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The continuous advancements of smartphones and tablets have led some to say that we are now in a post-PC era. Just like in the popular debates about which desktop or laptop computer operating system was better, the same question is being asked by users about mobile devices today. Nokia and Blackberry jump started mobile industry advancements around a decade ago but Apple’s introduction of the iPhone easily superseded these to gain a major presence in the consumer market. Then Google came up with Android and iOS superiority was no longer a given. According to how market experts analyze it, there…

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If you still don’t think Android is the future not only of most high-end smartphones, but also of most low-end ones, where Nokia has historically dominated, then this should throw some cold water on you. A new research shows Android is now on 47% of all new smartphones in UK, where Symbian has only 7.2% left, which is down 19 points from last year’s 26% market share. One fifth of the UK smartphone market, or 70% of Nokia’s market in smartphones gone in one year. Just like that. Over the years when Nokia started losing market share to Android and…

The Technology Fortune blog from CNN is reporting that the Android OS will out-weigh Symbian in 2012. The information comes via an analyst company named ‘informa’. According to principal analyst Malik Kamal-Saadi, Nokia will suffer most from this trend. This is in part because they have the most to lose. “Informa expects that the market share of Symbian, from total smartphone users, to drop significantly from 53 per cent in 2009 to 32 per cent in 2015. In terms of sales, smartphones powered by Android are expected to surpass these of Symbian as early as 2012,” he said. We have…

It seems as though the development community for Android is growing and achieving great things almost weekly now. We just announced that Android 2.1 has successfully ported to the HTC HD2, which is a wonderful achievement. Now, Android 2.2, aka Froyo, has found its way over to the Nokia N900. Another fantastic feat of accomplishment. As it stands, I do not think Nokia have, or plan to have, an Android based handset. This is understandable given the fact that they develop Symbian, the world’s most commonly used phone OS. Anyway, lets get some info about the port. Right now, it…

A guy running a blog site called “Brandon’s Posterous” has recently released a video of the Nokia N900 dual booting Maemo 5 and Android. Maemo 5 is a Linux based operating system that is both useable and great to develop for. Nokia develops it in collaboration with many open source projects such as Debian, GNOM, among others. However, it does not receive the same kind of attention Android does, which is exactly why we’re interested in this news piece. From studying the video, it is completely unclear as to whether the device is fully functional or even if the keyboard…

Responding to Google’s recent updates to the Android platform that brought a free version of their turn-by-turn navigation software to the Motorola Droid in the USA, Nokia have responded by releasing a free version of Ovi Maps for users in several countries. Usually, navigation software for smartphones comes with a flat fee or sometimes a monthly charge. Google’s free offering actually caused such a stir in Wallstreet that Garmin’s shares fell by around 17% at the time. This was very premature since Garmin’s bread-and-butter is in fact aviation equipment and not turn-by-turn navigation for consumers. Nonetheless, Nokia have felt the…

The UK’s Guardian is reporting that Nokia is going to show its first Android powered smartphone at an event in September of this year.  The site quotes anonymous “industry insiders” as being the source for the information. Considering that Nokia developed S60, the most popular smartphone system on the planet, and also has its own open-source Maemo OS being developed (and don’t forget its recent agreement to co-develop Moblin with Intel), this seems like pure fantasy. Nokia appears to agree, having put out a statement through Reuters. [via EngadgetMobile]

Our friend Ricky Cadden of Symbian-Guru.com was nice enough to shoot a video of his Nokia N800 running NITdroid, a port of the Android OS. NITdroid is very much a work in progress, and it doesn’t run all that smoothly on the N800, which normally runs Nokia’s Maemo environment, but it is nice to see that it is starting to come together.  In the video Ricky shows us the browser and home screen as well as the main menu and a bit of email. It won’t have you tossing your T-Mobile G1 just yet, but hey, if you have an…

While you can see that the system is less than speedy, it is nice to see that somebody has ported the current Android OS 1.0 system to Nokia’s Internet Tablet platform.  In this particular case the somebody is the NthCode, and the particular Internet Tablet in question is the keyboard equipped N810. In fact, NthCode’s CEO, Peter McDermott, wrote up a nice summary on the entire porting process, even going into details about the differences between the various Linux kernel versions and what Google and Nokia changed in them.  It’s an interesting read for you dev-heads out there. For the…

A Nokia vice president, speaking at the company’s 2009 Nokia World event in Barcelona, said that his company is considering using the open-source Linux OS on future high-end smartphones.  Nokia already uses Linux on its Internet Tablet devices, including the WiMAX capable N810. Android is not in the cards at this point, though, since the company doesn’t seem to think that Google’s Linux OS offers any real advantages over Nokia’s own development. Having spent a lot of time over the past couple of years with Maemo based devices, though, I don’t know if that’s really the case…. [via MobileBurn]