Nokia N900 Will Be Available At Carphone Warehouse From Boxing Day

Earlier this week we got the news that Vodafone will begin selling the Nokia N900 from January 2010. Well, if that’s too long to wait then you’ll be glad to hear that Carphone Warehouse will be the first to have this device in store and it will be available from Boxing Day.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you’ll be aware that the Nokia N900 is Nokia’s first Maemo 5 powered smartphone based on Linux and sports an intuitive active homescreen on a 3.5″ WVGA touch sensitive display. The device also has all the usual smartphone goodies, including GPS, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a slide out QWERTY keyboard.

The Nokia N900 will be available on a 2 year, £35 a month contract, which will give you 900 anytime minutes and unlimited texts.

John & Kylie’s Road Trip Kicks Off

John and Kylie have arrived in Australia for their 48 hour road trip and kick off with this quick video. Continuing their Offline As It Happens campaign, Nokia will be giving away more ‘stuff’ so make sure you’re online as it happens.

Whoa can’t believe we are here! Its so cool to finally be here with John. We’ll hop into or Winnebago and head off but stay tuned for updates and surprises coming soon here on YouTube, on our Twitter and our Facebook page!

New Firmware v35.0.02 & v35.0.01 | Nokia N95 & N95 8GB

The iconic Nokia N95 continues to get support by Nokia, and has received a new firmware update taking it to v35.0.02. The Nokia N95 8GB has also received a new update to v35.0.01. To get this new software onto your devices you will need to plug yourself into a PC and use either NSU (Nokia Software Updater) or the Ovi Suite. Remember neither handset supports UDP (User Data Preservation) so make sure you do a full backup of both the mass storage and phone data to ensure you do not lose anything. 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. There is no official changelog as of yet, and depending on your product code it may take sometime before the update is available for your device.

New Firmware v35.0.002 | Nokia N82

Nokia has also released a new firmware update for the Nokia N82, taking it to v35.0.002. To get this new software onto your devices you will need to plug yourself into a PC and use either NSU (Nokia Software Updater) or the Ovi Suite. Although the Nokia N82 supports UDP (User Data Preservation), we still recommend you do a full backup to ensure you do not lose any data. 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. There is no official changelog as of yet, and depending on your product code it may take sometime before the update is available for your device.

New Firmware v35.0.002 | Nokia N82

Nokia has also released a new firmware update for the Nokia N82, taking it to v35.0.002. To get this new software onto your devices you will need to plug yourself into a PC and use either NSU (Nokia Software Updater) or the Ovi Suite. Although the Nokia N82 supports UDP (User Data Preservation), we still recommend you do a full backup to ensure you do not lose any data. 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. There is no official changelog as of yet, and depending on your product code it may take sometime before the update is available for your device.

ToonWarz Gameplay For S60 5th Edition

Take control of a one-man army on a death defying mission behind enemy lines. Storm the fortified enemy stronghold and fight your way to its very core to rescue the imprisoned hostages before it is too late. ToonWarz is a 3D action FPS featuring both single player missions and real-time multiplayer death-matches. Demoed on the Nokia X6 after the break, ToonWarz is available for £1.50 in the Ovi Store.

New Firmware v11.0.079 | Nokia 5230

The Nokia 5230 has received a new firmware update taking it to v11.0.079. The S60 5th Edition device has a 3.2″ resistive touch screen on a bright nHD 640 x 360 pixels display, a 2 megapixel camera and comes in a wide range of eye-catching colours. 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. Check out the rest of the details along with the full changelog after the break.

How To Update:

To get this software through your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Select Options > Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. Additionally this software release is available via the NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and also via the Nokia Ovi Suite. Although the Nokia 5230 supports UDP (User Data Preservation), we still recommend you do a full backup to ensure you do not lose any data.

Changelog for the Nokia 5230 v11.0.079 Firmware:

  • Camera : logical name “qtn_lcam_cmd_rename_image” (Rename image) displays in Options.
  • Calibration UI text layout is out of range
  • Chat messages goes to wrong window
  • Sometimes it is difficult to close the details pop-up
  • Active voice call + proximity activation + turning of the device, to cause black display
  • Mail for Exchange is “uncertified” for Simon HW variants
  • MFE: Some items of Options in MFE can not be localized to Chinese.
  • Contacts: New contact doesn’t add to the home screen after adding a photo to the contact.
  • Games in wrong folder after backup restore
  • OVI contacts:The order of the E-mail address is displayed incorrectly when adding friend in OVI contacts.
  • Phone responds “Installer already in use” when trying to install applications
  • Album art cannot be viewed if changed with music player (Huriganes)
  • Unable to create MfE account into phone
  • UI: Welcome logo is not displayed completely after rebooting.

Nokia N900 | Heavyweight Multitasking

The N900 isn’t just capable of multi-tasking, it can juggle even the heaviest tasks. To prove it, a flash-based website, an office doc and the music player were all opened at the same time and then the N900 was made to switch from one task to the other. Plus a few other tasks were performed to show that the N900 behaves like a proper mobile computer.

Nokia N900 | Heavyweight Multitasking

The N900 isn’t just capable of multi-tasking, it can juggle even the heaviest tasks. To prove it, a flash-based website, an office doc and the music player were all opened at the same time and then the N900 was made to switch from one task to the other. Plus a few other tasks were performed to show that the N900 behaves like a proper mobile computer.

ToonWarz Gameplay For S60 5th Edition

Take control of a one-man army on a death defying mission behind enemy lines. Storm the fortified enemy stronghold and fight your way to its very core to rescue the imprisoned hostages before it is too late. ToonWarz is a 3D action FPS featuring both single player missions and real-time multiplayer death-matches. Demoed on the Nokia X6 after the break, ToonWarz is available for £1.50 in the Ovi Store.

Nokia To Hold Its Own Event In Barcelona During MWC 2010

Nokia has finally put the rumours to rest, with the announcement that it will be in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2010, however it won’t be attending the event. Nokia has decided to host a party of it’s own, as an alternative to all the noise and crowds of MWC, where guests will have the opportunity to discuss Nokia solutions and services along with fellow peers in a more relaxed environment, with delicious food and drinks served in the comfort of sofas.

The event will take place a short walk from the Mobile World Congress, at Once – home of the Spanish National Organization for the Blind, between 09.00 – 19.00 on 15-16 February. Head over to http://events.nokia.com/mwc/ to find ot more.

Nokia N900 Will Be Available At Carphone Warehouse From Boxing Day

Earlier this week we got the news that Vodafone will begin selling the Nokia N900 from January 2010. Well, if that’s too long to wait then you’ll be glad to hear that Carphone Warehouse will be the first to have this device in store and it will be available from Boxing Day.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you’ll be aware that the Nokia N900 is Nokia’s first Maemo 5 powered smartphone based on Linux and sports an intuitive active homescreen on a 3.5″ WVGA touch sensitive display. The device also has all the usual smartphone goodies, including GPS, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a slide out QWERTY keyboard.

The Nokia N900 will be available on a 2 year, £35 a month contract, which will give you 900 anytime minutes and unlimited texts.

Nokia Growth Partners Invest A Few Million In Swype

Nokia Growth Partners, a global venture capital management fund, have announced a joint investment with Samsung into a revolutionary text entry concept, founded by none other than the co-inventor of T9. Cliff Kushler and Randy Marsden, along with a very talented team of software programmers and linguists, have put together a nifty predictive text-entry solution called Swype, which allows users to write over 30 words per minute on touchscreen devices by intelligently guessing the words they are trying to type. The $5.6 million USD investment will help further the technology that has already debuted on Verizon’s Samsung Omnia II.

Swype’s patented technology provides a faster and more intuitive way to input text on touch-screens because it has built-in intelligence that doesn’t require users to hit each letter accurately. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the keyboard, users can enter text at over 30 words per minute. Swype is designed to work across a variety of operating systems and devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, and GPS units among others. John Gardner, partner at Nokia Growth Partners said “UI technology is a key part of our view of the growing mobile market. We are delighted to participate in this round of funding for Swype, enabling them to bring their cutting-edge technology to more mobile and touch-screen devices.

Nokia Announces The 5235 Comes With Music Edition

Nokia has announced the 5235 Comes With Music but this time without the XpressMusic branding. The Nokia 5230 has a 3.2 inch resistive touch display (resolution of 640×480 pixels), a basic 2 megapixel camera (without flash), a built in A-GPS receiver, and boasts 18 days of standby time via the 1320mAh battery. The Nokia 5235 is expected to be available for around €145 EUR before taxes and will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2010.

The S60 5th Edition device is also bundled with Nokia’s Comes With Music service, and therefore allows unlimited downloads from Nokia’s Music Store. The Nokia Music Store is accessible directly from the homescreen, and once you’ve created your Music Store account and entered your Comes With Music subscription PIN code, all the prices will simply disappear. You can also download music through a PC using the Nokia Ovi Player. The Nokia 5235′s memory is expandable to 16GB, so it is highly unlikely you will run out of storage. And with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, you can plug in your favourite headphones and listen to a staggering 33 hours of music on a single charge.

Vodafone UK To Begin Selling The Nokia N900 In January 2010

Vodafone UK has officially announced that they will begin selling the Nokia N900 in January 2010. The Nokia N900 is a high performance mobile computer with advanced Maemo 5 software based on Linux. With features like multitasking on a live Dashboard, wide screen video capture, 3.5″ WVGA touch display (800 x 480 pixels), QWERTY keyboard and customisable panoramic desktop, the Nokia N900 also features 1 GB of application memory and up to 48GB of storage.

Nokia N900 | Managing Your Blog

Update and manage your blog, with the MaStory app, which supports WordPress, Blogger and Live Journal. You can also use the voice recorder and other suitable apps to enhance your articles. Check out a full list of available downloads in our Applications section.

Nokia Messaging For Social Networks Beta 2 | Tweet From Your Homescreen

After releasing the Nokia Messaging for Social Networks Beta 1 earlier in September, Nokia Beta Labs has already pushed out an update for the service. Beta 2 has now added support for Twitter, making tweeting even more convenient from the homescreen of your Nokia handset. Other new features include the ability to upload pictures and videos to Facebook, log events (view upcoming events, birthdays and import to device calendar), search for friends, and click-to-call / click-to-SMS / click-to-Facebook message.

Cube Touch | A Pocketable Rubik’s Cube

Cube Touch emulates a 3-D mechanical puzzle with realistic animation effects. Each face of the cube is covered by 9 squares among six solid colours: white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow. Once mixed, solve the puzzle as quickly as possible so that each face is a solid colour. Examine the cube by rotating it around either horizontally or vertically. The fastest time is saved as a high score. To get you started, check out the quick video on how to solve the Rubik’s Cube after the break.

 

The Nokia E72 Now Available In The US For $469

As Americans pack up and hit the road this holiday season, most will take email with them. According to a survey commissioned by Nokia, whose Nokia E72 smartphone is in stores now, more than two-thirds (68%) of Americans plan to respond to work-related emails while on vacation or over the holidays this year. This is up from just over half (51%) who say they’ve exchanged work emails during the holidays in previous years.

