Besides launching mid-range and high-end Lumia smartphones, Nokia is also actively working on Asha series handsets that will serve users of emerging markets. We have already introduced Asha line devices and reviewed some of them. The Asha infographic in its turn introduced the selling points of each Nokia Asha smartphone. Now the line has been supplemented with two new handsets called the Nokia Asha 308 and 309. (The latter was spotted in China a few days ago.)

Both devices run Nokia’s own Series 40 operating system and sport a 3-inch touchscreen at a resolution of 400×280 pixels. The Asha 309 supports only Wi-Fi, while the Asha 308 includes neither Wi-Fi, nor 3G, but it supports dual-SIM.

Like other Asha series, these two devices come with decent hardware you won’t find on other similar handsets. But it’s not only a matter of hardware; the phones work with Nokia’s Xpress Browser that compresses webpages before delivering them to reduce data consumption. It allows consumers to use three times more data than other handsets. Plus, there is a pre-loaded EA games gift app that allows users to download up to 40 EA games for free. Lastly, the phones can access Nokia Life localized information service that provides health, education and entertainment info to Nokia owners in emerging markets.

Both handsets are expected to cost under $100, which is a serious challenge to other OEMs.

Nokia’s next Asha series smartphone will be the Asha 309, which is identical with the Nokia Asha 306. The phone was spotted in China, where it will be launched alongside with the Asha 306 announced back in June with the Asha 311 and 305.

Not that much is known about the Nokia Asha 309 but judging by the photos we assume it will sport a 2MP camera and a 3-inch QVGA touchscreen.

The phone is expected to be officially introduced to Chinese consumers this week. The Nokia Asha 309 is said to be uncovered with the Chinese version of the Asha 306, though I have no idea what differences it will have in comparison with the original version.

All in all, Nokia Asha range devices are a perfect option for those consumers who want to have an access to full touchscreen smartphones but can’t afford paying more than 100 Euros. In this sense, Nokia’s cheap smartphones are for everyone. The Asha line includes dual-SIM 302300 cameraphone, perfect combination of touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard in face of the Asha 303 and so on. The first batch of these handsets was uncovered at Nokia World 2011 but when the second gen devices were launched they caused more interest due to full touch functionality. To learn the advantages of each device, check out the Asha infographic introduced earlier.

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Verizon Wireless has announced it will launch only LTE smartphones anymore but the biggest carrier in the US made such an announcement due to the large LTE coverage it has in the States. In Europe this network is only at the stage of tests, and it will be launched not earlier than November, though Everything Everywhere will launch the first LTE network in the UK on September 11. This will allow them to offer the next-gen iPhone, which will have an LTE radio aboard. Besides, we have heard Nokia is in talks with Everything Everywhere to launch its own LTE smartphone in the market too.

If you are unaware, Everything Everywhere is a partnership between Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom in the United Kingdom, operating the Orange and T-Mobile brands. It has already been authorized by UK communications regulator Ofcom to use its 1800 MHz spectrum to offer LTE and WiMAX services.

Unfortunately, there is no word which Lumia handset will become the first LTE smartphone in the UK but I think it’s not difficult to guess. The Lumia 920 is the best candidate for this deal. Moreover, Reuters has already reported the Lumia 920 will be out in the States in November, after which the phone is expected to be launched in the UK as well. So combining the two news the LTE-enabled Lumia 920 will be released in the UK in late November or early December. What do you think?

If you like Nokia and want to win a competition organized by the company, visit Nokia’s Facebook page and get acquainted with the rules the manufacturer has set in a new competition.

This time Nokia is giving away 5 brand new Lumia 900 smartphones. All you have to do is to submit your lunch’s photo and to pray. Every user who is 16 years old and above can partake in this competition.

The competition is up and running but you should hurry because it will end at 6:00PM BST on August 31, 2012. The winners will be contacted not later than a week after that.

 

Most likely those Lumia 900 handsets are the international variant of the phone, thus the competition is open for everyone regardless of the country you live in.

Here is the source link to ease your searches in case you have not managed to become a member of the big Nokia family.

