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Nokia tablet project occupies a third of design head's Marko Ahtisaari time

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Nokia tablet project occupies a third of design head's Marko Ahtisaari time
Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia's head of design, slipped a bombshell in an interview with a Finnish newspaper. He allegedly said that currently about a third of his work hours are spent designing a Nokia tablet that is to stand out among the numerous iPad-wannabes. That part seems to have been subsequently pulled from the posting, as now he only talks about user experience in what's available online from the interview.

Not that it comes as a huge surprise that Nokia is prepping a 10" Windows 8 slate with Snapdragon S4, which we heard rumored the other day, but it will be interesting to see what Marko Ahtisaari's take on the tablet paradigm will be.

After all, the guy is always loaded with grand ideas and sky-high user experience requirements, and became a big proponent for Windows Phone's simplicity and ease of use, which probably was one of the opinions that tipped the scales in Microsoft's direction at Nokia last year. Here are some of his former musings on the subject of user experience:

You’ll see couples in coffee shops who’ve been together 10-15 years both sat with their heads down, operating their devices. We need to give people their head up again. The ability to keep social interaction with the people that they’re physically with. That means a better ability to use the devices single-handed and them requiring less of our attention for peripheral interactions. Notifications, for example, could be much improved so they require much less from us.

The second big influence for the most competitive devices will be the way they are able to harness the collective intelligence of their users... Smartphone users create a lot of data. We can use that data to make the devices more intelligent: for example, to avoid traffic jams and create alternative routes... But it’s not just maps, as we have more sensors on the device we can answer almost any question. The research on collective intelligence says that it needs a large, independent, diverse group of people to solve problems – that’s what we’ve got.

Big ideas which we are starting to see implemented in Nokia Windows Phones and some Symbian Belle handsets with Nokia Pulse, Public Transport and other apps, and, apparently, they will be eventually carried on to tablets with Windows 8 further down the road.

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posted on 15 Mar 2012, 04:38 7

1. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I've been waiting for a Windows tablet. Hopefully they still carry the same fast UI that the Windows phones have. Sweet sweet sweet :p

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 04:38 3

2. steelicon (Posts: 306; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Put PureView with Light Field technology, and this could really be a winner! :)

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 05:43

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I would only buy a windows tablet only if it rocks a intel i5 CPU ! Arm and atom stay away as atom is too lag and most current apps won't be compatible with arm .

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:03 1

4. PeteD10 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


You can already get a Windows tablet with an i5 CPU. Samsung makes them. :)

Hope the Nokia tab will sport a similar polycarbonate chassis as the N9!

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 07:47

6. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Is it for sale in Malaysia ? Can't find it here . However I owned a Fujitsu netbook and played with an acer w500 is a store intel atom is so lag . Hope it's the ivy bridge CPU rumoured to be used in the next MacBook air

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:33 1

5. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Nokia is desperate this year like a wounded tiger, it may die or it will be very dangerous.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 10:08 4

8. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


You must be new here

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 11:30

9. ddxmms (Posts: 141; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


good one..

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 09:39 1

7. akmaintu (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


will definitely buy one

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