Nokia’s head up in the clouds
A short video of Nokia Air was leaked to the world.
It seems that Air was a pre-Microsoft era idea of a cloud user interface for touch screen devices.
The icons seen on the video are styled with the new icon style introduced with N9 in June 2011. The overall user interface of Air looks something like Meltemi and Symbian together. In mid-June this year Nokia announced that they will close their office at Ulm, Germany. Ulm was the place where Meltemi was developed so that closing announcement ment that Meltemi project was canceled for good.
That gives us some kind of a time window of when was this video made. Maybe some frustrated soon-to-be-ex-employee leaked the video to show what Nokia was working on. Maybe hoping that someone else would get inspired from in. After all it seems like an idea worth looking through.
Since Nokia is now married with Microsoft, ideas like Air won’t see the light of day. They are given a shot to the neck to protect Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Office365.
Nokia has been following cloud ideology before. Before Nokia’s development of its own Linux-based operating systems MeeGo and Meltemi were cancelled they released a video of Smart Data Analytics.
To me this shows as a cloud platform collecting user data to be able to improve the user experience even if you switch from a device to another. For example, the places you have recently searched and viewed on Nokia Maps are synchronized with your phone and when you are close to a similar place you were looking for, the phone lets you know. If you searched for Indian food, the phone starts vibrating in vicinity of an Indian restaurant.
The SDA video says the Nokia platform understands. Well, Nokia is using Microsoft’s platform now so the future for this innovation seems less than bright.
But that’s not exactly all Nokia has innovated for a world more cloudy than before. In 2010 Nokia Research Center presented a video about a concept that allows faster and more available networking than before. It was called Cognitive Radio.
Cognitive Radio doesn’t seem like a mobile phone application at first. It looks like an innovation that Nokia Siemens Networks would develop further. It’s a good idea and some other network manufacturers have had similar concepts in the past year so this is clearly a path to stay on.
From these examples we can see that Nokia had a vision of a clouded world where services and devices are less relevant than the user. The other way looking in to it is that Nokia is copying the Google recipe.
If only Microsoft would realize that Nokia has better understanding of implementing services on dynamic mobile platforms, than meets the eye.