Posts tagged with: Symbian^4
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    Nokia continues to grab our attention today as the company has placed its long-awaited E7 smartphone up on its site for pre-order for US customers (international shipments began a month ago). The company announced the E7 Communicator back in September, later moving the phone's retail availability back from December to "early 2011". While we could split hairs over its definition of "early", it now looks like the phone will finally come out in the States in about a month. Most eyes are on Nokia's future WP7 developments, but don't let that lead you to dismiss the Symbian models the company's ...

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    Despite the recent news of a Nokia-Microsoft collaboration, leading the smartphone manufacturer to begin producing Windows Phone 7 devices, Symbian doesn't look like it's going anywhere as an alternative OS for Nokia smartphones. While the company had been working on a next-gen Symbian^4, it decided to focus instead on implementing the sorts of changes it had in mind on the existing Symbian^3 platform. A product render used as a backdrop to a recent Nokia event now provides us with a glimpse of what the next of those Symbian^3 updates may be, showing a redesigned UI. You see the changes ...

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    Here we have Berenberg Bank's Adnaan Ahmad (head of technology equity research) with some big recommendations for Microsoft and Nokia to work together on Windows Phone 7. The memo is addressed directly to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and gives many reasons why some kind of partnership would be very beneficial. The note even explains why Nokia concentrating on their Meego platform or switching to Android would be bad ideas. The whole "Nokia using Windows Phone 7" rumor thing reminds me a lot of how fact follows fiction. Back in 2003-2007, people constantly talked ...

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    Nokia's Ovi Store, the place to download mobile games, applications, videos, images, and ring tones for Nokia devices, has been recently updated to version 2.2.3 (though the post-installation About screen shows version 2.04.00038). Someone familiar with the matter already tipped us of an upcoming update to the Ovi Store that would bring in-app Purchases and Carrier storefronts but it looks like this particular update is still yet to roll-out. The update is a patch release including various fixes and enhancements among which full Arabic support, bugfixes for T-Mobile's Nokia E72 (allowing ...

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    There is some hubbub surrounding an investor conference call with Nokia chief executive officer Stephen Elop. In the call, Elop discusses future plans for Nokia in the mobile sector; indicating that a major shift in their platform of choice may be imminent. Two possible existing platforms are Android or Windows Phone 7, but Elop also mentions the possibility of building a new platform. Currently, Windows Phone 7 supports only a limited range of hardware, while Android remains open to nearly any type of hardware, making it the more likely suspect. "Nokia faces some very significant ...

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    Research company Canalys published some interesting figures today that show Google's Android becoming the world's number one smartphone platform, taking the crown over from former leader Symbian. Google-powered smartphones have sold 33.3 million units for a total of 32.9% of the market in Q4 2010 (from 4.7 million units representing 8.7% of the market one year earlier, in Q4 2009). Former leader Symbian also grew in the number of units by 7.1 million from 2009 to 2010 while Microsoft was the only company that recorded a decrease of 20.3% (but Windows Phone 7 didn't really kick in just ...

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    The Nokia N8 has been around for a while, but we heard it was pretty good, so we thought we should check it out. The N8 comes in a fairly large square blue box. There are reflective foil highlight outlines of the device embossed on the box cover and inner layer. Opening the flip-top box reveals the gorgeous Nokia N8 smartphone, and beneath a plastic molded holder are a bunch of extras. You've got an AC Charger, nice headphones with hardware control buttons and microphone, MicroUSB cable, MicroUSB to female USB adapter, and MiniHDMI to full HDMI adapter. That last one is really nice to ...

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    SPB Migration Tool makes it very easy to switch from Windows Mobile and Symbian to the Android platform in case you are jumping ship and purchasing a Google powered device. When setting up a new device after migration, it's always a hassle to transfer all those things you need in order to go on seamlessly. Except if you have an Exchange account to handle your Email, Calendar and Contacts, SPB Migration Tool easily transfers call history, text messages, contacts and bookmarks from Windows Mobile and Symbian to Android. The transfer can be done in two ways: you can choose to transfer all the ...

