Nokia Lumia 900 Specifications Leak

Nokia is expected to demo the Lumia 900 at CES 2012, which will begin next week. However, information about the hardware specs of Nokia’s next Windows Phone powered flagship has already leaked out.


The Lumia 900 will sport a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touch-screen and run Windows 7.5 Mango. Appearance wise, Lumia 900 will stay true to its predecessor’s stunning slim looks. It should be no more than 12 mm thick and weigh about 160 grams. The device which has been codenamed Eloko will have 512MB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera, and a generous 1830mAh battery. The specs are pretty much in line with what was expected, but in someways a shade below what most Android handsets offer.

The LTE compatible Lumia 900 will launch on the AT&T network as Nokia Ace. Rumored launch date is March 18, but we wouldn’t bet on that. With Lumia 900, Nokia is simply improving upon the good work done with the N9 and the Lumia 800. Will that be enough to challenge the onslaught of new Android handsets that are expected to be annoucned at CES and MWC is something that we will have to wait to find out.

Nokia’s Qt on RIM’s PlayBook

Nokia’s defunct Qt software stack is headed to RIM’s dead PlayBook tablet. Will 2 wrongs make a right?

In an email to the Qt Project mailing list, Nokia’s Strategic Account Manager, Adam Weinrich has voiced his plans to coordinate a Qt keynote at RIM’s BlackBerry DevCon in Amsterdam, as well as developer outreach at Mobile World Congress in February 2012.

There is a Qt port for QNX/BBX/RIM devices.

Lets get this ecosystem involved in the Qt-Project!

Yes, I know, the code is not yet in the Qt-Project repository but it should be forthcoming. The QNX/BBX/RIM ecosystem are very open to engaging with the Qt community and the Qt Project.

I am coordinating a Qt keynote and training at the Blackberry DevCon in Amsterdam in February as well as doing outreach to their developers at Mobile World Congress. They are offering discounts to these events to Qt-Project community.

The Qt Developer Experience team will also be showing off Qt on the current playbook at the Qt booth at CES and MWC. Those who already owns a playbook, develops for Blackberry devices or are interested in becoming involved are encouraged to get involved with this new Qt port.

Let me know if you have any insight or interests in making this a win-win for Qt and this new community.

Cheers, Adam

Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework. It’s available for Nokia’s past platforms – Symbian and MeeGo, with unofficial ports for iOS, webOS and Android, as well as solid support for Linux, Mac and Windows on the desktop. While this is a good way to increase the footprint of Qt on embedded and mobile devices, the PlayBook has seen less than enthusiastic sales.

With RIM rumoured to be releasing new  BBX BlackBerry 10  devices in late 2012, there is a very good chance that Qt on QNX will be polished and highly functional; with apps and games in tow, hopefully. Although the PlayBook has hit an all-time low of $199, the BlackBerry development team are said to be providing hardware at a discounted rate for developers who are interested in the platform.

Is this a move from Nokia to make Qt relevant? Is this a push from RIM to make the PlayBook relevant, while selling devices to bolster sales numbers? Either way, it’s an effort from both companies and it’s sure to make Qt enthusiasts rejoice.

My 2012 Wish List for Windows Phone

Windows Phone

I have been using Windows Phone virtually from launch day, and have been patient with the team about so many things that have been missing from the OS. Windows Phone 7.5, aka Mango, addressed a lot of my complaints, but now I have another, deeper set of functionality (and wishes!) I’d like to see implemented.

The following is my wish list for Windows Phone for the year 2012. Given that one of the wishes is for more frequent updates, I am hoping some of the functionality gaps are filled sooner than later.


