Belle now shipping for most late Nokia phones
Nokia has began releasing its promised Nokia Belle software updates for a number of its handsets on Tuesday, a day earlier than expected for some. The handsets that will benefit from the changes now include the Nokia N8, E7, E6, X7, C6-01, C7, and Nokia Oro, with owners of the Nokia 500 having to wait a few more weeks. There are a number of changes with the update, with the easiest to notice being the new interface.
Nokia Vietnam possibly dates Belle update
The Belle software update (no longer Symbian Belle) to Nokia handsets will come on a wider basis on February 8, at least to handsets in Vietnam. The information was revealed by Nokia Vietnam's Facebook page. It specifically references the Anna version of the software and the Nokia 603, 700, and 701 phones already coming with Belle.
Nokia releases Symbian Anna phone update for US
The Symbian Anna update for Nokia smartphones has gone live in the US for the C6-01, E7 and N8 smartphones. This was confirmed by Yvonne from Nokia via an e-mail to My Nokia Blog. The update, 025.007, brings with it a number of improvements, including a new interface that includes fresh icons and wallpapers.
Nokia adds first three Symbian Belle devices
In sync with its earlier teaser, Nokia on Wednesday brought out its first three devices based on Symbian Belle. The 600, 700, and 701 all get a much improved home with six screens (up from three), more flexible widget shapes, and an Android-style notification bar. NFC support is a common thread and lets the phones not just take on mobile payments but now pair up with Bluetooth devices that recognize it just by getting close, such as the Play 360 speaker or the new Essence headset.
We review one of Nokia's last Symbian flagships
Much has changed since we last looked at a Nokia phone: what was once the undisputed king of smartphones is now fighting to stay a major player after Apple and Google took over. With Windows Phone coming soon, then, devices like the X7 are attempts to bridge the gap and keep Symbian relevant in an era where big screens, gaming, and Twitter mean more than phone calls and e-mail. But is it a proper swan song for an outgoing platform, or a sign that Nokia needed to embrace Microsoft sooner? We'll answer that in our X7 review.
Nokia releases Anna update for Symbian devices
Nokia has posted the Symbian Anna OS update for the C6-01, C7, E7 and N8 handsets. The update has been made available in several key European and Asian markets where it is available either over-the-air, or through the software update module of Ovi Suite. The download, which brings a raft of features and enhancements, lobs in at 27MB and typically takes between 15-30 minutes to install depending on the speed of a userís Internet connection.
Nokia 500 refocuses Symbian's role
Nokia started off the week by confirming the existence of a new generation of budget Symbian smartphones. The Nokia 500 is one of the faster Symbian phones to date with a 1GHz processor. It should be the most economic Symbian Anna designs as well with a 3.2-inch but still 640x360 touchscreen as well as a five-megapixel camera without a flash.
Nokia N5 revealed early with new UI
Nokia is planning one of its first more entry-level Symbian Anna phones. A new leak Monday has shown the N5 using a now relatively small touchscreen and a five-megapixel camera but with a current and even possibly newer interface. The OS seen by GSMArena now has a very MeeGo-like app grid that's likely to help keep consistency between all of the non-Windows phone platforms.
Nokia Oro brings Symbian Anna, real gold trim
After a long silence, Nokia put itself back in the luxury phone field Wendesday by launching the Nokia Oro. Its device is the first luxury smartphone the company has ever made under its own name and is itself an upgrade of the C7 it's based on. The new version comes in an 18-carat gold trim, sapphire crystal in the home key, and Caledonian leather, but also uses Symbian Anna to give it much faster browsing.
Nokia N9 shows up in escaped promo video
A leaked promo video (below) has given a tangible glimpse of the Nokia N9 for the first time. It looks much like the MacBook Pro-influenced design spotted almost a year ago with an aluminum shell and a slide-out, black QWERTY keyboard. PocketNow readers also spotted a 12-megapixel camera that would put it at least on par with the N8.
Nokia Windows Phone 7 plans may start with W7, W8
Frequent leaker of Nokia phones Eldar Murtazin detailed early on Thursday what he had heard so far for its first Windows Phone devices. The W8 as the flagship would be a direct adaptation of the N8, but it would be a much faster and more capable design. It would switch to a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor far enough advanced that it would be using future Adreno 320 video.