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New Firmware v30.009 | Nokia N86 8MP

The Nokia N86 8MP has recently received a new firmware update taking it up to v30.009. The new firmware brings many updates and improvements to your Nokia N86, including updated versions of Nokia Messaging, Ovi Store, and preloaded maps data along with the new Ovi Maps v3.3 with free voice guided turn-by-turn navigation. New firmware updates also contain more general bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code. Check out the full changelog after the break.

Changelog

SW Improvements & Bug Fixes

  • YouTube application preloaded
  • Support for Comes With Music PIN-less activation
  • Map data updated to version 23.XXX
  • N-Gage application and games removed
  • Update to new device first use flow (Cherry v1 Wk46 release) to support Indonesian active users
  • Ovi Store version updated to v1.5.6
  • Nokia Messaging 1.1 baseline updated (Freestyle 2.0 baseline 11)
  • Lots of quality improvements in e.g. Messaging, Maps and browser area.

New Features

  • Ovi Maps 3.3 with new Share Location feature and free global lifetime navigation.

*New Ovi Maps v3.3 includes free map updates for more than 70 countries, and free travel guides from Lonely Planet and Michelin. Share your location in Facebook with the Share Location feature.

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 Announce The Nokia E5 | The Benchmark For Future Eseries Devices

Rounding off the trio in todays announcement, we see the first addition to the Nokia Eseries range that incorporates the new naming convention. The Nokia E5 is designed for those that want to be productive in both their professional and personal lives, the Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 based Nokia E5, follows the successful blueprint of devices such as the Nokia E72 and Nokia E63. The Nokia E5 combines high quality business features with all of the personal networking and entertainment capabilities that a busy professional expects from a smartphone. At £160 before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia E5 is expected to be available in Q3 2010.

The Nokia E5 is perfect for managing busy schedules with a variety of productivity applications available in the Ovi Store. And with direct access to over 90 percent of the world’s corporate email through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, it’s easy to keep in contact from anywhere.

Ovi Contacts Now Works With Ovi Mail and Ovi Suite

Ovi Contacts web has recently been updated and now lets you use your contacts in both Ovi Mail and Ovi Suite, with more Ovi services to follow suit. Most of the new Ovi Contacts work was done under the covers, but you can see minor UI changes that make your first use easier; for example, contact and group creation now has better usability, and the Contacts list view now allows you to see and sort 100 contacts at one time. The product has gone through a public beta and revamped with user generated feedback in mind.

Note: There is currently one known issue, if you’re an old Contacts user, it might take some time for your contacts to appear, as they are migrated from the old to the new version. In most cases, however, migration will take only a couple of seconds.

New Firmware v50.0.005 | Nokia 5800XM

The Nokia 5800XM has also just received a new firmware update taking it up to v50.0.005. The new firmware brings many updates and improvements to your Nokia handset, and although there is no official changelog, word has it that this new update comes with preloaded maps data along with Ovi Maps v3.3 with free voice guided turn-by-turn navigation. New firmware updates also contain more general bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code. If you notice further changes please let us know 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.

New Firmware v410.21.010 | Nokia E71, Nokia E66 & Nokia E63 (inc. Changelog)

The Nokia E71, Nokia E66 and Nokia E63 have all recently received new firmware updates taking them to v410.21.010. All three devices can now make use of the free voice-guided navigation provided courtesy of Ovi Maps 3.3. The firmware update changelog is pretty intense, so hit the jump to have a look at what exactly the new update brings. New firmware updates also contain more general bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code. Just a quick note: neither of these devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), therefore please ensure you have fully backed up your data on both your memory card as well as your device before proceeding with the update.

