Increase Nokia N8 Home Screens To Six With A Custom Firmware

Nokia’s first Symbian based touch OS S60v5 features only one home screen unlike many other touch based OS like Android. With Symbian^3, Nokia increased the number of home screens to 3, which users could fill up with a total of 18 widgets.

However, most of the Android phones ship with up to 7 different home screens, which a user can personalize according to his or her choice. Now, the Symbian modding community has cooked up a custom firmware for the N8, which increases the total number of home screen on the device to 6.

Below is a video of an Nokia N8 in action with six home screens :

The custom firmware also includes the latest version of all the system applications including the music and video player. The custom firmware also includes the available camera mods for the N8 including the continuous Auto-focus in video recording along with 30FPS. The jpeg image save quality has also been increased to 100%.

N8 owners can flash this custom firmware on their handset by using Phoenix. The full steps and change-log of this custom firmware can be found here (It’s not in English though).

Nokia C3-01 And X3-01 Officially Launched In India

Nokia recently launched the entry-level C3-01 and Nokia X3-01 in India. Both the handsets comes with a touchscreen display as well as a physical keypad. These ‘Touch and Type’ devices are specially targeted at youngsters, who wants to stay connected with their virtual as well as real friends on the go. Nokia C3-01 and X3-01 comes with a 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 32GB expandable memory and more. Check out the complete specs after the break.

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As a responsible leader, Nokia strives to enhance customer value with each innovation. With this debut in the Touch and Type design we offer consumers the best of both worlds and bring the world on their finger tips. Both the new devices, Nokia X3 02 and Nokia C3 01 have the ideal design for SMS and social networking where fast and frequent input is required, along with touch capability, which is ideal for functions such as smooth browsing and controlling applications like music and games,said, Viral Oza, Head, Activation, Media and Online Marketing Nokia India.

Nokia C3-01 comes with a 2.4 inch touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack, 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM, 30 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB v2.0, GPS, up to 440 hours stand-by time, up to 3 hours 20 min talk-time and a 1050 mAh battery.

Nokia X3-01 features a 2.4 inch touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, Dedicated music key, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB v2.0 microUSB, 5 megapixel camera, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Audio and video player, 3.5 mm audio jack, 50 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, up to 28 hours music playback, up to 408 hours battery stand-by time, up to 5 hours 20 mins talktime and a 860 mAh battery.

Nokia C3-01 is available in 3 colors – Silver, Warm grey and Golden khaki, while the Nokia X3-01 is available in 5 vibrant colors – White Silver, Dark Metal, Petrol Blue, Pink, Lilac. Nokia C3-01 and x3-01 comes with a price tag of Rs.9,389 and Rs.8,839 respectively.

Nokia E7 Now Available For Pre-Order

After what has seemed to be forever, the Nokia E7 is currently available for pre-order in the Nokia USA store. Of course you’ll have to wait until the beginning of April until devices start shipping, that is if you choose to ignore some of the previous issues Nokia has had with getting devices in the hands of pre-ordering consumers before those who simply purchase on the day of availability. For $679.00 USD you’ll be getting the latest E-series device which packs a 4CBD — the largest screen on a Nokia device, as well as the usual slew of options for connectivity including WLAN (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0 and penta-band 3G. Unlike many previous Nokia devices, the E7 has a limited 16GB of storage, that is, there is no microSD slot. Both the N8 and E7 support USB-on-the-Go which allows you to use an adapter to connect regular sizes USB thumb drives to your phone. The standard affair 8MP camera is on board, but again Nokia continues the trend of slightly limiting the device by opting for an Extended Depth of Field lens which does not support macro mode or focusing. Of course, like all recent Nokia devices, the E7 ships with Symbian^3 and has full support for Exchange, Office file editing and free lifetime navigation with Ovi Maps.The E7 is the latest Nokia device to feature a full sized QWERTY keyboard hidden behind a hinge that positions the screen at an optimal viewing angle. Constructed from anodised aluminum and gorilla glass, the E7 features a built-in 1200mAH battery that is not user-replaceable as well as a mini HDMI (Type C) port, a microUSB port and a camera capable of capturing HD video. Nokia says they will be supporting Symbian with firmware updates and the E7 is sure to continue with the trend. If you’re an avid Symbian user and appreciate having a full QWERTY keyboard, perhaps the Nokia E7 is right for you.

