Track & Protect Your Nokia Handset

Track & Protect is a mobile phone security system which is available for various platforms including Symbian both S60 3rd Edition and S60 5th Edition. Track & Protect lets you remotely control your lost or stolen phone, even if the thief changes the SIM card. But it doesn’t stop there. You can take remote pictures using the front facing camera on your device and send call back commands to the phone to listen to it. You can even do a PIM backup of your content. Whats more is that the basic features of Track & Protect are available for free. Hit the jump for download links and to see a video demo of how the software works.

How To Get Started With Track & Protect

  • Download the application from our S60 5th Edition Applications page.
  • Install the application on your handset and set your pass-code.
  • Your web account will automatically be created for you.
  • Log into your personal web account here using your phone number and pass-code to log in.
  • Then send silent commands from the Web to the phone: get location, lock, unlock, alarm, wipe, get camera image.

Note: Some features of Track & Protect use SMS messages for communication with your phone. These features require credits that can be purchased from your web account. There is also a small subscription fee: 2 credits per month. This fee gives you 2 free commands per month.

Track & Protect is also available in a professional version which can be downloaded via the Ovi Store for £12.99 GBP. Download links below.

Behind The Scenes At The Premiere Of The Commuter

Nokia’s highly anticipated short film, ‘The Commuter’ premiered last Monday. The groundbreaking film, directed by the McHenry Brothers, was shot in just four days with the Nokia N8 using no back up cameras. Go behind the scenes at the premiere with Nokia’s reporter Natalia Grace and discover what stars including Pamela Anderson, Mr Hudson and Laura Whitmore would film with their Nokia N8.

You can also find some pictures taken at the premiere over on Nokia Uk’s Flickr Set. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to watch the final production of ‘The Commuter’.

3rd Party Nokia N8 Portrait QWERTY Keyboard

Considering I had a rant about the Nokia N8 keyboard just a few days back, I was pretty excited to see this pop up in my RSS reader. Baidu Input is a portrait QWERTY keyboard that works on the Nokia N8 and presumably should work on other Symbian^3 handsets.  What’s more is that when the keyboard is displayed the whole screen is not masked by it, allowing you to view the text entry box or web page as you type. Hit the jump to find out more.

It seams as though there will be an official release of this feature soon, hopefully via the next firmware update which is also set to bring the new Symbian^3 web browser. However if you can’t wait till then, Baidu Input is available to download here. Remember though that 3rd party software should only be installed on your device if you know what you’re doing and if you wish to use this app then use it at your own risk.

I personally tried it but due to the lack of English support I was unable to get it working. But it sure has got me excited for the next firmware update for the Nokia N8.

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.

Pre-Order The Nokia C7 Today | Will Begin Shipping On 25th October

The Nokia C7 is now exclusively available to pre-order from the Nokia Online Shop as of today for £389 GBP SIM-free, and for £25 GBP per month on contract. It will also be available from major retailers and will begin shipping before the end of this month. Hit the jump to find out more.

The Nokia C7 will officially begin shipping from the Nokia Online Shop on Monday 25th October. This will firstly be for the pre-orders made up until then. It will then be available in an exclusive black limited edition from UK retailers Carphone Warehouse, O2, Phones4u, Three Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, and T-Mobile from 1st November onwards, on contracts starting at £25 GBP per month.

“The Nokia C7 combines beautiful design with loads of great apps and powerful media tools, it really brings social networking to life at the touch of a button.” says Sami Lehtinen, General Manager at Nokia UK.

The Nokia C7 also opens up a world of apps, games, videos, and web and location-based services through the OVI Store, such as the exclusive X-Factor app, the highly addictive Angry Birds, and free OVI maps.

Nokia Capacitive Stylus SU-39 | Nokia’s Universal Stylus

The first thing my wife said to me when she was playing around with the Nokia N8was that she felt as though it needed a stylus. Maybe this was because she was so used to it on the Nokia N900 I have or maybe some of the aspects of the device aren’t quite as finger friendly as they could be. Well if you feel the same then check out this cracking little accessory which my buddy Devin stumbled upon – The Nokia Capacitive Stylus SU-39.

The Nokia Capacitive Stylus SU-39 is a very small, lightweight and slim stylus and works with both capacitive and resistive touch screens to provide accuracy on-the-go. It is compatible with all Nokia touch screen devices regardless of the type of touch screen they have. The Nokia Capacitive Stylus SU-39 is available in dark grey and features a short strap to make it easily attachable to your device.

The only problem I see with this accessory is the price point. Unofficially estimated to retail around £15 GBP, you’d have to be pretty keen to buy the SU-39.

How much would you be willing to pay for this universal stylus? Let us know in the comments below.

How To Download Swype On The Nokia N8

Demoed on the Nokia C7 at Nokia World 2010 in London, Swype for Symbian^3 is now available via the Ovi Store. Swype provides a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, Swype ’s patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other input methods. However if you have the Nokia N8, you’ll notice that Swype is not yet available for you to download in the Ovi Store. So we’ve put together a short guide after the break to help you get Swype on your Nokia N8.

Firstly you need to log in to the Ovi Store on your desktop PC and adjust the settings to change your device from the Nokia N8 to the Nokia C7. Now search for Swype or click on this link. It will now give you the option to ‘send to mobile’. Choose this option and you will shortly receive a text with a download link. Click on this link and it will take you to a screen which will now let you download Swype to your Nokia N8. Once downloaded and installed, reboot your device and Swype will be available to access within the applications folder of your device.

If you have any problems just drop us a comment below. If all goes well then how about sharing your thoughts with us here and let us know what you think.

New Firmware v20.2010.36-2 (PR 1.3) | Nokia N900 (inc. Changelog)

The Nokia N900 has today received the new PR 1.3 firmware update taking it up from v10.2010.19-1 (PR 1.2) to v20.2010.36-2 (PR 1.3). This new update brings hundreds of tweaks and fixes that will make your Nokia N900 run smoother than ever. Additional features include support for Ovi Suite and Ovi Music Store. But most importantly, it brings with it the ability for developers to dual boot with Meego!!! Hit the jump to check out the full changelog. Please share your experiences with this new update in the comments below. The new firmware will gradually make its way around to you depending on your region and product code.

Nokia N900 PR 1.3 Changelog

  • Nokia Ovi Suite Support has been added
  • Ovi Music Store Support has been added
  • Many Performance Improvements

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia N900. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), simply launch the Application Manager and click update. There you will see a Maemo5 update. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) 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 also 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. The N900 has previously wiped off some data when updating via NSU so be careful and backup your content. And don’t forget to share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

GT Racing Motor Academy HD For Symbian^3 | Gameplay Demo On The Nokia C7

Enter the fascinating world of racing simulation and access the greatest licensed content ever for a racing game, including over 100 cars from the world’s most famous manufacturers like Ferrari and Lamborghini. Take your wheels for a spin on 14 tracks including the iconic Laguna Seca, as well as urban and even rally tracks. Pass driving tests, win cups and conquer challenges to become a racing legend in GT Racing Motor Academy. And if you have the Nokia N8, simply plug your device into your HD TV via the HDMI out for the full HD experience. Watch the gameplay video demo after the break.

Behind The Scenes Report On The Commuter | A Nokia N8 Production

As some of you may already be aware, tonight is the premier of ‘The Commuter’, a short film shot entirely on the Nokia N8 and stars Dev Patel, Ed Westwick, Charles Dance and the lovely Pamela Anderson. Nokia UK’s bright and bubbly entertainment reporter Natalia speaks to the McHenry Brothers to get the inside story of this production. Hit the jump for the video.

Hands On Demo Of The Nokia E7

During Nokia World 2010 in London, we managed to to get some hands on time with the Nokia E7. This business minded ‘Communicator’ successor is BIG, with the real glass AMOLED ClearBlack display stretching up to four inches wide. Slide up the tilting screen and you will reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, an essential tool in modern communication. Hit the jump to view an exclusive preview of this Eseries flagship.

The Nokia E7 also sports a full suite of business solutions from Mail for Exchange at no extra cost to a full editing suite of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents via the Quickoffice application. With lifetime voice guided navigation pre-loaded and an eight megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities strapped to the back, this upcoming number is definitely worth holding your breath for.

T-Mobile UK Not Shipping The Nokia N8 Until November

T-Mobile has reported that they are not expected to ship the Nokia N8 until early November, despite reports suggesting an early launch date.

According to Trusted Deals, although the official T-Mobile site claimed to have had the Nokia N8 available before its official launch, it looks like those customers who’ve paid will now need to wait a further two weeks before receiving the device.

T-Mobile was set to be the first network operator in the UK to be releasing the Nokia N8. Earlier on, the UK network provider claimed to be launching the Nokia N8 before its official release date which is 22 October. But now, it seems that T-Mobile won’t be releasing the Nokia N8, which will without a doubt disappoint several customers.

If you have paid T-Mobile for your Nokia N8, let us know how you feel about this below.

Nokia N8 Showcased Using The Worlds Largest Cinema Screen

Earlier this week, Nokia Sweden set out to demo the capabilities of the Nokia N8 by erecting what must be the world’s largest cinema screen, and connecting it to the Nokia N8 via the HDMI port. Residents of the city district of Rosengård were treated to a movie night they will never forget in true high-definition.