Changelog

SW Improvements & Bug Fixes

  • Nokia Messaging IM 2.0.19
  • Many functionality and Stability improvements in MfE. MFE3.0 has new features like HTML and Subfolders support.
  • IM2.0.19 has many localization error corrections
  • IM installation has been moved to Phone Memory instead of Memory Card
  • IM response time has improved: (entry/exit/edit/save options)
  • Phone activation baseline upgraded
  • Email stability and functionality improvements
  • Email and WLAN functionality improvements
  • Email application freezes
  • Fix for phone reboot issue when contact has Internet telephony detail
  • Fix for Chinese characters in Lunar calendar
  • Fix for Western Sahara country legal issue
  • Improvement in Connection establishment with slow gprs
  • Fix for WLANsniffer scanning enabled in the background when it should be disabled
  • Fix for contact search with space
  • Mail for Exchange upgraded from 2.9.176 to 3.0.50
  • Gimlet updated to v9.6.0.16
  • Many functionality and stability improvements in MfE
  • Fix for Gmail folder issue in UK and Germany for Gmail/GoogleMail configuration
  • Fix for email application freeze
  • Keyboard usability improvements
  • Fix for Backslash character for Portugese language
  • Fix for missing characters in French/Italian languages
  • Improvement in sending SMS when memory is full
  • Nokia IM chat response time improved. Lot of localization errors fixed

New Features

  • Ovi Maps 3.3

*New Ovi Maps v3.3 includes free map updates for more than 70 countries, and free travel guides from Lonely Planet and Michelin.

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 Unveils Its Cseries | The Nokia C5 Announced

The CeBIT Global Conferences are underway in Hannover, Germany, and Nokia has kicked off with the revelation of its Cseries portfolio. The Nokia C5 is the first Cseries device to be announced and is designed to cater for those looking for a cheap smartphone with heavy social networking capabilities. If you fit the bill, you will also be delighted to learn that the Nokia C5 is estimated to retail for around £125 before taxes and subsides.

The Nokia C5 is a candybar, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 handset, that boasts a cool new feature in its phone book, where you can see your friends status updates directly from Facebook. You can also update your Facebook status easily and share your location with Ovi Maps 3.0. The homescreen will show off your favourite three friends for easy access to calling and messaging whilst Nokia Messaging enables you to keep in touch on IM using Google Talk or Windows Live Messenger.

Storage is the mircoSD variety with support for up to 16GB cards – the Nokia C5 will come with a 2GB card in the box, plenty of room for storing music and with the built in stereo FM radio and 3.5mm AV connector, not to mention the Stereo IHF speaker, it should sound good too. The device is small too, measuring just over 12mm thin and 46mm across (and 112mm high). Battery life is good for up to 12 hours talktime (GSM) and it’ll stay on standby for a staggering 26 days between charges.

Available in white and warm grey, the Nokia C5 will be available in the second quarter of 2010 globally in Europe, Eurasia, SEAP, China and MEA. The Nokia C5 is expected to retail at around £125 before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia N900 Gaming With Face Detection

Check out this face detection/tracking demo that uses the front facing camera of the Nokia N900. The game is called BurgerFace, and the task is to collect as many burgers and dodge as many knives as you can by simply moving your head from side to side as the controller. This cool innovative concept is just another glimpse at the power behind this device. Video after the jump.

New Firmware v20.0.5 | Nokia X6

It sure is raining firmwares, and next up to get its fix is the Nokia X6. Nokia’s most advanced Xseries device has just been bumped up to v20.0.5. Its unclear yet as to whether any new features have been implemented, however we hope that Nokia has applied kinetic scrolling within the menu screens as it did with the Nokia 5800XM in its new v50.0.005 update. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code. If you have managed to update your Nokia X6, drop a comment after the break and share your experiences.

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.

Ovi Services Converge Further | Ovi Mail & Ovi Contacts Now Use The Same Address Book

The Nokia Beta Labs have just announced that Ovi Mail has been updated to v2.0, and now uses the same address book as Ovi Contacts. You can view, edit, delete or create contacts from Ovi Contacts or Ovi Mail, and the changes will be reflected in both services. The Ovi umbrella is becoming more and more what Nokia wanted, a converged services solution for all Nokia users, which is great for the end user. With this new announcement  you can also now sync your device phonebook with both Ovi Contacts and Ovi Mail.