  1. Market share: First and foremost, I’d like to see Windows Phone get to a decent market share. The stars have aligned nicely with RIM dying a slow death, and webOS being killed by HP for Windows Phone to be easily positioned as the #3 platform. However, it would be a pity if the 3rd-biggest  platform is at 5% with iOS and Android making up 95% of the market. It would be better if Windows Phone could get to 10-15% or above to really make it relevant. Education at carrier stores, more incentives for carrier salespeople, Nokia’s Rolling Thunder campaign, expansion to new markets, etc. should help.
  2. More Silicon Valley startup involvement: Most startups are not going to devote time to building Windows Phone apps with its market share around 1.5%. It simply does not make financial sense. I would like to see the Microsoft developer relations/evangelism folks to embed themselves in such startups and help them build the next cool appfor Windows Phone in addition to iOS/Android. For that, this evangelist team will have to work closely in Silicon Valley (and perhaps New York) to identify the companies which are doing great things in the mobile space and help them as early as possible in their lifecycle.
  3. Get existing marquee apps at par with iOS/Android counterparts: Microsoft would like us to believe that 90% of the top iOS/Android apps are available for Windows Phone. That may be arguable, but even existing apps like Facebook and Twitter have not seen updates to bring features at par with iOS/Android versions. For example, Facebook app does not support updating Groups or Twitter app (still) does not provide notifications. Also, given that some of these apps have been built by Microsoft, or even worse, by a third party, it is hard to understand who is to blame for the lack of functionality updates.
  4. Abandon the annual minor and major update cycle: Windows Phone has settled into a cycle where they have minor releases once a year and major updates once a year, each separated by about 6 months. While this is great for larger, non-mobile programs, it is absolutely slow in the mobile industry, especially for bug fixes and security updates. Until Windows Phone is  at  par with iOS and Android in terms of overall functionality, I don’t think they should settle down into a 6-month update cycle. Till then, the updates should be rapid, incremental and extremely frequent.

Nokia 603 Already Available In India For Rs.14,285

Back in October, Nokia announced the new Nokia 603 smartphone. This handset runs on the new Symbian Belle Operating System. It comes with a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, powerful 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. Nokia has not yet officially launched this handset in India. But, Letsbuy, a popular online retailer is already selling this handset in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

nokia 603

Nokia 603 features a 3.5 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 640 × 360 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Belle Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, FM radio, A-GPS, up to 75 hours music playback time, up to 10 hours video playback time, up to 16 hrs talk-time, up to 460 hrs stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

Nokia 603 comes pre-loaded with some interesting apps such as Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Shazam, Microsoft Office Communicator, Quick Office and more. Nokia 603 comes with a price-tag of Rs.15,719, but Letsbuy is selling this handset for just Rs.14,285. This handset is currently available only in black color. To get this handset, head over to this page at Letsbuy.

Nokia Makes a Quick $80 Million From Epson Antitrust Lawsuit Settlement

Nokia will make some easy cash this quarter, nearly $80 million, thanks to the settlement of an antitrust lawsuit it filed against Seiko Epson, a Japanese printer and scanner manufacturer almost 2 years ago.

Straight from the horse’s mouth:

“In November 2009, Nokia filed lawsuits in the United States and United Kingdom against Epson and its subsidiary companies including Epson Imaging Devices Corporation alleging violations of antitrust and competition laws. Epson has denied liability and vigorously defended the lawsuits. Because of the ongoing impacts of the lawsuits on its business and the expense of continuing litigation, however, the company has determined that settlement of the litigation is in Epson’s best interests.

Epson will pay Nokia the sum of US$80 million in full settlement of Nokia’s claims, and Nokia will discontinue all related lawsuits filed against Epson and its global affiliates.”

Epson has denied any liability and has made no admission of guilt, related to the lawsuit, but has decided to settle as the cost of litigation is apparently much higher.

Nokia had filed lawsuits alleging LCD price fixing in the U.S. and the U.K. against multiple LCD manufacturers including Epson, LG, Samsung and Toshiba.

Considering that Epson has decided to settle, the other defendants may pursue the same course of action. Nokia may see more such windfalls in the coming year.

Here are the complete details of the original lawsuit by Nokia.

Symbian…Oops Nokia Belle Update Coming In Feb 2012!

Today, in a blog post Nokia announced that the Nokia Belle update for some of its existing Symbian running handsets will be available soon.

The Nokia Belle update, formerly Symbian Belle, will bring with it a a whole bunch of changes including a new, much more user friendly touch UI, new widgets, up to 6 home screens, faster and smoother performance and much more.

Nokia had announced a few Belle running handsets earlier this year, including the Nokia 701, 700 and the 603.  Nokia has already started shipping ‘enhanced’ versions of the Nokia N8, C7, and the C6-01 with Nokia Belle pre-loaded. The first batch of such handsets are on their way from Nokia’s factory to hit the retail stores in China.

Current Nokia N8, C7, C6-01, E6 and E7 owners need to wait for a couple of months more, as Nokia intends on releasing the Belle update for these handsets in Feburary 2012. Well that’s Nokia way of saying thanks to all you early adopters out there!


