A Day Made Of Glass | Future Concept Video By Corning

The makers of the extremely durable Gorilla Glass used in Nokia’s latest devices – Corning, has released an awesome concept video depicting its vision of the future, with specialty glass at the heart of it. A Day Made Of Glass shows how glass displays could, and probably will, be used in the future to take technology that one step further in becoming closely integrated within our lives. Check out the video after the break.

Nokia Launches The T-Mobile Nokia Astound For The US | Re-Branded Nokia C7

Today at CTIA in Orlando, Florida, Nokia took the first step in delivering its promise of making millions of more Symbian devices with the launch of the Nokia Astound (US version of the Nokia C7) with T-Mobile USA. Check out the full press release and press images after the break.

Inspired by U.S. consumers who want an affordable smartphone that offers a simplified user experience and on-the-go entertainment, Nokia today continues to broaden its Symbian smartphone portfolio with the introduction of the Nokia Astound. Offering value without compromise, the Nokia Astound will be available exclusively from T-Mobile USA beginning April 6.

The Nokia Astound’s sleek stainless-steel design features an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video capture, a brilliant 3.5-inch capacitive touch AMOLED display, free turn-by-turn navigation from Nokia and access to thousands of free and paid apps via Nokia’s Ovi Store. The Nokia Astound makes it easy for consumers to stay connected. The Astound has three fully customizable homescreens, giving quick access to email, and the ability to check the latest from Facebook and Twitter, or just surf the web. Consumers can kick back and enjoy the Astound’s entertainment features by playing pre-loaded games like Fruit Ninja, listening to the latest music with the Slacker Radio app, or browsing their own music and video collection, right at their fingertips.

Mark Slater, Vice President of Sales at Nokia stated, “As millions more consumers make the switch to smartphones, Nokia is proud to offer an alternative that is not only easy and fun to use, but is also very sexy and sleek, unlike anything in its price point… With a user experience rounded out by Nokia’s Ovi services, including Maps and Store, consumers will be delighted to discover Nokia’s premium design quality with no compromises on services and apps, made affordable with T-Mobile.”

Andrew Morrison, Vice President of Product Management at T-Mobile USA stated, “As T-Mobile continues to make owning a smartphone easy and affordable, we are thrilled to introduce the high-quality design and entertainment experience of the Nokia Astound… Offering the features of a high-end smartphone at a great price, the Nokia Astound is sure to appeal to a broad array of consumers.”

The Nokia Astound will be available nationwide starting April 6 through T-Mobile retail stores and online for $79.99 USD after a $50 USD mail-in rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan. The Nokia Astound will also be offered at select third-party dealers, and at leading national retailers including Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target Mobile locations and Walmart.

Hands On Videos Of The T-Mobile US Nokia Astound

Earlier today, Nokia launched the T-Mobile Nokia Astound for the US, which is essentially a re-branded US variant of the Nokia C7, however it does come with a slightly tweaked version of Symbian^3. It’s not quite the PR 2.0 firmware we’ve all been waiting for, but many features from that promised update are present, including the new web browser and portrait on-screen QWERTY keyboard. Hit the jump to check out the very first hands on videos of this device.

Tank Hero For Symbian^3 | Gameplay Demo On The Nokia N8

Tank Hero is a fast paced, 3D, tank-action game for Symbian^3 devices. Take out your enemies with cannons, heat seekers, and howitzers. Tank Hero sports campaign and survival game modes, 60 levels to challenge yourself with, and multitouch controls with several schemes to choose from. Check out the gameplay demo after the break.

Speed X 3D For Symbian^3 | Gameplay Demo On The Nokia N8

Speed X 3D is an 3D action tunnel game for Symbian^3 devices, where you have to avoid colourful blocks by using tilt motion controls. Choose one from four available difficulty levels and collect bonuses to increase your shield resistance, destroy blocks, break warnings or to slow your speed. In addition, Speed X is the first game on the market which supports red-cyan and green-magenta 3D glasses, how cool! Check out the gameplay demo after the break.

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.



Wooden Labyrinth 3D For Symbian^3 | Gameplay Demo On The Nokia N8

Wooden Labyrinth 3D brings realistic 3D graphics to one of the most loved childhood classics. With a tilt based perspective change, unlockable marbles, endless mode and an infinite amount of auto-generated levels, Wooden Labyrinth 3D also let’s you compete with others via 180 custom mazes with records and challenge times. Hit the jump to find out more.

Voyager Home Screen (vHome) Brings HTC Sense & iOS Like UI To Symbian

Voyager Home Screen (vHome) is a great app that transforms your Symbian handset’s user interface into a mash-up of the HTC Sense and Apple iOS homescreen. With support for homescreen tweeting to neat app pages, vHome is definitely one app you need to check out if you haven’t already. Hit the jump for the video.

Voyager Home Screen (vHome) Features:
Big retro or analog clock.
News feeds and weather.
Put all your apps into neat pages to flick through, with folder support.
One-click on/off widgets: Bluetooth, Silent Profile, Phone Lock.
Send tweets directly from the homescreen.

Soundtrack To London By The Museum of London 

The Museum of London has released a cool new app called Soundtrack to London, which reveals the people, places and events that have made London a great musical city. Search facts by location, artist or genre, or find sites nearest to you to discover stories that happened just around the corner. Hit the jump to check out the video demo.

Nokia Diexie Beta Launched | Write Chinese On You Symbian Touchscreen Phone

Nokia Research Center in Beijing has just released a great new application for the Chinese speaking community – Nokia Diexie . The official name actually means “overlapping handwriting”, which is what this application provides in order to allow users to input sentences in Chinese on their touchscreen phones without having to pause between characters. Hit the jump to find out more.

Nokia Diexie allows users to simply write a full sentence one character over another in a stacking style. As you begin writing the next character over the previous character, the previous character begins to fade away, creating an overlapped visual, allowing you to concentrate on finishing the next character.

This input method not only increases the overall user experience for Chinese character text input, but also increases the accuracy of the recognition to identify different handwriting styles. Instead of having to recognize just one character, the character recognition engine sees all the characters in one complete sentence and determines if the characters create a grammatically correct sentence. The result is increased accuracy and a much more intuitive handwriting input method.

Nokia Diexie Beta is available for all S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices, and you can download this app and many more from our Applications section. Check out the video demo below.

Nokia C7 With Symbian^3 PR 2.0 Firmware | Video Preview

Yesterday we brought to you the Symbian^3 PR 2.0 Firmware Presentation Video, showcasing some of the new features headed to Symbian^3 devices in the PR 2.0 Firmware. Well check out this 9 minute video of the new firmware running on a Nokia C7. I have to say, I’m very disappointed with the browser. It seems to be more of a UI upgrade rather than a performance one. Video after the break.