“This year, time off doesn’t necessarily mean logging off for most of us over the holidays,” said Craig Coffey, Vice President, Marketing, at Nokia. “The Nokia E72 is an ideal gift for those who want to stay connected year round. With industry-leading messaging functionality, separate home screen profiles for work and personal time, and powerful multimedia capabilities, this sleek smartphone takes the hassle out of connecting and responding to obligations that don’t stop for the holidays.”

The Nokia survey also found:

Drop the eggnog and reply to your boss
– Among those who use email for work, more than two-thirds (68%) say they respond to “important work-related emails” in 30 minutes or less, with 38 percent responding within five minutes.

Age is of the essence
– The youngest adults (18-24-year-olds) are significantly more likely than older generations to respond to work emails while taking time off this holiday season (86% of 18-24 year-olds, compared to 61% among 35-44 year olds and 67% among 45-54 year-olds).
– One in five of respondents aged 18-24 years feel guilty or fear their job would be in jeopardy if they did not respond to work emails in a timely manner.
– One in five of the 18-24-year-olds (19%) have missed an important social occasion because they were unable to access email in time – significantly more than any other age group.

Give and get
– Nearly one in five (19%) of 18-24-year-olds complete personal tasks (e.g., chat with friends, shop online, make weekend plans) while at work, while 22 percent complete work tasks (e.g. correspond with their boss, check email, draft documents) while off work or during personal time.

Add some extra holiday cheer to your social interactions with the Nokia E72′s desktop-like chat experiences and email, whether with your friends or your boss. And when you’re done communicating, snap sharp pictures of loved ones with the Nokia E72′s five-megapixel camera, then upload your pictures directly to the web or send them to far-flung family. With an optical navi key and built-in Ovi Maps with A-GPS navigation and a compass, even finding your way to grandmother’s house is easier than ever.

The holidays mean your calendar will likely be packed, but the Nokia E72 can help you balance a hectic schedule. With its multiple email accounts and separate home screen profiles for work and personal time, you can be flexible when it comes to choosing how, when, where and who to respond to – even if you feel like you’re in a rush to reply. With so many people planning doing work-related email over the holidays, the Nokia E72 handles work email with ease, using either Mail for Exchange or IBM Lotus Notes Traveler.

Keep on track of all those messages over the holidays and beyond. With Nokia Messaging, the Nokia E72 allows you to mobilize up to 10 personal email accounts, and now you can also set up instant messaging (IM) directly from the homescreen, accessing communities such as Windows Live(TM) Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Ovi Chat. Just like chatting via the desktop, people can respond to friends and colleagues across multiple communities in real-time.

The Nokia E72 will cost $469 and is available through www.nokiausa.com, Best Buy and other independent retail channels in the United States. Be sure to check out the hottest holiday apps on Ovi Store on your Nokia E72, and thousands more on http://store.ovi.com.

Shoot’em Up In Sky Force | Caution – Highly Addictive

Sky Force is the ultimate classic arcade shooter, with 3d interactive objects, outstanding graphics, special effects, soundtrack and 100% of pure gameplay. See how to push the limits of your phone to the maximum. Amazing environments, tons of enemies to shoot and good old Earth to save. It’s available for both S60 5th and 3rd Edition devices and is not free. It costs £4.00 in the Ovi Store but worth every penny.

Ovi Prime Place | List Your Business With Ovi Maps For Free

Nokia has launched Ovi Prime Place, which is a great tool to get your business listed on Ovi Maps. Get others to discover, contact and get directions to your business easily, and the best thing about it, is that its 100% FREE!! Simply add your business to Ovi Maps so that customers can find you on millions of devices, and enter your business details, for example a description, opening hours, etc, to keep your customers up to date. You can slowly attract more customers as your business gets highlighted as a Prime Place on Ovi Maps.

Nokia To Close Regent Street Flagship Store In London

Nokia have decided to draw the curtains on it’s Flagship Store on Regent Stree in London. The store had barely been open for two years before Nokia came to the decision to close, because it has “not been as efficient or as profitable” as they imagined it would be. The Nokia Regent Street was the eighth store to be launched as part of the Nokia Flagship Store strategy and housed Nokia’s prestigious luxury line.

Nokia & Rihanna Team Up Once Again To Release The Rihanna App

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has launched the exclusive Rihanna App. Bringing fans closer to Rihanna, the new App will deliver news, music, photos and exclusive video content direct to Nokia’s entertainment-rich handsets including the Nokia N97, Nokia X6 and Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Video content available through the App will include live performance videos from Rihanna’s album launch event. Additionally, fans can access music samples, a Rihanna biography and photo library, and, when available, information on Rihanna’s forthcoming 2010 tour. The App content will be unavailable elsewhere and will be regularly updated for fans.

The App also provides a direct link to the Nokia Music Store where fans can download exclusive album content including a Nokia bonus track, Hole In My Head, written and produced by Justin Timberlake. In addition, an exclusive Donni Hotwheels remix of Rihanna’s smash single, Russian Roulette, is also available to those who download her album, Rated R, exclusively via the Nokia Music Store.

On November 16, Rihanna performed tracks from her new album exclusively with Nokia. With a set list including former number ones Umbrella and Disturbia, Rihanna’s performance was streamed live and globally to her fans on every continent. The show included live Twitter commentary from music fans across the world. The Rihanna App and exclusive video content from the show is now live at www.nokia.com/rihanna.

Nokia Handwriting Calculator Graduates From Beta

The Nokia Handwriting Calculator has graduated from the Nokia Beta Labs and is available to download for free from the Ovi Store. Originally released in Beta Labs in December 2008, the application was downloaded over 400,000 times. Nokia Handwriting Calculator is a showcase of Nokia’s innovative handwriting recognition technology and allows you to calculate handwritten math expressions.

Nokia Announces The 6700 Classic Again | This Time The De Luxe Gold Edition

Nokia has announced the new Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition, a device that continues the legacy of one of the company’s most successful products, the Nokia 6700 classic. Featuring stainless steel covers with real gold plating of 18 carats, the Gold Edition is destined to turn heads, and bring a touch of desired exclusivity with an appealing price of €370 EUR, before taxes and subsidies. It will become available in select markets during the first quarter of 2010.

The Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition has enviably beautiful surfaces, luxurious materials and precisely crafted parts. A full metal keymat and living wallpapers created exclusively for the Gold Edition complete the de luxe finish. With its 5 megapixel camera and high speed data access that allows easy upload of photos and videos to various on-line communities, the Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition makes an outstanding sharing experience.

The Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition is delivered with matching accessories, a natural leather carrying case and strap, and the 8GB microSD card included in-box has plenty of room for storing images, videos or favorite music.

Nokia E72 | The Unboxing Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from WOMWorld asking me if I was interested in taking part in an upcoming unboxing challenge. I agreed and on Monday I received a Nokia E72 with a Nokia Bluetooth Headset, locked in a glass encased box that required a four digit code to access it. Along with the box came a poster which had a clue on it reading “I’d fit in perfectly on Wall Street.” There were three other bloggers all with a same box but a different clue, and so we all got together and shared our clues to see if we could crack the code. Check out the full gallery and all the surprises after the break.

The clues were as follows:

Ibrahim Jogee – I’d fit in perfectly on Wall Street

Gerrad McGhee – I was given street cred by a world leader

Stefanos Kofopoulos – I came with a price tag of the equivalent of over 4,000EUR

Tam Hanna – I am an urban dwelling professional

Unfortunately when the box had arrived it came with a broken hinge, and so the challenge was pretty much over, however Gerrad McGee aka Gerrymoth of Nokiaadict managed to solve the puzzle, and it turned out that the code was 1987 – The year that mobile phones went handheld with the birth of the Mobira Cityman 900, which weighed in at 800 grams with a staggering price tag of around €4,560 EUR.

Once the lid of the box was off I was quite surprised with the amount of goodies WOMWorld had thrown in, so below is a quick checklist of all the items I found along with a some unboxing pictures. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Contents:

  • Nokia E72
  • Nokia BP-4L Battery (1500mAh)
  • Nokia Charger AC-8
  • 4GB MicroSD Card
  • MicroUSB data cable (CA-101D)
  • Stereo Headset (WH-601)
  • Carrying case and strap
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User Guide
  • Nokia Eseries Experience Leaflet
  • Nokia PC Suite (v 7.1) on the microSD card

Extra Goodies Included:

  • Nokia Extra Power (DC-11)
  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset (BH-804)
  • 2x Charger Adapters (AD-68)
  • Carrying Strap
  • Desk Stand
  • User Guide

After spending most of the past year with the Nokia E71, plus some good hands on with various different devices, this is the device I have been waiting for. I can’t wait to see how it fairs against its predecessor but I’m sure it is going to be impressive.

Disassembling The Nokia N900

From time to time, users decide to replace the casing, screen and other part of their device due to damage or for customization purposes. This short tutorial will show you all the steps you need to take in disassembling the Nokia N900. Note that dismantling your Nokia handset will void your warranty, so if possible, we recommend you take your phone to a Nokia Store or Nokia Care Center. Check out the video after the jump.

Nokia Unveil The 2710 Navigation Edition For The Emerging Market

Nokia has unveiled the 2710 Navigation Edition, the cheapest GPS enabled device to date, and is expected to be popular in the developed and developing world alike and has been developed with urban environments, small towns, as well as rural areas in mind. Incorporating straight line navigation with the assistance of an integrated digital compass, it also includes turn-by-turn driving navigation with full voice guidance. 

With the clear trend towards providing location based services to mobile phones, customers can use a single device for both communication and navigation. When bringing this experience to new markets, you need to make sure the experience is locally relevant. With Nokia Maps, Nokia provides the broadest navigation coverage of any competitor and we continue to add new countries all the time.

As the cost and availability of data connections is sometimes limited, relevant maps are included on the device to ensure that even if there is no access to an internet connection, the device can still be used. The estimated retail price of the Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition will be EUR 110 and it should start sales in the second quarter of 2010.

The Nokia N97 mini Contest Winner Shares His Thoughts On The Device

Earlier last month we held a video contest where you had the chance of winning a Nokia N97 mini trial courtesy of WOMWorld. Naypalm was the lucky winner and he has spent his time thoroughly reviewing the device over at Howard Forums. He concludes:

From the squeaking battery door to the self-harming camera lens slider, the mini’s build quality has indeed improved from the N97. It’s speedy 434Mhz processor can run any program with ease. With it’s large screen, you can watch movies, pictures or surf the web with ease. And with the camera, you can capture priceless moments in the blink of an eye. It is a very impressive phone and I’m glad I had the chance to try it, but I believe the one thing Nokia could have done to make this phone 10,000% better would be to add more RAM.

Nokia’s 2010 Vision Of Symbian

Earlier last week Nokia announced its forecast for 2010 with a pretty cool demo of what the new Symbian UI could look like. Symbian has struggled to compete against rival operating systems like OS X iPhone and Android, and during the Nokia Capital Markets Day event, Nokia concluded that Symbian was not the problem, it’s the UI that needs some TLC. Check out the video demo from the presentation after the break along with some more screenshots.

The new Symbian OS will bring multi-touch input technologies on capacitive displays, an improved Internet browsing experience, and the entire UI will be 3 times faster than the current high end Symbian devices. Scrolling will also improve drastically, from a mere 15fps we have today, to a staggering 60fps, and the new graphics will focus on being more responsive. Another major qualm that Nokia is planning on tackling is the shear amount of key taps and prompts a user must acknowledge in order to do a simple task, and will remove more than 350 user prompts in order to speed things up.

