Nokia Offers Symbian Anna Update For Free At Nokia Care Center In India

Nokia recently released the much-awaited Symbian Anna update for the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia E7 smartphones. This update is currently available only in 15 countries, including India. The Symbian Anna update is available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You can also download the update using the latest version of Ovi Suite (version 3.1.1). But, if you don’t have a computer or an active internet connection, then you can just head over to your nearest Nokia Care Center or Nokia Priority Partner and get the Symbian Anna update for free.

Nokia’s Symbian smartphones are used by millions of people around the world every day, addressing specific consumer needs and providing choices at many price points,said Ilari Nurmi, Vice President at Nokia. India. Symbian Anna represents a significant update to the experience those users have and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Symbian, which will see up to 10 more phones introduced over the next 12 months, further updates to the user experience and support for the software until at least 2016.

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Symbian Anna key features:

  • Virtual portrait QWERTY for fast, one handed typing
  • Split screen view while typing; so you can see message threads, webpages, contacts or email
  • An easier to use and faster browser, delivering quicker page loads and improved navigation
  • Refreshed Nokia Maps including simpler search, new public transportation routes and the ability to check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or local social networks
  • A feature to share your location via email and SMS (even to non-Nokia phones)

Features for business users:

  • Instant messaging and presence with Microsoft Communicator Mobile
  • E-mail enhancements including full meeting request support
  • True business grade security with hardware accelerated encryption
  • Easy and secure intranet access for business users who want to access their company intranet

Nokia India finally offered something useful for the Nokia smartphone users. We hope that, the Symbian Belle update will also be available for free in the coming months at the nearest Nokia Care Center and Nokia Priority Partner. To learn more about this update and get the complete list of countries, head over to this page.

Symbian Anna Update To Be Available For Download By End Of August

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has just announced at the recently concluded Nokia Connection event that the existing Symbian^3 based handsets will be getting the Anna update in August.

Nokia will start shipping the current bunch of Symbian^3 handsets (N8, E7, C7, C6-01) with Symbian Anna pre-installed beginning from July. Existing Symbian^3 handset owners need to wait until the end of August, to download the update for their handset. Yeah, that’s how Nokia respects its loyal users.

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Symbian Anna will be bringing some much needed changes to Symbian^3, in a bid to make it more competitive with iOS, Android and WP7. First and foremost, the update will bring a new web-browser with a much improved performance, along with support for split-screen text-input. The update will also bring a portrait QWERTY keyboard for easier typing.

Other new features include updated icons, performance improvements, new version of Ovi Maps with simpler and quicker search function, email enhancements, hardware accelerated encryption and a new version of Nokia’s social client.

Nokia is already shipping Symbian devices based on Symbian Anna including the recently launched Nokia E6 and the X7. So, I cannot possibly think of any techinical’ reason as to why they delayed the Anna update for the Nokia N8, E7, C7 and the C6-01.

Nokia Astound/C7 Gorilla Glass Survives After Being Run Over By a 4 Ton Bus [Video]

I have used several Nokia phones in the past few years and one of the things that I love about them is they are rough and tough phones which do not break as easily as other devices.

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I have practically dropped my Nokia N95 hundreds of times including on concrete. Thankfully, I just had to put the battery back in and things worked as usual.

Nokia Astound or Nokia C7 as many people know it is a new mobile phone which launched on T-Mobile in the US. The phone will be selling for  $79.99 and is definitely worth the money.

What is more worth it is the new Gorilla Glass display which is part of the new Nokia devices. The display is dubbed such because it is tough and almost unbreakable. The Folks at Nokia and WOM World wanted to prove how tough this glass was, and tested it out by running the Nokia Astound over by a 4 Ton bus at the CTIA 2011.

So do you think that the phone will break into pieces? Well, you are wrong. The Nokia Astound survived the bus and worked as if nothing ever happened. Check out a video of the Nokia Astound surviving a 4 Ton bus and making it out without problems after the break.

Nokia C7 PR 2.0 Firmware Leaks; Brings Lots Of Changes

Nokia has promised that the company will release firmware updates for all the latest Symbian^3 handsets including the Nokia N8, C7 and C6-01, which will address the major shortcomings with the Symbian UI.

Up until now, Nokia has released the PR 1.1 firmware update for all the above said handsets that hardly brought any visible changes to the end-user. However, it is the next update i.e. PR 2.0 that will bring a lot of changes with it including a new web browser and a new text-input system. The PR 2.0 update will also bring a new portrait QWERTY keyboard to the latest Symbian handsets from the Finnish giant.

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Now, NitishKumar has managed to get his hands on the upcoming PR 2.0 firmware update for the Nokia C7. He managed to download the firmware through NaviFirm, which lists all the firmware Nokia is going to release or have already released to the public.

Some C7 owners over at DailyMobile.se forums have flashed the leaked PR 2.0 firmware on their handset. These users reported that the performance of the handset has improved considerably and Nokia has also enabled NFC with this firmware update. There is now an NFC settings option in the Settings Menu of the phone.

The Java version and the inbuilt web-browser have also been updated. The Kinetic scrolling and the home screen transitions are also smoother compared to PR 1.1 firmware. The new text-input system along with a new portrait QWERTY keyboard is also present.

