[access-uk] Re: Is this the end for accessibility to Nokia mobile phones?

Isn't there a screen reader for Windows Phone 7?  In the long term, isn't it a 
good move for accessibility?  Many makes of mobile phones will use Windows 
Phone 7 where as Talks is limited to Nokia phones.  Yes there may be the 
standard compatibility concerns across models that have their little querks 
with the screen reader like we find when Nokia release a new phone but I can't 
see how this could be the end.


On 11 Feb 2011, at 07:26, Jim Williams wrote:

> Hi Damon and List,
> 
> I've just heard a news report on 5 Live about Nokia linking
> up withMS and that its all about the Smart phone end of the
> market, whether that will affect Nokia's link with Nuance is
> anybody's gues.
> 
> This news item was one of the main headlines so I'm sure it
> will be discuss on programmes like Drive on 5 Live from 4.pm
> onwards.  I'm going to send in an e-mail about my concerns
> on this venture and mention the wide use of Talks on Nokia
> phones at present and how that could be affected.  Anyone
> else who wants to do the same can send an e-mail to:
> 
> Drive @bbc.co.uk
> 
> Jim Williams
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Damon Rose
> Sent: 11 February 2011 13:38
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Is this the end for accessibility
> to Nokia mobile phones?
> 
> Agreed we should keep an eye on Nuance's website but it does
> seem Nokia
> definitely do have an alliance with Microsoft (its new boss
> was at
> Microsoft prior to Nokia) and they have talked about
> gradually wittling
> down all other operating systems. I can't imagine there will
> be much in
> the way of innovation on Nokia symbian phones, going
> forward, nor can I
> imagine that Nuance will have much desire to carry on with
> Talks which
> surely will be an increasingly niche product. I don't think
> there's even
> a GPS available for Talks right now is there? And I can't
> access the
> Nokia Apps store due to the small matter of a captcha
> graphic. 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
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> Of Tristram Llewellyn
> Sent: 11 February 2011 13:29
> To: 'access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Is this the end for accessibility
> to Nokia
> mobile phones?
> 
> I would say nothing is completely clear just yet here.  The
> information
> is only that Nokia may have an alliance to develop Windows 7
> phones
> nothing more.  It is unlikely that at the very bottom end of
> their
> ranges the Symbian 40 units which actually sell well will
> not continue
> to be developed.  There is nothing for definite that
> suggests Symbian 60
> will "definitely" disappear as yet.  Those who already have
> phones with
> TALKS will find they continue to work just as they have for
> now.  The
> announcement people should be watching for if any is that
> from Nuance
> themselves.
> 
> Regards.
> 
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> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
> Of Jackie Cairns
> Sent: 11 February 2011 13:11
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Is this the end for accessibility
> to Nokia
> mobile phones?
> 
> It isn't the first time I've heard this rumble in the jungle
> about Talks
> being shelved from further development despite those who
> sell it wanting
> to deny the fact.  Maybe there is no truth in it, but it's
> one rumour
> that is persisting. 
> 
> 
> Kind Regards,
> 
> Jackie Cairns
> J&M Work-Ability
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
> Of Damon Rose
> Sent: 11 February 2011 10:44
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Is this the end for accessibility to
> Nokia mobile
> phones?
> 
> Nokia have today announced that they are partnering with
> MicroSoft and
> will be using the Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 operating
> system which is
> presently inaccessible. 
> 
> The noise suggests that the Symbian operating system, which
> Talks runs
> on, will be sidelined. 
> 
> So, by extension, does this mean that Talks is now dead in
> the water? 
> 
> I speak as a long time Talks user who would be a bit
> disappointed if so.
> 
> 
> Is Apple iPhone the only choice left now? 
> 
> .Damon 
> 
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