The following use case is now supported with the changes in Ovi Mail 2.0:

Save a contact and view from device:

  1. User opens an email from a friend in Ovi Mail on the web and sends a reply back
  2. Ovi Mail shows a dialog box asking if he wants to add the person to his address book. User says yes and fills in the entries and clicks on ‘Add contact’
  3. Within a few minutes, the new contact appears in Ovi Contacts on the web because Ovi Mail now is integrated with Ovi Contacts
  4. User decides to sync his phone to get the newly added contact on his phone. User can either initiate a sync from device or from Ovi Contacts on the web to sync his contacts
  5. After the sync completes, user views the Phonebook on the device and the name of the friend and the newly added email address appear in the Phonebook on the phone

You can download the new Ovi Mail 2.0 for your device here.

Nokia Spreading Its Wings | Announces Partnership With The Automotive Industry

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Nokia has announced its partnership with the automotive industry to introduce ‘Terminal Mode’. Terminal Mode is being proposed as an industry standard to connect all smartphones that adopt it, not just Nokia smartphones, to support in-car infotainment systems. Nokia believes it should be easy to share information and content between your smartphone and other devices you use everyday such as your PC and the web. This way it is easy to keep everything synchronized and ensure you always have access to the things you love, such as your music, and the services you use, such as navigation, whenever and wherever you need them.

At the show Nokia was part of the following announcements:

  • Partnership between Nokia and Alpine Electronics to highlight integration of smartphone music and media services with in-car audio systems using Terminal Mode.
  • Partnership between Nokia and Harman Becker to demonstrate integration of navigations services with in-car infotainment systems using Terminal Mode.
  • Valmet Automotive shows electric concept car called Eva that includes Terminal Mode technology.
  • Integration of Fiat’s Blue&Me platform with Nokia smartphones.

Nokia sees ‘Terminal Mode’ as a technology to fuel industry innovation as it allows manufacturers and developers to build new kinds of services by interlinking car information with smartphone applications. For example, Nokia will bring Ovi Services such as navigation and music in to the car via its smartphones. By potentially integrating car information such as speed and fuel consumption with navigation services on the smartphone the driver can get a more personalized and relevant service. He can also play music from the smartphone on the in-car sound system and download driving specific applications from the Ovi Store.

Nokia Extra Power DC-11 Review | Still The Best Portable Charging Solution

As our regular readers are probably aware, we had the Nokia E72 during the unboxing challenge set by WOMWorld, but not only did they send us the handset, they also crammed the Nokia Extra Power DC-11 into the package. Now I’ve personally spent quite a bit of money on portable power in the past, and none of the chargers that I have bought seem to make the cut. The huge selection of connectors, adjustable cords, and all the other gimmickry, just made it a chore to have to pack all these little finicky pieces into one bag to carry around. All I wanted was a simple, reliable and compact solution, and I think I may have just stumbled upon the perfect one.

The Nokia Extra Power DC-11 is a very slim Nokia accessory to charge your device on the go. It won the Red Dot Design Award in 2009, and I can thoroughly understand its credentials. Although the device is very compact, it pack a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery, which is enough to charge any Nokia handset from empty to full. You could probably even charge your device twice with a single charge.

Now the reason I use the term ‘device’ is because this thing can power up almost every piece of gadgetry you own. With the microUSB connector to be a universal standard for handheld devices, most future gadgets will also sport this feature. What’s more is that the Nokia Extra Power DC-11 has both a proprietary Nokia 2.0 mm pin and a microUSB pin, allowing you to charge two devices at the same time.
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DC-11 | Sales Package

  • Nokia Extra Power DC-11
  • User Guide

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DC-11 | Specifications

  • Dimensions – 113 x 56 x 11 mm
  • Weight – 94 g
  • Charging Cable Length – 113 mm
  • Charging Connectors – Nokia 2.0 mm & microUSB
  • Charging Port – Nokia 2.0 mm
  • Operation Time – Up to 3 hrs
  • Recharging Time – Around 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Power Supply – 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery

