Nokia E6 Symbian Belle Firmware Leaks

Late last month, a Symbian Belle firmware for the Nokia C7 made its way on the Internet. Now, a couple of weeks later, a Belle FW for the Nokia E6 has leaked online. The Belle update for the Symbian^3 handsets is going to bring some much needed UI enhancements, a new camera app and much more.

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Some E6 owners who tried the leaked Belle FW on their phone are reporting an increase in performance, and a much smoother scrolling performance compared to the Anna firmware. Other changes in the Belle FW include new widgets for weather and mail,   a much faster and improved web browser, and a much prettier and usable UI. Interested Nokia E6 owners can find the download link and installation instructions over at DailyMobile forums. Since this is an early leak, I’d recommend business oriented users to stay away from this leak.

The official Symbian Belle firmware update for the existing bunch of Symbian^3 handsets like the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01, and the E6 will get the official firmware update sometime in early 2012.

Symbian Anna Phones Get a ‘Performance’ Pack Update

Hot on the heels of the v25 firmware update for their Symbian^3 phones, Nokia has started rolling out a ‘performance’ pack for their handsets.

As the name suggests, the  ‘performance’ pack aims at improving the performance and stability of the phone and its core apps. The change-log states an improvement in the email app, improved GPS performance and ‘more’. The update is an application level update, and not a firmware level update. Thus, the firmware version of your phone will remain the same post the update.

Users who have already installed the update reported an improvement in the performance of the email app, along with an overall performance improvement. The update is available via OTA (Over-The-Air) as well as via Nokia Suite. Go to the Software Update app on your Symbian^3 phone to download and install this 1MB update.

This performance update is available for all Symbian^3 handsets running Symbian Anna, including the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and the E7.

Head over to AllAboutSymbian for more information and discussion about this ‘performance’ update.

Nokia N8 Camera Software Update Brings 30fps Video Recording and Continuous Auto-focus

The Nokia N8 is a pretty old ‘smartphone’, technology wise. However, the 12MP Carl Zeiss camera at the back of the phone is still unmatched by any other mobile phone in the industry. In fact, the N8 is more popularly known as a camera with phone functionalities, than a smartphone.

Many die-hard N8 owners requested the company to add some more features and settings to the camera interface via a software update. With the Symbian Anna update, Nokia fulfilled quite a few requests that included minor UI tweaks, and added exposure compensation control. Now, Nokia has released another camera software update for the N8 via its Betalabs website.

The update mainly brings two new features to the N8 – 30fps video recording and continuous Auto-focus. While the increase in fps will give all the videos shot with the phone a smoother feel, the continuous auto-focus feature means users can shoot a video from as close as 10cm to infinity. Along with these two features, the update will also add a persistent viewfinder grid to the video mode, along with making it persistent in camera mode as well.

The camera software update is available for all N8 running Symbian Anna. The update can be  downloaded  from Nokia’s Betalabs website.

 

Nokia E7, C7 and C6-01 Symbian Anna Update Goes Live

Yesterday, we reported that the Symbian Anna update for N8 should go live any moment. Well, the good news is that Nokia has already started rolling out the update in more than 15 different regions of the world.

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Along with the N8, Nokia has started rolling out the Anna update for other first generation Symbian^3 handsets like the C7, E7, and C6-01. The Symbian Anna update brings with it some much needed features and enhancements, including an improved web-browser, portrait QWERTY input, new icons, and an improved version of Ovi Maps.

Other than this, the Anna update should also enable the NFC chip on the C7. Post the update, C7 owners would be able to share games, use NFC based accessories and read NFC tags using the NFC chip.

The whole Symbian Anna change-log can be found over at Nokia’s official blog. The Anna update will be available via OTA and/or via Nokia Software update and Ovi Suite. However, Nokia recommends using the Ovi Suite/NSU updating method, and suggests against using the OTA method, unless the user has access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection.

The Symbian Anna update will be available within this week in Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, the UK, and more countries.

Nokia N8 Symbian Anna Update Imminent!

Nokia will finally started rolling out the much-awaited Symbian Anna update for its camera with telephoning capabilities – the N8.

The Symbian Anna update brings with it a host of changes, which will definitely be welcomed by all Symbian loyalists. First and foremost, the whole UI has been tweaked, with rounded and larger icons, so as to make it more touch friendly.

Other than the new icons, there is also a new and much improved web-browser on-board. While the browser is not up to Android or iPhone level, it still is pretty good. The Anna update will also bring a portrait based QWERTY text-input system for the N8. There will also be a ‘split view’ text input system, when entering text in web pages and apps. The music player and the photo gallery app have also got minor UI tweaks. All other Ovi apps on the phone like Ovi Maps, Music, and Ovi store have also been updated to the latest versions.

At the moment, the firmware is listed in NaviFirm, which means that Nokia will start rolling out the firmware any moment now. Hopefully, the Anna update for other Symbian^3 based handsets like the E7, C7 and C6-01 will also be released soon.

All Symbian^3 owners need to make sure that they have Ovi Suite v3.1.185 or above installed, for the update to show up.