Symbian^3 PR 2.0 Firmware Presentation

Check out this Symbian^3PR 2.0 Firmware presentation video, highlighting some of the key features set to be released in the new update. A faster UI, renewed music player and more importantly a better web browser with a less overpowering keyboard overlay and tabbed browsing, will all feature in the upcoming update. Hit the jump for the presentation video.

Nokia/Microsoft Partnership | Developer Opportunities & Reactions

Check out these video’s after the break from Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona where first, Microsoft’s Matt Bencke, General Manager for Windows Phone and Marketplace, talks about the nature and opportunities in developing for the Nokia/Microsoft ecosystem. This is followed by the reaction of developers, who weigh in on the planned partnership giving their honest opinions, and explain what exactly the news means for them, and how it will effect their immediate and long term future.

Midnight Blue Theme For Symbian^3 By LogonAniket | The Original Nokia E7 Theme

LogonAniket has released a great new addition to his Midnight Themes collection with the Midnight Blue Theme. Midnight Blue is the original Nokia E7 theme and can now be enjoyed on all Symbian^3 devices. Hit the jump for download links.

Midnight Blue Theme by LA offers original touch in every element, creating a very natural finish and super-fast feel with no lag. You can download this theme and many more for free from our Symbian^3 Themes section.

Fruit Ninja For Symbian^3 | Gameplay Demo On The Nokia N8

Halfbrick Studios’ Fruit Ninja has arrived. The very addictive slasher that gives you the chance to become a true ninja warrior, albeit slashing fruit has finally landed on Symbian^3. This juicy, squishy, fruit-slashing action game comes with three game modes and unlockable blades to keep you entertained for hours. If you’re not yet familiar with Fruit Ninja, hit the jump to check out a gameplay demo.

Compatible with all Symbian^3 devices, Fruit Ninja is available over at the Ovi Store for £1.00 GBP, which I have to say is disappointing to see, considering the iPhone version is only £0.59 GBP.

Digia To Acquire Qt Commercial Licensing Business From Nokia

Digia has announced that it is set to acquire the Qt commercial licensing and services business from Nokia. Through the proposed acquisition, around 3500 desktop and embedded customer companies from various industries are targeted to be transferred to Digia, with the transaction expected to close by the end of March 2011. Hit the jump to find out more.

This is what Vice President Sebastian Nystrom, Head of MeeGo, Qt & WebKit at Nokia had to say over at the Qt Blog:

Nokia and Digia working together to grow the Qt community

Following last week’s releases of Qt Quick, the new Qt SDK 1.1 beta and Qt 4.7.2, the Qt community will continue to benefit for years to come from further Nokia investment in Qt, primarily focused on areas such as Qt Quick, Qt WebKit and HTLM5 in addition to the ongoing work of improving performance and stability.

The success of Qt has in part been due to a successful dual-license model, providing open LGPL and commercial license alternatives which have enabled a dynamic community of developers in 70 industries to drive a rapid evolution of the Qt cross-platform application and UI framework. The Qt Commercial licensing business is growing and has around 3500 companies, whose development and use of Qt benefits the whole community.

Many organizations which want to use Qt for their business applications choose commercial licenses, for a variety of reasons. These include restrictions in using open source licensed software in industries such as defense & aerospace, or the need to provide product warranties & indemnities such as in the medical device industry. Others choose a commercial relationship for access to Qt professional support and services to ensure successful development of their projects.

However, these professional services are not core business activities for Nokia, so since the introduction of the LGPL license for Qt in 2009 we have been actively working to grow the number of companies providing Qt services. In 2010 we began the search for a company we could work with to serve the commercial licensees in the Qt community. We have now concluded that search and chosen to work with Digia. As a consequence, Digia will acquire the Qt Commercial software licensing and professional services business from Nokia, with the transaction expected to close by the end of March 2011.

Employing hundreds of Qt experts, Digia has 7 years experience in providing top-class Qt competence, and is dedicated to continue and grow Qt Commercial relationships as well as to contribute innovation to the overall Qt LGPL and commercial community.

We expect Digia providing Qt Commercial customers with the support, professional services, and product enhancements that commercial customers require because:

  • The business is aligned with Digia’s strategy and business model.
  • Digia has the incentives, expertise and commitment to serve and grow the commercial license and services business.
  • Nokia and the Digia already have a close relationship and will cooperate in improving Qt as well as in creating developer events, new demos etc.

Although Digia will now be responsible for issuing all Qt Commercial software licenses and for providing dedicated services and support to licensees, Nokia’s Qt technical support team will support and work closely with Digia for the next year. We will now begin work with Digia to ensure a smooth transition of all licenses and commercial relationships.

As part of the agreement, some members of Nokia’s technical consulting services team, as well as members of the Nokia Qt Commercial sales and marketing team will transition to Digia, ensuring continuity of contacts for customers. Those teams will continue to be based in Norway and in the US and we will work with Digia to minimize disruption to customers throughout the transition period.

Digia will invest significant resources in the ongoing development of Qt as a commercial framework. In particular, their plans include emphasizing Qt in the desktop and embedded environments and exploring new support models and feature requests. Commercial customers can also expect improvements in support and functionality for older platforms that were not on the Nokia development roadmap. If you are a holder of a Qt commercial license you can expect to hear more about this soon.

We want to emphasize our long-term commitment to Qt. Nokia will drive Qt developments in support of our business needs and our investments in community building, marketing and R&D will continue to benefit all members of the Qt community. By introducing the up-coming open governance model we will also enable other companies, such as Digia, to more easily contribute to Qt, which will enrich Nokia investments in Qt and benefit and grow the Qt community as a whole.

Overall I expect that Qt Commercial software licensees and the entire Qt community including all of our Qt Partners will benefit from this change. We will continue to actively support the Qt community – including MeeGo – as we are today in activities such as active developer engagement through our online community site, events, community sponsorship and code sprints. We will also continue to provide training materials and eLearning, Qt certification exams and enhance our Qt Partner, Qt in Education and marketing programs and much more.

Windows Phone Marketplace Making Substantial Progress

The Windows Phone Marketplace is Microsoft’s mobile phone app store, and will eventually become the new application store for Nokia users. Following the recent partnership announcement from Nokia and Microsoft, the Ovi Store, along with the rest of the Ovi services, are set to receive some major changes, ultimately being replaced or combined with Microsoft’s offerings. So where does the Windows Phone Marketplace currently stand when compared to the rest of the industry? Hit the jump to find out more.

The Windows Phone Marketplace is one of the more recent app stores to materialise, as it received it’s launch just a few months ago in October 2010. Apple initially set this ‘app store’ trend with the release of the Apple App Store in July 2008, and many mobile phone manufacturers have followed suit since, all releasing their versions to compete in the ‘app mad’ society we now find ourselves living in.

The Windows Phone Marketplace currently has more than 8,000 available apps. This is a substantial amount considering the time it’s been around. To put it into perspective, within the same time period, Apple only had 3,000 available apps and Google’s Android Market had only 800. Although figures on Nokia’s Ovi Store have not yet been released, I assume the number is far lower than Microsoft’s current figures.

