Nokia to modify Windows Phone in and out, but just enough to avoid Android-style fragmentation
Basically there will be two levels of customizations. The deep changes to the features and functionality of the Windows Phone platform will be developed jointly with Microsoft, but they will all be rolled into an update that will be available to all other Windows Phone manufacturers, so as to avoid the issues with fragmentation that plague Android.
The high-level customizations, which are easy to produce quickly, such as new tiles and menu types will be Nokia-only, and the Finns will update and tweak these branded overlays as they see fit, similar to, say, the HTC Sense or TouchWiz UI overlays on Android phones. Thus Nokia will try to have the best of both worlds, and still expand the Windows Phone ecosystem as fast as possible.
We are assuming that this Maps tile with the compass we saw on the Nokia Windows Phone concept renders the other day, is an example of a Nokia-only tile that will offer free voice-guided offline navigation on Nokia Windows Phone devices exclusively.
1. Crucial (unregistered)
For maps and camera, YES! but the rest should still be microsoft. If Nokia wanna change, change the map tiles and camera tiles only knowing Nokia has one of the best GPS navigation and photography out there. Hong Kong people has a high preference for Apple because of its user-friendliness as well as the good visual effect. That's the sole reason why nokia fail in Hong Kong. Seeing WP 7, things will definitely get better as long as they maintain the presentation of the OS and tweak a few only, like the maps and where Nokia see fits. The messaging department and internet department, please leave it alone. The phone design is also sexy.
What I hope from Nokia WP7:
1. Dual core 1.2-1.4 Ghz processor!!
2. Adreno 205/Power VGX and above graphic processor!
3. 8-12MP Carl Zeiss Optics with Xenon Flash
4. 4" - 4.3" CBD AMOLED display.
5. Gorilla Glass front and Aluminium back
5. Long lasting battery!
6. Thin, hopefully not exceeding 10.0mm.
7. Window Phone 7 OS
2. Denio (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
For me: fast, lag-free OS with customization options. Maps, camera with flash, less or max 4" screen and the design above is truly awesome!
Regarding the visual effects, WP7 looks good, however, I would love to see the option to remove or at least shorten the transition time. If I would like to text immediately, I don't want to see the eye-candy. Good lock for Nokia!
3. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 721; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
E7's slide out QWERTY, N8's camera, 4" WVGA display, all the features and functionality of Symbian, big battery, HDMI, a music player with a fully customizable equalizer, an applications menu that can be shown in icon grid formation, and a completely redesigned Android like set of homescreens.
4. barfbag (unregistered)
I would like it to beat Watson the super computer on Jeopardy.
5. ps (unregistered)
N8's camera in 10.0mm thin phone is impossible at todays tecnology.
6. box (unregistered)
I agree with Crucial, although I'd prefer quad-core and a carrier-subsidized price tag for the US Market, no gorilla glass (how many thousands of iphones have you heard of that get shattered screens?), and for them to be limited to GSM carriers. Nokia pioneered GSM, their dabbling in CDMA is just wierd.
7. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 476; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Sounds good. I guess one advantage, of the many disadvantages to being late in the game, is to learn from the early goers mistakes.
8. nmnn (unregistered)
the display resolution should be AT LEAST 480x854. wp7 suits nokia