Nokia has released a new firmware update for its low-end touch phone the Nokia 5230. The new firmware update version is numbered V40.0.3 and is apparently the last firmware update for the handset. The firmware update improves the general performance and stability of the handset along with some bug fixes.
No official change-log of the update is available at the moment, but early reports suggest that the battery life of the phone has improved especially when running Ovi Maps.
Other bugs relating to creation of a new profile and network connection issues were also solved. The Nokia 5230 features UDP (User Data Preservation), so users can update the firmware of their phone without making a backup of their device. Users can update the firmware on the device either by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU) or via OTA (Over The Air).
Nokia is slowly rolling out the firmware in different regions of the world so the update may take time before showing up in your region.
The Finnish giant Nokia is currently on a sinking ship Symbian. In the last year, Symbian was the most criticized mobile OS despite its market leadership. Many Nokia loyalists all over the world are eagerly waiting for the next generation of Maemo to arrive, namely MeeGo. Now, the folks over at GSMArena have dug out a picture from the Mobile-Review forums of what is apparently a handset running on MeeGo.
The handset shown above in the picture can very well be the Nokia N9 which will hopefully be announced by Nokia at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. From the leaked pictures, the screen size of the handset looks to be around 4-inches. The handset also sports a 3-axis gyroscope along with an accelerometer. A few days ago, rumored specs of the N9 popped up on the Internet suggesting that the handset will be packing a 1.2 GHz Intel processor.
Hopefully, Nokia will announce a MeeGo based handset at the MWC thus killing all these rumors. In fact, Nokia must announce a MeeGo based handset at MWC. Right now, most Nokia loyalists have pinned their hopes on the MeeGo and delaying the launch of a handset running MeeGo will not help Nokia at all. MeeGo is also being touted by some as the comeback vehicle for Nokia.
Only time will tell whether MeeGo will help kill all the negativity surrounding Nokia/Symbian or not.
At the CES 2011, Nokia did not announce any new product or services. It is expected that Nokia will announce some killer devices at the upcoming MWC 2011. One of the handsets expected to be announced by the Finnish giant is the Nokia N9 the first phone which will be running on MeeGo.
Now a Finnish website is reporting that the Nokia N9 is expected to sport some killer internal specifications. Apparently, The N9 will be sporting a 1.2GHz Intel Atom CPU. However, I seriously doubt if this is going to be true. An Atom processor will eat up the battery of the phone in no time, and the Atom processors are based on the X86 architecture.
I guess the site is talking about the Intel Moorestown platform here which is closely based on the Intel Atom processor.
The site also suggests that the MeeGo handset will feature the same 12MP camera as found on the N8. Until the official announcement from Nokia itself, this news is too good to be true for me. The last rumor is that the N9 will sport 4G LTE antennas as well. However, the source says they are not too sure about it.
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is less than a month from now. Only then we will know whether these rumors turn out to be true or not. Until then, I will suggest readers to gobble up all this information with a pinch of salt.
Last year, Nokia announced the E7 business phone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset is powered by the Symbian^3 operating system and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset was expected to launch in this month, but it was delayed for some unknown reasons. But we have a good news for the folks living in Finland and Sweden. The much awaited Nokia E7 communicator is finally up for pre-order in the Nokia’s home country, Finland and its neighboring country, Sweden.
Nokia E7 comes with a large 4 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 OS, 680 MHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 16v GB internal storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, MicroUSB 2.0, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio, Music Player, 3.5 mm headset jack, TV-out, up to 9 hours talktime, up to 18 days stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.
This handset will be available in 5 vibrant colors – Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange. You can pre-order this handset for 599â‚¬ (approx. $800). If you are planning to pre-order this handset, head over to this page. Currently, Dark Grey and Silver White are the only colors available for pre-order. This handset will be soon available in other countries.
Last year, Nokia launched the Ovi Music Unlimited’ service which allowed users to download unlimited number of songs for free for a period of 1 year via the Ovi Music store. Users could get access to this service if they purchased any of the Comes with music’ branded Nokia handset. However, today Nokia has announced that will be shutting down their Ovi Music Unlimited’ service.
The folks over at NokiaUsers contacted Nokia regarding this matter and the company has confirmed that they will be shutting down the Ovi Music Unlimited service. However, the Finnish giant won’t be shutting down the service in all regions of the world. In India, China and Indonesia, Nokia will continue offering the Ovi Music Unlimited service. In Brazil, Turkey and South Africa the company will offer the service with a reduced timespan of 6 months.
