T-Mobile Announces The Nokia Lumia 710 In The US

T-Mobile recently announced the new Nokia Lumia 710 entry-level smartphone. This handset was originally introduced at the Nokia World 2011, along with the powerful Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone. It runs on the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. The Nokia Lumia 710 is the company’s first Windows Phone powered smartphone announced for the US. This handset will be available for purchase from next month, exclusively for the T-Mobile customers in the US.

We’re excited to team with Nokia in bringing its first Windows Phone to the U.S. with the elegantly designed Nokia Lumia 710,said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. Windows Phone offers a compelling mobile OS choice for people who want a smartphone built around them, their family and friends. We expect it to play a more prominent role in our lineup and marketing efforts in 2012.

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T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 Specifications

  • 3.7 inch WVGA display
  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • LED flash
  • HD (720p) video recording and playback
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n
  • MicroUSB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • Skydrive cloud storage
  • Zune Music
  • Internet Explorer 9 Mobile
  • Up to 7 hours of talk-time
  • Up to 16 days of stand-by time
  • 1300 mAh battery

The Nokia Lumia 710 will come preloaded with Nokia Drive, Microsoft Office Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Office 365), The Weather Channel, ESPN, Netflix, App Highlights, T-Mobile TV, My Account, Slacker Radio and TeleNav GPS.

The Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile will be available in black and white color options. This handset comes with a price tag of just $49.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and a two year service agreement. The Nokia Lumia 710 will be available for purchase from January 11, 2012.

Nokia E6 Symbian Belle Firmware Leaks

Late last month, a Symbian Belle firmware for the Nokia C7 made its way on the Internet. Now, a couple of weeks later, a Belle FW for the Nokia E6 has leaked online. The Belle update for the Symbian^3 handsets is going to bring some much needed UI enhancements, a new camera app and much more.

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Some E6 owners who tried the leaked Belle FW on their phone are reporting an increase in performance, and a much smoother scrolling performance compared to the Anna firmware. Other changes in the Belle FW include new widgets for weather and mail,   a much faster and improved web browser, and a much prettier and usable UI. Interested Nokia E6 owners can find the download link and installation instructions over at DailyMobile forums. Since this is an early leak, I’d recommend business oriented users to stay away from this leak.

The official Symbian Belle firmware update for the existing bunch of Symbian^3 handsets like the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01, and the E6 will get the official firmware update sometime in early 2012.

Verizon Wireless, Windows Phone, LTE and Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy Problem

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Verizon Wireless Chief Marketing Officer, Marni Walden,  while speaking to CNET, said that Windows Phone needs to support LTE in order to compete. She said that they have communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical for Verizon Wireless and that they need to see a timeline, if Microsoft expects them to continue to represent Windows Phone.

Ouch! This is the first time Verizon Wireless has come out and pointed at a specific problem they have in carrying more Windows Phone devices. Currently, the only Windows Phone they carry is the HTC Trophy, which is a first generation device, released a few months after the OS supported CDMA. There have been no announcements about a Mango device coming to Verizon Wireless.

The stakes are high for Microsoft (and related, for Nokia especially, in its return to the US market). Verizon Wireless is the largest mobile network in the US at 107.7 million subscribers. At the same time, due to AT&T’s initial exclusivity on the iPhone in the US, Verizon ended up becoming an Android champion. They started a huge marketing campaign around their trademark Droidand became a close partner of Google. Meanwhile, iPhone is now also available on Verizon network and as a result they now have arguably the best portfolio of smartphones in the US. Windows Phone clearly has an uphill battle to get the carrier’s attention. Getting cut out of Verizon Wireless will take half the addressable US market away from Microsoft.

In a lot of ways, what Verizon Wireless is asking makes sense. On one hand, they carry the juggernaut that is the iPhone, and on the other hand, they have a slew of Android devices which come in various form factors, with a variety of hardware differentiators and at all kinds of price points. Their marketing message for some time and definitely for the holiday season is their network which is the only one with real4G (LTE). For the typical (high-end) smartphone price of $200 with a 2-year contract, they cannot offer a 3G Windows Phone when most Android devices are 4G-enabled. Also of course, 4G data plans do offer additional revenue to Verizon Wireless.

