The Nokia Belle update is already on its way to a list of smartphones, while the others still don’t have it and might not even get their chance to feel Belle touch. One of such unlucky devices is the Nokia Astound.
Despite the fact that this smartphone is almost identical with the Nokia C7, which will receive the update, the smartphone offered by T-Mobile will not receive the update. This means the Astound users will have to stick with the current Symbian Anna OS.
We are not sure about the reasons of cancelling the update. Most likely both T-Mobile and Nokia. The update is pretty large reaching the amount of 250 Mb, which is rather hard in terms of distribution. The same situation actually was with the Symbian OS, while the rest of the smartphones received it in August of 2011, then the Astound units received it only in November of the same year.
Still if you rememeber there were rumors that the Astound will not receive the Anna update, thus there’s still chance that T-Mobile will figure out a way to get Nokia Belle to its Astound customers.
Live View app browser, which was created by Augmented Reality became pretty popular, thus Nokia reps decided to shrink the borders of its availability. Originally the browser app was designed to work only with Nokia’s Symbian handsets, but now the browser will also be available on the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan Nokia N9.
The post in Nokia Beta Labs states the following:
“Following on the success of the Live View app for Symbian, we have developed another Qt version specifically for the Nokia N9.”
I think there’s another reason why Nokia Lab guys decided to get Live View app to the Nokia N9: it’s the only buttonless device from Nokia, thus the colorful icons of the app look amazingly beautiful with the large display and do not cause any design contradictions.
Experts claim the application causes no trouble while working on the Nokia N9. This is something unbelievable as whenever we get something new on the handset it affects at least the connectivity or the battery.
Anyway, we hope to get some feedback from Nokia users who already got the application downloaded on their Nokia N9.
Long, long ago Nokia announced about its switching to Windows Phone and discontinuing to develop its native Symbian OS after 2016. On the one hand, many people who related Nokia’s troubles with Symbian, welcomed this decision. On the other hand, there were people thinking Nokia must not refuse its platform and must put more efforts into developing it regardless of its failure. Now that Symbian Anna is running on many devices including the N8, E7 and others, and taking into account the Belle-powered Nokia 603, 701 and 700, plus the fact the Symbian Belle update is on its way for Symbian^3 smartphones, let’s take a quick look at the main improvements the latest version offers the consumers.
It firstly refers to homescreens, which have been doubled compared with those of Anna. Now users can customize the amount of homescreens on their Nokia handset to a maximum of six. These homescreens offer a more convenient way of enjoying easy access to your favorite apps and features. In this sense, Symbian Belle is the most intuitive version. Secondly, it refers to widgets. Now users can place widgets wherever they want and in any size they want. The next improvement concerns the status bar, which is now similar to that of Android, that is it runs across the top of the screen. Tapping on it will let you be notified about missed calls, text messages and reminders. Fourthly, Symbian Belle’s Lock Screen is now more informative and users can see details of missed calls and text messages, among others without having to access the main Symbian OS. It’s more comfortable to check the phone on the move. And finally, the new Live Multitasking feature is added to help users preview what’s going on in the app, without having to open the app itself.
We are waiting for Symbian Belle to be launched at the beginning of 2012, and if you currently enjoy the pleasure coming from Anna, I assure you Belle will be cuter.
Symbian Anna, Belle, Carla, Donna… Now it’s Belle’s turn as Anna is already running on many devices, and has got back the reputation of Symbian OS. Belle has another goal; it must strengthen its positions for Carla and Donna. There are not that many high-end Symbian-powered smartphones, and it wouldn’t be easy. Anyway, Nokia has proved it reaches what it wants. Now we know Symbian Belle update will be launched for special models; they are the Nokia N8, E7, X7, C6-01, C7, Oro, E6 and the Nokia 500.
