an event scheduled to take place in New York City on September 5. Nokia and Microsoft appear primed to show off the next wave of Windows Phone hardware and software at the event, which promises to kick the smartphone wars into high gear for the fall season.

Weber's tweet had a nice pun, using the word "note" on the same day that Samsung announced the U.S. launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Perhaps more relevant, however, is that the tweet also references the Galaxy Note smartphone, which Samsung also bragged about on Wednesday.

Is Weber implying that the next Lumia smartphone will have a large display? Maybe.

[ Windows Phone may still have to overcome some problems. Read Microsoft Halts New Windows Phone Apps. ]

Beyond Weber's taunt, Nokia has played its cards close to its chest with respect to is next-generation Windows Phones. There haven't been any significant leaks providing a glimpse of what might be revealed on September 5. We do know a few things about Windows Phone 8--but not everything, not by a long shot.

Microsoft detailed some of the changes coming to Windows Phone 8 earlier this year.

Microsoft greatly expanded the types of hardware that can run its smartphone platform. Moving forward, Windows Phone will support multicore processors and removable/expandable storage. It also adds support for more screen resolutions, including 480 x 800, 768 x 1280, and 720 x 1280.

These changes to the platform mean hardware makers, such as Nokia, have much greater freedom when it comes to designing smartphones. Given the preponderance of high-end Android devices that have raging quad-core processors and high-definition screens, it is possible Nokia will go all out and announce a hero device that can better compete. So far, all available Windows Phone devices have single-core processors and screens measuring 800 x 480 pixels.

Other important aspects of Windows Phone 8 include the shared core with Windows 8. This means application developers will be able to more easily target Microsoft's entire range of devices--smartphones, tablets, and computers. Microsoft is also adding support for near-field communications and a new Mobile Wallet Hub. The Hub will let Windows Phone 8 users store their credit and debit card information, membership cards and loyalty programs, and local daily deals all in one app. Further, it will support banking via near-field communications for tap-and-go mobile payments. Microsoft also noted that it is working with Isis, which is a joint initiative being developed by AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. Windows Phone 8's Mobile Wallet Hub will support Isis next year.

Windows Phone 8 offers native support for the C and C++ development languages, another boon for developers. The desktop version of Internet Explorer 10 is headed to Windows Phone 8. And WP8 offers a complete security platform for enterprises. It includes Secure Boot and Bitlocker encryption.

Together, Nokia and Microsoft have the ability to produce a hit device. While it's important that Nokia knock the hardware out of the park, it is equally important that Microsoft bring more Windows Phone 8 features to the table. What will those features be? We'll find out September 5.

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ANON1237925156805
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ANON1237925156805,
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8/21/2012 | 8:20:33 PM
re: Nokia Taunts Samsung Ahead Of Windows Phone Launch
This isn't even an article about Apple. I guess for you everything is an article about Apple? I can use a stylus already on my Apple. It's not as integrated as Samsung's but what's new about something that Palm had 10 years ago and the Newton years before that? Apple can't take anyone for granted. That's true. But neither can Google and for sure neither can Windows/Nokia, both of which have lost mindshare and have yet to demonstrate that they'll regain it.

If we're lucky we'll have a three-way race and the competition will make everyone better, which will benefit all of us. If we're unlucky then the smartphone market will be as dysfunctional as Washington DC. Anyone for that?
infinidb
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infinidb,
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8/21/2012 | 2:12:00 PM
re: Nokia Taunts Samsung Ahead Of Windows Phone Launch
Consumerization of IT will revive Nokia's handset business and put them back on top with commerical business users. Google bought MM to extend it's control over the handset, but doesn't have the commercial applications moxy (desire?) to transform consumers' search behavior into a standalone application business. The search bar isn't a destination and on its own doesn't justify buying a device. As for Apple, the experience is relevant and there will always be a hardcore group looking for the "cool" factor, but these devices must be justified on the merits of their use cases and integrated and managed by somebody other than the Geek Squad.
smsith
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smsith,
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8/16/2012 | 4:37:41 PM
re: Nokia Taunts Samsung Ahead Of Windows Phone Launch
So the stylus is going to save Nokia? To be able to run office is the savior of the smartphone? You are a funny guy. Windows already tried that with Windows mobile.
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HELNIL000,
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8/16/2012 | 4:28:15 PM
re: Nokia Taunts Samsung Ahead Of Windows Phone Launch
If I'm not mistaken, this article is about Nokia and Samsung. Yet and still, every post alludes to something AAPL.