Nokia Maps Suite Updated For Symbian Phones

Today, in a blog post Nokia announced that a new version of the Nokia Maps Suite is now available for download for Symbian handset users. The update brings about some major changes in the Nokia Pulse app, including few login prompts, improved notifications and much more.

The update also removes the Live View app from the Nokia Maps suite, but the app is still available for download as a standalone app.

Below is the full change-log for the update-:

Pulse  v0.91.21

  • Login fewer Nokia Account login prompts
  • Notifications more reliable push notifications
  • Keyboard various bug fixes including stuck CAP lock, frozen cursor, delete key stops functioning, and we also added split-screen feature
  • Interoperability compatible with latest versions of various Qt components, especially important because the latest Store client available this week uses a new version of a dependency that is not compatible with the previous Pulse v0.91(6)

Live View

Public Transport

  • No changes


  • No changes
The latest version of Nokia Maps suite can be downloaded from Nokia’s site or from the Nokia/Ovi Store.

Nokia N8 Symbian Belle Firmware Leaks

In the last month or so, a Symbian Belle firmware had leaked online for the Nokia C7 and the E6. However, no Belle firmware leaked online for the Nokia N8, which is probably the most popular Symbian^3 phone out there.

Now, it looks like the guy who leaked the earlier Belle firmware felt bad for the N8 owners and has leaked a new Belle firmware for the handset. The leaked firmware (v111.030) is newer than the C7’s leaked Belle firmware. The new firmware contains quite a lot of new widgets and is also much more smoother and faster compared to the C7’s Belle FW.


Below is a video of the leaked FW in action on the N8 -:

Interested readers can find the download link and installation steps here.

The official Symbian Belle update for all the existing Symbian^3 handsets is expected to land sometime in Q1 of 2012. For the unknown, the Belle update will bring with it a  noticeable  improvement in the UI of Symbian phones, new animations, widgets, up to 6 home screens and much more.

Nokia Doesn’t Have an “Exact Plan” for Windows 8 Tablets

In November, the head of Nokia France implied in an interview that Nokia was working with Microsoft on a Windows 8 tablet, which would be launched in 2012. However, in an interview today, Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop specifically said that Nokia doesn’t have an exact plan for entering the tablet market yet.

“Nokia does not have an exact plan, but we are studying the markets carefully. Perhaps we will come [to market] one day,” said Stephen Elop.

Nokia embraced Microsoft’s Windows Phone last year, and dumped Symbian. Nokia’s new Lumia phones have been getting rave reviews, and are expected to have good sales.

Microsoft will be launching Windows 8 in mid-2012, and most hardware manufacturers like Dell, HP and Samsung are already working on Windows 8 tablets.

Nokia is also expected to launch Windows 8 tablets eventually, but going by Stephen Elop’s statement today, don’t expect a Nokia Windows tablet anytime soon. It’s probably already late to the tablet party, which is now dominated by iOS and Android. Let’s just hope it makes up its mind, and launches a Windows 8 tablet soon after the Windows 8 launch.

Elop also confirmed that Nokia’s headquarters will stay in Espoo, Finland, amid speculation that Nokia would relocate its head offices to the U.S or the U.K.

“There’s no doubt about that. As long as I’m chief executive, the main office is in Espoo. Nokia has so much talent here in Finland. Also the key product development units and leaders are here.”

Nokia Lumia 710 Goes On Sale In India For Rs.18,999

Last month, Nokia announced the new Lumia 710 smartphone in India. This handset was originally unveiled at the Nokia World 2011 in London. The Nokia Lumia 710 is the company’s second smartphone which runs on the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. After waiting for a month, Nokia finally released the Lumia 710 smartphone in the Indian market. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

nokia lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710 features a 3.7 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, Skydrive cloud storage and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, MicroUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 512MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, Zune Music, Internet Explorer 9 Mobile, A-GPS, up to 34 hours of music playback time, up to 7 hours of talk-time, up to 400 hours of stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 710 comes with a price tag of Rs.18,999. This handset is preloaded with Nokia Drive, Microsoft Office Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Office 365) and Nokia Music with MixRadio. Nokia Lumia 710 is available in Black and White colors. You can also get the exchangeable back covers in Black, White, Cyan, Fuchsia and Yellow colors.