Ovi Store Receives Fit And Finish Update

Let’s face it, the Ovi Store might not really stack up to some of the offerings from the competition, fortunately, the folks at Nokia are working away at making it a better experience for users. Today, the Ovi Store got a small update that polishes things up just a bit more by adding the much needed feature of spelling correction. Text input on a mobile device can be a bit finicky, by using intelligent search correction, the Ovi Store can correct your spelling and search for the most relevant item you are looking for.

The update also brings the addition of Hindi and Arabic languages to the S40 client, which also receives an update that packages up a brand new UI that makes it easier for users to locate and download apps, games, themes and music. The updates are live now and are a welcomed addition to the growing Ovi Store. Visit the Nokia Ovi Blog for the official word.

Swype For Symbian Snags A Slight Update

If you’re a Nokia touch screen user, you should be thrilled to know that Swype for Symbian 5th Edition has received an update that brings along better language support and finally gives the ability to copy and paste in the Settings and Edit Layer menu.

Swype allow the user to input text by simply “tracing” over the letters on the keyboard, without lifting a finger. Swype uses large dictionaries for the auto-correct algorithm, so ensuring you have an up to date language pack is essential. The Ovi Store has over 20 different packs that can be downloaded. For a complete list of supported languages, visit the Nokia BetaLabs Blog.

Nokia 6700 Slide Firmware Updated To V61.004

Nokia has released a firmware update for its mid-range S60 handset the Nokia 6700 Slide. The handset sports a 2.2inch QVGA display along with 3G, HSDPA and HSUPA. The new firmware update for the device is numbered version 61.004 and aims at improving the performance and stability of the handset.

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The firmware update also installs the latest version of Nokia’s Ovi Store on the handset. The music player of the handset has been updated as well. Nokia has also updated smileys with this firmware update. Nokia 6700 Slide owners can get this update either via OTA or by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU). The Nokia 6700 Slide features UDP so users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

However, I will recommend everyone to make a backup of their data before updating the firmware on their handset, in case things go wrong.

Nokia Sells 4 Million N8’s In Q4

According to a Finnish website Inderes Nokia has apparently managed to ship around 3.5million to 4 million N8 in Q4 of this year.   Inderes has based its statistics on a variety of factors which include the general popularity of the handset, recruitment and N8’s chip manufacturer’s instruction etcetera.

This piece of news has not been officially confirmed by Nokia itself, so readers should take this news with a pinch of salt.

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The report also suggests that the Nokia N8 has met with overwhelming success in the Indian market along with UAE and Malaysia.   The report also predicts that the N8 has managed to outsell the highly popular Android phone the Samsung Galaxy S in Q4 of this year. These stats must be coming as a shocker for many people since the N8 has been criticized in many reviews online.

No wonder Nokia still sells the most number of smartphones all over the world and Symbian still is the leading mobile OS.

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Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #4

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Best Mobile Apps of the Week For iOS, Symbian and Android. In this edition of BMATW (Best Mobile Apps of the Week), we will be introducing our readers to a very useful Backup’ application for Android, a barcode and a QR code scanner for Symbian and a very popular remote access application for iOS.

Below are the featured mobile apps of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

TeamViewer (iOS)

I don’t think I need to introduce our readers to TeamViewer. TeamViewer is a very popular multi-platform Remote Access application. It allows users to remotely control their computer from any part of the world. The best part of TeamViewer is that it’s available for free! TeamViewer is available for iPod Touch/iPhone as well as for the iPad.

The app also makes use of multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom. A Pro version of TeamViewer is also available which provides unlimited access to any remote computers.

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The Pro version of TeamViewer for the iPod Touch/iPhone costs a whopping $99.99 while the iPad version will set you back by $139.99. To remotely access their computer, users need to make sure that they have the TeamViewer client installed on their PC as well. iOS device owners can download TeamViewer from here.

