Archive for the ‘Nokia Phones’ Category

Nokia E6-00 gets video intro

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

As it would appear, those rumors and confirmed reports that Nokia was not going to drop Symbian cold-turkey are true. Thanks to blurry video of the Nokia E6-00, there seems to be much life in Symbian, albeit a final jolt of electricity through the dying platforms veins until the inevitable comes in a little less than 2 years.

No doubt if you have been keeping up with this blog you have seen us mentioned the portrait QWERTY touch screen device before. Other blogs have even taken pictures with the phones 8 megapixel EDoF camera. But if you have been waiting to see the touchscreen device doing the whole jingle thing for the camera, than thanks to the 2:44 video below, you should have an idea of what this phone is capable of. It seems that the phone will feature a CGA display along with some sort of 3G radio and of course Symbian^3 running the show. While these are not the most awesome specs witnessed on a device, they are decent specs for those looking for a phone with some decent specs.

We are yet to receive official word from Nokia on its plans to release this phone to the U.K and possibly Asia and certain parts of the Americas. However, the company is planning speedy release of its Symbian^3 devices and seeing that they have a good track record of doing so, we have no doubt that this will become official in the coming weeks. So while we wait, check out the video of the phone in action below.

Source: YouTube

Nokia Software Updater for Mac in beta

Friday, March 18th, 2011

We’ve dreamed about this day for quite some time now, and it has finally come. Thanks to the few remaining devs in Nokia’s Symbian labs, Mac’s and Nokia are becoming a bit friendlier. Yes, Nokia is living in a post Symbian world as of the moment, but the company has not forgotten about its faithful customers who are still using the now dead platform.

It’s been a year since we got the software for Windows machines, but those who are in the hands of Steve Jobs can finally taste a piece of the pie as the beta for the Mac version of the software was pushed out today.

The Mac version of the software allows you to push core updates to your supported device as well as any apps you might find interesting on the Ovi Store. According to Nokia, there are no major warnings for the software except for the usual that says if you should unplug your device during an update, you could end up with an expensive plastic brick. But then again, that’s a warning that you get from almost any phone updating software including Microsoft and Apple’s iTunes software.

The Nokia Software Updater for Mac comes at a crucial point in Nokia’s history when the company is in the beginning stages of moving from Symbian in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform thanks to heavy bargaining from Microsoft and Elop (Nokia CEO) who was a former Microsoft executive. The company claims it will continue to support Symbian for years even though it plans to have Windows Phone 7 device out by years end. As for the company’s new view on MeeGo, the platform that was to replace Symbian, they claim that they will continue to support it and do plan to have a MeeGo device out by years end; however, their major push will be behind the Windows Phone 7 platform.

Three UK to stock Nokia E7

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In the wake of Nokia’s new found operating system choice (Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7), the company will be phasing out Symbian^3 and so the Nokia E7 represents one of the last devices from the Finnish companies that will run the outgoing OS.

And thanks to Vodofone UK, Three UK has now come forward with word that they too will be stocking the QWERTY equipped Nokia E7 smartphone in April. The news came via the companies Twitter account and has since added the device to its Coming Soon page. As of yet there are no pricing points for the device, but Three is scheduled to shortly release the pricing tariffs for the E7 and many are speculating that there will be an all-you-can-eat data plan in the mix.

Originally the device was scheduled to land in December of 2010, however, due to complications the launch has been pushed back till April of this year and while the device is slow in getting to the market, it will be coming in among the elite of Samsung’s Symbian^3 line. Said device will feature a 4-inch AMOLED screen with a full slide out QWERTY keyboard and an 8 megapixel camera on the back which is able to capture HD content at resolutions of 720p. There is 16GB of onboard storage with 3G and Wi-Fi in the mix as well as Microsoft Office for all your document editing and creating needs.

There is not an exact date as of yet for the release date, but Expansys claims they will have the device on April the 5th with the SIM free version clocking in at £494.99. Not the cheapest smartphone on the market, but reasonable nonetheless.

Source: Twitter

Microkia: The partnership of two giants

Monday, February 14th, 2011

It was a clear message that Nokia’s new CEO Stephen Elop sent to his company. The world is changing and we are not changing fast enough. Elop is not one to beat around the bush and skew facts; he made it clear that if Nokia did not change their direction, they would be eclipsed forever by Google, Apple and the reemerging RIM.

Yes the company has had MeeGo on the table for quite some time now as the answer to Android and iOS but as Elop said in his press conference today, MeeGo is not moving at a pace suitable for deployment in the near future and R&D is taking a lot longer than the company officially thought. Although he company will not abandon MeeGo completely, Nokia has said that from now on Windows Phone 7 will be the major OS for their devices from here on out.

