New Firmware v04.90 | Nokia X2

Nokia has released a new firmware update for the Nokia X2 (X2-00). The new firmware v04.90 comes with a number of performance and usability improvements. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog

  • Enhanced Camera
  • Improved Messaging Application
  • Better Audio Quality For The Hands-Free Speaker

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Then select Options, Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

Get The Nokia Booklet 3G Free When You Buy A Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type

Nokia UK is giving away a Nokia Booklet 3G and a Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type when you sign up to a pay monthly contract with T-Mobile. The Nokia Booklet 3G is a Windows 7 powered laptop/netbook and will give you up to 12 hours of battery life. Hit the jump to find out more about this deal.

For £40.00 GBP per month over a 24 month period you will receive the Nokia Booklet 3G and the Nokia X3-02 absolutely free, along with 1200 anytime minutes, unlimited texts and 1 GB of mobile Internet. You have two choices in terms of colour, you can either go for both in Ice White or Black Gloss. The Ice White Booklet 3G is worth £589.00 GBP if you were to purchase it individually, slightly more expensive compared to the one in Black Gloss, which is currently available at Nokia Stores for £505.99 GBP.

If your looking for a new contract and in the market for a new phone and new laptop, well this is definitely a deal you should not miss out on. Although for me, signing two years of my life away doesn’t sound so appealing, but for some this may beat their current mobile expenditure.

You can find out more about this deal by visiting nokia.co.uk

The Nokia C7 Unboxing Video By Nokia UK

Natalia Grace of Nokia UK unboxes Nokia’s Symbian^3 powered C7 in this official unboxing video. She gives us a quick overview of the device and all the bundled content you’ll get if you purchase this handset. Hit the jump to watch the video.

Unboxing The Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type | The Best Of Both Worlds

Today we bring to you our very own unboxing of the Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type. The X3-02 is the next generation of Symbian Series 40 phones that uses both a touchscreen and a keypad as input methods. Check out the unboxing video along with a few images after the break.

Touch.
Type.
Or have it both ways.
Have the best of both worlds.

The Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type comes with a 2.4″ resistive touchscreen, and a slightly modified T9 keypad with dedicated messaging and music keys. On the side of the device there is the volume and keypad lock buttons and on top you have the 3.5 mm headphones jack, the MicroUSB port and the 2 mm charging port. The X3-02 also comes strapped with a 5 megapixel full focus camera with video recording capabilities of up to QVGA at 30 fps and VGA at 15 fps.

In a standard sales package you’ll receive the Nokia X3-02 with a Nokia BL-4S (860 mAh) battery, a Nokia Charger AC-8X, some Nokia WH-102 stereo headphones and standard documentation. Available in Petrol Blue, White Silver, Pink, Dark Metal and Lilac, the X3-02 Touch & Type is available for around £125.00 GBP.

We will bring you more on the Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type soon, including a full review, so make sure you stay tuned.

 

 

Nokia Launches The QWERTY X2-01 | Nokia C2-01 To Follow In The New Year

Nokia has announced the launch of two new low end smartphones in the form of the Nokia X2 (X2-01) and the Nokia C2 (C2-01). The X2-01 will be available for around £70.00 GBP and the C2-01 for around £60.00 GBP, before taxes and subsidies. Hit the jump to find out more.

 

The Nokia X2 (X2-01) is designed for social networking and fast communications and comes with a 2.4″ screen and a VGA camera, however there is no WiFi support. With a full QWERTY keypad and the new Communities app pre-installed, updating your status has never been easier. The X2-01 also brings with it the usual Xseries swagger – one click access to music, FM Radio and the Ovi Music service, which for some regions will offer unlimited access to free music.

The Nokia X2 (X2-01) will be available this Quarter (Q4 2010) for around £70.00 GBP before taxes and subsidies.

 

The Nokia C2 (C2-01) is a classic feature phone and sports a 3.2 megapixel camera, a 2″ screen and will come with the Ovi Life Tools service in select markets. The C2-01also brings faster 3G data and can handle memory cards up to 16GB. Unlike the original Nokia C2, this is not a dual SIM device.