Nokia’s Ovi Mail Setup Application Updated

The Ovi Mail Setup application for S60 that was introduced in September has just been updated by the Nokia Beta Labs. The latest version extends device support, fixes several bugs and now comes localized in 18 languages: Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malay, Brazilian Portuguese, English (UK), English (US), Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese (PRC), Spanish, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese.

This application will allow you to sign-up for an Ovi Mail account directly from your S60 device and will configure the account in your email client so you can start using it immediately. If you’re already using Ovi Mail on your Symbian device you don’t have to upgrade. If you want to test this new version, make sure you remove the previous version first.

If you’re not yet using Ovi Mail on your S60 device you can download it here.

Nokia Human Research Department | Experiment #22

Yet another N97 mini promo video courtesy of The Nokia Human Research Department. This slightly smaller set up at a museum gets just the response the Nokia Human Research Department expected. Bemusement, followed swiftly by amusement as the action unfolds.

Nokia N-Series Portrait | Thu Tran

The third Nseries Portrait following Marcelo Eduardo’s and Scott McMorris’s recent films focuses on Thu Tran. Thu is an artist, food enthusiast and creator of the TV show, Food Party. She works across a range of media. She’s writing a cookbook, makes props and creates the visuals for musician Girl Talk. Her food is as much about art and colour as cooking and her quirky imagination influences everything she does.

Nokia Human Research Department | Experiment #16

The Nokia Human Research Department spent months and months studying human reactions to slightly smaller objects before developing the N97 mini. Check out the bemusement when they created a miniature restaurant serving perfect portions of pleasurable pasta

Nokia N97 mini | Hardware Review

The Nokia Human Research Department has been experimenting with the Nokia N97, and Experiment #097 saw the birth of the Nokia N97 mini. So let’s take a look and see how the mini differs from its original design and what effects these changes have on the overall experience of using the handset. The first thing you will notice when you pick up the Nokia N97 mini is its size. At 113 x 52.5 x 14.2 mm, the device fits perfectly in the hands, more so than the Nokia N97. The metallic back cover gives the device a very solid feel with no cracks or creaks at all, bringing this N-Series newbie even closer to the solidity of the E-Series range.

Design

I have the black/brown variant, which to be honest isn’t a good combination. The device looks quite dull, and I would advise anyone in the market for one to have a look at the mini in store, before deciding which colour variant to purchase.

Looking head on at the device, we can see the slightly smaller, yet completely capable, 3.2″ widescreen display with a QVGA resolution of 640 x 360 pixels. Above the screen to the right, there is the daylight sensor and front facing secondary camera for video calls with a VGA resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. In the centre is the speaker and on the left is the proximity sensor. Notice that ‘N97 mini’ is not used as the model name, instead it only states ‘N97′ and the Nokia logo on the side of the screen has been removed on the mini. Below the screen lies the menu key along with the send and end keys. All three keys are evenly spaced out across the device, and the menu key doubles up as a notification light, pulsing when any messages or calls have been missed. It has a dotted print on it to allow a more ambient light through, rather than a bright one as on the Nokia N97. The green send key is slightly pale compared to the end key and instead of being dark green, the colour seems to be quite washed out. Maybe the location of the LED underneath has caused this. Finally surrounding the front of the N97 mini is the metallic bezel, which gives the device that sexy look.

Around the back of the device there is the metallic brown battery cover to match the bezel around the front. This however, has a matte finish, compared to the gloss finish around the front. To remove the battery cover the clip is on the side this time and not in the usual centre position. I have given a quick demo removing the cover in the unboxing video posted earlier this week.

The 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens from the Nokia N97 is still present, however it is slightly raised and does not have the self-harming lens cover from the Nokia N97. The actual lens is slightly embedded so I wouldn’t see this to be an issue. I kind of prefer the device without the camera shutter as I used to accidentally activate the camera on many occasions when the N97 was in my pockets, which in turn used to drain the battery. The Dual LED’s are no longer directly next to the lens, and have a small break in between. It will be interesting to see if this changes anything because on the Nokia N97 many photographs I took had a bright fade on the left hand side of the image. More on this soon.

Looking around the edges of the device we have the power button at the top, along with the 3.5 mm headphone jack that sports TV-Out compatibility too, one of the key perks of owning an N-Series handset. On the right side of the N97 mini is the volume rocker and the dedicated camera key, which has a great feel to it by the way. On the left are the two stereo speakers in the corners, a MicroUSB port for synchronizing and charging your handset and the key lock switch, or should I say screen lock. The MicroUSB port has a small notification light as on the N97 to notify you when it is or has stopped charging. At the bottom you will find nothing but the tiny hole in the corner for the wrist strap.

The slider of the Nokia N97 min feels much better compared to the N97. The ‘thud’ when opening the slider is more pronounced and generally feels more solid. The angle of the screen is slightly smaller than the N97 as you can see in the image above. I like it, and I think it’s more suitable to use at this angle. However the screen angle does have its downsides. When the device is placed on a desk or table the viewing angle is not as great as on the N97, and you have to be sat upright to actually see the screen, no slouching!

Other than that, there is a noise coming from the device when you shake it while the screen is closed. If the screen is open the noise disappears. Sounds like something is loose inside, could be the ridiculous SIM card holder, but not too sure. Any ideas?

The N97 mini brings the new revamped keyboard, which I feel is a great improvement on that of the Nokia N97. The useless D-pad has been removed and replaced with some very useful arrow keys, as on a real keyboard, and has meant that the sym and function keys had to be thrown over to the left, which is perfect. The comma now has its own key and a few function keys have been remapped. The top two rows have moved one space to the right, which after a day or two is easy to adjust to. One issue I have, which I have stressed on many occasions, is the lack of a ctrl key. Although copy and paste has been made easy with a long press of the shift key, there are still many other shortcuts I like to use the ctrl key for. The sym key could have easily been used as a ctrl key because I still haven’t found the need to use this key yet. The usability of the keyboard has improved compared to the Nokia N97. There is more physical travel from the keys, and the fact that the N97 mini has a metallic back cover means that there is no longer a creaking noises coming from it when typing, like on the N97.

Issues

A major problem I have been having is when the device is sat on a desk. Despite the small tilt angle, with the N97 there were times when I used the keypad as I would on a laptop, and got in to the habit of placing the device on the desk or table to type longer messages and emails. This is not possible on the N97 mini because the camera module on the back is slightly raised and off centered, so the device does not sit completely flat. Therefore pressing the space bar or any of the bottom row keys, causes the device to annoyingly wobble. This may not be a problem for everyone but it certainly is for me and a few others I have spoken to.

That’s all for now, I will bring more coverage on this device soon so stay tuned. If you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to http://thenokiareview.com/feed/ so you don’t miss out.

New Firmware v201.12.01 | Nokia E75

The Nokia E75 has just received a new firmware update taking it to v201.12.01. To get this new software through your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), simply type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Select Options > Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. However if the firmware is not available via FOTA, you can also update through NSU (Nokia Software Updater) or Ovi Suite. You can find the complete changelog after the jump…

Although the Nokia E75 supports UDP (User Data Preservation), we still recommend you do a full backup to ensure you do not lose any data. 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. The following changes have been noted by SymbianWorld.

New supported features:

  • N-Gage baseline update to N-Gage 1.2
  • Share Online update to 4.3
  • Accidental/Double key press filter
  • Area Description Comment
  • Ovi Contacts now integrated with Contacts. Chat with your friends using your Ovi account. Gtalk is also enabled. Share your status and location. Ovi Contacts users can upgrade to Chat 2.0, which will be available in Ovi Store.
  • Facebook, YouTube and MySpace – In Applications folder, there are icons to launch these services.
  • N-Gage update to 1.2 – The user can find the games more easily
  • Improved support for Chinese
  • Improvements for developers
  • Share online update to 4.3 • Provides direct sharing from Camera and direct upload from Gallery
  • Improved uploading experience (the next image can be uploaded when the previous in uploading)
  • Direct sharing using device address book
  • Geo-tagging
  • Accidental key press filter • When accidentally pressing two keys at the same time on the qwerty key mat, the second press will be ignored

Homescreen:

  • Corrections concerning WLAN and Calendar plug-ins
  • Improvements in Easy dialling

The following reported issues have been solved in this release:

  • The icon of E-mail notifications changes from grey into yellow cover after disabling/enabling.
  • Eclipsing item feature not working in Homescreen shortcuts
  • Pressing keys during a call appears as letters on screen
  • Homescreen settings help topic missing
  • Default call type is ignored in Offline profile
  • WLAN plug-in is missing in Homescreen applications
  • Wrong preview type of E-mail notification after switching between modes with different E-mail Notifications settings
  • Customized FS Homescreen shortcut with URL link not visible in selection list

Email Setting Wizard:

  • Security enhancement
  • Gmail shown as Google Mail in Email folder in Germany and UK

Email Features:

  • Baseline update (incl. Email, Calendar and Contacts)
  • Email in Email support (if an email message is received, where an email message is as attachment, the attachment is opened in email viewer, not in notepad as earlier).
  • IAD support (enables upgrading the email software later)
  • OMA-CP support (Settings Provisioning for MfE) Improvements in stability
  • Improvements :
  • Stability improvements
  • Improved compatibility with different Exchange server configurations
  • Improvements in attachment handling
  • Faster response , especially when large number of Emails
  • Additionally, the following issues have been solved:
  • Incomplete note and fetched text when fetching message body
  • Screen update takes too long when opening/closing slide in message list with ~500 mails
  • Mailbox name is not changed (NES)
  • When forwarding Meeting Request to 3rd person then participant list is not updated in original Meeting Request
  • Email application closed when user Exit from MR’s details
  • English string ‘Search for WLAN’ displayed in AP setting view.
  • Pressing shortcut on title divider displays black screen
  • MFE_2.9.158 MFE After initial sync, can not sync to this 2007 server, HTTP 502/501 is received.
  • Cannot send email via action menu from meeting viewer
  • Sync after performing restore: no prompt displayed to user to enter
  • Meeting with alarm 0 min before event is not synced correctly
  • Load HTML images’ has no effect
  • Phone has no response after selecting “Open in intranet” to open Intranet link in an email.
  • Receive an Appointment: in the mail for exchange message folder “accept”, “temporary” or “reject” do not work (MEMORY FULL PART)
  • Sending POP3 emails: in the forward folder only the subject text was visible
  • Contacts disappear after phone has been used for longer period
  • Incorrect pasting into address fields of Message and Meeting request editors
  • Message body is empty. Extra characters visible. Different results for different languages.
  • URL based picture is not shown in HTML viewer if WLAN is not configured
  • “Move to Drafts” does not work in Outbox of MFE.
  • MFE loses AP configuration when different connections are up.
  • Issues with Gmail in UK and Germany
  • E-mail sync does not start with shortcut ‘9′
  • Reply/forward causes slowness in Message composer (AS, IMAP, POP)
  • Incorrect pasting into address fields of Message and Meeting request editors
  • Sorting with MFE does not work in PC Outlook when sending email

Calendar:

  • Performance & Usability improvement (eg. opening of calendar items is faster).
  • Improvements in Calendar synchronisation
  • Meeting request improvements
  • Corrections concerning layout
  • In addition, the following issues have been solved:
  • The first attempt to connect with “Open link in intranet” fails
  • Option button without any name in Calendar->Options->Settings->Default Mailbox
  • Empty mailbox shown under Default mailbox setting in Calendar
  • Keep prompted to select Gmail as the default email
  • Meeting request, write mail address and add contact in the contacts clears addresses

The following issues have been solved regarding Meeting Requests:

  • “Feature not supported” when trying to send MR via email
  • All-day recurring Meeting Request is changed to 0min Meeting Request after opening it in editor
  • Meeting request with “Fortnightly” recurrence is shown as “Weekly’ in meeting request viewer.
  • Wrong start time in Meeting Request.