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    Been eagerly awaiting the release of Nokia's E7? Anticipating a windfall of post-holiday disposable income? If you answered yes to these questions, Amazon is ready to help you out, as the company has started taking orders for the E7, running $679 unlocked. Last week we got notice that Nokia wouldn't be ready to ship the phone until sometime in early 2011. Initially, Nokia had planned to release the E7 sometime during December. Amazon doesn't help to narrow down that timeframe any, but will update those who pre-order the smartphone as soon as a release date is available. The E7 will support ...

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    The Symbian Foundation has officially brought down its websites as expected due to its transition to a licensing body. After the announced that CEO Lee M Williams will leave the company, initial news about the Foundation closing its doors surfaced. As of now, "the foundation's public websites have closed, along with open access to the Symbian source code". Whether a more closed development system will take its place is yet unknown but the once a non profit organization has turned into a licensing entity with no permanent staff. While its websites are down, the foundation's data is ...

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    2011 is shaping up to be the year of the dual-core smartphone, with Tegra 2-based models on their way, and now Nokia announcing its intent to ship smartphones with dual-core processors near the end of the year. The company's revelation came as part of a presentation at the International Mobile Internet Conference this week, touching upon its plans for the coming year. Before Nokia gets into dual-core devices, it intends to ramp up the clock on its single-core models, aiming to reach 1GHz by mid-2011. That's already putting Nokia well behind the curve, at least when compared to smartphones ...

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    Everyone expected the E7 flagship model to be released by Nokia by the end of this year but it looks like the Finnish manufacturer just postponed the launch to early 2011. Just like the case of the Nokia N8, which was also postponed in the last minute, the QWERTY keyboard enabled sibling will definitely miss the Holiday shopping frenzy as a company spokesman stated that the decision was taken "to ensure the best possible user experience on the E7". Whether they discovered a last minute bug they need to fix -- in order to avoid problems like the N8 had -- or the delay is based on other ...

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    Hot on the heels of the recent Android release, Opera Mobile 10.1 is now available to users of Symbian-based phones. Version 10.1's main claim to fame is a re-worked JavaScript engine, which promises to result in spryer page rendering. Opera says it's tested the code to show a nine-fold performance gain; while you may not get quite that kind of speed boost in real-world usage, initial reports suggest there's a very noticeable improvement. Other features that made it into the 10.1 release include a password tracker, tabbed browsing, and support for transmitting geolocation data to ...

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    A firm called Distimo generates monthly reports on the current state of the (now many) application stores that we can access from our smartphones and tablets. They analize a wide variety of metrics such as number of apps, cost of apps, categorization, and more. Their November 2010 report has just been published (available for free to anyone), and it has some interesting findings, most notable that Windows Mobile apps continue to be the highest priced of any other platform, despite the platform's declining popularity. Here are some other hightlights from the report: • Games are ...

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    Ever wish your phone could behave differently according to where you are or what you are doing? Nokia is showing off a new application for S60 called Situations, which is now available for a variety of Nokia devices. The applications smartly will determine a certain condition based on a variety of parameters like time, GPS location, network location, WLAN status, and more. Once a condition is met, the app will trigger a variety of phone settings like those pertaining to ringtone, SMS auto reply, app launching, and even internet browsing. The idea here is simple and smart: you want your ...

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    Nokia announced today that it is in the process of releasing new, "green" editions of its C7 and N8 smartphones, featuring reduced packaging, efficient power supplies, and a collection of environment-related apps. The phones themselves aren't getting any changes as part of this eco-effort. To the company's credit, both are already engineered from relatively earth-friendly materials. Instead, Nokia's cutting back on packaging for the phones, using "just enough to protect the devices in transit." That spartan presentation continues with a new minimalist user guide, explaining how to get ...