DC-11 | Pros

  • Solid Build Quality
  • Beautifully Designed Housing
  • Charges Multiple Devices Simultaneously
  • Has A Built-in Power Saving Mode
  • Takes Less Than 3 hrs To Charge
  • Sports A Universal MicroUSB Connector
  • Has A Large 1500 mAh Battery
  • Price

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DC-11 | Cons

  • The Charger Itself Can Only Be Charged Using The Proprietary Nokia 2.0 mm Pin Charger
  • No Battery Level Indicator On The Charger

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The Nokia Extra Power DC-11 does not come with a charger, which I think is pretty fair, as most people who would consider purchasing this device will already own a Nokia phone, and hence will have a charger lying around somewhere. Since this trial, I have bought two of these chargers for personal use, and would highly recommend it. Currently the Nokia Extra Power DC-11 is available for £33.38 including shipping from Amazon.co.uk. Not a bad price at all.

Skype For Symbian Official | Now Available From The Ovi Store

Skype and Nokia today announced the release of Skype for Symbian, a Skype client for Nokia smartphones based on the Symbian platform, the world’s most popular smartphone platform. Skype for Symbian will allow Nokia smartphone users worldwide to use Skype on the move, over either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G). It is now downloadable for free from the Ovi Store, or you can pick it up along with a host of other apps in our Nokia Applications section. Check out the video demo after the break.

Larry Berkin, Head of Global Alliances and GM USA at Symbian Foundation said that, “Skype, the king of Internet communications, running on Symbian, the world’s dominant smartphone platform, makes for an explosive combination. With Symbian’s global reach, Skype is that much closer to becoming the ubiquitous real-time communications platform for hundreds of millions of Symbian-based mobile users.”

Mark Douglas, Product Manager of Skype Mobile gives us a quick tutorial and demo of Skype for Symbian in the video below.

Marble Maze 2 Gameplay Demo | S60 5th Edition

Marble Maze 2 is the sequel to the very well known Marble Maze game, and brings with it a host of cool new features and 70 new levels. Marble Maze 2 has a new treadmill feature, which drags the ball in different directions at set points, making it even more challenging. Check out the video demo of the game after the break, and you can see just how tricky this new version can be. Marble Maze 2 is available for all S60 5th Edition devices and can be downloaded for free from our S60 5th Edition Applications page.

RaeMote For Maemo 5 | Replace Your Apple Remote With The Nokia

Thomas Perl has published a nifty little application for the Nokia N900 called RaeMote. RaeMote is a widget that emulates the Apple infrared remote control for your Mac mini, MacBook or iPod Dock. The application is currently still not refined enough for a public release, however it is expected to hit the Maemo Extras Repository soon. Check out the quick demo of the application in motion after the break.

Nokia Design | Axel Meyer Discusses The Nseries Philosophy

In this video, Axel Meyer, Head of Nseries Design, talks about the design and experience of a Nokia flagship device and the considerable amount of thought that goes into creating Nseries devices. He talks about what a true flagship represents, from the materials used in the construction of the device to the experience enhancing capabilities of it, he believes the device is truly an extension of you.

FreeMinMon For S60 | Monitor Your Inclusive Minutes & Texts Messages

FreeMinMon for S60 is an Inclusive Allowance monitor for your Nokia smartphone. It estimates the usage of your inclusive minutes and texts/SMS in the allocated period using the data from the built in Log application. The duration of all outgoing voice calls in the accounting period is calculated along with the sum of all sent texts/SMS, providing you with enough information to avoid those costly bills. FreeMinMon is available for all S60 3rd Edition and 5th Edition devices.

FreeMinMon makes it very easy to track your inclusive allowance usage. Simply enter the dates of when your free allowance starts, key in the amount of allowance for calls and texts/SMS and your good to go. If you receive free units as well as free minutes/texts, you also have the option to define this measure. Some data plans also allowed unlimited calls to certain numbers, and therefore FreeMinMon will also let you to exclude numbers which are not deducted from the outgoing calls.

