Nokia Building Google Street View Rival For 3D Games

Nokia is learned to be developing a 3D version of Google Street View in association with its mapping partner Navteq. According to a report, the company may be using images built with the system to be ported to gaming applications to be used as a backdrop for realistic games.

The whole technology is expected to be much more sophisticated than the Google Street View application. Unlike the latter where users can only navigate linearly over a predefined path that Google displays, users on Nokia’s 3D street view application may seamlessly navigate in the environment thus offering much more realistic navigational experiences.

Nokia demonstrated an early stage version of the product earlier this week at Nokia World in London. Espoo is expected to dispatch its cars to London and other major European cities starting in November this year and they are expected to be incorporated in navigational products starting next year.

Official FourSquare App For Nokia Ovi Store Releasing Soon

Nokia has been building an in-house app for the popular location-based check-in service, FourSquare. The new service will not be a part of the Nokia Ovi Maps service that has recently got its own social check-in service. Instead, this will be an independent application that has been developed by Nokia engineers in collaboration with FourSquare.

The app is expected to hit the Ovi Stores next week and according to Holger Luedorf, the VP of Mobile & Partnerships at FourSquare, partnerships with mobile manufacturers to help FourSquare reach out to a wider audience is primary in their expansion strategy. Luedorf also noted that FourSquare’s growth has been completely viral so far and the new partnership will boost this viral growth. The new FourSquare app from Nokia will be compatible with Symbian^3, 5.0 and 3.2 devices. Check out a demo of the app in action in the video below.

Unveiled : Nokia C6/C7 Features And Launch Announced

The Nokia World Expo is currently underway and the Finnish giant has just unveiled two very promising smartphones – the Nokia C6 and C7. Both the devices are pretty similar except for the fact that the C7 is pretty slimmer. Both the devices come with a 3.5-inches display screen built with “ClearBlack Display“. The display is said to be as good as the hyped retina display on the iPhone. Anssi Vanjoki, the executive Vice President of Mobile Solutions at Espoo explains,

“It’s a premium touchscreen that provides a higher contrast viewing experience than anything before. the background of the ClearBlack Display is blacker than black, because we have used a polariser to remove unwanted reflections for important outdoor visibility. It has lower power consumption too. It’s not only blacker, it’s also greener.”

Other features on the upcoming devices include an 8-megapixel camera, webTV, free Ovi Maps,etc. That is everything we have at present with respect to the specifications list. No word on the pricing though the launch date is touted to be in Q4 this year. Here’s hoping for a great launch. Check out our earlier article on Nokia C7 specifications here.

Nokia E7 Features, Pictures And Video Demo

Nokia is showcasing its new E7 smartphone at the Nokia World 2010 show. The E7 is a beautiful 4-inches ClearBlack display device and is pretty similar to the Nokia N8 except that it is slightly larger. The device comes with a 16GB mass memory with a 350MB internal memory. With an 8-megapixel camera that supports 720p HD video playback, you do have a nice alternative to the Android and iOS handsets out in the wild. The form factor includes a full capacitive touch as well as a slider keyboard design. As you should already know, the device runs on Symbian^3 and has a 1200mAh battery/

There is no word on the pricing or launch date as yet though speculations are that it will launch in Q4 this year at an estimated price of €495. The phone will come in five colors – Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange.

Here are a couple of pictures and a video demo of the Nokia E7.

Nokia E7

Nokia E7

Nokia N8 Launch Date Set For September 30

Looks like the earlier speculations about the launch date of the new Nokia N8 scheduled towards the end of September are sort of correct. Tapani Kaskinen,  Senior Comms Manager at Nokia has revealed to a Finnish newspaper that the company will begin the fulfillment of Nokia N8 pre-orders starting the 30th of this month. Now, since this revelation was made to the Finnish media, it is not clear if the dates hold true for the rest of the world. But since Kaskinen is specifically talking about pre-orders , I’m assuming the news holds true for all markets where Nokia has opened its preorder counters.

If you are in the USA, this would definitely mean September 30. A report in mid-August had speculated the launch to happen in the end of September at a price of $550. Also, Espoo is noted to have purchased ad spots on Google Adwords for a week-long campaign starting September 23. So that nearly explains it.