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    There were more and more reports coming in from various parts of the world concerning the Nokia N8 and users claimed their devices mysteriously went dead with no chance of reboot, recharge or start-up. Nokia confirmed yesterday that there was a power management problem plaguing some of the N8 units and made a statement along with a video where Nokia's Executive Vice President Niklas Savander talks about the Nokia N8 quality. Faulty Nokia N8 units will be replaced under warranty as luckily the problem seems to affect only a part of the units shipped. Find the statement quoted below and head ...

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    GetJar -- the world's largest cross-platform app store with an advertised of over 1 billion downloads to date -- has recently partnered with AT&T, after previously shaking hands with Sprint and Rogers, to bring more than 75,000 of its applications to AT&T's customers, regardless if they're running Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile or Symbian platforms. If you're on AT&T, downloading the GetJar application should grant you access to thousands of programs for your handset, filed under several categories, all applications being managed by GetJar. The AT&T GetJar application is already ...

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    It's only been one day since Nokia and the Symbian Foundation announced the restructuring of Symbian development, with Nokia now in charge of future software updates, and Nokia's already talking about a few of its plans for the operating system. Some of the first new Symbian^3 features will focus on text entry, including split-screen text input, an onscreen keyboard compatible with portrait orientation, and adoption of Swype input technology. Instead of planning for a monolithic Symbian^4 release, Nokia's now opting to incrementally add features to existing Symbian^3 systems. The company ...

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    An year ago, just two weeks shy, Google has released its Google News page redesign for iPhone, Android, and Palm smartphones and recently the Company updated its news reader page for mobiles bringing new goodies to the table. New usability and visual enhancements have been introduced to the page display which is still advertised for the above mentioned platforms and handsets plus the already implemented Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian S60. Improvements include an expanded story screen real-estate making tapping on articles easier and more accurate as well as an initial collapsed ...

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    Nokia looks to be sticking to its release schedule for the upcoming E7 Symbian smartphone, with the company tweeting confirmation that the handset is set to ship sometime this December. The E7 is among the phones formally announced at the Nokia World conference in September. While most of those have since seen the light of day, Nokia has has kept users eager to get their hands on the E7 anxiously awaiting an official release date. Right now there's nothing more specific than "sometime in December", but at least it's reassurance that the phone hasn't been placed on the back burner. There's ...

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    Development of the open-source Symbian platform is about to shift into the hands of Nokia's engineers, as the Symbian Foundation and Nokia announced today that Nokia will take the reigns of future OS design while the Foundation steps back and concentrates on managing the software's licensing. While Symbian devices are among the most prolific smartphones in recent production, the platform's popularity is on the downswing, with eyes turning to emerging smartphone stars like Android and the nascent Windows Phone 7. Hardware manufacturers have been backing away from the platform in recent ...

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    After the surprise resignation of Symbian Foundation CEO Lee M Williams last week, rumors are now circulating that it will close operations completely due to a lack of funding. According to The Register, a source close to Symbian said that Williams' replacement Tim Holbrow will be given the task of winding down operations and offer redundancy packages to current employees. Symbian has refused to make any comment on the story but did confirm that the board is currently reviewing strategy. Symbian's three largest sponsors are Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Nokia. Recently Samsung notified ...

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    Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has allegedly confirmed during a conference call today that the first Nokia Meego device will not be shipped until 2011. It was originally announced that Meego devices would be available in 2010 but that now appears to have slipped. Meego was first announced back in February this year and is based upon both Intel Corporation's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo operating systems. The result of this merge is Meego, a unified Linux-based platform that will run on multiple hardware platforms across a wide range of computing devices. MeeGo utilizes the Qt (pronounced "Cute") ...

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    The Symbian Foundation has announced that CEO Lee M Williams will leave the company after two years service with immediate effect. The reason for his departure has been cited as "Personal Reasons". Tim Holbrow, previously the CFO for the Symbian Foundation, has been appointed as Williams's replacement. Prior to this position, Williams led the S60 Software organization in Nokia's Devices business and was responsible for Nokia's software strategies including the S60 platform. We can speculate that the Symbian platform is floundering and that is the main reason for Williams departure. ...

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