AAPL appears to be the moth in those tawdry garments.
smsith
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smsith,
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8/16/2012 | 3:46:48 PM
re: Nokia Taunts Samsung Ahead Of Windows Phone Launch
Your points are valid, but MS can sell to any hardware vendor they want. No way is the Nokia hardware to be released going to beat the Galaxy S III, it may match it but that is not good enough. I am talking about raw hardware here, not Andriod vs WP. If WP starts to gain traction in the enterprise space, what is to stop Samsung from putting it on the Galaxy S III?
Cool apps are the only hope for nokia.
Mack Knife
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Mack Knife,
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8/16/2012 | 3:46:09 PM
re: Nokia Taunts Samsung Ahead Of Windows Phone Launch
Yes, the new Lumina will have a larger display and include stylus use, or at least one of the model will.

The now quaint iPad sitting on a stand at some boutique store where you finger paint your name when using a credit card to pay makes for nice discussion but notice how large POS systems all use a stylus? Ask why you don't use your finger to sign for CC purchases in high volume operations? It simply doesn't work unless you name is "Max". That TV commercial by Apple showing someone signing their name to make a purchase is really funny. What if "Max" had a last name like Rothenburg or Wilkerson or any name with more than 3 letters?

But back to Nokia and Samsung. Nokia makes great hardware. Microsoft makes economy sustaining software systems. Couple the two and even with some initial experimentation (yeah, the first iPhone was perfect right?) sooner or later everything works out.

The initial releases of Windows Phones by Nokia were hammered. So what? Ever build something and then go back and improve upon it? Well, that happens in business too.

If Nokia creates a phone that truly compliments Windows 8 and makes for a seamless integrated solution, Samsung will have a hard time because it can only pray that Google has something more up its sleeve with Chrome and so far there isn't anything. Google Docs still can't compete with Office and with Office 365 and the huge push and adoption of that solution in the business space, market share will flow to Nokia like a water fall, forget the pundits in the media, they all report to get pageviews and at some point all will point to something they said predicting success.
smsith
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smsith,
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8/16/2012 | 3:37:16 PM
re: Nokia Taunts Samsung Ahead Of Windows Phone Launch
The joke is on Nokia. Samsung can build Windows phones if they want. Nokia has chosen not to build Android phones, putting themselves at a huge disadvantage. Microsoft will sell to any hardware vendor who is willing to pay them.
If Nokia is going to give up writing O/S software for their phones they better come up with some slick applications that differentiate their phones. That is what everyone is waiting to see.
Mack Knife
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Mack Knife,
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8/16/2012 | 3:35:20 PM
re: Nokia Taunts Samsung Ahead Of Windows Phone Launch
The battle is no longer company 1,2 and 3 vs Apple is it Google and Android vs Microsoft and Windows 8 and Phone. Apple is relegated to end user status. Sure it occupies a huge share of the market right now but look who makes up that market; end users who nowadays don't have the same loyalty that Apple built its success upon. More and more, as a new generation hits the market, switching to alternative products is the norm, Apple can't count on its customers to just buy because it is Apple. The whole Apple v Samsung affair has only hurt Apple, except for die hards which really don't count for much anymore.

Microsoft has a complete cradle to growth support system. So we have this headline about Microsoft suspending app commercialization for a while . So what? Apple does it all the time. Next?

All the pundits counted Nokia out. They had to because it gets page hits. Was any of that based upon anything but speculation? Hardly.

When you take a vacation do you want someone blaming you because you used some of the benefits and accommodations? That is the logic of Apple support whereas Microsoft actually does something about it. Talk to enterprise business customers and they'll tell you that when there is a problem, the problem gets fixed without blaming you. That one little detail is something Apple never figured out. If you walk into a business IT department and blame them for your products failure to do something you are finished. That is why Apple can't get past the door and must desperately shoot for small installations and end of use scenarios.

So some CEO uses an iPad or iPhone. That gets press for days. What you don't read about are the complaints by their IT support staff who now have to try to make that obvious consumption device work for anything more than web browsing and game playing.
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