Symbian Belle is already available on the Nokia 701, 700 and 603, but all these smartphones are mid-range and low-end, so Nokia wouldn’t benefit from basing on them. However, the aforementioned more popular devices will help Nokia promote Symbian and who knows maybe until 2016 Nokia will change its mind and this platform won’t appear out of the game.
Belle comes with many improvements including 5 different sizes of widgets, which can be used on 6 homescreens. Now it has a new pull-down notification bar like Android. Plus Belle comes with a complete NFC support and users will have a chance to enjoy all the joy it brings. We already heard Nokia is working on the sequel of the N8, which will be packed with a more powerful camera and probably run Symbian Belle. I even can’t imagine the beast the new N8 will be when launched.
The Nokia C7 (aka Astound) is one of the company’s flagships and one of those few smartphones launched in the US. As you know the C7 was released via T-Mobile with the name Astound and has become very popular in spite of common attitude against Nokia. The phone is packed with many awesome features with which we’ll get acquainted later. Right now I want to inform C7 owners they can update their device to Symbian Belle unofficially, of course.
Moreover, the phone became so beloved that its luxury version was launched too. It was called the Nokia Oro. The developers do their best to bring all favorite apps to this handset. I mean Angry Birds and Swype (in portrait mode).
Plus, the phone is very reliable in terms of resistance, and it won in a drop test over the iPhone 4.
I am introducing all its advantages, because after Symbian Belle update the Nokia C7 will become even more powerful. Taking into account its affordable price Nokia can benefit from this deal, though I don’t get why Nokia left this handset out of its “to get Belle update officially” list. Anyway, below we have a video introducing the process of updating for which you must have Symbian Anna on the phone and use Phoenix tool. Good Luck!
Those T-Mobile Nokia Astound users who ever wondered why no more updates are offered through their phones, can now download the recent firmware update, which brings Symbian Anna OS to the new version (last update in August 2011). This comes just after the latest updates for Symbian Belle.
The Astound is the same Nokia C7 and was launched in the US exclusively via T-Mobile. The new update is numbered as Firmware 24, and is only 11 Mb in size. Naturally, your phone should advise you to update automatically, but if not, then a manual download will be needed.
So what does the new update bring to you? It is reported it modernizes a little the smartphone’s looks and provides a new, significantly faster browser. Besides, there is a development of screen text input and some new icons. Seems it is definitely worth updating this firmware to get an up-to-date Anna performance since there was previously information that despite its excellent hardware qualities, the smartphone actually stays much behind as to its software features. Besides there were also reports about sudden crashes and lockups of the phone, and some complaints about nearly indiscernible icons and menus.
The Nokia C7 is the second device from Nokia coming with Symbian^3 operating system. The original name of the model used to be the Nokia C7-00, which was then officially cut to the Nokia C7. The handset is also known as the Nokia Astound. This device and the Nokia N8 simply have almost the same software package. The basic difference here is the camera and the design. In both cases the winner is the Nokia N8, coming with a 12 megapixel camera and a buttonless touch display. The customers will be required to pay way less for the Nokia C7 and this is where the situation will shift in favor of the Nokia C7.
For the first time Nokia is trying to show the camera emphasize is not the most important criterion for a smartphone. Interestingly, with the introduction of the Nokia Astound the manufacturer also decided to introduce its luxury version called the Nokia Oro. This handset comes at the price of $1635. It’s made of 18 carat gold, sapphire crystals and hand wrapped leather featuring the same specs as the original device.
The Specs of the Nokia C7 include:
Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
Operating system: Symbian^3, upgradable to Symbian Anna OS
CPU: 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU
Screen: 3.5 inch, 640 x 360 pixel, AMOLED, capacitive
Camera: 8 megapixels, dual LED flash, face detection and geo-tagging features
Memory: 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, expandable through memory card Micro SD
Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, NFC, compass
Battery: 1200 mAh, BL-5K
Size: 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm
Weight: 130 gram
Externally, the model looks like a typical Nokia device, but with some sort of innovative touch. The handset comes with a plastic casing similar to those of the Nokia C6 and the Nokia N97. But luckily the back cover of the battery is made of metal. But to call the sense of the device the same as those of metal bars will not be true. It’s mostly plastic, and it’s obvious when you hold the phone.
