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Ovi Suite 3.1.0.81 Beta update
Nokia Ovi Suite 3.1.0.81 Beta update has been made available providing an important fix to S40 device software update bug and many other error corrections in various areas and stability fixes. It can be downloaded from Nokia Beta Labs.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:55 in category
Qt Creator 2.2 RC released
Qt Creator 2.2 Release Candidate has been released today, providing lots of fixes for ABI detection, QML debugging, Qt Quick designer, Maemo development, and more. You can get the new version here.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:24 in category
Nokia transfers Symbian software activities to Accenture
Nokia announces plans to transfer Symbian software activities to Accenture, Accenture to provide future smartphone ecosystem services to Nokia.

Nokia and Accenture today announced plans for a strategic collaboration in which Nokia would outsource its Symbian software activities and transition about 3,000 employees to Accenture. At the same time, Accenture would provide mobility software services to Nokia for future smartphones.

The collaboration, which is subject to final agreement, calls for Accenture to provide Symbian-based software development and support services, with the expected transition of about 3,000 Nokia employees to Accenture. The companies expect completion of the final agreement during summer 2011, and expect the transition of employees by the end of the calendar year 2011. Transitioning employees, located in China, Finland, India, United Kingdom and the United States, will initially work on Symbian software activities for Nokia. Over time, Accenture and Nokia will seek opportunities to retrain and redeploy transitioned employees.

This collaboration also includes plans for Accenture to provide mobility software, business and operational services around the Windows Phone platform to Nokia and other ecosystem participants. Under the proposed agreement, Accenture would become a preferred partner for Nokia's smartphone development activities, as well as a preferred provider of services.

"Mobility is a key area for Accenture," said Marty Cole, chief executive, Accenture Communications and High Tech group. "This collaboration with Nokia will enhance our ability to help clients across multiple industries leverage mobility to advance their business agendas. It is a real win-win for Accenture and Nokia".

"This collaboration demonstrates our ongoing commitment to enhance our Symbian offering and serve our smartphone customers," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president for Smart Devices, Nokia. "As we move our primary smartphone platform to Windows Phone, this transition of skilled talent to Accenture shows our commitment to provide our Symbian employees with potential new career opportunities."

Accenture and Nokia have been working together since 1994. In October 2009, Accenture acquired Nokia's professional services unit that provides engineering and support of the Symbian operating system to mobile device manufacturers and service providers, and which then served as a key building block in Accenture's Mobility services portfolio.

Read more: Press release.
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Ovi Maps 3.7 at Beta Labs, 3D and street views in web version
Ovi Maps 3.7 has been made available at the Nokia Beta Labs website. What's new?
  • Open Maps, Drive, Check in and Guides with a just tap on your home screen.

  • Search now includes a tab for favourites. Predictive search also works offline.

  • Place pages have a new design including a new image gallery, user reviews, descriptions by business owners, leading guides and local content providers, e.g. TripAdvisor, HRS, Expedia additionally to Lonely Planet, Michelin guides, TimeOut, Qype and WCities.

  • Easily change the map views in Drive navigation by tapping the views icon. You can pan the map to see the next move and explore the map within the route overview.

  • Tap on Guides and immediately see the weather forecast for your location or another city.

Also, the web version of Ovi Maps has received photorealistic 3D models (for 20 areas) and street views (for five cities).
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 05:14 in category
Nokia E6 - QWERTY and touch for business
Along with the aforementioned Nokia X7, Nokia today also announced the Nokia E6-00, its fifth Symbian ^3 based smartphone focused on business and communication.

Following on from Nokia's highly successful Nokia E71 and Nokia E72 devices, the Nokia E6 is a sleek business smartphone with a full QWERTY keypad and a VGA 2.46" touch display. Designed using premium materials such as glass and stainless steel, the device comes in a compact size that makes it easy to use with either one hand or two. The Nokia E6 offers exceptional battery life and the best out-of-the-box Microsoft messaging experience on a business smartphone, including access to Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft SharePoint.