The 1,428 square metre cinema screen was so large that it had to be assembled and watched outside. The screen was held in place by two giant cranes while four XLM HD30 projectors projected the movie ‘Prince of Persia’ onto it. Almost 1500 people showed up to the event, with many more locals witnessing this world record from their apartments and balconies. The night view sure makes you wish you were there.

WeTab To Put MeeGo On Shelves Next Week

The WeTab is set to be the first device to showcase the Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo OS, and will begin shipping early next week. The WeTab is built on the MeeGo 1.0 Framework and boasts start up times of a mere 16 seconds. Global release is not yet confirmed however Germany will retain exclusivity until then.

The Chief Executive of Co-Founder 4tiitoo, Stephan Odorfer, stated during a keynote at IDF 2010 that, “We started this project about three years ago on Ubuntu but switched to MeeGo a couple of months ago. We actually thought MeeGo was a very optimised system for tablets… a comprehensive operating system but very light.”

The tablet boasts boot up times of just 16 seconds, with one second recovery time for when it goes to sleep. It also has support for Adobe Air and Android applications.

The Nokia Review Has Landed In London

Thanks to WOMWorld Nokia, I arrived in London earlier today and spent the evening at the NokiaUsers MeetUp at the 1000Heads HQ. It was great to meet the people behind some of the great blogs we follow and love. I also had an invite to an evening with Ovi, where three lucky winners bagged themselves the Nokia N8 for keeps!! Hit the jump to get a quick round up of what went on.

So I arrived here at around 3 pm and headed straight to the NokiaUsers MeetUp at the 100Heads HQ, where I was welcomed by a huge array of bloggers from all over the world. It was great to put a face to many online stars and get to know them a little better.

Later we headed to The Lamb Tavern for an evening with Ovi. Here we were presented with the Ovi team who discussed various aspects of the announcements due tomorrow, without of course leaking anything. We also got a good demonstration of some of the capabilities of the Nokia N8, although it wasn’t anything new from what we’ve already been seeing online.

The general feel is though that some sort of update is headed for Ovi Maps, amongst a few other announcements. What exactly, we’re not quite sure but we will update you as soon as we know more.

All in all it was a good day to just relax and get to know everyone. Tomorrow I’m sure you’ll all be eagerly awaiting the news of some new devices and solutions, as will we.

How To Download Swype On The Nokia N8

Demoed on the Nokia C7 at Nokia World 2010 in London, Swype for Symbian^3 is now available via the Ovi Store. Swype provides a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, Swype ’s patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other input methods. However if you have the Nokia N8, you’ll notice that Swype is not yet available for you to download in the Ovi Store. So we’ve put together a short guide after the break to help you get Swype on your Nokia N8.

Firstly you need to log in to the Ovi Store on your desktop PC and adjust the settings to change your device from the Nokia N8 to the Nokia C7. Now search for Swype or click on this link. It will now give you the option to ‘send to mobile’. Choose this option and you will shortly receive a text with a download link. Click on this link and it will take you to a screen which will now let you download Swype to your Nokia N8. Once downloaded and installed, reboot your device and Swype will be available to access within the applications folder of your device.

If you have any problems just drop us a comment below. If all goes well then how about sharing your thoughts with us here and let us know what you think.

Review | Nokia N900 Solar Charger

I believe we’re reached a new stage in powering our mobile phones, with everyone turning more and more ‘green’. The Nokia N900 Solar Charger I’ve found fits just perfectly in this theme, and helps provide an echo-friendly and cost-effective solution for mobile charging. Hit the jump for my thoughts.

There are quite a few of the products at the N900 Accessories Store who shipped me the item, it’s up to you to choose the best for your budget. Before I go on, let me tell you that they are shipping is free to wherever you live which is great, and to view the cost of the item in your currency simply click on View Other Currencies.

Solar charging isn’t something that happens in a second, even when the sun is shining like the 4th of July. You need to have patience, it takes longer than regular AC chargers and car chargers (which you can also get at the store). These green products are usually used as emergency chargers, so if you live in a country with a lot of sun, you can just place it out in the sun and it will do its job, as it has its own internal battery.

All in all, this N900 Solar Charger (I’ve got the cheaper one) charges itself in a couple of hours even though there isn’t much sun in England. Then it’s just a matter of plugging it into your handset and away you go. It’s a great product as a back-up charger and provides 1000mAh of juice. Go green, enjoy it!

MeeGo Handset UX Demo On The Nokia N900

A MeeGo based Nokia handset should be entering our news reels very soon, with the anticipated release of the Nokia N9 just waiting to burst out. Although the official MeeGo port for the Nokia N900 is still inconclusive, I’m sure there will be a way of making this transition for those who are willing to try a few unfamiliar things with their device. The video after the break shows MeeGo Handset UX (build 1.1.80.0.20101001.1 + updated graphics drivers from Stskeeps) on a Nokia N900. You can also see a quick demonstration of a few apps, including ‘That Rabbit Game’ and a MeeGo Touch prototype of gPodder’s podcast list. Hit the jump for the goods.

Nokia Panorama For Maemo 5 | Official Panoramic Imaging App For The Nokia N900

Nokia has quietly released a great little app for the Nokia N900 – Panorama. Panorama lets you shoot panoramic images using the 5 megapixel camera of the Nokia N900, and the software works really well with a simple guide box to show you exactly where to point to continue. The panorama application produces high-quality smooth panoramic images by automatically capturing and processing input images into a panorama, directly on your device. It also sports some great little features to help you create the best possible image. Hit the jump for screenshots and download links.

Nokia N8 TV Advert | Exclusive To The UK

People all over the world are doing amazing things with Nokia smartphones everyday, from creating a classic Hollywood screen kiss with train sets, to turning their device into something that can help diagnose fatal diseases in remote areas. The new Nokia N8 smartphone TV advert after the jump – exclusive to the UK – shows some of the amazing projects that have been discovered. Enjoy.

InsideAR Demo’s The Future Of Augmented Reality

Metaio GmbH, the leading expert on Augmented Reality (AR), held a conference in Munich, called “insideAR”, with focus on current practical applications in marketing and industry as well as on the future of this exciting field, which is being identified by many analysts as one of the most disruptive technologies of the years to come. 250 attendees from many countries and industries were able to follow insightful presentations by Intel, Nokia, Siemens and others about their company`s contributions and plans regarding AR. Check out the video demo after the break to catch a glimpse of the future of Augmented Reality.

The Nokia N8 Begins Shipping Today

The Nokia N8 has finally began shipping as Nokia sticks to its original schedule announced earlier this year. Nokia’s latest entertainment smartphone left the factories in Finland and China today, and will initially arrive to those who pre-ordered the device, which by the way was the highest number of pre-orders ever recorded for a Nokia handset. Market availability will vary by country and by operator, with broad availability in the coming weeks. Check out some of the images and the rest of the press release after the break.

The first of a series of smartphones based on the new Symbian^3 platform, the Nokia N8 is fast and easy to use and also supports true multitasking. Dubbed the world’s best camera phone, the Nokia N8 lets you take the highest quality photos and shoot HD quality videos in supreme clarity with the 12MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics. You can edit photos and videos on-screen and choose from multiple ways to share them; transfer large files to an external hard-drive with USB-on-the-go, or upload photos to social networks like Facebook, Twitter or RenRen straight from the homescreen. All this is delivered in a robust aluminum body in a range of vibrant colors with a real-glass 3.5″ AMOLED display.

The Nokia N8 has a black belt in entertainment. Its WebTV apps from channels like E! Entertainment, National Geographic and CNN and the intuitive music player inject an element of fun into idle moments. Plug the device to the home entertainment center to watch HD-quality videos from the big screen with full Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound. The latest version of Ovi Store, available first on the Nokia N8, gives easy access to more apps – from social networking services like Foursquare to games like Need for Speed Shift or productivity apps like Tesco in the UK.

Like other Nokia smartphones, the Nokia N8 comes with free Ovi Maps walk & drive navigation in more than 70 countries worldwide, with no hidden costs. The latest beta release of Ovi Maps is also available for download from Nokia Beta Labs for the Nokia N8. It features visibility to public transport in 85 cities around the world, as well as real-time traffic, safety camera alerts, visibility to parking and petrol stations, and speed limit warnings.

If you pre-ordered the Nokia N8 it will arrive within the next few days. The handsets left the factories earlier today and below are a few shots of this epic moment.

“With the N8, and the new Symbian software, we are bringing a familiar, faster and more intuitive user experience to the world’s most popular smartphone platform. The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start shipments of the N8, the first of Nokia’s new Symbian smartphone range,” says Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, Nokia.

“To appeal to today’s high-end buyers, smartphones have to be enjoyable, useful and beautiful. Ease of use, excellent multimedia performance and elegant design are all essential elements of the package,” says John Delaney, Research Director, IDC.

Indoor Navigation | Nokia Showcases Future Technology

During Nokia World 2010, Nokia Research Center demoed some of its future technologies currently in development. The most interesting was the Indoor Navigator, which allows users to navigate indoors by connecting devices to a transmitter within a building that can figure out the angle at which your device is linking from. This was possible thanks to a research concept called Nokia High Accuracy Indoor Positioning technology, the most accurate of its kind in the world. Hit the jump for the video demo.