A few issues that are currently present with FreeMinMon are that firstly Multimedia messages (MMS) cannot be tracked as part of the allowance. Also data connections (UMTS/GPRS/WLAN) cannot be evaluated and Internet calls, i.e. VoIP, SIP, etc, cannot be segregated from the total minutes of outgoing calls made. But for most of you, these calls will be a rarity and therefore FreeMinMon should fulfill your needs.

FreeMinMon For S60 | Monitor Your Inclusive Minutes & Texts Messages

FreeMinMon for S60 is an Inclusive Allowance monitor for your Nokia smartphone. It estimates the usage of your inclusive minutes and texts/SMS in the allocated period using the data from the built in Log application. The duration of all outgoing voice calls in the accounting period is calculated along with the sum of all sent texts/SMS, providing you with enough information to avoid those costly bills. FreeMinMon is available for all S60 3rd Edition and 5th Edition devices.

FreeMinMon makes it very easy to track your inclusive allowance usage. Simply enter the dates of when your free allowance starts, key in the amount of allowance for calls and texts/SMS and your good to go. If you receive free units as well as free minutes/texts, you also have the option to define this measure. Some data plans also allowed unlimited calls to certain numbers, and therefore FreeMinMon will also let you to exclude numbers which are not deducted from the outgoing calls.

A few issues that are currently present with FreeMinMon are that firstly Multimedia messages (MMS) cannot be tracked as part of the allowance. Also data connections (UMTS/GPRS/WLAN) cannot be evaluated and Internet calls, i.e. VoIP, SIP, etc, cannot be segregated from the total minutes of outgoing calls made. But for most of you, these calls will be a rarity and therefore FreeMinMon should fulfill your needs.

Silverlight Beta For S60 5th Edition Now Available

Silverlight, a cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for building media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web on desktop computers, is now officially available for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices such as the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini. Silverlight includes a runtime that is optimized to display content on memory-constrained devices. Silverlight support for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices includes the ability to view Silverlight applications in the mobile browser. You can download Silverlight for your Nokia touch screen device from our S60 5th Edition Applications page.

Maemo 5 Themes | IivilSteel Army & Black Winter Day For The Nokia N900

D-Iivil has done it again adding some more cracking themes in quick succession of IivilSteel for Maemo. A couple of days ago IivilSteel Army was released and today we have probably the best theme currently available for the Nokia N900 –  IivilSteel Black Winter Day. Both themes are available to download now from our Maemo 5 Themes page. You can find more screenshots of both themes after the jump.

Multi-Touch Demo On The Nokia N900 Using Theremin

Theremin for Maemo 5 has just popped up in the Maemo Extras Repositories and brings with it some interesting food for thought. First of all, Theremin for Maemo is a virtual musical instrument application that you can use to emulate various different instruments in true Theremin form. You can change the sound, pitch and volume of each instrument as well as share and listen to other Theremin users. When playing the instruments, Theremin allows you to press up to two different notes at the same time, which is technically classed as multi-touch. But what’s exciting is that if this sort of multi-touch input is possible on the Nokia N900, other applications could potentially utilize this capability. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.

Maemo 5 Theme | IivilSteel For The Nokia N900

IivilSteel for Maemo has just found its way through to the Maemo Extras Repository. IivilSteel is part of a collection of themes that are due to hit the Maemo Extras Repository very soon. The upcoming themes are to be based around a variety of ideas including Ovi, Mac OSX and even the Army. You can download the IivilSteel Theme for you Nokia N900 from our Maemo 5 Themes page.

Nokia Messaging For Social Networks Preview

Nokia Messaging for Social Networks is a developmental branch of Nokia’s extremely competent, Nokia Messaging Service. With Messaging for Social Networks, Nokia has implemented a great solution connecting both Twitter and Facebook to the Nokia Messaging Client. You can view posts, update your status and comment on messages directly from the application, and as it’s currently still in the Beta phase, more social networks will gradually become available. Check out the video preview after the break, where Nokia demos the different features that are built into this converged solution/application.

