Along with their quarterly financial report, Nokia also announced that there will be no more Symbian^4. Now don’t jump to a conclusion that Symbian is dead. What Nokia (and I) meant that any improvements and update which the Symbian platform will see will be passed over to all the Symbian^3 devices currently in the market.
Here is what Nokia exactly said :
You can buy a Nokia smartphone confident that any improvements introduced later to the Symbian platform, such as the user interface, can be made available to download on your device as well. No need to wait for Symbian^4 – the improvements we were planning for Symbian^4 will be introduced as and when they become available. In fact, we will no longer be talking about Symbian^3 or Symbian^4 at all it will be one constantly evolving and constantly improving platform.
So from the above statement it is clear that there will be no more Symbian^3 or Symbian^4. It will just be Symbian from henceforth. According to me, this is a pretty smart move to keep all the present N8 owners happy as well as to lure new customers to the Symbian platform. Along with this, Nokia also announced that they will be streamlining the development for both MeeGo and Symbian by using Qt and only Qt. The Finnish company also announced that they will be adding support for HTML5 web content and applications for both the platforms Symbian and MeeGo and Qt.
Today, Nokia has launched a new accessory for their Symbian^3 running handsets the Nokia Digital Radio Headset, DAB. The DAB digital radio headset offers a better and clearer reception, less interference from other channels and better sound quality. This accessory will support all Symbian^3 phones which have USB OTG (On-The-Go) feature like the Nokia N8 and C7 etcetera.
The adapter will also support third-party earphones if they have a 3.5mm jack. The DAB digital headset will also allow users to handle their calls, DAB channel and volume controls without unlocking their phone.
The software to use the DAB digital headset will either be pre-loaded on your Symbian^3 device or will be available as a free download from the Ovi store. The accessory will be available in most parts of the world except for the US and South America.
However, before purchasing this accessory, users should make sure that the DAB service is available in their region/country.
It was less than a month ago that Nokia had announced the C7 and now the device has started shipping worldwide! The Nokia C7 is the mass-oriented version of the N8. The handset packs in a 3.5-inch CBD based AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×640. The handset has a very sleek look to it and is made up of stainless steel and glass.
The C7 runs is powered by a ARM11 680MHz processor and packs in 256MB of RAM along with 1GB of ROM and 8GB of internal memory. The C7 is the second handset after the N8 to run on Symbian’s latest version – Symbian^3. The back of the phone sports an 8MP fixed focus camera with dual-LED flash which is capable of recording videos in 720p resolution.
The device is expected to cost EUR 335 before taxes and subsidies.
It was just yesterday that we wrote about the N8 getting its first camera mod 30FPS HD video recording and nearly 0% jpeg compression. Today, hyperX has made another addition to that list with continuous auto-focus while recording videos.
Below is the video of the N8 recording a video in 720p HD resolution at 30fps with continuous Auto-focus :
As seen from the video above, the mod works like a charm. However, like his previous mod hyperX has not made this mod public as well. hyperX has been a very active member and contributor on the Samsung i8910 modding scene. In fact, hyperX Custom ROMs for the i8910 were and still are considered to be the best in the business. With him taking active part in the N8 modding, I am sure we will see many more miracles like this from him.
Kudos to hyperX!
Nokia has announced that the N8 has begun shipping worldwide. Customers who pre-ordered the N8, either through Nokia’s online shop or through retail stores, will obviously get first preference. Broad availability is expected in a few weeks, with the exact date depending upon the country and operator.
Nokia N8 got off to a rough start, with a harsh review from Eldar Murtazin. However, Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, Nokia revealed, The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start shipments of the N8, the first of Nokia’s new Symbian smartphone range”.
The N8 features the new Symbian^3 operating system and boasts of a 3.5â€³ display, and 12-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. Although the Symbian operating system might be a turnoff for many, the N8 is a full-featured device with unique features like USB On-The-Go that will entice power users and fans of the Symbian operating system.
The final handset which Nokia announced today at the Nokia World is the Nokia E7. The E7 is touted as the next communicator phone from Nokia. The E7 sports a biiiiggg4-inch touchscreen display which also uses Nokia’s ClearBlack Display (CBD). The E7 also features a four row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The handset is billed by Nokia as the ultimate business smartphone’. The E7 features Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, business grade lock and wipe functionality, secure intranet access, remote device management, Mail for Exchange and Microsoft Share Point server.
