Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Gravity 1.5 hits alpha

December 23, 2010 7 comments

Earlier this year I wrote a post talking up the progress being made with Jan Ole Suhr’s hit application, Gravity. Just in time for Christmas it seems that Jan has let loose an alpha version of the upgrades coming to his application. Key among them, and probably the most significant is the inclusion of a brand-new portrait QWERTY keyboard. This in addition to a somewhat rounded UI elements and improvements to the Facebook integration.


Full Changelog and link to download after the break.

Nokia N8’s ‘official’ Facebook page

July 20, 2010 6 comments

The Nokia N8 has a facebook page! Well it’s not the first one, there are others there already.

But I think this one is the official one (well via NokNok which is Nokia sponsored).  It’s got ‘proper’ tabs anyway for a professional looking page, and the picture is new to me.

Note the Symbian (not O2) duck.

N8 should take over Carphone Warehouse's Mobli.


via @joaoluisc

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Facebook Chat for N900’s inbuilt Conversations app.

February 6, 2010 6 comments

On Sunday, we wrote about how to get additional Instant Messaging accounts to the N900’s built in messenger client.

This was through the “Pidgin Protocols Plugin..”. The N900 only just now notified me of an update whereby now FaceBook chat is included. Facebook via conversations app was available a few days earlier but with extras-devel – so probably why I’m only getting notification now as I’ve only got extras-testing catalogue. See here for instructions on how to add that catalogue

Facebook Chat for N900? Fantastic – that’s the one I really wanted for the N900 and why I missed Nimbuzz from S60 so much (though you did have the option to use the facebook chat on the N900’s browser).

As with the other IM accounts, to see  your contacts, go to the phone book. Change the contact view to “availability” to see only those on Chat. Even better, you can even further into account groups. Great if you have multiple ones set up. This way, you can specifically filter, say, just the facebook contacts.

So that’s google talk, Ovi Chat, Skype, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM, GaduGadu, Groupwise, QQ and Sametime, all integrated into one same messaging app as your texts. Wonderful convenience.

Freeware:Facebook app alternatives, Social Messaging Beta (Communities) from Nokia Beta Labs for N97/6700 and Symabook for S60 5th edition

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Two freewares covered today – Both Facebook app alternatives. Social Messaging Beta and Symabook


1. Social Messaging Beta

Something new from the Nokia Beta Labs – Social Messaging Beta.

From Nokia Beta Labs

It’s somewhat limited in functionality at the moment, e.g. There’s space for other communities (e.g. twitter in future?) but only facebook is accessible – and the facebook portion itself is limited at this beta stage.

Some interesting features (based on the facebook portion):


  • + A homescreen widget counterpart you can actually interact with at the homescreen. You can move up/down for facebook updates without opening the app itself and refresh for new updates – however working properly.
  • + In the demo video, tapping on a status at the homescreen is meant to open up facebook contextually so that you are quickly able to comment/like that status/post.
  • + Kinetic scrolling (should be basic standard everywhere but as it’s rare I count it as a feature)
  • +Your facebook news feed looks much like how the desktop counterpart looks – with your editable status up top, even including news feeds on people’s (annoying) quizes. :p
  • + More of the news feeds is visible – with the facebook widget on N97 you only see a handful of updates but you can see much more with this
  • + Tapping within a feed opens you to that particular status for commenting/liking (not their profile – you can’t view your own or other people’s profiles)
  • + There’s also a messages/Events/Friends list/Request options but only messages (and feeds) are working at the moment.
  • + Works properly in Landscape as well as portrait
  • + No fuss signing in (see Symabook below)
  • +It seems a bit faster than the Facebook app on the N97 at getting to news feeds from log in.
  • + Much faster than Facebook app at swtiching between Feeds/Messages (perhaps other profiles too etc if that was available)
  • + The big feature is supposedly posting your location to facebook or in a message using Ovi Maps [See also Ovi Life Casting – this looks good but you have to install Ovi Maps beta AND Ovi Life casting -_- I’ll try this another time]
  • – There’s also a Share Photos icon (in menu) but it crashes if you try to do anything. It also seems to save pictures seen in your feeds spontaneously.
  • – It eats up phone memory like nobody’s business.
  • – I don’t know if photo-uploads appear in feeds .

You can check out a video about it just below:

Download Social Messaging Beta (Communities) for Nokia N97 (must be on V12.X.024)

I wish that instead of being a separate app, they just included these features onto the original Facebook App. Perhaps it’ll make more sense when the other community options are available, e.g. twitter. At the moment I prefer the independent apps/widgets (Facebook App and Gravity) but we’ll see how this beta labs project progresses.

Via Nokia Beta Labs

2. Symabook

Here’s another FaceBook app alternative for S60 5th edition called Symabook (by Symacrtic). It looks compeltely different to S60 5th Edition UI or Facebook which is slightly refreshing. It is prone to crashing and is rather slow – although this may all be because it’s an Alpha release



  • Feeds have kinetic scrolling in all four directions – though a little bit slow.
  • Error in feeds due to facebook quizes. Maybe recognized properly in future updates.
  • Each status/feedbox is the same size. Tapping expands it.
  • If you long press on a status in a feed, a heart pops up (they also intent for a comment box and view profiles option to show up – see demonstration video)
  • If you swipe to the right, the page moves to the right and shows the facebook related categories, i.e. Newsfeeds/friends list etc
  • You get a full friends list – Thumbnails alphabetically organized by surname(though very difficult to actually get to a contact as you have to swipe up/down like a million )
  • Some subtle but appreciated transitions.
  • Photos are or photo viewing items on your phone. I couldn’t find an option to upload and it crashes if you try to do anything. Before it does crash, the circular zooming is kind of fun.
  • Profiles do not work
  • You can’t actually edit anything in settings
  • You have to sign in via browser to mobile facebook, then approve the app – a bit tedious.

At this unfinished stage, it may be quite annoying to use and lacking in sufficient usable features. However, it’s precisely that – no where near complete. There’s quite a bit of potential in Symabook facebook app, namely the app’s attempts of touch optimized UI- so keep an eye out for future releases. Definitely an app to look forward to.

Download Symabook (Alpha)

Symarctic vis Symbian-Freak