Nokia 5250 Firmware Updated To V20.0.004

Nokia has started rolling out a new firmware update for its budget oriented touchscreen handset the Nokia 5250. The 5250 sports a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen with nHD resolution.

The handset is powered by an ARM11 processor running at 434MHz and packs 128 MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a disappointing 2MP fixed-focus camera.


The new firmware update for the handset v20.0.004 brings general performance and usability improvements. The web browser has also been updated and it now comes with integrated search functionality.

The Ovi Store and the Mail for Exchange clients have also been updated to the latest version. This update also brings the new updated music player, as first seen on the Nokia 5800.  Nokia 5250 owners can update the firmware on their handset either by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU) or via OTA (Over-The-Air).

Since the handset features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

Best Mobile Apps Of The Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #8

Welcome to the eight edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian. First of all, I would like to apologize to our readers as I did not post the Best Mobile Apps for the last 2 weeks. I had to give my Android phone to the service center, and was using a dumbphone for nearly two weeks.

In this edition of Best Mobile Apps of the week, I will introduce our readers to an awesome eye-candy widget for your Android homescreen, a new unlock screen for you Symbian handset. For iOS owners, I will tell them about an app that will allow them to wake up their PC remotely!

Below are the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week For iOS, Android and Symbian :

Wake (iOS)

As the name suggests, Wake’ enables iOS users to remotely wake up their PC. The app uses WOL Wake On Lan feature which is found in nearly all PCs and Macs computers. Users need to make sure that the WOL’ feature is enabled on their PC. They can do so from the BIOS of their PC.


The app is designed to work with both iPhone and iPad. This app is an extremely useful one for users who want total control on their PC, when they are away from it. iOS owners can purchase Wake’ from the App Store for $0.99 from here.

Maze Lock (Symbian)

In the last edition of BMATW, I introduced our readers to Nokia Bubbles. The app allows users to unlock their phone in a fun and yet efficient manner. Today, I would like to introduce our readers to Maze Lock from ThinkChange.

Below is a video of Maze Lock in action :


Maze Lock for Symbian is similar to the pattern unlock option found in Android 2.1+ handsets. The app is configurable to quite an extent and allows users to change the lock screen background, the date and time display style etc. The app supports all the latest Symbian handsets from Nokia as well as the older S60v5 based ones like the X6 and 5800.

Symbian owners can download Maze Lock for free from the Ovi Store.

Honeycomb Clock (Android)

The tablet version of Android Honeycomb looks stellar! The whole Tron like theme and animations definitely look very cool! Well, Android handset owners are not going to get the next version of Android with all these eye-candies anytime soon. Until then, they can get the Honeycomb look on their phone by using a Honeycomb theme for ADW Launcher.


Along with this, they can download and use the Honeycomb Clock widget from the Android Market. This widget replicates the awesome looking clock widget as seen in Honeycomb OS. Unlike the clock widget in Android 3.0, Honeycomb clock comes in multiple color choices for people who don’t like the blue color.

A free as well as a paid version of this widget is available on the Android Market. Android handset owners can download the app from here.

Nokia E5 Firmware Updated To V54.003

Nokia has released a new firmware update for its mid-range business oriented handset the E52. The new firmware version is 54.003 and aims at improving the stability and performance of the handset.

The E52 sports a 2.4-inch screen with QVGA display and runs on Symbian S60v3. It also sports Wi-Fi, GPS, a microSD card slot and Bluetooth.