Contacts:

  • Performance improvements, especially when handling a large number of contacts, eg. opening a contact is faster.
  • Improvements in Contacts synchronisation
  • Search algorithm improvements.
  • Improvements in handling groups:
  • List of group members with no matching parts is displayed after group member is removed from group or new contact is added to the group
  • View is returned to the group members list after group is deleted from edit group view
  • Many operations in contacts are impossible after pressing clear key when call conference service is in focus in Group Members list.
  • “Contacts: system error (-6)” pops up when delete several marked groups.

The following improvements have been made since 110.48.125:

  • Phonebook application is opened after memory card backup if VoIP settings are set.
  • If a user tries to clear the find pane by long press of a clear key, delete confirmation query is displayed and some contacts are not shown in phonebook.
  • Wrong background for the contacts selector view and incorrect positions of thumbnails are displayed
  • With Chinese input, Contacts Apps. is closed when sending a message to a contact.

Web Browser:

  • Update to browser 7.1
  • performance improvements, faster browsing and smooth zooming.
  • 9-way navigation
  • Updated Web Kit Engine (better support for the web standards)
  • better web widget development support
  • Automatic Full-screen
  • Multi-file download
  • CJSE support (System API’s) support via JavaScript for widgets
  • Improved Cookie support
  • Improved cache support

VoIP:

  • Baseline Update
  • Fixes for voice call continuity VCC (seamless handover between VoIP calls (WLAN as bearer) and 2G/3G calls)

The following improvements have been made since 110.48.125:

  • Gizmo icon in net settings is not displayed properly in Landscape mode
  • VCC VoIP settings: Can not open VCC settings in Net settings.
  • VCC: VoIP to VoIP call mute in MT phone not goes on
  • No automatic handover when held-waiting call setting is 1

Telephoney:

  • Better conference call performance.
  • Nokia BH-604 usability correction
  • A2DP corrections
  • Spool icon correction
  • Voice call stability improvement
  • OTHER CHANGES
  • Support for coming hardware component changes, no new features
  • Engine clock speed increase about 10%
  • Quickoffice 5.3, with Windows 2007 document support. Additionally, the user can update to Quickoffice Premier 6 in-device using the Quickoffice application.
  • Welcome video icon to Welcome application. The video itself is on the memory card
  • Memory card content update (content might vary depending on the sales unit and country)
  • Psiloc Wireless Presenter
  • Font Magnifier
  • Advanced Comm. Manager
  • World Traveler
  • Block Cascade
  • Boom Letters
  • Top Hits Solitaire Collection
  • Bounce N-Gage game (trial)

Issues Reported Through Genius Tool:

  • Device unable to receive text massages
  • Nokia E75: default bookmark in browser is directing to wrong page
  • Problem in writing Turkish characters
  • Calendar letters are shown in opposite order in V24

Unboxing The Nokia N97 mini | Experiment #097

During the Ovi Maps Event in London last month courtesy of WOMWorld, I managed to win the Nokia N97 mini challenge with Phat^Trance of DailyMobile. The device has finally arrived and what better way to kick off than with a quick unboxing video. The Nokia N97 mini brings us a slimmer, more compact and fresher version of the N-Series flagship, the Nokia N97. The N97 mini als0 features the same tilting slide mechanism on a slightly smaller 3.2″ widescreen display, a revamped QWERTY keyboard with better situated directional keys, 8GB of built in storage and a 5MP Carl Zeiss Lens without the self harming lens cover.

Nokia Sets Out Financial Targets and Devices & Services Priorities For 2010

Nokia has set key financial targets and operational priorities for its devices and services for 2010, during its annual Capital Markets Day event this morning. Senior company executives outlined how Nokia’s focus on execution combined with its core competitive advantages, position the company to achieve and sustain broad-based success in the mobile devices market. At the event, Nokia also demonstrated significant improvements to its forthcoming version of the Symbian user interface, along with the goal to release a Maemo 6 device by the end on next year.

Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, highlighted Nokia’s focus on user experience, stating: “In 2010, we will drive user experience improvements, and the progress we make will take the Symbian user interface to a new level. As an operating system, Symbian has reach and flexibility like no other platform, and we have measures in place to push smartphones down to new price points globally, while growing margins. I see great opportunity for Nokia to capture new growth in our industry, by creating what we expect to be the world’s biggest platform for services on the mobile.”

Nokia CFO, Timo Ihamuotila, described Nokia’s view of the industry and competitive environment: “Going into 2010, the overall mobile devices market is stabilizing and it is growing more in the areas where Nokia has competitive advantages. We believe that by executing on the operational priorities we have set, Nokia will be competitive in both mobile phones and smartphones and will improve its value share.”

Targets and forecasts for Nokia and the mobile device industry
– Nokia expects industry mobile device volumes to be up approximately 10% in 2010, compared to 2009.
– Nokia targets its mobile device volume market share to be flat in 2010, compared to 2009.
– Nokia targets lower average selling price (ASP) erosion of its mobile devices in 2010, compared to recent years.
– Nokia targets to increase its mobile device value market share slightly in 2010, compared to 2009.
– Nokia targets non-IFRS* operating expenses in Devices & Services of approximately EUR 5.7 billion in 2010.
– Nokia targets bringing Devices & Services non-IFRS* research and development expenses below 10% of net sales in 2010.
– Nokia targets Devices & Services non-IFRS* operating margin of 12% to 14% in 2010.
– Nokia continues to target Services net sales of EUR 2 billion or more in 2011.
– Nokia continues to target to have 300 million active users for its services by the end of 2011.

Targets and forecasts for Nokia Siemens Networks and the mobile and fixed infrastructure and related services market
– Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks expect a flat market in euro terms for the mobile and fixed infrastructure and related services market in 2010, compared to 2009.
– Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks target for Nokia Siemens Networks to grow faster than the market in 2010.
– Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks continue to target Nokia Siemens Networks to reduce its non-IFRS* annualized operating expenses and production overheads by EUR 500 million by the end of 2011, compared to the end of 2009.
– Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks target Nokia Siemens Networks non- IFRS* operating margin of breakeven to 2% in 2010.

Additional financial targets
– Nokia and NAVTEQ target NAVTEQ operating margin to be higher than Devices & Services operating margin in 2010, on a non-IFRS* basis.
– Nokia targets its financial income and expense to be approximately EUR 250 million expense in 2010.

Nokia Devices & Services operational priorities
In addition to providing its key financial targets, Nokia also outlined key Devices & Services operational priorities for 2010. These are:
– Improve our user experience;
– Re-engineer our Symbian user interface; deliver a major product milestone before mid-year 2010, and another major product milestone before the end of 2010;
– Deliver our first Maemo 6-powered mobile computer, with an iconic user experience, in the second half of 2010;
– Significantly increase the proportion of touch and/or QWERTY devices in our smartphone portfolio;
– Scale up our Services business by expanding geographically and in partnership with more operators;
– Provide third party developers with better tools to create applications and content for our Ovi ecosystem;
– Further optimize the industry’s lowest cost end-to-end business model in Mobile Phones; and
– Continue to build on our affordable and localized services offerings for emerging market consumers.

Phone Arena Reviews The Nokia N97 mini

Phone Arena reviews the Nokia N97 mini. It is a more compact alternative to the N97. As a whole, the device is the same (you still get the tilting mechanism of the display), only a bit smaller. There are some cosmetic changes to the design though, with the most significant one seemingly being the lack of both a D-pad on the keyboard and a sliding camera cover.

Nokia E71 & E72 | Facebook App Updated

The on board Facebook widget/bookmark has just received a new update, and is available to download via the Ovi Store. Originally the E71 had a bookmark linked to a mobile version of the Facebook website, and it wasn’t as pretty as the N97’s dedicated Facebook application. Well it’s finally here, and has a similar set up to the one found on S60 5th Edition devices. I’m not too sure whether this is only available for the E71/E72, but I suppose it should also work for any other S60 3rd Edition device with the same landscape display. Check out some thoughts after the jump.

Facebook for Nokia E71/E72 lets you keep up with your friends right at your fingertips. Update your status, see what your friends are up to, upload photos, check messages and look up phone numbers when you need them anytime and anywhere. Facebook allows you to comment on your friend’s statuses, RSVP to event invites and confirm or deny friend requests. The Facebook for Nokia E71/E72 brings Facebook directly to your phone. If Facebook is not available for your device, please check Ovi Store.

After playing around with the app for a day I’m pretty disappointed. To begin with it took so long for this update to be released, and now it’s here, there are so many issues. In the main wall feeds (Home) it only displays 2 or 3 posts, and then shows me yesterdays updates. I’ve tried logging on at different times of the day and still I don’t get more than 4 updates for today, even though there has been so many.

Another thing that’s quite annoying is the fact that in the old version it showed me if I had any new notifications from the last time I logged in. This feature has also been removed and makes me want to return to the older version. Without it displaying all my latest news feeds, or at least showing me how many notifications I have, the application is pretty useless.

You can however switch to the friends view at the top, where you can have access to everyone who has updated there status’s. The issue here is that even though you can see all the updates from what would be ‘Home’ on your desktop, you can’t interact with anyone unless you click on their profile and access their wall. This is way too long winded for a simple task. Viewing images is much easier now though, so that’s a plus if it’s all that you use Facebook for.

If you wish to still go ahead and try it out you can find it in the S60 3rd Edition Download section. My recommendation is however for you to continue using the old mobile version of the website instead, as it is far more useful compared to this one.

Alexandra Burke | At The Nokia Good Things Event In London

Alexandra talks about her favourite music and artists in an interview with Nokia, at the Good Things event in London.

Nokia Unveils The 7230 & 6700 Slide

Nokia today unveiled two new 3G slider phones, the Nokia 6700 slide and Nokia 7230, made for the design-conscious consumer and optimized for socializing and sharing with those closest to you. Available in various fresh colors, with great imaging features and quick access to popular social networking communities, the Nokia 6700 slide and Nokia 7230 make a real style statement. Both devices are expected to become available in the first quarter of 2010, and the retail prices before taxes and subsidies are anticipated to be €160 for the Nokia 6700 slide, and €100 for the Nokia 7230.

New Firmware v400.21.013 | Nokia E71, Nokia E63 & Nokia E66

Over the weekend the Nokia E71, Nokia E63 & Nokia E66 all received new firmware updates taking them to v400.21.013. The new update brings a host of new features including many bug fixes and we highly recommend you to update you handsets. To get this new software onto your device you will need to plug yourself into a PC and use either NSU (Nokia Software Updater) or the Ovi Suite. Remember none of the handset supports UDP (User Data Preservation) so make sure you do a full backup of both the mass storage and phone data to ensure you do not lose anything. You can find the full changelog after the break.

