New Firmware v053.001 | Nokia E52 & E72

Nokia has also released a new firmware update v053.001 for both the Nokia E52and Nokia E72. This is just a minor update which most likely brings a few bug fixes more than anything else. If you notice any significant changes then please share your experiences in the comments below. Hit the jump to find out more on updating the firmware on your Nokia handset.

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Then select Options, Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

New Firmware v21.8.005 | Nokia 5230 & 5233

Nokia has released a new firmware update for both the Nokia 5230 and 5233. The new firmware v21.8.005 is a small step up from the previous v21.1.004, so we don’t expect it to bring any major changes. There’s no official changelog so if you find anything noteworthy then please share your experiences in the comments. More after the jump.

The new firmware should be available for most of you right now, however it may take some time for the rest of you, depending on your service provider or region. New firmwares contain important updates for your handset to function properly so we highly recommend you update your device.

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Then select Options, Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

New Symbian^3 Browser & Portrait QWERTY Keyboard Leaked

Here’s another leaked preview of some of the big changes coming soon to Symbian^3 in the new firmware update. This time its the new web browser and the portrait QWERTY keyboard. Hit the jump to find out more.

Looking at the leaked screenshots below, you can see that the new web browser has the address bar at the top of the screen, which poses as a unified URL and Search bar, similar to that on the Nokia N900. It seems Maemo 5 has been very influential on Symbian^3, with the multiple homescreens and interactive widgets, the new leaked multitasking view and now the improved web browser. There is also a persistent back button in bottom left of screen.

The new portrait QWERTY keyboard is also a feature much requested by the community, (see my rant here). We’ve also previously seen implementations of a 3rd party Nokia N8 portrait QWERTY keyboard. Well it seems as though Nokia has listened and have included this in the upcoming update. The new keyboard is, unlike the landscape version, a partial overlay of the screen instead of covering it all up. The letters appear in elongated buttons which should make it easier to type. There is a small change in the Symbols/Number button too, which is displayed as 12# instead of 1*.

More leaks are showing up regarding this new update which can only mean one thing, its not far off now. I’m sure many of you are as eager to get your hands on with this new update, so in the mean time why not let us know what features you want added, and whether or not your happy with the potential new features you’ve seen so far. Make sure you also check out the new Maemo 5 styled multitasking UI leak.

Nokia E7 Unboxing & Comparison With The Nokia E90 Communicator

The soon to be released Nokia E7 gets its first unboxing treatment along with a quick comparison with its predecessor the Nokia E90 Communicator. The Nokia E7 is due to hit the market any time now, and if your eagerly awaiting its release, then check out these preview videos in the mean time after the jump.


New Maemo 5 Styled Multitasking UI For Symbian^3 Leaked

Is there a new multitasking UI coming to Symbian^3? Well check out this image of some QT Quick Apps being showcased on the Nokia E7. If that multitasking UI looks familiar, its because it is very similar to the one on Nokia’s Maemo 5 powered N900. Hit the jump to find out more.

Currently the Multitasking view on Symbian^3 is not as pictured in the image above. The current view comes in a scrollable thumbnail format, which to be honest is an improvement from Symbian^1 devices, but a little less intuitive when compared to the UI on the Nokia N900. If this is one of the big changes coming to Symbian^3 in the new firmware update coming soon, then it will be welcomed with open arms. Its currently the best way to have a quick glance at all your open apps and easily switch between them.

The images below show the current multitasking UI on Symbian^3 devices on the left and on the Maemo 5 powered Nokia N900 on the right.

What do you think? Are you big on multitasking? Would you like to see this new multitasking UI come to Symbian^3? Share your thoughts in the comments below.