“The expectation is that buildings will be constructed with the transmitters already installed to allow its users to find their way around using their mobile devices. It’s also a one-way, receive only technology, so there aren’t the privacy worries that go alongside some kinds of location services.” Ian Delaney, Managing Editor at Nokia Conversations.

LED Light Graffiti | Created Using The Nokia N900

Check out this cool clip of some graffiti creators from Australia known as the Light Hack Crew, who created an electronic spray can and hooked it up to the Nokia N900to create an LED light graffiti maker. How cool is that! Check out the video after the break.

Firmware Updates | Can Nokia Improve This Service?

The release of the new firmware update for the Nokia N8 has got me thinking about firmware versions and how Nokia provides this service. Has Nokia improved its service in this area or is it still all just jargon to the average user? Hit the jump for my thoughts and please feel free to share yours.

Since the updated Symbian S60 3rd Edition hit FP2 (Feature Pack 2), many Nokia users were eager to receive an update for their FP1 (Feature Pack 1) device. Although initial speculation suggested that this update may become available for these devices, we later saw that no such support was provided, and in order to experience the updated features and enhanced UI, users were required to upgrade their device, which meant spending more money.

Later came the introduction of Nokia’s touch sensitive UI, Symbian S60 5th Edition – which also mirrored the non-touch predicament. The Nokia N97 received the hugely over-hyped 2.0 Firmware which again was not available for other S60 5th Editiondevices, and lead to many complaints and dismay from those committed Nokia fans who jumped on the initial touch device Nokia offered, the Nokia 5800 XM.

In terms of the way an update is delivered, before we were stranded unless we had a PC near by, as all handsets were only able to update via the Nokia Software Updater. However Nokia slowly rolled out its FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) service with newer handsets, which meant users could update on the go, without the need of plugging their device into a PC. What this also brought with it was UDP (User Data Preservation), which was a huge step forward and meant that users could download and install the latest firmware, without having to manually back up all their apps and go through each and every setting on the device to set it back to the way they previously had them, which many had to do as the back-up utility on the Nokia PC Suite wasn’t as reliable.

Also with this change, we’ve seen an increase in the frequency of firmware updates for all Nokia handsets, and the newer devices seam to be getting similar updates at near enough the same time. However is this improvement enough or can Nokia still improve further?

I believe there’s always scope for improvement and with the issue experienced by early Nokia owners, I believe Nokia need to change their entire approach. So here’s a few suggestions that I believe will help make this service more simpler and a lot more user friendly, as well as giving back more to those who’ve invested already in Nokia handsets.

Firstly Nokia need to make firmwares universal for operating system’s rather that devices. Like I mentioned, similar devices from a similar age group tend to receive firmware updates at the same time. This is my fear when it comes to the Nokia N8. Will the next batch of Symbian^3 devices receive features and UI improvements that will not be ported to the N8? In my view, Apple seem to have got it right in this area, as when they release updates for the iOS, not only is the latest iPhone compatible with it, but even those who still use the first iPhone can enjoy most of the features and UI enhancements. Some may argue that the first iPhone can’t do this, or the iPhone 4 can do this, but the fact of the matter is that its a universal service that is easy to grasp, and doesn’t leave the older customers stranded.

So how can Nokia adopt a similar stance? For starters is there really a need to roll out a firmware which has a number longer than those mentioned in the name of  the device itself? Yes, the firmware may have reached v12.345.678 or so, but why not release the firmware as v12.4 instead? It’s not like the numbers are ever going to run out. Also why not keep each OS on the same firmware? Symbian^3 can start at Firmware 1.0, and the new update could be renamed to 1.1. Then, when the Nokia E7is finally released, make sure it has the latest Symbian^3 OS of its time upon release. So for example if the Nokia N8 has reached firmware version 1.9 by then, then release the Nokia E7 with this same firmware version.

Adopting this strategy will not only make it easier to understand, but it will also allow Nokia to make a big deal upon the release of a newer firmware, as all devices will receive the new features and it will make for an exciting day for everyone. Because let’s face it, a firmware update is a very important aspect of maintaining a good working device, and can drastically change the user experience for the good. In some cases users have mentioned that they felt as though they’ve been gifted a brand new handset, by simply updating their device to find new features and UI enhancements.

What do you think? Maybe you’re happy with the way things are going. Or maybe you have other ideas you believe Nokia could use to enhance this service offering. Share your thoughts, suggestions and opinions in the comments below.

London’s No.1 Video Paparazzi Using The Nokia N8

London’s No.1 video paparazzi, Brett Andre was followed as he used Ovi maps on his Nokia N8 to navigate between Celebrity hotspots. With his only chance to get the perfect shot, Brett captures vital footage in 720p HD resolution with the Nokia N8. Using the built in editing suite, Brett cuts his celebrity footage into perfect video clips on the go. At the end of a busy day, Brett plays back his 720p videos on a HD TV via HDMI out from the Nokia N8. Hit the jump to check it out.

Future Olympic Gold Medalist Discovers The Nokia N8

Battersea based boxer Wole puts the Nokia N8 through its paces as he makes the smartphone work out as hard as he does. Winner of BBC’s ‘The last man standing’, Wole is aiming to walk away with the Super heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Watch Wole use the Nokia N8 smartphone to review his boxing technique and to play back his favourite music on the run after the jump.

Nokia N900 PR 1.3 Firmware To Bring Dual Boot For MeeGo

It seems that after all the controversy of whether or not the Nokia N900 will be receiving a Meego update, Nokia has finally decided that current Maemo 5 users will receive a Meego update via a dual boot option at start up. Hit the jump to find out more.

Harri Hakulinen, N900 Project Lead at Nokia posted an article on the Meego Blog earlier today discussing the Nokia N900. He mentions that the PR 1.3 Firmware Update for the N900 is due very soon and that the option to use Meego on the device will be available via a dual boot option. This means users will be able to continue enjoying their Maemo 5 OS as they have it now, but also will be able to test out the new Meego OS. This is what he had to say in his article

“On the Maemo side, there have been interesting, supporting developments going on, as well. The PR 1.3 update is quite close now, and with that you can easily dual boot between Maemo and Meego on your N900. There is also a possibility of developing applications supporting both operating systems, based on Qt and Qt Mobility APIs on the Maemo side. It means that you can develop once in PC with Qt Creator, and test your applications on both Maemo and MeeGo, directly on your N900 device!”

This is great news for all Nokia N900 owners as it means that the investment in the Nokia N900 won’t be short lived. Also the option to dual boot will let users choose whether they want to use the new Meego OS or stick to the familiar Maemo 5 OS. Leave your comments below and let us know how you feel about this.

Nokia Launches The Nokia C5 (C5-03) | Due End Of This Quarter

Nokia today launched a brand new addition to its ever-growing Cseries range of devices. The Nokia C5 (C5-03) is the third device dubbed the ‘C5‘ and sports some cracking little features. With a 3.2″ touch screen display, 5 megapixel camera and a built in compass for orientation, the Nokia C5 (C5-03) is a great catch as its set to retail for around £150.00 GBP before taxes and subsidies. Hit the jump to find out more.

The Nokia C5 (C5-03) is a Symbian^1 (S60 5th Edition) device and sports a unique two-toned colour scheme. The button area of the device is available in a variety of colours and the device itself in black or white. Packed with the full range of Ovi services, the Nokia C5 (C5-03) will cater for all your needs including navigation, as Ovi Maps with lifetime voice guided navigation is pre-loaded along with a built in compass to support orientation.

Not to forget the Nokia C5 (C5-03) also comes with a 5 megapixel camera, but there is no flash, and video recording is at 15 fps.

It does however have a standby time of around 24-25 days, which is great, and will be available before the end of this quarter. Check out the video below and get to know the Nokia C5 (C5-03) a little better.

Nokia Comes With Music To Become Ovi Music Unlimited In The UK

As a Nokia Comes with Music user, I received an email today announcing that the Comes with Music service will soon become a part of Ovi and will be titled Ovi Music Unlimited. ”With a new name and a sleek new look that is easier to use, with Ovi Music Unlimited you’ll still have access to millions of free tracks, plus, a faster, easier way to browse, search and download music.” India has already seen this transition from Comes with Music to OMU (Ovi Music Unlimited), as have a few others, and it seems that Nokia is continuing to re-brand its Comes with Music services with UK consumers.

Ovi Music Unlimited will soon become the new face for Comes with Music, adding to Nokia’s impressive Ovi portfolio. If or when I get updated on this transition I’ll be sure to keep you updated, so stay tuned.

Nokia C6 Firmware Ported To Nokia 5800

The guys over at PNHT.org have managed to port the Nokia C6 firmware over onto the Nokia 5800. The video shows the fully working C6 firmware, which also works on the Nokia 5530. The firmware won’t be released anytime soon as it still needs to be put through some tests. But you can check out the cool video demo after the break.

Nokia N8 Video Review | Part 3 Of 3

A little sooner than we expected, but here it is, the third and final part of the Nokia N8 video review by Nokia. In this video, Chris Bennetts takes us through the Nokia N8‘s multimedia features, focusing more on the music and video side of things. He also gives a quick demo of the HDMI TV-Out feature, and explains how it can also be controlled using practically any bluetooth remote. Does this include the PS3 joypad? I’m not too sure, but hit the jump and let us know what you think. You can also watch Part 1 and Part 2 here.

