Earlier on Nokia has announced its Anna software roll out to first generation Symbian^3 devices but only to be pulled out from Malaysia. Nokia Malaysia claims that Anna isn’t ready for Malaysia as we are supposed to be getting the localised version of the update.
Now Nokia Malaysia has announced that it is officially available for the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia E7. However a check at Nokia Malaysia’s Anna page revealed that Nokia N8 is labeled as coming soon. Most people have also feedback that they can’t enable split-screen messaging, a new feature which lets you do keyword input while still staying on the original screen. Unfortunately even with this new announcement, split-screen isn’t available for users in Malaysia/Singapore. Instead they will be releasing this feature in the next Anna software ugprade.
To get to know the features, head after the break for Anna introduction video.
UPDATE: Nokia Malaysia has announced that Anna update for first generation Symbian^3 devices isn’t officially ready for Malaysia and some users may experience issues upgrading. For those who managed to upgrade to Anna, it’s confirmed that we won’t be having keyword split-view as some countries we’re exempted for now. However they have confirmed to be working towards having it available at all countries in the next update. Anna updates for Malaysia will be published here but so far no dates were given.
To download the update, you can do it via Ovi Suite through a computer or you can download OTA through SW Update on the device. The first software update to Anna takes about 25MB to download. After completion, there are 2 more Anna updates about 58MB to bring it up to the latest version.
So what’s new with Anna? Apart from the rounded icons which is the interface design for Nokia right now, it brings a host of improvements in usability. The first obvious improvement is the availability of full QWERTY keyboard on portrait mode. Previously you only get T9 keyboard in portrait and full QWERTY is only available in landscape mode. Although this is good, some time is needed to get used to it as the keys are tiny while the Backspace button is placed at the bottom right, instead of the top. Another improvement is the availability of having split screen which we can’t seem to find right now. This lets you see the original contents of the page while typing instead of having the full screen taken over for input.
Browser seems to be improved as it is slightly smoother than before. The navigation and menus look better. For business users they have added meeting request support and couple of encryption enhancements. For the full list of enhancements, you can read the previous post or head to Nokia Conversation Blog here.
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DiGi has started offering the Nokia X7 with a one day special of RM599 for today only. The Nokia X7 which is Nokia’s Extreme Entertainment device features a 4″ AMOLED display and it runs on Symbian Anna. You can read more about the X7 here.
The X7 retails outright at RM1360 and on DiGi Smart Plan, it is offered on contract at RM799 for 24 months and RM1049 over 12 months. The RM599 promo offer for today is tied with a 24 months contract and is valid only at their Roadshow at Sunway Pyramid, Queensbay Mall and EC Mall.
For more information, head to DiGi’s Nokia X7 page.
Angry Birds Seasons is getting another update with its upcoming Pignic Seasons. Now not only it will be available on iPhone, iPad, Android and Symbian, it is also coming to Mac, PCs and Nook Colour.
On a side note, do you have a serious Angry Bird addiction? Mike Tyson has a solution.
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When Nokia announced their new Nokia E6 business phone and Nokia X7 entertainment device, they have also revealed Symbian Anna which was formerly known as PR2 update for Symbian^3. The new Symbian Anna comes with a number of key enhancements as follow:
Nokia has mentioned that Symbian Anna will be available for existing Symbian^3 devices such as Nokia N8, C6-01, Nokia E7 and C7 in the coming months but no dates were given.
For more information, head to Nokia’s Conversation blog here.
Check out more screenshots and introductory video of Symbian Anna after the break
Nokia has recently launched 2 new devices, the Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7. The E6 is fresh new upgrade of its popular QWERTY candy bar model of its Nokia E5/E72 siblings which now comes with a touch screen. The other device, the Nokia X7 is an entertainment skewed smart phone which comes with toughen glass and seamless stainless steel body.
Nokia’s new range of Symbian^3 devices with AMOLED screen offers an always on display clock during standby mode. Power consumption is very minimal as AMOLED screens are very efficient with unused pixels being completely switched off. So is there a way to customise this screen further?
Nokia Beta Labs has released a Nokia Screen which gives you more standby screen styles and options to stand out from the crowd. There are 8 styles to choose from with a 9th screen option which works as a subtle bedside clock that can be activated at your desired time.
Check out the demo video after the break.
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We’re not too sure how many Mac users out there use Nokia phones, but we know that for those of you who do, you’ve been waiting for the longest time for the MacOS version of the Nokia Software Updater application.
Your wait is over as Nokia Beta Labs has just released the Nokia Software Updater for Mac. Though Nokia is quick to point out that the release is only basic application for updating device software from your Mac, support for application updates will be released later.
Well, something is better than nothing, we presume.
Click the source link to download the Nokia Software Updater for Mac.
Nokia has just made available the first update for its Symbian ^3 platform — now simply known as Symbian — globally starting from today. The version 1.1 update is available for the Nokia N8, C7 and C6-01.
Nokia says most of updated features in version 1.1 “are not directly visible to end users, but together” but ensure that the enhancements “will enhance the user experience of each Symbian device”.
General enhancements in version 1.1 are:
For the Nokia N8:
To get the update, go through the “Software Update” on your device or just visit Ovi Suite for instructions.
Nokia warns that the update will be hefty, especially for the N8, so make sure your device is connected to a non-3G network via WiFi when executing the update.
Alternatively, you can use the Ovi Suite on your PC to download and install the update.
C7 owners can get the standard, non-customised version of the software is available from today. Nokia N8 and C6-01 owners will have to wait for your version early next week.
When Nokia N8 was launched, it only came in 3 colours: silver, green and dark grey. Now Maxis has updated their website with anodised blue and orange colour options as well. Contract price remains unchanged at RM999 over 24 months, RM1149 over 18 months and RM1299 over 12 months and it is for those who bolt on a data plan of 500MB, 1.5GB and 3GB.
For more information, check out Maxis’s Nokia N8 page.