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Nokia targets iPhone with widget support

updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon April 16, 2007

Nokia Widgets

Nokia today claimed to beat its rivals to an important release with the introduction of Widgets, its own approach to mini applications on its Symbian 60-based cellphones. Much as with the iPhone and its Mac OS X roots, the Nokia Widget solution uses a combination of Ajax and other web technology to provide single-purpose mini applications: a WeatherBug tracker monitors temperatures and weather radar, while others cover Amazon shopping, chat, and other common online tasks.

Although demonstrated today, Nokia's technology will reach third-party developers by the summer and should result in finished widgets for the N95 and other phones running the more advanced Symbian version.



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  1. Pismo

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    Weatherbug?

    Nokia's answer to the iPhone and Widgets is Weatherbug? Riiiiiiiight...

  1. madgunde

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    Apple paves the way again

    The iPhone won't be available for another 2 months and already it's influence can be seen in the industry. This is what competition is all about, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how Apple's entrance into the market will influence mobile phone products from the likes of Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson.

    I have a Nokia E61, and it'll most likely handle this Web runtime from Nokia. Looking forward to trying it out, at least until I can get my hands on an iPhone in Canada. ;-)

  1. testudo

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    Not much paving

    Kind of hard to say apple's paving the way, where Nokia actually wants to allow real developers the ability to create these things, rather then have it all controlled by themselves (the apple way).

    I guess either the Nokia phone has a much better OS, or Apple was fudging the facts when they said they wouldn't allow third-party software because it could cause the whole phone (and possibly the entire network!) to crash.

  1. nat

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    what?

    i don't recall anybody but the wright brothers working on their plane but clearly it was the plane that paved the way to aviation as we know it. oh, wait. it can't be since they didn't allow "real" engineers or "real" mechanics to work on it. yeah, it would be real hard to say that the wright brothers paved the way to modern aviation. real hard. is one example enough or should i continue?

  1. testudo

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    Re: what

    And, of course, you also make it sound like Apple's the only one who's come up with these ideas. PDAs have had internet-enabled applets for years. So have phones, which also can do email and surf the internet.

    And in case you didn't know it, there were lots of people working on a plane. The Wright brothers didn't pave the way to trying to fly. They were one of many steps along the way.

  1. nat

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    wtf?

    i did, oh THE VOICE OF REASON? I don't recall writing anything about apple whatsoever. your post clearly indicates that you believe there are no "real" developers at apple. i don't believe i mentioned apple. let me see, it's right here, i'll read it again. nope, no apple. do read my post again, oh THE VOICE OF REASON.

    the point, oh THE VOICE OF REASON, is that it was the wright brothers plane that opened the flood gates, dont' much give a rat's a$$ about who else was working on flying - whatever it was didn't fly (that's a pun oh THE VOICE OF REASON). once the wright brothers flew, game over. in case you didn't know...

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