Nokia N8 Pre-Orders In USA Now Open

Nokia N8  – the 3.7″ AMOLED touchscreen display Symbian^3 device with a 12-megapixel camera is now available for pre-orders in the United States. We had earlier written about the launch date which has so far been set tentatively at “end of September”. The phone runs on a 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and contains a 256MB RAM, Xenon Flash and a storage space of up to 32GB.

The device has been available for quite sometime elsewhere in Europe and the pre-orders in Germany were  open as early as May of this year. In the US, Nokia N8 shall be available at a pre-order price of $549 that is not too different from the Europen price that is roughly about $587 accounting for the exchange rates.

You can check out the detailed features and book your phone on the Nokia USA website here.

Nokia 5250 Features And Price In Europe Revealed

So here’s the latest from Nokia. Espoo is launching its new Nokia 5250 device that is based on Symbian and will come at a pretty attractive price of €115 ($146). Of course, subsidies and taxes are not accounted as yet, and so expect to pay a lot lesser if you are planning to get this on contract.

According to what we hear, the Nokia 5250 is the successor to the Nuron – Nokia 5230 – and will come with a 2.8-inches touchscreen with a 640×360 pixel resolution display. The phone will run on Symbian S60 5th edition and will come with 51MB internal memory, a 16GB microSD slot, FM radio, a 2-megapixel camera, social network integration and a mobile version of Guitar Hero 5 pre-installed. With a battery life that will last 18 days including 24 hours of music playback and a storage that can accomodate 4000 songs, this device is aggressively targeted at the young music lovers.

Nokia 5250

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Rumors Of Nokia N9 Features Surfaces

There has been a buzz over the past few days with respect to an upcoming smartphone from Nokia, named the N9. Of course, most of these rumors are still unsubstantiated and so need to be taken with a pinch of salt. But if the device is anything like what we are hearing, this is definitely going to be one hot gizmo.

First of all, the Nokia N9 could be running the all-new MeeGo operating system and that in itself should get a lot of Nokia enthusiasts interested. Besides this, the N9 is expected to come with a 4-inches OLED display along with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 512MB RAM, a 1GB storage space and a huge 64GB of internal memory. I’m still trying to double-check if the storage and memory specs got mixed up.

Nokia N9

As you expect, the device should also come with 720p HD video recording, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Nokia N9 is also rumored to offer an HSPA+ connectivity. There’s a lot more we would like to know and confirm. So stay tuned.

Nokia C7 Features 8-MP Camera & Priced At €300

If you are a Nokia fan, you should look at this. A few pictures of the upcoming Nokia C7 are doing the rounds in the blogosphere and they are truly going to catch your imagination. The Nokia C7 is going to feature an 8 megapixel camera – ok, it’s not as good as the 12-Megapixel camera that the N8 is going to come with. But without doubt, this one definitely has a market. The device is also known to feature a 3.5-inches capacitive touchscreen display – that’s as big as the iPhone. The phone is also reported to run on the latest Symbian^3 platform which will bring features like threaded messaging, enhanced graphics and lesser prompts.

Here are a couple of pictures of this beautiful gadget below. While it is not confirmed, I hear that the launch is happening in October and Nokia C7 could be priced at close to €300.

Nokia C7

Nokia C7 Camera

Nokia N8 Price And Launch Date In US Announced

These are crucial times for Nokia – more importantly its CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. The fact that the company has not been able to launch one major product in the western market that can take on the new breed of smartphones from Apple and the OHA manufacturers has meant that the Finnish giant is bracing itself up for a decisive launch of the new Nokia N8.

According to reports, this new Symbian handset could be launching in the US towards the end of September – that’s presumably after the Nokia World Event in London that concludes on September 15. If the price is anything to go by, expect for lukewarm sales. The Nokia N8 is expected to ship at $550 in USA.

Do note that the N8 is no iPhone. But it’s not a dud either. The device comes with a powerful 12-megapixel camera, HD video recording capability, HDMI output and a 16GB internal memory. All this does qualify it for the $550 price point and it is now up to the consumers to make their choice.