New Firmware v200.12.87 | Nokia 5730 XpressMusic

It appears to be that time of year when Nokia push out new firmware updates to enhance their Nokia devices. Today the Nokia 5730XM gets its update to v200.12.87, bringing noticeable speed improvements in the web browser and photo gallery. New firmware updates generally contain many bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform better, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. Unfortunately there is no official changelog for the update, however there are a few noted changes after the break, so feel free to add to them in the comments.

Changes noticed from v101.48.128 to v200.12.87

  • Web browser is faster, with a new toolbar and other improvements
  • Photo gallery loads and displays your images faster
  • The N-Gage application has not been included

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 also 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.

Ovi Maps Signpost In London | Making Way For The Good Things

In October 2009 Londoner’s woke up to see a signpost the size of two London buses suspended next to Tower Bridge, and we were lucky enough to be there for the launch courtesy of WOMWorld. The sign celebrated the release of the Nokia N97 mini with built-in Ovi Maps, and asked people to send in their “Good Things.” It swung around all day to point to all the “Good Things” from all around the world, and although the sign has since been removed, the good things remain and have got even better. Check out the event footage after the break.

You can download the latest version of Ovi Maps with free navigation at nokia.com/maps. You can discover all the Good Things around the world, and post your own, at maps.ovi.com. If you currently have the Nokia N97 or N97 mini you can also download the Good Things app from Ovi Store and explore the Good Things on the move.

Ovi Maps For Mobile Hits 1.4M Downloads

It is now coming up to the two week mark since the launch of the new version of Ovi Maps for Mobile and Nokia has proudly announced that there has already been over 1.4 million downloads of the application. The one million mark was reached just one week after the launch. According to Anssi, Executive Vice President at Nokia, The download rate is averaging at one download per second. This is a tremendous feat considering that its currently only supported on a limited number of handsets.

“We’re averaging a download a second, 24 hours a day,” said Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Nokia. “When we announced free walk & drive navigation we knew it would be a game-changer. The number of people now using their Nokia for navigation, and as a result looking for more location-aware software, is growing faster than even we predicted.”

The success of the new version Ovi Maps is a key part of Nokia’s strategy to lead the market in mobile maps, navigation and location-based services. By leveraging its investment in NAVTEQ, Nokia has been able to remove the costs associated with navigation for drivers and pedestrians and is quickly activating a massive user base to which it can offer new location features, content and services.

As of 31 January 2010 the top five countries downloading the new version of Ovi Maps were: China, Italy, UK, Germany and Spain. The top five most popular Nokia devices installing the download were: Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia N97, Nokia 5230 and Nokia E72.

“There is a huge appetite for GPS navigation on mobile phones. We estimate there were already 25.9 million people actively using GPS navigation on their mobile phones at the end of 2009,” said Chris Jones, VP & Principal Analyst at research firm Canalys.

From next month, all new Nokia GPS-enabled smartphones will include the new version of Ovi Maps, pre-loaded with local country map data, with high-end walk and drive navigation and access to Lonely Planet and Michelin travel guides at no extra cost.

Qt Demo On The Nokia N900 | HyperUI, Weather, MyBudget & ShopList

Qt is part of Nokia’s future when it comes to user interface. Check out these images giving you a few ideas on how it might look. If you have the ‘Extras Devel’ catalogue on your Nokia N900, you can find HyperUI (shown on the standby screen, the Application Launcher, the dial pad and contacts), Weather (current weather previews), MyBudget (for personal budget in several categories of expenditure) and ShopList (a shopping check list with several categories).

The Wonderful World Of Ovi Store

Check out this awesome Ovi promotional video which showcases some of the most compelling Nokia applications, including Facebook, Gravity, and Qik. The video has been directed by Hiro Murai, a famous music video director, who illustrates in a very unique way, what your mobile phone can do with these applications.

Skyfire Mobile Web Browser Updated To v1.5

Skyfire today announced that they have released version 1.5 for Symbian S60 3rd and 5th Edition. Skyfire is a free alternative web browser for your mobile phone, and version 1.5 now includes full support for high-resolution screens, has a fresh user interface (UI) that is more finger friendly, produces crisper text, allows smoother zooming, and has a full- screen mode that completely maximizes screen real estate. Check out the full press release along with a nice video demo of the application after the break.

Skyfire is also running a contest in which you can get your hands on a brand new Nokia N97. Details are at the end of the video.

“There was a great response when Skyfire 1.5 launched in December 2009 for Windows Mobile. Video, text, and images all look crisp and stunning in high-resolution,” explains Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire. “We’re glad to bring all the unique new features of Skyfire 1.5 to our dedicated Symbian user-base.”

Additionally, Skyfire features a customizable homepage, integrating RSS feeds, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and Gmail, into one convenient stream. The Skyfire start page has been updated with high-resolution text and images.

New in Skyfire 1.5 for Symbian S60 3 Edition

  • Smooth Scrolling: Scroll operations are more fluid.
  • Updated UI for 3rd edition devices.
  • Performance tweaks: Many small enhancements for a more robust and faster browsing experience.