The changelog has not yet been officially released but heres a quick overview of the new update:

New Functionalities:

  • Gimlet v9.5 (v9.5.3.72)
  • Quick Office 5.3
  • Ovi Store 1.5 (v1.5.2)
  • Ovi Contacts – Pre-installed
  • Mail for Exchange 2.9.176

Changes and Improvements:

  • Email Setup Wizard update
  • WLAN Corrections
  • Internet Radio v1.16 – Increased functionality
  • Camera functionality improvement
  • Incoming call hang issue fixed
  • Turkish SMS character input improvement
  • Many functionality and Stability improvements in MfE
  • Support for Russian and Ukranian keymats
  • Phone activation Baseline updated
  • Yahoo account hack fixed

General:

  • Stability and functionality improvements
  • Email and WLAN functionality improvements
  • Increased robustness in handling SMS and incoming calls
  • Memory leak fixes and crashes
  • Email and WLAN functionality improvements

Call Handling:

  • Fix for Incoming call hang issue and fast call crash
  • Fix for making emergency call when the phone is locked

Calender and Clock:

  • Minor Functionality improvements
  • Time display correction when the phone is locked

Connectivity:

  • WLAN functionality Improvements and fixes for crashes
  • Improvement in WLAN authentication
  • mVPN authentication improvements and general functionality improvement

Contacts and Phonebook:

  • Functionality improvements for search functionality

Email:

  • Email setup wizard updated
  • Fix for Yahoo account hack while setting up Gmail account through Nokia Email
  • Fix for mails getting duplicated after restoring backup
  • Mail for Exchange upgraded from 2.9.158 to 2.9.176
  • Many functionality and stability improvements in MfE
  • Robustness and functionality improvements in email items

Internet Radio:

  • Improved functionality
  • Increased application stability

Qwerty Keyboard (E71 Only):

  • Usability improvements
  • Keyboard mapping corrections for Russian and Ukranian keymat

Messaging:

  • Improvement in Turkish SMS characters input
  • Fix for delivery report for SMS with more than 22 characters
  • Increased robustness in handling SMS

Nokia N900 | TV-Out Demo

The Nokia N900 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack that also doubles up as a TV-Out port. The TV-Out cable in the box therefore lets you connect your device to your TV, or as in this case, a projector. This feature is extremely useful for sharing pictures and videos with your family and friends and when playing games on your device. Check out the video after the break

The Nokia X6 Is Now Shipping

Nokia announced today that the Nokia Comes With Music Flagship phone, the X6, is now available in selected markets. Through the ‘all-you-can-eat’ music offering the Nokia X6 pioneers new ways for the world to experience music. With a whopping 35 hours of music playback, 32GB of onboard memory, the X6 is surely a music lover’s dream. The Nokia X6 is expected to retail for approximately €450, before taxes and subsidies.

“The Nokia X6 Comes With Music edition is a stellar offering, that gives music fans the power to download all the music they could ever want – quickly, easily and for free,” said Ole Feddersen, vice president, smartphones, Nokia. “We are giving people a handy access to and ownership of a vast music library and a great new touchscreen device to play their music on.”

In addition to the unlimited access to millions of tracks available in Nokia Music Store, Comes With Music subscribers will be able to download exclusive content directly to their device or PC from both, international superstars and favorite local artists. Fans will have access to bonus tracks, remixes and other additional content, free of charge as part of the Comes With Music subscription.

The Nokia X6 is a powerful entertainment device capable of playing up to 35 hours of music, offering 32GB of on-board memory and supporting all main digital music formats, with a slick 3.2″ finger touch interface and a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens.

The ultimate device for social butterflies, the Nokia X6 has a 16:9 widescreen optimized for photos, videos and browsing. The Nokia X6 is a hive of activity that brings friends and virtual communities, like Facebook, to the homescreen, making it easy to socialize with friends and follow all the favorite blogs and celeb gossips.

The entertainment experience is completed by three embedded games, Spore by EA, Asphalt4 and DJ Mix Tour by Gameloft, and direct access from the homescreen to download more games and applications through the Ovi Store.

The Nokia X6 will initially be available in Europe, Eurasia and Middle-East and Africa. It is also possible to order the device from the Nokia Online Store: http://europe.nokia.com/buy-online

Visa Demos Its Mobile Banking Vision

Check out this video demonstration of what mobile banking could look like in the future. The video was taken at the Cartes Exhibition in Paris, where Visa were showcasing their future concepts of mobile banking.

UK Operators To Allow Retweeting Via SMS

Good news for Twitter fans as UK mobile phone operators will now be able to offer an official SMS Retweet Service, so you can share the Twitter love on the go. Not long after the official retweet function was put into beta testing by Twitter itself, Vodafone is now allowing you to simply text the short number 86444 to retweet the last thing a user wrote. You need to text “RT” plus the Twitter username for it to work, for example, you can retweet the latest post from @TheNokiaReview by simply texting “RT TheNokiaReview” to 86444.

The Nokia N97 mini Contest Has Ended | Winner Announced

The Nokia N97 mini contest is now over and I would like to say a big thank you for all those who took part. I would also like to announce that the winning entry was sent in by Naypalm. Congratulations and I hope you enjoy your time with the N97 mini. Make sure you check your email as I will be contacting you soon.

Nokia N900 | Battery Test

Shooting a stop-motion mini movie about the N900, using an N900. Hundreds of shots taken and the battery doesn’t even break into a sweat.

Spotify Now Available On Nokia Handsets

Spotify Mobile has finally launched a Symbian application for the most popular music streaming service, which means that Nokia owners can now listen to there favourite tracks on the go. With legal and free access to a huge library of online music, you can get rid of your mp3 players and iPods, as Spotify will also let you cache up to 3,333 tracks for offline listening. To use Spotify on your mobile you must be a premium subscriber. To sign up, visit the Spotify Premium product page to purchase a monthly or annual subscription.

Key features:

  • Listen to millions of tracks with Spotify’s constantly updated catalogue
  • Continue to run Spotify in the background while texting, making calls, web browsing etc
  • Playlists can be downloaded and played in offline mode when you have no connection, are on a plane or underground, or abroad
  • Search and stream music instantly. Browse by artist, title or album
  • Listen Create and synchronise playlists. Updates from the desktop application will be synced instantly and vice versa
  • Listen to tracks and albums in their entirety. Rewind, fast-forward, pause, skip and shuffle

Spotify Mobile is available to subscribers in the UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Norway and Finland, and is available on the following Nokia devices: Nokia 5230; Nokia 5320 XpressMusic; Nokia 5530 XpressMusic; Nokia 5630 XpressMusic; Nokia 5800 XpressMusic; Nokia 6120 Classic; Nokia 6220 Classic; Nokia 6710 Navigator; Nokia 6720 Classic; Nokia 6730 Classic; Nokia E51; Nokia E52; Nokia E63; Nokia E66; Nokia E71; Nokia E75; Nokia N78; Nokia N85; Nokia N86 8MP; Nokia N95; Nokia N95 8GB; Nokia N96; Nokia N97; Nokia N97 mini.

Fring | Now Allows Free Skype Video Calls On Nokia Devices

Fring has just announced that it is now possible to make free video calls with its VoIP (Voice over IP) service. The service uses 3G or WiFi, just like when making regular Fring calls, and is the first time ever that video calling has ever been enabled via an IP service. I’m sure this will be a great hit with many Nokia users, and the push to increase the quality of the front facing camera will shortly begin to form. The video calling service is currently only available to anyone with a Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia X6, Nokia N97 and the Nokia N97 mini. It comes ready to use in the regular Fring application, which already allows free VoIP calls to Fring, Skype and GTalk users.

Spotify For Symbian Demo

Check out this demo of Spotify Mobile for Symbian. The preview highlights some key features of the Symbian application and shows how easy it is to search, browse and listen to you favourite music.

Nokia N900 Accidently Running In Portrait Mode

The Nokia N900 only runs Maemo 5 in landscape mode for the most part, besides the phone app, photo browser and some other 3rd party applications. However, Guyver from talk.maemo.org managed to accidentally run his Nokia N900 in portrait mode by tilting the phone to launch the phone app, and then sliding the phone open before closing the phone app. Looking at the video makes it seem pretty feasible to implement this feature to enable users to control their device with a single hand.

Orange To Bring Nokia Messaging To Poland

Orange Poland and Nokia announced today that they will bring Nokia Messaging, Nokia’s consumer push email service, to their Nokia customers. Starting from November 17, 2009, Orange Poland mobile customers are the first in Poland to get access to Nokia Messaging which supports all leading global consumer email solutions such as Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Ovi Mail as well as local internet and email service providers such as Wirtualna Polska, Onet.pl, Interia, o2, home.pl and others.

“User friendly email service available on a broad range of mobile handsets is a great step towards making email a real commodity. From 17 November to 8 December, Nokia Messaging with Orange will be offered free of charge for both the service and related unlimited data traffic. After that period, a fee for the Nokia Messaging service will be only 19.90 zloty + VAT including unlimited email data traffic and additional 50 MB transmission capacity per month for Internet browsing” said Maciej Kociecki, Director at PTK Centertel.

“Nokia aims to make mobile email available for as many people as possible. With Nokia Messaging, we can meet the needs of people to access their personal email whenever they want, wherever they want in an extremely simple and convenient way” said Dariusz Zalewski, Services Manager, Nokia Poland.

Nokia Messaging is an easy to set-up and easy to use push email service which allows users to mobilize up to 10 personal email accounts on one device. With Nokia Messaging, people get the benefit of real-time messaging and are able to read, send, forward and reply to emails, view subfolders, download and read attachments and also attach files to emails in real time. Using the push email technology, email is swiftly and automatically sent to the mobile phone, without needing to retrieve it. Many users want to enjoy the flexibility of having various accounts for various needs.

The Nokia Messaging service can be tested for 30 days free of charge. Following the test period it will be available for a monthly charge of 19.90 zloty. Users can initiate the activation of the service through their mobile operator’s customer service contact. The service can be used on over 30 Nokia handset models with more to come in the following weeks.

Further information about Nokia Messaging is available at http://email.nokia.com as well as on the websites of the operator http://www.orange.pl/dlafirm.

Stuff Magazine Preview The Nokia N900

Lucy Hedges of Stuff Magazine has got her hands on the Nokia N900 and when it comes to tech these guys sure know what they’re talking about. It’s only a pre-production model however she goes through all the basics of this ‘pocket PC with mobile phone functionality.’

Voice UI Demo

Voice UI is evolving, enabling the use of the device even without seeing or touching it. Check out this demonstration using the Nokia E52 in hands-free and eyes-free mode.

Nokia Point & Find Updated | Now Supports Most S60 Devices

Nokia Point & Find is a revolutionary way for you to find and connect to relevant information and services, by simply pointing your Internet enabled camera phone at real life objects. The application has received a huge update, which also brings a brand new UI with support for the Nokia N97. Check out the changelog after the break.

