With Nokia’s resources reallocating towards Windows Phone 7 development, we’ve been wondering what, if anything, the company would do to boost Symbian sales in the platform’s ending years. Nokia’s made it abundantly clear that it won’t be abandoning the platform, but there’s a lot of play in-between continued software support and actively promoting new Symbian sales. One idea the company may be considering to draw some new attention to its smartphones is to position them as high-end luxury items. To that end, we’ve just gotten our first look at [...]
Interested in doing a little beta testing on your Symbian smartphone? Nokia’s just released the beta version of Ovi Maps 3.07, adding a handful of new features to the popular app.
Since the release of Ovi Maps 3.06, Nokia’s focused on UI changes that may not add a great deal of new functionality, but improve how you access data with the app and hopefully make it more natural and easy to use. One part that has received a notable overhaul is the appearance of place pages; the redesign includes reviews from numerous online sources, as well as user-submitted content, and [...]
With Angry Birds on its way to Windows Phone 7, the extent of Rovio’s reach over smartphone gaming is nearly total, with BlackBerry the most notable holdout. Perhaps recognizing that big fans of the game will likely end up playing it on multiple smartphones as they upgrade to new devices, and even on multiple platforms, Rovio has decided to introduce global cross-platform game status syncing, allowing you to pick up from where you left off regardless of what smartphone you’re using.
This represents an ambitious plan for Rovio, taking a game that’s played [...]
The Nokia E72 is a phone running S60 3rd Edition which will not die out that easy especially with the manufacturer being committed to constantly improving and adding features to the software.
A recent minor update, v54, is reportedly improving on the auto-focus of the phone while taking pictures. While not being included in the list of changes, several users have seen the feature improve. What’s included though in the changes are the addition of SIM Lock 3.0 and B2B Certificate of phase 1 and updated startup settings baseline. The Vlingo application and Ovi Files have been [...]
Fujitsu is reportedly working on a phone, called LOOX F-07c, which looks to be able to dual-boot between Symbian and Windows 7 (not Windows Phone 7) and it will be heading to DoCoMo according to rumors.
The LOOX F-07c will sport a four-inch WSVGA screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and at its core will sit an Intel Atom processor (Atoms power lower end Netbooks). Added are a 32GB SSD as well as USB and HDMI sockets for a phone which is capable of switching from Symbian to Windows 7 with just the push of a button. Since neither DoCoMo nor Fujitsu confirmed the [...]
Next Tuesday is shaping up to a big day for smartphones; Microsoft’s MIX conference will likely involve plenty of smartphone content, HTC is planning a press event in London, and now Nokia’s started sending out invitations to a London event of its own.
The invitations show that Nokia intends the gathering to focus on Symbian smartphones, but other than that, the door’s wide open. There are plenty of models that have popped up on our radar that would be likely candidates for Nokia to show off; last week the T7 made a series of appearances in Nokia’s [...]
Last week Nokia started administering the Symbian source repository on its own servers, after the Symbian Foundation dissolved in the fall. While Nokia announced that the files were there, you couldn’t gain access to them without registering with Nokia as a development partner first. This started setting off alarm bells in those concerned with Symbian’s status as an open source operating system. Nokia has made a follow-up blog post to clarify the situation, insisting that the future of Symbian development is still “open” to interested parties, but it is no [...]
The wait for the Nokia E7 looks to be over as the smartphone is available and in stock with Amazon going for $649. The initial price is $679 — the same as the price for the pre-order back in December — but there’s currently a $30 off, making it a better deal than the one featured on the Nokia Store where it goes for $679.
The Nokia E7 is powered by Symbian^3 and has a four-inch AMOLED screen with ClearBlack Display technology in addition to a a full QWERTY keyboard and 16GB of internal storage. It supports quad-band GSM frequencies of 850/900/1800/1900MHz as [...]
With the shuttering of the Symbian Foundation last fall, and Nokia’s recent shift towards Windows Phone 7, the fate of the Symbian source code has been a bit uncertain. After the Foundation’s website went down, you could still access files over FTP, but clearly a longer-lasting solution was needed to provide access to the operating system’s source. Now Nokia has started publishing that code itself, with most files available now and the rest planned for publication in the coming weeks.
You’ll need to register with Nokia to actually gain access to the [...]
Nokia may have 1GHz-and-faster Symbian smartphone in its plans for the next couple years, but in the immediate future we can look forward to phones like the E6-00, which we’ve taken a couple looks at before but has now shown up with more pics and video than ever.
We first saw the E6 in a tacky golden champagne, then a rather nice black, and today you can see how the phone will look outfitted in silver and white. The eight-megapixel camera we knew about is confirmed, but it looks like it will be an extended depth of field system rather than one using an autofocus mechanism. [...]
In a blog posting on its developer forums, Nokia has divulged a little more about what we’ll see in the next big Symbian update, when it will get here, and talked about what to expect from Symbian as the company starts cranking out Windows Phone 7 devices.
We can expect a sizable update to Symbian^3 this summer, finally bringing us that revamped home screen we saw earlier. This doesn’t seem to be the PR 2.0 update we got a peek at yesterday, which didn’t include the home screen changes, but did have the new browser. That’s interesting, as the company [...]
Angry Birds Rio has already dropped for the iPhone and Android (finding a new home in Amazon’s nascent Appstore), giving fans of the series 60 new levels to face up against. That’s well and good for users of those systems, but what if your smartphone choice is a little less mainstream? Both Symbian^3 and webOS devices will be able to join in on the fun soon enough, as Rio is set to arrive for them on April 8.