New in Skyfire 1.5 for Symbian S60 5th Edition (Beta)

  • Finger friendly UI: A new, intuitive, and finger friendly UI for high resolution touchscreen devices provides an easier browsing experience.
  • Smooth Scrolling: Kinetic scrolling has been enabled to Skyfire. Pan or flick the screen to move in any direction smoothly on touchscreen.
  • Full screen mode: For touchscreen, browse in full screen mode with no UI elements on the screen for maximum page visibility.
  • Auto-Rotate: Browse in portrait or landscape mode with a simple change of the device orientation.

To download Skyfire 1.5 head over to: http://get.skyfire.com/

Reliability | Nokia Testing Centre In Beijing

The Nokia Testing Centre in Beijing puts all Nokia handsets through a controlled yet extreme regime in order to guarantee the reliability of that device. Daky Yang is a Nokia Testing Engineer, and part of the team of people that put your Nokia handset through many different tests and scenarios in order to ensure they are hard-wearing and reliable. He went on to say that, “When we perform the tests, we understand that people use their phones in different ways. But we have to take all the phones through the most extreme tests.” Check out the video after the break to see exactly the kind of test Nokia perform on their handsets.

 

Race Around Your Block With Ovi Maps Racing

Nokia has just announced a great new innovative game that’s due to hit the Ovi Store soon. Ovi Maps Racing is a combination of navigation and gaming, allowing you to utilize the GPS on your device to determine your location, then creating a custom race on the streets in your neighborhood. You can also access any location in the world and create a race track there. Check out the trailer for this game after the break.

Nokia’s Climate Mission Gameplay For S60 5th Edition

Climate Mission is an ecologically themed puzzle game that lets you test your wits about climate change. You need to sort out your garbage for recycling, plant trees in the savannah and help farmers in India keep their fields cool using white rock. You will also need to make sure you keep the air fresh by nurturing ants – they’re experts at storing carbon! The application is free and available in the Ovi Store now. Check out the Climate Mission trailer after the break.

Nokia Bubble Frame | Snap, Frame & Share

Snap it. Frame it. Share it. Now you can frame the moment with Nokia Bubble Frame, a one-click upload app for Facebook that adds a bubble frame around your mobile photos. Simply take a picture, add a caption, and with just one click you can upload it directly to Facebook. Change the photo-frame colour, send it as an MMS or even set it as wallpaper. Nokia Bubble Frame is available at the Ovi Store for free, so head over and make your Facebook photos stand out from everyone else’s.

Nokia N900 Photo Gallery Review

The Nokia N900 is the first Linux-based Maemo 5 powered device from Nokia and it not only brings forward new technologies and new features, it also brings a new ‘Maemo’ way of doing things. Most Nokia users have become so accustomed to the Symbian platform, that any other manufacturer’s OS seams clunky or limited in comparison. Maemo 5 has built on that very success with this cracking new OS, and today I want to share a slice of this device with you, taking you through the ins and outs of the Photo Gallery on the Nokia N900. Enjoy.

Photos Menu

Opening the Photo Gallery will display all your image thumbnails in a finger friendly size. The menu option is located at the top in the status bar and gives you the option of filtering your images, either by folder, date or tags. This can be extremely useful in the long run, when your snap happy fingers have had time to work their magic. You can also tag, share and delete images in bulk through this menu.

The settings let you sort your images, by either date or name, give you the options for grouping your images in months, and allows you to display or conceal metadata indicators. There is also an option to set the speed for the slideshow.

Viewing

Touching an image will dis

play it automatically in full screen mode with the option to commence a slideshow. Sliding your finger across the screen will let you browse through your images. The speed at which the image loads is very quick and the accelerometer is allows you to rotate the screen as you rotate your device. Note that the screen will rotate 360 degrees (not just 90 degrees like it did with previous Nseries devices).

When viewing photos in full screen the keypad has no functionality, and you can only zoom by using the volume rocker on the side/top of the device (depends which way you determine the device is upright). A single tap on the image will bring up a quick launch bar and the menu in the status bar. Opening the menu gives you the option to save, save as, rename, edit, set as background image, mark as favourite and display details of the image (title, description, tags, geotags, creator, including more specific details about the file and the camera that took the image).

Editing

The quick launch bar at the bottom allows you to easily rotate, crop, tag, share and delete an image. If you wish to do more to your image, then you can edit it further by clicking the status bar at the top and selecting ‘edit image’. This brings up the rest of the editing functionalities, which include flipping the image either horizontally or vertically, removing red eye imperfections, adjusting the brightness and contrast of the image, and resizing it.

This complete editing package provides the perfect tools to manage your images and although I’m sure more functions will be added as the firmware updates begin to roll in, I believe the N900 already has everything it needs in this department.

