The Nokia Beta Labs recently released Nokia Big Screen for Symbian^3 devices. Nokia Big Screen allows Symbian^3 users to share media on their Nokia N8, and soon to be released Nokia E7, in High Definition on any HDTV, turning the handset into a portable home entertainment media hub. Hit the jump to find out more.
Connecting your handset to a HDTV via a HDMI cable, Nokia Big Screen will automatically launch on your device, providing you with a remote control layout to navigate through the photos, videos and music on your handset, in a cool media center like format. You can also connect a Bluetooth enabled controller to your device, such as the Nintendo Wii Remote, and use that instead. Nokia Big Screen is available for HDMI supported Symbian^3 devices and can be downloaded free from our Symbian^3 Apps page.
Jo Harlow, Head of Nokia Symbian Smartphones said that, “Big Screen is another example of Nokia constantly working to help customers find new ways to use their smartphones. Big Screen provides a platform for Nokia to deliver more home entertainment services to users of the Nokia N8 and Nokia E7. A smartphone is no longer just a way to access media content on the move: it has now become a portable media hub and one more way to realize the fantastic media capabilities of our latest smartphone range.”
Nokia Big Screen Features
- Show your photos and videos in high definition on your TV screen
- Listen to music from your phone on your home audio system
- View song lyrics in karaoke style and watch videos with subtitles
- Play music in the background while you browse your photos
- Enjoy slide-shows with music of your choice
- Have a screen saver activate after a minute’s idle time to protect your TV
- Use your phone as an entertainment hub you can take everywhere with you
Nokia Packs Up Ovi Music Unlimited To Pave Way For New Services
Nokia today announced that it has decided to pull the plug on its Ovi Music Unlimitedservice in most regions due to poor uptake. It seems the service never really picked up globally, however the service that lets you eat all you can has been successful in certain regions, and therefore will continue to operate there. Ovi Music’s Adam Mirabella explains the changes in the short video after the break.
Existing customers will have uninterrupted access to the music library until their subscriptions finish, and they will be able to keep their music downloads. Ovi Music itself will also continue to operate as normal.
Nokia N8 Software Update
The Nokia N8 has received a new software update titled ‘Videos’. This is again not a new firmware, but rather a core applications update to bring new features to the video player on the device. Hit the jump to find out more.
The update description states: “Easily add subtitles to your mobile videos and get a range of additional updates to many other features with this new, easy-to-install update. Currently supported subtitle file formats are SRT and SUB.” The update is around 1.2 MB (1217 kB) in size and has a version number of 9.22 (52). I haven’t had a chance to give you guys a quick demo, but if you find a video demo of these features or fancy making a short video yourself, be sure to give us a heads up in the comments below, or by submitting a tip here.