The Nokia C2 (C2-01) will be available in the new year (Q1 2011) for around £60.00 GBP before taxes and subsidies.

Lady Geek TV Episode 8 | Quick Office Premier

In this episode of LadyGeekTV, the lady geeks take their business mobile, and get organised on the go with Quick Office Premier. Read, review and edit your work on the go. Check out episode 8 after the break.

Quick Office Premier is currently available for £6.00 GBP at the Ovi Store and is compatible with most Symbian S60v3, S60v5 and Symbian^3 devices.

All Nokia Phones With A Glass Display To Feature Gorilla Glass

Earlier today three of Nokia’s leading designers hosted a Q&A session via Twitter, with special reference to the Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01. During this Q&A, Nokia’s Senior Design Manager for Smartphones tweeted that all Nokia phones with a glass display are Gorilla Glass. Hit the jump to find out more.

According to Niilo Alfthan, at Nokia, “All Nokia phones with glass displays are Gorilla Glass. But again, we select materials for the story we want to communicate.” Gorilla Glass is is an environmentally friendly alkali-aluminosilicate thin sheet glass designed specifically to function as a protective cover glass for high-end display devices such as notebook PCs, televisions and mobile phones. Gorilla glass is better able to survive the real-world events that most commonly cause glass failure. Check out the video demo below of just how strong Gorilla Glass can be.

Tron Legacy Trailer Featuring The Nokia N8

Nokia recently unveiled a world exclusive trailer of the new Tron: Legacy movie featuring the Nokia N8. Around the 00:50 mark, you’ll see the Nokia N8 acting as the access key which unlocks the Tron Universe in the movie. Hit the jump to view the trailer.

Nokia Designers To Host Twitter Q&A

On Tuesday 30 November 2010 between 9-10am GMT, three of Nokia’s leading designers are hosting a Q&A session via Twitter, with special reference to the Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01. Hit the jump to find out who will be there and what will be discussed.

Nokia’s Senior Design Manager for Smartphones Niilo Alfthan will be joined by Tomas Ivaškevičius, Lead Designer of the Nokia C7 and Iain Pottie, Senior Industrial Design Manager for Smartphones. The designers will answer your questions and talk openly about their views on the current state of the mobile design, how it impacts smartphones, the industry and consumers. The designers have all the insights when it comes to the design of the Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 so make sure you don’t miss out on this prestigious opportunity.

 

New Firmware v30.0.003 | Nokia X6

The Nokia X6 received a new firmware yesterday taking it up to v30.0.003. The new update brings the new version of Ovi Maps and Ovi Store along with improvements to the web browser. Check out the full changelog after the break.

Changelog

  • Here and Now
  • New version of Ovi Maps and Ovi Store
  • Improved Browser
  • Improved chat in Ovi Contacts

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Then select Options, Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

MeeGo 1.1 User Experience

Check out this awesome video demo of an Aava handset running on the Intel Moorestown chipset and the latest MeeGo handset user experience on board. This video was taken during the MeeGo Conference 2010 in Dublin. The MeeGo Conference replaces the former Maemo Summit. Hit the jump for the goodies.

Nokia Situations | Smarter Profile Management

Nokia Beta Labs has just released a new experimental application that takes your profiles management to a new level. There’s a hell of a lot to set up, so it’s not exactly intuitive, but can make life a lot easier in the long run. Nokia Situations automatically senses the situation you are in based on time, day, location and available networks. It then switches to the set profile that meets that criteria. Hit the jump for the video demo.

Nokia C3-01 Touch & Type Now Available In The UK

Nokia has announced that the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type is now officially available via the Nokia Uk online store. The Nokia C3 (C3-01) is a Series 40 6th Edition Feature pack 1 phone and features a “Touch and Type” user interface which combines key pad functionality with a 2.4″ touch screen display. Priced at £159.00 GBP SIM-free, the C3-01 is a very affordable step into the touch screen market.

New Firmware v52.005 | Nokia E72

The Nokia E72 has recently received a new firmware updated taking it up from v51.018 to v52.005. The new firmware brings a few updates mainly to the date and time features as well as a device management fix. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code. Check out the full changelog after the break.