Nokia N8 Video Review | Part 2 Of 3

The Nokia N8 is nearing its official release and what better way to get excited than a few hands on tutorials of some of its features. The first video we showed you by Chris Bennetts, Senior Project Manager at Nokia, focused more on the devices connectivity and the customisation limits. Today he gives a thorough walkthrough on the photography features, the video and image editor in particular. It’s an exciting prospect when you consider the quality of content you’ll able to capture with the device’s 12 MP camera and its Carl Zeiss Optics. Check out the video after the break, and stay tuned for part three next week.

Nokia C1 & Nokia C2 Unveiled | Introducing A Unique Dual SIM Connectivity Solution

At a media conference held yesterday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Nokia unveiled its latest Cseries mobile phones with three new products under the Nokia C1name, as well as the new dual-SIM Nokia C2 which will follow at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010.

Nokia C1 owners will benefit from a standby battery time of up to six weeks, the longest ever for a Nokia mobile phone, a  standard flashlight – often someone’s only means of bright light – is paired up with a vivid color screen and FM radio with standard headphone jack, meaning the Nokia C1 is as much about entertainment as it is about convenience. The Nokia C2 features a dual SIM with dual standby capability. Along with the many capabilities of the Nokia C1, the Nokia C2 can also keep both SIM cards active; meaning calls and text messages can come to either number while the phone is on. The first SIM card on the Nokia C2 sits underneath the battery and the second is ‘hot-swappable’, a feature unique to Nokia which means it can be removed and inserted when the phone is on.

The most affordable of the Nokia C1 trio (C1-00) is priced at €30 EUR before taxes and subsidies and is the first Nokia mobile phone to feature a 2-in-1 double SIM solution. “By simply holding down a key, people are able to switch between SIM cards. This enables them to take advantage of reduced call rates, flexibility when traveling from one country to another, or helps with sharing a phone within a family and still use their own SIM,” said Alex Lambeek, Vice President at Nokia. “This is a great added convenience feature considering the low price of the phone.”

Where available, the Nokia C2 offers a wide range of information covering health care, agriculture, education and entertainment via Nokia’s Ovi Life Tools, as well as the email account for the developing world, Ovi Mail. In addition to Ovi Mail, people’s favorite consumer email and chat accounts can be pushed direct to the phone via Nokia Messaging. Listening to music is simple with the FM radio and music player, with a massive amount of music storage with the phone supporting micro-SD cards of up to 32GB.

The second and third devices in the Nokia C1 family (C1-01 and C1-02) are both single SIM products, and Nokia’s most affordable devices offering microSD compatibility, enabling people to store up to 32 GB of music, photography, or whatever other media suits them.

Both new devices bring very individual designs and exciting colors, bright color screens, web browsing over GPRS and access to Nokia web services such as Nokia Messaging. In addition, owners of the Nokia C1 (C1-01) will also be able to take video and photographs using the built-in VGA camera.

The estimated retail prices of the new Nokia mobile phones, before taxes and subsidies, are:

Nokia C1 (C1-00) – €30 EUR
Nokia C1 (C1-02) – €35 EUR
Nokia C1 (C1-01) – €39 EUR
Nokia C2 (C2-00) – €45 EUR

The Nokia C1 (C1-00) is expected to ship in the third quarter of 2010, with the Nokia C1 (C1-01) in the early fourth quarter, and the Nokia C1 (C1-02) and Nokia C2 towards the end of the fourth quarter 2010.

The Nokia Review Will Be At Nokia World 2010 In London

Last week, the kind people over at WOMWorld sent us the much anticipated invite to attend the worlds biggest Nokia event – Nokia World 2010. This year Nokia World is in London, at the International Convention Centre ExCel, and will commence on Tuesday 14 September over two days. We’ll be keeping you up to date with all the news as and when it happens so make sure you stay tuned by following us @TheNokiaReview on Twitter. There has already been a lot of device leaks and so we’re sure there will be much explaining to do by Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo when he hits the stage at 9.00 am on Tuesday morning. Hit the jump to find out more about where Nokia World 2010 is taking place and a quick look at some of the speakers.

Nokia World 2010 will take place at the ICC London ExCel which is located at the centre of London Docklands and is one of the world’s key business hubs.

Prior to Nokia World 2010, there is also going to be a huge meet up of bloggers and Nokia enthusiasts on Monday 13 September between 3 pm and 7 pm. This meet up will take place at the 1000Heads HQ at 44 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7NB. You can find a list of all the attendees over at the Nokia Users Forum. This is going to be one hell of a partaaaaaaaay!!!!

50% Off JoikuSpot Premium For Ovi Users

JoikuSpot has been chosen to star in the Nokia Ovi Store’s latest promotion. Throughout August, JoikuSpot will be available to download with a huge 50% off, costing you a mere £4.00 GBP ($5.00 EUR). JoikuSpot turns your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, so you can connect your laptop and other devices to the internet on your device using your mobile phone as a 3G modem. Hit the jump for links and more.

Check out this link to see if your device is supported. Not only is JoikuSpot available at this discounted rate, but Nokia has set up a pretty cool landing page titled A Time-Saving Touch with more huge savings.

Nokia X3 Touch & Type Videos

The newly announced Nokia X3 (X3-02) Touch & Type brings all of Nokia’s great features in a new hybrid input format. With a price tag of only €125 EUR before taxes and subsidies, this cheap little number surely has its niche in the market. Marko Ahtisaari, Senior Vice President of Design at Nokia, formally introduces the Nokia X3 Touch & Type after the break, with a quick spin round all of its main features. Hit the jump for more, where you will find the Nokia X3 Touch & Type product launch video too.

Nokia X3 Touch & Type Unveiled | Touch Debuted On S40

Nokia today unveiled the super slim Nokia X3 (X3-02) Touch and Type, with a unique combination of a touch screen and traditional 12 button phone keypad. As Nokia’s first ‘Touch and Type’ phone, the Nokia X3 allows people to tap quickly on the touch screen, as well as enjoy the familiarity of the full keypad for quick fire text messaging and phone calls. In selected markets, the X3 Touch and Type will also be offered with Ovi Music Unlimited, allowing access to a library of over 11 million tracks.

Mary McDowell, Executive Vice President of Mobile Phones at Nokia said that the Nokia X3 Touch & Type was designed as a touch and type device because “typing is ideal for SMS and social networking where fast and frequent input is needed, while touch is ideal for functions such as setting alarms, smooth browsing and controlling applications like music and games. Our research tells us consumers who have invested years in becoming fast one-handed, one-thumb texters want to maintain their speedy edge for SMS, chat and instant messaging – yet enjoy the benefits of touch as well.”

Some other features of the Nokia X3 Touch & Type include a 5 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, dedicated music and messaging keys, battery life of 17 days on standby, all in at a very thin 9.6mm.

The X3 Touch and Type is expected to be on sale this quarter and will retail for approximately €125 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies. It will be available in several colors and initially be offered in China, UK & Ireland, Russia, Australia & New Zealand, Singapore, Germany, Spain & Portugal, France, Mexico and Saudi & Yemen. Other markets will follow later.

Crazy Hamster Game Trailer | S60 5th Edition

Crazy Hamster is a great little platform game that allows you to take control of the world Crazy Hamster lives in by building bridges, extinguishing fire, using ladders or accelerating his speed. The winter is nearing and Crazy Hamster forgot to stock up on his supplies. Now he has to visit different lands to get them before winter starts. However what he isn’t aware of is that each land is full of traps and obstacles, so he needs your help if he is going to make it alive. Check out the game trailer after the jump.

Carphone Warehouse Launches Coverage Guarantee

Carphone Warehouse has launched a Coverage Guarantee service whereby if the new phone or dongle you purchase does not offer adequate amounts of network coverage, they will either exchange the product with a network more suitable for your area or offer a full refund. This policy is the first of its kind and has been created as a result of pure consumer demand. Hit the jump to read on.

Managing Director of Carphone Warehouse Matt Stringer stated that, “Some customers have reported that they can be put off switching network operator because they are worried about bad reception in their home or office. With the Coverage Guarantee we’re leading the way in giving consumers the confidence to choose the network deal best for them, secure in the knowledge they can change if necessary.”

The way it works is if the new phone or dongle you’ve purchased doesn’t get sufficient reception where you live, simply return the device within 14 days and Carphone Warehouse will either find you a network that works best where you live and exchange the device, or offer you a full refund.

This is a great move by the UK based retailer, and hopefully more companies will follow suit and offer consumers encouragement to switch providers for better deals.

Nokia Completes Acquisition Of Motally Inc

Earlier last month, Nokia announced its plans to acquire Motally Inc., a mobile analytics service enables developers and publishers to optimize the development of their mobile applications through increased understanding of how users engage. Today Nokia confirmed that it has completed this acquisition. The service offering is planned to be adapted for Qt, Symbian, MeeGo and Java developers.

Motally Inc. was founded in 2008 in San Francisco and has patent-pending technology to ensure accurate data collection and analytic reporting for publishers’ mobile sites.