The Ovi Store currently hosts around 30,000 apps, and is experiencing daily download rates of around 4M. This is huge amount considering its position when the Windows Phone Marketplace launched in October 2010, when it was serving 2.3M daily downloads.

The task now is to persuade developers to either port their apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace or to begin developing for Windows Phone OS. However, with the combination of a significant presence in the US by Microsoft, and the global reach in developing communities by Nokia, the challenge to persuade developers may not be that difficult.

Nokia E7 Video Review By PhoneArena

The guys over at PhoneArena previously published a great video preview of the Nokia E7, when they managed to get there hands on a prototype in late January. Well today they’ve got there hands on the real thing, and put together another great video, this time reviewing Nokia’s Communicator successor. Hit the jump for the video.

The Nokia E7 is the latest Symbian^3 device, and sports a large 4″ capacitive touchscreen display with ClearBlack technology. Equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard, revealed in the ‘slide up’ manner, similar to that of the Nokia N97 and N97 mini, the Nokia E7 offers a great communicator experience complete with MS Exchange ActiveSync and an MS Office editing suite.

The Nokia E7 doesn’t lack in the multimedia department too. It’s 8 megapixel camera with an LED flash and secondary noise canceling camera, allow it to produce great high quality images as well as HD video at 720p.

The Nokia E7 should be available for pre-order very soon and will be officially available to buy online and in stores next month.

Kasvopus Qt Facebook Client Available For Symbian^3 & Maemo 5

Tommi Laukkanen has released a cracking new Facebook client for Maemo 5, MeeGoand Symbian^3 devices. Kasvopus is a simple and clean was of viewing your Facebook news feed instantly on your Nokia handset. You can easily browse through latest status updates, shared news and links. Hit the jump to check out the video demo and to download Kasvopus for your Nokia handset.

Currently there is no support for most of the major features such as notifications, profiles, search and uploading media, however Kasvopus does let you quickly update your status, easily “like” or comment on status updates and open links in the device browser with a single click. Although there are still many features not yet supported, Kasvopus has the potential to become the best Facebook client for Nokia devices.

Kasvopus is a great fluid app to mainly keep up to date with your Facebook friends rather than socialise full on. With this great foundation, more features will hopefully be added in the future to create what could be the best Facebook client on a Nokia device.

Kasvopus is currently in it’s alpha stages and is available for Symbian^3 and the Maemo 5 powered Nokia N900. Meego will soon receive this app and there will be an official port added to the Ovi Store soon too.

To download Kasvopus for your Nokia N900, simply hit our Maemo 5 Apps section and pick up the .deb file from there. To download Kasvopus for you Symbian^3 devices, you will first need to install Qt 4.7.2 and Qt WebKit 4.7.2. Then check out our Symbian^3 Apps section to grab the .sis installation file. The application will not work on Symbian^3 devices unless both Qt 4.7.2 and Qt WebKit 4.7.2 are installed first, which you can download here.

Worms HD For Symbian^3 | Gameplay Demo On The Nokia N8

Electronic Arts’ Worms HD, the original, award-winning, turn-based strategy game is now available for Symbian^3 devices. With funny dialogues and great animation, Worms HD will definitely keep you worming back for more explosive fun. Check out the gameplay demo after the break.

Nokia’s WP Future Looks Promising | IE9, SkyDrive & Xbox Live With Kinect

Microsoft hit the stage at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona yesterday to announce some upcoming features for Windows Phone 7. After the recent partnership announcement with Nokia, it was always going to be interesting to see what Steve Ballmer had in store for Windows Phone users. Hit the jump to find out what’s headed to Windows Phone 7 users and ultimately to a Nokia Windows Phone device later this year.

Microsoft announced several new Windows Phone 7 features coming in 2011, including a “dramatically enhanced” browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9; additional multitasking capabilities; support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud; and the addition of Twitter to the People Hub.

The expanded capabilities announced today include:

  • Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
  • Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011
  • Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011
  • Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011
  • A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011
  • Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012

Yes, its true. Windows Phone 7 does not currently support the copy/paste functionality, amongst many others which you may have come to love with Symbian. However the plan to build a new ecosystem will encourage features like this and others hit the platform very soon. Windows Phone will experience many updates before the end of the year, when we will see the first Nokia Windows Phone (hopefully at Nokia World in September).

Andy Lees, President of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business stated that, “This partnership will combine the strengths of our two companies, and fuel our growth as we build the global Windows Phone ecosystem. This is a great win for us, for Nokia, and for our existing and new customers around the world.”

Also announced during Microsoft’s keynote was an upcoming Xbox Live Kinect integration with Windows Phone. A gaming revolution to say the least will soon be compatible with mobile devices. No news as to when this feature will be added, but we’ll keep you updated on this and more Windows Phone news right here at TheNokiaReview.com, so make sure you stay tuned.

Symbian Will Continue To Evolve | More Powerful Hardware & Newer UI

During the press conference at Mobile World Congress yesterday, Stephen Elop went on stage with the now Head of Smart Devices, Jo Harlow, and discussed a little bit about the future of Symbian. Hit the jump to find out more.

Jo stated that newer Symbian devices will be released, and will be faster and more powerful than current Symbian devices. New hardware, from 1 GHZ plus processors to faster graphics, will be introduced to the Symbian line up, along with extensive UI improvements to give Symbian a fresh look and feel.

This message was echoed by CEO Stephen Elop, as he reiterated that support for Symbian will be paramount in order to keep current customers happy through the transition process from Symbian to Windows Phone.

Excited? Let us know whether you eager to see more Symbian devices and updates, even though eventually the OS will be replaced.

Official Images Of Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 Concept

Yesterday we brought you the news of a Nokia’s Windows Phone Concept image that appeared around the web, and gave an idea of what future devices from NokMsftcould look like. Well, at the press conference last night at Mobile World Congress, Nokia officially unveiled some high resolution images of these concepts. Hit the jump to check them out.

Nokia CEO Confirms Future Plans To Compete Within the Windows Phone Ecosystem

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has made it clear that even though Nokia will share the Windows Phone platform with other OEM’s, Nokia’s number one priority is to beat Android in the battle of the ecosystems, and will then focus on competing within the Windows Phone ecosystem itself. More after the break.

When asked during the Nokia Press Briefing Q&A at Mobile World Congresswhether Nokia would prefer a proprietary Windows Phone OS for Nokia devices or will share the current available version with other manufacturers, Stephen Elop reiterated Nokia’s stance in this alliance, stating that ”the best answer for Nokia, is to have an ecosystem with other players, who are innovating, competing with nokia, and contributing to that ecosystem… our number one priority is competing with android.”

He then explained how times have changed, and that with the number of services being offered to consumers, the whole challenge has ”shifted from a battle of devices, to a war of ecosystems.”

