Well, that didn’t take long. It's been less than a week after the world first heard the name Nokia HERE Maps, and the service’s official iOS app is now available on the App Store. While Nokia’s mapping service already had a mobile site, the iPhone and iPad apps add some much-needed features to the mix. The biggest advantage the app has over its mobile web counterpart would be voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation - a feature very few iOS apps offer. The feature is currently in beta and only supports walk navigation, though. 3D maps and Street Level are absent for now, but you do get Community view and all map modes, along with a special section where you can see the list of all the POI (points of interest) near a particular location. In addition, Nokia HERE for iOS syncs with your here.net account and saves navigation history, caches up to 10MB of offline maps and lets you manage your “Collections”. Read More
Recently, Nokia announced HERE, the new name for its mapping service, Nokia Maps. The new service, or rather, the new rendition of the existing Nokia Maps that combines Nokia Drive, Transit, Pulse and City Lens to give you a collective augmented experience of them. HERE has new features both for its mobile website and desktop web interface. It’s added a few new features like Street Level and Map Editor, both of which exist in Google Maps under similar names, i.e., Street View and Map Creator, respectively. There is also the addition of Collections which allows you to save different maps as a single group. If you use HERE on your mobile browser you will notice a significant difference in the interface from the one you see in your desktop browser. 3D maps still aren’t available on the mobile website but have been updated on the desktop version to include street view and work without needing a plugin. Users on mobile devices will be able to save a map for viewing offline. The Map Creator will allow users to edit maps and refine the map data directly whereas Community Maps allow users to benefit from maps created by other users. The new features and how they work are detailed below. Read More
The Lumia series has got a nice mix of Nokia-exclusive apps, and fortunately not all those apps are about glitz and glamor. The Finnish mobile manufacturer appears to be taking user convenience pretty seriously as well. It is good to remember that no matter how many awesome features your Mango phone gets, it still has to perform the basic functions of an ordinary phone. One such everyday functionality is quick transfer and sharing of contacts. Although it is possible to copy any data from the People hub manually, this is not as efficient as sending a vCard to someone. This is why Nokia has come up with the new Contacts Share app in the Nokia Marketplace. The app imports all the data from the People hub, and using it you will be able to create .VCF files and send them via email or SMS to anyone. Other than that, the app also handles the vCards you receive via text messages, and lets you export them to the People hub. Read More
Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 devices have been termed as the last hope for the Mango platform. This is for the reason that Nokia has been granted the permission by Microsoft to tinker with the operating system, and there are some exclusive Nokia apps available in the Nokia Store section of the Marketplace (like Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and the CNN app). Some of these apps have been in great demand by users, and it’s a shame seeing them unavailable for other devices. However, if your device is developer unlocked (a piece of cake now for Samsung devices, due to the latest WindowsBreak tool), you can exchange your OEM app store with any other OEM Marketplace of your choice. Read on to learn all about the homebrew which will let you do that. Read More
Nokia launched its first ever series of Windows Phone 7 devices just a few days ago. There are many other manufacturers currently making Mango phones and many of those phones have got better specs compared to Nokia's new Lumia series (like the HTC Titan), so what makes the Lumia series so special? The sole reason is that Nokia has been granted the rights to make alterations to Microsoft’s mobile platform and customize it any way they want. Even though Nokia didn’t make any significant additions to their Mango firmware, there are a few native apps which are extremely useful but are slated to be Lumia exclusive, but not if the XDA community can help it. An avid WP7 user over at the XDA forums has released XAP files for Nokia Maps, Nokia Music and Nokia Drive, which any WP7 user can install as long as their device is developer unlocked. Read More
Over the past decade, smartphones have taken the world by storm and recently, tablets have entered into the arena as well. These mobile devices are having a significant impact on our lives and are in fact redefining the way we access information and communicate with others. This is due to not only the hardware but the specialized software that these devices run and most importantly, their operating systems. In what follows, we will take an informative tour of modern mobile operating systems, their different types and usage across smartphone and tablet platforms. Read More
Symbian is dead, but there are millions of users who are still using this outdated mobile operating system from Nokia. If you happen to be one of those users and need a tool that can backup, restore, cleanup, edit, optimize, sterilize and fix Symbian Mass Memory Storage, you have come to the right place. SymbianTool is a free lightweight application for Windows which allows you to perform various tasks on your Symbian storage (memory). Read More
