Nokia C7, the Nokia’s latest smartphone which was announced last month at the Nokia World 2010 is now available in India. This device has not been officially launched by Nokia, but a mobile phone dealer in Mumbai has confirmed the availability of this device. This handset is powered by the new Symbian^3 Operating System.
Nokia C7 features a 3.5 inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 360 Ã— 640 pixels resolution, ARM11 680MHz processor, Symbian^3 operating system, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0, Stereo FM radio, A-GPS, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM, up to 27 days stand-by time, up to 9.5 hours talk time and 1200 mAh battery.
Nokia C7 is available in three colors – Charcoal black, Frosty metal and Mahogany brown. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.19,490.
This news sure is going to bring music (literally!) to most of the Nokia S40 owners out there. The good guys over at Nokia Beta Labs have released an Internet Radio Client for Nokia handsets running on S40 OS. The application brings the Nokia Internet radio service to your handset thus bringing you tons of radio stations from all around the globe using Wi-Fi, GPRS or 3G.
The application also supports hide and unhide option which allows users to run this app in the background. Ovi Music is also integrated into this application, thus allowing users to purchase music they like right from their handset. As of now, the application is in beta and supports only a handful of S40 phones like the Nokia X2 and the X3-00, X3-01 and X3-02.
However, the folks at Beta labs have promised to add support for more S40 based devices in the future.
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.
Nokia has released the PR 1.3 (V20.2010.36-2) firmware update for its Maemo based internet-tablet-cum-handset – the N900. The new firmware update adds support for the Nokia Ovi Suite to make syncing data between the handset and PC easier. The update also includes hundreds’ of tweaks and bug fixes to make the N900 run faster and smoother.
This is the same firmware update about which we had reported a couple of weeks ago. This update will allow developers to dual-boot between Maemo and MeeGo OS. N900 owners can update the firmware on their device via OTA (Over-The Air). Since the handset features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data. However, for safety purposes users should make a backup of their data.
Nokia will slowly be releasing the firmware update in various regions of the world in the upcoming weeks.
Nokia has rolled out a new firmware update for their navigation oriented phone the Nokia 2710. The new firmware update is numbered V9.67 and aims at improving the performance and stability of the device. This firmware update will also improve the memory management of the device. The Nokia 2710 features a 2.2inch screen with QVGA (240×320) resolution.
The handset runs on the old and out dated Symbian S40 OS. The handset also comes with Nokia Maps pre-loaded and free worldwide navigation. The Nokia 2710 also sports a 2MP camera along with Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS.
Since the Nokia 2710 does not feature UDP (User Data Preservation), users are recommended to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update. Users can update the firmware of their handset using Nokia Software Updater.
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.
Nokia released its latest earnings report today, for Q3 2010. It reported a net profit of 529 million euros on sales worth 10.3 billion euros (up 5% YoY). Compared to Apple’s recent results, Nokia’s results seem lackluster, but Nokia definitely is on the right path.
The results did beat the estimates of most analysts who were projecting a much lesser profit. Nokia is undoubtedly the world leader in mobile phones, at least in terms of volume. It sold a total of 110.1 million mobile handsets this quarter, of which 26.5 million were smartphones.
Here is what Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop had to say “In the five weeks since joining Nokia, I have found a company with many great strengths and a history of achievement that are second to none in the industry. And yet our company faces a remarkably disruptive time in the industry, with recent results demonstrating that we must reassess our role in and our approach to this industry.
Some of our most recent product launches illustrate that we have the talent, the capacity to innovate, and the resources necessary to lead through this period of disruption. We will make both the strategic and operational improvements necessary to ensure that we continue to delight our customers and deliver superior financial results to our shareholders.”
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.
Few days back, Nokia N8 got its first firmware update and now the Symbian^3 powered Nokia C7, which was announced last month at the Nokia World 2010 get its first firmware update. The new firmware update for Nokia C7 is numbered v12.003 and it can be easily downloaded from Nokia Software Updater or via Over-The-Air (OTA).
The complete changelog of this firmware update is not available yet. This firmware is available for all the countries, but you may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region.
Even though Nokia C7 has a User Data Preservation (UDP), you should backup all your data before updating this device. If you have received this update, let us know the changes and share pics or videos of the firmware with us.