Posts tagged with: Symbian
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    Nokia has killed Symbian, as a direct effect of the Microsoft strategic alliance, when the Finns decided to go Windows Phone. Last summer, Nokia was reported to stop shipping Symbian phones altogether, and the 808 PureView was the last of its (Symbian) breed. Now that Nokia is a part of Microsoft --its devices division anyways-- we're looking forward to what is believed to be the Nokia X2. There are less than 20 hours (at the time of this post) until the event where the Android-powered Nokia X will get a follow-up. While the general consensus was (and still is), that it will be a phone ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers frequently go to enormous lengths to help keep our devices secure. Part of that role is regulatory, keeping unwanted apps out of centralized app stores. Other protections are technical, using software to keep one step ahead of ne'er-do-wells. One such technical protection is code signing, allowing developers to use an encryption key to let end users verify that code came from a known trusted source; this is why you can safely sideload updates to Google's Android apps you find online, as they can be verified as coming from Google itself. But now a new story's ...

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    Shortly after meeting him in person for the first time at IFA 2012, I sat in a Berlin bar with Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy and we talked about our hopes for the future of smartphones. He'd just given me a gander at his prize Nokia 808 PureView, and despite its bulk and its dated software platform, I wanted it. More precisely: I wanted a Windows Phone version of it. Fast forward to MWC 2013. Anton and I were again sharing a couple end-of-the-day drinks, this time in a hotel room in Barcelona, and talking about our expectations for that show on a special-edition episode of the Pocketnow ...

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    The competition for the dominating service of cross-platform messaging has lasted for a while, and with BlackBerry working hard on bringing BBM to Android and iOS, it was only a matter of time before the existing incumbent did something about it. Whatsapp has proven to be one of the best options that we all have to communicate with just about any smartphone platform in the market, and they've got more up their sleeve. The company has now officially confirmed that they've reached a staggering 300 million users, which shows a growth of as much as 50 million in just six weeks. To celebrate, ...

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    If the Nokia 808 PureView was considered by many to be a camera with a phone, we are now then right in calling the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom a phone with a camera. ...or vice versa. Anyways, both of these phones are built with different concepts and principles in mind. The PureView achieves lossless zoom by cropping towards the sensors 1:1 ratio, while the Galaxy S4 zoom simply extends its optical lenses so that you can achieve 10x optical zoom for your images. Let's see how the two stack up against each other!

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    Symbian phones will be no longer shipped by Nokia starting this summer, according to a recent report. The Nokia 808 PureView was the last new Symbian-phone manufactured, running the platform which was renamed to Nokia (Belle). Ever since the 808, the company has been shipping Symbian phones to markets where the platform was still relevant. However, it quickly lost market share and is now on the edge of extinction. With this final stab, the platform and its phones will be completely abandoned. Nokia is now focusing entirely on Windows Phone for its smartphones. Its success will depend on ...

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    Apple increases lead over Samsung in the U.S., according to the latest numbers from comScore, referring to the quarter ending March 2013. We've recently seen a visualization of Apple and Samsung growth over time but as far as these two main competitors are concerned, in America, the iPhone-maker is still holding its number-one spot. Apple grew from 36.3% last December to 39% at the end of March 2013, as far as the share of total smartphone subscribers is concerned. Samsung has also seen a growth, slight though, from 21% to 21.7%, meaning Apple has managed to distance itself compared to its ...

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    Back before Nokia's 808 PureView launched with its utterly fantastic imaging capabilities, before we even knew its final name, we had heard rumors that the handset would be the last in a long line of Symbian smartphones. Nokia had already made it clear that Windows Phone was the future, but rather than slamming the door on Symbian outright, it planned for a more gradual shift in focus over to Microsoft's platform. Since then, we've seen the company continue to release software updates for Symbian devices, helping to reassure long-term fans of the OS that they wouldn't be forgotten, but ...

