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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 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.

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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 Launches The Symbian^3 Powered C6-01 In India For Rs.18,229

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Last year, Nokia announced the Symbian^3 powered C6-01 smartphone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset have been finally launched in India. The original C6 features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Symbian S60v5 OS, 5 megapixel camera, while the new C6-01 comes with a 3.2 inch AMOLED screen, Symbian^3 OS, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. The handset is completely eco-friendly and its body is made up of recycled materials.

Nokia C6-01 features a 3.2 inch AMOLED display with ClearBlack display, 360 x 640 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 operating system, 680 MHz processor, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB, 8 megapixel camera with fixed focus and dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 340 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 256 MB RAM, 1GB ROM, A-GPS, Stereo FM radio with RDS, up to 11 hrs talktime, up to 400 hrs stand-by time and a 1050 mAh battery.

This handset comes is two different colors – Black and Silver Gray. Nokia C6-01 comes with a price tag of Rs.18,229. You can easily purchase this handset from your nearest retailer or at the Nokia Priority stores.

Nokia N8, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 PR1.1 Firmware Update Out

Beginning from today, Nokia has started rolling out the PR1.1 firmware update for its new Symbian (formerly Symbian^3) handsets like the Nokia N8, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia C7.

The new firmware update will improve the performance and stability of all the three handsets along with fixing some bugs. Other changes in this firmware won’t be visible to the end users, but will be helpful to developers.

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Here is the official change-log from Nokia itself :

  • Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations;
  • Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite.
  • For Nokia N8 users:
    a. New Quick Office 6.4 editor version, which offers editing possibilities and allows zooming in & out in Word documents.
    b. Three high quality games will also be preloaded on new devices Need for Speed Shift, Real Golf and Galaxy on Fire. (In some countries, Need for Speed is replaced with Asphalt 5). For current N8 users, these are available for free from Ovi Suite & Ovi Store.

Owners of any of the latest Symbian handset can update the firmware on their handset using Nokia Software Updater or Nokia Ovi Suite. They can also update the firmware on their handset directly via OTA (Over-The-Air).

Symbian is way behind Android and iOS in certain departments including a dated UI, extremely bad text input system and a pathetic web browser. Nokia has promised to fix most of these shortcomings in future firmware updates.

However, this PR 1.1 firmware update does not improve any of these aspects of the phone.   Seriously Nokia, it’s high time you do something which will be appreciated by both – the general public and bloggers.

Nokia E7 Up For Pre-Order In Finland and Sweden

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Last year, Nokia announced the E7 business phone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset is powered by the Symbian^3 operating system and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset was expected to launch in this month, but it was delayed for some unknown reasons. But we have a good news for the folks living in Finland and Sweden. The much awaited Nokia E7 communicator is finally up for pre-order in the Nokia’s home country, Finland and its neighboring country, Sweden.

Nokia E7 comes with a large 4 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 OS, 680 MHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 16v GB internal storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, MicroUSB 2.0, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio, Music Player, 3.5 mm headset jack, TV-out, up to 9 hours talktime, up to 18 days stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

This handset will be available in 5 vibrant colors – Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange. You can pre-order this handset for 599€ (approx. $800). If you are planning to pre-order this handset, head over to this page. Currently, Dark Grey and Silver White are the only colors available for pre-order. This handset will be soon available in other countries.

Nokia N8 PR1.1 Firmware Leaks

Last year, Nokia launched its first Symbian^3 based handset the Nokia N8. The phone was heavily criticized for its poor web-browser, outdated UI and its disastrous text input system. Nokia had promised that they will release a new firmware for the N8 in January or early February which will improve some of the heavily criticized aspects of the phone.

Now, reports are coming in that the PR1.1 (v13.015) firmware for the N8 is under the final stages of testing before being rolled out to the public.

However, some folks over at the DailyMobile.se forums have managed to get their hands on this upcoming firmware for the N8. The PR1.1 firmware was listed on NaviFirm from where many users downloaded and flashed it on their N8. One user has even posted a video of the firmware in action on the N8.

