Ovi Store Client Updated To v2.04.00038 | Search Enhancement & Bug Fixes

The Ovi Store Client for Symbian devices has recently been updated to v2.04.00038. This patch release fixes a major search bug, that previously grouped apps sharing the same metadata as versions of the same app, resulting in an inaccurate search result. There is also bug fixes for TMO US E72 Customers. Hit the jump to find out more.

What do consumers gain through this release?

  • Consumers with Symbian^3 devices will have support for the download and installation of Qt-based applications, through the use of the Qt Smart Installer. Users will now be able to access a much wider universe of content in the Ovi Store and developers will experience faster throughput to publishing. The Qt Smart Installer may require some users to download additional software to properly run the Qt-based applications.  In order to better inform Ovi Store users, we have added an additional dialog to the content item screen that is standard for all Qt-based applications; the dialog informs the user that more software may be needed and advises them to use a WLAN connection.
  • Customers will see more relevant search results when searching for certain items (more detail is available in the “Release Detail” section below).
  • TMO US E72 and 5230 customers will again be able to access the store from their embedded bookmarks, redressing a bug in the current client platform.

Aside from this, the Ovi Suite also received a minor update to v3.0.0.29. This update offers:

  • Simplified sync of contacts to ovi.com,
  • Switch to syncing contacts directly between the device and Ovi
  • Important fixes to connecting the device and computer.

Nokia Internet Radio For Symbian^3 Now Officially Available

Nokia Internet Radio is now officially available for Symbian^3 devices like the Nokia N8 and Nokia C7. Although the S60 5th Edition version was compatible with the newer platform, this Symbian^3 version brings all the features officially to your device, including a great widget that lets you see what station is being played directly from your homescreen. Hit the jump to find out more.

You can download Nokia Internet Radio free from the Ovi Store, or directly from our Symbian^3 Apps pages.

*Updated | Nokia Bubbles Beta For Symbian^3 | An Awesome Lock Screen UI Concept

Nokia Beta Labs have release a cracking new application that lets you interact with your device in an exciting new way. Nokia Bubbles Beta gives you access to content relevant shortcuts right from your lock screen. Simply grab a bubble and drag it to one of the available drop points to initiate the corresponding action. Hit the jump to find out more.

Supported Actions:

  • Unlock the phone.
  • View new messages.
  • View/Respond to missed calls.
  • Control the music player.
  • Control the FM radio.
  • Change profile (profile timing also supported).
  • Call/Message your three best friends.
  • Activate the backlight to use as a flashlight.
  • Show your current location using Ovi Maps.
  • Change the background of the Bubbles screen.
  • Display when battery needs charging.
  • Display statistics about bubble speed and distance (just for fun).

You can download Nokia Bubbles Beta for your Symbian^3 device from our Applications section. Once installed, remember to reboot your device, then simply activate the bubbles by pressing the menu or power key when the device screen is locked.

*UPDATE – If you experienced any issues while using Nokia Bubbles Beta, you can follow the uninstallation guide below to completely remove the app and everything that came with it from your device:

How to uninstall Nokia Bubbles

This will completely uninstall Nokia Bubbles and restore a non-beta version of Qt (the same that is shipped in software PR1.1).

  1. Go to Settings -> Application manager -> Installed apps
  2. Long-press on Bubblelock (or Nokia Bubbles) from the list and select Uninstall
  3. Install qtdowngrade.sis to C:/Phone Memory (Important to install to correct drive!)
  4. Go to application grid and select Options -> Organise.
  5. Long-press on QtExamples folder and select Delete.
  6. Go to Settings -> Application manager -> Installed apps
  7. Long-press on qtdowngrade from the list and select Uninstall
  8. Reboot

Nokia’s New Strategic Alliance Begs Questions On The Future Of Qt

We previously discussed the future of Symbian & Meego in the new strategic alliance between Nokia and Micrsoft, but what about the Qt developer push Nokia was engaged in. Since the Windows Marketplace will become the one-stop-shop for apps on future Nokia devices powered by Windows Phone OS, and has it’s own set of developer tools, what will be of Qt? Daniel Kihlberg, Director of the Qt Ecosystem, Qt Sales, Marketing and Services takes some time out to explain the future of Qt. Hit the jump to find out more.

Qt will continue to play an important role in Nokia. Consider the following:

  • The retention of Nokia’s 200 million Symbian-users is vital and Nokia has targeted sales of 150 million more Symbian-devices in years to come.  To achieve that Nokia needs to continue the modernization of Symbian in Qt – to keep existing consumers engaged and to attract new customers, either upgrading from existing Symbian devices to Qt enabled devices or entirely new to Nokia.
  • Nokia also announced it will ship its first MeeGo-related device in 2011, which will rely on the Qt ecosystem – and then will continue with MeeGo as an open source project for future disruption.  Nokia can’t afford to be behind the next disruption again and Qt can play an important role in making sure it isn’t.
  • With Qt Quick and Qt SDK 1.1 releases in the coming months we are expecting the Qt developer community to continue to grow – adding to the 400.000 developers using Qt today. Qt is developed together with the community and we expect the pace of innovation to increase even further as the community grows.
  • We in Nokia are one of tens of thousands of companies in multiple industries actively using and contributing to Qt, making Qt relevant for both mobile, desktop and other embedded developers
  • Qt expansion: We have continued to hire Qt developers and we will continue to improve and expand Qt in the future. Qt is great at delivering innovation; we have been doing that for 15 years.  With the upcoming release of Qt Quick, we will reach out to new users and make it even easier to create great apps and UIs for many platforms including Symbian and MeeGo.
  • The new Qt SDK 1.1 technology preview. We now offer only one SDK for both desktop and mobile developers, which makes it easier to target more platforms by using just one SDK.
  • Qt everywhere. Qt continues to make vast inroads into especially low end Linux devices and distro’s.  Qt also continues to provide a platform for others to innovate and differentiate upon. For example Dreamworks switching all their internal animation tools to Qt and making cool movies like “MegaMind” and “How to Train Your Dragon”.

Qt is increasingly popular. During 2010, we had 1.5+ million downloads at qt.nokia.com (alone) – twice as much as during 2009  – and with the up-coming innovation and additional investments in Qt combined with the introduction of open governance, I believe Qt will be used more than ever before.

Daniel Kihlberg
Director Qt Ecosystem – Qt Sales, Marketing and Service