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HD Horizons Project | Nokia N8 Hits The Skies To Capture England’s Landmarks

Earlier this month, Aerial Photographer Jason Hawkes set out to capture the UK’s most stunning locations in five days using only the Nokia N8 as his main camera in a project titled HD Horizons. The project was launched to prove that the best camera you have is the one you have on you all the time. Check out a recap of Jason’s journey along with the final images after the break.

This is what Jason had to say:

“The images which I keep being drawn to are the lighthouse, the container ship and the viaduct. All for different reasons. It’s the colour in the containers on the container ship and the colour in the sky that attract and catch my eye most but also the simplicity of the container ship against the water. There’s a strong feeling of “I’m going this way and there’s no stopping me” from this view. This elevated directly coming towards position is also a way we never see such ships. Of course, all of these images are views we never see such city and landscapes, which is why we find them so fascinating to look at, perhaps.

The lighthouse again caught my eye. Apart from how pleased I was with the high levels of naturally resolved detail, but the steadfast positioning of the lighthouse on the rocks whilst the sea crashes against it and all the surrounding rocks. You really get a sense of how exposed those structures are from this shot.

Finally, the viaduct. I’m especially pleased with how this appears to be testimony to our direction in treating the colour reproduction with the N8. Vibrant but natural. As I’ve commented before, we really wanted to step away from the overly saturated, overly processed images you see so much with camera phones. The N8 was about listening to what we were hearing as an ever-increasing opinion of how people wanted colour to be reproduced. It’s not perfect yet, but we continue to try and get as close to that as we can for as many people as we can.

When asked if he was surprised by the way the camera performed in these conditions he replied,

“This will sound really arrogant, but no, not really. I think they’ll surprise a lot of other people though. And I honestly don’t mean that to sound the way it does. The reason I say that is that I think there are still a lot of people who don’t or perhaps aren’t able to take advantage of having a good camera with them wherever they go. I think people need to see such images to help open their eyes more.

Recently I’ve been using a lot of competitor devices which has meant leaving my N8 at home. There’s been a real drop in how frequently I take photos as a result, because I just don’t find the quality to be reassuring enough. The quality a really great camera smartphone can provide inspires you to capture and share more.

That’s why I think this campaign is important. Not to say “hey – get yourselves a helicopter and shoot some aerial shots with your camera phone” but, “isn’t it time you realised that the phone you carry with you potentially can take some really incredible shots, shouldn’t you give it a go more?” When I speak to people who own N8s, what I hear more than any other comment is how many more pictures and videos they take in comparison with before. Isn’t that a good thing?”


Soundtrckr Vs Slacker Vs Nokia Internet Radio | Internet Radio/Music Apps Go Head-To-Head

Wondering which Internet radio/music app is the best one currently available for Symbian^3 devices? Well, check out this comparison video after the break of three great apps that fall right in that category. Soundtrckr – the geosocial Internet radio, Slacker – the interactive radio service, and Nokia’s very own Internet Radio all go head-to-head in this segment.

Nokia Unveils New Typeface To Refresh Its Currently Outdated Brand Image

Nokia has announced a new typeface and a new look for promotional materials in a bid to put out a new brand image that’s simpler, fresher and stronger than before. Check out the sneak preview after the break where you can gain a rough idea of how the future typeface may appear.

New Font

This is the new typeface that’s been created for Nokia by the branding people. It’s called Nokia Pure and we like it a lot. The third picture, with the lower case ‘c’ and ‘e’ up close is worth particular attention. Not only does it look… well, pure and simple, but the letters flow into each other somewhat, creating the impression of forward movement. The idea of flow and movement appears frequently in the new branding.

So what do you think? I personally think it’s definitely a change for the good. Nokia does need to put a statement out showing its willing to change and adapt with time. The new branding should be appearing on billboards and devices this year, and could even be included in the upcoming PR 2.0 update. Post your comments below and let us know what you think.

Nokia 5730XM

Device Description:

The Nokia 5730XM is a dual-mode music phone supporting WCDMA/HSDPA, EGSM, and WLAN. The device features a side slider QWERTY keyboard for fast and easy messaging and dedicated gaming keys. Enjoy videos, music, and graphics on the 2.4″ QVGA display with orientation sensor. Find directions and locations with the integrated A-GPS and take photos with a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics. Additional features include USB charging with simultaneous data transfer, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, UPnP and USB 2.0 High-Speed.