As Nokia is getting back its former glory we are sure to hear more and more rumors concerning the company’s upcoming devices. But this time we are dealing with five handsets — they were all leaked in the company’s Remote Device Access (RDA) program. We have already discussed this service and introduced two phones — the Nokia Lumia 910 and 1001. In case you don’t remember, we were assuming these handsets would be Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphones. At this moment the leaked phones seem to belong to different groups.

Just to remind you RDA is a service allowing devs to test their apps and games remotely. It’s an accepted practice that frees devs from buying the device to test their products. As devs have full access, they can see nearby Wi-Fi networks and other devices. This trick helped some geeks find out five new names that seem to be Nokia’s next  phones.

Well, two of those leaked devices come with the names the Nokia 510 and the Nokia Belle 805. Judging by the names the former will be the follow-up to the entry-level Nokia 500, while the latter seems to be the knock-off of the Nokia 808 PureView.

 The next three phones were leaked with the names the Nokia Lumia 920, 950 and 1001. The first two devices seem to be the successors of the Lumia 900, while the Lumia 1001 doesn’t hint at anything.

That’s all but I think the Lumia 9** phones are Windows Phone 8-packed Lumia smartphones coming with PureView technology and designed for different US carriers.

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Those who own a Nokia N9 handset regardless of their place of residence now can download PR 1.3 update, which comes with more than 1000 changes addressed to all aspects of the phone. There were many bugs and people who had bought this phone were waiting for a software update to fix them. But the company was silent for a long time leaving its users in sufferings. At the moment, none of them can complain about Nokia and MeeGo team because they did their best to make the N9 look ideal. I am talking in this way because PR 1.3 update is the last creation of the team — they’ve left Finns as the head of the MeeGo project, Sotiris Makrygiannis announced.

This team has made such devices as the N770, N800, N810, N900, N950 and N9, the housing of which is currently used on the Lumia handsets. On the whole, the aforementioned devices were the first “Internet tablets” for Nokia, that’s why Maemo forum currently holds a thread where various people can join in and send their ‘Thank you’ and best wishes to the great team.

MeeGo’s heritage will be controlled by Samsung and Intel with their upcoming Tizen operating system. Thus, this platform doesn’t die and will be something like a “just in case of fire.”

As to the update itself, Nokia said the following:

Hi everyone,

As you might have noted already, we have now started rolling out a new update for N9 to 40.2012.21-3. This software release brings you over 1000 quality improvements, including Mail, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as several small network and connectivity improvements. For more information on the update, you can check out http://swipe.nokia.com/.

The update will be released in waves during the next few weeks, firstly to non-branded variants and later on for other variants as well. When an update is available a notification with the icon is shown in the Events
view. Select the notification to view and install the update. Enjoy!

Digging in the net I found several important changes coming with the update:

  •     file upload now seems to work using the default browser
  •     video decoding got improved
  •     UI feels alot smoother now
  •     Beep profile has an Icon on status bar and standby screen
  •     It seems that wireless networks are found much faster than before. In addition the device sees more networks than with PR1.2
  •     Fix for GNOME Bug 662125 – Sharing uses 100% CPU if a client requests a lot of small slices from a media file, most visible symptom is choppy video playback
  •     Compatibility fix for XBox360 (GNOME Bug 664184): Previously showed a single song up to 5 times in the “All Songs” list
  •     better NFC support with C7
  •     Inception 0.1 security hole got fixed (but there is Inception 0.2 already)
  •     Swipe resistance fix for RSS reader app
  •     “Fenix not responding” message was renamed to “Mail not responding”
  •     certificate-based access in MfE works now
  •     Swype keyboard works again properly in terminal (was broken on pr1.2)
  •     The browser top sites selection seems to be less laggy coming up
  •     Music Player widget on Lockscreen have little shadows at its font. it works nicely with bright wallpaper
  •     Camera improvements (out of centre focusing and improved autofocus in low light)
  •     New fonts again
  •     Nokia Maps positioning is a lot faster when in indoor
  •     Twitter app now support timeline & mentions streaming
  •     The weather widget background on the notification screen is now transparent
  •     Copy/Paste text is more precise now to select
  •     Nokia Music store payment bug fixed
  •     Various minor performance and layouting fixes were made for the application icons and folders
  •     Bookmarks were opened using the previous default browser after changing the default browser
  •     Application icons were sometimes incorrectly shown after unsuccessful application installation
  •     Some default application names were truncated in some languages
  •     Notification timestamps were incorrect in certain scenarios
  •     Profile selection did not work after using headset
  •     Lock screen did not update when connected to a TV

But it’s not all as I have also found a video showing the Nokia N9 running MeeGo 1.3.