The leaked firmware also installs many games on the handset including Fruit Ninja. Apparently, the battery life and the speaker sound quality also improved after flashing the PR 2.0 firmware.

In all probability, the PR 2.0 firmware update must be under final stages of testing for all the latest Symbian based handsets, and will be released within a couple of weeks from Nokia.

Nokia N8 And C7 Shipping With Defective Screens?

Nokia has been facing a lot of criticism for nearly all of their moves including the highly debatable and the much controversial Nokia-Microsoft deal. Irrespective of all this, there is no denying of the fact that the latest Symbian (former Symbian^3) handsets from Nokia have been selling in decent numbers.

The Finnish giant managed to sell nearly 4 million N8’s in the last quarter of 2010 and the C7 is also selling in decent quantities. Both these handsets the N8 and the C7 use an AMOLED screen, with the latter featuring a CBD (ClearBlack Display) as well. Now, some N8 and C7 owners are reporting that the screen on their handset(s ) is having some red-purple color tint and poor color gradients issue.

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Apparently, the issue is a hardware one and not a software one or a poor color calibration of the screen from Nokia. The issue is not a widespread one but quite a sizeable number of N8/C7 owners are facing the same problem.

Here is a link to a thread on DailyMobile about the AMOLED screen color problem on the N8. Users can read more about this problem and check if their N8/C7 has the same screen problem or not, here.

Nokia has not made any official statement regarding this issue until now, and if the issue is a hardware one, I doubt that they will!

Nokia N8, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 PR1.1 Firmware Update Out

Beginning from today, Nokia has started rolling out the PR1.1 firmware update for its new Symbian (formerly Symbian^3) handsets like the Nokia N8, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia C7.

The new firmware update will improve the performance and stability of all the three handsets along with fixing some bugs. Other changes in this firmware won’t be visible to the end users, but will be helpful to developers.

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Here is the official change-log from Nokia itself :

  • Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations;
  • Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite.
  • For Nokia N8 users:
    a. New Quick Office 6.4 editor version, which offers editing possibilities and allows zooming in & out in Word documents.
    b. Three high quality games will also be preloaded on new devices Need for Speed Shift, Real Golf and Galaxy on Fire. (In some countries, Need for Speed is replaced with Asphalt 5). For current N8 users, these are available for free from Ovi Suite & Ovi Store.

Owners of any of the latest Symbian handset can update the firmware on their handset using Nokia Software Updater or Nokia Ovi Suite. They can also update the firmware on their handset directly via OTA (Over-The-Air).

Symbian is way behind Android and iOS in certain departments including a dated UI, extremely bad text input system and a pathetic web browser. Nokia has promised to fix most of these shortcomings in future firmware updates.

However, this PR 1.1 firmware update does not improve any of these aspects of the phone.   Seriously Nokia, it’s high time you do something which will be appreciated by both – the general public and bloggers.

Nokia C7 Now Available In India For Rs.19,490

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Nokia C7, the Nokia’s latest smartphone which was announced last month at the Nokia World 2010 is now available in India. This device has not been officially launched by Nokia, but a mobile phone dealer in Mumbai has confirmed the availability of this device. This handset is powered by the new Symbian^3 Operating System.

Nokia C7 features a 3.5 inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 360 × 640 pixels resolution, ARM11 680MHz processor, Symbian^3 operating system, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0, Stereo FM radio, A-GPS, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM, up to 27 days stand-by time, up to 9.5 hours talk time and 1200 mAh battery.

Nokia C7 is available in three colors – Charcoal black, Frosty metal and Mahogany brown. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.19,490.

Nokia DAB Digital Headset Announced

Today, Nokia has launched a new accessory for their Symbian^3 running handsets the Nokia Digital Radio Headset, DAB. The DAB digital radio headset offers a better and clearer reception, less interference from other channels and better sound quality. This accessory will support all Symbian^3 phones which have USB OTG (On-The-Go) feature like the Nokia N8 and C7 etcetera. Nokia-Digital-Radio-Headset-DAB

The adapter will also support third-party earphones if they have a 3.5mm jack. The DAB digital headset will also allow users to handle their calls, DAB channel and volume controls without unlocking their phone.

The software to use the DAB digital headset will either be pre-loaded on your Symbian^3 device or will be available as a free download from the Ovi store. The accessory will be available in most parts of the world except for the US and South America.

However, before purchasing this accessory, users should make sure that the DAB service is available in their region/country.

Nokia C7 Get Its First Firmware Update – V12.003

Nokia C7

Few days back, Nokia N8 got its first firmware update and now the Symbian^3 powered Nokia C7, which was announced last month at the Nokia World 2010 get its first firmware update. The new firmware update for Nokia C7 is numbered v12.003 and it can be easily downloaded from Nokia Software Updater or via Over-The-Air (OTA).

The complete changelog of this firmware update is not available yet. This firmware is available for all the countries, but you may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region.

Even though Nokia C7 has a User Data Preservation (UDP), you should backup all your data before updating this device. If you have received this update, let us know the changes and share pics or videos of the firmware with us.

Nokia C7 Now Shipping

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. Nokia C7

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.

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