Here is a small un-official change-log of the firmware update :

  • Issues with Java Apps download fixed
  • Ovi files removed
  • Camera shortcut is replaced with Ovi Store shortcut in homescreen
  • Time zone issue for Vietnam fixed
  • Some problems with Chinese characters solved
  • Wrong internet APN issues fixed
  • General System performance improved
  • Ovi Maps updated

The firmware will be rolled out slowly and in batches by Nokia in the coming few days. The firmware update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air) and via Ovi Suite or Nokia Software Updater (NSU) as well. Since the E52 features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

Nokia N8 And C7 Shipping With Defective Screens?

Nokia has been facing a lot of criticism for nearly all of their moves including the highly debatable and the much controversial Nokia-Microsoft deal. Irrespective of all this, there is no denying of the fact that the latest Symbian (former Symbian^3) handsets from Nokia have been selling in decent numbers.

The Finnish giant managed to sell nearly 4 million N8’s in the last quarter of 2010 and the C7 is also selling in decent quantities. Both these handsets the N8 and the C7 use an AMOLED screen, with the latter featuring a CBD (ClearBlack Display) as well. Now, some N8 and C7 owners are reporting that the screen on their handset(s ) is having some red-purple color tint and poor color gradients issue.


Apparently, the issue is a hardware one and not a software one or a poor color calibration of the screen from Nokia. The issue is not a widespread one but quite a sizeable number of N8/C7 owners are facing the same problem.

Here is a link to a thread on DailyMobile about the AMOLED screen color problem on the N8. Users can read more about this problem and check if their N8/C7 has the same screen problem or not, here.

Nokia has not made any official statement regarding this issue until now, and if the issue is a hardware one, I doubt that they will!

Nokia Giving Away Free E7 and WP7 Phones to Developers

Nokia’s decision to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone 7 as its primary OS has sparked a lot of active discussion in the blogosphere. The reactions have ranged from approval to enragement to disgust. We have also seen a few conspiracy theories floating around which claim that Elop, a former Microsoft executive was planted at Nokia for this very reason.

Many have also argued that it would make more sense for Nokia to go with Android, which has a much bigger developer following and a much larger library of apps than Windows Phone 7. It seems that Nokia has definitely taken that into account before making the decision to go with Microsoft.

Today, it sent out an email which is meant to appease developers for Symbian and MeeGo, as well as WP7. All the developers enrolled in Launchpad, a mobile developer program by Nokia will receive a free Nokia E7 as well as a free Windows Phone 7 device by Nokia, so that they can start developing apps for them soon.

Nokia has also thrown in a few more freebies like free access to the Nokia World Summit, free tech support for 3 months (limited to 10 support tickets) and a free User Experience evaluation of apps. It is also providing Business Development support and will help developers in getting their apps published on the Ovi Store.

Check out the email at Slashgear.

Nokia Finally Adopts Windows Phone As Its Primary Smartphone OS

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Nokia finally announced its strategic partnership with Microsoft, that would use their strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem. Nokia also shocked everyone by announcing that, Windows Phone would be their “primary software platform”. It does not mean that Symbian and Meego are dead, since Nokia is expecting to sell more than 150 million Symbian devices in the coming years. Nokia also confirmed that the Meego based smartphone would be launched, later this year. Nokia is also planning to manufacture Windows and Meego based tablets. According to the deal,

  • Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
  • Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
  • Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
  • Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.
  • Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience
  • Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.
  • Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

“Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO, said at a joint news conference in London. “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.”

“I am excited about this partnership with Nokia,” said Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. “Ecosystems thrive when fueled by speed, innovation and scale. The partnership announced today provides incredible scale, vast expertise in hardware and software innovation and a proven ability to execute.”

Nokia also announced the extensive operator billing agreements, which will allow the consumers to easily purchase the Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low. The Nokia-Microsoft ecosystem targets to deliver differentiated and innovative product to the consumers.

Nokia is expected to launch the Meego based Nokia N9 smartphone at the end of this year. According to the rumors, Nokia N9 would be the first and the last Meego powered smartphone to be manufactured by Nokia. Windows Phone 7 was launched back in October and the sales are not as per the expectations. Do you think Nokia made the right move by joining hands with Microsoft? Or Nokia should have selected Android as its primary operating system? Let us know your interesting views in the comments below.

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