Symbian was also a platform being utilized by other manufacturers besides Nokia. Samsung and LG both had variants of the Symbian platform on their devices, but Nokia made Symbian it’s own. This echoes the general feel of what Nokia intends to do with Windows Phone in the future as Elop continued, “that being said, as we achieve our first priority of beating android, we’ll be competing within the windows phone ecosystem aswell.”

During the financial and strategy briefing, Stephen Eloped proposed a rhetorical question: will Nokia be able to “customize everything” on Windows Phone OS in order to differentiate itself? And enthusiastically answered “Yes!” Although he quickly pulled his statement back making it clear that this is not part of Nokia’s immediate strategy.

Qt Demo’s From MWC 2011 | Qt WebKit, HTML5 & Digia NFC ShopWizer

Here’s a couple of video demo’s from Qt at Mobile World Congress2011 in Barcelona. First up is Qt’s WebKit integration and some HTML5 apps. Secondly Qt showcases it’s potential when it comes to NFC, utilizing an app created be Digia called ShopWizer on a Nokia C7. Hit the jump for the demo’s.

Qt Demo’s From MWC 2011 | Qt WebKit, HTML5 & Digia NFC ShopWizer

Here’s a couple of video demo’s from Qt at Mobile World Congress2011 in Barcelona. First up is Qt’s WebKit integration and some HTML5 apps. Secondly Qt showcases it’s potential when it comes to NFC, utilizing an app created be Digia called ShopWizer on a Nokia C7. Hit the jump for the demo’s.


Mobile Documents Beta Updated | Now Compatible With S60v3, S60v5 & Symbian^3 Devices

During Nokia Developer day at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2011, Nokia Beta Labs announced a major release of Mobile Documents by Visiarc (v0.9.20)since the beta launch. It includes some of the most requested features including Symbian^1 and S60 support, Hotmail support and a homescreen widget to make it complete. Hit the jump to find out more.

Mobile Documents Beta by Visiarc (v0.9.20) Changelog:

Symbian^3, Symbian^1 & Symbian S60 3rd Edt. FP1 Edition and later.
Finally, we release an updated version for Symbian^1 and S60. Many new features are included and many issues have been fixed. One example, there is now an integration with the native email notification framework (no more text/SMS messages).

Hotmail, Live & MSN.
Perhaps the most requested feature of all is here, Hotmail support. Now pretty much whatever email service you use, Mobile Documents now got it covered with a streamlined setup, (except POP3 like Rediffmail mail).

Exchange 2003, 2007 & 2010 Activesync.
We now support all methods to connect to Microsoft Exchange servers, Activesync, Web Services (and IMAP) – for synchronizing your mail accounts.

Home Screen Widgets
Now home screen widgets are available for Symbian^1 devices too (on compatible devices), with three different layouts.

Local Attachments
Mobile Documents uniquely sports cherry picking to send attachments. Now you can add and email documents and images directly from your Nokia phone too.

More
For example, publish multiple documents to Mobile Document archives at once and email pinch zoom is available (Symbian^3 only). There are also multiple fixes for various imperfections.

You can download the latest version of Mobile Documents Beta by Visiarc from our Applications section.

Forum Nokia’s Bill Perry Discusses The Future For Developers

Services Marketing Manager, Bill Perry from Forum Nokia discusses the future of Qt developers and how they will still play important part despite Nokia’s future plans. He also states that the transition to Windows Phone development will be made as easy as possible, with the right development tools. Find out more about the finer details, the future for developers and the reasons for the decisions made in the video after the break.

Nokia & Microsoft Announce Partnership To Build A New Ecosystem

Nokia and Microsoft have today announced plans to combine assets and build a new ecosystem to challenge the existing Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms. This new strategic partnership will see Microsoft brings its’ Windows Phone software and brands like Bing, Office and Xbox Live, with Nokia contributing expertise on hardware optimisation, language support, customisation of the software, helping bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies. Hit the jump to find out more.

Under the proposed partnership:

  • Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
  • Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
  • Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
  • Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.
  • Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience
  • Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.
  • Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.
  • Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

“Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO, said at a joint news conference in London. “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.”

“I am excited about this partnership with Nokia,” said Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. “Ecosystems thrive when fueled by speed, innovation and scale. The partnership announced today provides incredible scale, vast expertise in hardware and software innovation and a proven ability to execute.”

Will this ecosystem challenge for honors against it’s competitors, or is Nokia now completely out of the game? Share your thoughts below and let us know what you think.

Nokia E7 HD Video Review

Rafe Blanford of All About Symbian takes an in-depth look at Nokia’s most recently shipped device, the Nokia E7 Communicator, in this lengthy hands-on video review. The review focuses on the hardware, especially the QWERTY keyboard, but also cover some elements of the Symbian^3 software and Ovi services that powers the device. Hit the jump and take a look.

Nokia VP’s Discuss #NokMsft Mobile Services

During Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Nokia EVP of Services Tero Ojanpera sat down with Marco Argenti, VP of Content and Consumer Engagement, to discuss the potential for content, apps, navigation and scale of the partnership with Microsoft can have for consumers, operators and partners. Hit the jump for the full video.

New Firmware v31.0.004 | Nokia X6

The Nokia X6 received a new minor firmware update taking it up from v30.0.003 to v31.0.004. The new update brings a few improvements with updated maps, and more general improvements in terms of performance and usability. Check out the changelog after the break.

Changelog

  • Updated Maps
  • Performance Improvements
  • Usability Improvements

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.

Nokia Issues Letter For Developers Regarding The New Announcement

Following from the announcements made earlier today, Purnima Kochikar, Head of Forum Nokia & Developer Community, has published a letter addressing the impact of the new global mobile ecosystem Nokia and Microsoft plan to build will have on developers. You can read the full letter after the break.

Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would combine our complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem, one we believe would have all the elements needed to fuel innovation – including search, location, advertising and exciting new devices.

As part of this, Nokia plans to adopt Windows Phone as our primary smartphone strategy, helping drive the future of the platform. This has not been a decision taken lightly by Nokia and we wanted to share some of the key points with our developer community.

Nokia & Microsoft

The Nokia-Microsoft ecosystem would aim to deliver differentiated and innovative products and have unrivalled scale, product breadth, geographical reach, and brand identity. With Windows Phone as our primary smartphone platform, we would help drive the future of the platform by leveraging our expertise in hardware optimization, software customization, language support and scale.

Microsoft would make available the existing free Windows Phone Developer Tools; Visual Studio 2010, Expression, Silverlight and the XNA Framework to developers. Together, we will provide guidance for developers wishing to port their applications to Windows Phone.

Nokia and Microsoft would also combine services assets to drive innovation. Nokia’s Ovi Maps, for example, would be at the heart of key Microsoft assets like Bing and AdCenter, and Nokia’s application and content store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for Nokia Windows Phones, to deliver a great single commerce experience for developers and consumers alike.

