A new version of Swype for Symbian^1 (S60 5th Edition) devices has been released. The new version is numbered 12936 and it comes with a wide range of fixes and enhancements. The latest version of Swype includes new languages and dictionary support, enhanced word prediction, improved performance for backspace, better tapping performance and more. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Issues with settings changes taking effect are resolved
- Haptic feedback behavior has been improved and audio feedback support has been removed
- Several UI changes including font sizes + word choice window
- Triple tap in the X6 ICF no longer crashes application
- Bringing up a diacritic menu and dragging to it no longer crashes application
- Rotating with the word choice window open no longer crashes application
- Crash on Page Up/Page Down/End/Home when there is no text in ICF is resolved
- Second word is no longer always capitalized
- Issues while receiving or on a call have been resolved
- Backspace now works in Qt/WRT applications
- Keymapping has been finalized (Tab has been removed)
- Conditional behavior for password fields has improved
- “Do not show this tip” functionality has been added to Tips
- Drawing artificacts related to word choice window, secondary popups and rotation have been fixed
Swype is currently available only for Symbian S60v5 touchscreen devices including Nokia C6-00, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97, Nokia N97mini, Nokia 5230 and Nokia X6. To download swype, head over to this page.
The first ever real pictures showing the UI of Symbian^4 is revealed. However, the UI seems to be far from finished but one thing is clear, nothing new here guys. The Symbian^4 UI is completely new compared to earlier Symbian versions.
The battery icon, the network tower bar are new and they look better. These images were posted by Symbian Foundation under developer’s wiki. Nokia claims that the first Symbian^4 device will be released during early 2011.
Nokia is losing hard in high-end market and they are depending on Symbian^4 for rescue. However, I didn’t find any WOW factor in the UI. Nokia will have to come with something good because Google will be releasing the Android 3.0 a.k.a. Gingerbread in Q4 2010. And Android 3.0 is supposed to come with huge UI changes.
Right now, Nokia is having a tough time in the market because they are not able to come up with remarkable high end gadgets. They announced the N8 but it is yet to come. The latest addition in the upcoming handsets from Nokia is the N9, which has just been spotted at Negri Electronics.
The Nokia N9, maybe sport the Symbian^3 OS. The N9 is also predicted to have a 3.5″ screen and a full QWERTY keypad. The N9 will also have a 8MP camera and dual LED flash. The possibilities of Wi-Fi, GPS is also very certain. The screen resolution will also predicted to be nHD (640 x 360).
We will come up with more details when we get access to it. The N9 will surely be Nokia’s next flagship smartphone. Nokia desperately needs to come up with something remarkable this time because the N8 was very disappointing in terms of innovation.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO is now launched in India and is available in most parts of it. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO is the QWERTY keypad equipped version of Sony Ericsson Vivaz. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO is a Symbian handset, S60 version 5 is the OS in it.
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO has a 3.2″ resistive touchscreen with nHD (640 x 360) resolution. A 3.5mm jack is also present. The internal memory is of 75MB and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB (8GB card will come onboard). Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO also has 2G and 3G support. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with DLNA support is also present. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support.
The camera in Vivaz PRO is of 5MP resolution with LED flash. The video is recorded in HD (720P) resolution at 24fps and has the very useful continuous autofocus feature. Symbian S60 v5 is the sporting OS in it. The processor inside has a clock speed of 720MHz with PowerVR SGX graphics support.
Stereo FM with RDS support is also available. GPS with aGPS support is also available. TV out is also supported (VGA). The battery is of 1200mAH power (Li-Po). Vivaz PRO will be available in black and white. The price in India is around Rs. 24500 (EURO 434).
Nokia unveiled another low ranged smart phone named 5228. The Nokia 5228 is similar to the Nokia 5230, but the difference between them is the lack of GPS and 3G in 5228. Nokia is the king of low ranged mobile market and the 5228 will strengthen its rule.
The Nokia 5228 has almost the same hardware as in 5230. The 5228 sports the Symbian S60 version 5 OS and also has EDGE support. It has a of 3.2″ resistive touchscreen with nHD (640 x 360) resolution. The camera is of 2MP resolution with no flash. The 5228 record nHD videos at 30fps. A 3.5mm jack is also present. The Bluetooth version is 2.0 with A2DP support. The internal memory is of 70MB and the microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB.
The battery power in 5228 is of 1320mAh. The 5228 will be available in black and white colors. The back of the phone will have red, pink, blue, yellow or silver shades. The price is expected to be around EURO 139 or less and it will release in July.
(Source) Image Source GSMArena
In the past couple of months, the smartphone OS market has been a hot topic. In that hot topic, Android has been the center of attraction, while the OS which is the most widely used in the world; Symbian was lost in the crowd. There is no doubt in the fact that the Symbian S60 v5 for touchscreen smartphones is the slowest of all and this is the reason for its criticism.
The arrival of Symbian^3 with N8 is destined to change things forever for Symbian. The Nokia N8 in a benchmark test against N97 showed its power. The N8 is 180% faster than the N97 and 54% faster than Omnia HD. In the FPC bench 3D test the result was 60fps and it never fell below it.
Omnia HD vs N97
These results are very good sign for Symbian because its future depends on Symbian^3. Let us see whether it will be strong enough to compete with the power house Android.
These test were done by FinestFones.com.