Nokia N8, E7 and other Symbian^3 Devices Get A Firmware Update

Nokia has started rolling out a new firmware update for its current range of Symbian^3 handsets. Symbian^3 owners should not get too excited because it’s not the Belle update they are hoping for.

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The new firmware update (v25) does not bring any noticeable changes, except for the bump in the firmware version. Some users did report that the web browser seemed to open faster, and was much smoother in general use as well. This might as well be a placebo effect though.

The new v25 firmware update is being rolled out for all Symbian^3 powered handsets including the N8, E7, C7, and the C6-01. Users can either update the firmware via OTA (Over-The-Air) by keying in *#0000# or by simply using Nokia Software Updater/Nokia Suite.

Sadly, the firmware does not fix any of the serious issues with Symbian^3 including the Mail-for-exchange and Wi-Fi stability bug on the E7. In all possibility, this firmware update prepares the Symbian^3 handset for the upcoming Symbian Belle update.

Nokia has already started shipping Symbian Belle handsets and its current crop of Symbian^3 handsets are stated to get the Belle update sometime in Q4. Nokia will also announce its next-gen handsets at its upcoming Nokia World 2011 beginning from October 27th.

Via AlllAboutSymbian

Nokia 603 Announced; Packs a 1GHz Processor, NFC and CBD Display

Nokia has just announced a new addition to its Belle powered handsets, the Nokia 603. The 603 is a pretty sleek and compact handset, and is powered by a 1GHz processor.

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At the front of the phone is a 3.5-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display with nHD (640×360) resolution, protected by a Gorilla glass. The phone has a Pentaband radio, along with Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi b/g/n and HSDPA (Up to 14.4Mbps). The usual array of sensors are also present.

At the back of the 603 is a 5MP camera, which is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. As stated earlier, the Nokia 603 will run on Symbian Belle, and will come pre-loaded with a bunch of apps including Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Shazam, Microsoft Office Communicator, Quick Office and much more.

The Nokia 603 will be available in two colors, white and black, but will come with six-swappable rear covers. The handset will ship sometime in Q4 of this year, and is expected to cost somewhere around €200 before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia Slashing 3,500 Jobs by 2012

Rough waters are still ahead for Nokia. After recently cutting 4,000 jobs and off-shoring software development, and undergoing a massive internal re-tooling for Windows Phone 7, Nokia has announced they will continue with planned personnel reduction and will be losing a total of 3,500 jobs by the end of 2012.

Many Nokia employees have been shuffled around, from country to country and department to department. MeeGo and Symbian developers have been let go from R&D facilities. Nokia has said the entire Cluj factory in Western Romania will be losing 1,200 employees when the planned shut down begins in the tail of 2011. Back in 2008, the factory was hiring up to 100 people a week, now one in fell swoop, they will be looking for a livelihood elsewhere.

One of the many services that Nokia touts and actually does well, is mapping. In an attempt to ‘consolidate workforce’, Nokia will also be reducing Location and Commerce positions to the number of 1,200 persons — which is the department that feeds into their map service and location-aware social projects.

As with the previous long laundry list of layoffs, Nokia has promised to provide support to affected employees in any way they can. With Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 device coming off the line soon, hopefully the Finnish giant can kick into high gear in order to stop losing the employees that make the company so unique.

Source: BusinessInsider

Microsoft Apps – Word, Excel And PowerPoint – Are Coming To Symbian!

Symbian users, you will finally get some benefits of the Nokia-Microsoft partnership. Up until now, the Nokia-MS deal was all about two sinking ships (Nokia and WP7)  joining hands to form one big ship, which hopefully will not sink.

Nokia and Microsoft have now joined hands to bring Microsoft Apps to Symbian Belle users. The Microsoft Apps package will consist of apps which will help in boosting the productivity of the user. The list of apps include Microsoft Lync 2010, PowerPoint Broadcast, OneNote and MS Document Connection. Symbian Belle users will get all the above stated apps for free sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

MS Lync will allow users to have audio/video meetings on the go, while PowerPoint Broadcast will allow them to quickly broadcast Powerpoint presentations from their PC to mobile. The OneNote app is a rich note taking app from the Redmond based company, which syncs with SkyDrive.

Microsoft will also release another update in early-2012 which will add OneNote sync, along with bringing native versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint  to Symbian. This is the first time that the MS Word and other apps will be released for a mobile OS other than Windows Mobile or WP7.