If you have already managed to update your Nokia E72, share your experiences in the comments below.

Changelog

  • Changes in timezones
  • Adobe Reader updated to version 2.5.202
  • Default system start date changed (11/10/2010)
  • Clock time font changed (update after a previous firmware, v51, made it appear smaller)
  • Device Management fix
  • Keypad Autolock Fix (autolock now restricted to homescreen)

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Then select Options, Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

Nokia BH-217 Bluetooth Headset Review

The Nokia BH-217 Bluetooth Headsetis one of Nokia’s latest bluetooth headsets and offers a variety of cool features which include automatic volume adjustment,  noise-cancellation, and multipoint – which means you can finally connect your headset to two phones simultaneously. However its also the first headset to sport a cracking new feature called ‘Always Ready’. More on that after the break. I had the pleasure of playing with this headset at Nokia World 2010 and just had to get myself one. Check out my thoughts, along with an extensive gallery for your viewing pleasure, after the jump.

BH-217 | Overview

The Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217 is a very slim and stylish headset. In terms of construction, it’s made primarily of lightweight plastic, which allows it to weigh in at a mere 7.6g. Available in Ice White and Stone Grey, both options come in a smooth matte finish, which gives it a really sleek look. As there are no moving parts apart from the single multifunctional key, I’ve had no issues with the build quality of the headset as it feels solid and well built. I’m sure it would survive if it was dropped a few times. The Nokia BH-217 is also one of the thinnest bluetooth headsets I’ve ever used, measuring in at only 6.2 mm thick which makes a huge difference, as you can easily forget that your wearing it.

The chrome multifunctional key allows you to answer or end a call, as well as letting you power the device on/off with a long press. A longer press to switch the headset on will activate pairing mode with the light on the top of the headset blinking blue. No code is required when pairing the headset with your phone and every time you switch on or remove the headset from its case, it will automatically connect to your handset.

The Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217 only has the one key on the outer part of the device and has a 2 mm proprietary Nokia charging port at the end of the headset where it also has a few connectors and the microphone. These connectors allow it to know whether its in the case or not in order to power on/off. Simply remove the headset from its carry case and it will automatically power up and connect to your device. Putting it back into the case sets it into standby mode. This a great feature as it conserves a huge amount of battery and makes it very energy efficient.

The Nokia BH-217 comes with a 45 mAh battery which takes no time at all to charge to the full. Like I’ve mentioned in the past, I would rather Nokia use a MicroUSB port instead, as it allows you to use the same charger provided with your Nokia handset and will reduce the cost as no charger would need to be supplied with the headset. But it seams as though that this is not part of Nokia’s current strategies as they aim to continue using both the 2 mm and Micro USB ports for charging its devices.

The Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217 also sports Advanced Multipoint. This lets you connect the headset to two devices at the same time and is a cracking little feature which is very handy if you’re the type of person that carries a number of devices around. Once you’ve paired both your devices, simply place the headset back in its case or in the ear and it will pick up whichever handset rings first. This is on feature that should be present in all future headsets.

Other features include adaptive volume adjustment which removes the need to have a physical volume rocker on the headset itself, DSP (Digital Signal Processing) noise reduction for clarity during calls, and helpful voice prompts to guide you through its operation. The Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217 also offers a talk time of five hours and a standby time of a staggering three months!

BH-217 | In The Box

  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217
  • Carrying Clip
  • Car Cradle
  • Two Different Sizes of Changeable Ear-Buds
  • Two Different Sizes of Changeable Ear Hooks
  • Nokia Charger AC-3
  • User Guide

BH-217 | Usability

When fitted into the ear, the headset sits pretty snug without any discomfort. If you decide to go for a jog in the park however, I would recommend using the ear-hook provided. But during normal daily activities I don’t find the need to use the ear-hook. I would suggest trying all the different earpieces to ensure you use the correct one that fits, as the wrong sized earpiece may cause pain over a period of time.

