Nokia E71 Firmware Updated To V501.21.001

Nokia has released a new firmware update for one of its most popular business phone the Nokia E71. The new firmware update for the device is numbered version 501.21.001 and is an emergency release to address some complaints from customers and operators. The firmware also aims at improving the performance and stability of the handset.


Here is the full change-log via DailyMobile -:

  • Ovi Maps 3.03 Lite with free navigation
  • New version of Music player
  • New version of Ovi Store
  • Office 2007 support
  • Usability and performance improvements

As seen from the change-log above, Nokia has introduced a new version of Music Player for the E71 with this update. E71 owners can update their handset using Nokia Software Updater. Since the E71 does not feature UDP (User Data Preservation), users should make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

Why the New Android Market is Bad News for Both Users and Developers

The Android Market might have a lot of shortcomings, especially when compared to Apple’s App Store. However, it has one big advantage – it allows users to return purchased apps for a full refund within 24 hours of the first purchase. Unfortunately, the recently rolled out overhaul of the Market will neuter this advantage by slashing the refund window to just 15 minutes.


Google claims that this will benefit developers, and that might indeed be true for some devs. However, it might also end up hurting several others.

For short games, comics, and (in general) apps with less content, the twenty four hours refund window led to lost sales as many users downloaded paid apps, utilized it to the fullest and then returned it. These are the apps that will benefit the most from the reduced refund window.

On the other hand, apps that regularly add new content through updates, and apps that can’t be exhausted within 24 hours (e.g. system tools, keyboard apps, media players etc.) stand to lose the most from the Market update. One of the benefits of Google’s previous refund policy was that it encouraged users to purchase and try new premium apps. I have purchased multiple apps from the Market. Some of them I liked and I kept them. While others didn’t live up to my expectations, and I simply refunded them. The twenty four hour refund window enabled me to judge an app before spending money on it. This allowed me to be more adventurous, which in turn led me to purchase a greater number of apps.

The new fifteen minutes refund period is simply too less to judge the quality of an app. Heck, on my EDGE connection, the download alone can take more than fifteen minutes to complete. The lack of availability of demo version for many apps, coupled with the truncated refund window is bad news for both users and developers. I can understand the reasons for reducing the refund period; however, anything less than 90 minutes is simply too little time for users to even get an abstract idea about an app.

Android Market Gets A Major Overhaul; App Refund Window Slashed To 15 Mins

Over the last few months, Google has been adding many new features to the Android Market including a Related’ tab. Now, the big G has decided to give the Android Market a major over haul. The Android Developers have announced via a blog post that they have given the Android Market a significant update’.

The new updated Market client brings a totally new UI with a carousel on the home and the category screens of the market’.


The carousel displays the promoted applications in a bid to make them more popular. Along with this, the update also adds two new categories Live Wallpapers and Widgets. Users should also bid adieu to the tab’ approach of the old market. The new Market displays all the relevant information about an app in one single page. Google has also added content rating for applications.

The maximum apk file size has also been increased to a whopping 50MB, in order to support richer games. The above changes will surely please any Android user. However, the next one is surely going to disappoint them. With this update, Google has reduced the refund window of an application from 24 hours to only 15mintues.

The new updated Market is available for all Android handsets running Android 1.6+. The update will be rolled out to all Android handsets in the coming weeks.

Hopefully, this update will solve all the issues most of the Android critics had with the Market and will bring the Market up to the Apple AppStore level.

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian–#2

Welcome to the second edition of Best Mobile Apps Of The Week. I hope you liked our first edition of the Best Mobile Apps of The Week. Hopefully, readers will like the second edition as well. In this edition, we will introduce our readers to a scrobbler client for Symbian, a video streaming app for iOS and an application to control iTunes playback on your PC/laptop via your Android handset.

Here are the featured mobile apps of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

Air Video (iOS)

Air Video for iOS is one brilliant application. The application streams the video present in the user’s PC either via Wi-Fi or via 3G to his/her iOS based device. The biggest advantage of Air Video is that it is able to stream videos in almost any format to your iOS device. The application also has a very handy feature of converting videos on the fly and streaming it right to your iOS device. Users need to make sure that the Air Video server application is installed on your PC so that the application can work properly.


Air Video is available for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad and users can download it from the AppStore for $2.99.

Mobbler (Symbian) is a very popular Internet radio site. Many clients are available for various operating systems. For Symbian, Mobbler is a very popular radio player and scrobbler client. The application allows users to listen to a variety of Internet radio stations offered by

The application is pretty slick as well and supports some useful features like scrobbling all your tracks when the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network etcetera. The application supports the different versions of Symbian S60v3 (FP2), S60v5 and Symbian^3.

Symbian users can download Mobbler for free from here.

Remote For iTunes (Android)

In our first edition of the Best Mobile Apps of The Week, we told you about a very handy application for iOS Remote. Today, we would like to introduce you to the Android alternative of Remote Remote For iTunes. Remote For iTunes works exactly like Remote for iOS does. The application allows users to control the media playback of iTunes running on their PC or Laptop via their Android handset through Wi-Fi.


The interface of the application is a pretty simple as well. According to me, one drawback of the application is that it does not feature the CoverFlow UI. Nevertheless, the Remote For iTunes is a must have application if you use iTunes on your PC.

The only difference between Remote for iOS and Android is that while the former is available for free, the latter costs $4.99.

Nokia C5 Firmware Updated To V61.005

Nokia has released a major firmware update for the Nokia C5. The Nokia C5 is a mid-range S60v3 device from the Finnish giant which is powered by a 600 MHz ARM11 processor. The new firmware update for the C5 is numbered v61.005 and brings in boot loads of changes.


Here is the change-log from A2Phone :

  • – memory leak is detected in during SRIT test round.
  • – themes: The first theme in General theme menu is applied automatically after open theme from Settings.
  • – Browser crashes after loading VF Germany Homepage
  • – Nokia C5-00: C5 The default input is set strokes then changed into Pinyin automatically
  • – RM-627_01_(3G), Cert non-pass: TC (34.121) FDD2.
  • – C5-00 mp3 song volume a bit lower
  • – IHF speaker volume is lower after flashing with SW version 32.010
  • – Voice quality issue related to VoIP default codec
  • – Phone freeze when choose Jordan as the country
  • – Phone displays emergency calls only with full signal
  • – Nokia C5-00: C5 missing a game in care sw

I have not posted the full change-log since it’s pretty big containing more than 100 changes. Nokia C5 owners can find the full change-log here. Nokia C5 owners can update their handset either via OTA or by using Nokia Software Updater.

Since the Nokia C5 features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

LG Optimus One To Get Android 2.3 Update

LG_Optimus_S1A couple of days ago, LG said that the LG Optimus One handset won’t be getting the Android 2.3 update because the minimum requirement to run Gingerbread is a 1GHz processor.

However, this piece of news was shot down by Android team’s Dan Morrill. He said that the hardware requirement for Android 2.3 is very similar to Android 2.2 a.k.a Froyo.

Now, LG has announced via a press release that the Optimus One handset from the Korean company will definitely get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

Here is what the company exactly said :

LG will upgrade all Optimus One smartphones currently using the Froyo OS to the next version of the Android OS, Gingerbread. Details of the upgrade schedule will be announced locally in due course. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding that was caused regarding this issue.

It is really nice to see LG providing software support for their low-end Android based handsets. Kudos to LG!

LG Ally Gets A Minor Software Update

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We have a good news for the LG Ally owners. Verizon Wireless has recently released a minor software update for the LG’s entry-level touchscreen phone. The latest version is numbered VS740ZVC and it comes with numerous enhancements and improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.



  • Improved ability to play audio that is received via picture message.
  • Improved Exchang ActiveSync (EAS) calendar synching
  • EAS provisioning feature is now compatible with all Microsoft Exchange servers.


  • New version of Skype mobile
  • VZ Navigator is now preloaded on device

You should always backup your data before updating the device. The latest software update can be downloaded only via. Over-The-Air (OTA). For step-by-step instructions on how to perform the download, head over to this page.

Three UK’s Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now

At the beginning of this month, we reported that T-Mobile UK has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in the U.K. Apparently, that did not happen and T-Mobile UK never released the update. Now, another carrier in the UK Three has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Three U.K. branded Galaxy S handsets.

Galaxy S owners can update their handset using Samsung’s KIES software.


As a part of the update, the phone will be wiped clean of any data so users are suggested to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the update. The Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S will bring many new features like performance enhancements, Flash 10.1 and a spiced up TouchWiz UI.

Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handset series in the U.S by this year end.

Samsung Confused About Android 2.3 Update For Galaxy S

Few days ago, Google unveiled the Samsung-manufactured-Google branded Nexus S along with the latest version of Android Gingerbread. Now, since the Nexus S is very similar to the Galaxy S line-up from Samsung, many people expected that the handset is eligible for Android 2.3 update. However, when Pocket-lint contacted Samsung the Korean giant gave a very diplomatic answer.

Here is what Sammy replied to Pocket-Lint-:

“Such a review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such Update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors.

If Samsung decides to make the Update available to the users after such consideration, Samsung will use its efforts to develop such Update, which may be released to the users upon successful completion of such development.

Pretty shocking eh? The Galaxy S series of handset from Samsung is one of the most popular Android handsets in the market right now. The Galaxy S hardware easily meets the minimum’ hardware requirements required for Android 2.3.


However, there is a twist in the tale. Samsung India have tweeted through their twitter account that the Galaxy S will be getting the Gingerbread update.

Hopefully, Samsung will come clean about the Android 2.3 update for the Galaxy S handset sooner than later.

HTC Legend Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now

HTC_LegendQuite a few weeks ago, we had reported that HTC will soon be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the HTC Legend. Surprisingly, the company first rolled out the Android 2.2 update for the Vodafone UK branded Legend handsets.

However, starting from today the company has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the unlocked Legend handsets in Europe. Hopefully, HTC will start rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the device in other regions of the world pretty soon as world.

Legend owners who have a carrier branded device need to wait for some more time before they can get their share of Froyo love. The Android 2.2 update for the Legend will bring with it performance improvements and some new features like Mobile AP etcetera.

HTC also commented on their Facebook page that the Wildfire Android 2.2 update is coming soon’.