Archive for November 2, 2010

SYMBEOSE: EU and major European corporations invest in Symbian

November 2, 2010 9 comments


SYMBEOSE: Symbian the Embedded Operation System for Europe is a new initiative led by the EU and a number of major European corporations such as Nokia, ST-Ericsson and a host of others, including academic organisations with the major objective of improving the Symbian OS in order to take it above and beyond it’s current iteration and into new devices and use cases. Among these new cases are embedded systems and cloud computing.


A few of the objectives mentioned in the press release include Asymmetrical Multi-Processing for the differential use of available processors to better conserve system resources and power consumption. Such a change could see Symbian running on SOC’s like Marvell’s ARMADA 628 while barely sipping battery power. (Symbian already supports Symmetrical Multiprocessing ),  Advanced image processing and video acceleration standards (HDR video? ) and improved developer tools. Part of the motivation for this initiative may stem from the fact that Symbian is the only real competitor in the smartphone space to Android, Windows Phone 7 and iOS. It’s also the only one of these major players that has any origins in the EU. Even more significant is the fact that Symbian and Symbian-related activities account for the employment of ~20,000 people across the EU.


As such, these organisations have come together to support the development of the Symbian OS to the tune of 22 million Euros. This “new” initiative is not that significant in terms of the future direction of Symbian OS in the sense that it’s not a replacement or a new direction but the creation of a stronger community of communication, R&D and ideas.


More information can be found in the press release and an initiative summary here



Video and Screenshots: on the Nokia N8 – Best web alternative to Gravity/Social App and Snaptu for twitter? For other Nokia Browsers too.

November 2, 2010 8 comments

As twitter apps goes, gravity is undeniably the best one to go for. But what if for whatever reason you don’t want gravity? (I can only guess the price but that pays for itself with the amount of times you use it – OH and if you have multiple Symbian phones I think you can only have one active with Gravity).

Alternatives include snaptu, nokia social app and tweet60. But for me, they’re all pretty slow. For just reading tweets and sending tweets, I need something better.

A great solution as found on the Gravity deprived Maemo platform was a website called, as recommended by our own Sergejs. This is a fantastic mobile friendly twitter client that works well in both landscape and portrait, squeezing to what ever width is available (even so much as resizing when the side bar pops up).

  • Finger Friendly – big icons
  • Relatively fast (for a browser “app”)
  • Works in landscape or portrait
  • text realignment/resizing fits column width (to a point)
  • As a tip, bookmark and on your shortcut homescreen bar, select as one of your shortcut options so you can instantly launch tweetgo.
  • Video demo at the end of this post
  • Should work similarly on other Nokia S60 5th Browsers and identically on S^3.

Below you can see the big digit friendly buttons at the top, allowing you to switch between Home/Time line, mentions, lists, DMs, search and write a tweet. On the right you’ll see it move to the mentions tab.

Top bar disappears when scrolling through list. (Scrolling in browser very smooth – nicer than the social app)

And works well in whatever orientation


Notice the resizing when the side bar appears.

One of my favourite things about is that it’s very easy and quick to tweet. Just press the right most button and you’ll get a message box. The landscape keyboard will appear (in this case Swype)

One of the things I had not done in the screenshot above is to show that you can zoom out and the text will resize accordingly within the column width.

Video Demo:

Do you tweet? What twitter app/site do you use?

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Video: UI video for Gedda-Headz in the NOKIA C5-03 preloaded Theme-pack coming Q4

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

I don’t really know what Gedda-Headz is about but apparently it’s a competitive multiplayer game that you can play over bluetooth. The Headz are the personalities with different attributes which you can level up and make stronger. You can also play over WiFi or 3G if your phone has that (obviously targeted at lower end/younger audience) and if you have GPS your position can be shown on the Gedda Headz map.

You can trade your collection, chat, check out global leader boards  and play Gedda-Headz music.

There’s two new exclusive heads theme pack for the new Nokia C5-03, with affectionately named Aikon and Ivo.

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Video: Sexy Nokia C7 Hands On

November 2, 2010 7 comments

Here’s a video hands on of the very sleek looking Nokia C7 by mobilearsenaldotcom. There’s no speaking of any language during the video but you do get some funky jazzy soundtrack.