Changelog

Around a 100 bugs in network connectivity and overall stability of the client on some of our best-selling devices have been fixed. The client should now look more snappy and mature to you than its previous release, although some fixes had to be postponed. In particular, 1D barcode recognition in the shopping experience isn’t as reliable as expected, especially on S60 3rd edition feature pack 1 devices, and start-up time on the 6220, 6210 Navigator is still pretty sluggish. Nokia’s R&D team is working on these issues.

 

There is also now a client for the Nokia N97, with a brand new UI that takes advantage of the device’s touch capabilities and large screen resolution (see screenshot above). It will soon be ported to other S60 5th edition devices.

Nokia Money | Manage Your Finances On The Go

Your mobile devices will become your preferred way to pay and to manage your money. Nokia believes that the mobile-enabled financial services are a market opportunity with long term growth potential, especially in the emerging countries. The demo will show how simple and easy it is to use a mobile phone for remote and local payments. You can send money to your family and friends, pay your bills and top-up your prepaid account.

Unboxing The Nokia N900

Check out this Nokia N900 unboxing video by Norman John of SymbianWorld. He’s finally managed to get his hands on the device and will be flooding MaemoWorld with full coverage over the coming weeks, so make sure you bookmark the site and don’t miss out on a single thing.

Nokia Continues To Streamline Its R&D Operations

Nokia plans to align its research and development (R&D) operations in Finland and Denmark to be in line with the company’s focused portfolio of future products. The planned changes are expected to affect up to 230 employees at Nokia’s Oulu site in Finland and approximately 100 employees at Nokia’s Copenhagen site. The total number would represent approximately 2% of Nokia’s R&D personnel globally.

Nokia aims to support the employees with alternative solutions, such as finding new positions within the company for as many employees as possible. Nokia will begin consultations with employee representatives about these plans where voluntary severance packages among other topics will be discussed.

Nokia maintains a strong R&D presence in both sites; the company has over 2,000 employees in Oulu and over 1,000 employees in Copenhagen. Overall, Nokia has more than 17,000 people employed in its research and development activities.

 

Nokia’s Response To Maemo Replacing Symbian On N-Series By 2012

During the Nokia ‘N900 Meet Up’ in London, the Maemo Marketing Team appeared to leak news of Nokia’s 2012 roadmap and how it intends to replace Symbian with Maemo on all Nokia N-Series devices. This lead to quite a bit of confusion and until Nokia officially confirmed the reports, I refused to concur. Symbian is the most popular smartphone OS at present and holds 50% of the smartphone market. It would simply make no sense at all for Nokia to replace Symbian on it’s N-Series portfolio. Nokia has officially responded to the speculations as “completely premature.”

“While it is our policy not to disclose details of our product roadmap, we’d like to explicitly communicate that we remain firmly committed to Symbian as our smartphone platform of choice. Any speculation on what our 2012 roadmap, including operating systems and product branding, are completely premature.

As we have stated earlier, Nokia has multiple platforms to serve different purposes and address different markets. Symbian is more successful than ever in bringing smartphones to the masses. Maemo is our software of choice for devices based on technology that you’d typically find inside a desktop computer. It delivers a different user experience and enables us to widen the market we can address.”

Nokia N900 Now Available In The US

Nokia has announced that the highly anticipated Nokia N900 is now on sale in the United States and shipping to consumers who jumped on the opportunity to be among the first to pre-order the Maemo-powered mobile computer. With the Linux-based Maemo platform and with multiple ways to connect to the Internet, the Nokia N900 enables users to be online as it happens with a powerful computer in the palm of their hands. Are you waiting for yours?

“Consumers from every segment of the population are looking for more out of their mobile device – more power, more ability, more connectivity. The Nokia N900 ushers in a new era with a very powerful mobile computer,” said Alessandro Lamanna, Vice President, Retail Sales, Nokia. “With an open source operating system, incorporated technology like an OMAP processor, and real time web widgets, the Nokia N900 delivers the experience of a pocketable computer that has the information you’re looking for right there waiting for you thanks to the ability to be connected just about anywhere.”

With the Linux-based Maemo operating platform, 32GB of storage and multiple options of connectivity including access for 3G data networks, consumers no longer need to leave everything that makes them them – their email, favorite websites, social communities, images, music – anywhere but on their Nokia N900. With the Nokia N900, you don’t have to worry about missing that next great moment.

Additionally, with the ability to multitask several applications or web browsers at once, the Nokia N900 allows for users to eliminate boredom wherever they go. Surfing several web pages while listening to music while talking on instant message with friends – all at the same time – couldn’t be easier.

Maemo software is based on an open source platform and allows for a variety of different applications to be developed – from home brew to commercial and everything in between; such as podcasting, Twitter and instant messaging applications. Consumers and developers can join the conversation with other members and Nokia employees by visiting http://maemo.org.

With a web browser based on Mozilla technology, the Nokia N900 allows consumers to access a world wide web that is more computer-like than before. Consumers can view their favorite websites, use drop down menus, watch Flash videos and access the web on a mobile device screen thanks to support for Adobe Flash 9.4 and gesture support within the Nokia N900 web browser.

The Nokia N900 comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard and enables consumers the ability to personalize up to four different home screens as they wish. One can be work related with a calendar widget and contacts application while another can be favorite bookmarked web pages while yet another can be set to show popularsocial networks.

The Nokia N900 retains Nokia’s legacy of high quality imaging with a five megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics and a dual LED flash along the ability to share those images and videos straight from your device to services such as Ovi Share. With Ovi services like Maps and Files, the Nokia N900 allows users access to their Ovi account right from their device.

The Nokia N900 is available in a black finish and will retail for USD 649 through Nokia Flagship stores in New York and Chicago, and nokiausa.com.

Last Chance To Get Your Hands On The Nokia N97 mini

You have one more day left to get you hands on the Nokia N97 mini. If you haven’t entered the contest I suggest you get you camera phones out and get recording. Remember, all you need to do is record a video clip that is a maximum of 1 minute long sharing your views about Nokia/Nokia devices. This could be anything from tips and tricks on your devices, tutorials or walkthroughs on applications, your views on where Nokia should be heading or maybe what Nokia is doing wrong. You can even go down the road of unboxing your devices in the most outrageous manner. Literally anything you have to share will count as a valid entry. There has only been a small number of entries so far, so you all are in with a great chance of winning the contest. Check out the rest of the details here.

Cali Lewis Of GBTV Gets Her Hands On The Nokia N900

Cali Lewis of GeekBrief.tv shares her thoughts on the Nokia N900. Check out the video and more after the jump.

Apparently, I left out an important detail when I’ve talked about the N900 in anticipation of it’s arrival because Neal, my husband who is with me all the time didn’t know that the N900 is able to make phone calls. Go figure. Let’s start by looking at the industrial design. I have an iPhone 3GS here along with a Motorola Droid and the Nokia N900. The iPhone and Droid are almost exactly the same height and width. The Droid is a little thicker than the iPhone to accommodate the slider keyboard and the removable battery. The Nokia N900 is the same width as the iPhone and Droid, but its quite a bit thicker. I thought it would be fun to pull out the kitchen scale and weigh them. The iPhone is 4.7 ounces. The Droid is 5.9 ounces and the N900 is 6.4 ounces. Specs we’ve talked about, but let’s hit them again. The processor is 600MHz. There’s 1GB of application memory. It has a 3D Graphics accelerator with Open GL ES 2.0 support. It has 32G of storage out of the box and you can expand that to 48 gigs with a microSD card. The camera is 5 megapixels with a dual LED flash. The screen is 800X480, 3.5 inches diagonal and has resistive touch. The N900 has two hardware features that I hadn’t expected. It has a built-in FM transmitter for playing audio through your radio’s speakers. I had to put the phone on top of the receiver for the FM transmitter to work, but sitting on top of the receiver, it sounded really, really good. It also has what I think could be a killer feature if developers take advantage of it. It has an IR transmitter. Software is really where the N900 can shine. It runs Nokia’s Maemo 5 and open source version of Linux and it really does feel like I’m using a computer rather than just another smart phone. To turn on the screen, simply press the power button on the top and just like on other smart phones, you slide to unlock. The N900 gives you four work surfaces. You can add applications, widgets, and bookmarks from the Web. There are several basic apps already installed and you can add more. …

Nokia N900 | Multitasking Prowess

The most powerful device to date is soon going to be in the hands of thousands. The Nokia N900 demonstrated here shows off its multitasking capabilities using the Music Player, Bounce, PDF Viewer, NES Emulator, Photo Viewer, Browser, Sopwith, TI-85 Emulator, Xterm, ViM, YouTube and receiving an Incoming Call, all at the same time.

Nokia Ovi Suite Receives Minor Update To v2.0.1.35

Nokia Ovi Suite has just received a minor update of 57MB, taking it from v2.0.0.10 to v2.0.1.35. The new update states that it brings new features, updated applications and performance improvements. If you do not currently have Ovi Suite installed, you can download it here.

Nokia N900 Plays Nice With Google Docs

The Nokia N900 may not be the sleekest device with all the latest UI elements, but the web browser is extremely powerful and lets you access and use Google Docs, Calendar, Google Wave, Google Voice, Gmail, and more. Its more like a small netbook than a phone with this browser and if you are a Google user you may find it very useful.

Nokia Messaging Brings Windows Live Messenger to The Homescreen

The world’s most popular instant messaging service, Windows Live Messenger, is now available via Nokia Messaging. Accessible through the Nokia Messaging Chat application, people worldwide can have multiple conversations simultaneously, change their status and personal messages, and manage their Windows Live buddy lists straight from their homescreen.

This first installment of Windows Live Messenger for Nokia Messaging includes tabbed chat windows, the ability to call directly from the buddy list, and notifications of new messages that pop up while the application is in the background making multitasking even easier. ‘Invisible’ login is also an option, which means you can sign in to Windows Live Messenger but still appear offline to your friends – making it easy to choose who you want to talk to. Familiar desktop features such as grouped contacts, emoticons and sounds are also available.

The Nokia E72 is the first device that comes with Chat and support for Windows Live Messenger, while the Nokia E63, Nokia E71 and Nokia E75 require a download of Nokia Messaging for IM from Ovi Store. Alternatively, you can visit the Nokia Beta Labs. Stay tuned for more additions to the cast of compatible devices.

Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition | On The Go Entertainment

Taking mobile entertainment to the next level, Nokia today announced the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition, an entertainment hub that combines mobile broadcast TV (DVB-H), social networking, music and gaming in one compact 3G device. The Nokia 5330 Mobile TV edition lets you broadcast TV for up to six hours straight, schedule programs using the on-screen guide and even catch live football matches directly on your phone. With mobile broadcast TV consumption on the rise this handset offers easy access to anyone wanting to enjoy an exceptional live, on-the-move TV experience.

Nokia vice president Mark Selby said, “The introduction of the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition responds to the arrival of DVB-H broadcast mobile TV networks in new markets and offers an affordable device for new and existing customers alike. Customers are increasingly watching a variety of programmes on their mobiles, such as drama programs, news and sport, for a longer period of time. The Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition has the sound and image quality to hold audiences captive.