Tagging

Tagging you images from the Photos application couldn’t be easier, simply press the tag option from the quick launch bar and select the tags from a tag cloud. You can add new tags or clear all tags, and even edit the geotags in the same way. There is also a dedicated favourites tag.

After you have tagged an image, a small icon will be viewable in the top right of the picture, and if you tagged the image as a favourite, it will also place a star next to this icon.

Sharing

Well once you’ve edited and tagged your image, its just natural to want to share it, and this can also be done easily using your Nokia N900. The share feature is also one of the quick launch icons and lets you send using Bluetooth or email and share online. Unfortunately there is no MMS support, which is very annoying to say the least. In my opinion this is the first thing Nokia need to fix with a new firmware. The share services available to use are Ovi Share, Flickr and Facebook.

Before sharing you have the option of making some last minute adjustments, which include editing the title, description and tags of the image. Another great feature when sharing an image is the ability to select the size of the image you would like to share and which metadata you would like displayed.

Once you click share, the screen will bring you back to the image and the sharing process will take place in the background. You can always view the status and progress of the shared image, simply open the universal status bar and select ‘Sharing’.

Conclusion

The built in Photo Gallery is a great leap forward when compared to Nokia’s previous solution on Symbian devices. Editing photos has never been easier, even when compared to S60 5th Edition devices. The options menu are hidden in the status bar in almost every application, making it simple and reducing clutter. The Maemo 5 OS has allowed Nokia to easily implement very user friendly features, key to the experience as a whole. This is just a snippet as to what this device has to offer, and I aim to bring you more soon so make sure you subscribe below.

Mobility Brings Hope to Billions

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show that the world’s developing economies are places of increasing opportunity and upward mobility, where wealth is being created at an incredible rate and business opportunities abound – in part due to the spread of mobile communications. Mobility has brought hope and higher living standards to billions of people.

“Mobile communications have played a big role in bringing hope and higher living standards to literally billions of people,” Kallasvuo said during a keynote speech Friday. “The trend promises to accelerate in the coming decade, as the power and capabilities of smartphones spread across the globe.”

Kallasvuo discussed how innovators, particularly software developers, can join Nokia in its efforts to be a force for good by helping to accelerate development in these growth markets. He announced the USD 1 million Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge – a $1 million USD investment from Nokia to encourage innovators and developers to come up with innovate ways to help people and promote upward mobility around the world.

“We’ve seen what the tech community can do when it focuses on problems that are also opportunities,”Kallasvuo said. “We want to channel that energy toward improving lives in the developing world.”

Kallasvuo noted that there are about 4.6 billion mobile subscriptions among the planet’s 6.8 billion people today. “For the majority of the world’s people, their first and only access to the Internet will be through a mobile device – not a PC. And this access is spreading very, very fast.”

“In China, every month more than 7 million people gain access to the Internet for the first time, and mostly on mobile devices,” he said. “This trend shows no signs of slowing. The mobile device has become a necessity for upward mobility.”

Kallasvuo announced that Ovi Mail, Nokia’s mobile email service that is designed for users whose first email access is via a mobile device, signed up more than 5 million accounts in its first year, exceeding the first-year user totals for Gmail,Yahoo Mail and Hotmail.

Kallasvuo spoke of the importance of understanding every market in which a company does business.

“Business people often tend to lump all of the growing countries outside the West into one category. They call them ‘developing countries,’ ‘emerging countries’ or ‘emerging markets.’ Each of these markets is uniquely different and complex. A one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work.”

Kallasvuo shared the CES stage with Jan Chipchase, whom he described as the “Indiana Jones of Nokia.” Chipchase travels the far corners of the world to help Nokia understand how people live and how mobile phones might help them to live better.

“People around the world have shown us that adversity leads to real innovation,” said Chipchase. “People in some of the world’s most remote and poorest countries have inspired us and amazed us. They know what they need and they find ways to make it happen.”

After Chipchase,Kallasvuo introduced the “Progress Project” and Frances Linzee Gordon, one of the Lonely Planet travel journalists who worked on it. For the Progress Project, Nokia invited Lonely Planet to investigate the benefits of mobility, giving complete editorial freedom to Lonely Planet’s writers. What resulted was a series of short videos that showed how lives are being improved by mobility.

“My first misconception about this project, was that Progress was merely about technology,” Linzee Gordon said. “In fact, it was really all about people. How people are using mobile devices to improve their health, wealth, business and education. My second misconception? Before this project, like a lot of people, I didn’t appreciate the potential for a global company to be a force for good.”

 

New Firmware v40.0.005 Brings Kinetic Scrolling & More To The Nokia 5800XM

The Nokia 5800XM is the third consecutive device to get a new firmware this week, but this time the firmware brings many new features to the Nokia device, some of which includes:

– Kinetic Scrolling
– New Home “Contacts Bar”
– QWERTY Keyboard Auto Rotation (on text input screens)
– Removed Download! (Ovi Store still available)
– Replaced “Update Application” with “SW Update” as on the Nokia N97
– Ovi Contacts
– More Responsive UI

The new firmware v40.0.005 can be installed by typing *#0000# from the dialer and then selecting ‘check for updates.’ If it is not available over-the-air, you can update via the Nokia Software Updater (NSU) or Ovi Suite on your PC. The new update should be available right now for most product codes, and even though the 5800XM supports User Data Preservation (UDP), we still recommend you make a full back up before updating your device.

