Nokia has announced its global roll out of the latest Symbian Belle update for Nokia X7, N8, C6-01, C7, E7, E6 and Nokia Oro. For Nokia 500 users, the update will be available much later in couple of weeks time. This is the 2nd Symbian^3 upgrade right after Anna rolled out about 6 months ago.
Symbian Belle aims to offer refreshed new experience on the same Symbian device. So what’s new? Belle now offers 6 customisable home screens, a new notifications bar with power toggle switches and an enhanced new Nokia Maps.
To upgrade to Belle, you would need to connect your Nokia device to the PC via Nokia Suite which is downloadable here. In terms of availability, Malaysian users should be able to update right now as indicated on their Belle availability page.
Head after the break for the step by step video.
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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Premium phones, we’re not sure what is the point but there sure is a market for em.
Introducing the latest in the long yet limited line of premium phones for the jet-setters that has it all. The Nokia Oro is an 18-carat scratch resistant gold plated Symbian Anna powered device that comes complete with a home button made out of sapphire crystal and slapped with hand-wrapped leather skinned from one of Scotland’s finest Caledonian herds.
The hardware specs of the Oro while not out of this world (like its hide), can still be considered contemporary with HSDPA 3G with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. There’s a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera with 720p video recording.
Nokia tells us that the Oro is a device “that’s clearly intended for someone who doesn’t want their mobile device to look the same as other people’s.”
Nokia’s General Manager for Russia, Gabriel Speratti, says that “in some areas, possession of such premium products is the passport to being taken seriously.”
There are two versions for you to choose from — one in black and gold, the other in a lighter white gold and caramel leather hue. And if you’re wondering, “Oro” means gold in Italian. Asking price for one of this luxurious phone is EU800 or about RM3,450 at today’s exchange rates.
The Nokia Oro will start selling in selected countries across the Europe, Eastern Europe, China and the Middle East in Q3 2011. So if you want one you best be taking your private jet to any one of this countries, which really shouldn’t be an issue for the Oro’s intended target audience.
We’d rather look poor and get a decent notebook for that money.
Head on over to after the jump for more pictures and an a promo video for the Nokia Oro.
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
U Mobile is on a roll today after announcing its long awaited HSPA+ service. Now they have also announced a range of phone bundlings that’s tied with different plans and contracts.
Some of the bundle offers are the same such as the BlackBerry Curve 9300 and Bold 9780 going for RM90/month and RM142/month respectively with 12 months contract of U Mobile BIS Plan. The U Mobile Huawei MiFi too is the same at RM210 with U Broadband plan.
What’s new is that U Mobile is offering an Android device, the HTC Wildfire for only RM199 with 24 months contract of U Premium Plan. We have no idea about this new U Premium Plan and it is not even on U Mobile’s website. In the previous bundling plan for Nokias, there was a PAYU Voice plan which is added on top of an existing UB68 data plan that looks similar with DG Smart Plan.
For those who want a cheap phone without contract, there’s the U Mobile SOU which supports 2 SIM and priced at only RM230 outright. For that price, it includes a U Mobile Prepaid starter pack, a RM50 top up voucher plus an extra battery.
Head after the break for more bundles of Nokia devices which includes the Nokia 7230, Nokia E5, Nokia X3 Touch & Type and Nokia C7.
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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.
That’s what the title says and that’s what these two super geeks from China (or is it Taiwan) have managed to accomplish, building code and hardware from concept to actually controlling a car in just 20 days. It’s a pretty astounding feat by any measure and if you look at what these boys can make the car do with the Nokia C7 remote, you’ll be blown away.
The more senior readers will remember that in the Bond flick Tomorrow Never Dies, James Bond was able to control his 750i beemer with an Ericsson mobile phone. Well that was in the movies, this is in real life
Catch both videos after the jump.
For those who don’t know what Swype is, it’s the fastest way to type on mobile devices. It is such a big hit among Android users and devices such as Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab already have Swype pre-installed. Earlier on, Swype also made an appearance for S60 5th Edition for Touch via Nokia beta labs.
Nokia N8 and C7 users can get Swype from the OVI store or download directly here.
The limitation now however is that it only works in landscape mode.
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We couldn’t make it to both launches today but the word on the official pricing is out. The first part of the morning, Microsoft has launched Windows Phone 7 in Malaysia with the HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Mozart. The HTC HD7 that’s exclusive to Maxis is going for RRP RM2399 while the HTC 7 Mozart is going for a RM2099.
Next, the pricing of the anticipated Nokia N8 has been revealed too. As we roughly estimated earlier, the Nokia N8 goes for RRP RM1690 while the Nokia C7 was announced with RRP RM1490.
More details later as soon as we get it.
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