Nokia Ovi Browser Download Link Appears On Beta Labs

Looks like the Finnish technology giant is adding one more product to its Ovi kit. The company is learned to be working on a new Ovi browser that is expected to become available on Nokia handsets in future. To be honest, there is not enough information available about this new Ovi browser so it is difficult to speculate if the product will only feature on Nokia handsets or should be openly available across plaforms (though logically, that should be the case).

Either way, users have made an interesting observation that the Nokia Ovi browser briefly appeared alongside download links on Nokia’s Beta Labs website. Sadly though, the link has since then been pulled and the page now only shows a 404-Not found message.

Anyway, expect the link to become accessible shortly and don’t forget to write to us about how you like the new browser.

Apple Shows Nokia N97 Mini Signal Reception Issue

Come on Apple, you can do better – You have such a huge issue staring at you on the face and instead of addressing them, you go about picking every other competitor out there? Steve Jobs cheekily called the antenna issue a fact of life and said all wireless smartphones suffer from them. True. But not all smartphones go dead on just a casual two-finger touch.

Apple wouldn’t listen. After Nokia rebuked Steve Jobs’ statements that their company has all along ensured that their users do not face death grip issues, Cupertino has released a video showing that the death grip exists on the Nokia N97 Mini too. Check out the video of a user literally crushing the phone from either side to ensure the signal reception fails.

Well, of course this was to happen if you have to hold the phone so tight from both sides. Sad thing is, nobody holds their phone this way when making a call. The phone is held tight either on the left side or the right (depending on whether you are left handed or right handed), but seldom does anyone hold it tight from both ends.

Nokia C6-01 Technical Specifications And Price Announced

Nokia C6 01 Nokia has announced its latest phone in the C series named Nokia C6-01. It’s not exactly an unfamiliar model since it is basically similar to Nokia C6-00 – except that the 5-Megapixel camera on the older phone has been replaced with a more powerful 8-Megapixel camera.

Nevertheless, if you are unfamiliar with the Nokia C6-00 as well, here is a recap of the technical specifications. Firstly, this is a slideable handset with a neat looking physical QWERTY keyboard. You can still enjoy a capacitive touch screen that renders content with a 360×640 pixel resolution. Along with the increase in megapixel count on the camera, the newer model also comes with a dual LED flash instead of the sole flash that is present on the older device. Other standard features on Nokia C6-01 include Wi-Fi, GPS and Ovi Maps.

The Nokia C6-01 shall become publicly available by the end of July at a price of EUR279 ($361). For a perspective, the older Nokia C6-00 is priced at EUR220 ($284).

Apple’s Antenna Performance Claims False – Nokia

This was to be expected – especially after Steve Jobs sought refuge under his oft-repeated fact of life that all smartphones are affected by death grip issues during the iPhone 4 press conference yesterday. Steve Jobs had said,

“To our knowledge, it’s not possible to make a phone that doesn’t have weakspots. You could make a really big one! I mean, some of these guys are making Hummers at this point. But no one’s going to buy that.”

Nokia, the Finnish giant that is still the leader in the mobile phone industry took exception to Jobs’ statements. In a media statement released yesterday, the company has said that while it is true that wireless smartphones are affected by death grip, the company has taken exceptional care to ensure that their users do not face these signal reception issues. Nokia explains,

“Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

[…]In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.”

Do you own a Nokia smartphone? Can you replicate the death grip issues? Voice off in the comments.

Nokia MeeGo N-Series Phones To Replace Symbian

Nokia has confirmed that the recently launched Nokia N8 will be the last of the N-Series phones that will run on Symbian. The Finnish mobile phone giant has indicated that all future models in the N-Series will run on MeeGo.

MeeGo is a Linux based mobile phone operating system that has been developed in collaboration with Intel. The open source mobile OS was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February this year and is touted to be Nokia’s answer to Android OS and iOS launched by the other major rivals in the mobile phone industry.

Nokia’s N-Series phones has been the ultimate cash cow to the company and these Symbian based handsets were the face of the smartphone segment till 2007 when the iPhone was launched. The launch of the Apple iPhone has changed the smartphone landscape on many aspects. Google has aggressively pursued the mobile audience in recent times with the launch of a variety of Android based handsets that have literally taken Nokia out of the smartphone segment – even though the company is still the leader in terms of market share.

