Nokia N8, E7 and other Symbian^3 Devices Get A Firmware Update

Nokia has started rolling out a new firmware update for its current range of Symbian^3 handsets. Symbian^3 owners should not get too excited because it’s not the Belle update they are hoping for.


The new firmware update (v25) does not bring any noticeable changes, except for the bump in the firmware version. Some users did report that the web browser seemed to open faster, and was much smoother in general use as well. This might as well be a placebo effect though.

The new v25 firmware update is being rolled out for all Symbian^3 powered handsets including the N8, E7, C7, and the C6-01. Users can either update the firmware via OTA (Over-The-Air) by keying in *#0000# or by simply using Nokia Software Updater/Nokia Suite.

Sadly, the firmware does not fix any of the serious issues with Symbian^3 including the Mail-for-exchange and Wi-Fi stability bug on the E7. In all possibility, this firmware update prepares the Symbian^3 handset for the upcoming Symbian Belle update.

Nokia has already started shipping Symbian Belle handsets and its current crop of Symbian^3 handsets are stated to get the Belle update sometime in Q4. Nokia will also announce its next-gen handsets at its upcoming Nokia World 2011 beginning from October 27th.

Via AlllAboutSymbian

Nokia E7, C7 and C6-01 Symbian Anna Update Goes Live

Yesterday, we reported that the Symbian Anna update for N8 should go live any moment. Well, the good news is that Nokia has already started rolling out the update in more than 15 different regions of the world.


Along with the N8, Nokia has started rolling out the Anna update for other first generation Symbian^3 handsets like the C7, E7, and C6-01. The Symbian Anna update brings with it some much needed features and enhancements, including an improved web-browser, portrait QWERTY input, new icons, and an improved version of Ovi Maps.

Other than this, the Anna update should also enable the NFC chip on the C7. Post the update, C7 owners would be able to share games, use NFC based accessories and read NFC tags using the NFC chip.

The whole Symbian Anna change-log can be found over at Nokia’s official blog. The Anna update will be available via OTA and/or via Nokia Software update and Ovi Suite. However, Nokia recommends using the Ovi Suite/NSU updating method, and suggests against using the OTA method, unless the user has access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection.

The Symbian Anna update will be available within this week in Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, the UK, and more countries.

Nokia N8 Symbian Anna Update Imminent!

Nokia will finally started rolling out the much-awaited Symbian Anna update for its camera with telephoning capabilities – the N8.

The Symbian Anna update brings with it a host of changes, which will definitely be welcomed by all Symbian loyalists. First and foremost, the whole UI has been tweaked, with rounded and larger icons, so as to make it more touch friendly.

Other than the new icons, there is also a new and much improved web-browser on-board. While the browser is not up to Android or iPhone level, it still is pretty good. The Anna update will also bring a portrait based QWERTY text-input system for the N8. There will also be a ‘split view’ text input system, when entering text in web pages and apps. The music player and the photo gallery app have also got minor UI tweaks. All other Ovi apps on the phone like Ovi Maps, Music, and Ovi store have also been updated to the latest versions.

At the moment, the firmware is listed in NaviFirm, which means that Nokia will start rolling out the firmware any moment now. Hopefully, the Anna update for other Symbian^3 based handsets like the E7, C7 and C6-01 will also be released soon.

All Symbian^3 owners need to make sure that they have Ovi Suite v3.1.185 or above installed, for the update to show up.




Nokia N9 Advertisement Leaks!

The folks over at Pocket Now have managed to get their hands on the advertisement of the upcoming MeeGo-powered device from Nokia the N9.

The leaked advertisement managed to provide some information about Nokia’s first MeeGo powered handset. The N9 will sport the same form-factor as the current business communicator from Nokia the E7, a slide-out four-row QWERTY keyboard. Like the N8 and the E7, the N9 will also be made of aluminum.

The video also suggests that the screen size will be around 4-inch, and it’s going to be a CBD (Clear-Black Display).

Below is the leaked advertisement :

The advertisement also shows off a front facing camera, and the back camera with an unknown MP with optics from Carl Zeiss, and dual-LED flash. The video also gives us a sneak-peek into MeeGo’s UI. The icons of the MeeGo UI look similar to the one which will be used in Symbian Anna.

Right now, that’s all the information which I could gather from the leaked advertisement. Hopefully, Nokia will release some more information about the N9 in the coming days.

Nokia Launches The ‘Success Is What You Make It’ Competition

Nokia has launched a new competition to celebrate the launch of the next-gen communicator from Nokia the E7.

The E7 sports a 4-inch CBD (ClearBlack Display) with nHD (360×640) resolution. It is powered by an ARM11 680 MHz processor and packs 256MB of RAM along with 16GB of internal memory. The device also packs in a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and runs on the latest version of Symbian.

In this competition, viewers need to submit a story on YouTube about what success means to them. The best entry in the competition will get a whopping $10,000 in cash so to allow them to achieve their success story.

Below is the success story of Matthew Wilson, who is a wrestler and a thinker :


Users, who are interested in entering this contest, can do so from here.

Nokia E7 PR 1.1 (V14.002) Firmware Update Released

Nokia has just released a new firmware update for the recently released business communicator Nokia E7.