New Firmware v51.018 | Nokia E72

The Nokia E72 has just received a new firmware updated taking it up to v51.018. The new update brings a host of updates to core application as well as new features ranging from Menu screen layout changes to an improved Email, Calendar and Contacts experience. 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, and if you have already managed to update your Nokia E72, drop a comment and share your experiences.

Changelog

  • Browser upgrade into 7.2.6
  • Freestyle Baseline 3.0 (latest version) update
  • QuickOffice upgrade into 6.2.439
  • New languages introduced, Office 2007 compatibility
  • OVI Music client Inc9Br5 update
  • Music 3.0: full album purchase, PIN less activation
  • Lotus Notes Traveller 8.5.1 update
  • Smart Connect 1.3.55 update
  • OVI Store 1.6 update
  • OVI Files widget 1.2.3.0 update
  • Removal of Windows Live
  • New chat functionalities
  • Microsoft Office Communicator added to vanilla SW UDA content
  • Nokia Messaging for Instant Messaging / Nokia Chat 2.0 added to vanilla SW UDA content
  • Improved Email, Calendar and Contacts experience
  • Performance improvements
  • Stability and usability improvements
  • Menu layout changes, among other things:
  • Maps moved to Main menu from Applications – GPS folder
  • Help moved from Main menu to Applications folder
  • Main menu re-ordered
  • SW update moved from Phone folder to main level of Control panel folder.
  • Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Bloomberg moved from Internet folder to Applications folder
  • No changes to vanilla memory cards
  • Altogether 450+ errors are fixed

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.

Ovi Store Chart | Music Apps

Every phone comes with a music player nowadays. But which are the most downloaded apps for music in the Ovi Store? Well hit the jump and find out.

Playlist DJ – Create new playlists & match music to your mood

Instantly create new playlists. Match your music to your mood or change your mood with your music. Playlist DJ automatically analyzes and profiles your music collection, then builds playlists at your command. You simply set the colorful mood and tempo sliders, or start with a favorite song. Discover music you forgot you had.

Absolute Radio Player – Listen to live streaming radio

Listen to live streaming radio with the Absolute Radio Player. Choose between real music on Absolute Radio UK, rock music on Absolute Classic Rock, undisputed classics on Absolute 80s, and new and alternative tracks on user-controlled dabbl. It ’s the best way to hear Christian O’Connell at breakfast and Geoff Lloyd at home time, plus free music from artists like Coldplay, Kings of Leon, U2 and The Killers.

This Day in Music – Stay up-to-date with top music hits

Just a Music fan? Not anymore, now you are an Expert! Stay up-to-date with top music hits and even find out No1 hits in UK and US from the last 50 years. Discover what was No1 in UK/US when you were born/married/had a child etc…

Energy Radio – Enjoy your favorite music anywhere

Enjoy your favorite music anywhere and at anytime. The Energy Radio Application broadcasts about 20 radio programs of all genres. Your music wishes become true on all our channels, e.g. Energy Rock, Energy Black, Energy Lounge or Energy Dance. Discover exciting new sounds on Energy Hot or dive into the past on Energy 80′s, 90′s and 00s. Be fascinated by musical experiences on Energy Soundtrack or Energy Live.

Video Review Of The Nokia C6 Firmware On The 5800XM

Earlier last month, we brought you the news that the guys behind PNTH.org have successfully managed to port the new Nokia C6 firmware into the Nokia 5800. Well today we found this short video review, demonstrating all the different features of the Nokia 5800-C6 XpressMusic, so hit the jump for the video.

Nokia N8 To Be Available In UK On 23 September

The Nokia N8 is set to be exclusively available for UK customers on 23 September 2010. This is a full week earlier than the official release date. Apparently Nokia has been buying Ad Word space which leaked the story during a Nokia N8 Google search. The Nokia N8 will be in stock and available for dispatch via the Nokia UK website, so stay tuned to see the latest Nokia device pop up on pre-order anytime now.

And staying on the topic of the Nokia N8, check out the video below which demos the smoothness of the pinch and zoom features on this device.

Nokia E5 Video Recording Sample

Check out this video recording sample taken with the 5 megapixel Full Focus (EDOF) camera of the Nokia E5 courtesy of the guys over at TechRadar. Video after the jump.

Nokia Calls It A Day With Ovi Files

Nokia has decided to finally call it quits with its unsuccessful Ovi Files service. Ovi Files was created to allow users to remotely access photos, music and documents that were stored on their home computer. It also allowed you to browse, search and view photos, automatically resized for your mobile phone. Through the acquisition of Avvenu Incorporated in December 2007, Nokia originally aimed to release Ovi Files as a premium service. However due to poor uptake, in July 2007 Nokia decided to allow users to take advantage of this service free of charge. It appears as though the service is still underused, and so Nokia will officially discontinue the service as of 1 October 2010. Check out the email confirmation of this news after the break.

TuneWiki For S60 5th Edition

TuneWiki is a revolutionary new way to experience your favorite music. TuneWiki’s social media player shows subtitled lyrics as you listen to your music, watch music videos, or stream songs through the SHOUTcast™ radio feature. Translated into 40+ languages, TuneWiki lets you search for lyrics to over 2.5 Million songs. You can also use Music Maps or follow your friends to see what they are listening to and discover new music. Other features include Playlists, Song Search, Facebook and Twitter integration and Top 50 charts. Check out the video demo after the break and pick up your free copy from our S60 5th Edition Applications Page.

TuneWiki comes in an ad-supported version, which is free, and can be downloaded from out S60 5th Edition Applications page. However if you wish to use the ad-free version you can purchase TuneWiki Music Pro, which is currently on special offer for just £1.50 at the Ovi Store.

Star With Pamela Anderson In A Short Feature Shot With The Nokia N8

Nokia has announced that it will be showcasing the HD camera qualities of the Nokia N8 by creating a raunchy short feature, The Commuter, starring Hollywood stars Pamela Anderson and Ed Westwick. The film will be shot entirely on the Nokia N8 and Nokia is looking for people to star in scenes alongside the Baywatch babe and Gossip Girl heartthrob. Hit the jump to find out more.

The groundbreaking project is offering the chance to win two amazing main roles within the film, to either be in a bedroom with Pamela Anderson or up close and personal in an elevator with Ed Westwick. To be in with a chance of starring with Pam or Ed in The Commuter, wannabe stars need to visit www.starwithpam.comor www.starwithed.com.

Showcasing the HD camera qualities of the Nokia N8, this will be one of the first times that a project on this scale will use a mobile phone for much of the filming process. The lucky winners of the cameos will also get the chance to see themselves in Hollywood quality at a glitzy, star-studded London premiere of the new film in October.

Fans can still get the chance to be the first thing Pamela Anderson sees when she wakes up through a fun new Facebook viral that sees a sultry Pammy rolling over in her bed to check her Nokia N8 and find your profile picture on the phone. The viral is also available from www.starwithpam.com and everyone can easily upload their own pictures and share it with friends.

Commenting on the new film, Pamela Anderson says: “I’m really excited about the film and can’t wait to get on set.  I don’t want to give too much away, but my scenes are shot in a bedroom and I’m looking forward to going back to my Finnish roots and sharing my bed with a Nokia N8!”

John Nichols, Head of Marketing at Nokia UK, said: “We wanted to create something very special for the launch of the Nokia N8 that showcases the Hollywood quality of its camera. The boldness of the campaign reflects the boldness of the device itself. This is all about accessible, fun technology for people to use and enjoy; and that anybody can be a star.”

The Nokia N8 is launching soon and is designed to intuitively connect to the people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create exciting content, connect to their favourite social networks, and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. The Nokia N8 boasts a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a sensor rivalling those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally the Nokia N8 enables everyone to bring out their inner film director by recording HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive, built-in editing suite.

Nokia Unveils The Nokia E7 | The Communicator Reborn

Nokia World 2010 in London has brought us some great new additions to the Symbian^3 range of Nokia devices. First up it’s the ‘daddy’ of them all, the Nokia E7. This cracking new device brings a host of much desired features, including a 4″ capacitive touch display with ClearBlack technology. This gives an amazingly high contrast to the screen, displaying colours more vividly. Hit the jump for the specs and more.

The Nokia E7 is seems to be the ultimate smartphone we’ve all been waiting for. With Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync on board, it provides direct, real-time and secure access to corporate email inboxes and other personal applications. Equipped with a 4″ display is a full QWERTY keyboard, revealed in the ‘slide up’ manner, similar to that of the Nokia N97 and N97 mini. The Nokia E7 is the perfect shape and size to work on documents, review spreadsheets, or read and edit slides. For corporate peace of mind, a combination of business grade security solutions are also available. Estimated retail price is €495 EUR, before taxes and subsidies.

There are a few downfalls however, like the fact that the camera strapped to the back is a standard EDOF lens, just like the rest of the Eseries devices. The Nokia N8‘s camera and Xenon flash on the Nokia E7 would have made it beyond perfect. Why Nokia continue to provide devices that must improve here but cut back there is beyond me. I also found the UI pretty sluggish when compared to the Nokia N8, but I’ll hopefully upload a video soon and give you a demo of that later. Check out the Nokia E7 Data Sheet for a complete list of specifications. The Nokia E7 is expected to begin shipping by the end of this year.

