Custom firmwares are quite popular for Nokia phones. Custom firmwares not only improve the performance/speed of the phone but also increase the camera image quality, add few handy new features and most importantly allows a user to install unsigned apps on their Symbian phone.
It was only a matter of time before a custom firmware for the Nokia N8 was cooked. CODeRUS over at Daily Mobile Forum has released the first custom firmware for the Nokia N8.
The Nokia N8 has been criticized for its disastrous text input system and the slow inbuilt web browser. The inbuilt browser will become very slow if users try to load some heavy website on it. Along with this, the loading time take by the web browser is also very high. It was already known that Nokia is working on a new updated browser for Symbian^3 devices.
Earlier, it was expected that the new browser will be released for public consumption before the end of the year but sadly that is not going to happen. Eldar from Mobile-Review has tweeted that Nokia has postponed the new browser for Symbian^3 devices to February, next year. I am pretty sure this piece of news must have broken the heart of many N8 and future N8 owners.
Until February, I would recommend Nokia owners to use Opera Mini or Opera Mobile as their default browser. Hopefully, the delay will be worth it!
The highly anticipated Nokia N8 is officially available at Rogers Wireless in Canada. Rogers is exclusively offering the device at $79.99 on 3-year voice and data plans.
Straight from Rogers RedBoard, the N8 packs a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. In addition to USB-on-the-Go and the ability to record 720p HD video, some of the included features are:
The Nokia N8 has been criticized heavily for its text input entry system. However, the Finnish giant is hard at work and is working on an updated text input mode for the Nokia N8. The folks over at My Nokia Blog have managed to get their hands on a few pictures of the new updated text input mode system.
From the blurry pictures, it is clear that the Text input field does not open up separately; instead it opens up on the same screen. This means that users can see the on-screen content whilst typing their message. The pictures also show a brand new portrait mode QWERTY keyboard for the Nokia N8. However, it is not yet known whether the keyboard supports multi-touch or not.
The pictures do not show an English based QWERTY keyboard, so the final layout of the keyboard will be different as seen from the picture. Hopefully, the N8 should get this new text input mode in the next firmware update.
The folks over at The Nokia Review have apparently received a new software update for their Nokia N8. The update is not a firmware update; instead it updates few of the core applications of the phone. The Phone apps update’ weighs in at 2892KB and also aims at improving the stability of the core applications of the phone.
However, after installing the update the Nokia Review folks did not find any noticeable changes.
I hope this update improves the browser performance on the N8. If any of you N8 owners have received this update, please do let us know the changes you have noticed know by dropping in a comment.
Nokia recently launched the much anticipated smartphone, Nokia N8 on the airwaves of Three UK. The Nokia N8 comes with the new Symbian^3 Operating System, which brings three fully customizable home screens to life using widgets.
Sylvia Chind, Head of Branded Devices at Three said, It’s important for us to offer all the best smartphones with a range of operating systems to our customers. The new features of Symbian 3, particularly how it makes the most of widgets, means a strong 3G network is needed to support all the live streams of data they use. With 97% of traffic on our network coming from data, our network is built for data use.
Nokia N8 features a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 Operating System, HD (720p) Video recording, 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, social networking integration and more.
Other features include HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 680 MHz processor, 3D Graphics hardware accelerator, Ovi Maps, Ovi Store, A-GPS support, DivX, up to 390 hours stand-by time, up to 12 hours 30 mins talktime and a 1200 mAh battery.
The Nokia N8 is available on The One Plan for £35 per month, with 2000 any network minutes, 5000 Three-to-Three minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB data. Nokia N8 is also available on the Pay As You Go plan for a price tag of £469.99.
Along with their quarterly financial report, Nokia also announced that there will be no more Symbian^4. Now don’t jump to a conclusion that Symbian is dead. What Nokia (and I) meant that any improvements and update which the Symbian platform will see will be passed over to all the Symbian^3 devices currently in the market.
Here is what Nokia exactly said :
You can buy a Nokia smartphone confident that any improvements introduced later to the Symbian platform, such as the user interface, can be made available to download on your device as well. No need to wait for Symbian^4 – the improvements we were planning for Symbian^4 will be introduced as and when they become available. In fact, we will no longer be talking about Symbian^3 or Symbian^4 at all it will be one constantly evolving and constantly improving platform.
So from the above statement it is clear that there will be no more Symbian^3 or Symbian^4. It will just be Symbian from henceforth. According to me, this is a pretty smart move to keep all the present N8 owners happy as well as to lure new customers to the Symbian platform. Along with this, Nokia also announced that they will be streamlining the development for both MeeGo and Symbian by using Qt and only Qt. The Finnish company also announced that they will be adding support for HTML5 web content and applications for both the platforms Symbian and MeeGo and Qt.
Mobile Monday is back with a bang! Welcome to the first edition of the new Mobile Mondays. This week we saw the launch of Windows Phone 7 and nine Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones. Apart from that two amazing smartphones, Nokia N8 and BlackBerry Torch was launched in India. Angry Bird, the popular game for iPhone was released for Android and withing 24 hours, the game was downloaded 1 million times. Lets start the first edition of Mobile Mondays with some interesting news, views and related stuffs.
This week HTC launched 5 new Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone – HTC 7 Surround, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC Mozart. The HTC Surround features a 3.8 inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and more. It also has an integrated stereo speakers, Dolby Mobile, SRS Surround Sound and audience noise suppression. HTC HD7 comes with a 4.3 inch TFT touchscreen display, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and so on.
Samsung announced 2 Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones and launched 3 Bada OS powered smartphone in Russia. Samsung unveiled Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Focus and Samsung Omnia 7. In Russia, Samsung launched Bada OS powered Samsung Wave 525, Samsung Wave 575 and Samsung Wave 533.
LG also launched 2 Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones – LG Optimus 7 and LG Quantum. Both the handset comes with a 5 megapixel cameras with autofocus and LED flash, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, A-GPS and much more. The LG Optimus 7 comes with a 3.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display while the LG Quantum features a 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
This week Nokia announced a new budget touchscreen phone, the Nokia C5-03. It features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, Symbian S60v5 OS, 5 megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, music player, stereo FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, 40MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 2GB microSD card included 4.5 hours of talktime on 3G, 25 days of stand-by time and 1000 mAH battery. Nokia also launched N8, the much awaited smartphone in India. It comes with a price tag of Rs.26,259.
Handset Of The Week – BlackBerry Torch 9800:
BlackBerry Torch is the first handset which runs on the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and the first handset to feature the combination of a full touch screen display with an iconic BlackBerry keyboard. It comes with a 3.2 inch touch screen display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 2X digital zoom, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, up to 30 hours music playback, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time and 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery.
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.
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.
Swype is the most revolutionary innovation in mobile text input systems since T9. It works by allowing you to “swype” your fingers on a virtual keyboard to form words instead of typing out letters. It has been one of the major reasons behind the success of touchscreen Android phones. A few weeks back, Nokia announced Swype for Symbian devices. It is available in the Ovi Store for only a few devices now.
One of the Swype supported devices is the Nokia C7. It is suite similar to the Nokia N8, but has a more rounded design and sports slightly lower hardware specs.
If you have a Nokia N8, Nokia is planning to launch a version of Swype for the Nokia N8 pretty soon.
But if you can’t wait to try it out on your new Nokia N8, you can use the C7 version of Sqype. It works perfectly well in the N8, atleast in the landscape mode. In the portrait mode, it doesn’t. Nokia and Swype are probably working on a portrait version which might be released in the future.