This October, Outware is proudly sponsoring YOW! Connected, an innovative conference exploring the world of mobile development and Internet of Things. With 32 high-calibre speakers, and topics such as native development for iOS and Android, backend development, the growing market for IoT, UX & design, and reviews of several business case studies, you’ll find lots to learn about and be inspired by.

The conference runs from 5-6 October, at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne.

Tickets available here.

Engadget, reporting on a preview of a new UI for Symbian next year. They’ve got some pretty pictures too.

According to Kai Öistämö in charge of device design, Symbian will next year;

use a new optimized graphic architecture with a focus on graphics and responsiveness, showcased beautifully on a large capacitive screen. Later in the year, a completely new visual architecture re-working of the UI will drastically reduce the complexity throughout and bring fresh appeal. We will execute here.

Note there’s no talk about better integration with Ovi, nothing about hardware. I’m not sure that people trust Nokia this late in the game.

When I see the shipping device from Nokia, I’ll believe it, until then mark me down as a sceptic.

Interesting, and best analysis I’ve seen on why the iPhone seems to be a sleeper in China.

I’m not sure I actually believe the numbers that have been thrown around; only Apple and China Unicom know for sure, but if media reports are to be believed the iPhone isn’t off to a good start.

Shaun Rein, reporting for Forbes says:

The phone is being sold packaged with monthly subscription plans, just as in the U.S., but the vast majority of Chinese prefer to buy pay-as-you-go charge cards. Top-up cards can be bought and recharged cheaply at street vendors everywhere in less than 30 seconds, with no identification required. Subscribing by the month is a pain.

Apple has shown they are willing to change the way they sell the iPhone depending on different market preferences. If it really is the case that the iPhone isn’t selling well in its current form I’d expect them to change the model quickly.

In Australia, iPhone’s are available on Prepaid so there’s no reason the same couldn’t apply in China too.