Nokia Also Announces The Nokia C6 & Nokia C7

Also announced at Nokia world 2010 were the Nokia C6 (C6-01) and Nokia C7. Both devices add to Nokia’s growing range of Cseries devices, and both sport 8 megapixel cameras with HD video capabilities. The Nokia C6 (C6-01) was created using primarily recycled materials and the Nokia C7 is the first mobile device to use biopaints. Hit the jump to find out more.

The Nokia C6 (C6-01) is a small and stylish smartphone which has a 3.2″ AMOLED display with full touch capabilities. It also sports the ClearBlack technology just like the Nokia E7, along with the great social networking and mobile entertainment solutions. All this plus an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and support for capturing 720p HD video. Packed in a stainless steel and glass design, the Nokia C6(C6-01) is a really desirable device, and with a price tag of only €260 EUR before taxes and subsidies, it’s not one that should be overlooked.

The Nokia C7 is beautifully crafted, sleek social networking smartphone. Initially mistaken for an Eseries device, the Nokia C7 gives you live updates from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter directly on your homescreen as well as allowing you to share your location via Facebook. The Nokia C7 features a 3.5″ AMOLED display with a hardened glass window. This, together with the stainless steel and soft edges, makes it really comfortable in the hand, similarly to the Nokia E71. The Nokia C7 also sports an 8 megapixel camera with HD video capabilities and all this in a body less that 11 mm thin. Estimated at around €335 EUR before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C7 and the Nokia C6 (C6-01) should both start shipping before the end of this year.

Ovi Music Completes DRM Free Transition

Nokia’s Ovi Music service has finally completed its switch to offer DRM free music. Nokia initially rolled out plans to make this switch last year, and has been gradually changing it’s offering country by country. Hit the jump to find out more.

This new offering will only be available with the new pay per download system, similar to that of the Apple App Store. With the DRM free music via Ovi Music, you will be able to download music in MP3 format at 256 kbps, which you can not only listen to on your Nokia device and PC, but also on any other device you wish.

If you already built a substantial collection of DRM protected music that you previously purchased, you will be able to re-download them all at no cost in the new DRM free format. The ‘Comes with Music’ service or now Ovi Music Unlimited continues to offer DRM protected music.

Nokia Announce The Nokia N8 | Connect. Create. Entertain.

Nokia has today announced its latest flagship – The Nokia N8. This intuitive device brings Nokia right back into 2010 with the latest features that connect people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Bluetooth 3.0, Symbian^3 OS, HDMI Out, 12 megapixel camera, and the 16:9 3.5″ Capacitive OLED display with multi-touch capabilities is just the tip of the iceberg. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is GBP £320, before taxes or subsidies. Hit the jump for more press images.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Everyone Connect | How Do You Connect?

Nokia’s Everyone Connect campaign was based around a new Nokia Messaging solution that lets you email, chat and connect with your favourite social networking sites instantly from your device. This new service was rolled out on three brand new, messaging-centric devices, the Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and the Nokia E5. The question was then posed as to how you use your device to stay connected. Hit the jump to find out more.

New Firmware v31.023 | Nokia E72 (inc. Changelog)

The new firmware updates continue with the Nokia E72, that has just been updated to v31.023. The new firmware brings many new features, improvements and updates including the highly requested Internet Radio application. New firmware updates also contain more general bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code. We have the full changelog after the break, so hit the read more button to check out what’s new.

Changelog

New Content

  • WAPI support for China
  • Internet radio
  • Smart Connect
  • Bloomberg
  • Advanced Communications Manager

Updated

  • Freestyle email (2.05, BL3, csw.32.rd_email_10w04)
  • My Nokia (4.1)
  • Nokia Maps 3.3
  • Share on OVI (4.3)
  • OviStore (1.5.436)
  • Cherry (2.1)
  • Browser 7.2

Stability Improvements

  • Memory-leak corrections to improve general stability
  • Music player, radio, video recording, earphone, security sw and encryprion stability corrections
  • Localisation corrections (Maps, Calendar, Contacts, Email and Browser area)

Email Improvements

  • MFE activation registration correction
  • Synchronisation correction to mailbox creation(like Yahoo and Gmail) for the first time
  • Email editing correction (dubling of words when deleting suggestions)
  • Correction to synchronization when syncing draft meeting request
  • Set default setting “Sync while roaming” to “No”
  • Sending message without password initials crash correction
  • Messaging menu memory leak correction

Calendar

  • Meeting request creation stability corrections
  • Requiring meeting request corrections
  • Meeting request saving correction if meeting request is saved before sending
  • Meeting update send after editing request

Contacts

  • Contacts stability improvements (arrow keys pressed rapidly before contacts are loaded, add searched contact to the group without name, mail box removal, open/close contacts during call, conference call with two same name participants, … )
  • Company name displayed in contacts
  • Group deleting correction when group is deleted from group edit view
  • Contact group editing view corrections
  • Contacts search corrections (Group cannot be searched after editing its conference service number, Image detail of marked contact is not displayed in search result, Group disappears when add contact to it in searched result view)

Homescreen

  • Missed call indicator removal correction after call has been accomplished form action menu
  • Message notifier corrected when several voice messages received

Maps

  • New maps version included
  • Free navigation
  • Improved GPS handling
  • Landmark corrections (land mark received vie MMS, Landmarks are not displayed when selecting places during planning route from landmarks application)
  • Voice guidance corrections (turning directions, safety camera)
  • Route planning/saving corrections

Browser

  • Browser bitmap memory leak correction
  • Browser closing stability improvement before connection is open
  • Secure connection icon corrections (going to an other secure page, secure connection canceling)
  • When moving multiple Bookmarks, the last selected Bookmark is not moved
  • Bookmark icon correction

Other

  • Spacebar stops working correction
  • Emergency call correction when lock code query is on and call made quickly after power on
  • Theme effects disabled by default

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.

 

 

Make My App Competition | Win A Nokia N8 & A Trip To Nokia World In London

Nokia is giving away twelve brand new Nokia N8‘s each with a ticket to Nokia World 2010 in London. Nokia’s ‘Make My App’ competition is basically giving you the opportunity to see your ideas become reality. Simply submit your idea for an application, and if you are selected, a team of Nokia developers will create and pre-installed your app on the Nokia N8 you win. Check out the introductory video after the break to find out more and submit your ideas for this exclusive opportunity.

ABBYY FotoTranslate | Travel & Dine With Confidence

If you’re planning a trip this summer to a foreign country we have just the app for you. ABBYY FotoTranslate is a cracking utility application that not only converts images of text into text using its award winning Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, but also then translates this text into your preferred language. So the next time you come across a road sign or restaurant menu that you can’t quite make sense of, simply snap the text you wish to translate and let ABBYY FotoTranslate do the rest. What’s more is that there is no need for an Internet connection, cellular signal, or even access to any external language resources. The built in dictionary software supports up to 8 languages for recognition and 30 directions for translation. Check out my thoughts after the break.

Key features

  • Translation without manual inputting of the words
  • Offline, independent mode work (no network signal needed)
  • Quick and accurate result
  • Up-to-date high-quality dictionaries
  • Auto suggestions and manual corrections
  • FREE downloadable sound files (download)

The user interface is very simple and easy to use. You have the option of switching the flash off  which is great, as sometimes the flash can glare text, especially when taking pictures close up. You also have the option to switch the sound off and change the orientation of the viewfinder. Other than these few simple alterations, the application more or less works as a point and shoot tool.

After taking the photo, you can select different parts of the image to translate and the translation is instantly altered. If the camera didn’t quite manage to capture the full word or if the recognition software missed out a letter, you can also manually add or change the text you want to translate.

ABBYY FotoTranslate may not be the coolest app you could have on your device, but if you travel a lot, or love eating foreign cuisine, you might just find this application more useful than you think. Check out the video demonstration below to see exactly how ABBYY FotoTranslate works.

ABBYY FotoTranslate is available for all S60 3rd Edition and S60 5th Edition devices, and can be downloaded from the ABBYY Store for free on a 1 day trial or €5.95 EUR for the full license.

Nokia N8 | HD Video Capture & 12 Megapixel Photo Samples

The Nokia N8 was announced yesterday with its impressive (to say the least) spec sheet. The device is a complete upgrade of a Nokia smartphone as we know it and is exactly what Nokia needed. The Nokia N8 brings the familiarity of Nokia’s much loved Symbian platform into a whole new age with Symbian^3. This is just a small portion of the new technology this device is packing, but before we go into that, let’s take a quick look at some of its more obvious features, mainly being the 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera that sports HD video recording at 720p. We’ve got some sample photos to share with you along with a short clip recorded solely with the Nokia N8, which has not been enhanced or tweaked in any way, and the quality is simply faultless!

Nokia Announce The Nokia N8 | Connect. Create. Entertain.

Nokia has today announced its latest flagship – The Nokia N8. This intuitive device brings Nokia right back into 2010 with the latest features that connect people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Bluetooth 3.0, Symbian^3 OS, HDMI Out, 12 megapixel camera, and the 16:9 3.5″ Capacitive OLED display with multi-touch capabilities is just the tip of the iceberg. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is GBP £320, before taxes or subsidies. Hit the jump for more press images.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Nokia N900 Running Android 2.1 | With Seamless Touch UI

Check out this short demo of Android 2.1 running on the Nokia N900. This is the first demo of the NITDroid Android port to the Nokia N900 and shows some general Android features in the works. The touch UI also seems to run pretty smoothly. Hit the jump for the video.