The handset turns out to be slightly sleeker than the rest of smartphones using 3.5 inch displays. While still an older model the handset comes with 10.1 mm thickness, which is pretty slim for the devices of its kind.
The screen is similar to other models from Nokia, e.g. the Nokia X6. Its resolution is 640×360 pixels and 3.5 inches. It’s covered with special plastic glass, displaying up to 16 million colors. The screen Type is AMOLED, but it cannot be compared with the Super AMOLED from Samsung, this technology is of a different generation. The screen is comparable to the Nokia N8 and the Nexus One. Under direct sunlight it comes with a good picture quality, and it’s here that it triumphs over other handsets.
The display accommodates up to 16 lines of text (not in all modes), supports three font sizes chosen by your phone. It somewhat fades in the sun, but it is typical of this type of screens (exception — all the same Super AMOLED).
This is one of the first products from Nokia, supporting multitouch, you just have to make moves with your fingers (pinch-to-zoom), so that the image gets separated. The screen is capacitive, similar in execution to that of the Nokia X6 and behaves exactly the same way. Sensitivity of the display in most cases is satisfactory, but sometimes it does not react to clicks (software flaw, just like that of the X6).
This is the second version of the Nokia with Bluetooth 3.0, which is also called High Speed. When transferring files to other devices with this technology it activates Wi-Fi 802.11 n, a theoretical transfer rate is about 24 Mbit/sec.
The model supports various profiles, particularly, Headset, Hands free, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access and A2DP. Working with the headset does not cause any difficulties. It also supports standard Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g n. It’s not the first device on the market with such a set of connectivity, still it’s kind of nice to see all of the features available on a single device. And everything works like a clock, without causing any problems.
The Nokia C7 comes with an awesome 8 megapixel camera with an autofocus, which is great. It just walks behind the 12 megapixel camera of the Nokia N8, but I don’t think it’s a big deal. Originally these two cameras cannot be compared due to the difference in megapixels, still both of them are capable of using f/2.8 aperture rating for low-light shooting. The Nokia C7’s camera is using a dual-LED flash and an EDoF focusing system, but the Nokia N8’s camera is using Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and Xenon flash.
The device comes with 8GB of built-in memory, plus there’s a chance of microSD expansion for up to 32GB. The RAM of the device is 256 MB (in contrast, the Nokia N97 Mini has only 128 MB of RAM). For Nokia this is a giant leap forward, which means an increase in the stability of the system and speed.
The capacity of the device battery is 1200 mAh. The phone can work up to 390 hours in standby mode and from 5.5 to 12 hours in talk time mode (UMTS/GSM).
On the downside is that the battery will require charging in two days. Against the background of many competitors, who do not live more than one day, this is a good indicator. The main energy eater is the desktop with widgets. The total time for recharging is about 2 hours.
Unfortunately, in all its glory this model shows that Nokia’s efforts to create social applications for its Symbian^3 smartphones were futile. In contrast to previous trend of different apps for different series, Nokia’s now decided to have identical apps for all Symbian^3 devices.
The manufacturer has created a separate application, which brings together all the accounts of social networking websites, while the authentication occurs via Ovi. This is an attempt to artificially increase the number of Ovi users.
The handset comes with three different homescreens. The shift to another homescreen can be obtained with the use of Swype technology. This time the homescreens are more widgetized, thus you get a chance to optimize widgets for each of the homescreens.
The handset comes with Ovi Store allowing to have a large list of free applications and games for download. Due to the fact that at the moment Angry Birds is also available for Symbian^3 devices, the Nokia C7 gives you the chance to experience this Apple-designed game on your device.