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    While our own Nokia 808 PureView has not received the latest over-the-air refresh yet, there are several reports circulating over the past couple of days of an update being pushed out to the phone. Those who reportedly received it are talking about a rather fat download, of about 420MB, applied from the computer. While the OTA update could weigh less, the refresh itself should bump the software version of Nokia Belle Feature Pack 2 from 113.010.1507 to 113.010.1508, a tiny little version-increase. While new features have not been sighted, the refresh should definitely bring some ...

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    I don't know about you but for me, even after so many years of covering phones and tablets, a new device feels like Christmas, whether it is one I receive for review, one I purchase for myself, or one I happen to help someone else unbox and setup. Phone or tablet, regardless of make and model, platform or form factor, we all have our habits whenever we get a new gadget. My routine (whenever not doing a review) is: quick and dirty unboxing, fully charging it, go through the setup process, go through all of the elements in Settings and customizing according to my needs. So far so good. The ...

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    It's bragging time again! After we've seen your home and lock screens, we now want to see the best picture you've ever taken with your phone or tablet. Whether your phone is the Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, Nokia 808 PureView, and any other or your tablet is the Apple iPad, Iconia Tab, Transformer, and any one of the rest, the best camera is always the one that's with you, when you need it. Turning moments into memories, freezing a landscape or just shooting for fun, with today's gadgets there's rarely the need for you to take an additional camera with you all the ...

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    Nobody knows exactly when the Apple vs. Samsung courtroom drama will ever stop (if) and what will the outcome be. According to some court documents the Cupertino-based company has asked Samsung, back in October of 2010, for royalty fees also saying they "would have preferred that Samsung request a license in advance". A total amount of $30 was requested for any touch-screen-enabled phone, let it be Windows Phone, Android of another platform (Bada, Symbian, etc.) and $40 for each tablet -- amount which would decrease to $30 over two years. There were also some discounts planned: phones ...

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    Depending on the operating system you use you might be able to tweak the lock screen of your phone in order to suit your needs. Aside from typical notifications for missed calls, text, e-mails, calendar appointments and such, some platforms (or skins running on top of it, if available) allow you to add all sorts of widgets to keep you informed at a single glance. Other operating systems barely allow you to change the wallpaper so this is pretty much the only thing which can make your phone stand out from the rest. We've recently seen all the great home screen layouts you're using and now ...

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    Wallpapers (live or static), widgets, tiles, and icons. Whether your platform of choice is Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or another one, alive or abandoned, we all strive to find that perfect combination of looks and functionality. Seeing as much information as possible (necessary) at a single glance is the most important thing for some, while others prefer a mild, pleasant look and feel of their home screen so that they can show that visual appeal off. Show us your home screen! Regardless of your platform powering your phone (or tablet, for that matter), snap a screenshot and post it ...

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    The Nokia 808 PureView -- winner of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2012 and 2012 TIPA Award for Best Imaging Innovation -- shocked everyone at this year's Mobile World Congress with its 41-megapixel camera sensor. Many understood the PureView Technology from the very beginning while others were simply considering it overkill. Nokia wanted to come up with a worthy successor to the Nokia N8, former King of Camera-phones, and the Finnish company believed that the 808 PureView would be just that. However, straight from the beginning, the 808 PureView raised eyebrows because of the platform used ...

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    From ultramodern trailblazer in the late '90s, to common communicator in the mid-'00s, to symbol of the marginalized "dumbphone" today, flip and clamshell phones have undergone quite the status shift over the last two decades. I've talked before about how awesome the flip form factor was and how much I miss it, and it turns out I'm not alone. Lots of commenters showed up at the end of that piece to share their fondness for the clamshell phones of old, and recently editor-in-chief Brandon Miniman suggested we take a quick look at some of the most well-known, and some of the more obscure, ...

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    After seeing just what the PureView Technology is in reality and how it works, we compared the image and video capturing capabilities of the Nokia 808 PureView with some hot phones on the market right now. As described in the PureView Technology piece, one of its main features is lossless zoom. We have a couple of images for you to check out; the captions on each image will describe the mode used to shoot, but of course, you need to check out the full resolution versions by clicking them open. Note: You may want to scroll to the bottom of this post to check out the focus and zoom demo ...