Nokia 5530XM

Device Description:

The Nokia 5530XM is a S60 5th Edition device with a resistive touch screen and tactile feedback. The device has a 2.9″, bright nHD (640 x 360 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio) AFFS display with homescreen featuring Contacts Bar and media bar. Input methods include full screen QWERTY, alphanumeric keypad and handwriting recognition. Other features include a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, and USB 2.0 High-Speed.

Nokia 5235XM

Device Description:

The Nokia 5235XM is a S60 5th Edition device that brings you closer to the music you love. The device features a 3.2″, bright nHD(640 x 360 pixels and 16:9 aspect ration) resistive touch screen with tactile feedback and homescreen featuring a contacts and media bar. Access Nokia Music Store and enter a world of free music downloads. Use your favourite Ovi services and social networks quickly on the go.

Nokia X1

Announced On:

08 March 2011

Operating System:

Symbian S30


Connecting the next billion people means keeping it simple and keeping it affordable. The Nokia X1-00 is a Series 30 feature phone which is designed to offer the maximum music performance for a very low price – and it is especially tailored in meeting the needs of consumers in growth markets.


The Nokia E7 Unboxing Video By Nokia UK

After her unboxing video of the Symbian^3 powered Nokia C7 in December 2010, Natalia Grace of Nokia UK is at it again, this time in this official Nokia E7 unboxing video. Focusing on all of the handset’s innovative features, this demo brings even the smallest details of the Nokia E7 to life. Hit the jump to watch the video.

New Firmware v14.002 (PR 1.1) | Nokia E7

The Nokia E7 has received a new PR 1.1 firmware update, taking it up to v14.002. A PR 1.1 update has already been available for the Nokia C7 and Nokia N8, however this is not the same release, and is in fact a newer update from that (v14). The firmware details state that it improves the phone’s performance and brings the latest features to the device. The 907 kB update should be available for most of you Nokia E7 users right now, although it may take a while for it to become available to all regions and carriers.

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 Settings>SW Update. Then select Options>Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. On newer devices you’ll get the option to select which updates you would like to install, so once selected, press Options>Start update. 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.

Boom Beats For Symbian^3 | Gameplay Demo On The Nokia N8

Boom Beats is an addictive rhythm game for Symbian^3 devices, which takes you into a world full of drum and bass, jungle, dub step, rave and house tunes. All you need to do is tap the rhythm and earn score. You can also use multipliers, unlocks, special powers and more. Check out the gameplay demo after the break.

Prism 3D For Symbian^3 | Gameplay Demo On The Nokia N8

Prism 3D is a great little accelerometer-based game for Symbian^3 devices, where you control a bouncing ball to the level end point trying to keep it on the platform along your way. There’s around 40 levels and the option to play in Infinite Mode. Check out the gameplay demo after the break.

Virtual Table Tennis 3D For Symbian^3 | Gameplay Demo On The Nokia N8

Virtual Table Tennis 3D is a fast paced table tennis game with wonderful 3D effects for Symbian^3 devices. You can perform smashing serves and side-spin shots to take out your opponents. Check out the gameplay tutorial after the break.

Compatible with all Symbian^3 devices, Virtual Table Tennis 3D is available over at the Ovi Store for £1.50 GBP

Nokia E7 Review Part 1 | Unboxing The 2011 Communicator

A few days ago we were lucky enough to get our hands on the Nokia E7. I’m in the process of putting together my initial thoughts on this 2011 Eseries Communicator, so in the meantime, check out our very own unboxing video of the Nokia E7 after the break.

Nokia EVP Of ‘Mobile Phones’ Mary McDowell On The Next Billion

Nokia’s EVP of Mobile Phones, Mary McDowell, spoke at MWC 2011about her role to drive the strategy put in place to get the ‘Next Billion’ connected. The aim is to make mobile phones and Internet services affordable and accessible to more people across the globe, especially to growing economies. Check out the interview after the break.

Nokia EVP Of ‘Mobile Phones’ Mary McDowell On The Next Billion

Nokia’s EVP of Mobile Phones, Mary McDowell, spoke at MWC 2011about her role to drive the strategy put in place to get the ‘Next Billion’ connected. The aim is to make mobile phones and Internet services affordable and accessible to more people across the globe, especially to growing economies. Check out the interview after the break.

