Date archive for June, 2011

Stunning Short Video Shot on Nokia N8

by GULLIVER - on Jun 30th 2011 - No Comments

I stumbled upon this video when I was reading some tech news on the web. I watched it and was really surprised to learn that this little Love Story is shot by a phone camera… And not a simple phone, but the Nokia N8!

We’ve heard a lot about the Nokia N8 and its powerful 12MP camera, and we’ve seen the photos shot with the N8 by aerial photographer Jason Hawkes that once again prove the camera with its Zeiss optics is really great. But I personally have never seen any great, really great videos shot with it. And now, here it is — a great video…

This video called “Splitscreen: A Love Story” is the winner of the Nokia Shorts competition 2011. Have a look:

The Nokia N8 has a 3.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (360 x 640 pixels) that shows 16M colors and supports the multi-touch input method, 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 16 GB storage and a microSD card slot. As for the battery, it’s a Li-Ion 1200 mAh that provides up to 12 h (2G) (up to 5 h 50 min (3G)) of talk-time, up to 390 h (2G) (up to 400 h (3G)) of stand-by time and up to 50 hours of music play.

Besides, the Nokia N8 runs the updated Symbian Anna, has some special apps developed for it and some other great features that were unknown for many of us.

Nokia Pushes Out Symbian Anna for Old Smartphones

by GULLIVER - on Jun 30th 2011 - 1 Comment

Earlier Nokia CEO announced that the company will continue to push out updates for Symbian handsets until 2016. That time Nokia was busy negotiating with Microsoft, and many people thought it will completely switch to Windows Phone and ignore Symbian. It was hard to believe Nokia would support an OS known as a “burning platform…” Anyway, Nokia is one of those companies that prefer to prove their words with deeds. I am glad to inform you that Nokia rolls out the latest Symbian^3 update for its old smartphones.

By saying old smartphones I meant Symbian 3.2 and Symbian 5.0 handsets — they’ll get Symbian Anna! The whole list is below:

Symbian 3.2

  • Nokia E72
  • Nokia E52
  • Nokia E5
  • Nokia C5-00
  • Nokia 6700 slide

Symbian 5.0

  • Nokia C6-00
  • Nokia C5-03
  • Nokia 5230
  • Nokia 5235
  • Nokia 5250
  • Nokia X6
  • Nokia N97 mini
  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
  • Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

Perhaps you already know that the latest Symbian update is called Anna and comes with many improvements. One of the most attractive features is Browser v7.3, which now provides clearer UI and improved performance. Moreover, Symbian 3.2 handsets will get Ovi Maps 3 SR4 with indoor positioning through Wi-Fi and travel recommendations. Symbian 5.0 devices will get only Ovi Maps 3 SR6 bringing public transport lines and check-ins to social networks. The update also includes special emoticons for funnier messaging.

I can only add that the first handsets that will get the update are the Nokia C6-00 and the Nokia 5230.

Nokia Zeta Pics and Specs Leaked

by GULLIVER - on Jun 29th 2011 - No Comments

So many Nokia leaks lately… Yesterday we learned about the Nokia N5 running Symbian Anna, then, today, managed to find out the Finnish company is going to release four smartphones based on Symbian Belle.

All four Symbian Belle smartphones are not high-end devices but have powerful 1GHz processors. Not much is known about them yet, but today some pics and some details about one of those devices – the Nokia Zeta (also known as the Nokia 700) – leaked. According to them, the smartphone will feature a 3.2-inch nHD AMOLED display with 640×360 resolution.

On the photo above we can see it has a 5MP camera with LED flash, but the pic can’t tell us if it has auto-focus. However, the Nokia Zeta has NFC connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HSPA speeds and a 1080mAh battery.

This picture shows us that the Nokia Zeta is really… tiny. It measures 110 x 51 x 10mm – not as thin as we could think (it should have been the thinnest smartphone ever released, as far as I remember…) – and is rather light – about 80g. However, all these measurements can still change, since the device is being developed yet.

Nokia to Offer 4 Symbian Belle Smartphones With 1GHz Processors

by GULLIVER - on Jun 29th 2011 - No Comments

Earlier Nokia announced that they were not going to stop developing Symbian-based smartphones during the coming years. Moreover, the Finnish company promised to continue pushing out updates for its Symbian devices until 2016.