Watch TV. Anywhere.
Thanks to the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition’s DVB-H technology, programs burst through the QVGA 2.4″ screen in full-colour, crystal clear, sharp images. Plug in 3.5mm headphones for personal viewing or use the loudspeaker option to share the experience with friends and family.

With one-click access to live broadcasts, the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition can pick up the best channels around. Set reminders for favorite shows to make sure key episodes aren’t missed and create personal channel lists with Nokia’s innovative Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for a truly tailored mobile broadcast TV experience.

The Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition provides broadcast picture quality while the headset acts as an antenna for outstanding reception, so no blank screens or interference during those all important moments. Long battery life gives up to six hours of DVB-H usage; enough time to watch three football matches – or six episodes of a soap opera – before recharging. The Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition will retail for 155 Euros before taxes and subsidies.

Franklin Selgert, Chairman, Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum said, “It is essential for DVB-H service providers to have a variety of devices capable of serving the mass market. Having a complete portfolio of handsets is pivotal for the commercial success of mobile TV. The new Nokia DVB-H enabled mobile phone, the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition, is a great addition to the current portfolio of broadcast TV-capable handsets.”

Catch up with friends. Anytime.
The Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition comes with all the latest social networking software, making it simple to stay in touch with friends via Ovi Contacts, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. Post status updates for friends and family to follow or instant message (IM) them via Windows Live(TM) Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, AOL and many others.

Capture photos and video clips, day or night, using the 3.2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and LED flash before uploading and sharing favourite shots via sites such as OviShare and Flickr. Alternatively, email them via Ovi Mail, Nokia Messaging, Windows Live Messenger, Gmail, or Yahoo! Mail.

Play music. Whenever.
Accessing music and other apps is easy with dedicated music keys and links to the Nokia Music store (where available). The Nokia 5330 Mobile TV edition is also compatible with Nokia’s innovative Comes with Music service – providing free, unlimited access to millions of tracks. Download free music anytime, anywhere – and keep all the music forever.

Keep up-to-date. Wherever.
Check out the choice of personalized media and applications in the Ovi Store. A one-stop-shop for thousands of applications, games, videos, podcasts, productivity tools, web and location-based services and more, means personalizing the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition is just the touch of a button away.

Mobile TV. Roll-out.
Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks work with more than 30 operators worldwide on Mobile TV implementations. Commercial launches with Mobile TV services based on DVB-H and OMA BCAST standards include Austria, Finland, Ghana, Kenya, India, Italy, Namibia, Nigeria, Netherland, Philippines and Switzerland. Additional commercial launches can be expected during the next 12-18 month in more than 20 countries.

Stefan Schneiders, Head of Mobile TV solutions at Nokia Siemens Networks said, “It is great that Nokia has affirmed its commitment to DVB-H by launching the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition. 2010 brings a series of high-profile global sporting events and this is a good opportunity for operators to create, drive and bundle innovative mobile TV services based on DVB-H. In fact, during the 2006 World Cup, Italy saw the launch of the most successful mobile TV Broadcasting service in Europe.”

Francois Theron, CEO at DStv Mobile comments: “DStv Mobile has rolled out DVB-H networks in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Namibia and we are currently rolling out a number of new networks in other African countries. Our success has been built around offering innovative and premium television content at an affordable price while facilitating access to inexpensive handsets which suit the requirements of consumers in Africa. The introduction of the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition is a welcome development as Nokia is a trusted brand in Africa and will further encourage television viewers to access entertainment, sport and news on the DStv Mobile platforms.”

Vincent Grivet, Vice President, Mobile TV TDF, France said “We are very excited by the launch of the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition. It is a highly seducing and compelling device and will be the perfect platform for introducing both European mobile users and operators to a high quality and constraint free mobile TV experience. This is exactly what the industry has been waiting for to accelerate the broadcast mobile TV roll out, and we look forward to the successful and fast distribution of this innovative device in our key European markets such as Finland, Austria, Germany and France.

Vincenzo Novari, CEO at Hutch 3G, Italy, said: “As the largest handset producer in the world, Nokia’s announcement is real evidence of their commitment to the development of the broadcast mobile TV market. Networks, content and handsets made for mass consumer consumption are the key ingredients for fuelling the market’s growth”.

Erik Sylvestersson, Vice President Sales & Marketing at DNA Finland said: “Live digital TV broadcasts over DVB-H networks is becoming more accessible to more people. In Finland, we have found that sport and news are the key drivers for broadcast mobile TV consumption among consumers. People want to be able to watch the action as it happens – rather than settle for highlight shows once they get home. Consumers expect an exceptional on-the-move TV experience at an affordable price, something the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition is fully equipped to deliver.”

Win A Nokia N97 mini Trial With The Nokia Review

The Nokia Reviewis teaming up with WOMWorld to give one lucky winner the chance to trial a brand new Nokia N97 mini. The N97 mini is slightly smaller and more compact compared to the predecessor, and aims to iron out all the hardware problems the N97 posed. If you want to be in with a chance to get your hands on this cracking device, check out what you’ll need to do after the jump…

So, how can you get the Nokia N97 Mini? Easy, simply record a video clip that is a maximum of 1 minute long sharing your views about Nokia/Nokia devices. This could be anything from tips and tricks on your devices, tutorials or walkthroughs on applications, your views on where Nokia should be heading or maybe what Nokia is doing wrong. You can even go down the road of unboxing your devices in the most outrageous manner. Literally anything you have to share will count as a valid entry. Once you have recorded your video, upload the clip anywhere you like and paste the link in the comments section  below along with a valid email address. Videos will be judged on enthusiasm and creativity so make sure yours stands out.

Rules:

  • Videos can be anything Nokia related.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Entries must be less than a minute long.
  • Anyone from anywhere can take part, as long as you are over 18 years of age.
  • You can upload your videos anywhere you like.
  • Make sure you enter a valid email adress when commenting with your link, as this is how we will contact the winner.
  • Please avoid comments of your ideas or general conversations in the replies, as they will be removed.
  • You cannot keep the Nokia N97 mini, it is just for trial and you’ll need to send the phone back to WOMWorld after the trial ends.
  • The competition will end at midnight (GMT) on Friday 20th November. Any entries posted after the deadline will not qualify as a valid entry.

Remember, the videos can be about anything you like, as long as its related to Nokia/Nokia devices. The winner will be notified on Monday 23rd Novemeber. So… let the games begin, and I wish you all the best of luck!

Nokia N900 | Upload Videos To Facebook

Check out this quick video on uploading videos to Facebook from the Nokia N900.

The Way We Live Next 3.0 | Afterthoughts

Brad Rees (MediaCells), Rafe Blandford (All About Symbian) and Micky (NokiaUsers.net) talk about their general thoughts of the The Way We Live Next 3.0, an event held in Espoo, Finland last week.

FlipFont For S60 3rd & 5th Edition

FlipFont is a free application that lets you change the font of the user interface on your Nokia handset, making it custom to you. You can browse the fonts currently installed on your phone through the FlipFont app and switch to use whichever you like. You can also purchase additional fonts if you wish. FlipFont works on all S60 3rd and 5th Edition devices. Check out the available fonts after the break.

The Nokia E72 Now Available In Stores

The highly anticipated Nokia E72, a device tailor-made for business and personal messaging is now available in stores. To coincide with the arrival of the Nokia E72, Nokia has also released research* revealing that more people rely on email than on traditional phone calls or text messaging when sending and responding to critical information. Check out the full press release after the break.

Speaking about the research results, Nokia vice president Ukko Lappalainen said, “The research shows that people are spending an average of five full days per year – equivalent to a full work week – responding to emails. Half of us (46 percent) choose email over voice or text to send and receive important information. The Nokia E72 was designed exactly with this kind of person in mind – it allows the owner to be more responsive and communicate how they want, whenever they want and wherever they are.”

The Nokia E72 builds on the formula from Nokia’s most successful full QWERTY keyboard device, the Nokia E71, and adds important new functionality such as desktop-like email and chat experiences. Morevoer, the latest version of Ovi Maps with A-GPS navigation and compass, an optical navi key and 5 megapixel camera are all packed into the sleek, beautifully designed handset.

The Nokia E72 also comes with Nokia’s push consumer email service, Nokia Messaging, and now for the first time people can set up instant messaging (IM) directly from the homescreen, accessing communities such as Windows Live(TM) Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Ovi Chat. Just like chatting via the desktop, people can respond to friends and colleagues across multiple communities in real-time.

The Nokia E72 can also accommodate multiple work and personal email accounts and, with separate profiles for work and play, allows people to be flexible when it comes to choosing how, when, where and who to respond to. While work emails rank as the most important messages to receive, they are not necessarily the most urgent messages to respond to. According to Nokia’s research, half of respondents (49 percent) prioritise their partners ahead of their bosses or managers (29 percent), colleagues (23 percent) and even customers (31 percent).

The Nokia responsiveness research was commissioned to examine the various factors that influence how people respond to various issues and situations. In addition to the research, an online campaign at http://www.nokia.com/responsiveness invites people around the world to respond to various issues and comments from TED Fellows.

See the results of the Nokia responsiveness research in the Nokia E72 press kit http://www.nokia.com/A4664066?kit=112

* Research conducted by ICM among 7,826 people in seven countries in July 2009. Countries where research was conducted: UK, Russia, Spain, South Africa, UAE, Singapore and Italy.

Service Providers Worldwide Announce ‘One Voice’ Initiative

AT&T, Orange, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Verizon, Vodafone, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Sony Ericsson have defined the preferred way to ensure the smooth introduction and delivery of voice and SMS services on Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks worldwide. Check out their ideas in the Nokia press release after the break.

The above telecommunications industry leaders have jointly developed a technical profile for LTE voice and SMS services, also known as the One Voice initiative. The profile defines an optimal set of existing 3GPP-specified functionalities that all industry stakeholders, including network vendors, service providers and handset manufacturers, can use to offer compatible LTE voice solutions.

Open collaborative discussions have concluded that the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based solution, as defined by 3GPP, is the most applicable approach to meeting the consumers’ expectations for service quality, reliability and availability when moving from existing circuit switched telephony services to IP-based LTE services. This approach will also open the path to service convergence, as IMS is able to simultaneously serve broadband wireline and LTE wireless networks.

By following the jointly defined technical profile, the industry can help guarantee international roaming and interoperability for LTE voice and SMS services, ensuring subscribers continuity of these vital services – all while offering service providers a smooth and well-defined path to LTE.

The objective of the initiative is to ensure the widest possible ecosystem for LTE and to avoid fragmentation of technical solutions. LTE will, with this initiative, not only serve as a broadband access for increasing data traffic, but also for continuing voice and SMS services. Network operators will be able to more quickly develop their customized LTE ecosystem in collaboration with both network equipment vendors and device manufacturers. In addition, the reassurance of global interoperability in an LTE voice landscape and the ability to offer both broadband access and telephony services over LTE will create strong foundations for future business.

The profile for the initial solution has been finalized and is available through the companies associated with this press release. The objective is to hand over the profile and continuing work to existing industry forums.

Nokia N-Series Portrait | Scott McMorris

Recently the Nokia N-Series Blog published an interesting video about Marcelo Eduardo, the first in a series of short films tagged the N-series Portraits. Each of the these portraits focus on someone interesting who uses technology to stay connected to what’s important to them in their lives. This film focuses on Scott McMorris, who is one of the best snowboarders in Europe.

