We’ve already seen progress being made towards the next major update to come after Nokia Belle, which we know as Carla. As it turns out, Nokia has other plans for Belle before it comes time to release Carla, as it will be introducing Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 along with the 808 PureView, as revealed at the Mobile World Congress. Today Nokia went into some detail on the features we’ll see in FP1, and it all sounds like very good news.
Besides the 808, Nokia has committed to bringing FP1 to the 603, 700, and 701, all phones that originally shipped with Belle. This [...]
Nokia PureView 808, the 41-megapixel uber-cameraphone Nokia just launched has landed in our hands and we had a lot of questions. It is definitely a worthy follow-up to the Nokia N8 — considered the king of camera phones long after its release — so make sure to watch the entire video.
The phone is capable of capturing a maximum image dimension of 38.1 megapixels but it defaults to five. You also have the option to shoot eight-megapixel images but once you go full resolution you’ll be amazed by the detail the sensor paired with the Carl Zeiss optics is able to [...]
Earlier this month, we heard about the Nokia 801, a rumored Symbian smartphone, but we really haven’t been able to get a good read on the handset. At first, there was a rumor that we’d only see one new Symbian, so news of multiple upcoming models had us wondering where the truth really was. Then there was the mystery of what would be the follow-up to Nokia’s N8, which is now looking likely to be the PureView 808. Lastly, we had the picture of the supposed 801 itself, which was clearly just compiled from pre-existing Nokia images. Still, there were some strong voices [...]
It’s looking like Nokia will have at least two Windows Phone handsets and one new Symbian model to show-off at next week’s Mobile World Congress. There’s the possibility that even more phones may be waiting for us, at least according to recent discoveries of additional model numbers, but at the very least we should see models like the successor to the N8, rumored to be the Nokia 808 PureView. As such, all eyes are going to be on that handset’s camera performance and, if the teaser video Nokia just released is any indication, we should have cause to be [...]
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 [...]
We’ve been hearing a surprising amount of news lately about Nokia Belle, both as updates start to arrive for Symbian Anna handsets, and rumors circle what could be the final device to be released as part of the Symbian family. Supposedly, Nokia only has one more Belle smartphone on the way, and this will be the long-awaited model to act as heir to the N8 and its superior imaging capabilities. We had been thinking that this model might be the Nokia 803, which we showed you in the fall, but then got word that there also might be an 801 in the works. Today, a new rumor hopes to [...]
The Nokia N8 has come a long way since its original release with Symbian^3. It has since seen an upgrade to Symbian Anna and now we have Symbian Belle which is a lot different than previous versions of Symbian. Actually it’s a lot like Android. Symbian Belle adds support for up to 6 home screens that you can pan through horizontally and the widgets that you can place on these home screens are no longer constrained to a single specific size. You now have widgets of all shapes and sizes which makes the home screens a lot more like Android and a little more messy looking. [...]
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 [...]
Early this morning, we told you about the good news that had finally arrived for many Symbian owners; after months of waiting, and plenty of delays, word came that Belle updates were starting to go out for phones currently running Symbian Anna. If you had the likes of a 700, or one of the other models that arrived with Belle pre-installed, this news is of little consequence to you, but it’s just what owners of the X7, E7, E6, C7, C6-01, 500, and N8 have been waiting for. Then again, knowing that the updates are out there somewhere, and realizing that your phone has yet to receive [...]
This year’s Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks away, and we’re already very excited to get the chance to see all the hot new smartphones that didn’t make it to the CES. There are a few Nokia models we’ve been hearing about lately, and a new rumor out today says that the manufacturer will reveal at least one of them at the event.
Now, that bit alone shouldn’t be very surprising, but it’s another aspect of the information tied to this rumor that has us very curious. According to Forbes, one of Nokia’s partners with knowledge of its [...]
“Nokia Belle will be on the way from next week” was the wording used in an official Nokia tweet last month. Devices to get it are the Nokia X7, E7, N8, E6, and 500, C7 or C6-01. Even if it took more than a week, the refresh is rolling out as we speak, according to several reports.
Announced back in August, Nokia’s Belle update brings new widgets, more options for customization, new applications and built-in NFC functionality. Fire up your Nokia Suite software, connect your phone and check for the update availability. If it’s there for your phone, you [...]
Late last week, a report went out that claimed Nokia was a little disappointed with the recent sales of Symbian-based handsets, and as a result of this, would be cutting-short plans for future Belle phones. Supposedly, the only additional Belle model that would ever see the light of day would be the phone meant to act as the successor to the popular N8. We wondered at the time if that might be the Nokia 803, which he had learned about thanks to a leak. Today the situation is complicated a bit upon the arrival of an image claiming to represent another forthcoming Nokia Belle model, the [...]