Nokia Point & Find Video Demo | Nokia Making Some Impressive Progress

Nokia seems to be making some good headway with its Point & Find project, and today, at a media briefing in San Francisco, Nokia decided to show off its progress. Nokia Point & Find is a free service that enables people on the move to access relevant information and services on the Internet, simply by pointing their mobile phone camera at a real life object. The service combines the first mobile augmented reality browser on S60 devices with a web-based content management tool that allows anyone to create and publish augmented reality experiences. Check out the cool demo after the break.

YouTube For S60 Updated To v2.4 | Now Supports Account Log In

YouTube for S60 has just received an update, taking it to version 2.4 (2.04). This release brings a host of new features and finally allows you to log-in to your YouTube account. Now you can access all your favorites, subscriptions and playlists directly from your handset. Browsing for videos is also as fast as ever, and you now also have the option to browse through ‘My Videos’ on your device.

Other features added to this update include the search query suggestions tool, that brings up relevant suggestions as you type in the YouTube search box. There is also a new homescreen user interface optimized for larger screens and displays all the new account orientated features for easy access.

You can download the new YouTube application for you S60 3rd Edition and 5th Edition device from our S60 Applications pages.

 

Nokia Money To Pilot In India

Amongst the commotion of Nokia, Intel and MeeGo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia also announced that it has teamed up with YES BANK to introduce a live commercial pilot scheme of Nokia Money in India. Nokia Money will see its test debut in Pune, one of the largest metropolitan areas in India, and will be called ‘Mobile Money Services by YES BANK’. Check out the video of Gerhard Romen, Nokia’s Director for Alliances, after the break, to find out more.

Teppo Paavola, VP and General Manager of Mobile Financial Services at Nokia, stated that, “The Nokia Money initiative based on Obopay’s platform is initially targeted at growth markets and designed to work in partnership with multiple network operators and banks, involving distributors and merchants in a dynamic open ecosystem to seamlessly provide the new services. YES BANK is our first partner in India to bring this service to market”

The pilot scheme will let people transfer money to another person simply by using the persons mobile phone number. They’ll also be able to pay utility bills and top up SIM cards from the convenience of their devices.

New Firmware v31.012 | Nokia E55

The Nokia E55 has received a new firmware update, bringing it up to par with that of the Nokia E52 from earlier this month. The new update which takes the device up to v31.012, is a 7724KB download and is already available via FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air). New firmware updates generally contain bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. Unfortunately there is no official changelog, however we can tell you that Ovi Maps v3.03 is included in this update. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code.

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.

New Firmware v3.2010.02-8 (PR 1.1.1) | Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 has just received a new firmware update taking it up to v3.2010.02-8 (PR 1.1.1).

New firmware updates generally contain bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. Unfortunately there is no official changelog but we will update this article as soon as we know more. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code.

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia N900. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), simply launch the Application Manager and click update. There you will see a Maemo5 update. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) 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. The N900 is known to wipe off some data when updating via NSU so please be careful and backup your content. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

Firefox For The Nokia N900 | Now Available From The Ovi Store

Firefox brings some really nice touches to your Nokia N900 – The Awesome Bar makes it a breeze to search your history, bookmarks and tags, and go to your favourite sites instantly. You can also share your Firefox preferences, history, and bookmarks between your desktop PC and your Nokia N900. Not to mention the one-touch bookmarking. And of course, there are also the famous Firefox add-ons that let you customise your browser, as well as Tabs so you can browse multiple sites at once.

Gaming With The Nokia N97 mini’s Built In Accelerometer

Check out this cool demo showing a how Manikantan interfaced his Nokia N97 mini with GameFactory and used it to control a jeep in the game. GameFactory is an advanced game engine developed by research teams inside NTU’s GameLab, headed by Prof. Seah. As you can see, he controls the jeep in the game by using the built in accelerometer of the Nokia N97 mini. Video after the break.

Nokia Ovi Suite 2.1 Graduates From Beta

The Nokia Ovi Suite version 2.1.0.87 has been released for existing Nokia Ovi Suite users. The new update contains many improvements, bug fixes and brings some cool new features. The Nokia Beta Labs started distributing the update to Nokia Ovi Suite last week, and so many of you may already have the latest release. Some new features include ovi.com contacts sync, video transfer and playback and device application updates. There is also support for Mozilla Thunderbird in contacts sync. There has also been a lot work put into increase the general performance of the suite.