 

Nokia 600 Announced; Is The Loudest Smartphone To Date

Along with the Nokia 700 and the 701, Nokia also announced a third phone, the Nokia 600. The Nokia 600 is an all-in-one entertainment hub, and has the dubious honor of being the loudest smartphone to date.

The Nokia 600 packs a 3.2-inch display with nHD (360×640) resolution. Like the 700 and 701, the Nokia 600 is also powered by a 1GHz processor and packs 256MB RAM along with 2GB of internal memory. The other key features of the Nokia 600 include a pentaband radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio, N FC and a microSD card slot.

The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash. The 600 is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. Beside the super loud speaker, the 600 also comes with an FM transmitter. The FM radio also has an internal antenna, so users can listen to FM radio without plugging in any headset.

The Nokia 600 will be available in a variety of colors including black, white, pink and lime. Like the other Belle powered handsets announced by Nokia today, the 600 would also be available sometime in Q3 of this year. The handset will set you back by EUR180, excluding taxes and subsidies.

Symbian Belle Announced; Brings New UI, Resizable Widgets

Last week, Nokia started rolling out the Symbian Anna update for the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia E7 and Nokia C6-01 in more than 15 countries of the world. Now, Nokia has finally announced the next version of the Symbian Operating System, called Symbian Belle. The newly upgraded Symbian OS will be available as a free update for users with phones currently running on Symbian Anna.

The latest Symbian Belle OS comes with a new User Interface, along with the improved status bar, live widgets, Modernised navigation, additional homescreens, Visual multitasking, Informative lock screen, etc. It also allows you to resize and rearrange widgets like the clock, email, music player, favourite contacts and the calendar on the homescreens. Symbian Anna has only 3 homescreens, but the new Symbian Belle comes with 3 additional homescreens. Check out the complete features below.

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Improved status bar:

The status bar sports a modern, flat look and incorporates a pull down notifications tab that incorporates common settings and notification of incoming messages, missed calls and the rest.

Modernised navigation:

The navigation and options bar at the bottom of the screen sports a modern, new look, similar to that first seen on the Nokia N9.

New apps:

A new suite of powerful business apps from Microsoft includes Lync (IM for businesses, like Microsoft Communicator), Sharepoint, OneNote, Exchange ActiveSync and PowerPoint Broadcaster.

Informative lock screen:

The lock screen now tells you about missed calls, messages in your inbox and more, so you can check your phone at a glance. You can now also add a coloured wallpaper to your lock screen.

Visual multitasking:

Now you can flick between larger live images of your open apps to see what’s going on at a glance and move quickly between your apps.

Near-Field Communications (NFC) is also deeply integrated into the Symbian Belle OS, which allows you to share pictures and videos, connect with accessories and check-in with just a tap. Symbian Belle will be available for Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia X7, Nokia E6 and Nokia 500 in the coming months. Until then, check out the demo video below.

Nokia 701 Announced; Sports The Brightest Screen In The World

Along with the Nokia 700, the Finnish handset maker also announced the Nokia 701. Like the 700, the Nokia 701 also runs on the latest version of Symbian, Belle.

Nokia states that the 701 features the brightest display in the world. The 701 sports a 3.5-inch IPS-LCD with CBD technology. It is protected by the renowned Coring’s Gorilla Glass. The display has a disappointing nHD (360×640) resolution, like all other Symbian^3 devices. Under the hood, the Nokia 701 is powered by a 1GHz processor and packs a new faster GPU. According to Nokia, this GPU is up to four times faster than the GPU found in the current generation of Nokia’s Symbian handsets.

The handset features a pentaband radio, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC and a microSD card slot along with 8GB of internal memory. The usual arrays of sensor are also present.

The back of the 701 sports an 8MP EDoF camera, with dual-LED flash. There is also a front-facing video camera for video calling. Like the Nokia 700, the 701 will be available sometime in Q3 of 2011. The handset will be available in a variety of colors including  steel dark, silver light, amethyst violet, and white.

The Nokia 701 will cost EUR290 excluding taxes and subsidies.

 

 

Nokia 700 Announced; Runs On Symbian Belle

Nokia has just announced the next version Symbian, Belle, along with a bunch of handsets running Symbian Belle.  First and foremost, the company announced the Nokia 700. The 700 is the most compact touch-screen monoblock handset out there in the market right now. It is also the greenest phone from Nokia until date. It is made up of bio-plastics, recycled plastics and recycled metals.