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Nokia X7 Review

The Nokia X7 is not a ground breaking phone, but it is the first device to ship with Symbian Anna / PR2 (officially) on it. Unfortunately it’s also the only device that has actually begun shipping, except for the exclusive pink N8. Symbian Anna brings many welcomed changes that legacy users have been clamoring for. The interface has changed slightly, thanks to a new icon format and inclusion of the Nokia Pure font. The photo gallery and camera interface took a serious overhaul while the browser received a performance bump but still remains ugly and borderline unusable.

Read on for a mini-review on the X7.

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Symbian Anna Update To Be Available For Download By End Of August

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has just announced at the recently concluded Nokia Connection event that the existing Symbian^3 based handsets will be getting the Anna update in August.

Nokia will start shipping the current bunch of Symbian^3 handsets (N8, E7, C7, C6-01) with Symbian Anna pre-installed beginning from July. Existing Symbian^3 handset owners need to wait until the end of August, to download the update for their handset. Yeah, that’s how Nokia respects its loyal users.

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Symbian Anna will be bringing some much needed changes to Symbian^3, in a bid to make it more competitive with iOS, Android and WP7. First and foremost, the update will bring a new web-browser with a much improved performance, along with support for split-screen text-input. The update will also bring a portrait QWERTY keyboard for easier typing.

Other new features include updated icons, performance improvements, new version of Ovi Maps with simpler and quicker search function, email enhancements, hardware accelerated encryption and a new version of Nokia’s social client.

Nokia is already shipping Symbian devices based on Symbian Anna including the recently launched Nokia E6 and the X7. So, I cannot possibly think of any techinical’ reason as to why they delayed the Anna update for the Nokia N8, E7, C7 and the C6-01.

Nokia Releases An IM Client For Symbian Handsets–IM For Nokia

Nokia has released a new Messaging app for all Symbian based devices, dubbed as IM for Nokia. As the name suggests, the app allows users to chat with their friends on popular IM (Instant Messaging) networks.

At the moment, the application supports popular IM networks like Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo Chat, MySpace IM, and the extinct Ovi Chat. Sadly, the app does not support the highly popular Facebook Chat. By default, users will need to enter their Ovi account username and password before they can use the app.

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The application also comes with a handy widget for Nokia’s touch screen based Symbian handset. There is also a widget for S40 based handsets, but its functionality is quite limited.

The application is available for download from the Ovi Store for the Nokia X6, Nokia 5230, Nokia N8, Nokia E7, and other Symbian^3 based handsets, along with S40 based handsets. Nokia will also pre-install IM for Nokia in their future handsets.

The app does lack many features which other chat client for Symbian devices offer like archives, emoticons, group conversations and video call etc.

Pink Nokia N8 Officially Announced

Nokia recently announced the pink version of its popular Nokia N8 smartphone. This handset was announced a year ago and it was finally launched in October. Nokia N8 is currently available in 5 vibrant colors – Black, Orange, Blue, Green and Silver. The Pink Nokia N8 is the sixth color to be available soon in the markets. This handset runs on the Symbian^3 Operating System.

“Following the fantastic response to the range of colors we launched for the Nokia N8, it seemed a natural step to extend this choice. The Nokia N8 in pink complements the original line up well with its expressive, intense hue”, said Rachael Bell, Senior Designer, Nokia.

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There are no changes in the specifications, except the fact that, it will come preloaded with the Symbian Anna update. Nokia N8 features a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz processor, Symbian^3 OS, 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, HD (720p) Video recording and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 256 MB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with UPnP, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 with USB On-the-Go support, HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound, FM radio with RDS, Ovi Maps, Ovi Store and a 1200 mAh Li-ion battery.

The pink Nokia N8 will come preloaded with Little Pink Diva Theme, a great Pink Neon Clock and the ELLE fashion app, which will help you to stay up-to-date with the latest fashion, beauty and celebrity news. The price and released date of this handset is not announced yet. But, it is expected to be available in the coming months.

Nokia E7 Now Available At Three UK

Last year, Nokia announced the Symbian^3 powered Nokia E7 at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset comes with a large 4 inch touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Nokia E7 is already available in US, Australia and most of the European and Asian countries. But, finally after 7 months, this handset is available for purchase in UK on the airwaves of Three.

Sylvia Chind Head of Hansets said, We are delighted to be stocking another Nokia flagship handset. This feature-packed smartphone comes equipped with a HDMI cable allowing our customers to watch videos on a big screen in the comfort of their own home.

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Nokia E7 comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display, 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 Operating System, 680 MHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM and so on.

Other features include a MicroSD card slot, 16 GB internal storage, 32 GB expandable storage, MicroUSB 2.0, A-GPS, FM Radio, Music Player, 3.5 mm headset jack, TV-out, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, up to 9 hours talktime, up to 18 days stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

The Nokia E7 is available from £35 a month on contract or £40 a month on The One Plan with All-You-Can-Eat Data, 2000 anytime, any network minutes, 5000 texts. You can select this handset from 5 different colors Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange.