Nokia may no longer be the most preferred destination for high-end phones. The company’s decision to stick with the Symbian platform despite its waning popularity in the US may not be doing Espoo any good as a recent report has found. According to sources, AT&T may have decided to cancel its planned launch of Nokia X7 – the first Symbian^3 phone on the carrier – in February this year.
There is no word on what the exact reason might be but speculations are rife that AT&T may be planning on focusing its resources on the popular platforms including iOS and Android for the time being.
Having said that, Nokia X7 has some exciting features as well. The phone is targeted at gamers and comes with a 4″ touchscreen, a 640×360 pixel resolution and an N8-like processing power. We will wait and see how Nokia plans to bring the phone to its customers in the United States.
Apple may hate it and make it sound like this is the worst thing to have happened to the smartphone platform. But that hasn’t stopped Adobe Flash Player from becoming one of the most popular applications on the Android platform with close to 50,000 users having rated it 4.5 out of 5.
Following this success, Adobe Flash Player seems to be headed to the rest of the smartphone platforms. At the Adobe MAX developer conference, the company has announced that the popular multimedia player will be available for Blackberry OS, WebOS 2.0, LiMo, MeeGo, Symbian OS and future versions of Windows Phone moving forward. There is simply no word on when this support will be made available. But at least, this is one battle that Apple has to fight alone. Adobe Flash, it appears, is not making way for HTML5 anytime soon.
Nokia has teamed up with a number of retailers for this launch. Users looking to purchase an N8 shall be able to do so from any of the major carriers in the UK in addition to Tesco Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Retailers who will keep stock of the N8 will include Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U.
It is believed that the Nokia N8 will also hit the rest of Europe on October 22. There is no confirmation on that at the moment.
Firefox loyalists owning an iPhone were in for disappointment yesterday when the company announced that a full fledged Firefox browser for the iPhone was not coming anytime now. But their situation is still better if one were to be reminded of the fact that other platforms like Blackberry do not have any Firefox integration in place. That might soon change since it is now learned that the Mozilla foundation may be working on bringing the Firefox Home app for Blackberry and Symbian platforms. As you may already know, Firefox Home is unlike a typical mobile browser and instead offers tight integration with the Firefox browser on a desktop with the help of Firefox Sync. The app will help in seamless transition of platforms as the user switches from a computer to their mobile platform.
Now, if you are wondering about what’s cooking on the Android front, it may be worth noting that Mozilla should soon be launching a full-fledged mobile browser on this platform soon. Android and Maemo/MeeGo users should be late to the party, but it is going to be well worth it.
Apparently, Nokia has reportedly exceeded their window on both counts. According to information posted on the website of popular UK retailer Expansys, Nokia E7 is expected to launch only in January 10, 2011. Also, the price is much higher than the older estimate and is apparently available for pre-orders at a price of £584.99. That’s more like €687.
Of course, the final subsidized price – that you can get from the carriers – should be much lower. But if you are the kind who prefers to have unsubsidized SIM-free version of your phones, E7 is more expensive than what you thought. If you are still looking to make an order, go ahead and do so here.
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.
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.
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.
Skype has released a new version of its mobile VoIP application for the aging Symbian OS platform. The new Skype v1.1 is compatible with most of the Symbian handsets (3rd edition and 5th edition devices). If you are a Symbian user, you may now access the application either at m.skype.com or download it from the Ovi Store.
One of the most notable aspects about the new Skype application for Symbian is the size of the file – the application consumes just 10Mb of RAM. Early reviews point out that the calls made with the mobile Skype on Symbian are quite “scratchy” though this does not mean it is anyway inferior to other mobile VoIP solutions.
Also, if you are accessing Skype on your Symbian mobile after a long time,expect a little delay in launching up as the application tries to cache up old conversations and contacts. But otherwise, the application is noted to be pretty good. IM messages were received in an instant during tests and latency was found to be minimal.
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.