The Nokia 700 sports a 3.2-inch AMOLED CBD (ClearBlack Display), with nHD (360×640) resolution. The handset is also powered by a 1GHz processor, and packs 256MB of RAM along with 2GB of internal memory. Other key features of the 700 include GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi, FM Radio, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, an eCompass and NFC. The usual arrays of sensors are also on-board.

The back of the Nokia 700 boasts of a 5MP EDoF (Read that as Full focus) camera with an LED flash. Like I said earlier, the handset runs on Symbian Belle and is expected to hit the retail stores by Q3 of this year. The handset will be available in a variety of color including  cool grey, silver/white, coral red, peacock blue and purple.

The Nokia 700 will retail for around EUR 270, without taxes or subsidies.

 

 

Nokia Launches The C3-01 Gold Edition With 1GHz Processor

Last year, Nokia launched the C3-01 entry-level touchscreen phone. This handset originally runs on the 680 MHz processor and it is powered by the Symbian S40 6th edition Operating System. I have already used this handset for a couple of month and felt that, the phone was over-priced. The display is quite small for a touchscreen phone, the 5 megapixel camera is pathetic and the OS is not even worth mentioning.

Now, after a year, Nokia launched the “Gold Edition” of its not-so-popular Nokia C3-01 entry level touchscreen phone. The are no major changes in the specs of the device, except the fact that, the Nokia C3-01 Gold Edition runs on the powerful 1 GHz processor, instead of the 680 MHz processor.

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Nokia C3-01 Gold Edition Specifications:

  • 2.4 inch touchscreen display
  • 240 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Series 40 6th edition OS
  • Full keypad
  • Dedicated camera and volume keys
  • WLAN 802.11 b,g,n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Up to 4x digital xoom
  • Video capture in QVGA at up to 30 fps
  • VGA at up to 15 fps
  • Media Player with metadata ID3 tags
  • Ovi Music support
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • 30 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • High-Speed USB 2.0
  • Up to 20 hours music playback time
  • Up to 405 hours of standby time
  • Up to 5 hours 30 mins of talk time
  • 1050 mAh Li-ion battery

This handset measures 111 x 47.5 x 11mm and weighs 100g. The Nokia C3-01 Gold Edition comes with a price-tag of €220 (approx.$320/ Rs.14,500), excluding local taxes or operator subsidies. This handset has already started shipping in selected markets and it will extend to more markets in coming weeks.

Nokia Offers Symbian Anna Update For Free At Nokia Care Center In India

Nokia recently released the much-awaited Symbian Anna update for the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia E7 smartphones. This update is currently available only in 15 countries, including India. The Symbian Anna update is available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You can also download the update using the latest version of Ovi Suite (version 3.1.1). But, if you don’t have a computer or an active internet connection, then you can just head over to your nearest Nokia Care Center or Nokia Priority Partner and get the Symbian Anna update for free.

Nokia’s Symbian smartphones are used by millions of people around the world every day, addressing specific consumer needs and providing choices at many price points,said Ilari Nurmi, Vice President at Nokia. India. Symbian Anna represents a significant update to the experience those users have and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Symbian, which will see up to 10 more phones introduced over the next 12 months, further updates to the user experience and support for the software until at least 2016.

Symbian Anna

Symbian Anna key features:

  • Virtual portrait QWERTY for fast, one handed typing
  • Split screen view while typing; so you can see message threads, webpages, contacts or email
  • An easier to use and faster browser, delivering quicker page loads and improved navigation
  • Refreshed Nokia Maps including simpler search, new public transportation routes and the ability to check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or local social networks
  • A feature to share your location via email and SMS (even to non-Nokia phones)

Features for business users:

  • Instant messaging and presence with Microsoft Communicator Mobile
  • E-mail enhancements including full meeting request support
  • True business grade security with hardware accelerated encryption
  • Easy and secure intranet access for business users who want to access their company intranet

Nokia India finally offered something useful for the Nokia smartphone users. We hope that, the Symbian Belle update will also be available for free in the coming months at the nearest Nokia Care Center and Nokia Priority Partner. To learn more about this update and get the complete list of countries, head over to this page.