Recently Apple beat Android by winning the lawsuit filed against Samsung’s leading handset — the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This means Samsung won’t be able to sell this slate in the States, though it can ink a licensing agreement with the Cupertino-based company and at the expense of some fees continue selling the tablet. Well, if looking more globally this was a strike below the belt of Google because this tablet is one of the most successful tablets running Android.  Seems the battle is not over as Nokia has its own complaint on a Google tablet.

Nokia is trying to avert another patent war by informing Google and Asus, which has made the Nexus 7 tablet, that they infringe wireless patents including the standard IEEE WiFi 802.11. As Nokia spokesman says, about 40 companies signed a licensing agreement with Nokia, which allows them to use the technology paying certain fees. So why Google and Asus don’t do the same? But Nokia has drunk an “elixir of kindness,” because the Finnish company says it can give an opportunity to Google to work out the licensing deal.

This is a polite attitude or something else. Your thoughts?

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The Nokia Asha 302 and 303 are not very popular because they are made mainly for entry-level markets and users with low incomes. But fortunately, it doesn’t mean Asha series devices must be ignored, vice versa; they must be packed with as many smartphone capabilities as possible because if Nokia wants to stay devoted to its slogan, it must take care of such handsets and its consumers as well. Nokia does so, and you’ll be convinced right now — Mail for Exchange app is available for the Asha 302 and 303 in Nokia Store.

This simply means you will be able to access your work emails, contacts and calendar instantly wherever you are. Plus, Mail for Exchange app will work perfectly on these handsets, because both of them sport physical QWERTY keyboards that are very comfortable when texting.

As to the app, it uses Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol, which allows users to access the aforementioned data from your Asha smartphone. But this is the technical wizard, while simple users have to look at the key features the app offers:

  • Notification of new work emails.
  • Secure synchronization of your email, calendar and contacts.
  • Look for contacts in the Global Address Book.
  • Create, accept and reject meeting requests.
  • Flag, move and copy messages.
  • Download, view and send email attachments.
  • Support for security policies, including alphanumeric password, minimum length for password and remote or local wipe after maximum password attempts.

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We know too much about the Nokia 808 PureView and the new technology coming with it. The phone was unveiled at MWC 2012 and became the main revelation of the show. Afterwards, camera gurus explained the key features of the PureView. However, many consumers still think PureView means 41MP lens, which is wrong, of course. The lens the follow-up of the N8 comes with is just hardware, while it couldn’t work on a smartphone without appropriate software. Thus, theoretically the lens can be of any size. According to Engadget, this provision will be supported when the technology is used on other PureView-powered smartphones.

The source cites Vesa Jutila (Nokia’s Head of In-Market Product Marketing, Smart Devices) who has mentioned the company is discussing different variants for the technology to be used on different devices. Nokia rep says the new PureView smartphones can be slimmer than the 808 PureView, but still keep Carl Zeiss optics. Jutila also said the new PureView handsets “would not necessarily have the same 41-megapixel sensor” meaning the rumors claiming there are 12MP camera Windows Phone handsets tested for Verizon are true.

As to the exact launch dates, they are still not known. But the Nokia 808 is already available in different countries, and will come to the US unlocked. So you can check it out before getting a certain device designed for the US carriers.

Nokia is working on many projects; some of them prove to be successful, while others simply fail with no chance to survive. S40 operating system was at the bottom for a while. But those who hurried to bury the platform should basically renounce as My Nokia Blog has shown two devices running this OS and sporting touchscreens. The first handset is the Nokia 311, which seems more expensive than its weaker brother, the Nokia 305.

Both handsets were earlier spotted in Chinese forums. The leaked photos showed they feature large screens and call/end buttons below. The devices also come with 3.2MP cameras, which can be launched directly from a camera shutter button on the side.

As it’s a novelty in the smartphone world (I mean no one could imagine S40 OS would develop and run on touchscreens), take a look at the cartoon pictures explaining how users must work with these new phones. If you are attentive you will see there are some functions borrowed from MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan, though on the whole these are quite different platforms.

 

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