China is indeed the world’s largest mobile market and if you somehow doubt that you should know that China activates more Apple and Android devices than the United States. In such a vast market, Google’s Android platform seem to be the undisputed champion, at least for now, sitting comfortably at the top spot.
If at the end of Q1 2011 Android accounted for 33.6 percent of the market (by smartphones sold), the end of 2011 saw a whopping growth all the way to 68.4 percent. The credit for this spectacular growth goes in part to Symbian which dropped to its half, that is [...]
The Nokia Astound on T-Mobile is essentially the Nokia C7 the rest of the world is familiar with. Just because they’re the same hardware, though, doesn’t mean they’re necessarily treated the same. We most recently saw this disparity when the C7 started getting software updates to Symbian Anna last August, while the Astound didn’t have a chance until three months later. Now that Nokia Belle updates are going out, will we see a similarly disappointing wait for the Astound’s update? The “disappointing” part might be spot-on, but we wouldn’t [...]
Unfortunately we’ve seen this coming!… Nokia has announced planned changes to three of its factories in Komarom (Hungary), Reynosa (Mexico) and Salo (Finland), after recently shutting down its factory in Jucu (Romania).
After reviewing smartphone manufacturing operations, announced last September, the Espoo-based company is aiming to increase competitiveness by shifting device assembly to factories in Asia, where major suppliers are located. The three aforementioned factories will focus on smartphone product customization with substantially reduced manufacturing [...]
Back in November, a very blurry photo of a Nokia presentation in Spanish broke word of the next couple iterations of Nokia’s once-Symbian platform. Like Android, Nokia’s been going with an alphabetical naming scheme for its OS versions, bringing-in Belle as an update to Symbian Anna. According to that photo, next in line are Carla and Donna. What we didn’t have, though, was any sort of a timeline for their releases. We’re still not sure just when a release might be ready, but signs are in place that Nokia’s well-into work on Carla, with bug reports on [...]
The numbers are in for comScore’s November 2011 report related to the US mobile phone industry. In the OEM category nothing seems to be dramatically changing; everyone except Samsung and Google are registering slight negative numbers. 25.6% of the market belongs to Samsung followed by LG with its 20.5% and Motorola with 13.7%. Apple gained 1.4% to reach 11.2% and is ahead of Research in Motion accounting for 6.5% of U.S. mobile subscribers.
The platform category is also looking the same but what’s worth mentioning is that Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS [...]
The “crazy-fast” cross-platform messaging application, Kik, is now available for Symbian users to connect them with friends on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, in real-time.
After a period of Beta testing, the app is now out and you can head over to the Nokia Store on your Symbian device to grab Kik. It will allow you to keep in touch with your friends quickly, as it is advertised to be “the fastest smartphone messenger”. You’ll also be able to receive instant message notifications for sent, delivered, and read messages.
Just yesterday, we were looking at the progress Nokia’s making towards bringing Symbian Belle updates to several of its smartphones. It’s easy to forget, though, that some have been waiting just as long for Anna to get here. For users of the Astound on T-Mobile, we’ve got some good news, as it look like your Anna updates are finally on their way.
The Astound is better-known to the rest of the world as Nokia’s C7. Unlike the Astound, the C7 started shipping with Anna over the summer and updates bringing the OS to existing handsets started arriving back in [...]
If you thought that the microSIM, the tiny SIM card that became popular with Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPad, was difficult to handle (and cut out for some), brace yourselves and prepare for the upcoming nanoSIM.
Just as manufacturers like Nokia are joining Apple in the microSIM game, a German company announced the nanoSIM which will be a third smaller. Measuring 12mm x 9mm, it is believed to allow manufacturers to produce even slimmer devices, as the thickness of the SIM has been also reduced by roughly 15%. Of course there will be adapters to allow you to use a nanoSIM in a [...]
“In case you didn’t get it via other channels already: We’ve now published Symbian Anna for Australia this morning”, says official wording and according to reports, the Symbian platform update did indeed reach Australian Nokia devices.
While the update has arrived to unlocked devices, official word from Vodafone also puts Symbian Anna out officially today for the Nokia N8, C7 and E7 handsets. Officially announced mid-April, Symbian Anna (PR2) brings portrait QWERTY input as well as split-screen for entering text, improvements to the Photo Gallery and [...]
If you’re a Nokia enthusiast you probably check on the Nokia Conversations website pretty often and as such, you might have noticed the portal being down for the past couple of days in preparation for a redesign.
Check on it now and you’ll see a completely redesigned website which has Metro written all over it. Aside from the unique, minimalistic features of the Metro-style, the Conversations redesign comes just two days before the Nokia World event where the Finnish manufacturer is expected to launch its first ever Windows Phones.
Source: Nokia [...]
King of camera-phones for a long period of time, the Nokia N8 received its Symbian^3 Anna update and it appears that several mini-updates are arriving to the phone in order to further improve some aspects.
According to recent reports, service-pack-like updates are rolled-out to the Nokia N8. The service pack update should appear on the phone (if not you’ll have to consult your Nokia Suite companion application on your computer). According to the description, the update brings “better performance and usability” so you definitely should go for an [...]
While our anticipation of Nokia World at the end of the month is largely motivated by the expected reveal of the company’s initial Windows Phone lineup, there’s going to be plenty else taking place. A new rumor suggests that the first day of the conference, October 26, might be used to introduce Symbian Belle updates for existing Anna phones.
