Feeds

Nokia blesses Google Talk - report

Tablet seeks users

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A device that no one uses will feature a chat service with no users, the Wall Street Journal reports today.

The device is Nokia's next Wi-Fi tablet, and the chat client is Google Talk, the IM service which is capable of making SIP voice calls. To be announced Tuesday, the hardware will be Nokia's successor to the Linux-based 770, which crept onto the market late last year. It's designed as a mobile web browsing device, rather than a phone or a PDA, that fits perfectly into a pair of speedos.

VoIP was always on the roadmap for 2006, Nokia said a year ago when it announced the 770. It's much more of a significant win, however, for Google, which at last finds an OEM to take its neglected and late-to-market IM chat client.

The 770 has found an enthusiastic, but very limited, audience of Debian developers, many of whom have received one from Nokia. But after the initial rush of enthusiasm, we're still not sure anyone has bought one. Or even whether that was intention. Nokia executives hoped that ISPs in the competitive European broadband markets would offer 770s to punters.

For now, Nokia will be pleased it has been well received by the Linux community. And we're just delighted that someone has squeezed a server operating system into a consumer device designed to display a few angle brackets.

More significant than the news with the magic 'G' word in it, is the disclosure that the price point for the Nokia 770's successor remains the same at $399.

That's $100 more than a Wi-Fi capable Palm TX. It's brutal out there. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts
Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights
Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the fewest matches
FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools
Kids need more fiber, says Wheeler, and you'll pay for it
NBN Co screws lid on FTTP coffin
Copper and HFC dominate in new corporate plan
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.