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Nokia X6 gets 30.0.003 update

December 10, 2010 4 comments

Hey all it’s LLAADD,

Nokia have recently released the latest major update to the Nokia X6 in the form of version 30.0.003 (previously 21.0.004), this is available now if you have a generic X6, but if you have one from a network, you might be waiting a while!

This update brings with it a few things and the official change log from Nokia is as follows:

  • Here and Now: Pre-installed on device
  • New version of Ovi Maps
  • New version of  Ovi Store
  • Improved Browser
  • Improved chat in Ovi Contacts

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Connectivity Analyzer from Nokia Beta Labs!

November 28, 2010 7 comments

Hey all, it’s been a while since i’v properly blogged on “My Nokia Blog” but as I no longer have time to post as much as i’d like to on my own TheTekBlogger.com, I thought Jay wouldn’t mind me posting here!

One of the recent creations from the people over at Nokia Beta Labs yet again helps us to solve an issue that I’m sure we have all had at one point or another…”Why won’t my phone connect….AAAGGGHHHH”.

“Connectivity Analyzer” from Nokia Beta Labs does exactly what it says on the tin, it tries to figure out well (or not so well) your phone connects to either a Wireless LAN in your home or somewhere else, or Packet Data connections through the mobile network of your choice.

Here is what the developers have to say about it:

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Maemo 1.3 on the horizon?

October 14, 2010 8 comments

While I’m currently in the middle of an all-nighter study/HW/project session, (it’s 2 AM where I’m at right now), some interesting news just filtered into our tips section (Thanks Jim).

Over at the MeeGo blog, Harri Hakulinen let out that a Maemo 5 PR 1.3 release was incoming!! Jay will be pleased.

Also mentioned was the great work and headway they were making with regards towards better support for MeeGo 1.1 on the N900. As it stands now, the 3G voice and telephony stacks are all up and running, albeit not perfectly and should better allow developers, hackers and the curious among us to more confidently dual-boot Maemo and MeeGo.

MeeGo 1.1 is also entering a rather final stage of hardening before a release/announcement, likely to happen at the MeeGo conference in a few weeks’ time. That said it was also let slip that work on MeeGo 1.2 has begun with recent contributions by Nokia towards  this version. It’s been said time and again that Nokia’s version of MeeGo is likely ahead of where the MeeGo community at large was and this only serves to prove this. Three of the key contributions by Nokia, SGX drivers, camera stack, and accelerated video decoders. Three very important aspects in today’s smartphone.

The SGX drivers are interesting and hint towards either an OMAP 3 or 4 powered MeeGo device from Nokia that could be well into the bug-smashing phase.

Here’s to hoping!!

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MeeGo devices this year? Intel says no.

October 5, 2010 37 comments

Well in news that’s sure to bum out a number of us both here and elsewhere in the blogosphere, it would seem that we won’t be seeing any actual MeeGo devices (in our own hands at least) before the first half of 2011.

Doug Fisher, Vice President of Intel’s Software and Solutions Group and General Manager of Intel’s Systems Software Division stated quite clearly in a recent interview that while pleased with the progress MeeGo is making and the consistent meeting of deadlines, consumers would have to wait until next year to see and purchase them.  Bummer! 😦

As part of that interview, he also intimated that another handset maker was in talks concerning adopting MeeGo for their future devices. He conveniently neglected to mention the name of this manufacturer of course.

Who do you think the mystery manufacturer is?  Sound off below.

Thanks Rich!

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Categories: Intel, Linux, Maemo, MeeGo, Nokia, Touch

Brief look at the new Nokia C3-01 ‘Touch and Type’

September 30, 2010 3 comments

Confusing names aside, the new  Nokia C3 is the second handset in Nokia’s  Touch and Type family. Along with the Nokia X3, these two Series S40 based feature phones offer a no-nonsense user interface and lightweight design for those who doesn’t necessarily need the extended functionality (and complexity) of smartphones.

At first glance, you might say the C3 is just a more reserved version of the X3, and, for the most part, you’ll be right.  But there are still some subtle differences to be found, so let’s have a closer look…

Size and weight : Both phones can be considered compact and slim, with a barely noticeable weight in hand. Still, the Nokia X3 pushes the limits even further by having a thinner, although a bit wider, body. Oh, and it’s lighter too.

Nokia C3 vs X3

100 g vs 78 g

111 x 47.5 x 11 mm  vs 106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6. mm

Screen. Both phones utilize a 2.4 inch resistive touch screen with 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA TFT) resolution, ensuring a relatively sharp picture for it’s physical size. The represented color pallet of the screen also looks decent, although with no surprises. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test it’s sunlight legibility. Naturally, the working experience with the Nokia C3 touchscreen proved to be  as enjoyable as with the X3, and I initially had problems discerning whether it’s a capacitive or a resistive screen. As I mentioned in my X3 preview, the S40 interface has been modified with larger icons and other UI elements to compensate the limited screen size.

