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 [...]
Just a couple weeks back, we saw Nokia update its site’s Symbian Belle page to reflect the update status for a couple additional handsets. The X7, E7, N8, E6, and 500 models are all now listed as those to which Belle will soon be coming. Problem is, just when will that be? Although Nokia gave earlier indications that we could hope to see those updates released before the end of the year, it now looks like things are being delayed until 2012.
A curious user tweeted Nokia’s UK branch to ask about the update status specifically for the N8. The company’s response [...]
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.
Ever since Symbian Belle first arrived on the 700 and 701, we’ve been wondering when Belle updates would become available to other recent-model Symbian phones. Nokia keeps a web page up that shows off some of the system’s features, as well as contains the latest status news on these updates to existing hardware. Recently, those notes have been all over the place, including briefly claiming that Belle was already available for a few of the models in question. It’s back to behaving now, and has been recently updated to include info on a few more phones.
Nokia now [...]
For an operating system in the midst of its death throes, Symbian is still receiving an admirable level of support. We’re still waiting for Belle updates for many of the phones that didn’t arrive with it already installed, but they’ll be coming in due time. Past that, though, what does the future hold for Symbian? A leaked slide suggests that at least two more updates are in the works, to arrive as Symbian Carla and Symbian Donna.
This is not the most ideal form a leak could come in, since we’re dealing with not only a very blurry image, but one that [...]
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 [...]
With its twelve-megapixel camera and imaging capabilities that rival stand-alone point-and-shoots, Nokia’s N8 has been the cameraphone to beat since its introduction earlier this year. A recent rumor says that Nokia is working on a spiritual successor, with plans to get this new Symbian model out sometime in Q2 of next year.
The big news for the phone’s camera, at least according to these rumors, is that it will have a hardware optical zoom. The N8 already sacrificed thinness for its camera, so the bulk of an optical zoom has us concerned about just how thick this [...]
We knew from day-one that the Microsoft-Nokia deal was not a one-way arrangement and to further prove that, Symbian^3 Belle users should expect Microsoft Office apps to hit their devices soon, part by the end of this year and another one at the beginning of 2012.
The update which will bring Microsoft Office apps to Symbian Belle-phones will be free and will be pushed to devices like the Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 603.
The first update, before the end of the year, will bring “Microsoft OneNote, for detailed note-taking; Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast, for [...]
Back in August, before it had Windows Phone hardware to show off, Nokia announced three of its latest Symbian handsets, set to arrive running the latest Belle OS update. The group consisted of the Nokia 600, 700, and 701 models, in ascending order of price. All three were to have 1GHz processors, but with varying screen and storage options. Less than a month later, the Nokia 700 and 701 were shipping out to customers, but the 600 had yet to materialize. With the phone still nowhere to be found, has it run into delays, or possibly been canceled altogether?
We heard of this rumor [...]
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 [...]
A new Nokia smartphone was recently added to Nokia’s developer site, showing off a handful of tech specs. The data has since been withdrawn, but what was posted earlier paints the start of a picture for us, leaving us to wonder just what kind of smartphone the 710 might be.
Nokia listed the handset as running a 2008 Maemo tablet OS, which just sounds flat-out wrong. While that spec is clearly suspect, the rest make a lot of sense. They describe a smartphone with a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.7-inch 800×480 display, 8GB of flash storage, and 512MB of RAM. If that sounds like [...]
Symbian^3 version Belle was not the only thing Nokia announced today as there are three smartphones that will ship with Belle out of the box, also introduced today: Nokia 600, 700 and 701.
First off, the Nokia 600 is referred to by the manufacturer as an all-in-one entertainment hub with the loudest speakers on a smartphone to date. Aside from running Belle, the 600 features a 1GHz processor, 3.2-inch nHD screen, built-in NFC, FM radio receiver and transmitter, A-GPS with an accelerometer and magnetometer, 2GB of internal memory on board (with support for up to 32GB), [...]
Nokia just introduced the 603 smartphone which is running Symbian^3 with the Belle update. It comes in many colors and is an affordable device, offering according to the manufacturer “leading-edge features at a mid-range price-point”.
The 603 packs a 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch ClearBlack display with nHD resolution of 640 x 360 pixels, penta-band radio with support for WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 and GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies, five-megapixel camera with digital zoom and 720p video recording capability, NFC, and, of course, Symbian Belle.
The two [...]
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 [...]
Nokia has officially announced the 700 and 701 smartphones with the occasion of unveiling the Nokia 600 and the Belle update to its Symbian^3 platform. At that time, the availability date for all three phones was set to the third quarter of the year.
The Finnish phone maker just announced that the Nokia 700 and 701 are now shipping. They are coming with Symbian Belle out of the box, which brings new widgets, more options for customization, new applications and built-in NFC functionality.
The Nokia 700 is “the most compact touch monoblock smartphone in the market [...]
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 [...]
Nokia’s alliance with Microsoft this year is obviously leading to big changes within the company’s lineup of smartphones, with the gradual abandonment of Symbian in favor of the Windows Phone platform. Just because Symbian’s being phased-out doesn’t mean there’s nothing new for it, as should be clear from this year’s release of Anna, and the upcoming Belle. There’s one aspect of this partnership we hadn’t really considered: the influence of Microsoft on current Symbian development. It turns out that we’ll be seeing a good deal from [...]
Think of Microsoft Lync as Windows Live Messenger for business and, according to the information unveiled at TechED New Zealand, the Lync client should be available for Windows Phone, Android, iOS and Symbian-powered devices in the last quarter of the year.
Lync mobile will offer both audio and video conferencing options in addition to the plain text chat, so aside from Skype, Lync will also take advantage on Windows Phone with front-facing cameras. It will definitely take the form of a separate client but whether it will deeply integrate with the People Hub and Messaging as [...]
Four months after Nokia announced its latest Symbian^3 refresh called Anna, the Finnish manufacturer today announced the upcoming version of the platform, codenamed Belle. Among the main attractions of Belle are the addition of new widgets, more options for customization, new applications and built-in NFC functionality.
The Belle widgets are live, free-form and resizable meaning commonly used widgets like clock, e-mail, music player, favorite contacts and the calendar come in several dimensions and have the ability of being resized. If, up until Symbian Anna, you were only [...]