The partnership between the companies solidifies years of collaboration between the software giant and he cellphone manufacturer giant. Nokia will be allowed to customize Windows Phone 7 as much as they like, something Microsoft has forbidden other OEM’s from doing, though Nokia is quick to say that they will only do minor modifications to keep themselves different from the rest. Speaking of different, Nokia revealed that they had been in talks with Google to bring Android to their ecosystem, but thanks to the lack of customizability and the tight lock Google has on Android, they dropped the idea of running Android on their phones.

Bing Maps will be ported to Nokia phones and Nokia’s Ovi Maps will see some of its features integrated with Bing Maps. Their Ovi App Store will also see integration with Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and yes, Xbox gaming will be making its way to all Nokia phones running Windows Phone 7.

Although both companies did not specify a timetable when customers will be able to get their hands on devices from the joint partnership, they have said it will be before the end of 2011 as well as Nokia has said that a MeeGo device (N9?) will be coming before years end as well.

Source: Nokia

Mobile Updates: AR Translation App for iPhone, Nokia Looking at WP7

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Augmented reality applications are starting to become more and more commonplace these days, and the Apple iPhone is a great platform for launching such apps –to be precise, developers enjoy launching great apps on the iPhone as the iTunes store brings apps to more users that actually purchase apps (the Android on the other hand, is a greater hit for those who love free stuff).

The Quest Visual Word Lens application is simple to use and quite impressive; take a picture of a sentence, word or phrase and the application will translate the content into a wide variety of languages. Granted that the app’s language packs are a little limited in terms of what languages it supports, it still manages to get the job done. And in terms of usefulness, it is hard to deny the fact that the being able to figure out what is written on that product instruction label would as a pretty useful bit of information.

Naturally, the app still pales in comparison with Google’s Goggles translate function –especially considering that the Word Lens app lacks the ability to figure out messages in slightly shaky shots (so expect to need a tripod or a very steady pair of hands). Even worse is the fact that this is a paid app (it is the iPhone after all). But since iPhone owners do not have much of a choice, expect to see Quest Visual’s app to hit the top ten lists pretty soon.

Nokia has confirmed that they are looking into developing mobile phones for other operating systems –that much they have already let known pretty early on. While the Finnish phone maker seems pretty adamant about not making an Android device, there have been hints that Windows Phone 7 is under consideration. Microsoft software has already appeared several times on Symbian platforms and for Nokia to adapt WP7 fully would not be hard to imagine.

Google’s Nexus S Pushes NFC Technology Forward

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

While the real life applications of near field communications technology have yet to become common (as they are in Japan), many companies are already showing early support for the technology. Google’s Nexus S is a high profile smart phone that clearly advertises its NFC capabilities, but it is not alone. Apple has already invested in the innovation early this 2010 –though it has yet to update the hardware on its devices. Nokia is also known to be a supporter of the technology.

But what good is having NFC technology around especially for folks who simply do not believe in the concept of e-commerce and electronic locks? –which are the two most often cited examples of NFC technology application. With the buzz about the need for digital security, it would be a very difficult sell for tech companies to say that their mobile devices are more secure than their key chains (after all, a mobile phone is more likely to be stolen).

NFC is not only used for secure transactions, the technology can also be used for a wide variety of functions as well. The most basic one is to confirm a person’s presence or proximity. NFC phones can be used as a substitute for membership cards in certain establishments – pretty much like Foursquare without having to activate your GPS. What makes this even better is the fact that you have to be literally in the exact place (not just the same building) as the close proximity of NFC requires it.

Advertising will also change thanks to NFC. Pass your mobile phone over that little ad poster in the market and you will get a URL to see further details. The same application of NFC technology can be used to deliver other relevant information about a wide variety of products and services instantly.

Today’s Top Mobile Headlines

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Nokia is suing Apple for 24 counts of patent infringement. The case has been filed in several countries counting the UK, Netherlands and also in Germany as well. As expected, Apple has responded to the lawsuit by filing a counter lawsuit against the Finnish phone maker. With this being their fourth legal battle against each other, the process is starting to look familiar, hopefully, this case gets resolved as soon as possible.

RIM has announced that they have shipped a massive 14.2 million units, and the company has also reported a massive growth of 40% in profits. While the BlackBerry brand still remains a niche name, many are hoping that the new QNX powered BlackBerry Playbook might change the reputation of the company name.

Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform will be receiving a massive update. According to reports, the new update will be coming in the summer of 2011 (around August and September), and by massive, we mean large enough to warrant getting a name. Aside from adding HTML5 and better Silverlight compatibility the update is expected to bring many more features to the OS. The new update has also been nicknamed as the Mango.

Speaking of the Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is not planning a new version of the OS until much later; which means that the currently announced 7.5 update will be all that users can look forward to next year. It is believed that the new version, Windows Phone 8 will be launching on 2012.