It’s all pretty much the usual Symbian^3 stuff as seen in the N8. PhoneArena notes that it’s pretty much just hardware/appearance changes with N8 in their video. (Note, all S^3 phones right now have same GPU/CPU/RAM and hence should perform as equally well as each other – if they were all on similar/same firmware. How is that going to go about anyway…one firmware update for all S^3 or like S60 5th with many different firmwares)

mobilearsenaldotcom not sure what the main site is as I get linked over to something else.

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Ovi Store 2.7 Million Daily Downloads as of October 28 – Almost 1 Billion/year rate.

November 2, 2010 8 comments

Thanks to alex68 for the heads up. mobileperry last thursday announced some interesting stats for Ovi Store from Forum Nokia. This 2.7 Million daily downloads is fantastic – that’s 985million/year – almost 1 billion were Ovi Store to stay constant. But that’s the thing – Ovi Store keeps growing. For a while we heard 1.7 million – then in September this went up to 2 million, gradually 2.3 million then 2.5 million just before the 2.7million mark was reached.

What’s also very interesting is that if you read the rest of this post (with stats pulled from Forum Nokia) about the most popular Ovi Store phones – you’ll see a lot of the lower budget phones in the list in addition to the high end. This is great as it shows apps aren’t just for those who can afford expensive smartphones. It’s awesome that even something like the X3-02 with touch and type has Ovi Store access.

The latest Ovi Store stats are available for the month of October and you can find them on our Forum Nokia site.

Changes from September’s stats include:

  • Increase in downloads of content from 2.5m to 2.7m a day
  • Added eight new operators and two more countries (Taiwan and Thailand) that support mobile billing.  This brings the total to 99 operators in 29 countries.
  • Of the 135 devices supported, 80 are Symbian

Below is a summary of the most current stats for Ovi Store, as of 28 October 2010:

  • 2.7 million downloads a day with an average of 2.6 apps downloaded per visit
  • Active users from 190+ countries
  • Most active countries in alphabetical order are: China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, UK and Vietnam
  • 85% of the signed in visitors to Ovi Store are repeat visitors
  • Each active user is averaging 8.5 downloads per month
  • Games continue to be #1 for paid downloads and apps continue to be #1 for free downloads
  • 99 operators in 29 countries support integrated mobile billing with Ovi Store
  • In countries where mobile billing is available, more than 2/3 of customers choose this payment option
  • 6 of the top 10 downloading devices are touch devices: 5800 XpressMusic, N97, N97 mini, 5530 XpressMusic, 5230 Nuron, and X6 where available



BTW, I am totally loving the new Ovi Store App experience on the N8.

  • Very smooth, seamless experience – fast with nice animations (easier on the eye with the grey theme)
  • Easy click, download and auto install – and you can continue browsing for more apps whilst this is happening
  • Going down lists – you don’t need to click “more” or “next page”, it just loads more apps when you reach the bottom
  • Payment system by card very easy (what I’ve tried so far). It’s attached to your Ovi Account and once signed in you are not asked again. Just click buy and download. A little too easy perhaps :p thank God there’s no 999 dollar app.
  • Only gripe is that search seems to have returned to being a little partially sighted, with a few apps not appearing in search that others seem to have on their N8 (perhaps my particular N8).

Oh, from Forum Nokia there are even more Ovi Store info/Stats if you’re interested, including

  • Operator Billing Stats
  • Top Nokia Ovi Store devices.

Read more…

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Video: Painting Walls with the Nokia N8

November 2, 2010 1 comment

At Nokia World 2010 there was something very interesting going on outside the experience lounge.

A Paint Wall was made by Grayworld but instead of paint, we have pixels of LED light which together spanned the 6 x 2.5 metre high interactive. You can fill your paint tin with ePaint using a photo of yourself which you can throw at the wall or use the Nokia N8 and the Paint Wall application and blow paint onto the wall.

There’s some infrared sensors involved to detect the precise location of the N8 and unless you have that ALONG with an LED wall paint, I’m not really sure what you can do with the Pain Wall App. Then again, like last year with the OneDotZero Identity N900 powered projection, you probably didn’t have the equipment to utilise the app – but it’s something cool that inspired people to see what they could do with the N900 and hopefully now with N8/Symbian/Qt.


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