The PR 1.1 (v14.002) software update for the E7 is a minor update and does not bring any noticeable improvements or changes. The update mainly improves the performance and stability of the handset, along with fixing some minor bugs.


Nokia E7 owners will be automatically prompted by their handset to download and install the update. However, users can manually check for the firmware update by using the SW Update’ application in the phone. The update will be slowly rolled out by Nokia in different regions of the world, so users need to be patient before the update hits their phone.

Hopefully, Nokia will release the highly anticipated PR 2.0 software update for all the latest Symbian^3 based devices including the N8 and E7. The PR 2.0 firmware update is expected to address the major shortcomings of the Symbian OS and includes a new web-browser and a text input system, as well.

Via AllAboutSymbian

Nokia E7 Now Available For Pre-Order

After what has seemed to be forever, the Nokia E7 is currently available for pre-order in the Nokia USA store. Of course you’ll have to wait until the beginning of April until devices start shipping, that is if you choose to ignore some of the previous issues Nokia has had with getting devices in the hands of pre-ordering consumers before those who simply purchase on the day of availability. For $679.00 USD you’ll be getting the latest E-series device which packs a 4CBD — the largest screen on a Nokia device, as well as the usual slew of options for connectivity including WLAN (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0 and penta-band 3G. Unlike many previous Nokia devices, the E7 has a limited 16GB of storage, that is, there is no microSD slot. Both the N8 and E7 support USB-on-the-Go which allows you to use an adapter to connect regular sizes USB thumb drives to your phone. The standard affair 8MP camera is on board, but again Nokia continues the trend of slightly limiting the device by opting for an Extended Depth of Field lens which does not support macro mode or focusing. Of course, like all recent Nokia devices, the E7 ships with Symbian^3 and has full support for Exchange, Office file editing and free lifetime navigation with Ovi Maps.The E7 is the latest Nokia device to feature a full sized QWERTY keyboard hidden behind a hinge that positions the screen at an optimal viewing angle. Constructed from anodised aluminum and gorilla glass, the E7 features a built-in 1200mAH battery that is not user-replaceable as well as a mini HDMI (Type C) port, a microUSB port and a camera capable of capturing HD video. Nokia says they will be supporting Symbian with firmware updates and the E7 is sure to continue with the trend. If you’re an avid Symbian user and appreciate having a full QWERTY keyboard, perhaps the Nokia E7 is right for you.

Nokia Giving Away Free E7 and WP7 Phones to Developers

Nokia’s decision to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone 7 as its primary OS has sparked a lot of active discussion in the blogosphere. The reactions have ranged from approval to enragement to disgust. We have also seen a few conspiracy theories floating around which claim that Elop, a former Microsoft executive was planted at Nokia for this very reason.

Many have also argued that it would make more sense for Nokia to go with Android, which has a much bigger developer following and a much larger library of apps than Windows Phone 7. It seems that Nokia has definitely taken that into account before making the decision to go with Microsoft.

Today, it sent out an email which is meant to appease developers for Symbian and MeeGo, as well as WP7. All the developers enrolled in Launchpad, a mobile developer program by Nokia will receive a free Nokia E7 as well as a free Windows Phone 7 device by Nokia, so that they can start developing apps for them soon.

Nokia has also thrown in a few more freebies like free access to the Nokia World Summit, free tech support for 3 months (limited to 10 support tickets) and a free User Experience evaluation of apps. It is also providing Business Development support and will help developers in getting their apps published on the Ovi Store.

Check out the email at Slashgear.

Nokia E7 Starts Shipping To The Public; Will Set You Back By €599

It was nearly six months ago that Nokia announced the Nokia E7. It was late last month that Nokia started taking pre-orders for the E7 in Finland and Sweden. Today, the company has started shipping the first batch of E7 to all those people who pre-ordered the handset.

The Nokia E7 is the un-official successor to the Communicator series from the Finnish giant. The E7 sports a 4CBD (ClearBlack Display) with a   resolution of 360×640. The handset is powered by an ARM11 680MHz processor along with a Broadcom graphics chip. The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. The phone packs 256MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage memory along with a microSD card slot.

The handset sports the usual Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth along with a mini-HDMI port. Even though the Nokia E7 is aimed at business users, it is clearly visible that the handset not lack in the multimedia department. Like the N8, the E7 is made up of anodized aluminum as well and features USB OTG (On-The-Go) as well.

As of now, the E7 is available only at selected retail stores and should be available worldwide by Feb 16 for a whopping €599. Hopefully, the price of the device will go down after a month or so.

Nokia E7 Delayed To Early Next Year

During the Nokia World 2010, the Finnish giant announced the biiiiggg’ Nokia E7. The E7 sports a huge 4-inch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Many people consider it to be the successor to the last Communicator’ E90. When Nokia announced the handset, the company said that the device will hit the retail stores before the year end.

However, now All About Phones is reporting that Nokia has delayed its highly anticipated handset to early 2011.


Apparently, the reason for the delay is a minor durability issuewith the E7 hardware. However, due to the delay the E7 will be missing the holiday shopping season now I am pretty sure the sales of the handsets are going to take a hit.

Also, next year we will be seeing the launch of some awesome Android devices with NVidia Tegra 2 processors. I seriously wonder how the E7 will be able to compete with them next year.