Friday, February 22, 2008

Nokia: A company that knows where to go

And may take you for a ride with them. The new phones are including geotagging software (N78) and true + assisted GPS, plus the upload/sharing site Ovi acquired with Twango and to make it all possible providing their own A-GPS backbone implementation.

By providing its own infrastructure for location data, applications running on Nokia phones can obtain accurate location data anywhere in the World, even US without depending on the carriers benevolence to get data from an actual device.

E-GPS

Meanwhile, Motorola joins a technical forum to push the Enhanched GPS standard from Cambridge, UK based educational research & private groups collaboration effort.

Recent work with a research lab from Berkeley, CA GPS-equipped Nokia phones were used to identify traffic patterns using phones as sensors.

Standards Help

The problem about mobile implementation here is that US lacks and lags behind other countries and cultures that are currently leading the race.

Japan has gadgets that Americans can only dream about.

Europeans don't need to dream so much as that Nokia is feeding them with enough quality models. Like the N96 with the new Maps 2.0 for pedestrians and enough third party Symbian-developed software.

Even South America has more choices, models, services and opportunities than north-americans.

Location Gold

By holding to this piece of gold, the location data of a device; the carriers hold the whole location-based service industry from benefiting and expanding. It is crazyness.

Without enough critical mass to get location services started and having customers only from their own service to talk to, companies ahead of its times like Helio burn through more cash than this bubble is willing to spend.

Location data from devices (and application) should be made available for free. Be it CDMA or GSM.

What else out there?

But ARM-based Android phones will, right? Then you have all sort of arrangements for that piece of gold that location became.

Unless Microsoft decides to crash the party to ship their own Java-based models now that Danger's IP is theirs. But that doesn't seen to be the case.

Or maybe the new beautiful iPhone SDK generated apps will make everyone happy until the Elections.

Motorola may feed into the whole Linux Mobile movement and hopefully will.

And Nokia is also playing its card despite its reliance on Symbian. Trolltech wasn't bought for show only. Plus, Nokia thanks to this purchase becomes a member of LiMo, the Linux Mobile Foundation.

Back at the farm

Meanwhile, Nokia by offering the whole solution with real, useful devices and with infrastructure and software + map data to back it up will keep going with its dominance for some good years ahead.

At least, they (and you) know what business they are in.

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