Keypad. This one is quite obvious. The Nokia C3 comes with a traditionally arranged keypad with horizontal bars between each row of the keys for increased typing comfort. The X3, on the other hand, has a 4×4 grid keypad that has additional multimedia and messaging shortcut keys in the top row. The downside? There’s virtually nothing that separates keys in either direction, and only a slight slope at the bottom of each key helps to improve the situation. Still, the keys on both devices are generously sized and offer great tactile feedback, but it’s worth noting again here, that the few extra keys have made the X3 into an entirely different kind of animal.

Other input elements: The Nokia C3 comes with dedicated camera and lock key along with the usual volume control keys, whereas on the X3 the camera key is missing. Removed to keep the design seamless, no doubt.

Battery: Here’s where the Nokia C3 justifies the few mm more it has under it’s belt in comparison to the X3. The C3 comes with a 1050 mAh Li-ion battery against 860 mAh Li-Ion battery on the X3. I wouldn’t worry about it too much though, as the power consumption should be nowhere as close as on the smartphones. Charging on both phones is possible using the 2 mm port and also via microUSB.

Internal memory: According to Nokia site,  there’s no memory card included in the retail package, so this might really hurt:  there’s 30 MB of  internal memory available to the Nokia C3 user vs 50 Mb on the X3. Both are disturbingly low numbers, and storing anything more than a few camera photos and apps is, of course, out of question.

Camera: Both have a 5 Mpix, extended depth of focus (EDOF) cameras with accompanying LED flash. So yes, it’s basically fixed focus, albeit with some minor improvements. I suspect the overall performance will be quite similar to that of Nokia E5, but your guess is as good as mine at this point.

Update: The C3-01 has LED flash whereas the X3-02 doesn’t, so that’s another thing to consider when choosing between these two phones. Thanks to jack for pointing that out to me.

Connectivity: The Touch and Type series phones are pretty much on par with modern connectivity standards like 3G, HSDPA and Bluetooth (v2.1), but also packing support for WLAN networks. The only thing that’s really missing from the lot is the GPS functionality, but isn’t that a bit too much to ask for here?

Take a look at the brief but nevertheless interesting demo of the Nokia C3, recorded directly from Nokia World 2010:

With all that in mind, which device would you prefer? The stylish and ultra-slim Nokia X3-01, or the more classic looking C3-01? Choices…

Categories: Cseries, Nokia, Touch, Xseries

Damian Dinning Flickr set with the N8

September 17, 2010 9 comments

It would appear that post-Nokia World, Mr Dinning, the man in charge of the Camera and imaging features on the soon to be released N8 ( seems like we’ve been hearing that all year!!) has put up a ~140 photo Flickr set of images taken with the N8. The majority are photos that we’ve all yet to see and some demonstrate the brilliance of the engineers over at Nokia.

One more photo below and a link to the entire set.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinning/sets/72157624971870802/

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Swype for Symbian^1

September 2, 2010 16 comments

The guys at Nokia Beta labs, responsible for the awesome “Nokia Bots” and ”Nokia Conversations” widgets and the “Photo Browser” application currently available in the Ovi Store have released a beta version of the text input program “Swype”. The Swype apps is available at the following link. Swype aims to significantly speed up text entry on touchscreen, button-less devices and is available on multiple platforms. Go give it a whirl and leave your feedback both here and at the Beta Labs page. Help them make a better product for us users will ya!

Currently available for the Nokia N97, N97mini, X6, 5800, and 5230

Video of Swype in action below.

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Near-final N8 firmware run through

August 27, 2010 55 comments

With rumors circling the internet that the final, release version of the N8 firmware is scheduled to be finished by next week (crosses fingers) The latest video that I found on the site, http://tv.mediaprovider.se should hopefully give a pretty clear insight into the sort of performance and applications (read: games) we can expect to see when the N8 is FINALLY released. From the little available here, there should be few doubts in anyone’s mind as to whether this device will be sluggish, unperforming and underwhelming at release.

Give it a look and tell me what you think!

Youtube link to the 1st video! Thanks NeNoRmAl!

Update: Another video was taken on the 25th of August, just 2 days ago. The video demonstrates a few of the normal features available with the OS.

Give it a look.

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C7 preview

August 26, 2010 47 comments

The all knowing Eldar has posted another preview of a Nokia device, this time the S^3 powered C7. As is customary he speaks little to the functionality and more to the flashiness of the interface, once again stamping on it’s lack of novelty or spice.

His conclusion?

“Those who are accustomed to Symbian and know this OS will find the model attractive. It offers few interesting games, austere and outdated interface. Taken together it means that Nokia C7 will not attract new customers, but Nokia fans will choose it quite consciously. After all it is the best value for money on Symbian S^3.”

Give it a read if so inclined at the link below.

http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-c7-en.shtml

Pixelpipe on the N8

August 24, 2010 12 comments

Stumbled across this video on dailymobile showing an upgraded pixelpipe application with the ability to upload not just pictures and videos to a variety of online services  such as picasa and facebook but also regular files such as PDF’s to dropbox accounts.

Give it a look!

P.S. No information on the size of the files that can be uploaded using pixel pipe.

Could one upload full HD videos to youtube this way?!

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