The Qt Ecosystem

Qt will continue to be the development framework for Symbian and Nokia will use Symbian for further devices; continuing to develop strategic applications in Qt for Symbian platform and encouraging application developers to do the same. With 200 million users worldwide and Nokia planning to sell around 150 million more Symbian devices, Symbian still offers unparalleled geographical scale for developers.

Extending the scope of Qt further will be our first MeeGo-related open source device, which we plan to ship later this year. Though our plans for MeeGo have been adapted in light of our planned partnership with Microsoft, that device will be compatible with applications developed within the Qt framework and so give Qt developers a further device to target.

Nokia Mobile Phones

Nokia Mobile Phones will drive Nokia’s ”web for the next billion” strategy, leveraging Nokia’s innovation and strength in growth markets to connect the next billion people and bring them affordable access to the Internet and applications. This represents a further opportunity for developers. Nokia will leverage our proxy browser technology on mobile phones, as well as continuing to enhance Java support and SDKs, with developers and publishers able to deliver their applications to consumers through the Nokia store.

Supporting Our Developers

As part of the change in Nokia’s organization announced today, the Services and Developer Experiences (SDX) unit will be responsible for Nokia’s global service portfolio, developer offering, developer community relations, and integration of partner service offering. Forum Nokia will be part of that unit and will continue to support developers for Symbian smartphones and Series 40 mobile phones.

We will strengthen our ability to support developers both globally and in local markets, ensuring that we can work with you wherever you are to bring your latest applications to our store and help you leverage the global revenue opportunity with Symbian and Series 40.

For Nokia Windows Phones, Microsoft would provide tools for application developers to easily and rapidly leverage Nokia’s market reach. The integration of Microsoft Marketplace and Nokia’s content and application store would provide scalable infrastructure and compelling consumer engagement for applications for Nokia Windows Phones.

The combined stores would offer unparalleled distribution. The Ovi Store already delivers content in 190 countries, with local specific content in 90 of those. We are now seeing 4 million downloads a day, with 300,000 users signing up daily and 400,000 developers now working on applications for Nokia on Symbian. In addition to offering operator billing with 103 operators in 32 countries, we plan to support the widest range of business models for our publishers and developers.

We plan to make it easy and profitable for all developers to thrive in the ecosystem, taking advantage of the enablers (API’s) offered by ourselves, Microsoft and other partners – including location, search, monetization and advertising.

What’s Next?

As we said, this announcement is about our plans to work with Microsoft and the planning will continue. Our aim is to keep you informed as plans develop, through our Forum Nokia and Ovi Publish websites, newsletters and in person. In the meantime, we want to help you maximize the existing business opportunity, developing for the approximately 50 million Qt capable Symbian smartphones already in use and approximately 150 million more that we target to sell, as well as hundreds of millions of Nokia mobile phones.

We think this is going to be an exciting journey and look forward to having you with us!

Purnima Kochikar

Head of Forum Nokia & Developer Community

CEO Stephen Elop & CEO Steve Ballmer Q&A

Phil Schwarzmann from Nokia Conversations asks some questions from readers to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during the Nokia Strategy & Financial Briefing on February 11, 2011, regarding their new partnership which will see Windows Phone OS come to Nokia devices. You can see the full Q&A interview after the break.

Symbian To Become A ‘Franchise Platform’ | Meego To Become An ‘Exploration Project’

Amongst the midst of the announcement today comes uncertainty regarding Nokia’s current platforms and services. What does the future look like for Symbian and Meego. Hit the jump to find out more on what the new Nokia/Microsoft Partnershipwill mean for Nokia’s current operating systems.

Meego’s Future:

“Under the new strategy, MeeGo becomes an open-source, mobile operating system project. MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year.”

Meego will not be used as a high-end device platform as initially planned when Nokia and Intel announcd their partnership last year. Instead, it will become a platform on which Nokia can experiment and explore opportunities to create new user experiences in the future. This decision was made as Elop didn’t believe that Nokia could create a new ecosystem around MeeGo fast enough. He said that Nokia was simply not moving fast enough to win against or even compete with the likes of Apple and Google, and that Windows Phone will allow Nokia to make it a “three-horse race.”

So will Nokia release a Meego based device? When Stephen Elop was asked this question during the Q&A session after the initial presentation, he clarified the subject and made clear that Nokia WILL be releasing a Meego based device this year. However the handset will not be released as an introduction to a larger portfolio of Meego devices, but more as beta device for developers and enthusiast to get there hands on with the versatile platform. It will take the same steps Nokia’s Maemo 5 based Nokia N900 did and allow the community to power the device through exploration and innovation.

However after the Meego based device is released later this year, the Meego team will “change their focus into an exploration of future platforms, future devices, future user experiences,” in the hope to be the first to determine the “next disruption” to the smartphone industry.

Symbian’s Future:

“With Nokia’s planned move to Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform, Symbian becomes a franchise platform, leveraging previous investments to harvest additional value. This strategy recognizes the opportunity to retain and transition the installed base of 200 million Symbian owners. Nokia expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come.”

In the immediate future, Nokia will continue to release devices planned in it’s roadmap, ranging from Symbian S40 devices up to and including S60 and Symbian^3 devices. What’s interesting is that Nokia has established that the transition will take a few years, taking them up to 2012, when Windows Phone 7 devices will ship in significant volumes.

Could Symbian not be brought up to date within this timescale? All Symbian needed was to become more fluent and smooth. It was the UI that needed improving, whereas the rest of it, from tasking to connectivity, was it’s forte. The only explanation is that a lot of money was being spent in it’s development with very little progress.

So Windows Phone 7 will basically become the primary ‘smartphone’ OS, leaving Symbian to power the rest of Nokia’s ‘mobile phone’ portfolio. This will primarily be for lower end devices and handsets aimed at the developing markets. How long will Symbian continue to survive in this new role? Well, it doesn’t seem to have much of a future at all. It seems as though Windows Phone will eventually completely take over where Symbian left off and carry the reins in the future. I still feel, given the right amount of attention and put in the right hands, Symbian could have survived through all this and established itself as the primary OS. RIP…

Nokia Strategy & Financial Briefing Press Conference

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announce their new partnership bringing Windows Phone to Nokia as it’s primary operating system for smartphones. The press conference took place in London today and you can watch the full presentation after the break.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop & Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Address Their Plans

Here’s an open letter from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer addressing their plans published by Nokia Conversations earlier today. They discuss their immediate convergence plans and how the two giants will march towards a brighter future in an aim to establish a third ecosystem to rival Apple and Google’s current offerings.

Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem. The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world. We both are incredibly excited about the journey we are on together.

While the specific details of the deal are being worked out, you can find a quick summary of what we are working towards here.

We each bring incredible assets to the table. Nokia’s history of innovation in the hardware space, global hardware scale, strong history of intellectual property creation and navigation assets are second to none. Microsoft is a leader in software and services; the company’s incredible expertise in platform creation forms the opportunity for its billions of customers and millions of partners to get more out of their devices.