Nokia 5530XM & 5800XM | Ovi Contacts & Mail for Exchange Updated

Ovi Contacts v.1.20.11 has been released for the Nokia 5530XM. The update improves the overall performance of Ovi Contacts and adds new features. The friend request pop-up has been enhanced to include also the full name and profile picture of the person sending an invite. Mail for Exchange v.2.9.188has also been released for the Nokia 5530XM and 5800XM. This update improves the performance and synchronization of Mail for Exchange.

To get these software updates through your device, select Applications > SW update > Options > Start update. You can also update your applications software via the Ovi Suite.

Maemo 5 | Browse The Real Web On The Nokia N900

Check out this promo video demonstrating some of the features of the default web browser of the Maemo 5 powered Nokia N900.

Focusing Demo | Video Recording On The Nokia N900

This video recording demo shows how the Nokia N900 doesn’t dynamically re-focus during video capture, and instead uses a standard focus setting. It continues to record at the first focus it obtains, however having the ability to set an initial focus is in itself an improvement compared to other N-Series devices.

Live The Country Life In Farm Frenzy

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own fully working farm? Do you want to look after chickens, sheep and cows, producing cakes, wool, butter and cheese? If you fancy giving it a go without having to get up at the crack of dawn every day then without a doubt, Farm Frenzy is the game for you!

How To: Manually End A Packet Data Connection From The Homescreen

I was recently messing around with my Nokia E71 when I came across a message asking me if I wanted to end my active data connection. I was quite surprised to see this and later realised how to manually end the packet data connection from the idle homescreen. Some of you may already know how to do this so this is for all those who, like me, are not yet aware.

There are many times I like to manually end the data connection in order to save on battery life, for example, when reading an interesting article on the web and I don’t have enough time to read it all, I usually press the home button, access the connection manager and end the data connection, so I still have the page there to read as and when I want without draining my battery.

Well, the easier way to do this is by hitting the home key to bring you to the homescreen, then by simply pressing and holding the ‘End’ key, which will bring up the message asking you if you want to end the packet data connection. A minor feature, but the option is there nevertheless. As for compatibility I’m not too sure which devices it does or does not support, so give it a go and leave some comments to let us know if it works for you.

Note: It does not work when connected via WLAN, it only works when connected to a cellular network.

Nokia’s QT Development Frameworks | Demoed On Symbian

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 one of the fastest growing development frameworks in the world, with hundreds of thousands of developers. Check out this Qt demo on Symbian, from Qt DevDays 2009.

Nokia N900 | The Full MaemoProject Video Is Now Live

After all the clues and weeks of anticipation, Nokia has finally released the Maemo Project video, which turns out to be a cleverly marketed ad campaign for the Nokia N900. The release of the N900 sees the culmination of months of testing, tweaking and hard work, all to ensure that you get the device you have been hoping for. The project however, has only just begun. The developers, fans and consumers will now essentially dictate where this device goes from here. PUSH your N900 to its limit.

The Nokia N900 Is Now Officially Being Shipped

The shipments of the Nokia N900, Nokia’s latest mobile computer based on open source Maemo 5 software, have now started. ”The Nokia N900 has generated a lot of interest since its public launch in August, which has been reflected in the device preorders,” says José-Luis Martinez, Vice President, N-Series, Nokia. “What’s exciting is the Maemo software, which takes its cues from the desktop computer and offers a full browsing experience like no other handset. We believe the Nokia N900 will be a very compelling device for people who are passionate about technology.”

At the heart of the Nokia N900 is its powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor and up to 1GB of total application memory. Users can browse the internet the way they would on any computer and keep dozens of application windows open simultaneously on the dashboard. The panoramic desktops in the Nokia N900 can be personalized with widgets, contacts and shortcuts. Pictures and videos taken with the 5Mpx Carl Zeiss camera automatically show where they were taken, and users can add their own description tags to make searching the photos even easier. SMS and instant messages are organized as chat flow and people can convenienty switch between the multiple conversation windows. The built-in 32 GB storage is big enough to store up to 7,000 songs or 40 hours of DVD-quality video, and it can be expanded up to 48GB with an external microSD card.

Nokia works closely with the developer community and has recently seen significant innovation happening with Maemo. As a result, people will be able to discover a wide range of games, utilities, themes, panoramic wallpapers and service plug-ins for photo-sharing and messaging for the Nokia N900 through Ovi Store and Maemo Select, starting later in the year. In October Nokia announced official Qt port to Maemo 5. This means developers can use Qt software to target the Nokia N900 and that applications can be easily ported to all Qt’s supported platforms including the next Maemo 6 release as well as Symbian.

The Nokia N900 will initially be available in Europe, Middle-East, Russia and North America. It will be available in retail stores in November with an estimated retail price of EUR 500, excluding sales taxes and subsidies. It is also possible to order the device from the Nokia Online Store at http://europe.nokia.com/buy-online

Nokia N97 mini Up For Grabs

The folks at DailyMobile.se are teaming up with Womworld to send their readers a Nokia N97 Mini to trial. The N97 mini is the new, more compact variant of the N97 and brings a much more stable OS, along with a host of improvements and a redesigned outlook. The N97 mini could be yours by simply entering the contest over in this forum thread. The contest is very simple, just write in, upload a video/photo on WHY you should get to trial the N97 mini. Different media types are welcome, so you can get as creative as you like.

Nokia Initiates Charger Exchange Program

Nokia today initiated a charger exchange program, in which consumers owning certain Nokia-branded chargers manufactured by a third-party supplier are recommended to exchange these chargers for free replacements.

During a routine quality control process, Nokia identified a potential product quality issue with certain chargers manufactured by one of its third-party suppliers. The plastic covers of the affected chargers could come loose and separate, exposing the charger’s internal components and potentially posing an electrical shock hazard if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket. Nokia is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to these chargers.

Only a limited number of chargers of certain model types manufactured by a single third-party supplier during a specific time period are within the scope of the exchange program. They are the AC-3E and AC-3U models, manufactured between June 15, 2009 and August 9, 2009; and the AC-4U model, manufactured between April 13, 2009 and October 25, 2009.

For more information, including how consumers can check to see if their chargers are part of this exchange program, Nokia has established a website. Consumers are asked to visit http://chargerexchange.nokia.com or their local Nokia website.

Nokia recommends consumers with chargers within the scope of this exchange program to stop using the charger and exchange it for a free replacement.

 

 

Google Mobile Search Brings Voice Control

I recently installed the Google Mobile Search application on my Nokia N97 and was pretty amazed with the new voice control feature demonstrated in the video above. You can ask it anything, and I literally mean anything, to which it never fails to deliver. If you haven’t tried it out I suggest you take a look. You can download the new Google Mobile Search from the applications section here depending on which device you have.

Keep The Meter Running With Dad’s Cab

Kids treating you like a taxi service? Now you can act like one with this GPS enabled taximeter application on your mobile. It even includes additional annoyance tolls and children-friendly payment options. Dad’s Cab is free to download from the Ovi Store and is compatible with all Nokia S60 5th Edition devices.

The Future Of Nokia | The Way We Live Next

Smart ecosystems sits at the centre of our mobile life five years from now. That’s what Nokia’s head of corporate strategy Heikki Norta outlined when he talked about what life will be like in 2015. During a short video, we saw how a combination of devices and services worked together to de-clutter life. This comes from a background that’s seeing the relationship between consumers and brands evolve from a monologue right now through a conversation and into a continuous relationship. The idea is simply to help users manage their lives better and enable them to create, share and get the most out of life.

New Firmware v101.48.128 | Nokia 5730 XpressMusic

The Nokia 5730XM has received a new firmware update taking it to v101.48.128. To get this software through your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Select Options > Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. Additionally this software release is available via the NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and now also via Ovi Suite.

Although the Nokia 5730XM supports UDP (User Data Preservation), we still recommend you do a full backup to ensure you do not lose any data. 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.

According to SymbianWorld, noticeable changes include the internet radio, which now works without crashing. There is also the option of having an LED notification for new e-mails now and the device seams to be much quicker. There is no changelog as of yet so post your experiences and let us know if you find any more. Depending on your product code it may take sometime before the update is available for your device.

Love For Music Genres Is Partly In Our Genes

If you’ve ever wondered why a close group of friends might like completely different types of music, blame their genes. A study by Nokia into the musical tastes of nearly 4,000 twins reveals genetic influences on the music people like varies with genre. While, on the whole, musical taste is determined just as much by nature as it is by specific individual experiences, nature’s influence is strongest on appreciation of pop, classical and hip-hop music – indicating some people may be born to love Michael Jackson, Beethoven or Jay-Z.

Nature’s influence is lowest on appreciation of folk and country, where family upbringing appears to play a role – so a CD collection full of Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell can’t necessarily be blamed on genetics:

Genre______________________Nature’s Influence
Pop/classical/rap/hip-hop                                53%
Jazz/blues/soul                                                  46%
Rock/indie/heavy metal                                    40%
Country/folk                                                        24%

The study, conducted by Nokia and Kings’ College London Department of Twin Research, investigated the listening habits of nearly 4,000 twins and looked at the influence of both genetic and environmental factors on musical taste.

“Previous studies have shown that perfect pitch ability appears to be partly inherent and with as much as 50% of our musical taste being predetermined, it appears there is a strong argument for the existence of ‘music genes’” says Adrian North, Professor of Psychology at Heriot Watt University.

As might be expected, genetic influences decrease over time as individual experiences becomes more important. Excluding country music – on average for the under 50s, genes have more influence (55%)1 than environmental factors (45%)2 , whereas for the over 50s, the influence of individual specific environmental factors on a music collection increases to (60%)3.

Liz Schimel from Nokia commented; “Mobile phones are changing the way people experience music and, if we’re to give music fans the music they want, we need to know what fuels their passions. While technology doesn’t yet allow us to match DNA to playlists with Nokia Comes With Music service and millions of tracks in the Nokia Music Store, there’s something for every gene.”

Genetic influence ranking by genre for under and over 50s

Under 50s
– 56% Jazz/blues/soul
– 55% Pop/classical/rap/hip-hop
– 53% Rock/indie/heavy metal
– 0% Country/folk

Over 50s
– 43% Pop/classical/rap/hip-hop
– 42% Jazz/blues/soul
– 34% Rock/indie/heavy metal
– 28% Country/folk

Born to buy music, but not to listen to it

While genetic influence on the music we like (55%) is clear, genes have a significantly lower influence (25%) on our motivations for listening to music. According to the research, listening habits are influenced by a desire to soundtrack our day, wanting to set a mood, or simply to enjoy the listening experience rather than any ‘play music now’ gene.

Firefox for Maemo | beta 5

Mozilla is getting even closer to releasing the final version of Firefox for Maemo devices (Fennec). Fennec is now in beta 5, which means it won’t be too long before the final variant of the mobile browser is officially released. Firefox for Mobile comes complete with favorite and familiar features that you enjoy on your desktop. The Awesome Bar searches your history, bookmarks and tags to go to your favorite sites instantly. You can easily share your Firefox preferences, history, and bookmarks between your desktop and mobile. You can install add-ons to make your browser your own, and tabbed browsing allows you to browse multiple sites, all at the same time.