While keeping to the same game mechanics that have made the series a hit with smartphone gamers, Rio mixes up a bit with the introduction of new characters, new [...]
It may not be the Android-ification of the Symbian^3 UI that we spied on the Nokia N8 last month, but the upcoming PR 2.0 firmware has its own series of improvements to offer users of Nokia devices. NokiaCentral took a look at some of the changes that will make it into PR 2.0, giving us a preview of what’s to come.
One thing you should notice straight away about PR 2.0 is that page transitions have become faster and more responsive. When you swipe your finger to flip between screens, the software will keep right up with your movements. Speed improvements are a common theme [...]
After we stumbled across an in-construction display for the Nokia Astound at CTIA yesterday, the phone has been formally announced and now we’ve had the chance to get a little hands-on time with the Symbian^3 smartphone.
The menu action on the Astound (née C7) is definitely spry, with quick transitions between phone screens. The same can’t be said, however, for the phone’s browser, which stumbled a bit keeping up with touchscreen input. On the plus side, the phone and its browser do support multi-touch controls for pinch-to-zoom; you’ll just want to keep [...]
Lately we’ve been doing some comparisons between mobile apps of the same name and how they differ on a variety of different mobile platforms. You might expect applications of the same name to be pretty much the same on any platform, but frequently you’ll see some surprising differences. This time we’re going to take a look at Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger and how it works on Nokia’s Symbian OS, Apple’s iOS, Windows Mobile 6.5, Blackberry OS 6, Microsoft’s Zune HD and Windows Phone 7.
For a couple other comparisions, see [...]
Pretty much like the previous rumors and leaks implied, Nokia has announced the Astound Symbian device that will be coming exclusively to T-Mobile on April 6 for $79.99 — basically your Nokia C7.
The handset features an eight-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video recording capability and a 3.5-inch capacitive AMOLED display protected by ultrathin, damage-resistant glass. Nokia also added its own, free turn-by-turn navigation — pre-loaded with automotive grade maps for the entire U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean — as well as access to the [...]
After seeing some very nice quality renders of Nokia’s C7 last week, pegged for release on T-Mobile as the Nokia Astound, it now appears that the phone’s launch is imminent; we spotted T-Mobile preparing its CTIA display to show off the Astound to curious attendees.
While T-Mobile didn’t have a live demo model of the Astound out when we stopped by, it looks like it’s now just a matter of time before visitors will get a chance to try out the Symbian^3-powered smartphone firsthand. As a Nokia, expect it to have outstanding imagery capabilities, thanks to [...]
The FCC has just made public the RF test documentation for Nokia’s upcoming RM-609 smartphone, better known to us as the E6. We’ve had precious little information on the phone so far, aside from a few images of different color options and what looks like an updated version of Symbian^3. Today’s paperwork reveals a bit more of what to expect from the E6, including compatibility with an impressive assortment of frequency bands.
Not only will the E6 find voice service pretty much everywhere with its quad-band GSM, but its 3G support is just as impressive. The [...]
When Nokia and Microsoft signed up to be best-WP7-buddies, Nokia’s path to future smartphones seemed pretty clear. We recently took a look at the company’s plans for the next couple years, consisting of a gradual redirection of smartphone resources from Symbian^3-powered models to WP7 devices. There’s still a wildcard in the mix, though, as we haven’t been sure what to expect of Nokia’s MeeGo/Maemo development. The company excluded MeeGo from the future plans it revealed, making us think that continued work on the OS would find itself relegated to the back [...]
Opera announced that it will launch two new versions of its popular mobile web browsers at next week’s upcoming CTIA, Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11, the latter being available for Windows Phone 7 too.
The brand new Opera Mini browser will see the light of day in Florida and is destined for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian/Series 60 and J2ME phones while Opera Mobile 11 will add MeeGo in addition to Android, Symbian and Windows Phone 7. (Update: that’s Windows 7, not Windows Phone 7. Pity.)
No more information is known at the moment but we’ll surely get [...]
After rumors last week pegged Nokia’s C7 for a T-Mobile release under the code name “Tiger”, the FCC published C7 documents reinforcing that rumor. Now TmoNews has come across a screenshot from an internal T-Mobile inventory system that once again ties the Nokia smartphone to the carrier.
This time there’s no mention of “Tiger”, but that may change; this appears to be a recent introduction to T-Mobile’s system, as there’s not yet even a price listed. Interestingly, it appears to have taken on the name Astound, leading to more [...]
It’s no surprise that we’re still seeing an influx of new Nokia Symbian-powered smartphones, as the company has only just begun the restructuring of its resources to focus on Windows Phone 7 hardware. We’ll likely see that first WP7 model within a year, but what effect will that have on the company’s Symbian production? Nokia has released a rough plan for its sales goals over the next two years, showing a gradual abandonment of Symbian in favor of WP7 by 2013.
Once Nokia starts releasing WP7 devices, it’s expecting a smooth, steadily-progressing [...]
Symbian developers from India allegedly received an invitation letter from Samsung teasing them to adopt and develop for Samsung’s own Bada platform, if they were “unhappy about Nokia’s recent announcements”.
With the Nokia-Microsoft deal made official, the Finnish manufacturer stated that it will adopt Windows Phone 7 as its principal smartphone strategy. Samsung is building on that and addressing unhappy Symbian developers an invitation to develop for Bada. In addition, “in about 15 minutes, you can learn how to build your first Bada app” [...]