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 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 -:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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.