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 [...]
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 [...]
This past summer, popular music service Spotify finally became available to fans in the US. With all the licensing agreements worked-out with the labels, Spotify was officially open for business on this side of the Atlantic. In fact, things worked out quite nicely for US users, despite the wait, because they’re able to get an account that supports smartphones for a lower monthly cost than European users. So far, though, if you just wanted to casually check out the free version of the service in the US, you’d need an invitation. That’s all about to change, with plans [...]
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 [...]
Nokia officially announced on its Beta Labs webpage that its all-in one sync software for Symbian-powered smartphones, Ovi Suite, has been officially updated to version 188.8.131.52 upon graduation from the beta stage.
Ovi Suite 3.1.1 Beta users will be update to the latest official release and the web update for existing Nokia Ovi Suite 184.108.40.206 and earlier users will begin soon. If you have a Symbian smartphone from Espoo, like the Nokia X7 we recently reviewed, you might want to download the latest version manually by going to http://www.nokia.com/ovisuite.
Source: Nokia [...]
Has all the press Nokia’s been receiving lately got you thinking about foregoing your iPhone or Android and finally checking out a Symbian smartphone? While you can find some Nokia gear with US carriers, so far the go-to place to see what’s available has been to turn to Nokia itself, which maintained an online store selling unlocked smartphones galore. As of now, though, you’ll have to turn to one of its retail partners, since Nokia just shuttered its own online storefront in the US and the UK, following earlier site shutdowns in Europe.
Nokia now directs [...]
Swedish based Spotify is a peer-to-peer music streaming service and application software that became uber-popular in Europe with its more than one million paid subscribers and it appears that it will be coming (very) soon to the U.S.
Jonathan Forster from Spotify told the press in London that the company is “signing the remaining deals as I speak”. Even so, he quickly added that the service will not launch before July 5 though. Spotify offers both ad-supported (more than ten million users) and ad-free versions for its music streaming offerings and has long considered [...]
We knew that Angry Birds Magic would take the original avian-chucking game and add in some social functionality, urging you to connect with other players in order to unlock additional content through your smartphone’s NFC transceiver; look for it on Nokia devices this year. Now Rovio has revealed another aspect of this new way to play with Angry Birds, announcing Magic Places.
Magic Places expands on the idea of using proximity to other players to unlock content, instead using your phone’s GPS receiver to unlock content based on your proximity to pre-defined areas. [...]
The Nokia N8 smartphone is very well known for its exceptional camera quality allowing the device to take fabulous pictures almost on par with professional cameras thanks to its Carl Zeiss optics.
Nokia’s mobile camera guru Damien Dinning was talking unofficially about the N8’s camera and mentioned that the smartphone will be getting an update. The refresh will further improve the already great camera but this time in terms of video capturing as 30FPS would be added for smoother playback as well as continuous auto-focus. “There wil be an N8 specific update [...]
Nokia has recently updated its Ovi Store to version 2.8 bringing automatic application update checks and notifications, top lists and more. There reportedly were some problems that determined Nokia to quickly pull the update but is now rolling out.
The version number is 2.08.042 and it will bring you all the goodies we mentioned in our previous post if you’re rocking a Symbian^3 smartphone. You need to open Ovi Store on your handset and an update notification should let you know that there’s a more recent version you should install. You’re all set from [...]
Nokia has released its own instant messaging client today called IM for Nokia which will work on Nokia smartphones with a data connection or via WiFi. It’s available to download for free in the Nokia (Ovi) Store.
IM for Nokia allows chatting with friends, coworkers and family members who also use IM for Nokia or an Ovi Mail account. Additionally, the application supports the most popular IM applications on the market today: Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and MySpace IM. Unfortunately Facebook Messaging is not supported.
New Nokia devices will [...]
If you’ve upgraded your home entertainment system in the past decade, there’s a good chance that you’ve got one or more devices that are compatible with DLNA media sharing. The protocol allows you to access content remotely over your home network, without needing to break out A/V cables every time you want to connect devices. DLNA lets you keep videos on your PC, for instance, and stream them over WiFi to any DLNA-capable TV in the house. Of course, smartphones are eager to get in on the action, too, and many already act as DLNA mobile servers. Now you can add Nokia [...]
Say What? You’d guess that the largest handset maker in the world would have better things to do than just drool at the competition, but I guess every management style is different. In a shocker report, Businessweek’s recent article talks about Stephen Elop’s sinking Nokia adventure, and how he once showed disappointment to his team of 11,600 engineers because very few of them showed any interest in the competition they face.
After very few hands were raised as he asked his enormous team of engineers just how many of them had ever used an iPhone or an Android [...]
On April 12 Nokia launched the E6 business oriented smartphone and the X7 as the first Nokia phones to ship with Symbian Anna aka PR2.
One and a half month later the Finnish manufacturer announces that the E6 and Nokia X7 are now shipping: E6 in Europe, Eurasia, Asia/Pacific, as well as the Middle East and Africa and X7 in Europe, Eurasia, China, India and other Asia/Pacific countries. If you already own a Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6, Symbian Anna should be available for your smartphone in the coming months.
Source: Nokia ConversationsVia: My Nokia Blog
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s phone of choice, the luxurious gold-adorned Nokia Oro, may be a bit outside the comfort zone of how much we’d like to spend on a smartphone, but it certainly looks like a good way to get some attention in a world of drab, neutral-toned handsets. The limited edition phone is first launching in the Middle East and Russia, followed by Europe and China. We haven’t heard anything about a possible US release, but an Oro just made its way by the FCC, showing us a version of the phone with some solid support for US frequency bands.
The Oro, [...]
If you are running Symbian^3 on your Nokia smartphone you will be able to review and apply updates to the applications you have purchased from the Store as a feature of the new Ovi Store update version 2.8.
After the installation and log in process, the application will automatically check if any of your installed applications have an update available; in case there is an update for an app, you will be notified by a flag. According to Nokia, “this feature will be rolled out initially to S^3 devices next week. App update functionality for other device family clients will be [...]
Time after time, when discussing Symbian since news of its transition to Windows Phone 7 became public, Nokia has tried reassuring its Symbian-running user base that their phones are in no danger of being abandoned, that the company will continue to support the hardware and software through the end of their natural product lives, even long after its first WP7 handset is available. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop recently sat down to talk about his company and the future of Symbian, finally putting some actual dates to these predictions for Symbian’s future.
According to Elop, we [...]
Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, Ofcom, has ruled that, starting today, May 26, as a result of new European telecoms law, no carrier can offer longer than two-year contracts.
The rule applies for both new phone and broadband contracts which starting today will be limited to a maximum of 24 months. Some carriers offered three-year contracts but according to Ofcom regulations, network operators must offer a choice of contract lasting no longer than 12 months. “Shorter contracts are likely to promote competition and enable [...]
If you’re a Best Buy Mobile customer you probably used the Upgrade Checker service at least once in order to find out whether you are Eligible for a new phone or not. The service can be accessed from Best Buy’s website and requires you to fill in some information about yourself like your mobile number, billing ZIP code and carrier.
If you’re an AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile subscriber you will be required to fill in just one more bit: a security measure like your social security or PIN number. However, if you’re on Sprint, all phone numbers on the [...]
The Nokia Oro is your Limited Edition Nokia C7 dressed in gold, leather and sapphire. We told you about Nokia’s plans with the Oro and it looks like the Finnish phone maker is officially introducing the Oro.
The smartphone is dressed up in premium materials of leather and 18 carat gold plating, with a menu key of sapphire crystal. Underneath is your Nokia C7 — Astound in the US — and it’s running Symbian Anna OS for Nokia. It’s got an eight-megapixel camera with dual led flash and HD video recording capability and a 3.5-inch capacitive AMOLED [...]
If you have a smartphone (and you do since you are reading our website) you know how smart these devices are: they can run tons of applications, keep you in touch with friends and colleagues, help you find your way around by knowing where you are and where you’re heading. Well, your “smart” phone will become even smarter after some of these sensors will come out and manufacturers include them in your handsets — and of course when platforms and applications will offer proper support.
Benedetto Vigna, general manager of the MEMS division of [...]
This chart shows shows us all the primary handset brands in terms of operating profits which excludes those companies that are loosing money. It is separated in two sections: Smart which stands for Smartphones and Diversified for those companies like Samsung and Nokia that sell both Smart and Dumb phones. You’ll notice how Apple, RIM and HTC are dominating the smartphone market by owning 75% of the smartphone profits in Q1-2011. Apple proves to be the most profitable smartphone brand so far, as they own 55% of that portion.
Surely sales figures may be a whole different [...]
Yesterday we got word of Microsoft’s latest plans for a press event to show off Windows Phone 7 gear. We’re assuming to see mostly software, with Mango the hot topic of the moment, but we also looked at some other upcoming events, which other companies had announced, in order to see if we could find any connection to Microsoft’s. There’s a chance that Samsung’s event, being held on May 24, the same as Microsoft’s, could involve some WP7 hardware, but things aren’t looking so hot for the other option we had considered, a Nokia event in Greece on [...]