The Nokia C7 comes with pre-installed Adobe Reader and QuickOffice, but for the editing of the documents you will be required to get a paid update from Ovi Stores. The smartphone also supports Flash Lite 4.0 allowing to watch videos with the YouTube app (also coming as one of the pre-installed apps).
Describing my impressions of the Nokia C7 I should mention it’s among the top smartphones on Symbian^3. Judge yourself, it does not support HDMI-output, and a 12-megapixel camera, but there are other features of the Nokia N8 available on this device.
At this point in the C line there is the Nokia C6, which has a QWERTY-keyboard, is expensive and is not very attractive. Thus this model comes to fill the gap. It’s a nice device for those accustomed to Symbian. Coming with a small number of interesting games and an old interface, the device features several high-end specs. It can be called a great device running Symbian S^3 in terms of price/quality ratio.
A couple of months ago I introduced a video demonstrating the Nokia 801. Back then I commended it too much, but I am already on the way to changing my mind. Though the phone hasn’t been officially introduced, some photos leaked and they threw me into confusion. Well, let’s see.
The phone was rumored to run Symbian Bell, but as the guys over at MyNokiaBlog think, it will run Anna. At the moment we can’t say anything definite about the operating system. One of the eye-catching features is the lack of frontal buttons we used to see on Symbian devices. But I thought long and came to the conclusion the long black part at the bottom of the phone is a button including all three ones — Call, Menu and End Call. The Nokia 801 is also said to be equipped with an 8MP camera with a dual-LED flash.
Anyway, the information comes from a Chinese forum, and we have all reasons to think it will be launched only in that market. This is quite expected as Nokia has other plans for the US and European markets.
Most of Nokia’s Symbian^3 smartphones have been updated to Symbian Anna. There were a few ones that interest us more, among them I can mention the Nokia N8, E7, C7 and others. Now we’re all waiting for Symbian Belle, and it refers not only to devices with Belle on board, but also to the updates. That’s very important, because when Nokia N8 or another high-end smartphone of the company gets this update, all those users who “hate” Nokia and especially the US users won’t have anything real to contra-distinguish to it. However, we’ll see Symbian Belle sometime in the near future, and as it is in the final stage of developing. Don’t you wonder what the next versions will be called?
The information is not confirmed officially, though the source mentions it was on display during Nokia’s Devoloper Day in Mexico. According to the picture above, Symbian’s next versions will be called Carla and Donna. As you know, Nokia calls each update by female names in alphabetical order — Anna, Belle, and now Carla and Donna.
Symbian Carla is set to be launched in late 2012 or early 2013. It will be released for much more capable devices and all current Symbian^3 devices. Symbian Carla will bring some goodies with it, like 8.0 Browser, Dolby soundround, NFC and Best Widgets.
As for Symbian Donna, it’ll be designed especially for dual-core processors.
Well, things become more interesting, and as Nokia has announced it’ll continue developing Symbian operating system till 2016, so we have enough time to hear other beautiful female names as well.
Yesterday we informed you the Nokia N8 is currently getting Symbian Anna update in the U.S.. But it’s not the only smartphone getting this update, because owners of the Nokia C7, C6-01 and E7 can download the update over-the-air as well.
Symbian Anna was announced back in spring, and many countries got the update immediately after the announcement. Anna brought many improvements and completely changed the attitude towards Symbian^3 OS. This is why Nokia decided not to put off the “process” of bringing its native mobile operating system to a level up. After this the company announced Symbian Belle and several devices running on it.
But as you know Nokia is not so welcomed by U.S. consumers, and the company’s working hard to have success there. So it’s difficult to guess when the next update will appear in the U.S., plus, Nokia’s first Windows Phone smartphones are almost ready for launch and probably we’ll not see Belle in the statewide at all.
However, at this moment you can download Anna update OTA or using the Nokia Suite on your PC. Let us know once you do it.