Nokia Passes Key Milestones As Services Business Continues Strong Momentum

With a great user experience, an aggressive global rollout plan and a focus on local relevance, Nokia felt that it was time to commend some of the key milestones the Nokia services have achieved. Taking a look at some of the Ovi services, there has already been more than three million Ovi Maps downloaded to date, the average person using Comes With Music downloads 500 free songs in the first few weeks of using the service, which would cost about EUR 450 from iTunes, and the Ovi Store experiences more than one million downloads a day. Nokia also highlighted the success of its Messaging, Money and Life Tools services. Check out the full press release after the break.

Niklas Savander, head of Nokia’s services business said,

“Our recipe for success has some pretty simple ingredients: delighting consumers. Yes, we are in more places, serving more people, with more great content and services. True, more than a million apps are being downloaded a day from our store; Comes with Music is now available in over 25 markets; and every second of the day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, another person downloads our new Ovi Maps app. These are great achievements, but our goal is to delight hundreds of millions of consumers around the world – and we are well on our way.”

“Our global footprint means we have scaled fast, reaching a really significant number of people using a variety of different phones and smartphones. We started the year with a bang with our free Ovi Maps navigation launch and we have just announced the pilot of Nokia Money running in one of India’s largest metropolitan areas. Going forward, we are increasing the speed and concentrating on developing a magic experience for the people that use our services.”

Nokia highlighted landmark achievements for its key service areas:

Location: Launched in late January, the new Ovi Maps features drive and walk navigation in 74 countries and 46 languages, as well as traffic information in many. All new Nokia GPS-enabled smartphones will include this great service – at no extra cost.

  • More than 3 million Ovi Maps downloaded to date
  • More than one download per second, 24 hours a day; around 100,000 downloads a day
  • Rich functionality and the best mobile maps coverage in the world

Music: Last week, Comes With Music grew to 27 markets with its arrival in the Middle East. People that own a Comes With Music device can download as much free music as they want from Ovi Music and, unlike other online music services, can keep them on their device forever. Music downloaded from the Ovi Music à la carte menu is also DRM-free.

  • Ovi Music is in 33 markets, making Nokia the world’s most scaled global digital music provider
  • The average person using Comes With Music downloads 500 free songs in the first few weeks of using the service, which would cost about EUR 450 from iTunes
  • More than nine million tracks in the Ovi Music catalogue

Store: Launched in May 2009, multiple upgrades and experience improvements have improved the browsing and search experience, leading to a significant increase in the number of downloads. In 2010, Ovi Store will have more languages, billing support, improvements and of course, lots more apps.

  • More than one million downloads a day
  • The number of people shopping on the store doubles every month
  • Fully localized store in 18 countries supporting 30 languages, and serving 90 percent of Store visitors with their local language
  • Integrated mobile billing from 60 operators in 18 countries

Messaging: A million people a month open an Ovi Mail account, often their first online identity, bringing the total number of accounts created to more than six million in just over a year. Working closely with operators, Nokia Messaging, Nokia’s push email service, is now signed up with over 70 operators.

Nokia Money: Global financial services initiative starts in India
In partnership with YES BANK, a commercial pilot of the global mobile financial services initiative has started in Pune, one of the largest metropolitan areas in India. The service in Pune, called Mobile Money Services by YES BANK, brings financial services to the consumers’ mobile devices.

“The Nokia Money initiative based on Obopay’s platform is initially targeted at growth markets and designed to work in partnership with multiple network operators and banks, involving distributors and merchants in a dynamic open ecosystem to seamlessly provide the new services. YES BANK is our first partner in India to bring this service to market,” said Teppo Paavola, VP and general manager of Mobile Financial Services at Nokia.

  • Initial phase: consumers will be able to transfer money to another person just by using the person’s mobile phone number, pay utility bills as well as recharge their prepaid SIM cards (SIM top-up).
  • Later, consumers will also be able to pay merchants for goods and services.