Angry Birds Headed To Texas #NokiaConnects

Nokia today released a short teaser to what seems to be an event taking place at SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas. Clearly involving Angry Birds, the event is set to take place at The Belmont Stage on Saturday 12th March at 9pm. Check out the trailer after the break.

Sports Tracker On The Nokia N8

Sports Tracker is the award-winning tracking application that turns your compatible Nokia Smartphone in to a fully-fledged sports computer. It lets you measure your workouts, keep a track of your progress, and you can also share your routines with friends. Hit the jump to check out this video demo.

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 Situations For Symbian^3 Updated To v2.51

Nokia Situations Beta has just been updated for Symbian^3 devices to v2.51. Nokia Situations basically allows you to manually define situations, like “In a meeting” or “Sleeping”, and set how you want your device to act. With the application running in the background, your device automatically senses the situation you are in and adapts to it according to your preferences. Check out the full changelog, along with a video demo and download links, after the break.

What’s New In Version 2.51 For Symbian^3:

  • Application action allows selection of several applications
  • Added possibility to close launched applications when situation changes
  • Added possibility to close browser when situation changes
  • Time & WLAN conditions now support multiple selections (remove conditions by long tapping the condition)
  • Timed option added as in profiles
  • Small UI changes (long-tap context menus & direct actions on items)
  • “no change” -option added to Bluetooth, theme & powersave actions
  • Network location condition improved
    • Cell ID limit increased to 100
    • Added possibility to remove cells from existing network location condition
  • Bookmark action fix (open bookmark correctly when browser is already started)
  • Removed background service autostart from sis-installation (caused unexpected problems where settings could not be accessed properly without device restart)

NOTE: Calendar condition will be reset in this update, application & bookmark actions may be corrupted.

Mozilla Firefox 4 Release Candidate For Maemo Now Available To Download

Mozilla has announced that its Firefox 4 for Maemo is out of beta and is now available as a release candidate. This release offers faster scrolling, better responsiveness with Firefox Sync and improves the overall user experience of Firefox on your Nokia N900. Check out the video demo after the break along with direct download links.

You can download Firefox 4 for Maemo and many more great apps for your Nokia N900 from our Maemo 5 Applications page.

Nokia CTO Discusses The Future For Qt, MeeGo and Symbian

Rich Green, Nokia’s Chief Technology Officer, discusses the future of Symbian, MeeGo and Qt, in this three-part interview at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. Check out all three videos after the break.

Nokia E7 Is Here With Custom Signed Packaging

WomWorld Nokia kindly dropped off a Nokia E7 in the post today, and I have to say, this has been one of the more exciting devices we’ve had the pleasure of getting our hands on. But before we get stuck in, check out this awesome custom packaging the handset came in, complete with a quote from my initial hands on demo and signed by none other than Stephen Elop himself. Image gallery after the break.

At Nokia World 2010 in London, I managed to get some hands on time with the Nokia E7 and put together a hands on demo, in which I finished by stating, “This upcoming number is definitely worth holding your breath for.” Nokia seamed to have picked up on this and have put this on the Nokia E7 pictured on the box as a text message. How cool!

MeeGo 1.0 Demo At Intel Developer Forum 2010

At the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing in April 2010, the new software platform MeeGo was demonstrated on a variety of Internet connected devices from a netbook to Internet TV to smartphone and digital coupon machine with RFID. MeeGo 1.0 is the first version that comes from merging Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo, so check out the videos after the jump to see what kind of things you can expect from MeeGo in the near future.

New Custom Symbian^3 Mod Brings Six Homescreen Pages

Symbian^3 devices such as the Nokia N8, C7 and E7, all bring multiple homescreens to your Nokia handset, allowing you to customise the look of your device and have the apps and services you want instantly at the flick of a finger. Currently all these devices only support up to three homescreens, however the Symbian community have cooked up a version that allows you to have up to six homescreens, along with some other cool features. Hit the jump for the video demo and to find out more.

Microsoft To Pay Nokia Around $1 Billion In #NokMsft Partenership

Bloomberg has today revealed that two people with knowledge of the terms regarding the Nokia/Microsoft Partnership announced in Mobile World Congress 2011 earlier last month, have stated that Microsoft will pay Nokia around $1 billion to promote and develop Windows Phone-based handsets as part of their smartphone software agreement. Hit the jump to find out more.

