Stroll Down Memory Lane: The News From 5 Years Ago

By 07:27 Sun, 18 Jul 2021 Comments

It goes without saying that things change quickly in the mobile industry. But sometimes it's hard to really understand the kind of rapid progress we are getting without proper perspective.

So we though we'd hold a break from our usual routine, and instead of covering the latest trends try and see back on how mobiles have developed in just 5 short years is fascinating to say the least. From an emerging platform called Android to signs of distress brewing for a seemingly invincible Nokia, let's go back to January 2009 in our first ever stroll down memory lane in Mobile Tech.

Nokia N97 hits the UK for £480

The N97 was heralded as many as being the next greatest smartphone for both Nokia and the industry, but turned out to be anything but. It had a 3.5" slide-and-tilt touchclassy screen and was only the second Nokia device to feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Unfortunately, poor software ergonomics on the 5th edition of Nokia's popular S60 interface, a dated camera, and limited 3rd party software availability made the hyped Nokia 5800 XpressMusic successor a flop, and proved that Nokia could no longer rely on resting on its laurels.

Microsoft prepares to push out Windows Mobile 6.5

Microsoft saw its Windows Mobile operating system start to descend behind against emerging smartphone platforms like Android and iOS, particularly in the online services department. Windows Mobile 6.5 was supposed to address all of those issues, and bring their dated Operating System (OS) into "modern times".



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