Nokia Life Tools:
Nokia Life Tools is providing rural subscribers with livelihood and life improvement services, including agriculture and education services. Subscribers primarily depend on the agriculture trade and live around the poverty threshold – which makes parting with one or two dollars each month for a mobile service a substantial investment. Since its launch in mid-2009, around one million people have already subscribed to the service. Nokia Life Tools is available in India and Indonesia, and will roll out to more markets this year.

 

First Glimpse | Symbian^4 UI

As the release of Symbian^3 draws inevitably close, the anticipation for what Nokia has in store is becoming pretty exciting. Today we managed to get our hands on a couple of very cool videos demonstrating some of the features of the upcoming Symbian^4 OS. The first video takes a quick look at the multiple homescreens, implemented with versatile widget support, similar to that of the Nokia N900. The second video showcases the Photo Gallery application, which is pretty cool and has a sort of thumbnail mini map when viewing photos in full screen. All I can say is that the delay in releasing a new device can only mean that there is something big about to hit us soon, and the excitement is definitely building up here. Check out the video demos at the break, and let us know what you think.

LCG Slick For Symbian Updated | v0.60 Brings Facebook Chat To Your S60 Handset

LCG Slick for Symbian has recently been uptaded to v0.60. Slick is a messenger application for mobile phones and allows you to chat with your friends though various online messaging services. This new updated version of Slick now supports Facebook chat, along with a few more cool features. Check out the rest of the details after the jump.

Slick Features

  • Supported protocols: ICQ, Yahoo, Facebook chat, AIM, MSN, Google Talk, Jabber
  • Text messaging
  • Emoticons
  • Alerts – sound, backlight, vibration, notify window displaying the number of new messages
  • Group and buddy management (add, delete, rename)
  • Message history
  • File transfer – send and receive files
  • Sending / receiving offline messages
  • Downloading files sent as links

QT Based UI Running On AAVA’s Moblin 2.1 Smartphone

Check out this AAVA Reference Design, running on a QT based UI, which is the frame work for the upcoming MeeGo OS. The demo is showcased on AAVA’s Moblin 2.1 smartphone, and is just a glimpse at what’s yet to come from Nokia. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we get to see some real Nokia demos of it’s new Mobile Computing OS. Video after the break.

Sky Mobile App For S60 5th Edition Hits The Ovi Store

The Sky TV Mobile app for S60 5th Edition has just hit Nokia’s Ovi Store and is available to download right now absolutely free. Sky Mobile lets you watch Sky TV live on your Nokia handset, including live Premier League matches or highlights from previous games. Even if you’re not a football fan, being able to set your Sky+ box using the Remote Record will come in handy next time you realise you’re going to miss an episode of your favourite TV show.

The Sky TV Mobile app is currently available for most S60 5th Edition devices including the Nokia N97, N97 mini, 5800XM and 5530XM. Versions for the Nokia 5230 and the Nokia X6 are due shortly. There is also a limited version of the Sky TV Mobile app due for ten other Nokia handsets soon.

Sky Mobile is available from the Ovi Store absolutely free.

Nokia Research Centre Demo Concept Explore & Share Technology

The Nokia Research Centre has just recently showcased a fascinating new Explore and Share service, that gives them a new way of selling and delivering services at retail. The demonstration shows how a consumer can download Nokia content like music or videos directly onto a device easily with this novel technology. The file transfer of a music album took less than ten seconds. Very impressive indeed. Now its just a matter of squeezing this technology into the device so consumers can do the same at home. Video after the jump.

Jo Harlow Confirms That All Future Symbian Handsets Will Be Based On Symbian^3

In this video, Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President of Nokia smartphones, discusses some of the significant aspects of Symbian^3. Jo also goes on to talk about where smartphones are headed in the future in terms of both Symbian and Meego, and how all future Symbian devices will be based on Symbian^3. Symbian^3 will enhance the user experience with better graphics performance, the speed of the UI, and less user prompts, making the experience “WOW but familiar.”