According to Bloomberg, Colin Gillis, an analyst at BGC Partners in New York, who recommends buying Microsoft shares stated, “This gives Microsoft scale and allows Nokia to rip out costs… Microsoft is getting the platform boost that comes from acquiring a Nokia for about a billion dollars.”

Another snippet from the article highlights some key aspects regarding the length of the term which is set to be for more than 5 years, with Nokia to receive a fee for each copy of Windows used in it’s phones:

“Nokia will pay Microsoft a fee for each copy of Windows used in its phones, costs that will be offset as Nokia curtails its own budget for software research and development, said one of the people, who declined to be identified because the final contract hasn’t yet been signed. The agreement runs for more than five years, the people said.”

Soundtrckr v1.2 For Symbian Released | Brings Facebook Integration & Performance Improvements

The folks at Soundtrckr have released a new version of the Geosocial Internet Radio application that lets you listen to over 8 million tracks, and share your music with people within your locality. Soundtrckr v1.2 brings Facebook integration as well as performance improvements to this Symbian^3 and S60 5th Edition app. Hit the jump to find out more.

Soundtrckr v1.2 Changelog:

  • Facebook Integration. You will be able to post on your wall what you are listening to and invite your Facebook friends to join you on Soundtrckr.
  • Remove auto-capitalization.
  • Performance and various bug fixes.
  • Proper handling on log-in and connection errors.
  • Also, those of you on T-Mobile USA will need to use Soundtrckr over WiFi for now. A fix for using the app via cellular network is currently in the works and is expected in the next update.

You can download Soundtrckr v1.2 for Symbian^3 devices from our Symbian^3 Applications section and for S60 5th Edition devices from our S60v5 Applications section. Make sure you also check out this video demo of Soundtrckr running on the Nokia N8.

NokMsft Interview With Nokia’s EVP Of Corporate Development

UnwiredView managed to get an interview with Nokia’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Dr. Kai Oistamo, during Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. Dr. Kai Oistamo was asked questions regarding the NokMsft deal, Ovi services and Nokia’s WP codebase, to which he responded, “There is plenty of things Nokia can do to build on top of Windows Phone without fragmenting the Windows Phone code,” allowing Nokia to differentiate themselves and stand out within the Windows Phone ecosystem. Check out the full interview after the break.

Nokia’s WP Future Looks Promising | IE9, SkyDrive & Xbox Live With Kinect

Microsoft hit the stage at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona yesterday to announce some upcoming features for Windows Phone 7. After the recent partnership announcement with Nokia, it was always going to be interesting to see what Steve Ballmer had in store for Windows Phone users. Hit the jump to find out what’s headed to Windows Phone 7 users and ultimately to a Nokia Windows Phone device later this year.

Microsoft announced several new Windows Phone 7 features coming in 2011, including a “dramatically enhanced” browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9; additional multitasking capabilities; support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud; and the addition of Twitter to the People Hub.

The expanded capabilities announced today include:

  • Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
  • Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011
  • Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011
  • Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011
  • A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011
  • Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012

Yes, its true. Windows Phone 7 does not currently support the copy/paste functionality, amongst many others which you may have come to love with Symbian. However the plan to build a new ecosystem will encourage features like this and others hit the platform very soon. Windows Phone will experience many updates before the end of the year, when we will see the first Nokia Windows Phone (hopefully at Nokia World in September).

Andy Lees, President of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business stated that, “This partnership will combine the strengths of our two companies, and fuel our growth as we build the global Windows Phone ecosystem. This is a great win for us, for Nokia, and for our existing and new customers around the world.”

Also announced during Microsoft’s keynote was an upcoming Xbox Live Kinect integration with Windows Phone. A gaming revolution to say the least will soon be compatible with mobile devices. No news as to when this feature will be added, but we’ll keep you updated on this and more Windows Phone news right here at, so make sure you stay tuned.

IE9 Video Demo | Upcoming Windows Phone Update

Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) for Windows Phone was also showcased at Mobile World Congress yesterday, which supports HTML5 and has the same hardware accelerated graphics you’ll find on the PC version. Check out the video demo after the break, where Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Program Management, managed to sneak in a cheeky comparison with the iPhone 4′s Safari web browser.

Nokia Press Briefing At Mobile World Congress

Stephen Elop answers some more questions during the Q&A session in part four of Nokia’s press briefing at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. Watch part four after the break.