It kept its promise and released updates for its native OS, giving them female names: Symbian Anna not so long ago (some Nokia devices are already running it!), and now it’s Symbian Bella’s turn. We’ve heard Nokia is going to release four new smartphone running Symbian OS’s new version.


Surprisingly, these new devices received female names, too — the Nokia Helen, the Nokia Zeta, the Nokia Fate and the Nokia Cindy. They are all equipped with 1GHz processors and screens with a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels.

Probably the most powerful of these smartphones is the Helen (aka Nokia 701) that sports an 8MP camera and a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen. It is going to be a worthy successor of the Nokia Astound and, according to Russian tech analyst Eldar Murtazin, it will be available in September.

Other three handsets are packed with 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreens, but they are not like each other in every aspect, though the Zeta (aka Nokia 700) provides NFC chip like the Cindy (aka Nokia 600) and they both have 5MP cameras. It is also going to be the thinnest smartphone ever launched.

Unlike these two smartphones, the Nokia Fate (aka Nokia 500) doesn’t support NFC functionality, but it is going to be available for quite an affordable and attractive price.

No certain words about the price of these four smartphones, but they are going to be mid-range handsets, so I think they won’t cost much. Well, it seems everything is OK, and if these devices have stylish design, it’ll help Nokia to restore its popularity in some sense.


Dinning Reveals Secrets of Nokia N9 Camera

by GULLIVER - on Jun 28th 2011 - No Comments

The Nokia N9 features an 8MP camera, and some people think it’s not as cool as the N8’s 12MP one. If you’re one of those who think so, check out the interview with Damian Dinning — Nokia Senior Manager for Solutions Planning.

Dinning played an important role in developing the cameras of a number of Nokia devices including the N95, N86 8MP and the famous Nokia N8. Now in his recent interview he spoke about the Nokia N9’s camera and revealed some of its secrets…

First of all, he mentioned that the camera of the Nokia N9 isn’t exactly 8MP – it actually has 8.7 million active pixels, and its unorthodox aspect ratio is 1.45:1, so it is optimized to shoot in 4:3 and 16:9 modes, sacrificing only 1.6 megapixels instead of 3 (as in case of the Nokia N8) for the widescreen mode. The pic below will explain how this works:

The next thing about the Nokia N9 camera worth mentioning is that it’s equipped with great Carl-Zeiss lens with the largest aperture (f/2.2) ever created for a smartphone, which makes them 75 percent brighter than the lens of the Nokia N8. This allows the Nokia N9 to shoot better-quality images in low light (since more light reaches the sensor).

The flash unit of the Nokia N9 also deserves some attention. It’s not xenon, of course, but it’s a LED flash 20 percent more powerful than the flash units of other, even the most powerful smartphones.

More info about the Nokia N9’s camera, Damian Dinning’s words about it and some photos made by the N8 and N9 (if you wish to compare them) can be found on Nokia Conversations.

Source 1, source 2.

Nokia N5 to Run Symbian Anna

by GULLIVER - on Jun 28th 2011 - No Comments

Nokia will launch new three smartphone for its famous N line. Earlier we heard the Nokia N5 was going to be the next handset from this line, and now this rumor becomes more believable, since the images of the smartphone have surfaced over the net. According them, the Nokia N5 will be available in black and white.

According to the same source, this handset will run Symbian Anna that will come with the latest Browser 7.4. Moreover, it will sport a 5MP camera with LED flash. The white version will have a green back, while the black model is completely black. This is all we could grab from the photos.

The Nokia N5 is not the only update of the N line as the source said to GSM Arena that the Nokia N6 and the N7 are in works, too. All these smartphones are coming to replace the Symbian^1-based smartphones, so we can assume they are mid-range and low-end devices.

It’s interesting that all the handsets from the N line run the Symbian platform, only the N9 is a MeeGo-powered smartphone, though I am almost sure the N9 will be really successful and will even run ahead the Nokia N8.