UpCode (Symbian)

UpCode is a barcode and a QR code reader for the Symbian platform as well as for Java based Nokia handsets. Barcodes are optical machine-readable representation of data, which shows certain data on certain products’ as defined on Wikipedia. A QR Code is similar to a barcode except that it is basically a matrix code or a two-dimensional bar code.

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To scan a barcode or a QR code for data, users need to fire up UpCode on their Symbian handset and point the camera towards the QR code/barcode. The app will then decode the data and present the information on the screen. UpCode also supports some Nokia handsets like the Nokia 6020 which don’t have a camera. In this case, users are presented with a field where they enter the number or the word of the code to get the data.

Users can check here whether their Symbian or Java powered handset is supported or not.

Titanium Backup (Android)

Titanium Backup is a very handy application for Android users who love to flash Custom ROMs on their handset. Usually, flashing a custom ROM on your Android handset means that all the user related data and installed applications will be wiped out.

This is where Titanium Backup comes to the rescue. The app allows users to make a backup of all their installed application as well as their system data.

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The application also features other useful options like encrypting your apps backup, scheduling backups, Dalvik cache cleaner and integrating system application updates into the ROM. A free as well as a paid version of the Titanium Backup ($5.30) is available on the Android Market. The application requires root access to your Android handset so make sure that your handset is rooted before purchasing the paid version of Titanium Backup.

Nokia Planning to Launch Windows Phone 7 Devices?

Nokia - MicrosoftBoth Nokia (Symbian) and Microsoft (Windows Phone 7) have been hit hard by the rise of Android as a smartphone OS in the last 2 years. Symbian has been continuously losing marketshare to Android, even in the budget category of smartphones. Even Windows Phone 7 hasn’t seen very encouraging sales, thanks to Android’s domination. Android is probably in the smartphone world what Windows is in the PC world. However, Android has one huge advantage – it’s free and open. And everyone knows that you cannot beat “free” unless you offer a very compelling product which is better in every way, which Windows Phone 7 is definitely not.

Nokia has already stated that it won’t be using Android as the OS for its smartphones anytime in the near future. It is relying on MeeGo to give a boost to its lagging sales in 2011. But MeeGo is still not ready for a final release.

Eldar Murtazin at Mobile Review has commented in his weekly editorial piece that Nokia is planning to team up with Microsoft and launch smartphones running with Windows Phone 7 under the Nokia brand. While it may sound ridiculous at first, given Eldar’s track record, I can’t help but think that it might turn out to be true.

Even if this rumor does turn out to be true, I doubt that their alliance would be successful in curbing the growth of Android.

Source: Mobile Review

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #3

Welcome to our third edition of the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week. This week we would like to introduce our readers to a very popular Twitter app for the iOS as well as for Android.  Along with that, we would introduce our readers to a very popular VOIP client for Symbian.

Here are the featured mobile apps of the week for , and :

Twitter (iOS)

for /  is the official twitter client from the company itself Twitter. The app has a very slick UI and I especially love the sliding panels’ UI feature in Twitter for iPad. The app also supports push notifications and inline media display. I have been using Twitter for iPad right on my iPad since the day it was launched. The app literally blows the competition away!

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iOS owners can download Twitter For iPad/iPhone from the App Store for free.

Skype (Symbian)

Skype is one of the most popular VOIP services out there. The company also has an official Skype client for all the major mobile OS including Symbian. Skype for Symbian allows users to make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world for free via Wi-Fi or 3G. It also allows Skype owners to chat for free.

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The company recently rolled out an updated version of Skype which supports the latest generation of Symbian phones like the Nokia N8, C7 and E5. The update also added SILK’ Skype’s own audio codec which helps improves voice quality on a low-bandwidth connection. Symbian owners can download Skype for their handset for free from here.