Myriad Alien Dalvik To Open The Android Experience To Other Platforms

Myriad Group AG today announced the launch of Myriad Alien Dalvik, which enables Android apps to run on non-Android platforms. Myriad Alien Dalvik will commercially become available later this year on the Meego platform, with more operating systems to follow. The first demonstration will take place next week at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona on 14th-17th February. Check out the video demo on the Nokia N900 after the break..

From a user perspective, Alien Dalvik will be completely transparent. Applications will appear as native and will be seamlessly installed on the device without user disruption. The end user will simply notice access to a wider range of applications, brought to the device via the Android Market.

“The proliferation of Android has been staggering, but there is still room for growth. By extending Android to other platforms, we are opening up the market even further, creating new audiences and revenue opportunities,” said Simon Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Myriad Group.

Will Alien Dalvik have an impact on the Symbian and Meego developer community? Its hard to say at the moment, but if Android apps become widely available across all platforms, it may make sense for developers to utilize this opportunity to reach more users by creating an android app instead.

So what does this mean for Meego? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Xbox Kinect Video Demo | Coming Soon To Windows Phone

Finally here’s one extremely exciting preview for the future. With no estimated release date, Microsoft also announced that Windows Phone 7 will eventually receive Xbox Kinect support, allowing users to play interactive games using their Windows Phone powered handset. Check out the preview video after the break.

Ovi Maps For Mobile Final v3.06 Released (inc. Changelog)

Ovi Maps for Mobile v3.06 has received an update taking it out of the beta stages into a final build v3.06(587). The new updated allows you to have more freedom in terms of customising the Maps homescreen user interface to make it relevant to you. The search experience has also been improved as well as a new drive assistance mode with live traffic flow. Hit the jump for the full changelog.

Ovi Maps For Mobile v3.06 Final Release Changelog:

  • Pinch to zoom interaction (Only available on Symbian^3 devices).
  • Visually refreshed main menu and icons.
  • New maps with public transport lines (as a new map layer) for subways, trams and trains in 80+ cities around the world. Just click the map toolbox icon and select Transit Lines.
  • Improved search experience – find places and addresses around you – or anywhere in the world – fast and easily. Browse places or enter a keyword in the search box. Now with suggestions and “did you mean?” functionality.
  • New place pages with description, reviews, pictures and places nearby. Interact with places in a whole new way – you can check in, contact, navigate, save, rate, share, report or see place on the map.
  • Share a place – send a place to your friends via SMS or Email. The SMS contains the address and a link to the place page with description, ratings, contact, URL and a mini map. The link opens up on the mobile browser (also on non-Nokia devices).
  • Check in – keep your friends up-to-date with where you are and what you’re up to. Check in to places and share it with your friends on Facebook and many more social networks. See places you’ve been to in your check in history
  • New Drive assistance mode with live traffic flow – after clicking Drive, you’re instantly in drive assistance mode with live traffic flow and more. Once you start moving, get safety camera alerts and speed limit warnings.
  • More folder with many rich content services relevant to your location. Personalise your Ovi Maps by selecting the services you’d like to keep on your main menu for instant access.

Ovi Maps For Mobile v3.06 Complete Feature List:

  • Download street maps directly to your device! A new feature called “Update” on the main menu which allows you download Street Maps directly (via WiFi) to your phone without a PC! Please note that phones without WiFi (e.g. Nokia 5230) will not work.
  • My Position and Search are now integrated (now called Map). When accessed, it will show your last map view
  • Back button in Favourites
  • Long tap functionality to delete & rename collections & routes
  • Pop up for first time use – to inform user to download new map data (when upgrading 3.04 > 3.06 for the first time)
  • Improved behaviours of transit lines settings in map toolbox (no more grey out)
  • Compass calibration hint
  • Refreshed place details information view
  • Pinch to zoom interaction (Only available on Symbian^3 devices)
  • Visually refreshed main menu and icons,
  • New maps with public transport lines (as a new map layer) for subways, trams and trains in 80+ cities around the world. Just click the map toolbox icon and select Transit lines,
  • Improved search experience – find places and addresses around you – or anywhere in the world – fast and easily. Browse places or enter a keyword in the search box. Now with suggestions and “did you mean?” functionality,
  • New place pages with description, reviews, pictures and places nearby. Interact with places in a whole new way – you can check in, contact, navigate, save, rate, share, report or see place on the map,
  • Share a place – send a place to your friends via SMS or Email. The SMS contains the address and a link to the place page with description, ratings, contact, URL and a mini map. The link opens up on the mobile browser (also on non-Nokia devices),
  • Check in – keep your friends up-to-date with where you are and what you’re up to. Check in to places and share it with your friends on Facebook and many more social networks. See places you’ve been to in your check in history,
  • New Drive assistance mode with live traffic flow – after clicking Drive, you’re instantly in drive assistance mode with live traffic flow and more. Once you start moving, get safety camera alerts and speed limit warnings,
  • More folder with many rich content services relevant to your location. Personalise your Ovi Maps by selecting the services you’d like to keep on your main menu for instant access.
  • Traffic flow: In Drive mode, a number of improvements to the traffic flow colour scheme and layout.