Arista Transcoder is a multimedia conversion software for Linux based operating systems. It has an easy to use interface, which makes transcoding functions easier to execute when converting media from multiple devices. The supported devices include, Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Nokia N Series, DVD, gaming consoles, Web, etc. Just select an input, target device and file to save in order to quickly convert media files in the desired format(s). Arista Transcoder provides a real time preview of the conversion process which can be helpful in evaluating the quality during the conversion process. This application can also be used for ripping DVDs and preset updating. Read More
Angry Birds has become a phenomenon in the smartphone gaming world. Ever since Rovio released it on the iPhone, it has gained immense popularity and made its way to Android recently as well. While everyone is expecting Windows Phone to be the next platform for Angry Birds to nest in, there has been something completely unexpected that would make Windows Phone users jealous and Nokia users rejoice. Yes, Angry Birds has made its way to the Ovi Store for Nokia devices. If you are on a Nokia phone running the Symbian S^3 operating system, you can grab it right away. For more details on what this Symbian version offers and a list of compatible phones, continue reading after the jump. Read More
Good news Nokia Symbian touch screen phone owners! The immensely popular Swype keyboard is now available for your devices. For those of you who haven't heard about it, Swype is an on-screen keyboard popular amongst Android users that lets you type by swiping your finger across the keys on the screen, without lifting it up for individual characters of each word. The keyboard very smartly predicts what word you are trying to type. For details, continue reading. Read More
Yesterday Apple tried to clear up their position on iPhone 4 antenna issue by claiming it to be something natural to every mobile handset. In the process of explaining all this, Apple went as far as showing RIM, Nokia and HTC handsets to the people which “seemingly” lost signals once held from certain locations on the phone. RIM and Nokia have issued their statements calling Apple’s attempt explain the antenna reception issue was bamboozled with Apple’s self-made Antenna physics and theories. Read More
If you are a Nokia N900 fan and also like Android OS, we've got some good news for you. We have received some footage and pictures of a Nokia n900 running Android 2.2 Froyo! Yes this is true, After successfully porting Android 2.1 Eclair and Froyo to the iPhone, developers have ported it to n900. There are certain issues still waiting to be fixed but if you can live with those or just want to experience Android on your N900, continue reading after the jump for all the details. Read More
After losing massive market share to other Smartphone makers, Nokia is now all set to release the Nokia N9 MeeGo Phone. This phone was captured in the wild on video and from leaked footage it is evident that this phone will be carrying all robust Smartphone features. Although the official specs aren’t out yet and same is the case when it comes to pricing. We have crafted a list of most probable specs that this device will have:
- MeeGo OS With highly Customized UI
- At least 5 MP Rear Camera ( Rumors of 12 MP are in the air too!)
- HD Video Recording
- Capacitive Touch Screen
- QWERTY Slider Keyboard
- Front VGA Camera
- 3.9" AMOLED capacitative touchscreen with 16M colors. (Gorilla Glass) 480 x 854 pixels.
- 3.5mm stereo jack with Dolby Mobile sound enhancement; Dolby Headphone support.
- Storage: 16 / 64 GB.
- RAM: 1GB
- HSDPA 14.4 Mbps ; HSUPA 5.7Mbps
- Camera: 8MP 3264x2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash. (Geo-tagging, face detection, touch-focus.)
- Video recording: 720p @ 30FPS.
- MeeGo OS v1.2 Harmattan.
- 1Ghz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset.
- Colors: Black, Cian, Magenta.
- A-GPS support; Ovi Maps.
- MicroSIM card support only.
- TV-out (720p video) via HDMI and composite.
Disclaimer: Please note that these specs are based on rumors and a leaked video footage. We will update this section as soon as we get official word from the manufacturer.
We hear about updating iPhone firmware a lot around the blogosphere but what about Nokia? Nokia is working hard towards creating a next generation multimedia phones and they keep updating the firmware every now and then. Read More
As more and more smartphones are becoming increasingly intelligent, they are now used not just for calling and texting but also for communicating in several different ways, socializing, shopping, banking, and more. While this has its benefits, it also comes with its risks. Since smartphones are more like computers than mere phones, they are prone to a problems all computers face - viruses! For effectively combating this problem, we need an effective antivirus solution. ESET has just released its free Nokia Mobile Antivirus software for Nokia phones running Symbian S60 operating system. For more details, continue reading. Read More
Nokia has recently announced its entry into the computer market with its first ever mini-laptop computer Nokia Booklet 3G. Today Nokia has announced that Booklet 3G will ship with Windows 7. This is a good news for Microsoft, as it is facing competition from its rivals and some vendors have announced that they their notebooks will host Ubuntu operating systems. Read More
All Nokia devices supported by iSync can connect to your Mac through Bluetooth. However, selected Nokia device models can also be synchronized through a USB cable in addition to using Bluetooth. If iSync supports both Bluetooth and USB connections to your Nokia device, you can choose whichever connection method you prefer for the initial setup. Follow these simple steps to connect your Nokia Phone with you Mac. Read More