New Firmware v22.007 | Nokia E72

The Nokia E72 has just received it’s first firmware update which takes the device up to v22.007. The new firmware is quite small and indicates that it contains mainly bug fixes and software optimizations. The Nokia E72 supports UDP (User Data Preservation) and therefore it will not wipe off all your data when updating, however we still recommend you do a full back up before installing the new update. To get this update through your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), simply type in *#0000# on the home screen and select ‘check for updates’. If the firmware is not yet available via FOTA, you can also update through NSU (Nokia Software Updater) or Ovi Suite.

New Firmware v21.006 | Nokia N86 8MP

The Nokia N86 8MP has received a minor firmware update taking it up from v20.115 to v21.006. New firmware updates generally contain bug fixes and optimizations necessary for other software to perform correctly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. You can update your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air) by simply typing *#0000# on your homescreen and selecting check for updates or you can also use NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and Ovi Suite. Although the Nokia N86 supports UDP (User Data Preservation), we still recommend you do a full backup to ensure you do not lose any data, especially if you’re updating using NSU.

If you notice any changes to your device or any improvements after updating your firmware, drop a comment and let us know below.

Active Applications When Multitasking On The Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 is a great device for multitasking. With its 600 MHz processor and Maemo 5 OS, the device can handle a ridiculous amount of open applications and switch between them seamlessly. All the applications remain active during multitasking, and I have made a short clip using two accelerometer based applications, Angle Meter Touch and Level Touch (now available to download from the Ovi Store), to demonstrate this feature. Check out the video after the break.

New Firmware v1.2009.44.1 | Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 has just recieved a new minor firmware update taking it from v1.2009.42.11 to v1.2009.44.1. This is the first firmware update that has been released for the Nokia N900 and although it is a minor update there has been quite a few noticeable changes which include a re-designed Application Manager. I have also noticed that an Ovi repository as been added in the application catalogues. This indicates that the Ovi Store for the Nokia N900 should be opening any time now. The new firmware update can be downloaded either using the built in application manager or the traditional way using NSU (Nokia Software Updater). Unfortunately, there is no Ovi Suite support and the UDP (User Data Preservation) details are fairly ambiguous, so we recommend a full backup before you update. After updating I noticed that my Contacts, Conversations, Calendar Entries, Notes, Music and Videos, all remained on the device. However my email accounts, access points, homescreen widgets, applications were not preserved. According to MaemoWorld, if you update it using the application manager all your data will be preserved.

Let The Bounce Boing Battle Begin

Nokia announced another great game last week which is also due to hit the Ovi Store soon. Bounce Boing Battle is a multiplayer addition to the ‘Bounce’ range, and pits two players against each other using two separate Nokia S60 5th Edition handsets. Opponents must bounce a ball back and forth in an attempt to get it past one another’s goal. As the ball approaches your side of the court, use your Nokia’s touch capabilities to draw a line in front of the ball. If you draw the line at the correct time at the correct spot, the ball flings back at an angle depending on the direction of your line. Check out the trailer for this game after the break.

Nokia 5800XM Video | Wireless Accelerometer Gaming Demo

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has been connected to a desktop PC via bluetooth using WeeWheel, only to experience the thrill of using a mobile phone as a controller. WeeWheel is the application that utilizes the built in accelerometer to detect movement and converts it into joystick-like signals for your PC. Check out the short video demo after the break.

Diversity | Nokia’s Handset Productions In Beijing

David Tang, VP of Nokia China tells us how Nokia’s Beijing factory uses the same standards and practices as other Nokia manufacturing facilities, with the same levels of quality and high standards seen elsewhere. Check out the Nokia in China video after the break.

S60 Theme | tehkBlack Ovi by tehkSEVEN

tehkBlack Ovi by tehkSEVEN is a contrast of the Just Light theme recently released. It includes a bunch of Ovi styled icons that cover all of the default and system icons as well as various 3rd party icons. This theme is available for all S60 3rd edition and 5th edition devices and is great for having that simple minimalist look.

You can download the tehkBlack Ovi theme for your particular device here.

New Firmware PR 1.1 (v2.2009.51-1) | Nokia N900 (inc. Changelog)

Nokia has just released the first major firmware update PR1.1 – v2.2009.51-1 for the Nokia N900 following the minor update that was released earlier this week. The new firmware brings along a host of new features and usability improvements including full compatibility with certain SIM cards from service provider 3. Mail for Exchange has been updated with support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and Ovi Maps sees improvements made to the search performance and route calculation. If you already installed the first update you will automatically receive a notification that a new update is available for their device. If you prefer not to update to the 89.5 MB firmware via FOTA (Firmware-Over-The-Air), you can also install the update using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) on your PC. Note that updating your device via NSU may delete some data so ensure you make a back up your device. Check out the long extensive changelog after the break.

