It is amazing how many times technology companies end up holding press conferences and events on the same day in the same place â€“ and so next Tuesday we have mobile phone giants, Nokia and HTC, going head-to-head.
First up will be Nokia with its press conference at 10am where it will be talking Symbian, which will be a disappointment to those hoping Nokia was only joking when it said the first WP7 phone would not arrive until late in 2011 or early 2012. The tagline on the invite says â€œDiscover what's new with Symbian smartphones.â€ So what could it be? Well, itâ€™s likely to be information about the next Symbian update we first heard about last month in Purnima Kochikarâ€™s open letter to developers. It promises a new home screen, new flexible widgets, new icons, a faster browser, new Navbar and a new look and feel to Ovi Store and Ovi Maps. Then again, it could be some new hardware which would be interesting.
HTCâ€™s invite actually arrived prior to Nokiaâ€™s but its press conference will start later in the day at 1.30pm. The tagline on this mysterious invite says: â€œJoin us to see whatâ€™s next.â€ So what will this press conference throw up? Itâ€™s likely to be some new hardware from HTC with a UK version of the EVO 3D we saw launched at CITA last month a possibility. There is also the mysterious Pyramid handset that has been floating around internet forums for quite some time. On the other hand HTC is rumoured to be bringing out a couple of more tablets this summer to complement the Flyer and this seems like about the right time to launch these new devices.
Whatever it is we do see at the press conferences next week, youâ€™ll be the first to hear about it as weâ€™ll be reporting live from both events in London.