Nokia Life Tools is a service from Nokia that offers a wide range of agriculture information and education services through SMS to Indian users. Lot of farmers and mid-level businessmen in India have been benefiting from Nokia’s Life Tools services. This service has been now a hit among users and Nokia is getting encouraging response from both urban and rural consumers across the country regarding it.
In order to make Nokia Life Tools more useful to it’s consumers, the company (Nokia) is working closely with various Central Government and State Government departments to extend the Life Tools service in a lot of new sectors such as the fishery and poultry industry in India. Nokia is also in close talks with the Spices and Rubber Boards in Kerala to bring the Life Tools service to these industries too!
According to Mr Natesh B.V. (Director Emerging Markets Services for Nokia Mobile Solutions), around five million users across the India are already using the Life Tools service which was introduced during June in 2009. He feels that the ever-growing handset market in India will be a big reason for increase in the mobile consumer base in the coming years.
Nokia has released a new firmware update for its second S60v5 based touch screen phone the Nokia 5530. The Nokia 5530 features a 2.9-inch resistive screen with nHD (360×640) resolution. The firmware update for the handset is numbered V32.0.007. The firmware update is a pretty minor one and aims at fixing some bugs and improves the stability of the device.
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The Nokia 5530 features UDP so users need not worry about their data before proceeding with the firmware update. Nokia 5530 owners can get the firmware update either via OTA (Over-The-Air) or via Nokia Software Updater (NSU).
Welcome to the second edition of the new Mobile Mondays. This week we saw the leaked pictures and details of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X7, Xperia X7 Mini and Xperia X12 Anzu. Sony Ericsson confirmed that X10 will get multi-touch support from Q1, 2011. Apart from that LG officially launched the new LG Vortex and LG Cosmos Touch for Verizon. On the other hand LG managed to sell 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. Lets start the second edition of Mobile Mondays with some news, views and other interesting stuffs.
This week, leaked pics and specs of Xperia X7, Xperia X7 Mini and Xperia X12 Anzu have been emerged. Xperia X7 features an impressive 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, 4.3 inch touchscreen display and 8.1 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording while Xperia X7 Mini comes with a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 1 GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor and 10.1 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and xenon flash. To learn more, head over to this post.
Xperia X12 will be powered by 800 MHz processor, 4.2 inch capacitive display with full multi-touch support, Android 2.3 OS and 12 megapixel camera with HD video recording. Sony Ericsson also announced that the X10 will be getting an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update by Q1 of 2011 which will enable basic multi-touch (pinch-to-zoom) support on the phone.
This week, LG officially launched LG Vortex and LG Cosmos Touch for Verizon and LG Apex for US Cellular. LG also managed to sell 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. The LG Optimus One is a low-end Android based phone. LG Optimus One features a 3.2-inch screen, 600MHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Compass, external memory card slot, FM radio and a 3.5mm jack.
Nokia recently updated its popular business phone, the Nokia E72. The firmware version is numbered 52.005 and it fixes some small bugs and updates the Adobe Reader application. Nokia also launched two new entry-level phones, X2-01 and C2-01. The original C2-00 was a dual SIM phone, but C2-01 is a single SIM phone. Nokia C2-01 comes with 3G connectivity and 3.2 megapixel camera while X2-01 features a full QWERTY keyboard and VGA camera.
Handset Of The Week – LG Optimus One:
LG Optimus One is the LG’s most popular Android phone to date. The entry-level Optimus One features a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 600 MHz processor, 170 MB internal memory, 32Gb expandable memory, 3.15 MP camera, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and a 1500 mAh battery. LG has sold more than 1 million units of LG Optimus One worldwide. This handset is available In India for just Rs.13,500.
Video Of The Week – A Conversation with Eric Schmidt:
Nokia have just announced two new entry level phones the C2-01 and the X2-01. The Nokia C2-01 sports a 2-inch QVGA screen along with a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, FM radio and a 3.5mm audio jack. The C2-01 will also be the cheapest 3G capable handset from the Finnish giant.
On the other hand, the Nokia X2-01 packs a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, full QWERTY keyboard, FM radio, VGA camera, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sadly, the X2-01 only supports EDGE and not 3G. Both the phones will be running on Symbian S40 platform so multi-tasking is a strict no-no. The C2-01 will have Nokia Messaging pre-installed for all your IM and email needs while the X2-01 will come with Nokia’s Communities app pre-installed.
The Nokia C2-01 is expected to be available in Q1 of 2011 and should cost 70 euros including taxes. The X2-01 will hit the retail stores by the holiday season this year and will cost 80 euros after taxes.
The N8 is Nokia’s first phone based on Symbian^3 and the company has pretty high hopes from it. Nokia is expecting the N8 to make it a force to reckon with in the high-end mobile segment. However, the Finnish company plans have hit a roadblock. Scattered reports from all over the world are suggesting that the N8 is plagued with some power management issues.
The N8 will automatically switch itself off and will refuse to switch on after that. Even a hard reset (Menu+ Volume down+ camera key+ power on key) doesn’t helps in this case.
Nokia’s Niklas Savander has also accepted the issues but said that the problem affects a very small number of users so there is nothing to worry about. Here is the video in which Niklas talks about the N8 power management issues –
Niklas Savander Talks About The N8 Power Management Issues
Niklas suggests affected users to make a warranty claim and get a new N8.
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 folks over at Nokia Beta Labs have just released a new beta version of Swype for Symbian S60v5 edition. The new beta update not only makes Swype smaller and faster but also improves the stability of the application.
Here is the official change-log from Nokia Beta Labs -:
* Several crashes have been resolved including those related to backspace
* Spanish keyboard properly displays national character
* Performance relating to auto-capitalization, auto-spacing and general application speed has been improved
* A new language selection dialog has been implemented to improve readibility and UX
* Rotation no longer reverts Swype back to the default keyboard
* Application size has been reduced by 1.5mbs
Swype users on Nokia S60v5 based handsets can download the latest update from here. Users who are still unaware of what Swype is can have a look at this page.
Back in September, Nokia announced its S40 based entry level phone, the Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a physical keyboard. Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type is currently available on the airwaves of Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile in the UK.
It features a 2.4 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display, 240 x 320 pixels resolution, S40 user interface, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 64 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 30 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, stereo FM radio with RDS, 1050 mAh Li-ion battery and more.
This handset comes in three vibrant colors – Golden, Silver and Grey. Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type is available for free with Vodafone’s £20 monthly plan, T-Mobile’s £15 monthly plan and O2’s £25 monthly plan. You can also buy this handset without any contract for £149.00.
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!