The sound quality of the Nokia BH-217 Bluetooth Headset is simply amazing. The DSP noise reduction cuts out most outside noises and even in the busiest of places, the person on the other end of the phone can hear you completely clearly. This is one area the Nokia BH-607 Bluetooth Headset was flawed. Although it had its cool features, the sound quality on the headset end was fuzzy to say the least. But with the BH-217 the sound quality is perfect, and the automatic volume adjustment may have its part to play in this.

In terms of user tested battery life, as the Nokia BH-217 Bluetooth Headset is only switched on during the duration of a call, the battery will last much longer than your average headset. So I tested the device by leaving it switched on and connected to my handset whilst listening to music. It lasted a lot longer than stated in the manual, as it was still working after a nights sleep. In terms of ‘normal’ usage, it will probably need charging every few weeks, and may even last for a full month depending on how often you use it.

BH-217 | Final Thoughts

The Nokia BH-217 Bluetooth Headset is by far the best bluetooth headset I have ever used. The sound quality is how it should be, the battery life is what I’d expect it to be and I believe Nokia has hit the nail on the head in terms of its size, thickness and weight. The Always Ready feature along with the active case is pure ingenuity. If you’re in the market for a new bluetooth headset I strongly urge you to check out the Nokia BH-217. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. You can pick up the Nokia BH-217 Bluetooth Headset in Ice White and in Stone Grey from amazon.co.uk for around £24.95 GBP, which is a reasonable price to pay for this cracking little headset.

Make sure you also check out our Nokia BH-607 Bluetooth Headset Review. We’ll continue to review more headsets and devices, so make sure you follow us on twitter or fan us on Facebook to stay tuned.

Tim Holbrow At SEE

After the break, Tim Holbrow, Executive Director of the Symbian Foundation talks a little about the community at SEE 2010 and the recent changes at Symbian which will see the organization transition to a pure licensing body.

Lady Geek TV Episode 3 | Qype For Ovi Maps

Debs from the Lady Geek App Show takes a deeper look at Qype for Ovi Maps. Qype comes pre-installed on the latest version of Ovi Maps, and puts the database from Europe’s largest review site onto your Nokia handset. Hit the jump to see how you could make use of this great little tool.

Lady Geek TV Episode 7 | Sports Tracker

In this episode of LadyGeekTV, personal fitness is the goal and with right mentality and of course the right app, you can do almost anything. The handy app of the day for your Nokia is Sports Tracker. Sports Tracker lets you measure your workouts and keep a track of your progress. You can also share your routines with friends. Hit the jump for episode 7 and download links for Sports Tracker.

Sports Tracker is available for all Symbian S60v3, S60v5 and Symbian^3 devices. You can download it for free from our Applications section or alternatively from the Ovi Store.

Nokia N8 Video Recording | Low Light & Night Mode

Check out this awesome video recording demonstration of the ‘Low Light’ and ‘Night Mode’ features using the 12 megapixel HD camera of the Nokia N8. This is by far the best camera-phone to date, by any manufacturer. But what makes the Nokia N8 even more astounding is the fact that it doesnt end there. Communication, navigation, and connectivity are all taken that one step further as we witness the Nokia N8 create a whole new category in mobile technology – Super-smartphone.

Remember to hit the full-screen button in the bottom right and watch the video in glorious 720p HD.

Lady Geek TV Episode 6 | Tesco Grocery App

The Lady Geek’s are back again and this time they check out the Tesco Groceries App available at the Ovi Store. Simply register with tesco for free and the Grocery app will let you shop on the go, search for products and even let you book a delivery slot. It also all syncs seamlessly with your online order. Check out episode six after the break.

Nokia C7 Promo Video | Slim, Smart & Super Sexy

The Nokia C7 brings the sleek and stylish designs of the Eseries range packed with all the multimedia trimmings. When we first set eyes on this device at Nokia World we were quite excited about the direction Nokia took with this handset. The chrome rim that encases the 3.5″ glass display gives it a real classy finish. The Nokia C7 is also great in the video recording department, with support of up to 32 GB additional memory via a MicroSD card, and an 8 megapixel digital camera with 720p HD capabilities. Hit the jump to find out more.

