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Apple & Nokia

Not long after Apple and Motorola got into bed over the prospect of iTunes on a mobile phone, and then the possibility of a mobile phone specifically for iTunes, among other things, the other mobile handset manufacturers felt the heat and began plans of their own to build tie-ins with other music content providers.

Recently, Nokia has joined forces with Apple to include the now open source Safari ‘engine’ with their series 60 phones.

Now, it’s been common knowledge since the very beginning that the Safari web browser is based on the open source Konqueror KHTML rendering engine. So when Nokia go with Safari, they go with KHTML, also.

Thing is, Nokia went and got into bed with fellow Europeans, Opera some months ago, which means that Nokia now have two web browsers to consider.

But there maybe more to all of this:

“… It is likely that other Apple expertise, in areas such as Wi-Fi and user interfaces, will be tapped by Nokia, and it is also possible that Nokia will create an iPhone and help take Apple devices back into the enterprise.”

Now this would definitely make things very interesting, and this is pure speculation on my part.

For one, the deal with Motorola is non-exclusive, which simply means, Motorola will no doubt get first dibs on the launch of an iPhone, but they don’t get to control the horizontal and the vertical, they have to play nice:

“To expand Series 60, it is making several key moves that would have been alien to it a couple of years ago – licensing the platform to other phone makers, working increasingly within the open source process, and adopting technologies from companies in the consumer space to strengthen its own R&D. All this will enhance the value and appeal of Series 60 to the developer community that is critical for gaining broad uptake for any mobile platform.”

So clearly, there’s been some serious thinking going on over in Finland, probably along the lines of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ – which, loosely translated would point to Microsoft .. again!

If this is the case, then it may be that Nokia has softened on their music plans and may even be discussing iTunes on Nokia hardware:

“But other software areas where Apple has a good track record, and which could be included in the Nokia deal in future, include user interface design, MP3 and QuickTime video. Nokia stressed that it would continue to work with Apple beyond this browser cooperation, and of course sparked widespread speculation that the iTunes music download platform would find its way into the partnership.”

My emphasis, not theirs.

We shall see…

By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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