Even though the E7 is touted as a business oriented handset, it does not skip on the multimedia front. The E7 packs in an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash at its back. The handset is also capable of recording and editing HD videos (720p). It also boasts of a mini-HDMI out port and Dolby Digital surround sound. The E7 will be running the latest Symbian^3 OS.
The E7 boasts of a mammoth standby battery life of 18 days and up to 9 hours of talk time. The expected retail pricing of the device is EURO495 before taxes and subsidies. The device will hit the retail stores before the year end.
Along with the Nokia C6, Nokia also announced its elder brother the C7. The Nokia C7 is sleek handset with a stainless steel body and a thickness of only 10.5mm. The Nokia C7 features a 3.5-inch capacitive AMOLED touchscreen with nHD (360×640) resolution. The handset also features active noise cancellation.
The Nokia C7 will also feature an 8MP camera at its back with dual-LED flash. The handset is also capable of recording videos in HD (720p) resolution. The C7 packs in 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD slot supporting up to 32GB card. Like its sibling the C6 the Nokia C7 will also run on Symbian^3. Nokia states that the C7 will last for around 27 days in standby on 3G network and up to 9.5 hours talk time in 2G mode. The C7 will also feature Ovi Maps along with free walk and drive navigation.
The estimated retail pricing of the device is EURO335 before taxes and subsidies. The C7 will be available in black, metal or brown color before the end of 2010.
Nokia just announced the Nokia C6 at the on-going Nokia World 2010. The C6-01 has a metal body and glass design. The phone will also feature a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen with ClearBlack Display (CBD). According to Anssi, the C6 display is Blacker than black. Anssi also touted that the new display has better sunlight legibility and consumes less power. The C6 features a 3.2-inch capacitive screen with nHD (360×640) resolution. The handset is also eco-friendly and its body is made up of recycled metals.
The back of the device also features an 8MP camera along with dual-LED flash. The C6 will run on the updated version of Symbian dubbed as the Symbian^3. The handset will also feature Ovi Maps along with free walk and drive navigation. The C6 will also provide users access to all the Ovi services from Nokia like the Ovi Music, Ovi Store etcetera.
The C6 (C6-01) is expected to cost around EUR 260 before taxes and subsidies. The device will hit the retail market before this year ends.
Readers should keep in mind that this is the Nokia C6-01 which was announced today. The original C6 was announced by Nokia quite a few months ago.The original C6 featured a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and ran the Symbian S60v5 edition. Nokia really needs to stop confusing people with their weird naming schemes.
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Nokia has launched a new Mobile TV headset accessory for their handsets. The Nokia Mobile TV headset incorporates a DVB-H (Digital Video BroadbandHandset) receiver which allows users to tune in and watch live TV on mobile phones. Along with this, the mobile TV headset also functions like a normal mobile headset. It also features an external remote so as to allow quick access to skip, play and pause functions while listening to music.
This new accessory from Nokia is a first of its kind. The headset is compatible with any Nokia phone featuring USB OTG (On-The-Go) and running on Symbian^3. As of now, only the Nokia N8 fills the above requirement. Hopefully, Nokia will announce more handsets which are compatible with the mobile TV headset at the upcoming Nokia Event.
The Mobile TV headset will cost around â‚¬40 before taxes and subsidies. It will hit the retail market in Q4 of this year.
We had told you about the Nokia C7 nearly a month and half month ago. The Nokia C7 will be a lower-priced sibling of the Nokia N8. The C7 will be the second handset from Nokia to run on Symbian^3. The handset will feature a 3.5’inch screen with nHD (360×640) resolution. The phone also has a microUSB port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The back of the phone features an 8MP camera, assisted by dual-LED flash for low-light photography. The Nokia C7 is made using the same material as the Nokia N97/N97 Mini. The phone also has a call end and a call receive key in the front, along with a menu key. The phone, in all probability, will be powered by an ARM processor, running at 680 MHz. The device should also pack in 256MB of RAM. The device will be powered by a mere 1200mAh battery. Hopefully, the battery life of the device won’t be disappointing.
Here is the walk through of the Nokia C7 :
The C7 will be announced by Nokia at the upcoming Nokia World in September.