Band ‘Kill It Kid’ Tour Uk With The Nokia N8

Nokia also followed the band ‘Kill it kid’ as they toured around the UK using Ovi maps on the Nokia N8 to navigate their way around. During rehearsal, the band make use of their Nokia N8 to capture 12MP images and 720p HD video to prepare for live gigs. As the band tour the country with limited space and time, they use the Nokia N8smartphone to send updates to their fans on Facebook and Twitter replacing the need for a computer. Hit the jump for the video.

Vodafone Launches Smartphone Professional | Corporate Mobile Security

Vodafone has launched a new solution to help businesses manage smartphones that connect to corporate networks. Smartphone Professional provides a powerful security and device management solution using ‘Good for Enterprise’, which supports many devices including Nokia handsets. Using SmartphoneProfessional, administrators manage corporate devices in a number of ways including the ability to restrict a device’s functionality and remotely wipe corporate data from a lost or stolen phone. Hit the jump to find out more.

The ‘Good for Enterprise’ solution, encrypts data from companies’ servers and restricts information access within a special application. Smartphone Professional clients, who will be charged per user per month, will also receive expert help from Vodafone employees.

“With smartphones becoming increasingly popular, securing the way data is accessed and stored on these devices is crucial,” said Peter Kelly, Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK. “Many businesses want to allow employees to use the mobile device that they choose to do their job most effectively. With Vodafone Smartphone Professional, businesses have the peace of mind that mobile devices and data are secure on the UK’s best network.”

Smartphone Professional offers the following features:

Device Management

IT administrators through a web based console can take control of applications, lock down device functionality and remotely wipe confidential information from a lost or stolen device.

Highest levels of security

The solution provides advanced end-to-end 192-bit AES encryption and FIPS certification enabling secure access to applications and data behind the corporate firewall. The Good for Enterprise solution provides a contained environment on every smartphone by encrypting data from your server and restricting its access within a special application. Secure email, calendar, contacts as well as business applications.

Expert Help

Smartphone Professional includes premium helpdesk to helpdesk support to ensure your team have access to our experts.

Inclusive Data allowance

Smartphone Professional provides a generous data allowance for each user on Vodafone’s award winning network.

Supporting the implementation

Specifically designed to ensure that the deployment of Smartphone Professional is as simple and efficient as possible, we have a created a range of services to support you.

Management solutions

We provide a range of management solutions from remote monitoring and administration, to full remote management and hosted service. Helping you to remove the IT management burden, reduce capital investment and ensure service availability.

Nokia C6 (C6-01) Begins Shipping Today

Nokia today announced that the Nokia C6 (C6-01), Nokia’s second Symbian^3 based smartphone, has officially begun shipping. The new Nokia C6 (C6-01) is the smallest and most affordable of the new family of Symbian^3 devices. Hit the jump to find out more.

The Nokia C6 (C6-01) measures in at 103.8 x 52.5 x 13.9mm and weighs just 131g. It’s got a 3.2″ AMOLED capacitive touch-screen, featuring the new ClearBlack technology. This ensures that the blacks you see are really just that, black, which in turn enhances the contrast of the display and makes the whole screen much easier to see.

The Nokia C6 (C6-01) is also one of Nokia’s greenest devices to date, featuring the use of bioplastics and recycled metals for much of its construction. But this does not make it any less capable. The Nokia C6 (C6-01) has an eight-megapixel full focus camera with dual-LED flash and the capability of shooting video in 720p HD, comes with free lifetime voice guided navigation, and on demand WebTV.

The Nokia C6 (C6-01) will be available via your local retailers and operators soon, so keep checking with them if this is the device for you.

The Commuter | A Nokia N8 Production

The Commuter – A short film starring Dev Patel, Ed Westwick, Charles Dance and Pamela Anderson premiered last night in London. Check out this fantastic production, directed by the McHenry brothers and shot entirely with the Nokia N8, after the jump. Enjoy!

JoikuSpot Premium For Symbian^3 Is Here | Turns The Nokia N8 Into A Wireless Router

JoikuSpot allows your Nokia handset to act as a mobile router. You can connect your laptop and other devices to internet using your mobile phone as a 3G WiFi hotspot. With JoikuSpot installed on your Nokia N8, you can say goodbye to any awkward USB dongle, MiFi, cable or Bluetooth connection you might have. Connection security enabled, you and whoever you decide to share with can privately access an internet connection wherever you are. Hit the jump to find out more.