You can download Ovi Maps V3.06 from our Applications section for your S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 handset.

Petanque Boule Fighters For S60v5 & S^3

Petanque Boule Fighters for Symbian S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices is a cool bowl game, in which you have to throw the boules (balls) close to the jack (the small one). With the option of three court surfaces and various different game modes you can practice or enter a multiplayer knockout competition. Hit the jump for the gameplay demo.

You can download the free demo of Petanque Boule Fighters for  S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices here, or purchase the full version for £3.00 GBP here.

Nokia DAB Radio Headset | Digital Radio On The Go (Video Preview & Review)

Nokia’s DAB Digital Radio Headset is the first of its kind, and allows Symbian^3users to enjoy over 70 digital radio stations nationwide. You can also control your music and manage calls with this all-in-one headset. Hit the jump for a video preview by the lovely Natalia Grace, Nokia’s entertainment reporter. You can also find a video review courtesy of Which? Mobile.

Images Of Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 Concept Emerge

Engadget has released some stunning images of a proposed Nokia Windows Phone 7 Concept design which have been put together after the recent partnership announcement. Nokia has made it very clear that Windows Phone will become Nokia’s primary smartphone OS, so heres a small glimpse as to what Nokia could have in store for us in the future.

Convinced yet? As the reality of the situation begins to sink in, I’m left with mixed emotions to be honest. Although I feel the partnership with Microsoft brings images of Nokia waving it’s white flag, the current devices out there were simply not cutting it when compared to the offerings from Google and Apple.

Mobile World Congress kicks off today and the two Steves are due to hit the stage together around 5 PM, with the press conference due to start around 6 PM. It is thought that more details will hopefully be revealed during this keynote. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we get the news.

Sync Your iTunes Music With Your Nokia Using Music WithMe Beta

Music WithMe is the latest addition at the Nokia Beta Labs and offers a great music experience for Symbian S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 users. Music WithMe lets you wirelessly sync music from your iTunes library onto your Nokia handset, and what’s more is that you can set it to rip the music automatically. You simply choose the iTunes playlists you want to sync and Music WithMe takes care of the rest. Hit the jump to find out more.

There are two components to Music WithMe: the mobile app and the desktop client (Mac or Windows). The first time you run the Music WithMe mobile app you’ll create a new account using your email address and a password you choose. You’ll sign in to the desktop client with that same information. Once you’ve signed in to both the app and the desktop client you’re ready to sync your iTunes playlists.

After you’ve chosen which playlists to sync on your phone you can leave Music WithMe and use other apps on your phone. Music WithMe will keep running in the background, getting your music, while you do other things.

Music WithMe is available for all S60v5 and Symbian^3 handsets and can be downloaded from our Applications pages.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s Burning Platform Memo | Nokia To Transform Its Future

An undated handout provided by Nokia on 10 September 2010 of Canadian Stephen Elop. Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia announced that its chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo would be replaced by Microsoft’s Stephen Elop as of 21 September 2010. Elop currently heads the computer giant‘s business division. He previously worked with Juniper Networks, Adobe Systems Inc and Macromedia Inc. EPA/NOKIA / HO EDITORIAL USE ONLY

A new era is set to hit camp Nokia as Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new CEO, sends out an epic 1300 word internal memo to employees regarding the current turmoil Nokia is in. He discusses how Nokia needs to drastically improve in order to catch up with the fast-paced mobile industry, and take a leap of faith into the unknown for a new competitive future. I have to say that the content of this memo is what analysts and investors have been trying to tell Nokia for a very long time and its great to see something is finally going to be done. This Friday (11th February), Nokia will reveal its plans and strategy at Capital Markets Day and I cannot wait to hear what Nokia will announce. Check out the full memo after the break.

