Nokia has started rolling out a minor firmware update for its business powerhouse the Nokia E72. The firmware version is 52.005 and fixes some small bugs and updates the Adobe Reader application.
Here is the full change log thanks to AAS :
- Changes in time zones
- Adobe Reader updated to version 2.5.202
- Default system start date changed (11/10/2010)
- Clock time font changed (update after a previous firmware, v51, made it appear smaller)
- Device Management fix
- Keypad Auto lock fix (auto lock now restricted to home screen)
E72 owners can update the firmware either via OTA (Over-The-Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater. They are recommended to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.
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.
Here are the special features of his custom firmware for the N8 :
- Removed Show open applications from the top of menus
- Disabled Charging notes
- Removed FM transmitter on/off notifications
- Removed Leave offline mode query to access network. Only for power key event!
- Bluetooth stays on when switching to offline mode
- Added fixed FileBrowser S^3 (full access to filesystem)
- Built-in File manager can see sys, resource and edit private folders. Also can see root of C drive.
- Lock screen and keyboard replaced by Reboot phone
- Startup tone and mbm animation moved to C drive
- My own installserver for installing unsigned with all capabilities
Sadly, his custom firmware does not include any of the camera mods by HyperX available for the N8. However, users can still apply HyperX camera mods over his custom firmware manually.
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!
After the launch of the Nokia N8, the Nokia C7 and the Nokia C6-01, now is the time for the launch of another Symbian ^3 device – the Nokia E7. According to a Twitter update by Nokia’s official account, the Nokia E7 will start shipping from December 2010.
The Nokia E7 is one of the best Symbian devices and is the next communicator by Nokia. It is being marketed as the ultimate business smartphone and has some great hardware specs.
It runs the latest Symbian ^3 OS and comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display and a sliding QWERTY keyboard.
It also has an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash and can capture 720p video. It comes with 16 GB internal storage and offers everything from 3G HSDPA to Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. It is powered by a 680 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM. It should be available for around â‚¬495 ($680).
You can check out the hands on pictures of the Nokia E7 here.
Nokia has started shipping its third Symbian^3 device on the market beginning from today the Nokia C6-01. The C6-01 is the cheapest Symbian^3 handset from the Finnish giant. The phone sports a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen with the new ClearBlack display (CBD) technology. This new technology from Nokia is apparently capable of rivaling Samsung’s Super-AMOLED screen. The phone also features 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot (expandable up to 32GB) and accelerometer.
The back of the phone packs an 8MP snapper with auto-focus and dual-LED flash to assist night photography. The C6-01 is capable of recording videos in 720p resolution as well. The phone is powered by an ARM11 680MHz processor and packs 340MB of internal memory and 256MB of RAM. The phone also has free worldwide navigation through Nokia’s very own Ovi Maps.
The C6-01 is one of the greenest and eco-friendliest handset from Nokia as well. The phone has been made from bio plastics and recycled metals. Readers should not confuse the C6-01 with Nokia’s C6-00. The latter is a slide-out QWERTY based S60v5 phone.
Yeah, confusing naming scheme! We know!
The Nokia N8 has been criticized heavily for its text input entry system. However, the Finnish giant is hard at work and is working on an updated text input mode for the Nokia N8. The folks over at My Nokia Blog have managed to get their hands on a few pictures of the new updated text input mode system.
From the blurry pictures, it is clear that the Text input field does not open up separately; instead it opens up on the same screen. This means that users can see the on-screen content whilst typing their message. The pictures also show a brand new portrait mode QWERTY keyboard for the Nokia N8. However, it is not yet known whether the keyboard supports multi-touch or not.
The pictures do not show an English based QWERTY keyboard, so the final layout of the keyboard will be different as seen from the picture. Hopefully, the N8 should get this new text input mode in the next firmware update.
Opera Mini for both Android and Symbian has received minor updates. While the Symbian update is mainly concerned with improving performance, the Android update delivers improved readability and usability. The detailed changelogs are as follows:
Opera Mini 5.1 Beta for Symbian Changelog
- Faster start up time.
- Even faster page loading.
- Improved scrolling performance.
- Integration with your your phone native input.
- Improved performance, especially for older S60 devices.
- Improved fonts.
- Device integration for cut-and-paste, email client and more.
- No more dialogue boxes asking permission to connect to the Web.
Opera Mini 5.1 for Android Changelog
- Adjusted font sizes.
- Font fixes for Chinese and Japanese, so speed on pages with these fonts should be greatly improved.
- Improved stability.
- Improved input for Sony Ericsson X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.
- Chinese users can now download the application from the Android Market.
- A bunch of bug fixes.
Opera Mini, the most popular mobile browser in the world, offers full-fledged tabbed browsing, password management, bookmarks, speed dial, synchronization and more on almost any phone. Opera Mini routes all data through its servers where it is processed and compressed before being sent to the handset. This makes Opera Mini significantly faster than most other mobile browsers on slower networks. However, this also means that, unlike Opera Mobile, Opera Mini isn’t able to render rich web content that heavily utilizes AJAX and other modern technologies. Opera Mobile is designed for modern-day smartphones and delivers a truly PC like web browsing experience. It is already available for Symbian and should be released for Android within the next couple of days.
You can download the latest build of Opera Mini from the respective app repositories (Ovi Store for Symbian and Market for Android) or by simply browsing to m.opera.com on your mobile phone.
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.
Close on the heels of the launch of Angry Birds for Android, Rovio Mobile has released the full version of Angry Birds for Symbian. Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably already aware that Angry Birds is a fun little mobile game that took the iTunes App Store (iPod/iPhone/iPad) by storm, and has since then has been busy disrupting numerous other app stores. In fact, Angry Birds has gone on to become the game everyone wants for their own operating system.
Angry Birds for Symbian^3 ships with 105 levels, and Rovio has promised to deliver more content in the future. The gameplay is similar to the other versions, and from what I have heard, is still addictive as hell. The objective of the game is deceptively simple. You have to fling birds using catapult to hit all the pigs present in a level. The pigs are often sheltered by various obstructions, which must be strategically destroyed to succeed.
Angry Birds for Symbian^3 can be downloaded from the Ovi Store.
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.