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Nokia starts global roll out of Belle update

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.

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Nokia Malaysia rolls out Anna update but with some exceptions

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.

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Nokia rolls out Symbian Anna update for Symbian^3 devices

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.

Nokia has announced that Symbian Anna is now rolling out to first generation Symbian^3 devices. This includes Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and the Nokia E7.

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.


Nokia introduces Symbian Anna – Symbian^3 PR2


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:

  • New icons, appear more rounded
  • Improved touch screen keyboard for better typing and QWERTY in potrait mode
  • Improved Ovi maps with check-in support for Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare
  • Improved Ovi store with increased download limit for WLAN
  • Improved Social app
  • Enhanced Browser with touch UI improvements and URL bar. Responsiveness and navigations are improved

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

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Nokia rolls out update for N8, C7 and C6-01

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:

  • Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations
  • Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite

For the Nokia N8:

  • New Quick Office 6.4 editor version, which offers editing possibilities and allows zooming in & out in Word documents
  • Need for Speed Shift, Real Golf and Galaxy on Fire preloaded in the new version. (In some countries, Need for Speed is replaced with Asphalt 5). In any case these games are already available for free from Ovi Suite & Ovi Store despite the 1.1 update

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.


Nokia C6-01 now available in Malaysia

Nokia Malaysia has tweeted the availability of the new C6 in Malaysia with the price tag of RM1140. The new C6 which carries the full model number of C6-01 is a Symbian^3 device, not to be confused with the older C6-00 with QWERTY keyboard that runs on Symbian S60. The C6 device was first announced announced together with the C7 and E7 at Nokia World 2010.

It comes with a 3.2″ AMOLED display and has a 8MP Camera with dual LED flash capable of shooting 720p HD videos. It comes with 340MB memory onboard which is expandable with microSD. You can check out the full specs over at Nokia’s C6-01 product page.

Check out the Nokia C6-01 video after the jump.

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CBD vs Retina Display under direct sunlight

Nokia claims it’s new AMOLED with Clear Black Display trumps all other display technologies when it comes to visibility under direct sunlight.

Engadget has put up a side-by-side comparison between Nokia’s latest E7 with the iPhone 4 Retina Display and although we have some reservations on the accuracy of the camera’s ability to capture accurately what our eyes can under direct sunlight – taking into account polarisation and everything – but we’ll agree that there’s barely a discernible difference between the two display technologies.

Check out the video on Engadget’s site.

Nokia Clear Black Display (CBD) vs iPhone Retina Display

Nokia’s recently introduced C6, C7 and E7 comes with a Clear Black Display (CBD). The engadget team that was covering the Nokia World 2010 event managed to compare a prototype E7 against the iPhone 4.

According to engadget, the iPhone 4’s 3.5″ retina display at 960×640 seems to have noticeable blue warmth and it isn’t as vibrant or bright as the CBD. However the CBD does seem to be oversaturated.

From their short play, they reported that the Nokia E7’s AMOLED is just as good as the Samsung Galaxy S‘s Super AMOLED screen. We’ve yet to see its true potential outdoors considering CBD’s true strength lies on visibility under sunlight. Check out more comparison shots after the jump.


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Nokia introduces new C6, C7 and E7 smartphones

Several hours ago Nokia has announced several new smartphones – Nokia C6, Nokia C7 and the Nokia E7 at Nokia World 2010. This as an important event where Nokia showcase its latest offering in today’s smartphone arena. All 3 smartphones are running the latest Symbian^3 operating system and offers 8 Megapixel cameras with 720p HD video recording capabilities. Read on to find out more.

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