Like it or not, Microsoft is going to have to compete with Android from a sales and marketing strategy perspective, rather than the iPhone. There is no single Windows Phonelike the iPhone or even the Nexus line of Android phones. Windows Phone is a licensed OS and as a result, there are going to be multiple OEMs making similar phones and multiple carriers carrying them. In order to differentiate, and in this case in order to even participate, Microsoft and its partners will be forced to play the speeds-and-feeds game and keep bumping up the phone features. This is somewhat the opposite of how Microsoft has set up Windows Phone with its strict chassis specification and also how they have set their update schedule to be one big update a year interspersed with smaller updates in between.

Instead of having customers focus on the elegance of the OS and its ability to run well even on previous generation hardware, Microsoft is being forced by Verizon Wireless to play the Android game and keep focusing on specification numbers. Something will have to give because Microsoft simply cannot afford to get left out of the Verizon Wireless footprint. Perhaps more chassis specifications? More aggressive updates to the OS? Maybe we will see a more aggressive schedule after the first round of Nokia devices come into the market and the platform gains a reasonable installed base? Any/all of this better happen because Verizon Wireless customers deserve the choice of Windows Phone Smile

Nokia 500 Now Available In India For Rs.10,200

Back in August, Nokia announced the Symbian powered Nokia 500 smartphone. This handset runs on the Symbian Anna Operating System and it comes with a 3.2 inch display, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity, 2GB internal memory and more.

Nokia 500 is the first Symbian Anna powered smartphone, which runs on the 1GHz processor. We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this smartphone. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is already selling this smartphone in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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Nokia 500 features a 3.2 inch display, sporting a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Anna Operating System, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera, VGA video recording, 4x digital zoom, geo-tagging and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, up to 7 hrs talk-time, up to 500 hours stand-by time and a 1110 mah battery.

This handset measures 53.8 x 111.3 x 14.1 mm and weighs just 93g. Nokia 500 comes with a price tag of Rs.10,200. To buy this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Nokia 603 To Soon Get A Firmware Update

Nokia will soon start rolling out a new firmware update for its recently released handset, the Nokia 603. This is the first firmware update for the handset since its release, so users should not expect some major changes. In all probability, the update is aimed at fixing some bugs with the firmware the phone released with.

The new firmware update carries the version no 111.030.0607, and will be rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) and Nokia Suite.

Nokia 603 owners are recommended to create a backup of their phone’s data, even though the handset supports User Data Preservation, just in case things go wrong.

According to Symbian Tweet, a new Symbian Belle firmware update will also be available for all other Belle running handsets. At the moment the change-log is still unknown, so not much can be said about the changes these new firmware updates will bring.

Nokia will soon be also rolling out firmware updates for the N8, C7, C6-01 and the E7. The new firmware update will bring the latest version of Symbian – Belle – to these handsets. The update is scheduled to be released sometime before 2011 ends.

Nokia C7’s Symbian Belle Firmware Leaks

After the launch of the iPhone back in 2007, Nokia which is one of the largest mobile handset manufacturers in the world, has been having a pretty rough time.  Symbian OS, which has been powering the Finnish company’s handsets for quite a few years now, came under heavy criticism.

Earlier, the company tried to somehow adapt the non-touch Symbian OS with the S60v5 OS release. However, after heavy criticism the company went back to the drawing board and released Symbian^3. The new OS was much faster than its predecessor, but still lacked some basic functionalities and had an inconsistent UI. Nokia followed Symbian^3 with Symbian Anna, which brought some much needed changes including a faster browser, and more consistent UI.

Symbian Anna was  succeeded  by Belle, which brings a new notification bar, new keyboard, an  improved  camera UI and some minor UI tweaks. While Nokia has already released some Symbian Belle running handsets, the company has promised that it will update its older Symbian^3 handsets like the C7, N8 and the E7 to Belle as well.

The Belle update is scheduled to be released sometime before 2011 ends. While Nokia N8, C6-01 and E7 owners still need to wait patiently for the Belle update, curious C7 owners can enjoy the latest Symbian update on their handset by flashing a leaked Belle firmware for their handsets. C7 owners need to use the Phoenix tool to flash the leaked firmawre file on their handset.

Interested Nokia C7 owners can head over to this site for step by step instructions and download links.