MeeGo 1.2 Open Source and Dev Platform Demonstration on Nokia N9

by GULLIVER - on Jun 27th 2011 - No Comments

Nokia loves experiments. I came to this conclusion after I analyzed everything connected to the Nokia N9. Now I understand why Stephen Elop announced they can abandon MeeGo even if the N9 succeeds. Most likely, the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan is an incomplete platform and it can’t be a plan B for Nokia as many people thought. Until the first Windows Phone-powered smartphones’ launch Nokia’s future is in a fog. This is why even after the Nokia N9’s announcement Google said it is still open for Nokia. We’ll continue this story after the video demonstrating the Nokia N9’s rooting opportunities.

Some people think the Nokia N9 can be an Android-based device, because the features it comes with are compatible with those ones we used to see in Android devices. First of all, it’s the 1GHz Texas Instruments ARM-based chipset, which is quite acceptable for Android, too.

You can think all these opinions are based on a picture leaked several days ago showing the Nokia N9 running Android, but it can be a simple screenshot loaded on the phone or a Photoshop job. Anyway, the video shows the smartphone comes up with a root access that allows geeks to install custom ROMs, so developers can play with it easily and do many interesting things.


Nokia N9 Another Hands-on Video

by GULLIVER - on Jun 27th 2011 - No Comments

The Nokia N9 is the most discussed smartphone nowadays, since it really sports many fresh features we can’t see in any other smartphone. The video below is a good proof of it.

You know I have heard many thoughts related to the Nokia N9 and the OS it runs (MeeGo), and it seems like those who are interested in this phone divided into two armies — one of them is impressed by this handset and think it can succeed, and the other group is sure this is a Maemo-based handset and not a MeeGo-powered one (and they say it doesn’t really feature multitasking, because getting rid of widgets doesn’t mean offering multitasking… According to some discussions, the multitasking view is equivalent to the taskbar in Windows — it just shows you the open applications and allows you to switch between them).

So, the Nokia N9 remains one of the most mysterious devices though all the features of the phone are known and Nokia is actively promoting it now.


Stephen Elop Introduced First Windows Phone Device

by GULLIVER - on Jun 24th 2011 - No Comments

Yesterday Stephen Elop introduced the first Windows Phone-powered handset of the company. After his speech, Jukka Kiiskinen, services sales manager at Nokia, demonstrated the phone’s software. Taking into account the fact that it comes with the Mango update on board, we can say the Sea Ray (the smartphone’s codename) is a good fusion of the best traditions of Nokia and Microsoft.

According to the initial information, the Nokia Sea Ray will become available by the end of this year. We don’t know much about its key features yet, but some of them are already available — the first Nokia smartphone running Windows Phone 7 will sport an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and its screen will be protected by the Gorilla Glass technology. The device is going to be packed with the latest software achievements of Microsoft and will feature deeper SkyDrive integration and much the expected Internet Explorer 9.

Of course, this was an unexpected announcement, but pleasant. So we must believe Stephen Elop who said we will see other surprising announcements like this.

Anyway, it’s nice to see Stephen Elop’s strategy gives the first results, and the Nokia N9 with the Nokia Sea Ray are those handsets that can take Nokia out of this difficult situation.


Android Applications Will Run on Nokia N9 and Nokia N950

by GULLIVER - on Jun 23rd 2011 - No Comments

The MeeGo-based Nokia N9 came out to be a great smartphone that exceeded all expectations. Yet one question remained open – will this new Nokia smartphone have the necessary number of apps for adequate work? After all, MeeGo is a relatively new OS, and it doesn’t have many applications yet…

The French-Swiss Myriad Group, however, says that the future owners of the Nokia N9 (and the Nokia N950 as well) have nothing to worry about. The company promises to adapt Myriad’s Alien Dalvik – the Java virtual machine that allows Android applications to work on other, non-Android platforms – for the Nokia N9 and the Nokia N950, so we’ll be able to run our favorite Android apps on these two smartphones.

The developers claim that they won’t need to make changes to the codes of the Android apps to port them; they also promise the applications won’t lose their performance on the MeeGo OS.

I think this is a great idea, since the success of any smartphone is based on two things – on the specs of the device and on the ecosystem of good and useful applications. The Nokia N9 has no problem in terms of specs (3.9-inch AMOLED touchscreen, TI OMAP3630 1GHz processor with PowerVRSGX530 GPU, 8MP camera powered with Carl Zeiss optics and super wide 28mm lens and many, many others), and if the app problem is solved by Myriad Group, the smartphone will succeed for sure.

And here is an interesting video by Myriad Group: