Symbian is dying but it doesn’t mean Nokia shouldn’t support its current Symbian models. In this regard it should be said that Skype is back to Nokia Store, and it can be downloaded right now to take your phone’s system to version 2.1.23.
If you own Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia 701 or another Symbian Belle FP2 updated device, then you can download Skype 2.1.23 and chat with your friends. The app was released several months ago but it was too buggy. Now everything is fixed, though it doesn’t allow users to make video calls. However, picture, video and other files can be easily exchanged.
The app also supports Skype-to-Skype calling via Wi-Fi or over a cellular data connection. I guess it’s the latest update for Symbian users, so you should grab it, undoubtedly. It’s free and comes at 4.48MB in size.
Nokia is currently updating its select first gen Symbian handsets. The update is called Nokia Belle Refresh and it’s available for the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia X7 and Nokia Oro. The Nokia 500 will be included in the list a bit earlier. This update addresses several bugs the previous update brought with it but besides solving these issues, it brings HTML5 support, a couple of new widgets, changes to Nokia Maps and other goodies.
Owners of the aforementioned handsets can download the update over-the-air or via Nokia Suite if they connect the phone to the PC. Choose by which method you will upgrade your phone in advance because getting it OTA you will have to download only 12MB, while choosing the second version, you will have to download the entire OS, 350MB.
Nokia Belle Refresh changelog
Nokia Belle 111.040.1511
Browser updated to 8.3
Full HTML5 support
Nokia Maps Suite 3.09
Use voice search for Maps & Drive
See photos on Map
Explore nearby places from Homescreen
Public transportation integrated with line information & departure times
Nokia Social updated to 1.5:
Automatic linking to Facebook and Twitter
New Homescreen widgets
Renewed app layout
N8 Specific imaging apps
Gallery Widget (photo wall)
Ovi services renamed to Nokia services
Improved Music Player
Refreshed “Now Playing” view
Lists are tabbed for easy access, and are swiped between
new Artist view
Play & Pause from pull down status bar (Status only, not toggles)
Clock, analogue big
Calendar, Agenda view
Contact individual (social upgrades)
Contact, group (group support upgrade)
Music player, Medium
Mobile Data Counter
Email, New arrival
Toggles (2G/3g, Offline, silent, BT, Cellular)
As soon as the Nokia 808 PureView passed FCC gates, it became clear the US consumers will be able to get their hands on this super-duper cameraphone in the near future. Afterward, Nokia US announced the unlocked model of the device was coming to the States. Immediately after that Amazon US announced about its plans on the Nokia 808 PureView saying it would be launched on July 8 at $699. If your calendar is on the right page, then you should ask whether Amazon has kept its promise and whether the phone is available via the retailer.
Well, the Nokia 808 PureView is already in stores of Amazon at the promised price. Thus, paying those hard-earned $699, you will become the owner of a handset that sports a 4-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, a 1.3GHz processor, a 41MP camera, a VGA frontal camera, 1GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of native storage, Nokia Belle OS and supports AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s 3G networks.
The high price is conditioned by the absence of carrier subsidy, thus you are free to choose any carrier for you if their services are compatible with the abilities of this handset.
A smartphone with a 41MP camera lens was something unheard of, which turned into reality with the launch of the Nokia 808 PureView. The phone was announced to be firstly launched in India and Russia. And it was launched there. Later Amazon US announced it would launch the phone in the States on July 8 and it made people think the UK launch would be late. Fortunately, Amazon has decided to bring this smartphone to the UK sooner, and it’s fair because the British were making pre-orders way earlier, in April.
The phone was initially announced to hit Amazon’s shelves on June 21 but it didn’t and we were waiting for another launch date. So now we know the Nokia 808 PureView will be released in the UK on June 30, for sure. It’s when Amazon will deliver your pre-ordered Nokia 808 PureView smartphones.
The device will be available in both black and white. The price varies between £499 and £500 in both cases (VAT included naturally, as there is free delivery). These price tags equal to $780 and $782, respectively, which is way higher than the US price, $699.
The Nokia 808 PureView has been launched in select countries, but the most awaited market is the US where the phone will be out on July 8. This means the phone is not available globally, and only consumers living in a few countries are able to get their hands on the most powerful cameraphone in the world. But this fact doesn’t prevent the manufacturer from rolling out the first firmware update for the Nokia 808 PureView, which brings several important bug fixes and improvements to the overall performance.
Though the entire changelog is not available yet, we know some of the enhancements coming with v112.020.0310 update. Among the changes we can note:
Smoother scrolling in all applications.
