Nokia Shoot & Tag Beta | Scene Tagging Prototype Released

Nokia Shoot & Tag Beta is a video recording application for S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices that incorporates automatic scene-tagging technology. When filming videos with Shoot & Tag, the video tagging technology automatically recognizes shifts or changes in the background images being recorded and will tag the change as a new scene or chapter in your video. Hit the jump to find out more.

Nokia Shoot & Tag is a clever video application developed by Nokia Research Center, Beijing that automatically creates scene chapters in your video while recording. This innovative tagging technology was created to provide a convenient playback experience when viewing videos. Check out the video demo below.

Getting Started

You can download Nokia Shoot & Tag Beta for your S60 5th Editionor Symbian^3 device from our Applications section. Once installed, launch and click the ‘Red Ball’ icon to begin video recording. The detected key frames will be listed on the left of the screen. You can also add key frame manually by clicking the ‘Tag’ button. The auto-keyframe extraction can be switched off from Options>Settings.

Known Issues

  • Currently 720P video recording is not supported on Nokia N8 due to technical issue.
  • Physical “camera key” is not available inside Shoot&Tag because it is reserved for system camera application.

Nokia E7 Review Part 2 | Unboxing The 2011 Communicator (Image Gallery)

Earlier today we brought you our Nokia E7 Review Part 1 – Unboxing The 2011 Communicator (Video). I thought I’d also put together a high quality still image gallery of our Nokia E7 unboxing experience. So hit the jump and check out the extensive gallery.

Nokia Appoints New Head Of MeeGo Plus MeeGo Developer Edition Headed To The N900

Nokia has announced that Sebastian Nystrom will succeed Alberto Torres as new Head of the Meego team at Nokia. Alberto left the company when Nokia announced the partnership with Microsoft at MWC in February and so Sebastian has now been appointed to take over. Nokia has also announced that a MeegoDeveloper Edition will become available for the Nokia N900. More details after the break.

Here’s the article published last week, with more details on Sebastian Nystrom’s appointment:

When Nokia announced its new strategy on February 11th, it also announced that Alberto Torres, the head of Nokia’s MeeGo Computers, would leave the company. I thought you would want to know that Sebastian Nyström has now been appointed to head the MeeGo team at Nokia. Sebastian has been leading Qt at Nokia, making the framework available under open source, free-of-charge LGPL license and now he takes responsibility for our future MeeGo efforts.

I know some of you are going to say, why bother? Well Sebastian has been laying out the responsibilities of his role as he sees them, which I wanted to share. In a note to Nokia employees, Sebastian defined his role as:

  1. Launching a product from our MeeGo program later this year. We believe our upcoming device will have unique appeal to the style-conscious, connected enthusiast.
  2. Keeping Nokia on track to deliver necessary software updates following launch of the product.
  3. Working with the Linux Foundation, Intel and the wider community to plan Nokia’s future involvement in meego.com.

I know there was great disappointment in the MeeGo community, at Nokia’s decision. Many of us have gone through an emotional journey ourselves. I’m personally happy to see Sebastian helping us to complete the evolution of our previous Maemo and now MeeGo efforts to an exciting product. You will see more of Sebastian in the coming weeks when we are preparing our participation in the MeeGo Conference in San Francisco.

Here’s the email sent out to the Meego Dev Team by Jukka Eklund, Product Manager of the Meego Developer Edition at Nokia, explaining the plans to put Meego on the Nokia N900.

I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it’s really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be “perfect”. It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.

We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team lead by Harri and Carsten.

The wiki is up here: http://wiki.meego.com/ARM/N900/DeveloperEdition. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience.


Nokia Launches The X1-00 | Cheap Feature Phone Makes Loud Entrance

Nokia has today launched its lowest ranked device in the Xseries line-up in the form of the bold, bright and very loud Nokia X1-00. This music lovers’ handset sports a huge speaker on the back of the device rated at 106 phon, apparently enough volume to rattle your window frame. With an estimated retail price of around €35 EUR, the Nokia X1 will be available in select markets in April. Hit the jump to find out more.

The Nokia X1-00‘s loudness is one of its key features as its designed for markets with high ambient noise levels. But not only is it rated at 106 phon – the measurement of perceived loudness – the frequency response has also been tweaked to ensure the sound remains undistorted at higher volumes, unlike most mobile phones.

The Nokia X1-00 has a 3.5 mm audio jack, three music-orientated hardware keys, a nifty single-key playlist creator and also support for MicroSD memory cards for extra music storage up to 16GB. With an integrated FM radio also crammed into the Nokia X1, this handset can be used as stereo on the go.

Also making a welcome reappearance is the dedicated torch on the device. This is fairly rare in devices intended for Western cities, where there’s always some ambient light, but pretty important if you live in a place where the power supply is unreliable or where there is no electricity at all. For similar reasons, the standby battery life is rated at a whopping 61 days max.

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Another unusual feature is provision for up to five phone books. Why would anyone want that? Because this is a phone that might be shared between an entire family or even neighbours. Less than €35 EUR isn’t very expensive for people in Western markets, but if you can divide that five ways, then it becomes accessible to people for whom that’s nearly a month’s salary.

This is super-inexpensive handset uses the Series 30 operating system, so it’s got the basics people need. With a souped-up music player app, calendar, clock, calculator, pre-loaded games and so on, in a device that measures 112.2 x 47.3 x 16 mm and weighs 91 g, the Nokia X1-00 has the potential of selling very well in the low end markets.