New features

  • Hutchison SIM cards are supported.
  • MS Exchange 2003 support.

Maemo Update

  • Bootloader (Nolo) can be updated over Maemo Update.
  • Cellular software can be updated over Maemo Update.
  • Icon cache removed to allow more memory space for Maemo Update.
  • Application Manager: Available space check moved to apt-worker for more accurate results.

Reliability

  • Improvements in SGX performance and reliability.

Use-time and power consumption

  • API for status area applets to detect if they are invisible/absent.
  • Fixes to Pulseaudio timer increasing power saving when starting/closing apps.
  • Browser: Removed unnecessary serial logging.
  • Reduction of wake-ups in Desktop, Connectivity, Conversations, RSS Feed Reader,
  • Backup handles correctly directories containing pairs of symlinks.
  • Less CPU load caused during video recording.
  • Support disabling Virtual Keyboard in input field.
  • Performance improvements in Browser.
  • Lock: “swipe to unlock” will not stay on.
  • CPU idle latencies and thresholds updated.
  • Fixing eMMC data lines while sleeping.
  • CellMO power consumption reduced.

Usability

  • Volume button operation in call flipped based on audio routing (no more on screen orientation).
  • Browser: Downloading & rendering of page content runs promptly.
  • Helping to avoid capacity limits of rootfs when installing apps (make Docpurge aware of /opt).
  • Stability and usability fixes to the Profiles applet. Selection, usage and restoring of ringtones.
  • Fast call from home shortcuts.
  • Fast SMS rejection of incoming call.
  • Avoid false alarms in pocket.
  • Silence ringing by flipping face down.
  • Fix to Camera photo orientation problem: correct orientation is now written to EXIF.

Performance

  • X: performance of GLES apps improved.
  • Lower RAM consumption while capturing video.
  • Phone-UI & Msg-UI always ready to appear.
  • Application Manager UI speed improvements.
  • Email faster with large mailboxes.
  • Large file copy (SD->MMC) doesn’t degrade system performance.

OVI Maps

  • Route calculation and search performance improved.

Connectivity

  • BT Secure Simple Pairing fixed for Windows Vista.
  • BT transfer progress indicated.
  • Improving WLAN connection stability.
  • Improved WLAN negotiation when going out of reach of access point.

Phone Calls

  • Add voicemail shortcut support.
  • Showing call forwarding correctly when busy forwarding is not set.
  • Call log improved.

Audio & Video

  • Audio volume control works with +/- keys in full-screen playback of flash.
  • Handling corrupted ring tone files better.
  • HW volume keys always have same orientation.
  • Media Player UI now provides feedback when tapping control buttons in video playback.
  • MIC input not clipped when loud voice in VoIP call.
  • Pulseaudio: Ringtone is heard from the loudspeaker if BT connected.
  • Ringtone played both to headset (BT or wired) and to internal HF speakers.
  • AV sync fix for recorded videos.

Camera

  • ISO EXIF value for images saved when automatic sensitivity in use.
  • Vignetting test of 2nd camera fixed, VGA sensor stability.

Battery and Charging

  • Improved charging in case of low charging power (PC USB charging).

USB

  • Fixing the USB detection and card mounting issue related to quickly attaching/detaching the cable.
  • Able to format corrupted eMMC properly.
  • Hang fixed in case of WLAN disconnection while copying files.

Synchronization

  • Activesync supports now MS Exchange 2003.
  • Activesync – fixes the forwarding of attachments showing incorrect sizes (Exchange server 2003).
  • Content copier of PC Suite enabled. Whole content backup (including Notes) can now be restored from PCSuite.

3rd party applications

  • Policy-settings: Fixes rotation transition in for 3rd party applications.
  • Policy-settings: By default, 3rd party apps should have the same limits as our applications.

Calendar

  • Public API for color picker. Home widget is now translucent.
  • Set/get alarms API.
  • Syncing of task alarms supported.

Image Viewer

  • Thumbnailing faster.

Application Manager

  • Rename Maemo Extras to maemo.org and enable by default.
  • Grid view applied for the categories in download view. Added API for filtering packages.

Development Platform

  • SDK content and tools updated.
  • SDK GUI installer updated.
  • New sharing-dialog-dev package added to enable Bluetooth and email sending.
  • New wappushd-dev package documenting MMS interfaces available.

Upstream Security Issues

  • Fix for CVE-2009-2417 in curl.

Community reports fixed

Reports in http://bugs.maemo.org that have been fixed for PR1.1

Nokia Requests ITC To Investigate A Further Seven Nokia Patent Infringements by Apple

Earlier this week, Nokia announced that it has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging Apple of infringing seven Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers. This feud with Nokia and Apple has been going on for quite some time now, but this complaint states that Nokia’s pioneering innovations are now being used by Apple to create key features in its products in the area of user interface, as well as camera, antenna and power management technologies. These patented technologies are important to Nokia’s success as they allow better user experience, lower manufacturing costs, smaller size and longer battery life for Nokia products.