The renewed software also offers a strong set of new features aimed at business users in particular, including true enterprise grade security with hardware accelerated encryption, and new e-mail features such as full meeting request support.


The E6 is also the second smartphone to contain the complete update of the Symbian software user experience codenamed Symbian Anna, equivalent to Symbian ^3 PR 2.0. This update offers a host of usability enhancements, including fresh new icons, improved text input, a faster internet browsing experience thanks to an improved web browser, and a refreshed Ovi Maps application with improved search and new public transport routes.



The E6-00 also features an 8 Megapixel EDoF (Enhanced Depth of Field) camera with HD 720p video recording, 8 GB of storage memory and a microSD memory card slot, penta-band 3G, Bluetooth 3.0, WLAN b/g/n, A-GPS, microUSB connector, and 1500 mAh BP-4L battery.

It will ship in three colour versions - black, silver and white - in Q2 2011, priced at €340 (around $490) before taxes and subsidies.

Compared to the acclaimed E72, the E6 brings much newer hardware (the same as on other Symbian ^3 devices when it comes to CPU, memory, graphics acceleration, imaging and video recording capabilities), along with Nokia's first time combination of a full QWERTY keypad and high resolution (VGA, 4x more than QVGA on the E72) touch display in a monoblock design. Its premium design (glass and steel) and powerful battery (1500 mAh) are its strongest features in this product range.

Main hardware and software features:
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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 12:06 in category
Nokia X7 - entertainment and premium design
Nokia today announced the Nokia X7, its new Symbian ^3 based smartphone aimed at entertainment enthusiasts. Along with the Nokia E6 also announced today, they are the first Nokia smartphones to contain the updated Symbian software, with new icons and usability enhancements such as improved text input, a faster browser and refreshed Ovi Maps.



"We are further strengthening Nokia's smartphone portfolio with these two new devices, both of which offer a more beautiful and intuitive user experience that will soon also be available for the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01," said Jo Harlow, head of Nokia's Smart Devices business. "With these new products and more Symbian devices and user enhancements coming in the near future, we are confident we can keep existing Nokia smartphone customers engaged, as well as attract new first-time and competitor smartphone users."

The Nokia X7 is an entertainment-focused smartphone with a large 4" AMOLED display ideal for gaming, and an 8 Megapixel EDoF camera for capturing pictures and HD-quality video. A distinctively designed device, the Nokia X7 is made from a combination of seamless stainless steel and glass - delivering a solid and durable feel in the hand. The Nokia X7 comes preloaded with the popular Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games.

The Nokia X7 is also the first smartphone to contain the complete update of the Symbian software user experience codenamed Anna, equivalent to Symbian ^3 PR 2.0. This update offers a host of usability enhancements, including fresh, new icons, improved text input (portrait QWERTY and split screen), a faster internet browsing experience thanks to an improved web browser, and a refreshed Ovi Maps application with improved search and new public transport routes.

In coming months the software update will also be available as standard on newly shipping Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 devices, as well as available to download on previously purchased models of those same smartphones.

For developers, Symbian Anna greatly enhances the user experience on Nokia smartphones and makes the Qt business opportunity with Nokia even greater. Read more at: http://blogs.forum.nokia.com/blog/nokia-developer-news/.

Hardware-wise, the X7 is identical to existing Symbian ^3 smartphones, featuring the same processor (ARM11 @ 680 MHz), RAM memory (256 MB), graphics acceleration (Broadcom BCM2727 VideoCore III), connectivity options, etc.

The X7 will be available in Q2 at a price of €380 (around $550) before taxes and subsidies.
(Read more...)
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 12:02 in category
Symbian Anna - Symbian ^3 platform update
Today, Nokia has announced Symbian Anna, a platform (system) software update for all its Symbian ^3 smartphones. Pre-installed on the new phones announced today, the X7 and E6, and coming soon for all the existing Symbian ^3 devices, the update provides usability enhancements, improved developer access and productivity, and new enterprise/security features. "Anna" is almost identical to the "PR 2.0" update, with some additions like the refreshed icon set, and is a step towards the promised PR 3.0 update coming later this year.