Hello there,

There is a pertinent story about a man who was working on an oil platform in the North Sea. He woke up one night from a loud explosion, which suddenly set his entire oil platform on fire. In mere moments, he was surrounded by flames. Through the smoke and heat, he barely made his way out of the chaos to the platform’s edge. When he looked down over the edge, all he could see were the dark, cold, foreboding Atlantic waters.

As the fire approached him, the man had mere seconds to react. He could stand on the platform, and inevitably be consumed by the burning flames. Or, he could plunge 30 meters in to the freezing waters. The man was standing upon a “burning platform,” and he needed to make a choice.

He decided to jump. It was unexpected. In ordinary circumstances, the man would never consider plunging into icy waters. But these were not ordinary times – his platform was on fire. The man survived the fall and the waters. After he was rescued, he noted that a “burning platform” caused a radical change in his behaviour.

We too, are standing on a “burning platform,” and we must decide how we are going to change our behaviour.

Over the past few months, I’ve shared with you what I’ve heard from our shareholders, operators, developers, suppliers and from you. Today, I’m going to share what I’ve learned and what I have come to believe.

I have learned that we are standing on a burning platform.

And, we have more than one explosion – we have multiple points of scorching heat that are fuelling a blazing fire around us.

For example, there is intense heat coming from our competitors, more rapidly than we ever expected. Apple disrupted the market by redefining the smartphone and attracting developers to a closed, but very powerful ecosystem.

In 2008, Apple’s market share in the $300+ price range was 25 percent; by 2010 it escalated to 61 percent. They are enjoying a tremendous growth trajectory with a 78 percent earnings growth year over year in Q4 2010. Apple demonstrated that if designed well, consumers would buy a high-priced phone with a great experience and developers would build applications. They changed the game, and today, Apple owns the high-end range.

And then, there is Android. In about two years, Android created a platform that attracts application developers, service providers and hardware manufacturers. Android came in at the high-end, they are now winning the mid-range, and quickly they are going downstream to phones under €100. Google has become a gravitational force, drawing much of the industry’s innovation to its core.

Let’s not forget about the low-end price range. In 2008, MediaTek supplied complete reference designs for phone chipsets, which enabled manufacturers in the Shenzhen region of China to produce phones at an unbelievable pace. By some accounts, this ecosystem now produces more than one third of the phones sold globally – taking share from us in emerging markets.

While competitors poured flames on our market share, what happened at Nokia? We fell behind, we missed big trends, and we lost time. At that time, we thought we were making the right decisions; but, with the benefit of hindsight, we now find ourselves years behind.

The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable.

We have some brilliant sources of innovation inside Nokia, but we are not bringing it to market fast enough. We thought MeeGo would be a platform for winning high-end smartphones. However, at this rate, by the end of 2011, we might have only one MeeGo product in the market.

At the midrange, we have Symbian. It has proven to be non-competitive in leading markets like North America. Additionally, Symbian is proving to be an increasingly difficult environment in which to develop to meet the continuously expanding consumer requirements, leading to slowness in product development and also creating a disadvantage when we seek to take advantage of new hardware platforms. As a result, if we continue like before, we will get further and further behind, while our competitors advance further and further ahead.

At the lower-end price range, Chinese OEMs are cranking out a device much faster than, as one Nokia employee said only partially in jest, “the time that it takes us to polish a PowerPoint presentation.” They are fast, they are cheap, and they are challenging us.

And the truly perplexing aspect is that we’re not even fighting with the right weapons. We are still too often trying to approach each price range on a device-to-device basis.

The battle of devices has now become a war of ecosystems, where ecosystems include not only the hardware and software of the device, but developers, applications, ecommerce, advertising, search, social applications, location-based services, unified communications and many other things. Our competitors aren’t taking our market share with devices; they are taking our market share with an entire ecosystem. This means we’re going to have to decide how we either build, catalyse or join an ecosystem.

This is one of the decisions we need to make. In the meantime, we’ve lost market share, we’ve lost mind share and we’ve lost time.