Nokia Working on Windows 8 Tablets

Nokia, which ditched its own mobile OS – Symbian, for Windows Phone, is apparently working on a Windows 8 tablet, in collaboration with Microsoft. It will be launched by June 2012. With all of its hardware efforts aligned with Microsoft, Nokia is probably the closest thing to Microsoft’s own hardware arm.

With Dell, HP, and Samsung also rumored to be working on their Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks, it seems that Microsoft now has the support of every major hardware manufacturer for the much awaited Windows 8, which will be launched in 2012.

This information was revealed by the head of Nokia France, who also let it slip that Nokia was working to launch a higher-end Lumia handset powered by Windows Phone 7.5 soon.

“It’s just the equivalent of the BMW 5 Series. We will soon have a full range with a Series 7 and Series 3.”

He likely referenced the Lumia 800 as a BMW 5, and the Lumia 710 as the BMW 3. The BMW 7 is presumably going to be the Lumia 900. Nokia has already launched the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. Rumors suggest that its next Windows Phone device will be the Lumia 900, which will have a 4.3 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, an 8 MP camera, and a 1.4 GHz processor with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. It is expected to be launched in Q1 2012.

Android Captures 50% of Worldwide Smartphone Sales in Q3 2011

The third quarter of 2011 may have ended months ago, but the reports are still pouring in. This time, it’s Gartner, and it confirms what we have suspected all along.

Android is on a rampage, and continues to increase its share of total smartphone sales worldwide. 52.5% of all smartphones sold in Q3 2011 were powered by Android. iOS devices accounted for just 15% of global smartphone sales, and surprisingly, Symbian smartphones accounted for 16.9%.

Even though the total number of iOS devices increased, the percentage of iOS devices sold actually decreased, mostly due to Android. Boosted by the launch of the iPhone 4S, I expect iOS to overtake Symbian in the next quarter.

In terms of total mobile device sales in Q3 2011, Nokia maintained a huge lead in the market, with a 23.9% share. Samsung came second with a 17.8% share. Apple was way behind, with just a 3.9% share.

However, Apple probably makes more money from a single device sale than any other manufacturer does from ten, so these numbers aren’t really indicative of actual success in the mobile market.

Microsoft doesn’t seem to be having much success with Windows Phone, with its share of device sales dropping to just 1.5%. I agree that it was quite late to the market, but 1.5% is too low… almost humiliating, especially if you consider the rave reviews it has been getting. Hopefully, things will improve for it in 2012.

Nokia N9 PR1.1 Update Is Now Live!

Nokia has started rolling out a new software update – PR 1.1 – for the recently released N9, as it promised a couple of weeks ago.

The new PR1.1 update brings with it a  noticeable  improvement in the performance of the phone, along with improved memory/RAM management. It also includes the popular swiping  keyboard  – Swype. There are also some visual changes including music controls for lock screen, shadows for toolbar and much more.

There are a lot of system level changes including low power mode enhancements, NFC and connectivity improvements, and an improved color profile for the AMOLED screen. The PR 1.1 update also brings with it lots of bug fixes including the popular notification LED bug.  The camera app has also been updated and now includes  color filters.

The update is available via OTA, and N9 users will be notified when the update hits their phone. Alternatively, they can manually check for the update by going to Settings->Applications->Manage Applications.

Nokia is also working on a PR 1.2 update for the N9, which will bring some much needed features like system-wide copy and paste functionality, more visual changes, and deeper integration of Nokia Maps with the core system apps like contacts etc. Nokia has not specified anything as to when the PR1.2 update will be rolled out to N9 owners.

The whole change-log for the PR1.1 update can be found here.

Nokia X6 Firmware Updated To Version 40.0.002

Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular music phone, the Nokia X6. The latest firmware is numbered 40.0.002 and it comes with a new Symbian browser, latest version of Nokia Maps, etc. The latest firmware version can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

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Changelog:

  • Symbian Browser v7.3.1.33
  • Supports International Domain Names (IDNs)
  • Nokia Maps v3.06
  • Supports non-ASCII letters as Arabic or Chinese Such
  • Gives a better overall browsing experience

To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update. You can even dial *#0000# and press options > Check for Updates to get this update. You may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region.

Even though Nokia X6 has support for User Data Preservation (UDP), you should backup all your data before updating this device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. If you find something new in this update, then please share with us in the comments below.