We’ve been hearing a lot about Nokia Belle lately, and while the company is very much invested in Windows Phone, it’s been nice to see the level of attention it’s been giving to a platform that is slowly on its way out. At least, from the plans Nokia had shared about its ongoing transition to a Windows Phone manufacturer, there was supposed to be a slow, gradual tapering-off of Symbian resources over the next couple years. A report out this morning claims that Nokia may be in a bigger rush to shutter the platform than anticipated, and this could have a negative impact [...]
Earlier this week, we brought you a couple stories about ongoing progress at updating existing Nokia Symbian Anna phones to the latest Belle code, and even a little news about Belle’s successor, Carla. Separately, we learned of the latest developments in the effort to bring Skype to Windows Phone, with news of a private beta commencing. Just in case you can’t see where we’re going with this, apparently its time for those two threads to intertwine, as Skype’s just released a new version of its app for Nokia Belle.
The big changes here sound largely [...]
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 [...]
It was starting to look late last week that Nokia was finally getting ready to bring Belle to the Symbian-Anna-running masses. While we still hadn’t seen news of the expected update going out to existing users, the company confirmed that some of these models for which we’ve been expecting updates to arrive were already shipping out new to retailers with Belle pre-installed. With the stage set for Belle updates to arrive, we’ve been waiting for a sign as to when. It looks like Nokia Vietnam may have just let the news slip, posting a message to Facebook that teases the [...]
Loyal Symbian users have been waiting for Belle updates to arrive since last fall. Though Nokia models like the 603, 700, and 701 come with this latest operating system already installed, no update has been distributed to existing handsets, currently running Symbian Anna. At first, it looked like Nokia would be able to get that software out before the end of last year, but in December we learned that plans were now pushed-back until sometime early this year. Then, an announcement last week seemed to suggest that the updates were nearly here (and would already be arriving by today), [...]
A recent Checkpoint research that surveyed 768 IT professionals from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan demonstrates that Apple’s iOS is the preferred mobile platform when it comes to corporations.
89% of the questioned have smartphones or tablets connected to their corporate networks but “Apple iOS is the most common mobile platform used to connect in corporate environments”. Cupertino’s mobile platform accounts for 30% of the devices connected, followed by BlackBerry with its 29% and Android’s 21%. The Windows Mobile / Windows [...]
There were mixed signals regarding Nokia Belle and the roll-out process, including initial ones which indicated “early next year” and then those that followed pointing towards a February release.
Next week seems to be the target according to the phone-maker’s Twitter page. The wording goes: “Nokia Belle will be on the way from next week”. Devices like the Nokia X7, E7, N8, E6, and 500 got the nod with regards to the Belle update so if you own a phone from the list above (or the C7 or C6-01) you should be expecting the refresh anytime starting [...]
A Customer Think survey recently published some data regarding customer satisfaction results based on smartphone operating system. The survey found that Windows Phone 7 ended up being the most satisfying operating system of the bunch, followed by Blackberry, then Apple’s iOS, then Android, with Symbian rounding out 5th place. The number of users surveyed wasn’t equal for each OS though, so you have to take that into account. Actually, only 1% of customer reviews were from Windows Phone users, which seems to indicate that the few that are using Windows Phone are very [...]
The last days of 2011 saw many of us taking a retrospective look over the prior year. You’ve probably ready half-a-dozen year-end top-ten lists by now, and even we got into the action by breaking-down our favorite stories of the year and making some predictions for 2012. Nokia decided to go multimedia for one of its retrospectives, focusing on those phone accessories the manufacturer made available over this past year.
You don’t need a Nokia smartphone to make use of all the gear featured in this clip, but it sure does coordinate nicely with the bold colors of Nokia [...]
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 [...]
2011 has been a year of transition for Nokia, and saw the company introduce its first Windows Phone handsets. As we get ready to move into 2012, Nokia is embracing its new position in the smartphone ecosystem. To some extent, that means letting go of the past, and to that end, Nokia has revealed that it will be dropping the Symbian name from its smartphones.
The current release of the operating system has been known as Symbian Belle, which is now in the process of replacing Symbian Anna on older hardware. From here on out, though, it’s just going to be Belle.
We just got a user’s manual for a purported Symbian Belle-powered device claiming to be the Nokia 803; what we didn’t get were any features or specs to go along with the document. Our immediate reaction upon seeing the rather large camera hump was, of course, that we were looking at the rumored successor to the 12-megapixel Nokia N8 — one of the greatest cameraphones ever made.
Unfortunately, the manual doesn’t go into much detail about the 803’s functionality beyond the basics, although we were able to glean the somewhat-predictable inclusion of [...]