Together, we have some of the world’s most admired brands, including Windows, Office, Bing, Xbox Live, NAVTEQ and Nokia. We also have a shared understanding of what it takes to build and sustain a mobile ecosystem, which includes the entire experience from the device to the software to the applications, services and the marketplace.

Today, the battle is moving from one of mobile devices to one of mobile ecosystems, and our strengths here are complementary. Ecosystems thrive when they reach scale, when they are fueled by energy and innovation and when they provide benefits and value to each person or company who participates. This is what we are creating; this is our vision; this is the work we are driving from this day forward.

There are other mobile ecosystems. We will disrupt them.

There will be challenges. We will overcome them.

Success requires speed. We will be swift.

Together, we see the opportunity, and we have the will, the resources and the drive to succeed.

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

Ovi Chat Powered By Yahoo! Goes Live

Yesterday I received an email with the news that Nokia has announced that the updated Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo! service has been released. You can now invite your Yahoo! Messenger friends and Ovi Chat friends into your friend list, giving you access to an even larger community for chatting. Hit the jump to find out more.

If you have an Ovi Chat account but cannot log in, visit t.ovi.com from your phone or computer to accept the additional Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo! Terms and Privacy Policy. Once you have done this, you will be able to log in to your Chat account.

If you do not see some of your friends in your friend list, they might not have accepted the additional Terms and Privacy Policy. Please encourage them to go to t.ovi.com so they can join you on Ovi Chat and share in the updated experience.

Nokia E7 | Behind The Design

“Success is What You Make It” – The Nokia E7 tag line gives a glimpse of the thoughts behind this Communicator successor. Shunjiro Eguchi, Lead Industrial Designer of the Nokia E7 gives an insight to the thoughts behind the design of the Nokia E7. He talks about ‘making the complex, simple.’ The video after the break follows Shunjiro from his studio to the factory floor to explore the story behind the Nokia E7.

New Firmware v062.001 | Nokia C5 (C5-00)

The Nokia C5 has received a minor firmware update taking it up from v061.005 to v062.001. There’s no official changelog, but the new firmware is thought to bring more general performance and usability improvements. If you manage to update your Nokia C5 and notice any changes, please share your thoughts in the comments. More info after the break.

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.

Throw It Gameplay Demo On The Nokia N8 | Qt Paper Toss Clone

Check out this gameplay demo of a Qt-based Paper Toss clone for Symbian^3 – Throw It. Paper Toss is a cool little game for the iPhone and iPod Touch, that basically requires you to throw crumpled pieces of paper into a bin, and has different wind speeds and distances to keep you entertained. Well Throw It offers the same gaming experience on you Symbian^3 handset. Check out the gameplay demo on the Nokia N8 after the break.

Nokia N8 32GB Leaked With Support For Up To 64GB

Nokia has today leaked a newer version of it’s very popular Symbian^3 powered Nokia N8, which sports 32GB of built in storage. The Nokia N8 32GB was mentioned in a newsletter sent out today regarding popular apps for the device. With the added option of additional storage via the Micro SD option, you can now bump this powerhouse up to 64 GB. Plenty of storage for all that HD gaming and videos. Hit the jump to find out more.

Initially I saw this, which shows an asterisk near the 32GB, breaking it down to 16GB built in and 16GB Micro SD option. However, the newsletter reads “6 Apps For The Brand New 32GB Nokia N8.” So I’m guessing the new Nokia N8 32GB will eventually materialise officially.

It comes as no surprise really, with the multitude of HD media this device can handle, from video capture and consumption to HD gaming, the extra storage was always going to be a logical next step.

Increasing the storage was also done with the Nokia X6. A while after its released, Nokia released the Nokia X6 16GB, to cater for those who required additional storage.

Do you think an updated version with higher storage will become a norm with future Nokia handsets? It seams Apples iPhone is rubbing off on the industry in more ways then one, with the different variants based on storage. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Nokia Diagnostics Beta For Symbian^3 Released

The Nokia Beta Labs today announced the release of Nokia Diagnostics Beta for Symbian^3 users. Nokia diagnostics has been available for S60 3rd and 5th Edition users for quite some time now, and the new updated versions brings Symbian^3 compatibility. Hit the jump for more.

Nokia Diagnostics is an experimental application that makes it easy to diagnose and troubleshoot situations on your mobile phone by running various tests. Nokia Diagnostics Beta for Symbian^3 supports the same features as the S60 5th Editionversion, which includes the following tests: Vibrating alert, Memory, Battery charger, Memory card, Cameras, Keypad, Screen, USB cable, Web browser, Network coverage, Data coverage, GPS, Earpiece, Microphone, Loudspeaker and Headset.

You can download Nokia Diagnostics Beta for Symbian^3 from our Applications pages.

New Firmware v13.0.16 (PR 1.1) | Nokia N8 (inc. Changelog)

The Nokia N8 has today received its new PR 1.1 firmware update, taking it up to v13.0.16. This PR 1.1 also recently became available for the Nokia C7 last week, and its nice to see universal updates become available for the Symbian^3 platform. The Nokia C6-01 will also set to receive this same update. The new firmware should be available for most of you right now, although it may take a while for it to become available to everyone. Hit the jump to find out what’s new.

Most of the updated features may not directly be visible, but together, they aim to enhance the user experience, improving the quality and stability of the device.

Nokia N8 PR 1.1 (v13.0.16) Changelog:

  • Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations.
  • Updates to Nokia Email – Performance improvements, ‘unread emails’ flag added to homescreen widget, meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations.
  • Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite.
  • New Quick Office 6.4 editor version, which offers editing possibilities and allows zooming in & out in Word documents.
  • Three high quality games will also be preloaded on new devices – Need for Speed Shift, Real Golf and Galaxy on Fire. (In some countries, Need for Speed is replaced with Asphalt 5). For current N8 users, these are available for free from Ovi Suite & Ovi Store.
  • Web updated to 7.2.8.10.
  • Adobe Reader updated to 2.5.653.
  • Dialler now works in landscape mode.
  • Previous performance updates are rolled in and, in the full (Ovi Suite-installed, >100MB) update, there’s the option to provide a better working starting point than hard resetting a PR 1.0 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.

Sparkle For Symbian^3 | Now Available At The Ovi Store

Sparkle for Symbian^3 has just been released. Use your orb slinger to shatter the orbs of darkness before they release their destructive powers. Can you bring the light back, from a sparkle to full bloom? Explore three different game modes, a multitude of greater magical amulets and power-ups, and uncover the deepest secrets. Don’t leave the fair trees of Crowberry Woods unsparkled. Check out the gameplay trailer after the jump.