“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in small electronic devices” said Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia. “This action is about protecting the results of such pioneering development. While our litigation in Delaware is about Apple’s attempt to free-ride on the back of Nokia investment in wireless standards, the ITC case filed today is about Apple’s practice of building its business on Nokia’s proprietary innovation.”

Nokia Announce Free Mobile Navigation For Life With Ovi Maps

Nokia has today announced plans to release a new version of Ovi Maps for its smartphones that includes high-end walk and drive navigation at no extra cost, available for download at www.nokia.com/maps. This move has the potential to nearly double the size of the current mobile navigation market. The new version of Ovi Maps includes high-end car and pedestrian navigation features, such as turn-by-turn voice guidance for 74 countries, in 46 languages, and traffic information for more than 10 countries, as well as detailed maps for more than 180 countries. Check out the rest of this press release after the break.

“Why have multipledevices that work that work in only one country or region? Put it all together, make it free, make it global and you almost double the potential size of the mobile navigation market,” explained Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Nokia. “Nokia is the only company with a mobile navigation service for both drivers and pedestrians that works across the world. Unlike the legacy car navigation manufacturers, we don’t make you buy maps for different countries or regions even if you’re only visiting for a few days. We offer both navigation and maps free of charge, with all the high-end functionality and features thatpeople now expect.”

“The large-scale availability of free-of-charge mobile phone navigation offerings using high-quality map data will be a game changer for the navigation industry,” said Thilo Koslowski, Vice President Automotive and Vehicle ICT at Gartner. “Such offerings will accelerate mass market adoption for navigation solutions and shift innovation focus to location-based services that go beyond traditional routing benefits.”

For Nokia, removing the costs associated with navigation for drivers and pedestrians allows the companyto quickly activate a massive user base to which it can offer new location features, content and services. This is part of Nokia’s strategy to lead the market in mobile maps, navigation and location-based services. The move is also in line with Nokia’s vision that the next wave of growth will be centered onthe location-aware, social internet — as the ‘where’ people are doing things becomes as important as the ‘what’ they are doing.

According to research firm Canalys, the number of people worldwide using GPS navigation on theirmobile phones was approximately 27 million at the end of 2009. With this announcement Nokia potentially grows the size of this installed user base toabout 50 million by enabling smartphone owners, with compatible devices and devicesthat will be made compatible shortly to activate free drive and walk navigation through a simple download of the new Ovi Maps. Nokia will further grow thisbase as it quickly adds more smartphones to the compatible devices list. Canalys also estimated in 2009 that the installed base of smartphones withintegrated GPS was 163 million units worldwide, of which Nokia accounted formore than half (51%) having shipped cumulatively 83 million GPS devices.

“This is a game changing move. By leveraging our NAVTEQ acquisition, and our context sensitive service offering, we can now put a complete navigation system in the palm ofyour hand, wherever in the world you are, whenever you need it – and at no extra cost,” continued Anssi Vanjoki. “By adding cameras at no extra cost to our phones we quickly became the biggest camera manufacturer in the world. The aim of the new Ovi Maps is to enable us to do the same for navigation.”

By removing the added costs for consumers Nokia expects to fuel the take-up of mobile maps andnavigation providing its ecosystem of partners with clear business opportunities:

Ovi Maps is immediatelyavailable for download for 10 Nokia handsets, including the popular Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia E72, with more Nokia smartphones expected to be added in the coming weeks. In the meantime, current owners of Nokia smartphones that are compatible with the new Ovi Maps can download it free of charge from nokia.com/maps.

Current list of compatible Nokia devices: Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia E52, Nokia E55, Nokia E72, Nokia 5230, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6730 classic and Nokia X6. For the latest device list, pleasego to nokia.com/maps

Coming Next brings more Calendar Entries to your N97 Homescreen

The default calendar widget for the Nokia N97 homescreen is a very poor solution considering the real estate available. Although it displays your next event or meeting, it only supports one notification and defeats the object of having a widget, as you have to open the calendar application regularly to view your upcoming events. Well, thanks to Michael Prager’s ComingNext, it is now possible to display 4 notifications in a single widget. ComingNext is a calendar homescreen widget for the Nokia N97 that sports a dual panel mode, where each panel can display up to 4 upcoming events. The widget can be customized to your needs easily and pulls out details from you default calendar to display directly on your homescreen.

The best part of ComingNext though is the vast amount of user-changeable settings available. Not only can you control the various colors and labels, but you can also change which calendar application the widget launches! This means if you use a more powerful calendar application, like SBSH Calendar or Handy Calendar, you can program ComingNext to launch that, rather than the default built-in calendar application.

