Posts Tagged ‘nokia’

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Comes With Music

I was walking around Sungei Wang yesterday, and noticed a bunch of ads, selling the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic for about RM1,399 or lower.

I had first read about it, from Suanie and was impressed when she said:

Vlasta Berka, GM of Nokia (M) took the stage to officially launch the Nokia 5800 XPM. He also announced the price — RM1,499 which I think is a real steal. They are also giving away 1,000 DRM-free songs with each unit; song artists include Madonna, Jason Mraz, Kylie Minogue, Norah Jones, Michael Buble… you know, the talented ones.

1,000 DRM-free songs. According to The Star, it comes with a voucher of some sorts, and you have a selection of over 10,000 songs, from big labels like EMI, Warner Music and so on. It comes I believe, with an 8GB microSD card, which stores up to 6,000 tracks!

But, lets go back to the 1,000 DRM-free songs. You’re paying market price – RM1,499, for a device, and you’re getting free music. Back in November 2008, I wrote about looking for devices that comes with music. I revisited the article in The Economist, and noted that handsets in the UK, could cost as little as £130, and it would come with a supply of music!

I wonder what Nokia is paying the music industry for this feature. In fact, I wonder if the music is downloaded over-the-air, which also means, people will want to get unlimited data plans. Budget-conscious owners, will probably do it via a desktop application (I presume), which probably only works on Windows. Discounting Mac users (and even Linux users), is a big mistake, which I hope someone like Russell Beattie would get fixed.

So, what is the true cost of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, without music? A phone store by Nokia, when Apple can’t even muster the iTunes Music Store? Depending on popularity, I wonder if Apple will slowly miss the boat, here in Malaysia. More on this, if/when I try the phone out…

Comes with music

I’m not a big fan of listening to music on my mobile phone (though I guess if I was an iPhone user, this might be different), but it seems like all phone manufacturers are now targeting the masses, to show that their phones are all music devices.

I see adverts bombarding me from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG, and more, to tell me that a new phone, will also play music for me just fine. Some go so far as to tell me, I can “make the Web by hand” :)

So it comes as no surprise that in Britain, you can get a handset that “Comes With Music” (CWM) for a year, for free, thanks to Nokia. The music continues to be playable after the year is up too. Unlimited downloads?

I can’t wait for this service to be available outside of Britain.

Near Field Communication (NFC) at JavaOne

Talk was given by Jaana Majakangas, from Nokia Corporation. I’ve been interested in NFC ever since I heard about it, as its something Maxis has been trialling for a while in Malaysia. It reminds me of rewinding back many years (maybe a decade ago?) when Celcom was trying to allow people to purchase a Coke from select vending machines, using SMS (no cash!). That never took off, but maybe NFC will be right, soon… Current limitation? Lack of devices – one in market (Nokia 6131) and another announced, but not in market. Also, the standard (JSR 257) has been extended by Nokia, which is always an issue for other implementers.

Some quick notes:

  • JSR 257 is what this is all about.
  • Simple wireless protocol between NFC compliant tags and devices in close proximity. New business opportunities for mobile operators, banks, retailers, transport operators, etc.
  • You can share content between phones/pair devices like Bluetooth. You can get further information by “touching” smart posters. Your phone can be your credit card for payment… it can also be your travel card.
  • Service discovery. Nokia has got extensions to the JSR 257 standard for this in their implementations.
  • Think outside of the box, be innovative, the technology is there, there are many use cases
  • Contactless communication API has been around since 2004. RFID tag, smart card, visual tags. Java applications to access the hardware capabilities (RFID for instance).
    – NDEF tag (RFID tag, with NFC standard)
  • There is a dedicated Connection interface for different targets. You will get a notification when a transaction has happened.
  • When you discover a target, the application will get a notification. It has the URL that you will open the connection with. Communicate… then close connection.
  • Nokia 6131 NFC has extensions to JSR 257: get the SDK at Forum Nokia. The extension also includes the peer-to-peer communication framework. In a modified version of JSR 257, the P2P communication will exist soon as well.
  • Business cards that go to NFC devices and contact details are there? Wow, this is Business Card 2.0 :)
  • NFC works within less than 10cm. Its pretty “near”.
  • “Touch to share bookmark”… touch two devices together, and voila! there is instant sharing. I’m reminded of old Palm ads when they were pushing their IR technology and beaming business cards across trains between a man and a woman!
  • NFC enables new consumer services with mobile devices. Take away that you should just be creative, and lots can happen.