On Tuesday, Standard & Poor’s informed that they will put our A long term and A-1 short term ratings on negative credit watch. This is a similar rating action to the one that Moody’s took last week. Basically it means that during the next few weeks they will make an analysis of Nokia, and decide on a possible credit rating downgrade. Why are these credit agencies contemplating these changes? Because they are concerned about our competitiveness.

Consumer preference for Nokia declined worldwide. In the UK, our brand preference has slipped to 20 percent, which is 8 percent lower than last year. That means only 1 out of 5 people in the UK prefer Nokia to other brands. It’s also down in the other markets, which are traditionally our strongholds: Russia, Germany, Indonesia, UAE, and on and on and on.

How did we get to this point? Why did we fall behind when the world around us evolved?

This is what I have been trying to understand. I believe at least some of it has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally.

Nokia, our platform is burning.

We are working on a path forward — a path to rebuild our market leadership. When we share the new strategy on February 11, it will be a huge effort to transform our company. But, I believe that together, we can face the challenges ahead of us. Together, we can choose to define our future.

The burning platform, upon which the man found himself, caused the man to shift his behaviour, and take a bold and brave step into an uncertain future. He was able to tell his story. Now, we have a great opportunity to do the same.


Nokia Reader Beta For Nokia Touch | Push Enabled RSS Reader

Nokia Reader Beta is the latest addition to Nokia Beta Labs and brings a simple and easy to use RSS reader to your Symbian^3 or S60 5th Edition device. What’s great about Nokia Reader is that it uses push notifications which will lower battery consumption and bring the news to you as it happens. Hit the jump to find out more.

Nokia Reader Beta Features:

  • Uses Push Notifications
  • Content Directory
  • Homescreen Widget
  • Supports Nokia Account

To get started with Nokia Reader, download the free app for your S60 5th Edition or Symbian^3 handset from our Applications section an install onto your device. Launch the app on you device and simply select your favorite feeds from a pre-populated list of the major news sources or add a new feed by typing the website address. One feature I would like to see in this application is Google Reader support. That would make it near perfect.

DIY Nokia Terminal Mode Using The Nokia N8

Check out this awesome video of a a DIY version of Nokia Terminal Mode. The Nokia N8 is used to replace the HUD of a Mazda 6, with the handset being connected via Bluetooth to enable the audio from the Nokia N8 to be playable via the car’s radio. Video after the break.

Subtitles Support For Nokia Handsets

A couple of days ago we brought to you the news of the new Nokia N8 Software Update | Videos. This update allows you to use SRT and SUB subtitle files on your Nokia N8. Check out the video demo of the new features after the break.

Nokia E7 Video Preview By PhoneArena

It was only last week when we brought you the first unboxing video of the Nokia E7, which incidentally is the first Symbian^3 powered Eseries to add to Nokia’s business centric portfolio. Well, PhoneArena have managed to get their hands on a prototype, and have put together a 14 minute video preview which is well worth the watch. Check out the video after the break.

HD Voice | Nokia Paves Way In Hi Def Communication

Nokia phones have been known for great things over the years, and voice quality is definitely one of them. While some smartphone owners may rave about their phone’s ability to land airplanes, you’ll find many complaints regarding the voice quality when using the handset. After all, a phone’s primary feature is, well, a phone! (and to play Angry Birds). Hit the jump to find out more.

HD Voice is a new audio technology that enables significantly enhanced audio quality on mobile phone calls. It doubles the audio bandwidth available using an industry specified speech codec called Wideband Adaptive Multirate Speech (WB-AMR) which extends audio bandwidth from 300-3400 Hz to 50-7000 Hz. Higher bandwidth creates a more natural sound, providing clarity within spoken words and a more realistic voice.

HD voice requires both the caller and the call receiver to have a HD voice enabled handset on HD voice enabled networks. Currently around 10 networks across 9 countries including the UK and India support HD Voice, with more operators to adopted this technology in the future. Check out this audio comparison featured a while back courtesy of Engadget.

Nokia currently has around 15 HD Voice enabled devices on the market, which include the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, and even in the lower end Nokia C3-01. The upcoming Nokia E7 will also feature this technology and we should see HD Voice become a standard feature in Nokia’s future devices.

In the video below, Martin Stanford of Sky News, makes a phone call from a HD Voice enabled Nokia over the Orange network and again with a Blackberry without HD Voice.