You can download ComingNext from our S60 5th Edition Applications page. The zip file includes 2 copies of the widget, so that you can have up to 8 upcoming entries in total.

An Introduction To Qt Development Frameworks

In June 2008 Nokia acquired Trolltech ASA to enable the acceleration of their cross-platform software strategy for mobile devices and desktop applications, and to develop its Internet services business. On September 29, 2008 Nokia renamed Trolltech to Qt Development Frameworks. Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework used by hundreds of thousands of developers worldwide looking to create amazing user experiences on a wide range of platforms. Have a look at this short video clip after the break and find out how Qt will shape the future of application and UI development.

Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and netbooks represent a simple way to connect to everyday Web applications/services and give an amazing computing experience on-the-go. Netbook and MID OEMs need to be able to customize their user experience by adding unique features and applications that function optimally with minimal processing power.

The Qt Advantage

Qt allows for cross-platform development making it attractive for MID and netbooks manufacturers who need to offer unrivaled features and applications. In addition to offering a toolkit which eases application development, Qt SDK allows OEMs to develop their own SDKs for 3rd party development. Qt makes it possible to reuse device UI and application code across device types shortening time-to-market.

In the wake of Cloud Computing, the Qt WebKit Integration lets developers mix native and Web UI development making it an advantage for low-power CPUs. MIDs and netbooks can be based on any selected Qt powered Linux Distro and have a customized UI layer and/or launcher for differentiation. For more information on Qt for Nokia check out http://qt.nokia.com/.

We Welcome You Back | 2010 by PiZero

Hope you all had a nice break and got plenty of goodies to keep you entertained over Christmas. The Nokia Review is back and ready for an exciting new year where we have plenty of surprises in store for all our readers. We plan to expand our Application section regularly, so make sure you bookmark us in order to keep up to date with all the latest Symbian and Maemo Applications for your Nokia handset. And what better way to kick off the new year with than this cracking new theme by PiZero.

2010 by PiZero is compatible with all Symbian S60 3rd Edition and 5th Edition phones. There is a Lite version included with default icons and there is one with TehkSeven icons. The theme fits both portrait and landscape modes perfectly and has a great fresh look for the new year. You can download 2010 by PiZero for S60 3rd Edition here and S60 5th Edition here.

Resco Bubbles Gameplay For S60 5th Edition

Resco Bubbles is a really cool action puzzle game where the idea is to clear the grid of bubbles in order to advance to the next level. You are given a sequence of bubbles, which should be quickly and efficiently popped. Numerous explosive, speed-up, slow-down and damage bubbles keep the game play exciting and challenging. Resco Bubbles is not a free app, but at around €10 EUR, I think it’s deffinately worth it. You can download the trial version from our S60 5th Edition download section. Check out the gameplay demo after the break.

Raging Thunder Gameplay For S60 5th Edition

Raging Thunder is a gut-churning, tyre burning racer giving you control over the most extreme muscle cars in the world! Race against time, CPU controlled opponents or up to three other speed addicts in this fast paced and exhilarating coin-op style racing game featuring the most breathtaking 3D graphics on your smartphone. Check out the gameplay demo of Raging Thunder on the Nokia X6 after the break, which is available from the Ovi Store for £3.00. You can find more S60 5th Edition applications from our downloads section.

Nokia N900 | Documents To Go

Keep all you documents in the palm of your hand, available to view whenever you like using Documents to Go and the Nokia N900. You can download the viewer from our Maemo 5 Applications section where there a tons of other cool apps ready to be installed.

Nokia N900 | Documents To Go

Keep all you documents in the palm of your hand, available to view whenever you like using Documents to Go and the Nokia N900. You can download the viewer from our Maemo 5 Applications section where there a tons of other cool apps ready to be installed.

Carrier Billing For Ovi Store Comes To AT&T Customers

Nokia has announced that AT&T customers using select Nokia devices can now download content through the Ovi Store with convenient carrier billing. The supported devices include the Nokia E71x, Nokia Surge, Nokia Mural, Nokia 6650, Nokia 6555 and Nokia 6350, with more devices to be added soon. AT&T customers will be able to download free and paid content with their paid content purchases being charged directly to their monthly AT&T bill.

“Nokia is happy to bring the exciting content available through Ovi Store by Nokia to AT&T customers in an easy way with a convenient billing solution,” said David Petts, Vice President and General Manager of the AT&T account, Nokia. “Ovi Store provides consumers with mobile content and applications from some of the most recognized developers and publishers from around the world, and we are now thrilled to deliver compelling content to AT&T customers with a payment solution that simplifies access and use.”

To get started, AT&T customers that have the devices mentioned above can simply visit the Ovi Store from their device browser and begin downloading personalized content.

S60 Theme | Just Light by tehkSEVEN

Just Light by tehkSEVEN is a classy, lightweight themes for optimal performance and overall longevity of usage. It features an off-white background, with similar shades used in all of the elements, tabs and buttons. The off-white instead of pure white makes the theme much easier on the eyes. Just Light is only available with the default S60 icons in order to keep the size of the theme minimal.