Full resolution images now save faster and have half the file size (ignore the file size remark, it seems that the firmware update re-set the ‘Superfine’ setting that Mark had previously been using, so watch out for that).
Screen auto-rotation is smoother.
Many bug fixes and optimizations.
At the same time it lacks some anticipated changes concerning limitations regarding image sizes and the unique image processor, no landscape mode support and so on. But we hope they will be solved with a future update.
This update is 600KB in size if downloading over-the-air, and 300MB if getting it via Nokia Suite, because the latter will let you install the full firmware update.
The Nokia 808 PureView will be launched unlocked and SIM-free meaning users can choose the carrier they want. The phone was initially announced to be compatible with AT&T’s 3G and T-Mobile’s 2G networks while now it’s clear it won’t be limited to EDGE speeds on T-Mobile, as the latter said the device “works just fine with T-Mobile in the United States.”
Well, this phone is perfect for mobile photographers as it comes with 41MP lens. But as Nokia says it’s also a smartphone, which means the rest of features must correspond to standard handsets. Moreover, the company has managed to fit many nice features under the hood like a 4-inch screen, a 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and so on.
We earlier announced Amazon UK would launch the Nokia 808 PureView on June 21. But it turns out the US won’t fall behind as yesterday Nokia US chief Chris Weber said the phone will debut at Amazon.com later this week. In short, the Nokia 808 PureView will be released in the US almost simultaneously with other leading markets.
As expected, the Nokia 808 PureView will be priced expensively like other unlocked models. Amazon will sell it for $699, and the phone will be compatible with AT&T’s 3G and T-Mobile’s EDGE networks.
Needless to go deep into the phone’s specs list, because you know it very well that the Nokia 808 PureView is packed with a 41MP camera, which can’t be found on any other smartphone. As to software, it’s the most painful feature of this phone because Nokia has powered it with Belle OS, which is disliked by Americans. But on the other hand, those who consider themselves mobile photographers will hardly focus on the OS.
Since the day the Nokia 808 PureView was introduced at MWC 2012 we have been reading every news on it, except for one — when exactly the phone will be launched. Besides, we wondered if India and Russia would really be the first countries to get it. As to the UK, the phone was expected to hit the market not earlier than July. But now we have the Nokia 808 PureView listed on Amazon UK’s page with an exact launch date.
The device earlier appeared on the page of another retailer, Clove UK that was getting pre-orders at £449.99 ($711) without VAT. In this sense, Amazon UK’s offer is more expensive, £499.98 (US$778) but if you consider yourself a mobile photographer, you will hardly choose to save some $67 knowing when exactly you can get your hands on the phone.
The only preventing feature could be Nokia Belle software the phone comes with. Nokia has promised to bring this new technology to Lumias as well. As soon as Nokia does that, the smartphone world will undoubtedly be revolutionized.
At the moment Nokia’s concentrated on the Lumia line smartphones but it doesn’t mean the manufacturer is busy only with promoting its Windows Phone smartphones. Nokia is working on different projects and one of them is the Nokia Belle-powered 808 PureView known for its new camera technology and 41MP camera lens.
While many people think this technology will soon be forgotten because no one cares about such features on simple smartphones, Nokia is actively promoting it. Moreover, PureView technology is announced to come to Lumia line, and considering the speed at which Windows Phone is growing, we can assume PureView will be found on every Windows Phone device in the near future.
On the whole, Nokia didn’t come to it easily — it took the company five long years, it passed through several stages of development, and around 400 employees were involved. This info shows how serious the manufacturer is about PureView. To have a broader idea of the Nokia 808 PureView making process, watch the video provided by the company itself.
The Nokia 808 PureView was the main player at MWC 2012. The handset has won the hearts of many geeks but there are some disappointing things, especially for the US consumers. It firstly refers to its software — the phone runs Nokia Belle OS. US users simply dislike this platform. Secondly, Nokia officially announced the 808 PureView won’t be launched in the North America. But everything in this life changes, and Nokia’s attitude towards the US (and vice versa) is no exception.
Nokia US president, Chris Weber said, “We’ll figure out a way to make that available in the US in the next couple of months.” This basically means the Nokia 808 PureView will be available unlocked in the US and consumers will be able to choose carriers without penalty fees.
The buyers will have to pay the entire retail price, which won’t be cheap, though mobile camera lovers must welcome this statement. The 808 PureView won’t be subsidized by carriers. Consumers must sign a contract and pay the same monthly fees. In brief, this statement means Nokia is experimenting with the phone, and if the attitude towards Belle does not change, there is no future for the device but there is a possibility to see PureView technology on a Lumia line handset.