Nokia Social App Updated To v1.3 | Brings Contacts Integration & Retweet Option

Nokia today released a new update for the Nokia Social app for Symbian^3 devices. The new Social v1.3 brings many great features including deeper integration within your phonebook contacts, letting you see what your friends are a up to before making that call. Hit the jump to find out what else is new.

New Social v1.3 Features:

New Contacts Card Capabilities

  • See your friends’ status updates right from their Contacts Card – now you can see what your friends are up to before you make a phone call.
  • Linked Contacts Indicator enables you to see whose Contacts Cards are socially enabled and whose are not. Now you can manage your social networks more efficiently. No need to sync all you Social contacts at once, just pick and chose your closest friends and always know what they are up to.

New Share Capabilities

  • Add caption when sharing pictures from your camera to bring your photos to life.
  • Higher resolution picture upload up to 4 MB so what you share is clear and sharp.

New Twitter Features

  • Want to share your favorite Tweet? Now you can retweet!
  • We have plenty more planned for 2011 but in the mean time let me know what you think in the comments.

To get the new Social v1.3, simply open the Social app on your Symbian^3 device and agree to download the update. Let us know what you think of the new features, or maybe what you’d like to see in future updates, by leaving a comment below.

Nokia N8 Connected To USB Speakers Via USB On-The-Go

So what else have you discovered about your very-capable Nokia N8. How about connecting it to some USB speakers via USB On-The-Go, and playing music through the desktop speakers on-the-go. Not possible I hear you say, as a sufficient power source is required. Right? Well, I never thought it was possible too until I saw this video, hit the jump to take a look.

New Firmware v40.0.003 | Nokia 5230, 5233 & 5235

Nokia has released a new firmware update v40.0.003 for both the Nokia 5230and 5233. There is also a new firmware v40.6.003 for the Nokia 5235. It’s a pretty big update from the previous v21.8.005. 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. Check out the changelog after the jump.

Changelog:

  • Nokia 5233: unable to create new profile, once the handset is factory reset model 5233
  • Nokia 5230: Cannot auto update on stock web page
  • Nokia 5230: Cannot transfer music from PC to the device
  • Network Reconnection request fails in flash after two three attempts.
  • High current consumption when Maps is in foreground and background, drains battery quickly

If you notice any more changes or corrections, please share your experiences in the comments below.

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.

Nokia E7 Vs HTC Desire Z | Video Comparison

Check out this short video comparison of the Nokia E7 and the HTC Desire Z. Both devices feature a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard using two completely unique mechanisms. I personally prefer the slide and tilt mechanism of the Nokia E7 as it also provides a better viewing angle of the screen. But what do you think? Check out the video after the break and share your thoughts in the comments.

Nokia N8 Vs The Google Nexus S Gameplay Comparison | Need For Speed Shift

This gaming comparison video puts the Nokia N8 up against Google’s Nexus S in a battle to see which performs best at Need For Speed Shift. The latter sports a 4″ (480 x 800 pixels), Super AMOLED display compared to the Nokia N8‘s 3.5″ (360 x 640 pixels) nHD AMOLED. I must say the colours seem much more vibrant on the Google Nexus S. Check out the video after the break.

The Nokia Review Stats | 100k Views To Kick Start The New Year

I’d like to send out a big thank you to all our readers, subscribers and contributors as The Nokia Review has finally pushed passed 100,000 views this month. We couldn’t have got here without your help so please continue the great support by sending in news tips and articles using the Contact Us page.

Also make sure you check out the Download section to get great free apps, games and themes for your Nokia handset. You can keep up to date by following us on Twitter and Facebook, 

Maemo 5 To Get Community Firmware Updates

The Maemo Community Council and Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh have announced today the launch of a Maemo 5 Community Seamless Software Update Project (CSSU). CSSU is currently being developed by the Maemo Community, for the Maemo community, and it aims to deliver fixes which can’t be delivered easily through Extras, such as core Nokia N900 packages. Hit the jump to find out more.

Currently this project is aimed for power-users, developers, Nokia/Maemo/MeeGo engineers, testers, documentation writers and those willing to risk a re-flash in order to help. However eventually it will become a unique community driven service for all Nokia N900 users.

If you currently own a Nokia N900 and are interested in taking part with the testing phase of this project then click here to find out more.

Soundtrckr Beta Updated To v1.1 | Brings New Features & Bug Fixes

The Nokia Beta Labs has announced the released of Soundtrckr Beta v1.1for Symbian^3 and S60 5th Edition devices, with new features and bug fixes in response to the feedback received from users. Soundtrckr is a Geosocial Internet Radio application that lets you listen to over 8 million tracks, and share your music with people within your locality. Hit the jump to find out what’s new.

New features for Symbian^3 and S60 5th Edition:

  • Email and password are visible to user (this addresses the login failure issue)
  • Bug fix for application restart on S^3
  • Proper display of artist/song in the music player

Additional bug fixes in Soundtrckr v1.1 for S60 5th Edition:

  • Nearby station application error
  • Faster response from music player
  • Various performance fixes

NewsFlow For Symbian^3 | Qt Quick Google Reader Client Coming Soon (Video)

We recently brought to you the news of Nokia Reader Beta – a RSS reader for Nokia’s touch screen phones. Although it has some great features, it requires you to manually input all your RSS feed, which can be a drag, if like me, you’re a Google Reader user and your list is endless. Well, check out the video after the break of a cracking little Google Reader app based on Qt Quick/QML, which means it will not only run on Symbian^3 but also on Maemo and upcoming Meego devices.

App Stop For Symbian^3 & S60 5th Edition | Instantly Close Active Tasks

App Stop is a great utility application for Symbian S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3devices. It lets you close all your running tasks and applications instantly, and also allows you to shut down hidden background tasks that are not visible in the built-in task manager. Adding the App Stop shortcut to the homescreen lets you instantly shut down all applications with two presses of a button. Hit the jump for download links.

You can download App Stop free for your Nokia S60 5th Edition handset here, and for your Nokia Symbian^3 handset here.

Nokia C8 Concept | Now That’s A Design Worth Barking About

Mohamed Magdy Mahmoud has published a concept design of the Nokia C8, which is by far the best concept design I have seen to date. The chrome and black design looks very sleek and stylish with a full glossy back cover to mimic the front touch screen. Hit the jump to find out more.

The Nokia C8 Concept has a similar shape and design to the Nokia C7. The difference being the hardware send, end and menu keys being replaced by touch sensitive alternatives, and disguised front speaker and camera details courtesy of a black glass front and back casing.

Nokia C8 Concept Features:

  • Symbian^3 Operating System
  • 3.5″ AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen Display With 720 x 405 Pixels
  • Multi-Touch Input
  • 12 MP Auto-Focus Carl Zeiss Camera
  • LED Flash
  • 1.3 MP High Quality Front Facing Camera
  • MicroUSB v2.0
  • HDMI Port
  • 3.5 mm Port
  • USB On-The-Go
  • LED Battery Indicator
  • Active Noise Cancellation Microphone
  • Dual Speakers

I’d love to see this concept materialise, and hope Nokia can take something away from the design features, and hopefully implement some of these ideas into future handsets. Make sure you check out Mohamed Magdy Mahmoud Nokia C8 Concept page.