You can download the Just Light theme for your particular device here.

James Cameron’s Avatar Gameplay for S60 5th Edition

James Cameron’s Avatar takes you to a spectacular world beyond imagination where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads an epic battle to save a civilization. In the official Avatar mobile game, the planet Pandora’s last hope lies with the human Jake Sully. Transferring his consciousness into a human-Na’vi hybrid, Jake undertakes his mission as an Avatar. Check out the gameplay demo of James Cameron’s Avatar after the break, which is available from the Ovi Store for a very reasonable £3.00.

Nokia Image Exchange For S60 5th Edition Released

The Nokia Beta Labs have today released an early beta version of the Nokia Image Exchange client for S60 5th Edition, which brings the option of uploading your images directly to Facebook. Although the service has limited functionality, eventually the pre-beta will be updated, making this service a great addition to Nokia’s portfolio. Check out the video tutorial of the UI after the break.

Nokia Image Exchange for S60 Touch has been tested on the Nokia 5530, 5800 Xpress Music, N97 and X6.s available to download at imageexchange.nokia.comwhere you can also download the full version of Nokia Image Exchange for non-touch devices.

Nokia N900 | Play flash games in the N900 browser

The Mozilla-based web browser on the Nokia N900 is by far the best mobile browser currently available on any smartphone. In the video after the break, you can see how easy it is to enable a mouse/cursor mode and enjoy free flash games on sites like PopCap Games. Bring games like Zuma and Bejeweled into the palm of your hands and enjoy the full desktop experience on the go.

Snowtter For The Nokia N900

This video demonstrates a cool little app called Snowtter – a twitter client bringing the Xmas spirit to your Nokia N900. It basically pulls out public tweets containing ”Christmas”, ”Xmas”, “Holidays” or “Snow”. Different snowflakes drop realistically with the messages which react with the accelerometer, so user can affect snowing speed/direction by rotating the device. The background image can also be changed by simply clicking it. Check out more cool apps from our Maemo 5 Download page.

Wave Blazer Gameplay For S60 5th Edition

It takes a certain kind of person to strap themselves down in what basically amounts to an over-sized arrowhead with a four-thousand horsepower helicopter turbine engine lodged in the back-end. Right about now you need to ask yourself ‘Am I that kind of person?’ Check out the gameplay demo of Wave Blazer on the Nokia X6 after the break, which is available from the Ovi Store for £3.00. You can find more S60 5th Edition applications from our download section.

Nokia N900 | The Perfect Pocket Cookbook

Pyrecipe is a smart little Maemo 5 app that turns your N900 into a pocket cookbook. Watch the video to see how easy it is to browse your favourite recipes, create new ones and add ingredients to your shopping list. Visit our Maemo 5 Download section where you kind find more great applications.

Nokia Image Space | yet another way to view your photos

Nokia Beta Labs has just announced Nokia Image Space, a new experimental solution for displaying and sharing your photos. There are now four different ways in which you can enhance your photo viewing and sharing experience courtesy of Nokia; Share on Ovi, Nokia Photo Browser, Nokia Image Exchange and now Nokia Image Space. What strikes me to be a little alarming is that Nokia Image Space does not integrate itself with Ovi Share and instead uses your Flickr account. What this means? Well, I’m not too sure, but I would have imagined that Nokia would’ve kept all new services and solutions under it’s Ovi umbrella.

Nokia Image Space provides you with a new view to your own photos, as well as to those from your friends and other people. If you have Flickr account and a supported Nokia phone, you can get your content contextualized easily. Apart from geotagging from GPS, the photos will have full orientation information in the metadata, which allows spatial browsing of your photos. Photos from different Image Space users are contextually linked between each other and creates a better understanding of the place you are browsing.

You simply link your Flickr account to Image Space and you can then start browsing and sharing your photos to build a view to your part of the world. Your account, privacy settings and contact lists are all handled in Flickr. You see your Flickr contacts and those photos you have access to. Moreover, the comments, tags and photo descriptions can be viewed and edited within Nokia Image Space.

To get started, download the Nokia Image Space Capture application on your Nokia handset and then visit http://imagespace.nokia.com/beta/ to view your photos. Currently the following devices have been tested: Nokia N97, N97 mini, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6720 Classic but it should work on most S60 3.2 and 5.0 devices with an inbuilt compass.

Armageddon Squadron Gameplay For S60 5th Edition

An arcade flight simulator that gives you control of some of the best known aircraft of the WWII era. Objectives include bombing and strafing raids against facilities and convoys, protection of ground troops against enemy aircraft and action-packed dogfights against enemy aces. Prepare to unleash an arsenal of machine guns, bombs, rockets and torpedoes above lush, green countryside, open sea and battle-pocked cities. Check out the gameplay demo of Armageddon Squadron on the Nokia X6 after the break, which is available from the Ovi Store for £3.00. You can find more S60 5th Edition applications from our download section.