Here is the video of PR1.1 firmware running on the Nokia N8-:

Users who flashed the firmware on their handset are reporting an improved browser performance and a more responsive music player. The overall performance of the handset and the RAM management have also improved. The Gallery app on the phone also seems to work a bit smoothly now.

Even though the browser performance has improved, it still crashes intermittently. Readers can also find a video of the browser speed test on the Nokia N8 running PR1.1 firmware here.

Nokia has promised more changes for the N8 including UI updates along with a web browser and text input overhaul in the upcoming firmware updates.

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #5

Welcome to the fifth edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week for iOS, Symbian and Android. In this edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week (BMATW), we will introduce our readers to a very slick RSS app for iOS, a new Launcher for Android and a painting application for Symbian devices.

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

ADWLauncher EX (Android)

AD Launcher EX is the paid version of the highly popular ADW Launcher. The paid version of the app offers some nice features over the free version including some crazily awesome animations. The app also includes four different kinds of App drawers including 3D and a 4D one.

Below is a video demonstrating all the features of ADWLauncher EX:

In fact, ADWLauncher EX is so good that it has forced me to change loyalties from LauncherPro. To know more about ADWLauncher EX, readers can read our full review here. The app is downloadable from the Android Market for $3.50.

Pulse (iOS)

Pulse is one of the best looking RSS readers available for iOS. The app has a UI unlike any other feed reader out there.   The app shows a picture of the webpage and the heading of the post.

Below is a screenshot of how Pulse looks -:

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Pulse brings in only the ‘bare essentials’ of an article by stripping the post from other irrelevant stuffs like advertisements, images etc. The app also includes some nifty features like Offline sync, Easy Share and News Discovery. iOS users can download Pulse for free from the App Store.

Pulse is also available on the Android Market for free.

Scribble Away (Symbian)

Scribble Away for Symbian OS is a simple painting tool. Even though simple’, the app has all the basic painting features covered including the canvas type and even allows users to share their paintings on popular social networking sites. A simple but definitely a fun filed time killing application.

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Scribble away is available for all the touch based phones from Nokia running on Symbian S60v5 or Symbian^3. Symbian users can download the app from here.

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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Real Golf For Nokia N8 Released For Free

Nokia has been releasing tons of firmware updates for all its various handsets in the last week or so. Today, the company has released a game Real Golf – for its recently released high-end flagship handset the Nokia N8. Real Golf includes all the top golfers including an exclusive appearance by Lee Westwood. The game features more than 15 hours of gameplay.

Here is a video of Real Golf running on the Nokia N8-:

Real Golf Running on the Nokia N8

N8 owners can download the update by going to Menu->Applications->SW Update. Users should keep in mind that the game might not be available as a free download for N8 owners in all the regions of the world.

Nokia N8 Plagued With Power Management Issues

The N8 is Nokia’s first phone based on Symbian^3 and the company has pretty high hopes from it. Nokia is expecting the N8 to make it a force to reckon with in the high-end mobile segment. However, the Finnish company plans have hit a roadblock. Scattered reports from all over the world are suggesting that the N8 is plagued with some power management issues.

The N8 will automatically switch itself off and will refuse to switch on after that. Even a hard reset (Menu+ Volume down+ camera key+ power on key) doesn’t helps in this case.

Nokia’s Niklas Savander has also accepted the issues but said that the problem affects a very small number of users so there is nothing to worry about. Here is the video in which Niklas talks about the N8 power management issues –

Niklas Savander Talks About The N8 Power Management Issues

Niklas suggests affected users to make a warranty claim and get a new N8.

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Nokia N8 First Custom Firmware Released

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 : Nokia_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.

New Symbian^3 Browser From Nokia Delayed

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.

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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!

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Nokia C6-01 Starts Shipping

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. Nokia_C6-01_1

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!

New Portrait QWERTY Keyboard For The Nokia N8 Coming Soon

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. clip_image001

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.

Angry Birds Arrives On Symbian

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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.