Nokia recently launched its latest and much anticipated smartphone, the Nokia N8, in India. This is the first device powered by the Symbian^3 Operating System. It allows people to create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and content. Nokia has also introduced thousands of apps on the Ovi Store which is optimized for the Nokia N8.
The consumer is in the centre of all that we do at Nokia and we are constantly innovating to enhance user experience and address user feedback. The N8, our latest smartphone, sets a new milestone for Nokia in growth and innovation with the new Symbian^3 platform that delivers our best smartphone experience required by the ever demanding consumer today. It is the first in a new generation of Nokia devices; devices that are faster, more intuitive and fun to use.
With the N8 we are delivering a great user experience and also starting the journey of a great developer experience. People who buy the Nokia N8, besides getting a portable entertainment center, will get more than 250 new experiences and features from a faster more responsive UI to visual multitasking. On the other hand, developers can easily create custom applications and services on Symbian^3, using the Qt framework and offer them to the world’s largest mobile user base of 175 million Symbian devices globally,” said D. Shivakumar, Vice President and Managing Director, Nokia India.
Nokia N8 features a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz processor, Symbian^3 OS, 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, HD (720p) Video recording, 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound, Ovi Maps, Ovi Store and more.
This handset allows you to access Web TV services which offers news and entertainment from international as well as Indian channels. It also allows you to update your status, share location and photos on Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Nokia N8 comes with a price tag of Rs.26,259. You can purchase this handset from the Nokia Priority Stores.
Quite a few months ago, Nokia had promised that the N900 will get a firmware update which will allow dual-booting to Maemo and MeeGo. The MeeGo OS is the combined effort of both Nokia and Intel. Both the companies intend to use the OS in a variety of devices including MIDs and computer like phones. Nokia has worked hard with developers to port the MeeGo OS to the N900 and the result has borne fruit.
In a blog post on MeeGo.com, Harri Hakulinen has given all the interested users an update about the dual-boot option scenario on the N900. He states that the PR1.3 firmware update will allow N900 owners to dual-boot between Maemo and MeeGo OS. However, Nokia has confirmed that they won’t be offering the dual-booting option to consumers. This option will be limited only to developers.
According to Nokia, this will enable MeeGo developers to develop applications using Qt framework for both the OS’s and test them right on their N900.
The 5-inch phone and tablet crossover from Dell the Streak was supposed to get its Android 2.2 update by the end of December. Today, Dell has officially stated that their target Android 2.2 delivery date is way before December 31st. However, due to this Dell won’t be working on any more Android 2.1 based firmware for the Streak and will also stop pushing Android 2.1 updates to additional customers.
The Dell Streak was originally launched in the United States with Android 1.6 onboard. Dell had stated that the phone-cum-tablet crossover will directly get the Android 2.2 update in the States and skip the Android 2.1 update. A leaked Android 2.1 U.K build of the Dell Streak has been floating around on the Internet for many days which allows Streak owners in the United States to enjoy Android 2.1 on their device.
Here is the official statement from Dell itself.
Nokia has released a new firmware update for its popular budget touch based smartphone the Nokia 5233. The Nokia 5233 is the 3G-less sibling of the Nokia 5230. The new firmware version is numbered V21.1.102. As of now, no official change-log is available for this firmware update. As with all firmware updates, this update should fix some bugs and improve the performance and stability of the device.
The firmware update will be rolled out in phases to various regions of the world. Users can update the firmware either by OTA (Over-The-Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU). Since the Nokia 5233 features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of the data on their device before proceeding with the firmware update.
This post will be updated once the official change-log from Nokia is released.
TweetDeck has announced the final version of the popular Twitter and Social Media client, TweetDeck 1.0 for Android. Users can download TweetDeck 1.0 from Android Market.
Over the past two months, TweetDeck, the popular desktop and iPhone client have released several beta versions. Today they have finally perfected the version and released TweetDeck 1.0 for Android. Users can download TweetDeck 1.0 by searching for it in the Android Market.
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At the Windows Phone 7 event today, Samsung, HTC, LG and Dell launched 9 new Windows Phone 7 devices. Of those, Samsung announced two – the Samsung Focus and the Samsung Omnia 7 i8700.
The Samsung Focus is the more stylish of the two. It has a 4 inch SuperAMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and comes with a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.
It is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and comes with 256 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage.
Other features include 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS with A-GPS support. It has a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery and will be available on AT&TT for $199.99.
Samsung Omnia 7 i8700
This is the other Windows Phone 7 phone by Samsung. The specifications are almost the same as the Samsung Focus, but it has a different design and an unspecified amount of RAM (presumably 512 MB).
It has the same 4 inch SuperAMOLED display with a 1 GHz processor and 8 GB internal storage. It also has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and comes with 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS. No pricing details are available yet.
It was less than a month ago that Nokia had announced the C7 and now the device has started shipping worldwide! The Nokia C7 is the mass-oriented version of the N8. The handset packs in a 3.5-inch CBD based AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×640. The handset has a very sleek look to it and is made up of stainless steel and glass.
The C7 runs is powered by a ARM11 680MHz processor and packs in 256MB of RAM along with 1GB of ROM and 8GB of internal memory. The C7 is the second handset after the N8 to run on Symbian’s latest version – Symbian^3. The back of the phone sports an 8MP fixed focus camera with dual-LED flash which is capable of recording videos in 720p resolution.
The device is expected to cost EUR 335 before taxes and subsidies.
Along with the LG Optimus 7, Optimus 7Q and the HTC HD7, there was an unexpected launch at the Windows Phone 7 launch event by Microsoft in New York.
Dell unveiled the Dell Venue Pro, previously known as the Dell Lightning. It is one of the best new Windows Phone 7 phones and sports some killer hardware. It has a vertical QWERTY sliding keyboard and a 4.1 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
It will run Windows Phone 7 and has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor with 512 MB RAM. It offers 8 GB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.
It also has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and comes with 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS.
From the looks of it, it seems to be a Blackberry Torch killer. No details on the pricing or availability are out yet.
LG unveiled two new Windows Phone 7 devices at the Windows Phone 7 launch event by Microsoft in New York. The two phones are the LG Optimus 7 and the LG Optimus 7Q (Quantum).
Both the phones have similar hardware specifications but the Optimus 7 comes with a 3.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display while the Optimus 7 Q comes with a smaller 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with the same display resolution. The Optimus 7Q also sports a sliding QWERTY keypad which the Optimus 7 doesn’t.
Both the phones run Windows Phone 7 and have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM. Both have 16 GB internal storage and have 5 MP cameras with autofocus and LED flash. They also offer 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. They also have GPS with A-GPS support.
The Optimus 7 will be released across the world while the Optimus 7Q will be released on AT&T for $199.99.
The HD7 is one of the most anticipated WP7 devices from HTC. However, the HD7 is nothing but an exact carbon copy of the HD2. The HD7 sports a 4.3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 800×480. The handset packs in a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 576MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and 8GB or 16GB of internal memory. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash. As you can see, there is hardly any difference hardware wise between HD2 and HD7.
“By delivering the largest screen available on a Windows Phone, T-Mobile is offering a top-notch smartphone entertainment experience,” said Paul Cole, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “With deep integration of entertainment brands, social networking capabilities and rich Microsoft services, the HTC HD7 intelligently brings together information and experiences that matter to customers all in a bold, sophisticated design.”
The only difference between the handsets are that the HD7 runs on WP7 (Windows Phone 7) and can record videos in 720p resolution. The phone will also come pre-loaded with Netflix, Slacker and T-Mobile TV.
HTC HD7 will be available in mid-November exclusively on the T-Mobile network.