It will be interesting to see how MeeGo based Nokia N-Series handsets fare in the market. MeeGo is a combination of Intel’s Moblin project and Nokia’s Maemo – which was introduced with Nokia N900. The Nokia N9 is expected to be the first device with MeeGo and will launch later this year.

Nokia MeeGo Tablet Launch In Q4 2010

Taiwanese publication, DigiTimes has a moderate track record when it comes to leaking rumors. The latest revelation from the publication is about an impending launch of a Nokia Tablet that will run on MeeGo. If you remember, MeeGo is a Linux based operating system announced as a collaborative effort between Nokia and Intel during the Mobile World Congress in February this year.

According to a senior research analyst at DigiTimes, the tablet is being manufactured by Foxconn – also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry that is also the OEM for several other technology companies. The report notes that Nokia has already manufactured 100 engineering samples of the MeeGo tablet for testing purposes. The devices are said to have a display size between 7 inches and 9 inches.

As always, we will have to wait and watch if this one turns out true.

[via DigiTimes]

Nokia N97 Mini Technical Specifications And Price In Canada

Nokia N97 Mini is coming to Canadian carrier Rogers very soon. According to a communication from Rogers, the N97 Mini model from Nokia shall come with three different contractual plans besides one off-contract price. Consequently, the 1 year contract will cost users $449.99 while the 2 year and 3 year contracts come at $399.99 and $99.99 respectively. Customers may also purchase a handset without contract at $499.99.

The device may appear pricey if you are not going for the 3 year contract (which is exactly what Rogers wants you to do). But this is what you will get at the price and it looks like its worth it

Display : 3.2? touch screen display
Camera : 5 megapixel camera with video (up to 30 fps)
Storage : 8 GB memory, with expansion to 16 GB via microSD
Keyboard : full QWERTY slider
Quad-Band EDGE and Tri-Band HSPA
up to 3.6 Mbps download speeds

[via Mobile Syrup]

DivX Support On Nokia N8

Nokia N8 it seems, has all the prerequisites to be one excellent multimedia playback device. According to a recent report on the French blog, Blog N8, the upcoming Symbian device from Nokia may support the playback of media in DivX format. The blog has confirmed this off-the-record from a Nokia France executive who is reported to have demoed the functionality by playing a video of Avatar in DivX encoded format.

Nokia N8 has already been in the news lately over its ability to run multiple formats of media, including H.264 and MPEG4. But we will remind you to take this news with a pinch of salt for the moment. Nokia has never talked of DivX compatibility on N8 so far and the company has made no official statement in this regard.

Nevertheless, be hopeful.

[via Blog N8]

New Windows Mobile Based Nokia Smartphone In Works?

Is a new Windows Mobile 6.5 (or so) based Nokia smartphone in the works? This is a rumor that does not have too much of backing, yet is interesting in the backdrop of a leaked internal presentation that shows “Windows” as one of the platforms that Nokia is working on.

Nokia Windows Smartphone plans

For one, this could as well mean Windows Mobile 7 and not the older classic Windows Mobile OS. And that appears more likely. However, with lack of information in this regard, we will just have to wait and watch if Nokia decides to pursue with WinMo 6.5 one more time. What do you think? Possible?

[via Softpedia]

Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit Launching Later This Year

Nokia is learned to be working on a bicycle charger kit that will offer an easy way out for people in locations where power is unreliable to be able to effectively charge their Nokia handsets on the move. The eco-friendly method will make use of a dynamo to convert the mechanical energy from the bicycle to electrical energy for the Nokia handset. The accessory is set to launch in late 2010.

Nokia Bicycle charger kit

While this is no doubt a novel method, I have doubts regarding its success. Countries where this accessory is much needed are also places where theft is common. And it looks unreasonable to expect mobile phone owners to leave such a kit on their bicycle while they are parked outside. What is needed is a more detachable model for use when needed.

What do you think?

[Nokia via SlashGear]