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    When Nokia introduced the 808 PureView at this year's MWC, everybody was shocked to hear that the Finnish manufacturer packed a 41-megapixel sensor inside the phone. Of course, Nokia wanted a decent follow-up to the Nokia N8 which was, for a long time, the king of camera phones. Now, the new King is here! The box contains the 808 PureView, an 1,400mAh battery pack, a wall charger, USB cable for syncing and charging, a wrist-wrap and in-ear noise canceling headphones. The 808 PureView is powered by a 1.3GHz processor, aided by a dedicated Broadcom BCM2763, has a four-inch ClearBlack AMOLED ...

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    Richard Kerris, Nokia's Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations, unveiled that "it wont be long" until Verizon fans will finally get the opportunity to use Nokia devices. Currently the Finnish phone maker has no offering on Big Red and future possible customers are either left waiting for a Nokia phone or have to leave for another carrier in order to grab one. Unfortunately, no exact time frame was made public. As far as the PureView technology is concerned, the one which debuted on the Symbian-powered 808 which is, as of now, available in the U.S., it will come to Windows ...

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    On June 19 Nokia announced that its 41-megapixel-powered monster will be available in the U.S. through Amazon. While there was no indication of an exact availability date, the announcement made it public that the phone will go for $699, fully unlocked and unsubsidized. You can now purchase the Nokia 808 PureView as it is available from the merchant. You will get it by July 10 and, as per why you'd like to purchase a phone running Symbian Belle, in a world dominated by Android, iOS and Windows Phone, the answer is the 41-megapixel image sensor and stellar imaging functionality. Make sure ...

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    A mobile phone's main characteristics, by definition, are the ability to make and receive phone calls as well as exchange text messages. A smartphone should be a phone that has the ability to run applications but these days it seems to be the other way around: a mobile computer that can also do voice calls. A recent O2 study shows that smartphone owners have at least four more important things to do on their smartphones than to place calls. According to the findings, people are using their smartphones for at least two hours every day, out of which more than half of that time is dedicated ...

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    Nokia recently announced the upcoming start of US sales for its 41-megapixel 808 PureView Symbian handset, including the note that the phone would work just fine on AT&T, but be restricted to 2G speeds when operating on T-Mobile's network. Based on what we knew of the international 808's frequency support, which doesn't include T-Mobile's 1700MHz AWS band, that seemed like a logical consequence. However, Nokia has since revised its announcement to strike that statement. Just what's going on with the handset's support for T-Mobile? Nokia now writes on its blog, "We incorrectly stated ...

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    Nokia fans in the U.S. that were hoping for the 808 PureView to hit the market -- there were actually indications of that happening shortly after MWC -- were probably excited over the weekend with Nokia U.S. featuring 808-related material on their Facebook page, hinting towards a June 18 announcement. As expected, the Finnish manufacturer is bringing the 808 PureView to the States. It will be available for $699 from Amazon and, while it will be fully operational on AT&T's network, it will only be able to generate 2G traffic on T-Mobile. The main attraction of this phone is the ...

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    The Nokia 808 PureView, while announced at this year's MWC, is still not available in most of the markets (U.K. included) but it looks like the Finnish manufacturer might follow up on the information according to which the 41-megapixel camera with a phone will be landing in the U.S. Nokia U.S. posted these two images on its Facebook wall. While these left everyone wondering what it will be exactly that Nokia is planning on introducing on June 18 (this Monday), the consensus seems to be the 808 PureView. The map above represents Hawaii and the area code for Hawaii is 808. The image below ...

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    When we first heard about Nokia 808 PureView pre-orders for the European market, the 41-megapixel smartphone was expected to arrive in May. Later, we saw those expectations pushed back to early June, but today we get news of an even more substantial delay, claiming that the phone won't be available until mid-to-late July. These reports come through UK retailer Clove, which has updated its site to reflect this new understanding about when the 808 will arrive. The confusing part is trying to read what effect this change might have on global 808 availability. Europe was never supposed to be ...

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