Google’s Android Honeycomb has been designed specifically for touch screen tablets. So far, there is no confirmation yet on when the OS version will be released (especially with 2.3 Gingerbread being just released just a while ago). At this point, many believe that the Honeycomb OS will be designated with version 2.4.

HTC Magic Update for Froyo Coming, Nokia E7 is Delayed

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Sad news for those waiting for Nokia’s upcoming E7 handset; the touch screen smart phone with a slide out QWERTY keyboard was originally due for release early next year. However, due to some unconfirmed reasons, the device has been indefinitely delayed.

Still, many are hopeful (even within Nokia’s camp) that whatever issue is holding the handset back will be fixed pretty soon.

This Symbian^3 powered handset is not the first of its type to be delayed –the Nokia N8 also suffered from the same problem. In fact, Nokia spent most of its time last year announcing further delays to the N-series device that was supposed to have launched last April. Eventually, the phone came out around October to November, which is probably one of the worst delays to have ever affected a smart phone’s launch.

The Nokia E7 delay is such a big shame since the handset is actually pretty impressive. In fact, one might even say that it is more well rounded that the N-series N8. The E7 is packed with an 8 mega pixel camera with 720p HD video recording, a 680MHz CPU with a 3D graphics accelerator, a 4 inch touch screen display and gorilla glass protection.

Moving on to good news, the HTC Magic will be getting an unexpected update: to Android 2.2 Froyo. The original generation 1 Android handset (next to the HTC Dream) is confirmed to be getting a special version of the new Froyo update for the open source mobile platform. So far, it has not been determined as to when the actual Vodafone exclusive (for now) update will arrive, but it is expected to be available by the end of the year.

As some might expect, not all features are supported –especially those that are resource draining such as Flash playback. But other details such as USB tethering and app support in micro SD cards are much welcome add-ons to the now-ancient smart phone.

Nokia Offers Special X3 Deal; Acer and Huawei Confirm New Androids

Monday, December 13th, 2010

For those of you who are hoping to great a great budget deal for a mobile phone this holiday season, Finnish phone maker Nokia has a great package that may seem expensive at first, but actually provides users with plenty of value.

Go straight to Nokia’s official online store to avail of a special offer for the Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type smart phone. The handset is available for free at a monthly tariff of 40 Pounds per month. This 2 year contract will provide the user with 1200 minutes, 1GB of data and unlimited texting. While this may seem like a commonly fair deal, Nokia tops it off with a sweet free Nokia Booklet 3G. This mini-netbook and smart phone combination is a great combination that smart phone enthusiasts would not want to pass up.

There are three awesome Android smart phones coming our way, two from Chinese manufacturer Huawei and another from Acer.

Acer is continuing the beTouch series of smart phones with the E140. This low end smart phone might be passed up on its low specs, but we suspect that it will also come with a very low price tag that will make it a tempting offer. Overall, the 2.8 inch touch screen and the 3.2 mega pixel camera leave much to be desired –but at least the device is already running version 2.2 Froyo so this is still one good Android experience waiting to happen.

Huawei has got a double offer for the tech industry with the Ideos X5 and X6 handsets. For those familiar with the brand series, Ideos is Huawei’s special line of Android phones and the two new additions live up to the standard. The X6 offers high end specs with a 1GHz CPU, 4.1 inch screen, HDMI, HD recording and a 5 mega pixel camera. The X5 will be sporting slightly lowers specs to provide buyers with an alternative.

Everything Mobile: the Top Headlines

Monday, December 6th, 2010

3 UK has confirmed the prices for their iPad tariffs. While not that many people are now interested in Apple’s touch screen tablet (mostly due to the lack of Flash), the prices that 3 is offering will certainly make some think twice. The device is subsidized at a low price of 199 Pounds under a 25 Pound monthly tariff –which is great value considering the monthly allowance.

Of course, the MVNO is not the only one offering the 9.7 inch tablet. Tesco has also confirmed that they too have the iPad in stock and will be offering it on credit –making the device readily accessible. T-Mobile and Orange UK are also offering the iconic gadget as well.

Carphone Warehouse is not only offering the iPad tablet (they have it at 429 Pounds, SIM free), but they are also going to be exclusively selling the Nokia C6-01 Symbian smart phone. It’s a great dual combination of tablet and smart phone, which means that if you’ve got enough on your holiday spending budget, this might be a good choice, unless you are waiting for the iPad 2.

Apple is actually killing interest in the original iPad thanks to their official statement implying that the iPad 2 is already in the works. The device will be sporting a built in camera as well.

Speaking of Apple’s gadgets, a new app for the iPhone has been created allowing consumers to check if the products or brands they support practice humane measures for the production, packaging and shipping of their goods. The anti-slavery app acts quite similar to a green app (which informs buyers if the product has been produced by a green company).

If this is the future of consumerism –providing buyers with instant information that allows them to support products based on their principles, then smart phones are truly enabling our society to become better each day.