updated 12:55 pm EDT, Wed August 29, 2007
The iPhone, from Nokia
It has an accelerometer that detects physical orientation, a full-face, stylus-free touchscreen and can scroll through photos with the flick of a finger; but it isn't an iPhone. During today's "Go:Play" event, where the company made several sweeping announcements, Nokia showed a brief demonstration video depicting a concept phone (due to ship sometime next year) that bears striking resemblance in form and functionality to the iPhone. The video was demoed alongside the introduction of a new device-specific music store, and Nokia's immediate threat to the iPhone, an updated version of the N95 handset with 8GB of flash storage.
During today's event, Nokia also detailed its new Nokia Music Store, one of the first device-specific music stores available. The service provides a wider catalog of "millions" of songs and includes systems for recommending music based on past purchases. Users can also tag songs rather than buy them to create a wish list for a later purchase, Nokia says.
In addition, the company introduced a new release of the N95 phone, intended to present immediate compeition for the iPhone. It ships with with 8GB of flash storage and is due to ship in the fall for 560 Euros ($763). The new N95 is likely to show in North America as an unlocked device, similar to the original.