You can pick up JoikuSpot Premium from your Symbian^3 handset via the Ovi Storefor £8 GBP or directly from the JoikuShop for €9 EUR. Its a small price to pay for such a fantastic application. Check out the video demo courtesy of The Nokia Blogbelow.

Nokia N8 Nuggets | 10 Useful Tutorials For The Nokia N8

Nokia UK has published ten very useful tutorials for the Nokia N8 tagged as ‘Nuggets’. These videos demonstrate many features that are not widely known or promoted. Hit the jump to view all ten demos which could help you make the most of your Nokia N8. Enjoy!

Nugget No. 1 | Turning Control

Turning control allows a user to mute their incoming call or to snooze a call on their Nokia N8 smartphone.

Nugget No. 2 | USB On-The-Go

USB on-the-go allows playback of movies directly from a USB key on the Nokia N8 smartphone.

Nugget No. 3 | Resume Video Playback After Call

Play back of movies on the Nokia N8 smartphone automatically resumes after a phone call has finished.

Nugget No. 4 | Ovi Walk & Share

Ovi Walk allows users to be voice guided through parks as well as main roads. Locations may also be shared on Facebook and Twitter using Ovi share location on the Nokia N8 smartphone.

Nugget No. 5 | Self Timer Camera

The self timer feature on the Nokia N8 smartphone comes with a delay of between 5 and 20 seconds with a repeated audio alert to countdown the remaining seconds.

Nugget No. 6 | Downloading Ovi Apps

The Nokia N8 smartphone does not require a connection to a computer to download apps form the Ovi store. The Ovi store is available on the phone with full search and download functionality.

Nugget No. 7 | Multitasking Switcher

Switch between tasks and close applications by holding down the menu button on the Nokia N8 smartphone to access the multitasking menu.

Nugget No. 8 | Audio SMS Playback

Playback SMS using the ‘Listen’ feature on the Nokia N8 smartphone.

Nugget No. 9 | Touch & Hold

Touch and hold music to add to playlists or touch and hold photos to add to photo albums.

Nugget No. 10 | FM Transmitter

Listen to your music collection through your car speakers using the built in FM transmit feature.

Gameloft HD Games For Symbian^3

Nokia has just uploaded some cool video demos of HD games by Gameloft for the Nokia N8 and other Symbian^3 devices. Avatar HD, Asphalt 5 HD, Guitar Rock Tour 2 HD and GT Racing Motor Academy HD are now all available to download directly from your Nokia N8 via the Ovi Store. Check out the gameplay trailers after the break.

Go deeper into the spectacular world of James Cameron’s Avatar and embark on a journey of redemption and discovery two decades prior to the events in the film. As Cpt Ryan Lorenz, you’ll transmit your consciousness into the body of an experimental human-Na’vi hybrid, becoming the first avatar. Can you anticipate the powerful transformation a bout to unfold? Will you use your new powers to save the Na’vi, or will you work with the humans to destroy their world?

Drums Of Death Behind The Scenes | Another Nokia N8 Production

Combine electro-punk band Drums of Death and a deserted forest late at night and what do you get? A spooky music video that’s just right for Halloween. To find out how they shot ‘Won’t Be Long’ entirely with a Nokia N8 in 720p HD, check out the behind the scenes video after the break.

The Nokia N8 Keyboard Rant | Text Lovers Be Warned

After using the Nokia N8 for the past few weeks I must admit that I absolutely love the device. Symbian^3 is familiar yet more capable and let’s you use your device the way you want. But Nokia really need to take a look at one major flaw on this handset. I’ve never found it more difficult to type on a virtual keyboard, than I have with the one on the Nokia N8.

To start with, when typing using the landscape keyboard, the arrow keys are in a very awkward position. This is not because they’re too hard to get to, but instead they’re too easily pressed, especially the right arrow key. Every single time I want to press the space bar I find myself accidentally pressing this right arrow key, which then takes the cursor to the beginning of the message. Many users are experiencing this same issue and I have received quite a few emails asking me to suggest alternative solutions.