In other regions of the world, Nokia will stop offering the Ovi Music Unlimited edition handsets. Nevertheless, users who still use the Ovi Music Unlimited service can continue to do so until their original time period of the service is valid.
One of the biggest disadvantages of Ovi Music Unlimited service was that the songs were not DRM free. This meant that users could only listen to the songs downloaded from the Ovi Music store on their handsets or on their PC using the Ovi Player. Also the songs offered for download were of very low quality (64Kbps AAC).
Except for Ovi Maps I don’t think any other Ovi service from Nokia has met with success. Time for Nokia to think upon their ‘Ovi’ strategy.
Last year, Nokia launched its first Symbian^3 based handset the Nokia N8. The phone was heavily criticized for its poor web-browser, outdated UI and its disastrous text input system. Nokia had promised that they will release a new firmware for the N8 in January or early February which will improve some of the heavily criticized aspects of the phone.
Now, reports are coming in that the PR1.1 (v13.015) firmware for the N8 is under the final stages of testing before being rolled out to the public.
However, some folks over at the DailyMobile.se forums have managed to get their hands on this upcoming firmware for the N8. The PR1.1 firmware was listed on NaviFirm from where many users downloaded and flashed it on their N8. One user has even posted a video of the firmware in action on the N8.
Here is the video of PR1.1 firmware running on the Nokia N8-:
Users who flashed the firmware on their handset are reporting an improved browser performance and a more responsive music player. The overall performance of the handset and the RAM management have also improved. The Gallery app on the phone also seems to work a bit smoothly now.
Even though the browser performance has improved, it still crashes intermittently. Readers can also find a video of the browser speed test on the Nokia N8 running PR1.1 firmware here.
Nokia has promised more changes for the N8 including UI updates along with a web browser and text input overhaul in the upcoming firmware updates.
Let’s face it, the Ovi Store might not really stack up to some of the offerings from the competition, fortunately, the folks at Nokia are working away at making it a better experience for users. Today, the Ovi Store got a small update that polishes things up just a bit more by adding the much needed feature of spelling correction. Text input on a mobile device can be a bit finicky, by using intelligent search correction, the Ovi Store can correct your spelling and search for the most relevant item you are looking for.
The update also brings the addition of Hindi and Arabic languages to the S40 client, which also receives an update that packages up a brand new UI that makes it easier for users to locate and download apps, games, themes and music. The updates are live now and are a welcomed addition to the growing Ovi Store. Visit the Nokia Ovi Blog for the official word.
More pictures of the Nokia X7 have surfaced over at Pocketnow. This time around, a full “360” style image shows off the 4 speaker grilles and the 8 megapixel camera along with the dual LED flash. The AT&T logo sits loud and proud on the front upper portion of the X7, which is a clear indication that this music-centric device should be headed to the big blue carrier soon.
Unlike the N8 and E7, the X7 lacks an HDMI-out port but continues along with the same styling and design cues and seems to forgo a user-accessible battery for the sealed, monoblock aluminium body instead. The pictures indicate a volume rocker and dedicated camera key on the right side, both the SIM card slot and microSD card slot are covered by hard doors on the left side of the device, the bottom is bare save for a tiny microphone hole and the top houses the microUSB charge/sync port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and what looks to be an angular power button.
Although the X7 shares extremely similar internals at the E7 and N8, it has a newer and updated version of Symbian^3 as indicative of the 4 home screens available to the user. No word of a price or launch date on this yet, but sporting a carrier logo means it might be in the final stages of testing.
If you’re a Nokia touch screen user, you should be thrilled to know that Swype for Symbian 5th Edition has received an update that brings along better language support and finally gives the ability to copy and paste in the Settings and Edit Layer menu.
Swype allow the user to input text by simply “tracing” over the letters on the keyboard, without lifting a finger. Swype uses large dictionaries for the auto-correct algorithm, so ensuring you have an up to date language pack is essential. The Ovi Store has over 20 different packs that can be downloaded. For a complete list of supported languages, visit the Nokia BetaLabs Blog.
Nokia N8 just got a Software update, the update is called Apps update 1.0 and is basically a performance update for the built-in apps.
Unfortunately there is no changelog available for the update yet. Will update the post when I come across it. Unfortunately this is not a Firmware update so don’t expect those touch lags and rotation lags to just go away.
I am still looking at what performance changes the update has brought, will update this post with more information shortly.