Models like the 700 and 701 ship with Belle pre-installed, but any smartphone that initially shipped running Anna should be in the running for a Belle update of its own. That list includes models like the C7, E7, and [...]
Swype is the preferred input method of many users as it comes preinstalled on certain Android-powered smartphones. If you have a Symbian device, you will be glad to find out that Swype has been updated to version 2.0 and is now available in the Beta Labs.
One of the most notable features of the update is that Swype now supports portrait orientation and split-screen for devices running Symbian Anna. Aside from many bugfixes, version 2.0 also allows you to download 30 language dictionaries; if you’re an enthusiast, head over to the source link and get the [...]
Say you’re a Symbian user who’s looking for a new phone. You might have heard about Nokia’s long-term plans for the platform, and while it should still have a few good years left, the writing’s clearly on the wall. You might also have heard about Nokia’s support for Windows Phone 7, even though that hardware has yet to materialize. Do you decide to go with what you know, and get in a few more years with Symbian while you can? Maybe switch to another OS while you have the chance, but if so, which one? Some figures measuring smartphone popularity in five of [...]
We’ve been fans of Spb’s shell UI replacements for a while. They started original on Windows Mobile back in 2007 (See our review of version 1.5), but have since expanded to offering shell replacements for Android and Symbian as well. Today we’ve got a new version of Spb Shell 3D for Symbian and we’ve got it running on the Nokia N8 with Symbian Anna.
Spb Mobile Shell has evolved quite a lot over the years, so be sure to check out what version 2.0, version 3.0, version 3.5 as well as the Android version of Spb Shell 3D looked like.
Spb Shell 3D [...]
Nokia first introduced Symbian Anna to us with the debut of its E6 and X7 handsets, only recently have we seen the OS update arrive for existing Symbian models. Could the company be planning something similar for the release of Symbian Belle? We may know shortly, as Nokia’s put a timer up on its Facebook page counting down to Wednesday morning, promising “something new on Symbian”.
So far, there’s been a leak of an in-development version of Belle, which some users have successfully flashed to N8s. We haven’t learned if this release is planned as a [...]
We’ve been hearing for a while that the king of camera phones, the Nokia N8, is going to receive an update which will improve its camera even more. The refresh is supposed to add 30 fps video and continuous auto-focus, among other things.
The update is open for beta testing and is applicable to Nokia N8 phones running Symbian Anna. It brings a ton of imaging-related features to the phone, such as UI improvements, more Settings, faster, improved red-eye removal and much, much more. These all come, of course, in addition to the highly anticipated 30fps video mode and [...]
It looked like Nokia was nearly ready to start sending out Symbian Anna updates to some of its smartphones yesterday, prepping its servers with the software for N8 and E7 models. We wondered, though, what about the C7 and C6-01? All four Symbians were supposed to be getting Anna sometime before the end of the month. Well, we’ve got good news for owners of those handsets, as well, with Nokia confirming the update is now available for all four smartphones.
Symbian fans may already have their sights set on Belle, but those who haven’t yet gotten a chance to use Anna [...]
New Nokia smartphones like the E6 come with the latest Symbian Anna pre-installed, but what about existing hardware? Earlier this summer, Nokia confirmed plans to get Anna updates out to the N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 sometime by the end of August. It looks like it will meet that deadline with time to spare, as reports indicate that Nokia’s preparing to distribute the update for the N8 and E7 imminently.
The Navifirm tool, which connects to Nokia’s own servers to access firmware updates, reveals that Nokia has been loading its system with updates for every carrier and [...]
Nokia recently confirmed that its plans for the N9 don’t include countries like the US or the UK. It explained that its process for deciding which phones see releases in which areas is dependent partially upon what other devices it has or is planning to release there, considering what the repercussions for sales might be if it has multiple phones competing against each other. What we didn’t realize at the time is the full extent of this effort by Nokia to segregate sales of its phones; the company just revealed through the president of its US branch that North America is [...]
Nokia’s soon to be rebranded Ovi Store is continuing its growth, offering Symbian phone users a slowly but steadily increasing number of applications. Together with that, the number of downlaods per day is also increasing to currently account for 6.5 million.
If there were 48,000 applications in the Ovi Store last month, the end of July brings a milestone of 50,000 applications. It’s a steady growth if we do the maths but the number of daily downloads has increased by 1.5 million since April. The higher figures are due to “increased demand for apps from the [...]
After we’ve already seen the Nokia 500, the Finnish manufacturer has today officially announced the phone which you can customize on the outside to match your mood with the help of colored back covers.
The Nokia 500 runs the latest version of Symbian codenamed Anna and it is operated by a 1GHz processor. On the front there’s a 3.2-inch display with resolutionj of 640 x 360 pixels and the back features a five-megapixel camera. Storage-wise, there’s 2GB of internal memory expandable to 32GB using the micro-SD card slot. The radio is pentaband making sure you are [...]
Nokia announced the PR2 update for Symbian^3 dubbed Anna back in April and it is already shipping on smartphones like the Nokia X7 and Nokia E6. Furthermore, Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 will ship with Anna starting July with updates made available later in August.
Nokia Australia just published a Symbian Anna demo video in which the Finnish company shows off some of the features of the new platform update. Anna brings a faster browser, improved text input, revamped icons, a new version of Ovi Maps, portrait QWERTY input and more. If you want to get a closer look at Anna, check [...]