Nokia Beta Labs Update Ovi Contacts To v1.5 & Ovi Calendar To v1.6

This week Nokia Beta Labs announced that they have updated both the Ovi Contacts to v1.5 and Ovi Calendar to v1.6. Ovi Contacts v1.5 is mainly a graphic face-lift of the service but also includes some performance tweaks. Ovi Calendar v1.6 finally brings multiple calendars to your Nokia S60 handset. In this day and age, multiple calendars have become more of a necessity than a nice feature, and so it is great that Nokia have decided to implement this into the service. Although it would be even better if these services were completed pronto and final versions were released. You can find more details on both these services after the break, and as always, beta software is usually only available for a limited number of devices.

With Ovi Contacts, you can let your friends know what you are doing and where you are. You can also check your friends’ status messages to see what your friends are up to. Ovi Contacts is all about keeping in touch with people who matter.

If you have used Nokia Chat you will find Ovi Contacts mobile application familiar.

Key Features:

 

  • Presence: Let your friends know if you are available, busy or on the phone. Check your friends’ availability.
  • Enhanced presence: You can share – or hide – your favorite places with your friends. You can also let your friends know what you are listening to.
  • Chat: Get in touch with your friends with chat. Convey your messages with emotions and share your location on the map via chat.

If you are a current Ovi Calendar user, the existing Ovi Calendar data will be imported for you to use in Ovi Calendar 1.6 Beta. (Note that any changes you make will be changing your original data). To start using the Ovi Calendar 1.6 Beta, visit organiser.ovi.com and sign in with your Nokia Account.

Ovi Calendar 1.6 helps you to manage your calendars, notes and to-do items more effectively and allows you to coordinate more easily with those close to you.

Key Features: 

  • Create and edit multiple calendars on the Calendar website to more naturally organize the different aspects of your life (e.g. Family, Friends, Work)
  • Create and edit notes and to-do items and associate them with calendars or group them into new categories you create
  • Share calendars and their associated notes and to-do items with your family, friends or colleagues using the Calendar website and sync the shared items to your devices

S60 Theme | LadyBug By PiZero

Check out this cracking new theme for your Nokia S60 handset – LadyBug by PiZero is a calm and soothing green theme that has recently been released by theme wizkid PiZero. It includes a bunch of nice custom icons that cover all of the default and system icons as well as various 3rd party icons. This theme is available for all S60 3rd and 5th edition devices and is great for having that simple look, soothing to the eyes.

Nokia Announce The Nokia X2

Nokia today announced the Nokia X2 – the latest device to join the Xseries line-up and is due out before the end of June. This news comes just a day after the release of the Nokia N8, but the Nokia X2 not only has a 2.2-inch QVGA screen and measures in at just 13 mm thin, but also offers direct access to Facebook from the homescreen and comes with Nokia Messaging for email and Instant Messaging. With a 5 megapixel strapped to the back, it seams surreal that the price tag of the Nokia X2 is only €85 EUR before taxes and subsidies. Check out some more images of the device after the break.

The Nokia X2 is a candybar device and also packs dual speakers, dedicated music keys, FM stereo and support for up to 16GB of storage via microSD card making for a nifty mobile music device. With Bluetooth 2.1 support for wireless music enjoyment, hardcore music fans can opt for the 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy reams of music on the go. Full speed USB 2.0 makes music transfer quick and easy and music can be managed via the Ovi Player PC client or Windows Media Player 11.

 

New Firmware v10.2010.19-1 (PR 1.2) | Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 has finally received its anticipated new firmware update taking it up from v3.2010.02-8 (PR 1.1.1) to v10.2010.19-1 (PR 1.2). The new update brings a host of new features including a bunch of new games, substantial email and web browser enhancements, and menu system UI changes. There are many more additional feature including a long press to initiate the numbers, etc. Hit the jump to find out more, and if you experience additional changes, please share them below in the comments. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you depending on your region and product code.

Nokia N900 PR 1.2 Changelog

  • New games on offer in Ovi Store (Jurassic 3D Rollercoaster, Zen-bound, Angry Birds (level pack), Sygic, Kroll, Weatherbug, and GoGadget).
  • Email has been improved with the ability to accept or decline an event invitation directly from your inbox.
  • Facebook IM chat has been incorporated.
  • Video calling has been implemented, allowing users to talk face-to-face.
  • Video in Skype and Google Talk.
  • The web browser now features a button to activate the portrait mode and a few more option while in the portrait mode.
  • Ovi Maps gets updated with changes to the UI – No voice navigation yet.
  • Menu system UI changes with the first level now customisable.
  • Long press to enter numbers/symbols on the keyboard.
  • A revamped virtual keyboard.
  • Changes to the camera UI, and a night mode for both photos and video.
  • Qt 4.6.2 is now pre-installed.
  • USSD codes now work.
  • Type to search for apps in the Application Manager.
  • Another addition is an email widget as well for the desktop.

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia N900. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), simply launch the Application Manager and click update. There you will see a Maemo5 update. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) 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 also 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. The N900 is known to wipe off some data when updating via NSU so please be careful and backup your content. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

Nokia & Yahoo! To Offer Compelling Internet Experiences

Yesterday Nokia and Yahoo! announced their collaboration, and what each hopes to achieve through this deal. Both companies plan to enhance their current market strengths in e-mail, instant messaging, maps and navigation services, to provide consumers with access to world-class experiences on both PC and mobile devices. The strategic alliance to extend the reach of their industry leading online services and offer people rich experiences that keep them connected to their world and the world around them is a huge step in the right direction. With the current trends, people desire familiarity, recognition and ease of access. Check out the rest of the press release after the break along with the video interview of Tero Ojanpera, Executive Vice President of Services at Nokia and Jason Titus, Vice President of Communications Products at Yahoo!.

As part of the alliance:
– Nokia will be the exclusive, global provider of Yahoo!’s maps and navigation services, integrating Ovi Maps across Yahoo! properties, branded as “powered by Ovi.”
– Yahoo! will become the exclusive, global provider of Nokia’s Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat services branded as “Ovi Mail / Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo!”
– Nokia and Yahoo! plan to work on ID federation between their services, beginning by making it easy for people to use their Ovi user IDs across select Yahoo! properties to easily access the online content and services they need.

“Delivering great user experiences, both online and on your mobile, is what this alliance is all about,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO, Nokia. “We’re enabling millions of Yahoo! customers in key markets including North America to discover the unique capabilities that Ovi Maps brings. Similarly, Yahoo!’s online expertise will bring exciting mail and messaging enhancements to millions of Ovi Mail customers across almost every country around the world, many of whom will have their first Internet experience on their mobile.”

“What a combination,” said Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo!. “We’re excited to expand the reach of our best-in-class Mail and Messenger services, bringing personalized experiences to more people across the mobile web, particularly in emerging markets where we are seeding the next generation of Yahoo! users. At the same time, we believe Nokia’s strength and continued investment in maps and navigation will greatly enhance our existing products, enabling us to focus on areas that are core to our business.”

Together, Yahoo! and Nokia will continue to deliver compelling Internet experiences that address the core needs of consumers, developers, operators and advertisers. The companies will utilize their respective global distribution advantages and brand recognition across consumer audiences. Select, co-branded service offerings are expected to become available from the second half of 2010, with global availability expected in 2011.

Introducing The Quanta Redvale Tablet Running MeeGo 1.0

Nokia’s recent collaboration with Intel has spawned a new era of mobile computing. With MeeGo, users will be able to take advantage of a completely open platform with spectacular UI experiences. During the Computex keynote, Intel demoed the rumoured MeeGo Tablet, which not only looks promising, but really pushes the bar higher in terms of user experience. The Quanta Redvale tablet is powered by an Intel 1.5 Ghz Moorestown processor with a 10 inch touchscreen. The UI is what’s important here, as any manufacturer will be able to design their own tablet and pack it with the MeeGo goodness, and with an SDK for application development expected to be available later in the summer, developers will be able to to churn out some fantastic software soon too. Hit the jump to check out the video, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Here are some breif highlights from the video:

  • Running on MeeGo 1.0 with tablet user experience
  • Simple mode – easiest way to access applications from icons
  • Panel mode – ‘more personalised, rich and dynamic environment where users have access to their own content’. Library panel for eBooks, friends panel for social network status updates, video panel for quick access to videos, image panel for image.
  • There’s a demonstration of media player and playback of 720p video clip.
  • Demonstration of multi-touch – zooming of images via pinch and five finger multi-touch in a finger paint application.
  • Battery lifetime of ‘around 6 hours’.
  • Multi-tasking of applications, with a task-switcher bar along the bottom of the screen.

Nokia N8 | USB On-The-Go Video Demo

Ever wondered what the USB on-the-go feature on Nokia’s upcoming Nseries flagship entailed of? Well check out this awesome demo to see what the Nokia N8 is capable of in this department. Not only can you connect a USB memory stick to your device and access all its data, you can also connect other smartphones, and access their data as you would with a flash drive. All I can say right now is that there is no need for an app for that!