The Nokia C7 Remote Controls A BMW

Previously we’ve seen a Nokia remotely control many things, from Niko – The LEGO Robot to the AR Drone, just some examples of what creative developers have managed to get their Nokia handset to do. Well check out this video after the break, where An Jiaxuan and a friend take control of a real BMW 1 Series using the Nokia C7. Its not the technology… Its what you do with it…

Mood Agent Beta Updated | Fixes Installation & Syncing Bugs

Mood Agent Beta for Nokia S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices has just been updated, fixing some reported bugs during instillation and syncing. Hit the jump to find out more.

Main bugs fixed in this updated beta:

  • Syncing.
  • Updated Smart Installer which should eliminate the installation errors.
  • Fixed Portuguese text.

You can download the new updated version of Mood Agent Beta for Symbian S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices free from our Downloads section. Note that you must remove any earlier version of Moodagent before install this version.

TwimGo 2.5 Rewritten In QT Quick/QML | Coming Soon To Symbian, Maemo & MeeGo

TwimGo by Tommi Luakkanen is a Twitter client written in Web Runtime (WRT) and is currently available for Symbian^3 devices. However the new version of TwimGo 2.5, which is still currently under development, has been completely rewritten in Qt Quick/QML, and brings some cracking UI changes. TwimGo 2.5 will become available across all platforms soon. Hit the jump for the video preview.

Apart from the new UI transitions, TwimGo 2.5 is much quicker and supports all the Twitter functionalities including Twitpic and Yfrog previews. You can download the WRT version of TwimGo for Symbian^3 devices from our Symbian^3 Apps page, and keep up to date on the development of TwimGo 2.5 by following @tlaukkanen. Could this be the first Twitter client to challenge the very popular Gravity? Share your thoughts in the comments and let us know what you think.

New Firmware v13.0.16 (PR 1.1) | Nokia C7 (inc. Changelog)

The Nokia C7 has recently received its first firmware update PR 1.1, taking it up to v13.0.16. This PR 1.1 is also headed to other Symbian^3 devices such as the Nokia N8 and Nokia C6-01. The new firmware should be available for most of you right now, although it may take a while for it to become available to everyone. Hit the jump to find out what’s new.

Most of the updated features may not directly be visible, but together, they aim to enhance the user experience, improving the quality and stability of the device. Some of the new features include:

  • Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations.
  • Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite.

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 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.

Vodafone’s January ‘Double Up’ Promotion | Offers Free Nokia N8 To SMEs

Vodafone is currently running a ‘double up’ promotion that offers small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to get there hands on a free Nokia N8 on a special Vodafone Business Essentials tariff, that also offers an additional 3000 minutes and texts. Hit the jump to find out more.

Customers signing up to the £36.00 GBP per month, two-year, Vodafone Business Essentials tariff before 31 January 2011 will receive 1500 any-network minutes, 500 MB of Internet allowance, 3000 landline minutes, 3250 texts and a free handset.

Vodafone is offering customers the choice of four mobile phones – the BlackBerry Bold 9780, HTC Desire, Motorola Defy or Nokia N8, plus the option to add unlimited calls to other Vodafone handsets for an extra £2.00 GBP and unlimited texts for an extra £4..00 GBP. You can find more details of the promotion here.

Vodafone is also offering existing mobile phone customers a discount if they take out a 3G mobile broadband subscription. Vodafone has set lower price tariffs for those of you who are already signed up to Vodafone mobile phone plans. You can find out more on this here.

Night Light Pro For Symbian | Clap Controlled Night Light

Night Light Pro by PicoBrothers turns your phone into a night light you control by clapping your hands. It has a sleek interface of a with a digital clock which is customizable to any color. Night Light Pro is available for S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices and should hit the Ovi Store real soon. Check out the video demo after the break.

Purple Nokia Theme For S60v3, S60v5 & Symbian^3 By LogonAniket

LogonAniket has released a cracking new multi-platform theme for you Nokia handset. Nokia Theme Purple is compatible with all Symbian devices: this includes S60 3rd edition, both FP1 and FP2, S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3. What’s more is that all versions are available with the Nokia N8 icon set, which is a great added touch to bring your device, regardless of which era, into 2011. Hit the jump for download links.

Nokia Theme Purple by LA offers original touch in every element, creating a very natural finish and super-fast feel with no lag. You can download this theme and many more for free from our Symbian^3 Themes section, and for your S60v3 and S60v5 device using the link below.

Maemo Community | Ovi Maps With Voice Guided Navigation For The Nokia N900

The Maemo Community has been a revelation for Nokia N900 users since Nokia announced the termination of Maemo and introduced us to Meego. Today we’ve come to learn that over on the Maemo Talk Forums, Ovi Maps for the Nokia N900 has been given a new lease of life with some added features. Hit the jump and check out the video demo to find out more.

Blaizzen has compiled a Beta of Ovi Maps that features voice guided, turn by turn navigation for the Nokia N900. It’s still currently in its early stages so there will be some bugs. If you feel brave enough and wish to experiment with this version then check out this thread for more details and download links. The file has already been updated and you can find the new version of this “Beta” here.

Powermat’s 2011 Roadmap At CES Shows Wireless Charging Case For The Nokia N8

During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vagas earlier this month, hundreds of accessory makers attended to showcase their products for 2011. Amongst the many were Powermat, who provide mats and receivers that allow you to wirelessly charge you device. Hit the jump to find out whats in store for Nokia N8 users.

Powermat has been around for quite some time now, with most of its attention focused on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. It does however provide solutions for Nokia and other manufacturers, but I found these to be quite pointless, as they still require you to plug a cable into your device.

I personally have a Powermat case for my iPod Touch and apart from the wireless charging it offers, the case itself is something worth a mention. Its robustness beats any case I’ve used, plus it offers a Micro USB port to sync and charge the device, getting rid of the need for the annoying proprietary cable.

Powermat were also looking into a more concealed solution with the release of Powerpack batteries. These batteries would simply replace the manufacturer supplied ones and allow you to utilize the wireless charging functionality without the added bulk from a case. However as handset manufacturers steer towards the built-in, non-removable batteries, this venture may become surplus to requirements.

The Powermat Case for the Nokia N8 looks very sleek from the image above. The skin seems to hug the device in the right places allowing the handset to retain its thin form factor. As the Nokia N8 is available in a handful of different colours, it would be nice to see the case become available in all five colours too, although I can’t see Powermat taking up this same ideology.

With an estimated retail price of $39.99 USD, the Powermat case for the Nokia N8 is due to be released in the second quarter of 2011. This is one accessory you might want to keep an eye out for.