TweetDeck (Android)

is one of the most popular third party Twitter client for Windows. The app is also available for other major mobile platforms including Android. The Android version of TweetDeck has a great looking UI and functions really well. I personally switched to TweetDeck and have been using it ever since on my Galaxy S since the day it was released.

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The application also supports other major social networking sites like Facebook, Google Buzz and Foursquare. The application however does lack some features like no support for creating lists, no auto-fill while entering @username and some totally useless widgets. However, I am pretty sure the folks behind TweetDeck for Android will fix all these issues sooner than later. Android owners can download TweetDeck for free from the Android Market.

Nokia E52 Firmware Updated To V52.003

clip_image001Nokia has released a firmware update for its business oriented handset the Nokia E52. The Nokia E52 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display and is powered by a 600 MHz ARM11 processor.

Other key features of the phone includes a 3.2MP camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 3G with HSDPA/HSUPA and stereo FM. The new firmware update for the handset is numbered version 52.003 and aims at improving the performance and stability of the device. Other than this, the firmware update does not include any other major changes.

Nokia E52 owners can update their handset either via OTA (Over-The-Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater. Since the Nokia E52 features UDP (User Data Preservation) users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

Nokia E7 Delayed To Early Next Year

During the Nokia World 2010, the Finnish giant announced the biiiiggg’ Nokia E7. The E7 sports a huge 4-inch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Many people consider it to be the successor to the last Communicator’ E90. When Nokia announced the handset, the company said that the device will hit the retail stores before the year end.

However, now All About Phones is reporting that Nokia has delayed its highly anticipated handset to early 2011.

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Apparently, the reason for the delay is a minor durability issuewith the E7 hardware. However, due to the delay the E7 will be missing the holiday shopping season now I am pretty sure the sales of the handsets are going to take a hit.

Also, next year we will be seeing the launch of some awesome Android devices with NVidia Tegra 2 processors. I seriously wonder how the E7 will be able to compete with them next year.

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Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian–#2

Welcome to the second edition of Best Mobile Apps Of The Week. I hope you liked our first edition of the Best Mobile Apps of The Week. Hopefully, readers will like the second edition as well. In this edition, we will introduce our readers to a scrobbler client for Symbian, a video streaming app for iOS and an application to control iTunes playback on your PC/laptop via your Android handset.

Here are the featured mobile apps of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

Air Video (iOS)

Air Video for iOS is one brilliant application. The application streams the video present in the user’s PC either via Wi-Fi or via 3G to his/her iOS based device. The biggest advantage of Air Video is that it is able to stream videos in almost any format to your iOS device. The application also has a very handy feature of converting videos on the fly and streaming it right to your iOS device. Users need to make sure that the Air Video server application is installed on your PC so that the application can work properly.

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Air Video is available for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad and users can download it from the AppStore for $2.99.

Mobbler (Symbian)

Mobbler_SymbianLast.fm is a very popular Internet radio site. Many Last.fm clients are available for various operating systems. For Symbian, Mobbler is a very popular Last.fm radio player and scrobbler client. The application allows users to listen to a variety of Internet radio stations offered by Last.fm.

The application is pretty slick as well and supports some useful features like scrobbling all your tracks when the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network etcetera. The application supports the different versions of Symbian S60v3 (FP2), S60v5 and Symbian^3.

Symbian users can download Mobbler for free from here.

Remote For iTunes (Android)

In our first edition of the Best Mobile Apps of The Week, we told you about a very handy application for iOS Remote. Today, we would like to introduce you to the Android alternative of Remote Remote For iTunes. Remote For iTunes works exactly like Remote for iOS does. The application allows users to control the media playback of iTunes running on their PC or Laptop via their Android handset through Wi-Fi.

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The interface of the application is a pretty simple as well. According to me, one drawback of the application is that it does not feature the CoverFlow UI. Nevertheless, the Remote For iTunes is a must have application if you use iTunes on your PC.

The only difference between Remote for iOS and Android is that while the former is available for free, the latter costs $4.99.