(Read more...)
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 11:38 in category
Nokia E72 firmware update v54.005
Nokia E72 firmware version 54.005 has been released, bringing general usability and performance improvements. To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update. Alternatively, this software release is available through the Nokia Ovi Suite.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 23:52 in category
Solitaire - game and Qt/C++ example
Forum Nokia have released another cross-platform Qt/C++ example, this time a simple Solitaire game that runs on Maemo, Symbian ^3 and desktop Windows.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 23:49 in category
New Symbian phones coming on April 12th?
The Nokia Nordic Blog for Developers is announcing an event to be held on April 12th, in a blog entry titled "Stay Tuned for Symbian News" and the following banner:



Well, as the title says, let's wait and see what happens...
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 20:56 in category
Qt SDK 1.1 Release Candidate now available
Nokia has released Qt SDK 1.1 Release Candidate. This is a major step towards the final Qt SDK 1.1, building on the beta released a couple of weeks ago. The testing is taking place over the next two weeks, after which the final SDK will be published. With the final release, your applications will be supported by Nokia Smart Installer for Symbian and Ovi Store will be ready to accept your apps.

Summarizing the most important updates compared to the beta:

* Qt 4.7.3 is included for Desktop and Symbian
* Update to Qt Mobility 1.1.2
* Qt Assistant added as separate package (due to developer request)
* Installer can use system proxy on Linux
* Notification API moved from experimental to "Additional APIs"
* Several fixes for the Qt Simulator
* Several fixes for the installation/updating workflow.

Qt 4.7 will not be supported on S60 3rd Edition. For these devices your applications can use Qt 4.6.3 and Qt Mobility 1.1.2.

With the final release of the Qt SDK 1.1, the 1.0 version will be withdrawn. The Qt SDK 1.1 supports Qt 4.6 and Qt 4.7 configurations, so it will be the only SDK you need to build apps for all supported devices.

This Release Candidate is available for download on the Forum Nokia pages.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 20:34 in category
Nokia C6-01 v14.002 firmware update
A firmware update to version 14.002 (PR1.2) has been released for the Nokia C6-01. It updates Ovi applications and fixes Mail for Exchange problems and other minor issues.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:34 in category
Nokia Drop - push content to your Symbian phone
Nokia Drop from Nokia Beta Labs is a simple and straightforward way to push content to device for Symbian^3 and S60 5th Edition phones. Change your phone's homescreen wallpaper, send a picture to your phone, and send an interesting link to your phone, for example so that you can read an article on your phone without writing the long and difficult web address. Thanks to Push Notifications and the Nokia Drop application, it's very easy to do this. With the Nokia Drop application installed on your phone and browser extension installed to your browser, you can now send wallpapers from public websites easily to your device. All this happens without Bluetooth or cable connection or syncing.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:30 in category
QtBubbleLevel - simple accelerator based bubble level app
Qt Bubble Level is a simple application that uses accelerometer sensor information to calculate the inclination of the device and presents this as a traditional Bubble level. The application provides a calibration feature to handle any possible errors in accelerometer readings. The UI is made using Qt Quick and the engine gets the accelerometer data via the QtMobility QAccelerometer sensor. It is an example project hosted at Forum Nokia.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 04:14 in category
QuickHit - basic shooting game and Qt example
QuickHit is essentially a basic shooting game, but differentiated from other such games by its levels. The levels are Qt plug-ins which are loaded during QuickHit startup. Different levels are shown in the application's main menu. Levels can have different sounds, graphics, and level QML files. A common characteristic for all levels is that your ship is at the bottom of the screen and shoots upwards. This Qt example application demonstrates Qt Quick as a game platform.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:01 in category

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