Ewan at the pub
Evening with S60
In the Nokia store
Aas at the shop
Steve and Ewan heading in the wrong direction
Sorry guys... Work today.
Symbian stand / climbing frame
Lots of demos to check out later
Recording the podcast
We'll be recording throughout the day. Should be up on the site tomorrow.
Waiting for the keynotes to start
We'll be liveblogging in the text stream.
Developers, developers, developers
Says David Wood. Also announces Symbian SAW. Developer analysis tool.
Nigel Clifford on stage
Says speed is a key advantage in our industry. Symbian is like Usain Bolt.
8 ways to Innov8
Ho Soo Lee from Samsung talks about the importance of innovation.
Smartphones in all segments but one.
Samsung Mobile Innovator launches
Great to see Samsung's developer website go live.
John Ellis from Motorola
Talking about the future of mobile
2nd new Symbian phone
James Whatley ate my phone.
Tools press conference
Demonstrating the new Symbian RAW tool which plugs into carbide and allows you to see performance profiles / traces. Includes support for future features such SMP
Keynotes day 2
Day 2 gets under way
Sony Ericsson and Playnow Arena
Qt comes to S60
Key cross platform tool for the future
Lots of runtimes...
Spays buildings with Python
Executive director of the Symbian Foundation
Star developer awards
Awards for special developers
Smartphone Show 2008
Holding image to test everything is working OK!
Getting the tools of the mobile blogging trade together. Nokia E90 (taking this photo), N93 (for video), spare E90 battery, giving me 3000mAh just on this one device, and Samsung i8510 for really close-up video work that doesn't need lip sync(!)
The informal AAS meet starting small
The previous photo was taken with the 5800 XpressMusic by the way. Cool device, but still very proto. Rafe will be up with much, much more on the 5800 this week.
Meet now in full swing, Ewan being loud!
Wish I'd brought the N82 for some decent photos in these poor light conditions!
At the evening with S60
Must be a couple of hundred people here, all quite impressive. It'll be interesting to see if James Whatley does his 'roving normob phone reveal' party trick - think he'll get a shock from some of the visitors here 8-)
Smoke and mirror balls
It's all optical illusions upstairs at the Nokia Flagship store...
Earls Court 2
And almost in for more show madness. Ewan's raring to go, honest, coffee downed. Interviews, podcasts, lots more on the way...
The big theme this year seems to be developers,and the Forum Nokia stand is understandably teeming. Plenty of questions being asked and answers given, not that I understood everything I overheard!
The big INNOV8 push
The i8510 is understandably being pushed hard from the huge Samsung stand. More on the i8510 later, hopefully.
Hands on with the i7110
Plenty of play samples of the brand new i7110 on the Samsung stand. Really quite impressed by this... Very solid, gorgeous screen.
Slim and sturdy
Examining the i7110 in more detail. It's a far, far nicer handset than the stylised and rather proto-ish i550w from earlier in the year. Although all of Samsung's previous devices are also here at the show. Might go prodding them to see if they've fixed up the firmware later...
The camera on the i7110
Not too shabby and very 2009 spec, with the new standard of 5mp and dual LED flash.
Most of Samsung's devices on the stands were running firmware that
hasn't been publicly released yet - including, here, all the various
S60 testing utilities often seen on Nokia protos...
The Symbian Foundation wall
And of course it's out of date already... Still an impressive roll call though...
Plenty of 5800s to play with
There have been plenty of Nokia 5800 XpressMusic devices to play with.
Here I'm browsing a spreadsheet on Rafe's. Yeah, yeah, his detailed
preview is coming soon. Isn't it.... Rafe?
Good venue, similar size to last year
And a nice clear show layout too, I haven't got lost once yet!
Nigel stops by...
No, the broken arm isn't a gimmick, apparently he had a bad fall on his bike! Ewan is asking him about the super-secret contents of his E61i...
Malcolm Lithgow and Dreamspring
You'll know him (on the right, here) from all those great UIQ apps - with UIQ now officially 'dead', he's now working on S60 versions, trailed on his stand.
Freeplay being demoed again...
... But with a different angle.... This time demonstrating seamless handover of calls between Wi-Fi and GSM
From the back, a 5 megapixel camera and supported technologies.
I8510 vs L7110
...over the meeting hub and coffee bar. Top left is the curtained off,
super-secret area where the press hang out and Ewan has his lair...
Looks pretty packed from up here - Rafe wouldn't pay for a helicopter so this will have to do...
The i7110 focussing in video mode
Testing video recording on the new i7110. It seems to have largely
identical software to the larger INNOV8 (i8510), including the ability
to set an initial focus when video recording, very welcome from me and
any other aspiring video bloggers
A few similarities between the new i7110 and the i8510: they both have an optical joystick - which works very well in Web, especially - and they both have initial focus when video recording.
I7110 proto d-pads
Although the 7110 build quality in general is very good, these are prototypes and some of the d-pads in particular were a little... irregular.
James from Trufone wired up for Peppermint....
You've heard of multi-tasking. Here's blogger-extraordinaire James Whatley ultratasking. It's like multitasking but with ten times the number of windows open and rock music screaming in your ears so that you can dance while you work...
Not a definitive award, but Symbian's Echo Bot will prove a big hit Chez Litchfield and Chez Spence, with the little ones, anyway! Also of note was a neat keychain USB card adapter, complete with 2GB microSD - nice one, Samsung.
OLED on the i7110
I kept overhearing Samsun reps telling people that the AM OLED screen
on the i7110 was to give it crisp visibility in sunlight. This is
completely and 100% wrong. The POINT of OLED is to give it super crisp
pictures indoors and in general conditions. Under DIRECT sunlight, as
described in our AAS articles, OLED screens can black out just as
badly as other Samsung (and HTC and some others) screens. Trust me,
I've tried. Nokia's transflective screens still rule in the sun. Still
a great screen generally though - the i7110 is very desirable.
The music gets underway.
Groovy dance floor
The party is in full swing.
Motorola show off a black Z10 handset
Blurry, but with better lighting.
A variant on the LG KT-610 for the TIM network in Italy. The improvements to the front are the most notable, the numeric key chnages seems a bit of a shame, but everything else gets the thumbs up.
Wasn't the busiest at the show. But you do get the feeling that they have a few tricks up their sleeves. They seem committed to the Symbian Foundation.
Seemed permanently jam-packed. They did a great job explaining some of the more techie bits of technology in the OS in an understandable way
I8510 in big letters
Just in case you missed
L7110 on the Samsung Stand
That name sound familiar eh?
Plenty of phones to play with on the Samsung stand.
I8510 camera benefits.
Waiting on the acquisition.
Samsung are very proud of the I8510
Justifable as it is an impressive technical achievement.
R380 - balst from the past
Overheard: developers wondered why it was only now getting easier...
One of the most popular areas of the show was the DevFest. Developers seemed to think it was the best ever show in terms of developer information and support
Zero shutter lag demo
Symbian demo using various technology that demons how you can have zero lag camera capture
Farewell to Earls Court 2
We bid goodbye to Symbian, the hosts, and say how good this venue has
been, far less out of the way than ExCeL... Worked out well all round,
we think, and here's to 2009.
Hidden away behind glass was this rather shiny silver variant of the I8510. Thanks to MotoSmartphones.com for the image.