The Swype keyboard on the other hand is designed much better. I think the key here is that the right and left arrow keys have been relocated to the upper right of the screen, which I believe is the ideal position as its easy to access when needed.

Secondly, when I asked the designers at Nokia World why the QWERTY option wasn’t available in portrait mode, the response I got was that it was due to the width of the device, which I can understand. A narrower form factor does make it difficult to fit in all the keys. However if you’ve used the Opera Mobile 10 Web Browser on the Nokia N8, you’ll notice that Opera provide a QWERTY input method in portrait mode. Its squeezed in pretty tight but it works rather well. So why can’t Nokia create a portrait QWERTY keyboard for the Nokia N8? If users prefer to switch to T9 then that option can also remain available.

Finally, what I’d like to see is that the keyboard becomes more a part of the OS rather than a standalone application. For example when entering your username and password on a web page or entering a captcha code to verify the fact that your not an alien, the virtual keyboard props up as any other application would and masks the whole screen. To view the captcha whilst typing it in is not possible and leaves you switching back and forth. This needs to change. Early rumours suggested that Nokia has enabled this feature but application developers have not utilized it. Well if this is the case then why has Nokia itself not utilized this feature?

A revamped virtual keyboard will let the Nokia N8 live up to its hype. However for me, this is a deal breaker. If I can’t use my mobile phone to send text messages and emails quickly without having to continuously edit the write up, then the fact that is has a 12 megapixel camera or free voice guided navigation is irrelevant.

Let us know what you think? How are you getting on with the Nokia N8? More importantly, how have you found the virtual keyboard? Drop some thoughts in the comments below.

Ovi Making Substantial Progress

Nokia has announced that there are currently more than 200,000 new users signing up to Ovi everyday, and that Ovi Store has reached the milestone of 2.3 million downloads per day as more than 90 percent of visits are converting into downloads. Available in more than 190 countries, Ovi is discovered through Maps, Music, Messaging, Store and in select countries, Life Tools. The number of active Nokia service users has now reached almost 140 million worldwide.

The growing popularity of the Ovi experience has also led to 70 developers and publishers each surpassing the million download mark for their content in the Ovi Store. Developers and publishers reaching and moving past this milestone include Digital Chocolate, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Indiagames, PepsiCo, Qik, Shazam, HeroCraft and Offscreen Technologies. HeroCraft, a publisher of content that includes the game Farm Frenzy, has received more than 10 million downloads, and Offscreen, a developer of a variety of touchscreen apps, has more than 45 million. The complete list by geography is available at forum.nokia.com. It includes 39 content creators from Europe, the Middle East and Africa; 14 from the United States; ten from Asia Pacific; and seven from China.

“At Nokia, we believe that connecting people with great mobile experiences is at the heart of what Ovi is all about,” said Tero Ojanperä, Executive Vice President of Services at Nokia. “Today people discover Ovi through Maps, Music, Messaging, Store and Life Tools. With a new generation of amazing devices, like the Nokia N8, developers are looking at Ovi as a good business decision and a chance to innovate and create next-generation mobile experiences for our family of new Symbian smartphones.”

Other milestones include:

  • An updated Ovi Store experience – debuting on the newly available Nokia N8 and coming to the full range of new Symbian smartphones – giving a friendlier look and feel, faster content discovery and more popular content choices such as foursquare and the smash hit game Angry Birds.
  • Improvements for developers including new development tools and benefits such as free Java and Symbian signing, in-app purchase and beta in-app advertising programs, improved revenue share and advanced developer analytics.
  • Significant enhancements to the Nokia Qt Software Development Kit (SDK) have resulted in a 70 percent reduction in the number of lines of code required when developing for the company’s family of Symbian smartphones.
  • Continued expansion of Ovi Maps around the world and the integration of more new features. Walk and drive navigation is available in 78 countries and 46 languages and includes public transit details in more than 80 cities, and features such as check-in that supports location as the new social connector. Every day, maps usage is the equivalent of driving around the world 80 times.
  • Available in 38 markets around the world and with approximately 11 million tracks in the global catalogue, Ovi Music is complemented by the popular interconnected Gig Finder app that uses personal music preferences to find relevant entertainment venues. Nokia is the largest single source of digital downloaded music revenue in Brazil, Mexico, India, Finland and South Africa.
  • Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat have surpassed 17 million accounts, Nokia Messaging currently delivers push email and instant messaging to an active user base of 4 million people, and new social networking features on the Nokia N8 and other new Symbian-powered devices enhance Facebook and Twitter with a more seamless experience.
  • In less than a year, Ovi Life Tools and its agricultural, educational and entertainment services for entry markets has attracted more than 4.7 million subscribers in China, India and Indonesia.

WeatherBug For The Nokia N900

WeatherBug’s Chris Brozenick demonstrates how the WeatherBug application works on the Nokia N900. WeatherBug provides instant access to local current conditions, extended forecast, radar and satellite images, severe weather alerts and more for thousands of locations around the world. Check out the video tutorial after the break.

Nokia Launches Mobile TV Headset For Symbian^3

Consuming videos on a mobile device has become the norm. However it’s not everyday you come across someone viewing live TV on a handheld device. Nokia has today aimed to close that gap in the market with the announcement of its new Mobile TV service that will be pushed out through an application from Ovi Store, and the Nokia Mobile TV Headset which sports a built in DVB-H Receiver. Hit the jump for the press release.

The Nokia Mobile TV Headset, DVB-H, is all you need to turn your mobile device into a portable television. Anywhere there’s mobile DVB-H (Digital Video Broadband – Handset) coverage, you can tune into sports events or TV shows and watch them without worrying about an Internet connection. DVB-H is also kinder to your battery life than Web TV solutions.

The headset handles call reception and volume in a similar way to other mobile headsets, so you won’t miss calls while you’re watching the game. It also features keys for changing channels and music controls for the player on your handset. There’s an app called Mobile TV available for compatible handsets. It’s either pre-installed on new devices or it can be downloaded from the Ovi Store.

The Mobile TV Headset works well with the forthcoming Nokia N8 and other Symbian^3 devices that feature USB-on-the-go. It is expected to cost €40 EUR before taxes and will appear in Q4 2010. Check carefully with local dealers before you buy though, as while it is expanding, DVB-H coverage is still patchy in many countries. Licensing issues and lack of frequency availability have stalled many projects, though there do appear to be working services in the Netherlands, Russia, New Delhi and Helsinki, for example.

Nokia EVP Niklas Savander Interview | Nokia N8 Commences Shipping

Nokia Conversation’s Phillip Schwarzmann managed to get a few words out of Nokia’s EVP, Niklas Savander, about the announcement earlier today that the Nokia N8 has left factories in Finland and China and is now on its way to the loyal customers who pre-ordered the device. Check out his thoughts in the short video after the break.

The Second Symbian^3 Device Is Now Shipping | Nokia C7

The Nokia C7 is the first device to bring Symbian^3 to the Cseries range of smartphones and has started shipping to customers around the world today. Only a month after its announcement, The Nokia C7 is the second Symbian^3 device in total following the well acclaimed Nokia N8, and is a perfect companion for the design-conscious social networker. Check out the full press release after the break with a short promotional video highlighting some key aspects of this device..

This social-networking centric device combines stainless steel and glass in a sleek, full-touch design. The 3.5 inch AMOLED display is ideal for networking, with updates from Facebook and Twitter fed directly to the home screen, as well as one touch access to many popular email accounts including Ovi Mail, Yahoo! Mail and Windows Live Hotmail. The Nokia C7 also opens up a world of apps, games, videos, and web and location-based services through the Ovi Store.

“The Nokia C7 is our second smartphone based on the new version of Symbian to hit the market,” says Jo Harlow, Head of Smartphones at Nokia. “Designed specifically with the style-conscious consumer in mind, the Nokia C7 also brings excellent social networking abilities, making it perfect for people who want to check-in and stay up to date.”