Nokia N8 Video Review | Part 1 Of 3

The Nokia N8 is by far the most anticipated device for all Nokia fans, from the most impressive spec sheet yet, advanced photography features and new Symbian^3 OS. Well, we’ve so far seen leaked images, video functionalities and more, however now we bring you a three part review courtesy of Nokia Itself. In this first video Chris Bennetts, Senior Project Manager at Nokia talks through the Nokia N8’s homescreen, demonstrating the customisable abilities of the handset, true multitasking that makes running multiple apps a breeze, the lighting-fast onscreen keyboard, email and messaging, Internet and browser capabilities and finally maps and navigation. Check out the full walkthrough of the new Nokia N8 after the break, and stay tuned for part two and three next week.

Google Buzz For Mobile Now Available For Nokia’s Symbian Devices

Back in February, Google launched its fairly successful Google Buzz for mobile service, a tool to start conversations when you are out and about. Currently this service was only available for the iPhone OS and Android 2.0+, however Google have just announced an XHTML version of the Buzz website which can be accessed from many other mobile devices, including those running Nokia’s Symbian OS.

Simply type buzz.google.com into your browser. Then when you log in using your password, you will be able to view the stream of buzz posts, post publicly or privately, comment or like a post, and more. You can also tag your post with your location, however Google have confirmed that location features may not work on some devices. Google Buzz for mobile is now available in 37 languages through buzz.google.com.

Spitfire For S60v3 & S60v5 | Record Anything, Anytime, Anywhere

Spitfire by Lionear Ltd is a loop-based audio recording and remixing application for mobile devices and it is currently available for Symbian S60 3rd and 5th Edition devices. It has four tracks for audio playback; audio can be either recorded through the device mic or loaded from a library of preset loops. Besides operating as a standalone app, Spitfire provides upload functionality for sending your tracks into Spitfireplayer.com. Check out the video demo after the break to find out more.

Project Nike | A Nokia/Yahoo Partnership Rumoured

Nokia has collaborated with a some big names over the last couple of months, with likes of Intel and Microsoft recently hopping aboard the mothership, in an aim to strengthen its provision of devices and services. The latest organisation to be targeted by the mobile phone giants is Yahoo!.

According to several sources, Internet service provider Yahoo! has stated that it is set to hold a press conference on Monday to announce the partnership. The tagline to this conference reads: “Please join Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz for an exciting announcement about providing global consumers with rich online and mobile experiences, and bringing forward a new era in keeping consumers connected.”

The rumours suggest that the idea behind this partnership, codenamed ‘Project Nike’, is that Nokia will pre-install certain Yahoo services onto its phones and broaden its service offering. We’ll keep you posted on this once we find out more.

Opera Mobile 10 & Opera Mini 5 Updated | Download The Final Release Now

Opera Software has recently announced that both of its mobile web browsers for Symbian smartphones have been updated out of beta. Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 are currently the best 3rd party mobile web browsing solutions available for Nokia S60 handsets, and the final version release puts all the necessary finishing touches on the Opera mobile-browsing duo. You can download both Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 for your S60 3rd Edition and S60 5th Edition devices from our Nokia Applications pages.

Lars Boilesen, CEO at Opera Software stated that, “Keeping in mind the needs and wants of our 50+ million users, we have emphasized speed, desktop-like functionality and data savings in our mobile browsers. Today, we have made it even easier for everyone to surf, search and socialize on the Web.”

Nokia Unveil The Bicycle Charger Kit | An Eco-Friendly Charging Solution

Nokia has unveiled a cracking new accessory that can provide free and environmentally friendly electricity to charge your Nokia device. The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit consists of a charger and dynamo, as well as a holder to secure the phone to a bike. When the kit is installed, the dynamo – a small electrical generator – uses the movement of the wheels to charge the handset through the standard 2mm charging jack used in most Nokia mobile phones. With free voice guided navigation also bundled with all the latest Nokia devices, you can guarantee that this handy little number will be very popular indeed.

Alex Lambeek, Vice President at Nokia said, “You must look at a number of things when it comes to power management – such as ensuring the phone’s operating system is as power-efficient as possible. Now, with our innovative bike charger, people get even more freedom to use their Nokia without worrying about battery life. Bicycles are the most widespread means of transport in many markets around the world, so this is just one more benefit to be gained from an activity people are already doing. This is a great solution to a real challenge, whether people will use it due to limited access to electricity, or to be more environmentally responsible.” The kit will be available before the end of the year in selected retailers and Nokia online and branded retail.

Nokia Experience Lounge | Video Walkthrough

Rafe Blanford was lucky enough to visit Nokia’s Espoo (Helsinki) offices, and had the opportunity to look around Nokia’s Experience Lounge which showcased all of Nokia’s latest products and services. Within the Experience Lounge, Nokia had set up most of its Ovi services, along with a huge collection of nearly all the handsets and accessories ever made by the Finnish giants. It reminds you of how game-changing Nokia were, with most of the technology in the devices appearing way ahead of its time. Do you remember how many of these you owned? Check out the video walkthrough after the jump and share your Nokia history.

New Firmware | v30.0.016 – Nokia N97 & v20.0.016 – Nokia N97 mini

Nokia’s Nseries duo have received new firmware updates. The Nokia N97has been updated from v21.0.102 to v30.0.016 and the Nokia N97 mini has been updated with a rather large update from v11.0.045 to v20.0.016. There is no official changelog for either update, however reports suggest that the new update was pulled shortly after release. If it is still available in your region or for your product code, please share your experiences in the comments below. We’ll try and keep you updated as soon as we here more. New firmware updates generally contain bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date.

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.

 

Sygic Mobile Maps For Maemo | The First Voice Guided GPS Navigation Solution For The Nokia N900

The first turn-by-turn voice guided navigation application for Nokia’s Maemo platform is here. Sygic Mobile Maps has just become compatible with Maemo, and brings animated 3D maps to your Nokia N900. Although Ovi Maps was released with free voice guided navigation for Nokia’s Symbian devices, there has been no indication of imminent support for the Maemo platform. Sygic have timely released there solution for a very tasty price tag of €59.99 (Europe). What’s more is that  Sygic’s maps are created by Navteq, an operating unit of Nokia and leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data, as is Ovi Maps. We’ll be testing this newcomer over the weekend and will feedback to you our thoughts sometime next week. But for now, check out the full list of features including the video demo after the break.

Features and benefits of the Mobile Maps:

  • All latest maps are with you on your phone.
  • Speed cameras, speed limits and railway crossings warnings provide safety for you and others.
  • Signposts help you to head in the right direction.
  • Lane assistant informs you about the correct lane to be in.
  • Automatically adapts to horizontal or vertical view with auto-rotation.
  • Automatically or manually adjustable color schemes for day and night use.
  • User interface and voice guide speak your native language.
  • Search for millions of restaurants and other points of interest, with an option to call in, find parking, and navigate to.
  • Design your trip with multi-stop route planning before you head out.
  • See the summary of your trip before you set off.
  • Avoid a roadblock with a single click.
  • Save and organize favorites according to your needs.
  • Customize what you want to see on the navigation screen.

Sygic Mobile Maps For Maemo

With the full set of navigation features, multiple user settings, fast route calculation, user-friendly operation and the latest maps situated on-board of the device, Sygic Mobile Maps turns Nokia N900 into a full-fledged personal navigation device, and provides for superb user experience and reliable navigation.

The first available region is EUROPE. It costs €59.99 EUR and has no time limit on use after purchase. The following countries are included in this package:

Maps included: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican.

Maps with transit roads only: Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Belarus, Moldova, Montenegro, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Romania, Ukraine.

Further regions will be added and announced gradually.

The Nokia E72 Now Available In Amethyst

Eagle-eyed Rita of NokiaLB has managed to get her hands on a luscious Amethyst variant of the Nokia E72. The E72 is Nokia’s latest Eseries device, and packs a stunning 5 megapixel camera along with the ever reliable Symbian S60 software, into a slim and stylish device. Currently the E72 is available in Black, Silver and Topaz Brown, and now it looks like Nokia is planning to milk the success of this device with the release of this cracking new model. The purple caseing gives the device a very elegant look and the contrast with the glossy chrome finish makes it very appealing. Check out the rest of the images after the break.

Mspede Gameplay Demo For The Nokia N900 | Test Your Reflexes

Mspede for Maemo has just landed on our Maemo 5 Applications page. Mspede is a game in which you must tap the lights that blink, as quickly as you can. The longer you play, the faster they blink, so you need to speed up your reflexes in order to score big. Mspede is a free game for the Nokia N900, and is available to download from our Maemo 5 Applications page. Check out the gameplay demo of Mspede after the jump.

Meet Niko | The Nokia N900 Based LEGO Robot Powered By Twitter

Check out this awesome Twitter controlled robot, created using LEGO Mindstorm NXT 2.0 parts and the Nokia N900. Named Niko, this robot is controlled by instructions fed through its own Twitter account @N900Niko. Commands include taking pictures using the Nokia N900′s 5 megapixel camera, then uploading these images to Twitpic, or just simply getting Niko to move around. This robot is part of the PUSH N900 competition which ends next week. Check out the video demonstration after the break.